The Golden Triangle Tour of North India is a tour of the fascinating destinations of Delhi, Agra - home of the beautiful Taj Mahal, and the Pink City of Jaipur.
Day 01 : Arrival Delhi
Meet and greet the group with your company's display board on arrival at the airport. Embark into the air-conditioned deluxe coaches. Transfer to hotel. Traditional welcome "Aarti" and garlanding with "Tikka" at the lobby and welcome drink while room keys are allotted to the group members
Day 02 : Delhi
Breakfast at hotel. Morning full day guided sightseeing of Old Delhi by an English speaking professional guide - visit the historical landmarks & monuments. Afternoon: sightseeing of New Delhi city. Evening free for cultural activities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 : Delhi - Jaipur (260km/5hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur - 'The Pink city' by air-conditioned deluxe car. Passing through the countryside. On arrival: check-in hotel. Proceed for half day guided city tour including City Palace, Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace), Astronomical Observatory (Jantar Mantar) etc. Evening, enjoy a drive around the local streets of Jaipur in the car and see the local life of the common man. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 : Jaipur
After breakfast, guided excursion to Amer Fort - the ancient capital of the state until 1728. Ascend to the fort on a gaily-decorated elephant. Experience the Kingly palace buildings. Evening free for wandering around the bazaars where one can choose from precious gems to a variety of handicrafts. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 : Jaipur - Agra (240km/4hrs30min)
After breakfast, proceed to Agra, the city of the world famous 'Taj Mahal' - 7th Wonder of the world. Enroute visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, option to enjoy Boat ride here & later also visit Fatehpur Sikri, (25 kms/45 mins) the deserted capital built by Akbar, which was abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See Darbar-e-Aam, Palaces, Panch Mahal and Taansen Seat etc, guided by professional English speaking guide. Arrive in Agra & check-in at the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 : Agra - Delhi (220km/4hrs)
After breakfast, enjoy guided tour of the Taj Mahal built by Emperor Shah Jahan. Later visit the 16th century Agra Fort (Red Fort) containing the halls of private audience with fine marble work. In the morning see the Taj in a different light, enjoy breakfast at the hotel & leave for Delhi, enroute-visiting Sikandra - the Tomb of Akbar. On arrival, transfer to the international airport for flight to your onward destination.
EXTENSION TOUR TO KHAJURAHO:
Day 06 : Agra - Khajuraho (air)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Khajuraho. On arrival: transfer to the hotel. Afternoon, tour of Western & eastern groups of temples, including the Kandariya Mahadeo temple - the largest and the most typical example of Chandela architecture, the Chausath Yagini, Chitra Gupta temple etc. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07 : Khajuraho - Delhi (air)
After breakfast, visit the Southern group of temples. Evening: departure transfer to the airport to board the flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, transfer to the international airport to board the flight back home.
The Mughal Theme
Although it is difficult to organize anything to top the magnificence of the Taj Mahal, this evening the group will enjoy a Magical Mughal Night. This theme takes you back to the fabled world of the great Mughals. "Chobdars" (Gate keepers) usher guests to the "daawat-khanna" (venue of the function). Hostesses clad in silken, flowing "ghaghras" (skirts) and "chunnis" (veils) welcome the guests with flowers and "attar" (perfume) in the traditional style. The gardens will be beautifully decorated with flowers and lights. You are invited to recline on satin cushions, while you soak in the soft strains of live Indian classical music. Savour your favourite drink as the music changes to keep time with the Kathak dancers on the marble dance floor. Dinner is a mouth-watering simmering, sizzling assortment of barbecued meats, Mughlai style. An option can be provided for the guests to slip into Mughal costumes to get a real feel of this unforgettable evening.
Special Gala Evening at Samode Palace
In the evening enjoy a magical night with a special dinner at Samode Palace. Samode is one-hour drive from Jaipur, the old havelis and their paintings are full of character. At the head of the enclosed valley is the remarkable Samode Palace, now converted into a hotel. The Palace is fabulously decorated with 300-year-old fine Shekhawati style wall paintings (hunting scenes, floral motives etc.), which still look almost new. Around the first floor of the Durbar Hall are magnificent decorated kiosks like the Sheesh Mahal. From here you look down through screens into the grand Durbar Hall itself with its huge chandelier suspended from four large rings in the ceiling. From the village gate you will proceed to the palace on camels and camel carts accompanied by soldiers holding fire torches to greet the group in a royal procession. The sounds of drums and horns will fill the air as the buses arrive at the venue. As the guests enter the gates of the palace, flower petals are showered on them and girls in Rajasthani costumes garland everyone as they enter. A traditional turban will be tied to the head of the male guests. The entire area is illuminated in a magical way to make it look like a fairyland. Special entertainment of folk dancers is arranged and a lavish dinner is laid out. (Depending on the number of persons and availability, dinner can also be served on solid silver plates) The evening is brought to an end with a beautiful display of fire-works.