We discover the best of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur rolled into one luxurious six night package. The harmonious amalgamation of the India’s capital, Delhi, with its entire historic splendor, the soft romanticism that can be felt at Agra and the fierce magnificence of Jaipur in the Rajasthan desert presents India at its best. India’s Golden Triangle reveals the wonders and delights of Western India, the three most visited cities being connected to each other by good road and rail links. On the map, these form a roughly equilateral triangle, some 200-250km along each side. This triangle has been dubbed “golden” for the extraordinary wealth of cultural and historical splendor on offer in each of the three cities. The Golden Triangle is a classic introduction to India.
The first city in our triangle is Delhi. In New Delhi, we see the overt remnants of the former colonial power along with wide streets, big squares, spacious parks and ornamental and bombastic governmental buildings. Old Delhi is quite the opposite. It makes us think to have ended up in a beehive as it has small narrow alleys, little shops and bustling daily life. This is also the area where we will find, amidst all the hectic daily practices, serenity and quietness when we enter the Jama Masjid and have a look over Delhi’s outskirts and visit the Red Fort. Besides that, there are several good museums and interesting sights dispersed over the rest of Delhi and its vicinity, such as the National Museum and Humayun’s Tomb.
Second stop in the Golden triangle is Agra that is famous for its extraordinary mausoleum built by Shah Jahan for his deceased wife in the banks of the Yamuna River. We take time to seeing the gardens, the minarets, the symmetry of the place and in the end, actually walk the marble steps of the Taj. Take a good look at the laid in precious stones and have some good views of the Yamuna River and the Fort.
Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, situated around 250 kms from New Delhi. Jaipur is popularly also called the ‘Pink City’ on account of the liberal use of the pink color in its architecture. A visit to the city gives a glimpse of the entire Rajasthan experience: forts, palaces, gardens, pink sandstone monuments, museums and colourful shopping. Jaipur has a tale to narrate in every nook and corner. Built in 1727 AD taking almost six years, by the famous astronomer king, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur is a blend of princely heritage, feudal traditions and genuine Rajasthani hospitality. The city is surrounded by a crenellated wall with seven gates meant for protection against the invading enemies. At the beginning of the city stands the imposing Amer Fort, as if guarding the entrance. Around its bye-lanes is the fascinating old township of Amer, which is recently being restored by archaeologists and conservationists.
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Day 1 Arrive DELHI
Arrive in Delhi at any time. There are no planned activities, so check into to the hotel and enjoy the city. In the evening we will meet all fellow group members for the trip orientation meeting. Meals: Welcome Dinner.
Day 2 Sightseeing in DELHI
This morning we dive into the heart of India’s capital to explore Old and New Delhi. The stunning Jama Masjid mosque is the largest in India and the final architectural magnum opus of Shah Jahan. It has three gateways, four angle towers and two minarets standing 40m high, and is constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble. We climb to minarets for the bird’s eye view. We visit Delhi’s Humayun’s Tomb and walking through Chandni Chowk, one of India’s oldest and busiest markets, we visit Gurudwara to learn the history of the Sikh religion. We stop for photos at the colorful spice market before finishing at Connaught Place, one of the most prominent architectural remnants of British rule.
The afternoon is free to wander on your own, take a cycle rickshaw trip or visit the Gandhi museum or have a visit to the ruins of Qutub Minar and Purana Qila, a crafts Museum and Indira Gandhi Museum or Red Fort and India Gate.
In the late afternoon we drive to Agra, in anticipation of the Taj Mahal dawn sunrise. Meals: Breakfast
Day 3 AGRA
We see sunrise this morning in the Muslim city of Agra a city that is best known as the site of India’s most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal. We visit the great icon of Moghul architecture the Taj Mahal in the early morning for the best light. In the afternoon we visit I’timad-ud-Daulah, also known as the ‘Baby Taj’. It was built before the Taj Mahal by Nur Jahan, Queen of Jehangir, for her parents. We also ride one of the cycle-rickshaws to visit the Agra Fort. The walled city of the Agra Fort was first taken over by the Moghuls, at that time led by Akbar the Great, in the late 16th century. Akbar liked to build from red sandstone, often inlaid with white marble and intricate decorations, and it was during his reign that the fort began changing into more of a royal estate. We also visit Mausoleum of Akbar the Great, which is not in Agra itself, but some ten kilometres away, this mausoleum offers a good example of the transitional phase in architectural styles. The mausoleum is constructed of both sandstone and marble. Meals: Breakfast
Day 4 Drive ABHANERI & onwards to BHARATPUR
This morning we travel to the rural village of Abhaneri, which is known for its beautiful baoris (step wells) and the famous Harshat Mata temple. En route we will stop at Fatehpur Sikri, the now deserted former capital of the Mughals.
Abhaneri is supposed to have been established by Raja Chand. Many believe that Raja Chand was in fact Raja Bhoja, a celebrated king who ruled over the Gurjar kingdom in the 9th century. Abhaneri was earlier known as Abha Nagri or the city of brightness. Today, this ancient village is in ruins but yet attracts many tourists from all across the world.
The Harshat Mata Temple dates to the 9th century and today only portions of this ancient shrine remain, like the sanctuary walls, terrace and sections of the columned fore chamber. The images indicate that the temple was originally dedicated to Vishnu, the Creator of the Hindu trinity of Creator-Preserver-Destroyer.
Close by the Harshat Mata Temple is the step well Chand Baoli, belonging to the 11th century AD. The desert kingdom of Rajasthan has many such tanks which served as community centres, and constructing them was considered an act of great generosity and benevolence. These baolis or step wells were no ordinary structures; they were marvels of architecture. The Chand Baoli has beautifully carved panels inserted into the sides. The steps, in sets of 4 or 5, are in the shape of an inverted ‘V’. The carved stone pillars, which are somewhat damaged now, were once strong enough for supporting pulleys to draw water. Several storied verandas surround this beautiful step well.
On the way we visit Fatehpur Sikri, built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. The complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid.
We overnight in Bharatpur and in the early morning we have the option of visiting Keoladeo National Park. Now declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, duck-hunting reserve of the Maharajas is one of the major wintering areas for large numbers of aquatic birds from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia. Some 364 species of birds, including the rare Siberian Crane, have been recorded in the park. Meals: Breakfast
Day 5 Drive to JAIPUR
We depart early morning to Jaipur and visit Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace) complex built in 1799, formal gardens and a small lake. We also visit the ruined city of Amber, former capital of Jaipur state. Overlooking the artificial lake south of Amber town stands the Amber Fort Palace complex, famous for its mixture of Hindu and Muslim architecture. At the bottom of a hill sits Amber Fort, initially a Palace Complex within the Fort of Amber on top of the hill (today known as Jaigarh fort). The two forts are connected through well-guarded passages, and there is even the option of an elephant ride from the town up to the palace courtyard.
We can make a visit to the Jantar Mantar or Royal Observatory. The term Jantar Mantar actually refers to a collection of architectural astronomical instruments built between 1727 and 1733 by Maharaja Jai Singh II at his then-new capital of Jaipur. He had constructed a total of five such observatories at different locations, including the ones at Delhi and Jaipur; the Jaipur observatory is the largest of these. Meals: Breakfast
Day 6 JAIPUR
Today in Jaipur we visit Nahargarh Fort which is one of the favorite hangout spots of Jaipur’s youth as we get lost in the grandeur of the old building and feel as if we have time traveled into the past. Next is the Birla Mandir, a temple, huge white marble structure in the heart of the city. And while in Jaipur we cannot miss Johri Bazaar, located in the old city which is a marketplace for anybody looking to buy traditional Indian jewelry. Meals: Breakfast
Day 7 Drive back DELHI
We drive back to Delhi today for final opportunities to take photographs, re-visit any sites that we liked or buy gifts and souvenirs for friends and family. Meals: Breakfast, farewell dinner.
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