Taj Mahal visit – Fatehpur Sikri – Abhaneri - Jaipur
Early in the morning, during dawn hours, you will be taken to the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The guided exploration of the Taj Mahal, an epitome of love, will be a lifetime experience. It was constructed by Shah Jahan, a Mughal king, in 1630 AD for his queen Mumtaj Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. The Taj Mahal, built of white Makrana marble, is the most popular monument among the foreign tourists visiting India.
After visiting Taj Mahal, return to hotel to refresh, relax and have breakfast. Hereinafter, depart for Jaipur. On the way to the Pink City, have a stop-over at Fatehpur Sikri, famous for a gigantic Mughal time structure. The compound has several magnificent buildings like Buland Darwaja, Jodhabai & Panch Mahal, Salim Chishti Shrine, mosque etc. It takes about two hours to explore the site.
Having seen Fatehpur Sikri, proceed for Jaipur. En route, a detour will lead you to Abhaneri, a village of immense historical significance. In early 8th century, this village used to be the capital of Pratihar kings and was known as Abha Nagari. Lying 77 km from Jaipur in Dausa district of Rajasthan, Abhaneri is home to 8th century Chand Baori and Harshat Mata Temple. This short stop-over will give you an exposure of rural lifestyle in India, particularly Rajasthan.
Again, continue your drive towards Jaipur, the picturesque city of Rajasthan. The ancient Jaipur is mostly painted in pink, the colour associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. The royal family and erstwhile nobility still reside in Jaipur in their ancestral palaces and mansions. One can easily feel the ancient Indian ethos of Atithi Devo Bhav. Treating guests as gods has been a tradition from time immemorial in Rajasthan. Jaipur for the tourists has timeless appeal for its historical monuments, beautifully laid-out gardens, enchanting temples, colorful bazaars to shop for Rajasthani handlooms, durries, carpets, jewelry, handicraft articles, gems, spices etc; heritage hotels, once the residence of Maharajas and his feudal lords et al. Observing the ambling camels and cheerful people in multi-hued costumes make your trip to the pink city a memorable one.
On arrival at Jaipur, you will be transferred to the hotel to check in, spend evening in leisure and have overnight stay therein.