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 epitomise the rich culture of Rajputana, Pay a tribute at the holiest Sikh Shrine in Amritsar 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 well preserved haven of history, art, architecture and culture despite the onslaught of modernity and urbanisation in the region. The tour starts in Amritsar and finishes in New Delhi comprises of 09 nights and 10 days of exploring the Indian Golden Triangle with Amritsar.
- Enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to join the amazing Golden Triangle tour visiting many famous places including the grand Taj Mahal
- During your time in Amritsar you will be taken on a half day sightseeing tour including visiting the Golden Temple and witnessing the retreat ceremony at Wagah Border
- Services of an English-Speaking local Guide shall be provided for the sightseeing and excursion tours as per the itinerary
- Departs: london
- Arrives: amritsar, India
- Departs: delhi, India
- Arrives: london
Amritsar with Golden Triangle Tour
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- Explore an amazing country
- Experience amazing Amritsar
- Journey in Comfort
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 Amritsar 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 well preserved haven of history, art, architecture and culture despite the onslaught of modernity and urbanization in the region.
The tour starts in Amritsar and finishes in New Delhi comprises of 09 nights and 10 days of exploring the Indian Golden Triangle with Amritsar.
Amritsar - Half Day Sightseeing Tour with visit to Golden Temple, Wagah Border Ceremony
Delhi - Full Day Old and New Delhi Sightseeing Tour
Agra - Taj Mahal Visit, Agra Fort Visit, Fatehpur Sikri
Jaipur - Amber Fort Visit, Palace of Winds 'Hawa Mahal' Visit, City Palace Visit, jantar Mantar Visit
Day 1: Arrive Amritsar
Today you will arrive at Amritsar International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a representative will meet you as you exit the arrival terminal building and transfer you to your hotel. Where you will proceed for check-in. 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.
Spend the evening at leisure.
You will spend 2 nights in Amritsar.
Day 2: Amritsar
After breakfast, you will be taken for a half day sightseeing tour of Amritsar. On the 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 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.
Day 3: Amritsar to Delhi
In the morning after breakfast, you will be assisted and transferred in your private car to Amritsar airport to connect to the flight back to Delhi.
Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met and assisted for your transfer to the hotel.
India’s capital and a 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.
Spend your day relaxing at the hotel.
You will spend 2 nights in New Delhi.
Day 4: Delhi
Proceed for a full day combined city tour of Old and New Delhi. (The Guide will meet you at the hotel at approximately 0900 hrs. unless you request otherwise). 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 honour 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.
Day 5: Delhi To Agra
After breakfast proceed to Agra.
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.
You will spend 2 nights in Agra.
Travelling Distance approx. 204 km – Driving Time approx. 04 hours
Day 6: Agra
Ini the morning, 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.
During the afternoon 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.
Evening is at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Agra to Jaipur
After breakfast you will drive to Jaipur, 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.
On arrival at Jaipur, proceed to check in at your hotel. You will be met by a representative. Rest of the day is at leisure.
In the evening you will be taken for a typically Rajasthani meal with a local family.
You will spend 2 nights in Jaipur.
Travelling Distance approx. 232 km – Driving Time approx. 05 hours
Day 8: Jaipur
Following 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.
An elephant or alternatively 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 façade, 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".
Day 9: Jaipur to Delhi
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur (260 kms / 6 Hrs).
Upon arrival in Delhi, check-in at the hotel.
Rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel.
You will spend 1 night in New Delhi.
Travelling Distance approx. 260 km – Driving Time approx. 06 Hours.
Day 10: Departure Delhi
In time a representative will meet you and assist you to transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight back home. (Approximately 3.5 hours prior to flight departure time). The standard check out time at the hotel is 1200hrs.
Travelling distance approx. 03 km, driving time approx.10 Minutes.
End of Tour
£1289 per person
Your holidays include:
- Representation Services