6 Day Golden Triangle

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Grand and luxurious monuments of the Mughal architecture, including the Taj Mahal, as well as, the valiant features of the royals of Rajasthan, visit the various gems of North India.



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Grand and luxurious monuments of the Mughal architecture, including the Taj Mahal, as well as, the valiant features of the royals of Rajasthan, visit the various gems of North India.

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  • Day 1: Arrive at Delhi

    Our representative will receive you at the airport and ensure a smooth check in to your hotel.
     

    Delhi is the capital of India and the seat of the central power and government. With multiple administrative and state headquarters, important political hubs and national landmarks, Delhi is a modern world capital city with its multi-lane highways, snarling traffic, sky high buildings and malls, and modern glass constructed financial and commercial centers. However, at the same time, Delhi is also a timeless entity, carrying within its folds, a rich history and a repertoire of artistic, aesthetic architectural wonders, that bear stamp on the different dynasties and rulers that have made their indelible mark on the landscape and culture of the city. Old Delhi hums the influence of the Mughal period, New Delhi, on the other hand, shines with colonial, contemporary and modern outlook.

     

    Have a pleasant overnight stay in your hotel.

  • Day 2: Delhi Attractions

    After breakfast served at the hotel, begin a day of sightseeing the tourists spots of the city.
     

    The sightseeing tour will include the following destinations.
     

    Raj Ghat on the banks of the Yamuna is the memorial built in the memory of the nation’s most iconic and revered personality, Mahatma Gandhi.  A stone footpath surrounded by lawns marks the way to the simple black platform with the eternal flame which is the site of cremation.
     

    The Red Fort built by Shah Jahan in 1639 is a fortified structure built in red sandstone and it is from here that the Prime Minister of India delivers the Independence Day speech every year. The massively built fort, emits grandeur and grit and is one of the most visible and recognizable landmarks of the city.
     

    The Jama Masjid, is the largest mosque in Asia and was built by Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656. Take a look at its splendid outer architecture manifested by the towering minaret, domes and arched gateways.
     

    From the splendor of the Mughal age, proceed to the area of New Delhi.
     

    Built by the British as their capital city sometime in the 1930’s, New Delhi is distinguished by its colonial influence. Sir Edwin Lutyen was commissioned to build the new city and hence the imposing government buildings and tree lined streets of the New Delhi are also referred to as Lutyen’s Dehli.

     

    The India Gate is a war memorial dedicated to the soldiers who died during the First World War and Third Anglo-Afghan war. The India Gate is situated on the Rajpath which is one of the main areas where the Republic Day celebrations are carried out. The Parliament house a circular building where the ministers of the country meet regularly as well as the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the President of India are at close quarters to the India Gate. The Mughal Gardens within the Rashtrapati Bhavan popular for its fountains and well maintained lawns is open to the public during spring.

     

    Qutub Minar though built in 1193 by Qutbuddin Aibak has been rebuilt by various rulers over the years and marks the site of the country’s first Muslim Kingdom. The iron tower opposite the structure is unique since it is known not to have ever rusted through all these years.

     

    The Lotus Temple is a flower shaped construction and is the Bahai House of Worship. Open to people of all religions and race, this architectural wonder is a place for quietude and peace with oneself.
     

    Return to the hotel after an eventful day of sightseeing and rest well.

  • Day 3: Delhi to Agra by road. Sightseeing in Agra, Taj Ma

    Breakfast will be served after which you may proceed towards Agra in a comfortable and spacious vehicle.
     

    Agra conjures images of the Taj Mahal, the impressive Agra Fort as well as the historically seeped Fatehpur Sikri. Poised on the banks of Yamuna, Agra is every bit a tourist hub, with its much sought after Mughal era architectural wonders, mausoleums, bustling marketplaces or chowks, hordes of rickshaws and buzzing guides.
     

    The sightseeing sites in Agra include the following.

     

    The first destination is of course, the absolutely magnificent Taj Mahal. Deserving of all the hype that surrounds this structure, the Taj Mahal is an ode of love built by Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. This splendid white marble structure though imposing is laden with intricate designs and carvings that are delicately detailed and finely carved.
     

    About two and a half kilometers from the Taj, stands the Agra Fort, a massive monument in red sandstone which can be described as a walled city. The planning and layout within the fort is highly impressive and strategic since the Fort acted as the residence of the Mughal dynasty till 1638. It is believed that Shah Jahan spent the last days of his life in Agra Fort in the Muasamman Burj, a tower with a balcony view of the Taj Mahal.
     

    At Sikandra lies the grave of one of the most beloved kings, Akbar the great. The beautifully elegant and well-kept memorial has architectural motifs of different religions that inspired him. This is more significant, since Akbar was a great secular king and also introduced Din-i-Ilahi a religion that was an amalgamation of the fundamentals of different religions, such as, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity.
     

    Your final stop for the day is at Itmad-ud-Daulah. Also known as Baby Taj, it was in fact built much before the Taj Mahal, by Nur Jehan wife of Jahangir, in the memory of her late father. Built in white marble and encrusted with semi-precious stones, the interiors of the mausoleum have intricate carvings, which many believe inspired the same in Taj Mahal.
     

    After an eventful day spent in visiting the famous tourist sites of Agra, spend the night relaxing in the comfort of your hotel.

  • Day 4: Travel from Agra to Jaipur by road. Visit Fatehpu

    After breakfast, drive to Fatehpur Sikri.
     

    Fatehpur Sikri built by Akbar served as a capital for the Mughal Empire for a short 14 years, however, its architectural splendor and Indo-Islamic influences are hard to miss or found any place else.
     

    Visit the tomb of Salim Chisti with its stunning white marble façade and intricate carved marble screens is built in the honor of the saint who predicted the birth of an heir to the Mughal throne.

     

    Other attractions include the magnificent Buland Darwaza built by Akbar as a mark of victory over Gujarat and the historically iconic Diwan-i-Aam and Diwan-i-Khaas, where the just king held hearings of the general public in the former and private meetings with his talented and trusted navratnas or nine ministers in the latter. In fact, Birbal, one of the most famous and witty ministers from Akbar’s court of navratnas lived in Fatehpur Sikri.
     

    Besides, the palace of Jodabai, Akbar’s Hindu wife is also a popular tourist attraction.

     

    We make our next halt at Abhaneri.
     

    Abhaneri is a village in Rajasthan situated about 95km from Jaipur on the Jaipur-Agra road.
     

    Established by King Samrat Mihir Bhoj, this village is known for the ‘baori’ or step well which are believed to be invented by the natives in order to harvest rain water.

     

    Visit the Chand Baori, the largest and steepest well, consisting of three flights of stairs descending along the ancient walls and a subterranean palace on the side. The palace below was where the royals stayed during the summers and magnificent views of the baori above can be seen from the courtyards of the palace. The spectacular deep steep well is also said to have three tunnels that emerge on the surface some 20kms away from the well and are believed to be escape routes in emergency times.

     

    Close to Baori is the Harshat Mata Temple. Harshat Mata is considered to be the goddess of happiness and joy. The original temple is said to be ruined by the Mughals, however, the temple still retains in parts some of its grandeur and grace. The carvings of different gods and goddesses are worth seeing.

     

    You may stop for lunch at the heritage resort nearby. If you are visiting during the summer months of April and May you may also consider paying a visit to the annual fair near the temple.
     

    There is also a resort where we would be happy to organize lunch either through prior company bookings or on direct payment basis. In March recently, we had a group lunch here and have received good feedback.
     

    After a sumptuous lunch, continue with your journey to Jaipur.

     

    Jaipur is the land of the erstwhile Rajput kings who are deemed to be warrior legends. Their valor, strength and focus on integrity and values set them apart and are remembered as one of the most notable era in Indian history.

     

    King Jai Singh II who was also titled as Sawai Maharaj by the Mughals is the Rajput king after whom the city of Jaipur is named.

     

    Jaipur, also called the ‘pink city’, is fraught with palatial architecture, mahals and forts that glorify the rich past, as well as, with clambering auto rickshaws, alleyways and camel laden rides making Jaipur a heady mix of the old and new, the grand and the mundane.
     

    In the evening visit the Birla Temple. The Birla Mandir with its stunning three towers signifying the three different approaches to religion is an iconic landmark of the city of Jaipur. The white marble structure boasts of elegant carvings on pillars of gods, goddesses, as well as, of Christ and Virgin Mary. Witness the surreal aarti or lighting of lamps in the evening.
     

    Have a restful night stay at Jaipur.

  • Day 5: Jaipur Attractions

    After breakfast begin the sightseeing tour of Jaipur.

     

    Amber Fort Palace situated on a hill top was constructed by Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by Jai Singh I. The interiors of the palace are breathtaking and the different sections within, such as, the Sheesh Mahal or palace of mirrors, Jas Mandir with its decorated ceiling and latticework and the Shila Devi temple with the splendid silver carved door are some examples of the intricate, delicate yet well thought and planned layout of the palace’s interiors.
     

    The Amber Fort Palace with its formidable red sandstone exterior plastered as white façade melts your heart once you step inside.

     

    Next, the City Palace built by Sawai Jai Singh II, has been the home of Rajathan royalty since the 18th century. The palace is a blend of the Mughal and Rajasthani architecture and is an interesting and unique construction of various pavilions, temples, gardens and palaces. The City Palace Museum displays a wide range of items and souvenirs used by the royals and kings.

     

    Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, is another architectural wonder in the city of Jaipur. With an exterior that reminds one of a honeycomb or beehive, the Hawa Mahal is built with perfect logical conclusions in order to allow the maximum circulation of air during the hot summers. This five storied structure is made of lime and mortar and intricately decorated with delicate designs and lattice works. The jharokas or windows offered privacy for the queens to peep out onto the world making Hawa Mahal an architectural feat of historical significance.
     

    You may shop in the evening or take a stroll and explore the city before retiring for the night.

  • Day 6: Jaipur to Delhi by air

    After breakfast proceed to the airport for your flight to Delhi. Our representative will escort and help you to the Delhi airport from where you may continue your onward journey.