Golden Triangle Tour with Shekhawati

Duration : 07 Nights / 08 Days
Destinatons : Delhi - Mandawa - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi

Day : 1 Arrive Delhi
On Arrival our representative would assist you at airport & transfer to hotel for check in.
Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds the ancient with modern. Its strategic location was the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. In fact, more mythological cities are believed to be here, like the city of Indraprastha from the Hindu epic Mahabharata, founded around 5000 BC. Numerous monuments were built over several centuries by different rulers like Qutub-ud-din Aibek, Alauddin Khilji, Tughlaks, Humayun & Shah Jahan, who built the Walled City Shah Jahanabad. Later in first half of 20th century much of New Delhi was planned by Sir Edwin Lutyens, who laid out a grandiose central administrative area as a testament to British rule in India. The division in walled city & New Delhi also marks the division in life styles.
Overnight Hotel - Delhi

Day : 2 Delhi
Today we take a guided tour of Old Delhi, the 17th century walled city of Shah Jahanabad, Visiting the great Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Built in the year 1656 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest & best known mosque in India. Later we walk down through Chandi Chowk, the old marketplace of Shah Jahanabad now a picturesque bazaar to reach Red Fort, built in the year 1648 by Shah Jehan. In New Delhi, we visit Raj Ghat, memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on 31 January 1948. Further we drive past India Gate, memorial built in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I & the Afghan Wars. The names of the soldiers who died in these wars are inscribed on the walls. President's House, the official residence of the President of India, built in the year 1931. Until 1950 it was known as Viceroy's House & served as the residence of the Governor-General of British India. We will also visit Humayun's Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in the year 1562. The complex is a World Heritage Site & the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India. Qutub Minar, built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. Qutub Minar & its monuments are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Overnight Hotel - Delhi

Day : 3 Delhi - Mandawa
Today, we drive to Mandawa in the heart of the semi-arid Shekhawati region. Shekhawati owes its name to Rao Shekha who ruled this area in the 14th century. The Fort of Mandawa was built in the year 1755 by Thakur Nawal Singh, the founder of the town. These were the times when Mandawa was settled & fortified by the rich & dominant Silk Route merchants of the region, who constructed many Havelis (Mansions), Chhatris (Cenotaphs), Temples & Baolis (Step-wells) with ornate frescoes adorning their walls & now aptly given the epithet - Open-Air Gallery. With the migration of these merchant families, their old settlements remained in total obscurity with no one to look after them. Mandawa still retains the charm & aura of a bygone era & coming here is like stepping into a different world. On arrival to Mandawa,we visit Gulab Rai Haveli built in the year 1870 that has some of the best murals in Shekhawati on both the exterior & interior walls with elephants & camels on its façade. Goenka Double Haveli, built in the year 1890, with monumental frescoes of elephants & horses decorating its façade. Bansidhar Newatia Haveli built in the year 1921 combines traditional frescoes of horses & elephants with those depicting a young boy using a phone plus opulent touring cars & the Wright Brothers' plane. If time permits we may visit more Havelis of the region & observe the colourful village life in Rajasthan.Then we comeback for overnight stay at hotel.
Overnight Hotel - Mandawa

Day : 4 Mandawa - Dundlod - Nawalgarh - Ramgarh - Mandawa( 150kms-4hrs)
Today we visit Dundlod- A cluster of forts, havelis, and baolis-these words best introduce Dundlod, a small village situated in the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. Visiting this village is like visiting an open-air art gallery that has not changed much since the time it was built. The Diwan Khana is built in the Mughal architectural style and is furnished with Louis the XIV furniture. It has a magnificent library, with a very rich collection of rare books on Indian history. One can see the family portraits of the thakurs, which remind one of the times gone by. Above this lies the Duchatta from where the ladies watched the court ceremonies in purdah. The Tuganram Goenka Haveli is often locked but one can see fine mirror work above the windows on the upper walls of the courtyard. Finely preserved paintings under the eaves mostly comprise portraits in round frames. The haveli opposite this one is interesting, as the work could not be completed and it is possible to see how the artist sketched the drawings before adding color. Pictures include those of an elephant, a camel and its rider, and a horse. Other attractions in Dundlod include the Jagathia Haveli and Satyanarayan Temple. Then we move towards Nawalgarh which was founded in 1737 by Nawal Singh. The village has a high school (with a very British clock) and hundred of painted havelis. Most of the better known Rajasthani families of merchants came out of Nawalgarh. Many buildings from the first part of the 20th century still exist. This is the town where you can see the finest Shekhawati frescos. The havelis still testify of the rich and wealthy Marwari age of the 19th century. Worth visiting are: Aath (eight) haveli complex, Anandilal Poddar haveli, Jodhraj Patodia haveli, Bansidhar Bhagat haveli, Chokhani haveli, Hotel Roop Niwas Palace. Later we continue towards Ramgarh.It was founded by a dissatisfied group of the Poddar family (splitting?) in 1791. The village was doing well until the late 19th century. Afterwards we visit the well known chhatri of Ram Gopal Poddar with magnificent paintings there visit more Havelis of the region & observe the colourful village life in Rajasthan.Then we move down to hotel for overnight stay.
Overnight stay : Mandawa

Day : 5 Mandawa - Jaipur
Today we move towards Jaipur, popularly known as Pink City-the flamboyant & colourful capital of Rajasthan. With its rich & colourful past, resplendent with tales of valour & bravery, it is now one of the most important heritage cities in India. The city was founded in 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber. It remains the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe, through nine rectangular sectors. On arrive to Jaipur we visit the City Palace, a perfect blend of Rajasthani & Mughal architecture. The center of the palace is a seven- storied building called Chandra Palace, with fine views over the gardens & the city. Further we visit Jantar Mantar, the Solar Observatory, an astronomical treasure house, with solar devices that give accurate predictions till date. We now visit Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied structure of pink sandstone. It was built in year 1799 so that veiled royal women could peer downunseen by the world through its 593 stone Jharokas (mini windows).
Overnight Hotel - Jaipur

Day : 6 Jaipur
Today we take an excursion to Amber Fort (11 km).Her we take an elephant ride to reach the Fort situated on the hill, an overwhelming experience.The Amber Fort set in picturesque and rugged hills is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Constructed by Raja Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by Mirja Raja Jai Singh the fort was made in red sand stone and white marble. The rugged forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise with a beautiful fusion of art and architecture. Amber is the classic and romantic fort-palace with a magnificent aura. The interior wall of the palace depicts expressive painting scenes with carvings, precious stones and mirror settings. In the foreground is the Maota Lake providing a breathtaking vista. Built mainly for the warring enemies as a safe place, the heavily structured walls could defend the residents within the ramparts of the fort.
Overnight Hotel - Jaipur

Day : 7 Jaipur - Abhaneri - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
Today we drive to Agra, en route we visit Abhaneri-A small town village, situated at a distance of 95 km from Jaipur, on Jaipur-Agra road. The place is popular for the amazing 'Baoris' (step wells) and Harshat Mata Temple. The village of Abhaneri is believed to be established by the King Raja Chand.Abhaneri is prominent for 'Baoris', which are the unique invention of the natives for harvesting rain water.Chand Baori is the most popular one. This colossal step well is located in front of the Harshat Mata Temple. Chand Baori is one of India's deepest and largest step wells.
Then we continue towards Fatehpur Sikri (Ghost Capital), the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under Akbar's reignfrom 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned, ostensibly due to lack of water.Mughal Emperor Akbar, who was known for his interest in literature, architecture, and the arts, built the royal city at Fatehpur Sikri, situated 26 miles west of Agra (city of the Tajmahal, India).One of the buildings even reflects Din-e-Ilahi, the new faith founded by Akbar. Further we continue our drive to Agra, beautifully situated on the banks of river Yamuna. It achieved prominence as the capital of the Mughal Emperors from 1526 to 1628, remains major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era monuments, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri, all three of which are UNESCO World Heritage site.
Overnight Hotel - Agra

Day : 8 Agra - Mathura - Delhi
Today we visit Taj Mahal( Taj closed on friday)-symbol of eternal love, which stands on the banks of River Yamuna, often inlaid with white marble & intricate decorations.It was built by the 5th Mughal emperor, Shah Jehan in the year 1631 in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It was completed in 22 years. Further we visit Agra Fort, taken over from the Lodhis by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the late 16th century. The Fort can be more accurately described as a walled palatial city. It was built from red sand stone. Then we continue towards Delhi enroute visit Mathura-places related with the birth & childhood of Lord Krishna. In Mathura we visit Shri Krishna Janmabhumi temple, a stone slab marks the original birth place of Krishna. ISKCON Temple, one of the most beautiful temples in Vrindavan. Temple is devoted to Krishna, his brother Balaram & Krishna's beloved Radha.
Now we proceed towards Delhi,on arrival farewell dinner then transfer to airport for onward destination.

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