- Explore historical sites of the city and immerse in the rich culture of Old Delhi
- Witness the iconic Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Experience the Pink City's charm with visits to Hawa Mahal, City Palace, and Jantar Mantar.
- Explore the magnificent Amber Fort and delve into the vibrant local markets.
Embark on the Golden Triangle Standard Tour, where you'll dive into the history and culture of Old Delhi. Marvel at the world-famous Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the enchanting Pink City by exploring Hawa Mahal, City Palace, and Jantar Mantar. Take in the grandeur of Amber Fort and immerse yourself in the lively local markets.
- Day 1 - Arrival / Delhi
Welcome to India! We believe that guests are like incarnations of God, and we appreciate the chance to serve you. Upon your late-night arrival, our team will be there to assist you. You'll receive a traditional welcome with garlands and be guided to your hotel by a relationship executive. They will help you check in and provide a tour briefing, along with a welcome pack containing your travel documents. While your room is being prepared, our representative will introduce the tour and ensure you have all the necessary documents. Thank you for choosing us!
- Day 2 - Delhi
After breakfast, embark on a city tour of New Delhi. Our journey begins with a visit to the Qutab Minar, a remarkable 72-meter-high tower, considered one of the most perfect towers in the Persian world. Explore the Iron Pillar, which has endured over 1500 years of weather. We then drive through Lutyens Delhi, known for its corridors of power and serenity, passing by Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament House, and making a stop at India Gate.
Our tour continues with a visit to Humayun’s Tomb (1586), built by Emperor Humayun's widow, Hamida Banu Begam. Explore Isa Khan’s Tomb complex, the resting place of a nobleman from Sher Shah Suri's court. Safdarjung Tomb and Agrasen Ki Baoli, a beautifully sculpted step well, are also on our itinerary.
Moving into the walled gates of the Old City, we visit Jama Mosque (1650) and drive through Chandni Chowk, the oldest area of Delhi. Explore Raj Ghat and nearby ghats, the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, and Rajiv Gandhi.
A highlight of the tour is a ride on cycle rickshaws, small 3-wheel cycles with a sofa seat at the back. The Rickshawala (driver) sits in the front, providing a unique way to experience the lively narrow streets filled with people and shops. The ride adds a touch of laughter, accompanied by the vibrant atmosphere of the bustling streets. (Note: Some shops may be closed on Sundays.)
- Day 3 - Delhi / Jaipur (270 Kms) (05 Hrs Drive)
Following breakfast, we'll take a scenic drive to Jaipur, traveling along one of India's finest freeways. Upon your arrival, we'll transfer you to Hotel Jasvilas.
After some rest and relaxation, enjoy guided walks along the lanes and bylanes of the old city. Jaipur is best explored on foot, and those curious enough to venture into the streets and lanes will truly experience the spirit of the city. Jaipur's vibrant bazaars offer a feast for the eyes, showcasing enameled blue pottery, exquisite gem-studded jewelry, intricately engraved brass work, traditional block-printed fabrics, and brightly patterned dhurrie rugs. The markets also feature traditional crafts and miniature paintings, adding to the city's cultural richness.
- Day 4 - Jaipur
Following breakfast, our day begins with a visit to the Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of the Winds. This five-storied structure, constructed in 1799, is made of pink sandstone and features semi-octagonal windows delicately honeycombed. Offering a view of the main street of the old city, the palace was designed so that veiled royal women could observe the outside world through its 593 stone screens without being seen.
Next, we explore the Amber Fort, the former capital of the royal Jaipurs. Located 11 km north of Jaipur on the dry Aravali Hills, this hilltop fortress-palace exudes dramatic Rajput grandeur. Surrounded by fortified battlements and straddling two sepia-hued hills overlooking Maota Lake, the palace boasts mirror-studded alcoves, dazzling mosaics, and water-cooled swings. A Jeep ride takes us up to the Amber Fort, where our guide provides insights into the history of this architectural masterpiece.
We then visit Panna Meena ka Kund, a beautiful structure dating back to the sixteenth century. Originally a place for social gatherings, the Kund served as a water protection pool during ancient times. Its unique architecture and styling make it a fascinating historical site.
Our journey continues with a stop at the Jal Mahal palace for photographs (viewed from outside only). Moving on, we explore the City Palace and Observatory. The City Palace, located in the heart of the old city, blends Rajasthan and Mughal architecture. Enclosed by a fortified wall with seven gates, it was built for protection from both invading armies and jungle animals. Finally, we visit the Solar Observatory, a treasure trove of astronomical instruments that continue to provide accurate predictions.
- Day 5 - Jaipur / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra (245 Kms) (06 Hrs Drive)
After breakfast, we drive to Agra with a stop at the deserted capital city of Fatehpur Sikri. This well-preserved city, once the capital of the Mughals, reflects the empire's splendor at its peak. Divided into religious and secular parts, Fatehpur Sikri boasts interesting, well-sculpted buildings.
Continuing our journey, we ride to Agra and upon arrival, transfer you to the hotel Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra.
In the evening, we visit Mehtab Bagh, also known as the Moonlight Garden. Originally an extension of the Taj Mahal Garden on the other side of the river, Mehtab Bagh was described by Aurangzeb in 1652. Although the garden had lost its charm and was submerged in mud, Aurangzeb anticipated its restoration. In the 1990s, the Mehtab Bagh was re-excavated, revealing the octagonal pool and pavilion in splendid condition. Originally planted with fragrant flowers, the garden was used at night to view the Taj Mahal reflected in the octagonal pool and the river.
- Day 6 - Agra / Delhi (205 Kms) (04 Hrs Drive) (Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays) Delhi / Departure
Agra, home to the iconic Taj Mahal, is often considered one of the most photographed monuments globally. Yet, there's a certain mystery surrounding the Taj. When you hear so much about a building and see countless pictures, expectations soar. However, the Taj Mahal never disappoints. Its unparalleled glory and beauty transcend all human imaginations. At sunrise, we embark on a visit to witness one of the greatest sights of a lifetime—the Taj Mahal. The magical effects of the changing colors of the rising sun on the brilliant white marble building create an unforgettable experience. Following this, we return to the hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast, we journey to the massive Agra Fort. Built by Emperor Akbar, this fort showcases an elegant blend of Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles. The intricate buildings within the fort tell the story of the Mughal Empire through its courtyards, mosques, and private chambers.
Later, we drive back to Delhi along one of India's finest freeways.
Upon arrival in Delhi, we transfer to the International airport for your onward flight. This concludes our memorable journey through the cultural and historical wonders of India.
- Accommodation on twin share basis; American breakfast; air-conditioned private Sedan Car: Rickshaw Ride in Old Delhi; Old City Walk in Jaipur; Jeep Ride at Amber; local guides; GST Levy
- Entrances/Camera & Video Fee to monuments: Expenses of Personal nature such as Laundry, Drinks, Tips, Telephone calls etc, Airfares