Discover the diverse beauty of India for yourself with a fascinating tour across the heart of the country. Explore the heritage cities of Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Udaipur when you can get a sense of the splendour of bygone eras.
Make your trip that little bit more special by ending in the city of Bangkok where you can explore a different Asian culture. Base yourself at the stylish Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn in the heart of the city.
- Departs: london
- Arrives: delhi, India
- Departs: delhi, India
- Arrives: bangkok, Thailand
- Departs: bangkok, Thailand
- Arrives: london
Golden Triangle with Glimpses of Rajasthan
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- As Per Itinerary
India can make a strong claim to be the most exciting and rewarding travel destination in the world. From the exhilarating pace of life in its colourful and vibrant cities to its exquisite temples and superb scenery, few visitors ever leave disappointed. This is a journey through the heart of India to explore old and new part of Delhi the capital city, the Taj Mahal in Agra exemplifies the art and architecture of the Mughals; the beautiful palaces and bustling bazaars of Jaipur epitomize the rich culture of Rajputana, Stay at Deogarh Mahal, the luxurious heritage resort managed by the erstwhile royal family, Udaipur - The City of Dawn, Aravallis' mountain ranges enclosing in the palaces, lakes, gardens and temples makes it a getaway land of dreams with a glorious, chivalrous past of Mewari Rulers. Isn't it wonderful to find all of this within close proximity of each other? A definitely well preserved haven of history, art, architecture and culture despite the onslaught of modernity and urbanization in the region.
The tour starts and finishes in New Delhi and comprises 09 nights and 10 days of exploring the Indian Golden Triangle with Deogarh and Udaipur.
â¢ Delhi - A full day combined city tour of Old and New Delhi, Jama Masjid, the Red Fort, The Presidential Palace and the Qutab Minar
â¢ Agra - Agra Fort, Taj Mahal
â¢ Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri, the Amber Fort, Sheesh Mahal and Hawa Mahal
â¢ Deogarh - It boasts of a complex of luxurious heritage resorts managed by the Erstwhile royal family of the Deogarh thikana
â¢ Udaipur - Ranakpur Jain Temples, City Palace, Jagdish Temple and the Sahelion-ki-bari
Day 1 - Arrival In Delhi
Arrive in Delhi International airport. After immigration, you will be met and transfered to your hotel.
Delhi is India's capital and a major gateway to the country. Perhaps there is no other capital city in the world so steeped in history and legend as the Indian capital Delhi. It was the magnet, which drew the Mongols, Turks, Persians, Afghans, Mughals and the British, all of whom contributed to its glorious but turbulent past. The fascination with Delhi was such that even though it was abandoned many times, its rulers returned to it again and again rebuilding it at least seven times. Today, the twin cities of Old and New Delhi still intrigue Indians and tourists alike as the cultural and political capital of the largest democracy in the world.
You will stay overnight in Delhi
Day 2 - Delhi
Proceed for a full day combined city tour of Old and New Delhi. In Old Delhi you will visit the 17th century Jama Masjid and walk through the narrow, winding lanes of colourful and bustling Chandni Chowk. You have the option of taking a rickshaw ride through these bazaars. Also visit the Mughal Empire's most opulent fort, the Red Fort for a photo stop. Visit Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.
In the afternoon proceed to New Delhi. Drive past The Presidential Palace, the one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys, the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war and a drive along the Rajpath past the Parliament House and secretarial buildings. Visit Qutab Minar, the 12th century tower of victory built by a slave king and prototype of all minars (towers) in India. Also visit the 16th century Humayun's tomb, a precursor to the Taj Mahal.
You will stay overnight in Delhi
Day 3 - Delhi to Agra
After breakfast proceed to Agra.
Agra came into the limelight during the rule of the Afghan King Sikandar Lodhi - who had made it the capital of his empire. Later in 1526 A.D., the Mughal Emperor Babar took upon himself the task for rendering Agra, a unique character and beauty of its own. The next few hundred years of Agra witnessed the rise of the pomp and pageantry of three great Mughal monarchs - Emperor Akbar, Jehangir and Shahjahan. In modern times, the city of Agra is a thriving carpet industry where you can also find leather workers, sandstone and marble sculptors, some of whom claim to be direct descendants of the craftsmen who had helped build the Taj Mahal.
In the afternoon you will proceed to visit Agra Fort, where the ageing Emperor Shah Jahan, imprisoned by his son, watched from a distance the fulfilment of his life's dream-the building of the Taj Mahal in memory of his beloved wife.
In the evening, proceed to visit Taj Mahal, (Closed on Fridays). On the inner walls, jewel-like stones create beautiful designs in white marble. The Mughals perfected the art of embedding semi-precious stones into marble and the Taj is the finest example of this special process called pietra dura. It begins with a marble plate, varying in size. Then jewels are sliced paper thin and embedded in the marble with such precision that the joints are invisible to the naked eye.
Stay overnight in Agra
Day 4 - Agra to Jaipur
In the morning after breakfast, you will be transferred in your private car to Jaipur, visiting Fatehpur Sikri enroute.
Fatehpur Sikri, is the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition.
Upon arrival in Jaipur, check-in at the hotel.
Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan province is known for its arts and crafts, jewellery, hand-painted fabrics and stone sculptures; it is one of North India's finest examples of a planned city embodying the best of Rajput and Mughal architecture.
Stay overnight in Jaipur
Day 5 - Jaipur
To begin with you will proceed to visit the capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar's most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravali hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area.
A jeep will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.
En-route to Amber Fort you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds', otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate faÃ§ade, extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city.
This afternoon, you will visit the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armory, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings.
Jaipur's Jantar Mantar is the most famous of five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh in India. Jai Singh was a great admirer of progresses and research made in the fields of science and technology, and he was passionate about astronomy. There is a very interesting story behind the construction of this observatory, considered as the largest stone observatory in the world. Sawai Jai Singh sent his emissaries to all parts of the world before commencing the construction of this observatory. The emissaries returned with many manuals on astronomy containing cutting-edge technological information. One of these manuals was a copy of La Hire's "Tables". The king ordered the observatory to be built according to the details contained in this manual. When the construction ended, for the astonishment of the king and others, the observatory was 20 seconds more accurate than the one mentioned in La Hire's "Tables".
Stay overnight in Jaipur
Day 6 - Jaipur to Deogarh
In the morning after breakfast, drive to Deogarh.
Upon arrival, proceed to check-in at your hotel.
Deogarh is a popular tourist destination. It boasts of a complex of luxurious heritage resorts managed by the erstwhile royal family of the Deogarh thikana.
Spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel or you can indulge yourself in various activities extended by the resort on direct payment basis. Stay overnight in Deogarh.
Stay overnight in Deogarh
Day 7 - Deogarh to Udaipur
After breakfast, drive to Udaipur en-route visiting Ranakpur Jain Temples. Ranakpur, the beautifully sculptured Jain temples lie in a tranquil valley of the Aravalis. The main 'Chaumukha Temple' is dedicated to the tirthankara Adinath and has 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, all distinctly carved. Two Jain temples dedicated to Neminath and Parsvanath and a Sun Temple little distance away, are also noteworthy.
On arrival at Udaipur, proceed to check in at your hotel.
Udaipur is often called the "Venice of the East" and the most romantic city in the state of Rajasthan. Udaipur nestles like a gem in a valley surrounded by green hills, reflected smooth and white in the clear blue waters of Lake Pichola. The city is a kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples.
Stay overnight in Udaipur
Day 8 - Udaipur
After breakfast, proceed for city tour of Udaipur.
Sites to visit include:
City Palace, the majestic palace is actually a conglomerate of eleven palaces overlooking the sprawling Lake Pichola.
Jagdish Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located in the centre of the old city. The temple has a black marble image of Lord which is unusual for the northern part of the country, where statues of Gods are normally in white marble.
Sahelion-ki-bari, the spectacular garden displaying the unique lifestyle of the Royal ladies who once lived in the Palaces.
In the afternoon, take a boat cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola towards Jag Mandir Palace, which covers almost four acres and is noted for its marble pavilion and an imposing dome.
Later explore the local market and its entire splendor.
Stay overnight in Udaipur
Day 9 - Udaipur - Delhi
Buffet breakfast at the Hotel.
A representative will meet you and transfer you to airport for your flight to Delhi.
On arrival at Delhi's Airport, following baggage collection, a representative will meet you as you exit the arrivals terminal building and will transfer you to your hotel.
The rest of your day will be at leisure for independent activities and last minute shopping in Delhi.
Stay overnight in Delhi
Day 10 - Departure Delhi
A representative will meet you and assist you to transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight back home. (Approximately 4 hours prior to flight departure time). The standard check out time at the hotel is 1200hrs.
**NOTICE: There are currently restoration works taking place on the Taj Mahal until further notice
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Located in the heart of the Sathorn business district, the Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn is an excellent choice for comfort and value. With direct access to the BTS SkyTrain system, the entire city is accessible right on your doorstep. From the rooms, breath-taking views of the Chao Phraya River and glittering skyline make for memorable photo opportunities, particularly from the 14th floor swimming pool. Contemporary interiors with soft and soothing colours and textures in the decor evoke restfulness and serenity, providing an oft-needed respite from the intoxicating sights and sounds of the Thailand's buzzing capital city. This hotel has something to offer every member of the family.
Great hotel with a real luxury 5* feel. Nice decor, with a calm but welcoming feel. Staff very professional, helpful and pleasant. Good base for exploring as it has a central L ocation and is ideal for travelling especially with the train connection. Rooms well appointed and spacious. Food choices...
Elizabeth Lever reviewing Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok (18-Mar-2018)