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Golden Triangle of India (Delhi, Jaipur and Agra) NEW

Trip overview

Travel back in time to the glory days of India’s Mughal Empire. Begin your historical discovery in the magic and mayhem of New Delhi. Continue on to Jaipur, for the Amber Fort, City Palace and Hawa Mahal. And end in Agra, for the one and only Taj Mahal. On top of the historical sites, you will get to enjoy rickshaw rides, cooking lessons and even a tonga ride!

Highlights

    • Make friends while travelling in a small group with an average of 8 people
    • Witness one of the seven wonders of the world; Taj Mahal
    • Explore lanes of Jaipur for its artisanal shops and temples
    • Be amazed by the impressive architect of Red Fort
    • Experience the famous rickshaw ride around Chadni Chowk

What’s included

      • 5 nights accommodation in a 3 stars hotel
      • Daily breakfast at the hotels
      • Local English speaking guides
      • All transfer and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicle
      • Return airport transfer
      • Private cooking class by the local with dinner
      • Tonga ride, a traditional horse drawn carriage in Agra
      • Head of Trip throughout

Itinerary

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Day 01 -Arrive New Delhi (Indera Gandhi International Airport)

Arrive New Delhi International Airport (Indira Gandhi International Airport) and meet up with local guide. After check-in, head out and experience New Delhi. Walk the streets at your own pace and lose yourself amidst the 25 million people.

Start day 2 with a guided tour of the historical city. We will check all the “must-see” sites. One of the most captivating mausoleums in Delhi, is the Persian and Mughal influenced Humayun’s Tomb. Delhi’s Red Fort gives you a glimpse into the peak of the Mughal dynasty’s power. Also see Qutub Minar complex for ancient ruins. Chandni Chowk or “moonlight place” for narrow lanes and the chaotic bazaar experience. Jama Masjid to escape the mad dash of the city, New Delhi’s largest mosque.

After lunch, we take a look at impressive boulevards and buildings around Lutyen’s Delhi such as the President’s Residence. Then, we get around like a local on a rickshaw around busy Chandni Chowk and stopping at Khari Baoli. This spice market has been around since the 17th century and is Asia’s largest. Be prepared for sensory overload, as the vendors go about their business selling and buying big sacks of spices, nuts, rice and tea.

Arrive Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital. It is a historical city and a colourful one. Rest well in your hotel room after the 5 hour drive and we meet up once night falls.

This evening, our local guide brings us around the lanes of Jaipur. Dotted with artisanal shops, temples and traditional houses, we’re in for an interesting stroll.

There’s a full day of exploring ahead of you. Kicking it off with Amber Fort, a royal palace made of yellow and pink standstone sitting atop a hill. A 10-minute walk uphill will get you to the fort. You can also ride on an elephant, but it’s optional.

Then visit the City Palace, a complex of courtyards and buildings reflecting different eras. Besides its impressive architecture, it also houses a vast treasure of rare manuscripts, paintings and other valuable collections.

Round up the Jaipur historical route with Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in 1728 for measuring the heavens and was recently added to India’s list of Unesco World Heritage Sites. Hawa Mahal, the city’s most distinctive landmark with its unique honey comb design making up the impressive royal residence. Then, visit Jaipur’s oldest museum, the Albert Hall Museum and lastly the Birla Temple.

In the evening, put your chef hat on as we learn to cook Rajasthani cuisine with the locals. You’ll feast on all these traditional dishes for dinner at the end of your culinary experience.

Rise and shine for a trip to the City of Mughal Empire and home to the Taj Mahal, Agra. On the way, we make a mandatory stop at Fatehpur Sikri. It was intended to be the capital of Mughal Empire, but after discovering that water was scarce, the city was abandoned.

In Agra, we ride the Tonga, a traditional horse drawn carriage. Talk about a royal welcome, the tonga ride is fun and a great way to see the sights.

Disregard all the opinions about the Taj Mahal being overrated; it is as amazing as the stories you’ve heard. Be enchanted by the building and also by the moving love story behind it. The Taj was built by Shah Jahan as a memorial for his third wife who died giving birth to their child. Following that, Shah Jahan was imprisoned in Agra Fort by his son. To truly understand Shah Jahan’s tale, we visit the fort located not far away. The Red Fort of Agra was built from red sandstone on the bank of Yamuna River overlooking the Taj Mahal.

After the experience at two of India’s Unesco World Heritage Sites, we visit a nearby suburb Sikandara. This is where you will find the Tomb of Akbar the Great, the third Mughal Emperor.

Your historic Indian discovery ends today. Time to say farewell to your new friends and head home.

 

 

Travel Tips

      • Visa requirement varies from each country you are from. Contact us at [email protected] and we are happy to assist you in visa application for India.

      • Cash for the monument fees in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur (approximately INR 4,500)
      • Optional elephant ride at INR 1,100 per elephant (max 2 pax per elephant)
      • Comfortable shoes

      • The currency of India is called the Indian Rupee.
      • There are plenty of banks/ local ATM machines that you can find around the city.
      • Most shops accept credit card; Mastercard and Visa.

The majority of India is tropical and is affected by three main seasons; summer, winter and monsoon.

The best time to visit Delhi, Agra and Jaipur will be in the month of October to March (winter season) as it is mostly dry and temperatures are more moderate.

Nights can be chilly from November to February with temperatures dropping to around 8°C (46°F), and highs in the low 20s (70s), while October and March are warmer with peaks around 30°C (86°F).

May and June are very hot with lows around 26°C (79°F) and highs reaching an average of 40°C (104°F). Hot, dry winds are common and occasionally dust storms occur.

July through September is the monsoon season, with rising humidity and heavy rains in July and August.

 

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