There is no better option than the Golden Triangle Tour - Covering Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Golden Triangle Tour is the most popular tourist circuit in India. This incredible Golden Triangle Tour Itinerary comprising the three famous cities of India-Delhi, Agra and Jaipur having grandeur, glory & history.
Meeting and greetings on arrival at Delhi’s domestic airport and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Morning after breakfast at the hotel met your licensed local Guide and driver at hotel lobby and proceed for a combined tour of Old and New Delhi.
Old Delhi visiting Red Fort - The red sand stone walls of Lal Quila, the Red Fort extend for 2 km and vary in height from 18m on the river side to 33m on the city side. Shah Jahan started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and it was completed in 1648. The Red Fort dates from the peak of Mughal power. The Mughal reign from Delhi was a short one. Aurangzeb was the first and the last emperor to rule from here. Jama Masjid- the Great Mosque of Old Delhi was both the largest and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan. Begun in 1644, the mosque was not completed until 1658. It has three gateways, four angle towers and two minarets standing 40m (133ft) high constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble. The courtyard of the mosque can hold 25,000 people. Take a rickshaw ride to Chandni Chowk - the main street of Old Delhi - the colourful shopping bazaar just opposite the Red Fort and visit Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi after his assassination in 1948.
New Delhi visiting Qutab Minar – 234 feet high tower. The Qutab Minar itself is a soaring tower of victory that was started in 1193, immediately after the defeat of the last Hindu kingdom in Delhi. It is nearly 73m(243ft) high and tapers from a 15m(50ft) diameter base to just 2.5m(9ft) at the top. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone, the fourth and the fifth of marble & sandstone. Also visit the Tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun. Built in the mid-16th century by Haji Begum, the Persian-born senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, this is a wonderful early example of Mughal architecture. The elements in its design – a squat building, high arched entrances that let in light, topped by a bulbous dome and surrounded by formal gardens – were to be refined over the years to the magnificence of the Taj Mahal in Agra. Drive past India Gate (War Memorial), President’s House, which was once the Viceroy’s Palace, Parliament House and Secretariat buildings.
Overnight at the hotel.
Morning after buffet breakfast at the hotel drive to Agra in around 4 hours. Check in at the hotel on arrival.
Afternoon visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, whose death in childbirth in 1631 left the Emperor so heartbroken that his hair is said to have turned gray overnight. Construction of the Taj, begun in the same year, was not completed until 1653. In total 20,000 people from India and Central Asia worked on the building. The Taj Mahal is like a silent rhapsody that you will carry in your heart. Also visit Agra Fort, constructed by Emperor Akbar in 1695 on the banks of the Yamuna River. Initially the fort was a military structure, but during Shah Jahan’s reign it had partially become a palace.
Overnight at the hotel.
Morning after buffet breakfast at the hotel proceed to Jaipur by car enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri 40 kms (25 miles) from Agra - a cultural and imperial capital conceived and built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and later abandoned due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings within the city including Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti and Panch Mahal.
After visiting, continue your drive to Jaipur (you have a chance to stop Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary if you are bird lovers) and check in at the hotel on arrival. Rest of the evening is left free to walk around in the streets of this city of colours. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning after breakfast at the hotel visit Amber Fort - the ancient capital of the state until 1728. The fort is a superb example of Rajput architecture, stunningly situated on a hillside and overlooking a lake, which reflects its terraces and ramparts. Visit the Jagmandir the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors, Jal Mahal and the Temple of Kali. You ride up to the ramp of this 11th Century Bastion atop a gaily decorated elephant (Subject to operation).
Afternoon guided City sightseeing tour : includes Maharaja’s City Palace - which occupies a large area divided into a series of courtyards, gardens and buildings. The outer wall was built by Jai Singh, but other additions are much more recent, some dating from the start of this century. Today, the palace is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The palace now houses a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine specimens of Rajput and Mughal paintings and weapons. Also visit Jantar Mantar- an observatory, next to the entrance of the City Palace, begun by Jai Singh in 1728. Jai Singh’s passion for astronomy was even more notable than his prowess as warrior and before commencing construction, he sent scholars abroad to study foreign observatories. Jantar Mantar appears to be just a curious collection of sculptures but in fact each construction has a specific purpose, such as measuring the positions of stars, altitudes and azimuths and calculating eclipses.
Overnight at the hotel
Morning after relaxed breakfast at the hotel proceed to Delhi by car in around 5 hours. Arrive and check in at the hotel. Rest of the afternoon is free for independent activities or last minute shopping etc.
Overnight at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport in time to board flight for onward destination.
Costs include :
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis at above mentioned or similar hotels.
- Daily breakfast.
- All sightseeing tours with an English speaking local guide in each city.
- An Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur.
- All surface travel / transfer using an air-conditioned Toyota Innova car as per itinerary with driver, road taxes, toll taxes, fuel, drivers own lodging and boarding.
- All currently applicable taxes include service tax.
Costs do not include :
- Any expenses of personal nature like table drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc.
- Any major meals other than breakfast.
- Any monument entrance fee (quoted separately).
- Any air fare for Goa to Delhi Sector (approximate fare is quoted separately).
- Any expenses other than mentioned above.