Though this itinerary includes Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur (the “Golden Triangle”) and captures many of the essential Rajasthan sights, it does not include Jaisalmer, one of Rajasthan’s most wonderful destinations, primarily because it’s not very easy to get to. In a 2-week vacation that also takes in Delhi and Agra, it would be hard (but not impossible) to include Jaisalmer. Best to extend your stay in India by a few days if you want to cover this oldest “living” fortified city in Rajasthan. Located in the heart of the Thar Desert on India’s far western border, Jaisalmer has breathtakingly beautiful, crumbling sandstone mansions, though its main attraction, Sonar Killa (Golden Fort), is reason enough to travel this far west, not least because it may not exist in a few years time. Though not as impressive as Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort, Jaisalmer has its unique charm as an inhabited medieval fort. So if you do come to Jaisalmer, plan to spend 2 nights, not least because it takes so long to get to here.
Golden Triangle Tour Package in India – is a most popular tour which covers Delhi Agra and Jaipur of Rajasthan. This triangle of three cities perfectly captures the pageantry of India. This itinerary combines a Colonial style stay with ancient Forts and Palaces and the three cities of the Golden Triangle without any of the long drives usually involved in this target. It also gives you all the sightseeing you need plus some special time to chill out and relax at some beautiful and lesser known locations. Here you can see some of the images that epitomize India. A gorgeous panorama of majestic architectural creations and a rich tradition of art and culture. The marble symphony of Shahjahan’s Taj Mahal, the imperial elegance of Lutyen’s New Delhi, and the splendor of the desert city of Jaipur. Every city offers its unique blend of sights, sounds and experiences from the opulence of the Mughal Empire to the vibrant life of modern India.
Delhi, The political capital of India, Delhi , makes up one of the cornerstones of the golden triangle in the country's north. Finding its genesis in the great Indian epic the Mahabharata, as Indraprastha, Capital of the Pandava princes, today the city has transformed itself into a new incarnation. Reflecting the many colors and flavors of India's eclectic composition, contemporary Delhi is one where you will be inspired, amazed, fascinated and impressed at every corner.
The city that boasts of having one of the seven wonders of the world and three UNESCO world heritage sites,Agra is a treat for history and architecture lovers. The medieval city located on the banks of the river Yamuna, it is one of the most visited cities in the country. Agra had been a religious and commercial centre for centuries, but it matured and perfected itself only when the Mughals made it their home.
New Delhi sights, including India Gate, built to commemorate those who died in World War I. Walk from Rajpath to Rashtrapati Bhavan, where the president of India lives. After you cover the 12th-century Qutb Minar complex in South Delhi. After lunch, visit the garden tombs of Humayun and of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia (the saint Sheikh Nizamuddin Aulia), one of the holiest Muslim sites in India. Time allowing, stop off at Rajghat, the place where Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Of course if you’re here to shop or want to browse, scrap these and head for Dilli Haat, a great place to check out the range of handicrafts you’ll find on your travels through India. Prepare yourself for the chaos of the crowded streets of 17th-century Shahjahanabad, or Old Delhi — just a few kilometers from Connaught Place, it feels a hundred years away, and the pungent smells from the ancient streets are a heady reminder that you are far from home. Still surrounded by crumbling city walls and three surviving gates, the vibrant, bustling Shahjahanabad, built over a period of 10 years by Emperor Shah Jahan, is very much a separate city — predominantly a labyrinth of tiny lanes crowded with rickshaws and lined with havelis (Indian “mansions”), their balustrades broken and once-ornate facades defaced with rusted signs and sprouting satellite dishes. Start with imposing Lal Qila (Red Fort) and Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. If the crowds haven’t left you exhausted, visit Gauri Shankar Temple, Sisganj Gurudwara, and Sunehri and Fatehpuri masjids. The city’s lanes and back lanes are exciting to wander through, especially Chandni Chowk, Khari Baoli (the spice market), and Kinari Bazaar — but do hold on tightly to your belongings.
Make an early start and drive to the Shekhawati region, the open-air art gallery of Rajasthan. Today there are some 30 “painted towns” in the region, but the most essential to include in a first-time itinerary are Ramgarh, Nawalgarh, Fatehpur, and Mandawa. Mandawa is a quaint town with a number of beautifully painted buildings; it is also centrally located and has the best accommodations in the area.
Explore the City Palace, including a visit to Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar, and then focus on sites farther afield: Amber Fort, first royal residence of the Maharajas of Kachchwaha, lies 11km (6 3/4 miles) north. Jaipur, famous for gems and jewelry, enamel and brassware, blue pottery, embroidered leather footwear, rugs, tie-and-dye cotton fabrics, hand-blocked prints, fine Kota doria saris, and ready-made linens and home furnishings, is a shopper’s paradise. You could spend days bargain-hunting through the region’s wonderful crafts, so be prepared to extend your stay by at least a day. If this is not possible, set off on the evening of Day 7 to Ranthambhore National Park, and overnight at Aman-i-Khás, for the finest “tenting” experience in India.
Take an early morning or afternoon game drive into the park. Set aside a few hours to visit Ranthambhore Fort, whose high, jagged escarpment has towered over the park’s forests for nearly a thousand years. Go tiger tracking; the highlight of a trip here is spotting a tiger. Even if you don’t see a tiger (and do be prepared for this eventuality), the physical beauty of the park is worth experiencing. Other species to watch for include caracal (a wildcat), crocodile, nilgai (large antelope resembling cattle), chital (spotted deer), black buck (delicate buck with spiraling horns), chinkara (a dainty gazelle), and sambar. The park also holds leopards, wild boars, sloth bears, and rich birdlife. At night, unwind around a campfire and swap stories with other travelers, or discuss the fate of the highly endangered tiger.
Shahpura — one of the more unspoiled villages in Rajasthan — right on your doorstep. When you’re not relaxing by the pool, explore Shahpura’s narrow streets, with photo opportunities everywhere: old men beating copper pots into perfect shape; tailors working with beautiful fabrics on ancient Singers and ironing with coal-heated irons; huge mounds of orange, red, and yellow spices offset by fresh, colorful local vegetables; rickshaws carting women adorned in color-saturated saris; ancient step wells and temples blaring live music.
Visit Udaipur’s lovely bazaars and towering City Palace and Museum. Take a boat ride on Lake Pichola and overnight at either Lake Palace or one of the other accommodations with a lake view. Or spend the night at elegant Devi Garh just 26km (16 miles) from Udaipur. If the lake is dry, tarry no longer than a day, moving on the next day to one of the excursions outside Udaipur. Begin with the temples at Nathdwara, Nagda, and Eklingji; then move on to the awesome Jain temples at Ranakpur, Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, and magnificent Kumbhalgarh Fort. Alternatively, consider another long, full-day trip to Chittaurgarh, site of the most legendary Mewar battles.
Make an early start to drive to “the Blue City” of Jodhpur and explore fabulous Mehrangarh Fort and Museum. For many, this looming, 15th-century edifice to Rajput valor is still Rajasthan’s most impressive fort, with walls that soar like sheer cliffs 122m (400 ft.) high — literally dwarfing the city at its base — and a proud history of never having fallen to its many invaders. Umaid Bhawan Palace, once the largest private residence in the world — a vivid reminder of the decadence the Rajput rulers enjoyed during the British Raj (if you have an extra day, consider staying at the Palace, now a superb luxury hotel)
From Delhi, we go to Agra to visit the jewel of India, the Taj Mahal, stopping en route at Fatehpur Sikri. Visit Itmad-ud-Daulah’s tomb and Agra Fort. If you have the time, see beautiful Jama Masjid, built in 1648 by Jahanara Begum, Shah Jahan’s favorite daughter. A worthwhile splurge for your last night in India. Ideally, you can visit the Taj at dawn on Day 14 and spend as much time as you like there before you head back to Delhi for your flight out. If you get into Delhi before nightfall, you’ll still have time to do last-minute shopping, as most shops are open till at least 7pm.