Golden Triangle with Ranthambhore

 8nights / 9Days:

 Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore-Jaipur-Delhi

Whats Included

  • Daily Breakfast at all Hotels

  • Meeting & Assistance on arrivals and Departures

  • Chauffeured air-conditioned vehicles for all transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours.

  • English speaking Guide for all excursions & sightseeing as per itinerary.

  • Entrance fees (subject to change)

  • All currently applicable taxes.

Highlights

  • Discover the long and fascinating history of  Delhi the cosmopolitan capital city with its rich array of monuments.

  • Agra the ancient capital of the Mughal dynasty, one of the most visited cities in India and an important stop of the "Golden Triangle" tour of northern India

  • Explore the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri

  • Look for a Tiger or other Antelopes in Ranthambhore national park during safari.

  • Discover the fort and palaces of the Pink City, Jaipur

DAY 1 : Arrive Delhi

Welcome to India! On arrival at Delhi Airport, you will be greeted by our airport representative in the arrival hall, who will escort you to your hotel and assist you in check-in. Overnight, stay at hotel.

DAY 2 : Delhi

This morning after breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Old & New Delhi,

 

This was the former Imperial capital of the Mughal Emperor, though very little remains of the grandeur of the Emperor Shah Jahan’s city. Old Delhi’s backbone is Chandini Chowk. Today, it is a busy market selling an extraordinary variety of items – silver, jewelry, aromatic spices, leather, fruit and vegetables. Apothecaries sell home grown medicinal items, and roadside dentists display their bizarre array of equipment and false teeth. 

 

Here, you will enjoy the walking tour near Chandini Chowk. Also visit India’s largest Mosque, Jama Masjid.

This mosque is the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan. Begun in 1644, the mosque was not completed until 1658. It has three great gateways, four angle towers and two minarets standing 40m high. It is constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble.

 

After your visit you board your waiting vehicle and drive to Raj Ghat.

A simple square platform of black marble marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948. It is surrounded by a beautiful park with labelled trees planted by notables like Queen Elizabeth II, USA President Eisenhower, Ho Chi Minh and various others.

Later visit Humayun’s Tomb. 

Humayun’s Tomb is the earliest example of Mughal architecture in India. Recently renovated with the gardens restored to their former splendor and the working fountains, it is a very attractive site. Architecturally, the mausoleum drew its inspiration from the styles prevalent in Samarkand, and the design of the Taj Mahal is based on this tomb. 

From here drive to Qutub Minar complex which has many historic monuments. The first mosque in India – The Quwwat-Ul- Islam – built from the dressed and carved stones of demolished temples lies in this complex. It establishes the political victory of Islam in northern India. The Qutub Minar itself was begun in 1199 by Qutub ud din Aibak and was completed by his successors. This fluted elegant tower is decorated with elegant balconies and carvings. 

Post visiting Qutub Minar, you will drive past some famous landmarks; Rajpath (Kingsway), the imposing approach to New Delhi sets the venue for the Republic Day parade every January 26th for millions of people to gather and enjoy the spectacle. Among the buildings you drive past are the Secretariat buildings, Parliament House, Presidential Palace (Rashtrapathi Bhawan) and India Gate, a memorial to soldiers of the undivided Indian Army who died in the period between 1914 and 1921.

Overnight stay at hotel

DAY 3 : Jaipur - Agra

This morning after breakfast leave Delhi and drive to Agra, upon arrival check in at hotel

Afternoon visit Agra fort:- In Fort, visit Diwan-E-Am (House of Commons), mosques within Fort and royal pavilions like Macchi Bhavan, Shah Jahani Mahal & others.  Several of the buildings are made of pure marble with beautiful carvings. To cool off the rooms, the walls were hollow and filled with running water. The balconies of these pavilions give clear view of Taj Mahal & Yamuna River flowing next to it.

 

During sunset visit world famous Taj Mahal by Sunset built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the skill of 20,000 craftsmen brought together from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and who took 17 year to complete this ' Love Poem in Marble'. (Friday closed).

Overnight stay at hotel

DAY 4 : Agra - Bharatpur Railway Station (train to Sawai Madhopur)

This morning after breakfast leave Agra and drive to Bharatpur railway station enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri

The deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, in honour of the great Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti who blessed Akbar and prophesized the birth of three sons to the heirless Emperor. Akbar used Fatehpur Sikri as his capital and the city was fully occupied for 14 years but slowly became deserted and ruined after Akbar left the city. Scarcity of water was the prime factor for the abandonment of this beautiful city. Visit the remarkably well-preserved, graceful buildings within the 'Ghost City' including the Jama Masjid, tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal Palace and other palaces that speak of the grandeur and splendour of the Mughal empire at the height of its power.

 

After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, enjoy lunch at local restaurant and later transfer to Bharatpur railway station to board the train to Sawai Madhopur

Bharatpur – Sawai Madhopur                            Kota Jan Shatabdi            1545 / 1802 hours

Meeting and assistance at railway station and transfer to hotel for check in.

Overnight stay at hotel

DAY 5 : Ranthambhore

Early Morning & Afternoon: Visit to wild life sanctuary by shared jeep.

This famous national park is the best place to spot wild tigers in Rajasthan. Comprising 1334 sq km of wild jungle scrub hemmed in by rocky ridges, seeing a tiger (around 52 to 55 in 2016) is partly a matter of luck; leave time for two or three safaris to improve your chances. But remember there’s plenty of other wildlife to see, including more than 300 species of birds.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 6: Ranthambhore to Jaipur

Morning shared jeep safari in Ranthambhore national park.

After breakfast at hotel, leave Ranthambhore by road to Jaipur.

On arrival check-in at hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 7: Jaipur

This morning after breakfast excursion to Amber fort. Amber is a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace. The rugged, time-ravaged walls of the Fort may not look beautiful from the outside, but the interior is a virtual paradise. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes, apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster. Inside the Jag Mandir, the famed Sheesh Mahal - a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period. Enroute to Amber Fort, you will have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds.

Afternoon sightseeing tour of city visiting Maharaja's City Palace, the former Royal residence, part of it converted

Into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. Built in the style of a fortified campus, the palace covers almost one-seventh in area of the city. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armory Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. The royal families of Jaipur once used most of these weapons.

 

Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. Situated near the gate of the city palace, the observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 8: Jaipur

This morning after breakfast leave Jaipur and drive to Delhi, upon arrival check in at hotel

Overnight stay at hotel

Day 9: Jaipur

Today in time transfer to Delhi airport to board the flight for onward destinations

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