|Delhi||Jewel Palace/ Hari Piorko (Executive Room)|
|Agra||Crystal Inn / Mapple Grand|
|Jaipur||TGI Apple Inn / Vesta Maurya Palace / Rudra Vilas|
|Mumbai||Le Grand / The Fort|
|Delhi||Bloom Boutique GK / Rockland Hotel CR Park|
|Agra||PL Palace / Howard Plaza / Atulya Taj|
|Jaipur||Vesta International / Park Ocean/ Royal Orchid Central|
|Mumbai||Kohinoor Continental/ Comfort Inn|
|Delhi||Hyatt Centric / Welcomhotel Dwarka / Golden Tulip Suites|
|Agra||Holiday Inn / Clarks Shiraz / Radisson Agra|
|Jaipur||JRamada Wyndham / Sarovar Premiere / Indana Palace/ Golden Tulip MI Road|
|Mumbai||Ramada Juhu / Gordon House|
|Delhi||Oberoi Maidens / Haveli Dharampura / Andaz Aerocity|
|Agra||Jaypee Palace / Crystal Sarovar Premiere / Double Tree by Hilton|
|Jaipur||Hilton Jaipur/ Marriot Jaipur / Crowne Plaza / Trident Jaipur|
|Mumbai||Sun n Sand / Sahara Star/ Trident NP|
Golden Triangle with Mumbai extended: A 08-night journey to India’s most popular tourist circuit will bring you one step closer to exploring India. For first timers, this tour has time and again proved to be the best choice.
Arrive at New Delhi’s ‘IGI International Airport’. Meet with our company representative, warm welcome with fresh flower garlands & then transfer to hotel in your private Vehicle.
On arrival, check-in. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing of Delhi.
Visit Humayun’s Tomb, Humayun’s tomb is sublimely well proportioned, seeming to float above its symmetrical gardens. It’s thought to have inspired the Taj Mahal, which it predates by 60 years. Lotus Temple for a short exterior photography stop; drive through Parliament’s street, & around the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Short photography stop at India Gate; This imposing 42m-high stone memorial arch was designed by Lutyens in 1921. It pays tribute to around 90,000 Indian Army soldiers who died in WWI, the Northwest Frontier operations and the 1919 Anglo-Afghan War. (note: photography stop at India Gate is strictly subject to security clearance and subject to vehicle parking availability at the day)
Arrive at the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara; This magnificent white-marble gurdwara (Sikh temple), topped by glinting golden onion domes, was constructed at the site where the eighth Sikh guru, Harkrishan Dev, stayed before his 1664 death.
Post visiting the Bangla Sahib, proceed to Qutub Minar; The Qutab Minar, soaring Afghan-style victory tower and minaret, erected by sultan Qutb-ud-din in 1193 to proclaim his supremacy over the vanquished Hindu rulers of Qila Rai Pithora.
Visit a Kashmiri Co-operative, enjoy a Kashmiri Tea ‘Kahwa’ here when you witness the artisians presenting their local arts & products
Transfer to your hotel at the end of the tour & overnight.
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for Old Delhi’s tour before leaving for Agra.
Start the tour by visiting Raj Ghat, this peaceful, very well maintained park contains a simple black-marble platform marking the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948.
Next you will be driven to Old Delhi market, just before entering the market you will embark on a ‘Rickshaw’ to steer through tiny lanes of Chandni Chowk. Ride past the majestic Red Fort & through the main Chandni Chowk street straight to Khari Baoli; Asia’s biggest wholesale spice market selling all kinds of spices, herbs, nuts & food products like rice, tea etc. Hop on to your rickshaws and pass through the tiny lanes of Kinaari Bazaar; lane for Indian attire accessories like borders etc, Dariba Kalan; lane for Silver market. Hop off and bid bye to your Rickshaw Puller at Jama Masjid; A beautiful pocket of calm at the heart of Old Delhi’s mayhem, the capital’s largest mosque is built on a 10m elevation. It can hold a mind-blowing 25,000 people.
End the tour around mid-afternoon and then drive to Agra (200kms,4 hours). On arrival check-in & overnight in hotel.
Early morning wake-up call and sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. (timings would vary as per season). Sunrise is by far the best time to visit the Taj Mahal. Not just because the early morning light turns the dome of the temple a soft, golden colour, but because this is the time when there are the least amount of tourists. Described by Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore as “a teardrop on the face of eternity”, the Taj Mahal is undoubtedly the zenith of Mughal architecture.
Return to hotel, daily routine & breakfast at the hotel.Later checkout and proceed to visit Agra Fort; Agra has one of the finest Mughal forts in India. Visit a Marble Workshop; local artisans showcase their skill of Marble Inlay work in these workshops. The artisans in Agra are believed to be the descendants of the artists who were actual workers of Taj Mahal.
Post sightseeing drive to Fatehpur Sikri(50kms,1-1.5 hours), best example of the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture. And said to be a copy of the mosque in Mecca and has designs, derived from the Persian & Hindu architecture. Highly popular amongst them is Buland Darwaza, which is titled as the largest gateway in the world.
Continue your drive toward Jaipur(200kms,4-4.5 hours). On arrival, check-in & overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing of Jaipur
We start with Amber Fort. Elephant ride uphill & Jeep ride downhill at the fort. Nostalgic Amber Fort, near Jaipur in Rajasthan, is one of the most well-known and most-visited forts in India. During downhill, visit a very heritage structure – Panna-Meena ka kund, which is a square-shaped stepwell, with adjoining stairs on all four sides and a room on the northern wall.
We will make our way back to the city, en-route we will stop at Jal Mahal, Possibly the most serene sight amidst the chaos of Jaipur is the beautiful Jal Mahal Jaipur, the Water Palace. Short stops at the Jewel & Carpet Workshops in Jaipur are must to witness how the local artisans create marvels from raw materials.
Later in the second half of the day, visit Jantar Mantar, a large grassy enclosure containing eighteen huge stone astronomical measuring devices constructed between 1728 and 1734. City Palace, originally built by Jai Singh in the 1720s and having lost none of its original pomp and splendour. Before you start exploring the local markets, stop for photography at the one world’s most famous façade Hawa Mahal.
Post your exploration in the local market. Return to hotel & overnight
Post breakfast and check out from the hotel and proceed to the airport to take flight for Mumbai. On arrival, check-in hotel.
Later visit Crawford Market and see the meticulous Hanging Gardens on top of Malabar Hill. In the evening, cruise past Marine Drive in your vehicle and reach Colaba.
Optionally explore Colaba on your foot. Overnight at hotel.
Early morning post breakfast, you will be transferred to the Gateway of India. Then there is Elephanta Caves, located on an island about 10 kilometers away from the shores of Mumbai. Take a ferry (shared) to the island. These caves comprise of temples carved from solid rock dating back to the 7th century. The main attraction is the three-headed bust of Lord Shiva, famously known as ‘Trimurti’. (note: you are required to walk uphill for this tour)
Thereafter, proceed on a city tour. Later, drive past monuments built during the British era such as Mumbai University, Rajabai Clock Tower, High Court and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (VT). Admire the collection of Indian paintings and sculptures at the Prince of Wales Museum, visit Jehangir Art Gallery.
Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and proceed for Mumbai local tour. Drive to Churchgate train station to meet and look at Dabbawallas.
Dabbawallas (lunch meal couriers) are 5000 member strong co-operative run by a bunch of Mahashtrian semi-literate men for the last 125 years, earning between Rs 3000 to 5000 per month.
Note: these guys don’t have the time for interviews and photographs.
Then you will drive to Mahalaxmi Dhobhi Ghat the world’s largest outdoor laundry, every day for over 120 years the dirt has been washed from thousands of kilos of clothes by the dhobis (washermen and women) of Mumbai’s Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat.
Optional: Dharavi Slum Tour
If you want to make your day even more interesting, you can include Dharavi Slum tour as well in the tour.
Dharavi sits in the heart of Central Mumbai, squeezed into 1.75 sq. km. Dubbed as one of Asia’s largest slums, peer beyond the shanty town and what you see most surprisingly is Dharavi the “enterprise town”.
Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport for the flight to your home country to cherish the memories in your heart.