15 Days Itinerary Covering : Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Bhopal - Indore - Mandu - Aurangabad - Mumbai
Golden triangle tours in India are very popular among the domestic guests as well as the international visitors. Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur comprise of the 3 significant angles of the golden triangle. Therefore, all tours belonging to this category quintessentially begin from here. This time, we have something else also in store for you, other than arranging for your visit to the attractions of the golden triangle! We will extend your tour and bring in the surprise element of visiting the attractions of central India as well... So, to know what all are there to surprise you on this tour, read on...
Arrive in Delhi to embark on the Golden Triangle with Central India tour. Check into the hotel and unwind yourself before you get on with your trip...
On the 2nd day explore through the heart of Delhi. Visit the attractions of Old Delhi for its Mughal connection and New Delhi to catch a glimpse of what modern Delhi is all about. Delhi is the most significant angle of all Golden triangle tours, especially of North India. Therefore, most of these tours begin from here. Moreover, which other place in the country could offer to showcase the present face of India as beautifully as this city does?
After you have explored through the attractions of Delhi, you can now move ahead in the tour and head towards Jaipur. The capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur is home to a number of significant attractions belonging to the historical and architectural fields. On arrival in the city, you can spend the rest of the day in leisure...
Reserve the 4th day of the tour for sightseeing throughout Jaipur. Begin with the Amer Fort, a grand fort located just a few km from the Jaipur city. The elephant ride till the gates of the fort makes the trip all the more pleasurable!
On your return from the Amer Fort, you can explore the attractions of the city in that you can visit the City Palace, the Jantar Mantar, and also the Hawa Mahal. The City Palace displays fine specimen of Indian and Mughal architectural heritage and attract visitors with its stately buildings and gardens. The Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khaas, and the Maharani’s Palace are the topmost attractions of this place.
On the 5th day of the tour, you will move to the last destination in the Golden triangle tour– Agra. One of the jewels in the grand cap of Indian tourism, Agra is most popularly known for being home to the magnificent Taj Mahal. However, before you arrive in the city of Taj, you will also get a chance to visit some of the equally known architectural wonders of this region like Fatehpur Sikri. This erstwhile fortified city was once a capital for the Mughal empire and even today houses some of the most remarkable monuments dating back to the Mughal era. The Buland Darwaza, the Jama Masjid, the Panch Mahal, and the Birbal Bhawan are a few to name in the order.
Early morning, head towards the Agra railway station to catch the direct daily Shatabdi train to Bhopal. It will take you almost 6 hours to reach Bhopal from Agra, and therefore you will be left with little time to explore the charisma of the city, the very day you land here. So keep your afternoon for spending some time in leisure, at the same time also reserve some time for a quick visit to the Lakshmi-Narayan temple and the Taj-ul-Masjid, also known as the ‘Pink Mosque’.
Arriving in Bhopal means that your Golden triangle tour has ended and now will start off the next leg of the tour – the tour across central India.
Sanchi is a great pilgrimage center primarily for the Buddhists, nevertheless also explored by people belonging to other faiths. The ancient monasteries, ‘stupas’ and 'viharas' housed here exemplify the ancient India rock-cut architectural beauty of the highest magnitude. Located just about 50 km from Bhopal, Sanchi is a must visit tourist destination for all guests coming here. History of this place can be traced back to the 3rd century BC and visitors interested in knowing about Indian history and architecture must make it a point to visit this place.
The distance between Bhopal and Indore takes about 5 hours to complete. So, after breakfast in your hotel in Bhopal, leave for Indore and reach the city by lunch. Spend the 2nd half of the day exploring the attractions of Indore including the Old Palace, the Lal Bagh Palace, the Indore Museum, and the Kanch Mandir.
Indore offers itself as an interesting base for guests traveling to Ujjain, located just about 60 km from here. One of the holiest cities for the Hindus, Ujjain is most visited by devotees for 2 reasons – the Jyotirlinga housed in the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple and the Kumbha Mela that is celebrated once in twelve years. Post your sightseeing of this place, you will travel back to Indore for the overnight stay.
From Indore, drive down to Mandu, the next destination in the Golden triangle with central India tour. The distance between Indore and Mandu is about 97 km and therefore the traveling will take almost 2 – 3 hours. Mandu is also known as Mandavgarh and is a fortified city, the ruins of which still echo the sounds of Baz Bahadur and his companion Rani Roopmati.
On the eleventh day, leave Mandu for Aurangabad. The distance between these 2 cities is about 335 km and therefore it will take you about 6 – 7 hours to reach the latter. This will leave you with very little time to explore the city attractions, therefore on arrival in the city, check into the hotel and spend the rest of the day in leisure.
Post an early morning breakfast, get set on an excursion to the Ajanta caves, located 105 km from here. Located amidst the Shahyadri hills, Ajanta caves are mostly known for its magnificent caves and the spectacular paintings, part of which have been lost to time. Marvel in awe at the imagination and artistic talents of the artisans of those times before you move out to explore the grand beauty of the Ellora caves. The Ellora caves too have been recognized as World Heritage Site like the Ajanta caves and houses about 34 monasteries and temples belonging to the different faiths like Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism. The Kailash temple located here is a fine specimen of intricate carving. The carvings on the giant monolith are just unbelievable.
Post breakfast you will checkout from the hotel and drive down to the Airport to catch the early morning flight to Mumbai. Our representative will greet you at the Mumbai Airport and escort you to the hotel where you will check in and refresh yourself. Once you are rejuvenated, you can now explore Mumbai city. Begin with the Iskcon temple, and then move on to the dazzling shopping plazas for shopping some really interesting stuff across various global brands. You could also visit the famous Mahalaxmi temple and the Marine drive especially to be visited in the evening for its lights. No wonder, it is widely popular as the Queen's necklace.
Mumbai has a lot to offer and what could be a better way to explore its attractions than to embark on a quick excursion to its nearby areas? Visit the Gateway of India located in south Mumbai on the waterfront of the Apollo Bunder. Built by the British to honor the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary in India, the Gateway attracts large number of tourists every day. This place is also a wonderful base to start an excursion to the Elephanta Caves located on the Elephanta Island. Replete with exotic sculptures, this place is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On returning from here, you could now visit the various attractions scattered across the Mumbai city including the Prince of Wales Museum, Parliament House, Marine Drive and the Hanging Gardens.
Post breakfast you could take a short trip across the city of Mumbai to capture the last memories of the city before you finally arrive at the Airport to catch the flight home.
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