About This Trip
You will visit Amritsar, a jewel of northwest India, as well as the renowned Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra during this 8-day traditional India itinerary. Explore the chaotic Old Delhi on an exhilarating rickshaw ride, witness the flag-lowering ceremony at the Pakistan-India border and the thrilling Golden Temple while you are in Amritsar, discover the ancient temples, fortresses, and palaces in the pink city of Jaipur, and explore the UNESCO-listed wonder of Taj Mahal in Agra... You will have a lovely journey with all of these!
- 1 - 2DelhiJama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Red Fort, Laxmi Narayan Temple
- 3 - 4AmritsarWagah Border Flag Lowering Ceremony, Golden Temple, Community Kitchen, Ram Bagh Gardens
- 5JaipurAmber Fort, Hawa Mahal, City Palace Museum, Janta Mantar
- 6Jaipur - AgraFatehpur Sikri
- 7AgraTaj Mahal, Agra Fort
- 8Agra - DelhiDeparture
Day 1: International Arrival, Delhi
Welcome to India! Upon your arrival at the airport in Delhi, our representative will met you and escort you to your hotel. After checking in, have some free time on your own to adjust to the new time zone.
Day 2: Delhi Sightseeing
Head for Old Delhi this morning, to admire the magnificent Jama Masjid - India's largest mosque and 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 Minar and its surrounding ancient Hindu and Muslim complex, followed by Gandhi Smriti, which serves your glimpse from the life and style of Gandhi. Next, drive by the city landmarks, such as the India Gate, President's House, Parliament House & Government Secretariat Buildings, before the last stop at 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 your hotel. In the afternoon, visit Wagah border to watch the 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 the 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 in gold leaf by the riverside. Next visit the Community Kitchen where 10, 000 pilgrims are fed for free every day and then remember the innocent people killed during the Indian independence movement of India at the Jallianwala Bagh. Next, visit the beautiful Ram Bagh Gardens.In the late afternoon, be driven to Amritsar airport to board a flight to Jaipur. Upon your arrival at Jaipur airport, our representative will welcome you at the airport exit and help you settle down at your hotel. The rest of the days at leisure.
Day 5: Jaipur Sightseeing
After breakfast, proceed to Amber Fort, the ancient state capital; inside you'll experience the kingly palaces including the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors).Visit Nahargarh Fort, an architectural gem lying on a hillside. The view of Jaipur city becomes more and more prominent as your way to the top.
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 Rajasthan costumes and armory.
After that, visit Jantar Mantar, the largest stone observatory in the world which is still in use, before driving back to your hotel through the rose pink residential & business areas.
Tips: Vendors around Amber Fort are known for their hard sell tactics. If you don't want to buy the goods, do not show any interest or say anything. Even "no thanks" is dispensable.
Day 6: Jaipur - Agra (By Car, Approx. 5 Hrs, 289 Km)
Head for Agra this morning. En route, stop to explore the formal capital of the 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. After lunch, proceed to Agra. Check in to your hotel upon arrival and the rest of the day is at your leisure.
Note: Driving times in the program are approximate, subject to the traffic, weather and road conditions.
Day 7: Agra SightseeingRise early to admire World Heritage site, the Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays), be away from the crowds and heat of daytime and fully explore its elegance and magnificence. This grand mausoleum of white marble 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: There is a strict security check before entering the Taj Mahal. Foods, plastic bags, chargers, etc. are all prohibited. We suggest you catch the sunrise view in the early morning when it is relatively cool and less crowded.
Day 8: Agra - Delhi (By Car, Approx. 3-4 Hrs), Departure
Say goodbye to India today. Your driver will pick you up from your hotel then drive directly to Delhi airport in time for your return flight.
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