Duration : 09 Days / 08 Nights
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Mathura - Delhi - Rishikesh - Delhi
India is a land of religions and spirituality that have flourished and thrived in harmony for generations. The Golden Triangle Tour with Rishikesh showcases the best preserved specimens of architecture and unparalleled varieties of cuisines, Indian culture and customs, lifestyles and philosophies that define India. While Agra is the City of Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Mathura is the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Rishikesh is an age-old centre of Hinduism and World's Yoga Capital. Ganga aarti with thousands of twinkling diyas floating in River Ganges in the evening is a sight to behold in Rishikesh.
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Welcome to Delhi
Afternoon sightseeing tour to Old & New Delhi
Delhi - The capital of India, Delhi has been centre of political turmoil since 13th century. The day includes a visit to the temple complex of Laxmi Narayan, the famous Chattarpur Temple and the Bahai Temple, also known as the Lotus Temple. Raj Ghat in Delhi, the cremation site of Mahatama Gandhi, Father Of India, is much like a sacred temple to every patriotic Indian heart too. Enjoy a bit of astrological predictions and findings in the evening at Old Delhi, after which you are free to do shopping and relax. Ride a cycle rickshaw through the crowded streets of the markets of Chandni Chowk Bazaar to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India in Old Delhi. In New Delhi, you can visit Dilli Haat, best place to look at Indian handicrafts and drive over the Rajpath, the site for Republic Day Parade of India to India Gate, a tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for their nation. You can see the President's House from outside and visit the 16th century Humayun's Tomb, Safdarjung's Tomb and Qutub Minar.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi - Jaipur
After breakfast ,drive to Jaipur
( 05 hrs). On arrival check in at hotel. Afternnon Orientation tour of the city and walk through the local Bazzars
Day 03 : Jaipur
Early morning after breakfast 11 km drive to Amber Fort
Amber Fort -with elephant ride. Amber is a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace. The rugged, time-ravaged walls of the Fort may not look beautiful from the outside, but the interior is a virtual paradise. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes, apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster. A major attraction at Amber is the Elephant Ride all the way up to the Fort entrance. This journey on caparisoned elephants is bound to enrich your memories with the Royal lifestyle of the Maharajas and leave you with a truly unforgettable experience. Inside the Fort visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory. Inside the Jag Mandir is the famed Sheesh Mahal - a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period. Enroute to Amber Fort, you will have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds. (3-4 Hours) Later visit the City Palace, Observatory & Palace of Winds.
City Palace - Visit to the Maharaja's city Palace, the former Royal residence part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. Built in the style of a fortified campus, the palace covers almost one-seventh in area of the city. The main entrance leads to the courtyard at the centre which is the Mubarak Mahal. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armoury Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. The royal families of Jaipur once used most of these weapons. On the first floor is the Textile and Costume Museum which is the fine example of fabrics and costumes from all over India. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world built between 1728 to 1734 by Jai Singh. Situated near the gate of the city palace, the observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. Astrology occupies an important place in daily life, observatory is a fascinating and attractive site to walk around. Rest of the evening free for shopping in the local bazaars of Jaipur.
Day 04 : Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
After breakfast, Drive to Agra. Enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri - Located 40 Km from Agra, the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. This one of the world's most perfect ghost cities and a marvel of design and construction. It was conceived and built by Emperor Akbar, one of the most enlightened rulers of his time. Built in 1571, it is a synthesis of the flourishing styles of the Persian courts and the prevailing Hindu Islamic trends. Today its pristine red sandstone buildings are as perfect as when they were first chiselled. The masterpiece of this remarkable monument is the Jewel House of the Diwan I Khas. Architecturally extraordinary, the four doorways lead into a single storey room where a huge central pillar carved to baroque richness, supports a seat reached by mid air walkways
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 : Agra
After breakfast sightseeing tour of Taj Mahal & Agra Fort.
Taj Mahal - Visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by Shah Jahan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the sill of 20,000 craftsmen brought together from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and who took 17 year to complete this 'Love Poem in Marble'. (Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays).
Agra Fort - Visit the Agra fort, built by Emperor Akbar between 1565 & 1573, which reveals the Mughal talent for combining defensive architecture with beauty and design. This fort palace was begun by Akbar as a purely defensive citadel and was subsequently completed by two successive generations that added the delicate mosaic and magnificent marble palaces. The fort is the history of Mughal life in Agra and offers a magical view of the Taj Mahal.
Afternoon, Time at leisure for independent activities.
Overnight stay at hotel
Day 06 : Agra - Delhi
After breakfast, drive to Delhi enroute visit Mathura
Mathura - an ancient city dating back to 1500 B.C. and is sanctified as the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Visit the Dwarkadheesh Temple, the Vishram Ghat where Aarti is performed every evening. Also visit the Museum which has a collection of sculptures, terracotta, coins, bronze objects dating back from the 5th Century B.C. The 5th century A.D. statue of the standing Buddha can also be seen in the Museum. (4-5 hours). . Arrive Delhi and check in at hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel
Day 07 : Delhi - Rishikesh
After breakfast, Drive to Rishikesh enroute visiting Haridwar.
Visit to Haridwar.
Haridwar -24 kms from Rishikesh "Gateway to God". It is essentially a Hindu pilgrim town with temples heritages and Dharamshalas along the banks of the river Ganga which you will visit during your stay here. Also visit Har ki Pauri the most popular bathing ghat which has a footprint of Lord Vishnu, the Hindu God of preservation on stone. Arrive Rishkesh & check in at hotel
Evening Witness Prayer Ceremony on the Ghats of Holy River Ganges in Rishikesh
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 08 : Rishikesh - Delhi
After breakfast, visit
Rishikesh - one of the most important holy cities of Hindus.
Morning sightseeing of Rishikesh, which stands for the "Plaits of the Sage" is a place of Ashrams where solace seekers come to spend their time in the serenity of God. Visit the Shivananda Ashram where discourses in English on Hindu religious texts can be heard. Also visit the Lakshman Jhoola, a suspension bridge spanning the Ganga. Time permitting, participate in a prayer meeting and a yoga demonstration. (3-4 Hours)
Afternoon, Drive to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and check in at hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 09 : Depart Delhi.
Transfer to the airport to board flight back home on onward destination