1. Rooms for two children 11 or younger can be included at no charge, depending on availability.
2. Extensions can be facilitated to include more days and / or other destinations.
3. This itinerary will need to be adjusted for the Taj Mahal's closure on Fridays.
Day 1: Arrive at Mumbai
(most flights arrive either in the evening or at night). Our services begin here.
You are greeted at the airport by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator and then ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle. You are then driven to your hotel where you are assisted with your check in. The next day's plans are briefly reviewed and you are presented with your welcome package. Among other things, this package includes a beautiful handcrafted journal for your explorations, travel documents such as your air tickets and hotel vouchers, as well as copies of documents (such as our General Travel Guide) that were sent to you earlier.
Day 2: Mumbai – Jaipur.
You are at leisure in the early morning to recuperate from your international flight.
You are assisted with your check out and then you proceed for a guided excursion of the city of Mumbai. The tour begins at the Prince of Wales Museum, built to commemorate King George V’s first visit to India in 1905. Designed in the Indo-Saracenic style, the museum has sections of art, paintings, archeological exhibits and natural history. After the museum tour you will visit the famous Dhobi Ghat & observe the age old tradition of the Dhobi’s doing Mumbai’s laundry!
Continue the tour
with a drive up to Malabar Hill, where the hanging gardens give a panoramic view of the city and the Queen’s Necklace (Marine Drive). The tour then takes a drive through the Flora Fountain and Fort area, where you can view the impressive Gothic and Victorian buildings that were constructed during the British Raj. Visit Victoria Terminus (now known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus). It is India’s finest example of a Gothic architecture and one of the world’s busiest railway stations. Stop for photo opportunities at the city’s signature landmark, The Gateway of India, either before you depart or when you return from this excursion.Located overlooking Mumbai’s harbor this structure was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai. It is also the ceremonial gateway that the last British Viceroy departed from when India gained Independence.
Late afternoon -
You are driven to the airport where you are assisted in boarding the flight to Jaipur. You are greeted at the Jaipur airport by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator and driven to your hotel where you are assisted with your check-in.
Day 3: Jaipur.
Start your day with an excursion to Amber Fort & Palace. Just like the Emperors of a few centuries ago, enjoy the ascent up to the ramparts of the fort on top of a colorfully caparisoned elephant (jeeps are available instead of the elephants, if you so desire). The massive Fort complex was originally built by Raja Mansingh and is one of India’s finest examples of Rajput architecture. Explore the chambers and hallways of the Palace which are famous for
their exquisite designs and handcrafted embellishments. Return to the valley beneath the Fort on your elephant or jeep.
There is a break for lunch.
Experience a guided city tour of the walled city of Jaipur, including the magnificent City Palace. Visit Jantar Mantar (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728. After the observatory comes a photo opportunity of the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Wind. This intriguing facade was built in 1799 so that the ladies of the court could use its unique windows and observe the bustling bazaar, without being visible to the people on the streets. Continue the tour with an exploration of the City Palace, the former royal residence (a part of it is still occupied by the Royal family and is not accessible to the public), built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles. This immense complex also houses a number of museums that offer a large and impressive collection of miniature paintings, costumes, and armory.
– You can either choose to enjoy your hotel this evening, or select from one of these two escorted excursions. You can visit the home of a Rajasthani Nobleman and enjoy a traditional dinner with members of the family, or you can enjoy a dinner and Rajasthani cultural show that includes regional dance, music and acrobatic performances.
Day 4: Jaipur - Agra.
You are at leisure to enjoy the facilities of one of the world’s finest luxury resorts this morning or to head out for Agra in the morning – your chauffeur is available to you from 9 am onwards. You are assisted with your check out by noon and you proceed on the journey to Agra. If you do not start fairly early in the morning (enabling you to dine on arrival at Agra), we recommend that you get a packed lunch from the hotel for your journey. Stop at Fatehpur Sikri
and enjoy a guided exploration of this beautiful uninhabited city. It was built by Emperor Akbar between 1570 and 1585 and is constructed primarily out of red sandstone. The Emperor moved his capital from Agra to this city and then, a few years later, abandoned it, returning back to Agra. Visit the tallest gateway in the world, the towering Bulund Darwaza (The Gate of Victory). In the northern part of the courtyard is the superb white marble tomb of Shaik Salim Chishti, built in 1570.
Continue on your drive to Agra. Arrive at Agra and you are assisted with your check in to your resort.
Agra’s artists are famous
for their creations in inlaid marble.
Day 5: Agra. Start your exploration
of Agra with a half day guided city tour of the magnificent monuments of this city. This exploration includes a visit to the famous tomb of Itmad-Ud–Daulah. This was built by Mughal Emperor Jehangir’s queen as a memorial to her father. The tombs sheer beauty will surprise you – the only reason it does not get more accolades is because it shares the stage with the incomparable Taj Mahal. Like the Taj it has amazingly intricate ‘Pietra Dura’ inlay and lattice marble screens. The mausoleum rests in a walled garden with a view of the river Yamuna. Constructed in the year 1628, most historians believe that its design provided the inspiration for the Taj Mahal. After your exploration of the tomb you will visit the first red sandstone fort of North India, the Agra Fort. It was built in 1565 by India’s greatest Mughal ruler, Emperor Akbar. Its royal audience halls, immense stone courtyards, marble mosque and the
private royal chambers give us a glimpse of the grandeur of the Mughal Empire.
There is a break for lunch.
Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the incomparable Taj Mahal. The world’s greatest monument dedicated to love is obviously a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Taj Mahal was completed by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 AD as a memorial to his beloved queen, Mumtaz Mahal. This spectacular
white marble mausoleum was created by about 22,000 skilled craftsmen and it took twenty two years to complete. When you experience the Taj Mahal with an Easy Tours Guide and have them provide unique insights into its innumerable facets, some of their passion for this masterpiece may rub off on you! Explore the amazing Taj and its surroundings until it is time to admire the sun’s rays setting on the façade of the world’s finest monument.
Day 6: Agra – Delhi.
You can either sleep in or chose to enjoy either of these two optional (no charge) excursions - a sunrise visit to Mehtab Bagh, which is a 500 year old Mughal garden located across from the Taj Mahal on the other side of the Yamuna River; or a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays). If you select either of the latter options, you will return to your hotel to freshen up after the excursion. You can choose to enjoy the facilities at your amazing hotel till just before noon. If you do not start fairly early in the morning (enabling you to dine on arrival at Delhi), we recommend that you get a packed lunch from the hotel for your journey. You are assisted with your check out of the hotel and driven to Delhi. You are assisted with your check-in to your hotel on your arrival at Delhi.
Day 7: Delhi – International Flight.
Continue your exploration of India with a guided city tour of Old Delhi after you check out of your hotel. If you are boarding a late evening/early morning international flight after this tour, you can sleep in this morning and start this day's activity in the mid-morning. If you are
boarding an afternoon or early evening flight to Mumbai (or elsewhere), this tour may need to be shortened, depending on the time of your flight.
Drive, walk and ride through the ancient city’s streets and alleys; explore crowded and colorful bazaars. This excursion includes an exploration of the Jama Masjid, completed in 1650 AD and the largest mosque in India. You continue on to the amazing Red Fort that was finished a decade before the mosque. Both structures were built by Shah Jahan, the emperor that created the Taj Mahal. The Masjid (Mosque) is a magnificent example of Mughal architecture and is constructed of red sandstone and white marble. It is an active place of worship and its courtyard can hold 25,000 worshippers.
The great city
inside the massive sandstone walls of the Red Fort offers visitors a large number of architectural and historical attractions; it was once known as the 8th wonder of the world. The Red Fort was the seat of the Mughal Empire for more than two hundred and fifty years and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an amazing example of a blend of Persian, Indian, and European architecture.
Once you leave the Fort you will experience a rickshaw ride in the alleys of the ancient bazaar at Chandni Chowk. After experiencing the crowded and colorful bazaar you will proceed to your last destination in Old Delhi. The cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi (Raj Ghat) is a simple yet stirring memorial to the father of the nation. Lush lawns extend beyond the enclosure that surrounds the black marble platform occupying the spot where the Mahatma was cremated. An eternal flame burns next to the platform.
There is a break for lunch.
Afternoon – enjoy a city tour
of New Delhi. This excursion begins with a drive past Safdarjang’s Tomb (1753 AD) while driving to the awe-inspiring Qutab Minar (1193 A.D.). This 239 ft tall medieval tower is a symbol of victory and a beautiful example of Persian architecture from that period. There is a winding stairway inside the tower that goes up all the way to the balcony at the very top of the tower – unfortunately they are no longer accessible for visitors. The Qutab Minar and its Monuments are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Within the Qutab complex
, amidst the ruins of the Quwat-ul-Islam Mosque, stands one of the legendary Ashoka Pillars. This large iron pillar has withstood the ravages of Delhi’s weather (and recent pollution) and has not rusted in over 1500 years. After the Qutab complex you will be driven to visit the magnificent tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Delhi has such an abundance
of amazing monuments that this Tomb Complex (1562 A.D.) does not quite get the acclaim that it deserves. It is Delhi’s third UNESCO World Heritage Site and its amazing architecture and the elaborate gardens (all currently undergoing restoration) will captivate you.
From the tomb
you will proceed on a drive to Lutyens’ New Delhi. Time permitting, this drive will include photo opportunities at some of the following attractions - the exterior of the massive and awe-inspiring Rashtrapati Bhawan (known as Viceroy’s House during the British era), Delhi’s landmark structure India Gate, a golden domed Sikh Temple (Bangla Sahib Gurudwara), & the Birla Temple. The last part of this excursion is a drive through Connaught Place, which is New Delhi’s downtown.
If you are boarding a flight back to Mumbai (or elsewhere in India), the tour will be abbreviated (following a discussion between you and your guide so that you can prioritize based on your interests) so as to enable us to drive you to the airport in time for your check-in.
If you are boarding your international flight (usually late evening or early morning), your vehicle and chauffeur stay with you until your assisted check in at the airport. This is a good time to do some last minute shopping and/or sightseeing if you are so inclined. If your international flight departs early in the morning you may want us to arrange a room for you so you can rest.
Our services end at Delhi airport.
Please let us know if you would like us to quote transfer services in Mumbai (or any other city), and if you will need a chauffeur and vehicle while you wait for your international flight check-in at this other city.