Golden Triangle

7 Nights from R30,800 pps

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Departure Date: 16/03/2019

Experience the Golden Triangle and visit Delhi ~ Agra ~ Jaipur. Visitors to Delhi will see sprawling slums and marvelous palaces, abject poverty and glittering wealth, and be overwhelmed by the age and history of the city. Shoppers will enjoy the experience of bargaining for unique and exotic souvenirs in the crammed street markets, while foodies can sample the North Indian cuisine that the city is known for in Delhi's numerous restaurants.

In Agra the city's greatest days were during the reign of Babur's grandson, Akbar the Great (1556-1605), who built Agra Fort, and although Shah Jahan created a new capital in Delhi, his heart remained in Agra. In 1631 he chose Agra as the spot to construct what is undisputedly the world's greatest monument to love - the Taj Mahal.

Jaipur - The capital of Rajasthan Jaipur is popularly known as the “Pink City “as the Pink sandstone was used to construct the buildings in Old walled city. Jaipur owes its name, its foundation and it’s planning to the Great warrior astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II (1699–1744 AD).

Tour Itinerary:
* Day 01: Arrive Delhi
On arrival in Delhi: Having cleared immigration, collected your luggage and passed through customs, please make your way towards the exit of the terminal building where you will see a bank of people waiting for you. Amongst them will be Travel Counsellors Representative who will be waiting to greet you with a Travel Counsellor paging board with your name on. Please note that the crowds can be enormous and it is possible that you may not spot our representative, despite their making every effort to be as visible as possible, so please keep an eye out for them.

You are then transferred to your hotel and assisted with check in. (Standard check in time 1400 Hrs)

The person who handles your journey will meet you at the hotel and brief you about the program, do’s and don’ts, information & hand over your travel documents along with a local sim with important contact numbers.

India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds - the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.

Overnight is at Hotel [Room with Breakfast]

* Day 02: Delhi
Early morning you will be picked up from the hotel and taken to Old Delhi for Old Heritage Walk.[group tour]

This walk helps you explore the Delhi’s rich, culture, heritage, history and cuisine in a fun and exciting way. The tour includes exploring the streets of Delhi on foot and cycle rickshaw. The tour takes you through the narrow lanes and bazaars of Old Delhi where you will get to know about the basic ingredients used in traditional Indian meals.

Tour includes: Heritage & Bazaar walk, Cycle Rickshaw ride, few hidden treasures, some street food tasting for those who feel adventurous, visiting a local home (an Old Private Mansion in the old city in which single family is living from generations) and company of local English Speaking Local Friend. Afternoon enjoy sightseeing tour of New Delhi.

New Delhi reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colors and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.

The tour to Imperial Delhi will start by visit to the Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. The Qutab Minar was started in 1199 AD by Qutab-ud-Din Aibak and completed by the sultan's successor and son-in-law, Iltutmish. The building is 72.5 m high and has 379 steps from the bottom to the top. The Minar is tapering with the diameter of the base is 14.3 m while at the top floor it is 2.7 m. The Qutab Minar is still the highest stone tower as well as one of the finest Islamic structures ever raised in India. Then, visit Humayun’s Tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun, it is an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, a precursor of the Taj Mahal.

Later drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President’s residence.
Overnight is at Hotel [Room with Breakfast]

* Day 03: Delhi - Agra
Early breakfast at the hotel.

Later on a Travel Counsellor Representative will assist & transfer you to Delhi railway station to board the train for Agra.

Train Info:
Gatimaan Express, Departs Delhi at 08:10 Hrs
Arrives Agra at 09:50 Hrs
Class: Executive Class
*TRAIN NOT OPERATIONAL ON FRIDAY

Agra in terms of ambiance is still associated with its Mughal period. The Mughals besides being great rulers were also great builders and they preserved their best architectural wonders for Agra & its neighborhood. It has many wonderful monuments and the Taj Mahal, the greatest of them all, is a masterpiece of Mughal architecture at its best.

Upon arrival in Agra, meeting and assistance at the railway station and drive to hotel in your private chauffeured driver vehicle. (Standard check in time 1400 Hrs)

Afternoon visit Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Agra Fort - the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions.

Sunset visit to Taj Mahal [Closed on Friday]. An inimitable poem in white marble, the Taj Mahal was built over a period of 22 years (1631-1653), using a workforce of 22000 people, by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. The Taj Mahal presents a wondrous sight at different time of the day - at dawn, during the day, at sunset and even on a moonless night. Needless to say it looks exquisite on a moonlit night. Return to the hotel after the sightseeing.

Overnight is at Hotel [Room with Breakfast]

Day 04: Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur
Breakfast at the hotel.

After breakfast, you will drive to Jaipur in your chauffeured driven vehicle to Jaipur [Approx. 260 Kms / 5 Hrs]

En-route visit to Fatehpur Sikri.

Fatehpur Sikri – known as the “deserted city” built by Akbar the Great – in 1569 and abandoned due to the scarcity of water. The city is covered with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition

After sightseeing tour, you will continue drive to Jaipur.

Jaipur - The capital of Rajasthan Jaipur - popularly known as the “Pink City “as the Pink sandstone was used to construct the buildings in Old walled city. Jaipur owes its name, its foundation and it’s planning to the Great warrior astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II (1699–1744 AD).

Arrive Jaipur and check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight is at Hotel [Room with Breakfast]

* Day 05: Jaipur
Breakfast at the hotel.

After breakfast, a guided tour exploring the palaces, forts and museums of Jaipur. Along with a photo stop at Hawa Mahal "the Palace on Winds" the group will be visiting the Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar and City Palace.

Amber Fort - the capital of the erstwhile State of Jaipur until 1728 is perched on a hill. It has halls of Public and Private Audience, a Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) various marble palaces which are marvelous examples of ancient Rajput architecture. The Temple of Amba (Mother Goddess), the patron deity of the Royal family is at the entrance to the palace. Reach the Fort by Elephant failing by Jeep. Jantar Mantar - an astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 18th century, which is remarkable for its accuracy of the instruments even in the present times.

City Palace, the former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. It now houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes, an armory of the Mughals and Rajputs with weapons of arms, an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit

Overnight is at Hotel [Room with Breakfast]

* Day 06: Jaipur - Delhi

Breakfast at the hotel.

After breakfast, you will be driven back to Delhi [Approx. 260 Kms / 6 Hrs]

On arrival, check in at the hotel. Rest of day at leisure.

* Day 07: Depart Delhi
Breakfast at the hotel

In the morning, at an appropriate time a Travel Counsellor Representative will assist and transfer you to Delhi airport for your departure flight.

What's Included

Return flights ex Johannesburg via Mauritius to Delhi with a stopover in Mauritius, approx. airport taxes, a 6 Night stay sharing a double/twin room in Delhi ~ Agra ~ Jaipur ~ Delhi, a 1 night stay at Preskil Island Resort in Mauritius, a return airport - hotel transfer in Mauritius, breakfast; all transfers will be by an air-conditioned AC Innova as mentioned above; Services of English speaking local guide for in Delhi, Agra, & Jaipur; Sightseeing & Entrances as per itinerary, Train Delhi – Agra, Travel Counsellor representative for assistance on all arrival & departure transfers with meet & assist; A cell phone with local SIM for the length of stay in India; Mineral water & picnic hamper in the vehicle; All currently applicable taxes, including the service tax of 5% applicable on total invoice amount.


7 Nights from R30,800 pps


The Small Print

These offers are brought to you by Travel Counsellors (Pty) Ltd. Valid: 16 - 25 March 2019. Offers are per person sharing. Rates for other periods are available on request. Packages and airfares are subject to availability, airfare increases, seasonal surcharge; high season supplements and currency fluctuations. Supplier's terms and conditions are available on request. Offers include airport taxes. Packages exclude items of personal nature, meals & drinks not specified, options excursions, tipping. Additional information available on request. Valid for SA residents only. Terms and conditions apply. Prices and information correct at time of publishing. E&OE.


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