8 Days History tour itinerary for Agra, Delhi & Jaipur: Traverse The Golden Triangle Of North India
Agra, Delhi, Jaipur
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur - the Golden Triangle a must-do tour in northern India. These splendid cities that boast of a rich past and vibrant present has a lot to offer the tourist's eye. Experience the charm of bygone royal eras in the palaces, forts and monuments, while the vibrant culture comes alive in the markets, city streets and countryside. Also, make shot stops at the perfectly-preserved Ghost Town of Fathehpur Sikri and the magnificient Palace resort of Neemrana.
Arrive In Delhi
You will be met at the airport by our representative who will help you transfer to your hotel by air-conditioned vehicle.
Overnight stay in Delhi.
Drive to Agra and Sightseeing
After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Taj Mahal – Agra. The drive takes us through the beautiful countryside.
Afternoon at leisure to relax.
We will visit the Taj Mahal at sunset. It’s a wealth of white marble and semi-precious stone – undoubtedly the highlight of the tour.
Overnight in Agra
*Please note that the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to visit the imposing Agra Fort. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses the imperial city of the Mughal rulers, within its 2.5 km-long enclosure walls. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan; audience halls such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques.
On the way back, we will have an amazing view of Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh — the moonlit garden — believed to have been designed by Shah Jahan to view the Taj on moonlit nights. Far away from the maddening crowd, the garden complex is situated on the left bank of Yamuna opposite Taj Mahal. It is a huge square measuring approximately 300×300 m and is in straight alignment with the Taj Mahal. The forestry plantations and agricultural fields provide a green forecourt to Taj Mahal and its reflection in the Yamuna River.
Post lunch, we will visit the Itmad-ud-daulah - an exquisite tomb built by Noor Jahan for her father Mirza Ghias Beg. In many ways, this tomb foreshadows the Taj Mahal and was the first construction in India in which marble inlay work was so beautifully and extensively used.
Agra is known for its fabulous handicrafts made of marble and soft stone inlay work. The Mughals were great patrons of arts and crafts. Empress Nur Jahan took a personal interest and was an accomplished artist herself in zari embroidery work. Agra’s major handicraft products besides inlay work are leatherware, brassware, carpets, jewelry and embroidery work.
Overnight stay at Agra.
Drive to Jaipur; en route Visit Fatehpur Sikri
The morning drive takes us to the old walled city of Jaipur – founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II, this ‘pink city’ is meticulously constructed on the lines of the Shilpa Shastra, an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. The palaces and forts of the yesteryears, which were witnesses to the royal processions and splendors, are now living monuments.
Enroute we will stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri – which has been described as “the world’s most perfectly preserved ghost town". Built by Akbar in the late 16th century, it was abandoned after only 14 years, and the elegant buildings of this superb walled-city remain intact to this day.
On arrival at Jaipur, check-in to your hotel.
Overnight stay at Jaipur.
Breakfast followed by a sight-seeing tour of the city and visit to the dramatic hilltop fortress at Amber. Ascend the imposing fort on a painted elephant. Inside, we will wander among glittering inlays and the Hall of Mirrors.
On the way back, stop to view the elegant Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds. This elaborate building, now little more than a façade, is encrusted with delicate screens and carved balconies from which the royal ladies, confined to their quarters, could sneak views of the outside world.
Post lunch, take a tour of the Maharajah’s City Palace; now partly a museum that displays a unique fusion of Mughal and Hindu architecture, and a rare collection of paintings, Rajput armory, and costumes.
Later, we explore the city on your own and indulge in shopping for gemstones, silver jewelry, paintings, blue pottery and hand printed textiles that Jaipur is renowned for.
Overnight stay at Jaipur.
Drive to Delhi; en route visit Neemrana
In the late morning, travel back to Delhi.
En route stop at Neemrana Fort Palace. Built in 1464 AD, Neemrana Fort-Palace is among India’s oldest heritage resorts. Neemrana became the third capital of the descendants of Prithviraj Chauhan III, who was killed in a battle by Mohammad Ghori in 1192 AD. This picturesque site was chosen by Raja Rajdeo and Neemrana derived its name from a brave local chieftain Nimola Meo, who when defeated by the Chauhans, pleaded that his name be given to his lost kingdom.
We will have lunch at this magnificent Palace.
Continue the drive to Delhi.
On arrival, check in to the Hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax after the journey.
Overnight stay at Delhi.
After breakfast, leave for a sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi.
Visit Jama Masji; this immense mosque is both the largest in India and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan, with a courtyard capable of holding 25000 devotees.
Visit Raj Ghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; It is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on 31 January, 1948. Two museums dedicated to Gandhi are located near by.
Later, we will drive past the Red Fort citadel.
In New Delhi, we will visit the 11th century Qutab Minar Tower, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty, who took possession of Delhi in 1206. It is a red sandstone tower, standing tall at a height of 72.5 metres and is covered with intricate carvings and verses from the holy Qur’an.
Also, visit The India Gate; a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war.
Drive past the grand government buildings - the President’s House and Parliament House, all dating back to the time of British Raj.
Overnight stay at Delhi.
Check out by 12 Noon (as per the checkout time in all Indian Hotels).
Transfer to the airport for onward journey.
Professional private tour guide.
Air-conditioned private vehicle.
Driver Allowance, toll tax, and fuel.
Airport Transfers & sightseeing as per the itinerary
Daily breakfast as per the above package, in the hotel.
Accommodation using starting room category of each hotel, on sharing basis.
Any meal unless specified above.
Airports tax and travel insurance etc.
Any entrances fees to monuments / rides.
Any tips to driver / guide / escort etc.
Personal nature expenses like telephone / laundry bills etc.
Any services not mention above.
Agra, Delhi, Jaipur
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