Enjoy your vacation traversing the famed Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Explore the sites of hectic Delhi and onto Agra to marvel at the majestic Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and one of the most recognizable structures on the planet. Visit Fatephur Sikri, the ‘Deserted City’ of red sandstone, the Amber Fort and the sights of Jaipur—all await you in the frenzy of culture and history that makes up India’s Golden Triangle.
Delhi (2 nights) – Agra (1 night) – Jaipur (2 nights) – Delhi (1 night)
Highlights of the Tour
- Raj Ghat – Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial.
- The beautiful Mughal-era monuments of Agra.
- Fatehpur Sikri – Emperor Akbar’s deserted capital.
• Taj Mahal is not open on Fridays and the Kingdom of Dreams Cultural Show is closed on Mondays.
Day 1 – Arrival in Delhi
After arrival in Delhi transfer to your hotel. Included in your package is an afternoon tour, this takes you round Old Delhi to see attractions such as the Red Fort, Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk. After the tour return to your hotel. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 2 – New Delhi
Spend the morning visiting New Delhi, attractions of the area include the government buildings, parks, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and India Gate. The rest of the day is at your leisure so if you fancy some more excitement get tickets to the Kingdom of Dreams Cultural Show where you can catch a Bollywood musical and also sample Indian cuisine. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 3 – Delhi to Agra
Depart to Agra in the morning, a city which is beautifully situated on the banks of river Yamuna. It became a well-known city due to it becoming the capital of Mughal Emperors from the year 1526 to 1628. Today, due to its many remaining Mughal-era monuments, it is a major tourist destination. Included in your package is a half-day city tour of Agra which consists of a visit to 16th century Agra Fort and India’s most famous building, the Taj Mahal. Overnight in Agra.
Day 4 – Agra to Jaipur
On your way from Agra to Jaipur make sure to visit Fatehpur Sikri, Emperor Akbar’s deserted capital. This city is a unique blend of Indian styles, central Asian inspirations and Persian influences, which combine to create an exceptional area of architectural heritage. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 5 – Jaipur
Get up early and start the day with a visit to Amber Fort, climbing the hill on elephant back! After that you can fill the rest of the day by exploring Jaipur, be sure to visit Jantar Mantar (an 18th century observatory) and the Hawa Mahal, a famous palace built in 1798. Overnight in Jaipur.
From the earliest days of the Harappan civilisation dating back to the middle of the 4th millennium BC, the Indian sub-continent has been developing and refining its own distinct cultures and philosophies.
The home of one of the world’s oldest civilisations and several of the world’s great religions, India has always been subject to invasion: Aryans, Greeks, Scythians, Parthians, Huns, Romans, Turks, Afghans, Dutch, Portuguese and finally the British all passed this way, bringing ideas and influences which India has absorbed and incorporated into its own way of life.
Geographically too, India is a land of kaleidoscopic diversity with the country’s 2.6 million square kilometres harbour, an immense variety of landscapes that range from the palm-edged beaches of the tropical south to the eternal snow of the mighty Himalayas. In between, jungles and forests, lush river valleys and barren deserts, busy modern cities and quiet villages are yours to explore.
Food in India is wide ranging in taste and flavour. Being so diverse geographically each region has its own cuisine and style of preparation.
Occupying this vast and varied country is an intriguing mixture of people whose diversity of race, language, customs, traditions, cuisine, art and religion brings colour to every aspect of life. With such a variety of people, there is an equal variety of festivals. Amongst the most spectacular are Rath Yatra in Puri and the Hemis festival in Ladakh (both held in June or July), Pushkar’s camel fair in November and the nationwide celebration of Diwali in October or November – but virtually every temple across the country has its own and if you are fortunate enough to find your visit coincides with one it may prove to be the highlight of your stay.
The main attractions of Northern India date from the Mughal period – the forts, palaces, mosques, gardens and of course, the sublime Taj Mahal are amongst the most magnificent buildings ever constructed. After the vibrant atmosphere of Mumbai in the west, allow the palm-fringed beaches of Goa to warm your spirit and relax your mind. And in the languid south, amidst luxuriant tropical greenery, are vast sandy beaches, enormous Hindu temples, superb rock carvings, ancient forts, cool hill stations and Kerala’s quiet backwaters.
The well-travelled author Mark Twain remarked that ‘India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend and great- grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India’. His enthusiasm and admiration for one of the world’s most diverse countries is still shared by millions of tourists from the world over.