When you will reach Delhi, you will be transferred to your hotel. The city of Delhi actually has a rich historical background which indeed enhances its tourism significance. It was capital during the time of Indraprastha and also of Pandavas during the time of Mahabharata. This splendid city has been under human inhabitation since 6th century B.C. and has also been state capital of several empires during ancient and medieval times. It has even been demolished and then rebuilt a number of times and is popularly referred to as the ‘City of Cities’. The culture of Delhi has indeed been remarkably influenced by several rulers which came into power from time to time, and also has a number of beautiful monuments and other historical sites. The emperors of Mughal era also had a profound influence on the food preferences of local inhabitants and the popular Mughlai cuisine also originated here which is still savored by everyone. Due to being located in close vicinity of many states resided by people with different cultural backgrounds and folkways, a number of festivals are also celebrated in the city with great enthusiasm and zeal. Old Delhi also displays a rich cultural background with a network of numerous small lanes which are lined together and also several old buildings which can be spotted around this place. On the other hand, New Delhi has a network of wide roads and is lined up with huge structures and buildings. Delhi also holds great significance in terms of being the national capital city of India and as such is a major center of political activities. Various important governmental buildings are also located here.
This tour starts in the morning from Old Delhi, which was built by Mughal King Shah Jahan in around 17th Century A.D. In Old Delhi, you will be taken to visit Raj Ghat, which holds great historical significance as Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, was cremated here. Raj Ghat has a black-colored marble platform which marks the site of the cremation of Mahatma Gandhi. There is also an eternal flare which burns continually at one side. You will also visit the famous museum which was also built in his honor. After this, you will drive past the enchanting Red Fort as well as the famous Chandni Chowk which remains quite busy and then ultimately you will reach your next stoppage which is Jama Masjid. This Masjid is an iconic and huge mosque constructed by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and has a rich historical background, which indeed enhances its tourism significance. It is indeed one of largest mosques existing in India and is frequented by numerous tourists every year. A small ride on a rickshaw in Chandni Chowk can be even more interesting for you as this part of Old Delhi remains quite crowded being full of a variety of shops selling different products such as delicious food, jewelry, clothes, household items, etc., making the market a virtual paradise for people who love shopping. You can shop for your favorite products and also enjoy having the famous food items of Old Delhi.
In afternoon, you will be taken to visit the famous Qutub Minar, which is also touted as the largest Minaret in India. It is also a declared to be a heritage site by UNESCO and was constructed by a Turkish king, Qutub-ud-din Aibak, in the year 1192, and as such holds great historical and cultural significance on a national as well as international level. This tower comprises of a five storey structure in which the three stories are of red colored sandstone and remaining two are made of marbles and sandstones. It can undoubtedly be said that this tower is one of the most excellent historical monuments existing in India as well as on an international level. You will next move towards Humayun’s Tomb, which is another popular fortress declared to be a heritage site by UNESCO in the year 1993, after which wide scale restoration work has been performed at its site. This tomb is considered to be the earliest garden-tomb which was built in India. Next you will visit India Gate which was built in the memory of about 70,000 heroic Indian soldiers who lost lives while fighting from the side of the British Army during the time of the First World War. The 42 m high gate stands erected in the centre of the city, just as an archway standing in middle of crossroad. Next, you will be taken, by driving past Parliament House, followed by President’s House and then driving past by other governmental and secretarial buildings, to ultimately reach your next destination which is Lakshminarayana Temple dedicated to Lord Narayana and Goddess Lakshmi. The inauguration of this temple was actually done by Mahatma Gandhi and was built in between 1933 to 1939 by B.R. Birla and J.K. Birla. You will then be taken to your hotel room to stay overnight in Delhi.
Next morning, you be taken by road to Jaipur, which is popularly known as the Pink City and is also the capital city of Rajasthan State. Numerous entrancing palaces are also located here with awe-inspiring designing and architectural style. In 18th Century, the Prince of Wales visited this city when it was completely tinted in Pink and for the same reason it came to be known as the Pink city. Jaipur City has its origin in about 260 years ago when it was built by the ancient king Jai Singh and hence its name. You can spend the rest of your day in visiting the most popular bazaars of Jaipur city and you can even walk down the busy and vibrant streets to explore more about this city. Transport is also easily available in case you want to visit any monument, restaurant or other place of your interest in Jaipur city to further make your tour more interesting and enjoyable. You will then move towards your hotel to take rest and stay overnight in Jaipur.
Next morning, your journey will start from Amer Fort which is also popularly called Amer Palace, which was actually capital of this Jaipur city formerly. This splendid fortress was built by Raja Maan Singh in red sand-stones and marbles and is segregated into 4 sections each of which are provided with a separate courtyard. The main entryway is called as Surajpol which is designed with a fascinating style of architecture. In close proximity to Ganesh gate, a religious shrine dedicated to Goddess Seela Devi is sited. Further, the Diwan-e-Aam section which is actually a grand hall meant for public audience, and the Diwan-e-Khaas which is the hall meant for private audience, are also quite beautifully designed in ancient style of architecture. The Sheesh Mahal and Sukh Niwas are also brilliantly designed in excellent architectural style. A pleasing environment is maintained at Sukh Niwas, created by fresh winds blowing over the water cascade. You can also take a walk upwards by taking the step or even by taking an elephant ride or jeep ride as per your preference.
Next, you will visit Maharaja city Palace in Jaipur, which is actually a regal fortress with a seven-storey structure, and also the famous observatory of Jantar Mantar. The observatory indeed holds a lot of interest among mathematicians and astronomers from across the world. Further, City Palace actually signifies a perfect blend of three different styles of architecture, namely, Rajput, Mughal and European. Hawa Mahal is also magnificent fortress which is popular worldwide for its outstanding architectural style. Next, you will visit the popular garden called as Pink Rose and also some other trade centers located here. Further, a tour to the pink city is indeed incomplete without some shopping. Jaipur city is indeed quite famous for its clothes, precious stones, semi-precious stones, carpets, jewelry, handicraft items made from wood, metals, etc. as well as for its silk paintings, miniatures, etc. So, you can go shopping to the local markets and buy your favorite stuff and also enjoy having some relishing dishes in most popular restaurants and food corners. Transport is also easily available within the local limits of the city. You will then be taken to your hotel to stay overnight at Jaipur.
Next morning, you will be taken from Jaipur to the famous Agra city, by visiting Fatehpur Sikri enroute. Fatehpur Sikri is a historical place which was built in 16th Century by the famous Mughal emperor, Akbar the Great. This place holds great testimony to the ancient civilization of the Mughal era and as such is also declared to be a heritage site by UNESCO. A number of historical monuments and sites are also located here. You will be taken to visit the famous and revered Jama Masjid, and then to the famous mausoleum of Salim Chisti, the enchanting Panch Mahal with a five storey structure, followed by Buland Darwaza, which is an attractive and iconic piece of architecture. The famous tome of Sheikh Salim Chisti, built by Mughal Emperor Akbar, is indeed one of finest examples of the Mughal architectural style, where the grave of Salim Chisti is beautifully enshrined who was a famous Sufi saint. The Panch Mahal is also another historical site which is even popularly referred to as Badgir. Buland Darwaza is a central porch with total 3 arched entryways and is also popular locally as the Horseshoe Gate. Next, you will be taken to visit some other historical buildings and sites of Fatehpur Sikri, for instance, Ibadat Khana, the Palace of Mariyam-uz-Zamani, Birbal’s residence and Naubat Khana, where you can actually explore in details and know more about various historical legends associated with this place. Next, you will be taken by road to Agra city, where you will be free by afternoon. Transport facility is also easily available within the local limits of the city. So, you can visit some other places located in the vicinity in the afternoon to add more fun to your tour. You can also take rest at your hotel. Overnight stay will be in Agra.
Agra holds a lot of historical significance being former capital city of India. It is situated on banks of river Yamuna and is a chief tourist spot in India and as such also forms a significant part of Golden Triangle tour circuit in addition to the other two cities, namely Jaipur and Delhi. This city is also popularly called Akbarabad which was at its peak in the Mughal era. It was even the capital during the reign of Mughal kings namely, Akbar the Great, Jahangir and Shahjahan. In the morning, you will visit the mesmerizing Taj Mahal, which holds a place of pride being counted among the Seven Wonders of the World. This strikingly designed building was constructed in an elegant manner with white colored marbles by Mughal ruler Shahjahan in the remembrance of his wife Mumtaz Mahal during the time period starting from 1631 - 1648 A.D. Being erected regally on the bank of river Yamuna, this breathtaking and immensely beautiful historical monument is symbolic of love and romance. It is indeed one of finest examples of Mughal architectural style with some elements of Islamic, Ottoman, Turkish and Persian style of architecture. The central white dome is indeed the major highlight of this mausoleum, but it actually comprises of a complex of striking structures which form an integrated whole. The exteriors, interiors, garden area and other outlying buildings and structures of the tomb are indeed designed in an awe-inspiring manner to leave you mesmerized and spell bound. Taj Mahal remains closed on all Fridays so the tour plan is made accordingly.
Your next destination is Agra Fort which is also a historically significant site and is declared to be a heritage site by UNESCO. This fort is quite famous for its magnificent architectural style and excellent structures. It was constructed during the reign of Mughals in about 16th century A.D and also encompasses numerous mythological fortresses and palaces such as Khas Mahal, Jahangir Palace, etc. Here, you will in addition get an opportunity to witness the popular Diwan-e-Aam as well as Diwan-e-Khaas which are actually popular halls meant for public and private audiences respectively. You can further spend your afternoon by visiting some other places of your interest or even go for shopping in the local markets here. Agra is indeed famous for its inlaid work of marble as well as handicrafts of marbles, wood and metals. Transport is also easily available within local limits of the city. So, you can buy some stuff for yourself and your dear ones and also enjoy eating most famous cuisines of the city in some popular restaurants and food joints. You can then take rest at the hotel and overnight stay will be in Agra.
Next morning, you will be taken to Delhi airport from Agra at the time which is scheduled for your returning flight. As mostly these flights have their departure time scheduled after midnight, therefore accommodation in Delhi is not included.
Next, you will finally depart for your returning journey to your place of origin. This brings you to an end of a memorable North India Taj Mahal Tour or the Golden Triangle Tour.
Mr. Satya Prasad Rath
Gf-12, Market Complex, Housing Board Colony, Near Sai Mandir, Dharampura, Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh, India - 494001
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