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Leave Delhi for Agra.
The driver picks you up at 6 AM. About 240 km drive when measured from Central Delhi. 4 hours approximately. It shall be an interesting drive for India's first timers. You will spot variety of animals interdispersed amongst the human population - camels, oxen, cows, monkeys and maybe the "dancing bears" with their owners on the side of the road.
The highway condition is very good and is a six lanes road. Have your breakfast on the way, many roadside restaurants, even McDonald's.
Local Agra guide meets you when you reach Agra. Approximate time of your arrival in Agra is 10 AM.
The tour of Agra.
The Agra guide shall meet you when you reach Agra around 10 AM to 11 AM. On Agra arrival, first hotel check in. Relax there for some time.
After about half hour or so, Taj Mahal visit.
Lunch and then go back to hotel. Around one hour's break to relax at hotel.
Visit Agra Fort @ 3:30 PM, a world heritage site. After Agra Fort, visit Itmad-ud-Daula, popularly known as the baby Taj. Must reach Itmad-ud-Daula by 5 PM as ticket sales close 30 min before sunset.
Thereafter visit Mehtab Bagh for a view of Taj Mahal from across the river. Perfect time for Taj Mahal sunset view. Rest of day free. Back to hotel.
Last Day of Tour
This is your last day of your tour.
Agra to Jaipur Drive
After early morning breakfast, leave for Jaipur-the pink city. As you will pass through rural areas, it shall take about five hours for the 250 km.
On the way to Jaipur, about 43 km away from Agra, is the splendid city of Fatehpur Sikri. This now deserted magnificent red stone complex was built by Akbar as a gratitude to the Sufi mystic Salim Chishty when his prediction that Akbar shall have an heir to his throne materialised.
Akbar was a visionary secular Emperor and realised very well that the success of his empire lies in by taking all religious groups together. Hence, in Fatehpur Sikri, along with a beautiful mosque are three different palaces for each of his favourite wives. A Muslim, a Hindu and a Christian.
After viewing Fatehpur Sikri, the journey continues onwards to Jaipur. Our Jaipur guide shall meet you there.
Jaipur sightseeing coming straight from Agra
First on list is City Palace.
Jaipur plan is laid on a nine blocks pattern grid. City Palace complex straddles two of these blocks. Within the City Palace complex there are many buildings, courtyards, the private residence of the current maharaja, a museum with a rare artefacts and gardens. City Palace is a fine example of the amalgamation of more cool and Rajput style of architecture.
The remaining blocks were distributed between the courtiers residence, the Chiefs of State's divisions, Hindu and Jain businessmen, artists and merchants, temples and Havelis built by royalty. Considered to be auspicious, the walled city of Jaipur had seven major gates.
Next, outside city Palace, visit the astronomical Observatory Jantar Mantar. These odd structures are fairly accurate astronomical instruments built by Jai Singh, the one who built Jaipur.
Next proceed to Amber Fort, at first two short halts at Hawa Mahal and Jal Mahal for photo-op's. Hawa Mahal is from where Royal ladies discreetly watched the street life; Jal Mahal is the water Palace. Both are for photography and not for visiting inside.
Amber Fort is stunning mediaeval fort with distinctive Rajput style exhibiting Mogul influence in its later years. Jaipur was conceived as Amber Fort and city of Amer ran out of space. Established in 11th century, over the centuries gradually, the Fort had many structures added to it. An important focal point of the complex is the temple dedicated to the patron goddess of the ruling family, where till as recent as 1980, a goat was slaughtered here daily as a sacrifice.
Jaipur Delhi evening drive.
Around 5 PM leave Jaipur for Delhi. About 275 km or between 5 to 6 hours. The road quality is good and there are many restaurants on the way, where you can have your dinner. Midway, a facility run by Rajasthan government is exactly located at midway.
Just before Delhi comes is Gurgaon, the modern India IT commercial hub. Shopping malls and many outstanding restaurants within.
You can have dinner here as well. You are dropped in Delhi, wherever it was agreed to.