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GOLDEN TRIANGLE

Tour Itinerary

 
Day 1: Arrival Delhi 

Meeting and assistance on arrival. Transfer from airport to hotel (check-in time at hotel is 1400 hrs).
Overnight at the hotel.

 
Day 2: In Delhi

After breakfast, proceed for guided city tour of Old & New Delhi. In Old Delhi visit the historic Red Fort (only photo stop from outside) – Shah Jehan’s elegant citadel in red sandstone. Near the Fort is the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), India’s largest mosque, also built by Shah Jahan. Take an interesting walking tour through the famous bazaars of Chandni Chowk, which is adjacent to both the Fort and the Mosque. Also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. 

Afternoon guided sightseeing tour of New Delhi and  India Gate, the memorial of World War I and the road that leads to President House, which is flanked by the houses of Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings, Birla Temple. Visit Lotus Temple – although the temple belongs to the Baha’i sect - it is open to people of all faiths. In the Baha’i religion, there are important prayer and meditation tools to explore. (Closed on Mondays). Visit the Qutub Minar, a Tower of Victory built in the 12th century by Qutbuddin Aibak. You will observe the earliest examples of domes and arches in India and see the fusion of Hindu carving skills with Muslim technology and design.

Overnight at the hotel.
 

 
Day 3: Delhi – Agra by surface (203 kms/3.5 hrs)

After breakfast, drive to Agra. 

On arrival check in at the hotel. 
    
Evening visit Sheroes 
Visit this unique café in the city of Taj Mahal, a café run by five acid attack survivors or should we say fighters? This is the first time in India survivors of such evil attacks have come forward to pursue their dreams and break all stereotypes that our society has been using to force them for living their lives in secret. Sheroes Hangout is located on the road leading to Taj Mahal and includes a café which serves some tasty snacks, a library, a section for handicrafts and a boutique where one of these survivors will stitch her dreams. The café has been set up through crowd-funding as the campaign behind this initiative. This café is a center for activism as various types of campaigns related to sale of acid or creating awareness issues for acid attacks and other discussions based on feminism, women empowerment, personality development, skill enhancement, and different kind of youth oriented and cultural events are organised here.

Overnight at the hotel.
 

 
Day 4: In Agra

Morning visit to the majestic marble edifice, Taj Mahal. The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal in the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal. Taj Mahal, the epitome of love and romance, stands on the banks of the Yamuna river. The architecture is considered the finest specimen of Mughal style of architecture which is highly inspired from different styles including Persian, Indian and Turkish. Taj Mahal architecture is truly splendid and one of a kind. The design and layout of Taj Mahal never fails to inspire architects, engineers, historians as well as common man. (Closed on Fridays) 

 

Later in the day, visit Agra Fort, among the finest examples of the fusion architecture that has dominated the Mogul period. The assimilation of these different styles has given the buildings within the fort a distinctive look. For example, the Jahangir Palace, built by Akbar, is the most magnificent blend of Persian and local styles whereas Divan-e-Aam mixes subtleness of Turkish exteriors with the complex pattern of Persian architecture. Babur stayed in the fort in the palace of Ibrahim. 

Overnight at the hotel.

 
Day 5: Agra-Fatehpur Sikri-Jaipur (255 kms /5.5 hrs)

After breakfast, you will drive to Jaipur. While driving to Jaipur you will stop at Fatehpur Sikri for a brief period. Fatehpur Sikri was once the capital of the Mughal Empire. The city boasts of some of the magnificent monuments of the medieval period. Akbar, the great Mughal Emperor, made it the capital but was later abandoned due to scarcity of water. The buildings at Fatehpur Sikri present a unique blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles. Some of the attractions at Fatehpur Sikri are the Panch Mahal, the Buland Darwaza and the Dargah of Sheikh Salim Chisti.

 

On arrival, check-in at hotel. Rest day is free for your own activities.

Overnight at the hotel.

 
Day 6: In Jaipur

After breakfast, you will explore the massive Amber Fort (ascending on elephant back). You will drive 11kms to the outskirts of the city to Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the State until 1728. Visit the Temple of Kali, the Hall of Victory or Jai Mahal and Jagmandir. You can have the unique experience of traveling on elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the fort is situated. It has public and private halls, a Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) various marble palaces which are examples of ancient Rajput architecture. The Temple of Amba (Mother Goddess), the patron deity of the Royal family is at the entrance.

 

In the afternoon, a city tour of the pink city to visit the City Palace, the former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles which houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury of the Mughals. And Rajputs, including swords of different shapes and sizes with ornate handles. It has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. Also visit the Jantar Mantar, an astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 18th century, remarkable for its accuracy. Stop at Palace of Winds for taking photos. Later, return to hotel to relax.

 

Overnight at the hotel.

 
Day 7: Jaipur – Delhi by surface (approx. 265 kms/6hrs) 

After breakfast, drive back to Delhi and check in at hotel.

Rest of day at leasure.

 

Overnight at the hotel.

 
Day 8: Leave Delhi 

Transfer to airport to connect flight for destination.

 
Rates include the following:

A.HOTEL

 

  • 7 nights on twin sharing basis including all existing taxes

  • Single room supplement is separate

B.MEALS

  • Accommodation based on program (i.e. on bed & breakfast)

C.TRANSPORT

 

  • Meeting and assistance on arrival. Departure by an English speaking representative

  • Transfer from airport to hotel and back, sightseeing, excursion and surface travel 

  • Cost based on air-conditioned transport

D.GUIDE

 

  • English speaking local guides as per the program in each city 

E.ENTRANCE FEES & VISITS

  • Porterage of baggage at airport only

  • Entrance at the places of visit. (one time visit)

  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur

 
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:
  • Personal items such as laundry, table drinks, telephone bills, tips to room boys, drivers, guides, personal clothing including sleeping bags etc.

  • Airfare

  • Visa fee for India to be arranged and paid for by the clients. Check rules carefully from your nearest Indian Embassy/ Mission before applying for Indian VISA

  • Travel arranged and paid for by clients

  • Airport taxes and fuel surcharges are subject to change without notice. Meals (other than breakfast), drinks, tips, expenses of personal nature

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