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Golden Triangle Tours With Himachal

15 Nights / 16 Days

Destination: Delhi - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Pathankot - Dharamsala - Manali - Shimla

 

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi, meet & greet with our office representative, assistance and transfer to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2: Delhi – Jaipur (265kms/ 5hrs approx)

Delhi

Breakfast at hotel, half day city tour. Drive past Red Fort & Chandni Chowk Bazar, Khari Baoli spice market

Visit Jama Masjid (Mosque). Shah Jahan (King of the World) founded the city of Shahjanabad, now referred to as Old Delhi, in 1648. Opposite the fort is the Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in the world, built by Shah Jahan to dominate his city. Raj Gath; The memorial of Mahatma Gandhi where he was cremated after his assassination. Qutab Minar: The building complex dated back on the onset of Muslim rule in India and are fine examples of Afghan architecture.
Himayun’s Tomb: Build by wife of Humayun, the second mughal king. It is an early example of Mughal architecture. India Gate; The 42m high stone "Arch of Triumph", erected in the memory of Indian soldiers who died in the First World War; Drive through Rajpath "Kingsway" a VVIP area of Delhi including Rashtrapati Bhawan. Laxmi Narayan Temple; Garishly colored modern temple is erected by the industrialist Birla. This temple is dedicated to Laxmi - the goddess of wealth and Narayan - Lord Vishnu, husband of Laxmi.

Afternoon drive to Jaipur, check in at hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3: Jaipur

Jaipur

Morning after breakfast check out from hotel, visit Amber Fort and enjoy Elephant Ride (upto the hills). Raja Man Singh the Rajput commander of Akbar’s army constructed the fortress palace in the end of 16th century. Amber is superb example of Rajput architecture, situated on a hilltop, overlooking a lake. Amber Fort is known for its unique artistic style, blending both Hindu and Muslim (Mughal) elements, and its ornate and breathtaking artistic mastery. The fort borders the Maota Lake. Amber was originally built by the Meenas in the town they consecrated to Amba, the Mother Goddess, whom they knew as `Gatta Rani' or `Queen of the Pass'. Built over the remnants of an earlier structure, the palace complex which stands today was commenced under the reign of Raja Man Singh, Commander in Chief of Akbar’s army and a member of the Emperor's inner circle of nine courtiers, in 1592. The initial structure of the fort was entirely completed by his descendant, Jai Singh I. Amber was modified by successive rulers over the next 150 years, until the Kachwahas shifted their capital to Jaipur during the time of Sawai Jai Singh II.

Jaipur

Afternoon city tour of Jaipur, the origins of the beautiful city of Jaipur can be traced back to the eighteenth century, during the reign of Jai Singh II who ascended the Amber throne in 1699. Jaipur today, epitomizes the spirit of Rajputana. In-spite of growing into a bustling metropolis, it still retains it's character and history - Beautiful fusion of the yesteryears and modernity. Popularly known as the Pink City because of the extensive use of the locally abundant pink plastered stone, painted so in honor of the visit of the royal consort of Queen Victoria Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens. Main tourist attractions of Jaipur are City Palace with its fine collection of textiles, costumes and armory and the Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds. Maharaja Jai Singh was a great astronomer of his time. He built here extraordinary (and very accurate) stargazing Observatory here named as “Jantar Mantar”. Overnight at hotel.

Day 4: Jaipur – Ranthambore (160kms/ 4hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel, drive to Ranthambore, on arrival check in at resort. Rest day free for personal activities.

Ranthambore National Park: famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. The tigers can be easily spotted even during the day. A good time to visit between November and May when the nature of the dry deciduous forests makes sightings common. The Park which covers an area of nearly 400 sq. km. and is set between the Aravali and Vindhya ranges. Its deciduous forests were once a part of the magnificent jungles of Central India. The varied topography of the national park is home to animals like the jackal, mongoose, sloth bear, leopard, and of course, the tiger. Ranthambore has much more to offer you in sightseeing and excursions. Surrounded by the Vindhya and Aravali hill ranges and located very near to the outer fringes of the Thar Desert, this place offers you the best of the desert land as well as plain area near the hills. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5: Ranthambore

Breakfast at hotel. Morning jungle safari.

Ranthambore

Spread over an area of nearly 392 sq km, the park is marked by dense jungles, rocky ridges, meandering streams and lakes, and deep gorges, all providing a fertile habitat to an extensive variety of flora and fauna. Visit the majestic Ranthambore Fort, after which the park was named, is located atop a steep hill within the reserve. This imposing structure offers spectacular views of the surrounding terrain, and is home to three historic

Hindu temples, honouring Ganesh, Shiva and Ramlalji. Trinetra Ganesh Temple; devoted to Ganesh, the elephant-headed God of Good Fortune is located in Ranthambhore fort. Temples dedicated to Ganesh are very famous as Shree Ganesh is the first to be worshipped before beginning any new project or venture as the Vighnaharta, the destroyer of obstacles. Wednesday is the main day of darshan and puja, but this temple is frequented by hundreds of devotees everyday. Even the never-ending long hours of wait do not discourage the devotee from seeking the blessing of Lord Ganesha. The beautiful Jogi Mahal, famous for being home to the country's second largest Banyan tree, is situated on the banks of Padam Talao, the park's largest lake.

The area's most scenic lake, however, is the Rajabagh Talao. This popular watering hole is probably one of the best places to see a tiger. Adding to the charm are the Raj Bagh Ruins with ancient pavilions, domes, arches, steps and other stone structures. The smallest lake, Malik Talao, is a great place to see migratory birds and crocodiles, while areas such as Lakarda and Anantpura, in the north and north-western sections of the park, are good for seeing sloth bears. The heavily forested Bakuala area features many small water bodies, and is one of the coldest areas of the park. Overnight at hotel.

Day 6: Ranthambore - Fatehpur Sikri – Agra (290kms / 6hrs)

Fatehpur Sikri

Breakfast at hotel, drive to Agra. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri: built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 yrs. Due to scarcity of water. Predominately, a red sandstone construction sprawling over a huge area, the architectural style is very much in tune with emperor’s dream & partakes of both Hindu & Muslim styles. See the graceful buildings including Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal & other places.

Salim Chishti Dargah; built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 yrs. Due to scarcity of water. Predominately, a red sandstone construction sprawling over a huge area, the architectural style is very much in tune with emperor’s dream & partakes of both Hindu & Muslim styles. Salim Chishti (1478-1572) was one of the famous Sufi saints of the Chishti Order in India. Salim Chishti was the descendant of the famous Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti whose tomb is in Ajmer, Rajasthan. Continue drive to Ranthambore, on arrival check in at resort. Rest day free for personal activities. Overnight at hotel.

Day 7: Agra

Breakfast at hotel, visit Taj Mahal:

Agra

One of the Seven Wonder of the World was build by Shah Jahan in 1631 AD and was completed in 1651. This symbol of love was build in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Described as the most extravagant monument ever build for love. It was constructed by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his queen Mumtaz Mahal, made out of white marble took 22 years to complete. Ustad Ahamad Lahori, a Parsian Architect, is said to be the main designer and planer of this magnificent memorial. On full moon night, the glory of the Taj is at its best. (Taj Mahal remain closed on every Friday)

Agra Fort: build by the famed Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Construction of the massive red sandstone Agra Fort on the bank of the Yamuna River was begun by Emperor Akbar in 1565, though additions were made up until the rule of his grandson, Shah Jahan region it has partially become Palace. The fort presents a good sampling of their favoured architectural styles. Akbar drew on Islamic and Hindu traditions and the result is eclectic. By Shah Jahan's time the style had become so homogenized that it is impossible to separate the Hindu and Muslim strands. The Diwan-I-Am (public audience hall) the beautiful Diwan-I-Khas (private audience hall) were also added by Shah Jahan.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 8: Agra - Delhi – Pathankot (Overnight train)

Breakfast at hotel, morning free.

Afternoon drive to Delhi, direct transfer to railway station to board train no. 4033, Jammu Mail departing at 2040hrs for Pathankot. Overnight in train.

Day 9: Pathankot – Dharamsala (90kms/ 2hrs approx)

0650hrs arrive Pathankot railway station, proceed to Dharamshala. The scenic drive through the mountains brings you to the upper Dharamsala or popularly known as McLeodgarh. This hill station with its magnificent view of the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas is the seat of His Holiness, the XIVth Dalai Lama and the headquarters of the Tibetan government in exile. The town has a large Tibetan refugee settlement. The numerous monks in their flowing maroon robes, the many street shops selling momos and butler tea, and old Tibetan women in their traditional clothes, walking past serenely turning their prayer wheels, could well be in Tibet. On arrival check-in at hotel.

Afternoon visit the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) and attend the various culture programs taking place there.

Namgyal Monastery, the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives and Monastery of Nechung. The Library: open from Monday till Friday, has an exhaustive collection of books, manuscripts, and archival photographs on Tibet. One of the most extensive sets of original Tibetan manuscripts is preserved here, besides sacred texts and prayer scrolls. In addition to books on Tibet, there is also information on Indian culture and history. On the first floor of the complex is the museum with Buddhist images, bronze figures and a collection of mandalas (geometrical drawings used in Tantric Buddhism for meditation), including the only wooden mandala outside Tibet. Dip Thekchen Choeling Monastery: with its golden roof amidst tall pine forests. The monastery also offers accommodation, with breakfast and dinner thrown in. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10: Dharamsala

dharamsala

Breakfast at hotel, city tour of McLeodganj, which is home to most of the Tibetan exiles. At McLeodganj, the Tibetans have established many monasteries, schools and temples. Mcleodganj is sometimes known as ‘Little Lhasa’, after the Tibetan capital city.

McLeodganj has a distinctly different character, with its brightly painted buildings, Buddhist temples, prayer flags fluttering in the air and saffron monks and nuns hurrying along the streets. The main Buddhist temple or Tsuglagkhang (cathedral) is a five-minute walk from the main bazaar. Said to resemble the one in Lhasa, the temple is surrounded by red and gold prayer wheels that are set in motion by devotees to scatter prayers in the air. Inside are images of Shakyamuni (Buddha of the past), Padmasambhava the propagator of Buddhism in Tibet, and Avalokiteshvara (the compassionate one). All the images are in a posture of meditation with offerings of fruits, incense sticks and prayer flags in front. In the courtyard of the temple a curious tradition is enacted every afternoon by lamas from the Namgyal monastery. Punctuated by lots of shouting and clapping, the monks conduct serious debates on various theological issues.

Dal Lake: lake surrounded by Deodar trees, with temple of Durgeshwara Mahadev by the lakeside. Bhagsunath Temple: old temple of Bhagsunath with a fresh waterspring. Further, about 0.5 km is beautiful Bhagsunath waterfall which is enough to sooth one’s eyes and mind. Church of St. John in the Wilderness; built in 1860. Worth a visit for its beautiful stained glass windows, the church was severely damaged in a major earthquake that rocked the region in 1905. Rebuilt subsequently, the church has old bells that had been cast in London and installed in 1915. Lord Elgin, one of the few Viceroys of India who died in office, lies buried here. Evening back to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11: Dharamsala – Manali (250kms/ 6hrs)

Breakfast at hotel, drive to Manali. Enroute visit Jwala Devi Temple: Dedicated to the "GODDESS OF LIGHT", the temple is one of the most popular Hindu temples in northern India. There is no idol of any kind the flame is considered as a manifestation of the goddess. An eternally burning and shining blue flame emanates from the rock sanctum and is fed by the priests with the offerings of devotees. The golden tower (dome) of the temple was a gift from the Emperor Akbar. The temple is considered very powerful, hence count as one of the 51 Shakti-Pitha temples in India. Besides, there are Gorakh Dibbi, Chaturbhuj temple and many small shrines situated in the vicinity of Jwalji temple.

Continue drive to Manali, on arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 12: Manali

Breakfast at hotel, city tour of Manali, visit Hadimba Devi Temple: Manali has many attractions but the chief centre of interest, historically and archeologically, is undoubtedly the DHOONGRI TEMPLE dedicated to goddess Hadimba, the Bhim of Mahabharat fame. It has four-tiered Pagoda shaped roof and the doorway is carved with legendary figures and symbols. This temple located amidst wooden forest of deodar is about 2.5kms. from the tourist office. It is a pleasant experience to stroll in the temple complex which was built in 1533 A.D. A large festival is held here in May.

Vashist Hot Water Spring & Temple: Vashist, a small village located on the left bank of river Beas towards Rohtang pass is worth a visit. It is renowned for its hot springs and temples. Nearby is the pyramidal stone temple dedicated to Vashist Muni. There is another Temple of Lord Ram here. Natural hot sulphur springs with two separate bathing tanks for gents and ladies are always full of tourists. Turkish style showers fitted baths have also been built nearby. Hot water from the nearby spring is provided for bathing. Tibetan Monastery: 3 newly constructed colorful monasteries, where visitors can buy carpets and other Tibetan handicrafts. Two are located in the town and one at Aleo on the left bank of Beas river. Roerich art Gallery: The paintings of the famous Russian artist are exhibited here. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 13: Manali - Rohtang Pass - Manali (52kms/ 2hrs one way)

Breakfast at hotel, excursion to visit Kothi George; It is a pretty little village, 12kms from Manali on the Keylong road. There are very fine views from Kothi, and the Beas river flows through a very deep and narrow gorge at this point. Rohtang pass (3979 m); Rohtang pass is 51kms. from Manali on highway to Keylong / Leh. It offers a panorama and spectacular mountain view. The pass is open from June to October each year although trekkers can cross it earlier. It is a gateway to Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and Leh valley just as Zojila pass is a gatway to Ladakh. There are a beautiful sight of glaciers, peaks and Chandra river flows down in the Lahaul valley. Slightly to the left are the twin peaks of the Geypan. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Manali – Shimla (260kms/ 6hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel, drive to Shimla, on arrival, check in at hotel. Rest day free for personal activities. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15: Shimla

Breakfast at hotel, shimlavisit Jakhoo temple: The temple being situated at the highest peak of Shimla gives a stunning view of the Shimla town. The temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. So tourists visit this place for offering prayers before the idol. Evening free to stroll in the famous shopping place of Shimla town The Mall: an ideal spot for shopping and tourists have a major attraction to this place for the place besides catering to shops also have a theater and a number of good eating joints. The Ridge: This ridge of Shimla gives a spectacular sight of the ice-covered mountain peaks. Tourists also can have a look of the Tudor library and the Christ Church from this ridge. Overnight at hotel.

Day 16: Shimla – Delhi (370kms/ 8hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel, drive to Delhi. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

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