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Indian Architecture tour- Le Corbusier's India

Delhi - Ahmedabad - Delhi - Chandigarh - Delhi - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Delhi
Indian Architecture tour
Nights : 11 Nights / 12 Days
Arival : Delhi
Departure : Delhi
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Number of Days   Itinerary Deails
Day 1: Arrive in Delhi : Upon arrival, you will be met and assisted at the IGI airport. Later, you will be transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 2: Delhi : After breakfast take an orientation tour of Delhi city tour. Visit Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, Parliament House and India Gate. Evening is free for shopping (optional). Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 3: Delhi-Ahmedabad : Have an early breakfast at the hotel. Get transferred to the domestic Airport to catch the flight for Ahmedabad. Upon arrival check into the hotel. Evening visit Jama Masjid- The Jama Masjid, built in 1423 by Ahmed Shah, is beside Mahatma Gandhi Rd , to the east of the Teen Darwaja. Although 260 columns support the roof, the two ‘shaking’ minarets lost half their height in the great earthquake of 1819, and another tremor in 1957 completed their demolition. Much of this early Ahmedabad mosque was built using items salvaged from the demolished Hindu and Jain temples. It is said that a large black slab by the main arch is actually the base of a Jain idol, buried upside down for the Muslim faithful to tread on. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 4: Ahmedabad : After breakfast, visit to Sabarmati Ashram. This ashram was Gandhi's headquarters during the long struggle for Indian independence. His ashram was founded in 1915 and still makes handicraft, handmade paper and spinning wheels. Gandhi's spartan living quarter is preserved as a small museum and there is a pictorial record of the major events in his life. The ashram is open from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm (7 pm between April and September). Admission is free. There is a sound-and-light show for a small charge at 6:30 pm (in Gujarati) and 8:30 pm (in English on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday and in Hindi on the other nights. The beautiful ashram complex of Ahmedabad, with its shady trees populated by thousands of parakeets, beefeaters, sunbirds and squirrels, offers a refuge from the loud streets of the city, and one of the famous tourist attractions of Ahmedabad. Later visit to Sarkhej step well (Dada Hari)- Gujarat 's step wells or "baolis" are strange and unique and the Dada Hari Well built in 1499 is a magnificent masterpiece representing the typical Gujarati style of architecture entirely underground, they were built to overcome heat and dust. Behind the well is the tomb of Dada Hari. Northern Gujarat abounds in remarkable step-wells, with elaborately carved walls and broad flights of covered steps leading to the shaft. Dada Harini Vav, in the northwest of the city, is one of the finest. While it is a Muslim construction, built in 1500 for Bai Harir Sultani, superintendent of the royal harem, the craftsmen were Hindu and their influence is clear in the lavish and sensuous carvings on the walls and pillars. A lady of Sultan Mahmud Begara's court built one such step well in 1501. It is a fascinating place, though has signs of neglect today. It has a series of steps leading down to lower platforms terminating at a small, octagonal well

You can also visit to:
  • Le Corbusier, Villa Shodhan, Kharawala Road
  • Le Corbusier, Villa Sarabhai, “The Retreat”, Shahiban
Evening is at leisure. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 5. Ahmedabad : Breakfast at the hotel. Later visit to Museum of the city-built by Le Corbusier- The museum is on pilots' through which the building is entered into an open court from which a ramp, similarly opened to the sky, leads to the exhibition levels. One enters the main level in a nave of spiral squares 14 meters wide, consisting of 7x7 m structural bays. All precautions are taken against the excessive temperature of the day. It is assumed that visits to the museum will be made particularly in the evening and night-time; they will wind up on the roof which will offer a wonderfully flowered surface formed by more than 45 basins, of 50 square meters each, all filled with water to a depth of 40 cm.

Later visit Mill Owners Association ( Le Corbusier), on Ashram Road (open during business hours)- When the Mill Owners' Association Building in Ahmedabad was built in 1954 Le Corbusier had just finished Notre-Dame-du-Haut at Ronchamp and was already well renowned as a modernist. The Mill Owners' Association Building was commissioned by a wealthy mill owner family as the new head quarters with administrative offices and spaces for events. The Mill Owners' Association Building is entered through a ramp that gives a smooth transition into the largest space of the building. From there, there is access to offices, meeting room, and a roof top garden envisioned as a gathering place for social events.

The Mill Owners' Association Building has the same raison d'être as most of Le Corbusier's work. It is mastery in organizing spaces in three dimensions with incredible attention to all details while using the Curbusier x y z grid. You can also visit to: Indian Institute of Management- by Luis Khan Evening is at leisure. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 6: Ahmedabad - Delhi - Chandigarh : Have an early breakfast at the hotel. Get transferred to the domestic Airport to catch the flight from Ahmedabad to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer to Chandigarh by surface (7 Hrs drive, Lunch en route). Upon arrival check into the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 7: Chandigarh : Breakfast, at the hotel. After breakfast, visit to -Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, Capitol Complex: Sector 1 (High Court and Extension, Palace of Assembly, and the Secretariat). Take a building tour of Chandigarh-Le Corbusier, Monuments: Depth of Consideration, Tower of Shadows, Memorial to the Martyrs, Open Hand, Geometrical Hill Evening is at leisure. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 8: Chandigarh : Have your breakfast in the hotel. After breakfast, take a building tour of Chandigarh. Suggested visits - Le Corbusier & Pierre Jeanneret, College of Art and Architecture: Sector 10 Le Corbusier & Pierre Jeanneret, Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10 Pierre Jeanneret, Punjab University, Gandhi Bhawan Library, Sector 17Le Corbusier, Jane Drew, Max Fry, Town Center, Sector 17 Evening is at leisure. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 9: Chandigarh-Delhi : Breakfast at the hotel. Later get transferred to the airport to catch the Delhi bound flight. Up on arrival, check into the hotel. Evening take a special architecture tour of Qutab Minar- Qutab Minar, the 239ft sandstone tower is an Indo-Islamic architectural wonder of ancient India . This magnificent tower of victory stands in the Qutab Complex located at Aurobindo Marg, near Mehrauli, 14 Km south of Connaught place in Delhi . The complex has a number of other important monuments- the gateway built in 1310, the Alai Darwaza, Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque; one of the oldest existing mosques in India, the tombs of Altamish, Alauddin Khalji and Imam Zamin; the 2000 year old 7m high Iron Pillar- the Alai Minar; Evening is at leisure. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 10: Delhi-Agra : Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Agra by surface (4.5 Hrs drive). On arrival, check into the hotel. Afternoon, visit Agra Fort. Visit Taj Mahal by Sun set-The crowning jewel of Indo-Islamic architecture, the Taj Mahal is one of the world's most beautiful and beloved structures. The monument was built in Agra, India, for Mumtaz Mahal, the favorite wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Construction of the tomb began in 1632 and employed more than 20,000 laborers for 20 years. During the reign of Shah Jahan, the structure was known simply as the rauza, the tomb. Later, the mausoleum would be called the Taj Mahal, a derivative of the name Mumtaz Mahal. Known for its symmetry, the Taj Mahal sits on a raised platform surrounded by four minarets. Inside are delicate mosaic works and marble walls adorned with intricate patterns of inlaid precious stones. The emperor Shah Jahan is said to have celebrated the anniversary of his wife's death in the mausoleum, kneeling before the cenotaph of white marble studded with gems and semiprecious stones, as prayers were offered up for the peace and repose of the empress' soul Evening is free for shopping. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 11: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri- Delhi : Have your breakfast at the hotel. Check out from the hotel. Visit Agra Fort & then take a tour of Fatehpur Sikri. Afternoon, depart for Delhi by surface (4.5 Hrs drive). Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 12: Delhi-depart : Whole day free for individual activities/shopping. Evening closing dinner followed by transfer to the airport to catch ur bound flight.
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