Rajasthan is royal and Rajasthan is proud! You will find luxury everywhere in the world. But this is the place you can experience the true royalty. Relive the rise and fall of kingdoms on this 10-days tour to one of India’s most sought-after cultural & historical sites. With all the logistics arranged for you, explore off-the-beaten-path wonders and world-renowned landmarks on this comprehensive experience of the Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra & Jaipur) and the northwest state of Rajasthan, a land known for its heritage and royalty. This trip covers some of the best known destinations of north India which are plush with history, culture, heritage, delectable cuisine & colorful markets. From the chaos of Delhi, to the wonder of the world - Taj Mahal in Agra, to pink city Jaipur, to blue city Jodhpur, to the City of Lakes - Udaipur, you will get a first-hand experience and deep insight of the culturally-rich modern society that surrounds it.
Golden Triangle is the name given to the most famous trinity of Indian tourism - Delhi, Agra & Jaipur. Literally meaning "Land of the Kings", Rajasthan is a lively example of India’s age-old opulence and grandeur, traces of which still linger in the air of this state. One of the most colorful and vibrant states in India, with an exhilarating blend of culture, history, music, cuisine and people welcoming you with smiling faces, falling in love with Rajasthan doesn’t take much time.
This amazing tour kicks off on your arrival at Delhi. Welcome to the capital of India and the second most populous city of India - Delhi. The city’s importance lies not just in its past glory as the seat of empires and magnificent monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures.
You will be picked from Delhi Airport and transfered to the hotel for check-in. After refreshing head out for Delhi sightseeing. Start with a visit to the famous Lotus Temple. Notable for its flower-like shape, it has become a prominent attraction in the city. Like all Baháʼí Houses of Worship, the Lotus Temple is open to all, regardless of religion or any other qualification. Afterwards drive past Rashtrapati Bhavan (the residence of President of India), and visit India Gate (a memorial to 82,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21 in the First World War). Have dinner at a nice restaurant in the city. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Delhi.
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast to start your day of sightseeing in Delhi. A mixture of history with a taste of everyday Delhi, today’s itinerary covers all aspects of this former capital of the Mughal Empire. Stop off at the UNESCO World Heritage sites, Humayun’s Tomb. Built in 1570, it is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Then visit the magnificent Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656. After that visit the bustling Chandni Chowk – one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. Enjoy a rickshaw ride at Chandni Chowk. Later visit the towering Qutub Minar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a 73-metre (239.5 feet) tall tapering tower of five storeys. Qutb ud Din Aibak, founder of the Delhi Sultanate, started construction of the Qutb Minar's first storey around 1192.
Afterwards visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, one of the most prominent Sikh temples, or Sikh house of worship in Delhi and known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan. There is also a sacred pool inside its complex, known as the "Sarovar."
Have dinner at a nice restaurant and then reach back at the hotel. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Delhi.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast, check out from hotel & head towards Agra. Welcome to the city of Wonder… because it’s the place of Taj Mahal – one of the seven wonders of the world. Pictures of Taj Mahal don’t do the complete justice to its magnificence. It’s an epitome and symbol of love. You got to be here to feel your jaws drop. Agra used to be the historic capital of the Mughal empire.
Reach Agra by afternoon. Check-in at hotel and freshen up. In the late afternoon visit Agra Fort, a historical fort, which remained the main residence of the Mughal emperors till 1638. Walking through courtyard after courtyard of this palatial red-sandstone and marble fortress, your amazement keeps growing as you hear about the history of this fort from the guide. In the evening visit the local market to get the true essence of Agra city. Have dinner at a nice restaurant. Reach back at hotel. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Agra.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Early in the morning, visit the Taj Mahal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains.
After breakfast check out from hotel, and head towards the Pink City - Jaipur, famous for its broad avenues, massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and royal culture. Later visit Chand Baori, a 13 floors 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.
Reach Jaipur by late afternoon. Check-in at hotel on arrival. In the evening head out for a guided walk-tour of Pink City market. Jaipur is also known as the shopper’s paradise. Jaipur's colorful markets offer a great break to stop and shop on your tour. While moving through the markets, you will come across the vivacious culture of this region.
Reach back at the hotel. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Jaipur.
After breakfast head out to explore the vibrant city Jaipur. Visit the historic heritage sites of Jaipur - Hawa Mahal ("Palace of Winds" - a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside); followed by Jantar Mantar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), It is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh, and completed in 1738 CE. Afterwards visit the City Palace. It houses the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, and continues to be the home of the Jaipur royal family. The palace complex has several buildings, various courtyards, galleries, restaurants and offices of the Museum Trust.
Have lunch at a restaurant in the city. Then visit Jal Mahal (the palace in the middle of lake). It was built in the 17th century. After that visit the grand Amer Fort (or Amber Fort) (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It is the principal tourist attraction in the Jaipur and the current structure was built during the late 16th century by Rajput Kings. In the evening visit Nahargarh Fort, which provides a beautiful bird's eye view of entire Jaipur city.
Later in the evening have dinner at a nice restaurant. Reach back at hotel. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Jaipur.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
After breakfast check-out from hotel and drive to Jodhpur, the second largest city of Rajasthan. It is a reminiscence of the bygone era. It is also called the “Blue City” as it looks completely blue in color from an aerial view because of its vividly painted blue walls and blue houses. Its mighty Mehrangarh fort overlooking the city is an architectural masterpiece in itself, and is among one of the largest forts in Rajasthan. Jaswant Tada and Umaid Bhawan Palace are also among the top attractions in Jodhpur. Because of its proximity to Thar Desert, it is also known as "Gateway to Thar".
Have lunch at a restaurant on the way. Reach Jodhpur by evening. Check-in at hotel on arrival and relax. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Jodhpur.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
After breakfast set out to explore Jodhpur. Visit the lavish Umaid Bhawan Palace, a marvel built by Maharaja Umaid Singh of Rathore Dynasty. It was the last royal palace built before the Independence of India. Its foundations were laid in 1929 and completed in 1943. Today it is part palace, part hotel and part museum. After that visit the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, regally set on a sandstone hill built by Rao Jodha in 1459. Rising perpendicular and impregnable from a rocky hill that itself stands 120m above Jodhpur’s skyline, Mehrangarh is one of the most magnificent forts in India.
Afterwards visit Jaswant Thada – the milky-white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, sitting above a small lake 1 km northeast of Mehrangarh, is an array of whimsical domes. It serves as the cremation ground for the royal family of Marwar. The cenotaph is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. These sheets are extremely thin and polished so that they emit a warm glow when illuminated by the sun.
In the evening visit the local market. Have dinner at a restaurant. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Jodhpur.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast, check out from hotel and head towards Udaipur - the “City of Lakes”. A fusion of nature, Rajasthani culture & architecture, the picturesque view of the city shouts the story of its past glory. Often referred to as the 'Venice of the East', the city of lakes Udaipur is located around azure water lakes and is surrounded by lush green hills of Aravalli Ranges.
On the way visit one of the most significant and extensive Jain temple complexes that can be found in the country, the Ranakpur Jain Temple. It holds immense importance for all Jains. Spread over an area of 4,500 square yards and consisting of 29 halls, the temple is one of the most important of the five major pilgrimage centres of Jainism. The Ranakpur Temple is distinguished all across the globe for its brilliant architecture and was voted amongst the top 77 wonders of the world.
Have lunch at a restaurant on the way. Reach Udaipur by evening. Check-in at hotel on arrival. In the evening visit the local market. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Udaipur.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
After breakfast head out to explore the charms of Udaipur. Start with a visit to Fateh Sagar Lake (one of the most beautiful lake in Udaipur). Then visit the Sahelion ki Badi, which was laid for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of her dowry. Afterwards visit City Palace Complex. It was built over a period of nearly 400 years, atop a hill, in a fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles, providing a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings. Also visit the beautiful Jagdish Temple close to the City Palace Complex.
Then visit Bagore-ki-Haveli, a historic haveli (mansion) that stands magnificently on the waterfront of the surreal Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. Built in the 18th century by Amar Chand Badwa, the then Prime minister of Mewar kingdom, Bagore Ki Haveli has been restored over the period of time and is now converted into a museum. In the evening enjoy the Dharohar Folk Dance Show at Bagore-ki-Haveli. See Rajasthani folk dancing, with nightly shows of colorful, energetic Marwari, Bhil and western Rajasthani dances, as well as traditional Rajasthani puppetry.
Have dinner at a restaurant. Return to the hotel in the evening. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Udaipur.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to Udaipur Airport. Board the flight for Delhi. Take your return flight from Delhi.
To all the good things, comes an end. Bid farewell with the memories of amazing fun-filled 10 days of Golden Triangle & Royal Rajasthan, worth remembering for the lifetime!
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