The Great Mughal Empire
Route : Delhi - Srinagar - Sukoon - Gulmarg - Srinagar - Delhi - Agra - Delhi
This is a fascinating journey focussing on the highlights of historical Old Delhi and modern New Delhi – the capital of India. The tour showcases Agra, the city of Taj Mahal-the eternal work of art epitomising love and romance. This heritage citadel is a treasure of cultural discovery. The lifetime experience is the visit to Kashmir valley, with breathtaking views of the Himalayas, elaborately carved houseboats anchored to a small island, bobbing gently on the tranquil Dal Lake; fragrant gardens with Chinar trees; river Jhelum dotted with old monuments; mesmerising Sufi shrines and mosques; and captivating natural beauty of Gulmarg – meadow (marg) of flowers (gul). Kashmir with its rich art, craft, cuisine, music and sacred traditions was deeply influenced by the Persian, Turkish and Central Asian intellectual movements and cross-cultural exchanges during the era of Silk Route caravans. Experience the cultural diversity with friendly people and enjoy the peace and natural beauty of this unique region of India.
• Shikara ride in Dal Lake.
• Mughal Gardens.
• Gondola cable car ride in Gulmarg.
• Sightseeing in historical Delhi.
• Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi.
• Taj Mahal and Red Fort.
• Traditional folk music.
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Arrival TimeMidnight or Late night
Dress CodeCasual warm and Sports Wear
Tour Itinerary : - The Great Mughal Empire
Day 01: Arrive Delhi and Flight to Srinagar
Arrive at New Delhi International airport. After completing the immigration and customs, proceed towards the arrival hall and then you will be assisted towards the departure terminal to board the short flight over the snow-clad Himalayan peaks to Srinagar–the summer capital of Kashmir(1600 m).
Meeting on arrival at Srinagar airport - drive past the crocus fields and fruit orchards to the shores of the Dal Lake for the stay in the eco-luxury houseboat Sukoon.
This is the first opportunity for us to see the beautiful floating gardens that lie amongst the backwaters of the lake. Admiring the sunset from the houseboat is an unforgettable highlight.
In the evening, take a traditional Shikara(a Kashmiri Canoe, which is an integral part of the culture here) ride to enjoy the ride across the wetlands in the heart of the lake to witness the locals farming, cultivating vegetables and flowers on artificial islands.
Onboard the Houseboat - Sukoon
Overnight in Srinagar
Day 02: In Srinagar
This morning, we start early to take the Shikara to the backwaters and reach the floating vegetable market where you will experience the tranquillity and get to see how the local sellers trade fresh products like flowers, fruits, vegetables, saffron, etc.
Also, it is interesting to see how the old barter system still works here. A warm cup of Kashmiri herbal tea will be offered during the cruise. Cherish the pure air of the morning as you take a delightful breakfast on Fizaa (ambience), the sundeck of Sukoon.
Later this morning after breakfast, we proceed with the visit of Srinagar which includes the visit of Mughal garden of Nishat – The garden of bliss, which overlooks its peaceful waters, and opposite it to visit the Hazaratbal Mosque which was built to contain the sacred relics of the Prophet Muhammad.
This afternoon, we head for the gardens tour–the delightful gardens located at various points around the Dal Lake. During the Mughal dynasty, these gardens were built which are known for their elegant beauty. These gardens, Chashme Shahi (the royal spring) and Pari Mahal (abode of fairies) are located on the bank of Dal Lake, having the majestic Zabarwan Hills in their background.
Evening explore the local markets on your own.
Onboard the Houseboat - Sukoon
Overnight in Srinagar
Day 03: In Srinagar.
This morning, after leisurely breakfast, we start with an attractive walk, passing through the bylanes of the old city, witnessing the local markets, heritage monuments, everyday life and also will get to know how Sufism influences the Kashmiri way of life.
The walk begins at Zaina Kadal (bridge). A museum of Islamic architecture is located on the other side of the bridge. You will see homes which are older than a century.
We take a walk through the old quarters of the city, across the narrow streets, passing the buildings and structures which are impressions of an earlier period and struggling to survive their glory in this rapidly growing modern world which is almost alien to them.
Perambulating through the narrow lanes and by-lanes you come out at the grand mosque of Jami Masjid and later at the Shah Hamadan mosque.
A magnificent work of wooden architecture, Jami Masjid is among the most important mosques of the city. The roof of the mosque is based on more than 300 pillars which are made from the trunk of a single deodar tree. To the south is the main gate and the inner courtyard which is peaceful, green and spacious is surrounded by the outer cloister.
Among Srinagar’s oldest mosques is Shah Hamdan. Located behind the Jhelum River, this mosque is famous for its iconic papier-mâché work which has been done on its ceilings and walls very intricately. A very interesting fact about this wooden mosque is that it has been built without using any screw or nails. The mosque was built in 1395 which was later damaged in 1479 and was then again in 1731.
Zaina Kadal Market is our last stop on the tour where you will experience the ambience of a typical local market, resembling the bazaar of Ali Baba.
This afternoon, we drive to the Shankaracharya Temple, where you will be taken to the foots of the flight of stairs in the car which leads to the temple point. From here, you will have to climb. The efforts will be rewarded with panoramic views of the valley from the temple.
Onboard the Houseboat - Sukoon
Overnight in Srinagar
Day 04: Srinagar to Gulmarg 55 Km about 2 hrs drive.
This morning after leisurely breakfast, we drive towards the west of Srinagar to Gulmarg, (the meadow of flowers) – located at an altitude of 2730 metres below the snowy peak of Nanga Parbat, the fifth highest mountain in the world. It has one of the best ski slopes and the highest natural golf courses in the world with 18 holes.
This afternoon take Gondola cable car ride or walk up to Khilanmarg, an upland meadow carpeted with wildflowers in the spring, exhibiting a nostalgic and matchless vistas of snow-covered peaks and the shimmering water of Wular as well as other lakes passing through Kashmir Valley. This is also the site of Gulmarg's winter ski runs.
Evening take a nature walks around the area
Overnight in Gulmarg
Day 05: Gulmarg to Srinagar airport 55 Km about 1.5 hrs drive, Srinagar to Delhi – Flight
This morning after an early breakfast, drive to Srinagar airport in time to board the flight to the capital of India - Delhi.
Delhi, the capital of the largest democracy of the world, can’t be defined in just one single sentence. The city has been plundered, destroyed, reconstructed and ruled over by several dynasties. Having its existence for centuries, today the city stands as a metropolitan city and a center of the business sector. However, even after being a city of skyscrapers and modern lifestyle, the city has kept its ancient heritage alive even today.
Meeting on arrival at Delhi airport and transfer to the hotel (Room will be available from 1400 hrs).
This afternoon is dedicated to the visit of Old Delhi - includes a drive past the Red Fort (closed on Monday), built-in 1648 during the reign of Shah Jehan in red sandstone, which gave the fort its name. Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India, built of red sandstone and white marble in the middle of the 17th century. Chandni Chowk is one of the liveliest places in Old Delhi which happened to be the imperial avenue where Emperor Shah Jehan rode at the head of the royal parade. Chandni Chowk is full of shops, ateliers and stalls and we explore this in a cycle rickshaw.
Overnight in Delhi
Day 06: Delhi to Agra – Gatimaan Express: 0810/0950 hrs
This morning after early breakfast, transfer to the railway station to board India’s first bullet train to Agra - India’s capital during the 16th and 17th centuries, the city is home to an outstanding collection of Mughal architecture.
Meeting on arrival and transfer to the hotel (Room is available from 1400 hrs).
Late morning, visit Agra Fort - on the west end of the Yamuna River, Akbar’s magnificent fort dominates the centre of the city. The outer walls are 20 m in height, facing with the red sandstone, towering above the outer moat. This crescent-shaped fort has a long straight wall which faces the river.
This afternoon we visit the tomb Itmad-ud-Daulah, which is believed that the glorious Taj Mahal was probably inspired by this Mughal Mausoleum. It was the very first Mughal structure to be built from marble and make extensive use of pietras. This beautiful tomb definitely calls for a visit.
In the evening visit Mehtab Bagh during sunset for a mesmerizing view of Taj Mahal on the other side.
Overnight in Agra
Day 07: Agra to Delhi 205 Km about 05 hrs drive.
This morning, we start early (during the sunrise, visit the world-famous Taj Mahal, set within the paradise gardens. The whole Taj complex measures 580 by 300 m and the garden 300 by 300 m. The guiding principle is one of symmetry. The four minarets (41.6 m high) at each corner of the plinth provide balance to the tomb.
We return to the hotel for breakfast.
We set off to drive back to Delhi after a relaxed breakfast with en-route stop at Sikandra - the locality named after Sikandar Lodhi, lies 12 km to the northwest of Agra city. The mighty tomb of Emperor Akbar, within a spacious garden enclosed by high walls stands here The mausoleum, which is centrally located, was begun by Akbar himself but was completed in 1613, in the reign of Jahangir, who made some modification to its original design and added the top terrace with marble cloisters containing a glass grave of the emperor. The real grave lies in the crypt-like sepulchral chamber. Close to Akbar's tomb is a realistic stone figure of Akbar's warhorse and a little further is the tomb of Akbar's Rajput wife, Mariam Zamani, mother of Jehangir.
On arrival in Delhi, check into the hotel.
This evening is at leisure.
Overnight in Delhi
Day 08: Depart Delhi
Later in the day, you will be transferred to the airport to board your international flight back home with a heartful of sweet memories of The Great Mughal Empire trip.
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Price, Inclusions and Exclusions
Prices per person
01 paying person in a Single Room
02 paying persons in a Double Room
Validity - March till June 2021.
• Accommodations in one room for 08 days/07 nights
• Meal plan
✓ Buffet Breakfast at all cities except in Gulmarg, where it is on Full board basis - (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
✓ SUKOON HOUSEBOAT inclusions :
✓ Morning special bed tea.
✓ Breakfast as per choice, afternoon tea and sumptuous evening meal.
• Transport services using air-conditioned Good Conditioned Small Car as follows
✓ Beginning with the pickup at Srinagar airport on Day 01 till drop at Srinagar airport on Day 05
✓ Arrival transfer in Delhi on Day 05
✓ Half day city tour of Old Delhi on day 05
✓ Departure transfer in Delhi to board train to Agra on Day 06
✓ Beginning with the pick up at Agra railway station on Day 06 till drop at Delhi airport on day 08
• Meet and greet services in Delhi, Srinagar, and Agra only.
• One time entrance fee to monuments/temples/parks as per the program.
• Shared Shikara ride on Dal Lake
• Gondola ride in Gulmarg
• Cycle Rickshaw ride in the market of Chandini Chowk in Old Delhi (02 persons in a Rickshaw)
• Services of English speaking local guides (different guides in each city) as per the itinerary
> Day 01 Half day in Srinagar
> Day 02 Full day in Srinagar
> Day 03 Full day in Srinagar
> Day 04 Half day in Gulmarg
> Day 05 Half day city tour of Old Delhi
> Day 06 Full day city tour of Agra
> Day 07 Half day city tour of Agra
• Train travel
✓ Delhi to Agra in Air Conditioned chair car (travel by Gatimaan Express)
• Domestic air travel (ONLY INDICATIVE)
✓ Airfare(economy class) - Delhi to Srinagar
Srinagar to Delhi
• All currently applicable taxes
• International airfare for travel (from your home country to the destination and return)
• Visa charges or fees
• Airport taxes
• Camera fees during the visit to the monuments, temples
• Tips to driver/guide/naturalist
• Additional meals
• Drinks or mineral water at the hotels or restaurants
• Ayurvedic massages or treatments, laundry etc or any other items of personal nature
• Travel, health and cancellation insurance
• Any other expense/changes due to unforeseen circumstances while in India
• Any other thing not mentioned in program or “Price Inclusions”
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