05 Days Golden Triangle Tour by Train

  • 04 Nights- 05 Days
  • Delhi- Agra- Fatehpur Sikri- Jaipur-Delhi
  • 05 Days Golden Triangle Tour by Train is a special and high in demand India tour. City tour of Delhi, Agra & Jaipur showcases the best of the monuments of India, cultural legacy, tasty cuisines and colorful bazaars. But the inter-city train journey makes it special by presenting opportunities to see rural landscape, experience Indian Railways and exotic behavioral aspects of Indian travelers. The trip is crisp, medium paced but doesn’t compromise on comfort and sightseeing.

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Day 1 Delhi arrival & transfer to Delhi hotel for overnight stay.

On arrival at New Delhi airport, you will be greeted & assisted by our representative. Our representative will meet you holding a placard with your name on it at the exit. You will be traditionally welcomed in true Indian spirit. India is known for its hospitality and this ethos of Indian culture is well expressed in ‘Atithi Devo Bhav’ meaning ‘guests are like gods’. You will be accosted to Delhi hotel by our representative, ensuring your hassle-free check in.

Delhi, the capital city of Republic of India, is a modern flourishing metropolis with more than three thousand years of glorious and tumultuous past. Situated in Gangetic plain and on the banks of River Yamuna, Delhi is an excellent repertoire of ancient, medieval and modern monuments and boasts of cultural lineage of continuum of human civilization since ages. Though it has been capital of many empires in the past but present day Delhi has been capital of India since 1912 when the British shifted their capital from Kolkata to Delhi. India gained freedom 1947 and Delhi continued to remain capital of Bharat. New Delhi with its large parks and avenues, as well as its colonial architecture has since been the capital of the Government of India. Owing to the migration of people from across the country, Delhi has grown to be a multicultural, cosmopolitan metropolis. It is located in the Union Territory Delhi and is the administrative center, industrial town, transport hub and cultural center. As New Delhi and the Delhi city form an urban unit, both cities are called Delhi. New Delhi lies in northern India on average 216 meters above sea level. The geographical coordinates are 28 ° 35 'north latitude and 77 ° 12' east longitude.

As most of the international flights land in New Delhi during mid-night so, after check in at the hotel, have sound sleep in Delhi hotel to get relaxed for a train journey to Agra and ensuing sightseeing of Agra.

Day 2 Delhi sightseeing

The second day is reserved for sightseeing of Delhi which includes historical monuments, colorful market and unique way of Indian way of life. After breakfast, you will be met by Delhi tour guide in the hotel’s lobby. Among the prominent monuments to be visited are Rashtrapati Bhawan (President House), Sansad Bhawan (Parliament), India Gate, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat, Akshardham Temple, Lotus Temple and Qutub Minar. Rashtrapati Bhawan is true representative of colonial architecture. Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of President of India, is one of the largest and most magnificent stately buildings. The H-shaped and salmon-colored building, located on gently sloping ridge of Raisina Hill, was built between 1921 to 1929 by Lutyens and Baker for the Viceroy. Once the seat of Lord Mountbatten, Rashtrapati Bhawan became a symbol imperial power, given the hopeless struggle against Indian nationalism. The building bears, despite its classical columns, the Indian filigree colors and its chatris and domes in Mogul style, is an unmistakably British handwriting. The administration building of President House forms an interesting synthesis of Mughal and colonial. These buildings now house the interior, finance and foreign ministry. The presidential palace is still the scene of splendid receptions on the occasion of state visits. Directly in front of the President House lies the Vijay Chowk, starting point of the arrow-straight Raj Path, flanked by tree parks and fountains. Every year, the celebrations of the Republic Day (26 January) take place here. Chandani Chowk offers opportunity and the best way to know the colorful Indian street life, thereby making hundreds of original snapshots. Chandani Chowk is the historic marketplace. Built by Shah Jahan in 1639, the main street of the market was broadened to accommodate sumptuous parades of musicians, huge decorated floats and elephants. Presently, the shops here house the best jewelers, the traders of fabrics & silks and restaurants. It’s the best place for street food. Watch sacred cows pushing through the bystanders and weaving their way through the stalls of vegetables and florists, clogging the street at several places. Also see the barbers putting their chairs outside and shaving the customers on the roadside. Adjacent to Chandani Chowk is Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) , the largest mosque in India. It was built by Shah Jahan during 1644 AD-1658 AD. Bult of red sand stone and white marble, the mosque has capacity to accommodate 25000 namazis during Juma namaz. Wide stairs lead to grand eastern gateway through which one enters the large atrium. On the west is located three onion-shaped domes. The mosque is flanked by 40 meter high minarets. The mosque houses a hair and leather sandals of Prophet Mohmmed. Qutub Minar is a landmark of Delhi. Built of red sand stone, Qutub Minar had been built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak and his successors as a victory column, marking defeat of Hindu king Prithviraj Chouhan and Muslim rule in Delhi in 1193 AD. The tower is 73 meter tall. The diameter of the circular bottom of Qutub Minar is 15 meter and taper down to 2.5 meter at the top. Qutub Minar was built at the site of Hindu temples. Scores of temples were razed out of religious vengeance and their rubbles were used in building Qutub Minar and Quwwat-ul-Islam (might of Islam) mosque. But most striking thing to see in the complex is a rust-free Iron Pillar, standing in open air since more than thousands of years, showing great scientific temperament of Hindu genius. Raj Ghat is a shrine of Mahatma Gandhi and visit to Raj Ghat is a must for all Gandhian friends. Take memories of a great man whose unusual path of non-violence led the nation to freedom and taught the world the true meaning of love and peace. The beauty of Raj Ghat reflects in a simple platform of black marble amidst a sprawling garden with a flame that never goes out. Gandhi's last words Hey Ram (O God!) are engraved on it. The surrounding gardens have been beatified by stone arches on each side. Philosophical thoughts of Gandhi are carved on the walls in several languages. Overhanging plants on the stone arches enhance the beauty of the quiet surroundings. Not only people of India but visitors from around the world pay homage with respect particularly on two annual occasions- First, the 2nd October, known as Gandhi Jayanti (Birthday of Mahatma) and, second, the 30th January, the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. In addition, all visiting heads of state and other high-profile guests are directed to Raj Ghat. Located down the street (or road) from Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, with a magnificent view of the parks alongside and leading to it is India Gate, which is a memorial for the unknown soldiers. Designed by Lutyens, the 42m high structure is a war memorial in honor of the soldiers who died during the Second World War. This imposing structure visible from the entire stretches of massive lush green lawns adjoining the road has an eternal flame (Amar Jawan Jyoti) to honor the memory of the unknown soldiers. A popular picnic spot, there are hordes of people on the lawns in the evenings who visit the gardens for relaxation and recreation.

After visiting famous monuments of Delhi and during the course exploration of buzzing markets, return to Delhi hotel to spend evening in leisure and have overnight stay therein.

Day 3 Delhi - Agra {by train- Bhopal Shatabdi/12002}- Agra sightseeing- Jaipur {by train-Agra Fort Jaipur Shatabdi/ 12036)

Early in the morning, around 5 am, you will be picked up from Delhi hotel and transferred to New Delhi railway station to board Bhopal Shatabdi Express train. Your breakfast is scheduled onboard. After approximately two hours of train journey, reach Agra to be received by our Agra representative.

Agra, a UNESCO world heritage site, is without doubt ‘the site and the place’ associated and linked with India the most, by most international tourists and visitors to the country. It could even be said that, in the minds of many foreign tourists, Agra and the Taj Mahal are to India what the ancient pyramids are to Egypt. But, it is also true that Agra is indeed a town and city which is ancient and finds mention (as ‘Agravena’) in some of the ancient Indian texts (the Mahabharata). In more modern times, the city finds mention as a city founded by Rajput warriors and kings. Recorded history of course, testifies that it was the capital of some of the Lodi kings and later the Mughal Empire for a long period of their reign and many of its incredible monuments including the Moghul era fort, tombs of various kings, nobles, masjids, etc. belong to and were built during the Mughal era. The Taj Mahal is itself the delicately and beautifully architected, built, carved, embellished and ornamented marble mausoleum that Emperor Shah Jahan conceived and built in memory of his beloved queen and wife, Mumtaz Mahal, on the banks of the river Yamuna. Other historical monuments and wonders in Agra which would delight any visitor, tourist and student of history include the Agra fort (also a UNESCO world heritage site), Jama Masjid, Chini Ka Rauza, Mariyam’s tomb, Sikandra (the tomb of Emperor Akbar) Mehtab Bagh, and many modern temples of Hindu, Sikh and Jain persuasion. In the present times, Agra city is the capital of the district, which goes by the same name, Agra district, in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

On arrival at Agra, our representative will receive you. You will be introduced with Agra tour guide and driver for the city tour. It will be morning hours when you will be taken by Agra tour guide to Taj Mahal. During morning hours the Taj Mahal looks most stunning and beautiful. Visit the world famous Taj Mahal.

The Taj Mahal is often called the most beautiful monument and building in the world. The city of Agra is world famous for the Taj Mahal, which was built by the Mughal emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz. The Taj Mahal is considered to be the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements of Persian, Turkish and Indian architecture. The Taj Mahal has attained and achieved a special place because of the inspiration behind it. While the white domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar part of the monument, the Taj Mahal is actually an integrated complex of structures

After visiting Taj Mahal, move on to visit Agra Fort. Agra Fort is a fine story in stones depicting the very journey of Mughal architecture over almost 100 years. The fort is built on the eastern bank of the Yamuna River and stretches almost 2.5 km. It consists of a wall built in red sandstone and several buildings inside. The wall has 2 gates, the Delhi Gate and the Amar Singh Gate.

After visiting Agra Fort, visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri is a famed historical town in Agra district of Uttar Pradesh. It was built by Mughal ruler Akbar, at age 28, to serve as his capital city, after his seventh attack on Sikrigarh, a fort and a palace located close by and held by Rajput kings, led to his victory (‘Fateh’ in Persian) there. This well planned, walled city’s entire architecture, structure and construction were conceived, planned and executed under the direct supervision of the young king. The young king also chose this site and place in particular for his capital city, as it was in proximity to Sikri village, the place of residence of the Sufi mystic, Sheikh Salim Chishti. The city combines elements of both Hindu and Islamic architecture and is built with red sandstone and is highly ornamented with carvings, embellishments, etc. The walled city has a series of royal palaces, harems, courts, a mosque, private quarters and other utility buildings. The other main parts of this historical walled city are the Diwan-I-Am, the first enclosure of the palace, Diwan-I-Khas, a chamber or hall for private audiences and the pachsisi court, a live game (the game of Pachisi) board.

After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, return to Agra. You will be transferred directly to Agra railway station to board AF-JP- Shatabdi Express Train (5 pm). Your dinner is scheduled onboard the train. On arrival at Jaipur, you will be received by our representative and directly transferred to Jaipur hotel.

Jaipur, the Pink City of Rajasthan, was founded in 1727 AD by Sawai Jai Singh II. Jaipur is the capital city of modern-day Rajasthan state and is popularly known as the ‘Pink City’. The city has broad avenues and spacious gardens and is steeped in history and culture. Its past comes alive in its magnificent forts and palaces, blushed pink, where the maharajas once lived. The bustling bazaars of Jaipur, famous for Rajasthani jewellery, fabrics and shoes, possess a timeless quality about them and are surely a treasure trove for the shoppers. This fascinating city with its romantic charm takes one to an epoch of royalty and tradition. Jaipur is 260 km from Delhi and 240 km from Agra and constitutes a part of the ‘golden triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur’. It is a bustling business center with all the trappings of a modern metropolis, but yet retaining an age-old charm that never fails to surprise a visitor and traveler. The old Jaipur painted in Pink can easily evoke any visitor’s admiration. The stunning backdrop of its ancient forts, Nahargarh, Amer, Jaigarh and Moti Doongari are apt testimonials of a bygone era and a reminder of their lingering romance and chivalry. One of the most magnificent marvels of Jaipur is the City Palace Complex, which is a rare combination of the finest blends of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The famous places to visit in the Pink City are Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Amber Palace, etc. Many royal festivals – apart from the religious festivals – are celebrated in Jaipur and these include the Elephant Festival, Gangaur, Teej and Kite Festivals. Spend the evening in leisure and have overnight stay in Jaipur hotel.

Day 4 Jaipur city sightseeing tour

The excursion to prominent fort of Jaipur will begin after early morning breakfast. Jaipur tour guide will meet you in hotel lobby. Along with guide, move for Jaipur city sightseeing. Having breakfast in Jaipur hotel, proceed for exploring rich heritage, royal past, glorious history and refined craftsmanship of Jaipur while making a tour of Amber fort. Take an excursion to Amber Fort. Enjoy elephant ride from foothill to hilltop where the main gate of the fort is located. This “maharaja like ride” is a prime attraction of Jaipur tourism.

Amber Fort is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression.

After visiting Amber Fort, return to heart of Jaipur city to visit City Palace, Jantar Mantar (stone built ancient solar observatory), Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Albert Hall Museum and Birla Temple. First you will be visiting cluster of three monuments City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal.

The City Palace of Jaipur is a fine and imposing blend of traditional Rajput and Mughal art and architecture. The city palace complex houses several palatial structures. In the heart of old Jaipur city, the City Palace occupies a large area divided into a series of courtyards, gardens and buildings. The Hawa Mahal of Jaipur, literally meaning “palace of the winds” is an important landmark of the city of Jaipur – the Pink City of India. Travel to Jaipur is considered incomplete without a trip to the Hawa Mahal. The Hawa Mahal is a sandstone screen with 593 finely screened windows, used as a veil by the royal women folk to watch the proceedings on the road below without being seen. A not to be missed tourist attraction in Jaipur, the Jantar Mantar is a wonderful observatory, built in 1718 by the astronomical king Sawai Jai Singh, the founder of the city. Built in stone and marble, it has numerous scientifically designed instruments to study the movement of Stars. The "Ram Yantra," used for gauging altitudes, is the most remarkable of all the instruments here.

After visiting these monuments, explore local market of Jaipur. Have lunch in nice restaurant of Jaipur. Again, along with tour guide, proceed to visit Albert Hall Museum. This museum is supposed to be the oldest museum of the state. This museum has an assortment of rare articles on its display including textiles, carpets, paintings, metal and wood crafts, pottery, arms and weapons, flora and fauna of the state, toys, dolls and even an Egyptian mummy that belongs to the Ptolemaic Epoch. It is also known for housing the famous carpet, which portrays the scene of a Persian garden carpet with running water streams that was bought at a dear price from Shah Abbas of Persia, by Mirza Raja Jai Singh I. It also puts on show the miniature paintings of a number of sub-schools of Rajasthan.

Thereafter, you will be taken to Birla Temple to attend evening ‘aarti’. Birla Temple is a prominent tourist attraction of Jaipur. Built of white marble and situated just below Moti Dungri, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Narayan), the preserver and his consort Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. Known also as Laxmi Narayan Temple, due to its presiding deities, this temple had been built by a famous Indian business clan in 1988.

After watching royal monuments, bustling market and auspicious ‘aarti’, return to Jaipur hotel for overnight stay.

Day 5 Jaipur-New Delhi {by train- Dee Double Dcke/12985}- Departure

Have early breakfast in Jaipur hotel or get it packed to relish while travelling to New Delhi. On arrival at New Delhi railway station, you will be received by our representative and transferred to either Delhi hotel or New Delhi airport to board flight for your onward destination.

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