The day begins early with a Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. Your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel and will take you to the Taj Mahal.
Taj Mahal, Splendors of North IndiaTaj Mahal: Emperor Shah Jahan constructed the Taj Mahal in the memory of his wife Mumtaj Mahal who died during the
birth of their child in 1631. The construction of this famous monument is said to have taken 22 years, starting from 1631.Over 20,000 artisans were working day and night for the construction of this landmark. Craftsperson and whizzes were brought from France and Italy. And the chief architect was from Iran. The visit to the Taj Mahal will long be remembered by you as the highlight of your Splendors of North India Tour.
Return to the hotel for breakfast. Later, you will be picked up again for the guided tour of Agra Fort.
Agra Fort: Emperor Akbar started the construction of this huge red sandstone Agra Fort on the bank of Yamuna River in 1565. It was mainly constructed for the soldiers until his grandson, Shah Jahan, added more opulent accommodations. There are a number of attractive buildings within its porches such as SammanBurj, where Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son, Moti Masjid, a white marble mosque, Diwan–e–Am, Diwan–e–Khas, Jahangir’s Palace, KhaasMahal and Shish Mahal.
Later, you will then be met by our representative and will be assisted with check-out formalities at the hotel. You will then start your tour to Jaipur, your next destination on your North India tour, en-route stopping at Fatehpur Sikri, for a guided tour of this ancient capital.
Fatehpur Sikri: The deserted capital of Emperor Akbar roughly 35 kms outside Agra, this city was built in the 16th century, and was abandoned for 12 years due to the paucity of water. The entire city is still intact, and a sight of this city is worth remembering. The BulandDarwazais the main entrance to this city, which is 54 m tall and this gate was built in the honor of Akbar’s victory in Gujarat.
After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, continue your drive to Jaipur, the next destination on your Splendors of North India tour.
Jaipur - It is the capital of Rajasthan, and is known as the “Pink City” because of the pink tinted constructions in the old city. It is situated on a dry lake bed, bordered by barren hills vanquished by forts and broken walls. The city was found in 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II, who wanted to be in the good books of the then ruling Mughals. He positioned the city with rectangular blocks according to early Hindu architecture. It is a great city for shopping.
On arrival at the hotel in Jaipur, you will again be met by our representative and he will assist you with the check in formalities.
The rest of the day is free for you. You can either relax and enjoy the facilities of the hotel or explore the city.
Overnight in Jaipur.