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Essential Golden Triangle

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6 Days
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Experience the Golden Triangle as a tantalizing introduction to India. Walk the streets of bustling Delhi, visit the breathtaking Taj Mahal in Agra and end your trip in colourful Jaipur with its sprawling markets and stunning Amber Fort.


Perfect for the first time traveler to India, this tour takes you along India’s Golden Triangle, linking three of the most important cities in the northern states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Begin in India’s second largest city, Delhi, a massive metropolis full of historic ruins and looming skyscrapers built side by side. The city is divided into two distinct cities, Old Delhi, with its wealth of historical architecture, and New Delhi, the nation’s modern capital. Walk through the winding streets of Old Delhi and enter the imposing Purana Qila or Old Fort, standing on the banks of Lake Delhi. Pay your respects to the liberator of modern India by visiting Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Also be sure to visit the Jama Masjid Mosque, one of India’s greatest mosques. In New Delhi, pass through the India Gate and visit the Presidential Palace. Be sure to try some of Delhi’s distinct Mughlai cuisine before you move on to your next destination.

In Agra, visit the iconic Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal was built as a grand demonstration of Shah Jahan’s love for his deceased wife, Arjumand Banu Begum or Mumtaz Mahal. It remains the planet’s most impressive mausoleum. No matter your expectations, the Taj Mahal will exceed them. However, Agra boasts more than the Taj Mahal. The Agra Fort is a historian’s dream, recounting the region’s fascinating history of empire, war, and reconstruction.

Walk the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri, which lies between Agra and Jaipur. Built in the late sixteenth century in fulfillment of a prophecy, the city was promptly abandoned shortly after construction due to the area’s scant water reserves. What remains is one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture left in the world.

Explore the former capital of Amer just outside the walls of Jaipur. Amer is famous for its Amber Fort, a red sandstone and marble fortress first built in the tenth century. The fort’s imposing exterior gives way to a lavishly designed interior. Inside Jaipur’s city limits, stop for a photo op at the famous Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds and the City Palace. And remember, no trip to Jaipur would be complete without a rickshaw ride through the local bazaars.

This brief but fulfilling tour of India will build lasting memories and instill a deep-seated desire to return to this vibrant nation in the years to come.


 

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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 671

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Day 1

Arrive Delhi

Welcome to Delhi, India's capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds - the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region's ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.

Upon arrival you will be met and escorted to your hotel.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Radisson Blu Dwarka (Airport)

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    Radisson Blu Dwarka (Airport)



    Located in the serene sub-city of Dwarka, the Radisson Blu Dwarka welcomes guests with its 209 modern rooms and suites, superior services and a wide range of on-site dining options. Explore Dwarka and New Delhi from the comfort of the Radisson Blu, located just 20 ...

    Located in the serene sub-city of Dwarka, the Radisson Blu Dwarka welcomes guests with its 209 modern rooms and suites, superior services and a wide range of on-site dining options. Explore Dwarka and New Delhi from the comfort of the Radisson Blu, located just 20 minutes from the commercial hub of the city. This hotel in Dwarka is near New Delhi's international and domestic airports, as well as shopping and entertainment venues.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Medical Services
    • Pool (s)
    • Spa

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Day 2

Delhi Sightseeing

Your morning exploration of Old Delhi begins with a visit to the Red Fort, a symbol of Shah Jehan's Mughal power and elegance, also known as the greatest wonder of all the cities of Delhi. India's history has been closely linked with this fort. It was from here that the British deposed the last Mughal ruler - Bhadur Shah Zafar, marking the end of a three - century long Mughal rule. It was also from its ramparts that the first prime. Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, announced to the nation that India was free from colonial rule. Your tour continues with a visit to India's largest mosque Jama Masjid, originally known as 'Masjid-I-Jahan-Numa', meaning 'The mosque with a commanding view of the world'. This mosque was commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan and was completed in 1656.

This afternoon you will explore 'Lutyens' Delhi or New Delhi. Drive through the city viewing the government buildings, President's House and Parliament House. Also Visit India Gate and drive past the government buildings. Built as an imperial capital by the British, all the main buildings, designed in the 1920's by the British architects Lutyens and Baker, remain today. At one end of the avenue known as the Rajpath (literally the "King's Way") is the War Memorial Arch, better known as India Gate, a memorial to the 90,000 Indians who gave their lives in World War I. As you drive along the majestic Rajpath - the broadest avenue of Delhi - our first views encompass the enormous Secretariat buildings with their 1,000 rooms and miles of corridors, and the Parliament House, a huge circular building in red and grey sandstone with an open colonnade extending around its circumference. At the other end stands the Rashtrapati Bhawan, one of the largest and most grandiose of the Raj constructions, built originally for the British Viceroy and now the official residence of the President of India.

Continue to Humayun's Tomb. Emperor Humayun, the father of Emperor Akbar, lies buried in this magnificent monument built in red sandstone. Haji Begum, Humayun's first wife and mother of Emperor Akbar designed and supervised the entire construction. Her design was way ahead of the times and is the basis for the design of the famous Taj Mahal, built almost a hundred years later!

Your tour ends with a visit to Qutab Minar, India's tallest stone tower. At a height of 234 feet, the "Tower of Victory" is considered by some to be the world's most perfect specimen of tower architecture. A mathematical marvel, this building has remained standing for eight centuries. Another important monument within the complex is the Quwwat ul-Islam Mosque, literally translated as 'The Might of Islam'. Though today the mosque is in ruins, it is believed that twenty-seven Jain temples were destroyed and their materials reused to construct the monuments of the complex.

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Day 3

Delhi to Agra

This morning you will drive to Agra, the capital to the Mughals in the 16th and 17th Centuries. Agra was also the repository of many of the Mughals most famous monuments. The city has long astonished visitors and many places of interest date back to the Afghans, who predated the Mughals. Arrive and proceed to your hotel.

Later you will visit the Agra Fort. Set on the bend of the River Yamuna. Emperor Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1565-1573. This magnificent fort, with its imposing gates, walls of red sandstone and moat, dominates the center of the city. The fort was built by three different Mughal Emperors: Akbar the Great erected the walls, gates and first buildings; Emperor Shah Jehan built the impressive imperial quarters and mosque; while Emperor Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. A visit to the Hall of Public Audience and the Royal Pavilions is a must! At the end of his life, Aurangzeb imprisoned his father, Shah Jehan, at Agra Fort, a mild punishment considering the luxury of the fort. Legend states that Shah Jehan died in Muasamman Burj, a tower with a marble balcony with an excellent view of the Taj Mahal.

Continue to the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Visitors are asked to remove their shoes prior to entering the interiors of the Taj Mahal.

Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants! Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal (literally translated as Jewel of the Palace). She died at the age of 39 giving birth to her fourteenth child and he went into mourning for two years, turning away from the business of running an empire and becoming more involved with his other great love -- architecture! Feast your eyes on the exquisite intricate marble inlay work! Legend has it that the cenotaphs were inlaid with diamonds. A blanket woven of pearls covered Mumtaz's shroud. A railing of gold circled the cenotaphs, which was later on replaced by a marble one. Gold leaf was said to have covered all or part of the dome. Return to your hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure.

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Duration1 Night
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Mansingh Palace

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    Mansingh Palace



    Located in the heart of the city, Mansingh Palace Agra is just 2 kilometres from the Taj Mahal and 4 kilometres from the train station, while the airport is 6 kilometres away. The hotel boasts 100 elegantly furnished guestrooms that come with an array of ...

    Located in the heart of the city, Mansingh Palace Agra is just 2 kilometres from the Taj Mahal and 4 kilometres from the train station, while the airport is 6 kilometres away. The hotel boasts 100 elegantly furnished guestrooms that come with an array of contemporary amenities, ensuring a comfortable stay.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Medical Services
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service

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Day 4

Agra to Jaipur

This morning you will drive to Jaipur stopping en route to visit Fatehpur Sikri or "The City of Victory - the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed.

After your visit continue to Jaipur, a city, whose past is never too far from hand. The city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state and its people: surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendour are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the "pink city".

Jaipur, whose past is never too far from hand. The city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state and its people: surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendour are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the "pink city". There is a timeless quality to Jaipur's bazaars and its people. With its historical past, Jaipur revives legends of the ancient Rajputs. Arrive and proceed to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Holiday Inn Jaipur City Centre

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    Holiday Inn Jaipur City Centre



    Holiday Inn Jaipur City Centre is centrally located in close proximity to the main shopping centre, railway station and also convenient access to all the historical monuments in Jaipur. The hotel is ideally equipped for business, leisure and transit travellers.

    Holiday Inn Jaipur City Centre is centrally located in close proximity to the main shopping centre, railway station and also convenient access to all the historical monuments in Jaipur. The hotel is ideally equipped for business, leisure and transit travellers.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Alarm clock
    • Bar
    • Coffee/Tea Making Facilities
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Gym/ Fitness centre
    • In-Room Safe
    • Restaurant

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Day 5

Jaipur

This morning you will drive along the streets of Jaipur, to Amber Fort, stopping en-route to view and photograph the Palace of Winds. Completed in 1799, the Palace was originally built to allow the sequestered ladies of the court to view the bustling life of the city. It is popularly known as Hawa Mahal, because of the perforated screen façade which catches the welcome breeze or Hawa.

Continue on to the Amber Fort. On the crest of a rugged hilltop and overlooking Lake Moata, the fort evokes thoughts of legends and fairy tales. The fort has been constructed in white and red sandstone. The Fort is unique in that it's outside, an imposing and rugged defensive structure, is markedly different from its inside, an ornate, lavish interior influenced by both Hindu and Muslim styles of ornamentation. The walls of the interior of the fort are covered with murals, frescoes, and paintings depicting various scenes from daily life. Other walls are covered with intricate carvings, mosaic, and minute mirror work.

This afternoon you will explore the city. Your program begins with a visit to the City Palace complex that continues to evoke the splendour of a bygone era. In an unending series of delights, from its grand aged entrance to the play of ornamental fountains, the City Palace is a dazzling showplace of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Amongst the pleasures of the Palace is a museum with ample evidence of opulence.


Next to the city palace is Jantar Mantar, literally translated as Calculation Instrument. This Observatory was built between 1728 and 1734 by Maharaja Jai Singh, Jantar Mantar was built on a grand scale and was way beyond its time. This was modeled after the one that was built in Delhi, the then Mughal capital. He had constructed a total of five of which the one in Jaipur is the largest.

After your tour board a cycle rickshaw to explore the local markets. Jaipur is a shopper's paradise, renowned for gems and jewelry: precious and semi-precious stones set in gold, 'meenakari' (enamel work), antique and chunky silver jewelry; and Colombian emeralds which are actually brought to Jaipur for cutting and polishing and are available at reasonable prices. Other finds include carpets, 'Pechwai' and miniature paintings on silk and paper, a unique type of blue pottery and even glass bangles! Fabric-wise, there are brocades, tie-and-dye, block printed, and the famous 'mirror work' embroidery, also used in table linen, cushion covers and readymade garments.

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Day 6

Jaipur to Delhi

Following a leisurely breakfast you will be transferred back to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and relax at hotel lobby. Later transfer to Delhi International airport to board your flight back home or onward destination.

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DEPARTURES:

PRIVATE DEPARTURES:
Daily (order of sightseeing will be arranged to accommodate Taj Mahal and Red Fort closure days).

GROUP DEPARTURES:
2018: Jan 6, 20; Feb 10, 24; Mar 10, 24; Apr 7, 21; May 12, 26; Jun 9,23; Jul 7, 21; Aug 11, 25; Sep 8, 22

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Guided touring and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Overland travel as per itinerary
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Meals as specified.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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