India Golden Triangle 2018
India Golden Triangle with Shopping in Dubai 2018
Feb 09 - Feb 18, 2018
Package includes :-
International return airfare via JFK
Domestic airfare in India
Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
Monument entrance fees as per itinerary
Elephant ride at Jaipur
Visit to Taj Mahal
English speaking guide
Meet and assist and much more….
DAY 01 – Saturday, February 10th 2018 ARRIVE DELHI
Meeting, assistance on arrival & transfer to hotel.
New Delhi, the capital and the third largest city of India is a fusion of the ancient and the modern. Standing along the West End of Gangetic Plain, the capital city, Delhi, unwinds a picture rich with culture, architecture and human diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries, gardens and exotic shows. Comprising of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, the Old Delhi and New Delhi, the city is a travel hub of Northern India.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 02 – Sunday, February 11th 2018 IN DELHI
OPTIONAL (USD 44): Morning sightseeing of Old Delhi. Drive past the magnificent Red Fort, - a marvel in red sandstone, built on the banks of River Yamuna by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Visit Raj Ghat (memorial to Mahatma Gandhi), Jama Masjid, - The largest mosque in India.
A cycle rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, once an imperial avenue of Mughal Royalty which today is the busiest commercial area of the city.
Afternoon sightseeing of New Delhi, visit the 12th century Qutab Minar, gracefully hand-carved for its entire height of 234ft, and the iron pillar, which has withstood the ravages of time and not rusted even after 1500 years, the mausoleum of emperor Humayun, the imposing modern Lakshmi Narayan Temple. Drive past India Gate (memorial to the Indian army soldiers who died in the World War I) the Rashtrapati Bhavan (formerly the viceroy's residence) and the Parliament House.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 03 – Monday, February 12th 2018 DRIVE DELHI-AGRA (204 KMS/04 HRS)
Morning drive to Agra. On arrival check in at hotel.
It was the Taj Mahal which ultimately put Agra, its home town on the global map. It is an epitome of Mughal architecture of the 16th & 17 centuries of the then capital of the Mughal dynasty of India. Agra holds a special significance for the Mughals in the many of the firsts: Emperor Barber, the founder of the dynasty laid out the first formal Persian gardens on the banks of the river Yamuna. Down the lineage the 3rd Emperor & grandson of the founder Barber, Emperor Akbar, conceptualized & laid the foundation of the gigantic Red Fort. His successors Emperors Jehangir & Shah Jehan took the construction further adding the rose-red palaces, courts and gardens, the marble mosques, palaces and pavilions for the public & private audiences.
Afternoon visit to Taj Mahal: This monument of love was built by Shah Jahan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remain. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the sill of 20,000 craftsmen brought together from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and who took 17 year to complete this 'Love Poem in Marble'. (Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays).
Later we visit Agra fort, built alongside the Yamuna River stretching almost 2.5 km. The fort’s colossal double walls rise 20 m in height and measure 2.5 km in circumference. The fort is surrounded by a moat. The lofty battlements of the Agra fort cast its protective shadow over the far stretching mansions of nobles and princes built along the riverfront. The magnificent towers, bastions and ramparts and majestic gateways symbolized the confidence and power of the third Mughal emperor. The fort contains splendid palaces both in red sandstone and white marble built by two generations of prolific builders, Akbar and later on by Jahangir and Shahjahan.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 04 – Tuesday, February 13th 2018 DRIVE AGRA-JAIPUR (221 KMS/06 HRS)
Post visit drive to Jaipur enroute stop at Fatehpursikri.
The ‘ghost’ yet the City of Victory or Fatehpur (victory) Sikri (city), as it translates to in Persian, sounds paradoxical now. Approximately 30 miles west of Agra, Fatehpursikri was built by Emperor, Akbar between 1571 and 1573 AD but was later abandoned. The reasons of abandonment of this once & till today a beautiful capital city are many & debatable by the modern day historians. One school of them believes the hostile neighborhood kingdoms of the Jaats & their impending threat of running over the city made Emperor Akbar give up on this city. The other school of scholars discount this theory & conclude water scarcity being the one single reason for the Emperor to move out & re-designate Agra at the capital. In the modern day, Fatehpur Sikri features in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites & is a fine living example of an amalgamation of various architectures’ style.
Post visit drive to Jaipur. On arrival check in at hotel.
Was built in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II. It is a planned city built with ancient Hindu rules as the colonial capital of a richly colorful state. It was made attractive with the pink wash - a traditional colour of welcome in 1853 in honour of the visit of Prince Albert.
Evening attend an `aarti’ (prayer ritual ceremony) at Birla Mandir (modern Hindu temple).
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 05 – Wednesday, February 15th 2018 FLY JAIPUR-MUMBAI
Morning Amber Fort with elephant ride:
Amber is a classic, romantic Rajasthani fort Palace. The rugged, time-ravaged walls of the Fort may not look beautiful from the outside, but the interior is a virtual paradise. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes, apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster. 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. Inside the Fort visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory. Inside the Jag Mandir is the famed Sheesh Mahal – a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period. En route to Amber Fort, you will have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds.
OPTIONAL (USD 40): Afternoon city tour begins with a visit to the Maharaja's City Palace, the former Royal residence, part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. Built in the style of a fortified campus, the palace covers almost one-seventh in area of the city. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armory Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. The royal families of Jaipur once used most of these weapons. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. Situated near the gate of the city palace, the observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition.
In time assisted departure transfer to the airport to connect flight for Mumbai.
Depart: Jaipur at 2055 hrs by Jet Airways (9W) 7119
Arrive: Mumbai at 2250 hrs
Mumbai (formerly called Bombay) is a densely populated city on India’s west coast. A financial center, it's India's largest city. On the Mumbai Harbour waterfront stands the iconic Gateway of India stone arch, built by the British Raj in 1924. Offshore, nearby Elephanta Island holds ancient cave temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The city's also famous as the heart of the Bollywood film industry.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 06 – Thursday February 16th 2018 IN MUMBAI
In time pick up from your hotel and proceed for Bollywood tour followed by hot buffet lunch.
11 30: Departure toward the shoot (North Mumbai: Goregaon /Borivili /Mira Road)
1215: Arrival at the set: The guests will explore the set, watch a live shoot and interact with crew/cast.
1300: Departure toward lunch
1345: Arrival at lunch after a drive past actors' homes. Lunch is usually at Caravan Serai in Bandra as this restaurant has received the best reviews.
1445: Departure toward sound recording studio. On arrival, the guests will learn about sound operations in Bollywood and also experiment with some fun dubbing.
1545: Departure toward a dance workshop. The guests will learn the famous Indian dance moves in a 15 - 20 minutes long dance workshop.
1615 Arrival at the dance workshop in Worli.
1635 Departure towards hotel.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 07 – Friday, February 17th 2018 LEAVE MUMBAI
Transfer to the international airport to connect with flight to Dubai.
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. On arrival check-in at hotel Hyatt Al Rigatta.
OPTIONAL (USD 50): Sail on Dubai Creek as you savor a delicious buffet dinner on this 2-hour Dubai evening cruise. Be welcomed onto a beautifully illuminated ‘dhow’ — a traditional-style Arabian wooden sailboat — and admire the passing sights, festooned in twinkling lights. Feast your eyes on the floodlit Rolex Twin Towers, the wind towers of Dubai Heritage Village, and sparkling mosques, bridges and more. Take photos from the open-air deck and enjoy a 5-star buffet meal with complimentary sodas and waters.
Overnight at hotel
DAY 08 – Saturday, February 18th 2018 DEPART DUBAI
After breakfast, transfer to airport to board flight for home.
End of itinerary: Check-in/Check-out time is 12 noon at all hotels.