Price: $5680.00 USD Per person on Twin/Double Sharing basis / Single Room Supplement: $1020.00
Dates: November 31st -December 10th, Trip Leader: Gavriel Jecan, Trip limited to 6 participants
If you are looking for a photo journey to India, the Golden Triangle tour is one of the main Cultural and architectural heritage attraction. Join us in to this traditional excursion through Rajisthan with its unique and distinguish locations ( Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur ) Our itinerary covers the best of the must see area, will veer off the beaten path to capture with our camera the real life of the local communities and the hiding treasures of Indian life. Gavriel will be there with you all the time to make sure you don’t miss any photo opportunities. We’ll work with you ( one to one and as a group ) to help you master your composition and expend your creative vision.
India-the land that evokes flights of imagination and curiosity, a canvas of spectacle and colour Ruled by a succession of native kingdoms, and often overrun and inhabited by invading armies of Central Asian origin, followed by the Mughals and finally the British, transformation has been never ending and the results are deeply and visibly etched in today’s milieu. A profusion of races and cultures, and the magnitude of their legacies, are evident today. This extroverted journey takes the traveller along a richly historic route, full of lore and splendor, punctuated by photographic attractions, and features varied sightseeing and sojourns in historic places. As we say in our local dialect ‘Kuch hat kar’ meaning something different and in our endeavour to let you experience India in a whole a new way, with a new perspective. A voyage with us will not only leave you with the sense of thrill and delight but will also deepen your wisdom lasting beyond your vacation heightening your pleasure, awareness and intellect.
Tour Highlights: Taj Mahal – one of the world wonders, Tigers of Ranthambore, Ethnic groups of Rajasthan, Historical blue city of Jodhpur, Markets of old Delhi.
ARRIVE DELHI (Meal Aloft)
On your arrival at international airport in Delhi and after clearing customs & immigration, our representative will greet you and transfer you to the hotel.
Delhi, the capital of India, is a city that offers a glimpse of both ancient and modern day India. It is the third largest city in India and one of the fastest growing in Asia. This city is rich in culture, always changing with time but never hiding its splendid past. The various ancient ruins seen in the city are silent witnesses to its magnificent history. The city of Delhi is a blend of two different yet perfectly balanced parts, the Old and the New Delhi. With its intricate streets, elegant mosques, forts, monuments, and bazaars that sell a variety of goods, Old Delhi speaks volumes about its Mughal past. With its multi-ethnic, multi-cultural population, New Delhi is truly cosmopolitan. Stay overnight at Delhi.
DELHI – AGRA (B, L & D)
After breakfast drive to Agra (205 Kms / 4-5 hrs). Agra –Badal Singh established the city of Taj in 1475 AD. Agra finds mention in the Mahabharat as Agraban. Sikandar Lodi made Agra his capital but Babur defeated the Lodis to capture not only Agra but also laid the foundation of the Mughal Empire. In the mid-16th century and earlier 17th century AD, Agra witnessed a fresn zied building activity and it was during this time when the symbol of love Taj Mahal was built. Upon arrival in Agra, check in at hotel.
Late afternoon visit Agra Fort & Mehtab Bagh. Agra Fort, a massive structure with 70-foot high, 1.5-mile long walls encompassing an astounding collection of well-preserved buildings, many of them completed during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan. The most unusual story about the Taj is that there might have been two of them. The emperor intended to build a second tomb in black marble, a negative image of the white Taj for Mumtaz. Tragically, before he could begin, he was deposed by his son and imprisoned in the Agra Fort where he remained until his death, spending the rest of his life looking out along the river to the final resting-place of his wife.
Mehtab Bagh,(Moonlight Garden) is a charbagh complex in Agra, North India. It lies north of the Taj Mahal complex and the Agra Fort on the opposite side of the Yamuna River, in the flood plains. The garden complex, square in shape, measures about 300 by 300 metres (980 ft × 980 ft) and is perfectly aligned with the Taj Mahal on the opposite bank. Stay overnight at Agra.
AGRA – RANTHAMBORE (B, L & D)
Rise early for morning coffee and prepare for a truly spectacular sight, the legendary Taj Mahal at daybreak. It is often said that Taj Mahal changes its colours by every minute depending upon angle of sunrays and it is best seen either by sunset or sunrise. Sunrise however is best timing for taking pictures of this monument under mild sun light.
Taj Mahal-Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder, which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist’s visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen. (Note: Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays). After returning to your hotel for breakfast and later drive to Ranthambore (260 kms / 4 – 5 hrs).
Ranthambore : With an area of 400 sq. km encompassing rocky hill crests which descend to open valleys between the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges, dotted with water pools and fruit trees, this park gets its name from the thousand year old fortress, which looms above the forest. Well known for the diurnal activity of tigers, Ranthambore is a very special and unusual area where a natural present meets a historical past. Sambar, Cheetal, Chinkara, Nilgai and Languor. The elusive leopard and tigers are found in this reserve with tourists standing a very good chance of seeing tigers during the day. PS: Wildlife photography: including the Bengal Tiger, Leopards, Macaque Monkeys, Striped hyena, Peacock, Sambar and Chital Deer, Wild boar and many birds.
RANTHAMBORE (B, L & D)
Tiger safaris traditionally take place at dawn and dusk when the big cats are on the move, sometimes hunting. In the morning, after tea or coffee and biscuits you depart on your first tiger safari of the day. On your return, take breakfast and a few hours of leisure at the pool, walking the grounds, or napping. In the late afternoon embark on a second safari to catch the best time of the evening to view tigers and photograph the park. Interestingly, naturalist guides use their hearing rather than their site to initially find tigers: when chital and monkeys sense a tiger approaching they give a distinctive warning call that alerts the wildlife and our guides to the tiger’s approximate location. Next, the guides will speculate where you can likely see the tigers emerge from the forest. In addition to the Bengal tiger, the park has a rich diversity of fauna and flora, including leopard, striped hyena, jackals, sloth bear, macaques, langur monkeys, sambar and chital deer, gazelles, wild boar, mongoose, Indian hare, monitor lizards and a great diversity avifauna. Return before dark for evening meal.
PS: Wildlife photography: including the Bengal Tiger, Leopards, Macaque Monkeys, Striped hyena, Peacock, Sambar and Chital Deer, Wild boar and many birds. Stay overnight at Ranthambore.
RANTHAMBORE – JAIPUR (B, L & D)
Morning proceed for your jungle safari in in the park by 4 x4 open jeep. After returning to your hotel for a breakfast, drive to Jaipur en-route (170 kms / 3 – 4 hrs). Upon arrival in Jaipur, check into the beautiful Haveli.
Jaipur: The capital city of the state of Rajasthan, also known as “Pink City” owes its name, its foundation and planning to the great warrior astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II. The city sits on a dry lakebed in a wild and somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills surmounted by fortresses and crenelated walls. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. PS: Old city street photography, Market photography and historical sites photography. Stay overnight at Jaipur.
JAIPUR (B, L & D)
After breakfast proceed for Jaipur City Tour.
Morning visit the magnificent Amber Fort, the most iconic monument of Jaipur .You can have the experience of travelling by Jeep on top of the hill where the fort is situated. Housing many palaces, halls, gardens, and temples. Including Sheesh Mahal, an elaborate mirror Palace work adds to the grandeur of this historic part, a visit to Amber is indeed well worth. Afternoon proceed for wonders of Pink City Tour: For the visitor, the Pink City of Jaipur is definitely a feast for the eyes. This planned city built in AD 1727 by a visionary King Sawai Jai Singh II. He designed a city so perfect, so beautiful, the likes of which cannot be found the world over.
Join us on this memorable guided tour to visit City palace, the residence of the present Royal family who have opened their gates to visitors and converted a part of their palace into a museum. Afterwards visit the Observatory (Jantar Mantar) which boasts of having the largest Sun Dial of the World.Also enjoy a heritage walking tour, great way to explore Jaipur architecture. You see an amazing variety of historic landmarks and buildings, interaction with local people and witness some of Jaipur famous art and craft. Stay overnight at Jaipur.
PS: Old city street Photography: Historical architecture, markets and local people.
– JAIPUR – JODHPUR (B, L & D)
Morning visit to local village for photography.
After breakfast drive to Jodhpur (200 kms/3 hrs drive).
Jodhpur (known as the “Sun City” for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys year-round) was founded by Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rathore clan, in 1459. It is the second largest city in Rajasthan, and is divided into two parts – the old city and the new city. The old city is separated by a ten kilometer long wall surrounding it, with eight gates leading out of it. The new city is outside the walled city. Jodhpur has many beautiful palaces and forts such as Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhavan Palace and Rai ka Bag Palace. Upon arrival at Jodhpur, check in at hotel.
Stay overnight at Jodhpur.
JODHPUR (B,L & D )
Morning proceed for city sightseeing of Jodhpur in which you will visit Mehrangarh Fort Jaswant Thada.
Blue city Revealed: Join us for a guided visit the Mehrangarh Fort, situated on a low sandstone Hill, including Moti-Mahal and Phool Mahal. Also visit Jaswant Thada, an imposing Marble Memoriam built in 1899. Later we have a walking tour of Jodhpur. Through this tour we intend is to reward our guests with an authentic experience of this vibrant city. Walking Tour provides great opportunities for meeting and photographing people, sample food, witness artisans at work. It’s a good way to feel the plus of this vibrant city. Our tours are led by experienced and knowledgeable local explorers who have a great passion or their city.
Mehrangarh Fort: Spread over 5 km. On a stiff rugged hill and looking down from a height of about 100 Mts. the fort appears invincible and impenetrable from outside but houses some of the most intricately adorned palaces with exquisitely carved panels and latticed windows. Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana are some of the important palaces.
Jaswant Thada On the way down from the fort, on left is Jaswant Thada, the graceful marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. His son Maharaja Sardar Singh built this monument known as the Taj Mahal of Marwar in the memory of Maharaj Jaswant Singh II of Jodhpur. The main memorial has been built like a temple with intricately carved marble stone. A visit to this structure is through the rocky hills giving it a secluded and a mystic aura.
Lunch with Indian Family: As you venture through the colorful bustling streets of Jodhpur, one can work up an appetite, especially when a warm home cooked meal is promised. Full of memories, you will have the opportunity to see what the typical Rajasthani home looks like and imagine its liveliness as children ran from room to room, with echos heard in the courtyard. While enjoying some of the traditional dishes every Jodhpur house has grown up on.
PS: Cultural photography including local people, the blue city narrow streets photography, mural and historical sites photography. Stay overnight at Jodhpur.
. JODHPUR – DELHI (B, L & D )
After breakfast, on time, transfer to airport to board flight to Delhi.
AI – 476 (Air India) Jodhpur/Delhi 1455/1620 hrs
Meet upon arrival and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at Delhi.
DELHI (B,L & D )
After breakfast proceed for a full day sightseeing of the walled city called Old Delhi and the cosmopolitan New Delhi. Visit Old Delhi, it pulses with the energy and color, the hustle and bustle of thronged bazaars and is laced by a maze of narrow lanes which twist and turn between tall, leaning houses full of the sights, sounds and aromas of the Indian subcontinent. You will visit Jama Masjid with its tapering minarets and wonderful marble domes. In Old Delhi you will also have an opportunity to enjoy rickshaw ride. In Old Delhi you will also have an opportunity to enjoy rickshaw ride.
Rickshaw Ride: A ride in the old city market laid by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, would give you an experience of life time. Pass through the colourful shops of bustling ChandaniChowk, one of the largest wholesale markets in Asia also an important landmark in the history of India. If you feel up to it take a short walk in the market and explore another facet of Indian life. Afternoon enjoy sightseeing tour of New Delhi. The city named New Delhi offers more historical sites than the Old Delhi. The city founded by the imperial British government founded in 1911 to move their capital from Kolkata (called Calcutta earlier)
The sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to Humayun’s Tomb, a drive along the ceremonial avenue – Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House and the President’s Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. PS: Photography in Delhi – Old Market, Spice market, Stay overnight at Delhi.
DELHI – ONWARD DESTINATION ( B )
On time transfer to International airport to board the flight to International airport to board the flight to onward destination.
Our above quote includes:
- Accommodation on double/twin sharing full board at hotels mentioned above or in similar category. All hotels cost are based on their base category (standard room) unless otherwise specified with check in time is 1400 hrs and check out time being 1200 Noon.
- Services of Air Conditioned Tempo traveler (up to 04 paying pax) and Mini Coach for (up to 08 paying pax) for all transfers, drives and sightseeing.
- Services of local English speaking expert guide during city sightseeing tour .
- Rickshaw ride at Old Delhi.
- Battery van ride at Taj Mahal from its respective parking area.
- Jeep Safaris at Ranthambore National Parks by 4X4 Open jeep inclusive of entry fee to park, resident naturalist services and local onsite naturalist.
- Bishnoi village safari by Jeep at Jodhpur.
- Lunch with India Family at Jodhpur.
- Entrance fee to places of visit, including all ASI monuments as per program.
- Packaged drinking water available in vehicle during drives and sightseeing.
- Assistance at airport and at all major city hotels at the time of check in/out.
- Mandatory Govt. Service Tax.
Cost does not include:
- Any internal Airfare, any insurance fee.
- Any Visa fee (India Visa is must for all the visitors before boarding on their flight except nationals of 11 countries who enjoy visa on arrival. For more details visit Indian Visa https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/
- Any meals other than what is specified above in the itinerary or in inclusion or anything else not mentioned in inclusion above.
- Anything not mentioned in inclusion above.
- Tipping to local guide and driver
- Any optional tours.
- Any expenditure of personal nature like tabled drinks, laundry, telephone calls, hard drinks, still/video camera fee (if any) etc.
- Anything ordered from room service at any hotel including mineral water (other than what is being offered by the hotels on their compliment).
- Any sudden increase in price due to steep hike in fuel cost, change in government tax policy or for any reason beyond our control like acts of god, natural calamity, law and order situation, riots etc and any forced change in itinerary for any unforeseen situation or reason beyond our control.