Golden Triangle with India's rural heritage
New Delhi- Agra- Karauli- Jaipur- New Delhi
Start: New Delhi, India
Finish: New Delhi, India
Trip code: SGTK
Ages: Minimum 15
Group size: 2 to 16
This Golden triangle journey will introduce you to three very different cities of Northern India and the colourful rural life of Rajasthan. Experience the bustling bazaars and of Old Delhi & see the imposing colonial architecture in New Delhi. See the mesmerizing beauty of The Taj Mahal. Explore the fascinating bazaars of pink city Jaipur with the visit of one of the most opulent City Palace and splendor of the Amber fort. Experience the rural life of India and stay at the royal residence at Karauli. This is a memorable experience which will last forever.
What is included in the tour
- 7 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner, 1 Lunch
- Delhi – Jama Masjid
- Delhi- Sisganj Gurudwara
- Delhi- Old Delhi walking tour
- Delhi- India gate
- Delhi- Drive through President House & Indian parliament
- Delhi- Gandhi Smriti
- Delhi- Qutab Minar
- Agra- Taj Mahal
- Agra- Red Fort
- Fatehpur Sikri
- Karauli- Village walk & temple visit.
- Jaipur- Amber Fort
- Jaipur- Photostop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of Wind)
- Jaipur- City Palace
- Jaipur- Jantar mantar (observatory)
- Jaipur- Bollywood movie
- Jaipur- Cooking class with dinner at local family’s house
- Hotel: 7 nights
- Car, cycle rickshaw, auto rickshaw( tuk- tuk), Metro, Private vehicle
What is NOT included in the tour
- Any Airfare
- Travel Insurance
- Anything other than mentioned in inclusions
- Delhi – Explore the bustling bazaars of Old Delhi & see the British colonial New Delhi.
- Agra - See the wonder of the world - Taj Mahal.
- Karauli - Experience the quite rural India and enjoy the luxury stay at the lavish heritage hotel.
- Jaipur - Visit the sprawling Amber fort, the opulent City Palace, be amazed by the incredibly accurate Observatory & capture the beautiful façade of Palace of Wind.
- Jaipur - Be welcomed at the house of a local family and learn the secrets of regional cuisine in cooking class.
Day 1: New Delhi - Start Delhi and Free afternoon
Day 2: New Delhi - Full day sightseeing including Old Delhi, New Delhi, Gandhi Smriti & Qutab Minar
Day 3: Agra - Drive to Agra, Visit Agra Fort & Taj Mahal
Day 4: Karauli - Drive to Karauli, enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, Evening village walk.
Day 5: Jaipur - Drive to Jaipur, Visit City Palace & Jantar Mantar(observatory), evening Bollywood movie.
Day 6: Jaipur - Sightseeing including Photostop at Hawa mahal and Amber Fort visit. Evening cooking class and dinner with local family.
Day 7: New Delhi - Drive to New Delhi, Afternoon free
Day 8: New Delhi - End Delhi.
Day 1: New Delhi
- Namaste. Welcome to India. Upon arrival at the New Delhi airport you will meet our representative and will transfer to the hotel. After the long journey you might be tired and jet legged so relax and get prepared for the great adventure. If you are arriving early in the day and would like to explore few other sights of Delhi we can arrange some options of visiting Lodi Gardens, Humayun’s Tomb or Akshardham temple.
Day 2: New Delhi
- After breakfast start your Delhi sightseeing by exploring the contrasts of Old Delhi and New Delhi. In Old Delhi visit Jama masjid (The largest mosque of India) which can accommodate thousands of people in its courtyard and still is a major meeting place and cultural centre for the Delhi’s Muslim population and then walk through the bazaars and narrow alleyways of Chandni Chowk – a great way to introduce and absorb the sights and sounds of Old Delhi. We visit the Sisganj gurudwara (Sikh temple) to learn about the Sikh religion. On our way to New Delhi we visit the Gandhi Smriti, this poignant memorial is where Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on 30 January 1948 and marks the martyr’s Column and an impressive indoor museum. In New Delhi we see the imposing colonial architecture set along wide tree lined boulevards and see the India gate, drive past the president’s house and the Indian parliament. Before making our way to hotel we make our way to the 800 year old Qutab Minar ( the tallest brick minaret in India ) and a fine example of Indo- Islamic architecture.
Day 3: Agra
- This morning we make our way to Agra (approx 4 hours). Agra situated on the banks of Yamuna river served as the Mughal capital in the 16th and 17th century and witnessed a remarkable spate of expansion and architectural development as each emperor tried to outdo the last. As a result Akbar, Jehangir and Shahjahan have all left behind an impressive legacy of Mughal masterpieces. Visit the wonder of the world The Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shahjahan for his beloved wife Queen Mumtaz Mahal who died in 1631. The Taj is serenely beautiful and never fails to amaze a visitor, the white marble exterior changes color according to the position of the sun during the day and is matched by the rich interior details. Within distance is the imposing and architectural grandeur Red Fort, Agra built by Akbar-the third great Mughal emperor and then embellished by his grandson Shahjahan was once a great fortification with the palaces, mosques, halls, courtyards and military garrison all protected by a moat supposedly inhabited by crocodiles. It is here Shahjahan (the emperor who built the Taj mahal) was imprisoned by his own son Aurangzeb.
Day 4: Rural heritage stay - Karauli
- With wonderful memories of the Taj Mahal, we make our way today to Karauli (approx 6 hours/ 185kms) and enroute visit the Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned royal capital of Emperor Akbar. This magnificent and well preserved citadel became his capital in 1571, after the blessing of a local Muslim holy man correctly predicted the birth of Akbar’s son- his successor the emperor Jehangir. The Buland Darwaja (door), mosque, the palaces, residences and halls are all made of decorative red sandstone. But this magnificence only lasted for 14 years as in 1585 Akbar left Fatehpur Sikri to secure his outlying territories, leaving this city much as we see it today – in perfect condition.
- After the visit we make our way to Karauli- our rural heritage stay off the tourist trail. Check-in at this lavish heritage hotel built as a royal residence palace by the family that once ruled Karauli, designed in colonial style and furnished in the art deco style. The royal family still lives and maintains this charming property. Here you have wonderful opportunity to see the rural life of people, their unhurried pace, activities and can have interesting interaction with friendly locals. In the evening go for the town walk and see the markets and attend the ceremony at the most popular temple of the town dedicated to Krishna at Madan Mohan Ji Temple.
Day 5: Jaipur
- After leisurely start this morning we make our way to beautiful Jaipur (approx 180kms/ 4hours). The capital of the must-see state of India, Jaipur also famously known as the “ Pink city” was India’s first well planned city and today is perfect example of combination of past with present. With myriads of places to visit, the city boasts the rich and cultural heritage of India. Beautiful and well maintained forts & palaces, camels, cows & monkeys roaming on the roads freely, bustling and colourful bazaars and what not. After check-in at the hotel later this afternoon, enjoy a tour of the old walled Pinkcity. The highlights of the tour include a visit to the lavish City palace and it’s well preserved City Palace Museum, which has a superb collection of dresses and costumes of kings and queens and armoury of Mughal’s and Rajput’s including swords of different shapes and sizes with chiseled handles. Many antiques and artifacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here, including a collection of weaponry. It also has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets and other royal paraphernalia. Proceed to explore the intriguing and unique Jantar Mantar- an observatory built by the founder of the city Sawai Jai Singh. This is an assembly of immense astronomical instruments, including the world’s largest sundial at 27mts tall.
- This evening catch the extravagance of a Bollywood movie at the spectacular Raj Mandir Cinemahall.
Day 6: Jaipur
- The morning start by visiting the most photographed façade of Palace of Wind constructed around 200 years back with many lattices windows was designed to allow the ladies of harem to gaze out on the city scene below without themselves being seen, the windows facing towards the east bringing-in refreshing breeze (hawa) which kept the palace cooler in the summer months as well. We proceed to Amber to visit its magnificent fortress, located amidst the picturesque and rocky Aravalli hills Amber is a not-to-be-missed place in Jaipur. The foundation of Amber palace was laid 400 years back by Raja Man Singh I. Beguiling beauty of the red sandstone and white marble adds to the magnificence. Scenic backdrop of the Maota Lake and panoramic views contribute to the eternal beauty of this palace. Intricate wall paintings, frescos and the use of precious gems and jewels in these paintings add to its timeless beauty. Sheesh Mahal or the ‘Palace of Mirror’ is also one of the captivating halls to visit within Amber Palace, decorated with numerous pieces of mirror, this hall was designed in such a way even a single ray entering into it can illuminate the entire hall. Jaipur is a centre of many handicrafts, such as wooden and cloth puppets, silver trinkets, carpets, hand block printed textiles, semi-precious & precious stones and jewellery, leatherwear etc. and provides great opportunities for various shopping bargains.
- In the evening you will visit a local family for a cooking class to learn the secrets of local recipes and have dinner over great interaction about local culture and life style of locals.
Day 7: New Delhi
- After a leisurely start in the morning, make your way to Delhi (approx. 260 kms /5.5 hours) arriving there later afternoon. Spend your afternoon either to explore more of Delhi, do some last minute shopping or just relax and cherish the memories of your unforgettable trip.
Day 8: New Delhi
- The trip comes to an end after breakfast.
During the trip you may have the opportunity to see some optional sights/ excursions (not included) which will cost you extra. Please confirm with us the charges for any optional excursion and let us know if you would like us to make any arrangements.
- Delhi- Red Fort- INR 500.
- Delhi- Humayun’s Tomb- INR 500.
- Agra: Mehtab Bagh- INR 210.
- Agra: Itimad-u-alla- INR 210.
Karauli: City Palace- INR 250.
What to take:
- Sunhat and sunglasses
- Sun cream
- Light casual clothing
- Warm sweater/fleece (for winter months November to February)
- Reusable Water bottle
- Trainers/Walking shoes
- Anti-bacterial hand gel
- Insect repellent
- Small personal first aid kit
- Additional warm base layer (for winter departures)
- Scarf (for winter departures)
- Gloves (for winter departures)
- Cash, credit and debit cards
- Day pack (used for day excursions)
- Ear plugs (optional)
- Locks for bags
- Outlet Adapter
- Wind proof rain jacket
- Conservative Dress: (for temple visits)
- Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders)
- Shawl or scarf
- Men’s and women’s clothing should cover shoulders and be on or below the knee. Women especially should always dress conservatively to avoid unwanted attention and not to cause offence; vests, tight fitting trousers, short skirts and shorts are not recommended.
- For your own convenience we suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as you are expected to carry your own luggage for short distances. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like mobile phones, etc.
The information below is intended to assist you as you consider your travel options. In addition to the detailed itinerary each trip has been supported with some useful information to provide you with an overview of your accommodation & meals, all things money, passports, visas, vaccinations, insurance, clothing, personal equipment and much more to help you with your travel preparations.
- Physical rating: 1
- Joining point: Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Delhi in the morning of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of the hotel are sent to you in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.
- Accommodation check‐in times are normally from around 12 noon.
- Joining instructions: Our customers receive a complimentary transfer from the airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the airport or train station. , provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. Please send your arrival flight details to us in advance.
- After custom clearance you will be met by our representative at the arrival hall with sign board near Costa coffee next to exit gate number 5 who will escort you safely to your hotel.
- In case of any emergency, please contact us 24*7 on 0091-8529577782.
- Important: Please avoid touts at the airport offering you pre-paid taxi to hotel and later charging hefty amounts. Worst case scenario if you are unable to locate your transfer and are unable to contact us then you can take pre-paid taxis offered by Delhi traffic police and make sure you hand over the pay slip once you have reached the right hotel. Normally it takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour to reach the hotel and cost around INR 400 – 500.
- Emergency contact: Please feel free to contact us for any information or for any issues anytime 24*7 on 0091-8529577782. (same number for Whatsapp as well).
- The hotels used are comfortable & standard city tourist hotels to characteristic heritage hotels built in former forts & palaces and are chosen on the basis of comfort, location and character. Services and amenities are generally adequate with running cold/hot water, western style bathrooms, air-conditioned, high level of hospitality, clean, mostly wifi, restaurant, some may have swimming pool.
- All of our group tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travelers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.
- Single supplement rooms are available to purchase for this trip. Please advise us at the time of booking if you wish to add this to your booking and we will confirm the price for you.
- Private car (air-conditioned), Mini coach (air-conditioned) for city to city transfers and for local sightseeing.
- Auto rickshaw (tuk-tuks), Cycle-rickshaw, Metro for some sightseeing locally.
- The best way to see and insight into a country is to travel on roads or by trains to see it’s landscape, countryside, meet locals and experience it’s culture. To travel on Indian roads is itself an experience with loud horns, sometimes bumpy roads, cows sitting on the middle of the road, chaotic traffic jams, vehicles jig jagging but everything seems to work efficiently and smoothly and as such there are no issues and it is safe. It is one of the most interesting part of your experience. Travel time covering relatively short distances is longer in comparison to Western countries.
- The national currency of India is the Indian Rupee (INR).
- Please refer www.xe.com for latest foreign exchange rates of any currency.
- It is illegal to bring-in or take-out rupees. Do not accept torn or (very) dirty Indian banknotes from banks or in change as they will almost certainly not be accepted as legal tender in India. You can change money back from Rupees into US Dollars/ home currency at Delhi airport, but you must produce an exchange receipt showing that you changed money in India.
- ATM machines are now widely available everywhere (Visa and MasterCard are best) but still for the worst case scenario please take some cash (USD/AUD/Pound) with you as well. Please inform your bank before departure that you are travelling to India and carry the relevant telephone number with you in case they put a block on your card.
- You can pay with credit cards in bigger shops, many hotels/restaurants all over India.
- Traveller’s Cheques of reputed banks can be exchanged in big cities but are becoming difficult and rare.
- You can bring US Dollars/AUD/Pound/etc.
- Every traveller is bit different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, food, shopping, laundry and tipping.
- Shopping opportunities throughout this tour are endless and we suggest that you take money for souvenirs ‐ even if you are generally not a keen shopper we have found that most people succumb to some of the wide variety of handicrafts on offer.
- India has very good opportunities for shopping, especially for locally made goods, and during your trip it is highly likely that your local guides will take you to emporiums as well as workshops where these goods are made. Many people find this a great opportunity to buy local handicrafts, textiles, jewellery and carpets. Guides will often assume that visitors will want to go shopping, it is very much part of the culture, but if you do not wish to go please make this clear to your local guide at the time.
- Tipping is very much part of the culture in India and is usually expected. Through our experience we have found that tipping can often be an awkward affair, especially when in an unfamiliar country where you are not sure when or how much to tip and travelers get confused, frustrated or embarrassed. To overcome this, at the start of the trip for your convenience we will discuss and establish a ‘Tipping Kitty’ which will be used to tip porters, hotel staff, local sightseeing guides, toilet stops, shoe keepers as well as any other support staff used throughout your trip. We will suggest how much to contribute, depending on group size, but it is usually in the region of 1000- 1500 INR per person.
- Please note that this tipping kitty will not include the tour leader & driver.
- If you have enjoyed the knowledge, service and expertise of your guide and driver a tip (though not compulsory) is appropriate towards the end of the tour. It may not be customary in some countries but in India tipping is entrenched in culture especially within the tourism industry. It helps reward, appreciate and inspire excellent service. The following is the guidelines to assist our guests, but we leave the decision to provide a gratuity entirely at their discretion:
- Group leader: Based on their overall service our past guests have left gratuities of USD 5-6 per person per day.
- Driver: Based on their overall service our past guests have left gratuities of USD 2-3 per person per day.
- Restaurants: Generally depending on the service around 10% of your bill.
Budget for Meals & Drinks:
- Food: All breakfasts are included. Lunch & Dinner -USD 150 approx.
- Food is one of the biggest part of travelling experiences. We always encourage people to try local restaurants and street food vendors. We always recommend to try various local specialties and regional delicacies. You can eat out very cheaply in India, but if you go to the standard restaurants most of the time, you will spend around the suggested amount. In various places you will see how the food is made e.g. masala chai (tea), samosa (mashed potato snacks), jalebi (Indian doghnuts), lassi (yoghurt drink). In most of the towns there is a good choice of restaurants and a choice between Indian and Western style food. If you are a vegetarian, India is probably one of the best destinations to travel to. Tea and soft drinks are very cheap. A (large!) bottle of beer is approximately USD 4. Mineral water is widely available.
Climate & Weather information:
- October/November/February/March/April: The days are normally warm to hot and nights cool or mild. Generally there is no rain expected and humidity is very low.
- December/January: It can get very cold in the early mornings and evenings. Fog can be a possibility as well. Warm clothes are essential.
- April/May/June: These are hot months with high temperature and it is dry heat.
- July/ August/September: South-West Monsoon brings rain and cools down the area. Occasional showers and humidity.
Passport & Visas
- Please note it is mandatory to get Visa for India and it is the responsibility of an individual traveler to make sure that he obtains a right Visa of right time and duration. Holders of passport of many countries including Australia, New Zealand, USA & UK and many other are eligible for the e-Tourist Visa to enter India.
- The visa can be applied for through the official Indian government visa website only - https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html. Please check all eligibility criteria that can be found on the website but important points are listed below -
- You must be arriving into one of 24 selected entry points which can be found via the official Indian Government website link above. However, you can exit from any of the authorised immigration check posts in India.
- Passports must have at least 6 months validity from the date of arrival in India and at least 2 blank pages for stamping. The visa application will take approximately 4 days to process. But it is always a good idea to apply and get the Visa well in advance. It is valid for 60 days from the date of arrival in India, and single and multiple entry is permitted on the e-Tourist visa. You can only obtain 2 e-visas for India in a calendar year.
- Biometric data will be collected on arrival in India.
- Please note that travelers entering India overland from Nepal will not be issued Visa at the border and are required to obtain appropriate Visa in advance from their own country. The e-Tourist visa does not apply to traveler travelling overland. Also it is very difficult and tiresome and sometimes not possible to get Indian visa in Nepal.
- There may be certain vaccination requirements for the trips depending on which areas you are visiting, how long you are visiting and where are you coming from and going to. Routine Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Typhoid, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Polio.
- The risk of malaria on this trip is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.
- Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in places visited on this trip. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.
- Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.
- The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information.
- For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries , http://www.traveldoctor.com.au/
- Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a trip, you will be required to give your adequate valid travel insurance details to us on Day 1. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
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