Golden Triangle and Rajasthan
Relive the rise and fall of kingdoms and cultural journey of India on a 10-days tour to one of India’s most sought-after cultural & historical sites. With all the logistics arranged for you, explore off-the-beaten-path wonders and world-renowned landmarks on this comprehensive experience of the Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra & Jaipur), north-western state of Rajasthan, a land known for its culture, heritage, and royalty.
Day 1 – Arrival at Delhi
Arrive at Delhi by flight. Welcome to the capital of India and the second-most populous city of India – Delhi. The city’s importance lies not just in its past glory as of the seat of empires and magnificent monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures.
A private car with a driver will receive you at Delhi Airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. After refreshing head out for Delhi sightseeing. Start with a visit to the famous Lotus Temple. Notable for its flower-like shape, it has become a prominent attraction in the city. Like all Baháʼí Houses of Worship, the Lotus Temple is open to all, regardless of religion or any other qualification. Afterward, drive past Rashtrapati Bhavan (the residence of President of India), and visit India Gate (a memorial to 82,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21 in the First World War). Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Delhi. (Hotel: Park Plaza Delhi CBD Shahdara or similar)
Day 2 – Delhi Day Tour (B, D)
After breakfast, set out for Delhi sightseeing. Visit Humayun’s Tomb (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Built-in 1570, it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Then visit Qutub Minar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a soaring, 73 m-high tower of victory, built-in 1193 by Qutab-Ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu kingdom. Then visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, one of the most prominent Sikh temples, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi, India, and known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan, as well as the pool inside its complex, known as the “Sarovar.” Then visit Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India). Afterward, visit Raj Ghat (Mahatma Gandhi Memorial). In the evening visit Chandni Chowk – one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi.
Dinner at a nice restaurant & overnight stays at the hotel in Delhi. (Hotel: Park Plaza Delhi CBD Shahdara or similar)
Day 3 – Delhi – Agra (B, L)
After a nice breakfast, check out from the hotel and head towards Agra. Welcome to the Agra city of Wonderful Taj Mahal. Agra is blessed with one of the Seven Wonders of the World the “Taj Mahal”. A city with its rich culture, history, and architectural work stands at the top of the tourist destination in India.
Reach Agra by noon. Have lunch at a nice restaurant. Then check-in at the hotel. In the late afternoon head out to visit Agra Fort, a historical fort, which remained the main residence of the Mughal emperors till 1638. In the evening stroll in the local market area – the best place to see shades of India. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Agra. (Hotel: Villa 21 Homestay or similar)
Day 4 – Agra – Keoladeo National Park – Jaipur (B)
Early in the morning at sunrise visit the spectacular Taj Mahal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Return to the hotel for breakfast.
After a filling breakfast check out from the hotel, and head towards the Pink City – Jaipur, famous for its broad avenues, massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples, and royal culture.
On the way visit Keoladeo National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), also known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. It is home to over 360 bird species, including aquatic birds, visitors from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China, and Siberia. Enjoy an eco-friendly rickshaw ride at the bird sanctuary. Then visit Chand Baori, a 13 floors stepwell built over a thousand years ago in the Abhaneri village of Rajasthan. It is one of the largest step wells in the world and also one of the most beautiful ones.
Check-in to the hotel on arrival & relax. Evening at your leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur. (Hotel: Welcome Heritage Traditional Haveli or similar)
Day 5 – Jaipur Sightseeing (B, D)
Have a sumptuous breakfast and then set out for exploring the best attractions of Jaipur. Visit Hawa Mahal (“Palace of Winds”), a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside. Then visit Jantar Mantar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh, and completed in 1738 CE. Afterward, visit the City Palace. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during the years 1729 to 1732, the vast complex of the palace occupied one-seventh of the walled city. The palace is divided into a series of courtyards, buildings, and gardens.
In the afternoon stop by Jal Mahal, a palace in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city. It was built in the 17th century. Then visit the grand Amer Fort (or Amber Fort), also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the principal tourist attraction in Jaipur and the current structure was built during the late 16th century by Rajput Kings. This magnificent fort comprises an extensive palace complex, built from pale yellow and pink sandstone, and white marble, and is divided into four main sections, each with its own courtyard. In the evening visit Nahargarh Fort, which provides a beautiful bird’s eye view of the entire Jaipur city. Later in the evening enjoy dinner at a nice restaurant. The overnight stay will be at the hotel in Jaipur. (Hotel: Welcome Heritage Traditional Haveli or similar)
Day 6 – Jaipur – Jodhpur (B)
After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Jodhpur, the second largest city of Rajasthan. It is a reminiscence of the bygone era. It is also called the “Blue City” as it looks completely blue in color from an aerial view because of its vividly painted blue walls and blue houses. Its mighty Mehrangarh fort overlooking the city is an architectural masterpiece in itself and is among one of the largest forts in Rajasthan. Jaswant Tada and Umaid Bhawan Palace are also among the top attractions in Jodhpur. Because of its proximity to the Thar Desert, it is also known as “Gateway to Thar”.
Reach Jodhpur by evening. Check-in at the hotel on arrival and relax.
Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Jodhpur. (Hotel: Welcome Heritage Balsamand Lake Palace or similar)
Day 7 – Jodhpur Day Tour (B)
After breakfast set out to explore Jodhpur. Visit the lavish Umaid Bhawan Palace & Museum, a marvel built by Maharaja Umaid Singh of the Rathore Dynasty. It was the last royal palace built before the Independence of India. Its foundations were laid in 1929 and completed in 1943. Today it is part palace, part hotel, and part museum. After that visit the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, regally set on a sandstone hill built by Rao Jodha in 1459. Rising perpendicular and impregnable from a rocky hill that itself stands 120m above Jodhpur’s skyline, Mehrangarh is one of the most magnificent forts in India.
Afterward, visit Jaswant Thada – the milky-white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, sitting above a small lake 1 km northeast of Mehrangarh, is an array of whimsical domes. It serves as the cremation ground for the royal family of Marwar. The cenotaph is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. These sheets are extremely thin and polished so that they emit a warm glow when illuminated by the sun.
In the evening visit the local market. Later return to the hotel. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Jodhpur. (Hotel: Welcome Heritage Balsamand Lake Palace or similar)
Day 8 – Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur (B)
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and head towards Udaipur – the “City of Lakes”. A fusion of nature, Rajasthani culture & architecture, the picturesque view of the city shouts the story of its past glory. Often referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’, the city of lakes Udaipur is located around azure water lakes and is surrounded by lush green hills of Aravalli Ranges.
On the way visit one of the most significant and extensive Jain temple complexes that can be found in the country, the Ranakpur Jain Temple. It holds immense importance for all Jains. Spread over an area of 4,500 square yards and consisting of 29 halls, the temple is one of the most important of the five major pilgrimage centers of Jainism. The Ranakpur Temple is distinguished all across the globe for its brilliant architecture and was voted amongst the top 77 wonders of the world.
Reach Udaipur by evening. Check-in at the hotel and relax. The evening is at your leisure. The overnight stay will be at the hotel in Udaipur. (Hotel: Lake Pichola Hotel or similar)
Day 9 – Udaipur Sightseeing (B)
After breakfast head out for local sightseeing. Visit Fateh Sagar Lake (one of the most beautiful lakes in Udaipur). Then visit the Sahelion ki Badi, which was laid for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of her dowry. Afterward, visit City Palace Complex. It was built over a period of nearly 400 years, atop a hill, in a fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles, providing a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings. Also, visit the beautiful Jagdish Temple close to the City Palace Complex.
Then visit Bagore-ki-Haveli, a historic haveli (mansion) that stands magnificently on the waterfront of the surreal Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. Built-in the 18th century by Amar Chand Badwa, the then Prime minister of Mewar kingdom, Bagore Ki Haveli has been restored over a period of time and is now converted into a museum. In the evening enjoy the Dharohar Folk Dance Show at Bagore-ki-Haveli. See Rajasthani folk dancing, with nightly shows of colorful, energetic Marwari, Bhil, and western Rajasthani dances, as well as traditional Rajasthani puppetry.
Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Udaipur. (Hotel: Lake Pichola Hotel or similar)
Day 10 – Udaipur – Departure from Delhi (B)
After breakfast check out from the hotel, and transfer to Udaipur Airport. Take flight for Delhi. Bid farewell with the memories of an amazing fun-filled 10 days trip through the Golden Triangle and Royal Rajasthan worth remembering for a lifetime!
Remarks: Domestic flight from Udaipur to Delhi is included.
Specification: Golden Triangle and Rajasthan
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