INDIA'S GOLDEN TRIANGLE
This fascinating tour of the Golden Triangle encapsulates the glittering royal past of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, taking in magnificent forts, ornate mosques and enchanting palaces.
INDIA'S GOLDEN TRIANGLE
PRICE: €1449 PPS PLUS TAX | DATE: APRIL 2013 | COUNTRY: INDIA | DURATION: 8 DAYS
Return Flights ex Cork/Dublin - Delhi • Return Airport Transfers • Accommodation on tour in twin room with private facilities as per hotel details • Services of a tour director and local representive at times • Porterage at hotels during tour
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing, various departure dates available.
DAY 1: Depart Ireland.
DAY 2: Arrive Delhi - Gurgaon.
On arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for two nights. The capital of modern India, Delhi is a vibrant metropolis boasting a plethora of captivating sights, from elegant shops and colourful, lively bazaars to magnificent forts and intricate mosques. The afternoon is free for you to relax or begin exploring this fascinating city.
DAY 3: Delhi.
This morning's included sightseeing tour of Old Delhi takes in the grandiose three-domed Jama Masjid, Asia's largest mosque and drives past the striking 17th century Mughal Red Fort. You will also visit Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana, the peaceful cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nahru, India's first Prime Minister. In the afternoon, see the gems of New Delhi including the awe-inspiring Qutab Minar and the ancient tomb of the Emperor Humayun. You will also see the imposing India Gate war memorial and drive past the President's House and Parliament. (B)
DAY 4: Delhi - Jaipur.
Travel to Jaipur today, Rajasthan's capital and quintessential royal city. Often referred to as the 'Pink City', Jaipur is studded with intricately adorned temples and monuments. (B)
DAY 5: Jaipur.
Following a photo opportunity at the intriguing red sandstone Hawa Mahal, the 'Palace of the Winds', arrive at the stunning Amber Fort. Also known as the 'Sleeping Beauty of Rajasthan', the sombre exterior of this legendary fortress-palace hides a rich and elaborate interior, uniquely decorated in both Hindu and Muslim styles. Within the royal apartments, see the glittering Chamber of Mirrors and the ornate Hall of Victory. Later explore the City Palace Museum, home to a collection of paintings, carpets, weapons and costumes, followed by a visit to the Jantar Mantar Observatory. This 18th century collection of architectural astronomical instruments includes the world's largest sundial, standing at 27 metres high. Afterwards, soak up a heady mix of sights, sounds and smells in the bustling markets of the old city. (B)
DAY 6: Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra.
During your early morning journey to Agra, stop en route at Fatehpur Sikri, an abandoned ghost town. Wander around the elegant courtyards, sandstone palaces and victory gate of this eerie city which was abandoned after 14 years of habitation because of its depleting water supply. Look forward to another highlight of your tour in Agra - a late afternoon visit to the Taj Mahal. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, this astonishing edifice was completed in 1653. It was commissioned by Shahjahan, fifth emperor of the Mughal Empire as a memorial to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal and epitomises his love for her. Thin, perforated marble screens allow soft sunlight into the central chamber, which houses both his and his beloved's mausoleum. (B)
DAY 7: Agra - Delhi.
Visit the tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah, the first tomb in India to be built entirely of white marble. Said to be a precursor for the Taj Mahal, it is famous for its elaborately carved inlays depicting a noteworthy array of geometric arabesque, encrusted with semi-precious stones. Continue to imposing Agra Fort, a red sandstone UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising palaces, audience halls and two mosques. Admire its forbidding battlements and spectacular Mughal Palace with its chambers and room of mirrors. Later, leave for Delhi, and your overnight in Gurgaon. (B)
DAY 8: Delhi - Ireland.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the Ireland. (B)
For all enquiries you can contact our Cosmos Escorted Tours Expert Ger in Little Island on 1890 98 98 02 or email Ger at