Visit Taj Mahal/ Agra - Fatehpur Sikri – Abhaneri- Jaipur (by car- 245 kms/ 04 hrs)
Though yesterday you have been shown Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bag during sunset, but today you will be visiting Taj Mahal at the time of sunrise when it looks stunningly beautiful. During dawn hour, Agra tour guide will collect you from the hotel and take you to the Taj Mahal on “tonga”.
Taj Mahal is the most photographed and talked about building of India. According to Archaeological Survey of India, Taj Mahal was designed by Shah Jahan’s architect Ustad Isa. It was not built on the site of an ancient place of worship, but on the site of the mansion of Raja Man Singh. The marble used for the Taj Mahal came from the marble quarries of Makrana in Rajasthan, an area where still outstanding marble is obtained. Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan in fond memory of his wife Mumtaj Mahal, aka, Arjumand Bano Begum who died while giving birth to her 14th child. She was temporarily buried in Burhanpur.
After visiting Taj Mahal, return to hotel, refresh, have breakfast, check out and depart for Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan and known as “Pink City”. On the way to Jaipur, about 37 kms from Agra, is a deserted medieval town of Fatehpur Sikri.
Fatehpur Sikri, built by Akbar between 1570 and 1586, was meant as secretariat or twin capital of the Mughal kingdom. The town of Fatehpur Sikri was built suddenly and hastily but very soon it had been given up. Today it is a Mughal city almost perfectly preserved, as it may have existed in the heyday of the Mughal rule. Anyone visiting Agra, Fatehpur Sikri should not be missed at all. Akbar shifted the capital to Sikri and stomped a new, radiant town almost from the ground. Later, however, it was abandoned, ostensibly because of difficulties in the water supply.
After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, proceed for Jaipur. About 75 kms prior to Jaipur is a village named Abhaneri in Dausa district of Rajasthan. Abhaneri is a village with rich cultural heritage of ancient India. Abhaneri ioffers one opportunity to see architectural and sculptural gems in the form of Chand Baori (water harvesting, conservation and distribution system), a bit dilapidated ancient temple and a large number of sculptured statues, hallmarks of traditional Hindu temples.
After visiting Abhaneri, depart for Jaipur. It will take abot two hours to reach Jaipur. On arrival at Jaipur, our representative will transfer you to Jaipur hotel.
Jaipur , the capital of Rajasthan, is known as the pink city. Unlike cities in the Gangetic plain, Jaipur has broad streets and everything exudes a certain harmony. The city with its now more than 4,000,000 inhabitants is situated in a desert landscape, surrounded by barren hills. Rajasthan is not as crowded as other states. The careful planning and construction of Jaipur had been done by the great warrior and astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II (1699-1744). His predecessor had good understanding with the Mughal and maintained excellent relations with them. But by 1727, the splendor of the Mughal began to fade, and Jaipur king decided to leave his mountain fortress of Amber and to found a new city on the plain. In urban planning, he followed a Hindu scripture, dealing with architecture, the Shilpa Shastra. Hence, a city was designed with walls and six rectangular blocks. In 1728, a remarkable solar observatory called Jantar Mantar was built. Jantar Mantar, still in working condition, is a special attraction of Jaipur today. It served the Maharaja to observe the stars and astrological interpretation. In addition to lot many monuments, Jaipur offers a great opportunity for shoppers.