THE GOLDEN TRIANGLEDay 01: Arrive Delhi On arrival at Delhi airport, on completion with immigration, custom clearance and luggage collection please proceed to the exit look for Sky Vacations representative in the arrival area- who will be holding a placard with guests name and transferred to the hotel (check in time 1400 hrs), You will be greeted with a traditional Indian welcome and escorted to your hotel. Delhi is India’s bustling capital city. New Delhi reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the segregation between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. This day will be spent at leisure to get acclimated to the time difference. Stay Overnight at the Hotel. (Breakfast)
Afternoon, proceed for a guided tour of New Delhi visit Humayun’s Tomb, built by the orders of Humayun’s widow, Hamida Banu Begum, starting in 1562. It took 8 years for the tomb to get completed. The structure is built with red sandstone, whereas white and black marble has been used largely in the borders. Qutab Minar is built in Indo- Islamic style and has five stories. It is one of the highest stone towers in India and has a diameter of about 14.32 meters/47 feet at the base and about 2.75 meters/9 feet the top. Later drive past India Gate, The war memorial arch, India Gate, was built by the British in the honor of the 70000 Indian soldiers, who lost their lives in the First World War and Second Afghan War, Rashtrapati Bhavan (President Palace) and adjoining Government Buildings, Parliament house. End the day with the visit to the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, once belonged to Raja Jai Singh of Amber (Jaipur) in the 17th 1664, the Eighth Sikh Guru Har Krishan, stayed here and later died. Stay Overnight at the Hotel. (Breakfast)
Later visit the Taj Mahal – a monument of love from the Mughal Emperor Shāh Jahān which took 22 years to build and completed in 1653, in memory of his beloved wife, Arjumand Bano Begum, also known as Mumtāz Mahal. Situated on the banks of the River Yamuna, the Taj Mahal stands at the northern end of formal gardens. The white marble came from Makrana in Rajasthan and the red sandstone from Fatehpur Sikri. Precious stones like jade, crystal, turquoise, lapis lazuli, sapphire, jade, coral and diamonds were brought from far-flung places in Tibet, China, Sri Lanka, Persia and Afghanistan. It is believed that a fleet of 1000 elephants was used to transport the materia. (Note that Taj Mahal remains close on Fridays). Rest of the day vehicle will be at your disposal to visit the city on your own..
After breakfast, you will be driven to Agra. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital city, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned 15 years later due to severe water shortage- and now a World Heritage Monument. There are many magnificent structures within this city including the Halls of Public and Private Audiences- with stone column standing in the centre of the hall supporting a flat-topped throne. From the four corners of the building, there are stone bridges leading across the throne. The Panch Mahal or Five Storey Palace is a five storeyed building and the architecture- though Persian in style is similar to a Buddhist pagoda. Next visit adjoining Fatehpur- famous for its Buland Darwaza (of Towering Gate) and Sheikh Salim Chisti Dargah – the holy tomb of the famous Sufi saint who blessed Akbar with his only offspring and later Emperor Jehangir. After visit, continue your drive to Agra. Arrive and check in the hotel. Agra is a medieval city, located on the banks of the Yamuna River, founded by Sultan Sikandar Lodi in 1506. It was during the Mughal reign, began the golden age in Agra. It remained the capital of the Mughal Empire under Emperor Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan. Shah Jahan later shifted his capital to Shahjahanabad in 1649. Later you will be driven to Jaipur via Abhaneri was named as Abha Nagri, which means the city of brightness, but due to mispronunciation of the term, it is changed to the present name. In the present day, this city of brightness is in ruins; still it attracts tourists from across the globe. Abhaneri is prominent for ‘Baoris’, which are the unique invention of the natives for harvesting rain water. Amongst the other step wells, Chand Baori is the most popular one. This colossal step well is located in front of the Harshat Mata Temple. Chand Baori is one of India’s deepest and largest step wells. The huge tank with delicate carvings certainly is delightful to the eyes. Step wells are the unique concept of India. These big tanks were used as cool places of resort and water reservoir in parched days. It was a ritual to wash hands and feet before visiting the temple. Adjoining the Chand Baori, there is a temple, dedicated to Harshat Mata. This temple serves as the other tourist attraction of Abhaneri. Raised during the 10th century, the wrecks of the temple still boast of the architectural and sculptural styles of ancient India. You can find many famous Baories in India, but different thing about Abhaneri Baori is that, the steps, to reach the water. There are three ways to reach water and steps are divided into stories.Continue drive to Jaipur, upon arrival check in & relax at Hotel. Stay Overnight at the Hotel. (Breakfast)
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour of Jaipur, starting with a photo stop visit of honeycomb designed Hawa Mahal ( Stop for Photo Shout) also known as the “Palace of Wind” built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, one of the major landmarks of Jaipur. It is an integral part of the City Palace, an extension of the Zenana (women’s chambers) away, from where the royal ladies, who lived in seclusion, observed life on the outside without showing themselves. Continue and visit the Amber Fort – where you ascend up the hill “Maharaja-like” on Elephant back. The Fort is known for its exquisite mirrored halls and lofty ramparts and is a superb example of Rajput architecture. It is strategically located on a hilltop overlooking the lake. This magnificent fort has recently been wonderfully restored bringing back some of it past glory. During return, enjoy a photo-stop at Jal Mahal Palace. Afternoon proceed for half day tour of Jaipur and visiting Jantar Mantar, the largest of Maharaja Jai Singh’s remarkable Observatories- still in perfect working condition. Its complex instruments, whose setting and shapes are scientifically designed, represent the high points of medieval Indian astronomy. Later, visit the Maharaja’s City Palace, once a formal residence of the royal family, built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture.
Stay Overnight at the Hotel. (Breakfast)