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Golden Triangle Tour with Rajasthan

  • 12 Nights / 13 Days
  • Delhi
  • Delhi
  • Wildlife
  • Taj Mahal
  • Desert
  • Lakes
Overview

Golden Triangle Tour with Rajasthan is an enriching experience that explores the various facets of Mughal and Rajput history and culture. Endeavouring into the Mughal abodes of Delhi and Agra, the trip takes you exploring the jungles of Ranthambore and then mesmerizes you with the grandeur of the Rajputana through visits to Jaipur, Mandawa, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur. The architectural wonders are sure to leave you awestruck and the tete-e-tete with history and culture will remain in your hearts forever. Our final destination – Pushkar is a holy town on the banks of a tranquil lake. The peace of the place is the best conclusion to this eventful trip. In this 12 Nights -13 Days Golden Triangle Tour with Rajasthan from Forefront Tours, we will also introduce you to various handicrafts that are native to this region and you will also get ample opportunity to taste non-vegetarian Mughal dishes as well as vegetarian Rajput treats.

Itinerary

Day: 1: Arrival at Delhi and relax at hotel

Upon you arrival at Delhi airport, our representative will transfer you to air-conditioned car as you leave for your hotel. Spend the day at leisure. Enjoy shopping in the colorful markets of Delhi. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day: 2: Delhi full day sightseeing

After breakfast, you will take a trip down the lane of Mughal history as we take you on a full day sight-seeing outing at “Dilwalo ki Shahar” – Delhi. Situated on the banks of Yamuna, the Red Fort or Lal Quila stands testimony to Shah Jahan’s love for art and architecture. The fort was constructed in the 1630s-1940s, marking the shift of the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid –another marvel constructed in the Mughal Era. Its sheer majestic appeal will surely take your breath away. Formerly known as Masjid-i-Jahan Numa or “mosque commanding view of the world”, its single courtyard can accommodate more than 25,000 people. Built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in 1193, the Qutub Minar even today stands as a symbol commemorating the glory of Muslim rule in Delhi. It was built after the defeat of the last Hindu ruler of the capital. The highest tower standing in India and the surrounding complex will be a paradise for photographers. A visit to Maqbara-i-Humayun or Humayun’s tomb will take you back in time. It was built after the death of benevolent Emporer Humanyun by his first wife and chief consort, Bega Begum. Many visitors say that the sadness of Bega Begum after the death of her husband and lover can be still felt there today. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Please Note:- Red Fort, Lotus Temple, and Akshardham Temple remain closed on Mondays.

Day 03: Drive to Agra and city tour of Agra

After breakfast, you will leave for beautiful city of Agra. The picturesque countryside will be a soothing treat before we start exploring the numerous gems of Agra. A symbol of love; a man-made wonder; a monument of beauty – all descriptions fall short when it comes to the Taj. Nothing can compare the feeling you will have when you lay your eyes on the ivory-white façade of this architectural wonder. A group photo with the monument in the background will be great. Visit Agra Fort which served as the residence of the Mughal emperors till 1638 when the capital of the empire was shifted to Delhi. The fort is no less than a walled city in itself. Also visit Itimad-ud-Daulah was a title given to Mirza Gyas Beg, father of Noor Jahan, the wife of Jahangir. The tomb of Beg, our next stop, was drafted after the Taj Mahal and earned the name “Baby Taj”. Agra also boasts numerous markets in the city from where you can buy marble handicrafts and ornate boxes. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Please Note:- Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays.

Day 04: Drive to Ranthambore and evening jungle safari in Rathambore National Park

Optional: This morning, you can visit Taj Mahal again at the time of sunrise. After breakfast, you will leave for Jaipur. Located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, Tiger sightings are not rare in Ranthambore and the national park is also home to around 272 species of birds, both residential and migrant. Now you will go for the evening safari depending on the season. The setting sun will provide the best natural lighting for photographers who want to capture the beauty and the essence of the forest through their lenses. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 05: Morning Jungle Safari in Ranthambore and drive to Jaipur

Ranthambore National Park is a major attraction for tourists and locals alike, mainly due to the large tiger population. The morning safari at Ranthambore starts at 6:30 am or 7 am, depending on the season. Open jeeps are the best way to explore the national park, its birds, flora and fauna. After breakfast, you will leave for Jaipur. On arrival, check in the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 06: Jaipur full day Sightseeing

After breakfast, we will introduce you to the glory of the Rajput rule in the state – Jaipur. Rajput monuments are still well-maintained and in good shape giving you a good perspective of the art, culture and architecture of the Rajput era. Amber Fort is engulfed in nostalgia as it was once the capital of the Jaipur princely state. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the 6 hill forts of Rajasthan. The architecture is unique of its kind as it accommodates both Hindu and Islamic styles. A special attraction of the Amber Fort visit is the elephant ride that will conclude it. Visit scenic Jal Mahal – is situated in the middle of the Mansagar Lake. The architecture is symbolic of the Rajput style of building a majestic palace in the middle of the lake. The palace boasts a picturesque view of the beautiful lake and the surrounding hills. Visit City Palace built when Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II shifted his court from Amber to Jaipur. The city palace was primarily an administrative centre and is witness to the rise and fall of numerous maharajas. Today it houses the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum and is home to the Jaipur royal family. Connected to the women’s chamber or zenana of the City Palace is the most famous tourist destination of Jaipur – the Hawa Mahal. It was built by Sawai Pratap Singh who was inspired by the unique design of the Khetri Mahal. The façade resembles a honeycomb and has 953 windows or jharokas and intricate carvings. A few yards away stand the state museum of Rajasthan – Albert Hall. The building, a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture is situated inside the lush Ram Niwas garden, just outside the city palace. An evening in Jaipur is best enjoyed through street-shopping. Jaipur’s range of handicrafts – both expensive & inexpensive is unparalleled – be it the semi-precious jewellery of Johari Bazaar or the minakari on marble work of Chandpole Bazaar. Apart from these, jootis, bandhni fabrics, handmade bags, boxes etc can be picked up as souvenirs. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 07: Jaipur – Bikaner and half day sightseeing in Bikaner

After breakfast, you will leave for Bikaner. It is famous worldwide for its camel fair. But even if you aren’t visiting the town in January to witness this one-of-a-kind festival, a trip to the place has lots in store for you. Visit Junagarh Fort, formerly known as the Chintamani Palace. This fort, built in 1478, is an architectural extravaganza as it combines together many styles like Rajput, Mughal, Gujarati and even western architecture. Visit Karni Mata Temple – home to a million rats – around 2,500 black rats to be precise and this 600-year-old temple has numerous legends associated with it. Constructed by Maharaja of Bikaner, Maharaja Ganga Singh, from 1902 to 1926, the Lalgarh Palace is an architectural wonder. The palace is believed to change colour with the passage of the sun. The Shri Sadul Museum, inside the palace, gives tourists an apt picture of the extravagant lifestyle of the royals in the bygone days. A visit to Bikaner is incomplete without a desert safari on camel, exploring the vast expanse of golden sands of the Thar. Bikaner is also a hub for traditional Rajasthani cuisine. It is also a street shopper’s delight as the local bazaars sell handicrafts, traditional clothes, footwear etc. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 08: Bikaner – Jaisalmer and half day sightseeing in Jaisalmer

After breakfast, you will leave for Jaisalmer. It is located very close to the Indo-Pak border, is a town with a unique essence. The entire city – the lanes, roads, markets etc make up a photographer’s paradise. Jaisalmer Fort sits atop the whole city as if guarding the sun-kissed houses and the sand dunes. It is a living and thriving fort as 1/4th of the old city’s population still resides in there. In fact, for long 800 years, Jaisalmer city and Jaisalmer Fort was synonymous as the city resided inside the fort. Witness this unique lifestyle on our Jaisalmer city tour. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 09: Jaisalmer full day sightseeing

Have breakfast at the hotel and embark upon a great journey to visit the famous sand dunes located in Khuri. This place is situated 50 km away from Jaisalmer and gives a wonderful retreat to each and every traveler coming to Rajasthan. You will also enjoy jeep ride along these sand dunes, which is memorable experience. Return to the camp for relaxing overnight stay.

Day 10: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur and half day sightseeing in Jodhpur

After breakfast, you will leave for Jodhpur. Upon arrival, check-in the hotel for short relaxation. Later you will leave for half-day sightseeing in Jodhpur to visit Mehrangarh Fort – our first stop – is one of the well-restored forts in Rajasthan. The museum inside the fort is a major attraction, as apart from containing items of royal importance, it contains over 15,000 items from Maharaja Gaj Singh II’s personal collection. The fort also adorns itself in the beauty of cultural and folk performances during dusk and Umaid Bhawan Palace is a comparatively younger member in Rajasthan’s array of palaces and forts but its architectural splendour is no less. A part of it is still occupied by the royal family today. The remainder is a luxurious heritage hotel. The museum containing rare photographs of the royal family is a must visit. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 11: Jodhpur sightseeing and Jodhpur – Udaipur (by road)

After breakfast, leave to do sightseeing in Jodhpur and visit Jaswant Thada- Built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1899, it is a cenotaph, serves as the cremation ground for the royal family of Marwar. Later you will drive to Udaipur. On arrival, check in the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 12: Udaipur full day sightseeing

Have breakfast and then take a trip exploring the unique beauty in this city in the state of Rajasthan as we take you around sightseeing some of the city’s most magnificent spots. Explore Jagdish Temple, situated just outside the royal palace. The three-storey temple dates back to 1651 and is an example of architecture inspired by Hindu iconography. Visit City Palace, it was built over a period of 400 years. The architecture is thus an amalgamation of the contributions made by numerous rulers over the years. Situated on the eastern banks of Lake Pichola, the palace is majestic, the largest of its kind in Rajasthan. From the hilltop palace, one can get a scenic view of the lake along with the rest of the city. The trip to the city palace will conclude with a boat ride on Lake Pichola which is an artificial lake built in 1362 AD. Named after Maharana Sagar of Udaipur and Mewar, Fateh Sagar Lake is situated to the north-west of Udaipur city. Nehru Park, an island on the lake is a spot where one can unwind and spend some time. Also visit Monsoon Palace or Sajjan Garh palace – is perhaps one of the most beautiful and stately palaces of Rajasthan. It was built atop a mountain overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1884. Built to keep an eye on the monsoon clouds, the palace offers a panoramic view of the lake and surrounding areas.

Day 13: Udaipur – Delhi (by flight) and departure

After breakfast, you will be dropped at Udaipur airport to board your flight to Delhi. Board your next flight to home or next destination.