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Golden triangle tour Agra package - short and sweet 2 Cities you visit. 1 Night in Hotel.Tour starts from Delhi and ends in Delhi.
0Nt Delhi | 0Nt Jaipur | 1Nt Agra |
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1N 2D India Golden Triangle Tour - Taj Mahal At Sunrise - By Car
|Itinerary: Delhi-Jaipur-Agra-Delhi (QU-1-2sunrise Email us to customise this tour)|
Taj Mahal is closed on Friday.
Golden triangle tour Agra package that has the following:
For those who are short on time, yet desire to see Jaipur and Agra, especially Taj Mahal at sunrise, this is the tour for them.
Your tour starts with Jaipur visit. Remarkable about Jaipur is that it was the first is city built in India with the concept of town planning. Even today, town planners visit Jaipur to understand city design from a bygone era.
Though Jaipur city is established on plains, it is surrounded by hills on which perched are three forts that watch over Jaipur. Amber Fort, Jaigarh and Nahargarh. When the city of Amer couldn't accommodate anymore, Jaipur was built. While the rulers of Jaipur were mighty, formidable and imaginative, they chose to be friends of the Moghuls by marrying one of their daughters to Akbar, the mighty Mogul Emperor.
Even today, Jaipur is handsome, it's bazaars famed throughout Asia for the bargains to be had, the strong coloured attires of its women and the gorgeous food to be enjoyed. Elephant ride, Amber Fort and city Palace visits will be the highlights of your sightseeing in Jaipur.
The existence of Taj Mahal in Agra has ensured that Agra requires no introduction.
Agra was won over by Babur, but it was Akbar, who made Agra, the Imperial capital and the favourite of Mogul dynasty. Akbar considered Agra to be well positioned for him to govern the huge landmass that belonged to him. Hence, he built the Agra Fort. This Fort established a kind of general plan for the future forts that were to come. Forts at Allahabad and Lahore were built by Akbar himself. Even Shah Jahan, a fine architectural mind, built Delhi’s Red Fort in a similar format.
Akbar's grandson, Shah Jahan built the marvellous Taj Mahal in the memory of his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal. Koranic verses are etched in fine calligraphy on the white marble of Taj Mahal. Islamic art is restricted to calligraphy, mostly Koranic.
A video on how Taj Mahal was built, with animation
Taj Mahal was the biggest construction work in the world of that era. More than thousand elephants, material from all over Asia and India were used. Rajasthan gave the white translucent marble, Punjab gave jasper, China was the source of jade and crystal, Tibet's contribution was turquoise, Afghanistan offered its lapis lazuli, Sri Lanka was there with its sapphire and Arabia made it up with carnelian. The pure white marble was adorned by precious and semiprecious stones, totalling to 28 varieties.
A colossal scaffolding of brick was built to construct the Taj Mahal. The supervisor’s estimate was that it will take years before scaffolding could be dismantled. Folklore is that Shah Jahan offered to his populace that bricks are for keeps, when dismantled from the scaffold. The peasants dismantled it overnight. Quite a street smart, Shah Jahan was, isn't it? The accompanying video has a section of computer animation depicting the design and construction of the foundation of Taj Mahal.
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Leave Delhi for Jaipur early morning.
Start your Delhi Jaipur morning journey at 6 AM. On the way is Gurgaon, the IT centre with tall chrome and glass buildings. Gurgaon is the face of modern India, one of the few major outsourcing destinations in India.
It is a six hours drive, travelling nearly 275 km on a good highway. Breakfast can be had at any one of the numerous roadside restaurants.
Halfway is a much patronised restaurant called Midway, run by the Rajasthan government. After Midway, the landscape changes to brown from green. The first Hills of Aravali range appear on the horizon.
City of Amer and Amber Fort, your first sightseeing destination, comes 11 km before Jaipur city.
The exploration starts from Amber Fort, which is before Jaipur on the Delhi Jaipur highway. The Jaipur guide will greet you here.
From 11th century to 18th-century this was the bastion of Kuchwaha clan, their citadel until seat of government was transferred to the new city of Jaipur. These strict and forbidding facade seems to grow up from the rugged terrain and hidden behind its huge walls are palaces, pavilions, ornate halls temples, gardens and courtyards. One of the best hilltop forts in India, this sprawling Fort is reflective of Rajputs nature. Gallant, honour driven, adventurous, militant, temperamental and self indulgent. Caparisoned elephants are available to ferry you up and down from the Fort. These beautifully attired and well-cladded elephants add the charm to your joyride.
A temple devoted to Goddess Kali that has a black marble idol of Kali is located here. The doors of the temple are made of silver and carved with nine images of Goddess Durga and 10 forms of Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge. The Royal family considers the goddess to be their benefactor and is popularly referred to as Shila Mata Temple. The idol is made of the stone recovered from under the sea when the ruling maharajah was asked to do so in his dream by the goddess herself. To keep goddess in good humour each day, a goat used to be sacrificed here.
The Mughal influence is visible in the building style of Amber Fort, which primarily is done in Rajput style of architecture.
Next, you visit Jaipur city.
On the way are two impressive monuments that can be appreciated and photographed from the roadside as entry to them is not permitted. Hawa Mahal and Jal Mahal. Hawa Mahal is the signature monument of Jaipur. In the yeateryears, hiding behind the screens, from Hawa Mahal, the ladies of the royal household covertly watched the street life.
Next on the itinerary is City Palace. Of the original area of Jaipur, one fourth of it is consumed by the giant complex of City Palace. Visitors access is restricted to Mubarak Mahal, Royal Secretariat, Museum, Diwan-e-Khas, Diwan-e-Aam - the hall of public audience. The former maharaja uses the restricted area as his residence. Series of gardens, courtyards, buildings are structured around in an inspiring fusion of Mughal and Rajput architectural styles and methods. An interesting section of the museum is the collection of old carriages. One of them was gifted by Prince of Wales to the Maharaja in 1876.
After City Palace on itinerary is Jantar Mantar. Of the five astronomical Observatory built by Jai Singh, this one is the largest and most elaborate. Curiously weird structures meet your gaze, each with clear unique function for astronomical measurement.
Leave Jantar Mantar and move in to the markets of Jaipur, to find bargains.
Leave Jaipur for Agra.
As the day nears its end, the drive to Agra begins. Nearly 270 km is done between 5 to 6 hours. The road is decent, dinner can be had at any of the countless restaurants on the highway. Hotel check-in on Agra arrival.
Last Day of Tour
This is your last day of your tour.
Agra touring sunrise visit of Taj Mahal (sunset also possible).
Early morning, before the gates of Taj Mahal open, around 5:30 to 6 a.m. you are picked up and taken to Taj Mahal for sunrise experience. CNN lists Taj Mahal at number 15 on its list of 27 places to visit.
When the doors open and, as you walk in, you shall see that the initially shy Taj Mahal of your first glimpse is now assertive and imposing. As the day breaks gently, Taj Mahal will turn to be bathed in soft crimson colour. This hauntingly uplifting moment shall be for ever etched onto your memory, especially when the precincts of Taj Mahal are yet to be invaded by busloads of tourists couple of hours later.
After this sublime visual treat, breakfast at the hotel.
A hearty breakfast later, it is time to visit Agra Fort.
Agra Fort, with its red stone 22 m high walls, two layers of protective walls with a deep moat in between, was built by Akbar within eight years of construction commencement. The Fort cemented Akbar's numero Uno status in India. Chroniclers reveal Akbar's deep involvement in the building process by writing about his personal supervision of nearly 4000 labourers. This Emperor was not shy to even join the workmen and practice their craft alongside them.
Akbar carefully chose this site and designed the Fort in sync with the curve of the river to be easily defended against invading armies. This is the first Fort to be built by Akbar.
Next on the itinerary is Sikandara tomb. It is Sikandara where Akbar is buried and a grand mausoleum exists now. Akbar had initiated the construction of this final resting place for him and it could not be finished by the time Akbar died in 1605. It will take another 8 years after Akbar's death, for this mausoleum to be finished. The precincts of Sikandara are abounded by many monkeys, few of them quite naughty.
It is the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula that we visit now. Empress Nur Jahan, daughter in law or Akbar, had built this baby Taj as a memorial to her father. The first white marble monument to be built by the Mughals, the Queen chose the same site on which her father had built a pavilion for pleasure. The advent of this building signalled a shift in the preferences of building styles by the Mughals - from Akbar's endeavour in synthesis of Indian and Islamic styles to the ceremonial and ornamental style of the following Emperors.
The sinking sun tells us to move on to Mehtab Bagh, located across the river from the Taj Mahal. The setting sun has the power to replicate the morning sunrise Taj Mahal's magical experience.
Leave for Delhi from Agra.
A distance of nearly 220 km covered in approximately 4 to 5 hours time. It is an excellent highway that connects Agra and Delhi. Including McDonald's, there is a surfeit of dhabas (roadside restaurants) where dinner can be had.
|Hotels Proposed:||Budget||3 Star/Midrange||Heritage/4 Star||5 Star/Luxury|
|Agra||Garden Villa Homestay||Hotel Royal Residency||Grand Imperial Agra||Gateway Hotel Agra|
Hotel Royal Residency
Situated in the city of the Taj, provides Three Star Hotel facilities that discerning Travellers look for. Having 54 AC Deluxe Rooms including 4 suites & 10 Executive Rooms, Mini Hall, Conference Hall, Spacious & Huge lawn (accompanying 800 – 1000 persons)
Hotel Grand Imperial Agra
Stay at a Heritage Property. Swimming pool. Luxury Hotel.
This hotel is constructed of biscuit bricks commonly referred to as Lahori bricks which were also used in the construction of the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort.
It has played host to guests such as The Crown Princes of England and Japan, Prince Aga Khan, Shri Moti Lal Nehru, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Jai Prakash Narayan and renowned cinema personalities such as Dilip Kumar, Madhubala and others.
The Gateway Hotel, Agra
A Taj Group property. Mere 3 Kms away from Taj Mahal, it has few Taj facing rooms.
Six acres of garden. Tranquility.
The regal Jaypee Palace Hotel and Convention Centre, a glorious structural blend of red sandstone and marble, is spread over an unbounded 25 acres of elegantly landscaped luxuriant greenery. Sprinkled with enormous water bodies and endless walkways, this magical creation impeccably blends Mughal and contemporary architecture with modern amenities.
Prices in Indian Rupees. Please check latest prices. Sadly, hotel prices can change overnight. :-(
|No. of Rooms||No. of Persons||
Midrange / 3 Star
Heritage / 4 Star
Midrange / 3 Star
Heritage / 4 Star
|1||Upto 1 Persons||13,200||13,900||17,700||21,700||16,900||17,600||21,400||25,400|
|1||Upto 2 Persons||13,200||13,900||17,700||21,700||16,900||17,600||21,400||25,400|
|1||Upto 3 Persons||13,800||15,100||18,900||23,500||17,500||18,800||22,600||27,300|
|2||Upto 4 Persons||15,600||17,000||24,600||32,600||19,300||20,700||28,300||36,300|
|2||5 Persons (with Extra Bed)||X||X||X||X||19,900||21,900||29,500||38,200|
|2||6 Persons (Triple Occupancy)||X||X||X||X||20,500||23,200||30,800||40,000|
|3||Upto 6 Persons||X||X||X||X||21,700||23,800||35,200||47,200|
Jaipur Additional Costs
Cost includes pickup from South Delhi or Central Delhi. Outside South/Central Delhi, it will be and additional cost.
Save time and have stress free travel between Delhi and Agra using the Yamuna Expressway. Extra charge for one way travel: Rs. 350 for small AC car; Rs. 450 for large AC car.
Delhi additional costs.
Our stated price as valid by pickup and drop is in South/Central Delhi.
Outside these areas, there is an additional cost.