Arrive Delhi. On arrival, you will be greeted and assisted by our representative and transferred to the hotel. On arrival in hotel, check in (Rooms will be available from 1400 hrs)
In its 3000 years of existence; seven cities have risen where the present capital of India stands. Here you'll encounter a fascinating blend of the ancient and the contemporary. Where government buildings, medieval palaces and bazaars exist beside a modern metropolis. Delhi is a city waiting to be explored.
Proceed to Old Delhi to visit the 17th century Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1650 and 1656, it can accommodate ten thousand pax at one time. Hop on a cycle rickshaw and traverse through the lanes of Chandni Chowk, the shopping center of old Delhi. Later drive past the Red Fort for a photo shot and visit Raj Ghat where Gandhi Ji was cremated. Afternoon proceed to New Delhi, built in a typically British colonial style with tree-lined avenues and colonial bungalows. Visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the most prominent Sikh (religion) Gurudwara (place of worship). It is known for its association with 8th Sikh Guru – Guru Har Krishan. Located in Connaught Place, it was first completed in the year 1664. See India Gate, the 42 m high War Memorial Arch. Drive past the Parliament House, the Secretariat buildings and the Vice Regal Palace, now the official residence of the President of India. You will also visit Qutab Minar – what was intended to be the most glorious tower of victory in the world and was to be the prototype of all minars in India. It was built by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi in 1200 AD
Delhi to Agra (220 Kms / 04 Hrs). Drive to Agra and check-in to your hotel.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Agra Fort, situated on the west bank of the river Jamuna, made by the Mughal King Akbar in the 16th century and completed by his grandson Shah Jahan, who was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb for 8 years in this fort, before his death.
Optional : Mohabbat - The Taj Show - a series of play depicting the saga of love. The true and immortal love of Shajahan for Mumtaj Mahal - his beautiful wife; the lavish lifestyle of mughal era; emaculate hardship of the artisans for 22 years that created the most precious specimen of craftsmanship. It is a visual feast for the eyes with its ace enactment of the grandeur and splendid lifestyles of the mughal period. The most overwhelming part of this extravaganza is the climax. The world's biggest replica of the Taj Mahal emerges slowly on a lotus-shaped platform lifted by a hydraulic lift. Truly, a majestic delight.
Optional: Itmad-Ud-Daulah - a Mughal mausoleum, often described as a "jewel box", sometimes called the "Baby Tāj", the tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah is often regarded as a draft of the Tāj Mahal.
We will start our day with an early morning visit to the world famous monument of India, the Taj Mahal* (1631-1653), built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child. It employed 20,000 workers from the Central Asia and Europe for 22 years to construct this extravagant monument of love, inlaying the white marble edifice with precious and semi precious stones. (*Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays.)
Return to the hotel for breakfast. Later drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival in Jaipur check-in at your hotel.
Optional: Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri - The beautiful and deserted medieval city built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire. The complex consists of religious, residential and administrative buildings. The Mosque is considered a copy for the Mosque at Mecca and is extremely elegant, containing elements of Hindu and Persian design. Housed here is the Shrine of Sheikh Salim Chisti one of the greatest of Sufi saints of the Muslim world.
Optional: Dinner with local family. Visit a local family. After a traditional welcome by your host, learn about their culture, cuisine, rituals and festivals. Listen to the stories of the Pink City from your charming hosts, admire the traditional décor of Hindu gods and Savor the great flavors of Rajasthani cuisine. Sit down with the family to feast on naans, lentils, curry, and dal- bati etc, as well as many other dishes typical of Rajasthan, including a dessert or sweet dish.
After breakfast, visit the ancient Rajput capital of Amber, 11 km from the city. This fort-palace was begun by Raja Man Singh and used by the Rajputs as their stronghold until Sawai Jai Singh II moved to the newly created Jaipur. See the Diwan I Am or hall of public audience, Kali temple, Jai Mandir or hall of victory with its inlaid panels and mirror ceiling, and Sukh Niwas. The fort provides breathtaking views of the lake below.enjoy the full day visit of Jaipur . Later take a city tour. City Palace: City Palace occupies the center of Jaipur. It now houses the Royal residence and museums with collections of textiles and costumes, armoury, manuscripts, paintings etc. Jantar Mantar (Royal Observatory): It was built (1728-34) by king astrologer Jai Singh II. The instruments are built of stone with marble facing on the important plains for measuring the harmony of the heavens. Each instrument serves a particular function and each gives an accurate reading. Hawa Mahal (photostop): Visit the palace of wind (Hawa Mahal) with 953 windows and niches which were made so that ladies of royal family could see the procession and events in the city without being visible to the people.
Optional: Visit haathi gaon (Elephant village) : surrounded by the wilderness with no urban civilization in the vicinity, just a few hamlets housing the local villagers occupied by farming on their fields. Then you will be introduced about Elephant, you will feed them, cuddle them and more. Do painting on this beautiful creature. Finally you will give bath to your friend Elephant before saying good bye.
This morning transfer to the airport to connect flight for Bangalore.
Flight : IndiGo, 6E-498 Jaipur (JAI) Dep. 1205 Hrs./ Bangalore (BLR) Arr. 1440 Hrs. Upon arrival met with our representative and transfer to the International airport to connect flight for Colombo. Flight : IndiGo, 6E-1205 Bangalore (BLR) Dep. 1735 Hrs./ Colombo (CMB) Dep. 1930 Hrs.
Upon arrival, get transferred to your hotel. Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. That heritage is reflected in its its architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shopping malls.
Check out from the hotel and visit Colombo city
The throbbing metropolis, Colombo - located in the West - is not only the country's commercial capital, but also the turbine that impels above 50% of the national GDP flanking Colombo's fancy urban development effort. Drive along the clean streets edging the crystal white Race Course - horse racing hub in 1893 & World War II airstrip - furnished today with lavish clothing, food & tea boutiques. Evening visit Anuradhapura Historical city - UNESCO world heritage site. Later visit Anuradhapura. Commanding a rich Sri Lankan heritage, Anuradhapura - one of the greatest and oldest civilizations in the world starring 113 kings & spanning over 1300 years in its peak - avows of being the greatest city of ancient Sri Lanka following its reign as the first capital.
Morning you will be taken to Sigiriya to climb up the Lion's rock - Sigiriya rock fortress - UNESCO world heritage site. The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site - Sigiriya - doesn't only boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture. Step through the gigantic 'Lion Paws' - overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below - to comprehend the absolute splendor that once dominated this rock fortress. Surrounded by ramparts & moats the Lion Rock - resembling the mythological 'City of Gods' - is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent 'mirror wall' embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti.
Late afternoon - Safari at Minneriya national park. The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site - Sigiriya - doesn't only boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture.
This morning get ready to head towards Kandy. En route visit Dambulla rock cave temple. In the city of Dambulla lies a hub which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka, Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Visit a Spice garden in Matale . An agricultural zone in the Central Province, Matale seldom drops off the maps due to its remarkable contribution through flagship crops of the island extending from tea, rubber & vegetables to spices. Spearheading the Rebellion back in 1848, Matale today takes immense pride in its story woven around spices.
Visit Kandy city. Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe - before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy - the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings - crafts an array of culture, history and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Optional: Cookery Demonstrations : demonstrates Sri Lankan cuisine where you could learn and cook famous local dishes such as dhal (Sri Lankan lentil curry), Coconut Sambol, Chicken Curry or anything else you wish to learn by using the traditional clay pots and coconut spoons.
Check out from the hotel and transfer to Negombo.
Day at leisure.
Optional: Kasgoda Turtle hatchery: Visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery on the Southwestern coast of Sri Lanka. Learn more about the five endangered sea turtle species that come to the shores of Sri Lanka to nest. Learn how the Kosgoda Turtle Care Program helps protect the nests until they hatch and increases the chances of survival for the babies. Get a chance to see, touch and feed baby turtles; or even injured adult turtles that the Turtle Hatchery cares for.
DAY 12 : END OF ITINERARY
Get transferred to the airport to connect to onward flight.