As the name suggests, the Golden Triangle India Tour is an opportunity to witness the grandeur, glory, history and architectural diversity of the three major cities in India. The tour takes thrill seekers to the famous cities of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, offering an opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the history, age-old architecture, colorful culture, essence, natural beauty and serenity of the north-west part of India.

Explore holy temples in Delhi and experience the style of living of its people. Explore the TajMahal, an epitome of love, in Agra and look at the unique art and craft that it is famous for. Explore the lavish beauty of Jaipur, exploring historical locations like the FatehpurSikri, Amber Palace Fort etc. this lavish journey to the three cities in India, is something that is set to remain embedded in the minds of thrill seekers, for a long time to come.

Itinerary

  • Day Arrival in Delhi

    The tour starts in Delhi. Delhi is the colorful Indian capital. A bustling metropolis with an amazing mix of ethnicity and modern values, the loud and colorful Delhi and its inhabitants are surely a sight to behold. Delhi is a melting pot with people all over India buzzing into the capital each year. It's carefully preserved, antique monuments, forts, and tombs offer spectacular sights. Upon reaching the capital, you will be transferred to the hotel, whereby you will spend the night.

    • Meals not included
    • Overnight at hotel in Delhi
  • Day Sightseeing in Delhi

    Delhi is a perfect mix of two portions, New Delhi and Old Delhi. The first part of the tour today will cover Old Delhi. Old Delhi is home to historic monuments whose ethnicity and antiquity has been maintained. We will visit the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi first. Mahatma Gandhi was a prominent leader of the civil independence movement in the British-ruled India. The location of Raj Ghat is important for the residents of this country.

    We will move on to visit the Jama Masjid, known best for being the largest mosque in India. This will be followed by a short trip to the Mughal Fort constructed using bricks and red stone, the Red Fort.

    The better half of the afternoon will be utilized in the visiting then locations in New Delhi. We visit sites like QutubMinar; a tower built in 1193 A.D. the tower was built to indicate the Muslim dominance in New Delhi after the last Hindu ruler of the city was defeated.

    We move on to the visit the grand Hindu Temple complex of Akshardham temple. Another noteworthy location is the India Gate. India Gate paints the true picture of New Delhi and is a war memorial. It was made in dedicated to 820000 soldiers of the undivided Indian Army, who died in the First World War.

    The last location we visit today is the Lotus Temple. Also known as the Bahai House of Worship, the temple was completed on 1986 and is known especially for its flowerlike shape. We will also walk past the Government Secretariat Buildings, Parliament House as well as the President’s House.

    • Breakfast & Dinner included
    • Overnight at hotel in Delhi
  • Day Drive from Delhi to Jaipur

    Today, we drive to the pink city of Jaipur. Jaipur is a sea of palace windows and is the second largest city in terms of size in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is the capital of Rajasthan and a gateway to explore the flamboyant state. The chaotic streets of this enthralling city are filled with dawdling camels, leisure cycle rickshaws, swarms of motorbikes and the splendors of its majestic architectural past. It is known as the pink city because Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the whole city pink in order to welcome Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria when they visited back on 1876.

    Before reaching this spectacular city, we will explore the nooks and crannies of FatehpurSikri on the way. This magnificent deserted city was the capital of Emperor Akbar and is a complex of magnificent looking forts, palaces, mosque, sandstone ridges, and immense walls. 

    Upon reaching Jaipur, we can breathe in the ambiance and the beauty of people going about their daily work, or relish the views of the sprawling city from above the hotel premises. Also included is the chance to explore shopping locations in this vibrant city.  Approximately 5 hours of drive.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at hotel in Jaipur
  • Day Sightseeing around Jaipur

    This exciting day takes us to sightseeing locations in the flamboyant and beautiful city of Jaipur. We will start off with sightseeing in the Amber Fort. Amber Fort is one of the most important tourist attractions in the city of Jaipur. Located high up on a hill, this city was built in the 16th century. Enjoy an elephant ride or a jeep ride to the fort and back, toe explore the architectural marvels and to witness the views of the city in all its glory.

    We move on next, to visit HawaMahal. HawaMahal translated to English means the Palace of the Winds. HawaMahal gains its name for the unique architecture of the Palace, which manages to make the insides cool, even when temperatures are scorching outside. The clever cooling system propagated in the city breezes through the inner rooms of the city and intense Rajasthan summer can do nothing to phase away from the gentle breeze of the palace.

    We continue to visit the City Palace. City Palace is the heart of the old city and is a blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture. The City Palace houses museum with a huge array of costumes, ancient weapons, arms, textiles and immaculately created paintings.

    The last destination to visit today is JantarMantar. Jantar Mantra is an astronomical observation site built by Maharaja Jai Singh- II. It was built in the 18th century and is still an alluring destination for locals and foreigners.

    • Breakfast & dinner included
    • Overnight at hotel in Jaipur
  • Day Drive from Jaipur to Agra

    Drive to the city of love, Agra today. Agra is an ancient city located on the banks of the holy Yamuna River. It was the capital in the past era, of the Mughal emperors like Akbar, Shah Jaha, Jehangir, and Aurangzeb. Agra is known best for the prominent structure of TajMahal.

    We will take a look at the mighty TajMahal and will also visit the Agra Fort, which was created by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar. After witnessing the spectacular architectural delights of the city, we finally end the day in the premises of the hotel. Approximately 4 hours of drive.

    • Breakfast & dinner included
    • Overnight at hotel in Agra
  • Day Sightseeing around Agra

    We will start up early morning to visit the opulence of TajMahal. TajMahal is the symbol of love and is one of the Seven Wonders of the modern world. it is an immense mausoleum of white marble situated on the southern bank of Yamuna. It was created by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his favorite wife MumtazMahal. The 17-hectare complex is surely something to wonder upon. It is set in formal gardens and is surrounded by a crenelated wall. The structure was built between the years of 132- 53 by about 20, 000 artisan and all the effort put into the structure surely stands proud and tall even today. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a jewel of Muslim art in India and is one of the most acclaimed masterpieces of human creations in the world.

    Later, we move on to visit the old parts of Agra and its hidden alleys. Visit local markets for souvenirs for loved ones back home.

    • Breakfast & dinner included
    • Overnight at hotel in Agra
  • Day Drive from Agra to Delhi

    Today, we drive back to Delhi. The path is strewn with views of people going about in their daily lives. It is time to witness the throbbing nightlife of Delhi once you reach the capital of India. Approximately 4 hours of drive.

    • Breakfast & dinner included
    • Overnight at hotel in Delhi
  • Day Drive from Agra to Delhi

    It is time to bid goodbye to the most colorful country on earth. With the memories embedded in minds and the promise to return back for more we do some last minute shopping in Delhi, before bidding farewell to India. Approximately 6 hours of drive.

    • Breakfast included

Trip Info

  • Accommodation & meals

    • Pre and post tour accommodation at three star hotel in Delhi.        
    • Twin sharing basis at three star hotel during the trip. 
    • 7 Breakfast & 6 dinner included during the trip.
  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
    • One English speaking tour leader depending on the group size
    • English speaking local guide for sightseeing in each monument.
    • Elephant ride at Amber Fort
    • Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
    • First Aid Kit
    • All Govt. taxes including service charges

    Exclusions

    • Emergency evacuation fee
    • International airfare
    • Personal Insurance
    • Personal expenses (Alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc)
    • Visa fee
    • Any services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation

    All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle

  • Visa & documentation

    It is now possible to obtain an electronic visa to India. US citizens can obtain the e-visa which is emailed to you. If you have an e-visa or an i-visa, you should make sure that you stand in the correct queue for it. The total expenses for the electronic visa are under $100. These visas are quick to obtain (about 18 hours of time). You will receive the e-visa in the email in less than 72 hours or three working days.

  • Insurance Policy

    We personally don’t recommend or advertise any particular insurance organization but we can help you figure out what kind of insurance company you should make a deal with. We kindly advise our guests that travel insurance is mandatory before any other travel and trek agreements.

    Ways of triggering your insurance:

    • There are actually two ways that your insurance fund can be triggered and brought into action. The first type is where you will have to use your own money if any injuries occurs or any medical attention is needed. Then the insurance company will pay you later when you return home and show them the documentation of insurance as proof.
    • Another type is where if any medical attention is needed and your insurance needs to be triggered the insurance company will cover all the cost up front and you won’t have to spend a single penny that is not meant for such incident.

    Personally we recommend you to pick an insurance company who are willing to pay you while you need medical attention in Nepal during the time of evacuation and other medical emergencies and not after you return from Nepal.

     

    Main conditions to look for in an insurance policy:

    General insurance only offers medical evacuation up to 4000m but we will attain maximum height of more than this, so we advise our clients to search for a company that provides medical insurance and evacuation plans up to 6000m. If you are planning to climb any peak along with trekking please make sure your policy also pays for “Climbing” as an option.

    You will need to find a policy where your insurance is activated only for the days that you are trekking. If you suffer from altitude sickness and have to be evacuated in an instant you will have to trigger your insurance. These insurance can cost up to $5000. Although these kinds of evacuations are very rare we still need to be prepared for it. So to make any insurance claim you firstly need to get a medical report from a hospital of Nepal as proof before triggering your insurance claim. You will be charged about $150 as a medical fee by the hospital to get your medical reports and documentations before claiming your travel insurance. Some insurance also cover for minor interference and obstacles like flight cancellations to Lukla or even from Kathmandu to your home.

    As mentioned before, please look for an insurance policy that pays you during the time of emergency while trekking and not after you get back to your country.

    What you need to know:

    We inform you that any kind of medical fees that your insurance does not cover will be your responsibility. So we want you to have a very good and thorough look at the insurance policy before applying for it. We do not take any kind of responsibilities for insurance related payments and fiscal managements but we will help you get required documentations and reports for the insurance.

     

    Examples of insurance companies:

    Bigcattravelinsurance.com, WorldNomads, travelguard.com, Squaremouth.com

     

    Important highlights to remember:

    1. Makalu travels do not hold any kind of insurance related financial management work but we will help you acquire important documentations needed for processing your insurance policies.
    2. Choose an insurance policy where you don’t have to pay your own money while trekking in Nepal while in need of medical attention. In other words look for a policy where your insurance company will cover all the money related process if you need any kind of medical attention.
    3. Choose policy with evacuation plan up to 6000m and with an option “climbing” if you are climbing any peak as well as trekking.
    4. Some companies like WorldNomads have a policy where clients have to pay their own money while trekking if they need any kind of medical attention and you will be payed once you return home. So please make sure you have a very good understanding of what type of insurance policy you are agreeing to.

     

  • Cancellation & Changes

    There are two ways to deal with modification in travel plans. First is you can cancel the trip completely and second is you can postpone the date. But for any of these change to take effect we need to be informed 6 weeks before your booked trip date before cancelling or postponing the trip.

    Important note: In case of natural disasters and national political issues our hands are tied so we cannot undertake any kind of activities which we will take full responsibility of and make sure our clients get the flexibility of making decisions to either postpone or cancel the trip they initially advocated for. There will be no extra fees or cost for rescheduling but if you decide to cancel the trip volunterily our cancellation fees apply which is listed and described below.

     

    Cancellation fees rules:

    These are our specific rules for trip cancellations and refund fees involved:

    1. If we are informed by our clients at least 43 days before the travel date then the full deposit amount will be refunded after deducting 4% bank surcharge on total deposit amount.
    2. If we are informed by our clients 6 weeks before the travel date then we can refund complete deposit by just deducting $195 per person.
    3. If cancellation is done between 4 and 6 weeks of travel date then we can refund your deposit after deducting $395 per person. This is because we will have to pay to the hotels, guides and other personals involved to make this trip possible to recover their financial plans.
    4. If we are not informed between 4 and 6 weeks of travel date there will be no refund as there are many other workers and organizations that needs to be paid by us for planning your trip. Losing you as a customer means losing their employment opportunity which will harm involved worker’s financial status.

    So, we request our respectful guests to inform us about any kind of modification plans (postpone or cancellations) at least before 43 days of travel date. This will help us to refund your designated deposit and also maintain financial status of every worker and organization involved.

  • Payments & Deposits

    Makalu Travels offers easy & reliable online payment through credit/debit card, & Paypal. All online payments are processed through the our highly secured online payment partner Authorize.net Please kinldy be informed that all online payments are subject to additional 4% bank surcharge & processing fee. 

    If you would like to avoid the 4% transaction fee then you also have an option to deposit the money into Makalu Travels' bank account in Wells Fargo Bank, USA. The bank details will be provided on request. You will receive a notice from us after a successful deposit or any kind of financial transaction. We will make sure that your transfer amount has arrived to us before sending you any type of confirmation invoice or notification.

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