Architecture Evolution of India
This tour is lead by a professional tour guide with expert knowledge in architecture. Dive into a great civilization and explore the ancient Mughal, Hindu, Colonial and Modern architectural styles of North India.
Experience the influences and the rise and fall of past dynasties. North Indian architecture is a great celebration of the creativity of the artisans who dedicated their lives bringing to life these wondrous works of alluring beauty.
10 Days 9 Nights: Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Ahmedabad, Mumbai
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR
Meet Up at Delhi (DEL)
Delhi | Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk Rickshaw Ride
Delhi is the capital of modern India. It has also been the capital of at least seven previous civilizations as well as the British Raj, and each have left behind a trail of monuments.
Let’s tour Humayun’s Tomb - one of the best preserved Mughal monuments and also the best example of Mughal architecture in India. Qutab Minar is the world’s tallest brick tower and Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque. As we travel through both Old Delhi and New Delhi, don’t forget to add photographs of Rashtrapati Bhavan (President House), Parliament House and India Gate to your album.
Experience a busy & bustling local bazaar with a cycle rickshaw through Chandni Chowk.
Enjoy our group Namaste dinner tonight.
Breakfast Welcome Dinner
Delhi – Jaipur | Hawa Mahal
Today we drive to Jaipur.
Visit Hawa Mahal, a palace so named because it was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while remaining unseen from the outside.
Jaipur is affectionately known as the Pink City because Maharaja Ram Singh had all the Old City painted it a welcoming pink in 1876 to herald a visit by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII). It is also the bustling capital of the state of Rajasthan. Watch out for snake charmers here!
Jaipur | Amber Fort, Step Well near Kheri Gate, Jal Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, City Palace, Chokhi Dhani
We travel to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort - a sprawling Rajput construction, perched on a hillside overlooking the dusty plains below, regal palaces, sleepy villages, and stone carved temples. Reaching its summit by jeep/elephant where we enjoy a tour of the fort's well-preserved interior grounds.
Marvel at a 16th century step well near Kheri Gate. The step well serves as the community well, gathering place and swimming hole. If we are lucky, there will be bright red dragonflies playing on the glassy surface of the water.
On our way, enjoy the sight of Jal Mahal (Water Palace), a palace located in the middle of Man Sagar Lake.
Continue to Sheesh Mahal, "Palace of Mirrors" which takes its name from the reflective glass tiles that embellish its interior.
Later this afternoon we enjoy a tour of the City Palace. City Palace is an imposing blend of traditional Rajput and Mughal architecture. It is a vast palace complex occupying nearly one-seventh of the Pink City. It was originally built by Maharaja Jai Singh II. The complex is divided into a series of courtyards, sprawling gardens and buildings. It is home to several palatial structures like the Chandra Mahal, (home to present Maharajah of Jaipur), Mubarak Mahal (housing a textile museum), Diwan-e-Khas (or Hall of Private audience housing the two largest silver vessels in the world), the Diwan-e-Aam ( or Hall of Public Audience) and the gateway Ridhi Sidhi Pol (with four small doorways decorated with motifs depicting the four seasons).
We spend the evening at Chokhi Dhani (Rajasthan Cultural Village) to enjoy traditional performances by dancers & acrobats, explore snack stalls, paintings, costumes and tasty Rajasthani thali cuisine at this mock Rajasthani village.
Breakfast Chokhi Dhani Dinner
Jaipur - Agra | Chand Baori Step well, Fatehpur Sikri
Visit Fatehpur Sikri, the former imperial capital of the great Mughal emperor Akbar. Built between 1569 and 1585 it has been deserted for more than four centuries, by all accounts abandoned in 1600 due to a meagre supply of water.
Agra | Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Itimad-ud-Daulah Tomb
In Agra, we visit the impressive Agra Fort which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind its fortified walls. Different parts of the fort have been infused with different architectural influences.
This is our chance to size up the Itimad-ud-Daulah Tomb that is a Mughal era mausoleum, often described as a "jewel box" or the "Baby Tāj". This tomb has often been regarded as the inspiration for the Tāj Mahal.
Agra – Delhi - Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad | Art Gallery in Cave, Adalaj step well
To ease the water shortage during the 15th century, Adalaj step well was built to store and provide water for drinking, washing and bathing. It became integral to the dry region of Gujarat and is also a venue for colorful festivals and sacred rituals. The well is intricately carved and is five stories deep.
Ahmedabad - Mumbai | Architectural Wonders of Mumbai
Begin a ½ day tour to see Architectural Wonders of Mumbai including a walking heritage tour. Starting at the Gateway of India, a monument that commemorates the landing of King George V and Queen Mary. Next, visit the Prince of Wales Museum**, which houses many interesting artifacts. Drive down the seaside on Marine Drive to see the Hanging Gardens.
Then head to Mani Bhavan, Gandhi’s home from 1917 to 1934. It is now a permanent museum and memorial to the Mahatma. Enjoy a photo stop at the dhobi ghats, India's largest open-air laundry where workers pick up, wash, dry and deliver thousands upon thousands of pieces of clothing every day. The Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque and dargah (tomb) located on an islet off the coast of Worli in the southern part of Mumbai. Take a stroll through the bustling Crawford Market, Mumbai's most famous marketplace and the first building in the country to be lit by electricity in 1882. We’ll drive past the Victoria Terminus (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic railway station.
Visit Mahalakshmi and Shri Siddhivinayak temples.
Transfer to the hotel. Enjoy your farewell dinner tonight.
Breakfast Farewell Dinner
Mumbai | Elephanta Cave, End of Tour
Cruise across the harbor to explore the amazing Elephanta Island and its famous caves, with carvings and sculptures dating back to 550 A.D.
The tour comes to an end. Please inform us of your international or India domestic flight schedule in order to schedule your airport transfer to Mumbai (BOM) airport.
Dates & PricingPrivate Tour, Daily Departures except Sundays.
|Tour Date||2 Persons *||3 Persons **||4-14 Persons*|
|Oct 1 - Dec 15, 2018. Jan 10 – Mar 31, 2019||$4,450||$4,155||$4,110|
|Oct 1 - Dec 15, 2019. Jan 10 – Mar 31, 2020||$4,675||$4,365||$4,315|
* Price per person, based on double occupancy.
** Price per person, based on triple occupancy.
‣ Domestic Airfare- Delhi to Ahmedabad from $24 and Ahmedabad to Mumbai from $22
(Exact fare varies depending on actual booking date)
Booking Your FlightWe can find the best flights and airfares for your tour.Buying your own air tickets? No problem.
- ‣ 4 & 5-Star Hotel Accommodations
- ‣ Airport Transfers, Meet and Greet
- ‣ Daily Breakfast and All Meals
- ‣ Welcome & Farewell Dinners
- ‣ Chokhi Dhani Rajasthan Evening & Dinner
- ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
- ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments
- ‣ Domestic/International Air Fares/Taxes to and from India
- ‣ Travel Insurance
- ‣ Medical Expenses
- ‣ Gratuities
- ‣ Laundry Service
- ‣ Telephone Calls
- ‣ Professional camera/video camera fees at monuments
- ‣ All the other services which are not mentioned in the inclusions