"The culture of a country lies in its streets". To know a country you should explore its streets. 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.
Arrive by flight at Delhi before noon. Welcome to the chaos of Delhi. Love it or hate it, but you cannot just ignore it. It is capital of India and the base location to explore North India. The largest city of India, Delhi is considered to be the city with a heart. 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.
The private car will pick you from Delhi Airport and transfer to the hotel for check-in. In the late afternoon head out for some Delhi exploration. We will cover the central Delhi this day, which is the seat of the country’s political power. Drive past Rashtrapati Bhavan (the official residence of the First Citizen of India – the President) and the Parliament of India. Visit Rajpath (which means the "King's Way”), a ceremonial avenue that is located in the heart of New Delhi. Then visit India Gate, which is like the “Arc de Triomphe” of India. It is a memorial to 70,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21 in the First World War. Since 1971 it has served as India's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and as a memorial of the unsung heroes of the wars.
Reach back hotel by late evening. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Delhi.
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast to start your day. Then head out for exploring 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 an eco-friendly rickshaw ride at Chandni Chowk, and feel like a local. After that 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, India and known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru – Guru Har Krishan, as well as the pool inside its complex, known as the "Sarovar."
Have dinner at a nice restaurant. 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. Have lunch at a nice restaurant. 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. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Agra.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Early in the morning, visit the majestic 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. Taj Mahal looks really mesmerizing at the sunrise.
After breakfast check out from hotel, and head towards Jaipur. On the way take a short detour to visit Chand Baori, a stepwell built over a thousand years ago in the Abhaneri village of Rajasthan. About 100 feet deep, it is India's largest and deepest stepwells with 13 floors and was built in the 9th century for water harvesting.
Then continue towards Pink City - Jaipur, famous for its broad avenues, massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and a proud culture. Reach Jaipur by late afternoon. Check-in to hotel on arrival. In the evening head out for a guided walk tour through the 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. Take in the glint and sparkle of the rows of shops selling hand-crafted bangles and other decoration items. While moving through the markets, you will come across the vivacious culture of this region.
Reach back at the hotel by late evening. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Jaipur.
Have a sumptuous breakfast and then set out for exploring the best attractions of 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. Then visit 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.
In the afternoon stop by to visit Jal Mahal, a palace in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city. It was built in the 17th century. Then visit the grand Amer Fort (or Amber Fort), also 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. This magnificent fort comprises an extensive palace complex, built from pale yellow and pink sandstone, and white marble, and is divided into four main sections, each with its own courtyard. In the evening visit Nahargarh Fort, which provides a beautiful bird's eye view of entire Jaipur city.
Later in the evening enjoy dinner at a nice restaurant. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Jaipur.
Meals: Breakfast & 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".
Reach Jodhpur by afternoon and check-in at hotel. The evening is at your leisure. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Jodhpur.
After breakfast set out to explore Jodhpur. 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. After that 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.
Afterwards 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.
In the evening visit the local market. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Jodhpur.
After a nice breakfast check out from hotel and drive to Udaipur – the City of Lakes. Udaipur is known as a standout amongst the most romantic destinations of India and also known as the ‘Venice of the East’. It has a romantic setting unmatched in Rajasthan, or perhaps in all India – built around tranquil Lake Pichola and Lake Fatehsagar, with the purple ridges of the Aravalli Range stretching away in every direction. Magnificent palaces, temples, havelis (traditional mansions) and countless narrow, crooked, timeless streets add to the stunning juxtaposition of humanity and awe-inspiring natural surroundings.
On the way visit 8th Century Hindu temple Eklingji, which is a great example of ancient architecture. Then visit Nagda Temple (a.k.a. Sas Bahu Temple). The temple of Sas is comparatively larger than that of the Bahu. The 'Bahu' temple has an octagonal ceiling, which is adorned with beautifully carved eight intricate female figures. Reach Udaipur by late afternoon. Check-in at hotel on arrival and relax. The evening is at your leisure. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Udaipur.
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 inside 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.
Return to the hotel in the evening. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Udaipur.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to Udaipur Airport. The private car will drop you at airport to catch your return flight.
To all the good things, comes an end. Bid farewell with the memories of amazing fun-filled 10 days of Golden Triangle & Bequest Rajasthan, worth remembering for the lifetime!
Taj Mahal remains closed on Friday. Please select your travel dates accordingly.
Moods: Street Rush
09 nights’ accommodation on double/twin sharing at 3/4 star hotels mentioned below or similar.
09 Breakfasts, 01 Lunch & 02 Dinners included as per the itinerary.
Sightseeing with English guides and entrance fees for all monuments mentioned in the itinerary.
Entry pass for Dharohar Folk Dance Show at Udaipur.
Transfers & sightseeing as per itinerary in a private sedan class car (Toyota Etios or similar) with a driver (all tolls, parking charges & driver allowances included).
All local taxes included.
Meals (unless specified).
Tips & gratuities.