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India: Golden Triangle Tour of India

Minimum Passengers 2
Category Getaways
Duration 8 days / 7 nights
Available Dates
May, 2017 28
Jun, 2017 11,25
Jul, 2017 9,23
Aug, 2017 6,27
Sep, 2017 10,24
*Always small groups, 10 - 14 people.


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Tour Includes: 

• 3 nights in Delhi at Leisure Inn or similar
• 2 nights in Agra at Libra Hotel or similar
• 2 nights in Jaipur at Pushp Villa or simialr 
• 13 meals: 7 breakfasts and 6 dinners
• Transportation services
• Services of English speaking local guides during sightseeing tours
• Entrance fees to the places of visit as per the itinerary
• Excursion to Amber Fort
• Jeep ride in Amber Fort
• Visit to City Palace
• Small ancient village of Abhaneri visit
• Visit to Agra Fort
• Visit to the iconic the Taj Mahal
• Roman Catholic Cemetery visit
• Mission of Charity volunteering
• All applicable taxes

Not Included:

• Any room service, telephone charges, mini bar, gratuities, or tips
• Personal expenses
• Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

IMPORTANT NOTICE:About our Tours 
* UPGRADED HOTELS AVAILABLE (for an additional fee)
* All tours and entrance fees are included.
* All taxes are included and NO HIDDEN FEES
* International Airfare is not included, but we can book it for you at very competitive rates.
* A transfer fee may be assessed for alterations to packages, itineraries/tours and suggested arrival/departure dates.


* Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. All prices are expressed in US dollars. Prices for vacation packages are subject to change without notice. All travel documents are the responsibility of the passenger. A valid passport with at least 6 months validity after the date of travel is required. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

Day 1 : Delhi

Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met by one of our representatives to be transferred to your hotel.
The rest of the day is open at leisure.

Meals: None
Overnight in Delhi.

Day 2 : Delhi

Following breakfast, you will go on a combined sightseeing tour of Delhi. The tour will be commencing in Old Delhi before driving to a photo stop at Red Fort, a huge settlement that contains within it some very beautiful palaces and public buildings. You will visit Jamma Masjid, one of the largest mosques that are still a house of worship for devout Muslims. The tour continues onto Raj Ghat, Shanti Vana – the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru our first prime Minister of India.
You will proceed your day with a New Delhi tour riding past the India Gate, a memorial raised in honor of the Indian soldiers who were martyred during the Afghan War. Rashtrapati Bhawan, once the imperial residence of the British Viceroys, it is now the official residence of the President of India Parliament House, a circular building that is a symbol of Indian democracy. You will also visit Qutub Minar, the 11th century victory tower, which is the tallest stone tower in India.

Overnight in Delhi.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 : Delhi – Jaipur
Following breakfast, you will head to Jaipur.
The rest of your evening is open at leisure.
Optional activity: Visit the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, a small textile museum dedicated to the ancient craft of hand block printing, housed in a recently restored 400 year old haveli. (Cost: USD 35 per person)
 
Overnight in Jaipur.
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 : Jaipur

After breakfast, you will depart for an excursion tour to the fabulous Amber Fort; Maharaja Mansingh started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli Hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area. Enjoy a Jeep Ride at Amber Fort; it will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, you will stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls, many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.
Later, you will visit the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art, and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armory, costumes, carpets, and miniature paintings. Nearby is the most famous of five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh in India, Jantar Mantar.
Jai Singh was a great admirer of progresses and research made in the fields of science and technology, but he was passionate about astronomy. There is a very interesting story behind the construction of this observatory, considered as the largest stone observatory in the world. Sawai Jai Singh sent his emissaries to all parts of the world before commencing the construction of this observatory. The emissaries returned with many manuals on astronomy containing cutting-edge technological information. One of these manuals was a copy of La Hire's "Tables".
Your evening is free for shopping.

Overnight in Jaipur.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 : Jaipur – Agra

Following breakfast, you will head to Agra (approximately 5 hours). En route, you will visit the small ancient village of Abhaneri in northern Rajasthan. Begin at Chand Baori, one of the largest step wells in India, fortified on all sides. The unique idea was conceived by the early natives to work as a water reservoir, located adjacent to the temple dedicated to Harshat Mata, goddess of joy and happiness - an architectural jewel.
Continue your journey to Agra. When you arrive, you will go to Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Agra Fort - the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations.
Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions.
Optional activity: Witness Mohabbat e Taj - The Kalakriti Theater is the venue for this vibrant dance drama depicting a 16th century Mughal era love story that defines the Taj Mahal. Watch and listen (in a choice of languages by headset) as Shah Jahan and Queen Mumtaz Mahal profess their love for one another, and he creates the Taj Mahal in her memory. You will see the most realistic replica of the monument existing today. Animated action, brilliant costumes and powerfully resonant vocal performances.Cost : USD 45 per person

Overnight in Agra.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 : Agra

Early in the morning, you will go on a sun rise tour of the most opulent wonder of the modern world,the Taj Mahal(closed on Fridays). The Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1,000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in mid-17thcentury, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Tajappears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work which is really astounding. You will have sufficient time to view and be mesmerized by this outstanding piece of architecture.
When you return to hotel for breakfast, the rest of your morning is at leisure.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Roman Catholic Cemetery - re-living a cross cultural mix that has never made it into history books and traveler's itineraries. Later, walk through the civil lines area and explore the old part of Agra and its hidden alleys.
Later, volunteer your time at Mission of Charity. Amidst the busyness, it is heart-warming to see great love and care in this place. There are around 45 children in their care, some are very young and some with disabilities. There is also over 100 adults that are unable to care for themselves.
In the evening, you can explore the local markets for souvenirs.

Overnight in Agra.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 : Agra – Delhi

Following breakfast, you will check-out and head to Delhi. Upon arrival, you will have time to freshen up and bid farewell to your new friends at a farewell dinner at your hotel.

Overnight in Delhi.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 : Departure

Have breakfast on your final day in India. You will check out of your hotel and be transferred to Delhi International Airport to take your departing flight home.

Meals : Breakfast

Visa

India Visa-- American and Canadian nationals needs to apply online  for your Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) and then you can get the India visa upon arrival at the airport.
On the designated website below you will go through four steps to secure your ETA. Once approved, you will get the ETA by e mail.
This mail needs to be printed and shown to the immigration authorities in India and the visa will be issued.  The details of the E-visa formalities can be accessed on the website:https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html

Clothes

Many people prefer to shop for clothes in India as they like to adopt a more local way of dressing and clothes can be purchased very cheaply. However, cities such as Mumbai and Delhi are fast becoming very westernized and you'll see people wearing jeans and t-shirts. In smaller cities and villages, people still dress conservatively. The most important rule for both ladies and men is to keep your legs and shoulders covered. Wearing shorts should be avoided. Females will also often find it beneficial to wear a shawl or scarf that covers their breasts. For men, short-sleeved shirts are more respectful than wearing t-shirts. In nightclubs, western dress standards of jeans and a top for girls, and jeans and a t-shirt or shirt for guys, apply.

Medicine

Medicines for specific ailments, with similar active ingredients to what are found overseas, are available in India. The problem is figuring out the brand names and making the pharmacist understand what you're after. Therefore, you should bring an adequate supply of whatever medicines you usually need. Common items such as Vitamin C and acetaminophen (a standard pain killer) are not difficult to purchase from a pharmacy. However, problems may still be encountered as, for example, acetaminophen is known as paracetamol in India. Therefore it also helps if you describe your symptoms, such as headache or stomach ache, to the pharmacist.

The Government of India has introduced a new vaccination requirement for travelers who are both citizens of and residing in Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, or Syria. Please note that the vaccination requirement does not apply to U.S. citizens.

Personal Care Items

Shampoo, conditioner, moisturizers, razors, deodorant, condoms, and sanitary napkins and pads are all readily available. You'll have to search to get roll-on antiperspirant outside major cities, but it can be found. Bring mosquito repellent with you, as western brands tend to be stronger and more effective than the Indian ones. It's also a good idea to pack your favorite hair products as the range of gels and hair sprays is limited, and hair wax is virtually non-existent.

Money

Credit cards are widely accepted in major cities. ATM machines can also be found in most places, including in small towns. The entrance fee at many tourist sites can be paid in US dollars if you have the exact change, so do carry some US currency with you in small denominations. Indian currency is highly regulated can't be purchased outside India, so it's also a good idea to carry some currency that you can exchange for Indian rupees when you arrive at the airport in India.

Currency

The currency used in India is the rupee, which is divided into 100 paise. Rupees are available in the following denominations: Notes: Rs 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1000.Coins: 5, 10, 20, 25, and 50 paise now a days no working paiseand Rs 1, 2,5 and 10.

Tipping

In restaurants, if the service was good, tip anything between approx. 5-10% of the bill. Depending on the category of the hotel, and the bill amount. It's not mandatory, you may not leave a tip if you don't want to.

Our suggestions for daily tipping are the following:

Drivers: $ 2.00 to $ 5.00

Tour Guide: $ 10.00 to $ 20.00

House Keepers: $ 2.00

Porters: $ 1.00 per luggage

Shoes

Shoes are another thing that can be bought very cheaply in India. Markets abound with them in all different colors and designs. You get what you pay for though, so make sure you bring a sturdy and comfortable pair of walking shoes, sneakers or sandals. If you intend to go out in the evenings, bring a pair of dress shoes as well. The rest you can easily get along the way.

Other Useful Items

Anti-bacterial hand wipes are extremely useful for many situations. A torch or flash light and toilet paper also come in handy. If you wish to use any electronic devices from the United States, you'll need a voltage converter and plug adaptor. People coming from countries with 230V currency, such as Australia and the UK, only require a plug adaptor for their appliances.

Leisure Inn

Leisure Inn West Gurgaon Hotel is ideally located in close proximity to the Sector 14 Market in Gurgaon and easily accessible to the Special Economic Zone in Udyog Vihar and the Cyber City corporate hub. Kingdom of Dreams, Leisure valley, India’s first live entertainment, theatre and leisure destination is located close by in Sec-29.

The location provides easy access to both business and leisure travellers with the New Delhi International airport a short 20 minute drive away as also the bus station and Gurgaon railway station being nearby.

Libra Hotel

The 4-star Libra Hotel features a roof-top lounge with amazing views of Jaipur’s city skyline and Nahargarh Fort, and an outdoor pool. It offers modern rooms with a flat-screen TV.

Comfortable rooms feature wooden flooring and Italian marble furnishings. They are fitted with satellite TV, wireless internet access and an electronic safe. A fridge and hairdryer are provided.

Pushp Villa

Hotel Pushp Villa is one of the leading 3 star hotel in Agra. a 5 minutes drive from Taj Mahal. Everything inside glistens with the pristine purity of newness, and guest cannot help but marvel at the indulgently lavish decor and innovative artistic design.

 

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