THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE, THE TIGER AND THE LAKE PALACE

 

 

The Golden Triangle, The Tiger and The Lake Palce 13 Days

Delhi

Welcome to India!! Upon arrival and after you exit from the International Airport, you will be greeted by our local representative and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel
Delhi, the capital of India has a fascinating history and a stimulating present. Delhi has been the seat of a power of a number of dynasties – the Rajputs, the Muslims invaders from the North, the Afghan dynasties followed by Tughlaqs, Sayyads, the Ladies and the Mughals, who continued the Imperial line, until The British days. The Old City, built by Shah Jehan in the 17th century, stands today as an epitome of the whole history of Indo-Islamic architecture. New Delhi designed and constructed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker is a mixture of the East and West. The public buildings in red sandstone are in the Mughal style. New Delhi has a circular Parliament House and an imposing Central Secretariat in two blocks, which stand as you approach the Rashtrapati Bhavan, residence of the President of India. Delhi is today the political, economic and cultural capital of the world’s largest democracy and has also become one of the greatest tourist centers of the world.

Delhi

Enjoy your breakfast & then depart for a tour of New Delhi. In New Delhi visit Qutab Minar – a 234 foot high tower. The Qutab Minar itself is a soaring tower of victory that was started in 1193, immediately after the defeat of the last Hindu kingdom in Delhi. It is nearly 73m high and tapers from a 15m diameter base to just 2.5m at the top. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone, the fourth and the fifth of marble and sandstone. TheTomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun – built in the mid-16th century by Haji Begum, the Persian-born senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, is a wonderful early example of Mughal architecture. The elements in its design – a squat building, high arched entrances that let in light, topped by a bulbous dome and surrounded by formal gardens – were to be refined over the years to the magnificence of the Taj Mahal in Agra. Visit India Gate (War Memorial), drive past the President’s House, which was once the Viceroy’s Palace, Parliament House and Secretarial Buildings. Visit the Laxmi Narayan Temple or better known as the Birla Mandir – a Hindu temple dedicated to Laxmi (the Goddess of prosperity) and Narayana (the preserver). The temple is located on Mandir Marg, west of Connaught Place. The temple is one of Delhi’s major temples and a major tourist attraction. Evening enjoy a welcome dinner with an Indian family.
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Delhi

After breakfast depart for a tour of Old Delhi. In Old Delhi, visit Red Fort (from the outside)- built with red sand stone walls of Lal Quila. The Red Fort extends for 2 km and varies in height from 18m on the river side to 33m on the city side. Shah Jehan started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and it was completed in 1648. The Red Fort dates from the vary peak of Mughal power. The Mughal reign from Delhi was a short one, however Aurangzeb was the first and the last emperor to rule here. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of the famous markets in Chandani Chowk. The Jama Masjid – the Great mosque of Old Delhi’s and is both the largest and final architectural extravagance of Shah Jehan. Begun in 1644, the mosque was not completed until 1658. It has three gateways, four angle towers and two minarets standing 40m high, constructed of altering vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble. Finally visit Raj Ghat the cremation site of Mahatama Gandhi – the Father of the Nation. Return to the hotel and relax or visit a nearby market.
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Delhi – Agra

After breakfast drive to Agra and upon arrival, check into your hotel. Evening at sunset, depart on a sightseeing tour of one of the Seven Wonders of the World – The Taj Mahal.
You will be taken to the Mehtab Bagh to see the Taj Mahal at sunset. Mehtab Bagh is a moon lit garden, a char-bagh complex just situated north of the Taj Mahal on the opposite side of the river Yamuna. The garden was made by the great Mughal emperor Babur and later owned by Raja Man Singh Kacchawa of Amber. Watching the sun set from the Mehtab Bagh on the Taj Mahal is a great experience for its visitors. The evening is more romantic, when the dazzling moonlight falls on the Taj, and the monument witnesses the true and pure love and passion of Shah Jehan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.
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Agra

After breakfast depart for the Taj Mahal & Agra Fort. Visit the Taj Mahal – the world’s greatest tribute of love of a husband for his wife. The Taj Mahal built by Emperor Shah Jehan for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal in 1565 is on the bank of the Yamuna River. The exterior is decorated with arabesques and texts of the Koran inlaid with precious stones. The Tomb itself, in pure white marble, consists of an octagonal building with a terrace square, surmounted by a dome 26 meters high. (A visit to the Taj Mahal at dawn or dusk is an unforgettable experience.) The Agra Fort or Red Fort is one of the most beautiful Mughal architectures of the 17th century. In 1565, Akbar began to build the Red Fort with its high red sandstone walls: inside, south, is the Jahangiri Mahal or Palace of Jahangir, built by Akbar to the north and the Pearl Mosque, built by Shah Jehan. In the “Khas Mahal” which forms three pavilions, one discovers a beautiful view of the Yamuna and the Taj Mahal. Rest of the afternoon is free to relax.
Evening enjoy a lively folk dance show at Kalakrity auditorium: Utsav Rishton Ka…” It is a colorful cultural dance presentation of ‘Atithi Devo Bhav’ a high degree of hospitality in Indian Culture. It is a fusion of Indian culture and social values, folk and modern music. Vibrant dances in colorful cultural costumes and loud music will want the guests to dance in their seats with the Backdrop of the Taj Mahal, along with the memorable love story of Shah-e-Jahan.
Overnight at the Hotel.

Agra/Fatehpur Sikri/Ranhambore

After breakfast drive to Ranthambhore and en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri (265 kms.)
Fatehpur Sikri is the ancient capital built by Mughal Emperor Akbar and whose palace is a fine example of Mughal architecture of the sixteenth century. These magnificent red sandstone ruins are the remains of one of the capitals of Akbar. It was founded in 1569 as an expression of his gratitude for the birth of his son, Selim. The building principal is the great mosque, probably the best in India. The Palace of Jodha Bai, a Rajput and wife of Akbar’s, includes a courtyard surrounded by a gallery surmounted by buildings and covered with a glazed blue roof. Akbar’s private apartments and exquisite palace Sultan Turkey found in another court, then the Panch Mahal, or palace has five floors, which includes hearing rooms.Visit the palace and Bulund Darwaza-the largest gateway in the world.
Continue to Ranthambhore and upon arrival, check in at the hotel.
Ranthambhore National Park (Sawai Madhopur): Earlier the hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the Park at Ranthambhore was once the scene of royal hunting parties. Atop a 600 meter high range, covered in thorn trees, scrub and grasslands, it is beautiful with ponds, streams, lakes and old ruins. The shy tigers of Ranthambhore have often been photographed by visitors. Sambar, largest of all Asian deer are easily seen, as are Nilgai (blue bull) and Chinkara, the largest and smallest Indian antelope. Ranthambhore is also excellent for bird watching: peafowl, grey partridge, quail, sand grouse, flocks of parakeet, eagles, shorebirds and water birds.
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Ranthambore

Today, early in the morning around 5:30-6:00am, depart for a jungle safari by jeep. Return for breakfast. After lunch depart for a second safari by jeep around 2:30pm.
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Ranthambore / Jaipur

Enjoy your breakfast and then drive to Jaipur (170kms.,) arrive and check into the hotel.
Jaipur: The rose-pink capital of Rajasthan is surrounded on all sides by rugged hills, crowned with forts and enclosed by embattled walls. The Maharaja’s Palace stands in the centre of the city amidst lovely gardens. Houses with latticed windows line the streets, their rose-pink colour lending enchantment to the scene which is almost magical at sunset. Jaipur is aptly called the ‘Pink City of India.’ It gets its name from the famous Maharana Sawai Jai Singh, who founded the city in 1728.
Jaipur is noted for its craftsmen skilled in the art of cutting precious stones and famed for its garnets and rubies. It is equally well known for brass inlay work, lacquer work and the printing of muslin. The City Palace which now houses a museum contains manuscripts, paintings and an armoury. Other notable sites are The Observatory with a sundial 90 ft. high; the Museum amidst the Ram Niwas Palace Gardens founded in 1876 with a large collection of antiques; the Palace of Winds a landmark of Jaipur made of pink sand stone and of unique design.
Later in the afternoon, depart for a sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting the Maharaja’s City Palace, which occupies a large area divided into a series of courtyards, gardens and buildings, the Jantar Mantar – an Observatory, next to the entrance of the City palace.
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Jaipur

After breakfast depart for the Amber Fort and climb to the top of the hill by elephant (or jeep). Explore the Fort. Next visit the Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds.
Amber Fort was the ancient capital of the state until 1728. Founded by the Minas and still flourishing in 967, the Fort was captured by the Rajputs in 1037. They kept it until 1728 when they deserted it for the new city Jaipur, on the edge of a rocky gorge, near a beautiful lake, the picturesque location of Amber highlighted by the beauty of its architecture. Visit the Diwan i Am, public hearing room, the Ganesh Pol a monumental gateway and Shish Mahal, Palace of Mirrors. Visit the Temple of Kali if open. Rest of the day is free.
Evening depart for a panoramic tour of the Pink City, & enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride in the old city bazaars. Visit one of the Arts & Crafts factories and see a demonstration of gem cutting & polishing. Jaipur is noted for its crafts men skilled in the art of cutting precious stones and famed for its garnets and rubies. It is equally well known for brass inlay work, lacquer work and the printing on muslin cloth.
Overnight at the Hotel.

Jaipur / Chittorgarh / Udaipur

After breakfast drive to Udaipur (415 kms.) enroute visit Chittorgarh. Upon arrival at Udaipur, check in at the Hotel.
Chittorgarh – The story is a saga of valor, tenacity & sacrifice. The fort of Chittorgarh is a treasure trove of history & offers to the traveler an insight into the life of the great Rajput rulers. The victory tower or Vijay Stambh is one of the main tourist attractions of the fort. Gaumukh reservoir & the palace of Queen Padmini are important spots to the south of the Rana Kumbha Palace.
In Udaipur the visitor finds his dream of India come true for the city combines real beauty with picturesque associations of a great and glorious past. It stands in a valley, amid green hills on the banks of the wide steel blue lake Pichola. On little islands in the lake, from the water’s edge, rise marble palaces of pure white that glisten like fairy castles. Crowning the ridge, in which the city clusters, along the shores of the lake is the palace of the Maharaja. Within the palace is all the magnificence of the East – peacocks in mosaic on the walls, floors inlaid with tiles of rare beauty, and roof gardens affording magnificent views of the panorama below.
Evening visit Bangor Ki Haveli to witness a live Folk Dance and Puppet show.
Overnight at the Hotel.

Udaipur

After breakfast proceed for a half day city tour of Udaipur visiting Sahelion Ki Bari (Queen’s retreat for her friends), a drive around Fateh Sagar Lake-a manmade lake and City Palace-one of the most important attractions in Udaipur with several exotic palatial structures that enchant with their carved walls, latticework, mirror work etc. Next visit Jagdish Temple and Gulab Niwas Garden- gorgeous and ornate.
Afternoon stroll around the city and evening enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola – Visit the Jag Niwas Palace by motor launch. The palace, built of granite and marble, covers four acres and is built almost in the middle of the lake. Visit the Borra Mahal, Khas Mahal and the courts, gardens and fountains.
Overnight at the Hotel.

Udaipur / Delhi

After breakfast transfer to the airport to board your flight for Delhi, arrive and check into the hotel. On your own for the rest of the day to shop or visit the local areas.
Overnight at the Hotel.

Delhi

In time, transfer to the airport to board your onward flight.