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Join us on a tour to magnificent India, a destination which will amaze you with its beauty, culture, and exotic, often chaotic tapestry of ancient and modern. You'll visit New Delhi, where the juxtaposition of old and new makes this city of 10 million a fascinating marvel, Jaipur, the "pink city" full of soft red sandstone buildings, mansions and palaces, and Agra, where you'll visit the Taj Mahal, the world's most opulent and lovely symbols of the love of an emperor for his favorite queen. All of this for an incredible price that is hardly more than the cost of airfare alone!
Day 2: Arrive Delhi. Evening arrival in India's capital. You'll be escorted to your deluxe hotel. Crowne Plaza Hotel Surya New Delhi
Day 3: New Delhi. This morning, see New Delhi's highlights including the 12th century hand-carved Kutab Minar, the Birla Temple and the India Gate. Later, a tour of Old Delhi takes you to the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi and the Jamma Masjid, India's largest mosque. See the magnificent Red Fort, built in 1648 as a symbol of Mughal's power. This evening your tour director hosts a welcome dinner. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 4: Delhi & Jaipur. Morning at leisure to shop at Delhi's exciting bazaars. Later travel to Jaipur, the "Pink City", famous for its exquisite buildings of rose-colored terra cotta. Rajputana Palace Sheraton (or similar) Breakfast provided.
Day 5: Jaipur. Enjoy a walking tour as well as a rickshaw ride in Jaipur's old city where you will explore the colorful local bazaar. Also visit the Palace of Winds, the landmark of Jaipur, an extension of the city palace built as harem chambers. The 953 street-facing windows allowed royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen.
This afternoon venture out of the city to Amber Fort, ancient capital of Rajasthan. See the Temple of Kali, the Hall of Victory, and ride an elephant to the hill where the Amber Fort is situated. Later, attend a unique prayer ritual at a Hindu temple. Enjoy a leisure evening in picturesque Jaipur to explore on your own. Breakfast provided.
Day 6: Jaipur & Agra. En route to Agra, visit Fatehpur Sikri, once a glittering capital but later abandoned due to scarcity of water. You'll marvel at the well-preserved buildings and red sandstone palaces. Proceed to Agra, home of the legendary shrine built and dedicated to love, the Taj Mahal. Mughal Sheraton Hotel (or similar). Breakfast provided.
Day 7: Agra. The highlight of this morning's tour is a visit to the fabled, perfectly proportioned Taj Mahal. This 17th century, white marble mausoleum was built by Emperor Shah Jehan to enshrine the mortal remains of his Queen Mumtaz Mahal.
Day 8: Agra/Delhi. Leisure time for last minute pursuits before returning to Delhi. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a festive farewell dinner. Crowne Plaza Hotel Surya New Delhi Breakfast provided.
Day 9: Delhi/USA. Early this morning bid farewell. Your memorable journey ends as you arrive New York this afternoon. Breakfast provided.
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