THRIFTY TEXAN TWO-STEPPIN' TOURS INVITES YOU TO JOIN US ON THE
9 DAY GOLDEN TRIANGLE OF INDIA TOUR
WITH GATE 1 TRAVEL
December 29, 2019-January 6, 2019
Reserve space by March 8 (with a $300 non-refundable deposit) to save $300 on the Land package. Land Package with the $300 savings is $1499 double occupancy/$1999 single occupancy (Airfare approx $1900)
DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for India
Depart for India
DAY 2, Monday - Arrive in New Delhi
Welcome to India! Arrive in the energetic capital city of New Delhi; meet your representative and transfer to the hotel. Time to rest and relax after your journey and acclimate to the new time zone
Overnight: The Park Hotel, New Delhi
DAY 3, Tuesday - Old & New Delhi City Tour
Begin in the walled city of Old Delhi, founded by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Travel along the winding streets to Jama Masjid, the largest and best known mosque in India. On a cycle rickshaw, continue along the lanes of Chandi Chowk, once the imperial avenue of Mughal royalty. After lunch, on to New Delhi, a city of airy boulevards, lush parks and gardens. Visit the Sikh Temple and drive past the imposing India Gate War Memorial to Indian and British soldiers, Parliament House and the Presidential Palace. Enjoy a visit to the Gandhi Smriti, the official residence of Mahatma Gandhi, where he spent the last 144 days of his life, that is now a museum. The tour continues with a visit to Humayun's Tomb set in stunning gardens, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening, meet with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager for an orientation meeting on the incredible journey in India that awaits you, followed by a Welcome Dinner at the hotel
Overnight:The Park Hotel, New Delhi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4, Wednesday - Travel to Jaipur
Depart New Delhi to Jaipur, gateway to the desert state of Rajasthan. En route, stop for some photos at the graceful sandstone Qutab Minar Victory Tower, the world's tallest brick minaret, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive in glorious Jaipur, with its stucco buildings lining the wide streets and you'll understand why it is nicknamed the "Pink City." The city was painted its unique color in 1876 to celebrate the visit of the Prince of Wales. Drive past stunning hilltop forts and glorious palaces on the way to a bargain filled bazaar. Dinner is at the hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 5, Thursday - Amber Fort, Jaipur
Excursion to the spectacular Amber Fort, a stunning fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles with its gorgeous Palace of Mirrors. Ascend the hill to the ramparts by jeep. From here, see the panoramic views of Jaipur's original city walls and the lake below. Stop for refreshments before shopping the vast collection of local handicrafts at Jaipur Handicrafts, offering premium quality handmade carpets, textiles, pashminas, pottery and paintings. Fabrics in all colors and textures are available for loose purchase as well as custom design work. Spend the afternoon at leisure strolling through the city's delightful gardens, or, join the optional tour to view the well-preserved 18th century Jantar Mantar Observatory and drive past Hawa Mahal, the "Palace of Winds" with its lacy ornamental façade. Later, the tour continues to the opulent City Palace, former royal residence, now a grand museum with an extraordinary collection of miniature paintings, costumes and armory. Tonight's optional evening is highlighted by the exotic flavors of Indian cuisine at a local neighborhood restaurant, while you're entertained by performers in traditional attire as they execute various dance moves to the rhythm of the accompanying musical instruments
Optional: Half Day Jaipur Tour (PM)
Optional: Dinner at Local Jaipur Restaurant with Cultural Performance
Overnight: Four Points by Sheraton Jaipur, City Square, Jaipur
DAY 6, Friday - Travel to Agra via Abhaneri
Depart Jaipur to the small ancient village of Abhaneri in northern Rajasthan. Begin at Chand Baori, one of the largest step wells in India, fortified on all sides. This unique idea was conceived by the early natives to work as a water reservoir, located adjacent to the temple dedicated to Harshat Mata, goddess of joy and happiness - an architectural jewel. Then after lunch, continue on to Agra, with its celebrated past, rich heritage and architectural delights. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the delights of this splendid city. Dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: Trident Agra Hotel, Agra
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7, Saturday - Taj Mahal
A memorable day as you visit the astonishing Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved Queen. Perhaps, this is the most perfect architectural monument in the world, built of white marble and precious stones over a 22 year period - considered the finest example of Mughal architecture. Afterwards, stop at Kalakriti Marble. The Taj Mahal inspired the Kalakriti family to become the manufacturer of fine inlaid marble work. Marvel at the museum quality workmanship as you watch a demonstration of the timely process of marble carvings, filigree and stone inlay. Then browse Kalakriti’s home furnishings and decorative items. In the afternoon, participate in the not to be missed optional tour to the red sandstone Agra Fort, with its incredible maze of walled courtyards, mosques and lavish private chambers reflecting the grandeur of the Mughal Empire; this monument has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, to the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah built of the finest Indian marble embellished with mosaics and inlay of semiprecious stones. Enjoy the evening at leisure
Optional: Half Day Agra Tour (PM)
Overnight: Trident Agra Hotel, Agra
DAY 8, Sunday - New Delhi
Depart Agra this morning and return to New Delhi on your last day in India. Upon arrival, time to freshen up before tonight's festivities. Bid farewell to your newfound friends and Tour Manager at a festive Farewell Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Novotel New Delhi Aerocity, New Delhi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9, Monday - Return Home
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Half Day Jaipur Tour
The afternoon city tour of Jaipur begins at the magnificent 18th century Jantar Mantar Observatory. Drive past Hawa Mahal, the "Palace of Winds" built in 1799, with its lacy ornamental façade, allowing royal ladies to view the city from the windows. Later, the tour continues to the opulent City Palace, former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal style, now a grand museum with an extraordinary collection of miniature paintings, costumes and armory.
Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
Day #5$21.00Half Day Jaipur Tour
Dinner at Local Jaipur Restaurant with Cultural Performance
Enjoy the exotic flavors of Indian cuisine at a popular local restaurant. You’ll be entertained by performers in traditional attire as they re-enact stories of a past era with dance and music. This is a typical folklore show, not to be construed as a professional performance. Included will be an amateur puppet show, dancing with props and audience participation. Transfers to and from the venue are included.
Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.
Day #5$29.00Dinner at Local Jaipur Restaurant with Cultural Performance
Half Day Agra Tour
Afternoon visit to the red sandstone Agra Fort, built by Moghul Emperor Akbar in 1565. The Fort's incredible maze of courtyards, marble mosques and lavish private chambers reflect the grandeur of the Mughal Empire. Next, to the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah "a jewel box” built of the finest Indian marble embellished with mosaics and inlay of semi-precious stones. In the central chamber, view the yellow marble tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah and his wife, hand-painted with floral decorations and screens of geometric latticework. Based on its layout, designs and latticework, this mausoleum is considered the imminent precursor to the Taj Mahal.
Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
Day #7$29.00Half Day Agra Tour
9 DAY GOLDEN TRIANGLE OF INDIA Non-Refundable deposit due at time of booking: $300.00
Make check payable to Triple T Tours, Box 1962, Belton, TX 76513. 4% service fee if using credit or debit card.
(BOOK BY MAR 8, 2019 TO SAVE $300 which makes Land package $1449 dbl/$1949single. AFTER MAR 8, IF SPACE IS AVAILABLE, land package will be $1749 dbl/$2249single)
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Gate 1 Travel highly recommends that you purchase Travel Protection to protect you and your trip investment. The cost of the protection plan for this tour is $159 per person. The following link provides the details about the plan: https://gate1.archinsurancesolutions.com/description-of-coverage/b5f900f1-3bdc-e711-810a-1418776a18cb.pdf
Gate 1 also offers an additional Travel Protection Plan - Cancel for Any Reason which costs an additional $99.00.
The Gate 1 Cancellation Waiver Benefit is administered by Gate 1 Travel.
You may choose to purchase the optional Gate 1 "Cancel For Any Reason Waiver" which allows you to cancel your tour up to 72 hours before your scheduled departure for any reason and receive a credit equal to the full cost of your Gate 1 travel arrangements, less the cost of deposit(s), late/amendment fees, and insurance premium cost. Any benefit payable under the Gate 1 Cancellation Waiver will be reduced by the amount of any cancellation benefits paid or payable by the Gate 1 Travel Protection Plan or any other insurance plan providing Trip Cancellation benefits.
Credit will be issued in the form of travel certificates which are applicable for a period of one year from the original date of travel. In the event that instant purchase airfare was purchased in conjunction with the original tour program, you must travel within one year of original date of airfare booking; please note that if you buy an instant purchase airfare many months in advance of your date of travel, you will have only one year from the date you purchased your ticket (not the date of travel) to reuse the value of your airline ticket. Certificates have no cash value and may be used only for travel to the originally booked destination, using the same carrier, same hotels and same tour package. Price adjustments will be made at the time of the new reservation. Should the price decrease, you will receive a credit for the difference. Should the price increase, you will be invoiced for the balance.
This benefit must be purchased at the same time as the Travel Protection Plan.
* This Cancel For Any Reason Waiver Benefit is not insurance and is provided by Gate 1 Travel.
Travel protection may NOT be purchased after final payment has been made, and the protection plan premium is non-refundable after a 10 day review period.