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8 Day Cultural Trip in India

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 50 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 899 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 899 US Dollar (USD)

This tour has been designed especially for visitors who are on a short visit to India and would like to visit some of the best this country has to offer, and of course, those who Love shopping while holidaying. The 3 major cities of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra have been featured here. Also known as the "Golden Triangle"

Experience the best of India’s historical and architectural highlights on this 8 day private Golden Triangle Tour of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur with a private guide. Begin your adventure in Delhi, where you’ll visit 3 UNESCO world heritage sites (Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar) besides one of the world’s largest mosques before continuing on to Raj Ghat, which commemorates the life of Mahatma Gandhi. Ride an Elephant to the gates of Amber Fort in Jaipur, marvel at the 16th and 17th century architecture of the enormous Agra Fort and the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah and gaze in wonder at the exterior and interior grandeur of the Taj Mahal, one of the New7Wonders of the World. Visit the famed Fatehpur Sikri and wander the streets of Delhi & Jaipur, where incredible shopping bargains tempt you to” Shop till you Drop” and don't forget to bargain as half the fun when buying goods in the bazaars is the bargaining

The Indian market is rich in fabrics, silverware, carpets, leather work, antiques the list is endless India is indeed a Shoppers Paradise. Goods are exotic, attractive, beautiful hand-crafted and excellent value for money.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Delhi - Capital city of India.
You are greeted on arrival at the Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport and driven to your Hotel. Delhi is a city built and rebuilt seven times over several centuries. The capital city today marries the quaint and unique elements of different historical eras with the pace of the bustling, growing economy. At every turn of the road, the past and the present coexist. Balance day is at leisure. Overnight stay (B).

Day 2: At Delhi.
Morning, after breakfast, at 9:30 AM proceeds for Half Day guided tour of New Delhi. The buildings designed by Edward Lutyens, architect of modern Delhi - are truly majestic. The Presidential Palace, Parliament House and India Gate are all reminiscent of the British “Raj”. Drive through Delhi’s beautiful tree-lined avenues and the Diplomatic Enclave Enroute to the 12th century, 234-foot high fluted minaret of Qutab Minar. Your tour will terminate with a visit to Humayun’s Tomb; the second Mughal Emperor to rule India, before returning to back to hotel. Afternoon is free to explore the exotic and colorful markets, handicraft and jewelers shops, clothes boutiques, museum and art galleries of Delhi (Vehicle and driver will be at disposal). Overnight stay Included: (B)

Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur - capital city of Rajasthan.
Morning after early breakfast at 0800 hrs depart by surface for the City of Jaipur - an exuberance of colors, dance and song with traditional arts and crafts. Known, as the 'Pink City', it is one of India's most well-planned cities with wide straight avenues, roads, streets and lanes in a grid system. A 5.5 hours’ drive gets us to this land of Maharaja's, Forts and Palaces with its diversity of colors and culture that is unique to the State of Rajasthan. On arrival, check in to hotel. Afternoon at 1400 hrs is reserved for half day guided city sightseeing tour. Visit the City Palace, the Palace Museum, Jantar Mantar (Jai Singh's observatory) Drive past Hawa Mahal (Palace of winds) & stop to visit Albert hall museum. Return to hotel via Johari Bazaar (Gem Market) and the Curio shops. Overnight stay in the hotel. Included: (B)

Day 4: Jaipur.
Morning, after breakfast, at 9:30 AM proceed for full day guided excursion to see two of the most impressive forts of Rajasthan. Visit the impressive Amber Fort the former capital of the Royal Family of Jaipur, An exotic elephant ride (subject to availability, otherwise Jeeps/car will be used) transports us to the lofty fort, where we’ll experience a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. It is a deserted palace surrounded by majestic ramparts and the magnificent public and private room's evidence the splendor of the rulers of 16th and 17th century Rajasthan. Next visit the Jaigarh fort built in 1726, which houses the world’s largest cannon on wheels. Return to your hotel (you have the option of either coming back or go to numerous restaurants spread all over Jaipur for lunch). Afternoon is free for own activities (Car with driver, at disposal for local city running). Overnight stay in the hotel. Included: (B)

Day 5: Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra.
Morning, after breakfast at 8:30 AM depart by surface for the Mughal splendor of Agra, en-route stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri the well preserved ghost city located 35 kms from Agra. A 4.5 hrs journey brings us to this magnificent fort, built in red sandstone. Once the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under Akbar's reign, from 1571 until 1585, it was abandoned, ostensibly due to lack of water. Sikri shared its imperial duties as a capital city with Agra, where a bulk of the arsenal, treasure hoards and other reserves were kept at its Red Fort for security. During a crisis, the court, harem, and treasury could be removed to Agra, less than a day's march. Visit the tomb of Salim Chisti built by Mughal emperor Akbar in honor of this Sufi saint in 1571 who foretold the birth of 3 sons to the Emperor Akbar, is an example of robust stability combined with originality. Each important edifice here represents a type by itself. Notable among them are the Diwane Khas, Punch Mahal, and the Buland Darwaza. Later drive on to Agra & on arrival check-in to hotel. Balance day at leisure. Overnight stay in the hotel. Included: (B)

Day 6: Agra.
Morning, after breakfast, day is reserved for city sightseeing. Begin your guided tour at 9:00 AM visiting Sikandra is the mausoleum of Akbar. Akbar himself started construction of this beautiful monument. This structure has a perfect blending of Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Jain themes. Sikandra Fort is located in the western periphery of the city at a distance of about 10 Kms from the city center. After visit return to Agra City and visit the Agra Fort which lies across the river Yamuna which abode attractive constructions such as Pearl Mosque, Jahangir Mahal, Di wan-i-Khas, Di-wan-i- Am and more. It was here that Aurangzeb the 3rd son of Shah Jahan kept his father under house arrest until his death. Late afternoon at 1600 hrs is reserved for a visit by Tongas (horse driven chariots) to see the incomparable Taj Mahal. Situated on the banks of river Yamuna, the monumental beauty has inspired countless people around the world and is a fine example of fusion of many architectural styles. It is one of the wonders of the modern world. Built in the year 1652 by Emperor Shah Jahan to immortalize the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died tragically in 1631. It took 22 years and 20,000 skilled artisans to complete this poem in white marble. Witness sunset before returning to your hotel for overnight stay. Included: (B)

Day 7: Agra - Delhi.
Morning, after a leisurely breakfast, at 0900 hrs complete check out formalities and depart by surface for Delhi. A 3 hrs drive gets us back to the capital city of India. Later on arrival, check into your hotel. Afternoon at 2 PM is reserved for half day guided city tour of Old Delhi. Visit the Magnificent Red Fort, built at the zenith of the Mughal Empire in India. The centuries- old international market- place that sprawls at its feet is still one of Delhi’s most important commercial hubs: Chandni Chowk, or “Moonlight Square”. Ride on cycle-rickshaws (Optional) through the bustling silver market and the wholesale spice market. The sounds, smells and colors of the bazaar, and the throngs of people who animate it make this an unforgettable spectacle. Visit Jumma Masjid, the largest mosque in Asia and Raj Ghat-Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial, before returning to your hotel for overnight stay. Included: (B)

Day 8: Departure Delhi. On time transfer to the Delhi International airport to connect flight for onward journey (Rooms till 12 Noon).

Tour Guide Credentials:
English speaking professional guide under licence by Department of Tourism, Government of India. Other language guides are also available on request at extra cost.

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 7 Nights’ Accommodation in standard (Base) category Double AC rooms on twin sharing basis with private attached toilet and bath in 5 /4 star Luxury / Deluxe and Heritage hotels.
- Transportation at all places using 1 AC 4 door Sedan Car with your private chauffeur for the entire duration of the tour starting from and finishing in Delhi covering Jaipur, Sikandra, Agra and Fatehpur Sikri including arrival / departure transfers, at all places as mentioned in tour itinerary.
- Elephant ride in Jaipur (Amber Fort) -1 elephant to accommodate 2 persons. In case of non-availability Jeeps will be used
- 2 time visit to the Taj Mahal (Sunrise & Sunset) with Guide
- 2 time Tonga ride to Taj Mahal & Back
- Sightseeing and Excursions as per tour itinerary using one air -conditioned car.
- Services of an accompanied local English-speaking guide during sightseeing, at all places mentioned in tour itinerary.
-Entrance charges at all monuments of visit as mentioned in the tour itinerary
- Transportation cost is Inclusive of gasoline, Driver’s allowances, Road and state taxes including Toll and services of a personal chauffeur as per the above itinerary.
- All presently applicable Central and State Government Taxes on hotels, road, toll and bridge. It is also inclusive of GST (Goods and Service Tax) and vehicle insurance.
- Service Charges for preparing and executing the tour.

Price Excludes:
- Airfare
- Breakfast on day of Arrival and Departure
- Meals
- Travel and Personal Insurance
- Medical and personal expenses like beverages, tips and gratitude’s, telecommunication charges, Wi-Fi charges, laundry
- What is not mentioned under “Price Includes".

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Location: India
Joined InfoHub: Feb 2003

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