Destination: Delhi -Agra-Jaipur-Fatehpur-Jodhpur-Udaipur-Ranakpur-Aurangabad-Mumbai
Duration :15 nights / 16days
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Delhi (population 12 million) is many cities in one – a strategic rulership site for ancient East Indian empires, local Jat communities, Afghans, Turks, Mongols, the British, and finally the seat of power for Independent India, the city is a melting pot of cultures and living conditions. Medieval Old Delhi, built for 20,000 people and now housing about 2 million, continues to thrive alongside the wide shaded streets and white-washed bungalow suburbs of Delhi’s political elite, meanwhile sprawling middle-class and migrant worker suburbs ring the exclusive centre. Since so many dynasties built capitals here on the banks of the Yamuna, the city is rich in architectural history.
Agra is famous as the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendor of the mausoleum, the fort and the palaces in Agra are vivid reminders of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire. Agra was their capital for nearly a hundred years from 1564. A pleasant town, with a comparatively easy pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by artisans who are hereditary craft persons. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.
Jaipur – the capital of Rajasthan is colour washed pink – the colour associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. This Pink City of fairy tale palaces, rugged fortresses perched on barren hills and broad avenues, is picturesque. The first planned city of its time, Jaipur is encircled by a formidable wall.
Aurangabad is the gateway to Ellora and Ajanta two of the most interesting historical sites in India. These 2000 year-old manmade caves were literally scooped out of solid rock by Buddhist monks who chose these sites for their seclusion. When the echo of the chisel faded, so did the world’s memory of the caves. Till the beginning of the 19th century, when a British hunting party discovered Ajanta, and the glory of the caves went on show for the world to see. These caves contain not only remarkable sculptures but also very well preserved wall paintings, many still glowing with their original colours. They are truly legends in stone and tributes to man’s devotion and triumph over nature.