Golden Triangle Tour - India

India's Golden Triangle is a tourist circuit which includes: DelhiAgra (including the Taj Mahal), and Jaipur. These trips usually last 7 or 8 days and do the trip as a circuit starting and ending in Delhi. Flights and hotels are often included in the price, and it is normally possible to do the trip by coach or private journey through most tour operators. The Golden Triangle is now a well traveled route, hosting many of India's great cultural gems, and providing a good spectrum of the country's different landscapes.

The Golden Triangle is so called because of the triangular shape formed by the locations of New Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan on a map, but is occasionally expanded to include the wider geographical area of North India, most frequented by tourists. Most tourists fly from Delhi, travel southwards to the site of the famous Taj Mahal at Agra, then west, to the desert landscapes of Rajasthan, including the city of Jaipur. These three cities are extremely popular as tourist destinations among the foreign tourists visiting India as well as among the natives.

The circuit is about 1000 km by road. Each leg is about 4 to 6 hours of drive, though with new Mahamaya Express Highway between Delhi and Agra it takes around 1.5 hours to reach Agra by Road. The fast Shatabdi train now runs on all the legs of the Golden triangle tour.

 

Tour Itinerary

DAY 01 : Arrive in Delhi (Dinner)
 
  • Arrive in Delhi.
 
    • Meet / assist at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
 
  • Check in at hotel for dinner and over night stay.
 
DAY 02 : Delhi / Agra (203 km – 04 ½ hrs) (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
 
  • Breakfast at hotel.
 
  • After breakfast, guided tour of historic city of Delhi. The city where one can experience the influence of the many rulers who ruled this region, a city built and destroyed and re-built over seven times. The guided tour takes you to the monuments that depict the different eras. The tour includes visit to the magnificent Red Fort, the Jama Masjid - Asia's largest mosque, Rajghat - the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi - the "Father of the Nation".
  En route lunch will be at local restaurant.
 
  • Afternoon tour of New Delhi to include Humanyun's Tomb, Birla Mandir, Lotus Temple also called Bahai's Temple (Closed on all Mondays), Qutab Minar, India Gate (war memorial dedicated to the lives of laid down by the Indian soldiers), also pass thru the President's Residence - formerly the Viceroy's Palace, Parliament House and the Secretariat buildings, - an interesting blend of the Victorian and 20th century architecture and drive through Connaught Place. Evening transfer to Agra, on arrival check in at hotel for dinner and over night stay.
 
 
DAY 03 : Agra / Fatehpur Sikri / Jaipur (240 km / 07 hrs) (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
 
  • Breakfast at hotel.
 
  • In the morning visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by Shah Jahan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. (Taj Mahal is closed on Friday). Also visit the Agra Fort containing the halls of private and public audience and other palaces.
  En route lunch will be at local restaurant.
 
Lunch will be at hotel. Then transfer to Jaipur en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. Visit the remarkably well-preserved, graceful buildings within the 'Ghost City' including the Jama Masjid, tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal Palace and other palaces that speak of the grandeur and splendor of the Mughal empire at the height of its power.
 
  • Arrive in Jaipur check in at hotel for dinner and over night stay.
 
 
DAY 04 : Jaipur (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
 
  • Breakfast at hotel.
 
  • Then proceed for the full day sightseeing visiting Amber Fort with an Elephant Ride. Amber is a classic, romantic Rajasthani fort Palace. A major attraction at Amber is the Elephant Ride all the way up to the Fort entrance. This journey on caparisoned elephants is bound to enrich your memories with the Royal lifestyle of the Maharajas and leave you with a truly unforgettable experience.
 
  • On your way to Amber Fort, you will have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds.
  Afternoon visit to City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Birla Temple.
 
  • All meals and over night stay at hotel.
 
 
DAY 05 : Jaipur / Delhi (260 km / 06 hrs) (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
 
  • Breakfast at hotel.
 
  • Half day free for your shopping in Jaipur and in the evening transfer back to Delhi.
 
  • Lunch will be at hotel in Jaipur.
  On arrival check in at hotel for dinner and over night stay.
   
     
DAY 06 : Depart Delhi
 
  • Breakfast at hotel.
 
  • Timely transfer to the airport for your return flight to Colombo.
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