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Golden Triangle and Pushkar Fair (17 - 24 Nov, 2007)

Delhi- Agra- Jaipur- Pushkar- Ajmer - Delhi (8 Nights/ 9 days)


Day 01 / Arrival Delhi
Arrive Delhi , Meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi

Day 02/ Delhi
After breakfast checkout from hotel & proceed for sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi :

OLD DELHI -
A sight-seeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort - once the most opulent fort and palace of the Moghul Empire.

NEW DELHI - An extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue- Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President's Residence, Lotus Temple and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.


Day 03 / Delhi - Agra
(By Train Dep 0600 hrs Arr 0800 hrs.)

Early morning pick up from hotel & transfer to railway station to board the superfast air-conditioned train to Agra. Breakfast in the train. Arrive Agra & transfer to hotel Later visit the magnificent Taj Mahal - one of the seven wonders of the world surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife Also visit the Agra fort - the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566.

At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcove of inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded Peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms. Night stay in Agra.

Day 04 / Agra - Jaipur (By Surface Approx 5 Hrs)
Morning drive to Jaipur en route visit Fatehpur Sikri- the deserted, red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the 16th century. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza the largest gateway in the world. Thereafter continue drive to Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur and transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Jaipur.

Day 05 / Jaipur
Morning tour of the impressive Amber Fort, situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur City. At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned elephant for the slow but steady climb up to the main gate, making your entrance in the time honoured fashion. The Fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Moghul ruling families. Afternoon tour of the City - "The Pink City" is spectacularly set within surrounding rugged hills, dotted with ancient ruined fortresses. Your tour will include the imposing City Palace, still home to the Maharaja although several of the rooms are now open to the public. Many antiques and artifacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here, including a collection of weaponry. You will also visit the Hawa Mahal "Palace of the Winds", and the open-air Jantar Mantar Observatory to see the vast astronomical instruments. Enjoy a stroll through the colourful bazaar before returning to your hotel. Night stay in Jaipur.


Day 06 / Jaipur - Pushkar (By Surface Approx 3 Hrs )

After breakfast drive to Pushkar, arrive & check in into our accommodation. Afternoon free to observe activities of the colorful Puahkar Fair. Overnight stay.

Day 07 / Pushkar
Spend the day walking through the traditional decorated fair ground and view various activities, like – folk dances, camel trading, races and many more. Overnight at Pushkar.

Day 08 / Pushkar - Ajmer - Delhi (By Train Dep 1550 Hrs Arr 2230 Hrs )
Morning visit the famous Brahma Temple, Later drive to Ajmer (15 Km) & visit the Dargah Sharif. Construction of the shrine was completed by Humayun and the gates were added by the Nizam of Hyderabad. Later Shah Jahan constructed a mosque of white marble, it has 11 arches and a Persian inscription running the full length of the building. Beyond the Dargah is the Adhai din ka Jhonpra an ancient Sanskrit college, which was converted into mosque in 1198 and remains one of the finest monuments of medieval India. Afternoon transfer to railway station to board the airconditioned train to Delhi. Arrive Delhi, meet at the railway station and transfer to hotel .Night stay in Delhi.

Day 09 / Departure
Transfer to airport to board the onward flight.

INCLUDES:
:: 8 nights accomodation on twin sharing basis as per the itinerary.
:: Daily breakfast except in Pushkar which is with all meals.
:: Train tickets for Delhi-Agra & Ajmer-Delhi in airconditioned chair car.
:: Surface travel by exclusive airconditioned car.
:: All transfers & sightseeing
:: Local english speaking guides.
:: Elephant ride in Jaipur.
:: All taxes , driver allowances , parking etc.

DOES NOT INCLUDE:
:: Tips , laundry , beverages.
:: Any airfare.
:: Entrance fee to monuments
:: Any item not shown in COST INCLUDES.

HOTELS ENVISAGED (Royal)
Delhi: Grand Intercontinental / The Park / Le Meridien / The Grand
Agra: Jay Pee Palace / Trident / Taj View
Jaipur: Le Meridien / Rajputana Sheraton / Trident
Pushkar: Tents

HOTELS ENVISAGED (Classic)
Delhi: The Connaught / Hotel City Park / Hotel Marina
Agra: Agra Ashok / Clarks Shiraz
Jaipur: Hotel Clarks Amer / KK Royal Days / Hotel Jaipur Palace
Pushkar: Tents

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