GOLDEN TRIANGLE WITH TIGER FOOTPRINTS15 Days / 14 Nights
This package covers the most popular sightseeing tour of India – the Golden Triangle – along with visit to the famous wildlife parks of India, where besides other animals you will be spotting the Tiger too. The Golden Triangle covers three beautiful and enchanting cities – Delhi (Capital), Agra (City of Taj) and Jaipur (Pink city), this tour offers real flavor of the country’s rich historical and cultural diversity. There are forts, palaces, temples, shopping, pubs, discotheques, lip smacking food – in short something for everyone to see, enjoy and cherish.
The Wildlife parks covered in this itinerary are Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary, Bandhavgarh National Park and the Kanha National Park. In between the tour, you will also visit the World Heritage monuments at Khajuraho. As the tour ends you will visit Mumbai, the financial capital of India. We are sure that this tour will offer you an unforgettable experience of a lifetime.
|DAY 01||ARRIVE DELHI||BY INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT|
Today upon your arrival at Delhi’s International Airport and completion of all the formalities, travel representative from Labana World Travel will assist you in reaching your hotel.
Delhi is the national and cultural capital of India. There is no end to listing the attractions in Delhi as this city has been the seat of power for a more 100 years. As Delhi has witnessed many events, lots of memorials, tombs and buildings have been built to commemorate these events. This city has numerous attractions built by the Mughals, British and the Modern Indians. Delhi’s top attractions include towering minarets like Qutub Minar, forts like Red Forts and beautifully landscaped garden like Mughal Gardens. Apart from these, there are more recently built landmarks like the Akshardham Temple, Lotus Temple, Raj Ghat.
|DAY 02||DELHI||SIGHT SEEING|
Today a travel representative from Labana World Travel will meet you and advise you about the itinerary to help you plan your trip and suggest places of tourist attraction which you will surely enjoy visiting.
Delhi can be divided into two parts - Old Delhi and New Delhi. Old Delhi has most of the historical sites but is crowded with spiraling narrow lanes and byelanes. We will take you to Old Delhi which is very well known for its hustle-bustle.
Today you will see “Jama Masjid” also referred to as the “World reflecting mosque”. This is the main mosque in Old Delhi. On a single day almost 25,000 people can sit and pray inside this huge mosque. An ancient copy of the holy Quran is also preserved here, which was written on Deer skin. You will enjoy the joy ride in a private cycle rickshaw here as you pass through the lanes of the Chawri Bazar, known as the busiest street in Old Delhi.
The next tourist attraction is the mighty Red Fort often referred to as Lal Qila or Qil’ah” was constructed by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The fort was originally the palace of the Mughal emperor, after the capital was moved from Agra to Delhi. Delhi was the capital of the Mughals until the revolt of 1857. The Yamuna river flows near the fort. This is now a UNESCO world heritage site.
We would conclude the tour of Old Delhi by paying homage to the father of the nation – Mahatma Gandhi at the national memorial Raj Ghat, the place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated on the 31st of January 1948.
Qutub Minar is the next tourist attraction, which falls in New Delhi, which is the UNESCO world heritage site now. This is the “tallest tower” in India, with a height of 72.5 metres. This is made of red sandstone and is carved with the verses of the “Holy Quran”.
“Humayun’s Tomb”, as the name suggests, is the tomb of the Mughal emperor, Humayun. It was created by his wife, Hamida Banu Begam, in the loving memory of her husband. This is the first tomb, set in a garden in the Indian Subcontinent. This is also a UNESCO world heritage site.
After a fruitful day of sightseeing, we will drive back to the hotel through one of the most colonial part of New Delhi known as “Raisina Hill”. You also get to see the Presidential House known as “Rashtrapatri Bhawan” and “India Gate” which is a memorial for all those who laid their lives for the sake of their country
|DAY 03||DELHI – JAIPUR||BY SURFACE|
Next day after a sumptuous Breakfast at the hotel, we proceed to Jaipur, the Pink City. The distance of 250 km from Delhi to Jaipur can be covered in approximately 5.30 Hrs.
Jaipur, the Pink City exhibits some of the best indigenous artwork of the Indian Rajput clan. They built huge palaces and studded them with gems and jewellery, watch towers and forts. The city has well laid out markets for people to shop the local artifacts like terracotta dolls, silver and cosmetic jewellery and Rajasthani traditional clothing of the bright lehangas, choli and Kurtas.
|DAY 04||JAIPUR||SIGHT SEEING|
Our travel escort from Labana World Travel will take you to Amber Fort. This for t is located in a small place known as “Amer”, which is 11 kms away from Jaipur. This is one of the main tourist attractions in Jaipur. This is well known throughout the world for its Hindu and Rajput blend. Some of the must visited places are Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Jantar-Mantar and Birla Temple.
After Amber Fort, we proceed to see the Hawa Mahal – the “Palace of the Breeze”. Built in the year 1799, it has no less than 953 little windows and balconies, and it is a stunning example of Rajput artistry. It was originally built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap, to enable ladies of the royal household to watch everyday life. You will be amazed to see that the 5 storey mahal has almost 953 small windows, more commonly known as “Jharokhas”.
Next we will visit the City Palace, located right in the heart of Jaipur city. This was originally the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur. This includes the Mubarak Mahal, Mukut Mahal, Maharani’s palace, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the Chandra Mahal, palaces and buildings. This has now been converted to a museum. It offers a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and the weapons and depicts the day to day living of the Rajputs.
Once we’ve seen the City palace, we will then proceed to Jantar-Mantar. The word “Jantar Mantar” means the “calculation instrument” which was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II. He had built five in all, in Jaipur and Delhi. This one is the largest observatory in Jaipur and the most preserved one also. This has a very fine collection of astronomical Instruments.
In the evening, you could enjoy a ride on the rickshaw..
|DAY 05||JAIPUR – RANTHAMBORE||BY SURFACE|
Post Breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed to Ranthambore by road accompanied by a guide from Labana World Travel. The distance of 180 km from Jaipur to Ranthambore will be covered in over 3 hours.
Ranthambore National Park, is well known as one of the largest national parks situated in northern India. It is situated in Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, almost 110 km north east of Kota and 180 km south east of Jaipur, which is where the nearest airport is located. The history of this national park goes back to the year 1955 when Ranthambhore was established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary by the Government of India, and was declared one of the Project Tiger reserves in 1973. Ranthambore became a national park in 1980.
Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary is known for its tigers and is one of the best places in India to see these majestic predators in the jungle. One can easily spot Tigers during the day time. A good season to visit Ranthambore National Park is in November and May when the nature of the dry deciduous forests makes sightings common. There are several lakes in the park. It is named after the historic Ranthambhore fortress, which lies within the national park. The park covers an area of 392 km², and is known for its tiger population, and is one of India's Project Tiger reserves. Other major wild animals include leopard, nilgai, chital, hyena, wild boar, sambar, and sloth bear It is also home to wide variety of trees, plants, birds and reptiles. Ranthambore is also the site of one of the largest banyan trees in India.
Upon arrival proceed for check in the hotel.
Today you can explore the Ranthambore National Park by morning and evening game drive to the national park. You can travel by 20 seater Canter or 6 seater Jeep
|DAY 07||RANTHAMBORE – AGRA||BY SURFACE|
After breakfast, you will be driven to Agra which is roughly 270 Kms and takes 5.5 Hrs by road.
On way to Agra we will stop at the “Fatehpur Sikri”. This one is one of the best preserved Mughal Monuments. It is believed that the Mughal Emperor Akbar, along with his nine courtiers or the “Navratnas” used to sit here and discuss day to day matters. This was even the capital of Great Mughal Emperor Akbar.
The entrance to Fatehpur Sikri is via the “Buland Darwaza” which is almost 54 metres high. Places to be seen here are the Panch Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Aam and Jama Masjid.
Once you have seen all of this we will continue driving to Agra.
This city is situated on the banks of river Yamuna in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The three UNESCO world heritage sites located in Agra are the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri.
Upon arriving at Agra, we will proceed to check in at your hotel.
Early in the morning, you will proceed for the breathtaking sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays) by Tonga.
The Taj Mahal, is a UNESCO world heritage site, which was originally built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, in the loving memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is built in white marble as a mausoleum for his queen Mumtaz Mahal. It is now a universal symbol of love, and is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Taj Mahal was built in the year 1653, which is symbolized by the fact that there are 16 gardens and 53 fountains. It took 16 years for this symbol of love to be completed, and thousands of artisans contributed in the making this monument.
After sightseeing all the places we return to the hotel for buffet breakfast. After breakfast you will check out (at 12 noon) and then proceed for the sightseeing tour of Red fort popularly known as Agra Fort.
The Agra fort is also a UNESCO World heritage site. The constructions were started by Emperor Akbar in 1565, and his son Jehangir, and grandson Shahjahan made additions later on. Agra Fort includes the Diwan-i-Khas and Diwan-i-Aam, is spread over 94 acres and lies on the banks of Yamuna river. The two prominent gates in the fort are the “Delhi Gate” and the “Lahore Gate”, also known as the “Amar Singh Gate”.
Later you can shop in the local markets of Agra.
|DAY 09||AGRA-JHANSI-KHAJURAHO||BY TRAIN / SURFACE|
After an early buffet breakfast at the hotel, our representative from Labana World Travel will transfer you to the Railway Station in time for your train to Jhansi. You Will board the Shatabadi Express at 8.10 AM, and will reach Jhansi at 10.25 AM. Our representative will meet you at the Jhansi Railway Station, after which you will be driven to Khajuraho, covering a distance of 180 Kms in 5 Hours.
Upon arrival in Khajuraho proceed for check-in to the hotel.
The Khajuraho Group of Monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is considered to be one of the "seven wonders" of India. The Khajuraho Group of Monuments in Khajuraho, is a town located in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, located in Chhatarpur District, this is about 620 kilometres (385 miles) southeast of New Delhi, is one of the very popular tourist destinations in India. Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculptures by Chandela kings. The Khajuraho temples were built over a span of 200 years, from 950 to 1150. The temples are grouped into three geographical divisions: western, eastern and southern.
|DAY 10||KHAJURAHO-BANDHAVGARH||BY SURFACE|
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, we shall drive to Bandhavgarh National Park covering a distance of 185 kms in 5 hours.
Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the popular national parks in India located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh was declared national park in 1968, with an area of 105 km². This park has a large biodiversity. Bandhavgarh has the highest density of Bengal tigers known in the world, and is home to some famous named individual tigers.The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is one of the highest known in India. The park has a large breeding population of Leopards, and various species of deer, leopards, gaur, chital (spotted deer), Sambar deer , Dholes, nilgais , wild boars, sloth bears, rhesus macaques, black faced langurs, jungle cats, hyenas, porcupines, jackals, foxes, wild dogs, chausinghas and ratels, among others. It is the density of it's big cat population that has made Bandhavgarh really famous across the globe. Many of it's tigers have played pivot roles in numerous films made on wildlife.
Afternoon enjoy safari at the park.
|DAY 11||BANDHAVGARH – KANHA||BY SURFACE|
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to Kanha, covering a distance of 270 kms in 6 hours.
Kanha National Park is a national park and a Tiger Reserve in the Mandla and Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh, India. Today it stretches over an area of 940 km² in the two districts Mandla and Balaghat. The park has a significant population of Royal Bengal Tiger, leopards, the sloth bear, Barasingha and Indian wild dog. Kanha National Park is home to over 1000 species of flowering plants. octurnal animals like fox, hyena, jungle cat, civets, porcupine, ratel or honey badger and hares can be seen outside the park confines.
Reptiles like pythons, cobras, krait, rat snakes, vipers, keelbacks and grass snakes are nocturnal animals, and are therefore rarely seen. There are many species of turtles as well as amphibians found in or near the water bodies.
Rest of the day is free.
|DAY 12||KANHA NATIONAL PARK|
Morning and afternoon enjoy safari at the park.
Overnight – Stay at Hotel
|DAY 13||KANHA – NAGPUR – MUMBAI||BY SURFACE / FLIGHT|
After buffet breakfast you will drive (250 Kms/5hrs) to Nagpur to board flight for Mumbai. The flight will take 1 hr 20 mins. Upon arriving at Mumbai in the evening you will transferred to hotel by a representative from Labana World Travels.
Mumbai is known as the financial capital of India. This is the capital of the Indian State of Maharashtra. Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment capital of India, it is also one of the world's top 10 centres of commerce in terms of global financial flow.
|DAY 14||MUMBAI||SIGHT SEEING|
Today morning we shall proceed to the Gateway of India to board the motor-boat for the tour of Elephanta Caves.
Elephanta Island (closed on Mondays) was known in ancient times as "Gharapuri" or The Place of Caves. The Portuguese took possession of the island and named it Elephanta after the great statue which they found on the seashore. There are seven caves of which the most important is the Mahesha-Murti Cave. The main body of the cave, excluding the porticoes on the three open sides and the back aisle, is 27 sq m, and is supported by rows of six columns. The gigantic figures of Dvarapalas or door keepers are very impressive. The cave temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, was excavated some time in the 8th century by the Rashtrakuta Kings who ruled the area from AD 757-973 Elephanta closely follows the pattern of the Dumar Lena cave in Ellora.
After returning from Elephanta Caves, we shall proceed for the sightseeing tour of Mumbai starting with the Gateway of India.
Gateway of India is the landmark of Bombay, which, before the advent of air travel, was the only gateway to India. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George and Queen Mary to India in 1911.
Drive along Marine Drive, the sea - Front Boulevard. It is also known as the Queen’s Necklace as in the evening, the breeze from the Arabian Sea comes over Marine Drive and as the streetlights on this U-shaped road light up, the view from south Bombay’s skyscrapers or from the exclusive residential area, is that of a Queen’s Necklace. Stop at the Jain Temples, built of marble and dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara.
Later drive along the Tower of Silence or Parsee Bawdi on top of Malabar hills surrounded at about 55 acres which is believed that after death, Body of the Parsi people are sent to this Bavdi (Bawdi) a circular big structure like 'Well' which is consumed by Birds like Eagles and Vultures.
Followed by the visit to Hanging Gardens which is built over Bombay’s reservoir & from here one can get a panoramic view of picturesque Marine Drive
We will be driven to the Dhobi Ghats a huge open-air laundry, which makes an interesting viewing. Continue to visit Mani Bhawan (Gandhi Memorial), the house where the Father of the Nation stayed on his early visits to the city. The room, in which Gandhi stayed, preserved as it was, and the scenes of Gandhi’s life in photographs and models are of special interest.
Conclude the tour at the Prince of Wales Museum (closed on Mondays) – gothic and Moorish architecture in the striking confluence of styles that came to be known as Indo Saracenic. It boasts of a significant collection of Indus valley artefacts some of them dating back to more than 5000 years. Most impressive are the miniature paintings – nearly 2000 of them – from various stylistic schools of India.
|DAY 15||DEPARTURE MUMBAI||BY INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT|
In time you will be transferred to Mumbai International flight to connect with your onward destination flight.
END OF TOUR