Golden Triangle with Hill Stations of Himachal
Delhi – Mathura – Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Ranthambhore – Jaipur – Neemrana – Delhi
Pinjore – Shimla – Manali – Parwanoo – Delhi – Home Town
13 Nights & 14 Days
Day 01 : Arrival Delhi :
Welcome at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, our representative assist and escort the group by a private a/c car and transfer to the pre-booked hotel. After check in, you will be given all the required documents related to your tour plan; he will explain all your queries about the entire tour plan. If you are arriving by morning flight, you can take a half day sightseeing of New Delhi, explore the best tourist attractions of New Delhi including President House (Rashtrapati Bhawan), the regal residence of British rulers; a palace built for British Viceroys. India gate; built to honour and pay a tribute to the Indian soldiers who sacrificed themselves during the Afghan war, then visit Birla Mandir (Laxmi Narayan Temple) built by the Birla family. Humayun’s Tomb, lotus shaped Bhai’s Temple, Qutub Minar; built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay at Delhi. In the evening witness Light and Sound show at Red fort. The show projects splendid history of 5000 years old city, a truly memorable experience. Return to the hotel for overnight at the hotel.
Light and Sound Show: A spectacular sound and light show at the Red Fort. Which makes the 5,000 years old history of the city come alive. Amidst the tranquility of the splendidly panoramic and historic environs of the Red Fort, select episodes from the annals of Delhi's historic and legendary past are vividly brought to life. Special effects combine with the unique ambience to make this show a hauntingly unforgettable experience.
Delhi, the towering capital city of the independent and largest democratic country in the world: India. It is one of India's modern and fastest developing cities with a charismatic charm on its visitors. Delhi is located and sprawled on both banks of Yamuna River. The city is enriched with culture, architecture and human diversity, Delhi city is a blend of the ancient past of India with the vibration of the modern world. It houses some of India’s finest museums, historical monuments, sightseeing places, and temples. The city designed by the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) & is tree-lined & spacious. Legend has it that the Pandavas of epic Mahabharata, the august heroes, founded Delhi around 1200 BC & the name of the city was Indraprastha.
Day 02 : Delhi – Mathura – Agra (210 kms: 4 hrs)
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Agra, en route visit to Mathura i.e. this temple city is known as birth place of Lord Krishna, visiting Dvarkadhish Temple, Vishram ghat, Potara kund and Rangbhumi. Followed by other temples in and around Vrindavan (15 kms from Banke Bihari Temple, Radha Vallabh Temple, Sri Radha Raman Temple, Shahji Temple, Rangaji Temple and ISCON Temple. After visit continue to drive to Agra, on the way stop over to visit the Sikandra to see the Tomb of Mughal Emperor Akbar. Then precede to Agra, on arrival transfer to the hotel. In the evening one should visit Oswal Emporium to watch the replica of Taj Mahal it took 10 years for the artists to build this artistic epitome, also enjoy light and sound show “Mohabbat-the-Taj: the saga of love”, the only show of its kind in India! Later return to the hotel for overnight stay in Agra.
Mathura is the nucleus of Brajbhoomi. This is the place where Lord Krishna was born in a prison cellar. The city, today, is famous for its many temples dedicated to the Lord. Located at Katra, Keshav Deo, the temple is thronged by pilgrims from all over the world. The Dwarkadesh Temple, built by Seth Gokul Das of Gwalior in 1814, is situated in the heart of the city. It is adorned with some exquisite paintings depicting the entire life of Krishna. The Vishram Ghat on the bank of Yamuna is the place where Krishna rested after killing Kansa.
Agra is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World-the Taj Mahal. Pleasant towns with comparatively slow pace, craftsmen who are descendant of those who worked under the Mughals know Agra for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes. Agra, and the nearby city of Fatehpur Sikri, is conveniently close to Delhi. Besides the Taj Mahal is Agra Fort, Sikandra, Ram Bagh and Itmad-Ud-Daulah-35 kms away are the imperial ruins of the Mughal city, Fatehpur Sikri. Agra is an old city and it is said that its name was derived from Agrabanad, a forest that finds mention in the epic Mahabharata.
Day 03 : Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Ranthambhore (280 kms: 5 - 6 hrs)
Early morning visit world’s most popular and beautiful monument: Taj Mahal with its’ fabulous view at the time of sunrise. Taj Mahal, beautiful architectural monument among the 7 wonders of the world; this historical masterpiece is illustration of the fusion of diverse architectural styles. Taj Mahal is crown of all the loveliest buildings in the world, a symbol of eternal love. The tour continues to visit Agra Fort, was built in 1576 AD., by great Mughal Emperor Akbar, structured and designed with red stoned barricaded; in the fort you will find most splendid Pearl Mosque and various other classic example of art: Jahangir Mahal, Moti Masjid, Macchhi Bhawan, Nagina Masjid, Diwan-i-Khas, Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-e-Am, Meena Bazaar and Musamman Bhurj where from Emperor Shahjahan, prisoner of his son rebellious Aurangzeb, he put his father in the cell of Agra fort, where from he could see his love reflecting through the Taj Mahal, where his loveliest wife was cremated. Later in the afternoon check out the hotel and drive to Ranthambhore. Enroute stop over at Fatehpur Sikri, the old deserted town of the Mughal kingdom, is an example of robust stability combined with originality. Each important structure here represents a type by itself. Notable among them is the Diwane e Khas; Punch Mahal, the Tomb of Salim Chisti, and the Buland Darwaza, one of the largest and tallest gateways in the world. Later continue proceed to Ranthambhore. On arrival transfer to the jungle resort. Overnight at the jungle resort.
Note: Taj Mahal is closed on every Friday.
Ranthambhor, hailed as one of India's finest wildlife locations, was established as a sanctuary in 1959 and included in the very first phase of Project Tiger in 1972. The park derives its name from the fort of Ranthambhor, which sits on a rocky outcrop in the forest. The fort dates back to the 11th century, when it was a vital citadel for the control of central India. Though overrun by vegetation, remnants of the summer palaces, temples and guard stones within the fort still remain. Earlier, the hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the Park at Ranthambhor was once the scene of royal hunting parties. Today, it is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. The tigers can be spotted quite often even during the day, busy in their normal pursuits - especially stalking or hunting and taking care of their young. With the strict measures that have been taken for their conservation, they seem quite accustomed to human activity and are not disturbed.
Day 04 : Ranthambhor
Today morning take Jungle Safari by open Canter accompanied by an expert naturalist to explore The Ranthambhore wildlife Sanctuary, one of the best places in India to see a tiger in its natural habitat. In the dry season tigers can be seen near the watering holes and are clearly visible in the dry forest. Return to the hotel for a lunch. Later visit Ranthambhore Fort overlooking the National Park and Jogi Mahal. Also visit the famous Temple of Ganesha in the Fort. Rest of the evening free for leisure activities at the jungle resort. Overnight at jungle resort.
Day 05 : Ranthambhore – Jaipur (180 kms: 4 - 5 hrs)
Today morning after breakfast once again take Jungle Safari by open Canter accompanied by an expert naturalist to explore The Ranthambhore wildlife Sanctuary. Return to the hotel for a lunch. Later check out the Jungle resort and drive to Jaipur, on arrival transfer to the hotel. In the evening visit the modern & artistic, Birla Temple, with its white shimmering marble glittering in the night. Also you can explore the bustling market by hoping onto a cycle rickshaw ride. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Jaipur widely known as the ‘Pink City’ of India. The entire walls, houses and buildings of the city were washed with pink colour for a grand and royal welcome of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria of Britain, who visited Jaipur in 1853 A.D. This splendid city as was founded in 1727 A.D by one of the greatest ruler Jai Singh II. Jaipur is surrounded by hills on three sides. Jaipur is the only city in the world, which is designed in accordance of the Hindu architecture science called Shilpa Shastra. The city was designed in a rectangular shape of 9 blocks, depicting the 9 partition of the universe. This fascinating city houses - majestic forts, grand palaces, lavish gardens, havelis and museums, while visiting these places you will have a true vision of the royal golden past of Rajasthan.
Day 06 : Jaipur
Today after breakfast explore the Pink City with an excursion to splendid Amber Fort, situated just outside the city, built in the 15th Century by Rajput King Man Singh. Later visit another mighty and majestic Nagargarh fort, close to Amber fort. Later drive back to the main city to visit the imperial City Palace - present residence of the royal family of Jaipur, the palace is a miraculous representation of the real Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The incredible Jantar Mantar was innovated and constructed by Jaipur King Swai Jai Singh. Amongst the 5 observatories built by him, Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is one of them. The splendid Hawa Mahal, also known ‘Palace of Winds’ was built with a concept for the woman of royal families to speculate the royal ceremonies and festivals being hidden from the public eyes. In the evening you can visit to Amber fort to see the Light and Sound Show: holds the history of a citadel, pulsating with a legendry past of 600 years & 28 kings of the Kachhwaha dynasty, before their capital moved to Jaipur. Through their unique diplomacy of strategic alliances & their valour & strength. . Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 07 : Jaipur – Neemrana - Delhi (260 kms: 5 - 6 hrs)
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Delhi. En route visit Neemrana Fort, one of the mighty and massive forts of Rajasthan, converted into a luxury heritage hotel. You may opt to have lunch over here. Here you will also find India's first zip line tours – a unique and exhilarating journey between battlements, hill forts and ridge tops. Enjoy breath-taking views as you fly down a series of ultra-strong steel zip lines, securely attached by a harness and pulley – propelled simply by gravity. Trained instructors accompany you to ensure your safety and entertain you with their local knowledge. The tour takes about 2 hours. Later proceed to Delhi, on arrival transfer to the hotel. In the evening you can explore by Rickshaw ride Chandani Chowk, the most popular market of Delhi. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08 : Delhi – Pinjore – Shimla (350 kms: 9 – 10 hrs)
After breakfast checkout from the hotel and drive to Shimla. En route you can stop over for lunch at Pinjore after lunch take a short trip of sightseeing of Pinjore Garden, a must-visit place in a village named Pinjore. This garden is coupled with few elegant palaces named Shish Mahal, Rang Mahal, Hawa Mahal and Jal Mahal. later continue drive to Shimla, on arrival transfer to the hotel. In the evening visit the Shimla’s famous mall road to enjoy the weather and atmosphere of Shimla. Overnight at the hotel.
The Pinjore Gardens, also known as the Yadavindra Gardens, has terraced gardens, which feature the Rajasthani Mughal style Shish Mahal, the Rang Mahal, the cubical Jal Mahal and a series of fountains and waterfalls. The gardens are open from 7am to 10pm and are illuminated at night.
Shimla in the days before independence, Shimla was the most important British hill station, and in the summer season became the summer capital. The British in 1819A.D first discovered Shimla, but it was not until 1822 A.D that the first permanent house was erected and not until many years later that Shimla became the summer capital. The name Shimla is derived from the Himalayan Goddess Shamla a synonym of Kali.
Day 09 : Shimla (Excursion to Kufri and Naldhera)
After breakfast depart for the winter sports capital Kufri 16 kms, where you can photograph yourself in Pahari or Himachal outfit, available on hire. You can also enjoy horse riding or Yak riding. (On own your own) Afternoon proceed to Naldhera, which is famous for its Golf Course & scenic beauty. On a clear day you can also view the Kailash Ranges. Evening is free for leisure and individual activities. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 : Shimla – Kullu – Manali (280 kms: 8 hrs)
After breakfast checkout and drive to Manali. On the way you glance at the scenic spots like Pandoh Dam, Mandi, Beas River, and Dashehra Maidan. Optionally en route you can visit Kullu to visit the Shawl factories to purchase warm cloth material, Kullu shawl is a handloom product, later proceed to Manali on arrival transfer to the hotel. Evening is free for leisure and individual activities. Overnight at the hotel.
Manali is the Northern end of the Kullu Valley and is the main resort in the area. It is beautifully situated and there are many pleasant walks around the town. Surrounded by towering peaks at arm length, Manali’s major asset is its proximity to the snowline, never more than few hours’ drive from the town nestling at comfortable 2050meters. It is the centre of the flourishing orchard industry a popular honeymoon destination and trailhead for numerous treks.
Day 11 : Manali
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Manali town, visiting Hadimba Temple, dedicated to goddess, Manu Temple of Manu Rishi (Holy man) who was the creator of human race on the earth, Club house, a picnic spot, Tibetan monasteries, 3 colourful monasteries, on the bank of beas river you can buy Tibetan handicraft over here, Vashist Kund, it is a small village located on the left bank of river Beas renowned for its hot springs and temples. Nearby is the pyramidal stone temple dedicated to Vashist Muni. There is another Temple of Lord Ram here, if time permits you can visit to Mountaineering institute. In the evening visit at the famous mall road to enjoy the atmosphere of the hill station. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12 : Manali (Rohtang Pass Excursion 55 kms one way)
Today morning after breakfast take an excursion to Rohtang Pass (3979 m) Rohtang pass on highway to Keylong/Leh. It offers a panorama and spectacular Mountain View. Rohtang, it is a gateway to Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and Leh valley just as Zojila pass is a gateway to Ladakh. En route Stop over to enjoy breathtaking beauty of Kothi, Rahalla Falls to enjoy the sight of fascinating waterfalls, and Marrhi. Continue to drive to Rohtang, There are beautiful sights of glaciers, peaks and Chandra River flows down in the Lahaul valley. Slightly to the left are the twin peaks of the Geypan’s Enjoy skiing and trekking and snowcapped mountains. Later drive back to Manali. Evening free for leisure and relax. Overnight at the hotel.
Rohtang Pass - Situated at an altitude of 3979 metres above sea level and 51 kms outside Manali is the mighty Rohtang Pass - the gateway to Lahaul-Spiti valley. Open for just about four months a year, it affords a wide panoramic view of the mountains. Here one sees the majesty of the mountains at its height and splendour. At the top of the pass the air seems to glitter against the snow as you look down over herringboned ridges into the Lahaul valley. There is the beautiful Dashohar Lake left of the pass. A few km away from the pass is the Sonapani glacier and slightly to the left are the twin peaks of the Gaypan-jagged pyramid of rock, snow streaked and snow crowned.
Day 13 : Manali – Parwanoo (290 kms: 8 hrs)
Early morning drive to Parwanoo, the drive to Parwanoo is full of beautiful views of twisting and turning roads and soaring peaks, quite characteristic of this hilly region. On arrival transfer to the hotel. After relaxation one can enjoy the stay on the mountains by the river flowing by. Enjoy the nature ambience of the hill station. In the evening you can enjoy cable-way ride of the Shivalik Hills. The trail is spread over two hills of the Shivalik Range and is connected by a cable car. Later return to the hotel for overnight.
Parwanoo, a couple of decades ago, this was a sleepy little village and today, it is a pulsating industrial town. Surrounded by wooded hills, the Kaushalya River meanders its way between the two hills. Hills where the clouds pause to rest and time stands still. Though just a few kilometers away from bustling Chandigarh, the hustle and bustle of the city is forgotten as soon as you find yourself in Parwanoo. The air, full of pine scent and bird song, it takes one's breath away. A world of spectacular sunsets, Nature paints the sky in unbelievable colors. And as darkness creeps in, the distant lights of Chandigarh take over to create the shimmering magic of a million stars.
Day 14 : Gangtok – Bagdogra (124 kms: 4 hrs) – Delhi (By Air) – Hometown (By Air)
Today morning after an early breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Delhi. If time permits you can visit Old Delhi: (Shahajahanabad) the majestic Red Fort, a marvel in red sandstone walls of historical Lal Qila, built in 1638, sprawled in 2 kilometers with a high of 18 meters, Jama Masjid: the largest and most splendid mosque in India, both built by emperor Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame, Rajghat: memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, where he was cremated. Later transfer to the international airport to board the scheduled flight for home town/onwards journey. On departure
**** Back home with great memories. ****
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