Golden Triangle Promotion: Jun-Sep 14
The Golden Triangle - 6 days/5 nights
A great introduction to the fascinating country. See the beautiful Taj Mahal in Agra, experience the history and the hustle-bustle of India's capital city - Delhi and delve into the lives of kings and queens in royal Rajasthan's pink city - Jaipur.
Special Promotional price: AUD 595 pp*
Cost Includes: Accommodation for 5 nights, breakfast daily , transfers, excursions and sightseeing with English speaking guide in an air-conditioned chauffeur driven car, rmonument entrance fee, mineral water in car, elephant ride at Amber
Hotels 4-5 star: The Surya, Delhi. Wyndham Grand, Agra. Four Point Sheraton, Jaipur.
Upgrade to Taj Hotels: Taj Palace, Delhi. Gateway, Agra. and Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur : AUD 750 pp twin share
*based on 2 persons travelling on twin share basis.
Delhi(2)- Agra(1)- Jaipur(2)- Delhi
Day 01 Arrival
Delhi: India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds - the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a spacious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.
Overnight is at hotel, Delhi
Day 02 Delhi
Breakfast is at the hotel.
Enjoy a guided tour of Old & New Delhi - The tour will begin with Old Delhi with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; and Red Fort - the palace for Shahjahan’s new capital, Shahjahanabad, the seventh Muslim city in Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid - The mosque of Friday was built from 1644 to 1658 during the reign of Shahjahan. The mosque that measures 65m on 35m, and whose court forms a square of 100m on side is by its surface the greatest religious construction of Islam. Wander in the busy streets of the mile long Chandni Chowk, popularly called “The Silver Street”, enjoying a rickshaw ride!!
Later you will proceed for sightseeing tour of New Delhi. The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. The Qutab Minar was started in 1199 AD by Qutbuddin Aibak and completed by the sultan's successor and son-in-law, Iltutmish. The building is 72.5 m high and has 379 steps from the bottom to the top. The Minar is tapering with the diameter of the base is 14.3 m while at the top floor it is2.7 m. The Qutab Minar is still the highest stone tower as well as one of the finest Islamic structures ever raised in India. Then visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun, it is an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, a precursor of the Taj Mahal. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President’s residence.
Overnight is at hotel, Delhi
Day 03-Delhi- Agra
Breakfast is at the hotel.
Later you will be driven to Agra.
Agra located in the state of Uttar Pradesh in northwest India is renowned for its ancient architecture. The city developed by virtue of its location on major trade routes and waterways. The first settlement is thought to have been established here in 2 BCE. The sultan of Delhi settled in Agra in 1492, making it his capital, renovating its ancient fort, and ruling the city until the Mughal dynasty came to power in 1526. The Mughals then made Agra the seat of their empire's government for a time and constructed the great Friday mosques (built specially for Friday worship) during their reigns
On arrival, check-in to your hotel.
Later proceed to visit Agra Fort - an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Agra Fort - the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions. Later visit Itmad-Ud-Daulah popularly known as Baby Taj.
Overnight is at hotel, Agra
Day 04 Agra - Jaipur
Early morning proceed for sunrise visit the magnificent Taj Mahal with a decorated Tonga. The Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in mid 17th century, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is really astounding. You will have ample time to view and be mesmerized by this outstanding piece of architecture.
Return to your hotel for breakfast.
Later you will be driven to Jaipur, enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri - the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition.
Later continue with your drive to Jaipur. Jaipur - Rajasthan’s kingdoms are an enduring legacy to India’s history. A land endowed with invincible forts, magnificent palaces ad waves of sand dunes and serene lakes. No other region in the country assembles the many paradoxes of India, as does the desert land of Rajasthan. By far it is the most colourful region in India.
On arrival, check-in to your hotel. Rest of the day is free for leisure. Overnight is at hotel. Jaipur
Day 05 Jaipur
Breakfast is at the hotel.
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven just outside Jaipur to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area.
An elephant [subject to availability / alternatively by jeep) will spare you the trouble of reaching the fortress. Once on top, you may stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.
En-route to Amber you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city.
Later you will visit the city of Jaipur. Among the highlights to be seen while touring Jaipur include the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armoury, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory made by the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1726 and is one of the five such astronomical wonders built by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day. You will also have the opportunity to wander about the local markets.
Overnight is at hotel. Jaipur.
Day 06 Jaipur-Delhi (departure)
After breakfast drive back to Delhi airport in time for your flight out.
- 05 Nights accommodation on twin sharing basis as per hotels mentioned above.
- Daily Buffet Breakfast in all the places.
- All transportation, transfers and sightseeing by an exclusive chauffeur driven air-conditioned Tempo Traveler.
- All entrances to monuments as specified in the itinerary.
- Services of an English speaking local guide in each city, during sightseeing and visits to monuments.
- 01 Rickshaw ride in Delhi.
- 01 Tonga ride in Agra.
- 01 Elephant ride in Jaipur.
- Mineral water in the Car.
- All applicable Taxes.
- Meals other than specified above.
- All Airfares. Discuss with us the best priced options for your tour.
- Any expense of a personal nature, like liquor, laundry, telephone calls etc.
- Any other expenses not mentioned in the prices include column.
- Above rates are applicable for travel from 01 June till 30 September 2013 for minimum two paying persons.
- Check in / Checkout time at most of the hotels in India is 1400 / 1200 hrs noontime.
- Please note, the names of hotels mentioned above only indicate that our rates have been based on usage of these hotels. It is not to be construed that accommodation is confirmed at these hotels until and unless we convey the confirmations to you on receipt of your acceptance. However in the event of any of the above mentioned hotels not becoming available at the time of initiating the reservations, we shall book alternate accommodation at a similar or next best available hotel and shall pass on the difference of rates (supplement/reduction whatever applicable) to you.
- In case on any currency fluctuations or amendment in local Government taxes, or any fuel hike, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly.
THE BENELUX BONANZA
The journey I was about to undertake would not only in geographical terms span vast distances over land and sea......it was an odyssey which would cover a period of over four hundred years and one in which I would try to establish a "connection" with my ancestors.