7 Day Luxury Essence of India
7 Day Trip exploring India, known as the Golden Triangle, see the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Take in the colourful sights of sumptuous palaces, forts, gleaming marble temples and tombs, such as the exquisite Taj Mahal
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Day by day
First Day Arrive in Delhi, a Rich Melting Pot of Old and New
Welcome to India! On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, you are greeted with a traditional floral garland and transferred to your modern five-star hotel. Tonight, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with a delicious meal.
Second Day its Delhi Sightseeing
Start the day with a cycle rickshaw ride through Old Delhi including the bustling lanes of Chandni Chowk market. Stop for a photo at the impressive Red Fort, then visit the Mahatma Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat. You also explore India's largest mosque, the magnificent Jama Masjid, built by Shah Jahan in 1650. Afterwards, tour the wide boulevards of New Delhi. Drive along the ceremonial Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House. Visit the Tomb of Emperor Humayun, one of the best-preserved Mughal monuments in Delhi
Third Day Travel to Agra and the Taj Mahal
After breakfast, journey to Agra. On arrival check-in to your hotel. Later, visit the lustrous Taj Mahal, a monument of love and flawless architectural creation, built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. Afterwards, witness the hustle and bustle of everyday life as you make your way through the city to Agra Fort, a powerful fortress of red sandstone. After your tour through the palatial Royal Pavilions and gardens there is free time to relax. Later, you could choose to attend an optional spectacular stage musical production which follows the ‘Saga of Love' that inspired the construction of the Taj Mahal.
Fourth Day your off to Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’
There is the option of witnessing the rising sun's rays glistening on the pure white marble of the Taj Mahal this morning. Then drive west to the ancient Mughul capital of Fatehpur Sikri, now a deserted city full of architectural wonder. Enter from the Agra Gate to the huge rectangular courtyard where ambassadors were received and imagine court life in the 16th century. Continue to the ‘Pink City' of Jaipur, stunning capital of the state of Rajasthan.
Fifth Day enjoy Jaipur Sightseeing
After breakfast enjoy a unique excursion, as you ascend by jeep to the Amber Fort, a superb example of Rajput architecture, it's terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. Inside, the royal halls are decorated with intricate ivory, mirrors and glass, complemented by exquisite wall paintings. Back in Jaipur, see the famous ‘Hawa Mahal' (The Palace of Winds) and visit the City Palace, now a museum housing a fabulous collection of Rajasthani and Mughal Art. A final stop is made at the famous Jantar Mantar, the observatory, constructed between 1727 and 1734 by Maharajah Jai Singh II. Back at the hotel you are at leisure.
Sixth Day Journey to Samode, Medieval Palaces, Forts and Havelis
Enjoy a leisurely morning where you are free to explore the famous bazaars of the city. This afternoon drive to the sleepy village of Samode, only a short drive from Jaipur, but seemingly a world away. Your hotel is set in 20 acres of lush gardens, modelled in the Mughal style. This evening you are honoured guests at Samode Palace, the restored ancestral residence of the Royal Family which is now an exclusive heritage hotel. The highlight is the absolutely brilliant Diwan-I-Khas, covered with original painting and mirror work. Explore the frescoed corridors and intricately carved walls, enjoy the folk dances of Rajasthan along with a special Celebration Dinner at an open air rooftop or garden, where dining is a delightful experience.
Seventh Day Depart Samode-Delhi
Your tour draws to a close after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Delhi Airport at 5pm. The transfer will continue on to your chosen extra night hotel. If joining a Mini Trip which starts in Delhi, your transfer will take you to your first night hotel. For those taking an early morning flight home the following day, and needing to stay overnight at a hotel close to the airport, see date chart below for prices. Please do not schedule flights before 9 pm. Perhaps extend your stay with an Extension Trip?
Visit the Taj Mahal, a monument of love, built by a king in memory of his beloved queen. Group picture taken at the Taj Mahal.
Inside Agra's red sandstone fortress, witness the fairy-tale palaces, audience halls and mosques of the Mughal rulers.
Visit this deserted imperial city, dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built in Fatehpur Sikri.
Delhi, Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the lanes of the Chandni Chowk Bazaar. Stop for a photo of the Red Fort. Visit the Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat. See the Qutub Minar tower. Drive along the Rajpath to see the India Gate and Parliament House. Visit the Tomb of the Emperor Humayun.
Jaipur, Enjoy a Jaipur city tour including a visit to the City Palace Museum housing traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. Visit the Jantar Mantar the Royal observatory built in 1726. See the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds).
Delhi, Join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner.
Samode Palace, Enjoy a Celebration Gala Dinner under the stars, including drinks, amid the opulent surroundings.
Get to know your Tour Director and fellow guests over a Welcome Reception including drinks and a delicious meal, 6 Buffet Breakfasts, 4 three course dinners with choice and 1 Celebration Dinner.
Samode Bagh, One of Rajasthan's most memorable experiences! Stay in luxurious, tented accommodation amid 20 acres of Mughal style gardens. Enjoy elegantly furnished, air-conditioned rooms, with marble en-suite bathrooms and all mod cons. The muslin ceiling is printed with golden motifs that reach up to a tented peak. Outside, engage with nature in the garden or join in the warm buzz of the main pavilion.
Most tours already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Tour Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your tour. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.
Where you stay
All hotels included in your tour package are hand-picked, of an outstanding standard and far better value than if booked individually. Our valued travel partners who organise these tours also own the Red Carnation Hotel Group and where possible Red Carnation Hotels are used and please see our link for further details.
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