PLACES TO BE VISIT : DELHI /AGRA /JAIPUR
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS – Guided tour to Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, the introduction tour to India covering important monuments like Red Fort, Bahai Temple, India Gate, century old market called Chandini chowk of Delhi, Taj Mahal & Agra Fort of Agra, Jantar Mantr, Hawa Mahal and City Palace of Jaipur. Go through the itinerary for detail description of Golden Triangle Tour. The tour can be modified as per the requirements and schedule.
ACTIVITIES COVERED – Elephant ride in Jaipur, Live theatre show in Delhi and Agra
Day 01 Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi by flight
Arrive Delhi by flight
Meeting upon arrival by our representative and transfer to Hotel.
Rest of the time at leisure
Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi sightseeing
DAY 02 : OLD DELHI & NEW DELHI SIGHTSEEING
Morning after breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi
In Old Delhi visit Jama Masjid, Chandini Chowk, Red Fort, Raj Ghat – Gandhi Memorial
Jama Masjid – Built by Shah Jahan, Jama Masjid was begun in 1650 and it took hard work of six years of more than 5000 workers to build the largest mosque in India. It was customary for the emperor and his courtiers to go to the mosque every Friday for attending ‘Jumme Ki Namaaz’, the congressional prayers.
Chandini Chowk – The living legacy of Delhi is Shahjahanabad. Created by Shahjahan, the builder of TajMahal, this city, with the Red Fort as the focal point and Jama Masjid as the praying center, has a fascinating market planned to shine under the light of the moon and thus is called Chandini Chowk.
Red Fort (Lal Quila) – One of the most spectacular pieces of Mughal Architecture is the LalQuila or the Red Fort. Built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan between 1638 and 1648, the Red Fort has walls extending up to 2 kms. in length with the height varying from 18 mts. on the river side to 33 mts. on the city side.
Raj Ghat – The Raj Ghat is the last resting place of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. The place is not far away from the banks of River Yamuna. Mahatma Gandhi was cremated here on 31st January 1950 following his assassination on 30th January 1950 by Nathu Ram Godse. The memorial stone is a simple square platform made of black stone. The last words uttered by Mahatma “Hey Ram” are inscribed near the black platform. An eternal flame keeps burning in a copper urn in the Raj Ghat. Thus the first item on the agenda of a foreign dignitary on a state visit to India is to visit Raj Ghat. They the memorial is set in a garden with fountains and a variety of exotic trees. The Gandhi Memorial Museum is just across the road. It houses many belongings of Gandhi and photographs from his life.
In New Delhi visit Birla Temple, India Gate, Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, Humayun Tomb and Jewish Synagogue
Birla Temple (Lakshmi-Narayan Mandir) a Hindu temple which came up alongside with New Delhi and has therefore been pegged with it. Popularly known as the Birla Mandir, it is the first of the temples built across the country by the industrial family of Birla. Located just off Connaught Place on Mandir Marg, it is dedicated to Vishnu, the second of the Hindu Trinity of creator-preserver-destroyer, and his consort Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth.
India Gate- is the pride of Delhi. An imposing structure, the gate was built in memory to the of the 90,000 Indian soldiers who laid down their lives during World War I. Situated at the at the end of Rajpath, the India Gate is 42 meters high
Photo stop at Presidential Palace and Indian Parliament House.
Baha’i Temple (Lotus Temples) in Delhi is often compared to the Sydney Opera House. Popularly known as the Lotus Temple, Baha’i Temple is a major feature of Delhi and is well known for its appearance. There is no doubt that in years to come the temple will prove to be a mecca for the visitors. Baha’ism is considered to be a syncretism of the nine great religions of the world and traces its genesis to its prophet Baha’u’llah, born in Persia in the twentieth century.
Qutab Minar- one of the most visited places in Delhi. The unique architectural structure of the monument attracts many visitors from all across the world. The construction of Qutab Minar began in the 12th century and it was completed in the 13th century. Beautiful calligraphy of the magnificent tower adorns the adjacent edifices. The Minar rises over 230 feet and can be ascended by a circular stairway for a breathtaking view.
Humanyu’s Tomb – The last refuge of Mughal Emperor Humayun reminds rather of a luxurious palace, than a tomb located in the eastern part of Delhi. Humayun’s tomb is one of the best preserved Mughal monuments. This spellbinding mausoleum is the first example of Mughal architecture in India. After a century from its construction Humayun’s tomb inspired the construction of the more famous TajMahal. It was built thanks to the initiative of his widow HamidaBanu Begum, who commenced the construction of a mausoleum for her deceased husband in 1565, nine years after his death in 1572. The architecture of the tomb is strongly influenced by Persian architecture, the architect of the building Mirak Mirza Ghiyas himself was of Persian origin, constructed the tomb in the center of a Persian-style chaharbagh garden (translated from Farsi – four gardens) with quadrilateral form. The mausoleum stands on a massive platform which has a height of up to 7 meters, the building is constructed from red sandstone, while the tomb itself is made of yellow and black marble.
Return to your hotel
Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 : Delhi
DAY 03 : VISIT TO AKSHARDHAM TEMPLE & KINGDOM OF DREAMS
Morning after breakfast, proceed for visiting Akshardham Temple
The beautiful temple built without steel, consists of 234 ornately carved pillars, 9 ornate domes, 20 QuadrangleShikhars, a spectacularGajendra Pith (plinth of stone elephants) and 20,000 murtis and statues of India’s great sadhus, devotees, acharyas and divine personalities. Themandir (temple) is a fusion of pink stone and pure white marble, where pink stone symbolizes bhakti in eternal bloom and white marble that of absolute purity and eternal peace. Akshardham was created by HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj in fulfillment to the wish of his guru, BrahmaswarupYogijiMaharaj, the fourth successor in the spiritual hierarchy of BhagwanSwaminarayan. In only a short timespan of five years SwaminarayanAkshardham became a reality through the blessings of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, 300 million man hours of epic services rendered by 11,000 volunteers, sadhus and artisans and the immense sacrifice, austerities, prayers of hundreds of thousands of young and old devotees of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.
(Note : No electronic items are allowed in the complex – No mobile phone, No cameras. One can take photograph from outside of the premises)
Later proceed for Gurugram to witness live musical theatre show at Kingdom of Dreams
Return to your hotel and overnight.
Day 04 : Delhi / Agra by surface (205 kms / 4 hrs)
Morning after breakfast, depart by surface for Agra Arrive and check in at Hotel.
Afternoon proceed for visit Agra Fort – Built by Emperor Akbar, the maze of courtyards, mosques and private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal Empire. The Moti Masjid and other magnificent buildings reflect the skill of the ancient Indian architects and artists.
Evening witness for live theater show on Taj Mahal
Mohabbat-e-Taj is a fascinating play that depicts the saga of love and a memorable journey into history. The Drama portrays the Mughal era in 16th Century. It is series of play depicting the true and immortal love of Shajahan for MumtajMahal- his beautiful wife, the lavish lifestyle of Mughal era, emaculate hardship of the artisans for 22 years that created the most precious specimen of craftsmanship.
(Note : Kalakriti show closes from 01 May till 15 July for annual maintenance)
Return to your hotel
Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 : Agra / Jaipur by surface (235 kms / 5 hrs)
Early morning proceed for visiting Taj Mahal- Built by Emperor Shah Jehan in memory of his beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal, this beautiful mausoleum in pure white marble is an architectural marvel. The Taj by sunrise and sunset is a breathtaking sight.
Return to hotel for breakfast, later depart for Jaipur. En route visit Fatehpur Sikri – Situated 40 kms from Agra, this deserted city of Emperor Akbar literally means ‘The City of Victory’. The audience halls, palaces and mosques are still perfectly preserved as are the Panchmahal and the Buland Darwaza.
Continue drive to Jaipur
Arrive and check in at Hotel
Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 : Jaipur sightseeing
Morning after breakfast visit Amber Fort which lies 10 kms from from Jaipur. Amber with an old palace overlooking the lake at the entrance to a rocky mountain grove, climb up to fort on elephant back in a Maharaja (emperor) style.
Afternoon city tour visiting the sprawling the City Palace of Sawai Jai Singh II, sits right in the centre of the geometric grid in the heart of the old city. It consists of the seven-storied Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, the Diwan-i-Am and the Diwan-i-Khas.
The City Palace Museum houses an exquisite collection of textiles, costumes, carpets, the finest porcelain and a rare collection of arms and paintings. It is here that you can see the world’s largest silver objects – a pair of giant urns.
Jantar Mantar (Observatory) is one of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh whose ruling passion was astronomy. It was built between1728-34 and consists of observer’s seat, sundial and a number of enormous instruments used to calculate altitude, locate and identify celestial bodies. These instruments are extremely accurate.
Hawa Mahal or the ‘Palace of Winds’ is one of the most unusual structures built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. Honeycombed with over 900 niches or windows, it allowed the ladies of the court to watch the activities on the streets below and yet not be seen themselves. The Hawa Mahal too is made of the famed Jaipur pink stone.
Later visit the Birla Temple and local market.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07 : Depart Jaipur
End of the tour
Hotel check in / out time 1200 hrs
- Warm welcoming with Garlanding by our representative on arrival in India
- Meeting and assistance at the time of arrival and departure at each city.
- 24 Hours Assistance throughout the trip.
- Stay at preferred hotels
- Breakfast at all the hotels.
- Air conditioned transport with driver
- Services of English speaking local guides in Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Jaipur.
- Live Bollywood musical show at Kingdom of dreams.
- Live Bollywood musical show at Kalakriti, Agra based on TajMahal.
- Elephant ride in Jaipur
- All present Government
- Any airfares or train fare.
- Entrance / camera fees to the monuments.
- No Guide at Akshardham Temple in Delhi.
- Meals other than mentioned above.
- Drinks, phone calls, laundry, tips and portages.
- Insurance or any other expenses of personal nature.