This 9-day Golden Triangle Tour with Ranthambore will take you to popular tourist destinations of India – New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, also including Ranthambore the famous tiger destination of Rajasthan. Delhi will surprise you with its interesting mix of history, art, culture and architectural wonders from the ancient and the modern world. Explore Mughal era architectural wonders in Agra. In Rajasthan, admire the magnificent royal palaces of Jaipur, and spot the wild tigers while in a jeep safari at Ranthambore National Park. Moreover, discover India’s famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, watch the dazzling sunrise over the Taj Mahal, World Heritage Sites, Enjoy a Rickshaw Ride in the streets of Old Delhi, get Henna tattoo in Delhi, an Elephant ride in Jaipur, among an array of other lifetime experiences. The package also includes accommodation in hotels, private guide, meals, transport and more. The highlight of the itinerary is the Diwali celebration at a royal heritage property in Jaipur hosted by a Rajasthani family, and accompanied with sparkling lights and firecrackers, Rajasthani music and dance, special Diwali delicacies and other delights.
Upon arrival, our representative will greet you at the Delhi Airport, and then transfer you to your hotel. The Capital city of India, Delhi is a striking modern metropolis. Delhi has been repeatedly destroyed by erstwhile empires, and yet, it has sprung back to life time and again. This city narrates the history of India in its ruins of lost empires. The rich past of Delhi has brought India through history books. Settled by Mughals and later by the British; Delhi is dotted with ancient streets, architectural marvels and vibrant marketplaces that will be etched forever in your memories.
This morning after breakfast, do a full-day guided city sightseeing tour of Delhi. Delhi sightseeing tour begins at Old Delhi with a visit to the 350-year-old and the largest mosque in India - Jama Masjid. Next, proceed in a rickshaw to Chandni Chowk, exploring one of the oldest, biggest and the busiest markets in India. The rickshaw ride halts at the Red Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a massive Mughal era red sandstone monument. Here, our driver will pick you up and drive you to Raj Ghat - the memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Next, proceed to the Humayun’s Tomb (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a memorial to the 2nd Mughal Emperor, Humayun. Later, drive past the Rashtrapati Bhawan (official residence of the President of India) and India Gate (a War memorial dedicated to the Indian & British soldiers who died in World War-I). Sightseeing in Delhi ends with the visit to Qutub Minar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), world’s tallest brick minaret that was built in 1192. Also, get a henna tattoo applied as a memorable souvenir from India.
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Agra. AGRA is the city of the inimitable Taj Mahal. The story of Agra begins much earlier than the Taj, it finds mention in the Mahabharata when it was called the Agrabana or paradise. It was the Mughals who finally nurtured Agra with the finest monuments that the architects could design: The Taj Mahal of Shah Jahan and Agra Fort of Akbar are but few of the many that spangle the city, each of which stands in mute testimony to the city's grandeur over the ages. After arrival in Agra, check-in to your hotel.
Enjoy an early morning visit to the world-renowned and World Heritage site of Taj Mahal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The Taj Mahal, which is one man’s monumental testimony to love, has become synonymous not only with Agra but with all of India. A mausoleum built by Shah Jahan for his empress Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj is the primary attraction of the city. Located close to the Taj Mahal, you’ll visit the Agra Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), which lies on the bend of the river Yamuna. Built by Mughal Emperor Akbar over 1565-73 AD, the magnificent fort was successively occupied and added to by his successors. Afterward, return to the hotel for breakfast, then check-out and drive to Ranthambore. In Ranthambore, you’ll explore the famous Ranthambore National Park – a former hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur, now a major wildlife tourist attraction in Northern India. The park is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places to spot these big cats in its natural habitat. Upon arrival in Ranthambore, check-in to your resort/hotel.
After breakfast, get transferred to Ranthambore National Park to enjoy jungle safari and to spot the majestic tigers. The safari will be done twice, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon.
This morning after breakfast, drive to Jaipur, the flamboyant and historical capital of Rajasthan. Rajasthan's beautiful Pink City - Jaipur, was the stronghold of a clan of rulers whose three hill forts and series of palaces in the city are important attractions. Jaipur is also known as the ‘Pink City’ because of the colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city. Upon arrival in Jaipur, check-in to your hotel.
After breakfast, proceed for a full-day sightseeing tour of Jaipur city covering Jantar Mantar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) observatory. Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) built in the late 18th century exclusively for the royal women so that they could peer down unseen by the world through its 953 ornate windows called “jharokhas” and balconies. Lastly, visit City Palace, from where the Maharajas of Jaipur ruled, situated at the heart of the city, which also houses the City Palace Museum.
Enjoy breakfast, followed by sightseeing of three forts of Jaipur, which once formed as the strong defense ring for the city. Start with Amer Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a 16th-century magnificent Rajasthani Fortress-Palace located on a hillock, with huge ramparts and watchtowers. You will certainly love the elephant ride to the Amber Fort. Proceed to the 18th century Nahargarh Fort, with Indo-European architecture styles, stands on the edge of the Aravalli Hills and overlooks the city of Jaipur. The name Nahargarh means “abode of tigers”. Further, visit Jaigarh Fort, the huge and stunning red sandstone fort was built between 15th to 18th centuries. A gigantic canon named Jaivana is one of the star attractions of the fort. Return to hotel and relax. In the evening, get transferred to the royal heritage property to celebrate Diwali with a Rajsathani family. Arrive wearing traditional Rajasthani attires (preferably saree or salwar-suit for the ladies, and kurta-pyjama for the men), seek blessings from the divine with the Diwali pooja (worship rituals), enjoy Rajasthani folk music and dance, shake a leg to local funky music, watch the fireworks, and relish delicious Indian sweets and savouries. Diwali is the festival of lights in India. On the evening of Diwali, candles and traditional diyas (earthen lamps) are lit, homes are decorated, colourful rangoli artwork patterns are designed on the floor, sweets and gifts are shared among friends and family, firecrackers are set, and people get dressed in their festive best. Enjoy a traditional dinner first, before leaving for your hotel.
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Delhi International Airport to connect a flight to your home/onward destination. Your memorable India tour ends here.
|8 Nights / 9 Days
|750 Per Person
|Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur (Diwali) - Delhi