India – Golden Triangle

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Introduction

India has a solid claim to being the world’s most fascinating and gratifying tourist destination. Few visitors ever leave dissatisfied, from the thrilling speed of life in its colourful and energetic towns to the magnificent temples and breathtaking surroundings.

This historical Golden Triangle tour will take you across India’s heartland, where you will see both ancient and modern Delhi. This tour will take you to Agra, where you will see the Taj Mahal, a renowned city that epitomises Mughal art and architecture with its exquisite palaces. The bustling bazaars of Jaipur, which embody Rajputana’s rich culture, will be your final destination.

Isn’t it amazing to have all of this within walking distance of one another? Despite the region’s onslaught of modernization and urbanisation, a well-preserved sanctuary of history, art, architecture, and culture.

The journey begins and ends in New Delhi and includes seven nights and eight days of exploration of India’s Golden Triangle.

Trip Highlights

  • Delhi Full Day Tour with a visit to the Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, tour of Imperial Delhi and much more.
  • Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal.
  • Visits to Agra Fort and the Tomb Of Itmad-Ud-Daulah (Baby Taj).
  • Jeep ride to Amber Fort.
  • Visit to Jaipur City Palace and Jantar Mantar.

Hotel Information

Our Indian Golden Triangle will consist of the below hotels or of a similar standard if they are not available.

2 nights at The Surya Hotel in Delhi on a bed & breakfast basis in a Deluxe Room

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The Suryaa New Delhi follows the cosmic Surya by creating a warm, vibrant, and lively ambiance for its guests. It is located in the heart of the city and is conveniently close to district centres like Jasola, Mohan Cooperative, Nehru Place, and Ashram. The hotel has an elegant spread of rooms and suites with spectacular views. It provides a taste of pure contentment with a host of dining options and custom-crafted celebrations.

2 nights at The Crystal Sarovar Premiere in Agra on a bed & breakfast basis in a Taj Facing room

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Conveniently, The Crystal Sarovar Premiere is located in Agra’s tourist hub, Fatehabad Road. The hotel offers a calm and peaceful oasis for leisure travellers. Its strategic location offers a magnificent view of the Taj Mahal. The hotel is highly accessible to guests, being close to the city’s airport and railway station. The elegant, 136 well-appointed rooms offer luxurious amenities and personalised service. Three dining and nightlife venues enhance the guest experience with exclusive culinary fare. A fully-equipped health club and spa specialising in relaxation and rejuvenation treatments, pampering personal fulfilment. A well-designed swimming pool promises a quiet, peaceful, laid-back scene, complete with comfortable loungers and parasols.

3 nights at the Shahpura House in Jaipur on a bed & breakfast basis in a Suite

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The Shahpura House derives its name from the ruler of Shekhawat, Maha Rao Shekhaji, and the Manoharpur Shahpura family. The establishment is over 200 years old and is set amidst green surroundings. All of the 38 guest rooms at Shahpura House are equipped with modern facilities to make guests feel at home. Each room is embellished with marble and semi-precious stones, which accompany the marble bathrooms, private porches, and lobbies. Facilities available for use in each room include LCD TV, satellite television, wired and wireless broadband internet access, an electronic safe, a direct-dial telephone with voice mail, a personal minibar, and a tea or coffee maker. Leisure activities at the hotel are open to all guests. There is a cocktail bar, a rooftop restaurant serving Rajasthani dishes, the Shahpura Spa, cooking classes with the chef, an outdoor pool and a pool area. Additionally, guests can go on horse carriage rides or on camel safaris.

7 Nights Indian Golden Triangle

Welcome to Delhi. For decades, India's greatest city, Delhi, has served as a trade and economic hub for the country, and as a result, it is extraordinarily rich in culture and history.

The city includes three UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Red Fort, Qutab Minar, and Humayun's Tomb – and is divided into two sections: the ancient walled city of Old Delhi and the more modern portion of New Delhi.

Other notable sights include the 17th-century Chandni Chowk marketplace, which is now one of the city's most famous shopping destinations, notably for jewellery and traditional Indian saris; the award-winning Baha'i Lotus Temple; and India's largest mosque, the Jama Masjid.

After you have completed all immigration and customs formalities, our representative will meet you in the arrival area of the airport today. They will assist you and transport you to your hotel, where you will check-in for the duration of your stay.

Today, spend the day relaxing at the hotel.

You will spend 2 nights in New Delhi at the Suryaa Hotel on bed and breakfast in a standard room.

Day 2 :
Delhi

After breakfast, proceed for a full-day city tour of Old and New Delhi.

Old Delhi has an old charm that tells volumes about India's history, culture, and tradition, whilst New Delhi is a fascinating representation of modern India.

The tour will begin with a visit to Asia's largest mosque, the Jama Masjid. More than 5000 artisans worked in red sandstone and marble to construct it. Later, pay a visit to Chandni Chowk, Asia's largest wholesale market, a sprawling complex of shops, bazaars, and people.

Drive by the Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site constructed in the 17th century by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Visit the Raj Ghat, a small Mahatma Gandhi memorial.

Proceed to New Delhi, which is a reflection of the British legacy. The first stop will be at Qutub Minar, India's second-highest minar and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It is composed of red stone and marble and is adorned with beautiful carvings and Qur’an passages. Later, see Humayun's Mausoleum, the first garden tomb on the Indian subcontinent, an extraordinary Indo-Persian structure and a forerunner of the Taj Mahal, built in the 16th century.

A drive past India Gate, the 42-meter-high War Memorial Arch, the Parliament House, the Secretariat buildings, and the Vice Regal Palace, which is now the official house of the President of India, will be included in the Imperial Delhi trip.

The Suryaa Hotel is where you'll spend the night.

After breakfast, drive to Agra (210 km, 4 hours approx.) today.

The world-famous Taj Mahal and a number of other famous historical monuments make Agra one of India's most popular tourist destinations.

The red-hued Agra Fort, the historic Jama Masjid mosque, and Itmad-ud-tomb, Daulah's, which has a white marble front with elaborate inlaid motifs and semi-precious stones, are among them.

The Taj Mahal is in a class by itself, and any tourist to the city should see it. It is the Mughal monarch Shah Jahan's architectural masterwork, commissioned in the 15th century as a tribute to his adored wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

You'll check into the Crystal Sarovar Premiere Hotel when you arrive in Agra and enjoy the rest of the day to yourself.

You will stay in a standard room at the Crystal Sarovar Premiere Hotel in Agra for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 4 :
Agra

With our guide, you will see the Taj Mahal at sunrise today (Closed on all Fridays). Return to the hotel for breakfast later. Visit Agra Fort and Itmadaulah after breakfast.

Sunrise at the Taj Mahal It is fitting to see this extraordinary monument in the early morning light, as its exemplary beauty is awe-inspiring and will leave an unforgettable memory. This is the least crowded time of day, providing a very peaceful and tranquil experience of the world's most romantic site.

Emperor Akbar (1556–1605) constructed Agra Fort, popularly known as the Red Fort of Agra, in 1565, and it is a well-deserving UNESCO World Heritage site, located about 2.5 kilometres from the iconic Taj Mahal.

Its pink-red sandstone palaces, grand mosques, and ornate public halls stand as evidence of an era when Indo-Muslim art, greatly influenced by Persia, was at its pinnacle.

Emperor Shah Jahan was imprisoned in Agra Fort by his son, Aurangzeb, who built the Taj Mahal for his late wife.

Emperor Shah Jahan is claimed to have died at the Musamman Burj, a marble tower he constructed himself with one of the best views of the Taj Mahal.

The Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah (Baby Taj) is a Mughal tomb erected for Mumtaz Mahal's grandfather, for whom the Taj Mahal was built. The "jewel box" or "Baby Taj" is a nickname for the tomb.

Spend the evening at leisure.

The Crystal Sarovar Premiere Hotel is where you'll spend the night.

After breakfast, drive to Jaipur (240 km, 5 hours) with a guide, stopping at Fatehpur Sikri and Abhaneri along the way (without a guide).

Continue your journey to Jaipur, where you will check into your hotel.

Rajasthan, India's northernmost state, has its capital and largest city in Jaipur. The Pink City is known as India's first planned city, with a slew of pink terracotta buildings within its walled historic core, earning it the nickname.

It serves as a gateway to the nearby desert cities of Jaisalmer and Jodhpur. The city is a blend of tradition and modernity, with vibrant bazaars, palaces, and ancient temples.

The opulent City Palace, which includes palatial structures and sprawling gardens, is located in the salmon-coloured old city. Don't miss the Amber Fort's fairy-tale splendour against the backdrop of the arid landscape.

Fatehpur Sikri Fatehpur Sikri, a highlight in the Uttar Pradesh province, served briefly as the Mughal Empire's capital from 1571 to 1585. This world heritage site is considered to have one of India's best-preserved collections of Mughal architecture.

A day can be spent discovering the intricate structures within, which are enclosed by a six-kilometre wall, the fourth of which was once a lake. Admire the enormous Jama Masjid mosque, the elaborate palaces erected for Emperor Akbar's ladies, the public and private discussion halls, and the vast ornamental pool, which took more than 15 years to design and construct.

Abhaneri is a small village in northern Rajasthan's Dausa district, 95 kilometres from Jaipur on the Jaipur-Agra route. The village's current name, "Abhaneri," is thought to be a mispronunciation of "Abha Nagri," meaning "city of light."

The post-Gupta or early mediaeval buildings, Chand Baori and Harshat Mata Shrine are famous in this Rajasthani village. Despite the fact that the community is now in ruins, travellers go to view Chand Baori, a massive stepwell built by the locals to use as a water reservoir.

The Harshat Mata temple, an architectural gem on Rajasthan's tourism map, is another draw. While Harshat Mata Temple represents 10th-century architecture, Chand Baori is one of India's largest step wells, protected on all sides. Local dances such as Ghoomar, Kalbelia, and Bhawai are also popular in Abhaneri. Continue reading to learn more about Abhaneri and its various attractions.

You will stay in a standard room at the Shahpura House in Jaipur for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 6 :
Jaipur

After breakfast, depart for a full-day city tour of Jaipur, including stops at Amber Fort, the Amber Fort Jeep Ride, the Jaipur City Palace, and the Jantar Mantar Jaipur.

Amber Fort is located in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The fort, which was originally built by Raja Man Singh, overlooks Maota Lake and has four levels, each with a courtyard. A temple dedicated to Shila Devi can be found at the fort's main entrance. The structure, which includes the Maharaja's apartments, temples, and a hall, is a fine example of Rajput architecture.

The jeep ride will save you from having to walk up to the fortress. As you near the top of the Amber Fort, take a stroll through the vast complex of courtyards and halls. Discover how Hindu and Mughal traditions influenced the design of this magnificent structure.

Jaipur City Palace is a major landmark and one of the city's most well-known tourist attractions. During his reign, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh built the magnificent palace. City Palace stands out among Jaipur's forts and palaces due to its outstanding art and architecture.

The Jai Singh Observatory was the last bastion of medieval science in 1734. The eighteen stationary observational instruments, which appear more like playground equipment than sighting instruments from the exterior, were employed to estimate the location of the sun, stars, and planets.

In 1734, the Jai Singh Observatory was the final stronghold of medieval science. The sun, stars, and planets were estimated using the eighteen stationary observational instruments, which look more like playground equipment than sighting instruments from the outside.

Shahpura House is where you'll spend the night.

Day 7 :
Jaipur

After breakfast, you have the rest of the day to explore Jaipur at your leisure.

Shahpura House is where you'll spend the night.

Today, you will be provided with an assisted departure transfer from the hotel to the airport in order to connect with your flight for your onward journey.

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