Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Mandawa - Delhi
The Golden Triangle with Mandawa will take you to three of the most popular tourist destinations in India: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. These destinations are famous for being centers of art, history and heritage. The forts and monuments in these cities will leave you enchanted. However, that is not all. You will also visit Mandawa as part of the tour. Mandawa, in Rajasthan, is famously known as the “open art gallery in Rajasthan”. This region is scattered with havelis and forts dating back to the 18th century.
By evening you will land in Delhi, the national capital. On your arrival our representatives will meet up with you and transfer you to the hotel that has been pre booked. Refresh yourself here and get ready to embark on a 8-day journey across the various destinations of Rajasthan. The Golden Triangle with Mandawa promises to offer you a roller coaster ride across the state that you will surely remember for long!
Overnight stay in the hotel.
Delhi - Agra
Early next morning, embark on your city tours through the length and breadth of Delhi. Old Delhi with its still visible Mughal heritage and New Delhi with its modern look and feel, both attract and invite tourists to come and take a plunge into the pool of attractions of the vibrant city. Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Humayun's Tomb, and the Jama Masjid are a few of the attractions to name that are housed within the city.
Once you have visited the prime attractions of Delhi, move on towards Agra, the next destination in the Golden Triangle with Mandawa. However, before you reach Agra, you will also visit Sikandra that houses the Mausoleum of Akbar, the great Mughal emperor. Construction of the mausoleum was started by Akbar but completed by his son and successor, Jehangir who also did a few modifications to the original designs. By evening you will reach Agra where you will check into the hotel for an overnight stay.
On the 3rd day of the tour, you will visit the tourist attractions of Agra including the Taj Mahal and the Itmad-ud-Daullah.
The Taj Mahal is a world heritage site, recognized by the UNESCO and also is considered as one of the 7 wonders of the world. This monument testifies the undying love between Emperor Shah Jahan and his beautiful wife Mumtaj Mahal. Built around 1653, the construction of the building took almost 22 years to complete. The complex houses the graves of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan and displays a blend of the Persian, Hindu, Islamic and Mughal architectural elements. Red sandstone was heavily used in the construction of most of the monuments belonging to the era and the Taj is a great deviation from the rest as it is built in white marble.
Open on all days, except Friday, the Taj plays host to about 4 million tourists every year. This list includes world- famous celebrities, politicians, leaders, authors, musicians and other noted personalities related to the varying fields.
While the Taj testifies the love between a husband and his wife, the Itmad-ud-Daullah's tomb was built by Nur Jahan in the memory of her father, Ghias-ud-Din Beg. Regarded widely as the rough draft of the Taj Mahal, the tomb was built in the year 1628.
Agra - Jaipur
In the morning of the 4th day of the tour, move out of Agra and travel to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. This place forms one of the most significant angles of the golden triangle as Jaipur, in itself is also replete with history and historical characters. But before you arrive in Jaipur, you will also travel through the deserted town of Fatehpur Sikri. Built by Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri still houses a number of Mughal monumental wonders that stand tall even today. Fatehpur Sikri boasts of exhibiting some of the very fine specimens of Hindu-Islamic architectural styles.
Lunch can be savored in any of the several good restaurants that are located on the Agra-Jaipur highway. Post lunch resume your journey to Jaipur which you will reach by evening. On arriving in Jaipur, check into the hotel and retire for the day.
Jaipur has a number of tourist attractions to boast of. It also has a number of excursion options that guests visiting this place can opt to undertake. One of the popular ones being a trip to the Amer Fort located at a distance of about 11 km from Jaipur city. An excursion to the fort should ideally begin early in the morning so that you reach the place just in time to witness its grandeur in the early morning light. Ride atop an Elephant or opt for a jeep safari till the entrance of the Amer Fort that was built by the Raja Man Singh around 1592. Built in white and red sandstone, the Amer Fort testifies the blend of Hindu-Mughal architectural styles in a major way.
Post lunch you can resume your sojourn of touring within Jaipur city. Visit the City Palace, Hawa Mahal, and also the Jantar Mantar. While each of the monuments was built by different rulers and at different points in time, they nevertheless speak volumes of the fine artistic talents and creativity of the people of the era.
Jaipur - Mandawa
The second excursion option that guests generally prefer to take from Jaipur is a trip to Mandawa. Located in the heart of the Shekhawati region, the place boasts of impressive havelis and forts dating back to the 18th century. This region has produced a number of wealthy merchants and traders. No wonder, this place is dotted with beautiful residential complexes, which have been built as an expression of their creativity. Owing to this fact, the entire region of Shekhawati is known as the 'open art gallery' of Rajasthan.
Besides the havelis, Mandawa is also popular for the Mandawa Fort. Built in the 18th century, this fort has been converted into a heritage hotel that caters to guests throughout the year. The durbar hall, the impeccable painted gateway, and the beautifully adorned rooms; all invite tourists to come and enjoy some moments of luxury here.
Mandawa - Delhi
On the 7th day of the tour, leave Mandawa for Delhi. Enroute you will stop over in one of the many villages that you will pass through. This is the best way to take a sneak peek at the traditional ways of people here. By evening you will land in Delhi. Check into the hotel and retire for the day.
On the 8th day, you will be transferred to the airport for your journey back home. The memories of the Golden Triangle with Mandawa will nevertheless linger on in your minds.