3 Day Itinerary Madness: Here’s How to Plan The Perfect 3-Day Vacation
For people lesser-known to history, romance and real gusto weekend getaways covering Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur are magical. A sure short treat for history buffs, wildlife lovers, and merrymakers such short trips are truly invincible. The task of ticking off your things-to-do-list on short vacations to theatrical cities like these is going to make you crazy.
So if you are looking for the same, Club Mahindra Holidays is here to gift you with an unforgettable string of family holidays. Check out this invigorating 3-day itinerary featuring a superb stay at plush Club Mahindra Resorts and all things you desire for your dream weekend getaways.
More than a travel springboard, Delhi is a wild & whacky joyride packed with jaw-dropping monuments, intriguing nooks, and ritzy nightlife. Soak up in the smells, sounds, and sights and submit oneself to the charm of this capital city.
Kick off your day from the thespian by-lanes of Chandini Chowk hogging on finger-licking repast, served piping hot on your plate. Chawri Bazaar is another spot to hit on to taste wholesome victuals if you are the “live for food” kinds.
Speckled with countless places to explore, to begin with hopping in a rickshaw and making your way to prominent attractions of Old Delhi is going to be ideal. Visit Purani Dilli’s astounding architectural mammoth Jama Masjid, Red Fort, and Fatehpuri Masjid. Travel further to treat your eyes to the beauty of Sisganj Gurudwara, Jantar Mantar, India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb, Safdarjang’s Tomb, Hazrat Nizam-ud-din Dargah, Purana Qila, National Rail Museum, Agrasen ki Baoli, Akshardham Temple and Qutub Minar.
As the evening falls, wander past the ever-bustling heart of Delhi, the very colonial Connaught Place (CP). You’ll be spoilt for choice coming across plenty of fast-food joints, bars, cafes and restaurants housed in primeval ways. Give a perfect ending to your day in Delhi by taking pleasure in a laid-back ambiance at a posh bar or fine-dining restaurant as the night falls.
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Apart from the magnificent Taj Mahal, the city sprinkled with intriguing mausoleums and captivating tombs is ideal for weekend getaways.
Bit by bit the mist clears and as the first rays of the sun fall on the luminous exteriors, the Taj appears no less than an angelic figure rising right in front of your eyes. Watching the sunrise at this architectural wonder and a symbol of eternal love is going to be surreal.
The best part of making an early morning visit to this iconic mausoleum is the thin crowd and ample viewing spots that will be easy to grab. As the morning descends, spot a flock of pigeons fly over the massive dome, taking a flight past the ornamental gardens adorned with mesmeric fountains.
Don’t miss the captivating sight of the charbagh, the classic Mughal garden decked with flowerbeds. Also witness the indefinable charm of the towering minarets, the bulbous central dome, and the imposing arched recesses embellished with elaborate inlay work of semi-precious stones. Step into the main dome only to catch glimpses of the graves of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal which characterize a masterstroke of design.
A day might not be enough to witness the startling beauty of the Taj, yet you can make the most of it. Before you bid adieu to this embodiment of everything pure, stand at its arched entrance to watch the Taj reflect in the shimmering water. Ardent rovers long to catch a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse of the Taj, and if you are one of them, then weekend getaways like these are sure to be a blessing.
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At noon, explore the historic buildings of Itmad-ud-Daulah – the striking tomb of Mizra Ghiyas Beg; Akbar’s Mausoleum – the extraordinary tomb crafted out of marble and sandstone commemorates the greatest Mughal emperor; Chini –ka –Rauza – Poet Afzal Khan’s utterly admirable Persian- style riverside tomb and Jawab - a red stone masjid (mosque) made for aesthetic appeal, a trip to these hidden gems is unmissable.
Agra Fort – the most exquisite Mughal forts in India; Jhehangir’s Palace- massive red-sandstone palace inside Agra Fort; Mehtab Bagh- one among the impeccable series of gardens originally built by Emperor Babur; Khas Mahal- amazing marble palace, pool, and courtyard formed the living quarters of Shah Jahan; Jama Masjid – beautiful mosque constructed by Shah Jahan’s daughter and Diwan-i-Am – emperor’s Shah Jahan’s hall of public audiences, are again must visit.
Anyday weekend getaways are never complete without trips to the gaudy bazaars filling a traveler’s bag with vivid paraphernalia. In the evening, take the tapered maze-like streets bursting out to colorful markets loaded with traditional shoes, fabrics, clothing, jewelry, and even spices.
Visit the Kinari Bazaar; the archetypal feel of this age-old bazaar will be enough to comprehend the character of Agra, the wondrous city. Squeeze through the crowd and shop to your heart’s content.
Take home some of the finest masterpieces crafted out of marble from Subhash Emporium in Shahzadi Mandi. This renowned shop dealing in products made out of high-quality marble sourced from Rajasthan has plenty of attractive marble items for sale. Buy your favorite marble trays, candle holders, tabletops, and lamp bases as memoirs.
Book lovers wishing to stash some books must take the lanes to Modern Book Depot in Sadar Bazaar. This 60-year-old establishment shelves a fascinating selection of books and novels based on Agra city. If you wish to know a little more about this historic Mughal city carrying legacies, don’t forget to barge into this outmoded bookstore.
After completing your daylong go round, at night, head back to Ramada Plaza, Club Mahindra’s affiliate property in Agra only to unwind amidst the sprawling lush environs or take a dip into the azure pool. At night, grab a chair at the in-house rooftop restaurant to nosh a shahi (lavish) succulent traditional Mughal cuisine, served hot on your plate. What more would you desire on weekend getaways?
Arrive at Jaipur, the pink city and a gateway to the country’s most flamboyant Rajasthan state. Catch glimpses of the royal grandeur of the most iconic structures that speak stories of the Rajput warriors. Visit the enchanting City Palace, the honeycomb Hawa Mahal, the fort of victory, Jaigarh Fort, and the exemplary Maharaja Sawai Mansingh Museum.
After some sightseeing, enjoy a nerve-tickling elephant ride at Amer Fort, the star attraction of Jaipur. Also, don’t miss to indulge in Hot Air Ballooning at the fort and feel intrigued by the encapsulating bird’s eye view of the colorful city that ebbs and flows below your feet.
At noon, indulge in a thrilling wildlife jeep safari past the gaunt lanes of Jhalana State Park and satiate the adventure lover in you. You might be lucky in spotting out panthers, peacocks, spotted deer, hyenas, and blue bulls. Get some mud on the tyres, partake in an adrenaline-pumping off-roading session amidst thick wilderness.
At Dusk, take pleasure in a languid boat ride across Jal Mahal, the dreamlike palace set in the watery expanses of Lake Man Sagar. Feel the evening breeze brush through your skin and watch the sky change color. Wrap up your day by capturing mesmeric sunset views from this stunning palace.
At night, loop back to the resort in Jaipur to relish a luscious dinner coupled with your favorite drinks. Put the lamp out only to have a dreamless sleep in the comfiest surroundings at Club Mahindra Jaipur.
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A 3-day vacation in India may not let you cover a lot, but you can explore just enough to have an incredible experience. Hope you enjoyed this our 3-day itinerary above. Club Mahindra has lovely properties and partner hotels across India, so make sure to check the nearest Club Mahindra resort when planning your trip.
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