Golden Triangle tour runs in a triangle of British, Rajputana and Mughal culture all at once. You will experience uniqueness of British architecture in Delhi, the colorful Rajputana in Jaipur and one of 8 wonders of world, the Taj Mahal, which represents Mughal culture in mesmerizing way.
Tour Duration: 4 Nights 5 Days
Day 1: Arrival at Delhi and Delhi sightseeing
Upon your arrival at Delhi Airport, our representative will escort you to your hotel. Later in the day, we will proceed for half-day sightseeing of the Capital.
Places to visit:
Qutub Minar: Qutab Minar is a soaring, 73 m-high tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi's last Hindu kingdom. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony and tapers from a 15 m diameter at the base to just 2.5 m at the top.
Red Fort: The Red sandstone walls of the massive Red Fort (Lal Qila) rise 33-m above the clamour of Old Delhi as a reminder of the magnificent power and pomp of the Mughal emperors. The walls, built in 1638, were designed to keep out invaders, now they mainly keep out the noise and confusion of the city. The main gate, Lahore Gate, is one of the emotional and symbolic focal points of the modern Indian nation.
Day 2: Delhi Sightseeing and Delhi-Agra by Road
This will be a day of Delhi sightseeing and later depart for Agra. Overnight stay at Agra.
Places to visit:
Humayun's Tomb: This magnificent garden tomb is the first substantial example of Mughal architecture in India. It was built in 1565 A.D. nine years after the death of Humayun, by his senior widow Bega Begam. Inside the walled enclosure the most notable features are the garden squares (chaharbagh) with pathways water channels, centrally located well proportional mausoleum topped by double dome.
India Gate: At the centre of New Delhi stands the 42 m high India Gate, an "Arc-de-Triomphe" like archway in the middle of a crossroad. Almost similar to its French counterpart, it commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War I. The memorial bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919.
National War Memorial: The National War Memorial has spread over 40 acres in the India Gate complex behind the canopy, commemorating the sacrifices made by Indian soldiers.
Chand Bawdi: The protected monument by the Archeological Survey of India, Agrasen Ki Baoli is a 60-meter long and 15-meter wide historical step well on Hailey Road near Connaught Place in New Delhi. Agrasen Ki Baoli is among a few of its kind in Delhi, consisting of 103 steps made of red stone.
Day 3: Agra Sightseeing and Agra-Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri
After breakfast, you will visit Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Later we proceed towards Jaipur. On the way to Jaipur, you will visit Fatehpur Sikri. Overnight stay will be at Jaipur.
Places to visit:
Taj Mahal: A Unesco World Heritage and an immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage.
Agra Fort: A Unesco World Heritage Site near the gardens of the Taj Mahal stands the important 16th-century Mughal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan; audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques.
Fatehpur Sikri: Fatehpur Sikri is a small city in northern India, just west of Agra, founded by a 16th-century Mughal emperor. Red sandstone buildings cluster at its center. Buland Darwaza gate is the entrance to Jama Masjid mosque. Nearby is the marble Tomb of Salim Chishti. Diwan-E-Khas hall has a carved central pillar. Jodha Bais Palace is a mix of Hindu and Mughal styles, next to the 5-story Panch Mahal that overlooks the site.
Day 4: Full day Jaipur Sightseeing
After breakfast, we will start our day long sightseeing of Pink City and enjoy shopping extravaganza at the end of the day.
Places to visit:
Amber Fort: Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was the bastion of the Kachwahas of Amber, until the capital was moved to the plains, to what is today Jaipur. The palace, located in craggy hills, is a beautiful melange of Hindu and Mughal styles.
Jantar Mantar: Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is considered to be the largest of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur. It contains sixteen geometric devices, designed to measure time, track celestial bodies and observe the orbits of the planets around the sun. It also houses the Interpretation Centre that helps the tourists to understand about the working principles & chronolgy of the observatory.
City Palace: Located deep within the walled city, the City Palace Complex was conceived and built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur. A beautiful fusion of Mughal and Rajput architecture, the palace is still home to the last ruling royal family which lives in a private section of the palace.
Hawa Mahal: Hawa Mahal, literally the Palace of Winds, was built in 1799 by the poet king Sawai Pratap Singh as a summer retreat for him and his family. It also served as a place where the ladies of the royal household could observe everyday life without being seen themselves. This unique five-storey structure is a blend of Hindu and Islamic architecture, and the exterior, with its small latticed windows (called jharokhas), resembles the crown of Lord Krishna.
Jal Mahal: Jal Mahal is one of the most popular attractions of Jaipur city. Built using red sandstone, Jal Mahal is a five storied building. Of the five stories, four floors remain under water when the lake is full.
Day 5: Departure
Now it’s time to say Goodbye and proceed towards Delhi leaving behind beautiful memories. You will be dropped at Delhi Railway station / airport as per choice.