See the many faces of India on this well-traveled route.In Delhi, discover a blend of history and modernity-Old Delhi features the 16th-century Jama Masjid mosque, while New Delhi is all tree-lined streets and colonial buildings. The Taj Mahal in Agra is legendary, and Jaipur’s historical buildings and bazaars are fascinating windows into the local culture.
From visiting the Taj Mahal to an elephant ride in Jaipur, this tour is full of moments you will remember forever.
Upon arrival in India, meet your Etravex Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel.
Start the day with a guided tour of Old Delhi. See the magnificent Red Fort, built at the zenith of the Mughal Empire, and the centuries-old Chandni Chowk marketplace that’s still a commercial hub. The bazaar’s sounds, smells and colors—and the throngs of people—form an unforgettable impression. Finally, visit Jama Masjid, Asia’s largest mosque. This afternoon’s guided tour focuses on New Delhi. Exceptionally different from crowded Old Delhi, the new sector possesses a Victorian grace exemplified by the Presidential Palace and India Gate. Shaded avenues lead to the 12th century minaret Qutab Minar and Humayun’s Tomb, a prime example of Mughal architecture.
Journey to Sikandra and see the Tomb of Emperor Akbar before continuing to the Taj Mahal. Take in the city on a guided tour. After admiring the jewel-like Taj from a distance, where it seems to float like a fantastic mirage over the River Yamuna, take a rickshaw ride to get up close and spend the rest of the afternoon examining this treasure that immortalizes Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s love for his wife. What could be more beautiful than the Taj Mahal at sunset?
An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. Globus Local Favorite At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the ALPINE SENSATION, THE PANORAMA 360° EXPERIENCE, and the ICE PALACE. Also receive your JUNGFRAU PASSPORT as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day.
Journey to Jaipur, visiting the Fatehpur Sikri enroute. The deserted city was once the palace-filled, 16th century Mughal capital. Common treasures include sandy scenery, tiny fortresses atop outcroppings and camel-drawn carts driven by mustachioed men wearing colorful turbans.
This morning, just like maharajahs, you’ll ascend to the Amber Fort atop gaily decorated elephants and tour the Hall of Mirrors and palaces. This afternoon’s guided sightseeing of Jaipur visits the Maharajah’s City Palace (where the Jaipur royal family still lives) and its museum housing fabulous collections of carpets, jewellery and arms. You’ll also tour the Jantar Mantar, an observatory, and “Palace of the Winds”, a latticed pink facade, designed for the royal ladies. Like them, you can remain hidden and overlook quaint bazaars. Stroll these bazaars and interact with residents of the ancestral homes along the main market.
Tonight’s overnight, subject to availability, will make you feel like royalty. Samode Bagh is a garden paradise modeled after a Mughal garden. You’ll sleep in a dune-colored tent complete with carpeted floors, electricity and your own marble bathroom! Spend the day exploring the local village and the markets.
The drive to Delhi today offers panoramic views of colorful Rajasthan. Enjoy dinner out in this cosmopolitan city.
Today enjoy a temple tour. Visit a Sikh Temple, Hindu Temple and church and compare their similarities and differences. The rest of the day is free to shop for India’s bounteous crafts – great souvenirs. After dinner, transfer to Delhi airport/ Railway Station to begin your journey home.