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Golden Triangle with Goa Tour

  • 8 Nights / 9 Days
  • Delhi - Agra - (Fatehpur Sikri)- Jaipur - Goa
Beaches
Beach parties
Forts & palaces
Temples & rituals
Mosques & tombs
Culture & traditions

Golden Triangle with Goa Tour is meant for the tourists interested in best of Indian destinations’ sightseeing and relaxing beach vacationing in a short span of 09 days. Optima India Tourism offers a splendid & optimum mix of incredible India experiences of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur with serene leisure at Goa beaches. Delhi unfolds amalgamated culture evolved over centuries and grandiose monuments. Delhi is the only one of India's great cities which seems to have always been at the centre of action. Seat of Taj Mahal, Agra does not need any introduction with three historical monuments listed on UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Millions of tourists visit Agra, charmed with Taj Mahal, one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’. Jaipur, divulging many spectacular facets of royal Rajasthan, is famous for being the only planned city of medieval India. to make it your dream holiday in India. Agra, being seat of Taj Mahal, attracts tourists from across the world.

Day 1 Arrival at New Delhi & sightseeing of Old Delhi

Traditional welcome will be proffered by Optima India Tourism representative at the time of arrival at IGI airport, Delhi. As normally happens, the international flights arrive Delhi either late in the night or very early in the morning, you will be well received and transferred to the pre-booked Delhi hotel. Have sound sleep, rest and come out of jet-lag. In the morning, after breakfast, you will be met by the Delhi tour guide and taken on Old Delhi sightseeing tour which comprises Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk. Later in the afternoon, have manual rickshaw ride in the bustling bazaar and narrow alleyways of Chandni Chowk. Return to Delhi hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2 New Delhi sightseeing

After delicious and sumptuous breakfast, move on a trip down the memory lane of Delhi with sprawling gardens and stately buildings. The New Delhi sightseeing tour takes you to visit 12th century monument, the Qutub Minar. In the Qutub Minar complex, find the ruins of Hindu temples and palaces which once remained here and later devastated by Muslim invaders. A prime attraction of the Qutub Minar complex is 4th century iron pillar which has not developed rust till date. Also visit India Gate (a war memorial), President House (formerly residence of British representative in India), Parliament House, Humayun’s Tomb (first matured Mughal architecture), Laxmi Narayan Temple and Lotus Temple. Return to Delhi hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 3 Delhi – Agra (220 kms/ 04 hrs)

Today on Golden Triangle with Goa Tour, you shall move for Agra after taking breakfast in Delhi hotel. Depart for Agra early in the morning, as you will require sufficient time to visit several world famous monuments, including Taj Mahal. On the way to Agra, have a brief stop-over to visit Tomb of Akbar at Sikandara, which is one of the finest examples of Hindu and Mughal fusion architecture. After visiting Tomb of Akbar at Sikandara en route, move for Agra. Arrive Agra and check in at the Agra hotel.

Relaxing for a while, move for visiting Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Tomb of It-Mad-ud-Daula. Taj Mahal, the epitome of love, is how it is defined. Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is rated as the most beautiful monument of love ever built. Taj Mahal was built during 1630 AD by Shah Jahan in fond memory of Mumtaj Mahal. Taj Mahal has been a flawless monument from its conception to execution. Visit the Taj Mahal in the soft light of the setting sun as well, depending upon time in hand.

Agra Fort, formerly a Rajput fort and built of bricks, was renovated, fortified and expanded by three Mughal emperors- Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan. Agra Fort is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and famous for its magnificent buildings like Jahangiri Mahal, Khass Mahal, Diwan-i-Khass, Diwan-i-Am, Machchhi Bhawan and Moti Masjid etc.

After Agra Fort visit, move for visiting Tomb of It-Mad-ud-Daula, better known as Baby Taj, though built earlier than Taj Mahal. Also explore ingenious handicraft products in Agra market place. Return to Agra hotel for overnight stay. (Taj Mahal remain closed to visitors on Friday).

Day 4 Agra- Fatehpur Sikri-Abhaneri- Jaipur (245 kms/ 05 hrs)

Having enjoyed enchanting beauty of Taj Mahal, depart from Agra towards Jaipur, after relishing sumptuous breakfast in Agra hotel. Before reaching Jaipur, there will be two stopovers en route- Fatehpur Sikri (38 kms from Agra) and Abhaneri (95 kms from Jaipur). Fatehpur Sikri briefly served as capital of Akbar and hence is home to grand palaces, meeting halls, courtyards, shrine of Salim Chishti and Buland Darwaja. For Abhaneri, you have to take a detour of 7 kms about 95 kms short of Jaipur. The sleepy village of Abhaneri is famous for ancient temple of a goddess. The temple of Abhaneri displays ruins and pieces of sculpture of a high degree of craftsmanship. But, now-a-days, the prime tourist attraction is 10th century Baoris (step-well) which is the most fascinating one in Rajasthan. The well is an innovative and indigenous invention of the local people to collect and harvest rainwater. Abhaneri step-well has 13 levels and is fortified with flights of steps on the three sides. It is an interesting piece of architecture.

Having seen marvelous piece of ancient craftsmanship, move for Jaipur. On arrival at Jaipur, check in at Jaipur hotel for overnight stay

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Day 5 Jaipur sightseeing

Have breakfast early in the morning to have ample time to enjoy an excursion to Amber Fort on caparisoned elephant to have a feel of the days of 'Maharajas'. And where you can enjoy it the most? Definitely only in Rajasthan. Amber Fort was immensely fortified citadel of Kachhawaha Rajput rulers of Jaipur. Wander inside Amber Fort to see magnificent palaces (summer palace, winter palace and mirror palace etc), courtyards, tunnels and water harvesting system. Witness the opulence of lifestyle of royal Rajput families.

After viewing Amber Fort, proceed for watching City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar. En route visit Jal Mahal as well. City Palace, a royal family palace, is a well constructed constellation of a series of courtyards, gardens and buildings. Within the palace, a large building has been converted into a museum housing armoury, textiles and artifacts.

Jantar Mantar is a scientifically built 17th century solar observatory to measure the position of stars, altitudes, azimuths and calculating eclipses. It is the best preserved observatory of medieval India. Hawa Mahal is another monument and has somehow gained prominence as being synonymous with Jaipur.

After full day Jaipur city tour, you have ample time to explore exceptionally vibrant and colourful market of Jaipur which is famous for its handicraft and jewellery. Later in the evening return to Jaipur hotel for overnight stay.

Day 6 Jaipur – Goa (by air)

Have delicious breakfast in Jaipur hotel and move for Jaipur airport to board flight for Goa. Goa, erstwhile Portuguese colony, is known for Indo-Portuguese cultural fusion, emerald green beaches, laidback lifestyle, bracing weather and carnival-like nightlife which collectively leads one into a psychedelic trance.

On arrival at Goa, you will be received by India Tour Packages representative and taken to the designated hotel. Overnight stay will be in Goa hotel.

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Day 7 Goa

After having delightful breakfast in Goa hotel, enjoy warm, inviting, near-tropical beaches of Goa. Spend the day at leisure. Explore various modes of relaxation like lazing on the beach or swimming or visiting shops for cashew nuts. Day has been kept free. Overnight stay will be in Goa hotel.

Day 8 Goa

After having delightful breakfast in Goa hotel, move for half day sightseeing of Goa. Early afternoon, return to Goa hotel. The rest of the day is free. Overnight stay will be in Goa hotel.

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Day 9 Goa-Delhi/ Mumbai (by air) - Departure

This is the last day of your Golden Triangle with Goa Tour. After breakfast, move for Goa airport to board flight for either for New Delhi or Mumbai to get connected with flight for your onward destination.

Delhi

Presently the national capital of Republic of India, Delhi, since the ages, has been a theatre of tumultuous political upheavals. From the times of legendary Pandavas of Mahabharata fame to Rajput rule to Sultanate rule to Mughal rule to British regime and, presently, to Indian democratic rule, Delhi has been centre of political and cultural activities. Now-a-days, Delhi is the largest commercial centre in northern India. Due to glorious past and modern infrastructure, Delhi is an incredible mélange of ancient and modern & alleys and broadways. It is a hotpot of cultural amalgamation. Delhi is a great place to taste spicy and non-vegetarian Mughlai dishes along with vegetarian Hindu cuisines. Probably Delhi is one of the richest capitals in the world in terms of monuments of historical importance.

few places which attract the masses are Qutub Minar (world's tallest free-standing brick minaret and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Red Fort of Delhi (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Humayun's Tomb (first mature Mughal Tomb built in 1560), Akshardham temple (the largest Hindu temple complex in the world), the Lotus Temple (a Bahai worship place & notable for its flowerlike shape), the India Gate (originally called the All India War Memorial, located astride the Rajpath), President House, Parliament Building etc.

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.

Goa

The brilliant green of the paddy field and the tiny hamlets with white painted churches stand out against a brilliant red soil-Goa startles, enchants and hypnotizes with its blends of East and West. This is after all an erstwhile Portuguese colony and the colonial masters have left behind a rich cultural legacy. India's finest beaches are in Goa. The Tomb of St Francis Xavier in Old Goa is a major Christian Pilgrimage. The elegant Portuguese mansions resting in sleepy villages are enchanting.

Goa is a new state of India and its capital Panjim though has modern buildings but still contains the charm of small town feel. The old buildings which impart it special pristine charm include the Idalcao Palace, Braganza Institute, Largo da Igreja (the Main Square, dominated by the Church of Immaculate Conception). The nearby Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a nice excursion.

Also called Valha Goa, Old Goa is the erstwhile capital of Albuquerque and the heart of Portuguese Goa. The Tomb of St Francis Xavier inside the Basilica of Bom Jesus attracts millions of devout here annually. Mapusa, the administrative headquarters of Bardesz talluka, boasts of St Jerome's Church, Our Lady of Miracles and the Maruti Temple. Coconut-fringed sandy beaches dot the coastline in Bardez and Pernem talukas, in north Goa.

Margao, the capital of Goa's most prosperous taluka- Salcete- is the second largest commercial centre in Goa. Margao exudes the pristine colonial charm in its subtlest form. Margao usually serves as an overnight stop for visitors who are about to hit the beaches of south Goa but the Baroque-style Church of the Holy Spirit, and the many fine 17th-century houses are worth checking out. The famous beaches of souther Goa are Benaulim, Varac and Colva with many luxurious beach resorts.

Goa is known for partying and festivals and fairs give opportunity to party with religious and cultural fervor. It can be observed in the celebration of several Christian festivals in Goa with much gusto. These include the Feast of Three Kings, Feast of our Lady of Miracles, Feast of St Anthony, and Feast of St Francis Xavier. The largest non-religious celebration is the Carnival, marked by colorful processions complete with floats.

Goan food is hot, making good use of the bird's -eyes chilling grown locally. The dishes show a strong Portuguese influence, although local flavors are also apparent. The signature dish is the spicy pork or beef Vingaloo. The Goan sausage-chorizo-is 'hot', literally. Other notable dishes include sorpotel (Pickeled pig liver and heart) and chicken xacuit. The juice of the cashew fruit is fermented to produce feni, the potent local brew. Goa is one place that knows how to party, where people come for their bit of fun and sun. The best time to be here is around New Year, when the wildest parties in the country are thrown all over Goa. It's an experience few can forget.

  • Stay in the mentioned hotels (modern & heritage) on double sharing.

  • Daily breakfast basis on all places.

  • Total meals: 14 (Breakfast-08; Lunch-03; Dinner 03).

  • Total night stays: 08 (Delhi-02; Agra-01, Jaipur-02, Goa-03).

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

  • Entrance fees for all the monuments mentioned in sightseeing.

  • Medieval era market’s (Chandni Chowk) visit on manually paddled rickshaw in Delhi.

  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur.

  • Destination-based English speaking guides at all places 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:
  • 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.
Don’t miss on Golden Triangle with Goa Tour :
  • Experience Indian hospitality in a comforting cocoon of a heritage hotel in Jaipur.
  • Cultural events, puppet shows and traditional dances at Ravindra Manch.
  • Evening Aarti at Govind Dev Ji temple in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
  • Do relish ‘feni’, a local Goan alcoholic beverage known for its exotic flavor.
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.
Goa: Handicrafts Emporium, MG Road, 18th June Road, Goa Handicraft (Panjim).

Cuisines:

Delhi: Street foods/snacks like ‘tikki’, ‘chaat’, ‘Dahi Bhalla’, ‘pao bhaji’, ‘fruit chaat’, ‘rabdi faluda’.
Agra:Meen Mollagitta curry (prepared of freshwater fish) & Kurukku Kalan ( a vegetarian specialty prepared of yoghurt, curry, toasted banana & rice).
Goa:Seafood such as prawns, lobsters, crabs, pomfrets, clams, ladyfish, mussels, and oysters are used to make a variety of curries, fries, soups and pickles.

Is This Trip For Me:
Travel Style Service Level TPhysical Demands Trip Type Trip Rating
Classic Standard FIT/Small Group 4.5/5
DestinationsStandardSuperiorDeluxeLuxury
DelhiJiviteshHilton Shangri La Hotel Imperial
AgraSiris 18Hotel Mansingh PalaceITC MughalOberoi Amar Vilas
Jaipur ParadiseShahpura HouseITC Rajputana Oberoi Raj Vilas
KumarakomAlore Holiday ResortTerra ParaisoCidade de GoaTaj Exotica
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  • Please provide your passport details to Optima Travels Private Limited at least one month before travelling. Please note that if you do not provide your passport details, you may be denied entry to any Indian 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 in hotels is 02:00 PM and check out time in hotels is 10:00 AM.

  • Normally the package cost includes breakfast at all locations but in case of the destinations where availability of restaurants outside hotel not possible, we provide meals there and mention that in inclusions. Meals other than breakfast are as specified above in inclusion.

  • 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. Arenot included in the package.

  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation/hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities are not part of package.

  • Indian visa fees are not included in the package cost.

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

  • Early check in & late check out at the hotels is chargeable in high season.

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

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