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Golden Triangle of India


7 days 6 nights

Code NI-GT1

Category North India Classic Tours

  • Difficulty Level 1
  • Rating Popular
  • Trip Starts From Delhi
  • Trip Ends At Delhi
  • Accommodation Hotels
  • Type Tours
  • Destination Delhi Agra Jaipur
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Overview

India’s Golden Triangle features three principal cities of Northern India: Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra. Delhi is the capital of India and is the center of politics, administrative, and commercial activities. It is not such an appealing city for tourism, yet it does have some famous sites such as the Red Fort, Jame Mosque, Qutub Minar, the Lotus Temple and more. From Delhi, the journey will lead you to Jaipur. The city of Jaipur is famed as the Pink City of India. It has many palaces and forts with walls and chambers engraved with the stories of the lifestyle of great Maharajas. It displays their courage and bravery, friendship and rivalry, their queens and concubines, and so forth. On the way to Agra, you will visit the remains of the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. At Agra, visit the world-famous Taj Mahal, which is one of the eight wonders of the modern world. From Agra, you will return to Delhi for your flight to your next destination.

Trip Cost  (Land+Internal arifare)

  • US$ 1125 per person on double occupancy basis
  • US$ 595 Private Room Supplement

Trip Dates

2019: 3 Apr, 22 Apr, 2 Oct, 14 Oct, 8 Nov, 18 Nov, 2 Dec, 30 Dec

2020:13 Jan, 27 Jan, 10 Feb, 26 Feb, 9 Mar, 24 Mar

Guaranteed departure with minimum 2-participants!

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Arrival in Delhi

After completing immigration and customs formalities, meet Far & High representative at the arrival gate. After introductions, you will be transferred by our van to the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Park
Day 02~Visit the attractions of Old and New Delhi

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll have an orientation meeting and then set out to tour the ancient city.

We begin from the Humayun’s Tomb-a massive octagonal edifice-built by the Emperor Humayun's Begum in his honor. The design of the tomb- a superb example of early Mughal architecture, greatly influenced on Shah Jahan, who later designed and built the Taj Mahal in a similar style. The entrance to the tomb is through a succession of formal gardens, which are in the process of being restored to the classic Persian style.

We will also visit Qutub Minar-an impressive red sandstone tower inscribed with Islamic writings. It was built to commemorate the defeat of local rulers of Delhi by the Muslim general Qutb-ud-din-Aibak, at the end of the twelfth century. We will then drive to Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque). It is the largest mosque in India and a notable example of Delhi’s distinctive Indo-Islamic architecture. Another highlight of our day will be a bicycle-rickshaw ride from this great mosque through the bustling and colorful market lanes of Chandni Chowk to the Red Fort.

We’ll explore other parts of Old Delhi as well as the formal government buildings of “new” Delhi, constructed by the British in the 1920s. Nearby, in the parkland of Raj Ghat, we’ll have time to visit the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi and look at some of the local bird life. We should find Hoopoe, Common Mynah, House Crow, and Rose-collared Parrot as well as egrets and other waders in ponds.

Overnight: Hotel Park
Meals : Breakfast
Day 03~Agra-the home to the Taj Mahal

After breakfast, we drive to Agra (approx. 131miles/ 4 ½ hrs.).

Upon arrival, check in the hotel and later proceed for sightseeing.

We first visit Agra Fort- the 16th-century Mughal citadel known as the Red Fort of Agra. It was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan who also built the Taj Mahal and Delhi's Red Fort. Recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site, Agra Fort is a citadel of the Mughal era that has witnessed centuries slip by but still stands gloriously on the bank of River Yamuna.

Towards dusk, we visit the Mehtab Bagh (also called Moonlight Garden) which is a little known place for viewing Taj Mahal during the sunset time. The garden lies opposite of Taj Mahal on the northern bank of Yamuna River whereas Taj Mahal stands in the southern side. Most travelers visit Taj Mahal from the main gate at the south side. Enjoy the views of Taj Mahal in tranquil surroundings with no rush.

Overnight: Grand Imperial
Meals : Breakfast
Day 04: Sunrise tour of Taj Mahal. Late morning, travel to Jaipur

After breakfast, proceed to Jaipur (approx. 153 miles / 5 ½ hrs. drive) en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri.

We get up before dawn for a sunrise tour of Taj Mahal. It's a fantastic experience to see the iconic monument bathed in the morning sunshine! Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, is a spectacular monument built to represent eternal love.

We return to our hotel for breakfast, and soon we head out to Jaipur. About 25 miles from Agra, we stop to visit the Fatehpur Sikri- a UNESCO recognized world heritage site. Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned capital of Emperor Akbar, illustrates the fusion of Hindu and Muslim architectures.

About 56 miles before Jaipur, we take 12 miles detour of Chand Baori, which is an ancient step well, built in between 800 and 900 A.D. It's a baroque architecture designed and structured as a water reservoir to supply water to the citizens of dry and arid Rajasthan.

Overnight: Alsisar Haveli
Meals : Breakfast
Day 05~Explore the forts, palaces and markets of Jaipur

After breakfast, we set out to explore the attractions of Jaipur- the capital of Rajasthan State. Jaipur is also called the Pink City. Do you know why? The king of Rajasthan, in a short notice, ordered a fresh coat of paint for Jaipur to welcome the Prince of Wales visiting India in 1905-6, but the contractor did not have any other color in stock enough but pink. So, the entire city was painted pink which has been Jaipur's tradition till today!

We first drive 7 miles on Jaipur- Delhi highway outside the city to visit Amer Fort that lies atop Aravali Hills. From the parking, we take an elephant ride up the hill (subject to availability and alternatively by Jeep). On the return, we will take the local shared jeep.

Amber Fort, also called Amer Fort, was built in the 16th century and is one of the most excellent examples of the combination of Hindu Rajput and Mughal Muslim architectures. The fort, made in red sandstone and white marble, tells the glory of the fierce Kachawaha Dynasty that ruled over the region from 12th to the 18th century. The interior wall of the palace exhibits vivid painting scenes with carvings, precious stones, and mirror settings. The fort has heavily structured high walls to protect the residents from the warring enemies.

Now, we retrace our drive to the Jaipur city and visit Hawa Mahal- one of the most photographed architectures of Jaipur. The peculiarity of the palace is the high screen wall facing to the street from where the women of the royal family could observe the street activities without being seen from the outsiders!

Next, we move on to the City Palace, which is another blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture. The royal family still occupies part of the palace, and we have access only to the section that has a museum. The museum has an extensive collection of costumes, woodwork, brassware, jewelry, and pottery. Nearby is the Jantar Mantar observatory, build in the 18th century, it is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments.

The afternoon is free for your interests. Jaipur is shopper's paradise and has the world famous traditional jewelry designed stylishly.

Overnight: Alsisar Haveli
Meals : Breakfast
Day 06-Drive back to Delhi

(170 miles, 6 hours)

After leisurely morning breakfast, we travel back to Delhi. Check into your accommodation and balance of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Park
Meals : Breakfast
Day 07~Depart Delhi.

Your guide and driver will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight to your next destination.

Meals : Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Info

The trip includes:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis with daily buffet breakfast.
  • Transportation by an air-conditioned Vehicle.
  • Sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Admission tickets (Except for the camera fee).
  • Local English speaking certified guide.
  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort or transfer by jeep as per your choice
  • All Applicable Taxes.

The trip does not include:

  • Lunch and dinner
  • Camera fees
  • Personal expenses such as tipping, porters, laundry, telephones, etc.
  • Airfares
  • Indian visa
  • Other expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.

Passport and Visa

Remaining validity of your passport must be a minimum of six months when you return from the trip. Make sure you have two blank visa pages for India only. India Embassy has outsourced visa application process via Cox and King Global Services. You can also apply for an eTourist Visa online which will be suitable for two entries in a year. You need to apply for the eVisa in the time window between 4 days and 120 days before the intended arrival date in India.

Trip Difficulty Level

This trip is a motor vehicle-based tour, suitable for travelers of all ages with average health conditions. Some monuments, forts or castles visit might require climbing stairs. Please, do not expect elevators or escalators. Subject to availability, you may experience an elephant ride.

This trip does not involve any hiking or climbing. However, you have some three long days on the road. Roads are well paved, and they are generally in good condition.

Life on the Trip

A sightseeing day, depending on the season starts between 8.30 am to 9 am. Your Guide meets you at the hotel lobby and takes you for the sightseeing. You will have the lunch break around noon to 1 pm. After lunch, embark on the tour that will last for 2 to 3 hours and then your guide will bring you back to your hotel. Your guide and driver will be happy to drop you somewhere else if you want some time on your own. During the road travel, you will have occasional stops for photography or drinks.

Your guide will try his or her best to adhere to the plan. Depending on the local conditions and other variables; the sightseeing order may change. Your guide and driver will be flexible and will do their best to help you enjoy the trip the way you like.

Accommodation

The trip features superior class hotels, four-star by local standard and some of them are heritage properties.  All the hotels are carefully selected based on reviews of our past customers. They ensure all modern amenities that include a private bathroom with a hot and cold shower, central air-conditioning, phone, mini refrigerator, restaurants, and more.

Tour Guide

For the sightseeing and excursions, we hire the local guides who know the area the best and has the first-hand information. The guides are college educated professionals, trained and certified by Indian tourism authorities. So as for National Park visits, our lodges or national parks provide certified naturalists and guides for the game drive. They are knowledgeable, friendly and flexible. They will show you the wonders of the areas that you would never discover on your own and share their knowledge on Indian history, culture and religion. For travels between the cities, you will be with driver only. Your guide or driver brings necessary vouchers for the hotels and buys admission tickets where appropriate. If you are a group of 10 people or more, we can afford to send a tour director, accompanying you throughout the trip.

Transportation

Depending on the group size, Highland Asia Travel will use air-conditioned SUV's, Mini Van's, or coaches for all transfers and tours. Our drivers are friendly locals with years of experience in driving vehicle in the tourism and hospitality industry. Your driver may have limited English speaking skills.

International and Internal Airfares

You may purchase your international airfare to India and return on your own. If you do need any help with this, you may certainly feel free to contact us, and we will take care of the internal airfares for you. 

Booking

We request an initial deposit of US$ 300 along with a completed trip application form and a passport scan.

The balance of your payment is due 90 days before your departure. Credit card payment other than the initial deposit attracts an additional fee of 3.5%.

We will email you a detailed trip dossier with your confirmed list of hotels, services, and travel notes within 2-3 weeks upon booking.

Cancellation

  • Ninety days before departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
  • 60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Forty-five days to 59 days before departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Thirty days to 44 days before departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Less than 30 days: 100%.

Travel Protection Plan

While we plan and do our best to make your trip smooth and seamless, there may be chances of unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather, flight cancellation, missed-connection, or loss of baggage. That may cause interruption or delay or total abandonment of the trip, putting your hard earned money in jeopardy. It’s also possible that you may need medical assistance, emergency evacuation, or medical transportation when you get ill or if you are involved in an accident while you are traveling in remote areas. Far & High’s trip cost does not cover any of these expenses or losses. So, we strongly recommend that you protect yourself and your travel investment against those unfavorable conditions with Travel Insurance.

Accomodation

the park delhi
The Park Hotel Delhi, 5*
alsisar haveli
Alsisar Haveli, Heritage
grand imperial agra
Grand Imperial Agra, 4*

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