India: Golden Triangle Tour of India
Our Itineraries are provided as a preview of what to expect on our tours. Please, note, that itineraries are subject to change.
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.
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.
Post breakfast, check-out, and head to Agra. Arrive and straight drive to Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Agra Fort - the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions.
Early morning sunrise tour of the most opulent wonder of the modern world the Taj Mahal. (Friday is Official Closed). 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 1000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in the mid-17th century, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is really astounding. You will have ample time to view and be mesmerized by this outstanding piece of architecture. Return to hotel for breakfast and rest of the morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, visit the 18th century 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 and the touristy part of Agra, it is heartwarming to see great love and care in this place. Eye-opening and touching the heart deeply when seeing so many people ranging from babies to old folks are being taken care of. There are around 45 children in their care, some very young, some with disabilities. There are also over 100 adults that are unable to care for themselves. The evening is free to explore the local markets.
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Check out and drive to Jaipur 240 Kms. 06 hrs. En route, 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. This 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. Check in to your hotel. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Post breakfast depart for an excursion tour to fabulous Amber Fort, Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, 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, will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, 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 one the famous Observatory Jantar Mantar is the most famous of five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh in India. Evening free for shopping Upon arrival check in at hotel Rest of the evening at leisure
Post breakfast, check out and head to Delhi. Upon arrival, check in for your stay.You will freshen up and bid farewell to your new-found friends at a Farewell Dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast, you'll be transferred to the international airport for your flight home.
• 3 nights in Delhi at Pride Plaza Aerocity or similar
• 2 nights in Agra at Crystal Sarovar Premier or similar
• 2 nights in Jaipur at Holiday Inn City Centre or similar
• 8 meals: 6 breakfasts and 2 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 City Palace
• Small ancient village of Abhaneri visit
• Visit Agra Fort
• Visit the iconic the Taj Mahal
• Roman Catholic Cemetery visit
• Mission of Charity volunteering
• All applicable taxes
• Any room service, telephone charges, mini bar, gratuities, or tips
• Personal expenses
• Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
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