Golden Triangle Tour, India
Golden Triangle Plus -
an 8 day Itinerary
itinerary combines a Colonial style stay with ancient Forts and Palaces and
the three cities of the Golden Triangle without any of the long drives
usually involved in this traject. It also gives you all the sightseeing you
need plus some special time to chill out and relax at some beautiful and
lesser known locations.
Day 1. Arrival at DELHI
Arrival at Delhi Airport. Meet and transfer by A/C car with english
speaking chauffeur to the hotel of your choice in New Delhi for your
Day 2. DELHI SIGHTSEEING - TIKLI
After breakfast a morning of sightseeing in Old Delhi, visiting the Red
Fort and the Jama Masjid Mosque. Then a rickshaw ride through the Chandni
Chowk visiting the Spice, Wedding and Silver Markets. Then drive through New
Delhi passing the Parliament Buildings of Sir Edwin Lutyens and India Gate.
a short stop at Humayun's Tomb and the Qutub Minar before continuing your
drive on to Tikli Bottom.
This is a beautiful house built in 22 acres of rich farmland in the style
of Edwin Lutyens, who designed most of the parliament buildings in New
Delhi. The house is owned by Martin and Annie Howard who would be your
hosts. Your stay there would include all your meals and all drinks,
alcoholic and otherwise from your arrival up until your departure.
Martin would take you around the valley with pleasure showing you his
plantations. Also there are ample possibilities for beautiful walks or a
little climb up to the top of the knoll to see the surrounding countryside.
The double bedroomed suites are nothing less than fabulous as are the
grounds and the swimming pool. Dinner and overnight stay.
3. TIKLI - NEEMRANA
Morning at leisure at Tikli where you can look around the farm or have a
swim. Lunch at Tikli. In the afternoon leave for the short drive into
Rajasthan. Your first stop will be at the 15th Century Fort Palace of
Neemrana. This building has been converted into a beautiful hotel, each room
and suite having its own style and character. Take a drink up on to one of
the many terraces and watch the sun set over the plains of Rajasthan.
Neemrana has a beautiful swimming pool, Yoga and an ayurvedic massage
4. NEEMRANA - KESROLI
After breakfast at Neemrana suggest you go to visit the stepwells. They are
close by the village of Neemrana the stepwells make an interesting outing.
The drive takes approximately 10 minutes from the Fort-Palace. Return to
Neemrana for lunch.
Continue the short and beautiful drive until you arrive at the 14th century
fort of Kesroli for your overnight stay. The Fort is built on a hillock
surrounded my mustard fields and the Aravali Hills. It has gardens within
the walls where meals are served and drinks are given up on the ramparts,
affording beautiful views of the surroundings.
Day 5. KESROLI - JAIPUR
Departure in the morning for Jaipur, Suggest you stay at the Mandawa
Haveli. This Haveli is over 100 years old and has been recently refurbished
as a small hotel. It has beautiful Indian style rooms with modern bathrooms
and is located in the centre of the walled city. Excellent food and a a
small swimming pool and gardens to boot. Rest of the afternoon at leisure.
You could go to visit some of the bazaars in the main city.
Whole day to sightsee and shop in Jaipur. Suggest you begin the day with an
elephant ride to the Amber Fort Palace, which is spectacular. Later you can
visit the City Palace in Jaipur city itself, the Hawa Mahal - Palace of the
Winds and the Observatory. Jaipur is famous as a centre for carpet weaving -
silk and wool - and also for Jaipur blue pottery, but probably best known
for its exquisite gems and jewellery.
Day 7. JAIPUR - FATEHPUR SIKRI -
Leave after breakfast for the drive to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal,
stopping on the way to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital city of
Emperor Akbar. Your tour should include a visit to the beautiful Dargah
Mosque, the Buland Darwaza, Victory Gate - Akbar's victory over Gujarat and
the tomb of Shaikh Salim Chishti. Also the palaces of Akbar's women; Jodh
Bal Palace for his Hindu mother, Birbal Bhawan for his favourite courtier
and Golden House for his Christian wife. Also make a visit to the Karawan
Serai which is a courtyard surrounded by hostels used for visiting
merchants, the Panch Mahal, a five storey palace the Treasury (Ankh Micholi)
the Diwn-I-Khas (must see!) and the Diwan-I-Am.
the drive on to Agra. A very special place to stay is the AmarVilas. All
rooms with balcony face the Taj Mahal itself, only 600 metres away with
unbroken views. Amar Vilas has unique architecture, elaborate Mughal gardens
with terraced lawns and fountains, pools and pavilions.
Day 8. AGRA - DELHI
Full day sightseeing of the main monuments in Agra including the Taj Mahal
and the Red Fort, with an english speaking guide. Monuments to visit in Agra
are the Taj Mahal, the tomb of Mumtaz, wife of the emperor Shah Jehan, the
Red Fort and the exquisite Itimad-ud-Daulah, tomb of the wazir of Emperor
Early evening transfer to the Agra Railway Station for the evening express
train to Delhi. Dinner will be served on board. The train arrives at approx.
11 pm in Delhi.
to hotel / airport depending on your plans.
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Map of Rajasthan