Plan a Golden Triangle Tour with Udaipur in 2018

Start 2018 with the Golden Triangle Tour of India and visit the historic cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The winter months of 2017-18 (December 2017, January, February and March 2018) are perfect for touring and sightseeing in these cities. The tour will get even more exciting by adding the royal and romantic city of Udaipur in your tour itinerary.

Book hotels in all cities

The Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra
The Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra

While touring Delhi, the best luxury hotels for your stay are The Metropolitan Hotel and Spa, Hotel Aerocity, near Delhi Airport, and The Taj Mahal Hotel. While in Agra, you can stay at Paradour, A Boutique Hotel, ITC Mughal and The Oberoi Amarvilas. For your tour of Jaipur, you can check out Ginger Hotel, Ramada Hotel, Taj Rambagh Palace. In Udaipur, you can stay in Golden Tulip, Hotel Lakend, and Taj Lake Palace.

Places to visit in Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Udaipur

Rashtrapati Bhawan Delhi
Rashtrapati Bhawan Delhi

In Delhi, you can visit Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar. You can see India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan. You can visit religious temples like Birla Temple, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Digambar Jain Lal Mandir, Lotus Temple, Gurudwara Sheesh Ganj Sahib, Gauri Shankar Temple and Akshardham Temple, and pay a visit to Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial and cremation site. You can visit the traditional bazaars of Chandni Chowk and shop at the modern shopping complexes of Connaught Place. You can eat the famous street food of Delhi at well-known eateries and restaurants like Natraj Dahi Bhalle, Chandni Chowk Haldiram, Giani Di Hatti and more.

You can also check Delhi tour packages, by Santram Holidays which contains some of the best Delhi sightseeing tour plans, cab fare, list of all tourist attraction and more. Plus, they have also shared information of distance of all major cities from Delhi, which we have mentioned in this article on how to plan a Golden Triangle Tour Package.

Agra is most famous for the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Other tourist sites to visit in Agra are Mehtab Bagh, Itmad-ud-Daula, Akbar’s Tomb and Guru Ka Tal Gurudwara. Plus, if you are ever planning to explore only Agra from New Delhi, then checkout Delhi Agra Tour Packages from Santram Holidays.

In the “Pink City” of Jaipur, you can visit all the famous landmarks like Birla Temple, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal, Royal Gaitor, Amer Fort, Chokhi Dhani and Albert Museum.

En route the road from Jaipur to Udaipur, you can visit any one of these famous tourist landmarks:

Tour of Chittorgarh Fort
Chittorgarh Fort
  1. Jain Temples of Ranakpur – an important Jain pilgrimage center famous for its intricate carvings on marble stones.
  2. Kumbhalgarh Fort is the birthplace of Maharana Pratap.
  3. Chittorgarh Fort is the largest fort in India, famous for its 22 functional water bodies.

Udaipur, also called “Venice of the East”, is famous for Udaipur City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Lake Pichola, Lake Palace (Taj), Sahelion Ki Bari, Monsoon Palace, Bagore Ki Haveli and Shilpgram.

Mode of transportation

gatimaan express to reach Agra from New Delhi
gatimaan express to reach Agra from New Delhi

Cab: Cost is around Rs. 2750 to 3850 per day. So, 6 days fare will be around 2750 x 6 and 3850 x 6.

Trains and flights: There are many trains from Delhi to Agra. The best is Gatimaan Express, from Delhi to Agra (8:10 am – 9:50 pm). From Agra, catch Jaipur Shatabdi (5:40 pm – 9:20 pm), and travel from Jaipur to Udaipur by road, as you can visit Ranakpur and Kumbhalgarh, coming on the way. From Udaipur, take a flight to Delhi.

The best option is 8:40 pm – 9:55 pm (SpiceJet SG-2640): Rs 2100 plus tax.

Plan a Bishnoi Village Tour near Jodhpur

Bishnoi Village Tour
Bishnoi Village Tour

Bishnoi is a rural tribe from Hindu sect. These people follow the teachings of a 15th-century saint Guru Jambeshwar and are discrete in Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan. This tribe is world-famous for its conservative beliefs and non-violence. They do not let anyone harm nature – the animals, trees and flora and fauna.

If you want to experience the life and beauty of this tribe, Guda- a beautiful village near Jodhpur is your place. Located approximately 25 km from Jodhpur, Guda is famous for its scenic beauty, Khejri trees, and deer. There is an artificial lake in the village which is a favorite picnic spot.  One can reach there by a private car or Jeep.

This Bishnoi village is an exotic wildlife spot, and the inhabitants of this village are faithful worshippers of nature. In this world of exploitation, villagers have conserved the culture, plants, and wildlife admirably. They pray plants and animals that inhabitant in their land. The pure-vegetarian tribe is the worshipper of Lord Vishnu. The legends of this community even sacrificed their lives to save trees. Khejri Massacre is a final part of history where 363 Bishnoi men and women lose their lives while saving trees from cutting.

Bishnoi’s are also famous in the history as first opium growers. Opium tree is a part of their culture though it cannot be verified anywhere in the village.

This artificial Lake of this community is the home to many migratory birds like domicile cranes and animals like blackbucks and chinkaras. The Bishnoi community is a kind of desert oasis, and one can easily find antelope blackbucks drinking water in the lake. Blackbucks and antelopes roam freely around the village because they know that no one in the village will harm them or let alone any damage reach them.

This arduous trip to this time warp village at the moment can refresh your mind, soul, and body.

Explore the beauty of shekhawati region in Rajasthan

Shekhawati region in Rajasthan
Shekhawati region in Rajasthan

Shekhawati region comprises an area of Sikar, Jhunjunu, and Churu. A paradise for tourists, this beautiful place is a landmark tourist destination. The bastion of Rao Shekha, Shekhawati region is world-famous for its rich heritage and culture and this district is named on his name. The beautiful Havelis of Shekhawat region harks back to the yester years. The beauty of Shekhawat region is reflected in everything related to this area.

Architecture:

The unique Shekhawati architecture style is reflected in the mansions, Forts, Step Wells, Charitable Inns and Chhatris of this region. The Shekhawati rulers and the Marwari community has painted the whole region in rainbow colors. Most of the old Forts and Havelis are no converted into Hotels or guest houses. It is more than an honor to spend a night in the realm of history. Shekhawat region has emerged as a weekend excursion because of its Grand architecture. The walls are painted with the pictures of murals, telephones, trains, Hindu Gods, British Raj or anything you can imagine.

Attires:

One can witness the most colorful attires of the world in this region. Men and women dressed in colorful clothes appear no less than a rainbow. The angrakhis and achkans of men are decorated with mirrors and colorful threads. The look is completed with colorful turbans. Women are dressed in colorful lehenga cholis and heavy silver jewellery. The fascinating tie and dye fabric and block printing emerged from this region.

Puppets and Crafts:

This area of Rajasthan is famous for its colorful puppets. Dhola and Maru are their favorite characters, and they represent them with puppets made of cloth. This region is also famous for decorative items made from metal like brass. The stunning range includes everything from armors, elephants human or animal figures to dancers. The extraordinary ordinary craftsmanship is also reflected in marble, sandstone, and quartz.

The natural wonder of Tal Chhapar Sanctuary

Tal Chhapar Sanctuary
Tal Chhapar Sanctuary

The Tal Chhapar Sanctuary is in the Churu district of Rajasthan. Located on the fringes of Great Indian Desert. The sanctuary is 132 km away from Bikaner and was a Private Hunting Resort of Bikaner which has a flat saline depression known as ‘Tal’.

This unique ecosystem has open grasslands where a special grass is found, and the seed of this grass is pearl shaped, and hence it is known as ‘Motiya’. This grass is sweet in taste, and people eat it.

Tal Chhapar Sanctuary is the sole place with a vast population of black bucks. There are around 1680 black bucks which move in a herd of 500-700 and eat “Mothiya” as their food.

This Tal in the heart of Thar Desert is a refuge of Blackbuck bird. The grassland is scattered with Acacia and Prosopis trees. Migratory birds pass through this ecosystem during September. Harriers, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Short-Toes Eagle, Sparrow, Little Green Bee-eaters, Black Ibis and Demoiselle Crane, are the birds that stay in sanctuary till March. Ring Dove, Brown Dove, Skylark, Crested Lark and Blue Jay are some birds that remain in this sanctuary throughout the year. Birds migrate in this region from far-off countries like Siberia, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Central Asia.

How to Reach Tal Chhapar Sanctuary?

The exact location of Tal Chhapar Sanctuary is Sujangarh Tehsil of Churu District. One can reach by Rail, Road or Air.

By Road: One can reach Tal Chhapar Sanctuary by Bus or Car or Jeep quickly. The place is around 85 km away from Churu district.

By Rail: The nearest railway station is Chappar located in the Degana-Churu-Rewari line.

By Air: Jaipur Airport is the nearest airport which is located around 210 km from the sanctuary.

Some hotels near Tal Chappar?

Chappar Homestay: This is a simple guest house near Tal Chappar. It offers simple accommodation and unusual delicacies.

Forest Rest House: This is an another popular guest house in Tal Chhapar Blackbuck Sanctuary in Churu. The guest house features free wi-fi, a restaurant, and a terrace.