Golden Triangle with Himachal Vacation
Duration : 15 Days / 14 Nights
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Manali - Shimla - Delhi
Day 01. Arrive Delhi
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Delhi, the capital of India a canvas that reflects the complexities, contradictions, beauty and dynamism of a city where the past co-exit with the present. Many dynasties ruled from here and the city is rich in the architecture of its monuments. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02. Delhi Agra by surface (204 kms)
After breakfast drive to Agra and check-in at the hotel. Attracting the maximum number of tourist is the city of Taj Mahal, Agra. The over 300 hundred year old white marble Taj is the main drawing factor and various monuments and historical sites dating back to the Mughal period. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03. Agra
After breakfast proceed for half day city tour visiting the world famous Taj Mahal ad Agra Fort Taj Mahal - One of the most photographed tourist attractions in the world, Taj Mahal is the attraction that pulls the tourists from all over the world. The Taj Mahal is entirely made of white marble and its walls are decorated with exquisite pietra dura (stone inlay) work. It is said that different types of precious and semi-precious stones were used in the intricate inlay work done on the interiors. This magnificent monument is set around a Charbagh or 'four garden' plan, which is split by watercourses-a reflection of the Persian style. ( Taj Mahal remains Closed on Friday)
Agra Fort - Built by Emperor Akbar on the west bank of the river Yamuna and beautified with palaces and gardens by Jehangir, Agra Fort today dominates the centre of the city. The crescent-shaped fort with its 20-metre high, 2.4-km outer walls contains a maze of buildings that form a small city within a city. One can enter the fort only through the Amar Singh Gate. The public access is limited to the southern part of the fort which includes nearly all the buildings of tourist interest. The Diwan-i-Aam (hall of public audience) and Diwan-i-Khas (hall of private audience) were built by Shahjahan for receiving audiences.
Jehangir's palace built by Akbar was the largest private residence in the fort. Close to Diwan-i-Khas, stands an octagonal tower known as Musamman Burj. It was here that Shahjahan breathed his last after seven years of imprisonment. Other places to see within the fort include the Khas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal (the mirror palace) and the Anguri Bagh (the Grape Garden). Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04. Agra - Jaipur by surface (237 kms)
After breakfast depart by surface for Jaipur enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri Fatehpur Sikri Thirty-nine kilometers from Agra stands Fatehpur Sikri, the red sandstone city of yesteryears. The city was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in AD 1564 in honour of the Muslim saint Sheikh Salim Chisthi. Fatehpur Sikri was intended to be the capital city but the shortage of water and unrest in the northwest made Akbar abandon it. One of the major attractions of this city is the marble tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisthi. Other places of interest include Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Buland Darwaza, Panch Mahal, Jodha Bai s Palace and Birbal Bhavan.
On arrival check-in at the hotel. The city capital in the tone of an autumnal sunset intersperses the play of red and pink with white borders and motifs, outlining the architectural highlights of Jaipur s buildings. Jaipur has blush pink ever since 1727 when Maharaja Swai Jai Singh II had it built. It is the only city in the world symbolizing the 9 divisions of the universe through nine rectangular sectors sub-dividing it. The palaces and forts of yesteryears that were witness to royal processions and splendors are now living monuments accepted naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the pink city. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05. Jaipur
After breakfast half day excursion to Amer Fort - At a short distance of 11 kms. from Jaipur, the Amer Fort complex stands amidst wooded hills overlooking the Delhi-Jaipur highway, with its forbidding ramparts reflected in the still waters of the Maota Lake below.
One of the finest examples of Rajput architecture, it was the ancient capital of the Kachhawah rulers. The original palace was built by Raja Man Singh and additions were made later by Sawai Jai Singh. Within the palace are the Diwan-e-Aam or the "Hall of Public Audience", the Diwan-e-Khas or the "Hall of Private Audience" and the Sukh Niws where a cool breeze blows across channels of water for the purpose of air-conditioning.
Here are the private chambers of the queens with windows having latticed screens so that the ladies could watch the proceedings of the royal court in privacy. There is also the Jai Mandir or the "Temple of Victory", with its famed Sheesh Mahal, the scintillating "Hall of Mirrors". After lunch sightseeing tour of Jaipur city visiting City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar (Observatory).
The City Palace is now converted into a museum, except a small portion that is still used by the royal family of Jaipur. Built in the fortified campus style, the palace covers almost one-seventh part of the city. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion that is devoted to the arms and ammunition used by the royal family in the past. Other important attractions are the Textile and Costume Museum, Art Gallery, Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, and Diwan-i-Khas and Diwan-i-Am.
Drive past Hawa Mahal - Strange though it may seem, this most famous landmark of Jaipur is not actually a palace but a series of sandstone screens. This pink structure was constructed so that the ladies of the palace could watch the royal processions without being seen by any outsider. This sandstone edifice was named Palace of Winds after the many brass wind vanes that adorned it until 1960s. Also visit Observatory. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06. Jaipur Delhi by surface (258 kms)
After breakfast drive to Delhi and check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07. Delhi Manali by surface (570 kms)
After breakfast drive to Manali and check-in at the hotel. Manali according to legend was born when the waters of the Great Deluge receded and the seventh Manu s ark came to the rest on a hillside in this valley. As the earth dried up there came up a place of breathtaking beauty which was named after the great sags. Over the last decade Manali has grown from a back of the beyond Himanchali town to a busy tourist destination. Surrounded by towering peaks at arms length, Manali s major asset is its proximity to the snowline, never more than a few hours drive from the town nestling at a comfortable 2,050 meters. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08. Manali
After breakfast proceed for half day city tour visiting Hadimba Devi Temple, Doongri temple houses , Goddess Hadimba (Hirma Devi) has 4 tired pagoda shaped roof with a doorway carved with figures and symbols. Tibetan Monastry,- A new and colorful Buddhist temple. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 09. Manali
After breakfast excursion to Rohtangpass. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 10. Manali Shimla by surface (260 kms)
After breakfast drive to Shimla and check-in at the hotel. Shimla The capital of Himachal Pradesh and former summer capital of British India, Shimla is the state s most important center. Bulging at its seams with unprecedented expansion, Shimla retains a colonial aura, with its grand old buildings, among them the stately Viceregal Lodge, ccherming iron lampposts and Anglo-Saxon names. The Mall, packed with shops and eateries, is the center of attraction, and Scandal Point, associated with the former Maharaja of the Patiala s escapades, offers a view of distant snowclad peaks. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 11. Shimla
After breakfast proceed for half day city tour visiting Jakhoo Hill, Shimla s highest point, other a panoramic view of the town, hills and mountain ranges with spectacular views at sunrise and sunset. Institute of Advanced Study which is housed in the former Viceregal Lodge, it was built in 1888, Tara Devi Temple offers panoramic views, Himachal State Museum has a rich display of the state s cultural, artistic and archaeological heritage. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 12. Shimla - Delhi by surface (370 kms)
After breakfast drive to Delhi and check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13. Delhi
After breakfast proceed for half day city tour visiting Old and New Delhi . Old Delhi visiting - Raj Ghat and shanti vana- the cremation sited of Mahatma Ghandi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Also drive past Red Fort , built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan , Jama Masjid ,one of the longest mosque in India and Chandini Chowk,shopping center of Delhi. New Delhi visiting Qutaub Minar built by Qutub ud Din Aibek in 1199. Humayun s Tomb. India Gate (War Memorial Arch). Lakshminarayan Temple a modern Hindu Temple. Also drive past President House, Parliament House, and Government Secretariat Buildings. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14. Delhi
Breakfast at the hotel. Day free for shopping. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15. Depart Delhi
In time transfer to railway station to connect flight / train for the onward destination.