Amber Fort & Taj Mahal Extension

Trip Length 4 Days
Group Size 2-16
Activity level
Starting from
$1,399 for REI Members
$1,539 for non-members

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Explore the Taj Mahal, Amber Fort and everyday magic of India?s most storied places on a 4-day extension from Jaipur to Agra.

Continue your adventures in India with a visit to the Pink City of Jaipur and the most decadent Indian jewel of all, the Taj Mahal. Walk the impressive battlements and stunning interior palace decorations of Jaipur?s Amber fort and ride a tuk tuk through the bustling streets. Travel to the Agra and explore the back streets of old town from the red fort to underground temples and shops filled with marigold flowers and much more. Awake to the incredible Taj Mahal at sunrise, a breathtaking sight and intriguing history.

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Trip Highlights

  • Hike the ornate Amber Fort, a maharaja's palace on the heights above Jaipur
  • Visit legendary Agra, once ruled by a Mughal dynasty descended from Genghis Khan
  • Take in regional flavor, from tasty North Indian food to Bollywood-style theater
  • Behold the sunrise at the Taj Mahal
  • See the Taj Mahal?s mirror pools and classical Persian ?paradise garden?

Activities

Easy Active [2]. Participants should arrive in good physical condition and plan on 3-5 hours of walking on most days with some stair-climbing and uphill stretches.

  • Hiking
  • Walking

What's Included

Double-occupancy accommodations and meals as noted in the daily itinerary; bi-lingual guides; entrance fees to monuments and temples; gratuities to station guides; private ground transportation within India; Airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 4.

Accommodations

Hotels, 3 nights

Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Journey to Jaipur, the Pink City

We enjoy our final morning in Udaipur before flying north to Jaipur. Referred as the ?Pink City? due to its many pink sandstone monuments, Jaipur?s vibrant culture is on dazzling display in all the streets and bazaars. It is one of the great cities of the Rajput, with historic forts, palaces, and gardens. Jaipur is named after its founder, the warrior and astronomer sovereign Sawai Jai Singh II who planned his new capital to reflect the increasing wealth of the kingdom. Upon arrival we are greeted and make our way to our hotel to relax for the evening. Overnight in Jaipur. Dinner included.

Flight: 1 hour

Day 2

Hike the Amber Fort & Wander Timeless Jaipur

We visit the Amber Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with its related bastions, Jaigarth Fort and Nahargarth Fort. Winding our way along stone staircases and gigantic fortifications, we marvel at the impenetrable design and sheer power these strongholds once asserted. The interior of the Amber Palace is adorned with intricate designs and craftsmanship. Hiking down from Nahargarth Fort, we enjoy views of the vast modern city of Jaipur, which has engulfed the ancient palatial promontory. A tuk-tuk ride through the streets of Jaipur returns us to our hotel by early afternoon. The reminder of the day is free to relax or explore on your own. Breakfast and lunch included.

Hiking: 3 miles, 3 hours, elevation gain/loss +915/-885? on cobble streets and steps.

Day 3

Rickshaws, Spice Markets & Intricate Temples of Agra

After a leisurely breakfast, we head off on a drive to Agra. This is a fascinating way to see the country as we wind our way down from the foothills back to the plains and onward to the city of love Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. This afternoon we have an optional walking tour of the bustling streets of Agra. We deftly navigate back alley spice markets, descend into ancient temples, and hop in a rickshaw for a ride. In the evening we sit down for a Bollywood-style act portraying the history of the Taj Mahal. This fun theater performance is the perfect warm-up to our sunrise walk tomorrow morning. We overnight in Agra. Breakfast and lunch included.

Optional city tour: 2 hours; Driving: 5 hours.

Day 4

Taj Mahal at Sunrise

We rise early for a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal with our exceptional local guide. A mausoleum and an icon of love, there is a reason this monument still stands. Perhaps it was the forethought to include elements from many of the major religions or perhaps it?s due to the sheer beauty and state of the art design. Either way, it is breathtaking to behold. After walking the grounds, we return to our hotel for breakfast and a little rest. This afternoon, we drive to Delhi where we have a day use hotel room until our evening departure from the international airport.

Walking: 3 hours; Driving: 2.5 hours.

Gear List

This gear list has been created to help you choose the best equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary, as this will help you and the field staff. The weather and other conditions at the time of your arrival will dictate what clothing and equipment you will be required to use each day and what (if anything) can be left behind. It may be a necessary precaution that you bring certain items on the list, even if it is uncertain whether or not they will be needed.

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Travel documents

  • Airline Tickets (Confirmation and Itinerary)
  • Final Bulletin (Emailed Prior to Departure Date)
  • Valid Passport

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