Guided Tours in India

7 Day Golden Triangle Guided Tour of India

Explore India's rich historical heritage, architectural wonders and legacies of spiritual knowledge and classical arts on this amazing 7 day Golden Triangle guided tour.

Visitors will taste the colors and spices of India on this 7 day Golden Triangle tour consisting of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Visit some of the most iconic landmarks in the world from temples to palaces.

Explore Taj Mahal, an iconic and beautiful ivory-white marble mausoleum, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Also included are the Amber Palace, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, India Gate and the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Major landmarks and attractions of New & Old Delhi.
  • Afternoon visit to Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
  • Fatehpur Sikri - the abandoned city.
  • Jaipur, popularly known as the 'Pink City', is also the Gateway to Rajasthan.
  • Amber Palace
  • City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Observatory (aka Jantar Mantar)
  • Qutub Minar, considered one of the most perfect towers in the world, measuring 72m high.

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Summary

Breakfast Daily

7 Days / 6 Nights
Private Guided Tour

India

Itinerary

Day 1: Delhi

Arrive in Delhi. Meet and assist on arrival and transfer to hotel (Hotel check-in 1400 hrs).
Overnight in Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi

Following breakfast at hotel, proceed for sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi including a rickshaw ride (pedi cab) in Chandni Chowk [NOTE- Red Fort is closed on Mondays]

Old Delhi – Situated in a strategic position on the west bank of the Yamuna River, between the Himalayas and the Aravalli Hills, Delhi is the gateway to the rich alluvial soils of the Ganges plain and has, according to Indian folklore, been occupied since 2500 BC. The original city, Indraprastha was the first of nine. Shahjahanabad or Old Delhi, the 7th city, was built when the Mughal Emperor moved his capital back to Delhi from Agra in 1638. Planned out in blocks with wide roads, residential areas and bazaars, Chandi Chowk, now thought to be Asia’s busiest street, was the main artery. Literally translated as ‘Silver Street’ this bustling market area of Old Delhi is good for hunting down new and antique gold and silver jewellery from craftsmen whose forefathers served the emperor. At the 1911 Delhi Durbar, King George V announced that the capital of India was to move from Calcutta to Delhi. Inaugurated in 1931, the ambitious work of British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, New Delhi is an audacious statement of Imperial British control over India. Today the difference between bustling Old Delhi and the calmer, tree lined avenues of New Delhi is striking.

New Delhi – Was planned and built by the British in the 1920’s and is characterized by Sir Edwin Lutyens’ monumental architecture. Driving through the city, with its wide tree lined avenues discover India Gate and the Diplomatic Enclave, the Central Secretariat and the President's House. Visit Humayun's Tomb, aptly called the predecessor of the Taj Mahal because of its ornate Mughal style of architecture, later perfected in the Taj Mahal. Finally, see the 12th century Qutab Minar, considered one of the most perfect towers in the world, measuring 72m high. Continue to Connaught Place, New Delhi's main shopping area and central hub. Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.

Day 3: Delhi – Agra (Surface: 200km / 3 Hours)

Breakfast at hotel and drive to Agra. Arrive and check-in at hotel.

Afternoon visit Taj Mahal & Agra Fort. [NOTE- Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays]

Taj Mahal – Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal who died giving birth to their fourteenth child in 1631, the Taj Mahal is described by the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore as ‘a tear drop on the face of eternity’. Heartbroken by her death, legend has it that Shah Jahan’s hair turned grey overnight and that he turned his back on running the empire, concentrating instead on the construction of this monument to love. Construction took 22 years and the Taj was completed in 1653 at a speculated cost of 3 million rupees, equivalent to around 70 million US Dollars today.
Overnight stay at hotel in Agra.

Day 4: Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur (Surface: 232km /5 Hours)

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Jaipur en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri.

Despite having many wives, 26-year old Akbar had no living heir as all his children had died in infancy. Sheikh Salim Chishti, a Sufi saint living in the village of Sikri predicted Akbar would have three sons, and with the birth of Salim, (named after the saint and later known as Jahangir) and in recognition of the saint’s prophecy, Akbar built a new capital at Sikri in his honour. 37km southwest of Agra, this remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site served as the Mughal capital from 1571. Due to an ever-increasing population and erratic water supply, the red sandstone city was abandoned in 1585. Fatehpur Sikri, the town of victory, was the Mughals first planned city to feature designs that amalgamated Hindu, Persian and Islamic design. Today, the complex of buildings, including the Diwan-i-Am and the Diwan-i-Khas, the Panch Mahal and Jodha Bai’s Palace are perfectly preserved. Inside the Jama Masjid Mosque, completed in 1571 is the stunningly carved white marble tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti. Today childless couples hoping for a son visit the tomb and in seeking the saints blessing tie a woolen thread to the outer Jali screens.

Continue your drive to Jaipur before stopping again  to pay visit Abhneri Step well or The Chand Baori  - a stepwell built over a thousand years ago in the Abhaneri village of Rajasthan.It is one of the largest stepwells in the world and also one of the most beautiful ones. Located in the eastern part of the province of Rajasthan, it was built by King Chanda somewhere in the 9th century.

Arrive Jaipur and check-in at Hotel.
Overnight Hotel.

Day 5: Jaipur

Following breakfast at hotel, excursion to Amber to visit Amber Fort with Elephant ride uphill and jeep ride downhill.

Amber – Originally the ancient capital of the Kachawahas clan from 1037 the ancient town of Amber, 12km from Jaipur, is dotted with ancient temples, Havelis, and step wells. High above the town and surrounded with defensive fortification walls sits the impressive Amber Palace. Built by Raja Man Singh in the early 17th century it houses mighty gates, temples, huge ornate halls, palaces, pavilions and gardens. Amber Palace is a perfect blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture and once at the top the Palace affords excellent views of the surrounding countryside and town below. The 10-minute walk though a series of five defensive gates will bring you to the Suraj  Pol (Sun Gate), the main entry to the Palace. As an alternative it is possible to arrive at the Palace on the back of an elephant or drive up by jeep. Having visited the fort it is also possible to take a guided heritage walk of the often over-looked Amber village. This walk takes in seldom-visited temples, havelis, step wells and a fascinating museum of textiles.

Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Observatory. Popularly known as the Pink City, Jaipur (City of Victory) is the state capital and largest city of Rajasthan. It was founded by Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727 and was planned according to Indian ‘Vastu Shastra’ principles. The city was divided into 9 blocks representing the ancient Hindu map of the universe; 2 blocks housed the state buildings and palaces, the other 7 allotted to various public buildings. A fortification wall was built around the city with 7 gates for entry. Originally, the buildings were painted in a variety of colours but in 1853 when Prince Albert visited, the old city was painted pink, a traditional colour of welcome. It has remained pink ever since. The City Palace in the centre of Jaipur took 4 years to complete. Tour the Palace by passing through the main entrance and begin by visiting the Mubarak Mahal, built in 1890 it houses the Textile and Costume Museum. Visit the Armoury then proceed through the Rajendra Pol gate into the main complex. Here the Diwan-i-Khas is home to 2 giant silver urns used by Sawai Madho Singh to carry Ganges water to England when he attended Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. After visiting the Chandra Mahal and the museums proceed to the Jantar Mantar Observatory. Built between 1728 and 1734 on a grand scale, the 17 astronomical instruments were built in stone and marble. The collection, built by Jai Singh includes the large Samrat, a 27.4m high sundial accurate to 2 seconds! 

Rest of the day at leisure with car and driver at disposal.
Overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur.

Day 6: Jaipur – Delhi (Surface 265 km /  5 - 6 Hours)
Breakfast at hotel and drive back to Delhi. Arrive and check-in at hotel near airport. Rest of the day free for independent activities/relaxation before flying back home.
Overnight.

Day 7: Delhi Departure
Breakfast at hotel (Hotel check-out 1200 hrs) In time transfer to airport to connect flight back home

 

 

Rates quoted per person sharing

7 Day Golden Triangle Tour
Private Guided Tour

India Guided Holiday including flights from Johannesburg
4 Star Version
IN ZAR 2 Adults
4 Adults 6 Adults
Oct - Nov'19 From R17 492 pp From R15 775 pp From R14 869 pp
Dec'19 From R18 632 pp From R16 915 pp From R16 009 pp
Jan - Mar'20 From R18 215 pp From R16 498 pp From R15 592 pp

5 Star Version

IN ZAR 2 Adults 4 Adults 6 Adults
Oct - Nov'19 From R18 621 pp From R16 904 pp From R15 982 pp
Dec'19 From R19 761 pp From R18 044 pp From R17 122 pp
Jan - Mar'20 From R19 344 pp From R17 627 pp From R16 705 pp
*Please note- above rates do not apply for travel period (20 Dec - 05 Jan’20)
*Based on cheapest airfares
*Rates are for SA Residence only. Rates for other nationalities available per quote.

Package rates includes:

  • Return international airfares from Johannesburg to Delhi
  • Airport taxes
  • Traditional Indian Welcome & Assistance by our representative on arrival at airport.
  • Accommodation using twin sharing room.
  • Daily Breakfast as per itinerary
  • All Transfers / Transportation / Sightseeing by Air conditioned Toyota Innova Crysta (02-03 Pax ) // Air conditioned Micro Van (04-08 Pax)
  • All applicable Monument Entrances
  • Local English speaking Guide
  • Rickshaw ride at Delhi
  • 2 Bottles of Mineral water during sightseeing/intercity travel

Package rates excludes:

  • Camera Fees at monuments
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not specified
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Items of Personal Nature

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