The Golden Triangle Tour on Oddroad. Visit Delhi, Agra, Jaipur.

The Golden Triangle Tour
6 Nights/7 Days
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Delhi, Agra, Jaipur

Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern. Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which has left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles.

Rajasthan known as "the land of kings", is the largest state of the Republic of India by area. It is located in the northwest of India. It comprises most of the area of the large, inhospitable Thar Desert, also known as the Great Indian Desert, which parallels the Sutlej-Indus river valley. Jaipur, also known as the "Pink city", is the capital of Rajasthan and an epitome of culture and tradition.

Taj-Mahal in Agra...the epitome of love needs no introduction. One of the seven wonders of the world, its bound to leave you spellbound.

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Day 1 - Arrive at Delhi

Arrive at Delhi’s International Airport late this evening. You are met by our airport representative in the arrival area of the airport after you clear all immigration and customs formalities. Special welcome awaits at the airport with nice garlands of marigold flowers.

Depart for your hotel where you will check in for your stay.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 - In Delhi

• Breakfast at hotel
• Full day city tour of Old and New Delhi
• Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi and ride on the New Delhi Metro
• Overnight at the hotel.

Greet the morning on your first day in what is the world largest and most vibrant democracy. As you embark on your journey through this land you will experience the sights and sounds of what is India. Your tour guide is at your service throughout your trip to bring you face-to-face with the many faces of this vast land.

Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern. Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which has left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles.

Old Delhi was an ancient walled city. Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1650 switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi. Shah Jehan possessing an exquisite talent, especially in architecture, created the seventh city and in the process brought about Delhi's glorious renaissance. Start the day with a cycle rickshaw ride through Old Delhi. Here you will see Red Fort the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jehan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk, the perpetually congested avenue heading west from the Red Fort is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars. If you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce. Also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; and Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colourful market of the old city. Chandni Chowk was the commercial centre of Delhi in the old time and you will see it come alive in the morning as the trading day starts.

And to show you the contrast of the old with the new, we will return to New Delhi by the Delhi Metro.

This is a marvel of modern engineering to have been put in to one of the most crowded parts of India. A perfect example of how India changing while still keeping to its past. New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's - it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King's architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the design and construction of Delhi's eight city - New Delhi. Lutyens designed an 'Imperial City' having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947. You will visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar. Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House. Also visit a local temple.

Note: Red fort remains closed on Mondays.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 3 - Delhi to Agra - Drive: 205 kms/ 5 hrs approx.

• Breakfast at the hotel
• Drive to Agra
• Upon arrival check in at the hotel
• Evening is free
• Optional : Mohhabbat The Taj ( Live Show )
• Overnight at the Hotel.

After breakfast drive to Agra (approx. 5 hrs).

Agra-At the time of the Mughal, in the 16th & 17th centuries, Agra was the capital of the grand Mughal Empire. During this period the city became a leading centre of art, science, commerce and culture. Akbar the Great made Agra great. The city's origins are dim but Akbar's grandfather Babur is credited with Agra's founding. The short golden age of Agra came to an end with the seventeenth century reign of Shah Jehan, mastermind of the unforgettable Taj Mahal.

On arrival check inn at the hotel.

Overnight at hotel

Mohhabbat-The Taj (A live show in Agra) – Options at US$ 35 PP. (Subject to operation)

Pick up from your hotel around 1800 hrs. & proceed for live show on The Monument of Love “Taj Mahal”. Love without lust can be a spiritual experience, one that distinguishes man from beasts. It is a passion and the idea of being romantically engaged at a higher level that define the intensity of pure love. It was this kind of intense and obsessive love that found expression through a work of art the Taj Mahal which today figures as a crown in the list of wonders. Minus love and the romantic saga associated with it, the Taj Mahal would be just a well-arranged heap of white stones.

What really makes Taj Mahal stand out in the list of wonders is the passionate and romantic relationship that inspired its creation, the emotional halo that actually gets transformed into an architectural marvel. Indeed the Taj Mahal is synonymous with pure Love.

Mohabbat the Taj, the-80 minute presentation that perfectly complements a pilgrimage to the Monument of Love. 'Indeed to fully appreciate and soak into the beauty of the monument, one is advised to see the musical presentation at the Kalakriti auditorium.

Day 4 - In Agra

• Breakfast at the hotel
• City tour of Agra including visit to Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
• Afternoon free
• Optional: Evening Heritage walk in the Mughal era
• Overnight at the Hotel.

After breakfast proceed for your sightseeing tour of the exquisite Taj Mahal & Agra Fort.

The area around the Taj Mahal is a protected area and the bus parking is approximately one kilometre away from the monument. Here we disembark and board battery buses to the Taj.

That magnificent monument of love – The Taj Mahal, was built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 22 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working round the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. Legend has it that once construction was completed, Shah Jehan had Lahori's hands cut off, and blinded, so he would never be able to duplicate the structure. What makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughals brought this concept to India they elevated it to heights of incomparable artistry.

(Note: Taj Mahal remain closed on Friday).

Continue to visit the impressive Agra Fort, where you are taken through the chambers of this royal residence. As you drive through the city, witness the local life and bazaars (markets) and the hustle bustle of everyday India.

Afternoon is free in Agra to explore this city on your own.

This evening enjoy Optional Heritage walk (for approx. 2 hours ) with the Guide who will take you to show the famous architecture of Mughal era - Options at US$ 45 PP.

Return to the Hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 5 - Agra to Jaipur - Drive: 235 kms / 5-6 hrs approx.

• Sunrise visit of the Taj Mahal (Optional)
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Drive to Jaipur
• En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri
• Optional - Evening Sound and Light show at Amber Fort
• Overnight at the hotel.

Take an optional sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal at extra cost (you must leave the hotel at around 0540). Gates to the Taj open at 0600AM return to the hotel around 0715). Witness the Taj glow in the changing light of the rising sun. The supplement cost for this optional would be US$ 35 per person extra for the guide / car and entrance fee.

After breakfast drive to Jaipur (5 – 6 hours) and en-route enjoy an excursion to Fatehpir Sikri. This is an hour’s drive outside Agra.

Fatehpur Sikri. - The imperial city of the Mughal dynasty between 1571 and 1584, Fatehpur Sikri was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar. The architectural grandeur of this deserted city cannot be described in words and one can only experience the aura of its magnificent edifices by seeing them. Fatehpur Sikri is the most popular day excursion from Agra, the city of Taj and capital of invincible Mughals for a long time.

Today, as one enters Sikri from the Agra Gate, one of the nine gateways on the way to the palace complex, Diwan-I-Aam, or the hall of public audience appears first. It is a huge rectangular walled-in courtyard where petitions were heard, proclamations made, ambassadors received and entertainment programmes held. Ponder the mysterious desertion of this capital city that was dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its 'ruins' are still in a pristine condition. It is not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur.

After the visit drive on to Jaipur where on arrival you will check-in to the hotel and have rest of the day at leisure.

Optional: This evening leave the hotel for a Sound & light show at Amber Fort. (Subject to operation during summer). Price for this show is would be US$ 30 PP extra.

Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 6 - In Jaipur

• Breakfast at the hotel
• Excursion to Amber Fort on Elephant’s back
• Afternoon city tour of Jaipur
• Evening is free to visit the local Bazar
• Overnight at the hotel.

Jaipur, also known as the “Pink City”, is the capital of the colourful state of Rajasthan. It has the distinction of being a well planned and laid out city. As you drive through the old part of town, you will witness a life most unlike others. Witness how the city blooms during the day in a kaleidoscope of colour and sound.

After breakfast depart the hotel for a half day excursion to inspiring Amber Fort.

Amber Fort is a marvellous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. Go up the fort in a jeep. The interiors of the fort has various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glass work complemented by exquisite wall paintings. As you move between the rooms of this magnificent structure feel the history and visualise the pomp and grandeur of a kingdom never conquered. In the afternoon continue on your visits of Jaipur city.

This afternoon venture into the city, this time on a city tour. You will visit the City Palace Museum where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armoury of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, Also visit the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD). Also included is a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires.

Located in the heart of the walled city, The City Palace Complex gives you an idea about the farsightedness of the founder of Jaipur Sawai Jai Singh. He left behind a legacy of some of the most imposing and magnificent architecture, art and craft structure in the city. Sawai Jai Singh built its many buildings but some of some of the structures were also built by later rulers and some of them are even dated in the in the twentieth century too. The palace is a blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture and the royal family still lives in a part of the palace.

On entering the complex and before the palace proper lies the Mubarak Mahal, the palace of welcome or reception. Sawai Madho Singh built the palace in the nineteenth century. It was used as a reception centre for the visiting personage. The building now forms the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum and on display here are a wide array of royal costumes, some very exquisite and precious Pashmina (Kashmiri) Shawls, Benaras silk saris, Sanganeri prints and folk embroidery. An unusual display is that of voluminous clothes worn by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I (ruled 1750-68).

Across the road from the palaces is the famous “Jantar Mantar”, one of the five observatories in India . Built by Sawai Jai Singh, this is one of the largest and the best preserved. A passionate hobby of the king in the field of Astronomy, numerology, insighted him to execute this observatory and with the help of skilled labourers, they managed to create a collection of complex astronomical instruments chiselled out of stone and most of which continues to provide accurate information to this day. The most striking instrument is the Brihat Samrat yantra Sundial, an imposing yellow edifice to the far right of the observatory complex which has a 27m high gnomon arm set at an angle of 27degree. The shadow this casts moves up to 4m in an hour, and aids in the calculation of local and meridian pass time and various attributes of the heavenly bodies, including declination the angular distance of a heavenly body from the celestial equator and altitude. This highlight of the observatory has made it a centre of attraction for the tourist visiting Jaipur.

Optional for this evening – US$ 30 Per person.

In the early evening enjoy a walk through the hustle and bustle of the old pink city market. Experience the vibrancy of this city upfront.

You also have the option to watch an Indian movie at the famous Raj Mandir movie theatre. The Raj Mandir is an icon among movie theatres and is a sightseeing spot in its self.

The Raj Mandir Cinema opened on 1st June 1976 with the film 'Charas'. It was designed by architect W.M. Namjoshi in a spectacular Art Moderne style. The exterior
of the building consists of various asymetrical shapes, zig-zags, curves and even stars set into the facade, all lit at night by concealed lighting. The theatre's name is located on top of the building in large red neon letters and it also boasts the legend 'The Showplace of the Nation - Experience the Excellence'. In the large foyer there are chandeliers set into domes in the ceiling. A large ramp (rather than stairs) take patrons up into the balcony area. Seating in the auditorium is provided in stalls and
balcony areas. The decoration in the auditorium is awesome, with indirect lighting that changes colours, hidden behind and underneath a frond fern leaf-like plaster trough which has openings all over the ceiling and walls. The cinema is equipped to screen 70mm films.

The Raj Mandir Cinema is the best known cinema building in India and is also on the tourist trail for visitors to Jaipur (similar to the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California). It certainly lives up to its reputation as one of the most remarkable cinemas in India.

Return to the Hotel for an Overnight stay.

Day 7 - Jaipur to Delhi - Drive: 265 kms / 5 hrs approx.

• Breakfast at the hotel
• Morning free for independent activities.
• Afternoon drive back to Delhi
• Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer to International airport to board flight for onward journey

Breakfast at hotel.

Morning free for independent activities.

Afternoon drive back to Delhi. This journey will take 5 hours approx to reach in Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, straight transfer to the airport to board flight for onward journey.

Tour Ends!!!

Stay Options

City / No. of Nights Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
Delhi / 2 Hyatt Regency Deluxe room Crowne Plaza, Okhla Deluxe room The Oberoi Premier room
Agra / 2 Jaypee Palace Deluxe room Country Inn and Suite Deluxe room Oberoi Amarvilas, Premier room
Jaipur / 2 ITC Luxury collection Chamber of Emperor room Jaipur Marriott Standard room Oberoi Rajvilas, Premier room

Pricing Options -

Per Couple Rs 59586 Rs 52746 Rs 134947
Extra person Rs 32720 Rs 27112 Rs 110053
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