Golden Triangle Tour With Golden Temple, Amritsar
Tour Route: Delhi – Amritsar – Jaipur – Agra – Delhi
Tour Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights
Day 1- International Arrival, Delhi at Leisure
Welcome to India! Upon your arrival at the airport in Delhi, our representative will greet you and escort you to the hotel. After hotel check-in, have some free time on your own to adjust to the new time zone.
Day 2 - Delhi Sightseeing
Head for the Old Delhi this morning, to admire the magnificent Jama Masjid - India’s largest mosque, enjoy a rickshaw tour through the bustling Chandni Chowk bazaar. Later pass by the fantastic Red Fort and go back to New Delhi. Visit India’s tallest ancient stone tower Qutub Minarand its surrounding ancient Hindu and Muslim complex, followed by Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Next drive along the city landmarks such as the India Gate, President's House, Parliament House & Government Secretariat Buildings, before today’s last stop Laxmi Narayan Temple.
Tips: Female tourists are asked to wear robes when entering Jama Masjid. If you don’t have any, you can rent one at the entrance (50 Rupees, at your own expense).
Day 3 - Delhi - Amritsar (By Express Train, Approx. 6 Hrs, 447 Km)
Take the Shatabdi Express train to Amritsar. When you arrive, be met and transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit Wagha border to watch a daily "lowering of the flags" ceremony practiced since 1959, by both the security forces of India (Border Security Force) and Pakistan (Pakistan Rangers). After that, explore nearby area in your way or relax at the hotel.
Day 4 - Amritsar Sightseeing
In the morning, pay your respects to the shining and magnificent Golden Temple, a sacred Sikh sanctuary covered with gold leaves by the river side. Next visit the Community Kitchen where 10, 000 pilgrims are fed for free every day and then memorize the innocent people killed during the independence movement of India at the Jallianwala Bagh. Later visit the beautiful Ram Bagh Gardens.
Day 5 - Amritsar – Jaipur (By Air, Layover at Delhi)
Explore this colorful city in your way before being escorted to the airport for your flight to Jaipur. Upon arrival at Jaipur, be met and transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure.
Day 6 - Jaipur Sightseeing
After breakfast, visit hillside Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the state; inside you'll also experience the kingly palaces incl. the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors). Next go back to Jaipur to view the gorgeous Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) and the City Palace Museum featured with palatial structures and rich collections of Rajasthania costumes and armoury. After that, visit Jantar Mantar, the largest stone observatory in world which is still in use, before driving back to your hotel through the pink rose residential & business areas.
Tips: Hard sell by vendors around Amber Fort is easy to find. If you don’t want to buy the goods, do not show any interests or say anything. Even "no thanks" is dispensable.
Day 7 - Jaipur - Agra (By Car, Approx. 5 Hrs, 289 Km)
Head for Agra this morning. En route, stop to explore the formal capital of Mughal Empire - Fatehpur Sikri (about 1.5 hrs), one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendor at its height, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. Lunch time after that and proceed to Agra. Hotel check-in upon arrival and rest of the day is at leisure.
Note: Driving time in the program is approximate, subject to the traffic, weather and road conditions.
Day 8 - Agra Sightseeing
Rise early to admire a World Heritage site Taj Mahal (closed on Friday), be away from the crowds and heat in daytime and fully explore its elegance and magnificent. This grand mausoleum of white marbles was built by the Mughal emperor in memory of his beloved wife. Later visit the palatial Royal Pavilions at the red sandstone Agra Fort for a glimpse of the royal Mughal lifestyle.
Tips: Strict security check is needed before entering Taj Mahal. Foods, plastic bags, chargers, etc. are all prohibited. We suggest you catch the sunrise view in the early morning when is relatively cool and less crowded.
Day 9 - Agra - Delhi (By Car, Approx. 3-4 Hrs, 220 Km)/Delhi Departure
Bid farewell to India today. Your driver will pick you up from hotel then directly drive to Delhi airport in time for your return flight.
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