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India: The Golden Triangle (8 days)

Abercrombie & Kent, India

New Delhi, India To New Delhi, India

Valid for Departures Now Through: 15 May 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
New Delhi, India
The Oberoi, New Delhi Breakfast

Arrive Delhi by international flight late this evening. Following customs & immigration formalities and baggage collection, you will be met by an Abercrombie & Kent representative, as you EXIT the arrival terminal building. You will be escorted to your hotel The Imperial.

Delhi: The city is sprawled over 1485 sq. kms and is home to approximately 14 million people hailing from all corners of the country. Delhi is divided in two parts, Old & New Delhi. The old city is settled within the remnants of a sturdy defensive wall and spread out towards the West of the famous Red Fort which was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1638 - 1648 A.D

The planning of Delhi started in 1911 under the guidance of Sir Edwin Lutyens, this was following the declaration made by King George V at the Delhi Durbar, that the capital of India was being shifted from Calcutta to Delhi. This was an emphatic way to reinforce the permanence of the British Empire in India. The new city was inaugurated on 09th February, 1931.

Delhi is steeped in history, which dates back to 3000 years. 'Indraprastha', the seat of the Pandavas in the early centuries of the era, was situated in Purana Quila and is believed to be Delhi's earliest city.

Day 2
New Delhi, India
The Oberoi, New Delhi Breakfast

Morning will be at your leisure.

This afternoon you will proceed for sightseeing tour of New Delhi visiting

Humayun’s Tomb: Built in the mid-16th century by Haji Begum, senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, this is an early example of Mughal architecture. The elements in its design – a squat building, lighted by high arched entrances, topped by a bulbous dome and surrounded by formal gardens – were to be refined over the years to the magnificence is thus of great interest for its relation to the later Taj. Humayun’s wife is also buried in the red-and-white sandstone, black-and-yellow marble tomb. Other tombs in the garden include that of Humayun’s barber and the Tomb of Isa Khan, a good example of Lodi architecture. An excellent view can be obtained over the surrounding country from the terraces of the tomb.

Qutub Minar: The 72.5m high tower dates back to the 13th century and is one of the greatest bequests of Islamic culture. At its base lies the Quwwatul-Islam Masjid, the first mosque in India. A famous iron pillar, of the 5th century, stands before it; it has remained trust free for 1500 years. According to local belief if you can get your fingers to touch, with your back to the pillar, your wishes will be granted.

Also drive past:

India Gate: This 42m high stone arch of triumph stands at the eastern end of the Rajpath. It bears the names of 85,000 Indian Army soldiers who died in the campaigns of WW I the North West frontier operations of the same time and the 1919 Afghan fiasco.

Rajpath: The Kings Way is another focus of Lutyens New Delhi. It is immensely broad and is flanked on either side of ornamental ponds. The Republic Day parade is held here every 26th January, and millions of people gather to enjoy the spectacle. At the eastern end of the Rajpath lies the India Gate, while at the western end lies Rashtrapati Bhavan, now the president’s residence, but built originally for the viceroy. The two large Secretariat buildings flank it, and these three buildings sit upon a small rise, known as Raisina Hill.

Rashtrapati Bhawan: The official residence of the President of India stands at the opposite end of the Rajpath from India Gate. Completed in 1929, the palace like building is an interesting blend of Mughal and western architectural styles, the most obvious Indian feature being the huge copper dome.

Day 3
Agra, India
The Oberoi Amarvilas Breakfast

Morning enjoy city sightseeing tour of Old Delhi visiting

Jama Masjid: The great mosque of Old Delhi is the largest in India and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan. Begun in 1644, the mosque was not completed until 1658. It has three great gateways, four angle towers and two minarets standing 40m high and constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble. Broad flights of steps lead up to the imposing gateways. The eastern gateway was originally only opened for the emperor, and is now open on Friday and Muslim festivals. The general public can enter by the north or south gate. Those people considered unsuitably dressed (bare legs for either men or women) can hire robes at the northern gate. The courtyard of the mosque can hold 25,000 people.

Chandni Chowk: Enjoy the cycle rickshaw ride on the main street of Old Delhi. The colorful shopping bazaar is known as Chandni Chowk

Red Fort: The red sandstone walls of Lal Qila, the Red Fort, extend for two Kms and vary in height from 18m on the river side to 33m on the city side. Shah Jahan started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and it was completed in 1648. He never completely moved his capital from Agra to his new city of Shahjahanabad in Delhi because he was deposed and imprisoned in Agra Fort by his son Aurangazeb.

Raj Ghat: A simple square platform of black marble marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948. A commemorative ceremony takes place each Friday, the day he was killed.

Note: Red Fort remains closed on Monday.

Afternoon is free for independent activities

Day 4
Jaipur, India
The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast you will drive for three hours to Agra and upon arrival you will check in at your hotel.

Agra: Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire - giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today, a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices of red sandstone and white marble, narrow gullies and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughal still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously.

Agra at one time served as the capital city for the great Mughal Empire, and it is the repository of some of their finest architectural creations.

You start your tour of the two great monuments of the city, at the

Agra Fort. The present structure stands on the site of 14th century fort that was occupied by the Lodi Sultans of Delhi. When the Mughal Emperor Akbar established his supremacy in Northern India, he began his first architectural venture, rebuilding the fort as a beautiful fort palace. The work was completed by his son and grandson, highlighting the Mughal’s ability to blend defensive and decorative architecture. Richly decorated with marble and mosaic, it was in a part of this fort that Shah Jahan spent the last years of his life, imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb. His private quarters where he was confined, has a magical view of the Taj Mahal across the river Yamuna.

The Taj Mahal, which you visit by the sunset, is perhaps the world’s most perfectly proportioned monument. This stunning mausoleum immortalized the name of Shah Jahan’s last wife Mumtaz Mahal, “light of the palace”. Built by Indian artisans and artisans from neighboring Islamic countries, it is aptly described by the poet laureate Tagore as “A tear on the face of eternity”.

Note: Taj Mahal remains closed on Friday.

Day 5
Jaipur, India
The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur Breakfast, Lunch

The Taj Mahal looks stunning in different lights. You might want to wake up early and visit the mausoleum to enjoy the view of the rising sun.

You will return to the hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast you will drive for six hours to Jaipur, en-route you will visit Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a deserted, red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the 16th century after the visit you will stop at The Bagh, Bharatpur for lunch.

Jaipur: The origins of the beautiful city of Jaipur can be traced back to the eighteenth century, during the reign of Jai Singh II who ascended the Amber throne in 1699. Jaipur today epitomizes the spirit of Rajputana. In-spite of growing into bustling metropolis, it still retains it’s character and history.... a beautiful fusion of yester years and modernity. For long called the Pink city because of the extensive use of the locally abundant pink plastered stone, painted so in honour of the visit of the royal consort of Queen Victoria. Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens.

Remainder of the day is free for independent activities.
Day 6
Gurgaon, India
The Oberoi, Gurgaon Breakfast

Morning you will proceed for the visit of Albert Hall, Anokhi Museum followed by excursion to Amber Fort.

We will visit the Albert Hall, now the Central Museum, which was begun, to a design of Jacobs. It was the first of a number in which Indian craftsmen and designers were actively employed in both building and design. This ensured that the Albert Hall was not simply an Indo Saracenic building of the type becoming extremely popular all over India. Additionally the Museum displays Rajasthani village life through costumes, pottery, woodwork, and brassware.

You will then visit the Anokhi museum to witness the block printing process. Museum is dedicated to block/hand printing which a dying art form popular from Rajasthan & nearby area like Bagru & Sanganer. Visiting the museum will give a detailed insight on methods & different designs of block printing. The building which houses the museum was an old ruined down haveli which is now restored completely and has been awarded by the UNESCO for restoration.

Amber Fort: Amber was the ancient capital of Kachhwaha Rajput’s, from 1037 untill Sawai Jai Singh II moved to a newly created Jaipur. The architecture shows distinct Mughal influence. The building of the fort was begin by Raja Man Singh a noted Rajput general of Akbar’s army in 1600 and was later added to by successive rulers.

This afternoon lunch will be served at at 1135 AD restaurant located within the environs of Amber Fort.

Optional - Afternoon visit the local market with your guide.

Day 7
New Delhi, India
The Oberoi, Gurgaon Breakfast

After breakfast you will proceed on a city sightseeing tour of Jaipur.

City Palace: as described by some writers “spectacular synthesis of Rajput and Mughal architecture”. The city palace occupies the center of Jaipur, covers one seventh of its area and is surrounded by high wall.

Jantar Mantar Observatory: the Jantar Mantar built between 1728 and 1734 houses precise instruments for measuring “the harmony of heavens” each instrument serves a particular function and gives an accurate reading. Noteworthy instruments worth visiting are the Samrat Yantra (sun dial), Dhruva Yantra (locates the position of the Pole star and the twelve Zodiac sings), Nari Valya Yantra (Sun dial for Southern hemisphere), Raj Yantra (used once a year to calculate the Hindu calendar) and observers seat.

Hawa Mahal (Photo stop only): perhaps Jaipur’s most famous building, the Hawa Mahal is the pink sandstone façade of a palace built for the ladies of the harem by Sawai Pratap Singh. The façade contains 953 small casements under a huge curve, each with a balcony and crowning arch. The windows enable cool air (hawa) to circulate and the zenana to watch processions below without being seen.

In the afternoon you will be met and transferred to Jaipur airport to fly to Delhi. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel, The Oberoi, Gurgaon

Remainder of the day is free for independent activities and to enjoy the facilities at your hotel.

Day 8
New Delhi, India
The Oberoi, Gurgaon Breakfast

Today you will be met and transferred to international airport where you will board your flight for onward journey. Room will be available till 12:00 noon

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India's golden triangle is a tourist circuit which connects the national capital Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The Golden Triangle is so called because of the triangular shape formed by the locations of New Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan on a map. The trips usually start in Delhi moving south to the site of Taj Mahal at Agra, then west, to the desert landscapes of Rajasthan. The Golden Triangle is now a well traveled route providing a good spectrum of the country's different landscapes.

The Golden Triangle is the most popular tourist route in India, and for very good reason. Delhi, Jaipur and Agra are three cities that capture your imagination and take you into the fascinating, decadent and passionate world of the Mughals and Maharajahs. What they left behind is some of the world’s best architecture, from the Qutab Minar in Delhi to the Amber Fort in Jaipur and of course the Taj Mahal in Agra.

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By: Bonnie


Reviewed on: 19 Dec 2015

So impressed with A and K. No worries.. All was taken care of.. Bodes well for our African trip on February in 2016 and our A and K rental in Tuscany for late September. All through Ewa from Paul Klien Travel.
Travel Advisor:  Ewa Duranovic
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Pricey!

By: ShariRtR


Reviewed on: 25 Jul 2016

We hired a car and guide to take us from Delhi to the Taj Mahal in Agra for the day. The cost was $165/person. When a friend joined us at the last minute, it cost another $165 even though the car was going and the guide was already paid for. The only differential was the entry costs to the Agra Fort and the Taj. We paid for lunch and snacks. The guide and the driver were very good. It just seemed pricey.

Fascinating India

By: JB


Reviewed on: 11 Mar 2017

Loved the itinerary and sites. I especially enjoyed guide/travel manager Ritu on the Maharaja Express and our A&K Delhi guides.
Travel Advisor:  Caroline Chandra

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By: diana


Reviewed on: 12 Mar 2017

everything ran on schedule and smoothly. all A&K operators very friendly and knowledgeable. hotels were excellent. transfers excellent. highly recommend
Travel Advisor:  Caroline Chandra

Great on the ground

By: Sam


Reviewed on: 13 Mar 2017

The gentleman who helped in Delhi was very good. He coordinated 18 different women coming and going for the trip (we flew in separately). And arranged for a terrific local guide who was very knowledgeable. The days in Delhi were jam packed and terrific.
Travel Advisor:  Caroline Chandra

Second to none - Can't wait to travel with A&K again.

By: Audrey


Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2017

A&K was amazing - our guide, our driver, the people who met us at all the connections, the places and hotels they chose for us -we had the experience of a lifetime and felt safe, supported and cared for throughout. Very professional staff all around, great communication, and they seem to inspire a very positive culture with the people who work for them. My new favorite tour operator, can't wait to travel with them again.
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By: nonickname1


Reviewed on: 11 Dec 2017

Our driver/guide was super - everything else was like Bernie Sanders.