North Indian Holiday - Golden Triangle & Golden Temple
Tour Code: ITY-03

08 days - Delhi – Amritsar – Agra – Jaipur

Package Highlights:
  Visit architectural wonder of the world – The Taj Mahal.
  Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites in Delhi, Agra & Jaipur.
  Two visits to Golden Temple - The Holiest shrine of Sikh religion.
  Witness change of guard ceremony at Indo-Pack border.
  Visit medieval period & Rajput era monuments & palaces.
  Exclusive: bicycle rickshaw ride in Delhi
  Exclusive: horse carriage ride in Agra.
  Exclusive: elephant & camel back rides in Jaipur.
  Exclusive: dinner with Rajasthan’s Royal family in Jaipur.
  Experience train travel in world’s 3rd largest rail network.

Day 01: Arrive in Delhi
Welcome to India, the land of million Gods!
You are welcomed at the airport by our tour executive and transferred to the hotel where you are assisted with your check in. Most flights arrive either in the evening or early morning. Your accommodation is reserved from previous day to guarantee immediate check in.

Day 02: 
Tour the Old Delhi accompanied by your guide. Your tour includes visits to Jama Masque built in 1650AD & the largest Mosque in India. Drive past the  Red Fort built between 1639 – 48 by Emperor Shah Jahan, the creator if one of the Seven Wonders of the World, The Taj Mahal. End the tour after you have visited Raj Ghat – the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. 
Post lunch; drive past Safdarjung’s tomb (1755 AD) while driving to the Qutab Minar (1193 AD), a striking medieval 73 m. high tower of victory built by the slave dynasty. Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of Quwat-ul-Islam mosque stands the Iron pillar which has stood the vagaries of weather and has not rested over 1500 years. Later visit the Mughal emperor Humayun’s tomb followed by a drive through the New Delhi area – through the diplomatic enclave, Government buildings – Parliament House, India Gate. End the tour after you have visited the Sikh Temple (Bangla Sahib) and Birla Temple.

Day 03:  Delhi – Amritsar.
Board your morning express (05 hours) train to Amritsar. Check in to your hotel on arrival.
Amritsar is the holiest city for the Sikhas across the world. The city was founded by the 4th Guru Ram Dass and the temple was built by Guru Arjun Dev and the Sikh ruler King Ranjit Singh.
Proceed on an excursion to Indo-Pak border to witness the hair rising change of guard ceremony. Return to Amritsar and visit The Golden Temple, famed for its gold inlay works and the vast Holy Water tank – The Pool of Immortality. Return to hotel after you witnessed the closing ceremony at the temple.

Day 04: Amritsar – Delhi.
Post breakfast; proceed on to visit Jallinwala Bagh, which is now a National Museum and a place of great historical importance. Its 'Flame of Liberty', is a red sand stone pillar which commemorates the massacre of hundreds of unarmed civilians ordered by the British general Dyer, on 13 April 1919. Many men and women including children were staging a peaceful protest when the British soldiers started firing without any warning. The walls of this park still bear the bullet marks as a witness of this tragedy. Return to The Golden Temple and explore the massive community kitchen where more hundreds for volunteers work and thousand devotes are fed daily.
Board the afternoon flight or evening train to Delhi and check into your hotel.

Day 05: Delhi – Agra.
Board your early morning express (02 hours) train to Agra. Upon arrival start your exploration of Agra with a visit to the famous tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah. This tomb was built by Mughal Emperor Jehangir’s queen as a memorial to her father. Later visit the red sandstone fort – Agra Fort built in 1565 by Mughal ruler Emperor Akbar. Check into your hotel after the tour.
Visit one of The Seven Wonders of World – The Taj Mahal, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taj Mahal was completed by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 as a memorial to his beloved queen, Mumtaz Mahal. Explore this beautiful mausoleum in pure white marble which took 22 years and 22000 craftsmen to build.

Day 06: Agra – Jaipur.
Check out from your hotel in the morning, you are then driven to Fatehpur Sikkri-a deserted city just outskirt Agra. Enjoy a guided tour of the city which was built by Emperor Akbar between 1570 & 1585 and later abandoned it due to scarcity of water. Visit the tallest gateway in the world-Bulund Darwaza (The Gate of Victory) and the marble tomb of Shaik Salim Chisti in the northern part of the courtyard.
Continue with your journey to Jaipur and check-in to your hotel.

Day 07:
Start your day with a guided excursion to Amber Fort & Palace located 12Kms outside Jaipur. The original palace was built by Raja Mansingh and later additions were made by Sawai Jai Sing; is one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture. Enjoy the ascent to the palace on the back of an elephant (Report at the complex well before 9am). Visit the multiple chambers and hallways of the palace which are famous for their designs and decorations. After the visit enjoy a camel ride and return to your hotel.
Proceed on a city tour of Jaipur in the afternoon. Visit the unique Jantar Mantar (a stone observatory) built by King Jai Sing in 1728. Drive past the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Wind) an intriguing façade built in 1799 to allow royal ladies to view the city from the windows. Later visit the opulent City Palace, the former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal style. The palace also houses museums displaying outstanding collection of miniature paintings, costumes and armory.
Drive to dine with a Rajasthan’s Royal Family.

Day 08:
Jaipur – Delhi – Onward destination.
Board your morning express train to Delhi. Your driver will greet you at railway station and remain with you until your late night international flight.
We end our services at Delhi airport.

Package inclusion:
 Three night accommodation in Delhi.
  Two night accommodation in Jaipur.
  One night each accommodation in Amritsar & Agra
  Every day buffet dinner and breakfast.
  Sightseeing tour accompanied by government licensed guides.
  One bottle of mineral water per person per day.
  Transfers and sightseeing by air conditioned personal vehicle.
  Train travel: Delhi-Amritsar-Delhi-Agra; Jaipur-Delhi.
  Entrance to monuments.
  Applicable taxes.

Tailor made itinerary or Rates available on request.

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