GOLDEN TRIANGLE with GOA BEACHES 10 N - 11 DAYS

Package includes Delhi, Agra , Jaipur , Mumbai and Goa. A very awesome package to visit Indian Capital and Indian Financial Capital together......

Duration:10 Nights / 11 Days

Places Covered: Delhi (02 Nts) – Agra (01 Nt) – Jaipur (02 Nts) – Mumbai (02 Nts) – Goa (03 Nts) – Mumbai (Drop)

Day 01: Arrival Delhi

Welcome to India - the Land of Dreams & Romance. On arrival at Airport/Railway Station in New Delhi, our local representative will be waiting outside the customs area to welcome you and to take you to your hotel.

Your hotels have been carefully chosen and are ideally located.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Delhi.

Day 02: Delhi

After breakfast, spend a delightful day in Delhi.

Delhi: India’s capital & a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis which successfully combines in its fold the ancient & the modern. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. New Delhi also reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New & Old Delhi is the distinction between the capitals of the British & the Moghuls respectively. So, wherever the visitor goes, he will invariably confront the city’s past.

Sightseeing places:

NEW DELHI

RashtrapatiBhawan:Visit the Viceroy’s House (now the residence of President of India known as RashtrapatiBhawan) and Lutyen’s magnum opus. It is larger than Versailles and architecturally is a fusion of Indian and Western design. Within the courtyard is the 145 feet high Jaipur column, a symbol of victory designed by Luyten. Luyten created masterpiece - the 250 acre Mughal Gardens on the grounds of the RashtarpatiBhavan, which at one time required the care of 418 men and the great Vice Regal Palace required a staff of 2000.

India Gate:a war memorial arch which Luyten built in honor of 60,000 soldiers who died in World War- I. It is also inscribed with the names of some 13,000 Indian and British soldiers missing presumed dead. Next to it is Luytens last Imperial monument he built, a stone canopy in which he placed the marble statue of King George V after his death in 1936.

QutubMinar:which is Delhi’s Eiffel Tower, its Statue of Liberty and Nelson Column. Visit the mosque, mausoleums and ruins of forts that lie around it including the Iron Pillar which is Delhi’s totem pole 24 feet high, made of 99% steel and which has stood for 1600 years without a speck of rust on it.

OLD DELHI

Red Fort:This palace citadel was built Shah Jahan in 1648 and was a veritable city within a city. When Shah Jehan transferred his capital from Agra to Delhi he built the Red Fort as his residential palace as well as his military fortress. The fort is a complex of marble buildings with balconies, filigreed windows, massive red sandstone walls, ramparts and gateways. The most elegant building is the DIWAN-E-KHAS or the Hall of Private Audience.

Jama Masjid: This great mosque, the largest in India, lying opposite the Red Fort, was built by Shah Jahan between 1650 and 1656, as a part of his new city Shahjahanabad. Five thousand workmen are said to have laboured for six years to construct it.

ChandaniChowk: From the Red Fort you will take a cycle rickshaw to ChandniChowk or the Moonlit Square. It is a medieval area in which you will recognize not just Cairo or Istanbul, but also Chester and Heidelberg. This is perhaps one of the Delhi’s most populated areas and the largest marketplace - jewelers, spice merchants, food vendors, money lenders, shopping arcades, workshops as well as residences, are crammed here. Within this area is the British built Town Hall, the St. James Church built by Colonel Skinner in the early 19th century, the old St. Stephens College and the office of the state department of Archeology with a colonnaded facade going back to the 19th century when it was the British Residency.

Raj Ghat and Shantivan: North-east to FerozshahKotla, on the banks of the river Yamuna lies Raj Ghat, a simple square platform of black marble, the place where Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, popularly known as Bapu, was cremated on January 31, 1948 following his assassination. The Samadhi is set amidst sprawling lawns. Adjacent to Raj Ghat is Shanti Van or the Grove of Peace, a secluded and wooded place, where Pt. JawaharLal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India was cremated his daughter and the third Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi. The site of her Samadhi is known as Shakti-sthal or the Place of Power. This whole area is a beautiful green stretch full of trees, flowering plants and shrubs.

To Shop In Delhi: Delhi is a shopper’s paradise. The most famous bazaars, shopping arcades, emporia and bargain centers, brass and copper ware, brocades and silk, leather goods, perfumes, paintings, sandalwood carvings, etc., include Connaught Place, Janpath, Central Cottage Industries Emporium, State Emporia Complex on Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Kinari Bazaar, Ajmal Khan Market, Hauzkhas and Sunder Nagar Market.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Delhi.

Day 03: Delhi – Sikandra – Agra (200 kms)

After breakfast, drive to Agra, by road. Enroute visit Sikandra

Sikandra: Built by Akbar himself, and completed by Jahangir in 1613, stands Akbar’s Mausoleum. It is characterized by a fusion of Hindu and Muslim art and architecture. Sikandra takes its name after Sultan Sikander Lodi defeated by Babar in 1526 in the battle of Panipat).

Later continue drive to Agra. On arrival check-in to the hotel.

Afternoon visit Agra - The Taj City.

Agra: The royal seat and capital of yesteryears, the city of Mughal might and splendour. Agra derives its name from Agra Vana (aelo grove) where Krishna used to sport with his female friends in his boyhood and early youth on the banks of Yamuna. Agra’s chequered history goes back to times of Mahabharata, but its modern history begins from 1505 when Sultan Sikander Lodi of Afghan Dynasty chose it as his capital city. Sikandrabad, the place where Akbar is buried takes its name after him.

Singhtseeing places:

Agra Fort:Emperor Akbar started its construction in 1565 when he was just 23 years of age. Within the fort are several fascinating buildings - the Pearl Mosque built of marble, the Hall of Public Audience where the famous “peacock throne” was kept, the Octagonal Tower, the Jehangir Palace built by Akbar for his son Jehangir and the KhasMahal, a beautiful white marble structure used as a private palace.

TajMahal: It often described as the most extravagant monuments ever built for love. It took 22 years for the TajMahal to be built and in total 20000 people worked on the Taj. Several 

Experts contributed to the designing of the TajMahal such as Frenchman Austin of Bordeaux and the Italian Veroneo of Venice. The TajMahal is amazingly graceful from almost any angle. The semi-precious stones inlaid the marble in beautiful designs are through a process called “pietradura”.

Note: To visit the Taj is upto your choice (you want to visit at the time of sunset or sunrise, Remember TajMahal is closed on Friday).

 To Shop in Agra: If miniature replicas of the TajMahal make perfect souvenirs, it is the fine work on marble that is the speciality of Agra. You can choose from an array of handicrafts items like tabletops, marble items, boxes, elephants and precious and semi-precious stones.

 Later you can browse through the markets and enjoy the ambience of Agra city.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Agra.

Day 04: Agra – FatehpurSikri – Bharatpur – Jaipur (235 Kms)

After breakfast drive to Jaipur. En-route visit the Old Deserted Town of Mughal Dynasty – FathepurSikri and Bharatpur (The Keoladeo Ghana Sanctuary).

FatehpurSikri: Built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, was the old capital of the Moghuls, which was abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of SalimChisti, PanchMahal& other Palaces which are still preserved in its original glory.

Bharatpur: Visit The Keoladeo Ghana Sanctuary covering a 52 sq. Kms. Low lying marsh area, is a paradise for bird lovers and nature-enthusiasts, birds found here include grey geese, Siberian cranes, Chinese bar-headed geese and troupes of other migratory winged beauties from Afghanistan, Central Asia, and Tibet. The local birds include pelicans, ibis, egret; painted storks, darters, king fishers, cormorants, purple moor hens and many other water birds.

Later continue drive to Jaipur. On arrival check-in to hotel.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Jaipur.

Day 05: Jaipur

After breakfast, spend an exciting day in Pink City.

Jaipur: This famous city is the capital of Rajasthan and has earned universal renown as the ‘Pink City’, and pink it is, with beautiful constructed palaces, havelies and forts. Tall, rugged men with handle-bar whiskers sport bright-pink turbans. Jaipur, which means the city of victory, was built exactly 269 years back and is 262 km by road from Delhi. A strong wall encircles the old city and even today has a suggestion of formidable strength, its function of protecting all within is obvious.

 

Sightseeing Places:

Amber Fort: At a distance of 11 Kms from Jaipur, Amber was the ancient capital of Jaipur state. Construction of the fort began in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar''s army and is a superb example of Rajput architecture. At Amber Fort, Elephant ride from the foothill to the Fort entrance.

 

City Palace: The City Palace is a historic landmark. The carved arches are supported by grey-white marble columns studded with floral motifs in gold and coloured stones. Two elephants carved in marble guard the entrance, where retainers whose families have served generations of rulers are at hand to serve as guides. The palace interior houses a Museum containing select collection of various types of Rajasthani dresses, a fascinating amoury of Mughal and Rajput weapons swords of all shapes and sizes, with chased handles, some of them inlaid, enameled, encrusted with jewels and encased in bold and magnificent scabbards. It also has an Art Gallery with a fine collection of paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persina, Latin and Sanskrit, acquired by Sawai Jai Singh-II for his study of planets and their movements.

 

HawaMahal: Also known as The Palace of Winds, was built by the poet-king SawaiPratap Singh, the HawaMahal is the most strikingly designed monument in Jaipur. What is seen from the SirehDeorhi Bazaar is the multiniched five storey backside of the complex. It was conceived to provide adequate vantage position behind delicate stone-carved jail screens to the palace women for watching the royal processions passing through the bazaar below.

 

JantarMantar:JantarMantar is one of Jai Singh’s five remarkable observatories. Constructed with stone and marble its complex instruments whose setting and shapes are precisely and scientifically designed represent the high-points of Medieval Indian astronomy. The two Ram Yantras used for gauging attitudes are unique in their isolation. This is the largest of five observatories founded by Sawai Jai Singh-II various parts of the country.

 

Birla Temple: Birla Temple forms one of the major attractions of Jaipur. Birla Temple of Jaipur looks stunning, when it is brightly lit in the night. Birla Mandir, in pure white marble, dominates the skyline of southern part of Jaipur. The enormous temple was built during the year 1988, by Birla Group of Industries, one of the business tycoons of India. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Narayan), the preserver and his consort Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. Due to this reason, Birla Temple is also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple.

 

To Shop in Jaipur: Visit the famous Markets of Textiles, Gems, Carpets, and handicrafts. Jaipur is an ideal place for buying souvenirs.

 

Overnight stay at Hotel in Jaipur.


Day 06: Jaipur – Mumbai

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Jaipur Airport/Railway Station to board the scheduled flight/train for Mumbai. (Depending on your flight/train timing, you will be taken to airport/railway station for your flight/train)

On arrival at Mumbai Airport/Railway Station, our local representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. Check-in at hotel. Evening Leisure.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Mumbai.

Day 07: Mumbai

After breakfast, visit the stunning city Mumbai - The Queen of Indian Cities.

Mumbai: The Commercial capital and the Gateway to India, is one of the greatest modern cities of the world. Originally Mumbai was an archipelago of seven marshy islands inhabited by fisherman and such other folk. They called it Mumbai after their patron Goddess, Mumba Devi. Centuries later a Hindu BhimDev founded a city hear now identified with Mahim. Late it came into possession of the Sultans of Gujarat, who were later force to surrender it to the Portuguese in the earlier 16thcentury, the Portuguese were already the masters of the Goa. Then they called it Bom Bahia, the beautiful Bay. Later it became Bombay as it was known throughout the world.

In 1661 Bom Bahia was give to the British, as part of Dowry, by the Portuguese when there princess Catherine of Barganza married Charles II of England.

Sightseeing Places:

Gateway of India: Mumbai''s most famous monument, this is the starting point for most tourists who want to explore the city. It was built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Complete with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone, the central dome stands 83 feet high and is 48 feet in diameter. It was completed and opened in 1924. Behind the arch there are steps leading to the sea. Short cruises by motor launches can be taken to see the splendid harbour.

Elephanta Caves: Elephanta anciently known as Gharapuri, the island capital of KonkanMauryas is famous today for its beautiful caves. These caves are located at a distance of 11-km from the mainland of Mumbai, on a small island of Gharapuri, in the Arabian sea. Motor launches make numerous hour long trips to and fro the island from the Gateway of India. Far from the busy and bustling island of Mumbai, this tranquil, forested island of Elephanta is one of the most atmospheric places and is a must visit. The caves on these islands date back to 6th century A.D. Legends and history suggest that the great warrior prince of Chalukya dynasty Pulkesin II raised the shrine to celebrate his victory.

Note: Elephanta Caves is closed on every Monday.

En-route back to the hotel, drive through the city, passing the Hanging Gardens, dhobighats(public laundries), Victoria Railway Station and Crawford Market to the beautifully sculpted Flora Fountain at the busy fivepoint intersection in the heart of the commercial Fort area.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Mumbai.

Day 08: Mumbai – Goa

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Airport/Railway Station to board the scheduled flight/train for Goa. (Depending on your flight/train timing, you will be taken to airport/railway station for your flight/train)

On arrival at Goa Airport/Railway Station, our local representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. Check-in at hotel. Evening Leisure.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Goa.

Day 09: Goa

After breakfast, visit the Pearl of the Orient – Goa.

Goa: India''s smallest state is located on the western coast of the country, adjoining the Arabian Sea, which provides the beach holidays that Goa is internationally famous for. The states of Maharashtra in the north and Karnataka in the south and east surround Goa. Together with the coastal stretches of these states, Goa is part of a larger cultural region known as Konkan. Northern Goa is more populated and urban, while the south is more forested. Beaches apart, rice fields and coconut plantations dominate the landscape. However, tourism is Goa''s main industry. For 450 years Goa was a Portuguese colony until taken over by India in 1961. This heritage is still apparent in the architecture of its churches and old houses, and the culture of its towns, which is very distinct from the rest of India. In the Catholic world Goa is important as the place.

Sightseeing Places:

Se Cathedral: The largest of the churches in Old Goa, was begun in 1562 during the reign of King Dom Sebastiao (1557 -58). It was completed by 1619, though the altars were not finished until 1652. The cathedral was built for the Dominicans and paid for by the sale of crown property. The building’s style is Portuguese-Gothic with a Tuscan exterior and Corinthian interior. The remaining tower houses a famous bell, one of the largest in Goa, often called the Golden Bell because of its rich sound. The main altar is dedicated to St Catherine of Alexandria, and paintings on either side of it depict scenes from her life and martyrdom.

Convent & Church of St. Francis of Assisi: This is one of the most interesting buildings in Old Goa. The interior contains gilded and carved woodwork, a stunning reredos (Ornamented screen behind the altar), old murals depicting scenes from the life of St Francis, and a floor made of carved gravestones-complete with family coats of arms dating back to the early 16th century. The church was built by eight Franciscan friars who arrived here in 1517 and constructed a small chapel consisting of three altars and a choir. This was later pulled down and the present building was built on the same spot in 1661.

Archeological museum: A convent behind St Francis church is now a museum. It houses portraits of Portuguese viceroys, most of them inexpertly resorted; sculpture fragment from Hindu temple sites; and stone Vetal images from the animist cult that flourished in this part of India centuries ago.

Basilica of Bom Jesus: The Basilica of Bom Jesus is famous throughout the Roman Catholic world. It contains the tomb and mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier who in 1541, was given the task of spread of Christianity among the subjects of the Portuguese colonies in the east. Apart from the richly gilded altars, the interior of the church is remarkable for its simplicity. This is the only church that is not plastered on the outside (although it was originally). Construction began in 1594 and it was completed in 1605. The focus of the church is the three-tiered marble tomb of St Francis, which took 10 years to build and was completed in 1698. The remains of the body are housed in a silver casket, which at one time was covered in jewels. On the walls surrounding it are murals depicting scenes from the saint’s journeys, and one of his death on Sancian Island.

Dona Paula (Lover’s Paradise): Named after Dona Paula de Menezes, the Dona Paula beach is popularly known as the "Lovers Paradise" due to a myth that has been attached to this place. According one legend the Viceroy''s daughter after facing objections from her family about her love affair with a poor fisherman jumped of the cliff. Another legend says that punished for captivating Francisco de Tavora, the Count of Alvor with her charm the Viceroy''s daughter was pushed off a cliff to drown in the waters below. Her irrepressible spirit still continues to haunt every visitor with legends of her lovers. She is even supposed to have been seen emerging from moonlit waves wearing only a pearl necklace.

Evening at leisure to explore market on your own.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Goa.

Day 10: Goa

After breakfast rest of the day is free to explore the beaches of Goa.

Visit the famous beaches of Goa like Anjuna Beach, Colva Beach &Calangute Beach.

Later return to the hotel.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Goa.

Day 11: Goa – Mumbai

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Airport/Railway Station to board the scheduled flight/train for Mumbai. (Depending on your flight/train timing, you will be taken to airport/railway station for your flight/train)

Transfer to the Airport/Railway Station to board the scheduled flight/train back home.

It''s time to say goodbye to all the new friends you have made. We hope you take back many happy memories of your Tour.

Per   Pax   On Twin Sharing 

Premium

C.P

Deluxe

C.P.

Standerd

C.P.

02 Pax

Rs.42,600

Rs.35,750

Rs.26,500

 

Above package cost valid for minimum 02 Adults travelling together.

PRICE INCLUDES

- Hotel Accommodation for 10 Nights.

- Daily Breakfast.

- Sightseeing as per itinerary.

- Comfortable Non AcIndica.

- Fuel, Toll Taxes, Parking and all transport related expense.

PRICE EXCLUDES

- Air Fare / Train Tickets

- Entrance fees of Monuments during sightseeing.

- Still Camera or Video Camera fees.

- Porterage charges

- Any meals other than those specified in ‘Price Includes’

- Expenses of personal nature such as tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc.

- Any other item not specified in ‘Price Includes’

 

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