February 1-4, 2018
ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes
Hisar - 125001, Haryana (India)

Full day Sightseeing

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0830 Hrs. : Pick up from the hotel and proceed for Full Day Delhi Sightseeing as per the Itinerary given below ​​

0915 Hrs. : Visit the 12th century Qutub-Minar in red and buff stonework is the highest tower in India. It has a diameter of 14.32m at the base and about 2.75m on the top with a height of 72.5m.Qutb-u'd-Din Aibak placed the foundation of Qutab Minar in AD 1199. The minar was said to have been built to rejoice the triumph of Mohammed Ghori, the intruder from Afghanistan, over the Rajputs in 1192. He raised the first storey, to which were added three more storeys by his successor and son-in-law, Shamsu'd-Din IItutmish (AD 1211-36). All the storeys are fenced by a projected balcony encircling the Minar and supported by stone brackets, which are decorated with honeycomb design, more conspicuously in the first storey.

1030 Hrs. :
Later proceed for Humayun Tomb -Humayun's Tomb is situated in Delhi. Humayun's senior widow Bega Begam, popularly known as Haji Begam built the tomb, at a cost of 15 lakh rupees. It was built in the year 1565. It is among the first examples of Mughal architecture, with tall arches and a double dome. There are two high double-storey gateways on the west and south that indication to the enclosure. There is a pavilion in the center of the eastern wall and a bath chamber in the center of the northern wall. To enter the tomb's chamber one has to come through the south entrance while the other
three sides are covered with mesh wire in white marble. In the tranquility of the central chamber lies the tomb, though the actual resting-place of Humayun is directly lower in an underground chamber. The lofty mausoleum is in the center of the enclosure and rises from a podium faced with series of cells having arched openings.
1200 Hrs. : Later proceed for India Gate, Situated at the eastern end of Rajpath in Central Delhi is the 42 m high stone arch of victory, renowned as the India Gate. Formally known as the All India War Memorial previously, the basis stone of this magnanimous structure was laid by the Duke of Connaught in 1921 and dedicated to the nation in 1931 by the Viceroy ,Lord Irwin. 
Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the India Gate stands on a low base of red Bharatpur stone and rises in stages to a huge cornice Above on both sides is inscribed INDIA, flanked by MCM and to the right, XIX. The names of the 90,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who lost their lives in World War-I, and an additional 13,516 names who lost their lives in the North-West Frontier in the Afghan War of 1919 are adorned on the walls of this grand construction.
1230 Hrs. to 1330 Hrs. : Lunch at local restaurant
1400 Hrs. : Tour start with Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India. Shah Jahan built it in 1656. It is situated in Delhi. It's also known as 'Masjid-i-Jahan Numa', 'Jahan' means 'World' and Numa means 'Visible'. Its courtyard has a volume to hold nearly 25, 000 worshippers. The mosque has three huge gateways, four angle towers, and two minarets, both, which are 40 meters high. The eastern gateway was originally open only to the emperor. It was built with red sandstone. White marble has also been used extensively, specially in the three domes and has been inlaid with stripes of black.
Wide staircases and arched gateways are the hallmark of this popular mosque. The Masjid also comprises of a great treasure that has been kept in the northeast corner of the white shrine. The treasure comprises of a hair of the beard of Hazrat Mahmmad, his used chappal, a chapter of Koran taken from its original holy book, the canopy of his tombstone and the foot print of Muhammad on the stone.

1430 Hrs. : Rickshaw Ride from Jama Masjid to Red Fort

1445 Hrs. : Tour start of The Red Fort, Shah Jahan's elegant citadel in red sandstone, was built on the western bank of the river Yamuna. Shahjahan, started the construction of this massive fort in 1638, when he shifted the capital from Agra to Delhi. The fort was completed along with the huge city of Shajahanabad after nine years on 16th April 1648. This sandstone fort possess grand audience halls, marble palaces, once embedded with precious stones, a market place where the royalty used to shop, a mosque, gardens with marbled fountains, plazas, baths etc. The Lahore Gate : The Lahore Gate of the palace is veiled by the Babar added by Aurangzeb, a Mughal emperor. The gate is from where the Prime Minister addresses the nation and unfurls the National Flag on August 15, Independence Day. Chatta Chowk : The entrance of the Gate leads through a long covered bazaar called the Chatta Chowk. From Chatta Chowk follows the Naqqar Khana(Drum Room) also called Naubat Khana or the Welcome Room, which earlier formed part of a square enclosure with apartments for the umrah (Nobles) on duty. The Naqqar Khana is 49 feet high with an open arched hall at the top which served as a music gallery from where the strains of music filtered down to welcome the Emperor or to bid him a safe journey. The War Memorial Museum is housed on the first floor.

1600 Hrs. : Shopping time for 1 Hour at Janpath
1700 Hrs. : Return to Hotel
Imp Note : Red Fort is closed on Every Monday

( Delhi - Agra - Jaipur)

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Day 01 : Delhi - Jaipur (By Surface) - 260 KMS/ 06 HRS
0730 Hrs. : Pick up from your place of stay and leave for Jaipur by Surface
1100 Hrs. : Enroute break at midway
1330 Hrs. : Arrival Jaipur and check in at Hotel

1430 hrs. : Afternoon sightseeing tour of city visiting Maharaja's City Palace, the former Royal residence, part of it transformed into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. Built in the style of a fortified campus, the palace covers almost one-seventh in area of the city. One of the major allures in the museum is the portion known as Armoury Museum housing an striking collection of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. The royal families of Jaipur once used most of these weapons. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. Situated near the gate of the city palace, the observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition.

Day 02 : Jaipur - Agra (By Surface) - 260 Kms/ 06 Hrs
0700 Hrs. : Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast, Morning excursion to Amber fort. Amber is a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace. The rugged, time-ravaged walls of the Fort may not look beautiful from the outside, but the interior is a virtual paradise. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes, apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are entrenched into the plaster. Enjoy Elephant Ride all the way up to the Fort entrance. This journey on caparisoned elephants is bound to enrich your memories with the Royal lifestyle of the Maharajas and leave you with a truly remarkable experience. Inside the Fort visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory. Inside the Jag Mandir is the famed Sheesh Mahal - a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with splendid mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period. 

1030 Hrs. : 
Drive to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri
1500 hrs. : Located 40 kms from Agra, the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, in honour of the great Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti who blessed Akbar and prophesized the birth of three sons to the heirless Emperor. Akbar used Fatehpur Sikri as his capital and the city was fully engaged for 14 years but slowly became deserted and ruined after Akbar left the city. Scarcity of water was the prime factor for the abandonment of this beautiful city. Visit the remarkably well-preserved, graceful buildings within the 'Ghost City' including the Jama Masjid, tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal Palace and other palaces that speak of the opulence and splendour of the Mughal empire at the height of its power.

1630 Hrs. :
Continue the drive to Agra
1800 Hrs. : upon arrival check into the hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel
Day 03 : Agra - Delhi ( By Surface) – 210 KMS / 05 HRS
0730 Hrs. : Breakfast at Hotel
0900 hrs. : Check out and proceed to Tajmahal to see beauty of this marble wonder. Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to preserve her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly equal masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the skill of 20,000 craftsmen brought together from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and who took 17 year to complete this ' Love Poem in Marble'. (Friday closed). Also visit the Agra Fort.  In Fort visit Diwan-E-Am (House of commons), mosques within Fort and royal pavilions like Macchi Bhavan, Shah Jahan Mahal & others.  Quite a few of the buildings are made of pure marble with beautiful carvings. To cool off the rooms, the walls were hollow and filled with running water. The verandahs of these pavilions give clear view of Taj Mahal & Yamuna river flowing next to it.
1230 Hrs. :
Enjoy lunch at Local Restaurant.
1400 Hrs. : Continue to Delhi.
1600 Hrs. : Enroute stop.
1630 Hrs. : Continue drive to Delhi.
1930 Hrs. : Arrive in Delhi. Shift to airport and catch the onward destination flight or you can choose to get dropped at a local staying place/ hotel in Delhi.
Imp Note : Taj Mahal is closed on Every Friday