Day 1: Arrive in Delhi
Welcome to India!! Accommodation available from 1200 Noon. Upon arriving at the international airport of Delhi in the morning and you will be welcome by Bhagirathi Tour & Travel representative after transfer to the hotel. Check in, take your first day off, and relax!. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Delhi.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Delhi
In the morning, our sightseeing begins. We will visit the walled city of Old Delhi, where every street is buzzing with activity. The influence of the Mughals, who once ruled from the ramparts of the Red Fort, can be seen extensively.
First, we will visit Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in India, built in the 17th century. Later, we will drive past the New Delhi Area to visit Raj Ghat, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidential Palace), the Parliament House, and other colonial buildings. The early 20th-century work of Edwin Lutyens, a British architect, prominently features in the colonial districts.
Finally, visit the famous Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb, a marvelous example of Persian-inspired Mughal architecture. Overnight stay at The Hotel in Delhi. (Meals: Breakfast at Hotel)
Day 03: Delhi - Jaipur
Morning after breakfast travelling to Jaipur the pink city of Rajasthan, arrive check in hotel then take a walk along the city to quietly take in the rustic beauty of the place and try local street food which will take your breath away. Stroll through beautiful gardens, watch the sunset from your rooftop and make the most of your leisure time on the first day of your tour. Stay overnight at the hotel and enjoy a lavish leisure day.
OPTION EVENING EXCURSION TO CHOKHI DHANI COMPLEX, ethnic village resort located at a distance of 20 km from Jaipur. Rajasthani village atmosphere is recreated on the sprawling ground & includes the entertainment by folk dancers & musicians. You can move around freely & enjoy the evening. Later drive back to the Hotel for overnight stay.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Jaipur. (Meals: Breakfast at Hotel + Dinner in Chokhi Dhani)
Day 04: Sightseeing in Jaipur
After breakfast, we'll drive to the ancient capital of Amer, 11 km from Jaipur. Famous for its massive Amber Fort, Amer was the ancient capital of Kachhawaha dynasty for more than half a millennium. We then proceed to City Palace, a perfect blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture.
Next, we visit Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in the 18th century. Its solar devices can measure the day’s progression with an error of just 2 seconds, making it an astronomical treasure that can still accurately make predictions today.
Next, we will also visit Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied facade made of pink sandstone. Built in the year 1799, Hawa Mahal and its discreet windows (Jharokhas) allowed royal ladies to watch street processions and festivities. After sightseeing drive back to the hotel or visit market for the shopping. Overnight stay at The Hotel in Jaipur. (Meals: Breakfast at Hotel)
Day 05: Jaipur – Agra via Fatehpur Sikri (240 km by car – 5hr)
Today we are travelling to Agra to witness the architectural wonder of the golden age of Mughals. En-route, we will visit the Fatehpur Sikri, a grand, deserted, Mughal royal city. The impressive and well-preserved citadel served as Akbar’s political capital for 14 years until he abandoned it in 1585 following a drought.
Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel and check in.
Rest of the day free for your own activities.
Overnight stay at The Hotel in Agra (Meals: Breakfast at Hotel)
Day 6: Agra sightseeing to Delhi (210 km by car – 4 hr)
We will visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise, a symbol of eternal love that stands on the southern bank of the Yamuna River. It was built by the 5th Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, in the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in the 16th century. The charisma of the Taj Mahal never fails to impress given its beautiful symmetry and white marble inlays.
Back to Hotel for the Breakfast.
After breakfast, check out from your hotel and visit the Agra Fort – a blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture — originally built by the Rajput’s and renovated from time to time by different Mughal emperors with red sandstone, bricks and the beautiful marble from Makarana. The Fort can more accurately be described as a walled palatial city.
In the afternoon we will drive to New Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi and transfer to the hotel and relax or you can walk to the market near hotel which is most popular market in New Delhi. Overnight stay at the hotel in Delhi. (Meals: Breakfast at Hotel)
Day 7: Delhi – Shimla train
Depart Delhi by train for the 4-5-hour journey across the state of Punjab to Chandigarh. From Chandigarh, you’ll travel by private vehicle to Shimla. On arrival, get your bearings and explore the town's faded colonial charm on an orientation walk with your group leader. Overnight stay at The Hotel in Shimla. (Meals: Breakfast at Hotel)
Day 8: Shimla
Wake up early this morning to board the World Heritage-listed 'toy train' for a two-hour scenic journey offering views of quaint villages and gorgeous mountain passes. Afterwards, head out and explore Mall Road – Shimla's most popular shopping stretch. A nearby viewpoint also offers fantastic views of the Himalayas. Visit the Viceregal Lodge to witness where the partition agreement that separated India from Pakistan and Bangladesh was drawn up. If you like, join the hordes of monkeys milling about Jakhu Temple or stock up on souvenirs and specialty wooden crafts at Lakkar Bazaar. Set among rolling hills, Shimla also offers an array of nature walks that range from gentle to challenging. In the evening, you might like to enjoy an optional trip to the cinema and bop along to a Bollywood blockbuster. Overnight stay at The Hotel in Shimla. (Meals: Breakfast at Hotel)
Day 9: Mandi
Today travelling by jeep to the small town of Mandi. Situated on the Beas River, Mandi has a rich cultural heritage of both historical and theological significance. Once part of the salt route to Tibet, today it's the gateway to the Kullu Valley. Head into town for a walk and explore a huge sunken shopping centre – the only one like it in India and the focal point of entertainment in Mandi. You can also spend time at the bathing ghats along the river or hike to hilltop temples just outside of town. In the evening, enjoy an included dinner and stay in the simply restored former palace of the Raja of Mandi.
Day 10: Dharamsala (McLeod Ganj)
Today’s traveling through the mountains today is an adventure in itself. Travel by private vehicle for the 6-hour drive along bumpy, winding roads to Dharamsala, also known as McLeod Ganj. Strung with prayer flags and busy with robed monks strolling between monasteries, this hilltop retreat is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile. Spend the afternoon wandering the peaceful streets, which are set to the backdrop of the Himalayas. There’s a lot to gain here from learning about the many facets of Tibetan Buddhism. Overnight stay at The Hotel in McLeod Ganj. (Meals: Breakfast at Hotel)
Day11: Dharamsala (McLeod Ganj)
Today, visit the fascinating Norbulingka Institute, developed to train Tibetan refugees in skills needed to preserve the traditional arts and crafts of Tibet. Its grounds feature a beautiful temple and several workshops where you can see woodcarving, painting and needlework in action. Then make your way to the Tsuglag Khang complex to see the Dalai Lama’s temple. You may also like to visit the Losel Doll Museum, which is a great way to learn about the daily lives and customs of people all over Tibet. Overnight stay at The Hotel in McLeod Ganj. (Meals: Breakfast at Hotel)
Day 12:Dharamsala - Amritsar (210 kms by bus/car – 6 hrs)
Morning after breakfast travelling to Amritsar literally the "Pool of Nectar", is named after the sacred pool in the Golden Temple, the holiest of Sikh sites. On arrival in Amritsar, check in at the hotel. Refresh yourself at hotel and take a lunch. Later proceed to the Golden Temple, the holiest of Sikh sites. The Harmandir (Golden Temple) is the spiritual nerve centre of the Sikh faith. The Akal Takht is the seat of the Sikh's religious committee. Guru Gobind Singh's shrine is dedicated to the 10th and last guru of the Sikhs. You can explore and appreciate the spirituality of the place at your own pace. Besides its physical beauty, the strong and tranquil spiritual atmosphere is soul-stirring without being overwhelming. The constant recitation of the holy book brings a certain sense of peace to the individual. Walk through the temple complex and soak in the atmosphere. After walk back to hotel for overnight stay in Amritsar. (Meals:- Breakfast + Dinner at hotel)
Day 13: Amritsar - Haridwar – Rishikesh (Train + 1 hrs by bus/car)
Early morning transfer to the railway station to board the train to Haridwar located at the foot of the Shivalik hills on the banks of the holy Ganga. Amritsar-Haridwar Jan Shatabdi dep: 06:55 hrs arr: 14:00 hrs. You are met on arrival at Haridwar railway station and transferred to Rishikesh located north of Haridwar on the right bank of the Ganga, surrounded on three sides by the Himalayan ranges. On arrival, check in at Hotel. Evening free to explore.
Train: 06:55 Departure & 14:00 Arrival Overnight stay at Hotel in Rishikesh. (Meals: - Breakfast at hotel)
Day 14: Explore Rishikesh
The day begins with an early morning yoga session. After breakfast, spend the day exploring Rishikesh "Yoga Capital of the World",. Legend has it that God revealed himself to Raibhaya Rishi as Hrishikesh, after long penance and this sacred spot was henceforth known as such. Rishikesh is the starting point of several pilgrimages to the holy shrines of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. A renowned centre of Yoga discipline and learning, Rishikesh is dotted with shrines and ashrams. Some 5 km away is the Lakshman Jhoola, suspension bridge. The Lakshman Temple, dedicated to the brother of Lord Ram, where he is believed to have performed penance, is nearby. Other interesting temples include the Parmarth temple with many images from Hindu Mythology. In the evening, witness the beautiful Aarti (religious ceremony) at Triveni Ghat, where three streams of the Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati are believed to be flowing together underground. Prayers to goddess Ganga are invoked, followed by the lighting of butter lamps which are set afloat on the river. Triveni Ghat is also important as the sacred place where Pinda Shradha is performed, a ceremony where food is offered to the departed soul. Overnight stay at Hotel in Rishikesh. (Meals: - Breakfast at hotel)
Day 15: EXPLORE RISHIKESH (Overnight stay at Hotel in Rishikesh. (Meals: - Breakfast at hotel)
Day 16: EXPLORE RISHIKESH (Overnight stay at Hotel in Rishikesh. (Meals: - Breakfast at hotel)
DAY 17: EXPLORE RISHIKESH (Overnight stay at Hotel in Rishikesh. (Meals: Breakfast + Dinner at hotel)
Day 18: Rishikesh – Delhi (7 hrs by Taxi/bus)
Morning after breakfast travelling to Delhi, arrive, check in at hotel, and by the evening at leisure, Shopping and dinner after dinner around 10:00 PM we will give you departure to the international airport an board a flight to home.
(Services: Breakfast at the hotel + Transfer to the Airport)
The best time to visit India is between October and March when the monsoon rains have ceased and the country is largely warm and dry. The climate does vary considerably by region though this is the peak travel season in Rajasthan and Kerala due to the agreeable weather conditions.
The Best Time to Visit. You can visit the Taj Mahal any time of the year, but I recommend visiting in the winter months from November to February to avoid the heat or the summer rainy season. I visited on Christmas morning in December
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