Day 4: Agra/ Jaipur (230Kms & 5-6hrs drive)
OPTION: Wake up early in the morning to visit Taj Mahal at sunrise (an extra cost).
Return to hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Jaipur.
On the way, visit Fatehpur Sikri (40kms from Agra) & Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (17kms further from Fatehpur Sikri).
Fatehpur Sikri, was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar between 1569- 1585, when he shifted his capital from Agra. But after a few years, the water supply was incapable of sustaining the population and the capital was shifted back to Agra. Now it is a deserted city and also called a ghost city but it is perfectly preserved. Akbar was a very tolerant ruler and the buildings at Fatehpur Sikri blended both Islamic and Hindu architecture. One of the buildings even reflects the new religion or faith founded by Akbar’- “Din-e-ilahi”, which was very short-lived. He abolished much hated poll- tax on non- muslims (Jizya) and was the first Mughal ruler to marry a Hindu (Rajut princess from Jaipur). It is a beautiful palace complex with Hindu and Muslim artistic buildings. You can visit Birbal’s Palace (Hindu building), Jodhbai’s Palace (Hindu building), Jami Masjid, Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti and Buland Darwaza etc. Buland Darwaza is also called “Gate of Magnificence’. It is the highest gateway in the world. One has to climb 42 steps to reach this gateway, which is 40mtr high and 35mtr wide.
The Keoladeo Ghana National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Rajasthan is a famous Bird sanctuary that witness thousands of rare and highly endangered birds such as the Siberian Crane come here during the winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to have made this National Park their home. It was declared a protected sanctuary in 1971 and it is also a World Heritage Site.
Lunch at a local restaurant in Bharatpur and continue drive to Jaipur.
Jaipur or the Pink City was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743) and is the capital city of the state of Rajasthan. Jaipur is surrounded by hills and the beautiful forts. Jaipur with Agra and Delhi has made a circuit, which is called India’s Golden Triangle- the most popular tourist destinations in India. Jaipur is a planned city built according to the ancient Hindu treatise “Vastu Sashtra”. The orderly bazaars of the old town are ranked among the most vibrant in Asia. Jaipur is the perfect place to shop for Handicrafts, antiques, jewelry, gems, pottery, carpets, textiles, metalwork and leather ware. Jaipur is renowned for hand- dyed and embroidered textiles, Handicrafts, antiques, pottery, carpets, jewellery and the best selection of precious stones and metals in India.
Arrive Jaipur and check into your hotel.
OPTION : Maharaja welcome on arrival- on extra supplement.
You will be welcomed by decorated camels, elephants and musicians upon your arrival at hotel. Women in traditional Rajasthani costume welcome you with aarti & tikka rituals, while the musicians perform in the background.
Buffet Dinner at hotel’s restaurant.
OPTION 1: BBQ Dinner in the hotel’s lawn with live instrumental music- on extra supplement.
OPTION 2: Special Dinner at KUKAS FARM with elephant polo & Rajasthani dance- on extra supplement.
Drive to Kukas Farm (in the outskirt of Jaipur) in Jeeps (4 pax per jeep). You will be welcomed by decorated camels, elephants and musicians upon your arrival at Kukas. Women in traditional Rajasthani costume welcome you with aarti & tikka rituals, while the musicians perform in the background. Enjoy elephant polo, guest can even participate in this; followed by special gala dinner with champagne cocktail and Rajasthani dance & musician and a firework display.
Overnight in Jaipur.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner