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Essence of India (Luxury Gold)

Duration 7 days

Destinations visited :
  • India
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Description: Collectively known as the Golden Triangle, the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur showcase India’s rich Mughal and Rajput heritage – imposing forts, sumptuous palaces and gleaming marble temples and tombs, such as the exquisite Taj Mahal. Tour Pace: This tour reveals all the classic highlights of the Golden Triangle in just one week and there is an early start for the train, so, at times, it may feel a little lively. However, the travelling distances are not great and the alluring array of sights are perfectly balanced with ample relaxation time.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary or contact us on 0207 620 8952 to find out more.

DAY 1

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.(Welcome Reception)
Hyatt Regency, Delhi

DAY 2

Delhi, a Rich Melting Pot of Old and New
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 large st 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 and round off your day with an insight into the local religion at one of the colourful temples.(Buffet Breakfast)
Hyatt Regency, Delhi

DAY 3

Agra and the Taj Mahal
After an early morning snack, transfer to the station for the two hour train journey to Agra. Upon arrival, enjoy breakfast at the Radisson Hotel. Then proceed to the Taj Mahal, a monument of love and flawless architectural creation, built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. Return to the hotel for check-in and relaxation. This afternoon 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 a 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?(Buffet Breakfast)
Radisson, Agra

DAY 4

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. Lunch is served at the majestic Laxmi Vilas Palace in Bharatpur. This palace and heritage hotel has been home to the Baroda royal family for over 120 years. After lunch, continue to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, stunning capital of the state of Rajasthan.(Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Lunch)
Marriott, Jaipur

DAY 5

The Amber Fort
After breakfast enjoy a unique excursion, as you ascend by jeep to the Amber Fort, a superb example of Rajput architecture, its 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.(Buffet Breakfast)
Marriott, Jaipur

DAY 6

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 garden, modeled 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 open air rooftop or garden, where dining is a delightful experience.(Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner)
Samode Bagh

DAY 7

Depart Samode-Delhi
Your tour draws to a close after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Delhi Airport at 17:00. 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. Please do not schedule flights before 21:00.(Buffet Breakfast)

PREMIUM HOTELS AND LOCATIONS

  • 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.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • Agra: Visit the Taj Mahal, a monument of love, built by a king in memory of his beloved queen.
  • Agra: Inside Agra’s red sandstone fortress, witness the fairy-tale palaces, audience halls and mosques of the Mughal rulers.
  • Fatehpur Sikri: Visit this deserted imperial city, dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built.
  • Amber Fort: Ascend by Jeep to stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Enjoy the shimmering mirrored walls and ceilings, the airy rooms that housed queens and concubines, and the wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Delhi: Join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner.
    Laxmi Vilas Palace: Enjoy the warm hospitality and excellent food during your Highlight Lunch.
  • Samode Palace: Enjoy a Celebration Gala Dinner under the stars, including drinks, amid the opulent surroundings.

Included First Class Services

  • Escorted by one of Insight’s expert Tour Directors – your ‘travelling concierge’, expert guide, consummate facilitator and friend in a foreign land who ensures your journey is as enjoyable as possible.
  • Ride the Shatabdi Express train from Delhi to Agra in air-conditioned chair class.
    Baggage handling everywhere on tour, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included – you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for coins or banknotes
  • Free Wi-Fi in most hotel rooms or lobbies – click here for hotel details
  • Insight Flourishes – from time to time your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination
  • Travel in comfort and style on our modern, air-conditioned luxury touring coaches and minbuses.
  • Mineral water on the coaches as well as during meals at hotels and restaurants.
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers on the first and last day of your escorted journey
  • Included Quality Dining
  • A Welcome Reception with drinks and Welcome Dinner
  • 6 Buffet Breakfasts, 1 Highlight Lunch, 1 Celebration Dinner

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Sundays – August to April

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  • Triple and Single rooms available
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  • Pre and Post extensions available

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Essence of India (Luxury Gold)

Description: Collectively known as the Golden Triangle, the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur showcase India’s rich Mughal and Rajput heritage – imposing forts, sumptuous palaces and gleaming marble temples and tombs, such as the exquisite Taj Mahal. Tour Pace: This tour reveals all the classic highlights of the Golden Triangle in just one week and there is an early start for the train, so, at times, it may feel a little lively. However, the travelling distances are not great and the alluring array of sights are perfectly balanced with ample relaxation time.

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