Sep 292013
 
 5 nights /6 days

  • Taj Mahal

    Taj Mahal

  • Taj Mahal from Red Fort

    Taj Mahal from Red Fort

  • Agra Fort - Diwan i am Hall of public audience

    Agra Fort – Diwan i am Hall of public audience

  • Fatehput Sikiri - Buland darwaza gate

    Fatehput Sikiri – Buland darwaza gate

  • Fatehpur Sikri - Diwan  i khas

    Fatehpur Sikri – Diwan i khas

  • Fatehpur Sikri

    Fatehpur Sikri

  • Taj Mahal

    Taj Mahal

  • Qutub Minar - Delhi

    Qutub Minar – Delhi

  • Jama Masjid - Mosque in Delhi

    Jama Masjid – Mosque in Delhi

  • Chandni Chowk - Old Delhi

    Chandni Chowk – Old Delhi

  • Iron Pillar

    Iron Pillar

  • Amber fort

    Amber fort

  • Hawa Mahal

    Hawa Mahal

  • Elephant Polo

    Elephant Polo

  • Amer fort lake gardens

    Amer fort lake gardens

  • Snake charmer

    Snake charmer

The “Golden Triangle” classically refers to the three “jewels in the northern Indian crown” of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

The tour starts in Delhi where you will be able to spend a short time seeing the contrasting sites of the New and Old cities before travelling to Agra. Here you will see the indescribable Taj Mahal and the fascinating deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri.

This tour concludes in Rajasthan with the vibrant “Pink City” of Jaipur: a city full of captivating ancient palaces and forts, with most of them boasting stunning views and elaborate architecture.

Day 01: ARRIVE DELHI
799px-Humayun's_Tomb_from_the_entrance,_DelhiOn arrival at Delhi airport you will be met, assisted and transferred to your hotel.
Day 02: DELHI
delhiToday combined sightseeing of New & Old Delhi. In New Delhi visit the 12th century Qutab Minar, gracefully hand-carved for its entire height of 234ft, and the iron pillar, which has withstood the ravages of time and not rusted even after 1500 years. Visit the mausoleum of emperor Humayun – a forerunner of the Mughal style of architecture and the imposing modern Lakshminarayan temple. Drive past the India Gate (war memorial dedicated to the lives of laid down by the Indian soldiers), the president’s residence – formerly the Viceroy’s Palace, parliament House and the Secretariat buildings, – an interesting blend of the Victorian and 20th century architecture. Sightseeing of Old Delhi takes you to the Raj Ghat (memorial to Mahatma Gandhi), Jama Masjid, – The largest mosque in India. Drive past ChandiChowk, once an imperial avenue of Mughal Royalty which today is the busiest commercial area of the city. Take a  Rickshaw Ride through ChandniChowk to savour the ambience of an oriental bazaar.
Day 03: DELHI – AGRA
taj-mahalAfter breakfast drive to Agra (210 kms / 4:30 hrs).
On arrival check-in at hotel for 1 night.
Afternoon visit the Agra Fort. In Fort visit Diwan-E-Am (House of Commons), mosques within Fort and royal pavilions like Macchi Bhavan, Shah Jahani Mahal & others. Several of the buildings are made of pure marble with beautiful carvings. To cool off the rooms, the walls were hollow and filled with running water. The balconies of these pavilions give clear view of Taj Mahal where you will end the day with an evening tour. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the skill of 20,000 craftsmen brought together from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and who took 17 year to complete this ‘ Love Poem in Marble’. (Friday closed).
Day 04: AGRA – FATEHPURSIKRI – JAIPUR
FatehpurAfter breakfast leave Agra for Jaipur visiting Fatehpur Sikri enroute. (265 kms / 5:30 hrs drive)
Located 40 Km from Agra, the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569. Akbar used Fatehpur Sikri as his capital but the city was fully occupied for only 14 years and slowly became deserted due to a lack of water. Visit the remarkably well-preserved, graceful buildings within the ‘Ghost City’ including the Jama Masjid, tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal Palace and other palaces that speak of the grandeur and splendour of the Mughal empire at the height of its power.
After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, drive to Jaipur. On arrival check in at your hotel for 2 nights.
Day 05: JAIPUR
p1240635Morning excursion to Amer fort. Amer is a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace. The rugged, time-ravaged walls of the Fort may not look beautiful from the outside, but the interior is a virtual paradise. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes, apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster. A major attraction at Amber is the Elephant Ride all the way up to the Fort entrance. Inside the Fort visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory. Inside the Jag Mandir is the famed Sheesh Mahal – a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period. En route to Amber Fort, you will have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal – the Palace of Winds.
p1240700Afternoon sightseeing tour of city visiting Maharaja’s City Palace, the former Royal residence, part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. Built in the style of a fortified campus, the palace covers almost one-seventh in area of the city. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion Known as Armoury Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers the royal families of Jaipur once used most of these weapons. Later visit the Jantar Manta Which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world Situated near the gate of the city palace; the observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition.
Day 6: JAIPUR - DELHI
Morning: transfer to Delhi airport (165 miles & 6 hrs drive) to board the return / onward flight.