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The Fabled Golden Triangle (5 Nts/6 Days)

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Delhi, Agra & Jaipur - The Fabled Golden Triangle (5 Nts/6 Days)

The well-known Golden Triangle of India actually covers three of the most beautiful and captivating cities of the country: Delhi (the capital of India and the seat of the nation’s power); Agra (the city of the Taj Mahal – emblem of eternal love); and Jaipur (the land of the legendary Rajput warriors and their tales of glorious chivalry). These cities are undoubtedly, the epitome of Indian cultural, historical and architectural heritage and have all been the capitals of the erstwhile princely states during their heyday.

Delhi is modern and cosmopolitan, the capital of a young and vibrant nation. Agra showcases the opulence of the Mughal Empire. A royal elephant-ride and warm welcome in the city Jaipur are not the only reminders of the city’s medieval Rajput past. As popular tourist destinations, all of these cities boast good hotels and tourism facilities, equal to the best in the world.

Day 1  Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Meeting and assistance on arrival. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay in Delhi.

Day 2 Delhi
Proceed on a morning tour of Delhi visiting Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana – the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Also visit the Jama Masjid (Big Mosque). Drive past the imposing Red Fort and continue onwards through the busy, bustling Chandni Chowk or Street of Silver.

Afternoon: visit the Qutub Minar or Tower of Victory, built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199. Visit Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate (the War Memorial Arch) and Lakshminarayan Temple – a modern Hindu Temple. Also drive past President’s House, Parliament House, the Government Secretariat Buildings and Connaught Place – the dynamic heart of downtown Delhi.

Overnight stay in Delhi hotel.

Day 3 Delhi – Jaipur
Morning: drive to Jaipur (260 Kms., 5 Hrs.) On arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon tour of Jaipur. Jaipur – the capital of Rajasthan was given a colour coat of pink a century ago in honour of a visiting Prince and ever since, it has retained this colour. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer, this city is 260 years old. Visit the Maharaja’s City Palace, the Observatory and Ram Niwas Gardens. Drive past Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Winds) and through the rose-pink residential and business areas.

Overnight at Jaipur.

Day 4 Jaipur
Morning: visit the rugged, 8th century Amber Fort located on a hilltop overlooking the surrounding country-side. Ride an Elephant to the main entrance of the fort at the crest of the hill. Amber Fort was the ancient capital of the erstwhile royal State of Jaipur. Once inside the Fort, visit the Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Victory, glittering with mirrors. Spend time exploring the imposing ramparts and historic nooks within.

Return to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for independent activities.

Overnight is at hotel.

Day 5 Jaipur – Agra
Drive to Agra (245 Kms., 6 Hrs.) visiting the ancient deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, enroute. Fatehpur Sikri is 40 kms., from Agra and was built by the mughal Emperor, Akbar, in 1569. It was abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. Explore the graceful buildings within this remarkably well-preserved historical complex, including the tomb of Sufi saint, Salim Chisti, the Jama Masjid, the Panch Mahal and other palaces. Thereafter, continue onwards to Agra.

Upon arrival, the rest of the day is free.

Overnight is at hotel.

Day 6 Agra – Delhi
Morning: visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by the Moghul Emperor Shahjehan in 1630, to enshrine the mortal remains of his beloved Queen, Mumtaz Mahal. Later, visit the Agra Fort containing the Pearl Mosque, the Halls of Public and Private Audience and more. Also visit the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daullah, built by Empress Noorjehan in memory of her father.

Afternoon drive to Delhi (205 Kms., 4 Hrs.)

Drive directly to the international airport to board a flight for your onward journey.

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The Top Eight Must-visit Events on the French Riviera for 2016

It’s 2016 and another glorious spring has arrived to cast a soft and gentle spell on the land in the South of France. It is also that time of year to look ahead at some of the most exciting events that are set to take place in this beautiful region, over the coming months.

French Riviera

Better known as the playground of the rich and famous, the French Riviera is not only famous for its beautiful weather, but also plays host to a number of highly-acclaimed festivals, carnivals and sporting events that attract high-profile visitors and celebrities from around the world. It is well worth a visit, if you are planning a memorable and exciting holiday.

Here, at St Tropez House, we have put together a list of the top 8 events that you just absolutely cannot afford to miss.

1. Monte-Carlo Rolex Cup
Venue: The Monte-Carlo Country Club
Dates: April 9th to 17th

One of the most popular events on the international tennis circuit is the Monte-Carlo Rolex Open. It takes place at the Monte-Carlo Country Club every April. The setting is indeed incredible. Fans get to enjoy the fast-paced action of dare-devil tennis matches while simultaneously breathing in the breathtaking, panoramic view out over the gorgeous, azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The ATP tournament attracts some of the biggest names in tennis such as Novac Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray.

2. Top Marques Monaco
Dates: April 14th to 17th

The adrenaline-pumping, supercar show “Top Marques” takes place during the last weekend of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Billed as the most exclusive supercar show in the world, it is the ultimate, luxury supercar show. You just don’t want to miss this if you are a die-hard fan of luxury cars. The four day exhibition is primarily a supercar event, where every car is for sale. But there are also areas dedicated to other gizmos and accessories that make for a luxury lifestyle such as super exclusive watches, unique designer jewellery and superboats for adventure lovers. The event takes place in and around the Grimaldi Forum which is an award-winning exhibition centre in the heart of Monaco, located just a short walk from Casino Square and a stone’s throw from the Mediterranean. You may get to test drive the supercar of your dreams on a Grand Prix circuit.

3. Cannes Film Festival
Dates: May 11th to 22nd

Cannes Film FestivalThis event definitely needs no introduction. The Cannes film festival is arguably the biggest movie extravaganza anywhere in the world which takes place at the Palais des Festivals on the promenade in Cannes. This will be the festival’s 69th edition and more than likely to attract the biggest names in the film industry from around the world. They come not just to premier their movies, but also to see, be seen, and have fun.

4. Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix
Dates: May 26th to 29th

Monaco Formula 1 - Grand PrixAnother hugely popular event on the Cote d’Azur is the Monaco F1 Grand Prix, which takes place around the streets and Port of Monaco. The circuit winds its way through tunnels and hairpin bends in the world’s second smallest country, watched by thousands of fans who throng the course on constructed stands or balconies of the principality’s prime real estate. Then there are also the lucky ones – who get to watch the vehicles race around the circuit from the decks of their private superyachts berthed in the Port of Monaco.

5. Bastille Day
Date: July 14th

This quintessential French public holiday is celebrated across the country regardless of the day of the week. La Fete Nationale, or Bastille Day, commemorates the storming of the Bastille, a French prison, on July 14th 1789 which started the French Revolution. It is marked in almost every French town and village, no matter how small, with parades, red, white and blue flags and fireworks. One of the best spots from which to admire the fireworks is Pampelonne beach in St Tropez. Or even better, the holiday villas overlooking Pampelonne beach.

6. Cannes Yachting Festival
Dates: September 6th to 11th

The Cannes Yachting Festival is widely reputed to be Europe’s leading in-water exhibition with more than 500 boats on display. It annually draws crowds of more than 40,000 and is an exciting event for seasoned yachtsmen and amateurs alike. It is also the first yacht show after the hugely busy charter season in the Med and takes place in the Vieux Port and the more modern Port Pierre Canto, in Cannes.

7. Monaco Yacht Show
Dates: September 28th to October 1st

Less than an hour down the road, and just over two weeks later, the world’s leading, annual superyacht show takes place in a blaze of glory at the heart of Monaco. The Monaco Yacht Show or MYS is where some of the newest luxury yachts are on display. It hosts more than 100 superyachts, a superb selection of toys for boys and some pretty cool tenders which are all proudly showcased in and around the waterfront in Monaco.

8. Les Voiles de St. Tropez
Dates: September 24th to October 2nd

The last event on our ‘must-see’ list happens at St. Tropez and is one of the most spectacular sailing events on the globe. Les Voiles de St. Tropez is one of the most eagerly awaited regattas in the sailing fraternity and takes place on the beautiful waters of the Bay of St Tropez. Organised by the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, the regatta attracts a dazzling array of yachts ranging from day sailers to superyachts and some of the finest-looking maxis and performance cruisers in the world. But what really catches the eye are the bevy of beautiful classic yachts of all sizes, daintily lined up for display, stern to the quayside in the harbour of St. Tropez, providing an amazing and colourful spectacle of nautical beauty for the thousands of visitors who come to view the regatta each year.

Beautiful “Cerise” - Villa for rent overlooking the scenic St Tropez Bay
Beautiful “Cerise” – Villa for rent overlooking the scenic St Tropez Bay

Gorgeous “Amourai” - A Waterfront villa for rent in St Tropez
Gorgeous “Amourai” – A Waterfront villa for rent in St Tropez