Golden Triangle Tour

Golden Triangle Tour

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Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Delhi
 
The Golden Triangle tour in India clubs royal Rajasthan with the terrific city of the Taj Mahal besides the dazzling and delightful Delhi. This route has always grabbed the attentions and has been one of the most preferred tour packages for travelers from different parts of the world. In fact, every third tourist touring in India always prefers Golden Triangle Tour Packages to visit the fascinating Delhi-Agra-Jaipur golden triangle circuit. It is one of its own kind of tour packages that involve a journey through most prominent destinations of India that have their own unique history to be told and explored at least once. Adding to this, the culture, heritage, sights along with the local dishes are some of the most important factors that make each of these holiday destinations of the Golden Triangle tour simply more enchanting and worth visiting.
 
DAY 01: ARRIVE DELHI
 
Meet on arrival at Airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
 
DAY 02 : DELHI
 
Golden Triangle Tour
Morning tour of Delhi. Visit Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Jama Masjid and drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk.
Afternoon visit Qutub Minar built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate (War Memorial Arch ), Lakshminarayan Temple - a modern Hindu Temple. Also drive past President's House, Parliament House, and Government Secretariat Buildings & Connaught Place shopping centre. Overnight at hotel.
 
DAY 03 : DELHI - AGRA
 
Drive to Agra visiting Sikandra enroute, arrive Agra check into the hotel, later visit the Agra Fort containing the Pearl Mosque, the Halls of Public and Private Audience. Overnight at Hotel.
 
DAY 04 : AGRA
 
Golden Triangle Tour
Morning visit the famous Taj Mahal built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his queen Mumtaz Mahal, made out of white marble took 22 years to complete (1630-1652 AD). After breakfast visit 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, Afternoon visit Itmad-ud-daulah. This tomb belongs to the father of Nur Jahan, Ghias-ud-Din Beg. He was the Wajir or the Chief Minister of Emperor Jehangir. This white marble tomb was built by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628. Evening transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 05 : AGRA - JAIPUR
 
Golden Triangle Tour
After breakfast drive to Jaipur, enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, Fatehpur Sikri was built during 1571 and 1585. Fatehpur Sikri is one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendour at its height. Though the city is in ruins, it is a place to visit if one comes to Agra.But in real terms Fatehpur Sikri is a place where one should spend some time. The sunset over the ruins is sight to cherish. arrive Jaipur check into the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
 
DAY 06 : JAIPUR
 
Golden Triangle Tour
Morning visit Amber Fort. Amber Fort was the ancient capital of the State. Visit the Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors. Ascend the Fort on Elephant back.
Afternoon tour of Jaipur. Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan was given a colour coat of pink a century ago in honour of a visiting Prince and ever since, it has retained this colour. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer, this city is 260 years old. Visit Maharaja's City Palace, the Observatory & Ram Niwas Gardens. Drive past Hawa Mahal & through the pink rose residential & business areas. Overnight at Hotel.
 
DAY 07 : JAIPUR - DELHI
 
Leave Jaipur to Delhi, enroute halt for lunch. Arrive Delhi transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
 
DAY 08 : TRANSFER TO AIRPORT
 
Morning free for rest into the hotel, late evening transfer to the airport for onward destination.
 
India is seeing an ever-increasing number of visitors who come to experience the unique blend of headiness that the subcontinent so effortlessly brews. The route between Delhi, Agra and Jaipur has, for many years, been a veritable ‘India 101′ – an introduction to those on tighter travel schedules. Although the trail is undeniably well trodden, there’s still plenty to discover for DIYers, or for those with an afternoon away from their tour group. We’ve collected a few oft-missed attractions that are well worth seeking out during your visits to Agra and Jaipur.
 
Agra: experience the Mughal legacy
From Delhi, head southeast via private vehicle (about four hours) or by train (figure roughly two hours) to Agra, home of the wondrous Taj Mahal – a resounding tribute to a lost love and undoubtedly the most brilliant manifestation of the Mughal dynasty’s design aesthetic. The glistening white marble and the swirling, minaret-like towers never fail to impress.While the Taj Mahal was built to honour the dead, Fatehpur Sikri, located 40km from Agra, was very much a place for the living. The palace’s grand human scale is immediately captivating – it’s impossible not to feel haunted by the ghosts of the emperor, princesses, valets and concubines that once roamed the hallowed courtyards.
 
After pushing through the massive wooden doors, the spa’s cardinal design element becomes immediately apparent: a ruby red pomegranate. It is commonly believed that Barbur – the first Mughal emperor – came to Rajasthan from Ferghana (in present-day Afghanistan), a lush kingdom with plenty of fruit-bearing trees. When Barbur decided to stay, he instructed his architects to recreate his elaborate gardens and plant a variety of orchards, including the pomegranate – his undeniable favourite. Further evidence of the pomegranate’s importance has been documented on many stone carvings within Agra Fort. The coveted pomegranate also features in the spa’s signature treatment, an exfoliating scrub made from pomegranate peel, orange rind, pomegranate seeds and brown sugar.
 
Jaipur: hidden temples in the City of Forts
From Agra and Fatehpur Sikri, plough westward to Jaipur (about three hours by private vehicle), where further spoils of the Mughal lords await. Known as the Pink City for its ribbon of walls that extend throughout the central core (the city doesn’t actually look particularly pink), Jaipur is the gateway to Rajasthan’s cache of rugged landscapes, photogenic cities and elaborate palaces.Most visitors make a beeline for Jaipur’s surrounding hills dotted with parched trees – a hint that a great desert (the Thar desert) sits not too far beyond. Here lies one of the city’s great attractions, the Amber Fort (pronounced ‘amir’); yet another great legacy of a long-lost empire. While most tourists mount the ramparts on a regal-robed elephant, try driving around to the back of the fortress and start your journey within the simple hamlet of Amber dating back to the 11th century.
 
Here you’ll find the Shri Jagatshironmani Temple, built at the request of Queen Shringar Devi Kanakaway (wife of Man Singh, ruler of Amber) between 1599 and 1608. The temple is particularly rare because Krishna is not depicted with his usual consort Radha, he is instead accompanied by ‘Mira Bai’, a princess who became a mystic, and later Krishna’s lover. The temple’s name translates to ‘the head jewel of the idol of Lord Vishnu’. During your visit you may spot the groundskeeper watering the plants and gently sweeping the stairs – his family has been caring for the temple for over 20 generations.A second, and equally fascinating temple sits just a short walk from the popular City Palace Museum within the city centre. Shri Govind Dev Ji Temple, also a place for worship for the Lord Krishna (sometimes called Govind Dev), houses an image of the deity that is believed to be over 5000 years old. The temple is particularly unusual because it is only open for seven ‘jhankis‘, or glimpses, per day (check out www.govinddevji.net for a list of times). During each viewing, devotees gather in front of the gates to sing preparatory hymns, and when they enter the complex they pray before statues that are fastidiously decorated in different clothing for each deliberate viewing throughout the day – the costume materials also change throughout the seasons.
 

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