Fatehpur Sikri- Abhaneri village-Jaipur (by car-235 kms/05 hrs)
Though every traveler tries to visit Taj Mahal, the most famous monument of India, at the very outset, after reaching Agra but we are taking you to Taj Mahal on 2nd day of Agra sightseeing. This is because the Taj Mahal looks stunningly beautiful at the time of sun-rise. Also, with the blossoming of day and changing colour of sun, Taj Mahal also reflects a variation in shade. In the very early morning, approximately around dawn hours, you will be taken by Agra tour guide to Taj Mahal on a tonga (horse carriage), a medieval era means of transport.
Having seen Taj Mahal at most opportune time, return to Agra hotel to refresh, relax and have breakfast. Having delicious breakfast, check out from Agra hotel and drive for Jaipur, the capital city of royal Rajasthan. But, on the way to Jaipur, you will have halts at two historical places; first is Fatehpur Sikri & second one is Abhaneri Village. Situated about 35 kms from Agra is the ghost town of Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri was built by Akbar on a grandiose scale to make it capital his kingdom but due to paucity of potable water made him to re-look his plans. But the gargantuan and fine monuments are still well-preserved. Have a stop-over there and visit monuments-rich Fatehpur Sikri. The famous monuments of Fatehpur Sikri include Buland Darwaja, Jodhabai Palace, Salim Chishti Shrine and Jama Masjid.
After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, continue your drive to Jaipur. About 95 kms before Jaipur, is located a historical village of Abhaneri. This village tour will present before you ancient lineage of India in terms of cultural values, architectural gems and traditional rural lifestyle in villages of India. Abhaneri is a village about 95 kms from Jaipur on the Jaipur-Agra Road. A detour is well merited for its amazing stepwell or 'baoris' and Harshat Mata Temple. The village's original name was Abha Nagri and its present name is Abhaneri. Gurjar king Mihir Bhoja ruled over the Gujar kingdom in the ninth century AD. The ruins of the temple also speak of the 10th century architectural and sculptural styles. There is a huge tank named "Chand Baori", opposite to the temple fortified on all four sides with bastions for defence. Even though Abhaneri is now in ruins, the place has a distinct reminiscence about itself.
After visiting Abhaneri village, move for Jaipur. On arrival at Jaipur, our representative will receive you and transfer you to Jaipur hotel. Our representative will ensure smooth check in at the pre-booked Jaipur hotel. Have relaxed overnight stay in Jaipur hotel.