Join us this fall on an Insight Tour to India! India’s Golden Triangle comprises of the three most visited cities in the country’s north-west: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, which are all connected to each other by roads and rail links. On the map, these form a roughly equilateral triangle, some 200-250 km along each side. This triangle has been dubbed “golden” for the extraordinary wealth of cultural and historical splendor on offer in each of the three cities. Jaipur, capital of the largely desert state of Rajasthan, is home to some of Asia’s best bazaars. You could spend weeks in Delhi, the sprawling, fascinating Indian capital, and not see it all, while Agra, once the heart of the Moghul Empire, boasts the unparalleled beauty of the Taj Mahal, which adorns the banks of the Yamuna River. The Golden Triangle is a classic introduction to India: if you’ve never been to the subcontinent before, start here.
ABOUT THE TRIP
Total cost: $2171 (for shared room); $3234 (optional single room)
Half day city tour with trip orientation today. Visit to Raj Ghat the Mahatma Gandhi memorial & other places like Indian Parliament or other important areas of New Delhi (it will be in car excursion only except Rajghat). Dinner at the hotel.
*Note: Flights usually arrive at midnight, so you may prefer to come a day earlier
Breakfast will be the first official gathering of all the participants, and we will discuss Delhi. Later today, OLD DELHI BAZAAR walks along with two monuments of Humayun Tomb and Qutub Minar. Overnight stay and dinner will be at the resident hotel.
We leave for PODRAC (Protection Of the Rights of Differently Abled Children), engaging and discussing the issues related to it. Then, we will visit Lotus Temple (Pic Beside), a new form of religion with no god, an architectural master piece. After that, we will visit local India Fulbright Commission USIEF. Finally, it is back to hotel for another dinner with a special invited guest.
Delhi to Agra 210 kms (4.5 hrs drive)
After breakfast we leave for Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal, the current wonder of the world from India and the ultimate symbol of love. Half day city tour of Agra, where we see the monument from different angles. We will opt for dinner on the terrace with view of the Taj Mahal, and we will be joined by local Fulbrighters.
After breakfast, we leave for biggest monuments of the trip Taj Mahal, the Indian Wonder of the World, along with the magnificent structure of Mughal-era “Agra Fort”, which has intricate carvings and marble inlays.
In the evening, we will visit the Mission of Charities founded by Mother Teresa.
Agra to Jaipur, 225 km (6 hrs drive)
Today we leave after an early breakfast to a village, in order to get first hand insight into the lives of very poor villagers. Then, we will head to the city of Ghost in Fatehpur Sikri & Abhaneri. The next destination is Jaipur’s Amer Fort for the Sound & Light Show, which narrates the history of Rajput’s rulers of Rajasthan from Mughal rulers. Overnight stay in heritage property of Jaipur/4 star hotel.
*Please note, the heritage properties are well-maintained, but are small in size
With full day in Jaipur, we explore the city with its different aspects, starting with a ride on the elephants like the kings use to climb to fort Amer. In the afternoon, we will walk through the old city with bustling bazaars. In the evening, we will have dinner with a dance by the Rajasthan Ghoomer dance form along with some foreigners settled in India. (*This is subject to availability at that point of time)
Jaipur – Delhi 225 kms 6 hrs drive
We leave for Delhi, enroute visit to Amity University, the largest private university of India. Then we leave for Delhi, taking lunch enroute at Highway Place, eating traditional Indian Thali.
We take a leave for Bal Bharti Public School Pitampura. Dean Loveleen Kapoor will give a talk about Indian politics, the caste system, and religion, followed by discussion on America’s perspective on India. We plan to visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Temple of Sikh Community & visit & dine at its langar where nearly 10000 people dine free every day. We head back a little early to repack for tomorrow. Dinner with another set of guests.
Full day in Delhi for each individual to explore and do as they wish at their own leisure. Departure to the airports will be together.
Double room accommodations in comfortable hotels (2 occupants per room). Single rooms are available for an additional $1063 for the entire trip
Breakfasts and dinners
9 Breakfasts; 8 lunches and 5 dinners
Transportation by private, air-conditioned motor coach/minibus/van, as well as group transfers as appropriate
English speaking guide(s)/interpreter(s) to accompany participants through the whole Tour period; and extra local guides when visiting certain attractions
Admission and fees to museums and program activities as listed in the itinerary
Honoraria for speakers
Airport transfers (single arrival and pick up and single departure drop)
What’s not Included
Flights to/from Delhi, India
Expenses of a purely personal nature
Room service charges
Transportation of luggage in excess of weight allowance
Gratuities to the bellmen and waiters
Travel cancellation insurance
Gratuities for guides
Daily meals that are not organized for the group and extra beverages at group meals
Visas or other necessary entry documents
To register, the following items should be sent to the Fulbright Association Office by the registration deadline of September 15, 2017:
Paying by card: Click here to pay online. You can choose to pay the deposit and second payment separately, or pay everything all at once. You may also call us at (202) 775-0725 to pay by card over the phone.
Paying by check: Checks should be made payable to the Fulbright Association. Please list “Tour to India” in the memo. Registration packets and checks should be sent to the Fulbright Association office in Washington, DC. The address is:
1900 L Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Once you have registered and submitted both your deposit and registration forms to the Fulbright Association, we will contact you with additional information about the trip.
Final Payments: Final payments for the trip are due by September 28, 2017. If you have paid the $750 deposit, the remaining balance is $1421 for shared-room participants and $2484 for single room participants. Please read all the information in our registration packet for terms on cancellations, refunds, and other policies.
Please also note that you must be a current member of the Fulbright Association in order to join the tour. If you are not a member, you can click here to join, or if you are a lapsed member, please click here to renew your annual membership. Not a Fulbright alumn? No problem! The Fulbright Association welcomes all supporters of the mission of the Fulbright Program to join as Friends of Fulbright. Tour registrants may also bring one non-member guest. Please indicate who your guest is in your registration materials.
If you have any questions, please give us a call at (202) 775-0725 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.