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Taj & Thunder Dragons

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Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Kolkata - Paro - Thimphu

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Tour Highlights:

On this luxury tour of the Golden Triangle in India, combined with the main cities of Bhutan, one can experience and choose from the following activities:

  • Trek to the famous Tiger's Nest (monastery) in Paro
  • A rickshaw ride in the narrow lanes of old Delhi
  • Ride up the fort on an elephant back, like the Maharajas of olden times
  • See a theatrical presentation about the story of the Taj Mahal
  • Decorated Tonga ride in Agra
  • Enjoy a traditional cuisine dinner in Bhutan

DAY 01 : Arrival at Delhi & day at leisure.

On your arrival at Delhi International Airport, you will be welcomed by a representative from Alluring India Tour, who will help you with your transfer to the hotel where you can relax.

Delhi Red-Fort-Delhi

Delhi

The Capital of India, Delhi is the 3rd largest city and an epitome of architectural extravaganza. It is often the starting city for the Indian Golden Triangle tour. Delhi also is the crowned city to lead the standards of hospitality, being numbered top in the list of Alluring India Tour’s luxury private tours. It comprises of “Old Delhi”- the capital of Muslim India and “New Delhi” the imperial city created as the nation’s capital by the British. A unique blend of tradition and modernity is prominently visible to its guests as soon they arrive. Here you can come across multiple cultures, languages, traditions and people in complete harmony. 

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DAY 02 : Full day sightseeing of Delhi visiting Red Fort, India Gate, Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, Parliament, Rashtrapati Bhawan

Breakfast will be at hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing tour.

Rajghat

The mortal remains of Mahatma Gandhi were cremated on this spot on the west bank of the river Yamuna on the evening of January 31, 1948. A simple open platform inscribed with the Mahatma's last words, 'Hey Ram' (Oh God) is set in a garden with fountains and a variety of trees. 

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Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in the country, with a capacity to accommodate 25000 devotees at a time. It was built under the reign of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1656 AD. It is also called the Friday congregational mosque because people of the Islam faith turn up in large numbers to offer their prayers on Fridays. The mosque is a great example of architectural expertise that existed during the Mughal period. It is a blend of both Hindu and Mughal style of architecture. It is an important part of the sightseeing tour of Delhi due to its beautiful architecture and Alluring India Tour's knowledgeable guides will help you explore this part of old Delhi.

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Qutub Minar

The Qutub Minar is claimed to be the tallest brick minaret in the world and is a must visit during sightseeing in Delhi. The minaret is 234 feet high and the highest individual tower in the world, with other towers being the Great Pagoda in Pekin, China and the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.

It was built by the founder of the slave dynasty named ‘Qutub-ud-din Aibak’ in the 12th century to honor the victory of a Mughal King Mohammed Ghori over the Rajputs. It was completed in the 13th century by his son-in-law and successor Iltutmish.  Built exclusively in red brick and sandstone, this minaret is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic architecture and is today a pat of the UNESCO World Heritage Site community.  It has often been viewed as a symbol of the military might of the Turko-Afghan dynasty.

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India Gate India Gate

India Gate

India Gate is a memorial to the brave soldiers who were killed in the World War I.  It is build in shape of an arch that is 42 meters in height, and is called the ‘All India War Memorial’. It is considered as the national monument of the country and forms a vital component of the sightseeing in Delhi.  The monument comprises of an eternal flame dedicated to the Indian soldiers. This flame is known as ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’ meaning the 'Flame of the eternal soldiers'.

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Red Fort Red Fort

Red Fort

Red Fort was the seat of Mughal rulers in India and is one of the most popular sightseeing places in Delhi. Popularly known as the ‘Lal Quila’, it is one of the most significant monuments in Delhi. ‘Lal’ is the Hindi word for 'Red' and ‘Quila’ is the Hindi word for a 'Fort'. The famous ruler ‘Shah Jahan’ built this fort in the 17th century on the banks of the river Yamuna. It took around a decade for its completion with its construction beginning in 1938. While in the past it served as an important place for base of the Mughal empire, even today it is known for its architectural grandeur and the prime minister of the country addresses the citizens from this fort, on the Independence day of the country. Alluring India Tour offers the most comprehensive tour of Delhi including a visit to the Red Fort, with a highly experienced guide who will not leave any stones unturned to make your visit to Delhi truly worthwhile.

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You shall also drive past the Parliament Building & the Rashtrapati Bhavan which is the President’s House. 

Day 03 : After a leisurely breakfast, you will start your drive for Agra (210 kms / 4 hrs), where you will check-in at hotel and relax for the evening.

Agra

Agra is one of the most important cities for any traveler seeking heritage tours of India! The presence of 'Taj Mahal' has even immortalized its city Agra as ‘The City of Taj’. Alluring India Tour, takes its guests down the lanes of this historical town giving them, a memorable experience. Through A.I.T.'s luxury tours of North India, a traveler gets to experience the grandeur of the monument, along with high quality services crafted especially for the elite.

It does not take much for a traveler’s eye to discover that there’s more to Agra than just the enchanting Taj Mahal. The city is a virtual gateway to a world of discovery… where moments of an era that’s long gone, still echoes the tale of this glorious town. The older city of Agra has impressively retained much of its resplendent history.

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Day 04 : Enjoy your breakfast & later proceed for the sightseeing tour of Agra visiting the ‘Taj Mahal’ and ‘Agra Fort’.

Taj Mahal

There is no other word, but ‘Overwhelming’ that can best describe the emotions that our travelers experience standing in front of this exquisite monument! ‘Taj Mahal’ today is not only synonymous with ‘India’ but also with eternal love, due to the popular saga of Emperor ‘Shah Jahan’ and his queen ‘Mumtaz Mahal’. The narration mentions that the Emperor loved his queen immensely and promised to make a grand mausoleum in her memory. The architecture of the mausoleum and its surrounding gardens were made to match description of heaven as laid out in the holy Islamic texts. The gardens symbolize paradise gardens that are said to have four flowing rivers through them. As per the mystic Islamic texts of the Mughal period, Paradise is referred to as the ideal garden of abundance with four rivers flowing from a central spring, separating the garden into north, west, south and east. To organize a memorable visit to this exquisite monument, explore the tailor made luxury tour packages, offered by Alluring India Tour! 

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Agra Fort Agra Fort

Agra Fort

The ‘Agra Fort’ was built by the great Mughal Emperor ‘Akbar’. While the Taj Mahal is said to adorn the city of Agra with its beautiful architecture in white marble, the magnificent Agra Fort built in red sandstone is yet another jewel of the Mughal architecture that forms an important part of the sightseeing in Agra. This massive fort is considered as the predecessor of the Delhi Red fort and its wall stretches upto 2.5 kms. Its construction began during the reign of the Mughal emperor Akbar and continued till the reign of his grand son Shah Jahan, who contributed to the construction of most of the buildings inside the fort. Travelers who opt for private tours to India with Alluring India Tour, are able to explore the massive Agra fort in a leisurely manner, as they have the freedom to move at their own pace.

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Day 05 : After an early breakfast, proceed for Jaipur (250 kms / 5 hrs) en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri.

Fatehpur sikri

Fatehpur Sikri has a vital place amongst the heritage India tours and has an interesting legend for its inception. It was built by the Mughal ruler Akbar as a tribute to a Sufi saint know as ‘Salim Chisti’. When Akbar seeked the blessings of this saint, he was blessed with 3 sons and thus to honor the saint, he built this magnificent city around 37 kms from Agra. Akbar also named one of his sons after the name of this sage - ‘Salim’. He took great interest in the building of this city and greatly influenced the architectural style. It took several years in its construction but the Mughal rulers could not rule here for a long period. When functional, this city did serve as a seat of governance for the Mughal rulers and was the capital of Mughal empire. However, legend goes that due to an injustice done in the court of Akbar, whereby he wrongly sentenced punishment to a female dancer for theft, this city was cursed by her father. The dancer was named Zarina and she was accused of theft of a golden bangle belonging to the Queen. It was a conspiracy by a fellow member in the service of the Queen. She did not steal the bangle and could not bear the accusation, ending her life. After her death, her father cursed the king and there was scarcity of water in the kingdom due to which the emperor had to abandon the city within two decades of their rule. Fatehpur Sikri gradually emerged as a must visit destination among the sightseeing places near Delhi and Agra. Alluring India Tour offers an option to visit Fatehpur Sikri either from Agra or en-route while traveling by road between Jaipur and Agra.

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Continue your drive to Jaipur.

Jaipur

Rajasthan came in existence post India’s independence by merger of the princely states of the region, also once known as “The Land of the Maharajas”. This is when the picturesque city of Jaipur was chosen as the capital of the newly formed state of ‘Rajasthan’. Jaipur today is one of the important cities of the Golden Triangle and can be explored in a royal manner through the private luxury tours offered by Alluring India Tour. These tours are the best way to soak in the grandeur of this royal city. For those who have limited time in hand, may choose for a tour package for Jaipur from Delhi as there are flights available and one can also travel by road. If you have more time in hand, then you must visit the other cities in Rajasthan besides Jaipur and can choose from many of our Rajasthan luxury tour packages.

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On arrival at Jaipur, a representative from Alluring India will meet you and assist with your check-in.

Day 06 : Have a comfortable breakfast at the hotel & proceed for a sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting the Amer Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar & Hawa Mahal.

Amber Fort Amber Fort

Amber Fort

‘Amber Fort’ usually pronounced as ‘Amer Fort’ is an important sightseeing in Jaipur, located at a distance of about 11 kms from the city. It is also one of the favorites among the guests of Alluring India. Amer was known as Dhundar (symbolizing a sacrificial mount in the western frontiers) in the medieval period and was ruled by the Kachwahas from the 11th century onwards, till the capital was moved from Amer to Jaipur. Amber was historically part of the Meena clan, who had built a fort at this very site until the king ‘Raja Man Singh’, commander in Chief of Akbar’s army, built over the fort of the Meenas. Constructed by Raja Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by Sawai Jai Singh I, the Amer fort is a beautiful fusion of art and architecture. While the interior walls depict expressive painting scenes with carvings, precious stones and mirror settings, the breathtaking Maota Lake in the foreground adorns the grand structure. The mirror image of the Fort, on the still waters of the lake, seem to be a beautiful illusion enhancing the gorgeous structure built in white marble and red sandstone. The sightseeing at Jaipur is incomplete without a visit to this famous fort.

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City Palace Jaipur

The City Palace is a living example of the royal heritage from the glorious Indian history. While the current king and his family still reside in a part of the palace, the other part is open for the visitors to admire and know about the royal India it has always been! City palace can be easily visited during a Jaipur tour from Delhi for a couple of days or through the golden triangle luxury tours offered by Alluring India Tour. Such beautiful palaces take you back in the historic area of the ‘Maharajas’ and ‘Maharanis’ as you explore their biographies and witness the grand lifestyle through the collection of the Royal objects, armors, artifacts etc. The palace is a huge complex comprising of several buildings, gardens, courtyards and gates. The intricately carved marble interiors, magnificent pillars, lattice work and inlaid ornamentations depict the skills of the craftsmen and artisans from the royal era. 

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Jantar Mantar

The words ‘Jantar Mantar’ have several interesting meanings as per the Hindi dictionary. The word ‘Jantar’ refers to an instrument whereas the word ‘Mantar’ means to calculate or consult. Sometimes the word Mantar also refers to ‘witchcraft’. However, it actually means an instrument used to calculate and is basically an observatory used to measure time, predict eclipses and to ascertain other astronomical events. There are five such observatories in India with this one at Jaipur being the largest. Jantar Mantar is also believed to have the world’s largest stone observatory. It is amazing to explore how these simple stone structures were used to make predictions that are done today with the modern  complex equipments.

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Hawa Mahal Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal

This monument is one of the favorites in Alluring India Tour's list of Jaipur sightseeing. The plan of the Hawa Mahal or the ‘Palace of Winds’ was initiated in the reign of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. However, it was his grandson Sawai Pratap Singh, son of Maharaja Sawai Madhosingh I, who built the Hawa Mahal in 1799 as a continuation of the Royal City Palace. It is a five storied pyramid shaped building made with 953 small windows. These windows are made in pink sand stone and are known as ‘Jharokhas’. The windows are decorated with tiny lattice work and actually resemble a giant honeycomb. The multiple windows keep the palace cool even in summers and was basically used by the royal women of the palace. There is an imperial door connecting the Hawa Mahal to the City palace.

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Day 07 : After having breakfast at the hotel, you shall be transferred to the airport to board flight for Kolkata.

Kolkata

Situated on the bank of the river Hoogly, lies the capital city of West Bengal – Kolkata. Formerly known as ‘Calcutta’, this city is one of the four largest metropolitan city in India. It is the main social, economical, cultural and political hub of East India.

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Reach and check in at the hotel. Overnight will be at kolkata.  

Day 08 : Have a comfortable breakfast at the hotel & proceed for a sightseeing tour of Kolkata visiting Victoria Memorial, India Museum, Eden Garden, Howrah Bridge & St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Breakfast will be at hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing tour.

Victoria Memorial

The capital city of West Bengal, Kolkata proudly flaunts to house one of the magnificent monument built in the entire state – The Victoria Memorial. This is one of the important point of interests in Kolkata. To experience the essence of Victorian era, one must visit this monument.

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Indian museum

Kolkata is proud to house the oldest and largest museum of India. This museum was founded in the early eighteenth century by the Asiatic Society of Bengal and was curated by a Danish botanist – Mr. Nathaniel Wallich.

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Eden Garden

Eden Garden is the biggest cricket stadium in India and the World’s second largest cricket ground. It was established in the eighteenth century and has been the home ground of the Bengal Cricket team.

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Howrah Bridge

Howrah Bridge is an iconic landmark of East India. It was built over the river Hoogly in the nineteenth century and is considered to be the busiest bridge in the whole word.

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St. Paul’s Cathedral Kolkata

St Paul’s Cathedral is acknowledged as the first Episcopal Church of the eastern world. The main hall of the cathedral is beautifully admired with exquisitely carved wooden church chairs and benches. Serenity and tranquility is the very essence of the entire premises of the church.

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Day 09 : After having breakfast at the hotel, you shall be transferred to the airport to board flight for Paro.

Paro

Besides the capital city of Thimphu, Paro is the second main city of Bhutan. This town has numerous sacred and historical sites. Paro is the only town in Bhutan which has an international airport. The main attraction of this town are Paro Taktsang Monastery, Rinpung Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang & the National museum.

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Visit the rich history of Bhutan exhibited in the 17th century National Museum.

National Museum, Paro

Located above the Rinpung Dzong is the national museum of Bhutan. This museum was once a watch tower that was built to protect the Paro dzong. The tower was built in 16th century and was converted into a museum by the 3rd hereditary Monarch of Bhutan - King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the year 1968.

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Reach and check in at the hotel. Overnight will be at Paro.  

 

Day 10 : Have a comfortable breakfast at the hotel & drive to Thimphu (50 kms./1.5 hrs.).

Thimphu

The capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu is an ideal tourist destination of Bhutan. This city is well endowed with many religious structures, museums/galleries, popular landmarks, parks and zoo, traditional crafts centre and markets. Some of the important tourist attractions are Tashichho Dzong, National Memorial Chorten, Buddha Dordenma Statue, Folk Heritage museum, Zorig Chusum School of Traditional Arts & Motithang Takin Preserve.

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On arrival, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Thimphu visiting National Institute of Zorig Chusum, Folk Heritage Museum & National Memorial Chorten.

National Institute of Zorig Chusum

The government of Bhutan set up the National Institute of Zorig Chusum as a centre to promote education of Bhutanese art and craft. This institution was established not only to preserve the rich culture and tradition of Bhutan but also to train the young students in all traditional art forms. 

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Folk Heritage Museum

The Folk Heritage Museum, also known as ‘Phelchey Toenkhyim’ is housed inside a 3 storied, 19th  century traditional mud house. This museum reflects the lifestyle of the traditional Bhutanese people.

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National Memorial Chorten

The National Memorial Chorten is an important religious landmark in the city of Thimphu. It was basically built around forty three years ago to honor the third king Of Bhutan.

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Day 11 : Have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and proceed to visit the Tashichho dzong & Thimphu Mini Zoo.

Tashichho dzong

Tashichhoe Dzong is the main monastery and fortress situated in the capital city - Thimphu. This dzong is located near the banks of river Wangchhu and houses thirty temples, chapels and shrines within this complex.

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Thimphu Mini Zoo

The capital city of Bhutan holds the pride of being a home to the national animal of the country – Takin. One of the popular tourist attractions of Thimphu is Motithang Takin Preserve. It was once a small captive zoo which was later converted into a wildlife reserve.

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Overnight will be at Thimphu.

Day 13 : After having your breakfast at the hotel, drive to Paro (50 kms./1.5 hrs.) & visit the Taktsang.

Taktsang

Whenever there is a mention of Bhutan, one has to mention the ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The actual name though is the ‘Taktsang Palphug Monastery’. It is an important Buddhist temple and pilgrimage. This complex is located on a cliff above a beautiful forest of blue pine and rhododendrons and is at a height of over three thousand metres above sea level.

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Overnight will be at Paro.

Day 14: Have your breakfast, later you shall be transferred to Paro airport for your onward flight connection.

Best Months for this tour : March

Inclusions

TOUR LAND PRICE INCLUDES:

  1. Economy class airfare for Jaipur-Kolkata & Kolkata-Paro sectors
  2. Double / twin room accommodation 
  3. Breakfast in Hotel as per the Itinerary
  4. Meet and Greet at the airport at all applicable places
  5. All airport transfers by Private Air Conditioned Car
  6. All sightseeing by Private Air Conditioned Car
  7. Inter-city transfers by Private Air Conditioned Car
  8. Services of English Speaking Guide
  9. Rickshaw Ride in Old Delhi
  10. Tonga Ride In Agra
  11. Elephant Back Ascent at Amer Fort in Jaipur
  12. Hand phone with Indian number for 24x7 customer support
  13. All Transport Taxes, Inter State Vehicle Permit, Driver Allowance and Parking Charges
  14. All hotel & Govt. Taxes
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