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Golden TriangleV

 
Indian Golden Triangle

Delhi – Shimla – Agra – Jaipur – Delhi
11 Nights / 12 Days

Tour Highlights

•  Traditional Indian Welcome Ceremony
•  Enjoy Comprehensive Rail Tour
•  Drive pass through the Raisina Hills to the India Gate
•  Luxury Heritage Toy Train Journey
•  UNESCO World Heritage Site - Fatehpur Sikri
•  Stand before the world’s most famous monument of love - the Taj Mahal
•  Travel by brightly caparisoned elephant to Jaipur’s Amber Fort
•  Mughal & Rajput Architecture
•  Pink City Jaipur
•  New & Old Delhi Sites

Day 01         Arrive Delhi         [Sheraton Hotel]

Arrive Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport. Meet our representative at the airport & depart for hotel by air conditioned vehicle.
Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern. Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which have left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles.
If your flight arrives in the morning than in afternoon proceed on a tour of New Delhi.
New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's - it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King's architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the Design and construction of Delhi's eight cities - New Delhi. Lutyens designed an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947.
You will visit the monuments from Delhi's past & known as two of the 26 World Heritage sites of India - Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar. Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House and Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the Indian president.

Overnight stay at hotel. [D]

Day 02        Delhi - Shimla [by Train]
         [Oberoi Cecil]
Today morning we embark from Delhi and travel to mountain resort Shimla by Rail. Transfer to New Delhi station to aboard the Shatabdi Express which goes up to Kalka. Upon arrival we change the train, boarding the narrow–gauge Toy Train, which has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. The narrow-gauge railway covers 96 kilometers, with stunning feats of engineering found around every corner of track, past little hamlets and terraced fields. The train crosses more than 800 over breathtaking bridges and viaducts and travel through 102 tunnels, 991 curves and passing by important station/ points such as Dharampur, Solan, Kandaghat, Taradevi, Barog, Salogra, and summer hill through beautiful valleys and hills to the colonial town of Shimla known as “Queen of Hills”.
Shimla is nestled in the heart of the Himalayan foothills. The city is a former summer resort, where wealthy colonial residents escaped the sweltering heat of the plains by heading for the mountains, which provided both cooler conditions and a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of Indian life. In the mid-19th century the town was chosen as the summer capital of the British Raj.
Overnight stay at hotel. [B, L, D]

Day 03        In Shimla          [Oberoi Cecil]
Today we begin our traveling around Shimla with a sightseeing tour. Visit to Viceregal Lodge a majestic, grey-hued structure ringed by tall pines is located at the top of Observatory Hills and was constructed by the British. This brilliant building served as the residence of the Viceroy, Lord Dufferin. It was completed by the year 1888 and it is still well maintained. The 19th century Elizabethan-style mansion is the most impressive colonial building in Shimla and was the summer seat of the viceroys until the 1940s. It is the only building in Shimla to occupy a hill by itself. The lodge has famous gardens and perfectly manicured lawns.
Our afternoon is taken at a gentle pace. A leisurely stroll along the Mall takes us past the town's Gaiety Theatre, the Victorian-Gothic Christ Church and Scandal Point, the town's popular social meeting place, so-called because it was where traditionally people would meet to gossip, Tibet Market, Lakkar Bazaar and Ridge. The area was developed by the British and to keep the area clean and unaffected by pollution, vehicles are not allowed on the road and evening on mall road.
Overnight stay at hotel. [B, L, D]

Day 04         In Shimla
         [Oberoi Cecil]
Today you are free to explore at your leisure. This provides you with a great opportunity to travel further into the Himalayas. Here you can enjoy majestic views towards the higher, snow-capped mountain peaks of the world's tallest mountain range. Alternatively you could explore Shimla further, visiting Wildflower Hall, a former residence of Lord Kitchener.
Overnight stay at hotel. [B, D]

Day 05         Shimla - Delhi [by Train]
         [Sheraton Hotel]
We disembark Shimla in the morning, enjoying another Toy Train journey. We travel back down the mountains through stunning landscapes, tunnels and lush green valleys to Kalka. Here we join the mainline, boarding the Shatabdi Express to Delhi. Upon arrival transfer to hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel. [B, L, D]

Day 06         Old Delhi Tour          [Sheraton Hotel]
Morning proceeds on a tour of Old Delhi - an ancient walled city, Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1650 switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi; we take rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of Delhi's bazaar - which gives us an incredible and authentic insight into the real, everyday lives of the millions of people who live in the city. As your rickshaw travels towards Chandni Chowk, you will be immersed in real India - surrounded by people, sounds and smells as we squeeze past vegetable carts and impromptu market stalls, avoiding delivery men carrying boxes on their heads. We duck underneath Sari displays and ride through the fragrant steam of street-side food stands and restaurants.
Here you will see Red Fort, (Lal Qila) the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jehan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk, the perpetually congested avenue heading west from the Red Fort, is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars. If you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce. We visit the Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India. Also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi and Jama Masjid the largest mosque in India.
Overnight stay at hotel. [B, D]

Day 07          Delhi – Agra [by Train] 02 hrs         [Mughal Sheraton]
Morning we take southbound Shatabdi Express to Agra - at the time of the Mughals, in the 16th & 17th centuries, Agra was the capital of the grand Mughal Empire. During this period the city became a leading centre of art, science, commerce and culture. Akbar the Great made Agra great. The city's origins are dim but Akbar's grandfather Babur is credited with Agra's founding. Today morning visit the Agra Fort – built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D. the fort is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings, including the Moti Masjid, Diwane-I-Am, Diwane-I-Khas and Musamman Burj, where the Emperor Shah Jahan died in imprisonment, besides Jahangir’s Palace, Khaas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal. Also visit to Itmad-ud-Daulah built by Empress Noor Jehan in the memory of Her Father.
Afternoon excursion to Fatehpur Sikri the deserted red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital Ponder the mysterious desertion of this capital city that was dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its 'ruins' are still in a pristine condition. It is not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur of Shah Jehan, mastermind of the unforgettable Taj Mahal.
As you will drive through the city witness the local life and bazaars (markets) and the hustle bustle of everyday India. Agra is famous for Marble Items.
Overnight stay at hotel. [B, D]

Day 08         Agra – Jaipur [by Train]         [Rajputana Sheraton]

Enjoy the Magnificent Taj Mahal – The Monument of Love in the warm glow of Sunrise, which was built in 1630 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. What makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughals brought this concept to India they elevated it to heights of Incomparable artistry. Afternoon board the Shatabdi Express train for Jaipur – the pink city once the capital of Rajasthan province, "the abode of rajahs".
Overnight stay at hotel. [B, D]

Day 09         In Jaipur         [Rajputana Sheraton]

Morning venture back into the city tour. Visit the City Palace Museum where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani & Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armory of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, Also visit the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD). Also included is a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Later immerse yourself in the unique sights, sounds & smells of the colorful Jaipur market.
Overnight stay at hotel. [B, D]

Day 10         In Jaipur          [Rajputana Sheraton]

Today you are free to further explore this wonderful city, take advantage of the hotel's many facilities or relax in the extensive grounds. Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, a small textile museum dedicated to this ancient craft of hand block painting, or Jawahar Kala Kendra, an arts and crafts centre, built in 1986 to provide space to the cultural and spiritual values of India and display the rich craft heritage. Alternatively take a rickshaw to the Monkey Temple (Galwar Bagh).
Overnight stay at hotel. [B, D]

Day 11         Jaipur – Delhi [by Train]         [Sheraton Hotel]
After breakfast, journey back in time at deserted 17th century fortress of Amber Fort. 11 Kms. from Jaipur, Amber Fort is a marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. Go up the fort on the back of a gaily-caparisoned elephant true to the style of the Maharajas of the past. The interiors of the fort have various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glasswork complemented by exquisite wall paintings. As you move between the rooms of this magnificent structure feel the history and visualize the pomp and grandeur of a kingdom never conquered.
Your remainder of the time is free before we board the Shatabdi Express train to Delhi for final departure night.
Overnight stay at hotel. [B, D]

Day 12         Delhi - Onward Destination

Say good bye to this fascinating land & tour. Escorted transfer to Indira Gandhi International Airport to board the flight for onward destination. [B]

Abbreviations Used
B
= Breakfast, L = Lunch & D = Dinner

Price based on Twin Sharing on 06 Paying Pax
Occupancy
Apr - Sep 2013Oct 2013 - Mar 2014
Per Person
USD 3975
USD 4650
SGL Supplement USD 1040
USD 1320

Note: Above rates are not valid from 22 Dec 2013 to 05 Jan 2014

Hotels Used
Destination
Hotel Name
Category
Room Type
Delhi
Sheraton
5 Star
Executive Club
Shimla
Oberoi Cecil
5 Star
Deluxe
Agra
Mughal Sheraton
5 Star
Chamber
Jaipur
Rajputana Sheraton
5 Star
Rajputana Chamber

Inclusions

•  Indian Rail Experience: Travel in First Class air conditioned chair car Shatabdi Express
•  Luxury Heritage Toy Train Experience: Kalka - Shimla - Kalka by chair car
•  11 nights stay in 5 star hotels as mentioned above
•  09 buffet breakfast at mentioned hotel
•  02 packed hot breakfast in Train
•  02 packed hot lunch in Toy Train
•  01 lunch at hotel in Shimla
•  09 buffet dinner at mentioned hotel
•  02 packed hot dinner in Train
•  English speaking local guided tour at all places
•  All transfers & sightseeing by air conditioned vehicle
•  Monument entry fees wherever applicable as per the itinerary
•  Porter Service at Railway Stations: Porters will take your luggage from the vehicle to the train and vice-versa upon arrival/departure at/from railway stations
•  At hotels, your luggage will be taken from the vehicle to your room on arrival, and from your room to the vehicle on departure
•  All applicable taxes

Exclusions
Laundry, Insurance, Tips, Telephone Calls, Hard Drinks Still & Video Camera fees in Monuments and Expenses like Personal Nature


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