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The Golden Triangle – 7 Days 6 Nights Tour : $1035 per person

Travel with us through the cultural heart of vibrant northern India. We explore the region’s Golden Triangle: from the capital Delhi to the city of Agra and Jaipur in the Rajasthani Desert. We watch sunset at the Taj Mahal, visit the abandoned red sandstone settlement of Fatehpur Sikri and discover the palaces of Jaipur’s Pink City.

Day 1: Delhi (No Meals)

  • Our journey begins in the Indian capital today, where later this afternoon there will be a briefing outlining the plans and itinerary for the coming days ahead. This afternoon we include a city tour of the sights of New Delhi. The Indian capital has long been a phoenix rising again and again out of its own ruins. New Delhi was the creation of the British Raj of the 30’s and includes the Lok Sabha (Parliament) and The India Gate which we will view on our way to explore the Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb.
  • Stay at: Ashok Country Resort – Delhi

Day 2: Delhi (Breakfast)

  • Compared to New Delhi, the Old City is much closer to the image conjured up by Rudyard Kipling. This morning, a local guide will show us around Old Delhi by metro and on foot, culminating with a jamboree of deafening barter at Chandni Chowk Bazaar. A short cycle rickshaw ride then takes us to the Jama Masjid mosque. There will be an opportunity for some free time in Old Delhi in the afternoon.
  • Stay at: Ashok Country Resort – Delhi

Day 3: Delhi – Agra (Driving Time: Approx 4 hours) (Breakfast)

  • We leave the capital this morning and drive to the nearby city of Agra. On arrival we will take a rickshaw ride for a visit to one of the most universally recognised buildings on earth. The Taj Mahal was built by the emperor Shah Jahan to honour the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, and was once described by Rudyard Kipling as ‘…the embodiment of all things pure’. Built of marble and decorated with the most exquisite inlay work, it required the labours of 20,000 men and is estimated to have cost something in the region of 3 million rupees (at today’s prices around $70 million). We’ll watch the sun set over this iconic masterpiece, before checking in to our hotel.
  • Stay at: Howard Plaza – Agra

Day 4: Agra (Breakfast)

  • This morning there is the option to return to the Taj Mahal to watch the sun rise over this incredible building. Later in the morning we begin our sightseeing tour of Agra. Once the capital of the mighty Moghul Empire, the city is littered with some of the country’s most opulent and spectacular buildings and one particularly fine example is its imposing fort, whose grandeur and importance has seen it inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Built by Emperor Akbar and then embellished by his grandson, Shah Jahan, this was once a great city, with palaces, mosques and halls all lying behind the protective embrace of 20m high walls. We will also visit is the exquisite Itmad-ud-Daulah on the east bank of the river, a 17th century tomb built for the Emperor Jehangir’s chief minister, also known as the Baby Taj.
  • Stay at: Howard Plaza – Agra

Day 5: Agra- Fatehpur Sikri- Jaipur (Driving Time: Approx 5 hours) (Breakfast)

  • Today we head west to the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, lying close to the western boundaries of Agra. Founded in 1569 and, for a brief time the capital of the Moghuls under Akbar the Great, the city was deserted just 16 years later following the political unrest. Today it remains a ghostly testament to the power of 16th century Moghul India and is a perfectly preserved example of an imperial court. Amongst the many treasures left in the city are the 5- storey Panch Mahal, believed to have been a pleasure pavilion for the ladies of the harem, and the stunning lotus shaped carved central pillar of the Diwan-i- Khas (Hall of Private Audience), a magnificent column that supports the vaulted roof of Akbar’s old debating room. The city also features a central courtyard that contains a pachisi board, where the emperor played an Indian equivalent of chess, using real slave girls as pieces. After exploring we continue our drive and make our way to Jaipur where the afternoon is free to relax. There is the option to spend some time strolling through the markets, Jaipur is known for jewellery and there are many bargains to be had.
  • Stay at: KK Royal – Fatehpur Sikri, Jaipur

Day 6: Jaipur(Breakfast)

  • The capital of the state of Rajasthan, Jaipur was India’s first planned city and is considered by many to be one of the finest planned cities anywhere, the usual Indian urban chaos being replaced by wide streets and formal gardens. This morning we will visit the once mighty Rajput capital of Amber (traditionally known as Amber) and its magnificent fortress. Lying at the mouth of a rocky mountain gorge, overlooking Maotha Lake, the fort is a stunning creation of white marble and red sandstone that contains a dazzling mix of Hindu and Muslim ornamentation, including the breathtaking mirrored halls of the Sheesh Mahal. It was from these towering walls that the Kachchawahas ruled over their kingdom for some 7 centuries, until its importance was eclipsed by nearby Jaipur. We will also take in the unique Hawa Mahal, the famous Palace of the Winds, whose extraordinary façade of red and pink sandstone towers some 5 storeys above the city streets. Built at the end of the 18th century its 935 windows were designed to allow the women of the harem to gaze out on the city scene below without themselves being seen, the openings also creating a refreshing breeze (hawa), which kept the palace cool even in the hot summer months. We will spend some time exploring the lavish and well-preserved City Palace. Here, we will find a fine collection of textiles, costumes and armoury. Later this afternoon, we will visit the extraordinary Jantar Mantar – a star-gazing observatory built by Jai Singh, the great Maharajah-astronomer.
  • Stay at: KK Royal – Jaipur

Day 7: Jaipur (Breakfast)

  • Our tour ends this morning after breakfast.

Cost Details (per person on twin sharing):

2 – 4 Passenger – $1035 per person
5 Onwards Passenger – Price On Request

* All Nett Prices are valid till 31st March 2017. Post that price will be revised.

Includes

  • Accommodation: 2 nights Standard Hotel, 4 nights comfortable Hotel.
  • Meals: 6 Breakfasts + 0 Lunch + 0 Dinners.
  • Entrance fees at monuments.
  • Tour Staff: Driver(s), Prakriti Tour Leader, Local Guide(s), Boat Crew.
  • Transport: Bus + Rickshaw.

Excludes

  • Any meals other than mentioned.
  • Any International or domestic airfare..
  • Any train fare / rickshaw / taxi fare.
  • Any train fare / rickshaw / taxi fare.
  • Anything not mentioned above.

Contact Us: Buddha Travel & Tours NZ

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