The Golden Triangle is a good introduction to India for the lay traveler. The cities of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur are exotic, as well as understandable – or so you think, until you get into the streets. Then you realize that three are some things you simply cannot prepare for: the intensity of the massive poverty; the religious diversity; shocking government hotels; antiquity still everywhere you care to look; the scale of the Taj Mahal; the mystique and audacious grandeur of the ancient Mogul architecture; the chauvinism; the environmental desecration…and the traffic.
Met on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
In the morning proceed for a sightseeing tour of the Old Delhi – a multi – layered city. Our first stop is the Red Fort built by the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan when he shifted his capital from Agra. A short drive brings us to the Great Mosque – The Jama Masjid. Drive on to see the memorial built for Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.
Afternoon Sightseeing tour of New Delhi includes a visit to the Qutub Minar – the tallest stone tower in India built in 1191 AD. Continue to Humayun’s Tomb believed to have been designed by his widow. Its plan is based on the description of Islamic paradise gardens and is known to have inspired the Taj Mahal and many later Mughal tombs.
Evening at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Met upon arrival and drive to Jaipur. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Time at leisure till lunch.
Later in the day proceed for a city tour of Jaipur visiting The Observatory (Jantar Mantar), built in 1726 by Jai Singh, a notable astronomer King. It houses instruments of astronomy with astonishing accuracy, which gives accurate predictions to this day. The City Palace is a visitors delight, Within the walls are several Palaces and museums resplendent with collections of the princely era. Drive to the Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal), a five story high Palace having a facade of windows and latticed screens which allowed the Ladies of the Court, in bygone days, to sit and view the streets of the city.
Evening at leisure to explore the local market. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Morning excursion to the Amber Fort which is perched on a hill. An Elephant transports us inside the fort which houses a Marble Palace, Temple of Victory and a Hall of Mirrors.
Afternoon at leisure to relax. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Early morning drive to Jaipur – the Pink City en route visit Fatehpur Sikri – a fascinating deserted capital of Emperor Akbar (270 Kms/6 Hrs approximately). Arrive Jaipur by late afternoon and check – in hotel.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Morning proceed for the city sightseeing and visit Taj Mahal – built by a grief-stricken emperor, Shah Jahan, as a memorial of eternal love for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, Agra Fort which perhaps offers the most moving view of the Taj Mahal from its octagonal tower situated across the River Jamuna.
Sikandra – Emperor Akbar’s tomb at Sikandra is a magnificent gateway, covered with floral and geometrical arabesque decoration in white and colored marble. Four elegant Minarets surround the tomb.
Evening at leisure to explore the local market. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning free later in the afternoon drive to Delhi (203 km / 4 ½ hrs drive). On arrival in Delhi drive to airport to take the flight for next destination.
India offers a unique opportunity to see and experience the Himalayas at close quarters, both in Northern and Eastern India.
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