Jaipur - Agra - Mathura Tour www.southdelhitravel.com India is covered with holy sites associated with the exploits of the gods, the waters of sacred rivers or the presence of holy men. Million of people reach these holy pilgrimage centers of worship. Temple Tour in India will also take us to some of the best temples of India. Temple Tour in India will commence from the capital city of Delhi renowned for its religious shrines. Further it will take us to Jaipur, Agra, Mathura, Vrindavan, Rishikesh, Haridwar and Varanasi. Varanasi is the oldest living city of India and forms an integral part of the temple tours in India. Tour Information Duration: 8Days/7 Nights Destinations: (New Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Mathura - Vrindavan - New Delhi) Day 01: New Delhi You arrive in Delhi by international flight. After a traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representatives would assist you at the airport and to our hotel for check in and overnight stay. Day 02: New Delhi Breakfast at the Coffee shop. Rest of the morning at leisure. You will be taken on a guided tour of Delhi, beginning with a morning sightseeing trip to Old Delhi and followed by visits to the 1648 Red Fort, India's largest mosque - Jama Masjid and Gandhi Memorial at Raj Ghat. Afternoon tour includes visit to India Gate, President's House, Humayun's Tomb, Lotus Temple and Qutab Minar. Overnight stay at hotel. Day 03: New Delhi - Jaipur (about 270 km) Today we drive to the Pink City, Jaipur. This city owes its name, foundations and careful planning to the great warrior and astronomer, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and famous for its handicrafts and precious and semiprecious stones. In the afternoon we visit the City Palace that is still the formal residence of the royal family, built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. In the museum of the City Palace we visit the private collection of the Jaipur Maharajas. We continue to Jantar Mantar, a stone observatory, and the largest of Jai Singh's five remarkable observatories. Its complex instruments reveal us the secrets of medieval Indian astronomy. Day 04: Jaipur After breakfast we drive to Amber, 11 km. away from Jaipur. Amber was the ancient capital of Kachhawaha dynasty for 6 centuries before it was moved to newly created Jaipur. We will ascend to the Palace Fortress on the back of an Elephant. Enroute to Amber we visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), built in 1799 AD, it contains 953 small casements with each having its own balcony. The windows enabled cool air to circulate and the ladies to watch processions below without being seen. In the afternoon we have a walk through the Colourful Bazaars of Jaipur and visit a factory to see the famous block printing work being done since centuries in Jaipur. In the evening we drive through the new city of Jaipur and visit "Laxmi Narayan Mandir", a Hindu temple made out of white marble. We might have an opportunity here to observe a prayer ceremony. Day 05: Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (about 260 km) Today we leave Rajasthan, the biggest state in India and drive through a series of fields, small towns and villages to Agra. Enroute we make a stop and visit Fatehpur Sikri, which was once an imperial capital frozen in time, constructed by Akbar the Great in the 16th century. This wonderful city constructed by red sand stones was abandoned as abruptly as it had been built. It has been generally stated that it was due to failing in the water supply. In the evening arrive in Agra. Evening free for leisure. Day 06: Agra Today we start our sightseeing by a visit to the Agra Fort, built by three of the greatest Mughal emperors. The construction of this massive structure began in 1565 under Akbar's reign and continued till the time of his grandson's reign, Shah Jahan who built the impressive imperial quarters and mosque. After the visit of Agra Fort we proceed to visit the most beautiful monument of India, the Taj Mahal, an enduring monument to love, with a continually fulfilling beauty. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1631-52, as a tomb and memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal (Jewel of the Palace), who died at the age of 39 giving birth to her 14th child. We spend enough time at Taj Mahal to take this impressive memory home. After the visit of Taj Mahal we have a look at the famous fine marble inlay work that is still being done in Agra by the descendants of the families of builders and artists of the Taj Mahal. Day 07: Agra - Mathura (about 57 km) In the morning after having breakfast we drive to Mathura. Arrive in Mathura by the afternoon. Mathura is a very important religious city of Uttar Pradesh. It is the epicenter of Brajbhoomi, the land of Lord Krishna and lies on the banks of the Yamuna River. Mathura derives its glory & sacred character from being the birth place of Lord Krishna. Through centuries, it has attracted pilgrims from the Hindu, Buddhist and Jains. Arrive in Mathura by the afternoon. In the evening we have sightseeing in Mathura. The main place to visit in Mathura is the Dwarkadhish Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna built by Seth Gokul Dass of Gwalior in 1814. Another temple is the Krishna Janma Bhoomi Temple. This temple is built inside an ancient prison believed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna. The Yamuna River and its ghats (banks) form the focus of pilgrims in Mathura. The Ghat is dotted with multiple temples and shrines. Day 08: Mathura - Vrindavan - New Delhi In the morning, after having our breakfast we drive to New Delhi. Enroute we will stop at Vrindavan. Vrindavan is around 15 km from Mathura. It is another major place of pilgrimage. It is the town of 4,000 temples where the sounds of celebrations for Lord Krishna is constantly resounded. In Vrindavan we will visit Madan Mohan Temple. This temple is located near the Kali Ghat and is the oldest existent temple in Vrindavan today. This temple is closely associated with the Saint Chaitanya. Another temple that we will visit is the Banke-Bihari Temple. This temple was built in the year 1864. It is the most popular shrine at Vrindavan. After we visit this temple we will drive to New Delhi. Arrive in New Delhi in the evening. Evening Transfer to Airport.