Golden Triangle with Amritsar, Varanasi, Mumbai and Udaipur
16 Nights / 17 Days
Delhi - Amritsar - Mumbai - Varanasi - Agra - Jaipur - Udaipur
Arrival at Delhi
On arrival at Delhi Airport, our company representative will meet you and drive you to the hotel. Reach hotel and check-in. Relax.
Delhi is the heart and soul of India. It is a city filled with oomphs of history, culture, traditions and is home to diverse nationalities. It is an all-in-one destination where you can experience the whole of India at once and a seamless amalgamation of modern and ancient culture altogether.
Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast, set out on a sightseeing tour of Delhi city. You’ll first go for Old Delhi sightseeing, starting with Jama Masjid, the country’s largest mosque, built in 1656. The mosque’s courtyard is capable of holding 25,000 devotees at once. Next, visit Old Delhi’s oldest and biggest market Chandni Chowk. Later, enjoy a rickshaw ride from Fatehpuri Masjid to the impressive red sandstone monument of Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, our driver will pick you up and drive you to Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi – Father of the Nation. Afterward, proceed to Humayun’s Tomb (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), an early example of fine Mughal architecture in India, built in 1565. Humayun’s Tomb is often said to be the inspiration behind the Taj Mahal.
Later, take a sightseeing tour of New Delhi and drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan (President’s House), Parliament House, and India Gate – a war memorial constructed in memory of 70,000 Indian soldiers who fought in World War I. Lastly, visit Qutub Minar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a soaring tower of victory. Its construction was commenced in 1193 under the supervision of Islamic ruler Qutub-ud-din-Aibak, immediately after the defeat of the last Hindu Kingdom in Delhi. The marble and red sandstone built structure is nearly 73 meters tall and tapers from a 15-meter-diameter base to just 2.5 meters at the top.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Delhi – Amritsar [By Flight]
Today, fly to Amritsar – the heart and soul of Punjab. Upon reaching, our company representative will meet you and drive you to the hotel. Later in evening, our guide will take you to the Golden Temple at night. Here, you will witness the “Putting to Bed Ceremony” – a daily ceremony wherein the Holy Book of Sikhs “Guru Granth Sahib” is collected, carried back to Akal Takht every evening. At night, the Golden Temple glitters in the Holy Sarovar (Pool of Nectar) surrounding it. It is truly a sight to behold that shouldn’t be missed. Return to the hotel to rest for the day.
Visit the Golden Temple in the morning for better exploration of this stunning Sikh temple. Walk through the main temple and the huge Langar halls while our guide explains you the magnificent history behind the making of Golden Temple. Witness the kitchen within this temple’s complex where volunteers are engaged in preparing lunch and washing of utensils and a group of women is busy in rolling chapattis and in the Langar Hall, a group of volunteers serving food to everyone. Next, visit the Jallianwala Bagh, a memorial to people who were shot dead when a British commander General Dyer, opened fire on them in 1919. Head to the Wagah Border that runs along the Grand Trunk Road between Amritsar (India)and Lahore (Pakistan). Here you will see the daily ceremony, carried out with great pomp, where the Indian border guards and Pakistani border guards march towards each other and exchange a brusque handshake and both their national flags are lowered simultaneously while thousands of visitors wave out their national flags. It is a proud moment of pride and patriotism for both the countries. Return to the hotel to rest for the day.
Amritsar – Mumbai [By Flight]
On this day, take a flight to Mumbai. On arrival, our company representative will meet you and transfer you to your pre-booked hotel. Night stay hotel.
Your day starts with an excursion to the Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a complex of rock-cut caves inspired from Brahmmical architecture displaying vibrant sculptures. It is famous for the life-sized three-headed rock-cut sculpture of Lord Shiva. Board your ferry back to the Gateway of India. Spend time clicking photographs at the 20th century Gateway of India built in honor of the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911. Later, visit the Prince of Wales Museum, also known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, inspired from Indo-Saracenic architecture. It is said to have more than 60,000 objects on display for visitors. Head to the Hanging Gardens built in 1881. It is located atop the Malabar Hills and is popularly known for its mesmerizing sunset views over the Arabian Sea. The flower clock is one of its must-see attractions. Later in evening, spend time at the Marine Drive. At night, it is lighted up with a string of lights that resembles a necklace. This is why, it’s called the Queen’s Necklace. Return to hotel to rest for the day.
Mumbai – Varanasi [By Flight]
Board your flight to Varanasi. On arrival, our company representative will meet you and drive you to the hotel followed by check-in. Night stay at hotel.
The day starts with an early morning boat ride on river Ganges. You would watch local rituals along the riverside and ghats (places by the river with steps leading down to the river) during the ride. The locals of Varanasi visit River Ganges very early in the morning to pray to Sun God as well as to offer prayers to the holy River Ganges, considered as mother goddess. The boat ride also takes you to various other ghats where you will see the daily rituals along the Ganges like washing, bathing and praying. For instance, Manikarnika Ghat is famous for Hindu cremation rituals, Dashashwamedha Ghat is popular for the Ganga Aarti ceremony (holy worship rituals of the Ganges), Assi Ghat, the southernmost and a prominent bathing ghat in Varanasi, situated at the union of the rivers Ganga and Assi.
After the boat ride, return to your hotel and enjoy breakfast. Afterward, you will be visiting some of the prominent temples in the city like Sankat Mochan Temple, Kashi Vishwanath Temple – an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva that was restored and rebuilt to its present glory in 1776, Kalbhairav temple, Manas Mandir, Birla temple, Bharat Mata temple among others.
Further, you will walk through the narrow alleyways of Varanasi visit the local bazaars of town where you can shop for statues, brass works, worship items, and the famous Benaras silk materials.
We will now lead you toward Dashashwamedh Ghat where awaits the spectacular Ganga Aarti ceremony by the River Ganges. This star attraction of Varanasi treats visitors to the sight of interesting rituals, performed by Hindu priests accompanied by chanting of sacred mantras, to please the Ganges River and God of Fire. Photo lovers will definitely love this spot to capture some really interesting pictures. In the evening, return to hotel and stay overnight.
Varanasi – Delhi [By Flight] and Drive to Agra
After breakfast, our company representative will drop you off at the Airport to board your flight to Delhi. On reaching, our company representative will meet you and drive you to Agra. Reach Agra and check-in at hotel. Relax. Overnight stay at hotel in Agra.
Early morning visit to Taj Mahal – the most beautiful monument symbolic of love and a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the 7th wonder of the world that came to life in 1631 which is now recognized as the jewel of Muslim art in India. The spectacular sunrise views at the Taj Mahal is something you can’t afford to miss when in Agra. The Taj Mahal reflects different shades as it reflects pinkish shade in the morning, milky white in the evening and glittery gold in moonlight. Return to the hotel for breakfast.
Visit the Agra Fort- a UNESCO World Heritage Site, also known as the Red Fort of Agra as it resembles the Red Fort in Delhi. It is a massive fort made of red sandstone and this is how, it got its name. While exploring the fort, visit its splendid attractions that include the Palace of Mirrors (Sheesh Mahal), Hall of Public Audience (Diwan-i-Aam), Hall of Private Audience (Diwan-i-Khas), Nagina Mosque (Gem Mosque), Mina Masjid (Heavenly Mosque) etc. Visit the 16th century Jahangir Palace built by Emperor Akbar. It was the former Zenana (private residence) of the royal Mughal women and Noor Jahan, wife of Jahangir (son of Akbar), stayed here till her death. Head to the Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah whose structure resembles a jewel box placed in a garden. It is also sometimes regarded as “Baby Taj”. It was the first tomb in India that was made purely of white marble. Return to hotel to rest for the day.
Agra – Jaipur
After breakfast, proceed with a drive to Jaipur. It is known as the Pink City of India since most of the buildings of this city display use of pink stone at a grand scale. It is the first planned city of early India and the largest city of Rajasthan. This centuries-old city is a must visit for history buffs, Indian food lovers and shoppers. On arrival, our representative will transfer you to the hotel followed by check-in. Day free at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur.
Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Jaipur city covering visits to the Amber Fort- a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the magnificent hill fort of Amber Fort whose beauty reflects on the below Maota Lake. Enjoy an elephant ride to and fro the fort where the fort is located followed by a visit to the Jaigarh Fort located atop the Amer Fort. Built by Jai Singh II (who founded the city of Jaipur), it boasts the world’s largest cannon “Jaivana Cannon”. Move on to the City Palace – the royal palace of Jaipur with great historical importance. It was the former residence of Jai Singh II. Head to the Hawa Mahal, also called the “Palace of Winds”. It is an ideal example of architectural brilliance of Jaipur as it boasts the intricately-carved 953 windows with beautiful latticework. Visit the Albert Hall Museum that showcases an exquisite collection of armory and weaponry, stone and metal sculptures, crystal works etc. In the evening, spend time at the picturesque Man Sagar Lake and soak in the charm of the Jal Mahal or “Water Palace”. Return to the hotel to rest for the day.
Special Activity: Elephant Ride at Amer Fort
After breakfast, go for an excursion to the legendary bazaars of Jaipur that are redolent of spices, sweetmeats and spicy delicacies, traditional art and crafts etc. Later, visit the Dera Amer. It is a hub of outdoor recreational and adventure activities and is surrounded by a dense forest. Spend time bathing and feeding elephants. You can also enjoy elephant, horse and camel safaris here.
Jaipur – Udaipur [By Flight]
Take a short flight to Udaipur – a dreamy city in Rajasthan. Nestled amidst the Aravalli Hills, it is a city filled with pristine lakes, fascinating Havelis, vibrant bazaars and an ancient ambiance. On arrival, our company representative will meet you and drive you to the hotel followed by check-in. Later, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola to reach the Lake Palace. It is an 18th century white marble fort that speaks volumes of the opulence & elegance of the bygone era of Udaipur. Return to the hotel to rest for the day.
Your guided Udaipur sightseeing tour begins with a visit to the Vintage Car Museum that exhibits the impressive car collection of the Maharaja of Udaipur. Spend time clicking photographs here with the amazing collection of vintage cars here. Later, visit the 18th century City Palace located on the banks of Lake Pichola. It attracts tourists for its captivating marble-work, mirror and silver work, wall paintings and murals etc. Head to the Bagore ki Haveli. It is an 18th century Haveli that has now been converted into a Museum. The costumes of the royal Kings, rose water sprinklers, Mewar paintings, peacocks made of colored glass pieces, jewellery boxes of the royal women are a few major attractions here. Next, visit the Jagdish Temple – a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu (preserver of the World) and Sahelion ki Bari (Garden of the Maidens) that was a leisure spot of King Rana Sanga and the royal women of Udaipur. In the evening, spend time at the Fateh Sagar Lake – a tranquil lake famous for its sunset views or you can enjoy a cultural dance show “Dharohar” at the Bagore Ki Haveli. Return to the hotel to rest for the day.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Udaipur – Delhi [By Flight]
You can begin your day with souvenir shopping and walking around the streets of Udaipur and later, you will be transferred to the Airport to board flight to Delhi. On reaching, our company representative will meet you and drive you to the hotel followed by check-in. Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.
Our tour comes to an end here. After breakfast, our company representative will transfer you to the Delhi IGI Airport or you can also board a flight directly from Udaipur.
India Gate in Delhi. The Heart of India
Golden temple, Amritsar
The Taj Mahal, Agra
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur