Golden Triangle with Mandawa
This 7 days trip begins and ends in Delhi with a private English-speaking driver who will remain on your service until you depart. Discover the palaces, fortresses, and mansions of the Golden Triangle Delhi, Agra, Jaipur & Mandawa. Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Qutub Minar, and Humayun’s Tomb. Visit Raj Ghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, and drive through India Gate in Delhi. Check your bargaining skill and shop like locals in colorful bustling markets.
Day 1: Arrive in Delhi
On arrival at Delhi airport assistance and transfer to hotel (hotel check-in/ out time 1200hrs afternoon early check-in subject to room availability). Rest time free and easy to relax and personal activities. You can opt to go out for dinner with your driver. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Delhi (B)
Breakfast at hotel, city tour of Delhi. Visit the landmark of Old Delhi which includes Red Fort the residence of the Mughal emperor for nearly 200 years until 1857. Jama Masjid one of the largest mosques in the world, built by Shah Jahan. Cycle Rickshaw ride in Chandni chowk & Khari Baoli Spice Market a busy shopping area with markets full of spices, dried fruit, silver jewelry, and vivid saris, while the narrow side streets are crowded with tiny shops selling essential oils, stationery, and traditional Indian sweets. Raj Gath the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi where he was cremated after his assassination.
In New Delhi visit Humayun Tomb the first garden-tomb in the Indian subcontinent and an early example of Mughal architecture commissioned by Humayun’s first wife Empress Bega Begum in 1569-70. Qutab Minar a 73-meters tall minaret that forms part of the Qutb complex a fine example of Afghan architecture. Lotus Temple a Baháʼí House of Worship notable for its flowerlike shape open to all, regardless of religion. Drive through VVIP areas passing President House, Parliament & India Gate, etc.
Rest time free and easy to relax and personal activities. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Delhi – Agra (B)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Agra check-in at the hotel.
Later city tour of Agra. Visit Taj Mahal an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the bank of the Yamuna river commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal, it also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan himself. Agra Fort the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638, when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. Itmad-ud-Daula Tomb a Mughal mausoleum commissioned by Nur Jahan, the wife of Jahangir, for her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Agra – Jaipur (B)
Breakfast at hotel drives to Jaipur via visiting Fatehpur Sikri & Abhaneri.
Fatehpur Sikri founded in 1569 by Mughal emperor Akbar and abandoned after 15 yrs due to scarcity of water. Predominately, a red sandstone construction sprawling over a huge area, the architectural style is very much in tune with the emperor’s dream & partakes of both Hindu & Muslim styles. See the graceful buildings including Diwan-E-Khas hall, Jodha Bais Palace, Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal & Buland Darwaza.
Further, drive and visit Abhaneri a small village popular for the amazing Chand Baoris (step wells) and Harshat Mata Temple. Chand Baori is one of India’s deepest and largest step wells. The huge tank with delicate carvings is certainly delightful to the eyes. Continue to drive to Jaipur check-in at the hotel.
The evening explores the pink city and visits the colorful bazaars. You can visit the Albert Hall Museum. The museum displays a wide range of metal objects, wood crafts, carpets, stone and metal sculptures, arms and weapons, natural stones, and ivory goods. It also houses a large collection of miniatures from Bundi, Kota, Kishangarh, Udaipur, and Jaipur schools of art. As per your interest wrap up your day by watching a Bollywood movie at the opulent Rajmandir Cinema. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Jaipur (B)
Breakfast at hotel, city tour of Jaipur. Jaipur holds the distinction of being the first planned city of India. Established in 1727 by Jai Singh II, the king of Amber when he shifted his capital from Amber to the new city because of the rapidly-growing population and increasing water scarcity. Noted architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya used the established principles of Vastu Shastra to build the city. In 1876, the Prince of Wales visited Jaipur and the entire Jaipur city was painted in pink the symbolic colors of hospitality to welcome him. The pink that colored the city makes for a marvelous spectacle to behold. Jaipur rises up majestically against the backdrop of the forts Nahargarh, Jaigarh, and Garh Ganesh Temple.
In the morning visit to Amber Fort followed by Jaigarh Fort & Sisodia Rani Garden. Afternoon city tour visits City Palace, Observatory & Hawa Mahal. Further, explore the local market the famous bazaars of Pink City. In the evening attend Aarti Ceremony at Birla temple. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Jaipur – Mandawa (B)
Breakfast at hotel drives to Mandawa check-in at the hotel.
Mandawa once functioned as a trading outpost for ancient caravan routes in Shekhawati for goods from China and the Middle East. Thakur Nawal Singh, then ruler of Nawalgarh and Mandawa built a fort in to protect this outpost. Over time, a township grew around the fort and soon attracted a large community of traders, who then settled down at Mandawa. Mandawa is also famous for its beautiful Havelis. The realm of lovely Havelis, harking back to the years, epitomizes the beauty of Mandawa. The land is laced with innumerable grand mansions that are guaranteed to capture one’s imagination. It is a haven for a true connoisseur of art and architecture. Exquisitely embellished Havelis mushroomed during the eighteenth century and the former half of the twentieth. Mythology and fauna lie at the very core of this wonderful art. Tales narrating the valor of Lord Rama and the miracles of Lord Krishna unfold on a journey of these marvelous mansions.
Visit Mandawa Fort, Hanuman Prasad Goenka’s Haveli, Jhunjhunwala’s Haveli, Saraf Haveli, Murmuria’s Haveli, Raghunath Ji Temple, Ladia Haveli, Chokhani and Newatia Havelis, and Lord Krishna Temple. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Mandawa – Delhi (B)
Breakfast at hotel time to relax and visit more Havelis with your driver. Afternoon drive to Delhi and direct drop off to the airport to board flight for onward destination.
Specification: Golden Triangle with Mandawa
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