Women’s Travel Group – India’s Golden Triangle

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DELHI – AGRA – JAIPUR – DELHI

10th-19th October 2020. Ladies come and join me in India, on my small private tour available to a maximum of 14 guests only. Departures are available from your local airport). I will personally escort you through the famous Golden Triangle, Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, My Ladies tour is different from the other Golden Triangle tours you may find on the internet. Less-visited locations and sites. There will be some surprises along the way for sure. Let me show you my India, why I fell in love with this amazing country. Full of colours, sights and sounds. Join me on my short introduction to India tour.  I know you will fall in love and wish to return. I shall be escorting two tours a year, one for couples and singles and one for Ladies only. We could make this a yearly journey together.

My tour is based on nice clean 4 star hotels. We dine together in the evening with Dinner included. My tour includes visits for lunch at some beautiful heritage hotels and palaces. This is no ordinary Golden Triangle Tour, I have lots of surprises up my sleeves which not be revealed until we arrive in India.

We start in Delhi and an open-air museum. We will visit all the major sightseeing locations and also include a visit to Santushti Complex where high-end fashion boutiques are laid out in a beautiful garden.

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We visit Agra the home of the Taj Mahal, we stay here for two nights as there is more to Agra than just the Taj Mahal. Anyone up for a cycling tour, we take a gentle cycle through the rural area of Agra near the Taj Mahal but meet the local community. Next, we head to head to Jaipur, calling in at Fathepur Sikri and Chand Baori (stepwell) in Abhaneri village. The stepwell was featured in the film ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’. We call in for a late lunch at the location where in the film was the backdrop for the Viceroy Club in the film.

Finally, before heading back to Delhi we stop in the capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur the pink city for 3 nights. Visit Amer Fort by jeep (definitely not by elephant we ask our clients not to use this cruel form of transport) we include a visit to the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing. We visit a family to learn how to cook an Indian dinner and dine with them after.

Back in Delhi at the end of our tour, we will visit the Akshardham Temple. I highly recommend this for my clients and as this is my tour, I’m including it. In fact, its where I got the inspiration for my company name years before I started the company back in 2009.

Then our final farewell dinner together at Lemontree Delhi Aerocity. Right by the airport so no long transfers the following day. 

The Golden Triangle so-called because Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur make a beautifully equidistant golden triangle. No wonder they call it the Golden Triangle – a truly eventful journey touching three of the most amazing cities of the mystery and history that is “India”

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Itinerary

DAY 01 (Sat 10th Oct’20) – DEPART FOR DELHI
Depart from your chosen airport today bound for Delhi, arriving tomorrow.

Flights can be arranged from any UK airport, the cost may change depending on when booked. Book early for best fares.

DAY 02 (Sun 11th Oct’20) – ARRIVE DELHI Crowne Plaza Okhla
Arrive in Delhi, you are met by Sharon and transferred to our hotel.

India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds – the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiralling skyscrapers, the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor travelling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.
 
In the afternoon, we will visit Humayun’s Tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun, it is an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, a precursor of the Taj Mahal followed by Gurudwara Bangla Sahib: Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is an important historical and religious place in India. Built on the site of a house where Guru Harikishen Dev, the 8th Guru of the Sikhs, stayed when he visited Delhi in 1664, on the royal call from Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The tank, which can still be seen in the temple compound, was apparently blessed by the Guru himself, which can cure people of smallpox and cholera. Partisans of Sikh history can visit the Baba Baghel Singh Museum within the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib complex. It is also said that the 6th Guru, Sri Hargobind Sahib had stayed in this holy place after being released from the Gwalior Fort.
 
Dinner at the hotel.

DAY 03 (Mon 12th Oct’20) – DELHI
Breakfast at the hotel

After breakfast, we proceed to visit Old Delhi, the Mughal Capital of Shahjahanabad. Visit the Jama Masjid – is the principal mosque of Old Delhi in India. Commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal, and completed in the year 1656 AD, it is the largest and best-known mosque in India.

We have time to wander in the busy streets of the mile-long Chandni Chowk, popularly called “The Silver Street” including the cycle rickshaw ride in Old Delhi. Time permitting I would like to take you all for lunch at the famous Karim’s restaurant.

Our sightseeing today also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President’s residence where we can stop to take photos.

Then we proceed to Santushti Complex where high-end fashion boutiques are laid out in a beautiful garden.

Later we proceed to the Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. The Qutab Minar was started in 1199 AD by Qutab-ud-Din Aibak and completed by the sultan’s successor and son-in-law, Iltutmish. The building is 72.5 m high and has 379 steps from the bottom to the top.

Post-tour, we will transfer back to our hotel with time to relax. 

Dinner at the hotel.

DAY 04 (Tue 13th Oct’20) – DELHI to AGRA Radisson Hotel
Early breakfast at the hotel.  After breakfast, we will drive to Agra, a straight journey of  4.5 hrs, but we have a couple of stops en route, the first being Mathura the birthplace of Lord Krishna, then a visit to the Tomb of Akbar the Great. Arrive Agra late afternoon. 

Agra in terms of ambience is still associated with its Mughal period. The Mughals besides being great rulers were also great builders and they preserved their best architectural wonders for Agra & its neighbourhood. It has many wonderful monuments and the Taj Mahal, the greatest of them all, is a masterpiece of Mughal architecture at its best.

On arrival in Agra, you are then at leisure. 

Dinner at the hotel.

DAY 05 (Wed 14th Oct’20) – AGRA
It’s another early start, the best time to see the Taj Mahal is in the morning as there are far fewer visitors than the sunset visit, so the early start is worth it.

The Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in the mid-17th century, it is truly one of the wonders.

Return to our hotel, have breakfast then we start out sightseeing. An extra experience can be arranged for this morning, cycling tour around the community that lives by the Taj Mahal. 

After breakfast, we will visit Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Agra Fort – the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions.

Other sites we visit today are Itmad-ud-Daula better known as baby Taj. Mehtab Bagh, the gardens opposite the Taj Mahal on the opposite side of the river. Time permitting we may also visit some sites not normally on the tourist checklist, Moti Masjid, Tomb of Mariam-us-Zamani and Jama Mosque. 

This afternoon around 3 pm we will visit Wildlife SOS

Later return to our hotel

DAY 06 (Thu 15th Oct’20) – AGRA to JAIPUR Royal Orchid Tonk Road
After breakfast at the hotel, we check-out and proceed to Fatehpur Sikri (approx. 40 Kms- 1.5 Hrs), which is located about an hour from Agra en-route to Jaipur.
 
Fatehpur Sikri, once the seat of Mughal legacy and the other, an abandoned city glowing red under the sun, Fatehpur Sikri – the deserted red sandstone city was built by the Great Mughal Emperor, Akbar, as his capital and palace in the late 16th century is just 37 Kms from Agra. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago.  It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings which are still nearly in the perfect condition.
 
Then we proceed to Chand Baori (stepwell) in Abhaneri village (approx. 125 Kms- 2.5 Hrs). It is one of the oldest and most popular attractions in Rajasthan. It was built by King Chanda of the Nikumbha Dynasty in 9th century AD. One of the largest step-wells in the world, Chand Baori was built to conserve water and provide a respite from the intense heat. It was a community gathering place for locals as well as royals. Chand Baori is an architectural wonder with 3,500 perfectly symmetrical, narrow steps.
 
After the visit, we continue with our drive to Jaipur (approx. 96 Kms- 2.5 Hrs). Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan Jaipur – popularly known as the “Pink City “as the Pink sandstone was used to construct the buildings in Old walled city. Jaipur owes its name, its foundation and it’s planning to the Great warrior astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II (1699–1744 AD). But there is more en route, we are calling in at Castle Kanota which was used as the setting for the Viceroy Club in the film ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’
 
On arrival, it will be early evening, check-in at our hotel. Rest of the day will be at leisure.
 
Dinner at the hotel.

Day 07 (Fri 16th Oct’20) – JAIPUR
Breakfast at the hotel.
 
After breakfast at the hotel, we are driven just outside Jaipur to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. A Jeep will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress by foot. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. It is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Prominent structures inside the fort are Diwan-i-Aam adorned with latticed galleries, the Ganesh Pol & the stunning Sheesh Mahal
 
After Amer, we will visit the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing (AMHP) (closed on Monday and major national holidays). Located in a magnificently restored haveli or mansion, the museum displays a varied selection of block-printed textiles alongside images, tools and related objects – all chosen to provide an in-depth look into the complexity of this ancient tradition. Then you can visit the Museum Shop – which carries a selection of hand-crafted merchandise inspired by the AMHP collection. Stock includes limited edition textiles, clothing, furnishings, jewellery, books and cards
 
Later, we will visit the City Palace. It is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armoury, and costumes of erstwhile royalty, carpets and miniature paintings. Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory comprising geometric devices to measure time, predict eclipses & determine celestial altitudes.
 
Drive past Hawa Mahal is also known as `Palace of Winds’. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens; through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city. We will stop outside to take photos.
 
We will then return to the hotel after the tour late afternoon and the rest of the day will be at leisure.
 
Dinner at the hotel.

DAY 08 (Sat 17th Oct’20) – JAIPUR
Breakfast at the hotel.
 
The day will be free to explore Johari Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar or the other sights such as Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort.
 
Dinner at the hotel.

DAY 09 (Sun 18th Oct’20 – JAIPUR to DELHI Lemon Tree Premier Aerocity
Breakfast at the hotel.
 
After breakfast, we depart by road to Delhi (approx. 290 Kms – 6 hrs) On arrival check into the hotel, relax for a while freshen up, then later we will visit the Akshardham Temple
 
Akshardham Temple (closed on Monday)- The main monument, at the centre of the complex, is 141-foot (43 m) high, 316-foot (96 m) wide, and 370-foot (110 m) long and is covered top to bottom with carved details of flora, fauna, dancers, musicians, and deities. Designed in accordance with ancient Vedic text known as the Sthapatya Shastra, it features a blend of architectural styles from across India. It is constructed entirely from Rajasthani pink sandstone and Italian Carrara marble and has no support from steel or concrete. The monument also consists of 234 ornately carved pillars, nine domes, and 20,000 murtis and statues of Hinduism’s sadhus, devotees, and acharyas. The monument also features the Gajendra Pith at its base, a plinth paying tribute to the elephant for its importance in Hindu culture and India’s history.

This evening we will witness the nightly Sound & light water show
 
After the visit, we are driven back to our hotel in Aerocity.
 
Dinner at the hotel.

DAY 10 (Mon 19th Oct’20) – DELHI to the UK
Breakfast at the hotel

In time we are transferred to the airport for our homebound flights.

Special Value

  • A gift when you book your tour with us, a DVD film called ‘Mystic India’
  • International flights included
  • A useful gift is given to you on arrival
  • 7 nights at 4-star hotels on HB basis
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • Private minibus & driver for all road transfers
  • Escorted by Sharon Evans and a local lady guide
  • Snack Hamper, with juice and water in our minibus
  • Meals as per itinerary (HB = breakfast & dinner)
  • Private guide for sightseeing in all major cities
  • Entrances to all monument and places of interest are included
  • Sightseeing of New & Old Delhi
  • Sightseeing of Agra City
  • Sunset visit to Taj Mahal (extra sunrise visit can be added)
  • Sightseeing of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Visit Ahbaneri & Stepwell
  • Full day sightseeing of Jaipur
  • Visit Amer Fort.
  • Visit Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing
  • Visit Akshardham Temple Delhi

Our  Tour features the following locations

DELHI: The largest mosque, the biggest temple, honky auto-rickshaws; it’s easy to distinguish Delhi. The city has been at the centre of the Indian civilisation for centuries and a major seat of power ever since the Mughals built their capital here. Modern Delhi presents a mix of colonial-era architecture, Mughal forts, and mausoleums, ancient bazaars, glitzy malls and world-class restaurants. It often feels overwhelming, but given a chance, it always grows onto you. Be sure to visit Humayun’s Tomb, a 16th-century Mughal wonder inspired by the iconic Taj Mahal and Lodi Gardens, the best spot for sunsets in Delhi. There’s also the Hauz Khas Village, a throbbing hub that gained popularity with its Open Nights when those narrow alleys are transformed into cultural wonders, adorned with lights and decorated with streamers. There really is no better place to discover Delhi’s rich culture and mingle with its locals.

AGRA: Known for its stunning architecture, exotic history and magical views, the Taj Mahal attracts as many as 7 million visitors each year, and for a good reason. It is, after all, the monument of love! This iconic landmark is why people from all over the world visit Agra, but the city is also brimming with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Mughal mausoleums, tombs, a beautiful fort and ancient bazaars. You’d expect to feel underwhelmed due to all that hype, but this magical city is everything you expect it to be. 

FATEHPUR SIKRI: Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of the Mughal Empire for just 10 years, but it still presents a massive complex of temples, monuments, and mosques, which make it a historical delight, one of the greatest feats of Indian architecture. Built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is located at a distance of just 40 kms. from Agra. Popular attractions include the Diwan-I-Am (Hall of Public Audience), Diwan-Khana-I-Khaas (Hall of Private Audience), Turkish Sultana’s House and the Treasury. Fatehpur also hosts Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India.

ABANERI: Abaneri, a small ancient village in Rajasthan, is mostly known for a stunning step well, a novel 10th-century idea that transformed this village into an incredibly popular tourist landmark in the modern-day. Popularly called Chand Baori, this huge stepwell has been fortified on all sides and was designed to act as a water reservoir for rainwater harvesting, used for ritual cleansing before visiting the adjoining temple and also for leisure purposes. With depths of 20 meters, 13 different levels and 3500 steps arranged in perfect symmetry, this is a fascinating work of art, the deepest and largest step well of India. The presence intricate and beautiful carvings all over the stepwell add to its stunning beauty, offering great insights into an ancient culture and their traditions. You’re probably wondering where you’ve seen that iconic image, so all you need to do is take a second look at scenes from the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

JAIPUR: The Pink City, the largest city of Rajasthan, is an epitome of magnificence and vibrancy. This city was established in 1727 by Jai Singh II and is India’s first planned city. It is known as the Pink City because of the colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city.
The Pink City stands out as one of the most spectacular and vibrant destinations on the planet, its rich lineage, striking culture and beautiful architecture painting a vivid picture of Indian society. Missing out on The City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Jaigarh or the Amber Fort is a big no-no, but make sure you reserve time for those chaotic bazaars and delicious cuisines. Jaipur is also known for its traditional handicrafts and unique souvenirs such as camel-leather slippers. The John Madden 2012 hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (You can link this to your Best Marigold tour) stole our heart presenting India in an entirely new light, one that suddenly catapulted some of its more exotic destinations like Udaipur and Jaipur to instant stardom.

What our clients say

It’s a shame we only had a weeks holiday available but your Golden Triangle Tour was a great introduction to India, we have fallen in love and shall return one day. All the hotels you suggested to help us keep the cost down were great, you were right as we were out sightseeing most of the day so just needed a bed for the night. Thank you for working to our budget and making such great suggestions and including so much. The mobile phone was an added bonus as we could contact our driver when we got lost shopping in the old lanes of Jaipur.

Livy & Nigel – Colchester, UK

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