Golden Triangle Tour

- 8 Days


Day 1: Delhi Arrival Greeting & Transfer to Hotel.

Most flights arrive either in the evening or at night, and we recommend that our guests consider arriving a day earlier as this allows you to recuperate from jetlag and serves as insurance against international flight delays and cancellations. An additional night’s stay can be added at the time of reservation.

You are greeted in the arrival greeting area and ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle. You are now driven to your wonderful historic hotel and assisted with your check-in if it is 3 pm or later. The next day’s plans are briefly discussed and you are at leisure until we pick you up on the next morning. Welcome to India, home to incredible historical monuments, a plethora of natural wonders, and the world’s most colorful culture.

(Overnight – Maidens Hotel)

Day 2: Delhi.

Qutab Minar. Start your exploration of New Delhi with a drive to the awe-inspiring 12th century Qutab Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Delhi has over 500 ancient structures strewn over its vast expanse, with many of them in various states of disrepair. For mankind’s achievements from about a millennium ago, the Qutab Minar is unmatched in its architectural brilliance and longevity. This 240 ft tall medieval tower is a symbol of victory and a spectacular example of Persian architecture, with intricate carvings and gorgeous inlaid calligraphy.

Iron Pillar. Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of the Quwat-ul-Islam Mosque, stands the legendary 2500-year-old Iron Pillar. The pillar stands 23 feet and 8 inches tall, weighs about 7000 pounds, and has inscriptions that are still legible to a great extent. This massive cast iron structure is said to have been moved from its distant cave shelter to Delhi around the 12th century.

Lutyens’s New Delhi. From here you will proceed for a drive through some of Lutyens’ historic New Delhi. Your drive will take you through Delhi’s Diplomatic Enclave on tree lined avenues surrounded by embassies of the world’s major nations. You will stop for a view of the exterior of the massive and awe-inspiring Rashtrapati Bhawan , home to Inia’s President. From here one can enjoy a striking view of the India Gate at the other end of majestic and historic Rajpath, the former Kingsway. After a very short drive on Rajpath you will arrive at the India Gate, a War Memorial to the 84,000 British Indian Army soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War, and Indian casualties in other wars.

Humayun’s Tomb (UWHS). After a break for lunch, continue with a visit to the magnificent tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Delhi has such an abundance of amazing monuments that this Tomb Complex (1562 A.D.) does not quite get the acclaim that it deserves - its striking beauty and flawless proportions will captivate you.

Lodi Gardens. A short drive will bring you to the historic and beautiful Lodi Gardens. This massive garden complex is spread over 90 acres of priceless real estate in the heart of Delhi, and contains the tombs of various rulers of the Pashtun Dynasty that ruled much of Northern India during the 16th century. There are lush lawns and a plethora of flowers and plants mixed in with all the monuments.

Street Art District. Very near the gardens is the Lodi Art District, your last destination before returning to your hotel. Delhi isn’t famous for its street art and murals, and the large amount of street art found all over this upscale part of the city will both surprise and delight you. The subject matter ranges from quirky to distinctly ethnic Indian and there will be surprises around every corner.

(Overnight – Maidens Hotel)

Day 3: Delhi.

Old Delhi: Experience some of the wonders left behind by the legendary Mughal Empire, our planet’s greatest ruling dynasty during the 16th and 17th century. Their control stretched over a vast region well beyond India, and you will experience many of their awe-inspiring creations. The Taj Mahal, Red Fort, and Agra Fort are just a few of their UNESCO World Heritage sites that you will experience.

Red Fort. Start your discovery of Old Delhi at the awe-inspiring Red Fort. The great city inside the massive sandstone walls of the Red Fort offers visitors a large number of architectural and historical attractions. The Red Fort was the seat of the Mughal Empire for more than two hundred and fifty years and is obviously a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an amazing example of a blend of Persian, Indian and European architecture. Both this fortified city and the Jama Masjid (that you will visit later today) were built by Shah Jahan, the Mughal Emperor who created the Taj Mahal.

Chandni Chowk Bazaar. After a break for lunch, one of your most enduring memories of India will be your next experience as you walk through the ancient (from the time of the Mughals) Chandni Chowk Bazaar, home to the world’s largest spice market. The cacophony of sounds which have echoed through the centuries, the cries of hawkers and the animated bargaining, along with the incredible colors and the diverse smells emanating from the street food stalls and spice markets combine to make for an experience that is unique to this ancient bazaar.

Jama Masjid + E-Rickshaw Ride. This will be followed by an e-rickshaw ride which ends at the Jama Masjid (1650 A.D.), the largest mosque in India. The Masjid is a magnificent example of Mughal architecture and is constructed of red sandstone and white marble. It is an active place of worship and its courtyard can hold 25,000 worshippers. Bare legs and shoulders are not permitted inside the mosque and we include rented sarongs and scarves. After exploring the mosque, you will avoid the worst of Delhi’s rush hour on the drive back to your hotel.

(Overnight – Maidens Hotel)

Day 4: Delhi - Agra.

Drive to Agra. You are assisted with your checkout in the morning and driven to Agra, much of which is on an elevated tollway that allows for interesting views of the farmland and villages surrounding it.

Agra Fort (UWHS). Arrive at Agra and you are driven to the first red sandstone fort of North India, the Agra Fort, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an amazing example of a blend of Persian, Indian and European architecture and was built in 1565 by India’s greatest Mughal ruler, Emperor Akbar. Its royal audience halls, immense stone courtyards, marble mosque and the private royal chambers give us a glimpse of the grandeur of the Mughal Empire. There are unique views of the Taj Mahal from a section of the fort, including the room where the Taj Mahal’s creator, Emperor Shah Jahan, was imprisoned during the later years of his life by his infamous son and successor, Aurangzeb.

Lunch and Check-in. Arrive at your Agra hotel where you are assisted with your check-in after a break for lunch. You will stay in recently renovated rooms that offer some of Agra’s best views of the Taj Mahal.

Sunset at the Taj Mahal (UWHS). You will proceed nearby for a late afternoon visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the incomparable Taj Mahal. Experience the amazing Taj and its surroundings in bright sunlight, culminating with an opportunity to admire the sun’s rays setting on the façade of the world’s finest monument. The Taj Mahal was completed by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 A.D. as a memorial to his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. This spectacular white marble mausoleum was created by about 22,000 skilled craftsmen, many of whom were brought here from far away nations, and it took twenty two years to complete.

(Overnight – IHCL Tajview Hotel by Taj Hotels)

Day 5: Agra – Jaipur.

Sunrise at the Taj Mahal. A sunrise visit as morning is the best time to experience the Taj Mahal in terms of crowds - it is more expensive for Indian tourists to enter at this early hour and so the massive monument and its surrounding Mughal gardens have a lot fewer visitors than the rest of the day. As the rising sun’s rays illuminate the precious stones inlaid in the marble they will gleam momentarily and change colors.

Agra Fort (UWHS). After breakfast you are assisted with your checkout and driven to the first red sandstone fort of North India, the Agra Fort, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an amazing example of a blend of Persian, Indian and European architecture and was built in 1565 by India’s greatest Mughal ruler, Emperor Akbar, grandfather of the Taj Mahal’s creator. Its royal audience halls, immense stone courtyards, marble mosque and the private royal chambers give us a glimpse of the grandeur of the Mughal Empire. There are unique views of the Taj Mahal from a section of the fort, including the room where the Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son in a cell with a distant view of his beloved Taj Mahal.

Chand Baori Stepwell. From here you are driven to the Chand Baori stepwell at Abhaneri, located just off the highway to Jaipur. The massive 10th century Chand Baori Stepwell is one of the most impressive in all of India and is located next to a charming Rajasthani village. The depth of the stepwell is that of a modern 7 story building, and there are stairs (no longer accessible to visitors) leading down to the bottom from three of the 100 foot plus wide (35 meters) sides, creating symmetry and beauty to the ancient structure.

Arrive at Jaipur. After a stop for lunch, you will continue on with your journey to Jaipur. Arrive at Jaipur and you are assisted with your check-in at your hotel. Enjoy the view of the small palace in a lake from your balcony.

(Overnight – The Trident)

Day 6: Jaipur. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Pink City Exploration. Begin your exploration of the walled pink city of Jaipur. You will start with a stroll through the fascinating main bazaar in the heart of the pink city, and watch the locals as they shop for pretty much everything a consumer can possibly want. This atmospheric and crowded bazaar has street sellers of vegetables, fruit and other goods occupying the curbs with their displays. There are stores selling spices, nuts, flowers, toys, footwear, hardware, and a lot more, mixed in with street food vendors and brick and mortar eating establishments. Byzantine alleys lead into inner courtyard shops.

Hawa Mahal. After a few minutes of walking, you will arrive at the most photographed of Jaipur’s monuments, the enchanting Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Wind). This intriguing facade was built in 1799 so that the ladies of the court could use its unique windows and observe the bustling bazaar without being visible to the people on the streets. There is a break for lunch at any one of a large selection of restaurants in the area.

Jantar Mantar. After lunch you will proceed for a visit to the Jantar Mantar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a fascinating stone observatory built by a visionary ruler in 1728. Among other instruments, it includes a massive stone sun dial that is accurate to within 2 seconds.

City Palace. Located next to Jantar Mantar is the City Palace, the royal residence that was built in a delightful blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles. A part of this massive complex is still occupied by the Royal family and is not accessible to the public. Your Tour Director will regale you with stories of royalty as you admire their trappings. This immense complex also houses a number of museums that include displays of armor, miniature paintings, and a large and impressive collection of ancient royal garments and accoutrements.

(Overnight – The Trident)

Day 7: Jaipur.

Albert Hall. Today will include three of Jaipur’s significant attractions, which also happen to be among the most wonderful opportunities for photography in India. First you are driven to a very scenic location in Jaipur adjacent to a public park, The Albert Hall Museum, which was completed in 1887 by the architect Samuel Swinton Jacob. You won’t enter the museum as this stop is solely for you to walk around and take-in the absolutely gorgeous Indo-Saracenic architecture. Rudyard Kipling (himself the son of a museum curator) on a visit was so impressed that he wrote "it is now a rebuke to all other museums in India from Calcutta downwards".

Monkey Temple. From here you are driven to the ancient Hindu pilgrimage site of Galtaji, located in a crevice in the Aravalli Hills. This 15th century complex of temples here is sometimes referred to as the Monkey Temple by tourists because a large tribe of monkeys lives here and believes they own the complex. The picturesque complex of temples has seven ponds that are fed by springs on the surrounding hilltops, and Hindu pilgrims consider taking a dip in these to be purifying. The beautiful temple complex has been a retreat for a sect of Hindu ascetics since the 16th century.

The monkeys agree and swim around the main pond with reckless abandon, and many of them can be seen diving into the tank from various vantage points. Enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful Galtaji Temple, which is crafted in pink stone. There are other ancient temples in the complex, and you will visit a couple of them, including the Balaji Temple. Monkeys are everywhere, and they are obviously in-charge! For someone not used to their social behavior and grooming rituals, observing them can be fascinating.

Amer Fort (UWHS). From here you will be driven to the Amer Fort & Palace Complex, breaking for lunch as you approach the hilltop forted city. After lunch you will explore the awe-inspiring and massive Amber Fort and Palace Complex. This complex was completed in 1599 AD after 25 years of construction. You will be driven to the back entrance as Easy Tours does not offer elephant-back ascents up the ramparts of the complex. The massive forted city inside the complex is one of India’s finest examples of Rajput architecture. You will explore the gorgeous chambers and hallways, which are famous for their exquisite designs and handcrafted embellishments. Your Guide will regale you with the history of the various structures as you take in the amazing workmanship of the craftsmen who created them.

Optional Shopping Excursion. You will return to your palace hotel in the late afternoon, and those who are interested have the option of a shopping stop along the way as Jaipur is India’s shopping mecca for all sorts of exquisite hand-crafted items, fabrics, carpets, as well as jewelery.

(Overnight – The Trident)

Day 8: Jaipur – Delhi – International Flight.

Flight to Delhi. This morning is flexible and you can enjoy your lodging, or experience more of Udaipur with your guide and chauffeur driven vehicle. In the afternoon you are driven to the airport and assisted in boarding your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi, you will self-transfer to the international terminal and check-in for your international flight. Additional services for redeye departures hotels can be added based on your international flight departure.

Our Services End at Jaipur Airport.



Lodging

Delhi
Maidens Hotel – Heritage Room
Varanasi
Taj Ganges – Deluxe Room City View
Agra
IHCL Taj View Hotel by Taj Hotels – Executive Taj View Room
Jaipur
Trident Jaipur – Garden View Room

Inclusions

India’s Best Guides at each destination
Services of your vehicle and an Easy Tours Facilitator for all transfers
Availability of a Easy Tours Representative at each destination
Sunrise (with traditional musical performance) and sunset cruises on the holy river Ganga
Sunrise exploration of the Taj Mahal
E-Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
Daily breakfast except for Arrival Day
Bottled water during your drives, sightseeing, and at your hotels
All currently applicable taxes.

Not Included

International Travel
Expenses of a personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls, etc.
All alcoholic and premium non-alcoholic beverages
Meals other than those specified above
Travel insurance, visa etc.
Camera and Video Camera Fees

Pricing

Land Cost for Double Occupancy
$2700* Per Person

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