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Making short work of India: An itinerary

Times Staff Writer

We used two travel agents to arrange our flights, drivers and tours:

Protravel Interantional, 9171 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 428, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; (800) 301-3993 or (310) 271-9566,

Sadhana Travel Services, 301 Skipper Corner, 88 Nehru Place, New Delhi 110019; 011-91-11-4161-8278,

Our itinerary:

Day 1: Leave L.A.

Midnight: Check in to Imperial Hotel, Janpath, New Delhi; 011-91-11-2334-1234, Doubles from $425.

Drinks at the Imperial Hotel's 1911 Bar

Day 2: Delhi Tour of Old Delhi.

Jama Masjid: 17th century mosque in Old Delhi, commissioned by Mogul emperor Shah Jahan, who also built the Taj Mahal.

Red Fort: 17th century palace of Shah Jahan, when the emperor moved his capital from Agra to Delhi.

Spice Market: wholesale spice market on Khari Baoli Road, Delhi.

India Gate: designed by Edwin Lutyens and built to commemorate the 70,000 Indian soldiers who died fighting for the British in World War I.

Gandhi Smriti: 5 Tees January Marg, New Delhi-110011; 011-91-11-2301-2843, House where M.K. Mahatma Gandhi lived until his assassination Jan. 30, 1948.

Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum: 1 Safdarjung Road; 011-91-11-2301-0094. Home of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi when she was shot by her Sikh bodyguards in 1984.

Qutub Minar: A 73-meter-high tower built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak.

Have dinner at Veda, H-27 Outer Circle, Connaught Place; 011- 91-11-4151-3940. Modern Indian cuisine.

Day 3: Delhi

Humayun's Tomb: built in 1565 after the death of the 16th century Mogul Emperor Humayun

Lunch at Chor Bizarre, Hotel Broadway, 4/15A, Asaf Ali Road, New Delhi 110 002; 011-91-11-2327-3821, Kashmiri cuisine.

Tea in the Imperial's Atrium

Dinner at Bukhara, Hotel Maurya Sheraton & Towers, Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi; 011-91-11-2611-2233.

Day 4: Jaipur

City Palace: a complex of courtyards, palaces and pavilions built by Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II in the early 1700s.

Amer Fort and Palace: a Rajput hilltop fortress started in the late 1500s by Raja Man Singh.

Jantar Mantar: an astronomical observatory created in 1726 by Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II.

Check into Oberoi Rajvilas, Oberoi Rajvilas, Goner Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan; 011-91-14-1268-0101, Doubles from $600

Day 5: Agra

Fatehpur Sikri: capital of the Mogul Empire of Akbar the Great, who ruled from 1556 to 1605.

Agra Fort: a fortified palace built by Akbar the Great on the banks of the Yamuna River.

Taj Mahal: mausoleum built by Shah Jahan after the death of his wife Mumtaz Mahal in the mid-17th century.

Check into Oberoi Amarvilas, Taj East Gate Road, Agra 282001; 011-91-56-2223-1515, Doubles from $600.

Day 6: Delhi

Last-minute shopping at Connaught Place: former commercial district during the British Raj.

Dinner at Masala Art: Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi; 011-91-11-2611-0202, Contemporary Indian cuisine.

Drinks at Imperial's 1911 Bar

New Delhi to LAX.

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