12 Days – Golden Triangle with Ganges and Mumbai

12 Days – Golden Triangle with Ganges and Mumbai

VALID FROM 01 APRIL 2021 TO 30 SEPTEMBER 2021

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DAY 1 DELHI – ARRIVAL

Arrive Delhi, our representative will be waiting for you at the outside of EXIT gate of arrival terminal, holding a placard in your name. Meeting and assistance upon arrival and later you will be transferred to the hotel. (Check In Time is 1200 Noon except at 1400 Hrs. in 5 Star / Some specific hotels)

Perhaps there is no other capital city in the world so steeped in history and legend as the Indian capital Delhi. It was the magnet, which drew the Mongols, Turks, Persians, Afghans, Mughals and the British, all of whom contributed to its glorious but turbulent past. The fascination with Delhi was such that even though it was abandoned many times, its rulers returned to it again and again rebuilding it at least seven times. Today, the twin cities of Old and New Delhi still intrigue Indians and tourists alike as the cultural and political capital of the largest democracy in the world.

Rest of the day at your leisure. (Transport services are not included)

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 2  DELHI

Breakfast at the hotel.

Later proceed for half day combined city tour of Delhi – The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Jamuna was built during the years 1638 – 48 when the Mughal Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.

The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutub Minar, which is the tallest stone tower in India.  The Qutub Minar was started in 1199 AD by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak and completed by the sultan’s successor and son-in-law, Iltutmish. The building is 72.5 m high and has 379 steps from the bottom to the top. The Minar is tapering with the diameter of the base is 14.3 m while at the top floor it is2.7 m.  The Qutub Minar is still the highest stone tower.The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President’s residence.

Rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 3 DELHI / RISHIKESH (BY SURFACE – 225 KM & 7 HRS.)

Early breakfast at the hotel.

Morning leave for Rishikesh by surface. Arrive Rishikesh and check in at the hotel.

Later proceed for half day temple tour – Rishikesh represents the Gateway to the Himalayas in the Tehri-Garhwal region of Uttaranchal.  It abounds in natural splendor.  The spectacle of the Ganga rushing through the Himalayan foothills is an awesome sight.  Several temples dot the banks of the Ganga at Rishikesh.

Rishikesh is located at a height of about 1360 feet above sea level.  It is believed that several yogis and sages lived and practiced penance here.  Rishikesh represents the site where Vishnu vanquished the demon Madhu.

Rest of the day at leisure to explore the city. The vehicle will be at your disposal within city limit.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 4 RISHIKESH / HARIDWAR / RISHIKESH

(BY SURFACE – 25 KM & 1 HR ONE WAY)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Later proceed for half day city tour and evening aarti.

Haridwar (Vishnu’s door) at the base of the Shiwalik hills is a town of temples, ghats and ashrams. Its location at the point where the Ganges leaves the Himalayas to begin its journey across the plains, makes it a particularly holy place. Every 12 years the Kumbh festival attracts millions of pilgrims who come and bathe in the river. Various episodes from the Hindu epic Mahabharata are set in this ancient town. Har-ki-Pairi, the most popular ghat, has a footprint of Lord Vishnu set in stone.

Rest of the day at leisure to explore the city. The vehicle will be at your disposal within city limit.

Return to the hotel in Rishikesh.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 5 RISHIKESH / DELHI (BY SURFACE – 220 KM & 7 HRS.)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Later leave for Delhi by surface.

Enroute visit Swami Naryan Temple (Akshardham Temple) Tour (Without Guide Services).

Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi epitomises 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. It brilliantly showcases the essence of India’s ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages. The Akshardham experience is an enlightening journey through India’s glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind.The grand, ancient-styled Swaminarayan Akshardham complex was built in only five years through the blessings of HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) and the colossal devotional efforts of 11,000 artisans and BAPS volunteers. The complex was inaugurated on 6 November, 2005.

Akshardham means the eternal, divine abode of the supreme God, the abode of eternal values and virtues of Akshar as defined in the Vedas and Upanishads where divine bhakti, purity and peace forever pervades.

For the first time ever in the world witness the heritage of India in all its facets, insights and beauty at the Swaminarayan Akshardham through its mandir, exhibitions, verdant gardens and other attractions.

On arrival in Delhi, proceed for check – in at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 6 DELHI / AGRA (BY SURFACE – 204  KM & 3½ HRS.)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Later leave for Agra by surface around 0800 Hrs.

Arrive Agra and check in at the hotel.

Agra is one of the most famous tourist spots of the country. The city, situated on the west bank of river the Yamuna, is known world over as home to a wonder of the world, Taj Mahal.

Afternoon visit Taj Mahal & Agra Fort – The Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in mid 17th century, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is really astounding. You will have ample time to view and be mesmerized by this outstanding piece of architecture. (Note: Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays for public visit.)

Also visit Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Agra Fort – the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters nd the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions.

Rest of the day at leisure to explore the city. The vehicle will be at your disposal within city limit.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 7 AGRA / JAIPUR (BY SURFACE – 237  KM & 5 HRS.)

After breakfast, leave for Jaipur by surface at 0800 Hrs.

Visit Fatehpur Sikri enroute Jaipur. Fatehpur Sikri, 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.

After your visit, continue your drive to Jaipur and check-in at hotel.

Rest day at your leisure to explore the Pink City. The vehicle will be at your disposal within city limit.

Jaipur’s past is never too far from hand. The city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state and its people: surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendour are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the “pink city”.  Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed.  There is a timeless quality to Jaipur’s bazaars and its people.  With its historical past, Jaipur revives legends of the ancient Rajputs.  The dresses of the women and the turbans of the men add colour to this fascinating city.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 8  JAIPUR

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning proceed to visit the ancient 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.

An elephant/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 you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is 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.

Continue for sightseeing tour of Jaipur city visit the city of Jaipur. Among the highlights to be seen while touring Jaipur include 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, armoury, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory made by the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1726 and is one of the five such astronomical wonders built by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day. You will also have the opportunity to wander about the local markets.

The vehicle will be at your disposal within city limit.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 9  JAIPUR / MUMBAI (BY FLIGHT)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Later in time transfer to Jaipur airport to board the flight for Mumbai.

Meeting & assistance upon arrival at Mumbai domestic airport & transfer to the hotel.

Bombay or Mumbai, is the capital of Maharashtra and the economic powerhouse of India. It’s the fastest moving, most affluent and the most industrialized city in India. Yet, once upon a time, Bombay was nothing more than a group of low-lying, swampy and malarial mud flats presented to the British by its Portuguese occupiers as a wedding gift in 1661.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 10  MUMBAI

Breakfast at the hotel.

Later proceed for half day city tour visiting Mani Bhavan, the house where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay during his visits to Bombay which is now a Museum displaying photographs, letters, and personal items used by him.  Visit the Prince of Wales Museum and the Jain Temple.  Drive past the “Towers of Silence”, Kamla Nehru Park and Hanging Gardens situated on the slope of Malabar Hill offering a panoramic view of Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach.  Drive through Crawford market, Marine Drive and commemorate the visit of King George V.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 11 MUMBAI

Breakfast at the hotel. Full day at leisure. (Transport services are not included)

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 12   MUMBAI – DEPARTS 

In time our representative will meet, assist and transfer you to International airport to board the flight for onward destination.

  • 11 Nights accommodation at the hotel mentioned above OR SIMILAR CATEGORY OF ALTERNATE HOTELS.
  • Meal Plan – Daily buffet breakfast at all the hotels.
  • Traditional Indian welcome upon arrival at Delhi airport.
  • All transfers, sightseeing & tours / transport services by 01 Air-conditioned Vehicle as per the above itinerary.
  • 01 / 02 Person – Air-conditioned Medium Car
  • 03 / 04 Person – Air-conditioned Toyota Innova
  • English speaking local guide for sightseeing tours / excursion tours as per the above itinerary.
  • Elephant / Jeep Ride to ascend (only) Amber Fort in Jaipur. (Elephant ride is subject to availability.)
  • Road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes, and porterage at all hotels.
  • Representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
  • All currently applicable taxes including service tax
  • Internal flight from Jaipur to Mumbai
• International Airfares
• Visa
• Insurance
• Tips & personal items
• Any items not mentioned

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