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Discover the Golden Triangle, whilst staying at some of India’s most iconic luxury hotels by Taj Hotels. Finish your trip with a stay at India’s newest fort hotel, the spectacular Alila Fort Bishangarh.
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Seven nights accommodation, breakfast, sightseeing as specified including entrance fees, services of a private car and driver and local English speaking guides.
Explore Delhi, including the magnificent Humayun’s Tomb, the bustling market of Chandni Chowk and the Kinari Bazaar; see the incomparable Taj Mahal at sunrise, visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned former capital of the Mughal Empire, explore the beautiful pink city of Jaipur, stay at some of India’s most iconic luxury hotels by Taj Hotels. Finish your trip with a stay at India’s newest fort heritage hotel, the spectacular Alila Fort Bishangarh.
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The stunning vistas of the Taj Mahal at sunrise
UNESCO World Heritage site of Fatehpur Sikri
India's newest fort hotel, Alila Fort Bishangarh
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Welcome to India. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
A cycle rickshaw ride around Old Delhi is a unique experience. Witness the city's sights and delights in a whole new way. Immerse yourself in this charismatic city’s intoxicating, yet chaotic charm on one of these light, three-wheeled vehicles driven by an expert who understands how to negotiate what can appear to be non-navigable streets – it’s quite an art! This is an offbeat and truly an “Only in India’ experience in the ancient city of Shahjahanabad. Visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, before you take a rickshaw ride through the the colourful, narrow alleys and gullies of Old Delhi. Discover the gems of the main street of Chandni Chowk, and proceed to Gandhi Smriti, the former residence of Mahatma Gandhi, where you can visit the museum which details his life and philiosophy. In the afternoon, enjoy a privately guided tour of New Delhi which will include visits to the iconic government buildings – President’s House, Parliament, India Gate, as well as Humayun’s Tomb, built by the widow of Emperor Humayun in the memory of her husband. It is the first distinct example of proper Mughal style with a double dome inspired by Persian architecture. Later visit the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib temple where you can witness a community service as this temple feeds 10,000 people every day morning, afternoon and evening, with meals prepared in the community kitchen. There is also an opportunity to volunteer to assist with service. (B)
After breakfast, you will be driven by private vehicle to Agra, approximately four hours by road. Agra, the city of Taj Mahal, a poem in white marble built in the 16th century by Emperor Shahjahan as a monument of love. Agra was once the capital of the Mughals and the relics of their glory are scattered all over the city. From the Taj Mahal to the massive Agra Fort, the delicately carved Itmad-ud-Daulah’s tomb to Akbar’s deserted majestic capital Fatehpur Sikri. Upon arrival in Agra proceed to visit one of the magnificent forts of Mughal era – Agra Fort. When the Mughal Emperor Akbar established his supremacy in Northern India, he began his first architectural venture, rebuilding the Agra Fort as a beautiful fort palace. The evening is at leisure. (B)
Early in the morning you will visit the world-renowned Taj Mahal at sunrise. Referred to as one of the wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal in Agra is the epitome of tourism in India and is celebrated for its architectural magnificence and aesthetic beauty. (Note: The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays).
Return to your hotel for breakfast before commencing your journey to thecapital of the princely state of Rajasthan – the Pink City of Jaipur. The journey will take approximately 5 ½ hours.
En-route you will stop to visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri – a city planned by Mughal emperor Akbar as his new capaital. A 16th century English traveller Ralph Fitch described it as 'considerably larger than London and more populous'. However, Fatehpur Sikri remained the Mughal capital for only ten years – the bigger structures like the mosque and the palaces still stand tall, witnesses to the rising and waning interests of its Mughal rulers.
Later continue your drive to Jaipur, on arrival check-in at your hotel.
Jaipur - the vibrant capital of Rajasthan renowned for its forts and palaces is popularly known as the ‘Pink City’ because of the pink-colored buildings in its old city. An ideal base for touring the royal state, the city has the distinction of being the third jewel of India's "Golden Triangle". Its main claim to fame is that it is India's first 'planned' city built by the famous 18th century astronomer King Sawai Jai Singh II. (B)
After breakfast, you will proceed with your private guide to the old city of Jaipur. Step into the Jantar Mantar, by the city palace, a bizarre garden of structures. Your next stop will be the impressive city palace, now a public museum, which lies in the heart of the old Jaipur city. The palace, which was once the private royal museum of art and artefacts from world over is now open to public. You will also drive past the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds).
Spend some time in the city’s crowded and colourful bazaars that sell a wide variety of artisan goods and semi-precious stones, which are the local speciality. In the afternoon, you will visit the magnificent Amber Fort and travel by jeep to ascend and descend the fort. An exciting afternoon awaits you as you drive to the ancient capital of Amer to see the fabulous Amber Fort, situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur city, surrounded by fortified battlements. (B)
Morning at leisure. Later drive to Bishangarh (about 1 ½ hours). The remainder of your day is at leisure to explore the huge fort which is your home for the next two nights, where you can enjoy a spa treatment, swim or explore the gardens below the fort. (B)
Today is at leisure to enjoy Bishangarh – relax by the pool, walk around the village, or try a spa treatment. (B)
Enjoy a morning at leisure before departing by private vehicle to either Jaipur (1 ½ hours) or Delhi (5 ½ hours) for your onward arrangements. (B)
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Enjoy the perfect introduction to India's three most popular destinations - Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
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