Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Abhaneri- Jaipur (by car- 245 kms/ 05 hrs)
On the fourth day of Golden Triangle with Darjeeling & Sikkim Tour, have scrumptious breakfast in Agra hotel and depart for Jaipur,known as Pink City of Rajasthan. En route Jaipur, you will be visiting two places of medieval and ancient glory- Fatehpur Sikri & Abhaneri.
About 40 km from Agra, you will visit the abandoned, exceedingly fascinating city of Fatehpur Sikri. Built in 1569 by Mughal ruler Akbar, it was abandoned again after 14 years due to water shortage. The well-preserved red sandstone buildings are among the most important examples of Mughal architecture. Today walk through an intact, lordly township: well-preserved multi-storey palaces, gardens and a market place, a waterworks, countless covered walkways, stairs and terraces. They are testimony to the architectural feat of Akbar. The sunken metropolis combines two opposites: the figurative architecture of the Hindus and the geometrics of Islam.
After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, proceed for Jaipur. About 75 kms prior to Jaipur is a village named Abhaneri in Dausa district of Rajasthan. Abhaneri is a village with rich cultural heritage of ancient India. Abhaneri ioffers one opportunity to see architectural and sculptural gems in the form of Chand Baori (water harvesting, conservation and distribution system), a bit dilapidated ancient temple and a large number of sculptured statues, hallmarks of traditional Hindu temples.
After visiting Abhaneri, depart for Jaipur. It will take about two hours to reach Jaipur. On arrival at Jaipur, our representative will transfer you to Jaipur hotel.
Jaipur , the capital of Rajasthan, is known as the pink city. It is named for the predominant color of its buildings "Pink City". Pink is not just the color of Lord Shiva, but also the Indian color of welcome. Unlike cities in the Gangetic plain, Jaipur has broad streets and everything exudes a certain harmony. The city with its now more than 4,000,000 inhabitants is situated in a desert landscape, surrounded by barren hills. Rajasthan is not as crowded as other states. The careful planning and construction of Jaipur had been done by the great warrior and astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II (1699-1744). His predecessor had good understanding with the Mughal and maintained excellent relations with them. But by 1727, the splendor of the Mughal began to fade, and Jaipur king decided to leave his mountain fortress of Amber and to found a new city on the plain. In urban planning, he followed a Hindu scripture, dealing with architecture, the Shilpa Shastra. Hence, a city was designed with walls and six rectangular blocks. In 1728, a remarkable solar observatory called Jantar Mantar was built. Jantar Mantar, still in working condition, is a special attraction of Jaipur today. It served the Maharaja to observe the stars and astrological interpretation. In addition to lot many monuments, Jaipur offers a great opportunity for shoppers.
Check in at Jaipur hotel to spend evening in leisure and have overnight stay.