Delhi – Jaipur – Agra – Taj Mahal – Samode
India’s Golden Triangle is a fascinating journey to India’s three most popular destinations. From the hustle and bustle of Delhi to the architectural marvel of the Taj Mahal and the rich heritage of Jaipur, this tour encompasses the best of north Indian heritage and culture. Explore the splendid opulence of Rajasthan’s forts and palaces, wander the museums and market places of the pink city and relax in stunning luxury in heritage class hotels. One of the highlights of this tour is the stunning 5 star heritage hotels that you will experience along the way. All hand picked for their authentic old world Raj feel, lavish appointments, and service second to none, these are quite simply the best heritage hotels available.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Delhi – India|
|DEPARTURE DATES||Daily year round|
|DURATION||7 days/6 nights|
|PRICES per person||
AU$4,590 twin share rate
AU$6,240 single rate
|GROUP SIZE||2-12 Guests|
Welcome to India! On arrival you will be met by a representative of Adventure Associates and transferred to the 5 star Oberoi Hotel.
In Delhi, sightseeing
After a leisurely breakfast we embark on a sightseeing day in Delhi. As a complete contrast to the old, New Delhi stands in formal splendor. It is a city of wide boulevards that offers ever-changing perspectives of Lutyen’s landscaped city. It is also a city known for its formal parks, magnificent Parliament Building, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India in the 330 acres of land and designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens) and India Gate. In New Delhi we will also visit Qutab Minar, the 72.5 metre high tower dating back to the 13th century, and Humanyun’s Tomb, which was built in the 16th century and architecturally considered the forerunner of the Taj Mahal. Pulsing with energy and colour, Old Delhi is laced by a maze of narrow lanes, which twist and turn between the tall, leaning buildings. We will witness the hustle and bustle of thronged bazaars and experience the full sights, sounds and aromas indicative of the Indian sub continent. In Old Delhi we pass the famous Red Fort, surrounded by shops and bazaars, the Jama Masjid with its tapering minarets and wonderful marble domes and Chandni Chowk. Overnight Oberoi Hotel. B
Drive Delhi to Agra
After a relaxed breakfast we check out of the hotel and take the 4 hour drive to Agra, on arrival we check in to the Grand Imperial Hotel.
In the afternoon we proceed to Agra Fort. The fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is also known as Lal Qila, Fort Rouge and Red Fort of Agra. It is about 2.5 km northwest of its much more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal. The 380,000-square-metre (94-acre) fort has a semicircular plan, its chord lies parallel to the river and its walls are seventy feet high. Double ramparts have massive circular bastions at intervals, with battlements, embrasures, machicolations and string courses. Four gates were provided on its four sides, one Khizri gate opening on to the river.The fort can be more accurately described as a walled palatial city, and was built by Muhammad Akbar in Red Sandstone when he was through with the consolidation of his power after accession to power in 1654, Agra Fort worked both as a military strategic point as well as the royal residence. In the afternoon we enjoy the Tajganj Heritage Walk where we will have the opportunity to explore the town. The Colonial Walk aims to raise the awareness of the visitors, about the city’s Colonial architecture and heritage monuments. Personalised, educative and imaginative, the tour highlights the vast range of architectural styles, planning elements and ornamental details, tracing the social and cultural history of the city. Overnight Grand Imperial. B
Agra – Taj Mahal – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur
Viewing the Taj Mahal at sunrise is well worth the effort of a very early rise this morning. Described as the most spectacular monument ever built for love, the Taj Mahal is the great pride of India. One of the legendary Indian poets, Rabindranath Tagore, described its beauty as “a teardrop on the face of eternity”. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died after giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. Around 20,000 workers devoted day and night to construct this magnificent monument. Designed by the Iranian architect Khan Effendi, only the best marble was transported from Makrana in Rajasthan, and the precious stones came from Afghanistan, Persia and Central Asia. Specialists were brought in from Europe and other Asian counties to produce the exquisite marble screens and pietra dura made with the thousands of semi precious stones. It is said that Shah Jahan also wanted to build a black Taj Mahal as a tomb for himself on the opposite side of the river Yamuna, though sadly he could not afford his grandiose plans.
Fatehpur Sikri is located approximately 40kms west of Agra. Built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar during 1570 and 1585, it is an ancient red sandstone city and one of the finest examples of the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Fatehpur Sikri Mosque is said to be a copy of the Al-Masjid Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and its design derived from Persian and Hindu architecture. Overnight Alsisar Haveli, Jaipur. B
Jaipur – Sanganer – Jaipur
Morning after breakfast drive Sanganer 16 kilometers away from Jaipur, it is know for its famous handmade paper industry and the textile printing industry. Here we will visit blue pottery making village, block printing workshop and handmade paper unit.
In the afternoon we take in a sightseeing tour of Jaipur. The Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds, is perhaps the most recognised landmark in Jaipur and was built as a screen so that the women of the royal household could observe street festivities whilst unseen from the outside world. Constructed of striking pink and red sandstone, it is located on the edge of the City Palace which now houses a museum in all but a single section, which is still home to members of the royal family. We will also visit the Central Museum, which has a large collection of costumes, woodwork, brassware, jewellery, and pottery. Overnight Alsisar Haveli. B
Jaipur – Amber Fort – Samode
After breakfast we check out and drive to Samode via the sprawling Amber Fort.
One of the finest examples of Rajput/Mughal architecture, the fort was built in the 16th century, and stands as a testament to the glory of the fierce Kachawaha Dynasty that ruled over the region from the 12th to the 18th century. Constructed by Raja Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by Sawai Jai Singh I, the fort is constructed of red sand stone and white marble. In contrast to it’s imposing exterior built to defend itself against warring enemies, the interior walls of the palace depict painted scenes with carvings, precious stones and mirror settings. In the foreground is the Maota Lake which provides a breathtaking setting. We then drive for approximately 1 hour to Samode and our exclusive accommodation at the stunning Samode Palace. Exclusive and discreet, Samode Palace has been host to royalty, celebrities, artists, and the discerning traveller. Awaken to the quiet dawn, or have a cocktail on the terrace garden to the accompaniment of folk musicians. Run your fingers across the intricate story of an ancient mural on an uneven wall. Emerge from a gentle healing massage at the spa, or perhaps just sink into the lavish bed in your room. B
Samode – Delhi
Following breakfast we make the 4 – 5 hour drive back to Delhi. Once we reach Delhi transfer to the airport for onward arrangements.B
How to Book
To ensure your place on this exciting adventure, please contact us to reserve a place 02 6355 2022 or , then complete the Adventure Associates Booking Form and return to us with your AUD 1000 per person deposit.
|Deposit required per person:||AU$1000 per person|
|Balance due:||75 days prior to departure|
|If booking within 74 days of departure:||Full payment must be made.|
Reservations are established when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the deposit and Booking Form. Travel insurance is strongly recommended at the time of booking.
Cancellations must be advised in writing to Adventure Associates. Cancellation charges are subject to regulations of airlines, coach and tour operators, hotels and other principals involved. If it is necessary to cancel your arrangements, the following non-refundable charges will apply.
|More than 100 days prior to departure||AU$500 per person|
|Between 99 and 75 days prior to departure||Full loss of deposit per person|
|Between 74 and 31 days prior to departure||75% of tour cost per person|
|On or within 30 days prior to departure||No Refund|
If the cancellation charge is more than your advance payment you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned above you are strongly recommended to take out Travel Insurance. Once the Land Tour has departed there will be no refund for any unused portions of the trip.