Golden Triangle Tour


Day 1: Arrive Delhi, India

Arrive in Delhi, where you are met by our representative and privately transferred to your hotel. Check in at the hotel and spend your day relaxing at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Delhi

Spend the morning exploring Old Delhi, pausing on the way at the monument to Mahatma Gandhi erected on the site of his funeral pyre and an important place of pilgrimage for people from all over the world.

Begin with the Jama Masjid, the great mosque of Old Delhi. It is the largest in India and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan. Continue on to the Red Fort. The red sandstone walls of Lal Qila, the Red Fort, extend for just over a mile and vary in height from 59 ft on the river side to 108 ft on the city side. See the Diwan-I-Am, the hall of public audiences, where the emperor would sit in a marble-paneled alcove, set with precious stones, to hear complaints or disputes from his subjects. The Diwan-I-Khas, the hall of private audiences, built of white marble, was the luxurious chamber where the emperor held private meetings.

The final stop in Old Delhi is at the bustling and colorful Chandni Chowk bazaar.

This afternoon explore New Delhi, established as the new capital for the Indian Empire by King George V, who felt that Kolkata was too remote. Begin in the oldest part of Delhi, made up of the former Seven Capitals that were built between the 12th and 17th centuries.

Continue to Humayun's Tomb, a 16th century monument to the Mughal Emperor Humayun who reigned between 1530 and 1556. The Rajpath, or Kings Way, is another focus of Lutyens’ New Delhi. It is immensely broad and flanked on either side by ornamental ponds.

Stop at the India Gate, a stone arch of triumph that stands at the eastern end of the Rajpath. It bears the names of 85,000 Indian Army soldiers who died in the campaigns of WWI, the North West frontier operations of the same time and the 1919 Afghan fiasco.

Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the President of India, stands at the opposite end of the Rajpath from India Gate. To the west of the building is a Mughal garden, which is only open to the public in February.

Day 3: Delhi/ Agra

This morning you are transferred overland (4 hours) to Agra. Arrive at your hotel in Agra.

This afternoon pay a visit to Agra Fort. Approachable by two imposing gates and constructed of red sandstone, the citadel was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar between the years 1565 and 1573. Encircled by a moat, this dramatic city within a city, was the palace of three emperors, Akbar, Shah Jehan and Aurangzeb, each of whom made significant contributions to the wonderful architecture of the inner buildings – a combination of Persian (Islamic) and local Hindu styles.

See the Taj Mahal at the end of the day, as the sun sets, gradually turning the marble of this romantic monument, from white to a soft, rosy pink.

Day 4: Agra / Fatehpur Sikri / Jaipur

The Taj Mahal's white marble surfaces reflect the colors of the sky and the river Yamuna, appearing different throughout the day. Return to see this beautiful monument as the sun rises, glinting gold on the marble and surrounding water.

Afterwards you are driven overland from Agra, through local villages, to Jaipur, stopping en route to explore the deserted hill-top city of Fatehpur Sikri - City of Victory.

Enjoy lunch at Laxmi Vilas Palace Bharatpur on direct payment and continue on to Jaipur. One of the most beautiful palaces in India, the Rambagh Palace was originally built in 1835 as a hunting lodge, before being converted into a palace for the Maharaja of Jaipur and then a palace hotel. An architectural masterpiece, Rambagh presents an elegant blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture.

Day 5: Jaipur

This morning visit the Amber Fort, where you can enjoy a short Elephant ride like Maharajas and Maharani. This beautiful fortified palace was once the capital of the state of Jaipur (until 1728 AD) and the capital of the powerful princes of Jaipur. Among the best hilltop forts in India, with stern exteriors of white marble and red sandstone that seem to grow out of the rugged hills, the Amber Fort has mighty gates leading to beautifully decorated temples, huge ornate halls, palaces, pavilions and gardens.

The architecture is a combination of both Mughal and Rajput styles, and the chambers and hallways of the palace are decorated with paintings depicting hunting scenes, intricate carvings, mosaics and detailed mirror work.

This afternoon, explore the city, beginning at the Jantar Mantar, an observatory built by Sawai Jai Singh ll in the 18th century. The Maharajah, a scientist as well as an astronomer, had the principles of Euclid translated into Sanskrit. One of the most remarkable sites in Jaipur, the Jantar Mantar has fourteen major geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses and tracking stars and planets.

Go on to the City Palace built within the fortified area of the original city, with one of the finest monumental entrances in India. The Palace is now principally a museum housing a collection of great treasures, including miniature paintings, carpets, royal garments and other interesting objects from Jaipur's intriguing past. The former royal family retains a part of the palace for their personal use.

Hawa Mahal, or the Palace of the Winds, is a beautifully designed facade built in 1799 by Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh, to extend the zenana, or womens’ chambers, of the City Palace.

Five stories in height, and built of red and pink sandstone highlighted with white quicklime, it is thought that the women of the royal harem used the many casements to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen. (Rajput women traditionally observed strict ‘purdah’.) The side facing the street outside the palace, has 953 small windows and the breeze (hawa) which circulates through these windows gives the palace its name, and keeps it cool even in the hot summer months.

Day 6: Jaipur / Delhi

This morning you are transferred overland (5 hours) to Delhi to connect with your flight for onward destination.

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