So, if, like me you are a fan of the travel programmes you will have watched the three episodes of ‘Joanna Lumley’s India’ aired on ITV.
To mark the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence, Joanna travelled the length and breadth of this vast, captivating subcontinent bringing into our homes the magical sights and sounds of one of the most intriguing countries on earth and where, in the last days of the Raj, she was born. For her it must have been a wonderful, personal experience to be able to return to her birth country where several generations of her Army family had lived as well as showing us the beauty, people, history and culture of this fast changing nation – she infected us all with her enthusiasm and was undoubtedly the perfect tour guide.
Our Travel Partner, Wendy Wu Tours, has 26 award winning tours to India so all your options are covered but one of the most popular must be their 9 day Golden Triangle Tour, visiting Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and the Kingdom of Dreams. It is the best way for a first-time visitor to experience India’s must see destinations. Discover the contrasts of Old and New Delhi, travel to the historic city of Agra to see the Taj Mahal and explore the beautiful palaces and architecture of Jaipur. This tour has been intricately designed for those who wish to see these iconic sites and the many magnificent treasures. You’ll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring including below. You will be accompanied by their industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Itinerary – Golden Triangle:
Fly to Delhi for a 2 night stay where you will be met at the airport and escorted to your hotel.
As the capital of India, Delhi is the third largest city with a population of approximately 18 million. Its strategic location along the north-south, east-west route has given it a focal position in Indian history and many great empires have been ruled from here. The monuments and ruins of these are scattered throughout the city, often side by side with modern structures and high-rise towers.
Your first full day of sightseeing is around Old and New Delhi where your exploration includes a drive past the Red Fort, before strolling through the fascinating Chandni Chowk Bazaar to Jama Masjid. Stop briefly at India Gate to take some photos before visiting the Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, Humayun’s Tomb and Connaught Place Markets.
Depart Delhi taking the 3.5-hour drive to the historic city of Agra stopping en route at Sikandra to see the marble Tomb of Emperor Akbar. Sikandra lies on the outskirts of Sikandra town in a peaceful garden and it is believed that Akbar designed and started the construction of his own mausoleum, later modified and completed by his son Jahangair resulting is this impressive, perfectly symmetrical complex, with the tomb located in the centre of a vast walled garden.
On to Agra, home to the world famous and iconic Taj Mahal. Agra rose to fame in the medieval period as the capital of the Mughal Empire and was beautified with gardens, waterfalls, bathhouses and canals.
One of the most recognizable monuments in the world, the Taj Mahal is a white marble monument found on the southern bank of the Yamuna River. The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between the years 1631 -1648 in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631.
You will also visit Agra Fort which is situated on the west bank of the Yamuna River and built by Emperor Akbar between 1565 and 1573. Its imposing red sandstone ramparts form a crescent along the riverfront and encompass an enormous complex of courtly buildings, ranging in style from the early eclecticism of Akbar to the sublime elegance of Shah Jahan. The barracks to the north are British additions from the 19th century. A deep moat, once filled with water from the Yamuna River, surrounds the fort
Depart Agra and travel 5 hours to Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur. On route stop to explore the ancient capital city Fatehpur Sikri, continuing on to Abhaneri village to see the Chand Baori Stepwell and marvel at this ancient construction then on to Jaipur. Jaipur was founded in 1727 as Mughal power within India was declining. The then Maharaja Jai Singh moved his capital from Amer Fort down onto the plain below. The city is now the capital of Rajasthan State and commonly called the ‘Pink City’ because of the pink paint on all the buildings in the old city area. This was apparently done to imitate the magnificent, red sandstone buildings of the Mughals and in an attempt to impress the Prince of Wales when he visited Jaipur in 1876.
Sightseeing here includes the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) – a five-story palace erected in 1799 by the Sawai Pratap Singh so that the veiled ladies of his harem could observe, unnoticed, the lively street scenes below. Amer Fort – built from yellow and pink sandstone and white marble, constructed in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh. Choti Choper – a market located inside the walled city, where villagers from around Jaipur come to sell and trade their produce. Maharaja’s City Palace – a former royal residence located in the heart of the Old City. Part of the building has been converted into a museum, while the royal family of Jaipur still uses the remaining sections of the palace as a private residence and the Jantar Mantar Observatory – The largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world is located just outside the City Palace.
Depart Jaipur and travel approximately 5 hours to Gurgaon for an overnight stay. Here you will experience the ‘Kingdom of Dreams’, a live entertainment venue where you will watch a magical Bollywood performance which combines India’s art, culture and heritage into a live theatre performance.
The following day you return to Delhi for your flight home to the UK.
India is an extraordinary mix of diverse landscapes and unique cultures so follow in the footsteps of Joanna Lumley and discover this captivating country for yourself.
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