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House & Garden readers are offered a special holiday to discover the magic of northern India HOUSE & GARDEN readers are offered an unique opportunity to take part in a ten-day, tailor-made tour of northern India, organized by Cox & Kings, for next September. The tour, which costs £799, will reveal the powerful culture and architecture of northern India – an area brimming over with beauty and history. Commencing in Delhi, you will visit the diverse areas of this intriguing city – both Old and New – before taking a train ride south through the Rajasthan landscape to Gwalior, boasting an eighth-century Hindu fort. Just north of Gwalior is Agra with the incomparable Taj Mahal. During the drive east to Jaipur you will visit the deserted Mogul city of Fatephur Sikri. Jaipur itself offers a multitude of beautiful palaces. The itinerary is as follows: Saturday September 15 Depart from London by scheduled flight to Delhi. Sunday September 16 Transfer by coach to the Imperial Hotel. In the morning you will take a tour of Old Delhi, visiting the Red Fort, once the most opulent fort and palace of the ornate Mogul empire; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; Rajghat, the memorial at the site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, set in a lovely garden. You will then go on a tour of New Delhi, built by the British in the 1920s and characterized by Sir Edwin Lutyens architecture. First, you will visit two of the most important monuments of Delhis past – Hum-ayuns Tomb, a forerunner of the ornate Mogul style of architecture, later perfected in the Taj Mahal; and the Qutub Minar, a 234-foot-high, fluted minaret, built in the thirteenth century.

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