Golden Triangle with Varanasi Ganges River & Golden Temple – 13 nights / 14 days

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Tour Details

Delhi (2 Nights) Agra (02 Night) Jaipur (02 Nights) Amritsar(02 Nights) Varansi ( 2 Nights)Rishikesh (03 Nights)

This tour is a powerful blend of the historical with the spiritual. The Golden Triangle of
Delhi, Agra and Jaipur boast of historically relevant and aesthetically superior
architecture from the Moghul and British eras. Varanasi, Amritsar, Rishikesh and
Haridwar are deeply spiritual and religious places for most Hindu and Sikh pilgrims and
have an ethereal aura about them. The political history of India can also be witnessed at
the Jalianwala Bagh and at the border ceremonies at Wagah.

Itinerary

Day 1ARRIVAL DELHI BY INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT – TBA @ TBA

Upon arrival, you will be meeting with our representative at outside the airport and transferred to the
Hotel our representative will be holding placard of “Concord Exotic Voyages” with the guests name at exit gate inside the airport Lounge

[DELHI, the capital of India, is home to 16 million people, making it the third largest city in India. The strategic location of the city made it an attractive location for invading armies, and it served as the capital for many great empires that ruled India. Many of these Empires built significant monuments, and whilst the Mughal and the British are the most visible, while driving through the city you will see ruins from previous capitals, the earliest dating back to the 12th century.]
Upon arrival, Check into the hotel

Overnight at Hotel in Delhi

Day 2DELHI

Breakfast at the hotel after breakfast, Check out from the hotel later proceed to full day city tour of Old Delhi visiting Jama Mosque, Raj ghat and drive past Red fort .
The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. He is also famously known as the “father of the nation”.
Continue your tour to Jama Masjid by bicycle rickshaws, one of Asia’s largest mosques. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet. Enjoy the rickshaw ride at Old Delhi peddling through the narrow by lanes of Chandani Chowk
New Delhi Including Qutub Minar, and drive past India Gate, the parliament buildings and drive past Presidential house
Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Qutub-Minar in red and buff sandstone is the highest tower in India. It has a diameter of 14.32 m at the base and about 2.75 m on the top with a height of
72.5m. Qutbu’d-Din Aibak laid the foundation of Minar in AD 1199 for the use of the mu’azzin (crier) to give calls for prayer and raised the first floor, to which were added three more floors by his successor and
Son-in-law, Shamsu’d-Din Iltutmish (AD 1211-36) All the storeys are surrounded by a projected balcony encircling the minar and supported by stone brackets, which are decorated with honeycomb design, more conspicuously in the first floor We will also visit Humayun’s Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in the year 1562. The complex is a World Heritage Site & the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India.

Overnight at Hotel in Delhi

Day 3AGRA/ DELHI– DRIVE (200Kms/05Hrs)

Breakfast at the hotel
After breakfast drive to Agra-Upon arrival transfer to hotel
Agra – This was the seat of the mighty Mughal Empire before it shifted its capital to Delhi, and it is home to some of their most inspired architectural creations including the Taj Mahal. In the 16th and 17th century, the Mughal Courts were at their most powerful, and were great patron of the arts, and Agra attracted artisans, poets and musicians from across India as well as Persia and Central Asia, transforming Agra into a cultural and architectural paradise
Overnight at Hotel in Agra

Day 4AGRA

Breakfast at the hotel
After breakfast full day Agra city tour

Taj Mahal- Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist’s visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately vehicleved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen (Taj Mahal Closed on Friday)
After noon visit Agra Fort – The red sandstone structure is surrounded by chahar-bagh, a four-square formal garden. Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. It lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.
Overnight at Hotel in Agra

Day 5AGRA/ FATEHPUR / JAIPUR

Breakfast at the hotel
After breakfast drive to Agra en-route visit en-route we will visit Fatehpur Sikri (Ghost Capital), the political capital of India’s Mughal Empire under Akbar’s reign, from the year 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned, ostensibly due to lack of water. Visit Emperor Akbar’s Residential complex, Mosque & Tomb of Salim Chisti, Further we continue our drive to Agra, beautifully situated on the banks of river Yamuna. It achieved prominence as the capital of the Mughal Emperors from 1526 to 1628, remains major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era monuments,
Upon arrival at Jaipur – Transfer to Hotel

Overnight at Hotel in Jaipur

[Jaipur- A labyrinth of fascinating bazaars, opulent palaces and a futuristic observatory, Jaipur was the inspiration of the ruler Sawai Jai Singh, who moved the capital from Amber in 1727. Jaipur was designed by a young architect from Bengal and together they planned a city along the ancient Hindu treatise of “Shilpa Shastra”, a science similar to the better known Feng Shui. Jaipur is laid out in a geometric grid of streets and squares making it one of the earliest planned cities in India. In honor of the visit of the Prince Edward, then the Prince of Wales, the City was painted in rich terracotta, a tradition which has continued through the years. This is the reason why Jaipur is often called the “pink city”. Today it serves as the State capital for Rajasthan]

Day 6JAIPUR

Breakfast at the hotel
After breakfast at the hotel start a sightseeing tour of Jaipur.
Full day sightseeing of Jaipur visiting Amber fort, City palace, Observatory and Windsor palace

You will also be experiencing Elephant ride while ascending the Amer fort.
(Elephant ride is subject to availability failing Jeep ride will be provided)
Amer Fort Palace – Amer is the classic romantic Rajasthan fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression.
City Palace – A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum
Jantar Mantar or Observatory – This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.
Hawa Mahal or Windsor Palace – The ornamental facade of this “Palace of Winds” is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. It is a five-storied structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine
Trelliswork and elaborate balconies the palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

Overnight at Hotel in Jaipur

Day 7JAIPUR/DELHI/AMRITSAR by Flight (JAI- DEL 9W 2353 – 1050/1155) (DEL-ATQ 9W 0946 – 1240/1345)

Breakfast at the hotel
After breakfast transfer to Jaipur Airport board flight JAI/DEL/ATQ

Upon arrival at Amritsar Airport transfer to Hotel- in Evening Palki Ceremony at Golden Temple

Overnight at Hotel in Amritsar
Amritsar, home to the Golden Temple, is one of the most ancient and fascinating cities of India. It is an important seat of Sikh history, religion and culture. Being the gateway for travelers coming to India on the overland route from central Asia, it soon became the center of various commercial activities. There are various historical and religious sites, the most famous of them is the Golden Temple which was founded by the fourth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Ramdas and completed by his successor Guru Arjan Dev. Amritsar is India’s leading exporter of goods to the Middle-East, leading distribution center of dry fruits, tea and condiments. It is also a shopper’s paradise and a gourmet’s delight

Day 8AMRITSAR

Breakfast at the hotel
After breakfast
Breakfast at the hotel after breakfast proceeds for sightseeing of Amritsar following Jaliwala Bagh
On April 13, Brigadier General R.E.H. Dyer arrived from Jalandhar Cantonment, and virtually occupied the town as civil administration under Miles Irving, the Deputy Commissioner, had come to standstill. On Sunday, 13 April 1919, Dyer was convinced of a major insurrection and he banned all meetings; however, this notice was not widely disseminated. That was the day of Baisakhi, the main Sikh festival, and many villagers had gathered in the Bagh. On hearing that a meeting had assembled at Jallianwala Bagh, Dyer went with fifty Gurkha riflemen to a raised bank and ordered them to shoot at the crowd. Dyer continued the firing for about ten minutes, until the ammunition supply was almost exhausted; Dyer stated that 1,650 rounds had been fired, a number which seems to have been derived by counting empty cartridge cases picked up by the troops. Official British Indian sources gave a figure of 379 identified dead, with approximately 1,200 wounded. The casualty number estimated by the Indian National Congress was more than 1,500, with approximately 1,000 dead
In the evening visit the INDIA – PAKISTAN border for gate closing ceremony
Wagah, named Wahga in Pakistan, is a village near which the accepted Radcliffe Line, the boundary demarcation line dividing India and Pakistan upon the Partition of India, was drawn.[2] The village lies 600 meters west of the border. At the time of independence in 1947, the migrants from the Indian parts of the subcontinent entered the present day Pakistan through this border crossing. The Wagah railway station lies 400 meters to the south and only 100 meters from the border. Indian side it is known as Atari. Located at about 29 km from Amritsar on the Grand Trunk, Wagah border post has become famous for the ceremonial closing of gates and lowering of flags of India and Pakistan. BSF and Pakistani Rangers march towards the gates from their respective sides. After the gate is open, the soldiers salute each other and start lowering the flags. The flags are carefully folded and carried back. The ceremony reaches a crescendo with the soldiers returning to the border line for the final handshake and the blowing of the bugle marks the end of the ceremony. As the ceremony climbs to its apogee, cries of Jai Hind and Pakistan Zindabad render in the Air. You will be picked up from your hotel at 2:30pm and proceed to Wagah Border to witness the afternoon Parade ceremony after the parade ceremony, your driver will drop you back to your hotel. After arriving from Vagha Border you will be visit Golden temple – Palki Ceremony There is Palki sahib ceremony in the Golden temple which takes place twice in day. Palki sahib ceremony is when the holy book Guru Granth sahib is carried to a room for night stay. This is symbolic gesture
Overnight at Hotel in Amritsar

Day 9Amritsar – Delhi –Varanasi ATQ-DEL 9W 340 1010/1125 DEL-VNS 9W 432 1330/1500

Breakfast at the hotel
After breakfast transfer to Amritsar Airport to board your flight for ATQ-DEL-VNS , upon arrival in Varanasi transfer to hotel Evening visit for Aarti Ceremony at Ghat
[Varanasi -One of the seven holy Cities of India, Varanasi is the holiest of them all with a spiritual and religious legacy that goes back 5000 years and it is the oldest living city in the world. Situated on the banks of the holy river, Varanasi is also known as “Kashi”, the city of light. The focal point of the city is the “Ghats” or steps that lead down to the river. This is where pilgrims and local people gather for a cleansing dip in the holy river, worship the rising and setting sun and cremate the dead. It is believed that to be cremated in Varanasi is to escape the cycle of rebirth]
Overnight at Hotel in Varanasi

Day 10Varanasi

Early morning boat excursion on the holy river Ganges to see the bathing ghats and cremation site For the Hindus, bathing in Ganges signify purifying oneself, also it is a belief that to die in Kashi and to be cremated on the banks of River Ganges leads to Nirvana – the release from the cycle of birth and death. During the boat ride one can see people taking bath at the ghats and offering prayers, also see the cremation ghats important ones being the Harishchandra and Manikarna ghats where the funeral pyres burn 24 hours.
Later half day city tour of Varanasi is considered to be one of the oldest cities of India, also one of seven holy cities for the Hindus, stands as a chief centre of learning. The places of interest include visit to the Bharat Mata Temple dedicated to the motherland has a big relief map of India in marble; drive through the famous Banaras Hindu University. Walk in the narrow lanes of the city passing the Vishwanath Temple (non-Hindus not permitted entry) and visit the Alamgir Mosque, built on the original Vishnu temple by Aurangzeb in 17th century
Afternoon excursion of Sarnath Buddha gave his first sermon in 4th century BC in Sarnath (about 10 kms from Varanasi) and it became a centre of learning during 4th century BC to 9th century AD. Visit the ruins, the Dhamekh stupa, and Buddhist temple containing frescoes by a Japanese artist depicting scenes from Buddha’s life. The museum (closed on Fridays) has a well displayed collection of sculptures and pieces found from the site, including the famous Ashoka Chakra.
Overnight at Hotel in Varanasi

Day 11Varanasi –Delhi –Dehradun Flight [VNS-DEL 6E-3175 1030/1225 [DEL-DED 6E 246 1635 /1725]

Breakfast at Hotel
In time transfer to airport to board flight VNS-DEL-DED- Upon arrival at Dehradun airport transfer to Rishikesh

Rishikesh – Located in the laps of lower Himalayas, and is surrounded by scenic beauty of the hills on three sides with Holy Ganga flowing through it. The whole place is considered to be sacred as it is believed that meditation at this place leads to attainment of salvation. There are many temples-some ancient, some new along the river Ganges. Rishikesh is important not only as pilgrimage centre closely associated with the Ramayana, but also as home for many important centers of Hindu religious thought and spirituality, and as a very great Yoga Centre. There are a great many ashrams and Yoga institutes here

Overnight at Hotel in Rishikesh

Day 12Rishikesh -Haridwar-Rishikesh

Breakfast at Hotel
After breakfast drive to Haridwar Day Excursion
Visit ashram and temples – which includes Mansa Devi temple, Chandi Devi temple, Maya Devi temple, Daksha Mahadev temple, Sapta Rishi temple and Ramanand ashram. Later back to hotel for hot tea and rest, in the evening after sunset will take you to Har ki Paudi to attend the famous Ganga Aarti.
Overnight at Rishikesh Hotel

Day 13Rishikesh -Haridwar-Rishikesh

Breakfast at Hotel
Morning after breakfast drive to Rishikesh on arrival proceed to sightseeing tour of Rishikesh visit Lakshmana Jhula, Ram Jhula, Gita Bhawan, evening attend Ganga Aarti at Parmarth Niketan.
Overnight at Rishikesh Hotel

Day 14Rishikesh –Delhi –Departure Flight [DED-DEL 6E 679 @1250/1345]

Breakfast at Hotel
Morning after breakfast drive to Dehradun to board flight for Delhi 6E-679 @1250/1345 Hrs

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