Breakfast in the hotel. At 09:00 the beginning of the excursion to the main sights of Old and New Delhi. In the morning you will visit the Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India and the architectural masterpiece of the Muslim religion. Then you will pass by the walls of the Red Fort, whose splendid citadels are made of red sandstone, and formerly the couch of the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. Continue the tour in New Delhi, you will pass along the central avenue of the city and you will see the Presidential Palace and the House of Parliament. Stop for a while at the Indian Gate - the memorial arch to the Indian soldiers. Then you will be visited by a white temple with golden domes - Sikh Gurudvara Bangla Sahib, a functioning temple. It is believed that the consecrated water from it heals the sickness of believers. Then you will visit the Hindu temple of Shri Lakshmi-Narayana, devoted to Lord Vishnu (Narayana), the god-keeper of the universe, and his wife Shri Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity. The temple occupies more than 7 acres, and was built in 1930 and inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. Then you will be visited by the Qutub Minar complex, a remarkable example of Indo-Islamic architecture, where you will see the highest brick minaret in the world, as well as the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque (the power of Islam), which is the very first mosque built in the territory of Delhi. Then - transfer to Jaipur (260 km, about 6 hours) - the capital of Rajasthan, also called the "pink city" because of the color of the walls and houses in the old part of the city, which consists of 9 square quarters, symbolizing 9 subunits of the universe according to the Indian cosmography. Arrival in Jaipur. Accommodation at the hotel.
Breakfast in the hotel. At 07:30 departure from the hotel for an excursion. This morning - a visit to the majestic Amber Fort, built in the 16th century. Elephants in colorful vestments and brightly decorated, are here an exotic transport, helping to get to the top of the hill to the fort (for an additional fee). It is also possible to climb to the fort by jeep or on foot. In the Fort you will have an unforgettable tour of its halls, palaces, halls, and gardens. In the afternoon, visit the City Palace of Jaipur and its museums, which store a collection of royal objects. Also you will see Jantar Mantar - an ancient observatory under the open sky, consisting of huge instruments for observing the heavenly bodies. Also you will see the Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal), built in the 18th century for royal wives and consisting of countless carved windows and balconies. Then you will have an opportunity to get acquainted with Jaipur crafts - making ornaments, colorful fabrics, carpets, etc., watch the work of masters and enjoy shopping in this city of colorful crafts. In the evening, you will be visited by the temple of Birla Mandir, a white-marble Hindu temple in Jaipur that is brightly lit in the evenings, and you will see the priests conducting the evening aarti ceremony. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu the keeper (Narayan) and the goddess of prosperity Lakshmi, therefore this temple is also called Lakshmi-Narayan Temple. Overnight at hotel in Jaipur.
Breakfast in the hotel. At 08:00 departure from the hotel and transfer to Agra (240 km, about 5 hours). On the way you will drive to Abhaneri to see a unique structure that can only be found in India. The well of Chand Baori is an impressive architectural structure, a deep and wide well, "dressed" in stone walls with a cascade of 3500 steps, creating a lacy stepped pattern along the edges of the well. At the edge of the well there is also a palace-temple. The structure is attributed to the 8th-9th century AD, it was erected under the rulers of Chanda of Nikumbh dynesty, whose name he has since born. The well is considered the most real architectural miracle and attracts the attention not only of numerous tourists, but also historians, archaeologists and architects. Then you will visit Fatehpur Sikri - "ghost town", the deserted capital of the Mughal emperor Akbar, who built this city in respect of Sufi saint Salim Chishti, who foretold him the birth of his long-awaited sons. The city was the capital of the Mughal empire for 15 years (1570-1586) and was abandoned due to water shortage. The empty, but perfectly preserved palace complex in Fatehpur Sikri is a pearl of Mughal architecture. Continuation of the road to Agra is the city of Taj Mahal. In the evening, you can visit artisans engaging in marble inlays, get acquainted with finished products, and purchase souvenirs. In addition to marble, Agra is also famous for its leather products, embroidered fabrics and traditional jute shoes. Night in Agra.
At 05:30 departure from the hotel for an excursion to the Taj Mahal at sunrise (the exact time will be given by the guide, based on the time of sunrise on your date). This morning you will have an unforgettable impression - you will see the Taj Mahal in the rays of the rising sun. You will visit this elegant building - the symbol of love, appreciate its beautiful design, the harmony of this poem, composed in marble. Taj Mahal is an extravagant symbol of Shahjahan's love for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Return to the hotel for breakfast.
After you will visit Agra Fort - its powerful walls are built of red sandstone, inside the fort are graceful palaces and halls, beautiful gardens. Also, you will visit the shrine of Itmad-ud-daula, built by Empress Nur Jahan (wife of Shahjahan) in memory of her father in the 17th century. This small marble funeral vault is the precursor of the Taj Mahal, where for the first time a complex work on marble inlay was applied. - "Pietra dura". Overnight at hotel Agra.
After breakfast return to Delhi. Next - a half-day sightseeing tour. You will visit the Chattarpur Mandir temple complex (it is also called the temple street of Chattarpur), in which there are Hindu temples dedicated to various deities such as Vishnu, Ganesha, Shiva, Rama, Durga, Lakshmi. In the complex, there are more than 20 temples built in both northern and southern style of the temple architecture, which are characterized by high gate towers, a large number of stone statues, while northern architecture is more characterized by marble inlay. After that, shopping in Delhi. Then transfer to the hotel, rest and overnight at the hotel.
After an early breakfast, transfer to Haridwar (230 km / 6 hours), one of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism in India. Located at the foot of the Himalayas, on the banks of the sacred river Ganges, the city is dotted with sanctuaries, temples, and ashrams. Among the most popular temples is the Chandi Devi Temple, located on the top of the Nile Parvat, built in 1929 by the Ruler of Kashmir; Temple of Maya Devi, one of the most popular Hindu temples. The temple of Bharat Mata, a relatively new temple, in which many sculptures dedicated to myths and legends - here are reflected more than 8 stories. Also, visit Har Ki Pauri, this is one of the most sacred ghats (steps for ablutions), also called Brahmakund - that is, the Pond of the Universe, in which millions of pilgrims make their ablutions to wash away their sins and purify the soul.
In the evening, you will be visited by the Grand Aarti ceremony performed on the sacred banks of the Ganges, at sunset the young priests are swinging in almost dancing movements, singing prayers to the bells, and sacrificing lamps, incense, flowers and milk to the goddess of the river. This is an amazing and exciting spectacle, revealing the spiritual essence of Haridwar.
Overnight at hotel in Haridwar.
In the morning after breakfast, a short transfer to Rishikesh (30 km, 40 min.), The world center of yoga, where according to the legends, the holy yogis practiced their art and spiritual forces in ancient times, awaits you. Here the banks of the river Ganges are connected by suspension bridges - Ram and Lakshman Djula (bridge). There are a large number of temples and ashrams on the banks of the Ganges. The most popular temples of Rishikesh are Bharat Mandir, an ancient temple dedicated to the deity Lord Vishnu, which is considered to be the oldest temple in the city; Kailash Niketan, a soldier with Lakshman Jhula, a 13-storey building with sculptures of different gods and goddesses; Gita Bhavan, one of the oldest temple complexes in the area, with images of stories from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana on the walls. The largest ashram in Rishikesh is Paramarth Niketan, where they teach yoga, meditation, spiritual practices and natural healing techniques.
In the evening return to the hotel in Haridwar. Overnight at the hotel.