Delhi – Jaipur – Amber – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra
Visit the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in the Indian sub-continent. Build by Emperor Shah Jahan this beautiful mosque has two minarets 40 meters high decorated with vertical strips in red sandstone alternating with white marble. If you have the time, listen to the Qawals playing some soulful music. Go to the Red Fort or Lal Qila, the residence of the Mughal emperor for nearly 200 years.
Spend the afternoon discovering New Delhi, its wide roads, green patches and the beautifully lined embassies and administrative buildings. Drive past the royal road of the city- Rajpath. This wide avenue is flanked by decorative basins and is a fine work of art of the architect of New Delhi, Lutyens. Go to India Gate (Arc de Triomphe) and the regal, Rashtrapati Bhawan, abode of the President or the first citizen of the country.
A trip to the QutubMinar minaret is a must. This 72 meter tall monument was built at the dawn of the Muslim era in India. Later, spend some time at the Humayun tomb, which is a fine example of the beginning of the Mughal architecture. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel and then head to Amber, the capital of the former State called Rajputana – Fortified lair of the Empire of the Mughals. Start your trip with a visit to the Fort of Amber. Nestled amongst three fortresses, Amber had the perfect setting to protect it against enemies. At the lowest level is the fort itself which housed the apartments of the Maharaja and its many women and concubines.A little above, connected by a network of fortified corridors and secret passages, lies the fortress, which housed the soldiers of the Prince.
Climb up the Amber Fort on the back of an elephant to feel the aura of the bygone era. You must also visit the temple dedicated to the goddess Kali and the other royal buildings.
Head back to Jaipur and visit the City Palace also called the Palace of the Maharadjaand admire its collection of royal apparel, canopies of ceremonies and the beautiful miniatures. Make a trip to the Observatory of Jantar Mantar, built by a prince passionate about astronomy and astrology. This astronomical observation site was built in the early 18th century and is the most significant and best preserved historic observatories in India. Head to Hawa Mahal, the Palace of the Winds. It has intricately carved facades behind which the women of the Court could see the spectacle of the street, without being seen by the people.
Spend the night at the hotel.