When you think of traveling to India, the first things that come to your mind are – the “wonder of the world” Taj Mahal and the majestic forts & palaces. This itinerary is to cover all of them in a single go and through a short trip. Golden Triangle is the name given to the most famous trinity of Indian tourism - Delhi, Agra & Jaipur. This trip takes you through the Golden Triangle. While Delhi, Agra & Jaipur are laden with history, culture and culinary delights; experience the divine places through the eyes of Indian people. Home of the glorious Golden Temple, the iconic city of Amritsar, Varanasi; Pilgrims come to the ghats lining the River Ganges here to wash away a lifetime of sins in the sacred waters or to cremate their loved ones. From the vivid pink houses in Jaipur to the dreamy intricacy of the Taj Mahal, each architectural wonder you'll encounter on this journey tells the story of a fascinating past, complemented by the culturally-rich modern society that surrounds it. The tour starts & ends at Delhi, with accommodations & all logistics arranged for you. So all you have to do is take the back seat and just experience the charms of India.
Arrive at Delhi by flight. Welcome to the capital of India and the second most populous city of India - Delhi. The city’s importance lies not just in its past glory as the seat of empires and magnificent monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures.
Private car with driver will pick you from Delhi Airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. After refreshing head out for Delhi sightseeing. Start with a visit to the famous Lotus Temple. Notable for its flower-like shape, it has become a prominent attraction in the city. Like all Baháʼí Houses of Worship, the Lotus Temple is open to all, regardless of religion or any other qualification. Afterwards drive past Rashtrapati Bhavan (the residence of President of India), and visit India Gate (a memorial to 82,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21 in the First World War). Overnight stay will be at hotel in Delhi.
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast to start your day. Then head out for exploring Delhi. A mixture of history with a taste of everyday Delhi, today’s itinerary covers all aspects of this former capital of the Mughal Empire. Stop off at the UNESCO World Heritage sites, Humayun’s Tomb. Built in 1570, it is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Then visit the magnificent Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656. After that visit the bustling Chandni Chowk – one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. Enjoy an eco-friendly rickshaw ride at Chandni Chowk, and feel like a local. After that visit the towering Qutub Minar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a 73-metre (239.5 feet) tall tapering tower of five storeys. Qutb ud Din Aibak, founder of the Delhi Sultanate, started construction of the Qutb Minar's first storey around 1192.
Afterwards visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, one of the most prominent Sikh temples, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi, India and known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru – Guru Har Krishan, as well as the pool inside its complex, known as the "Sarovar."
Have dinner at a nice restaurant. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Delhi.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast check out from the hotel. Private car will drop you at Delhi airport. Board your flight for Amritsar. Founded in 1577 by the fourth Sikh guru, Ram Das, Amritsar is home to Sikhism’s holiest shrine, the spectacular Golden Temple, one of India’s most serene and humbling sights.
Private car will pick you from Amritsar airport and transfer to the hotel. Check-in at hotel and relax. In the evening visit famous Golden Temple. It is the holiest Gurdwara (place of worship) and the most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism. The famous temple looks very beautiful in the night lights.
Overnight stay will be at hotel in Amritsar.
After breakfast head out for local sightseeing tour of Amritsar. Start with a visit to the spiritual and cultural treat - the holy Golden Temple. Later, visit the Jallianwala Bagh which is a historic place famous for Jallianwala Bagh massacre of 1919 CE. Then head out for a guided Traditional Punjabi Village Tour. This tour will give you an insight of the rural culture and life of Punjabi villages.
In the late afternoon head out to visit Wagah Border, particularly known for the elaborate Wagah Border ceremony that happens at the border gate, two hours before sunset each day. In the evening hangout at the local market, and taste some of the most delicious street food of India.
Overnight stay will be at hotel in Amritsar.
After breakfast check out from hotel. The private car will drop you at Amritsar airport. Take flight for Varanasi. Also known at various times in history as Kashi (City of Life) and Benares, this is one of the world's oldest continually inhabited cities and is regarded as one of Hinduism's seven holy cities. Pilgrims come to the Ghats lining the River Ganges here to wash away a lifetime of sins in the sacred waters or to cremate their loved ones.
A private car will pick you from Varanasi airport and transfer you to your hotel. Check-in at the hotel on arrival and relax. Evening at your leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Varanasi.
Start your day with the early morning boat ride on Ganges River. Rowing boat rides during the dawn is perhaps one of the best things to do in Varanasi. Witness the daily rituals. The best time to enjoy boat ride of the Ganges River is from 5:30 AM to 8 AM. This is when the color and clamor of the place will enthrall you.
After breakfast, morning at your leisure. In the noon, head out for the tour to Sarnath, one of the holiest Buddhist's sites. See the Dhamekha Stupa where the voice of Buddhism was first heard and many Buddhist dignitaries visit to pay homage to Buddha. Later during the day visit the famous silk market of Varanasi. Varanasi silk is famous all over the India and abroad. Later in the evening see the enchanting Ganga Aarti ceremony. Reach back at the hotel. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Varanasi.
After breakfast check out from hotel. The private car will drop you at Varanasi airport. Board your flight for Delhi. Reach Delhi by afternoon. The private car will pick you from Delhi airport and head straight to Agra. Welcome to the Agra city of Wonderful Taj Mahal. Agra is blessed with one of the Seven Wonders of the World the “Taj Mahal”. City with its rich culture, history and architectural work stands in the top of the tourist destination in India. Reach Agra by evening. Check-in at hotel. Later in the evening head out to have dinner at nice restaurant. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Agra.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Early in the morning at sunrise visit the spectacular Taj Mahal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Reach back at the hotel. After breakfast check out from the hotel. Visit Agra Fort, It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638, when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. Later head towards the Pink City - Jaipur, famous for its broad avenues, massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and royal culture.
On the way to Jaipur visit Chand Baori, a 13 floors stepwell built over a thousand years ago in the Abhaneri village of Rajasthan. It is one of the largest stepwells in the world and also one of the most beautiful ones. Check-in to hotel on arrival. The evening is at your leisure. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Jaipur.
Have a sumptuous breakfast and then set out for local sightseeing. Visit the historic heritage sites of Jaipur - Hawa Mahal ("Palace of Winds" - a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside); Jantar Mantar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), It is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh, and completed in 1738 CE. Afterwards visit the City Palace. A complex of courtyards, gardens and buildings, the impressive City Palace is right in the centre of the Old City. Later visit the Galta Ji temple also known as ‘Monkey temple’. It is a historic pilgrimage site. Later in the evening enjoy dinner at a nice restaurant. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Jaipur.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast, visit the renowned forts of Jaipur. On your way also visit Jal Mahal (the palace in the middle of lake). It was built in the 17th century. Visit the grand Amer Fort (or Amber Fort) (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It is the principal tourist attraction in the Jaipur and the current structure was built during the late 16th century by Rajput Kings. Afterwards visit Jaigarh Fort. The fort features a cannon named "Jaivana", which was manufactured in the fort precincts and was then the world's largest cannon on wheels. In the evening visit Nahargarh Fort, which provides a beautiful bird's eye view of entire Jaipur city.
Overnight stay will be at hotel in Jaipur.
Meals : Breakfast
After breakfast check out from hotel and drive back towards Delhi. The private car will drop you at Delhi airport by afternoon to catch your return flight for home.
Bid farewell with the memories of amazing fun-filled 11 days trip through the Best of North India, worth remembering for the lifetime!
Moods: Culture & Insight