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In this golden triangle tour to India, the focus is on Jaipur and Agra.
This tour has the potential to stagger you with an all sensory assault. The diversity and the contradictions of India will be in your face, but you shall be safely travelling through all this with our car and driver.
Delhi Jaipur highway is very good and lots of eateries on the way.
On your first halt is at Amber Fort, the construction of which started in 11th century and the successive rulers kept on enhancing it with palaces and courtyards. The 17 and the 18th centuries witnessed the influence of Mogul architectural style in the building work of the Fort.
Expect to see elephants and bicycles parked on the same side of the road.
18th century advent saw the city of Amer burgeoning beyond its capacity and that then ruler Jai Singh commissioned a Bengali architect to design a new city. Thus Jaipur was formed, neatly laid out on and nine block grid pattern governed by the dictates of Vaastu Shashtra, the Indian feng shui.
The wide avenues lined with beautiful buildings of the new city found much appreciation with the visiting European travellers. The bazaars of Jaipur have always been considered the most vibrant in Asia. You will see all of this including City Palace and the museum inside it.
Jaipur in 1932 video
Day two, you move on to Agra after breakfast. En route is the magnificent red stone city of Fatehpur Sikri, which houses the shrine of Sufi mystic Salim Chishty. The mighty Akbar had built this city as a gratifying tribute to the Saint, for he had predicted that Akbar will become a father. This will be the first planned city of the Mogul Empire. From here Akbar had marched out and conquered Gujarat. On his return, he renamed it Fatehpur Sikri (city of victory). However, a few years later, it was abandoned apparently due to lack of water.
For Taj Mahal in Agra, there is nothing much to say except that when you get to visit it, you shall be speechless. There is the opportunity for you to enjoy your Taj Mahal moments at the time of sunset, either from within the precincts of Taj Mahal or from Mehtab Bagh, which is across the river.
Your Agra visit includes the Agra Fort as well. Agra fort was built by Akbar to have a grand fortress befitting the might and dignity of the Mogul Empire. Agra was chosen as it was considered to be the centre of India. Agra Fort is a Fort built to defend.
Akbar became the Emperor at the tender age of 13, when his father Humayun died. At his peak, his empire stretched from Bengal to Afghanistan and Kashmir as well as, to the Deccan the South.
On your drive back to Delhi expect to see almost all forms of transportation known to mankind since, what, eternity!