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India’s golden triangle is a tourist circuit which connects the national capital Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The Golden Triangle is so called because of the triangular shape formed by the locations of New Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan on a map. The trips usually start in Delhi moving south to the site of Taj Mahal at Agra, then west, to the desert landscapes of Rajasthan. The circuit is about 720 km by road. Each leg is about 4 to 6 hours of drive.
Pick up from airport, transfer to hotel, check into the hotel and time free to relax at hotel.
Lunch: Guest’s own arrangement
After first half approx an English-speaking guide will report at hotel & proceed for Delhi’s half day sightseeing tour.
Red Fort-The red sandstone walls of the massive Red Fort (Lal Qila) rise 33-m above the clamour of old Delhi as a reminder of the magnificent power and pomp of the Mughal emperors. The walls, built in 1638, were designed to keep out invaders, now they mainly keep out the noise and confusion of the city. The main gate, Lahore Gate, is one of the emotional and symbolic focal points of the modern Indian nation and attracts a major crowd each Independence Day.
Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656 at a cost of 1 million rupees, and was inaugurated by an Imam from Bukhara, present-day Uzbekistan. The mosque was completed in 1656 AD with three great gates, four towers and two 40 metres high minarets constructed with strips of red sandstone and white marble. The courtyard can accommodate more than 25,000 people. There are three domes on the terrace which are surrounded by the two minarets. On the floor, a total of 899 black borders are marked for worshippers. The architectural plan of Badshahi Masjid, built by Shah Jahan's son Aurangzeb at Lahore, Pakistan, is similar to the Jama Masjid.
Gandhi Memorial/Raj Ghat - The cremation site for Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi was brutally killed by a religious fanatic Nathuram Godse on 30 January 1948 in Birla Mandir. His last words Hey Ram are inscribed in golden letters on his cenotaph. It is customary for the State Heads and visiting dignitaries to pay homage to him by laying wreaths and flowers on his memorial. On occasion like his birth (2nd October) and death (30th January) anniversaries trees are planted by dignitaries.
Next drive pass to the government buildings, India Gate, a free-standing arch designed by Sir Edward Lutyens to honour the memories of unknown soldiers. Originally called the All India War Memorial, it resembles the French War Memorial 'Arc de Triomphe'. The height of India Gate is 42m with a low base and is flanked by huge lawns forming a circle of about 2.5 km around it. Later drive past the President's House&the Parliament House.
B/W 1900 – 2000 hrs.: Evening return to hotel & overnight stay at hotel.
Dinner - Guest’s own arrangement
0800 – 0930 Hrs. Breakfast at hotel
1000 Hrs.: An English-speaking guide will report at hotel & proceed for Delhi’s full day sightseeing tour
QutabMinar– Qutab Minar is a soaring, 73 m-high tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi's last Hindu kingdom. The tower has five distinct stories, each marked by a projecting balcony and tapers from a 15 m diameter at the base to just 2.5 m at the top. A 7 meter high iron pillar stands in the courtyard of the mosque. It is said that if you can encircle it with your hands while standing with your back to it your wish will be fulfilled.
Humayun Tomb -It was built in 1565 A.D. nine years after the death of Humayun, by his senior widow Bega Begam. Inside the walled enclosure the most notable feature are the garden squares (chaharbagh) with pathways water channels, centrally located well proportional mausoleum topped by double dome. It is made in a simple way of red sandstone along with use of white and black marble along the borders to relieve the monotony. This tomb also has many other graves of the royal family and some nobles located inside the walled enclosure and from here in 1857 A.D.
Lunch - guest‘s own arrangement / optional return to hotel for little rest before proceeding to Akshardham.Akshardham Temple is a Hindu temple, and a spiritual-cultural campus in Delhi, India. Also referred to as Akshardham Temple or Swaminarayan Akshardham, the complex displays millennia of traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture. Inspired by YogijiMaharaj and created by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, it was constructed by BAPS, was opened on 6 November 2005 by Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. The temple, at the centre of the complex, was built according to the Vastushastra and Pancharatrashastra. Enjoy water and light show before exiting from the temple.
Dinner - Guest’s own arrangement
2130 hrs. Evening return to hotel & overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Check out.
0730 Hrs. Proceed to Agra
1100 Hrs.Taj Mahal Sightseeing. An English speaking guide will meet youat Taj Mahal. (Driver will coordinate with the guide for exact meeting point)Taj Mahal -Wonder in marble and monument of love & peace. Standing majestically on the banks of River Yamuna, the Taj Mahal is synonymous with love. The purity of the white marble, the exquisite ornamentation, precious gemstones used and its picturesque location, all make Taj Mahal travel gain a place amongst the most popular ones (Taj Mahal is closed on Friday).
1300 Hrs.(Approx. 3.5 kms/15-minute drive)After sightseeing of Taj Mahal proceed to hotel and check in to the hotel. Time free for rest.
Lunch - Guest’s own arrangement
16:00hrs.: An English-speaking guide will report at hotel & proceed for sightseeing.
Agra Fort -Built principally as a military establishment by Akbar in 1565, the red sandstone Agra fort was partially converted into a palace during Shah Jahan's time. Though the principal structure was built by Akbar, many more additions were made by his grandsons. This massive fort is 2.5 kms long and is considered as the predecessor of the Delhi Red fort. The colossal walls are 20 feet high and the whole fort is encircled by a fetid moat. Amar Singh gate towards the south is the only entry point in the fort. The building and structures inside the fort gives an impression of a city within the city.
18:15hrs.:Evening return to hotel & overnight stay at hotel.
Dinner – Guest’s own arrangement
Breakfast at hotel& check out
07:30 hrs. An English-speaking guide will report at hotel & proceed to Jaipur, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri.
Fatehpur Sikri(40 Kms. / 1 Hour from Agra) – also called ghost city & city of victory. Fatehpur Sikri - undoubtedly the best-preserved Mughal Palace City of all. Built by Great Akbar around 1570, he used the highest quality craftsman to construct the city only to abandon it some fourteen years later when it is said that the water system failed. This well-preserved city, reflecting a combination of Hindu and Persian architecture. Some of the grand structures at Fatehpur Sikri include the Panch Mahal, the Buland Darwaza, the tomb of Salim Chisti, the Jama Masjid Mosque and the life-size chessboard where courtiers could play the role of pieces. The architectural beauty of the monuments of Fatehpur Sikri have led to its being declared a World Heritage Site.Guides will relief after sightseeing of Fatehpur Sikri.Later continue drive to Jaipur.
13:00 -14:00 Hrs. On arrival check in to the hotel. Day free for leisure.
Lunch & Dinner: Guest’s own arrangement.
08:00 -08:45Hrs. Breakfast at hotel &check out.
09:00 hrs. An English speaking guide will report at hotel to proceed on a full day guided tour to explore the rich Rajputana.
Amber fort (with Elephant Ride) (Climb the fort by local jeeps as cars are not allowed till top) – it was the ancient capital of the State. Amber Fort - The palace complex is lavishly ornamented and displays the riches of Amer. Sheesh Mahal chamber of mirrors: Diwan – e – Aam or the Hall of Public Audience is a beautifully proportioned hall open on three sides and stands on two rows of ornamented pillars. Diwan e-Khas or the Hall of Private Audience has delicate mosaic work in glass.
En-route we take a photo stop at Hawa Mahal – palace of winds,built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. It is the most recognizable monument of Jaipur. The 5 storied stunning semi - octagonal monument having 152 windows with over hanging latticed balconies is a fine piece of Rajput's architecture.
City palace – situated in the heart of the old City, the palace is a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, it houses a Seven storied Chandra Mahal in the centre, which affords a fine view of the gardens and the city. Diwan-E- Aam (Hall of public audience) has intricate decorations and collection of manuscripts, Diwan-E-Khas (Hall of private audience) has a marble pawed gallery Mubarak Mahal has a rich collection of costumes and textiles. There is a Clock Tower near Mubarak Mahal. Sileh Khana has a collection of armory and weapons. Where the former Maharaja still resides in a part of it, but rest of it now serves as a museum.
Observatory - (Also called Jantar Mantar) – built in 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the huge masonary instruments were used to study the movement of constellations and stars in the sky. Enormous sun-dial still provided accurate times, which are subject to daily corrections.
After sightseeing late evening get back to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel
Lunch & Dinner: Guest’s own arrangement.
After breakfast at hotel check out and transfer to airport as per flight schedule.
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