Golden Triangle Tour
Destinations : Delhi / Agra / Jaipur
Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Day 01. Arrival Delhi
On arrival in Delhi, you will be received by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 02. Delhi
The national capital of India, New Delhi, is a major political and business hub. Moreover, it is also one of the major travel gateways to other tourist spots of northern India. Delhi nestles many different cities and culture within itself. It is a perfect fusion of ancient and modern, as it can be classified largely into New Delhi, Old Delhi and Outer Delhi.
New Delhi, the imperial city created by the British Raj, has a spacious and planned outlook. It is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings. In contrast, the old Delhi was inhibited by Muslim rulers and was made in 17th and 19th century. It is full of formidable mosques, monuments and forts. It's a lively area of colorful bazaars, narrow streets and terrific traffic lines. On one hand, where you can see dashing examples of modern architecture as skyscrapers in Connaught Place, Nehru Place and other areas; on the other hand, there is a rich legacy of ancient palaces, forts, temples, mosques and monuments.
Delhi is the most dazzling and happening city of India, being the political hub of India. It houses the Parliament and is the governing seat of the country. A large number of historic monuments and heritage sites of India are located in New Delhi. And now in the growing age of globalization, one can see big city shopping malls flashing major brands from all over the world.
Delhi is a city with magnetic attraction and extensive glorious past. Every nook and corner of the city of Delhi seems like narrating the incidents of the bygone era. Thus, Delhi deserves to be your first destination if you want to understand both India and Indians truly.
Delhi offers its tourists a treasure of new-age tourist attractions. Visit world-renowned ancient and colonial monuments, beautiful gardens, lively suburb shopping malls, pubs, nightclubs or discotheques in this modern city.
Tourist Attractions in Delhi
A high-arched memorial in tribute to the soldiers martyred in the Afghan War, it has the names of all these heroic men inscribed on it. India Gate hosts the parade of the Indian Republic Day on 26th January each year. It is also a nice tourist spot teeming with children, vendors and both Indian and Foreigner tourists. Quite pleasant, especially in evenings and nights when the whole edifice gets light up.
This fascinating red sandstone fort is an example of the rich Mughal architecture. Red Fort is a venue to the Independence Day parade of India. The magnificent Red Fort, which is also the venue for India's Independence Day celebrations, takes you to a journey back in time to the era of mighty Mughal ruler, Shahjahan.
This 240 ft tall tower is the tallest monument in India ushered in the new Indo-Islamic style of architecture, which was a fusion of the Indian and Mughal styles. A 7m (23ft) high iron pillar stands in the courtyard of the mosque. It's said that if you can encircle it with your hands whilst standing with your back to it, your wish will be fulfilled. However, a fence now protects the pillar.
Delhi is the right place to shop for all those who love shopping. Delhi has numerous massive shopping complexes. Starting from Connaught Place, South Extension, Chandni Chowk to Sarojini Nagar, Karol Bagh, Janpath and Lajpat Nagar. You can find all types of items in these markets from cheapest to expensive one. All these places are popular hangouts of the Delhites in the weekends and evenings.
Day 03. Delhi / Agra
Distance: 203 km Time: 5 Hours
Travel to Agra and check into your hotel where you can rest. Later you can enjoy sightseeing or shopping in the Agra city markets.
Day 04. Agra
Agra is known, to the world as the city of Taj Mahal. Agra has its roots, dating back to the time of Mahabaratha. Agra is situated on the west-bank of River Yamuna, 204 km south of Delhi. The old part of the town, north of the fort, is where the main market place is. The modern township is on the south. Agra has a magnificent fort and many other monuments from the Mughul era, not to mention the Taj Mahal, which are major attractions to the tourists.
Agra, the city of Taj was established in 1475 by Badal Singh. Agra finds mention in the Mahabharata as Agraban. Agra city in those days was considered to be the sister city of Mathura which was more prominent than Agraban. Agra came into its own when the Lodhi Kings chose this place beside the Yamuna to be their capital city. Sikander Lodhi made Agra his capital but Babar defeated the Lodhis to capture not only Agra but also laid the foundation of the Mughal empire.
Agra - The city known for the famous monument of love - the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal was constructed by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jehan. It is said he built this monument in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is ethereal at any part of the day - blushing in the rosy glow of dawn or sunset , appearing like a pearly mirage in the moonlight or reflected in the pools of the garden . Perhaps the most moving view of the Taj is from an octagonal tower in the Agra Fort further along the river Yamuna.
Tourist Attractions in Agra
Even as the world is caught in the skirmishes of War & peace, Nuclear and Non-Nuclear; Taj has stood as the epitome of love. This extravagant monument of love is one of the most visited and most photographed places in the world. Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan in the memory of his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal was the culmination point of Indo-Persian architecture. The Mughals Emperor were always fond of constructing monuments. Perhaps they knew that they would be gone but these structures will remind the world of their grandeur.
Agra which lies on the west bank of river Jamuna became one of the principal cities of the Mughal Empire after the death of Ibrahim Lodi at Panipat in 1526. When Akbar choose Agra as his capital he laid the foundation of the Fort of Agra. After Taj this was one of the most important group of buildings. The construction was started in 1565 and was completed in about eight years at a cost of thirty five lakh of rupees under the superintendence of Qasim Khan Mir Barr-u-Bahr. This fort was just one of the many large fortified residences that the emperor wanted to have at various strategic points of his empire. According to contemporary chroniclers like Abul Fazal the fort contained over five hundred buildings. But later on Akbar's descendants added new buildings, mainly in marble to the fort and demolished the old ones.
This tomb belongs to the father of Nur Jahan, Ghias-ud-Din Beg. He was the Wajir or the Chief Minister of Emperor Jehangir. This white marble tomb was built by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628. The tomb may not be as mammoth as the Taj but the inlay designs and carvings are no less than Taj if not more. The delicate marble latticework in the passages allows the light to enter the interiors. A similar tomb was built by Nur Jahan for Jehangir in Lahore. This tomb was the first complete marble Moghul structure.
Shopping in Agra
Exploring the extremely colorful markets of Agra was a great experience. I bought replicas of Taj Mahal as souvenirs for my friends and relatives. But the leather items including leather chappals (sandals), purses, bags and other decorative items were just irresistible.
Day 05. Agra / Jaipur
Distance: 235 km Time: 5.3 Hours
Leave for Jaipur. On the way visit the town of Fatehpur Sikri. The town built by Emperor Akbar contains many grand monuments but was abandoned after his death.
Arrive in Jaipur, check into the hotel and rest. Later enjoy sightseeing in the Pink City.
Day 06. Jaipur
The Rose Pink City founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743), is the capital of Rajasthan . It is a major attraction for the first-time visitor. Jaipur is surrounded on all sides by rugged hills, crowned with forts & enclosed by embattled walls. Houses with latticed windows line the streets with their rose pink colour, lending enchantment to the scene, which is almost magical at sunset.
The Old City (Known as the Pink City) is a great place to wander around. The whole city was painted in Pink colour by Maharaja Man Singh II when Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, visited Jaipur in 1876 AD. Today, every home within the city is obliged by law to maintain its facade. It is a very well planned city laid out in a grid pattern and was designed by a young Bengali engineer and scholar by the name "Vidyadhar Bhattacharya".
Jaipur was and remains the only city in the world, symbolising the nine divisions of the universe, through nine rectangular sectors sub-dividing it. Jaipur is a royal city & this is its most noticeable aspect, small buildings & festivals testify it.
Jaipur & its surroundings are rather like an endless museum. The city also offers an endless variety of crafts. Jewellers here still fashion the beautiful enamel-on-gold pendants, studded on the reverse with precious stones or pearls & turquoise that one sees in miniature paintings. Jaipur's lacquer bangles are famous all over the world. This is a city to be visited.
Tourist Attractions in Jaipur
The image of the Amber Fort is beautifully reflected in the lake below. Within the Amer Fort lies the famous Jai Mandir (Temple) with its world renowned Sheesh Mahal, a hall full of Mirrors.
The walls and the ceiling of the Mahal are covered with a beautiful array of mirrors, which reflect any streak of light, so as to illuminate the entire room. Located 9 Kms north west of Jaipur, the Amber Fort was once the Capital of the Minas.
The City Palace is an architectural marvel that presents a perfect blend of Rajasthani and Mughal art and architecture. The City Palace has projecting balconies, arches and the entrances. The palace covers one-seventh of the area in Jaipur. The City Palace also has a museum with an exclusive collection of Rajasthani costumes, miniature paintings, carpets and royal paraphernalia.
Jaipur's signature building, the Hawa Mahal, a multi layered palace, was built by Sawai Pratap Singh (grand son of Sawai Jai Singh and son of Sawai Madhoo Singh) in 1799 AD and Mr. Lal Chand Usta was the architect. Famous for it's beehive like structure, the Hawa Mahal is an interplay of red and pink sand stone, carefully and painstakingly outlined with white borders and motifs. The palaces and forts of yesteryears, which were witness to the royal processions and splendours are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyle of the people of the "Pink City" Jaipur.
The fort marks the victory and was built by Sawai Jai Singh in 1726. Perched high on a cliff, it is surrounded by huge battlements with inside walkways. Jaivan, the world's largest canon on wheel is also found here. It provides a panoramic view of Jaipur city and the Amber Fort.
Beyond the hills of Jaigarh, stands the fort of Nahargarh like a watchful sentinel guarding Sawai Jai Singh's beautiful capital. Much of the original structures are now in ruins, but the lovely buildings added by Sawai Ram Singh II and Sawai Madho Singh II in the 19th century are preserved in a good condition. Some of the rooms provide the most spectacular view of the city below.
Sawai Jai Singh who also built the five observatories in India built the largest stone observatory in the world, Jantar Mantar. Its complex instruments are excellent for predicting the figures related to the Indian astronomy.
Designed in the Indo Sarcenic style of architecture by Sir Swinton Jacob, the Albert Hall presents an exquisite collection of decorative wares, sculptures, paintings, natural history specimen and Egyptian mummy and the celebrated Persian carpet.
Shopping in Jaipur
A major gem and jewellery centre, Jaipur is famous for Kundan work (enamel work on gold). Also there are woollen carpets, cotton rugs, marble statuary, enamelled wares, brass ware, hand-block printed Sanganeri and Bagru Cotton fabrics, exotic blue pottery made from crushed quartz, leather footwear and more.
Day 07. Jaipur / Delhi
Distance: 258 km Time: 6 Hours
Return to Delhi and rest at your hotel
Day 08. Delhi / End of Tour
Transfer to the airport to catch your flight home with unforgettable memories of your Golden Triangle Tour.