- Taj Mahal remains closed on every Friday
Highlights: Delhi - Agra - Jaipur
Alternate travel dates: 9 Oct 20 - 30 Oct 20
Other Departures: Jersey Airport - £2095, Glasgow - £1999, Cardiff - £1804.
Hotels: (or similar)
• Delhi - Grand Hotel
• Agra - Crystal Sarovar Premiere
• Jaipur - Four Point Sheraton
Extremely popular with first-time visitors, this introductory tour, The Golden Triangle of India (Delhi-Jaipur-Agra) has made a firm footing on the tourist map. The harmonious amalgamation of the country’s capital with its entire historic splendour, the soft romanticism that can be felt as the amazing Taj Mahal in Agra and the fierce magnificence of Jaipur - the princely state capital, which was painted pink (the traditional colour of welcome) in honour of the visit of Prince Wales in 1876.
Day 1: London Heathrow to Delhi by flight
Arrive at Delhi airport. Upon arrival at Delhi airport welcome, meet and assist by our representative and transfer to Hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 2: Delhi.
It’s time to enjoy a full day city tour of Delhi to give you a feel for this magnificent city as you explore its historic sights. Your first stop is Raj Ghat which is located on the banks of the river Yamuna, This is Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial, where he was cremated following his assassination in January 1948. Opposite the Red Fort lies Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque, made of red sandstone and white marble, completed in 1656. Heading west from the Red Fort you’ll explore the bustling cultural delight of the colourful market on a 'cycle rickshaw', then through "Chandni Chowk" or Silver Street, surrounded by the sights and sounds of this very busy avenue. A truly unique experience. The Red Fort is a 17th-century imposing fortress built in red sandstone and surrounded by a huge 33 metres high boundary wall. Inside are exquisite palaces and beautiful gardens on the return you will enjoy an experience on the busy Delhi metro from Chandni Chowk to Rajiv Chowk (Our our can driver will be waiting for you at Rajiv Chowk Metro station.
In the afternoon you will head into New Delhi, visiting Humayun’s Tomb, an impressive garden tomb with high arches and a double dome, built by his wife Haji Begum in the 16th Century. An early example of Mughal architecture considered to be the predecessor of the Taj Mahal. Then continue on to the wonderful Qutab Minar – a major landmark of Delhi, with its the beautiful grounds featuring a huge ‘tower of victory’, which stands over 72 metres high. You will then drive on to Rajpath and through to India Gate and the Lutyens Delhi, with its tree lined boulevards leading to the British Viceroy’s Palace (Rashtrapati Bhavan), now the official residence of the President of India, the Secretariat, India Gate and Parliament House.
Day 3: Delhi to Agra by surface, 210 Kms/ 4 Hours
Today you will be driven to the romantic city of Agra. Upon arrival at Agra, check in to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 4: Agra
After breakfast enjoy visiting the world-famous Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays).
The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, in memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631, built one of the world’s most famous buildings, the ‘Taj Mahal’. Its perfect proportions and exquisite craftsmanship have been described as ‘a vision, a dream, a poem, and a wonder’. You’ll also visit the 16th century Agra fort. This commanding red sandstone monument stretches for 2.5 kilometres along the banks of River Yamuna, encompassing serene gardens and terraced pavilions, with striking views of the magnificent Taj Mahal across the river, as well as the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah, also known as the ‘Baby Taj’.
In the evening you’ll enjoy a sunset view of the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh, which is a garden complex, situated on the riverbank opposite the Taj Mahal.
Day 5: Agra to Jaipur by surface, 265 km, 6 ½ Hours
Drive to Jaipur with an en-route visit to Fatehpur Sikri - the imperial ruins of the dream capital city of the Great Mughal Emperor - Akbar. Then continue on to Jaipur, the famed ‘Pink City’ and the capital of Rajasthan, known for its palaces, its three hill forts and for being a shopper’s paradise. Upon arrival at Jaipur, check in to your hotel. The evening is at leisure to explore the surrounding area and the colourful bazaar. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 6: Jaipur
This morning we take you to Amber, - the capital of the old state of Thunder, which is located on the rugged hills that surround Jaipur by Jeep. During the afternoon visit the City Palace (which still houses the erstwhile Royal family); Jantar Mantar, the Royal Observatory and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - built for the royal ladies to watch the activities on the market street below, without being observed. Overnight stay at your hotel.
Day 7: Jaipur to Delhi by surface, 258 km / 6 Hours
Breakfast at Hotel. Noon standard checks out time.
Drive to from Jaipur to Delhi airport in time to board flight for London Heathrow
Day 8: Delhi to London Heathrow by flight
• Entrance Fees to the monuments
• Visa Fees & Travel Insurance
• Any vehicle on leisure days
• Expenses of personal nature such as soft drinks, liquor, laundry, tips, telephone calls, porterage, visa fees, camera fees, etc
• Anything not mentioned in above Inclusion
- Flights from London Heathrow with British Airways
- Airport taxes
- 6 nights accommodation on Bed & Breakfast basis
- All transfers, sightseeing & excursion as mentioned in itinerary by Air Conditioned Car
- Services of Local English Speaking Guide as per the Itinerary during city tour
- Cycle Rickshaw ride at Old Delhi
- Jeep joy ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur
- Bed & Breakfast