Golden triangle tours are the most convenient and exciting prospect for those globetrotters who have come to a halt in India. There is something about you that completely discern you, probably a mix of many aspects like culture, spirituality, heritage, diversity etc. Everything is so different and unique, but you could somehow connect to the warm hospitality of the people. Golden triangle with Ranthambore covers the three cities of Jaipur, Agra and Delhi with a slight stress to the famous National Park in Ranthambore near Jaipur.
As usual the Golden triangle journey starts with sightseeing in Delhi, visiting various shrines, museums, ruins and other immortal architectural wonders as well as shopping. It is followed by Agra, an unruffled and peaceful city, resting on the Banks of Holy River Yamuna with its numerous forts, tombs, marble factories and small markets selling ethnic products. Each stop gives you a whooping feeling be it the Red Fort or SN Market in Delhi or the Taj Mahal in Agra or the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur.
The next morning will carter you off for an exceptional Jeep safari along the Ranthambore woods harboring the famous tiger reserve in the country. You will be assisted by a naturalist who not only adept at finding small routes, but also giving an in-depth description the flora and fauna there.
To enlarge the experience, certain wildlife movies will be featured for your sake. The jungle safari can be undertaken once more in the afternoon. It is concluded by cultural programs at the jungle lodge and a special bonfire dinner.
If walking by the heritage buildings has given a feeling of being back in history, then the tour around the jungle followed by bonfire supper make you feel as if you are back in Stone Age. But it feels great for at least at the moment you are not thinking about trivial matters that control your life. You have unwound. And that is how a holiday of Golden triangle with Ranthambore should come to end.
Day 01: Arrival Delhi
Welcome to the capital of India – Delhi. At airport, you will be received by our representative who will assist your transfer to your pre booked hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Delhi.
Day 02: A Day in Delhi for the Visits
After a leisurely breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi.
A sight-seeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting – Red Fort – The red sandstone walls of Lal Qila, the Red Fort, extend for two km and vary in height from 18 meters on the river side to 33 meters on the city side. Shah Jahan started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and it was completed in 1648. Jama Masjid -The splendid mosque built by Muhammad Ali Shah in the typical Mughal style with two minarets and three domes, lies to the west of the Hussainabad Imambara. Raj Ghat – It is the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Also, visit the Swami Narayan Temple and Bangla Sahib Gurudwara.
Post lunch you will take a sightseeing tour of New Delhi.
An extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to Humayun’s Tomb – Built in the mid 16th century by Haji Begum, senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor; Humayun’s Tomb is an early example of Indo-Persian architecture built during Mughal reign in Delhi. Qutub Minar – 13 km to the south of Connaught Circus at Lalkote of 8th century Tomor Rajputs, the 72.5 meters high Pillar stands as a victory stand of a Muslim King Qutub-ud-din-Aibak in India. A drive along the ceremonial avenue – Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, The President’s Residence, and a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. End the tour by visiting the Lotus temple at the sunset.
Overnight at hotel in Delhi.
Day 03: Drive from Delhi to Agra
After an early breakfast at the hotel, drive to the city of Taj (Agra). On arrival, you will be transferred to your pre booked hotel. Relax and get freshen for afternoon tour of the city.
Visit the Agra fort – situated on the banks of Yamuna River, North West of the Taj Mahal, this majestic fort was started by the Emperor Akbar and it developed as a strong hold of the Mughal Empire, under successive generations. This majestic fortress of red sandstone encompasses within its 2.5 km long endorser walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many visionary palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan, audience halls such as the Dewan I Khas and two very beautiful mosques.
In the late afternoon, visit the Taj Mahal at the sunset – a white marble Tomb built in 1631 – 1648, seat of the Mughal Empire by Shah Jahan for his wife, Arjumand Banu Begum or Mumtaz Mahal.
In the evening, explore Agra’s rich heritage of handicrafts and a marble making factory.
Overnight at hotel in Agra.
Day 04: Drive from Agra to Jaipur Visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, drive to Jaipur known as “pink city” and also the capital of Rajasthan named after Jai Singh, the former Maharaja of Jaipur.
En route visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, a place worth visiting to discover how once the city could have been which has now turned into ruins, situated 26 miles west of Agra, it was built at orders of the Mughal Emperor Akbar.
Arrival in Jaipur in the evening will be followed by transfer to your reserved hotel room.
Overnight at hotel in Jaipur.
Day 05: A Day in Jaipur for Visits
Today after a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, take an excursion to the majestic Amber Fort. Take an elephant or jeep ride to ascend the hill on which the fort is situated.
The Amber Fort set in picturesque and rugged hills is a fascinating blend of Mughal Architecture, construct by Raja Mann Singh in 1592 and completed by Sawai Jai Singh, the fort is made out of red sand stone and white marble.
Later visit the City Palace and the Observatory and photo stop near the Palace of Winds, also known as Hawa Mahal. City Palace located in the heart of the old city of Jaipur, is a blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture and the royal family still lives in a part of this Palace. The building now forms the Maharaja Swai Man Singh II Museum and on display here is a wide array of royal costumes; some vary exquisite and precious pashmina (Kashmiri) shawls, Benares silk sarries, Sanganeri block prints and folk embroidery.
In the evening, you have the option to see an ethnic village.
v Overnight at hotel in Jaipur.
Day 06: Drive from Jaipur to Sawai Madhopur
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Sawai Madhopur. Arrive Sawai Madhopur and check-in at your pre booked hotel.
Late afternoon, proceed for a game drive to the Ranthambore National Park.
Overnight in Sawai Madhopur.
Day 07: A day in Sawai Madhopur to See Tigers and Other Wildlife
Morning and Afternoon: Game drives to the Ranthambore National Park.
Overnight at hotel in Sawai Madhopur.
Day 08: Drive from Sawai Madhopur to Delhi
After an early breakfast at the hotel, leave for Delhi.
Upon arrival in Delhi you will be dropped at the place of your stay or to the airport/railway station.