India's Golden Triangle comprises the three most visited cities in the country's north-west - Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, which are all connected to each other by good road and rail links. On the map, these form a roughly equilateral triangle, some 200-250 km along each side. This triangle has been dubbed "golden" for the extraordinary wealth of cultural and historical splendour on offer in each of the three cities.
Jaipur, capital of the largely desert state of Rajasthan, is home to some of Asia's best bazaars. You could spend weeks in Delhi, the sprawling, fascinating Indian capital, and not see it all, while Agra, once the heart of the Moghul empire, boasts the unparalleled beauty of the Taj Mahal, which adorns the banks of the Yamuna river. The Golden Triangle is a classic introduction to India: if you've never been to the subcontinent before, start here. Which usually involves a flight into Delhi.
Day 01: Delhi
Meeting and assistance on arrival at Delhi Airport and transfer to hotel. Later proceed for half day sightseeing tour of the Delhi. Visit the 12th century Qutab Minar, gracefully hand-carved for its entire height of 234ft, and the iron pillar, which has withstood the ravages of time and not rusted even after 1500 years.
Drive past the India Gate (war memorial dedicated to the lives of laid down by the Indian soldiers), The President's Residence - formerly the Viceroy's Palace, parliament House and the Secretariat buildings, - an interesting blend of the Victorian and 20th century architecture. Visit Lotus Temple i.e. one of the famous Mother Temple of the India and has become a prominent attraction in the city. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 02: Delhi – Agra (By surface 205 Kms/ 04 – 05 hrs. approx.)
Early morning breakfast at hotel. After breakfast depart by surface to Agra. On arrival check in at hotel. In the afternoon proceed for Agra Fort and Taj Mahal. Overnight stay at Hotel. (Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays).
Day 03: Agra – Jaipur (By surface 235 Kms / 5 - 6 hrs. approx.)
Breakfast at Hotel. After breakfast at hotel depart by surface to Jaipur Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri: Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akber in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. 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 splendor of the Mughal empire at the height of its power. Continue drive to Jaipur. On arrival check-in at Hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 04: Jaipur
Breakfast at Hotel. Morning visit to Amber Fort by jeep. 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 Fort visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory. Inside the Jag Mandir is 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.
Afternoon city tour begins with the feast of Indian architecture in store and visit to the 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 Armoury 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 05: Depart Jaipur
Departure transfer from hotel to the airport for your onward destination with memories of “A Lifetime Trip”.
In time transfer to airport to board the flight or onward destination.