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8 Day India Golden Triangle
The Classic India Tour
Delhi, Jaipur, Agra

Package #347

From $799 $739

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS
  • All local transfers.

  • Four Star Hotels.

  • Breakfast Daily.

  • 3 nights in Delhi.

  • 2 nights in Jaipur

  • 2 nights in Agra.

  • Transportation by motorcoach.

  • Sightseeing per itinerary.

  • English-Speaking Guide throughout.

  • HOTELS USED
    Delhi, India
    The Park Hotel
    Jaipur, India
    Holiday Inn Jaipur
    Agra, India
    Jaypee Palace
    NOT INCLUDED

    Airfare: International or Domestic unless otherwise indicated.
    We can offer airfare from the airport closest to you. Ask your Destination Specialist.

  • Entry Visa.
  • OPTIONS FOR YOUR TRIP

  • Day 04: Chokhi Dhani $75
  • Extension to Khajuraho and Varanasi. See Package 349 for details.
  • ITINERARY
    This is an Escorted Tour.
    DAY 01: SAT - ARRIVE DELHI - Upon arrival at DELHI Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Afternoon sightseeing of New DELHI, as time permits. In New DELHI visit the 12th century Qutab Minar, gracefully hand-carved for its entire height of 234ft, and the iron pillar, which has withstood the ravages of time and not rusted even after 1500 years, the mausoleum of emperor Humayun, the imposing modern Lakshmi Narayan temple. Drive past India Gate (memorial to the Indian army soldiers who died in the World War I) the Rashtrapati Bhavan (formerly the viceroy's residence) and the Parliament House. Overnight in DELHI.

    DAY 02: SUN - DELHI - After breakfast, morning sightseeing of Old DELHI. Drive past the Red Fort - a marvel in red sandstone, the Raj Ghat, - memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India. Spend some time in Chandi Chowk to savor the ambiance of an oriental, crowded bazaar. Also visit Kinari Bazaar, Parathe Wali Gali, Ballimaran, and Chawri Bazaar. In the afternoon visit Akshardham temple across the Yamuna river. Akshardham means the divine abode of God. It is hailed as an eternal place of devotion, purity and peace. Swaminarayan Akshardham at New DELHI is a Mandir – an abode of God, a Hindu house of worship, and a spiritual and cultural campus dedicated to devotion, learning and harmony. Timeless Hindu spiritual messages, vibrant devotional traditions and ancient architecture all are echoed in its art and architecture. Return to your hotel. Overnight in DELHI. (B)

    DAY 03: MON - DELHI/JAIPUR After breakfast, drive to Jaipur and check-in to your hotel. Afternoon city tour begins with a visit to the Maharaja's City Palace, the former Royal residence, part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. Built in the style of a fortified campus, the palace covers almost one-seventh in area of the city. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armory Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. The royal families of Jaipur once used most of these weapons. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. Situated near the gate of the city palace, the observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. Evening visit Birla Temple to witness 'Aarti' (prayer ritual) ceremony by cycle rickshaw. Overnight in Jaipur. (B)

    DAY 04: TUE - JAIPUR - After breakfast, visit Amber Fort with elephant/jeep ride. Amber is a classic, romantic Rajasthani fort Palace. The rugged, time-ravaged walls of the Fort may not look beautiful from the outside, but the interior is a virtual paradise. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes, apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster. A major attraction at Amber is the Elephant Ride all the way up to the Fort entrance. This journey on caparisoned elephants is bound to enrich your memories with the Royal lifestyle of the Maharajas and leave you with a truly unforgettable experience. Inside the Fort visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory. Inside the Jag Mandir is the famed Sheesh Mahal – a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period. En route to Amber Fort, you will have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds. Optional: Evening transfer to Chokhi Dhani (40Kms/ each way) to enjoy Rajasthani cultural experience. Overnight in Jaipur. (B)

    DAY 05: WED - JAIPUR/AGRA - After breakfast, Morning drive to Agra en-route visiting Abhaneri, a small town village, situated at a distance of 95 km from Jaipur, on Jaipur-Agra road. It is popular for the amazing 'Baoris' (step wells) and Harshat Mata Temple. The village of Abhaneri is believed to be established by King Chand. Continue driving to Agra with a visit to Fatehpursikiri, a deserted city built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, in honor of the great Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti who blessed Akbar and prophesized the birth of three sons to the heirless Emperor. Visit the remarkably well-preserved, graceful buildings within the 'Ghost City' including the Jama Masjid, tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal Palace and other palaces that speak of the grandeur and splendor of the Mughal empire at the height of its power. After visit continue drive to Agra. Check-in and overnight in Agra. (B)

    DAY 06: THU - AGRA - After breakfast, morning visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the skill of 20,000 craftsmen brought together from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and who took 17 years to complete this 'Love Poe in Marble'. Experience a traditional horse-pulled 'tonga' ride. Later visit the Agra fort containing the halls private and public audiences and other palaces. Shah Jahan spent years of confinement at the hands of his son Aurangzeb, looking wistfully at the Taj Mahal from the Fort. Evening session with local street artist practicing Henna tattooing & palm painting. Overnight in Agra. (B)

    DAY 07: FRI - AGRA/DELHI - After breakfast, drive to DELHI with a visit to Sikandra. The Tomb of Akbar the Great was built in 1605-1613, set in 119 acres laid out as a classic Charbagh garden style. It's one of the Mughal Empire's important architectural masterpieces, built in deep red sandstone, and enriched with features in while marble. A gatehouse stands at the center of each wall, and broad paved avenues, laid out in Mughal style with central running water channels representing the four rivers of paradise, lead from these to the tomb at the center of the square. The large South gate boasts four white marble topped minarets, which are similar to and pre-date those of the Taj Mahal. Continue driving to DELHI. Check-in and overnight in DELHI. (B)

    DAY 08: SAT - DEPART DELHI - After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)

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