Golden Triangle 6 Nights / 7 Days
Golden Triangle 6 Nights / 7 Days
India’s Golden Triangle comprises the three most visited cities in the country’s north-west – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, which are all connected to each other by good roads and rail links. On the map, these form a rough triangle. This route has been dubbed “golden” for the extraordinary wealth of cultural and historical splendor on offer in each of the three cities. Anyone who is culturally curious, a spiritual seeker and looking for an immersive experience will enjoy this land tour.
Day 1: Arrive in Delhi
Namaste. Welcome to India. You will be met at the airport by your Tour Guide and escorted to your hotel.
Day 2: DELHI
India’s capital city and seat of power for nearly a thousand years, Delhi bridges two distinctly different worlds – Old Delhi, the former capital, with its narrow lanes and splendid mosques; and New Delhi, established by the British, and featuring wide tree-lined boulevards and majestic buildings. Delhi is a city waiting to be explored and our tour begins with a visit to Khari Baoli, Asia’s largest wholesale spice market selling spices, nuts, herbs and teas from all over the world.
In the afternoon, you will experience a Bollywood style show at the Kingdom of Dreams, India’s first live entertainment destination spread over 6 acres, and whose global ambassador is Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan.
In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at Bukhara, globally recognized Indian restaurant and the preferred dining destination of gourmets, presidents and heads of state for over 35 years.
Day 03: DELHI
Enjoy a day long tour of the city, starting with a visit to the Red Fort, a historical fort and the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty for nearly 200 years, built from red sandstone. The imperial apartments consist of a row of pavilions, connected by a water channel known as the Stream of Paradise, and are some of the most important surviving structures of the Fort.
Opposite the Red Fort lies Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), one of the largest mosques in India, made of red sandstone and white marble. It was completed in 1656 at a cost of one million Rupees and accommodates up to 25,000 worshipers. The interior of the prayer hall is divided into isles by arches and features walls and floors made of marble inlay panels.
Next we visit the Raj Ghat, a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, located on the banks of the river Yamuna. The memorial lies in the midst of landscaped gardens and is made of a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation on 31 January 1948, a day after his assassination. It is left open to the sky while an eternal flame burns perpetually at one end.
We will drive past the Rashtrapati Bhawa, formerly known as the Viceroy’s House, and now the official residence of the President of India and stop for a photo opportunity at the India Gate, a war memorial which commemorates the 82,000 Indian soldiers who died in the First World War. 13,218 war dead are commemorated by name on the monument. Even though a war memorial, the India Gate evokes the architectural styles of the triumphal arch like the Arch of Constantine in Rome and is often compared to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
We will visit the Humayun’s Tomb, tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun, commissioned by his wife and chief consort, Empress Bega Begum (also known as Haji Begum) in the 16th century. The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 and has since undergone extensive restoration work which is now complete.
Last we visit the Qutub Minar, a minaret that forms a part of Qutb complex, another UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Mehrauli area of Delhi. The minar is a 73 meters tall tower, contains a spiral staircase of 379 steps and is surrounded by several significant monuments.
Overnight at the hotel
DAY 4: Delhi to Agra transfer (209 kms / 1 hr 40 mins by Gatimann Express)
After an early breakfast at the hotel, we will take the Gatimaan Express (India’s first semi high speed train) to Agra, arriving shortly before 10am. We will check-in to our hotel and enjoy lunch before heading out on a tour of the city.
Agra is located on the right bank of the river Yamuna and was established before 1000 BC. The golden age of the city began with the Mughals, when it became their seat of power and zenith of art and romance. The passion of the Mughals for building endowed Agra with some of the most beautiful buildings in the world.
Agra Fort (more accurately described as a wall city), a UNESCO World Heritage site built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 AD and the main residence of the Emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638, will be our first stop.
Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings, including the Moti Masjid, Diwane-IAm, Diwane-I-Khas and Musamman Burj, where the Emperor Shah Jahan died under house arrest.
Next we visit the Taj Mahal, India’s most aweinspiring and iconic monument commissioned by the heart broken Emperor Shah Jahan after his beloved wife Mumtaz died in childbirth. It is an ivory-white marble mausoleum completed in 1653 and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
The tomb is the central focus of the entire complex of the Taj Mahal. It’s a large marble structure standing on a square plinth and consists of a symmetrical building with an archshaped doorway topped by a large dome and finial. Like most Mughal tombs, the basic elements are Persian in origin.
During our tour, we will learn all about the mausoleum’s fascinating history, precious building materials and intricate craftsmanship. Your first glance of the Taj Mahal at sunset will take your breath away.
Overnight in the hotel
DAY 5: Agra to Jaipur transfer (approx. 232 kms / 5 hrs by coach)
After breakfast we will enjoy a scenic drive to Jaipur with a stop at Fatehpur Sikri, a city built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire. It is at Fatehpur Sikri that the legends of Akbar and his famed courtiers, the nine jewels of Navaratnas, were born and it is one of the best preserved examples of Mughal architecture in India.
We then continue our drive to Jaipur, the magnificent capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan, founded in 1726 by Maharaja Jai Singh II after whom the city is named. Under the architectural guidance of Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, Jaipur was planned on the principles of Vastu Shastra and Shilpa Shastra, a traditional a traditional Hindu system of architecture, dividing the city into nine blocks laid out in a grid pattern with wide avenues.
During the rule of Sawai Ram Singh, the city was painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales in 1876. Many of the avenues remained painted in pink, giving Jaipur a distinctive appearance and the epithet Pink City.
No vacation is ever complete without shopping and when it comes to India, insiders head straight to Jaipur, a place where traditional crafts and designs get remade in unexpected and stylish ways.
DAY 6: JAIPUR
In the morning, we will visit the Amber Fort in Amer, about 11 kms from Jaipur and located on a hill. The fort was built by Raja Shri Maan Singh I in late 16th century and is known for its artistic style, blending both Hindu and Rajput elements of architecture.
It comprises an extensive palace complex built from pale yellow and pink sandstone as well as white marble and is divided into four main sections, each with its own courtyard. With its large ramparts, series of gates and cobbled paths, this magnificent fort overlooks the Maota Lake and offers extensive views over the deep narrow valley and the wider plains beyond.
On the way back, we make a photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), essentially a high screen wall built so that the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside. Constructed of red and pink sandstone, the palace sits on the edge of the City Palace and extends to the zenana (women’s chambers).
Your afternoon tour includes the City Palace, a sprawling complex in the heart of the city which incorporates an impressive and vast array of courtyards, gardens and buildings in Jaiput, Mughal and European architectural styles. The most prominent and most visited structures in the complex are the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Mukut Mahal, Maharani’s Palace, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
Located near the City Palace and Hawa Mahal, we will also visit the Jantar Mantar monument, which features a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments that were completed in 1734 as well as the world’s largest stone sundial. Built from local stone and marble, each instrument carries an astronomical scale and allows the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye.
Overnight at the hotel
DAY 7: Jaipur to Kolkata
After breakfast, transfer to Jaipur International Airport and fly to Kolkata.