Golden Triangle Tour
Places covered: New Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Jaipur
Day 1 Delhi Arrival:
Upon arrival at Delhi airport, you will be welcomed by Concept Voyages' representative and transferred to hotel. Free day at leisure for adjusting yourself to the local time zone. Evening visit the Sound and Light Show at Red Fort, which tells the story of rise and fall of the Mughal Empire in India. Red Fort or Lal Quila is called so because the fort is built with red stone, and is one of the most magnificent palaces in the world. The highlight of this fort are the two halls Diwan-e-aam, Hall for Public Audience and Diwan-e-khaas - Hall for Private Audience. The Diwan-e-aam is a rectangular hall, three aisle deep, with a façade of nine arches. At the back of the hall is an alcove, where the royal throne stood under a marble canopy, with an inlaid marble dias below it for the prime minister. The wall behind the throne is ornamented with beautiful panels of pietra dura work, said to have been executed by Austin de Bordeaux, a Florentine artist. The Diwan-e-Khaas is a highly-ornamented pillared hall, with a flat ceiling supported on engrailed arches. The lower portion of its piers is ornamented with floral pietra dura panels, while the upper portion was originally gilded and painted. Its marble dais is said to have supported the famous Peacock Throne. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 2 Delhi sightseeing tour:
After breakfast proceed for a full day city tour of New Delhi, visiting Qutub Minar standing tall 72.5 metres high (237.8 ft) built by Qutb-ud-din Aybak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi , trying to outdo the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan. The mammoth work of architectural brilliance that kissed the sky was finished in 1193. It really transcends you into an alternate time zone. A time zone where everything was huge and it was all about thinking-big. Later visit Humayun's Tomb - built by the emperor's grieving widow, Haji Begum, in 1565 AD. Constructed with red sandstone and ornamented marks the beginning of a new tradition of ornate style, which culminated in the Taj Mahal of Agra. Visit Raj Ghat- the final resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, who was instrumental in freeing India from British rule by non-violent methods. Visit India Habitat Centre- is most noted for its ever-changing art exhibits, plays and films, as well as an international selection of food items in its food court. Visit International Doll's Museum-a museum of dolls from all over the country. You get to see the costumes and art from all over India, as well as some nice crafts. A quick trip to Purana Qila- Ruins of the 16th century fort city of Shergarh, this complex sits on top of what is believed to be the site of Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata epic. Evening visit Bahá'í Lotus Temple-Shaped like a lotus bud with 27 petals, this stunning temple suspended above milky-blue ponds is surely one of the most magnificent monuments ever made from concrete. a Late night trip to India Gate will complete your sightseeing. India Gate was built as a memorial to commemorate the 70,000 India soldiers killed in World War I, it is 160 feet high with an arch of 138 feet. Built in sandstone, the arch also houses the Eternal Flame, a gesture in memory of the Indian soldiers who laid their lives in the 1971 war. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 3 Delhi to Agra:
After breakfast, checkout from Delhi hotel and depart for Agra. Check in the designated hotel. Visit to the famous Taj Mahal which is said to be sheer poetry in marble, majesty and magnificence, unrivalled. The monumental labour of love of a great ruler Shah Jahan for his beloved queen Mumtaz Begum. Visit the Agra Fort - The tall fortified walls protect the remains of age-old Moghul architectural brilliance that transcends you into a whimsical land. The fort encompasses many wondrous palaces, capacious audience halls, and two spectacular mosques. As per research and other documentation the Fort housed about 5000 buildings that were ingeniously built in Bengali and Gujarati style architecture and Bazaars. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 4 Agra to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri:
After breakfast, start journey to Jaipur. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri - a World Heritage Site is the perfect example of an Emperors tribute to a saint. Built in reverence of the Sufi saint Salim Chishti way back in 1571 the Fatehpur Sikri is a seamless blend of Islamic and Hindu architecture. The robust red sandstone structures reflect the multi- faceted character of the great Emperor and his keen interest in religion, literature and design. Upon reaching Jaipur, check into hotel. Jaipur, known as the pink city. Jaipur is colour washed pink to welcome Prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria of England who visited India in 1883 A.D.Evening at Choki Dhani - an ethnic village resort with a blend of rustic environment and modern amenities, gives the impression of a typical Rajasthani village, for cultural programme and folk dances. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 5 Jaipur sightseeing:
After enjoying a sumptuous breakfast at your hotel, depart for a full day sightseeing tour of Jaipur city which is the home for several historical palaces of India. Visit Amer Fort - is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace with its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles. Later visit Hawa Mahal - the ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. This five-storeyed structure of sandstone plastered in pink is encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. Visit Jantar Mantar, the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory has some outstanding astronomical instruments is still in use. Evening at leisure free for shopping. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 6 Jaipur-Jaigarh & Nahargarh fort sightseeing:
After breakfast, depart for a full day excursion to visit Jaigarh and Nahargarh forts in Jaipur. The Jaigarh fort, rugged and similar in structural design to the Amber Fort, is also known as Victory Fort. It has a length of 3 kilometres and a width of 1 kilometre. Jaigarh Fort and Amber Fort are connected by subterranean passages and considered as one complex. The cannon foundry Jaigarh Fort had a massive wind tunnel that sucked air from the high mountains into its furnace creating temperatures as high as 2400°F, the heated air would melt the metal, making it one of the most efficient cannon foundries during the Mughal reign. Along with Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh once formed a strong defence ring for the city. The fort was originally named Sudarshangarh, but it became known as Nahargarh, which means 'abode of tigers'. Return back to Jaipur hotel for overnight stay.
Day 7 Jaipur departure:
Breakfast at hotel. Checkout and depart for Jaipur airport or drive back to New Delhi Airport (4 hrs)to board flight to onward destination.
End of tour.