India – The Golden Triangle

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When it comes to experiencing India’s history, culture, architecture and attractions; in a nutshell, Marathon Travel’s Golden Triangle Tour is incomparable.  You will take an unforgettable journey across the three most popular tourist…

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When it comes to experiencing India’s history, culture, architecture and attractions; in a nutshell, Marathon Travel’s Golden Triangle Tour is incomparable.  You will take an unforgettable journey across the three most popular tourist destinations of India– Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

While Delhi lures with attractions of the Mughal era, Agra represents the glory of Mughals and Jaipur stands in the grandeur of Rajputana.

Let Marathon Travel take your students on the trip of a lifetime! Contact us now on groups@marathontravel.ie or call our office on +353 1 475 5010 (ext 4) to get your group quote now.

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Day 1

Morning

In the late morning / early afternoon your coach will collect you from your school and transfer you to Dublin Airport.

Afternoon

Upon arrival at Dublin Airport your group will receive your boarding passes and check in any luggage.

Evening

Take off on your long haul flight to Delhi, flight time is between 14 and 20 hours depending on flight choices available.

Day 2

Morning

Arrive in the Indian Capital of Delhi, enjoy a transfer to your hotel.

Afternoon

Upon arrival at your hotel enjoy a little rest and some lunch (at the groups expense).

Evening

In the early evening you will get the chance to visit the infamous India Gate and the Presidents House.

Day 3

Morning

Breakfast will be served at the hotel, after which you will visit Humayum's Tomb the first garden tomb of India.

Afternoon

In the afternoon you will visit the UNESCO Heritage Site Qutub Minar the tallest minaret in India.

Evening

After a busy day of site seeing your group will be transferred back to the hotel for a night at leisure.

Day 4

Morning

After breakfast depart Delhi for the pink city of Rajhastan in Jaipur.

Afternoon

After lunch (at the groups expense) you will visit Hawa Mahal, the Palace of the Winds constructed in 1799, with a facade of 953 windows.

Evening

In the evening the group will get the chance to walk though the Old City of Jaipur for some shopping.

Day 5

Morning

After breakfast at your hotel you will visit Amer Fort, where you might spot an Indian Elephant or two.

Afternoon

After your trip to Amer Fort enjoy a traditional Indian lunch served at the hotel. (lunch is at the groups expense)

Evening

In the early afternoon experience the magnificent interiors of the City Palace Museum located within the walls of Jaipur city.

Day 6

Morning

After breakfast depart for Agra and en route visit Fatehpur Sikri.

Afternoon

After your morning visit continue to Agra where you will get lunch on the way (at the groups expense).

Evening

Spend the evening at leisure where the group can enjoy a spot of souvenir shopping.

Day 7

Morning

Breakfast will be served at the hotel and once full you will visit Agra Fort, the first stop of the day.

Afternoon

In the afternoon you will get the once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the sensational Taj Mahal.

Evening

After a full day of exquisite site seeing take the evening to relax at the hotel.

Day 8

Morning

In the morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before setting off for Delhi.

Afternoon

Reach Delhi by early afternoon and enjoy a delicious lunch at the hotel or en route.

Evening

In the evening take a leisurely stroll around Janpath Market to pick up some last minute souvenirs.

Day 9

Morning

Enjoy your last taste of India by way of breakfast at the hotel.

Afternoon

Your coach will transfer you back to Delhi International for your flight home.

Evening

Upon landing in Dublin a coach will drop you back to your original destination.

What is included in the India, Golden Triangle Tour?

  • Return Flights from Dublin to Delhi
  • E-Visa Issuing
  • Airport Meet & Greet
  • 7 Nights Hotel Stay
  • Breakfast Each Morning
  • 45 Seater Luxury AC Coach
  • Sightseeing as Mentioned
  • Entry Fees for Historic Monuments
  • English Speaking Guide 24/7
  • Doctor & Emergency Assistance
  • Group Travel Insurance
  • Online Booking System
  • Dedicated Account Manager

What UNESCO Tours are Included?

  • Agra Fort, Agra
  • Taj Mahal, Agra
  • Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
  • Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi
  • Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi
  • The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
  • Jaipur City, Rajasthan

What Hotels are Included in this Tour?

What are the visa requirements for India?

Irish citizens are now eligible to apply online for an e-Tourist visa before they travel to India, subject to certain conditions.

Marathon Travel will issue visas where possible for all persons travelling as part of our Indian, Golden Triangle Tour.

For all travel advice, always check the DFA website.

Is this package available all year round?

To ensure your school group gets the best out of India and it’s weather this tour is available between August through until April.

Is the coach used as part of this tour comfortable?

Yes most definitely, Marathon Travel want to ensure you get the best experience possible so as part of your tour the coach included is a 45 Seater Volvo Bus, which includes:

  • On Board Toilet Facilities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Head and Neck Rests
  • Reclining Seats
  • Seat Belts

What is the climate like in India?

The temperature varies through the months, we have included a brief over view below.

August – October: High Twenties in August Decreasing to Low Twenties as you move towards October

November – February: Very like an Irish Summer varying between Twenty and Ten Degrees.

March – April: Mid Twenties

What is the time difference between Ireland and Delhi?

As of January the time difference is that Delhi is 05:30 hours ahead of Ireland.

In Spring in Ireland due to daylight savings we jump forward an hour. India doesn’t have day light savings so when this happens the time difference changes to 04:30 hours ahead.

What is the currency in India and the exchange rate to Euro?

The currency in India is Indian Rupees. The current exchange rate as of January 2020 is:

€1 : 78

To get a live exchange rate we would recommend using XE Currency.

Where is the best place to exchange our money?

Banks in Ireland would have the most stable rates for exchanging currency.

We always recommend changing your money before you go to the airport. This reduces stress and any additional hassle.

Your local bank may not have Rupees in stock, they may have to order it or you might have to go to a larger branch.

Is the dress code in India Conservative?

India is a much more conservative society than Ireland. When travelling to another culture it is always important to respect traditions and cultural norms.

We would highly recommend that all people travelling ensure their shoulders and knees are covered at all time and where possible wearing long trousers.

HOW MUCH DOES MARATHON TRAVEL'S INDIA TRIP COST?

Our School Tour to India and The Golden Triangle varies in price depending on your groups requirements. Prices vary depending on the time of year you wish to travel and how many students will travel as part of the group.

Please email: groups@marathontravel.ie for further information or call our offices on +3531 4755010 ext. 4 and one of our team will be happy to assist

How Much Spending Money Would each student need?

As breakfast is the only meal included as part of the package we would recommend between €16  – €20 per day would be ideal.

Should your student wish to purchase souvenirs a little extra may be required.

Will students require Vaccinations to travel to India?

Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for India. If you are travelling from a country with a risk of yellow fever or polio, you must have proof of vaccination or you will not be allowed to enter India. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Malaria and dengue fever are present in India so care should be taken to avoid mosquito bites by covering up and using mosquito repellents. There is prescribed medication, which you can take to prevent malaria that your doctor can advise you on. However, there is no medication which you can take to prevent Dengue fever. Therefore, due care should be exercised to avoid mosquito bites where possible to reduce the potential of infection.

CAN YOU CREATE A TOUR OF INDIA TO SPECIFIC CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS?

We can indeed, whether your group is travelling for history, geography or drama we can curate a tour that is specific to your curricular requirements.

We create the tour specifically for your requirements, whether they be curricular, budget or time.

Drop us an email groups@marathontravel.ie with your requirements and we will create the perfect itinerary for you and your students!

CAN WE MAKE ADDITIONS AND CHANGES TO THE ITINERARY?

Yes of course, if there is a Cultural tour or some specific sightseeing you would like to add, just mention this at the time of inquiry and we will adapt the itinerary accordingly.

All our tours can be tailor made to suit your needs. We aim to give you the best experience possible.

DO YOU OFFER FREE TEACHER PLACES?

Free Teacher places are offered on the basis of a minimum number of 20 paying passengers with 1 Free Place for every 10 paying passengers.

HOW DOES YOUR ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM WORK?

Once you have received your quote and are happy to proceed with your group booking we will create your personalized secure online booking and payment portal.

We can include your school / club logo on the landing page.

We will then forward the group leader a link which can be forwarded to your members. Each person can then individually log in, book their place and make their payment. Saving you the hassle of collecting and dealing with cash!

IS YOUR ONLINE BOOKING AND PAYMENT SYSTEM SECURE?

Yes, 100%

Our booking portal complies with all GDPR regulations and guidelines.

We use SAGEPAY as our payment system that is completely secure and safe for your group to use!

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