This colourful tour gives you the chance to view the major cities of North India, experiencing the sights and sounds of ancient and New Delhi. Marvel at the grand palaces, soak up the splendid architecture and pay tribute at the holiest Sikh Shrine.
In Amritsar you will witness the unique "lowering flag" ceremony.
- Visit the Wagah border to experience the amazing "Lowering of the Flag" ceremony a once in a lifetime activity to witness
- An English-Speaking local Guide will take you around the sightseeing and excursion tours as per the itinerary
- Experience a feast to remember with a traditional Rajasthani family dinner in vibrant Jaipur and enjoy two fabolous dinners in Amritsar
- Departs: london
- Arrives: delhi, India
- Departs: delhi, India
- Arrives: london
India Golden Triangle with Amritsar
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India can make a strong claim to be the most exciting and rewarding travel destination in the world. From the exhilarating pace of life in its colourful and vibrant cities to its exquisite temples and superb scenery, few visitors ever leave disappointed. This is a journey through the heart of India to explore old and new part of Delhi the capital city, the Taj Mahal in Agra exemplifies the art and architecture of the Mughals; the beautiful palaces and bustling bazaars of Jaipur epitomize the rich culture of Rajputana, Pay a tribute at the holiest Sikh Shrine in and witness the unique "lowering flag" ceremony in Amritsar. Isn't it wonderful to find all of this within close proximity of each other? A definitely well preserved haven of history, art, architecture and culture despite the onslaught of modernity and urbanization in the region.
The tour starts and finishes in New Delhi and comprises of 08 nights and 09 days of exploring the Indian Golden Triangle with Amritsar.
Delhi - a full day city tour of Old and New Delhi and Humayun's Tomb
Jaipur - The Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, Sheesh Mahal and Hawa Mahal
Agra - Fatehpur Sikri
Amritsar - Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh and the Palki Ceremony
Day 1 - Arrive in Delhi
This morning you will arrive at Delhi's International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a representative will meet you as you and transfer you to your hotel.
India's capital and major gateway to the country, Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds - the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiralling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region's ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.
Send your day relaxing at the hotel
Overnight in Delhi
Day 2 -Delhi
Proceed for a full day combined city tour of Old and New Delhi. In Old Delhi you will visit the 17th century Jama Masjid and walk through the narrow, winding lanes of colourful and bustling Chandni Chowk. You have the option of taking a rickshaw ride through these bazaars. Also visit the Mughal Empire's most opulent fort, the Red Fort for a photo stop. Visit Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.
In the afternoon proceed to New Delhi. Drive past The Presidential Palace, the one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys, the India Gate, a memorial raised in honor of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war and a drive along the Rajpath past the Parliament House and secretarial buildings. Visit Qutab Minar, the 12th century tower of victory built by a slave king and prototype of all minars (towers) in India. Also visit the 16th century Humayun's tomb, a precursor to the Taj Mahal.
Overnight in Delhi
Day 3 - Delhi To Jaipur
This morning after breakfast proceed to Jaipur.
Upon arrival at Jaipur you will check-in at your hotel and a representative will assist you to complete your check-in formalities.
Jaipur, the fascinating capital of the marvelous state of Rajasthan, is one of the well-planned cities of its time. The graceful architecture of the city that runs across in pink color has earned Jaipur the title of the "The Pink City". Jaipur is predominantly known for its musicians, artisans and craftsmen.
Today, it is flocked by masses for its fine jewellery, varied textiles and sumptuous cuisine.
In the evening you will be taken for a typically Rajasthani meal with a local Family.
Stay overnight in Jaipur
Day 4 - Jaipur
Following a buffet breakfast you will proceed to visit the capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar's most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravali hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area.
A jeep will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.
En-route to Amber Fort you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds', otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate faÃ§ade, extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city.
This afternoon, you will visit the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armory, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings.
Jaipur's Jantar Mantar is the most famous of five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh in India. Jai Singh was a great admirer of progresses and research made in the fields of science and technology, and he was passionate about astronomy. There is a very interesting story behind the construction of this observatory, considered as the largest stone observatory in the world. Sawai Jai Singh sent his emissaries to all parts of the world before commencing the construction of this observatory. The emissaries returned with many manuals on astronomy containing cutting-edge technological information. One of these manuals was a copy of La Hire's "Tables". The king ordered the observatory to be built according to the details contained in this manual. When the construction ended, for the astonishment of the king and others, the observatory was 20 seconds more accurate than the one mentioned in La Hire's "Tables".
Stay overnight in Jaipur
Day 5 - Jaipur To Agra
This morning after breakfast proceed to Agra, visiting Fatehpur Sikri En-route.
Fatehpur Sikri, is the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition.
Upon arrival at Agra you will check-in at your hotel and a representative will assist you to complete your check-in formalities.
Agra came into the limelight during the rule of the Afghan King Sikandar Lodhi - who had made it the capital of his empire. Later in 1526 A.D., the Mughal Emperor Babar took upon himself the task for rendering Agra, a unique character and beauty of its own. The next few hundred years of Agra witnessed the rise of the pomp and pageantry of three great Mughal monarchs - Emperor Akbar, Jehangir and Shahjahan. In modern times, the city of Agra is a thriving carpet industry where you can also find leather workers, sandstone and marble sculptors, some of whom claim to be direct descendants of the craftsmen who had helped build the Taj Mahal.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Stay overnight in Agra
Day 6 - Agra - Delhi - Amritsar
In the morning after breakfast, proceed to visit Taj Mahal, (Closed on Fridays). On the inner walls, jewel-like stones create beautiful designs in white marble. The Mughals perfected the art of embedding semi-precious stones into marble and the Taj is the finest example of this special process called pietra dura. It begins with a marble plate, varying in size. Then jewels are sliced paper thin and embedded in the marble with such precision that the joints are invisible to the naked eye.
Later, you will proceed to visit Agra Fort, where the ageing Emperor Shah Jahan, imprisoned by his son, watched from a distance the fulfilment of his life's dream-the building of the Taj Mahal in memory of his beloved wife.
After the sightseeing, you will be driven back to Delhi (approx. 04 hrs) to connect train to Amritsar.
On arrival at Amritsar, you will be assisted and transferred to your hotel.
Founded in 1577 by Guru Ram Das, fourth Guru of the Sikhs, Amritsar (Pool of the Nectar of Immortality) is considered the centre of the Sikh religion. Now the second largest city of the Punjab state, it was once a junction of trade routes. The main attraction of Amritsar is the Golden Temple, the holiest of Sikh sites. The city itself is named after the sacred tank within this temple.
Stay overnight in Amritsar
Day 7 - Amritsar
Today after breakfast, you will be taken for a half day sightseeing tour of Amritsar. On a half-day tour of the city, visit the Golden Temple, the spiritual nerve-centre of the Sikh faith. Also called Harmandir, the temple is made of white marble and copper gilt with its dome covered with gold leaf. Within is the Guru Granth Sahib, holy book of the Sikhs. See the community kitchen (langar) where volunteers' feed 30,000 people free daily. Later visit the historic Jallianwala Bagh, which commemorates the hundreds of innocent Indians killed or wounded by British bullets in the most notorious massacre under their rule.
In the afternoon, you will be taken to Wagah Border to witness the retreat ceremony. From Amritsar 35 Km on the road to Lahore (Pakistan), is India-Pakistan border, which is also known as "Attari(India)-"Wagah" (Pakistan) border. A visit to the border is an interesting experience, especially at sun-set, when the retreat ceremony takes place with the Border Security Force (B.S.F.) on the Indian side and The Sutlej Rangers on the Pakistan side putting up a well-co-ordinated and spectacular display which compares very favorably with the changing of royal guard in London.
The sound from the bugles blown together from both sides paints past on the canvas when India and Pakistan were one, simultaneously Flags of the two nations are ceremoniously retrieved and lights are switched on marking the end of the day amidst thunderous applause. Today this point is only land route to approach Pakistan and central Asia.
Later in the night you will be taken for the Palki Ceremony at the Golden Temple.
The best time to visit the Golden Temple of Amritsar is actually at night, when the Palki Sahib ceremony takes place. Dozens of devotees act as a human conveyor belt to carry the Granth Sahib (a shrine containing the Adi Grantha) from the main shrine to the sanctum, where it is kept until the opening ceremony the following morning. Visitors may participate in the ceremony, taking their turn to shoulder the weight of the enormous shrine.
Stay overnight in Amritsar
Day 8 - Amritsar - Delhi
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel.
Later, you will be assisted and transferred in your private car to Amritsar railway station to connect train back to Delhi.
Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met and assisted for your transfer to the hotel.
Stay overnight in Delhi
Day 9 - Departure Delhi
A representative will meet you and assist you to transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight back home.
**NOTICE: There are currently restoration works taking place on the Taj Mahal until further notice
The local agents, SITA, were excellent, and I will make special mention of their trouble-shooter on the phone at their Delhi office, Hani, who caringly sorted out any problems raised by various member of the tour.
Dennis Marshall reviewing India Golden Triangle with Amritsar (18-Oct-2016)
£1099 per person
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