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8 DAYS | 7 NIGHTS
2 PAX MINIMUM
Golden Triangle tour with Ranthambore is a fabulous and inspiring introduction to the history, culture and nature of India’s most quintessential destinations – Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore and Jaipur. Visit the iconic sites and discover the inspiring Mughal and Rajput heritage of this fascinating region with the bustle and buzz of markets and bazaars, juxtaposing with the cosmopolitan culture of Delhi. Travel through a land full of contrasts on this compact India tour, jam-packed with unforgettable highlights. The trip is topped off with a visit to Ranthambore providing a memorable experience to explore the national park and witness a variety of flora & fauna with a chance of sighting a Royal Bengal tiger in its natural habitat.
Meet and greet upon arrival
2 nights in Delhi at Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Dwarka, Superior Room, or similar
1 night in Agra at Crystal Sarovar Premiere, Deluxe Room, or similar
2 nights in Ranthambore at Clarks Resort Abhyaran Ranthambore, Superior Room, or similar
2 nights in Jaipur at Clarks Amer, Deluxe Room, or similar
11 Meals: 7 Breakfast, 2 Lunches, and 2 Dinners
2 shared game drives at Ranthambore National Park with an English Speaking Guide
Delhi City Tour
Visit Jama Masjid
Visit Sikh Temple and Bangla Sahib Gurudwara
Visit Qutab Minar
Agra City Tour
Jaipur City Tour
Visit the Ancient Hindu Birla Temple
Attend Aarti (Prayer) ceremony
Visit Amber Fort
Visit Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors)
Photo stop Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds)
Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
Jeep ride to the ascent of Amber Fort
Local English Speaking Guides in each city
Entrance fees to monument listed in the program
All applicable taxes
Duration: 8 days & 7 nights
Travel Style: Guaranteed Departures
Minimum Passengers: 2
Based on double occupancy
Type of Service: Shared
Small group experience | All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
VISA Requirements: Yes
A visa is required for travelers with a valid US passport.
Physical Rating: 2 – Average
Some tours may include light hiking, stairs, and rough off-road adventures.
Service Level: Upgraded
Tourists class accommodations and mix of public and private transports and tours, select meals included.
Visa fees for India
All personal expenses such as gratuities, meals, medical expenses, laundry, drinks, telephone and fax services, video or camera fee at the monuments and all other services not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
Early check-in and/or late check-out at hotels
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On Day 1 of the tour, you will be advised of any amendments.
Welcome to India! After clearing customs, immigration formalities, and baggage collection, you will meet our representative who will welcome with a “Mauli ritual”. Mauli is a symbolic cotton thread tied on the wrist and is our traditional way to start the journey at an auspicious note.
You will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Delhi is India’s capital and a major gateway to the country. Perhaps there is no other capital city in the world so steeped in history and legend as the Indian capital Delhi. It was the magnet, which drew the Mongols, Turks, Persians, Afghans, Mughals and the British, all of whom contributed to its glorious but turbulent past. The fascination with Delhi was such that even though it was abandoned many times, its rulers returned to it again and again rebuilding it at least seven times. Today, the twin cities of Old and New Delhi still intrigue Indians and tourists alike as the cultural and political capital of the largest democracy in the world.
Start your guided exploration of Delhi, India’s capital city that sports a rich history spanning over 2,000 years. Arrive Old Delhi and ride in a cycle rickshaw (pedi-cabs) through the narrow lanes. The Old City walls wrap around Chandi Chowk, the ancient market that continues to thrive. The energy in the streets is palpable. Local men sit and sip their tea at chai stands. Next visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century and surrounded by multiple entrances that all lead to the apex of the main worshiping deck. You will continue to Raj Ghat, the memorial of Gandhi, built at the site of his cremation on the banks of the Yamuna River. Continue to Raj Ghat, the memorial to Gandhi, built at the site of his cremation on the banks of the Yamuna River.
Later visit the Sikh temple, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, second most important Sikh shrine in India and learn about the history of this religion. While at the temple, you have the option to volunteer in the community kitchen to prepare and serve food to the visitors (the temple is visited by about a million every day) and if you wish, you can enjoy a traditional vegetarian lunch at the temple with the community. Afternoon, drive past India Gate and the Government Secretariat buildings on the way to the Qutab Minar the five-storied victory tower to signify the beginning of the Muslim rule in India by the first Musim ruler, Qutab-ud-din Aibak.
Following breakfast, you will be transferred in a private vehicle to Agra – the city of Taj Mahal.
Once you arrive in Agra, check in for your stay and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Agra was once a small village on the banks of the Yamuna. It was transformed by two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and his grandson, Shah Jehan into the second capital of the Mughal Empire – Dar-ul-Khilafat, or ‘seat of the Emperor’ in the 16th & 17th century. A world of contrasting edifices of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys, bustling streets and small buggies, Agra retains the irresistible charm that made this the favorite city of the Mughals.
Rest of the day is at your leisure for independent explorations.
Morning drive for Ranthambore home to the elusive Bengal Tiger On arrival, check in for your stay. The Ranthambhore National Park was once the hunting ground of Maharaja of Jaipur. In 1955, it was declared a game sanctuary; in 1980, it became a national park. But with the commissioning of Project Tiger in 1972, it was included in the project. With the addition of neighbouring Keladevi and Mansingh sanctuaries, the total area of the national park stands at 1,334 sq. km. The tigers of Ranthambhore are among the best documented and most photographed and filmed of any in India. It is also the park where a successful series of projects undertaken by the wildlife conservationists have benefited the surrounding villages through health projects, agricultural assistance and reforestation – all to deflect pressure from this isolated park.
Set off on a canter safari (vehicle will be shared) to experience the first signs of wildlife awakening in the park, with a good chance to spot a tiger! Ranthambore is considered by many to be one of India’s most beautiful national parks because of the picturesque ruins that dot the wildlife park. Encircled by a series of high escarpments, the forests, lakes and dry scrub that make up the park are dotted with old forts and temples, creating a wonderful atmosphere for both bird and mammal viewing amongst a landscape oozing with ancient Rajput history and Rajasthani culture.
Return to the hotel for a late breakfast.
While in Ranthambhore, visit Dhonk a grass root enterprise providing a sustainable livelihood to village communities and ex poacher families through the promotion of local crafts. Spend the morning with the workers and learn their crafts. Afternoon take another round of canter safari (vehicle will be shared) with a naturalist exploring wildlife and biodiversity in the park. The local naturalist will introduce you to the flora and fauna of the park and also teach you to listen and distinguish between different alarms calls of the main prey species of the park: the tiger. Return to the hotel
After a leisurely morning at the hotel, drive to Jaipur, the 18th century capital of Rajasthan. Jaipur – also known as the ‘Pink City’, for the abundance of pink plastered stone used to build its massive forts, magnificent palaces and exquisite temples. The city built in 1727 A.D by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II followed a grid system, which made it the only planned city of its time. A young Bengali architect Vidhyadhar Bhattacharya designed the city in accordance with Shilp Shastra – an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. There is far more to the city than just its famous monuments and to get a complete experience of Jaipur, uncover the mysteries of the bazaars and visit silversmiths, turban sellers and traditional markets.
Arrive Jaipur and check-in for your stay.
Evening visit the ancient Hindu Birla temple for Aarti (Prayer) ceremony which is the act of showing reverence to a god, a spirit, or another aspect of the divine through invocations, prayers, songs, and rituals. An essential part of puja for the devotee is making a spiritual connection with the divine. Most often that contact is facilitated through an object: an element of nature, a sculpture, a vessel, a painting, or a print.
Morning visit the imposing Amber Fort. Set on a hilltop overlooking Maota Lake, the fort is an authentic example of Rajput architecture and the Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors) is one of its more spectacular buildings.
Next brief photo stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). Its beehive-like structure is interplay of red and pink sandstone, painstakingly outlined with white borders and motifs. Behind this elaborate latticed facade, the cloistered ladies of the court could watch the daily goings-on in the street below.
Enjoy your last breakfast of this memorable trip. Afternoon drive back to Delhi reaching in-time to connect flight for onward destination.
Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Dwarka
Situated in Dwarka, just a 20-minute drive from the commercial hub of New Delhi and Gurgaon, Radisson Blu welcomes guests with its terrace pool and modern rooms. It offers 3 dining options, a nightclub, A State of Music along with free WiFi and complimentary private parking.
All rooms feature an LCD TV with satellite channels and DVD player, coffee/tea making facilities and a minibar. The private bathroom comes with a bath or shower, hairdryer and free toiletries. A turndown service is available.
Radisson Blu Dwarka is 500 feet from the Dwarka Sector 13 Metro Railway Station and 6.2 miles from the Indira Gandhi International Airport. It is just a 30-minute drive from the city centre. Popular attractions such as India Gate, Lotus Temple and Qutub Minar are within easy access.
Guests can dine at Spring, the all-day dining restaurant, or Atrium, which offers a variety of cakes and coffee. Rice, the Pan-Asian restaurant offers Asian cuisine, and features interactive kitchens. Dvar – Gateway to Indian cuisine serves traditional Indian delights. Zeppelin – Lounge bar serves a selection of beverages.
The hotel has a business centre and an on-site shopping mall with a supermarket. Staff at the front desk can assist with laundry, currency exchange and airport transfer services. There is also a salon, fitness centre and an indoor games facility on property. Guests can pamper themselves at the O2 spa.
Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra
Offering free WiFi, Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra is located in the Taj Ganj district in Agra 1.2 mi from The Taj Mahal.
The rooms include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a safety deposit box. Some rooms feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. You will find an electric kettle, mini bar and a desk in the room. Rooms include a private bathroom equipped with free toiletries.
Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra features of a 24-hour front desk and express check in/check out services. A tour desk and concierge services are also available.
Guests can enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant. The property also offers breakfast in the room and packed lunches. Guests can relax and enjoy drinks with good music at the on site bar.
Clarks Resort Abhyaran Ranthambore
Clarks Resort Abhyaran Ranthambore features a restaurant, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and bar in Sawāi Mādhopur. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a children’s playground. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.
At the resort, the rooms are fitted with a desk. At Clarks Resort Abhyaran Ranthambore all rooms come with air conditioning and a private bathroom.
Continental and buffet breakfast options are available every morning at the accommodation.
Clarks Resort Abhyaran Ranthambore offers a sun terrace. You can play billiards and table tennis at the resort, and bike hire and car hire are available.
Located on JLN Marg, Hotel Clarks Amer – Preferred Hotels & Resorts is 2.5 KM from the Jaipur International Airport and approximately 10 KM from major city attractions such as City Palace, Birla Mandir, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal.
The rooms fitted with marble flooring offer air conditioning, flat- screen cable TV, fully equipped mini bar, complimentary internet access, toilet amenities, laundry services, and 24×7 room service. There are attached bathrooms equipped with hot water showers, bath slippers, and bathrobes.
Breakfast is available every morning at Durbar Dining Hall, while Dholamaru is a fine dining restaurant offering local delicacies. The hotel also hosts a 24×7 Live Bakery and Pizzeria called Zolocrust. Guests can enjoy a nature walk in Hotel Clarks Amer – Preferred Hotels & Resorts.
The poolside barbecue, showcasing Rajasthani folk dance performances offers delectable barbecued dishes. Guests can enjoy live music and drinks at ta Blu Rooftop Bar & Art Gallery. Guests also have an option to spend a quiet evening at SORA, the open air fine dining Pan Asian restaurant.
For entertainment, guests can play mini-golf, relax at the spa or arrange a day trip to explore the city. There is also a well-equipped fitness centre and a swimming pool. A drive to the Jhalana Leopard Sanctuary can be arranged at an additional fee.
Hotel Clarks Amer – Preferred Hotels & Resorts is just 0.6 miles away from the shopping, dining and entertainment attractions at Jaipur World Trade Park and 7.5 miles from the Jaipur Railway Station.
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