This Tour is a wonderfully unique opportunity to experience the most colourful and exciting part of Indian culture - the Indian wedding celebration. At the same time, enjoy the very best of India; from the sights, sounds and tastes of Old and New Delhi, to the iconic Taj Mahal, and the beautiful palaces and architecture of Jaipur.
Fly to Delhi for a two night stay. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
A city of equal chaos and charm, Delhi grabs you and doesn’t let go. Spend the morning exploring the sights of Old Delhi: drive past the colossal Red Fort, and India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid before heading on a delicious food tour. You will be joined by a resident chef who will give you an insider’s view of the city’s food culture and allow you to taste some local delicacies. This afternoon make a brief stop at India Gate and parliament House before visiting the beautiful Humayun’s Tomb.
Today head to Agra, home of the most famous monument to love in the world – the Taj Mahal. Built by emperor Shah Jahan for his favourite wife Mumtaz, this magnificent mausoleum took over 20 years and more than 20,000 craftsmen to complete. Admire the spectacular beauty before lunch at your hotel. This afternoon visit Agra Fort, a hulking mass of red sandstone sat on the banks of the Yamuna River. The Fort was established in the 16th century but has been much added to over time, making it an eclectic mix of architectural styles.
Drive to Jaipur today with an en route stop at Bharatpur to enjoy lunch. Upon arrival, you will get your first taste of the Indian wedding celebrations – the sangeet. This important pre-wedding event is an evening of song and dance, usually on the night before the big day. The entire wedding party comes together to dance, often in pre-choreographed moves set to traditional tunes, and usually followed by a night of thumping Bollywood numbers.
Spend today exploring more of the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Visit the City Palace Museum and marvel at the mixture of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art. Later, learn about how ancient astronomers measured the heavens at the awe-inspiring Jantar Mantar observatory, followed by a photo stop at Hawa Mahal, the ‘Palace of the Winds’. This evening, dressed in traditional clothing provided, you will be invited to participate in the exciting celebrations of the Indian wedding, comprising several traditional ceremonies. Enjoy the festivities with the couple and their family and friends.
After breakfast travel out of the city to admire the majestic Amer Fort, a marvellous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota lake below. Built in 1592, this red sandstone and marble fort effortlessly blends Hindu and Muslim architecture. Ride up to the fort in a jeep and walk through its royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glass work, complemented by exquisite wall paintings. Later, continue on to Samode Bagh, a luxury tented resort, for some well-earned relaxation time.
After a leisurely morning enjoying the resort facilities, return to Delhi and enjoy a farewell dinner this evening.
Today any time before your flight will be at leisure. You will then be transferred to the airport according to the departure time of your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day