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Package 309 - 8 Day India Golden Triangle - A Private Tour
8 Day India Golden Triangle - A Private Tour

Package #309


A Royal Welcome
A Royal Welcome


Hawa Mahal<br>
Hawa Mahal
"Palace of the Winds"


Taj Mahal<br> A Unique Perspecive
Taj Mahal
A Unique Perspecive

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS
  • Transfers, and porterage at airports.
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees in all places listed in itinerary.
  • Ground transportation between cities (air-conditioned).
  • 9 Meals--6 breakfasts, 3 Dinners, 3 welcome drinks.
  • Services of English speaking guides.
  • Chand Boari, the deepest stepwell in the world.
  • Rajasthani folk entertainment.
  • Demonstrations on tying a Saree and Pagdi.
  • Henna application.
  • HOTELS USED

    Dehli, India
    Mapple Emerald Hotel

    Agra, India
    Grand Imperial Hotel

    Jaipur, India
    Park Prime Hotel

    NOT INCLUDED

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

    OPTIONS FOR YOUR TRIP

  • Similar itinerary available as a motorcoach tour. Save $200! See Package 347 for details.
  • ITINERARY
    This is a Private Tour.
    Sunday arrivals are used as a guideline for this package, however, daily arrivals are available. Our Destination Specialists can provide you with a price for your preferred arrival date.


    DAY 01: SUN - DELHI
    Upon arrival, you will be assisted at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

    Delhi - The capital of India, serves as a kaleidoscope, depicting the beautiful country of India. It also houses a treasure of monuments expressing the saga of a bygone era. These icons are testimony to the grandeur of past. The charm of Delhi has attracted Emperors, Conquerors, and the poor equally. It is correctly said that Delhi is a land of 'Dilwalas' or “people with heart”. From a string of historical monuments to modern commercial centers, Delhi has evolved into an exceptional and dynamic city, offering a wealth of shopping and sightseeing activities.
    Overnight at your hotel.

    DAY 02: MON - DELHI
    After breakfast, enjoy a full day of sightseeing in New Delhi.

    Morning sightseeing includes: The Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, Parliament House, Laxmi Narayan Temple [Birla Mandir], Connaught Place, and The Royal Government buildings.

    Afternoon sightseeing includes: The Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Cowk, and Raj Ghat. The magnificent Red Fort (Lal Qila) was built in the 17th century, and constructed by the Mugal Emperor Shahjahan. It served as the Capital city of the Mugal Empire until 1857. Also visit Jama Masjid, considered to be the largest Mosque in India. Walk down the narrow lanes of a typical Indian Bazaar, Chandni Chowk where traditional wholesale traders still thrive selling their goods to major retailers. Later visit Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.

    Enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at your hotel. (B/D)

    DAY 03: TUE - DELHI/JAIPUR (258 Kms/6 Hrs)
    After breakfast, drive to Jaipur.

    Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel with a refreshing welcome drink. Enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Jaipur. Sightseeing includes: The City Palace, Mubarak Hall, Chandra Mahal and Pothikhana, which house collection of paintings and manuscripts as well as the museum of Arms and Armory. Also Jantar Mantar- Jai Singh’s observatory and Hawa Mahal or “Palace of Winds”. Evening, opportunity to shop for the beautiful handicraft that Rajasthan is famous for.
    Overnight at your hotel. (B)

    DAY 04: WED - JAIPUR
    After breakfast, visit Amber Fort. Situated atop a hill overlooking the city, Amber Fort was the old capital before the city of Jaipur was built. Ride on a decorated elephant to ascend the hill to the Palace. The construction of the Amber Fort began in the year 1592 and was started by Man Singh I, but it was later completed by his descendant Jai Singh I. The Palace is laid out at different levels on the hillside and surrounded by a fortress. The exterior of the fort is very imposing and rugged looking whereas the inside is a comforting and warm interior which is influenced by both Hindu and Muslim style of ornamentation. On the walls, are paintings depicting various hunting scenes, intricate carvings, mosaics, and minute mirror work that make the halls look majestic and imperial.

    In the afternoon, take part in, or observe the beautiful art of Henna application. Later, enjoy a demonstration on tying a saree (for women) and pagdi (for men).

    In the evening, visit Choki Dhani. A typical, but re-created Ethnic Rajasthan village setting. Enjoy a cultural experience, a typical Rajasthani dance. Dinner at Choki Dhani. Overnight at your hotel. (B/D)

    DAY 05: THU - Jaipur/Agra (260 Kms/ 6 Hours)
    After breakfast, drive to Agra. Enroute, visit Chand Boari and Fatehpur Sikri.

    Abhaneri is 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.

    In the present day, this city of brightness is in ruins; still it attracts tourists from across the globe. Abhaneri is prominent for 'Baoris', which are the unique invention of the natives for harvesting rain water. Amongst the other step wells, Chand Baori is the most popular one. This colossal step well is located in front of the Harshat Mata Temple. Chand Baori is one of India's deepest and largest step wells. The huge tank with delicate carvings is certainly delightful to the eyes.

    Fatehpur Sikri- Twenty-seven miles from Agra, is Akbar’s Capital where Phantoms of ancient pomp and splendor fill a deserted city, silent witnesses to a vanished dream. The capital had to be abandoned by the Emperor for lack of adequate water supply. The marble tomb of the Saint “Salim Chisti” and the Bulland Durwaza, the highest gateway in the world, are some of the highlights of the place.

    Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel with a refreshing welcome drink. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

    DAY 06: FRI - AGRA
    After breakfast, visit Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

    The Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday) stands serene and awesome on a raised marble platform by the banks of the Yamuna, testifying to the timelessness of art and love. Shahjahan built the monument in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It has been called the most extravagant monument ever built for the sake of love. The construction of the Taj commenced in 1631, and was completed in 1653. Workers were gathered from all over the country and from Central Asia, and about 20,000 people were recruited to translate this wild dream into a reality. Its pure white marble shimmers silver in the soft moonlight, exudes a shell - pink glow at dawn, and at the close of the day, takes on the tawny, fiery hue of the majestic sun.

    Agra Fort, built by three of the greatest Mughal emperors. The construction of this massive structure began in 1565, under Akbar, and continued till the time of his grandson, Shahjahan. Armed with massive double walls, punctuated by four gateways, the fort houses palaces, courts, mosques, baths, gardens and gracious pavilions within its premises. Among the fascinating structures that are to be found within the fort is the red sandstone, Jehangiri Mahal built by Akbar for his Hindu queen Jodhabai, was one of the earliest constructions illustrating the fort's change from a military structure into a Royal palace. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

    DAY 07: SAT - Agra/Delhi (204 Kms/4.5 Hrs)
    After breakfast, depart for Delhi. Enroute, visit Sikandera, Tomb of Akbar.

    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.

    Farewell Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at your hotel. (B/D)

    DAY 8: SUN - DEPARTURE
    You will be transferred to the airport for your return flight. (B)
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