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GOLDEN TRIANGLE WITH COLONIAL KOLKATA

09 NIGHTS / 10 Days GOLDEN TRIANGLE WITH COLONIAL KOLKATA

(02 Nights Delhi – 02 Nights Agra – 02 Nights Jaipur – 03 Nights Kolkata)

Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is the capital of India's West Bengal state. Founded as an East India Company trading post, it was India's capital under the British Raj from 1773–1911. Today it’s known for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries and cultural festivals. It’s also home to Mother House, headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa, whose tomb is on site.Delhi, India’s capital territory, is a massive metropolitan area in the country’s north. In Old Delhi, a neighborhood dating to the 1600s, stands the imposing Mughal-era Red Fort, a symbol of India, and the sprawling Jama Masjid mosque, whose courtyard accommodates 25,000 people. Nearby is Chandni Chowk, a vibrant bazaar filled with food carts, sweets shops and spice stalls. Agra is a city on the banks of the Yamuna river in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is 378 kilometres west of the state capital, Lucknow, 206 kilometres south of the national capital New Delhi, 58 kilometres south of Mathura and 125 kilometres north of Gwalior. Jaipur is the capital of India’s Rajasthan state. It evokes the royal family that once ruled the region and that, in 1727, founded what is now called the Old City, or “Pink City” for its trademark building color. At the center of its stately street grid (notable in India) stands the opulent, colonnaded City Palace complex. With gardens, courtyards and museums, part of it is still a royal residence.Travel and Explore the Golden Triangle of India along with Kolkata.

Recommended Extension       : 01 Night at Jaipur

Recommended Add-on            : Darjeeling, Gangtok, Ranthambore, Pushkar, Jodhpur and Udaipur

Itinerary Adjustment                : Kolkata stay can be reduced to 02 Nights depending on the available duration.

                                                  Agra stay can be reduced to 01 Night depending on the available duration.

Meals                                       :Breakfast Inclusive. Lunch and Dinner Optional.

N.B. De-tours and Optional services also available. Itinerary can be customized.

Itinerary

  • 1

    ARRIVE DELHI

     Arrive Delhi Airport by late evening or night flight.

     Meeting and assistance on arrival at Delhi International airport. Complete Immigration and transfer to the hotel.

     Check-in, freshen-up and relax to beat the jetlag.

     Overnight at hotel

  • 2

    Delhi (City Tour)

     Enjoy Breakfast at hotel

     Post Breakfast embark on a journey to have a partial glimpse of History of India.

     Start sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi with first visit to the magnificent Red Fort (Closed on Monday) built of red sandstone. Opposite the fort are the black and white onion shaped dome and minarets of the Jama Masjid, the most elegant mosque in India. Drive past Kotla Firoze Shah, ruins of an old fort of the 14th century and the Ashokan Pillar of 3rd BC. Then visit Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Continue driving through the old city and get to see the buzz of the daily life of the natives. If time permits make a visit to the local market to feel the local flavor.

     Lunch at restaurant/hotel.

     Tour continues to New Delhi and takes you to the new capital designed by Sir Edward Lutyens. Drive past the Presidential Palace and the Secretariat buildings- the centre of all government activity and down the main avenue. Then drive past the impressive Rajpath (Kings Way) to the World War I memorial arch, the India Gate. Later visit the famous Humayun’s Tomb built in 1565 AD followed by Qutub Minar, 72 metres high tower and the ruins of Quwat-ul-Eslam (Light of Islam) Mosque. End your Day by surprising yourself with Delhi’s most curious antique, the uncorroded Iron Pillar, which dates back to the 4th century AD.

     Dinner at restaurant/hotel.

     Overnight at the hotel

  • 3

    Delhi - Agra (By surface: 230 Kms/ Approx 4 Hours)

     Enjoy Breakfast at hotel

     Morning proceed by surface for Agra through Taj Expressway or Yamuna Expressway which is a Hi-Speed Toll road. (Optional - You can take a De-Tour through Mathura which is the most the important and holy city of Hindus as the deity Lord Krishna was said to be born here. However, the journey is bit more and post lunch at Mathura, you will arrive Agra by evening)

     Arrive Agra and check-in at the hotel.

     Quick bit Lunch at restaurant/hotel.

     Visit Agra Fort - the foundation of which was laid by Emperor Akbar in 1565 and continued till the time of Shahjahan. The high red stone monument stretches for around 2.5 Kms, dominating a bend in the river Yamuna northwest of the Taj Mahal. Enjoy the private hall, sleeping chambers, the court of King and the fascinating palaces inside the fort. Travel back to time on the interesting facts narrated by our guides.

     Visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah, father of Queen Nur Jehan - a two-storied tomb bearing mosaics in inlaid semi-precious stones.

     Dinner at restaurant/hotel.

     Overnight at the hotel

  • 4

    Agra – Visit to the Taj

     Enjoy Breakfast at hotel

     Morning visit to the famous and most awaited Taj Mahal (Taj Mahal closed on Friday) which is among the wonders of world that was built by Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz Mahal by the banks of river Yamuna The Taj has been called the most extravagant monument ever built for the sake of love. The great monument took almost 22 years to build and was completed in 1653. Believe its Grandeur and teleport yourself to that bygone era soaking yourself in the saga of love turning your dream into a reality. An experience never-before will be embossed in your memory to be cherished forever.

     Lunch at restaurant/hotel.

     Visit local market/shops to collect souvenirs and go for shopping. Rest of the day at leisure

     Dinner at restaurant/hotel.

     Overnight at the hotel

  • 5

    Agra - Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri (By surface: 245 Kms/ 5 Hours drive and 02 hours for visit)

     Enjoy Breakfast at hotel

     Post breakfast proceed by surface to Jaipur en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri situated around 40 km from Agra built by Emperor Akbar in 1569.

     Lunch at restaurant/hotel in Bharatpur

     Post lunch drive forward to Jaipur (Approx 4hrs)

     Arrive and check-in at the hotel

     Dinner at restaurant/hotel.

     Overnight at the hotel

  • 6

    Jaipur (City Tour)

     Enjoy Breakfast at hotel

     Morning visit Amber Fort and enjoy elephant ride (subject to availability) else Jeep ride to the Amber entrance gate. Feel the royal and majestic lifestyle of the erstwhile Kings and take time to know the very interesting history of the place. Inside the Fort visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory. Inside the Jag Mandir is the famed Sheesh Mahal - a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period. On the way from Amber Fort, you will have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal- the Palace of Winds.

     Lunch at restaurant/hotel.

     Continue sightseeing by visiting the Maharaja's City Palace, the former Royal residence, part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armory Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. Situated near the gate of the city palace, the observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition.

     Visit the local market and feel the local flavor as well as indulge in the most done activity by every traveler i.e. souvenirs and shopping.

     Dinner at restaurant/hotel.

     Overnight at the hotel

  • 7

    Jaipur – Kolkata (By Air)

     Very early morning check-out with packed breakfast

     Transfer to Airport and board flight to Kolkata.

     Arrive Kolkata, transfer to hotel, Check-in, freshen-up and short relaxation. Kolkata was the epicenter of various cultural movements, social reforms as well as 19th century Bengal Renaissance which was also create a great impact of making of modern India. People currently call it as ‘City of Joy’. Many people from Kolkata-among them several Nobel laureates have contributed to the arts, the sciences and other areas. Parts of Bengal were once colonies of European settlements, and the present shape of Bengal is molded by a long history of intense interaction with foreign nations. Discover the colorful heritage of the Portuguese, Dutch, French, Danish and British as we explore old colonial settlements along the Hooghly River (West Bengal).

     Lunch at hotel/restaurant

     Afternoon visit to Mother Teresa House, Victoria Memorial, St. Paul’s Cathedral and ending the city tour by the riverside. (Optional : Sunset or Evening river cruise)

     Overnight at hotel

  • 8

    Kolkata (Full day Excursion)

     Enjoy Breakfast at hotel

     After breakfast go for day excursion to Serampore and visit Mission Chapel, Serampore College, William Carey Museum, St Olave Church and the Danish Tavern followed by visit to Armenian Church, Old Dutch Fort, Dutch cemetery at Chinsurah. Later part of the day continue forward and visit Patal Bari, Sacred Heart Church, Boulevard-Chandannagore Strand and ending the day excursion by visiting Bandel Church & Hooghly Imambara.

     Return to Kolkata.

     Overnight at the hotel

  • 9

    Kolkata (City Tour)

     Enjoy Breakfast at hotel

     After breakfast visit to the Kumartuli (Kumortuli is a traditional potters’ quarter in northern Kolkata. The city is famous as a sculpting hot-spot which not only manufactures clay idols for various festivals but also regularly exports them), Pareshwanath Jain Temple, Tagore House and finally ending at a buzzing market Place for souvenirs and shopping.

     Overnight at the hotel

  • 10

    Kolkata – Delhi (By Air as per available schedule)

     Enjoy Breakfast at hotel

     Morning at leisure.

     After lunch, transfer to Airport and board flight to Delhi.

     On arrival Delhi, Dinner at local hotel/restaurant. (No rooms calculated on this day in Delhi)

     After dinner, transfer to airport to connect onward flight. International flight check-in starts 03 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure of the flight.

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