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Brief History and Culture of India Experience

PRIVATE TOUR - 9 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM $2265+

Private Tour Highlights

  • See the Red Fort, recognized as the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire
  • Visit the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India
  • See the impressive India Gate, commemorating the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives
  • Tour the stunning Taj Mahal, India’s most picture perfect work of architecture
  • Visit Fatehpur Sikri city, dramatically abandoned shortly after it was built
  • Watch a sound and light show at the city’s Amber Fort
  • Tour through the magnificent rooms and chambers of the Amber Fort
  • Take a city tour beginning at the City Palace Museum
  • Tour the city of Amritsar, the important seat of Sikh history and culture
  • Experience the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony at the Wagah Army Outpost
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Tour Overview

Travel through Delhi, Agra and Jaipur before venturing north to Amritsar, one of the nation’s most ancient and fascinating cities. Explore Old and New Delhi, visit the Taj Mahal and see the deserted royal city of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Jaipur and its Amber Fort. In Amritsar, visit Sikhism’s most holy site, stunning Golden Temple and witness the changing of the guard ceremony at the India-Pakistan border closing in Wagah.

Beginning in Delhi, compare the ancient with the modern as you explore Old and New Delhi. In Old Delhi, discover the twisting lanes and crowded bazaars of the Red Fort, visit Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial site, Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India) and the colorful market of Chandi Chowk. Then, tour stately government buildings and modern wonders of the bustling New Delhi.

Journey a few hours south to Agra, once a capital of the great Mughal Empire. With its charming red sandstone and white marble architectures, this is also the home of the magnificent Taj Mahal, India’s finest architectural masterpiece. En route to Jaipur, visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, an ancient imperial city of the Mughal dynasty that was mysteriously abandoned. This ornate and perfectly preserved city offers even more building splendors for your eyes to feast upon.

Once in Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital city, visit the stunning expanses of the Amber Fort and experience life within the walls of the regal City Palace. From here, you will fly to Amritsar to experience the spiritual center of Sikhism and its holiest shrine, the Golden Temple. Then head to the Indo-Pakistani border to witness the evening border closing ceremony. With extreme pomp and goose stepping, this proves to be quite the theatrical display that showcases a rare glimpse of harmony between these two nations.

Inclusions
Price Includes:
One way domestic airfare from Jaipur to Amritsar and Amritsar to New Delhi, all accommodations with continental or buffet breakfast, service of deluxe air-conditioned vehicle for all transfers and tours, one time entrance fees at all monuments, services of English speaking local guide for excursions, all currently applicable taxes including service tax, there will be mandatory Christmas/New Year’s eve gala dinner at the hotels, which is not included in the rate. Yampu will advise you the rate at the time of booking.

Notes:

* The Red Fort in Delhi remains closed on every Monday

* The Taj Mahal in Agra remains closed on every Friday

* As when at any holy site, please dress and behave respectfully. At the Golden Temple, it is mandatory for everyone to remove their shoes and socks and to wash their feet before entering. Visitors must also cover their head (scarves can be borrowed at no charge). Alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited. Likewise, photographs are only permitted from the Parkarma, the marble walkway that surrounds the pool.

* Additional supplements may apply between 1 – 20 November, 20 December – 10 January and 1 – 28 February. Please ask a Yampu Travel Consultant for more details.
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Single £$3593 £$4657 £$5137 £$8548

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Flight to New Delhi

Overnight international flight to New Delhi.

Overnight international flight to New Delhi.

Day
2

Arrival in Delhi

Upon arrival in Delhi, meet with a Yampu representative and be transferred to the hotel for check in. Depending on arrival time, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Upon arrival in Delhi, meet with a Yampu representative and be transferred to the hotel for check in. Depending on arrival time, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day
3

Tour of the Red Fort

Here, see Red Fort, recognized as the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jehan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk; the perpetually congested avenue heading west from the Red Fort is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars.


Also visit Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India), Chandni Chowk, and the bustling and colorful market of the old city. Chandni Chowk was the commercial center of Delhi in the old time and see it come alive in the morning as the trading day starts, and Raj Ghat. Raj Ghat has a simple memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, marking the spot where he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse in 1948. A commemorative ceremony is held here every Friday. The first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Lal Nehru, was also cremated to the north of the memorial at Shanti Van (Forest of Peace). The area is now a beautiful park laden with trees. The Zinat-ul Masjid (Most Beautiful of Mosques) towers over the Raj Ghat.


After the metro ride continue to visit New Delhi to visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Qutub Minar and Humayun's Tomb. In 1199, Qutub-ud-Din raised the Qutub Minar either as a victory tower or as a minaret to the adjacent mosque. Humayun's tomb, which was built by emperor Humayun's wife, took eight years to complete and is regarded as an example of the early Mughal architecture. The emperor's wife, Begai Begum, was buried in the tomb and the structure is the first of its kind built in the center of a well-planned garden. The combination of white marble and red sandstone was a great influence on later Mughal architecture. It is generally regarded as a prototype of the famed Taj Mahal of Agra.


This drive meanders along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate. At the center of New Delhi stands the 42m high India Gate, an Arc-de-Triomphe like Archway in the middle of a crossroad. It commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the First World War and bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the North-western Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919. The foundation stone was laid by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught in 1921 and was designed by Edwin Lutyens. The Presidential House is a palatial building built on an area of 330 acres with a private garden designed by the illustrious Lutyens, originally as the official residence of the Viceroy of India during British reign, is now the official residence of the First Citizen and the Parliament House.
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Day
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Tour the Taj Mahal

Upon arrival, check into a hotel. Then proceed for the sightseeing tour of the stunning Taj Mahal, India’s most picture perfect work of architecture and one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.


The area around the Taj Mahal is a protected area and the parking is approximately one kilometer away from the monument. Here, disembark and board battery buses to the Taj.


That magnificent monument of love - The Taj Mahal, was built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 22 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working round the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori.


In the impressive Agra Fort, journey through the chambers of this royal residence. On the journey through the city, witness the local life and bazaars and the hustle bustle of everyday India. Agra Fort is officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The fort is also known as Lal Qila, Fort Rouge and Red Fort of Agra. It is about 2.5 km northwest of its much more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal. The fort is often described as a walled palatial city and as the most important fort in India. The great Mughals Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb lived here, and the country was governed from here. It contained the largest state treasury and mint. It was visited by foreign ambassadors, travellers and the highest dignitaries who made history in India.
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5

Agra - Jaipur

Drive approximately 4-5 hours to Jaipur.


Fatehpur Sikri was the imperial city of the Mughal dynasty between 1571 and 1584. Fatehpur Sikri was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar. The architectural grandeur of this deserted city cannot be described in words and one can only experience the aura of its magnificent edifices by seeing them.


As one enters Sikri from the Agra Gate, one of the nine gateways on the way to the palace complex, Diwan-I-Aam, or the hall of public audience appears first. It is a huge rectangular walled-in courtyard where petitions were heard, proclamations were made, ambassadors were received and entertainment programs were held. Ponder the mysterious desertion of this capital city that was dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its 'ruins' are still in a pristine condition. It is not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur.


Once arrived, check in and have some time to relax before a sound and light show at the city’s Amber Fort.


The Amber Fort was originally built by the Meenas in the town they consecrated to Amba, the Mother Goddess, whom they knew as Gatta Rani or Queen of the Pass. Built over the remnants of an earlier structure, the palace complex which stands today was commenced under the reign of Raja Man Singh, Commander in Chief of Akbar's army and a member of the Emperor's inner circle of nine courtiers, in 1592. The initial structure of the fort was entirely completed by his descendant, Jai Singh I. Amber was modified by successive rulers over the next 150 years, until the Kachwahas shifted their capital to Jaipur during the time of Sawai Jai Singh II.


The sound and light show at the Fort was scripted by the noted lyricist and filmmaker Gulzar for which superstar Amitabh Bachchan will lend his baritone. The one-hour show, which will be in English, will blend the visual splendor of a light show with the gripping historical narrative surrounding the Amber Fort's history.
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6

Tour of the Amber Fort

This morning return to the Amber Fort for a half day excursion. Going through the magnificent rooms and chambers, observe the various intricate ivory, mirror and glass work. In the afternoon, enjoy a city tour that will begin at the City Palace Museum, followed by a visit to Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726), and great photographic opportunity at the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds – a spectacular five storied, honeycomb styled building exemplifying superb Rajput artistry.

Note: Yampu recommends an optional tour (price not included) of an evening elephant safari. After a chance to feed these gentle creatures, ride upon their backs through a private jungle area, passing many villages, fields and a medieval fortress as the sun sets. Please inquire with a Yampu travel consultant for more information
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Jaipur - Amritsar

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Amritsar. Transfer to the hotel. Depending on arrival time, spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Amritsar. Transfer to the hotel. Depending on arrival time, spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

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8

Tour of Amritsar

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Amritsar is one of the most ancient and fascinating cities of India. It is an important seat of Sikh history and culture, and a gateway for travelers coming to India on the overland route from central Asia. Amritsar's location has made it the center of various commercial activities. The city has various historical and religious sites, the most famous of them being the Golden Temple. The Golden Temple was founded by the fourth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Ramdas, and completed by his successor Guru Arjan Dev. Another revered shrine is the Durgiana Temple which is dedicated to goddess Durga. This evening, enjoy a visit to the Golden Temple to experience the evening ceremony.


Then, drive to the Wagah, an army outpost on the only India and Pakistan border between Amritsar and Lahore. Wagah is an elaborate complex of buildings, roads and barriers on both sides. The highlight of the tour is the evening "Beating the Retreat" ceremony. Soldiers from both countries march in perfect drill, going through the steps of bringing down their respective national flags. As the sun goes down, nationalistic fervor rises and lights are switched on marking the end of the day amidst thunderous applause.


Please note: As when at any holy site, dress and behave respectfully. At the Golden Temple, it is mandatory for everyone to remove their shoes and socks and to wash their feet before entering. Visitors must also cover their head (scarves can be borrowed at no charge). Alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited. Likewise, photographs are only permitted from the Parkarma, the marble walkway that surrounds the pool.
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Day
9

Flight home

Transfer to the airport for a connection to New Delhi and flight home or continue with an optional Yampu Tours add-on.


Note: Alternatively, take the Shatabdi Express train back to Delhi in place of a flight. This is a six hour journey upon an express air conditioned day train.

Transfer to the airport for a connection to New Delhi and flight home or continue with an optional Yampu Tours add-on.


Note: Alternatively, take the Shatabdi Express train back to Delhi in place of a flight. This is a six hour journey upon an express air conditioned day train.

Delhi, India

Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Amritsar, Punjab, India

Places You'll See

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    Amritsar

    Home to the Harmandir Sahib, or “Golden Temple”, the city of Amritsar is the cultural and spiritual center for the Sikh Religion. Explore the maze-like Mata Hindu Temple, or see the display of Sikh period artifacts at the Summer Palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Take a village tour to get a taste of the traditional culture and cuisine.

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    Jaipur

    Nicknames the Pink City, Jaipur is home to several enticing attractions. Visit the Amber Fort, once the royal palace for the Kachwahas, and see the impressive evening light show. Explore the massive City Palace inside the old city. Take a peaceful stroll through one of the many gardens, or purchase some unique souvenirs at the city center bazaar.

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    Agra

    Visit the famous Taj Mahal, one of the New 7 Wonders of the world, in Agra. Take a guided tour through the immense, white marble mausoleum, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife, a true monument of love. While in Agra, also visit the Agra Fort, mainly constructed from sandstone, it’s more of a palace than a defense structure.

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    Delhi

    Home to India’s largest mosque, the Red Fort, Delhi is abundant in historical artifacts and cultural events. Visit the Baha’i Lotus Temple, a beautiful building in the shape of a lotus bud, or the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art. To get a real taste of area, take a food tour to experience the local cuisine. Or take a peaceful morning walk in the Lodhi Garden.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Delhi : Justa Greater Kailash

Agra : Hotel Amar

Jaipur : Alsisar Haveli

Amritsar : Mrs. Bhandari’s Guesthouse

4 Star Properties

Delhi : The Royal Plaza

Agra : Agra Trident Oberoi

Jaipur : Jaipur Trident Oberoi

Amritsar : Hotel Ritz

5 Star Properties

Delhi : The Claridges

Agra : ITC Mughal Agra

Jaipur : Jaimahal Palace

Amritsar : Ranjit Svaasa Amritsar

Luxury Properties

Delhi : The Oberoi

Agra : Amarvilas

Jaipur : Oberoi Rajvilas,

Jaipur : Taj Rambagh Palace

Jaipur : Sujan Rajmahal Palace

Amritsar : Radisson Blu Hotel

Testimonials

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Traveled October, 2012

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Traveled January, 2016

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Traveled November, 2016

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