Note: Taj remains closed on Friday
Highlights: Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Amritsar
Alternate travel dates: 1 Sept 18 - 24 Sept 18
We welcome you to Incredible India, where culture echoes, tradition speaks, beauty enthralls and diversity delights. Extremely popular with first time visitors, this introductory tour, The Golden Triangle of India (Delhi-Jaipur-Agra) has made a firm footing on the tourist map. The harmonious amalgamation of the country’s capital with its entire historic splendour, the soft romanticism that can be felt as the amazing Taj Mahal in Agra and the fierce magnificence of Jaipur - the princely state capital, which was painted pink (the traditional colour of welcome) in honour of the visit of Prince Wales in 1876.
Delhi - Hotel The Royal Plaza
Agra - Crystal Sarovar Premiere 5*
Jaipur - Ramada 4*
Amritsar - Ramada Itinerary: Day 1: London Heathrow to Delhi
Arrive Delhi airport. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at hotel Day 2: Delhi
Full day sightseeing tour of Delhi. You will get a feel for this city as you explore its historic sights. Raj Ghat which is located on the banks of the river Yamuna, This is Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial, where he was cremated following his assassination in January 1948. Opposite the Red Fort lies Jama Masjid made of red sandstone and white marble, completed in 1656. It is India’s largest mosque. Explore the bustling cultural delight of the colourful market on the 'cycle rickshaw' for a unique experience from the Red Fort, through "Chandni Chowk" or Silver Street, experiencing the sights and sounds of this very busy avenue-heading west from the Fort. You will take a view of Red Fort – the 17th century imposing fortress built in red sandstone is surrounded by a huge boundary wall 33m high. Inside are exquisite palaces and beautiful gardens. Afternoon you will head into New Delhi, visiting Humayun’s Tomb, an impressive garden tomb with high arches and a double dome, built by his wife Haji Begum in the 16th Century. An early example of Mughal architecture considered the predecessor of the Taj Mahal. Then continue on to the wonderful Qutab Minar - the landmark of Delhi, the beautiful grounds feature the well preserve a huge tower of victory standing over 72 meters. You will drive on to Rajpath and through to India Gate and the Lutyens Delhi with its tree lined boulevards leading to the British Viceroy’s Palace (Rashtrapati Bhavan) now the official residence of the President of India, the Secretariat, India Gate and Parliament House. Day 3: Delhi to Agra by surface
Drive to Agra. Upon arrival at Agra, check in at your hotel. Afternoon enjoy visiting the world famous Taj Mahal (closed on Friday) The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631, built one of the world’s most famous buildings, the ‘Taj Mahal’. Its perfect proportions and exquisite craftsmanship have been described as ‘a vision, a dream, a poem, and a wonder’. visit the 16th century Agra fort. This commanding red sandstone monument stretches 2.5 kilometres along the banks of River Yamuna, encompasses serene gardens and terrace pavilions, with striking views providing glimpse of the magnificent Taj Mahal across the river. and Tomb of Itmad-ud- Daulah also called as Baby Taj Day 4: Agra to Jaipur by surface
Drive to Jaipur, en route visit Fatehpur Sikri - the imperial ruins of the dream capital city of the Great Mughal Emperor - Akbar.
you will continue drive to Jaipur, the famed ‘Pink City’ and the capital of Rajasthan known for its palaces, three hill forts and a shopper’s paradise.
Upon arrival at Jaipur, check in at hotel. Evening at leisure to explore colourful bazaar. Overnight stay at hotel Day 5: Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber - capital of the old state of Dhundhar, located on the rugged hills that surround Jaipur. Ride the colourfully painted elephants up the hill, admire the massive gateways, courts, stairways, pillared pavilions and palaces that recall the glory and wealth of Amber’s association with the Mughals. During the afternoon visit the City Palace (still houses the erstwhile Royal family); Jantar Mantar - the Royal Observatory and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - built for the royal ladies to watch the activities on the market street below without being observed themselves. Overnight stay at hotel. Extension to Amritsar - £269 Day 6:
Jaipur to Delhi by surface
Delhi to Amritsar by train After breakfast drive to New Delhi railway station in time to board flight for Amritsar. Upon arrival at Delhi railway station board train for Amritsar. Local snack, tea / coffee and dinner will be served on board.
2230 hrs: Arrive Amritsar railways station. Upon arrival at Amritsar railway station transfer to hotel
Amritsar meaning “pool of the nectar of immortality”. It is the spiritual and cultural centre of Sikh religion.
Overnight stay at hotel Day 7: Amritsar
Morning visit Golden Temple– the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion. The GoldenTemple sits on a rectangular platform, surrounded by pool of water called the AmritSarovar after which the city is named. Visitors to the Golden Temple must remove their shoes, wash their feet and cover their heads with a scarf. Jalianwala Bagh:
Here on 13 April 1919 British Indian Army soldiers under the command of Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer opened fire on an unarmed gathering of men, women and children and killed 379 people. Durgayana Mandir:
The Durgiana Temple complex was built in the 16th century, dedicated to Goddess Durga. The Temple is situated outside the Lohgarh Gate; one can walk away from the Golden Temple complex through the narrow passage to visit Durgiana Temple. Durgiana Temple closely resembles the Golden Temple and also Known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple. In the afternoon excursion to Wagah border to witness change of guard ceremony between India and Pakistan armies.
Overnight stay at hotel. Day 8: Amritsar to Delhi by train
Transfer from hotel to Amritsar railway station in time to board train for Delhi. Local snacks tea / coffee and breakfast will be served on board
11:00 hrs: Arrive Delhi railway station
Upon arrival at Delhi railway station transfer to hotel
Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at hotel Day 9: Delhi to London Heathrow
Transfer from hotel to airport in time to board flight for London Heathrow.