The Golden Triangle combines the three most exciting cities of North India and owes its nickname 'golden' to the wealth of their cultural and historical heritage. This trip is the perfect introduction to the land of the Maharaja's.
Should you have extra time to spend, may we suggest you browse to our extensions: the captivating Khajuraho & Varanasi or the enthralling Amritsar & Dharamsala.
Day 1 - Delhi
You will be welcomed – garland inclusive – by our local agent for your transfer to your first hotel. Overnight in Delhi.
Days 2 - 3 - Jaipur
After breakfast you are driven to Jaipur, known as the ‘Pink City’. Jaipur is worldwide famous for its unmatched architecture, distinct forts and monuments, unequalled tourist palaces, etc… right up to its unique food. The pink colour is the Indian traditional way of wishing you visitors welcome. Afternoon at leisure. Evening walk through the old, colourful bazaar famous for jewels, pottery, fabric, silk, embroidery, carpets, spices etc. Overnight in Jaipur. The next morning you drive to nearby Amber where you will ride an elephant up the slope to the 16th century hilltop fortress - palace and its richly decorated apartments. In the afternoon you will visit the City Palace - a city within a city - which includes the Govind Deo Temple, the Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory and the Maharaja’s museum with his personal collection of weaponry, miniature paintings, royal attire and jewellery. Don’t miss the fabulous façade of the Hawa Mahal, the 'Palace of Winds'.
Days 4 - 5 - Agra
Along the route you will pause a while at Fatephur Sikri, the medieval ‘city of victory’ made by Mughal Emperor Akbar (today a ghost town). The site has been classified a UNESCO World heritage. It was abandoned 15 years after construction due to a pressing need for water. Today you visit India's most celebrated 16th century monument, the world renowned Taj Mahal. This jewel of Mughal architecture was built as a temple dedicated to the expression of eternal love by Shah Jahan to the bride Mumtaz. The construction of the mausoleum required 20.000 craftsmen and took 22 years to complete. Near the gardens of the Taj Mahal stands another edifice of importance: the Red fort of Agra, built in 1565 on the banks of the Yamuna River, which fed the moats around the fortress palace. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan; audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques. Later in the afternoon you visit Sikandra, the Mausoleum of Akbar.
Day 6 - Delhi
After breakfast you return to Delhi. Late in the afternoon, a city tour will take you around the most important buildings and monuments of New Delhi: Qutab Minar, The India Gate, the Presidential residence, the grand government and Parliament buildings. All date back to the time of British Raj. Your transfer to the airport is foreseen in the evening.
Hotels & Meals
Indian cuisine uses lots of rice, cereals, spices and fresh herbs which are ground to garam masala's (aromatic mixtures). Here are a few famous trays:
- Biryani : An aromatic rice dish cooked with several spices, notably saffron, and a protein (typically chicken or mutton) that's been marinated.
- Dosa: A crispy, flat bread (similar to a crepe or pancake) made of rice batter, served with a lentil sauce (sambar) and a variety of chutneys.
- Gaajar Halwa: An extremely popular dessert, made by cooking grated carrot with milk, sugar, and dried fruits.
- Idli: A heavy South Indian breakfast food. A fermented batter of ground rice and lentils, steamed in little circular moulds.
- Kati roll: A traditional street food popular across India (and abroad). A wrap of kebabs, eggs, vegetables, and spices rolled into paratha (a type of flat bread).
- Momos: A variation on the traditional dimsum, native to the North Eastern states that border Nepal (where the dish originated), eaten with a fiery red chutney. A quick mid-evening snack.
- Nethili varuval: Anchovies dipped in a paste of turmeric and red chilies and fried, native to the South Indian region Chettinad. A crispy, spicy appetizer.
- Pani Puri: A small crisp hollow round bread filled with spiced water, tamarind paste, potato, onion, and chickpeas. Perfect when you are craving 1000 flavours at once.
- Rogan Josh: A lamb curry of Persian origin, now popular in the Kashmir area. In India, rogan josh is often made using goat meat instead of lamb.
- Rumali roti: The word "rumal" is Hindi for handkerchief, and this bread resembles one; it is large, as thin as cloth, and served folded like a napkin.
- Samoosas: A fried or baked triangular snackfood made of a potato stuffing, usually also containing onions and peas, served with a mint chutney.
- Tandoori Chicken: Chicken marinated for hours in a paste of yogurt and spices, and then roasted (traditionally) in a clay oven called a tandoor.
All Belgian nationals travelling on a Belgian passport (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (electronic) containing min. 2 blank pages, valid for at least 6 months at the date of departure from the country. A visa is mandatory. Apply online via https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html. minimum of 4 days and a maximum 33 days before departure. The visa is for single-entry only, is valid up to 30 days, non-editable, non-renewable, valid for max. 2 visits per year. Its costs +/- 80USD$ (subject to change). Protected areas are not covered by this scheme. More information on the above mentioned website. Do not forget to take 2 ID photos along.
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Delhi: + 4h30 (winter), + 3h30 (summer)
Kathmandu +4h30 (winter), +3h30 (summer)
Indian Roepie; 100 INR = 1,38 EUR & 1 EUR = 72.22 INR (01/05/2017)
Nepalese Roepie; 100 NPR= 0.87EUR & 1 EUR = 115.28 NPR (01/05/2017)
Cash euros can be exchanged at most places. Credit cards are widely accepted as form of payment.
Tipping is important and customary in India and Nepal as it forms an integral part of the wages. Foresee 2 EUR /pers/day for your guide and driver and adapt according to courtesy.
North-India and Nepal is a year-round destination. From June until September the weather is wet and humid with thundershowers concentrating in the south. Nepal is much cooler due to its altitude and in ladakh you may even expect wintery temperatures.
- 5 nights in B&B in the listed hotels or equivalent
- Private transport in an air-conditioned car with driver
- All admission fees to the scheduled excursions accompanied by an English speaking guide.
What's not included?
Your intercontinental return flight.
Good to Know
Give yourself a treat and book half board accommodation for a small surcharge.
The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays!
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