Gearing up for a golden triangle tour is one brilliant way of exploring India vibrant with glorious past and promising future. Cradled especially by nature it would have been a tourist paradise even without any historical milestones. But coupled with miraculous works of human hands and traditional hospitality, one just would not be able to stop from coming over. If there is anything needed to complete the picture, it would be India’stolerance towards multiple faiths.
Golden triangle circuit comprising of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur has a tad of royal touch which brims with numerous discerning tales from yesteryears backed up by undying monuments and tombs. It is a different taste of wine to remember the rulers of powerful dynasties who contributed much to our culture and diversity, reminded powerfully by what they left behind. But tagging a devout place like Rishikesh to it enhanced the tour prospect all the more. Yes, circuiting the golden triangle with Haridwar and Rishikesh will stir up the melting pot of experiences interestingly.
Therefore, not surprisingly you will find Haridwar and Rishikesh stealing the star show of the tour. They are the final destination before the winding up of the Golden Triangle with Haridwar and Rishikesh, more commonly known as the Pilgrim capital and Yoga capital respectively.
Haridwar is located in Uttarakhand and it is home for hundreds of temples, revered by River Ganga. It is one of the 7 pilgrim spots in India for Hindus. As a popular tourist destination, it is traveling beyond the realms of mere religious importance. The scenic beauty here is beyond imagination. Due to this factor the city is going over fast paced development. Haridwar is a centre of Ayurvedic remedies. Blessed with soothing climate, it can be visited at all times of year.
Rishikesh is not far from Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand. It is an epitome of sheer symphony about the oneness of body mind and soul. It almost engulfs you in its aura of spirituality with the magnificent views of Himalayan Mountains topped with snow, loners walking aimlessly around the Ganges and tonnes of devotees streaming into the numerous temples.
The picturesque scenic locales surrounding the town with the nonstop chanting ringing in your ears as you move from Kedar to Badri to Amarnath and such cannot be described but only be savoured. You will find out soon that you and your camera can never rest in this small town finding subject after subject ranging from the lamps arranged for Ganga Aarti to bright ambience in the flea market. Everything looks vivid and interesting and so new. It is sad to have such a short time here. But you can always come back for more memories.
Day 01 Arrival Delhi
Welcome to the capital of India – Delhi.
Meeting and assistance on arrival at the airport by our tour executive and transfer to hotel.
Overnight in Delhi
Day 02 A day in Delhi for the visits
After a leisurely breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi
Old Delhi – A sight-seeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting – Red Fort – The red sandstone walls of Lal Qila, the Red Fort, extend for two km and vary in height from 18 meters on the river side to 33 metres on the city side. Shah Jahan started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and it was completed in 1648. Jama Masjid – Jama Masjid The splendid mosque built by Muhammad Ali Shah in the typical Mughal style with two minarets and three domes, lies to the west of the Hussainabad Imambara. Raj Ghat – the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Also, visit the Swami Narayan Temple and Bangla Sahib Gurudwara
Proceed for the visit of New Delhi
New Delhi – An extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit:- Humayun’s Tomb – Built in the mid 16th century by Haji Begum, senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, Humayun’s Tomb is an early example of Mughal architecture built in Delhi. Qutub Minar – 13 km to the south of Connaught Circus at Lalkote of 8th century Tomor Rajputs, the 72.5 mts high Victory Pillar stands as a victory stand of a Muslim King Qutub-ud-din-Aibak in India. A drive along the ceremonial avenue – Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, The President’s Residence, and a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. End with the visit of the Lotus temple at the sunset.
Overnight at Delhi
Day 03 Drive from Delhi to Jaipur
After an early breakfast, drive to the Pink city of Jaipur
Arrive Jaipur and transfer to hotel
Evening you have the option to visit an ethnic Rajasthani village
Overnight in Jaipur
Day 04 A day in Jaipur for visits
Today after a leisurely breakfast, take an excursion to the majestic Amber Fort
Take an elephant or jeep ride to ascend the hill on which the fort is situated
The Amber Fort set in picturesque and rugged hills is a fascinating blend of Mughal Architecture, construct by Raja Mann Singh in 1592 and completed by Swai Jai Singh, the fort is made in red sand stone and white marble.
Later visit the City Palace and the Observatory and photo stop near the Palace of Winds, also known as Hawa Mahal.
City Palace located in the heart of the old city of Jaipur, is a blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture and the royal family still lives in a part of this Palace. The building now forms the Maharaja Swai Man Singh II Museum and on display here is a wide array of royal costumes; some vary exquisite and precious pashmina (Kashmiri) shawls, Benares silk saris, Sanganeri block prints and folk embroidery.
Overnight in Jaipur
Day 05 Drive from Jaipur to Agra visiting Fatehpur Sikri enroute
After a leisurely breakfast, drive to the city of Taj Mahal, Agra
Enroute visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, a place worth visiting to discover how once the city could have been which has now turned into ruins, situated 26 miles west of Agra, it was build at orders of the Mughal Emperor Akbar.
Arrive Agra in the evening and transfer to the hotel
Overnight in Agra
Day 06 Drive from Agra to Rishikesh
In the early morning, visit the Taj Mahal at the sunset – a white marble Tomb build in 1631 – 1648, seat of the Mughal Empire by Shah Jahan for his wife, Arjuman Banu Begum or Mumtaz Mahal.
After visits, return to the hotel for breakfast
Proceed for Rishikesh
Arrive Rishikesh and check-in at the hotel
Overnight in Rishikesh
Day 07 A day in Rishikesh with a visit to Haridwar
After breakfast, excursion to Haridwar. The same will take you 45 mins. Visit the Har Ki Pauri at Haridwar
Return to Rishikesh in the afternoon and take a walking tour of the Ram and the Lakshman Jhula
Evening attend the Aarti ceremony at the ghats of the Ganges
Overnight in Rishikesh
Day 08 Drive from Rishikesh to Delhi
After a leisurely breakfast, drive from Rishikesh to Delhi
Arrive Delhi and check-in at the hotel
Overnight in Delhi
Day 09 Depart Delhi
Breakfast at the hotel
You will be transferred to the airport to board your international flight