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Golden Triangle India Tour

  • 6 Nights / 7 Days
  • Delhi - Agra - (Fatehpur Sikri) - (Abhaneri) - Jaipur - Delhi
Forts & palaces
Heritage & legacy
Temples & traditions
Mosques & tombs
Culture & bazaar
Cuisines & handicrafts

07 days Golden Triangle India Tour is one of the special Golden Triangle Tours of India. Golden Triangle India Tour is meant for those elite tourists who leisurely but well-nigh exhaustively wish to explore the best monuments of three northern Indian cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Delhi & Agra are more associated with grandiose Mughal era monuments, including Taj Mahal. Delhi showcases more of the aspects of a cosmopolitan city whereas Agra representative of best monuments, including Fatehpur Sikri, of Mughal era. But, real aspects of cultural vividness is palpably felt in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Speciality of Golden Triangle India Tour is a longer stay in Jaipur, a short detour to a historical village of Abhaneri in Rajasthan, an indulging sightseeing tour of all major forts and palaces of Jaipur to see marvellous gems of art and architecture, enthralling visit to two iconic temples to be witness to two different forms of ‘aarti’, and without missing museum, solar observatory and never-to-be-missed colourful market. Hence, a relaxed and thourough exploration of Jaipur makes Golden Triangle India Tour one of the shortest but truly culture and heritage tour of north India.

Day 1 Delhi arrival & transfer to Delhi hotel for overnight stay.

Get welcomed on arrival at New Delhi airport in warm and traditional Indian way- garlanding with ‘tika’. Our representative will cordially receive and transfer you to pre-booked New Delhi hotel. We do understand that after a long journey and obvious jet-lag, you need quick & easy check in at the hotel to relax properly. Our representative will ensure smooth check in at the hotel. As most of the international flights land in India at late night, so have sound sleep in Delhi hotel to get relaxed for the sightseeing tour of Delhi next day.

Day 2 Old & New Delhi sightseeing tour.

Having rejoiced scrumptious breakfast in New Delhi hotel, proceed on for Old & New Delhi sightseeing tour along with Delhi tour guide. Delhi, presently capital of India and one of the fastest growing and developing metropolitan cities of modern era, is probably the richest capital in terms of historical and centuries old monuments and heritage. The Old Delhi tour encompasses visit of Red Fort (remains closed on Monday), Jama Masjid (distinctly visible with its huge patio and marble domes), Chandni Chowk (consists of a maze of narrow alleys) and Akshardham Temple (remains closed on Monday). Post lunch session of sightseeing is scheduled for famous monuments of New Delhi. New Delhi is the modern part of the city built by the British in 1911 as an administrative headquarters of the British Raj. The tour includes India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan (President House), Qutub Minar and Sansad Bhavan (Parliament House). President House and Parliament House are the monuments built by the British during colonial era. Later on, in the last leg of Delhi tour, you will be taken to Bangla Sahib Gurudwara to see and understand the niceties and practices of Sikhism. It will be relaxed and leisurely tour and help you understand ‘exoticism’ of India. After visiting famous monuments of Delhi, later in the evening, return to hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 3 Delhi- Agra (200 kms/ 04 hrs) - Agra sightseeing tour

You reach Agra in about four hours after departing from Delhi hotel, post breakfast. On arrival at Agra, you will directly be taken to Agra hotel. Optima representative will assist in your smooth check in. There itself, he will introduce you with your Agra tour guide. Agra, a tourist treasure, is a city of over a million inhabitants and lies on the banks of river Yamuna. As Delhi, Agra is an ancient city and was the capital of India for a century and a half during the Mughal rule, until 1650. Agra was attacked, sacked and ruined by successive wars. What now remains of Agra is a neglected but with spectacular monuments, heritage of an imperial past city. Having relaxed for a while, move along with Agra tour guide to visit famous monuments and market of Agra. Agra, the seat of best monuments of Mughal era, has shot to fame for housing Taj Mahal, a specimen of unsurpassed architectural perfection. Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and is the summit of Mongolian architecture. The best view of Taj Mahal is grabbed at dawn. With the change of position of the sun, Taj Mahal reflects different tones of colour. Taj Mahal represents paradise and was built to house the lifeless body of the favorite wife of Shah Jahan. Her name was Begum Arjumand Bano a.k.a. Mumtaj Mahal. The construction of the monumental building in which over 20,000 people participated began in 1632 and continued for twenty years. It has a cast of precious stones brought from China, Tibet, Afghanistan and many corners of the world. The Taj Mahal is always associated with the love story of Mughal emperor with his wife but more recent studies have revealed that the building configuration corresponds to Islamic ideas of the city of God. The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays. Two kilometers from the Taj Mahal is Agra Fort, a military fortress erected in 1573 in the form of a crescent. Part of its attractions is not open to visitors, such as Pearl Mosque (Moti Masjid). Itimad-ud-Daulah, known as Baby Taj, is a beautiful tomb, surrounded by gardens and built for Mirza Ghias Beg, father of Jahangir’s favourite queen Noor Jahan. Later in the evening, after visiting monuments and exploring colourful market of Agra, return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4 Agra- Fatehpur Sikri- Abhaneri village-Jaipur (235 kms/05 hrs)

Have early morning delicious breakfast in Delhi hotel, move for Jaipur- the Pink City – the capital of Rajasthan. On the way to Jaipur, 35 kms from Agra is located deserted medieval town of Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri was built by Akbar on a grandiose scale to make it capital his kingdom but due to paucity of potable water made him to re-look his plans. But the gargantuan and fine monuments are still well-preserved. Have a stop-over there and visit monuments-rich Fatehpur Sikri. The famous monuments of Fatehpur Sikri include Buland Darwaja, Jodhabai Palace, Salim Chishti Shrine and Jama Masjid. After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, continue your drive to Jaipur. About 95 kms before Jaipur, is located a historical village of Abhaneri. This village tour will present before you ancient lineage of India in terms of cultural values, architectural gems and traditional rural lifestyle in villages of India. niscence about itself. After visiting Abhaneri village, move for Jaipur. On arrival at Jaipur, Optima representative will receive you and transfer you to Jaipur hotel. Our representative will ensure smooth check in at the pre-booked Jaipur hotel. Have relaxed overnight stay in Jaipur hotel.

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Day 5 Jaipur city sightseeing tour

Have delicious and fresh breakfast in relaxed manner in Jaipur hotel. Jaipur tour guide will meet you in hotel lobby. Along with guide, move for Jaipur city sightseeing. 1st day Jaipur tour includes visit to City Palace, Jantar Mantar (stone built ancient solar observatory), Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Albert Hall Museum and Birla Temple. First you will be visiting cluster of three monuments City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal. The City Palace, erstwhile a royal palace, has now been converted into a museum (called Sawai Man Singh). A sort of fortress, a part of City Palace is still home to royalty. The Hawa Mahal is called the Palace of Winds and offers the best views at dawn. Historians say that many windows of Hawa Mahal were intended to allow women courtesans observe public processions without leaving the Palace. The Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory. The Maharaja, in his fascination with the heavens, invented several devices for observing the sky and planets. Samrat Yantra is a remarkable device to behold. After visiting these monuments, explore local market of Jaipur. Have lunch in nice restaurant of Jaipur. Again, along with tour guide, proceed to visit Albert Hall Museum. Thereafter, you will be taken to Birla Temple to attend evening ‘aarti’. After watching royal monuments, bustling market and auspicious ‘aarti’, return to Jaipur hotel for overnight stay.

Day 6 Jaipur forts & palaces tour

The excursion to three prominent forts of Jaipur will begin after early morning breakfast. Have breakfast in Jaipur hotel and proceed for exploring rich heritage, royal past, glorious history and refined craftsmanship of Jaipur while making a tour of Jaipur forts. First and foremost, proceed on for Amber Fort excursion. Take an excursion to Amber Fort. Enjoy elephant ride ascent to the Amber Fort. After visiting Amber Fort along with Jaipur tour guide, move for visiting Jaigarh Fort which is still in possession of the Jaipur royal family. Here in after, drive for Nahargarh Fort. After forts visit, have lunch in any city restaurant and thereafter proceed to explore the market. Thereafter, you will be taken to late evening to attend the evening worship ceremony of Govind Dev Ji Temple. It will be a mesmerizing experience. After visiting famous monuments of Jaipur, return to Jaipur hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 7 Jaipur- Samode-New Delhi- Departure

After rejoicing delicious breakfast in Jaipur hotel, depart for New Delhi. On the way to Delhi, about 40 kms from Jaipur is situated a rustic town of Samode, an erstwhile principality within Jaipur kingdom. Samode is famous for its sturdy and beautiful fort palace. Visit Samode Palace and Samode Bag. Have lunch in Samode Palace and move for Delhi. On arrival at New Delhi, you will be transferred to Indira Gandhi International airport to board flight for your onward destination.

Delhi

Delhi is enriched with long historical past, glorious culture, an enviable treasure of monuments and modern infrastructure. Delhi, currently the capital of Indian Republic, has passed through several upheavals during its thousands of years of existence and has witnessed many ups and downs of history with many dynasties flourishing and diminishing with the passage of time.

Delhi has been built nine times over the years and accordingly named in the scriptures. Indraprastha, known as first Delhi, was founded by Pandavas of Mahabharata in around 1500 BC. Qila Rai Pithora, termed as second Delhi, was built by Raja Anang Pal and later re-christened by Prithviraj Chauhan as Lal Kot. Siri, the third Delhi, was founded by Ala-ud-din Khilji. Siri Fort, a major tourist attraction, is a famous monument of that time. Tughlaqabad, called as fourth Delhi, had been founded by Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq. Tughlaqabad Fort is a testimony to that. Jahan Panah, the fifth Delhi and a walled city, was constructed by Muhammad bin Tughlaq to address the constant threat of Mongols. The sixth Delhi, Ferozabad, was founded by Feroz Shah Tughlaq and its testimonial evidence can be seen in the form of 13-metre high tapering quadrangular pillar adjacent to Ashokan pillar. Din Panah, the seventh Delhi, was rebuilt afresh by Humayun and later razed and constructed by Sher Shah Suri. Earlier this Old Fort or Purana Qila was seat of legendary ruler Prithviraj Chauhan. The walled city of Shahjahanabad, known as eighth Delhi, had been founded by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan who built Taj Mahal as well in Agra. Modern and present day Delhi, the ninth Delhi and known as Lutyens' Delhi or New Delhi has been laid down by the British.

Agra

Agra finds its mention in epic of Mahabharata as ‘Agravana’. Agra is traditionally and culturally part of Brijbhumi, associated with legendary Lord Krishna. Strategically located on the banks of river Yamuna, the city of Agra has seen many upheavals due to intermittent attacks of the invaders to take control of it. Agra remained under control of the Rajputs, the Muslims, the Marathas and the British. Though the influences of these regimes are quite visible in art, architecture and culture of the city but the Mughal impact is more pronounced, especially in old Agra. Now-a-days, Agra has been synonymous with Taj Mahal from tourism perspective. Taj Mahal can easily be termed as a feather in the cap of India, particularly Agra, which also possesses the most precious jewel in the country’s crown the “Taj Mahal”. Sikander Lodhi, Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jahangir and Shahjahan ruled with Agra as capital of their kingdoms. Babur was the first Mughal king who built first Islamic monument in Agra i.e. Gul-e-Afgaan or the Aram Bag -a planned garden. During the rule of Akbar, famous monuments of Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort, were constructed. Sikandara and It-mad-ud-Daula are the famous buildings of Jahangiri period. World renowned Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jahan in fond memory of Mumtaj Mahal, is now one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’. Agra is also known for its fabulous handicrafts, made of marble and soft-stone inlay work. Agra's major handicraft products besides inlay work are: leather-ware, brassware, carpets, jewellery and embroidery work.

Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri, a historical place with nicely preserved monuments of Mughal era, is a must see place while visiting Agra. Located some 37 kms from Agra, Fatehpur Sikri of Buland Darwaja fame was founded by Akbar in 1569 to express his gratitude for Sufi mystic Salim Chishti, who was born in Sikri village. Many historians believe that Fatehpur Sikri was established as a joint capital with Agra but due to paucity of potable and drinking water, the plan to shift a section of imperial officials there had been reversed. Even today, its red stone architecture, richly ornamented with carvings & firework, is in a perfect state of preservation. Buland Darwaja is 15-storied, stands 140 feet on the pedestal and is 54 feet above the ground. A steep flight of 42 steps leads one to the massive gateway and makes it as one of the tallest gateways in the world is made of red-sandstone with marble decoration on it. With Quranic inscription on the front and cenotaph on the heights of the gateway, Buland Darwaja is a splendid blend of Hindu and Persian architecture. The calligraphy work done on the inner façade of Buland Darwaja has very less parallels in India.

Jaipur

Jaipur, present day capital city of India’s largest state Rajasthan, is representative of typical Rajasthani culture, art, architecture and lifestyles. Known as ‘Pink City’ or ‘Gulabi Nagar’ of Rajasthan, Jaipur attracts tourists towards its gargantuan forts, marvelously built palaces, lively market of handicraft products and intricately carved out temples. The sprinkling beauty, the edifices, big havelis and stupendous sky-touching forts of Jaipur attract the tourists immensely. Jaipur is the only city in the world which has been built as per India’s Vaastu Shastra and segmented as per astrology. Jaipur has been laid according to the conventional nine-grid pattern that astrologers believe to be lucky and which has been recommended in the ancient Indian treatise on architecture. Its nine rectangular sectors represent nine levels of universe. A boundary wall with eight gates surrounds the city.

  • Accommodation in the mentioned hotels on double sharing.

  • Daily breakfast basis on all places.

  • Total Meals: 05 (Breakfast-05).

  • Total night stays: 05 (Delhi-02; Jaipur-02, Agra-01).

  • Well-appointed upgraded air-conditioned rooms at all places.

  • Monument entrance charges.

  • Rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, Delhi.

  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur.

  • English speaking & destination-specific guides at all destinations for mentioned sightseeing tour.

  • Meet & assist at the airport on arrival & departure.

  • Sightseeing tours as mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Air-conditioned private car for the whole sightseeing tour.

  • Driver for the whole tour.

  • All prevailing taxes like luxury tax, service tax etc.

  • All transfers, city tours, excursions & drives by air-conditioned transport.

  • Interstate road tax, toll tax, parking charges, driver’s wages, fuel charges etc.

Optima Special:
  • Manual rickshaw ride in historical marketplace of Chandni Chowk to have a peep into vestiges of medieval era of India. Visit and exploration of narrow alleys, humming with social activities, while riding on man-pulled tri-cycle rickshaw.
  • Ride a caparisoned elephant like a king at Amber Fort in Jaipur.
  • Tonga (horse carriage) ride in Agra- from hotel to Taj Mahal gate.
  • Attend and relish two different kinds of ‘aartis’ in two iconic and most visited temples of Jaipur- Birla Temple & Govind Dev Ji Temple.
Don’t miss on Golden Triangle India Tour:
  • Buy clothes: if you are a hippy-ish, in India, you will find all kinds of clothes and decorations at very economical prices.
  • Experience Indian hospitality in a comforting cocoon of a heritage hotel in Jaipur.
  • Go to the cinema to see a movie of Bollywood. Cinema for the Indians is another concept, contrary to Europeans and Americans. We, Indians, are not quiet as the westerners. Rather, we participate in movie cheering, clapping, cheering ... an authentic experience.
  • Cultural events, puppet shows and traditional dances at Ravindra Manch.
  • Evening Aarti at Govind Dev Ji temple in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
  • A picnic in evening in Chokhi Dhani to have a larger and cursory look of culture, traditions and colours of Rajasthan.
Shopping:

Delhi: Handlooms, handicrafts, stalls that sell products from all over India (Dilli Haat).
Agra: Marble souvenirs.
Jaipur: Environment-friendly printed clothes, jewellery and ethnic goods.

Cuisines:

Delhi:Street foods/snacks like ‘tikki’, ‘chaat’, ‘Dahi Bhalla’, ‘pao bhaji’, ‘fruit chaat’, ‘rabdi faluda’.
Agra:Biryani at Heeng ki Mandi.
Goa:Eating out in restaurants having themes of Rajasathani village life- Apna Gaon & Chokhi Dhani.

Is This Trip For Me:
Travel Style Service Level TPhysical Demands Trip Type Trip Rating
Classic Standard FIT/Small Group 4.9/5
DestinationsStandardSuperiorDeluxeLuxury
DelhiJiviteshHilton Shangri La Hotel Imperial
Jaipur ParadiseShahpura HouseITC Rajputana Oberoi Raj Vilas
AgraSiris 18Mansingh PalaceITC MughalOberoi Amar Vilas
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  • Please provide your passport details to Intrepid at least one month before travelling. Please note that if you do not provide your passport details you may be denied entry to any National Parks that are visited along this itinerary, or you may be charged a fee by the local government as passport details are now a requirement for entry into all national parks in India.

  • Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

  • In India normally the check in time is 02:00 PM and check out time is 10:00 AM.

  • Meals other than breakfast and as specified above.

  • Video camera/ still camera fee applicable at various monuments. The same will be paid by you direct on spot on actual basis.

  • Items of personal nature like telephone calls, laundry, tips, hard/soft drink etc.

  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation/hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities.

  • Indian visa fees.

  • Any compulsory meal supplements during festive season is not included.

  • Early check in & late check out at the hotels.

  • Any other Items is not included in " Inclusions" heading.

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