India

Golden Triangle with Jodhpur & Pushkar

Description
 

Explore India's magnificent Golden Triangle Tour with Jodhpur on this amazing 9-day tour. This tour will take you through the Delhi, Agra and Jaipur City, along with Jodhpur City tour, and then end off in the city of Pushkar. If you are wanting to explore the rich heritage of these cities in India with leisure along the way, then this experience is for you.

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1:

  • Arrive at Delhi International airport, where our representative will be waiting for you at the exit gate of the arrival terminal, holding a placard with your name on it. Meeting and assistance upon arrival, with transfer to the hotel.

  • Perhaps there is no other capital city in the world so rich in history and legend as the Indian capital Delhi. It was the magnet that attracted the Mongols, Turks, Persians, Afghans, Mughals and the British, all of whom contributed to its glorious but turbulent past. The fascination with Delhi was as such, that even though it was abandoned many times, its rulers returned to it again and again, rebuilding it at least seven times. Today, the twin cities of Old and New Delhi still intrigue Indians and tourists alike, as the cultural and political capital of the largest democracy in the world.

  • Rest of the day at your own leisure.

  • Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 2:

  • Breakfast served at the hotel.

  • Later go on a half day city tour of Delhi

  • The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Jamuna was built during the years 1638 - 48 when the Mughal Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques, which is viewed from the outside. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.

  • The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutub Minar, which is the tallest stone tower in India. The Qutub Minar was started in 1199 AD by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak and completed by the sultan's successor and son-in-law, Iltutmish. The building is 72.5m high and has 379 steps from the bottom to the top. The Minar narrows to the top, with the base at a diameter of 14.3m and the top at 2.7m. The Qutub Minar is still the highest stone tower.

  • The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President’s residence.

  • Rest of the day at own leisure, free for independent activities (transport services are not included).

  • Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 3:

  • Breakfast served at the hotel.

  • Later drive to Agra. 

  • Arrive Agra and transfer to hotel, upon arrival check-in.

  • In the afternoon proceed for a half-day city tour visiting Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

  • The Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in the mid-17th century, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is really astounding. You will have ample time to view and be mesmerized by this outstanding piece of architecture.

  • Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Agra Fort - the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration. The current structure owes its origins to Akbar, who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions.

  • Rest of the day at own leisure (transport services are included for local run within city limit).

  • Overnight at the hotel.

  • Note: The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays for public visit.

 

Day 4:

  • Breakfast served at the hotel.

  • Later you will be driven to Jaipur en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains in the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition.

  • Afterwards continue drive to Jaipur.

  • Arrive Jaipur and check-in into the hotel.

  • Jaipur's past is never too far from hand. The city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state and its people, surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendor are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the "pink city".  Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed. There is a timeless quality to Jaipur's bazaars and its people.  With its historical past, Jaipur revives legends of the ancient Rajputs. The dresses of the women and the turbans of the men add color to this fascinating city.

  • Rest of the day at own leisure (transport services are included for local run within city limit).

  • Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 5:

  • Breakfast served at the hotel.

  • Proceed to visit the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century.

  • A jeep will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress.

  • Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid into the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.

  • In the afternoon, you will visit the city of Jaipur. Among the highlights to be seen while touring Jaipur includes the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armory, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory made by the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1726. It is one of the five astronomical wonders built by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day. You will also have the opportunity to wander about the local markets.

  • Return to your hotel after the sightseeing tour of Jaipur City.

  • Rest of the day at your own leisure (transport services are included for local run within city limit).

  • Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 6:

  • Breakfast served at the hotel.

  • Drive to Jodhpur.

  • Arrive in Jodhpur and check-in into the hotel.

  • The old city of Jodhpur is surrounded by a wall that is 10km long. It was built about a century after the city was founded. From the fort you can clearly see where the old city ends and the new begins. The old city is a fascinating jungle of winding streets. Eight gates lead out from the walled city. It’s one of the more interesting cities in India and those baggy-tight horse-riding trousers, jodhpurs, took their name from this locale.

  • Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 7:

  • Breakfast served at the hotel.

  • Proceed for a half day city tour of Jodhpur, gateway to the desert beyond and home of the Rathors of Marwa.

  • The tour will start with a visit to Mehrangarh Fort (citadel of the Sun) that evokes the very spirit of the Rathores, the ruling local Rajput clan. Visit its various palaces with their delicate friezes and respective museums, displaying treasures of the royal family.

  • North of Meherangarh Fort, and connected to it by road, Jaswant Thanda. It is a pillared marble memorial to the popular ruler Jaswant Singh II (1878-95), who purged Jodhpur of dacoits, initiated irrigation systems and boosted the economy.

  • Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 8:

  • Breakfast served at the hotel.

  • Drive to Pushkar.

  • Arrive in Pushkar and check-in to the hotel.

  • The village of Pushkar lies on the edge of the desert. At its heart is one of India’s most sacred lakes. There are 52 Ghats around the lake, and numerous temples. The Brahma temple, especially, attracts pilgrims all year round. Apart from its religious significance, Pushkar is known for its Cattle and Camel fair held every year in the month of Kartik (October/November), which attracts visitors in their thousands. You can also witness and participate in the evening prayer meetings in the temples. Being a religious town, alcohol and non-vegetarian food are taboo.

  • Rest of the day at your own leisure to explore the city. The vehicle will be at your disposal within city limit.

  • Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 9:

  • Breakfast served at the hotel.

  • Drive to Kishangarh or Delhi Airport.

  • Assistance at Delhi airport for your flight to your next destination.

  • End of services.

India 

From R 9 755.00

min 2 pax

9 Days / 8 Nights

Validity: Immediately - September 2020

Including

  • 8 nights accommodation on a double sharing basis at the hotels mentioned above or similar category of alternate hotels

  • Meal Plan – Daily buffet breakfast at all staying hotels, as mentioned in itinerary

  • Traditional Indian welcome upon arrival in India

  • All transfers, sightseeing-tours, excursions/transport services by an air-conditioned medium car as per the above itinerary (transport services are not included for days at own leisure)

  • Road taxes, parking fees, fuel charges, interstate taxes and porterage at all hotels

  • Representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers

  • All currently applicable taxes, including service tax

  • Entrance Fees at all Monuments

Excluding 

  • Expense of a personal nature such as tipping, laundry, telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.

  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions

  • Entrance fees at all monuments

  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort

  • Any guide services during sightseeing

Surcharges apply for high season or late bookings. Prices are in ZAR, subject to availability & tax fluctuations.

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