India's Golden- Triangle
INDIA’S GOLDEN TRIANGLE & PUSHKAR
Golden Triangle: Well known Golden Triangle of India covers three most beautiful and captivating cities of the country, Delhi (the capital of India), Agra (the city of Taj) and Jaipur (the land of Rajput kings). It is a kaleidoscope that presents the Indian pageantry in its most colorful forms and offers you a dazzling vista of stately and grandiose architectural buildings, forts and palaces with a legendary heritage and a fertile and affluent tradition of art and culture. These cities are undoubtedly, the epitomes of Indian cultural, historical and architectural heritage and have all been the capitals of the princely states at least in the past. The blessed experience of viewing the world-famous monument of Shahjahan’s love – Taj Mahal, the imperial, elegant and imposing buildings of Lutyan’s’ New Delhi and the regal splendour of the desert city of Jaipur, will certainly leave an indelible expression in the deepest recesses of your heart.
Rajasthan: Rajasthan is the land of Rajput Kings, a group of worrier clans, who have controlled this part of India for 1000 years. It is a colourful state with stunning and elegant Palaces dot the desert landscape and battle-scarred fortresses appear on every hill like sentinels of the past. It is full of Lakes, Sand dunes, Wild Life Sanctuaries and Beautiful Temples. Rajasthan still retains an elusive fairy-tale character. It is a land where tales of valour of its medieval Rajput warriors are still sung by its travelling bards. It is also known for tradition of craftsmanship with a highly developed aesthetic sense.
The state is diagonally divided as the hilly and rugged south-east region and dry and barren north-east Thar Desert. Here, folk culture still retains all its colour and vivacity with exuberant celebrations of fairs and festivals. A music that echoes across the desert emptiness. Some of the popular fairs are Pushkar Camel and Cattle fair held annually in November, Camel Festival Bikaner held annually in January, Desert Festival Jaisalmer held annually between end January to mid February etc. The exact dates of the fairs is determined by the Indian Lunar Calendar.
Day: 01. Arrival Delhi – Mandawa (258 Km)
Arrive India Gandhi International airport, meet and greet, transfer to the parking for your drive to Mandawa. The drive of 5-6 hours on Indian road will make you aware of the life style and diversity all along the way. On arrival transfer to the Hotel for overnight stay. Afternoon to explore the little abandoned town of Mandawa, once upon a time a trade post and flourishing town with lots of wealth and prosperous people residing later, now the ruined city. Take your time to witness the lost past and the beautiful painted havelis surrounding your hotel. Relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the Rajasthan.
Day: 02. Mandawa – Ajmer – Pushkar (250 Km)
After breakfast at your hotel, proceed with the 5-6 hours road journey to reach your next destination of Pushkar. Stop at Ajmer to see one of the biggest pilgrimages for the Muslims in Asia. The crowded alleys and the narrow passage will bring you back to the olden Indian life style. After visiting Ajmer proceed further to Pushkar which is just across the mountain. A holy city well known among the Hindus, is known for its only one Brahma temple on this earth. The holy dip in the lake water is supposed to wash all your sins once being at Pushkar. On arrival check in to the Air conditioned Camps for your stay at Pushkar.
Day: 03. Pushkar
A day to explore the festivity going on, Pushkar fare Held each November at the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon, Pushkar Camel Fair is one of India’s most highly-rated travel experiences, a spectacle on an epic scale, attracting 300,000 people and up to 20,000 camels, cattle and horses. For visitors it’s once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the colour, spectacle and carnival of one of the last great traditional melas, which brings livestock, farmers, traders and villagers from all over Rajasthan. We believe that every aspect of such an experience should be special.
Day: 04. Pushkar – Jaipur (142 Km)
You can take some more time of the day today to be in Pushkar and after checking out and having lunch proceed 2-3 hours to reach Jaipur. Jaipur is also known as the Pink City of India, the legend has that the adorable daughter of Maharaja Jai Singh was so much fond of Pink colour and in showing a father’s love to his daughter and his power, King ordered the whole city of Jaipur to be coloured in Pink. Jaipur is well known for its Silver Jewellery, Rajasthani arts, handicrafts and art facts. On arrival to the Pink City, we transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day: 05. Jaipur
After breakfast excursion to Amber Fort. Amber Fort with Jeep ride. Amber is a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace. The rugged, time-ravaged walls of the Fort may not look beautiful from the outside, but the interior is a virtual paradise. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes, apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster. Inside the Fort visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory. Inside the Jag Mandir is the famed Sheesh Mahal – a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period.
After lunch city tour of Jaipur. Visit to the Maharaja’s City Palace, the former Royal residence, part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. Built in the style of a fortified campus, the palace covers almost one-seventh in area of the city. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armoury Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. The royal families of Jaipur once used most of these weapons. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. Situated near the gate of the city palace, the observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition.
Day: 06. Jaipur – Agra
After breakfast at your hotel, start driving towards Agra. You are supposed to keep your eyes wide open to see the contrast and beauty of each mile passing by. If you wish to have an experience to watch the migrated birds, take a break at Keoladeo Ghana national Park at Bharatpur. Thousands of migratory birds flock to this place for the nesting and fly away during the onset of spring. Visit Fatehpur Sikri on the way, Akbar shifted his capital from Agra to Fatehpur Sikri but couldn’t keep it longer as his capital due to bad omens. But the great mosque of Moinudeen Chishti is well known and famous among Muslims as a pilgrimage till date. The prominence of the mosques dates back to Great emperor Akbar, who got a son after praying here and this, was the time when he decided to shift the capital of his Kingdom from Agra to Fatehpur Sikri. Proceed further 55 km to reach Agra. On arrival transfer to the hotel for check in and after freshens up visit Taj Mahal. Overnight at Agra.
Day: 07. Agra – Mathura – Delhi
Early in the morning, visit Taj Mahal, one of the most beautiful masterpieces of architecture in the world. Built entirely by white marble, Taj Mahal is regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Some Western historians have noted that its architectural beauty has never been surpassed. On completion visit Agra Fort. After lunch drive to Bharatpur, 55 Km/over 2 hours drive to Bharatpur after visiting ruined city Fatehpur Sikri on the way. The attractions in Fatehpur Sikri are Jama Masjid – a beautiful building containing elements of Persian and Hindu Design, The main entrance is through the 54 m high Buland Darwaza, the Gate of Victory, constructed to commemorate Akbar’s victory in Gujarat. Birbal Bhavan, built either by or for Raja Birbal, Akbar’s favourite courtier, this small palace is extremely elegant in its design and execution. Hiran Minar (Deer Minaret) is said to have been erected over the grave of Akbar’s favourite elephant. Also visit Agra Fort and later you can opt to look upon the bazaars of Agra. On completion drive 1.5 hours to Mathura (only if you wish) The Birth Place of Lord Krishna, a sacred place for Hindus, must see in their life. Further 4 hours to reach Indian capital city of Delhi. On arrival transfer to the hotel for check in and overnight at Delhi.
Day: 08. Fly Home – Sweet Home
After breakfast at your hotel, proceed to the airport to catch your scheduled flight back home.
- Airport transfers at Delhi on arrival and departure in chartered transport.
- 5 passengers per MPV from Chandigarh train station to Amritsar train station.
- Seats in air conditioned chair car class from Delhi to Chandigarh and Amritsar to Delhi.
- Hotels as indicated or similar in the itinerary with dinner and breakfast.
- All expenses of personal nature like drinks, tips, telephone calls etc.
- And any other expenses paid due to any change in dates and itinerary.
- Travel, medical & evacuation insurance or any expenses associated with medical and evacuation expenses if any.
Price On Request
07 Night – 08 Days
Locations: - Agra, Ajmer, Pushkar, Jaipur, Mathura, Agra, Delhi – Mandawa
Tour: - Jeep Safari
Physical Level: - Easy
Season: - Oct. to March