Golden Triangle Tour : Delhi – Agra – Jaipur
This tour of India is the perfect introduction to this vast and beautiful country. The magical Golden Triangle tour, encapsulating three of its greatest cities: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur is one of India’s most fascinating and popular tourist circuits.
Discover India’s intoxicating vibrant cultural cocktail and its stupendous historical relics. Reflect on the grandeur of the Mughal Empire and marvel at India’s jewel studded palaces. Admire and endure in equal measure the thoroughly modern and sophisticated capital city of New Delhi and the chaotic but more historically appealing Old Delhi.
At Agra, see the stunning and romantic Taj Mahal, 7th Wonder of the World, an Unesco World Heritage site and deservedly the most visited tourist attraction in India. Rising from the largely desert state of Rajasthan is its dazzling and colourful capital, the “Pink City” of Jaipur, legacy of the mighty Rajputs and the Mughal Empire.
For this tour we will be staying in 5 Star Hotels throughout, with evening meals included.
Magnificent Red Fort
Delhi’s most magnificent monument, the Red Fort, was built by Emperor Shah Jehan, in 1638 A.D. Enclosed in this glorious Fort is Diwan-i-am, the hall meant for public audiences; Diwan-i-Khas, where private audiences were granted; Rang Mahal, the water cooled apartment of the royal ladies; the Pearl Mosque, a lovely, ornate dream in white marble. The Prime Minister of India addresses the nation from this age old Fort, on the auspicious day of India’s Independance.
This tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal.
The historical city was constructed by Mughal emperor Akbar beginning in 1570 and served as the empire’s capital from 1571 until 1585. Though the court took 15 years to build, it was abandoned after only 14 years because the water supply was unable to sustain the growing population. The surviving palace and mosque are a tourist attraction and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site itself is a ghost town.
Taj Mahal is sheer poetry in marble, majesty and magnificence, unrivalled. It took 22 years in the making. An estimated 20,000 people worked to complete the enchanting mausoleum, on the banks of the Yamuna.
In the morning visit Amber Fort with an elephant ride.
The flawless beauty of the Fort can be enjoyed royally with an elephant ride.
Depart Dublin for London with Aer Lingus on EI 152 0640 – 0805, and connect with British Airways flight to Delhi BA 143 1020 – 2315 Meet & greet and transfer to the Jaypee Siddharth Hotel***** for 2 nights.
Day 2 Delhi (Dinner at hotel)
We begin our tour in the chaotic but colourful old section of Delhi with its rich historical past, and visit the magnificent Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar. Afterwards we travel along the India Gate, Parliament House and the Presidents Residence.
Day 3 Delhi – Agra (205 kms, 4-5 hours) (Dinner at Hotel)
After breakfast we drive to Agra, city of the world famous white marble mausoleum, inspired by love, the “Taj Mahal”. En route we visit Sikandra (Emperor Akbars Mausoleum). Evening free to explore the Bazaar, and get a flavour of the buzz that is India.. Stay at the Jaypee Palace Hotel***** for 2 nights.
Day 4 Agra (Dinner at Hotel)
An unforgettable early morning visit to see the truly magnificent Taj Mahal as the sun rises. After breakfast proceed to the impressive Mughal Red Fort known as the Agra Fort. Evening at leisure .
Day 5 Agra – Jaipur (240 kms, 4-5 hours) (Dinner at Hotel)
Morning drive to the Pink City, Jaipur, visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route. On arrival at Jaipur, proceed to theTrident Hotel***** for 2 nights stay. Rest of the day at leisure. .
Day 6 Jaipur (Dinner at hotel)
In the morning visit Amber Fort with an elephant ride. In the afternoon visit the City Palace Museum, Jantar Mantar (Observatory) and the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds).
Day 7 Jaipur – Delhi
Morning free / explore the Pink City with guide. Afternoon drive to Delhi. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 8 Delhi
Day at leisure. Late hotel checkout at 6 pm. Dinner in the evening. Transfer to the airport before midnight for your flight home.
Depart Delhi to London with British Airways flight BA 142 0220 – 0645. Continue with onward flight to Dublin BA 828 0940 – 1055
*Please call 01 2187811 / 01 218780 for all other departure dates.
*For groups of 10 or more you can choose your own departure date (subject to availability)
- Return flights Dublin – Delhi in economy class
- Hotel accommodation (7 nights) with daily breakfast
- Dinner in hotels as specified
- Arrival / Departure transfers in Delhi
- Sightseeing programme as per itinerary
- Deluxe transportation for travel between cities.
- Services of an English speaking guide throughout the trip.
- Entrance fees for all sightseeing as specified.
- India Visa fee €50 (obtained via Embassy of India).
- Travel insurance
- Meals and sightseeing not specified
- Gratuities for guides and drivers
- Any expenses of a private nature