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GOLDEN TRIANGLE

GOLDEN TRIANGLE

Golden Triangle tour is one of the most popular tourist circuits of India. This tour presents true color of India with Delhi, a rich tapestry of contrasts that is characteristic of this complex land, Agra, the zenith of art & an enshrined romance and Jaipur - exuberant with color for enjoying North India's fascinating cultural heritage.

Day 1 - DELHI / AGRA

Leave Delhi for Agra by surface at 0800 hrs approx (204 kms/4½ hrs drive).

Agra is famous as the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendour of the mausoleum, the fort and the palaces in Agra are vivid reminders of the opulence of the legendary Mughal empire. Agra was their capital for nearly a hundred years from 1564. A pleasant town, with a comparatively easy pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by artisans who are hereditary craft persons. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.

Arrive Agra by the noon. Assistance on arrival and check in to the hotel.

Afternoon guided tour of the Agra Fort, built by three Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD, which is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings including the Moti Masjid, Jahangir's Palace, Khaas Mahal, the Sheesh Mahal, Diwane-i-Am, Diwane-i-Khas and Musamman Burj, where Emperor Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor, died a prisoner. Later visit the Taj Mahal - the inimitable poem in white marble. Built over a period of 22 years, by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630, for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal, to enshrine her mortal remains, it is one of the seven modern wonders of the World (Closed on Friday).

Overnight in Agra


Day 2 - AGRA / FATEHPUR SIKRI / JAIPUR


Breakfast at the hotel.

Afternoon drive for Jaipur (265 kms) visiting enroute Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri is the exquisite city built by Akbar the Great in 1569, in red sandstone, with its forts, palaces and mosques, and abandoned 14 years after its creation due to political reasons. Diwan-i-am - a vast courtyard in which the emperor gave daily public audience, Diwan-i-khas - a large quadrangle where all the major functions of the palace took place, Pachisi court, the emperor's private living quarters, Jodha Bhai's palace, Mariam's palace, Birbal's palace, Hawa Mahal and Panch Mahal are some of the important buildings of this residential complex. The Friday Mosque and the exquisite tomb of Sheik Salim Chisti are in the religious grounds set aside in a separate enclosure adjacent to the secular buildings.

Continue drive to Jaipur. Assistance on arrival and check in at the hotel.

Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan, is colour washed pink - the colour associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. This Pink City of fairy tale palaces, rugged fortresses perched on barren hills and broad avenues, is picturesque. The first planned city of its time, Jaipur is encircled by a formidable wall.

Overnight in Jaipur


Day 3 - JAIPUR

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning proceed on an excursion to Amber Fort. Drive past Hawa Mahal, known popularly as the Palace of Winds, is a facade built for the Ladies of the Royal household in the 19th century. The Amber Fort, the capital of the erstwhile State of Jaipur until 1728 is perched on a hill. It has halls of Public and Private audience, a Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) various marble palaces which are marvelous examples of ancient Rajput architecture. The Temple of Amba (Mother Goddess), the patron deity of the Royal family is at the entrance to the palace. Ride an elephant to ascend the hill on which the Fort is situated.

Afternoon city tour visiting City Palace - the former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal styles which houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury of the Mughals and Rajputs, including swords of different shapes and sizes with ornate handles. It has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. Also visit the Jantar Mantar - an astrological and astronomical observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century, which is remarkable for its accuracy even in the present times.

Overnight in Jaipur


Day 4 - JAIPUR / DELHI

Breakfast at the hotel.

Later spend sometime shopping and return to Delhi.

Leave Jaipur for Delhi by surface at 1300 hrs approx (265 kms/5 hrs drive).

Arrive in Delhi by 2100 hrs approx.

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