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Amazing India - Golden Triangle & Holi Celebrations - 7 nights - 24th FEB 2018

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Comprised of India’s most popular cities, Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, this amazing 7 night Golden Triangle tour is perfect for Solo Travellers looking to get a taste of life in India, not to mention a glimpse at one of the Seven Wonders of the World! Starting in Delhi, with tours of the Old and New City and the chance to celebrate Holi Festival, we work our way south, to Agra, to visit architectural delight, the Taj Mahal, before heading west to Jaipur to visit the stunning Amber Fort, where you will finish up your Incredible India tour.

Friday 23rd February - Depart LHR on overnight flight

Saturday 24th February - DAY 01 - Arrive Delhi

Today arrival at Indira Gandhi International airport. Transfer to the hotel and check-in.

Delhi - the capital of India, is a fascinating city with complexities and contradictions, beauty and dynamism, where the past co-exists with the present. Many dynasties ruled from here and the city s rich in the architecture of its monuments. Delhi is not only the present metropolis of India but also a Necropolis. Because of its location, being on the banks of the River Yamuna, many cities have risen and fallen over the last five millenniums. Overnight in Delhi.

Sunday 25th February - DAY 02 - Delhi

After breakfast you will proceed for sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi.

Morning visit of Old Delhi. Drive past from the historic Red Fort - Shah Jehan’s elegant citadel in red sandstone, which was built as an octagon measuring 900m by 550m and surrounded by a 9 meter deep moat which was at its inception fed by the waters of the Yamuna River. Very near the Fort is the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), India’s largest mosque, also built by Shah Jahan? Take an interesting rickshaw ride through the famous bazaars of Chandni Chowk which is adjacent to both the Fort and the Mosque. Time permitting; also visit Raj Ghat - the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

Afternoon visit of New Delhi Visit the Qutab Minar, a Tower of Victory which was built in the 12th century by Qutbuddin Aibak. Within its spacious courtyard stands the Iron Pillar, which dates back to the 4th century AD and bears a Sanskrit inscription in the Gupta style. The pillar has puzzled scientists, as its iron has not rusted in all these centuries. The tomb of Humayun - the magnificent structure in red sandstone and white marble is one of the finest examples of the garden tomb, and a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Its proportionate spaces, double dome and refined elegance are characteristic of Mughal architecture. Also visit India Gate, the memorial of the First World War and the road that leads from there to Rashtrapathi Bhawan - the residence of the President of India which is flanked by the houses of Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings.

Overnight in Delhi.

Monday 26th February - DAY 03 - Delhi / Agra

Arrival Agra and check-in at the hotel.

Agra is famous as the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces in Agra is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire. Agra was their capital for nearly a hundred years from 1564. A pleasant town, with a comparatively easy pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by artisans who are hereditary crafts persons. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.

Visit Taj Mahal – monuments of Love, which was built in the middle of the 17th century by the Moghul emperor Shah Jehan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Visit the Taj Mahal surely the greatest monument to love and one of the wonders of the modern world. Completed in 1652, skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and some 20,000 labourers worked for 22 years to build this edifice, constructed by Emperor Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Marble was brought from Makrana, near Jodhpur and precious stones of onyx, amethyst, malachite, lapis lazuli, turquoise, jade, crystal and mother of pearl were carried to Agra from Persia, Russia, Afghanistan, Tibet, China and the Indian Ocean. Afternoon visit of Agra Fort & Itmad-ud-Daulah

Overnight in Agra.

Tuesday 27th February - DAY 04 - Agra / Jaipur

AGRA / FATEHPUR SIKRI / JAIPUR (238 Kms. / 05 ½ Hrs Approx)

Agra Fort, which stands like a crescent on the banks of the Jamuna River enclosed by forbidding 20-meter high walls, with a 12- meter moat between them. Three successive Mughal emperors - Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan - helped create this massive structure which contains Hindu and Muslim architecture. Later visit Itimad-Ud-Daulah. Itmad-Ud-Daulaha’s tomb was built by Empress Noor Jahan in memory of her father, Ghias-Ud-din Beg in[masked] AD. This ornate tomb is considered a precursor of the Taj Mahal.

After breakfast you will drive to Jaipur en-route visit of Fatehpur Sikri.

It is 38 kms from Agra and often referred to as abandoned Moghul capital. This 16th century capital of Moghul emperor Akbar is a complex of forts, palaces and mosques built in sandstone. The city had to be deserted because of lack of water. The white marble Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti, Akbar's spiritual adviser, is now observed as a Muslim pilgrimage spot here.

Arrival Jaipur and transfer to hotel.

Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan is colour washed pink - the colour associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. This Pink City of fairy tale palaces, rugged fortresses perched on barren hills and broad avenues is picturesque. The first planned city of its time, Jaipur is encircled by a formidable wall.

Overnight in Jaipur.

Wednesday 28th February - DAY 05 - Jaipur

Morning: enjoy your breakfast at the hotel.

After breakfast you will proceed for the excursion to Amber Fort. Inside the Fort visit the Hall of Victory or Jag Mandir – is he 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.

Afternoon continue your journey: with the city tour of Jaipur- visiting 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 Armoury 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, having 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. During the tour you will also have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds. Overnight in Jaipur.

Thursday 01st March - DAY 06 - Jaipur

Morning: enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and take part in Holi Celebrations. Overnight in Jaipur.

Friday 02nd March - DAY 7 - Jaipur

Breakfast at the hotel and free day for last minute sightseeing or shopping. Overnight in Jaipur.

Saturday 03rd March - DAY 08 - Jaipur / Depart Delhi

After breakfast at the hotel you will leave Jaipur to go back to Delhi for your international flight home.

The price of the above tour is £599.00 based on sharing a twin room and does not include flights from the UK. This price is valid for all bookings made by 31st August.

We have both ATOL and TTA bonding for all trips for complete financial protection. Any trips that include flights are ATOL bonded whereas tours without flights are TTA bonded. Please get in touch if you would like help with the booking of flights. A non refundable deposit of £150.00 via bank transfer (or £156 via PayPal to take into account their fees) will secure you a place. A valid visa is required for India and this must be obtained in the UK. I will help in organising this, but please ensure you have 6 months validity on your passport and at least 2 blank pages.

Please note that a check-in time of 14.00 is typical at most hotels. If you are arriving on an early flight, please let us know if you would like the room to be booked from the night before (for an additional cost) to ensure that the room is available for you when you arrive.

By paying a deposit you will be agreeing to the following cancellation policies:

http://www.meetup.com/solo-travellers/pages/Cancellation_Policy/

What’s included:

· Sharing a twin room at a mixture of hotels and guest houses with breakfast (single supplement £175)

· All transfers, sightseeing and excursions. (airport transfers included only if travelling on the suggested flights)

· Services of an English-speaking local guide throughout tour.

· One time monument entrance fees during the excursions.

· Rickshaw Ride in Old Delhi

· Assistance on arrival and departure

· All applicable taxes at the time of quoting

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