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  Golden Triangle Tours >>Golden Triangle & an Odyssey of Forts & Palaces

Duration: 8 Days Tour
Places Covered: Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Gwalior - Orchha - Jhansi - Delhi
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Day 1 : Delhi Arrival
Arrive Delhi, meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 2 : Delhi
After a leisurely breakfast sightseeing tour of New Delhi where ornate buildings recall the days when India was the Jewel in the crown of the British empire. Visit the 11th century Qutab Minar, India Gate and the grand government buildings, The President’s House, Mahatama Gandhi Memorial, Also visit Laxmi Narayan temple popularly known as Birla Temple. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 3 : Delhi - Jaipur
Early morning pick up from hotel & transfer to railway station to board the superfast airconditioned train to Jaipur. Breakfast in the train. Arrive Jaipur and transfer to hotel. Later sight seeing tour of Jaipur covering:
AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber 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 it's ultimate expression.
CITY PALACE - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
JANTAR MANTAR - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.
HAWA MAHAL - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storey structures of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women. Night stay in Jaipur.
Day 4 : Jaipur - Agra
Morning drive to Agra via Fatehpur sikri, a perfectly preserved red sandstone “ghost town” which was the estranged capital of mughal emperor Akbar, built in 1569 and deserted when its water supply failed. Arrive Agra and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Agra
Day 5 : Agra
Morning at sunrise visit the magnificient Taj Mahal - one of the seven wonders of the world surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife. Also visit the Red fort - the rusty and majestic red- sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcove of inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms. Evening free to explore the rich handicrafts of Agra. Night stay in Agra.
Day 6 : Agra - Gwalior- Orchha
Morning transfer to railway station to board the train to Gwalior. Arrive Gwalior and proceed for sightseeing of Gwalior. The entire city is a visual and aesthetic feast, for the builders of Gwalior were great architects. Take a walk through the streets of the city and you will discover old havelis with exquisitely carved doorways and windows; at almost every street crossing you will find statues of the Scindia family. Museumes and art galleries are treasure houses and beautifully maintained palaces give the city its inimitable regal flavour. Sightseeing in Gwalior is a magical trip into the centuries gone by. Visit The Fort: Standing on a steep mass of sandstone, Gwalior Fort dominates the city and is its most magnificent monument. It has been a scene of momentous events : imprisonments, battles and jauhars. A steep road winds upwards to the Fort, flanked by statues of Jain tirthankaras, carved into the rock face. The magnificent outer walls of the Fort still stand, two miles in length and 35 feet high, bearing witness to its reputation for being one of the most invincible forts of India. This imposing structure inspired Emperor Babar to describe it "the pearl amongst the fortresses of Hind."
Later drive to Orchha & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Orchha.
Day 7 : Orchha - Jhansi - Delhi
Orchha is a small town between Jhansi and Khajuraho. It's claim to fame were rulers who managed to stay on friendly terms with the Mughals. Mughals made India their homestead in the 16th Century and ruled for about 250 years. and produce marvelous palaces and temples. On the outskirts of the city, along the river, presenting a thrilling site against the sky, are a group of Hindu temples which have been abandoned.
After breakfast proceed for tour of this historical site with magnificient temples and monuments. Some of the palaces were decorated with painted murals which represent the finest flowering of the Bundela school of painting.Later drive to Jhansi, arrive Jhansi and proceed for sightseeing. Jhansi has played colorful role in the history of India.
In the 18th century, Jhansi became an important center, eclipsing Orcha (18 kms), but in 1803 the British East India Company got a foot in the door and gradually assumed control over the state. The last of the string of none to competent rajas died without a son in 1853 and the British, who had recently passed a neat law allowing them to take over any princely state under their patronage when the ruler died without a male heir, pensioned the rani off and took full control. Later visit, Jhansi Fort and museum, which was built in 1613 by Maharaja Bir Singh Deo or Orchha. The British ceded the fort to the Maharaja of Scindia in 1858, but later exchanged it for Gwalior in 1866. The fort is much in ruins and below is the government museum which houses a small collection of 9th to 12th century sculptures.
Evening transfer to railway station to borad the train to Delhi. Late evening arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 8 : Delhi Dept.
Transfer to airport to board the flight for onward journey.
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