India Golden Triangle & Tiger Safari

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9 DAYS
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Once a mighty kingdom of the great Mughal Emperors and the crown jewel of the queen of England, India has lured many travelers to her riches. On this adventure you can visit the famous Golden Triangle – covering cities like Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. This may be a small geographical part of India but it offers some of the most attractive highlights, like the Taj Mahal of Agra and the Palace of Fateh-pur-Sikri. In Rajasthan Desert visit Jaipur’s iconic Palace of Winds and ride an elephant up to the Amber Fort. Top this adventure with a visit to the Ranthambore National Park and join us on a safari adventure in search of the elusive Tiger.

Highlights:

The monuments of the Golden Triangle. Jama Mosque, Taj Mahal, Fateh-pur-sikri, Ranthambore, Hawa Mahal, Aber Fort and much more

Major Cities/Towns/Islands:

Delhi, Agra, Jaipur.

Cultural/Natural Impact:

Learn about the history and culture of many major religions and civilizations that emerged from India and spread throughout the world

Variety of Landscape

From plains of the north to the sands of the west

Activity:

Easy, short walks to explore the monuments.

Unique Local Experiences:

Great opportunity to learn about the unique cultural practices of various ethnic groups of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Discover the wildlife of a true Indian ‘jungle’, the domain of the elusive Tiger.
# Tour Meals Overnight
Day 01 Arrive Delhi Radisson Blu
Day 02 Full day tour B Radisson Blu
Day 03 Delhi – Samode Village – Jaipur B Four Points By Sheraton
Day 04 Jaipur B Four Points By Sheraton
Day 05 Jaipur – Ranthambore National Park B+L+D The Sher Garh Resort
Day 06 Ranthanbmbore National Park B+L+D The Sher Garh Resort
Day 07 Ranthambore National Park – Agra B Four Points By Sheraton
Day 08 Agra – Delhi – Airport B
Day 09 Delhi – Toronto

 

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 1: ARRVIE NEW DELHI

You will be met on arrival at the Delhi Airport and transferred to the hotel. You are free this afternoon to Rest of the day is free. Explore the city on your own.
Overnight: Radisson Blu
Day 2: DELHI
Activities: Jama Masjid, Qutab Minar, Humayun’s Tomb

Visit Old Delhi to visit the 17th century Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. See Chandni Chowk, the shopping center of old Delhi and drive past the Red Fort for a photo stop. Visit Raj Ghat where Gandhi Ji was cremated.
New Delhi is built in a typically British colonial style with tree-lined avenues and colonial bungalows. See India Gate, the 42 m high War Memorial Arch. Drive past the Parliament House, the Secretariat buildings and the Vice Regal Palace, now the official residence of the President of India. You will also visit Qutab Minar – what was intended to be the most glorious tower of victory in the world and was to be the prototype of all minars in India. Humayun’s tomb: Located in the eastern part of Dehli, Humayun’s tomb is one of the best preserved Mughal monuments. This spellbinding mausoleum is the first example of Mughal architecture in India. A century after its construction, Humayun’s tomb inspired the construction of the more famous Taj Mahal.
Overnight: Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Dwarka
Meals Included: Breakfast
Jama Masjid The majestic Jama Masjid – meaning ‘world-reflecting’ mosque – is Old Delhi’s principal place of worship, and the largest and most renowned of its kind in India. Built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan – who also built the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort – it’s an elaborate structure featuring an expansive geometric base topped with globe-shaped minarets crafted from strips of red sandstone and white marble, and a massive courtyard that can hold up to 25 000 people. Jama Masjid is particularly impressive just before dusk, when its rosy hues intensify in the glow of the setting sun.
Humayun’s Tomb: The mausoleum complex of Humayun, India’s second Mughal Emperor, was commissioned by his widow in 1565 and was the first garden tomb to be built in India, taking seven years to complete. Humayun had travelled widely in Persia and Central Asia during his lifetime, and many of the architectural principles he brought back from these journeys were incorporated into the building at his wife’s instructions. With its double domes, decorative inlaid marble and vast garden with pools connected by channels, this 16th Century building set the stage for the style that culminated in the Taj Mahal almost 100 years later.

Day 3: DELHI – JAIPUR

Drive to Jaipur (250 km/approximately 5 hours). Overnight in your hotel in the Aravalli Range. Famously known as the “Pink City”, Jaipur’s nickname was coined in 1876 when a visit by the Prince of Wales prompted the government to paint the Old City terracotta pink, traditionally the colour of hospitality, to welcome the Royal Prince. Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, a soldier, ruler, and scholar in mathematics and astronomy, after whom the city has been named. Jaipur is home to splendid fortresses, majestic palaces, temples and a must-see medieval observatory.
Overnight: Four Points By Sheraton
Meals Included: Breakfast
Jaipur: Gateway to the state of Rajasthan, Jaipur offers a heady mix of old and new India. Famously known as the “Pink City”, Jaipur’s nickname was coined in 1876 when a visit by the Prince of Wales prompted the government to paint the Old City terracotta pink, traditionally the colour of hospitality, to welcome the Royal. Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, a soldier, ruler, and scholar in mathematics and astronomy, after whom the city has been named. Jaipur is home to splendid fortresses, majestic palaces, temples and a must-see medieval observatory.

Day 4: JAIPUR

Visit the ancient Rajput capital of Amber, 11 km from the city. This fort-palace was begun by Raja Man Singh and used by the Rajputs as their stronghold until Sawai Jai Singh II moved to the newly created Jaipur. See the Diwan I Am or hall of public audience, Kali temple, Jai Mandir or hall of victory with its inlaid panels and mirror ceiling, and Sukh Niwas. The fort provides breathtaking views of the lake below. Take a half-day tour of the city visiting the Maharaja’s City Palace and the Jantar Mantar Observatory. Jaipur’s walled City Palace (1732 AD) occupies one-seventh of the city’s area. See the Mubarak Mahal, museums of textiles and armoury etc, and the Diwan I Khas and Diwan I Am. Jantar Mantar, literally meaning “instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens” is the oldest in India. Each instrument has a specific purpose and gives an accurate reading. Drive past Hawa Mahal.
Activities: Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds),
Overnight: Four Points By Sheraton
Meals Included: Breakfast
Amber Fort Amber Fort, officially known as the ‘Amer Palace’, is one of the most famous forts of Rajasthan attracting around 4000 to 5000 visitors a day during peak tourist season. The palace was named after the small town of Amer, where it is situated – only eleven kilometres from Jaipur. Perfectly picturesque, this 16th century hillside residence is well preserved, boasting grand pavilions and mirrored halls that open onto flourishing gardens and courtyards. Although the palace’s main construction started in 1592 by Maharaja Man Singh, it was added to over the years by successive rulers and continued to be occupied by them until Jaipur was built.
Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds)
One of Jaipur’s most recognised buildings, the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) is known for its iconic façade. Small windows, decorated with intricate latticework create a honeycomb-like appearance. The original intention of the lattice was to allow the royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen. The cooling effect, provided by the breeze passing through the small windows, gave the palace its name. Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, the unique construction was originally designed to look like the crown of Krishna. A panoramic view of Jaipur can be had from the top of the building.
Day 5: Jaipur – Ranthambore National Park ( 180 KMS/ 4 HRS)

Arrive and check in at your hotel. After lunch, enjoy a jungle safari. The park is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country where visitors spending a couple of nights are likely to spot one of these majestic animals. Once a private tiger reserve of the Maharaja of Jaipur, in 1972 the sanctuary came under the Project Tiger scheme. It covers 410 sq km and runs from the easternmost spur of the Aravallis to the Vindhya Range. Apart from tigers it is possible to see herds of Chital and Sambar deer and hear sounds of wild boar, Nilgai antelope and chinkara gazelles. There are also sloth bear, a few leopards and crocodiles. Extensive bird life includes spur fowl, jungle fowl, partridges, quails, crested serpent eagles, woodpeckers, flycatchers etc. There are also water birds like storks, ducks and geese at the lakes and waterholes. Overnight: The Sher Garh Resort.
Activities: Embark on an afternoon safari into the wilderness of Ranthambore National Park
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 6: RANTHAMBORE

Early morning, take another safari. Your morning will start with pre dawn coffee. As you embark on this journey early in the morning in an open jeep, you will witness the sun rays slowly entering the dense forest cover of the park. The mere sight of the orange light mingling with the lush green environs is world beholding. Passing through beautiful lakes, snaking river streams, lush grasslands and verdant bushes of this natural reserve, you might just get lucky with spotting a tiger. Meanwhile the chirping sound of myriad bird species is surely going to enchant you. Return to your hotel . Rest of the day at leisure. You may avail many in-house optional activities offered by the resort.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 7: RANTHAMBORE – AGRA (280 KMS – 6 HRS)

On our way to Agra, we stop at Fatehpur Sikri. The magnificent fortified ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 as his capital and abandoned 15 years later, allegedly due to a severe scarcity of water. You will visit the graceful buildings within such as the Jami Masjid, the tomb of Salim Chisti, the Panch Mahal, Diwan I Khas and other palaces. It is a place where Islamic architecture fuses with Hindu and Jain decorative art.
Later visit Agra Fort. The construction of the Agra Fort was begun by Emperor Akbar in 1565. Its massive walls stretch for 2½ km and are surrounded by a moat over 10 metres wide. The fort is really a city within a city, which embraces the Moti Masjid, the Diwan-i-Am or the Hall of Public Audiences, the Diwan-i-Khas or the Hall of Private Audiences, the Octagonal Tower, Jehangir’s Palace and many more monuments. Get to know Agra the local way, by exploring the city’s hidden lane-ways, bustling spice market, and religious mosques and temples, all with your feet to guide you. Sample treats at a 200-year-old sweets shop, hop on a cycle rickshaw, and learn why Hindu families dress their idols. Hear the legends that have been passed down through generations and learn how modern-day India is reshaping itself.
Activities: Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri.
Overnight: Four Points By Sheraton
Meals Included: Breakfast
Fatehpur Sikri: A highlight in the province of Uttar Pradesh, Fatehpur Sikri served briefly as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585. This world heritage site is rated as one of the best preserved collections of Mughal architecture in India. Surrounded by a six kilometer wall, with the fourth being a lake at the time, a day can be spent exploring the elaborate structures within. Marvel at the impressive Jama Masjid mosque, the detailed palaces built for Emperor Akbar’s wives, the public and private discussion halls and vast ornamental pool; all of which took over 15 years to conceptualize and build.
Taj Mahal The iconic Taj Mahal is not only an architectural masterpiece, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World – it’s also the enduring legacy of a royal love story. It was commissioned in the 15th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan after the death of his third and favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, to serve as her final resting place and a symbol of his eternal affection for her. Combining Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian design elements, it’s an awe-inspiring structure of elegant domes and white marble, which changes colour along with the light – pink at sunrise, pearly white in the afternoon and silver-gold in the full moon.
Day 8: AGRA – DELHI AIROPRT

Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal: The iconic Taj Mahal is not only an architectural masterpiece, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World – it’s also the enduring legacy of a royal love story. It was commissioned in the 15th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan after the death of his third and favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, to serve as her final resting place and a symbol of his eternal affection for her. Combining Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian design elements, it’s an awe-inspiring structure of elegant domes and white marble, which changes colour along with the light – pink at sunrise, pearly white in the afternoon and silver-gold in the full moon.
Get to know Agra the local way, by exploring the city’s hidden lane-ways, bustling spice market, and religious mosques and temples, all with your feet to guide you. Sample treats at a 200-year-old sweets shop, hop on a cycle rickshaw, and learn why Hindu families dress their idols. Hear the legends that have been passed down through generations and learn how modern-day India is reshaping itself.
Activities: Taj Mahal visit, Agra tour
Meals Included: Breakfast
AGRA: Home of the world-famous Taj Mahal, Agra is one of India’s prime tourist destinations for specifically this reason, though its attractions also extend to an array of other impressive historical sights. These include the red-hued Agra Fort, the sacred Jama Masjid mosque and Itmad-ud-Daulah’s tomb, with its white marble facade embellished with intricate inlaid designs and semi-precious gems. The Taj, however, is in a league of its own and needless to say is a must-see for any visitor to the city. Commissioned by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the 15th century as a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, it is an architectural masterpiece of exquisite craftsmanship and perfect proportions.Tomb Of Itmad-Ud-Daulah (Baby Taj)
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah is a Mughal mausoleum built for the grandfather of the Mumtaz Mahal, who the Taj Mahal was in turn built for. the tomb colloquially known as the “jewel box”, or the “Baby Taj”.
Walk in Agra city

Get to know Agra the local way, by exploring the city’s hidden lane-ways, bustling spice market, and religious mosques and temples, all with your feet to guide you. Sample treats at a 200-year-old sweets shop, hop on a cycle rickshaw, and learn why Hindu families dress their idols. Hear the legends that have been passed down through generations and learn how modern-day India is reshaping itself. Finish it all up with the spectacular sight of the Taj Mahal from a secret spot.Check out time is 1200 hrs noon. Get transferred to Delhi airport to connect onward flight. If you wish to have dinner before going to the airport, let your driver know and he will make an appropriate stop.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Services include:

  • Accommodation: Our unique select hotels/guest houses with clean rooms, reliable service and safe for foreign travellers.Meals: Meals as mentioned in the program outline, are included
  • Meals: As mentioned with the program.
  • All entrance fees for sites are included in the tour with the exception of those that are mentioned otherwise.
  • Air-conditioned transport throughout the tour (as per sightseeing program and hotel transfers).
  • Experienced and professional chauffeurs.
  • Sightseeing as mentioned with the tour details.
  • English speaking guide and/or trip leaders.

Services do not include:

  • Entry visas (if applicable).
  • If you book your flights yourself, you may be required to pay an additional cost for the airport transfers. Please contact our office to confirm.
  • International Airfare (except mentioned otherwise).
  • Domestic Airfare (except mentioned otherwise).
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, drinks, use of mini-bar at the hotels, laundry or personal medications.
  • Any expenses that may arise due to unforeseen natural or political situation.
  • Insurance: We strongly recommend that all clients consider buying Trip Cancellation/Interruption + Medical Travel Insurance. Contact our office for a quote.
  • Tips and gratuities to porters, guides, drivers and trip leaders.

NOTE:

  • This trip may only operate with a minimum number of participants.
  • Sudden changes in the foreign currency rates can impact the prices. We can only protect our prices as long as they do not change over 5%.

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