Agra Tour 11 Days

Trip Code : VHA/I-01
Duration : 11  Days
Activity : Cultural wonders
Starts at : Kathmandu
End at : Kathmandu

Overview

Location: Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Built By: Akbar
Built in the Year: 1573
Purpose: Main residence of the Mughals
Area: 380,000 square meter
Current Status: The fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site
Visit Timing: Sunrise to sunset
Entry: Entry to Agra Fort is allowed through the Amar Singh Gate only
 
 
Agra Fort was built in the year 1573 under the reign of Akbar – one of the greatest Mughal Emperors. It took more than 4000 workers and eight years of hardship to complete the fort. Knowing the significance of its location, Akbar built the fort to make it the main residence of the Mughals. The fort remained as the main residence of the emperors belonging to the Mughal dynasty until the year 1638. The fort houses numerous impressive structures like the Jahangir Mahal, KhasMahal, Diwan-i-Khass, Diwan-i-Am, MachchhiBhawan and Moti Masjid. In 1638, the capital of the Mughal dynasty was moved from Agra to Delhi, causing the Agra Fort to lose its status as the main residence of the Mughal emperors. The fort is separated from its sister monument TajMahal by just 2.5 kilometers. Often described as the walled city, Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Today, the fort is a major tourist spot and attracts many tourists from all over the world.

History of the Fort :
 
Agra Fort is known for its rich history. The fort has been owned by many emperors and rulers in the past, undergoing many changes in its appearance. It all began in the year 1526 when the first battle of Panipat was fought between Babur and Ibrahim Lodi of the Lodi dynasty. When Babur defeated Ibrahim Lodi, he made the fort and the palace of Ibrahim Lodi as his home. He then modified the fort by building a huge step well (baoli) inside. The fort soon became an important monument to the Mughals. In fact, Babur’s successor, Humayun’s coronation took place at the fort in the year 1530.
Soon emperors from other dynasties started eyeing the fort and efforts to win over the same began. In 1540, Sher Shah Suri of the Sur Empire waged a war against Humayun and defeated him at Bilgram. Sher Shah Suri took over the ownership of the fort from Humayun and made minor changes to it, so as to suit his own architectural taste. The fort stayed with the emperors of the Sur dynasty for the next 15 years. In 1555, Humayun managed to recapture Agra and with it the fort as well. But a year later, HemuVikramaditya, the general and military commander of Adil Shah Suri (final emperor of the Sur dynasty) captured Agra. He pursued the fleeing army to Delhi and the Battle of Tughlaqabad ensued between him and Tardi Beg Khan, the military commander of the Mughals. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Delhi fly and Transfer to the Hotel.


Company representatives will receive you on arrival at the international airport in Delhi late in the evening. Transfer to your hotel. Relax. Overnight will be at Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi


Breakfast will be at Delhi. Proceed for a full day tour of Old & New Delhi. Enjoy the DANCES OF INDIA in the evening. 
Overnight will be at Delhi.

Day 3: Delhi - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer


Early morning transfer for flight to Jodhpur. Reach and proceed to Jaisalmer by surface.
Reach and check in at hotel. Overnight will be at Jaisalmer. 

Day 4: Jaisalmer


After a relaxed breakfast proceed for full day sight-seeing tour of The Golden City - Jaisalmer. It is in the heart of the Great Indian Desert. Its temple, fort and palaces are all built of yellow stone. Stay overnight at Jaisalmer

Day 5: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur


Proceed in the morning after a leisurely breakfast and reach Jodhpur.Relax in the hotel and visit the museum of UMAID BHAWAN PALACE. Overnight will be at Jodhpur. 

 

Day 6: Jodhpur - Udaipur


Transfer to airport in the morning for flight to Udaipur.Reach and check in at hotel.Relax in the evening.
Overnight will be at Udaipur.

Day 7: Udaipur - Jaipur


Proceed for sight-seeing tour of Udaipur after breakfast, stopping first at City Palace. Here you will marvel at rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colored glass windows and inlaid marble balconies and the Peacock Courtyard. Also visit the lovely Sahelion-ki-Bari Gardens, the Jagdish Temple and the local folk Museum. 
Overnight will be at Jaipur. 

Day 8: Jaipur


Breakfast will be at hotel. Proceed for excursion to Amber Fort in the outskirts of Jaipur. Elephant ride ascent to the fort.Visit a rug factory and see the ladies at the intricate work or a gem factory and see the gem cutting and polishing process. Overnight will be at Jaipur. 

Day 9: Jaipur - Agra


Proceed for Agra after breakfast. 
Visit Itmadullah's Tomb built by Empress NOOR JEHAN in memory of her father (The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj). Spend the night at Agra. 

Day 10: Agra - Varanasi


Proceed for sight-seeing of TAJ MAHAL after breakfast.
Overnight will be at Varanasi.

Day 11: Varanasi - Kathmandu


Drive very early morning to The DaswamedhGhat and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges. See the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest and most important religions. Fly to Kahtmdnufrom  Varansahi.

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