INDIA GOLDEN TRIANGLE WITH

 

MANDAWA (5 NIGHTS)

 

TOUR CODE: DW-09

 

ITINERARY: DELHI – AGRA – JAIPUR – MANDAWA - DELHI

 

 

DAY01: DELHI (-/-/-)

Delhi, the vibrant capital city of India lying along the River Yamuna, is a teaming metropolis of 14 million people and nowhere in the Country is the contrast between old and new more obvious. Seven cities have existed here since the 10th century, ruled over by a succession of Rajputs, Turks, Afghans, Mughals and the British. Delhi is two cities in one first being Old Delhi of the Mughals, created by Shah Jehan after moving his Capital from Agra in 1638 AD is still a medieval district of narrow lanes, forts, mosques and bazaars. The second is New Delhi, built by the British between 1911-1931 and characterized by Sir Edwin Lutyens' architecture, is a spacious and well-designed metropolis of broad avenues, grand imperial buildings and landscaped gardens. New Delhi is a surprisingly green city with its tree lined avenues, parks and natural forest and one of the City’s hidden delights is the picturesque Lodi Gardens set around Mughal tombs. As the Country’s cultural centre, it is home to a number of museums to include the national, Modern art, Natural History and one for Creative Arts & Crafts Museum where artisans can be seen at work.

Remainder of the day is at leisure.

 

DAY02: DELHI – AGRA (B/-/-)

Morning drive onto Rajpath, a two mile long avenue originally the focal point of British India and now used for parades; lined with ornamental canals the views in both directions are imposing. Drive past India Gate, built to commemorate the Indian and British soldiers who died in World War I, Parliament House and Rashtrapati Bhavan. Standing at the crest of Raisina Hill, Lutyen’s 20th Century architectural masterpiece was built for the viceroy during British rule and is now the President's residence.

Also visit one of the most inspirational monuments of Delhi's past the Humayun's Tomb which is one of the earliest great examples of a Mughal garden tomb and the forerunner to the ornate Mughal style of architecture later perfected in the Taj Mahal. This Tomb was built in 1565 by a Persian architect. Surrounded by well maintained gardens it is a wonderfully serene site.

Later Drive 04 hours to Agra. Agra was the capital of the Mughal court during the 16th and 17th centuries and its sublime monuments date from that era. The emperors Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jehan governed their vast empires from here and as prolific builders; artisans from Persia, Central Asia and other parts of India were attracted by their patronage. The resulting luxurious palaces, tombs, forts and gardens dot the picturesque riverine region along the Yamuna River; three of which, the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Itimad ud Daulah (baby Taj). Agra is renowned for its delicate Pietra Dura work; a Florentine technique imported by Jahangir of arranging minute pieces of precious and semi precious stones in complex, stylized floral and geometric designs into a marble base. Today artisans still recreate the old patterns.

Evening visit to the incomparable Taj Mahal, the world's greatest monument to love and devotion. Built by the emperor Shah Jehan for his favorite wife Mumtaz, its perfect proportions and exquisite craftsmanship took 20,000 workers almost 22 years to complete in 1653. It is undoubtedly a building as close to perfection as is achievable and its appearance changes magically with the light at different times of the day.

 

DAY03: AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI – JAIPUR (B/-/-)

Morning visit Agra fort, situated on the west bank of the Yamuna River, this imposing red sandstone Fort was started in 1565 by Akbar. The fort surrounded by a moat forms a crescent along the riverfront and encompasses a huge complex of courtly buildings reflecting the varied styles of the Emperors. Wander through the lavishly decorated halls, courtyards and galleries discovering hidden pavilions and alcoves while getting a glimpse of the Taj Mahal at a distance.

Drive (230 Kms/05 hours ) to Jaipur en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned red sandstone city built by Emperor Akbar in 1571. The Mughal capital for only 14 years until it was abandoned reputedly due to lack of water, the buildings blending Hindu and Islamic styles of architecture and reflecting Akbar’s secular vision remain in an excellent condition and it is a fascinating place to wander around. Later continue your drive till Jaipur.

Jaipur, or the City of Victory, was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and is a well planned city of magnificent palaces and buildings. Built from rose-coloured terra cotta, that has given it the name - 'Pink City'. Nowadays the Capital of Rajasthan with a population of over 1 million, it is a city full of contrasts with bazaars teeming with turbaned elders and jean clad youngsters to camels, horses and a multitude of vehicles. The city centers focal point is the magnificent Hawa Mahal, otherwise known as the Palace of the Winds; primarily an sleek five floor building with projecting windows and balconies, behind which the ladies of the court used to sit and observe life going on in the streets below.

 

DAY04: JAIPUR (B/-/-)

Morning after breakfast proceed for sightseeing in and around Jaipur beginning with Amber, the ancient capital of the region prior to Jaipur, and located 11 km north of the City. Now a deserted complex crowning the crest of a hill with panoramic views, Amber Fort is extremely well preserved and a fascinating place to explore.

The forts majestic ramparts follow the natural contours of the ridge and the palace is full of hidden gems – the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of mirrors), Jas Mandir with its latticed windows and glass inlay work and Zenana Mahal (Women’s quarters). Elephants still carry visitors in stately splendor to the main Palace, through magnificent high gateways

In the afternoon visit the opulent City Palace which occupies the heart of Jai Singh II’s city and has been home to its rulers for the last 200 years. A superb blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, the interiors of the Palace are lavishly furnished and decorated and the Museum houses a fabulous collection of textiles, art and crafts and arms. The Jantar Mantar or Observatory was built by Jai Singh II, a keen astronomer, in 1728. It resembles a collection of giant sculptures and was used to determine the position of the stars and planets to accurately calculate Jaipur’s time, make horoscopes and is today still used to forecast the expected arrival date and intensity of the monsoon and summer temperatures.

 

DAY05: JAIPUR – MANDAWA (B/-/-)

Morning drive to Mandawa.

Lying on an old caravan trade route, Shekhawati is renowned for the painted houses or “Havelis” of its wealthy merchant class - the Marwari’s. The region resembles an open air art gallery with paintings dating from the mid 19th century which can be found in several villages notably Mandawa, Nawalgarh and Dundlod. The Goenka Haveli in Dundlod and the Poddar Haveli in Nawalgarh are excellent museums and a must see. Many of the remaining havelis are in a sad state of neglect and inhabited by caretakers families. In the afternoon visit the nearby villages of Nawalgarh, Dundlod etc.

 

DAY06: MANDAWA – DELHI (B/-/-)

Morning at leisure. In the afternoon you embark towards Delhi International airport in time to board your flight for onward destination.

 

 

All prices are per person

Valid from 01-Apr-2012 to 31-Mar-2013

Minimum 2 pax

Golden Triangle & Highlights of Mandawa

Twin

Single Supplement

Nov 2012 – Mar 2013

$1320

$467

 

PRICE INCLUDES

All services as per itinerary by a private Toyota Innova Car

Hotel accommodation in shared twin rooms with private bathrooms as specified or similar

Meals as specified

English speaking local guides during sightseeing only

Applicable monument entrance fees during sightseeing as per itinerary

Shared boat ride on Chilka Lake

Arrival & departure assistance at airports/railway stations

Currently applicable local government taxes & service charges.

 

PRICE EXCLUDES

Any services not mentioned in our itinerary above

Meals not specified

India VISA fees

International flight tickets to & from India

Domestic flight tickets for travel within India

Expenditures of a personal nature

Laundry or tips

Travel insurance

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