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9 Day Golden Triangle of India
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This 9 day program is a comprehensive fast-paced tour featuring the highlights of India in a brief visit. For more leisurely options, please check our longer-stay tours.
DAY 1 - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for India. Your flight includes meals, drinks and in-flight entertainment.
DAY 2 - Arrive in Delhi
On arrival in Delhi, you will be welcomed by a representative and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure
DAY 3 - Old & New Delhi City Tour
Begin in the walled city of Old Delhi, founded by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. Travel along the winding streets to Jama Masjid, the largest and best-known mosque in India. On a cycle rickshaw, continue along the lanes of Chandi Chowk, once the imperial avenue of Mughal royalty. After lunch, on to New Delhi, a city of airy boulevards, lush parks and gardens. Visit the Sikh Temple and drive past the imposing India Gate War Memorial to Indian and British soldiers, Parliament House and the Presidential Palace. Enjoy a visit to the Gandhi Smriti, the official residence and is a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi where he spent the last 144 days of his life. The tour continues with a visit to Humayun's Tomb set in stunning gardens, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening, meet with your fellow travelers and tour manager for a briefing on the incredible journey in India that awaits you. Tonight is at leisure to begin your discovery of Indian cuisine at one of the fine regional restaurants.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4 Sunday - Travel to Jaipur
Depart Delhi to Jaipur, gateway to the desert state of Rajasthan. En route, stop for some photos at the graceful sandstone Qutab Minar Victory Tower, the world's tallest brick minaret, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive in glorious Jaipur, with its stucco buildings lining the wide streets and you’ll understand why it is nicknamed the “Pink City.” The city was painted its unique color in 1876 to celebrate the visit of the Prince of Wales. Drive past stunning hilltop forts and glorious palaces on the way to a bargain-filled bazaar we will visit a beautiful jewelry shop. Dinner at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 5 - Amber Fort, Jaipur
Excursion to the spectacular Amber Fort, a stunning fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles with its gorgeous Palace of Mirrors. Ascend the hill to the ramparts by jeep, or on the back of an elephant (if available). From here, see the panoramic views of Jaipur's original city walls and the lake below. Stop for refreshments before browsing a local Rajasthan textile and handicrafts store with silk-weaving, embroidery, clothing and carpets created by the villagers. Spend the afternoon at leisure strolling through the city’s delightful gardens, or, join the optional tour to view the well-preserved 18th century Jantar Mantar Observatory and drive past Hawa Mahal, the "Palace of Winds" with its lacy ornamental façade. Later, the tour continues to the opulent City Palace, former royal residence, now a grand museum with an extraordinary collection of miniature paintings, costumes and armory. Tonight’s optional evening is highlighted by the exotic flavors of Indian cuisine at a local neighborhood restaurant, while you’re entertained by performers in traditional attire as they perform various interesting dance moves on the rhythm of the accompanying musical instruments.
Optional: Half Day Jaipur City Tour (PM)
Optional: Dinner at Local Jaipur Restaurant with Traditional Folk Dance
DAY 6 - Travel to Agra via Abhaneri
Depart Jaipur to the small ancient village of Abhaneri in northern Rajasthan. Begin at Chand Baori, one of the largest step wells in India, fortified on all sides. This unique idea was conceived by the early natives to work as a water reservoir, located adjacent to the temple dedicated to Harshat Mata, goddess of joy and happiness - an architectural jewel. Then after lunch, continue on to Agra, with its celebrated past, rich heritage and architectural delights. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the delights of this splendid city. Dinner at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7 - Taj Mahal
Memorable day as we visit the astonishing Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved Queen. Perhaps,this is the most perfect architectural monument in the world, built of white marble and precious stones over a 22 year period – considered the finest example of Mughal architecture in the world. Afterwards, we stop at a local marble shop to see the selection of marble arts and crafts. In the afternoon, participate in the not-to-be-missed optional tour to the red sandstone Agra Fort, with its incredible maze of walled courtyards, mosques and lavish private chambers reflecting the grandeur of the Mughal Empire; this monument has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, to the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah built of the finest Indian marble embellished with mosaics and inlay of semi-precious stones. This evening’s optional dinner at an Agra restaurant, discover all the fun & excitement of bollywood beats with a dance performance by a dancer on recorded music that will take place during or after your dinner.
Optional: Half Day Agra City Tour(PM)
Optional: Dinner at Local Agra Restaurant with Bollywood Dance
DAY 8 - Delhi
We depart Agra this morning and return to Delhi on our last day in India. Upon arrival, time to freshen up before tonight’s festivities. Bid farewell to your new-found friends and tour manager at a festive farewell dinner at the hotel. Then, a late evening transfer to the airport for all flights departing to the USA near midnight. Bon Voyage!
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9, Tuesday or Friday - Arrive USA
Morning arrive in the USA
Gate 1 itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.
|Half Day Jaipur Tour||Day #5||01 Mar 2014 - 31 May 2015||$19|
The afternoon city tour of Jaipur begins at the magnificent 18th century Jantar Mantar Observatory. Drive past Hawa Mahal, the "Palace of Winds" built in 1799, with its lacy ornamental façade, allowing royal ladies to view the city from the windows. Later, the tour continues to the opulent City Palace, former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal style, now a grand museum with an extraordinary collection of miniature paintings, costumes and armory.
Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
|Dinner at Local Jaipur Restaurant with Traditional Folk Dance||Day #5||01 Mar 2014 - 31 May 2015||$29|
Enjoy the exotic flavors of Indian cuisine at a popular local restaurant. You’ll be entertained by performers in traditional attire as they re-enact stories of a past era with dance and music. Transfers to and from the venue are included.
Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.
|Half Day Agra Tour||Day #7||01 Mar 2014 - 31 May 2015||$19|
Afternoon visit to the red sandstone Agra Fort, built by Moghul Emperor Akbar in 1565. The Fort's incredible maze of courtyards, marble mosques and lavish private chambers reflect the grandeur of the Mughal Empire. Next, to the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah "a jewel box” built of the finest Indian marble embellished with mosaics and inlay of semi-precious stones. In the central chamber, view the yellow marble tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah and his wife, hand-painted with floral decorations and screens of geometric latticework. Based on its layout, designs and latticework, this mausoleum is considered the imminent precursor to the Taj Mahal.
Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
|Dinner at Local Agra Restaurant with Bollywood Dance||Day #7||01 May 2014 - 31 May 2015||$29|
Dinner at a local restaurant along with an evening of Indian culture. Discover the fun and excitement of "Bollywood beats" as you watch an energetic dance performance to recorded music that takes place during or after dinner. Transfers to and from the venue are included.
Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.
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|The Park - details||★★★★★||New Delhi|
|Ramada Jaipur - details||★★★★||Jaipur|
|Trident Agra Hotel - details||★★★★+||Agra|
|2014 & 2015 Travel Dates||Living Social Price|
|Sep 18 & Sep 25 '14||$1599*|
|Oct 6, Oct 9, Oct 13, Oct 16, Oct 20, Oct 27, Oct 30, Nov 6, Nov 10, Nov 13, Nov 17, Nov 20 & Nov 24 '14||$1899*|
|Dec 1 '14||$1999*|
|Dec 4 '14||$2099*|
|Dec 11 '14||$1999*|
|Dec 15 '14||$1899*|
|Dec 18 & Dec 22 '14; Jan 5 & Jan 8 '15||$1999*|
|Jan 15, Jan 19, Jan 22, Feb 2, Feb 5, Feb 9, Feb 19, Feb 23 &
Feb 26 '15
Optional tours and gratuities.
Passengers should select flights that depart Delhi no earlier than 11:59 pm on Day 8.
This 9 day program is a comprehensive fast-paced tour featuring the highlights of India in a brief visit. Some days require long driving distances between cities. For more leisurely options, please check our longer-stay tours.
Triple Rooms at Trident Agra Hotel will be accommodated in a Single Room & Twin Room.
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.
Visas are required for India