14 Days Golden Triangle with Goa Tour

14 Days Golden Triangle with Goa Tour


Itinerary Summary

Goa actively woos tourists by offering several attractions from time to time. Its pristine tropical beaches, distinct charm, melodious trance music, and quiet unperturbed environs are perfect for honeymoon couples and romantic getaways. Western traditions and Portuguese influence is clearly visible at Goa. The festivals and carnivals and pretty churches will keep you busy during daytime while delightful evenings at white sandy beaches will lure you to the place again and again.

The Golden Triangle Tours with Goa Tour also covers Agra with one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the white marble Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri; Delhi with a lion's share of British and Mughal monuments and architectural legacies; and Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, known for unbeatable aura of regality and warm hospitality. Jaipur palaces and monuments are distinctive for the scientific ingenuity that they display but Taj Mahal epitomizes zenith of artwork with its perfect symmetry, a number of optical illusion effects and generous use of precious and semi-precious stones in the inlaid marble work.

SUGGESTED HOTELS:
 

City
Deluxe Hotels
Nights
Delhi
The Park / Nikko / Claridges
02
Agra
Taj View
01
Jaipur
Taj Jai Mahal Palace
02
Goa
Radisson White Sands
06
Mumbai
Hilton Towers
02


 

  • Day 1:

    Arrival at Delhi

    Arrival at Delhi:
    Company representatives will receive you on arrival at the DELHI AIRPORT and transfer to your hotel.

    DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. It is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land. A window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.

    Overnight will be at Delhi.

  • Day 2:

    Delhi

    After breakfast proceed for a day sightseeing tour of the city.

    Start with the sightseeing of Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid by bicycle rickshaws, one of Asia’s largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Jamuna was built during the years 1638 - 48 when the Moghul Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside.

    People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.

    Enjoy the rickshaw ride at Old Delhi.

    After visiting Old Delhi, you will be driven to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colours and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.

    Imperial Delhi will include the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President’s residence.

    Proceed to see DANCES OF INDIA SHOW and FAREWELL DINNER. Overnight will be in Delhi.

  • Day 3:

    Delhi – Agra

    (201 km/04 hrs )

    Proceed by surface to Agra after breakfast. Reach and check into the hotel.

    AGRA: Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire - giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously.

    Proceed for sightseeing of the city.

    TAJ MAHAL: Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.

    Proceed for sightseeing to the AGRA FORT - Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction.

    Visit Itmadullah’s Tomb built by Empress NOOR JEHAN in memory of her father (The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj).

    A walk down the narrow bustling streets of the city in the evening will introduce the visitor to the wafting aroma of Mughlai cuisine.
    Overnight will be at Agra.

  • Day 4:

    Agra – Jaipur

    (221 km/05 hrs )

    After breakfast drive to beautiful Pink City – Jaipur.

    Drive to Fatehpur Sikri. The deserted, red Sandstone City, Emperor Akbar built that as his capital and palace in the late 16th century is an exhilarating experience. It a veritable fairytale city and its "ruins" are in pristine condition ... it's not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world.

    Proceed to Jaipur and check in at hotel.

    Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan a romantic realm of resplendent palaces, mighty fortresses and regal Maharajahs that lies in the western deserts and is an utterly unique part of India. Proudly belonging to the KSHATRIYA warrior caste and fiercely independent, the Rajput princes made fearsome foes. However, many of them realized that to maintain their wealth and authority locally, it was expedient to proclaim allegiance to the central power. Thus, many enjoyed a privileged position under the Mughal emperors and also the British Raj that followed.

    The bustling Rajasthan capital of Jaipur takes its name from its venerated founder Jai Singh II, who was given the title Sawai Maharaja by the Mughal. Literally translated this would mean ’one and a quarter’, suggesting that the Mughal thought this emperor to be more valuable than just ‘one’. Jaipur is known as the ’Pink City’ on account of the distinctive colour of its buildings. This did not, however, form part of the original plan, but dates back to 1856, when the city was given a wash of pink in honor of a State Visit from Prince Albert.

    This evening, visit the Birla Temple to learn more about the fascinating religious life of Jaipur. The marble structure, built as recently as 1985, houses ornate statues including one of Lakshmi (goddess of Wealth and Beauty) and Narayan dressed in gaudy robes, representing a Hindu vision of heavenly luxury. Carvings in the temple and on pillars supporting the covered walkways include images of the Hindu pantheon, as well as Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Francis of Assisi. Your visit will coincide with the AARTI Ceremony, which involves oil lamps being lit and waved, in order to awake and invoke the deity. Enjoy the experience and spend night at Jaipur.

    Overnight will be in Jaipur.

  • Day 5:

    Jaipur

    After breakfast drive to Amber Palace. Enjoy Elephant Back ascent to the Fort.

    AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression.

    Continue city sightseeing.

    CITY PALACE - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

    JANTAR MANTAR - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.

    HAWA MAHAL - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. It is a five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

    In the evening enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the bustling bazaars. Jaipur is renowned for textile block printing, blue pottery, carpet weaving, semi-precious stones and local crafts which still thrive from the day of Maharaja Jai Singh's patronage when he designed special areas in the city for the 'bandhanas', the 'cheepas' and the 'meenakari' workers.

    Overnight will be at Jaipur.

  • Day 6:

    Jaipur – Mumbai

    By Flight
    Number : 9W 709
    Airlines : Jet Airways
    Aircraft : Boeing 737
    Departure : 0700 hr
    Arrival : 0935 hr
    Mumbai – Goa:
    By Flight
    Number : 9W 475
    Airlines : Jet Airways
    Aircraft : Boeing 737
    Departure : 1200 hr
    Arrival : 1300 hr

    Breakfast will be at hotel.

    Transfer to airport for flight to Mumbai. Reach and take connecting flight to Goa.

    Goa, variously known as "Rome of the East", "Tourist Paradise" and "Pearl of the Orient", the state of Goa is located on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan. The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendors of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm favorite with travelers around the world. Nestled on the slopes of the Western ghats (Sahyadri ranges), Goa is bounded on the North by Sindhudurg district of Maharasthra, on the East by Belgaum, on the South by Karwar Districts of Karnataka, and on the west by Arabian Sea.

    Legends from Hindu mythology credit Lord Parshuram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu with the creation of Goa. Over the centuries various dynasties have ruled Goa. Rashtrakutas, Kadambas, Silaharas, Chalukyas, Bahamani Muslims and most famously the Portuguese have been rulers of Goa. Goa was liberated by the Indian Army from Portuguese colonization on 19th of December 1961 and became a Union Territory along with the enclaves of Daman and Diu. On 30th of May 1987 Goa was conferred statehood and became the 25th state of the Indian Republic. After all, more than anywhere else on planet earth, this is a place where people really know how to relax.

    Reach and transfer to hotel. Relax at the beach in the evening.

    Overnight will be at Goa.

  • Day 7:

    Goa

    Relax at the beaches of Goa. You would also take a tour of the churches and beaches on one of the mornings.

  • Day 8:

    Goa

    Relax at the beaches of Goa. You would also take a tour of the churches and beaches on one of the mornings.

  • Day 9:

    Goa

    Relax at the beaches of Goa. You would also take a tour of the churches and beaches on one of the mornings.

  • Day 10:

    Gos

    Relax at the beaches of Goa. You would also take a tour of the churches and beaches on one of the mornings.

  • Day 11:

    Goa

    Relax at the beaches of Goa. You would also take a tour of the churches and beaches on one of the mornings.

  • Day 12:

    Goa – Mumbai

    By Flight:
    Number : 9W 476
    Airlines : Jet Airways
    Aircraft : Boeing 737
    Departure : 1345 hr
    Arrival : 1435 hr

    Breakfast will be at the resort.

    In the afternoon take flight to Mumbai. Reach and transfer to hotel.

    Its young, its lively and a confluence of varied cultural currents and cross currents have given Mumbai a unique position of the most multi-ethnic city of India. The capital city of Maharashtra State formerly known as Bombay lies in the southwestern part of India and occupies a peninsular site originally composed of seven islets lying off the KONKAN COAST of western India. Oozing with the cocksure self-confidence of a maverick moneymaker and "Bindass" (carefree) attitude, Mumbai is also country's financial and commercial hub and has a principal port on the Arabian Sea.

    Yet, there's another face of Mumbai too that is of the most densely populated cities in the world. Mumbai is located on a site of ancient settlement and took its name from the local Goddess "Mumba" - a form of Parvati, the consort of Shiva, one of the principal Gods of Hinduism - whose temple once stood in what is now the southeastern section of the Mumbai city.

    In the evening visit CHOWPATTY BEACH for a local flavored evening.

    Chowpatty Beach: Chowpatty beach situated at the end of Marine Drive has a moderate expanse of sand and is the only beach in the central part of Mumbai. One can witnesses many Hindu religious ceremonies taking place at Chowpatty like the Annual Thread-Tying Ceremony initiating young boys into the Brahmin caste, 'Nariel Purnima' towards the end of the monsoons and 'Ganesh Chaturthi' immersions.

    Overnight will be in Mumbai.

  • Day 13:

    Mumbai

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Start a sightseeing tour in the first half of the day.

    Visit the important places from the following:

    Mumbai Fort: The area north of Colaba is known as Mumbai Fort, since the old British fort was once located here. There are a lot of impressive buildings from Mumbai's golden period here. St. John's church, dedicated to the soldiers, who laid down their lives in the Sindh campaign of 1838, and the first Afghan war of 1843, is also worth a visit.

    Marine Drive in Mumbai: Marine Drive located in the central Mumbai, built in the 1920s and 30s on land reclaimed from the sea, is Mumbai's most famous thoroughfare. It is also referred to as the Queen's Necklace because of the dramatic line of street lamps lit up at night. Recently it has come to known as Netaji Subhashchandra Bose Road with Nariman Point on one end to Babulnath, at the foot of Walkeshwar on the other.

    Gateway of India: Mumbai's principal landmark, the Gateway of India is a huge archway on the water's edge at Apollo Bunder. It is the starting point for most tourists who want to explore the city. This famous monument was built to commemorate the visit of the first ever British Monarch, King George V and Queen Mary in 1911.

    Flora Fountain/ Hutama Chowk: This fountain situated in the heart of the city was erected in 1869 in honour of a British Governor of Bombay. Sir Brtle Frere. Flora Fountain marks a junction of five streets and known as the 'Picadilly Circus 'of Mumbai, which is decorated at its four corners with mythological figures, the Fountain is a structure in dull stone with a figure the Roman Goddess of flowers, at the top.

    Victoria Terminus/Western Railway Station: At the site of the Koli's original temple to Mumba Devi now stands Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus - one of Mumbai's most prominent buildings and architecturally one of the finest stations in the world. It is built in a style that combines Gothic and Indian influences. It was completed in 1885. Designed by F.W. Stevens the building commenced in 1878. This Italian gothic Building has a frontage of over 15,00 feet. The administrative offices form three sides of a rectangle enclosing an ornamental garden, the entrance gate guarded by a massive stone Lion and Tiger. The most prominent feature of this building is the high 160 feet dome crowning the centre. On top of the giant dome is a figure of a women with a torch held aloft to symbolise progress.

    Mumbai High court: An attractive building in early English Gothic style, situated next to the Oval Ground is well worth a visit for its impressive architecture. Statues representing Justice and Mercy surmount the Central structure.

    Rajabai Clock tower: Rajabai Clock tower, situated at the gardens of the Bombay University building rises above the portion of the library section. Consisting of five elaborately decorated storeys the tower is 280ft.in height. The top of the cupola is ornamented with sixteen statues depicting various Indian castes.

    Hanging Gardens in Mumbai: Also known as Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens, the Hanging Gardens were built in 1880 and renovated in 1921. These gardens are popularly known as Hanging Gardens, because of their location on the slope of a hill. The terrace garden looks south from Malabar Hill towards Colaba, and affords a panoramic view of the city or a breathtaking sunset. It is built over three reservoirs, which store 30 million gallons of water pumped here for cleaning before being supplied to the town.

    Enjoy shopping in the evening.

    Relax at the hotel.

    Overnight will be at Mumbai.

  • Day 14:

    Mumbai – London / Home

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Proceed to the airport in time for flight home with sweet memories of India.

    TOUR ENDS

  1. ACCOMMODATION AT SUGGESTED HOTELS ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY,
  2. SIGHTSEEING TOURS AS MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY,
  3. AIR-CONDITIONED CAR FOR ALL TRANSFERS & SIGHTSEEING,
  4. ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDES FOR ALL TOURS,
  5. MEET AND ASSIST AT THE AIRPORT(S) ON ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE,
  6. DAILY BREAKFASTS AT HOTELS,
  7. DANCES OF INDIA SHOW AT DELHI,
  8. TOLL TAXES, DRIVER ALLOWANCE, PARKING,
  9. ELEPHANT BACK ASCENT AT AMER FORT, JAIPUR AND
  10. ALL APPLICABLE TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES.

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