Duration: - 16 Nights 17 Days.
No visit to India is complete without a journey through the famously called Golden Triangle. This tour epitomizes a total experience of India. The three important cities which high-light and show-case the grandeur of a imperial cities, world-famous monuments, forts and palaces Delhi, Agra and Jaipur are conveniently connected by surface.
Visit: - Unforgettable Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Bharatpur, home of 400 species of birds besides reptiles and animals. Mighty forts and palaces of Jaipur
Brief tour Itinerary is as under: -
Day 1: - Drive from Srinagar to Jammu. Overnight Jammu Hotel.
Day 2: - Drive from Jammu to Delhi late night check in hotel for overnight.
Day 3: - Sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, visit Red Fort, Gandhi Samadhi, Jamia Masjid and Chandni Chowk. Overnight Delhi hotel.
This Shahjehan's (Mughal Emperor's) dream in red stone was completed in 1648 after nine years labour of the choicest architects and masons of the time. Its octagonal ramparts are 60 feet high and 1.5 miles or 2.41 Kms around. It is a typically Indian fort symbolizing the Mughal power and splendor. It has tow imposing gateways-Lahori Gate on the western side and Delhi Gate on the eastern side. The main entrance is through Lagori Gate. In Shahajehan's time this citadel was called Urdu-Mualla, but later on it came to be known as Quilla-i-Mualla or the Fort of Exalted Dignity.
Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most visited sites in Delhi. It consists of a simple square black-marble platform that stands on the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Nearby, there are cremation sites of Jawaharlal Nehru - the first Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri.
Raj Ghat is situated to the south of Red Fort and is very peaceful. The black marble tomb is inscribed by the words 'Hey Ram!', the last words that were spoken by Mahatma Gandhi, as he fell down after being shot by Nathuram Godse. The whole edifice of the Samadhi reflects the simple and nature-loving personality of the great leader.
Jama Masjid: -
This largest Mosque in India, standing opposite the Red Fort, was built by Shah Jehan between 1650 and 1656 s the central place of worship in his newly established city of Shahjehanabad. Five thousand workmen are said to have labored for six years to construct, at the cost of Rs. 10 lakhs, then. The pulpit here has been carved out of single block of marble. The prayer hall with its three great domes of white marble with strips of inlaid black marble and surmounted by golden spires in superb. Its tapering minarets made of red sand-stone with vertical white marble strips rise to the height of 130 feet. One hundred and thirty spiral lead to the top. In one corner of the hall is installed the foot prints of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW). The mosque can accommodate a congregation of 20,000 men. Its three gates are reached by flight of steps.
The antiquity of the main market area of Chandni Chowk has rendered it a venerated place in the markets of Delhi. It is said that it was once lined with beautiful fountains. However, with time, it grew as crowded as it is today. Situated opposite the Red Fort, Chandani Chowk houses the Digambar Jain Temple, Fatehpuri Mosque - built by the wives of Shah Jahan - and Sunheri Masjid.
Day 4: - Sightseeing tour of New Delhi, visit Bahai Temple, Durga Temple, Rashtripati Bhavan and Canaught Place. Overnight Delhi Hotel.
Bahai Temple: -
Since its inauguration to public worship and visits in December 1986, the Bahai House of Worship in New Delhi, India has drawn to its portals more than 70 million visitors, making it one of the most visited edifices in the world. On an average, 8,000 to 10,000 people visit the Bahai House of Worship each day. These visitors have admired its universal design in the form of a lotus and have been fascinated by the Teachings of the Bahai Faith, especially its tenets of the Oneness of God, the Oneness of Religions, and the Oneness of Mankind.
The Viceroy Palace remains Lutyens most significant achievement. It is befittingly the crowning glory of the British Empire and architecture in India. Today, it is perhaps India's best known monument after the Taj Mahal and the Qutub Minar. Bigger than the Palace of Versailles, it cost a whopping 12,53,000 and now houses the President of India. It is unquestionably a masterpiece of symmetry, discipline, silhouette, colour and harmony. of course, it has come in for much criticism too but that has mostly been limited to the imperial intent behind it rather than its architecture.
Day 5: - Spiritual Sojourn sightseeing in Delhi Hindu, (Birla Temple), Jain (Chhatarpur Jain Temple) and Sultanate Delhi (Qutub Minar, Allaudin Khilgi) respectively. Overnight Delhi hotel.
Birla Temple (Hindu): -
Strictly speaking, this structure is not part of the New Delhi Lutyens designed. Famous Birla Mandir in Delhi is essentially a Hindu temple which came up alongside with New Delhi and has therefore been pegged with it. Popularly known as the Birla Mandir, it is the first of the temples built across the country by the industrial family of Birla. Located just off Connaught Place on Mandir Marg, it is dedicated to Vishnu, the second of the Hindu Trinity of creator-preserver-destroyer, and his consort Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth.
Chattarpur Temple Delhi
The Chattarpur Temple in Delhi comprises of a cluster of temples which draw a large crowd of tourists and locals to worship as well as admire the beautiful architecture. The temple is indeed a prized possession of Delhi, serving as popular destination for the devotees in the city. With its grand white structure and lush gardens, Chattarpur boasts of being one of the most beautiful among the innumerable temples which dot the city.
Alauddin Khilji: -
The second ruler of the Khilji dynasty in India was Alauddin Khilji. He was the nephew as well as the son-in-law of Jalal-ud-Din Khilji. During the reign of Jalal-ud-Din Khilji, Alauddin Khilji was appointed the Governor of Awadh and Kara. However, he wanted to consolidate his position by becoming the ruler of the Khilji dynasty. Due to his ambitious nature, he killed Jalal-ud-Din Khilji, marched to Delhi and proclaimed himself as the king. His life history is presented in the form of this biography of Alauddin Khalji.
Alauddin Khilji is known for his war tactics when the Mongols attacked Delhi. The constant attack by the Mongols in India caused much panic and anxiety to the government under Alauddin Khilji. The Mongols attacked almost a dozen times during the reign of Alauddin Khilji. Every time, some division of Alauddin's army defeated them. However, in 1299, the Mongols came to Delhi not rob, but to establish themselves. This time, Alauddin went with a huge army and defeated the Mongols badly. When they attacked again in 1307, Alauddin taught them a tough lesson. The Mongols were so terrified after this experience that they never dared to step in India.
The Qutab Minar: -
The tallest freestanding stone tower of victory in the world, the Qutab Minar is 234 feet high. Qutb-ud-din Aibak, the first Slave Sultan, alid its foundation in 1199. He died only when the first story was completed. It was completed by his successor, Iltutmish. It is made of red stone and marble. Its five stories have projecting balconies. It was originally attached to Quwwat-ul-Islam (The might of Islam) Mosque for the Muezzin to call the faith.
Day 6: - Early morning proceed by surface to Agra, reroute visit, Sikandra. Overnight Agra Hotel.
Day 7: - Early morning visit, Taj Mahal, drive to Bakhtawar Garden (Foundation of black Taj Mahal) to enjoy back view of Majestic Taj Mahal. Visit baby Taj (Mausoleum of Aitmadullah) cultural and educational walk around narrow streets of Taj Mahal. Overnight Agra Hotel.
Taj Mahal: -
The Taj Mahal is a memorial built by Shah Jahan to his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal. Who died in childbirth in 1631 The Emperor was so heart broke that his hair is said to have turned grey overnight. Construction was completed in 1653.
Day 8: - Morning visit, Red Fort (Agra), evening free for photography and other personnel activities. Overnight aAgra hotel.
Red Fort (Agra): -
Agra Red Fort was designed and built by the great Mughal ruler, Akbar, in about 1565 A.D. It was initially built as a military establishment but later on his successors made many additions to the main structure. Several Mahals , which were built afterwards, converted half of the structure into a magnificent palace. It is known as Red Fort because it is built of a kind of red sandstone. Within this Fort there lies some of the most exquisite architecture of the Mughal Period; like the Pearl Mosque, Moti Masjid, Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Am and Jahangiri Mahal.
Day 9: - Morning drive to Bharatpur bird sanctuary, enroute visits Fatehpur Sikri Dargah Hazrat Salim Chesti (RA). Overnight Baratpur hotel.
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary: -
The Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Rajasthan, India is a famous avifauna sanctuary that sees (or saw) thousands of rare and highly endangered birds such as the Siberian Crane come here during the winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to have made the National Park their home. It is also a major tourist centre with scores of ornithologists arriving here in the hibernal season. It was declared a protected sanctuary in 1971. It is also a declared World Heritage Site.
Day 10: - Early morning visit, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Afternoon drive Deeg Mahal (15 Km). Overnight Bharatpur hotel.
Day 11: - Morning drive to Jaipur for overnight in hotel.
Day 12: - Morning visit, Jal Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, Amber Fort. Afternoon visit, City Palace, Jantar Mantra and Hawa Mahal. Overnight Jaipur hotel.
Day 13: - Morning visit, Birla Temple and few Haveli's in Jaipur. Evening walk in busy streets and visit Central Museum Albert Hall. Overnight Jaipur hotel.
Albert Hall Museum: -
This museum is supposed to be the oldest museum of the state. Colonel Sir Swinton Jacob designed it in 1876 to greet King Edward VII as Prince of Wales on his visit to India. It was opened to public ten years later. Positioned amidst the gardens of Ram Niwas Bagh in Jaipur, 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.
Day 14: - Free for personnel activities. Overnight Jaipuir hotel.
Day 15: - Morning drives to Delhi check in hotel for overnight.
Day 16: - Early morning drive to Jammu, check in hotel for overnight.
Day 17: - Morning drive from Jammu to Srinagar.