Dates of guaranteed group tours for 2019
India. Tour program
1 day, night from Saturday to Sunday. Arrival to Delhi Upon arrival in Delhi, meeting with a company representative and transfer to the hotel according to the program. (Hotel room booked from Saturday).
Legend has it: no man or ruler who dared to create a new city on the site of Delhi, will not be able to maintain their power for a long time. However, the prophecies could not stop the many conquerors of Delhi, who came, and again and again renamed the city over the centuries. Architectural masterpieces and monuments of the “capital of seven empires”, created by different rulers, are a unique example of the evolution and synthesis of various cultures and influences.
2 day, sunday. Delhi The tour starts with a visit. Jama Masjid – Delhi Cathedral Mosque, the largest mosque in India, which contains priceless Muslim relics.
After the group will travel along the walls. Red Fort, which is one of the most important historical complexes of India, embodying a long period of Indian history, a symbol of architectural beauty and the power of the Indian ruling dynasties. It is from the walls of the Red Fort every year on August 15 – on the anniversary of independence from Great Britain, the Indian Prime Minister addresses the Indian people.
The tour will continue in New Delhi: the group will travel along Rajghat, the cremation places of Mahatma Gandhi and along the central avenue of the city with state buildings, and see Sansad Bhavan (Palace of Parliament) and Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Palace), which at one time served as the Royal residence of the British viceroy who ruled India.
Then go to India Gate. This memorial is dedicated to the soldiers of the Indian army who died as a result of hostilities from the first world war to today.
Later visit to sparkling bright colors and gilding white-pink temple of Birla, dedicated to the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity Lakshmi, and in Delhi’s main Sikh temple, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, is a snow-white temple with golden domes and a large pond inside the complex, known as Sarovar, whose waters are considered sacred.
Then visit Tombs of humayun – The tombs of one of the Muslim rulers. Built from white marble and red sandstone, the tomb is a synthesis of Persian and Indian traditions and is considered the first example of mature Mughal architecture.
Next tour in Akshardham. Akshardham complex was built in 2005 and immediately entered the Guinness Book of Records as the largest Hindu temple in the world. It combines a mixture of architectural styles from different parts of India, since its construction was carried out for 5 years with the participation of 7,000 artists from Rajasthan, Orissa and Bengal. Akshardkham built from Rajasthan pink sandstone and Italian marble, not supported by any metal or concrete materials, and its perimeter is decorated with more than two hundred columns and many sculptures.
Return to the hotel, dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
3 day, monday. Delhi – Jaipur 265 km / 7 hours At 09:00, after breakfast – eviction from the hotel, excursion to the Kutub Minar complex and transfer to Jaipur.
In the morning visit to the complex Qutub Minar – Victory Tower, erected in the 12th century by the governor of King Kutub-ud-din Aibak. Decorated with a delicate elegant ornament, the Qutub Minar is the tallest (72.5 m) brick minaret in the world and is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The structure of the architectural ensemble Qutub Minara also includes an iron column seven meters high and weighing six and a half tons, which for 1600 years of its existence has practically avoided corrosion. The column was erected in the 5th century and consists almost entirely of iron, manganese is absent in it, and nickel is almost absent. The wonderful properties of the column for a long time baffled scientists who connect its origin with extraterrestrial civilizations.
Next move to Jaipur, which is also called the “pink city”. Travelers literally freeze with delight at the mere sight of the old quarter of Jaipur, where almost all buildings are painted in pink and terracotta tones. The breathtaking view of the ancient forts is a romantic reminder of a bygone era. The city with its historical heritage and rich architecture has something to impress tourists.
On arrival in Jaipur visit Galtaji Temple, located at the foot of the Aravali mountains. The Galtaji temple complex is built of pink sandstone. Due to its unusual shape and abundant frescoes with Rajput miniatures on the walls, Galtaji is more like a palace or an old haveli house than a temple.
Built in the 18th century by Divan Kriparama, loyal subjects of Rajah Jaipur, the temple was named after Saint Galta, which, according to legend, was attributed to austerity in this very place several centuries ago. Inside the temple complex there are three ablution ponds with sacred water that attract pilgrims. The most revered of them is Galta Kund – it is nourished by a spring from a rock that has the shape of a cow’s head. Galtaji is also known as the Temple of the Apes because of the large number of Langur families and rhesus macaques that inhabit its surroundings.
Further visit the temple of Birla, built in 1988, the industrial group Birla – one of the financial magnates of India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Narayana) – the guardian of the whole world and his wife Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth, therefore, sometimes this temple is also called the Lakshmi Narayan temple.
Check in at the hotel, dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
4th day, tuesday. Jaipur AT
Riding on an elephant to the main gate gives an unforgettable experience of Maharaja. (If it is impossible to climb an elephant, guests will be taken upstairs in jeeps).
Walk through the palace complex. The halls that open up are examples of oriental luxury. Numerous rooms are decorated with paintings inlaid with precious stones and mirrors depicting scenes of war and hunting. Perhaps the most impressive is the Shish Mahal (Mirror Hall), in which the light from a single lamp is reflected in a variety of mirrors, illuminating the entire room.
On the way back from Amber Fort – stop for lunch. Before lunch, group members will learn all the wisdom of wearing Indian national clothes – ladies will be able to try on a sari and paint their hands with henna (mehendi), and men will learn to put a turban on the head for speed.
Next stop for photographing Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). The pink sandstone façade is covered with intricate carvings and permeated with numerous tiny window openings that made it possible to blow through the harem’s chambers on hot days, and allowed women to watch what was happening outside.
Next stop for photographing Jal mahal (Palace on the water) and at the city Albert Hall Museum. The building of the museum is made in Indo-Saracen architectural style, and is decorated with light towers that seem to be sails filled with wind.
Later afternoon visit City Palace, part of which is open to the public as a museum, and the other part is still occupied by the royal family. The museum has a large collection of rare manuscripts, military equipment, costumes, carpets and miniatures.
Then visit Jantar Mantar (Royal Observatory) – the most famous of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh in India. Jai Singh was a great admirer of progress and achieved great success in the study of science and technology, but his passion was astronomy. The opportunity to get acquainted with the giant astronomical instruments in the open air observatory.
Jaipur is famous for a large selection of beautiful and inexpensive handmade jewelry made of precious and semi-precious stones. Return to the hotel, dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
5th day, Wednesday. Jaipur – Abhaneri – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra 240 km / 6 hours
On the way stop at Abkhaneri village, where is one of the oldest stepped wells in India. This incredibly beautiful and harmonious square construction is 13 floors deep. The large mouth of the well served as a funnel to collect drinking water, which flowed freely along a geometrically complex system of steps and stairs that covered all three sides of the well.
Further on the way visit Fatehpur Sikri – abandoned city. Built by the great Mughal emperor Akbar from pink sandstone, the city served as the capital of the Mughal Empire in the late 16th century. Soon after all the wells were dry, the city was abandoned by the emperor and emptied forever. Despite the fact that more than 300 years have passed, the city has been perfectly preserved to this day. The buildings of Fatehpur Sikri are the result of the synthesis of various architectural schools, as masters from various regions of India were involved in its construction. The city was larger than London in size at the time of construction, mosques and palaces decorated it. A city with a well-preserved historical heritage has something to impress tourists.
After sightseeing Fatehpur Sikri transfer to Agra. Upon arrival visit to the mausoleum of Itmad-ud-Daula, which was erected by order of Empress Nur Jahan in memory of her father. The construction of this mausoleum preceded the construction of the Taj Mahal by several years, and it is rightfully considered the forerunner of the Taj Mahal and is called the Small Taj.
Check in at the hotel, dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
6th day, thursday. Agra – Vrindavan – Delhi 205 km / 4 hours
Taj Mahal – the pearl of Muslim art and architecture of India, attracts tourists from all over the world. Its construction took 22 years, and 20 thousand craftsmen were invited from across the empire. A thousand elephants transported white marble for 300 km to build it. Erected as a sign of great love of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to his wife Mumtaz Mahal in the middle of the 17th century, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Lined with translucent marble, the Taj is beautiful from any side, and on closer examination the inlaid with gems is simply amazing. The longer you contemplate him, the more he captivates you. His absolute beauty is unparalleled.
The tour will continue in Agra Forte – fortress building, which served in the era of the Mughal Empire, the residence of the rulers. The walls and gates of Agra Fort, as well as the first settlements were erected by order of Akbar the Great on the east bank of the Yamuna River. The successors of Akbar – above all, Shah Jahan strengthened and expanded the fort and built a mosque, and Aurangzeb surrounded the walls with ramparts. Visiting the reception hall and the royal pavilions.
Then move to Delhi and on the way visit tombs of the emperor Akbar, which is located in the small settlement of Sikandra, in the suburb of Agra, and is a true masterpiece of Muslim architecture.
Further along the way visit to Vrindavan, or the city of 5,000 temples, which is a holy pilgrimage site for followers of Vishnuism. In the place of modern Vrindavan in ancient times there was a forest in which, according to the legends about Krishna, the god Vishnu 5,000 years ago, during his earthly incarnation in the form of Krishna, held his divine games.
Visit Krishna Balarama Temple, built by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in 1975. This is one of the most beautiful temples of Vrindavan. Next to the temple is the samadhi (tomb) of ISKCON founder Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, built of pure white marble.
21: 00-21: 30 – Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer to Delhi International Airport and departure home.
* In the period December – January arrival in Delhi at 22: 30-23: 00. ** If after "Golden Triangle" Customers want to go to Goa or Kerala, you need to book an extra night in Delhi and fly out the next day.
ACCOMMODATION IN THE HOTEL IN DELHI ON THIS NIGHT IS NOT PROVIDED!
The cost of the tour for 1 person.
September 2018 – April 2019