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India Golden Triangle Tour
19 Oct 2018

If you are travelling for the first time to India, the best way to discover the country is gradually exploring the famous Golden triangle tour. The golden triangle tour consist of three cities Delhi Agra and jaipur.

1) Sightseeing places in Delhi

This fascinating city has been in existence since the 6th century BC and has seen ups and downs from the rule of the Pandavas right up to the British Raj. Visit Jama Masjid, which is the largest mosque in India, commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan. The courtyard of the mosque can hold about 25,000 worshippers. Enjoy a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, the busiest market in Old Delhi…noisy, chaotic and uniquely Indian. Then visit drive past to the Red Fort, which was constructed during the rule of Emperor Shah Jahan and served as the residence for the Mughal royal family. It continues to be significant till date, as every Independence Day, the Prime Minister makes a speech from its ramparts as the Indian flag is hoisted. Later, drive past to India Gate, President House and several other government buildings in Edwin Lutyen’s Delhi before you head toward Rajghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. This simple memorial marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Thereafter, visit Humayun’s Tomb, commissioned by Humayun’s wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562. It was the first garden tomb built in the Indian sub-continent where the Persian architect used red sandstone on a large scale. Overnight in Delhi.

 

Delhi Sightseeing

2) Delhi - Agra (210 kms | approx 4 hours)

Drive to Agra and Proceed for Half Day City Tour of Agra. Visit the Red Fort, which was commissioned in 1565 by The Mughal Emperor, Akbar. The beautiful yet forbidding structure is a handsome example of Mughal architecture. Later, visit the Taj Mahal … a mausoleum built as a symbol of Emperor Shah Jehan’s devotion to his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Considered an architectural marvel, its construction took thousands of workers over 21 years to complete. Overnight in Agra.

 

Red Fort
Taj Mahal

3) Drive Agra - Jaipur (230 kms | approx. 5 hours)

Drive to Jaipur and enroute Visit Fatehpur Sikri, which was built by Emperor Akbar and is home to many historical buildings. Akbar wanted to make Fatehpur Sikri his headquarters; however, he had to abandon it due to shortage of water. The Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti enshrines the burial place of the Sufi saint who lived a religious life here. Today, Fatehpur Sikri is a UNESCO World heritage site. Further drive to Jaipur and check into your Hotel. Jaipur is the gateway to the magnificent and vibrant state of Rajasthan. Evening take a stroll in the markets of Jaipur for the traditional dresses and shoes, curio shops, blue pottery etc. Overnight in Jaipur.

Jaipur

Jaipur Sightseeing

Proceed for full-day sightseeing trip of Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City’. The city of Jaipur is capital to the state of Rajasthan, famous for its colorful culture, forts, palaces, and lakes. Jaipur owes its name to the founder of the city, warrior king Sawai Jai Singh II. Visit the Amber Fort. The best way to explore the fort is to ride up to it on Elephant back. Prominent structures inside the fort are the Diwan-i-Aam, adorned with latticed galleries, the Ganesh Pol, with a beautiful painted image of Lord Ganesh, and the stunning Sheesh Mahal, a hall decorated with thousands of tiny mirrors. Later, stop to photograph the beautiful Hawa Mahal, also known as the “Palace of the Winds.” This beautiful façade with its ornately carved latticework windows was designed so the ladies of the palace could look out onto the streets unobserved. Later you will visit the City Palace… again, a synthesis of Rajasthani and Mughal styles. The museums here showcase rare and ancient manuscripts, arms dating back to the 15th century, and costumes of erstwhile royalty. Later, visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory, comprising geometric devices for measuring time, and tracking stars in their orbits. Overnight in Jaipur.

Golden Triangle and Kerala (12 Nights / 13 Days)

Routing: Delhi | Agra | Jaipur | Cochin | Thekkady | Houseboat | Kovalam

HOW TO SEE INDIA IN TWO WEEKS?


Travel guide on how to plan our trip to India for 2 weeks

It is difficult to see cover whole of India with in two weeks. North India is well known for the heritage monuments like Taj Mahal in Agra, Qutab Minar in New Delhi and the Palaces of Rajasthan showcasing the greatest Mughal architecture. It is recommended to Arrive New Delhi and visit Taj Mahal, jaipur popularly called Golden Triangle tour. The Taj Mahal is the best-known building in the world and arguably the most beautiful. The architecture is sublime but it is the story that the stones embody that draws seven million visitors each year.

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It is a monument to the great love between the Mughal emperor ShahJehan and his queen, Mumtaz Mahal. They could not bear to be parted and Mumtaz would often travel with her husband even into war. It was on one such campaign in 1631 that she died after giving birth to their 14th child.

Over the next 14 years Shah Jehan employed the empire’s best architects, builders and craftsmen to design this vision in white marble, decorated with precious and semi-precious stones sourced from all over Asia.

Jantar Mantar will show how wisely the old kings use astronomical calculations, the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is one of five such buildings built by Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur. The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is the largest stone observatory in the world and attracts large crowds. The city Palace in Jaipur and the light and sound show at Amber fort are worth seeing.

The Southern part of India is not to be missed for the sensational scenaries of nature. A stop over at Mumbai, the largest Indian city which is centre of Indian Financial institutions and Indian film industry (Bollywood)

Kerala is blessed by nature a great place to relax and explore. The history of Fort Cochin, the spices and wildlife of periyar, very unique houseboat stay with local cusines to explore and relaxing on the Kovalam beach makes an serene Indian experience.

 

INDIA GATE

Day 01 - Arrive at Delhi

Upon arrival in Delhi, meet our tour representative who’ll escort you to the hotel pre-decided for your stay. Stay overnight in the hotel.

QUTAB MINAR

Day 02 - Full Day Delhi Sightseeing

Today, enjoy a full day sightseeing tour covering Laxmi Narayan Temple, Parliament House, India Gate, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb, Gandhi Memorial and Qutub Minar Complex. In the evening, take delight in the ‘Dances of India Show’. Stay overnight in the hotel.

AGRA FORT

Day 03 - Delhi - Agra

Today, in the morning, leave by road for Agra. Upon arrival in Agra, check into the hotel. Thereafter, enjoy sightseeing tour of Agra covering Agra Fort, Itmad-Ud-Daulah and Taj Mahal. Stay overnight in the hotel.

TAJ MAHAL

Day 04 - Agra - Jaipur

In the morning, leave by road for Jaipur. On the way, halt at Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned Mughal town. The attractions you will cover include Jama Masjid, Jodha Bai Palace, Birbal Bhawan, Panch Mahal and the Buland Darwaza. On reaching Jaipur, check into the hotel for night stay.

JANTAR MANTAR

Day 05 - Jaipur

Today, in the morning, enjoy an elephant ride to Amber Fort. In the afternoon, take a road trip to the Jaipur city covering City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Nawab Sahab ki Haveli and the local bazaars etc. Post sightseeing, return to the hotel for night stay.

COCHIN CHINESE FISHING NETS

Day 06 - Transfer to Jaipur Airport for flight to Cochin

Take a morning flight to Cochin. Transferred to the Hotel for two nights. Later, visit the Dutch Palace, with its murals of the Ramayana. In the evening, enjoy a sunset cruise on the harbour, a signature Kerala experience, for views of the landmark Chinese fishing nets, which provide a spectacular photo opportunity at dusk.

KATHAKALI DANCE

Day 07 - Cochin

Morning visit Jewish synagogue and St Francis church. In the evening attend a Kathakali performance, a traditional dance drama in which the dancers wear elaborate costumes and make up.

TREKKING

Day 07 - Cochin - Periyar

Drive along meandering roads through lush, green countryside ascending into the ‘Western Ghats’ at Periyar (5 hours). Enjoy lunch at a Rubber plantation. Stay at the resort or similar for two nights. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

THEKKADY LAKE

Day 09 - Periyar

This morning take a walk in Periyar Nature Reserve with tribal trackers, in search of wildlife. Afternoon visit a spice plantation which offers an interesting insight into how various spices such as cardamom, cloves and cinnamon are grown, cultivated and processed.

HOUSEBOAT

Day 10 - Houseboat

Drive back down through the hills and plantations towards the backwaters to board a rice boat for an overnight cruise through Lake Vembanad and the backwaters.

KOVALAM BEACH

Day 11 - Houseboat - Kovalam

Transfer by car to Kovalam Beach. Afternoon at leisure on the beach.

KOVALAM BEACH

Day 12 - Kovalam

At Leisure on the Beach.

Day 13 - Departure

Morning after breakfast, transfer to Trivandrum International airport for your return flight.

* * Tour Ends * *

 

Tour Cost per person in INR (01 Jun 2019 - 31 Aug 2019)

NUMBER OF PERSONS Premium Luxury Transportation
If 02 persons travelling 86,300* 62,100* A/c Sedan
If 04 persons travelling 75,500* 50,500* A/c Innova
If 10 persons travelling 72,100* 47,600* A/c Tempo Traveller
* INR 800 will be applicable extra from 11 Aug - 15 Aug

 

Hotels Envisaged

DESTINATION PREMIUM LUXURY
Delhi The Lalit Royal Plaza
Agra Hilton Sarovar
Jaipur Radisson Ramada
Cochin Marriot Hotel Casino Hotel
Thekkady Spice Village Greenwoods Reosrt
Houseboat A/c Premium Houseboat A/c Premium Houseboat
Kovalam Taj Kovalam Travancore Heritage

 

Cost Includes & Excludes

COST INCLUDES COST EXCLUDES
  • Accommodation in Double / Twin Sharing basis in mentioned hotels
  • Daily breakfast at hotel.
  • All meals during the stay in A/C Houseboat
  • All transfers & sightseeing tour by A/C vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Elephant ride at amber fort
  • Rikshaw ride at Old Delhi
  • Kathakali show in Cochin
  • Spice Plantation visit in Thekkady
  • Road tax, State taxes, parking fees and driver’s overnight wages
  • Parking Charges, Driver Allowance etc.
  • All applicable hotel taxes and service charges
  • Flight / Train tickets
  • Services / facilities not mentioned in cost includes
  • Extra meals or Drinks
  • Tips
  • Telephone charges
  • Laundry & other expenses of personal nature
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