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Golden Triangle Tour with Mathura & Haridwar

12 days  |  Starts/Ends: Delhi  |  from INR -------

India is the global brand leader of pilgrimage tours as several religions either originated or arrived have flourished here in perfect harmony. Devotion to the Gods is a perennial aspect of the Indian lifestyle and to pay tribute to their favorite deity, people undertake pilgrimage tours or Tirth Yatras.


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Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive Delhi

On arrival in Delhi, meet and assist at airport and transfer to hotel
Hotel check-in at 1400 hours
Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight: Delhi   |  Breakfast

Day 2 : Delhi

Following breakfast at hotel, proceed for sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi including a rickshaw ride [pedi cab] in Chandni Chowk [Red Fort is closed on Mondays]
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Old Delhi :
Situated in a strategic position on the west bank of the Yamuna River, between the Himalayas and the Aravalli Hills, Delhi is the gateway to the rich alluvial soils of the Ganges plain and has, according to Indian folklore, been occupied since 2500 BC. The original city, Indraprastha was the first of nine. Shahjahanabad or Old Delhi, the 7th city, was built when the Mughal Emperor moved his capital back to Delhi from Agra in 1638. Planned out in blocks with wide roads, residential areas and bazaars, Chandi Chowk, now thought to be Asia’s busiest street, was the main artery. Literally translated as ‘Silver Street’ this bustling market area of Old Delhi is good for hunting down new and antique gold and silver jewellery from craftsmen whose forefathers served the emperor. At the 1911 Delhi Durbar, King George V announced that the capital of India was to move from Calcutta to Delhi. Inaugurated in 1931, the ambitious work of British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, New Delhi is an audacious statement of Imperial British control over India. Today the difference between bustling Old Delhi and the calmer, tree lined avenues of New Delhi is striking.

New Delhi :
Was planned and built by the British in the 1920’s and is characterized by Sir Edwin Lutyens’ monumental architecture. Driving through the city, with its wide tree lined avenues discover India Gate and the Diplomatic Enclave, the Central Secretariat and the President's House. Visit Humayun's Tomb, aptly called the predecessor of the Taj Mahal because of its ornate Mughal style of architecture, later perfected in the Taj Mahal. Finally, see the 12th century Qutab Minar, considered one of the most perfect towers in the world, measuring 72m high. Continue to Connaught Place, New Delhi's main shopping area and central hub.
Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight: Delhi   |  Breakfast

Day 3 : Delhi - Jaipur

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Jaipur
On arrival in Jaipur, check-in at hotel
Rest of the day at leisure with car and driver at disposal

Overnight: Jaipur   |  Breakfast

Day 4 : Jaipur

Following breakfast at hotel, excursion to Amber to visit Amber Fort with Elephant ride uphill and jeep ride downhill
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Amber :
Originally the ancient capital of the Kachawahas clan from 1037 the ancient town of Amber, 12km from Jaipur, is dotted with ancient temples, Havelis, and step wells. High above the town and surrounded with defensive fortification walls sits the impressive Amber Palace. Built by Raja Man Singh in the early 17th century it houses mighty gates, temples, huge ornate halls, palaces, pavilions and gardens. Amber Palace is a perfect blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture and once at the top the Palace affords excellent views of the surrounding countryside and town below. The 10-minute walk through a series of five defensive gates will bring you to the Suraj Pol (Sun Gate), the main entry to the Palace. As an alternative it is possible to arrive at the Palace on the back of an elephant or drive up by jeep. Having visited the fort it is also possible to take a guided heritage walk of the often over-looked Amber village. This walk takes in seldom-visited temples, havelis, step wells and a fascinating museum of textiles.

Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Observatory
Popularly known as the Pink City, Jaipur (City of Victory) is the state capital and largest city of Rajasthan. It was founded by Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727 and was planned according to Indian ‘Vastu Shastra’ principles. The city was divided into 9 blocks representing the ancient Hindu map of the universe; 2 blocks housed the state buildings and palaces, the other 7 allotted to various public buildings. A fortification wall was built around the city with 7 gates for entry. Originally, the buildings were painted in a variety of colours but in 1853 when Prince Albert visited, the old city was painted pink, a traditional colour of welcome. It has remained pink ever since. The City Palace in the centre of Jaipur took 4 years to complete. Tour the Palace by passing through the main entrance and begin by visiting the Mubarak Mahal, built in 1890 it houses the Textile and Costume Museum. Visit the Armoury then proceed through the Rajendra Pol gate into the main complex. Here the Diwan-i-Khas is home to 2 giant silver urns used by Sawai Madho Singh to carry Ganges water to England when he attended Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. After visiting the Chandra Mahal and the museums proceed to the Jantar Mantar Observatory. Built between 1728 and 1734 on a grand scale, the 17 astronomical instruments were built in stone and marble. The collection, built by Jai Singh includes the large Samrat, a 27.4m high sundial accurate to 2 seconds!

Rest of the day at leisure with car and driver at disposal.

Overnight: Jaipur   |  Breakfast

Day 5 : Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Agra en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri
Despite having many wives, 26-year old Akbar had no living heir as all his children had died in infancy. Sheikh Salim Chishti, a Sufi saint living in the village of Sikri predicted Akbar would have three sons, and with the birth of Salim, (named after the saint and later known as Jahangir) and in recognition of the saint’s prophecy, Akbar built a new capital at Sikri in his honour. read more...

37km southwest of Agra, this remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site served as the Mughal capital from 1571. Due to an ever-increasing population and erratic water supply, the red sandstone city was abandoned in 1585. Fatehpur Sikri, the town of victory, was the Mughals first planned city to feature designs that amalgamated Hindu, Persian and Islamic design. Today, the complex of buildings, including the Diwan-i-Am and the Diwan-i-Khas, the Panch Mahal and Jodha Bai’s Palace are perfectly preserved. Inside the Jama Masjid Mosque, completed in 1571 is the stunningly carved white marble tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti. Today childless couples hoping for a son visit the tomb and in seeking the saints blessing tie a woolen thread to the outer Jali screens.

On arrival in Agra, check-in at hotel

Afternoon visit Agra Fort
Agra Fort :
Massive and majestic, the red sandstone fort in Agra, built by Emperor Akbar, is perhaps the best-preserved fort in India. Construction of this crescent shaped fort 2.5km in circumference commenced in 1565. Contained within the huge double outer walls up to 20m high and broken by a series of huge gates, the fort is almost a city within a city. Initially the fort was a military structure but under the rule of Shah Jahan, Akbar’s grandson, many additions were added. The fort houses the Dewan-i-Khas and Dewan-i-Aam (Halls of Private and Public Audience) as well as the Musammam Burj and Khas Mahal, where Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb. Today these palatial buildings are silent witness to the rise and fall of the Imperial Mughal Empire and are exemplars of Islamic architecture and decoration.

Overnight: Agra   |  Breakfast

Agra – Mathura

Early morning visit to Taj Mahal at sunrise with tonga [horse carriage] ride [Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays]
Taj Mahal :
Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal who died giving birth to their fourteenth child in 1631, the Taj Mahal is described by the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore as ‘a tear drop on the face of eternity’. read more...

Heartbroken by her death, legend has it that Shah Jahan’s hair turned grey overnight and that he turned his back on running the empire, concentrating instead on the construction of this monument to love. Construction took 22 years and the Taj was completed in 1653 at a speculated cost of 3 million rupees, equivalent to around 70 million US Dollars today.

Following visit, return to hotel for breakfast
Later check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Mathura
On arrival in Mathura, check-in at hotel

Afternoon sightseeing tour of Mathura visiting Banke Bihari Temple, Dwarkadish Temple & ISCKON Temple
One of the most sacred cities in Hindu mythology and site of many battles, Mathura, on the west bank of the Yamuna River, is 57 kms from Agra. According to legend Lord Krishna was born here 3,500 years ago. A focal point for Hindu pilgrims are the bathing Ghats along the river; and at Vishram Ghat the morning and evening Aarty ceremonies take place every day. In the centre of Mathura is the Jama Masjid built in 1661 by Aurangzeb's governor Abu-In-Nabir-Khan. Above the façade, that was originally covered in bright enamel tiles are the 99 names of Allah. Visit the Sati Burj, a 4-storey tower built in 1570 and the ruined Kans Qila Fort, built by Raja Mansingh of Amber. The Archaeological museum houses many sculptures, bronzes and coins plus numerous Gupta figures.
Rest of the day at leisure with car and driver at disposal.

Overnight: Mathura   |  Dinner

Day 7 : Mathura

Following breakfast at hotel, proceed for sightseeing tour of Vrindavan Vrindavan, (Forest of Basil Plants) 10km from Mathura is also associated with the life of Lord Krishna. A large number of temples were constructed here during the 14th and 15th century AD including the Gobind Dev Temple built by Man Singh of Jaipur. Gokul on the opposite side of the river is the place where Lord Krishna was brought up in secrecy protected from his wicked uncle Kansa.

Rest of the day at leisure with car and driver at disposal.
Overnight: Mathura   |  Breakfast

Day 8 : Mathura – Haridwar

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Haridwar
On arrival in Haridwar, check-in at hotel
Rest of the day at leisure with car and driver at disposal

Overnight: Haridwar   |  Breakfast

Day 9 : Haridwar – Rishikesh – Haridwar

Following breakfast at hotel, proceed for same day excursion to Rishikesh for sightseeing tour of Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula
Ram Jhula is an iron suspension bridge situated at Muni Ki Reti in Rishikesh in Indian state of Uttarakhand. Built in the 1986, over river Ganges to cross the river and is a landmark of Rishikesh. read more...

Ram jhula is located 3 kilometres north of Rishikesh at Muni Ki Reti. There are some of the Hindu ashrams and religious centers like "Gita Bhawan", and "Swargashram" located here. It is also a connecting bridge between Swargashram, Gita Bhawan and other temples with Sivananda Ashram. Though similar in design, this bridge is bigger than Lakshman Jhula. This bridge constructed with the span of 750 feet [230 m].

Lakshman Jhula is an iron suspension bridge situated in Rishikesh in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It was erected over the Ganges river and is a landmark of Rishikesh. A similar bridge further downstream from Lakshman Jhula is Ram Jhula. It is said that Lakshmana crossed Ganges on jute ropes between the place where this bridge is built. Lakshman Jhula was completed in 1929. Two plaques exist at the foot of the West side of the bridge.

Evening visit to Muni Ki Reti to witness aarti [prayer] ceremony
Parmarth Niketan Ashram to witness the every day evening ceremony of Ganga Aarti Rishikesh.The aarti is a pleasant ritual of worshipping the Ganga. Roughly 50-100 people visit the aarti on any day. Ganga Aarati in other places like Haridwar and Varanasi too, but they are a crowded noisy ritual with loud screaming speakers, people troubling you to make donations or hawkers trying to sell something very overpriced. Ganga Aarati in Rishikesh is a contrast to it, held in a small place with a few people and is a comparatively quite affair. You can sit calmly in a corner and witness the ritual or join the crowds singing Bhajans with them. Ganga Aarti at Parmarth Niketan is organized and performed by ashram residents, particularly the children who are studying the Vedas there. The ceremony commences with the singing of bhajans, prayers, and a purifying and sacred ritual that takes place around a fire, with the offerings made to Agni, the fire god. The lamps are lit and the aarti takes place as the final part of the ceremony. The children sing along with the spiritual head of the ashram, in sweet, haunting voices. A huge statue of Lord Shiva overlooks the proceedings. Everyone present for the aarti was engaged likewise. Thus, innumerable floating lamps adorned the rapid current of the Ganga. The starry night sky seemed to be a reflection of the river below. The river, reverred as mother, looked dazzling, clad in a sari embroidered in flickering flames of gold. Rishikesh was heaven in divinity's lap.
Later return to Haridwar

Overnight: Haridwar   |  Breakfast

Day 10 : Haridwar

Following breakfast at hotel, proceed for sightseeing tour of Haridwar visiting Mansa Devi Temple with cable car ride
The temple is located atop the Bilwa Parva on the Sivalik Hills, the southernmost mountain chain of the Himalayas. The temple also known as Bilwa Tirth is one of the Panch Tirth [Five Pilgrimages] within Haridwar. read more...

The temple is known for being the holy abode of Manasa, a form of Shakti and is said to have emerged from the mind of the lord Shiva. Mansa is regarded as the sister of the Naga [serpent]) Vasuki. The term Mansa means wish and it is believed that the goddess fulfils all the wishes of a sincere devotee. Devotees who want their wis hes to be fulfilled by Mansa tie threads to the branches of a tree located in the temple. Once their wishes are fulfilled, people come back again to the temple to untie the thread from the tree. Mansa is also offered coconuts, fruits, garlands and incense sticks in order to appease her.
Rest of the day at leisure to visit Haridwar by foot
Evening visit Har Ki Pauri to witness aarti [prayer] ceremony
The Ganges River, on its journey to the Bay of Bengal finally leaves the mountains in Haridwar, located at the foot of the Shiwalik Hills it is one of the 7 holy cities of Hinduism. Haridwar, which means Vishnu’s Gate, is located on the west bank of the Ganges and attracts a constant stream of pilgrims and ash covered sadhus, who come to bathe in the river and cleanse themselves of any sin. Hari-ki-Pauri ghat is where Vishnu left his footprint, and every evening the highly charged and spectacularly spiritual evening Aarti ceremony takes place here.

Overnight: Haridwar   |  Breakfast

Day 11 : Haridwar - Delhi

Following breakfast, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Delhi
On arrival in Delhi, check-in at hotel
Hotel check-in at 1400 hours

Overnight: Delhi   |  Breakfast

Day 12 : Depart Delhi

Following breakfast at hotel, morning at leisure
Hotel check-out at 1200 hours
Later transfer to Delhi International Airport Terminal 3 to board flight for onward destination [flight details to be advised]

Trip Highlights

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who would like their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

Old and New Delhi - The magnificent Red Fort, India's largest mosque Jama Masjid, and Gandhi's crematorium Raj Ghat
The Pink City of Jaipur - The lofty Amber Fort, regal City Palace and ancient observatory of Jantar Mantar
Fatehpur Sikri - An ancient abandoned Mughal city
Agra - The beautiful Agra Fort and the Mughal mausoleum known as Baby Taj
The spectacular Taj Mahal - India's most famous monument in all its glory at sunset
An exotic elephant ride into Jaipur's Amber Fort - just like the Raj would have done
India's rural Shekhawati region famed for its beautiful Rajasthani architecture and classic havelis
Diwali - Celebrate Diwali at Birla Temple in Jaipur and later enjoy a special dinner in the city

Included

11 breakfasts
Hotel accommodation in a 02 triple rooms in standard / base category rooms at mentioned hotels
Daily buffet breakfast at all hotels
Chauffeur driven air-conditioned Tempo Traveller for all transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours
Traditional Indian welcome with garlanding on arrival
Photo upon arrival
One rickshaw ride [pedi cab] in Delhi
One elephant ride at Jaipur
One cable car ride in Haridwar
All applicable monument entrance fees during sightseeing at each city for single visit only
Services of English speaking local guide for entire tour except Mathura, Haridwar & Rishikesh
Supply of mineral water in vehicle during city tours / intercity travel
All currently applicable taxes

Not Included

Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone, fax, internet, beverages, camera / video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
Local payments in domestic currency, such as tips and gratuities
Lunch / dinner at hotels unless specified
India visa fees
Travel insurance
Any other services not mentioned in price inclusions above

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Tour Details
Starts
Delhi
Ends
Delhi
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star & heritage hotels
Meals
Breakfast: 11
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Our guide, Yusef, was terrific. He was extremely knowledgeable, gracious, and helpful. He was well organized and the arrangements were excellent.

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