Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise
where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles
finds it's ultimate expression.
CITY PALACE - A delightful blend of Mughal
and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City
Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the
walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind
Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
JANTAR MANTAR - This is the largest
and the best preserved of the five observatories built
by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country.
This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical
instruments is still in use.
HAWA MAHAL - The ornamental facade
of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent
landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storey structures of
sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork
and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches
and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal
was a royal grandstand for the palace women.
Night stay in Jaipur.
Day 04 / Jaipur-Agra
Morning drive to Agra via Fatehpur sikri , a perfectly
preserved red sandstone “ghost town” which
was the estranged capital of mughal emperor Akbar,
built in 1569 and deserted when its water supply failed.
Arrive Agra and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Agra.
Day 05 / Agra
Morning at sunrise visit the magnificient Taj Mahal
- one of the seven wonders of the world surely the
most extravagant expression of love ever created.
20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this
memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife.Also visit the
Red fort - the rusty and majestic red- sandstone fort
of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and
the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566.
At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience),a colonnaded
hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcove of inlaid
marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions.
At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where
marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal
ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded peacock
Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly
kingdoms. Evening free to explore the rich handicrafts
of Agra. Night stay in Agra.