07 Days |
Rail - 03
Experience the kaleidoscopic sight of India’s Golden Triangle embracing the diligent capital of the country, land of barren desert and the majestic city of Agra. Forgetting the belief on India being a country of snake charmers, you will be engrossed in the shimmering artistry of the palaces, forts and turrets. A mingle of culture and elegance, the Golden Triangle Tour by train offers a subtle brew.
Delhi, a combination of royal richness and modern bustles, has a heritage built up depicting hundred years of India’s history. With elegant political mansions, marvelous shopping sites and astounding royal citadels, Delhi is a fine blend of the past and the present.
In stark contrast to it, stands the Pink City of India, Jaipur. Away from the hectic lifestyle, the picturesque city has a lot to offer than what the eyes meet. While coursing through its imperialistic architectures and Mahals, no wonder, you will fly back to the days of kings and queens.
The last part of the trip carts you to the flurries of Agra, the city that preserves the seventh wonder of the world. Built in the early centuries, Mughal forts and other historical monuments awe the travelers with their sheer exquisiteness. This royalty marks the end of your Golden Triangle Train Tour Packages.
On your arrival at the vigorous capital of India, you will meet the assist at the airport and there will be a comfy arrangement for your transfer to the hotel room. Said to exist from the Mahabharata period, Delhi used to be the capital of Indraprastha and Pandavas. Since the 6th century BC, this magnificent city has been inhabited by a number of rulers and referred to as the ‘city of cities’ for being headquarter of many kingdoms.
With influenced by so many rulers and sovereigns, Delhi possesses a gush of shades in culture. From food habits to traditions, the influence seems visible. The famous Mughlai cuisine originated here, when it used to be the center of Mughal dynasty. No wonder, the city turns glamorous in every possible festival for its proximity to all the other states. Precisely, Delhi clubs culture with zesty and brisk lifestyle.
For wanderlusts, Delhi is a paradise with skyscraping complexes standing next to the ancient overlapping architectural styles in perfect synonymy. Old Delhi is a maze of aged buildings and smaller lanes whereas; New Delhi is the fine contrast with bigger lanes and mansions.
Day 1 sees with a tour of Old Delhi, built in 1639 by Emperor Shah Jahan. This astounding part of the city is intense and satiated with history. Visit Raj Ghat, the cremation center of Mahatma Gandhi and other memorials and museums dedicated to the Father of Our Nation. Driven past the iconic Red Fort, you will continue onwards to the Jama Masjid – one among the largest mosques in India erected by Shah Jahan.
A haven for the shopaholics, the next stop on the Golden Triangle Train Tour Packages is the Chandni Chowk. Vibrant with its colorful shops and mouth-watering food stalls, this place is quite fascinating. For a quick explore, take a rickshaw ride along this crowded place.
After a full-stomach lunch, the afternoon is for leisurely strolls in the Qutub Minar and Humayun Tomb, two of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, you will be driven past the President’s House, Parliament House, and the other Government Secretarial Manors to the final destination – an eye-soothing Lakshminarayan temple.
After a day full of shopping, delicious foods and history lessons, we will drive you back to the hotel for an overnight rest.
Highlights: Delhi - Visit Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, Qutab Minar, Humayun's Tomb, Laxmi Narayan Temple & drive past Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, President House, Parliament. etc.
After enjoying a delicious plate of breakfast in your hotel, our representatives transfer you to the rail-station for boarding the Jaipur train. Once you arrive at the Pink City, you will see our members waiting for your disposal at the hotel. Designed with pink building and age-old streets, this captivating place is the capital of Rajasthan. Early in the 18th century, Prince of Wales visited Jaipur and painted the town in Pink. But, the history of its origin spans over 260 years. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the city got its name from him.
While this part of Rajasthan is full of havellis and mahals, nothing matches up to the resplendence of the Maharaja City Palace. This breathtaking seven-storey bastion is a wonderful blend of Mughal-Rajput-European architectural style and embraces an interesting observatory, Jantar Mantar, which attracts mathematicians and astronomers from the corners of the globe.
Another gem hidden inside the city is the dizzying five-storied honeycombed hive, Hawa Mahal, constructed in pink and red sandstone, this place is referred to as the ‘Palace of Winds’. Driven past this prominent landmark situated in the heart of the city and renowned for its architectural and cultural history, you will reach the pink rose garden. Enjoying the scenic and untainted beauty, you have to move further for the famous business centers of Jaipur.
Well, your tour is not complete unless you fill your bags with Jaipuri silks and stone ornaments. Besides, this part of Rajasthan is equally famous for handicrafts and offers a large inventory of silk paintings, miniatures, and other wood and metal craft works. By the day’s end, you must be contented with so much that an overnight rest is necessary to refresh your mind.
Highlights: Jaipur - Visit City Palace, Jantar Mantar & drive past Hawa Mahal.
Today’s expedition starts with Amer Fort, the former capital of Jaipur and a magnificent site for the tourists. Constructed by Raja Man Singh, the palace is complete splendor glowing in marble and red sandstone. Larger space than the usual, the entire fortress is divided into four distinct section each having a dedicated courtyard. Surajpol, the chief entrance of the palace, has a fascinating architecture studded with elegance and delicacy. Near the Ganesh gate, a temple stands with an idol of Goddess Sila Devi.
Ascending the fort in an elephant’s back or in a jeep or by simply walking up the steps utterly depends on your choice. On reaching the top, a guide takes you for a tour across the palace that embraces Diwan-e-Khas – hall for private audience, Diwan-e- Aam – public’s foyer, Sheesh Mahal – citadel with beautiful mirror arrangement, and Sukh Niwas – a mahal where a pleasant climate has been created by blowing winds over a water cascade.
The afternoon is at your leisure so explore the Pink City at your choice. There’s always a cab for your disposal within the city limits. A good option is to visit the neighboring sites of Galtaji and Sanganer.
Sacred water tanks and quite a few temples mark Galtaji as an important site for the Hindus. Built in pink stone with painted walls and carved pillars, the temple of Galtaji is a resemblance of simplicity. Sun Temple, Balaji Temple and specially, Ramgopalji Temple with countless monkeys crowding there, enhances the significance of Galtaji. Galta Kund, one among the seven sacred water tanks in Galtaji, unite myriad of devotees to bathe in, on the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti.
Conversely, Sanganer is renowned for exclusive textile printing and tranquil Jain temples. On occasions, this place draws a good number of devotes due to the presence of Shri Digamber Jain Temple, a beautiful one constructed with red stone. It’s quite an interesting place to stopover as its construction has been completed in phases during different periods. As scribed in an inscription of the Toranas, the final part has been built in the 10th century AD. The temple possesses seven underground floors that remain closed due to multiple old beliefs. Lord Adinath, the first Tirthankara, is the deity here and synonymy to the other Jain temples, its finest cravings are worth watching.
Day 3 is scheduled for a night long stay in Jaipur at your cozy, comfy hotel rooms.
Highlights: Jaipur - Visit Amer Fort.
Post a sumptuous breakfast our cab disposes you at the rail station, for you to board the Golden Train to Agra. On reaching, you will be taken by our assists, to your hotel rooms, for freshening up. With so many imposing historical monuments and the iconic memorial of Queen Mumtaz, Agra is a favorite tourist destination in India and has been a part of the Golden Triangle Tour, for long, along with Delhi and Jaipur.
The majestic city, located in the banks of river Yamuna, has gone through its peak during the Mughal dynasty. Also known as Akbarabad, it used to be the capital of Hindusthan under the great Mughal ruler, Akbar.
Afternoon at Agra is destined for the formidable, ivory-hued Taj Mahal, the seventh wonders of the world. Between the years 1631-1648, this delicately astounding marble creation has been built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Queen Mumtaz Mahal. Standing enigmatically on the banks of River Yamuna, this impeccable monument is a sheer symbol of romance and love. The Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays.
Continuing onwards, your excursion is intercepted by a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the quintessential Agra Fort. The finest of the Mughal Forts, this marble mosaic foundation made of red-sandstone grows your amazement as the scale of its motif begins to sink in. As you trail from courtyard after courtyard, the palatial segments of the fortresses, Khas Mahal, Jahangir Palace, Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khas, and others leave you in complete bewilderment.
Places of interests are endless when you are visiting Agra, so are the shopping hubs. Picking a few inlaid marble works and wood or metal handicrafts is a good idea as you can keep them as a remembrance of this trip. It’s been a long day, so the night is for resting in your hotel room.
Highlights: Agra – Visit Taj Mahal & Agra Fort.
Today, you have a free day in the Mughal city to walk around and delve into a few more historical monuments and temples. You can opt for either of the destinations, Sikandra or Dayal Bagh Mandir. Both the sites are significant with their historical contents and beautiful architectures, holding glorious events from the past.
On visiting Sikandra, you can see the tomb of the Mughal Emperor, Akbar, abide there. On the words of the Tartary tradition, Akbar himself planned and initiated the construction of the site. Later, his son, Jahangir, put on the last touches in 1613. It’s a complete red sandstone memorial with features decked with white marble. Within a kilometer from Sikandra, lies the tomb of his wife, Mariam-uz-Zamani.
Dayal Bagh, meaning ‘Garden Mercy’, is worthy of note for its chaste ambiance, imperial architecture and splendid cravings. White and colored marbles studded with precious stones enhance the aura of this temple, referred to as the ‘Garden of the Merciful God’. Dates back to 1904, its construction started, and till date, the process isn’t over. Nowhere else in India, you can find such a glamorous, life-like edifice. Ending with the discovering and journeying, it’s an overnight stay in Agra.
On day 6, at 12:00hrs, you will check out from your hotel and your train to Delhi is later in the evening. So, the day is at your leisure and certainly, you can nod for an optional tour of Fatehpur Sikri. Developed by Emperor Akbar, in the 16th century, the place preserves exceptional testimony to Mughal Civilization. With assorted historical monuments and testaments, Fatehpur Sikri has been defined as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The first stopover in your journey is the renowned and incomparable Jama Masjid, followed by which you will be taken to the revered Tomb of Salim Chishti, the extravagant and grand five storied Panch Mahal, and the Buland Darwaza – a graceful monument with stupendous piece of architecture. Locally known by the name of Horshoe gate, it is a three-arched gateway with a central portico marking the entrance to the city. Akbar built this foundation in 1527 AD as the ‘Gate of Victory’ to commemorate his conquest over Gujarat. Proceeding further, you will visit the other significant spots like Mariam-uz-Zamani’s palace, Ibadat Khana, Naubat Khana, and Birbal’s House.
Later, in the evening, our representatives transfer you to the Agra rail-station from where you board the train to Delhi. On your arrival in Delhi, you will be again met by our representatives and they dispose you to the concerned hotel for an overnight rest.
Delhi is never tedious with so many places of interests; precisely, it’s a shopper’s paradise. Your check out from the hotel is at 12:00 hours and optionally, you can pay a visit to the Swaminarayan Akshardham, one among the world’s largest temple complexes.
Deities here are the statues of Swaminarayan, Lakshmi-Narayan, Sita-Ram, Shiva-Parvati, and Radha-Krishna. Following Vastu and Pancharatra Shastra, the temple is constructed with Italian Marble and Rajasthani pink sandstone. The main shrine is carved with details of flora, fauna, musicians, dancers and deities. With 234 pillars, 20,000 idols of sages, 9 domes and 148 full-sized elephant miniatures, it’s a must-visit in the list. Another salient feature, inside this holy place is the Yagnapurush Kund, a large step well with an alluring musical fountain. A short boat ride in the kund drifts you through the ten thousand years of India’s exhilarating history.
At the end of the evening, we drive you to the Delhi airport for your onward flight to home. With this, ends your beautiful and exciting Golden Triangle Tour by Train.