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The Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle is a popular classic for a good reason: from the amazing history of seven dynasties that made Delhi their base, to wildly chaotic and beautiful colourful bazaars contrasted against the stately promenades of New Delhi, India's capital is the perfect city to start your tour. Agra and the recently designated UNESCO World Heritage city, Jaipur complete the circuit and delight you with monuments of incredible beauty and perfection like the incomparable Taj Mahal, pink city palaces and the mighty Amber Fort. For anyone traveling to India for the first time, this is  truly a journey of a lifetime. 

 

DAY 1 | ARRIVAL DELHI
Arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport with meet and greet by a representative followed by transfer to your hotel.
In the evening, enjoy a welcome briefing session with the tour manager. Delhi is a bustling metropolis where the past and the present merge, and where the old and the new cities define the capital’s cultural and architectural heritage.

 Overnight in Delhi hotel on a bed-and-breakfast basis.
 

DAY 2 | DELHI
After breakfast, go out on a sightseeing tour of Delhi visiting highlights of Old & New Delhi. Start the tour by visiting the
largest monument of Old Delhi, the imposing Red Fort (Closed on Mondays), built in red sandstone. The walls of the
massive Red Fort rise a daunting 33 metres (108 ft) above the commotion of Old Delhi as a reminder of the magnificent
power of former emperors. Very near the fort is the 17 th -century Jama Masjid (‘Friday Mosque’), the largest mosque in
India. Walk through the famous bazaars of Chandni Chowk to experience the hustle and bustle of a crowded oriental
bazaar. Also visit Raj Ghat, the Mahatma Gandhi memorial, a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his
cremation.
In New Delhi, visit the India Gate, the memorial of the First World War and the road that leads from there to the
President House, flanked by the houses of Parliament, the Secretariat building followed by the Humayun’s Tomb, also
known as the forerunner of the Taj Mahal. End your tour by visiting Qutub Minar, the tallest brick minaret of its kind in
the world.
 Overnight in Delhi hotel on a bed-and-breakfast basis.
 

DAY 3 | DELHI – JAIPUR (235km – 5.5 hrs)
Depart for Jaipur after breakfast at the hotel, arriving in the ‘Pink City’, as it is popularly known, at about lunchtime.
Check-in on arrival with the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
 Overnight in Delhi hotel on a bed-and-breakfast basis.

DAY 4 | JAIPUR
Breakfast at the hotel is followed by a morning tour of Amber Fort. Located on a spur overlooking a lake, Amber Fort’s
robust, time-ravaged walls appear imposing from the outside but they hide an interior packed with beautifully decorated
palaces and temples, and landscaped gardens. Be dazzled by Sheesh Mahal, a room with all the four walls and the ceiling
completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces. Admire the frescoes of the Ganesh Pol gate and the colonnade of the
Diwan-i-Aam.
Return to the old city to visit the City Palace and the beautiful palaces within, such as the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak
Mahal and the intricately decorated Peacock Gate. Also of interest is the Armoury Museum, which houses an impressive
collection of antique weapons such as blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers, which belonged the royals.
Continue to Jantar Mantar, the astonishing largest stone astronomical observatory in the world. Consisting of 14 major
geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars in their orbits, ascertaining the declination of
planets and determining the celestial altitudes, the observatory is a major attraction in Jaipur.
End your tour by making a stop at the spellbinding Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds (photo stop) and the famous
Johari bazaar famous for its jewels and saris, the Tripolia bazaar with bronzes, sculptures and lacquerware, the Bapu
bazaar renowned for its perfumes and textiles, and Chandpol bazaar for pottery and bracelets.
 Overnight in Jaipur hotel on bed-and-breakfast basis.
 

DAY 5 | JAIPUR – AGRA (250km – 6 hrs)
Take to the road after breakfast at the hotel, driving to Agra on the banks of the River Yamuna. Check-in on arrival. Agra
rose to fame in the 17 th century as the capital of the Mughal Empire and was beautified with gardens, waterfalls,
bathhouses and canals. In modern times, the city houses a thriving crafts industry, including marble inlay work and
carpets.
 Overnight in Agra hotel on bed-and-breakfast basis.
 

DAY 6 | AGRA – DEPARTURE DELHI (200km – 3 hrs)


After having breakfast, go out on a sightseeing tour of Agra, which includes the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal. Built in the mid-
17th century by the heartbroken Shah Jahan following the death in childbirth of his queen, Mumtaz Mahal, this
mausoleum is an eternal love poem written in stone. During the visit, admire the intricacy of the work of the 20,000
craftsmen who were brought from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy to build this astonishing monument. (Closed on
Fridays). Continue the tour and visit the Agra Fort, whose forbidding red sandstone battlements hide a number of
majestic Mughal palaces. Explore the delightful Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience) where the emperor once sat on his
throne to address his people, and the Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience) where he hosted kings and foreign
dignitaries. The white marble Mina Masjid (Heavenly Mosque) stands in contrast to the rest of the Red Fort. Afterwards,
you shall be driven back to Delhi and transfer to the airport to board your flight for onward journey.
 Breakfast included.

 

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