Golden Triangle Private Tour -
New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur- Visit the most popular historical and cultural sites in three most visited, fascinating cities in 7 days / 6 hotel overnights. Optional tours: Add an additional day for sightseeing of Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur and / or one overnight in Samode Palace and / or one overnight in Mandawa to visit the Fresco Paintings of Nawalgarh and Mandawa and / or add one hotel overnight to visit the 8th. century Harshat Mata Temple and the Chand Baori Step-well in Abhineri village near Dausa town. Nearer to the Indira Gandhi International Airport of New Delhi another very fascinating stop could be at an ancient heritage castle perched on a hilltop, the Neemrana Castle Resort. Details of optional extension tours are mentioned in the itinerary below (Prices start from US$ 600 for 3-star hotel with breakfast on double/twin occupancy basis, air-conditioned car with driver, English speaking guide in all monuments, entrances to monuments, Elephant ride in Amber Fort & much more - please contact Brij to plan your custom design Golden Triangle Tour with your choice of hotels!)
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Guaranteed Departure at your prefered schedule
Day 1, US AIRPORT:
Departure by international flight to New Delhi.
Day 2, DELHI:
Arrive in Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. Traditional welcome with fresh flower garland (some flights arrive after midnight) and transfer to hotel for overnight.
Day 3, DELHI:
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of New Delhi - Qutub Minar- its construction was initiated by Qutubudin-Aibak in 1199 CE upon becoming the first Sultan of Delhi;
Mughal Emperor Humayun's Tomb - its architecture may have influenced the construction of the Taj Mahal in Agra. The mausoleum of the second Mughal Emperor Humayun may have served as inspiration for the architecture of the world famous Taj Mahal in Agra. It was built in 1570 during the reign of the 3rd. Mughal Emperor Akbar and it's construction was supervised by Emperor Humayun's widow, Haji (Biga) Begum. ; India Gate (the war memorial), Parliament House and Presidents House (from outside).
In the afternoon stop by the Red Fort for photography from outside - the massive sandstone fort built by Shah Jahan on the banks of river Yamuna.
Sightseeig of Emperor Shahjahan's Jama Masjid - it is the largest mosque in India and stands across the road from the Red Fort, built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan 1648 CE. About 20,000 people can pray here at a time.
Rajghat - is the cremation ground of great father of the nation, Mahatama Gandhi. Overnight stay in hotel in New Delhi.
Day 4, DELHI - AGRA(165 Kilometers or 103 miles in 3 hours):
After breakfast transfer by air-conditioned chauffeur driven car to Agra in about 2 hours. After exiting the Yamuna Expressway stop at the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah.
This is the mausoleum build under supervision of Empress Nurjahan for her parents, Mirza Ghiaz Beg and Begum Asmat. Mirza Ghiaz Beg received the title of Itmad-ud-Daulah or ‘trusted by God’ by Emperor Jahangir. Upon arrival check in to the hotel.
Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The elegant palaces in the fort reflect an interesting synthesis of Hindu & Islamic architectural styles and Emperor Akbar's tolerant religious philosophy. Later marvel at the fine craftsmanship at a marble factory where traditional artisans still work using similar hand operated implements that their forefathers had used more than 300 years ago when they worked to build the Taj Mahal. On the way to hotel visit Agra’s oldest and best marble inlay factory, which is a virtual museum. Some of the work done by their artisans is much finer and delicate than the inlay art work in the Taj Mahal itself Overnight stay in hotel in Agra.
In the afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The elegant palaces in the fort reflect an interesting synthesis of Hindu & Islamic architectural styles and Emperor Akbar's tolerant religious philosophy. Later marvel at the fine craftsmanship at a marble factory where traditional artisans still work using similar hand operated implements that their forefathers had used more than 300 years ago when they worked to build the Taj Mahal. Overnight stay in hotel in Agra.
Day 5, AGRA:
Early morning be amazed by the unforgettable view of the world famous Taj Mahal in the morning glow of sunrise.
It is a mausoleum to commemorate Emperor Shahjahan’s love for his favorite queen, the Shia Persian, Arjumand Bano Begum, the name in Persian literally means 'Beloved'. She received the title of Mumtaj Mahal or 'Crown of the Palace'. She died delivering their 14th. child outside a battlefield at Burhanpur in central India in 1630. The construction of the mausoleum started in 1631 and was completed in 1648 according an inscription on the main gate of the building.
The white marble mausoleum was decorated with Pietra Dure motifs – inlay of semi-precious stones like Jasper, Malachite, Lapiz Lazuli, Jade and various shades of Agate etc.
In the afternoon visit the Dayalbagh Temple that has been under construction for over 100 years. Later visit Sikandara - the mausoleum of Mughal Emperor Akbar
and the mausoleum of Emperor Akbar's Hindu Rajput Queen from the royal house of Amber who received the title of Maryam Makani (Mary of the House). Overnight stay in hotel in Agra.
Day 6, AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI- JAIPUR (232 Kilometers or 144 miles in 5 hours):
After breakfast drive about an hour to Emperor Akbar’s deserted city, Fatehpur Sikri – the Mughal capital from 1571 to 1584. Emperor Akbar went to a Sufi saint Sheikh Salim Chistie when he did not have a male heir to the throne.
The saint correctly prophesied that the Emperor would have three sons. When his Hindu queen, Jodha Bai, became pregnant, the emperor moved with her to Sikri village to live near the saint. Gradually a whole new capital evolved with an exceptional and unprecedented blend of religious and secular architecture. The emperor invited Jesuit monks from Goa to teach him about the Christian religion. In the palaces and the mosque in Fatehpur Sikri one witnesses a blend of Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Islamic architecture. After the demise of saint and perhaps because of many other reasons Emperor Akbar moved from Fatehpur Sikri.
The city was deserted for almost 400 years until the beginning of the 20th. century when Archaeological Survey of India started the renovation of the capital, which is still continuing.
Later proceed to Jaipur & check into hotel. After lunch demonstrations of cotton textile woodblock printing, woolen carpet weaving and cutting & polishing of semi-precious & precious stones. Overnight in hotel.
Day 7, JAIPUR - AMBER:
After breakfast stop in the pink city at Hawa Mahal to view it in the morning sunlight.
Later visit Amber Fort to enjoy the Elephant ride ascending to the hilltop palaces of Mirza Raja Jai Singh and Maharaja Mansingh. Return by Jeep after sightseeing.
After lunch enjoy sightseeing of the Kachhwaha Maharajas’ City Palace.
Visit the fascinating textiles gallery in Mubarak Mahal, the Sarvatobhadra (Hall of Private Audience) with the two famous Gangajallis (Silver Urns to carry Ganga River water).
Admire the colorful courtyard of Chandra Mahal with its (Mayur Chowk) Peacock Gate.
“Diwan-i-Am” (Hall of public audience) Art Gallery that houses some of the most famous portrait paintings of Maharajas of Amber & Jaipur.
Stepping out of the City Palace we will visit the Astronomical Observatory that is largest one built by the founder of Jaipur, Sawai Jai Singh. All except one of its 17 astronomical instruments are still functional. The Samrat Yantra (large sundial) has an accuracy of 2 seconds. Overnight in hotel.
Day 8, JAIPUR - DELHI (260 Kilometers or 162 miles in 5 hours):
Morning is free to relax. After lunch drive to New Delhi. Farewell dinner and transfer to Indira Gandhi International Airport to board your flight back to USA.
HOTELS (below mentioned are our suggestions, please call to discuss other hotels if you wish):
5-Star - Leela Palace; Taj Palace: Taj Mahal; Vivanta by Taj Ambassador; Claridges; Oberoi Maidens; Le Meridien; Pullman Airport; Holiday Inn Express Airport; Crown Plaza Okhla
3-Star - Wood Castle; Justa the Residence Greater Kailash; Justa the Residence Panchsheel Park; Hotel Palace Heights Connaught Place
5-Star - Oberoi Amar Vilas; Courtyard by Marriott; ITC Mughal Hotel; Radisson Blu; Taj Gateway; Trident; Clarks Shiraz
3-Star - Taj Resorts; Taj Vilas; The Retreat; Taj Villa
5-Star - Taj Rambagh Palace; Taj Jai Mahal Palace; Oberoi Raj Vilas; Trident; Taj Gateway SMS Hotel, ITC Rajputana; Courtyard by Marriott; Radisson Blu, Samode Haveli
3-Star - Umaid Mahal; Umaid Bhawan Heritage House; Nahargarh Haveli; Jas Vilas; Arya Niwas; Megh Niwas; Anurag Villa
Call (559) 446 0499 for prices with above or other hotels of your choice and your choice of destination cities in the Golden Triangle area - you can also choose to extend the tour by selecting from the optional excursions mentioned below.
- 6 night’s accommodation in the mentioned or similar hotels inclusive of taxes.
- Daily buffet breakfast at your hotels.
- Deluxe air-conditioned vehicle with driver on full time basis.
- Bottled water 2 per day in vehicle
- Entrances to monuments
- English speaking local guides at each city for city tour only as per program
- Assistance at each city by our company representative
- 1 Rickshaw ride at Jama Mosque in Delhi.
- 1 Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur.
- Farewell dinner in a Gurgaon hotel or restaurant
- All taxes, parking fees, interstate taxes, state taxes, driver’s allowance etc.
- Round trip international air travel from USA to India (call us to assist you with booking of best air connections)
- India Visa Fees (India visa can be applied online and can be obtained on arrival in India)
- Supplement for single room occupancy is mentioned separately above
- Supplement for extra bed in your room
- Travel Insurance
- Still and video camera fees at monuments etc.
- Tips to drivers and guides (please budget about $ 2 per person, each for driver and guide per day - for hotel porters about $ 1)
- Any personal expenses like laundry, phone call, internet fee or room service in hotels.
Payment by personal check as per agreement with you after you approve the itinerary.
OPTIONAL EXCUSTION TOURS:
FROM NEW DELHI:
An extra overnight in Delhi to visit one or more of the three important museums of Delhi: (1) National Museum of artifacts from Indian and foreign antiquity and archaeological excavations, ancient coins, miniature paintings, manuscripts, Buddhist artifacts including the holy relics of Buddha from Kapilvastu where he spent his childhood and youth and/or
(2) National Gallery of Modern Art in the former palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur near India Gate and / or
(3) Craft Museum where you can witness fine traditional crafts in folk painting, textiles, terracotta figurines and pottery, wood carvings etc. and / or
(4) visit the Akshardham Swami Narayan Temple - capital's largest Hindu temple (about 3 hours required for temple sightseeing).
(5) Rishikesh: Is famous for its Yoga Ashrams where we can arrange admission to a Yoga Course. The city is also a haven for white water river rafting, bungy jumping and giant swing bungy jumping.
(1) Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary with Bear Rescue Center that has 256 black Himalayan bears and the Elephant Sanctuary (both these are inside the bird sanctuary) and / or
(2) visit the archaeological Museum at Mathura that has India's largest collections of Kushan, Gandhar and Gupta period sculptures and /or
(3) Krishna Janmabhumi - the birthplace of Bhagwan Krishna, the incarnation of Vishnu and / or the ISCKON. Hare Krishna Temple in Vrindavan.
(4) Gwalior - with one overnight in the luxurious Taj Usha Kiran Palace or Neemrana Deo Bagh Heritage Hotel or in one of its many good 3-star hotels, one can have a full day of sightseeing of Gwalior Fort and Scindia Maharaja's Jai Vilas Palace.
(5) Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur where about 150 Indian species of birds reside throughout the year and another 150 species of migratory birds arrive from Tibet, China, Mongolia, Siberia and even Scandinavia. This requires one overnight in Bharatpur. The best hotel in Bharatpur is the Laxmi Vilas Palace Hotel.
(1) Chand Baori: About an hour before arriving in Jaipur is the town of Dausa that is quite close to Chand Baori - the world's deepest stepwell and the Hindu temple of goddess Harshat Mata, there is a large collection of sculptures found in the vicinity here.
(2) Sisodia Rani Garden Palace: Just before entering Jaipur in the valley of Aravali Mountains is the Garden Palace of Sisodia Rani (Queen of Sawai Jai Singh belonging to the royal house of Mewar in Udaipur)
(3) Galta Natural Spring and Hindu Pilgrimage Center: further in the same valley is the Hindu pilgrimage center of Galta with a natural water spring and many beautiful Temples.
(4) Samode Palace: A luxurious palace famous for its glass mosaic audience hall is located in a quiet valley and is surrounded by a small village. A walk in the village is interesting to observe rural life in this region. In winter months children are playing Cricket and it may be possible to join in their game.
(5) Nawalgarh: About an hour and a half drive from Samode (94 kilometers) on the way to Mandawa enjoy the sightseeing of the murals and frescos of Anandilal Poddar Haveli and Murarka Haveli. If one wishes to stay overnight there are three heritage hotels: Roop Vilas Palace Hotel or Roop Niwas Kothi or Vivaana Heritage Hotel.
(6) Mandawa: There is a lot to view in the Mandawa Castle itself that is also the best place to stay in Shekhavati region.
Following Haveli (aristocratic mansions) are interesting for their murals and frescos: Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli, Goenka Double Haveli, Murmuria Haveli, Jhunjhunwala Haveli, Mohanlal Saraf Havei, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Bansidhar Newatia Haveli, Laxminarayan Ladia Haveli and Chowkhani Double Haveli. Just across the road from Goenka Double Haveli is the Thakurji Temple that also has beautiful mural paintings depicting scenes from British East India Company Period and 1857 during the First War of Indian Independence.