Golden Triangle Tour with Rishikesh, Mathura and Pushkar ( 13 Days / 12 Nights )
Dy 01 – Arrive Delhi
Meeting and greetings on arrival and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02 – At Delhi
Morning after breakfast combined tour of Old and New Delhi. Old Delhi visiting Red Fort - The red sand stone walls of Lal Quila, the Red Fort extend for 2 km and vary in height from 18m on the river side to 33m on the city side. Shah Jahan started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and it was completed in 1648. The Red Fort dates from the peak of Mughal power. The Mughal reign from Delhi was a short one. Aurangzeb was the first and the last emperor to rule from here. Jama Masjid- the Great Mosque of Old Delhi was both the largest and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan. Begun in 1644, the mosque was not completed until 1658. It has three gateways, four angle towers and two minarets standing 40m (133ft) high constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble. The courtyard of the mosque can hold 25,000 people. Take a rickshaw ride to Chandni Chowk - the main street of Old Delhi - the colourful shopping bazaar just opposite the Red Fort and visit Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi after his assassination in 1948.
New Delhi visiting Qutab Minar – 234 feet high tower. The Qutab Minar itself is a soaring tower of victory that was started in 1193, immediately after the defeat of the last Hindu kingdom in Delhi. It is nearly 73m(243ft) high and tapers from a 15m(50ft) diameter base to just 2.5m(9ft) at the top. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone, the fourth and the fifth of marble & sandstone. Also visit the Tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun. Built in the mid-16th century by Haji Begum, the Persian-born senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, this is a wonderful early example of Mughal architecture. The elements in its design – a squat building, high arched entrances that let in light, topped by a bulbous dome and surrounded by formal gardens – were to be refined over the years to the magnificence of the Taj Mahal in Agra. Drive past India Gate (War Memorial), President's House, which was once the Viceroy's Palace, Parliament House and Secretariat buildings.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 – Delhi to Rishikesh with a visit to Haridwar
Morning met your driver with car at designated time and place and proceed to reach Rishikesh in around 7 hours time with a brief stop at Haridwar.
Haridwar is considered very holy, as this is the point from where the Ganges emerges from the Himalayas to begin its slow progress across the plains. The main ghat 'Har ki Pauri' (the footsteps of God) is suppose to be the precise spot where the Ganges leaves the mountains and enters the plains. Consequently the river's power to wash away sins at this spot is superlative and endorsed by a footprint of Vishnu left on a stone here.
After visiting Haridwar continue on to Rishikesh and check in at the hotel for overnight stay. Rest of the evening is left free to relax from long days travel.
Rishikesh, the gateway to Himalayas, is considered as the Mecca for Yoga and Meditation centres. Rishikesh nestled in the Tehri-Garhwal region of Uttaranchal abounds in natural splendour. The spectacle of the Ganga rushing through the Himalayan foothills is an awesome sight. Several temples dot the banks of the Ganga at Rishikesh. Rishikesh is located at a height of about 1360 feet above sea level. It is believed that several yogis and sages lived and practised penance here.
Check in at the hotel on arrival for overnight stay.
Day 04 - At Rishikesh
Breakfast at the hotel. Later proceed to explore Rishikesh where you will visit Lakshman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Geeta Bhawan, Raghunath Temple and Triveni Ghat. Evening attend aarti at the ghat of River Ganga. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 – At Rishikesh
Full day free for independent activities. Car will remain at disposal. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06 – Rishikesh to Mathura
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Mathura to reach in around 8 ½ hours and check into the hotel. Later visit Shri Krishna Temple. Overnight at the hotel.
Mathura - Considered to be the birth place of Lord Krishna, Mathura, a small town on the River Yamuna in the state of Uttar Pradesh, is an important place of pilgrimage in the country. Krishna is supposed to be the best known, best loved and most complex of Lord Vishnu's manifestations. It is a place of temples and shrines bustling with the thousands of devotees who come to visit this place of Lord Krishna. There is the splendid temple at the Katra Keshav Dev which marks the spot believed to be Shri Krishna Janmasthan by his devotees. There is another beautiful shrine, the Gita Mandir, on the Mathura-Vrindavan Road which has a fine image of Shri Krishna in its sanctum. The whole of the Bhagwad Gita is inscribed on the walls of this temple. Another most popular shrine at Mathura is the Dwarikadhish Temple to the north of the town. Vishram Ghat is the most important of all the 25 ghats in Mathura today. It is believed that Shri Krishna took his rest here after killing Kansa. The aarti held at the Vishram Ghat is a spectacular sight. It is also said that no pilgrimage to Mathura is complete without a visit to its kunds. According to tradition, there were 159 ancient kunds in all. Of these only four can be seen. These are the Shiv Tal Kund, Potara Kund , Balbhadra Kund and Saraswati Kund. The town has also a number of Shaivite temples.
Day 07 - Mathura to Agra
Morning after breakfast proceed to visit Vrindavan - Located at a distance of 15 km from Mathura in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Vrindavan is another major place of pilgrimage among the Hindus. Also known as Vrindaban, Brindavan, or Brindavana, or Brindaban, this holy place is the site of the original forest or forested region, in which Lord Krishna spent his childhood. It is believed that Lord Krishna was raised there in the cow-herding village of Gokula by His foster parents. Vrindavan is today famous for its numerous temples-both old and new. Some of the notable ones are The Madan Mohan Temple located near the Kali Ghat, the oldest existent temple in Vrindavan today. The Banke-Bihari Temple is another popular shrine at Vrindavan. The famous Radha Vallabh Temple has the crown of Radha-Rani placed next to the Shri Krishna idol in the sanctum. The Jaipur Temple is a richly embellished and opulent temple. There is also the Shahji Temple where the idols at the temple are popularly known as the Chhote Radha Raman. Considered to be the abode of Lord Krishna, it is one of India's most holiest cities with more than 5000 temples dedicated to Lord Krishna.
Later drive to Agra and check into the hotel. Time free to relax.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08 - Tue – Agra to Pushkar
Morning visit the world famous Taj Mahal (Taj Mahal is closed on Monday) built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, whose death in childbirth in 1631 left the Emperor so heartbroken that his hair is said to have turned gray overnight. Construction of the Taj, begun in the same year, was not completed until 1653. In total 20,000 people from India and Central Asia worked on the building. The Taj Mahal is like a silent rhapsody that you will carry in your heart. Also visit Agra Fort, constructed by Emperor Akbar in 1695 on the banks of the Yamuna River. Initially the fort was a military structure, but during Shah Jahan's reign it had partially become a palace.
Afternoon proceed to Pushkar by car enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri 40 kms (25 miles) from Agra - a cultural and imperial capital conceived and built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and later abandoned due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings within the city including Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti and Panch Mahal.
Arrive and check into tented camp for overnight stay.
Day 09 – At Pushkar
Morning after breakfast at the hotel visit Pushkar. Pushkar : Located just 11 kms from Ajmer, the holy lake of Pushkar is believed to have been created by Lord Brahma himself. It is as important as Benaras or Puri. Devout Hindus believe that it is essential to visit Pushkar at least once in their lifetime. No pilgrimage is considered complete without a dip in the holy Pushkar lake. Pushkar has as many as 400 temples and 52 ghats and the only temple in the country that is dedicated to Brahama is to be found here. While Pushkar is a heaven for the religiously inclined, it is also the venue of one of the country's most colorful cattle fairs - the Pushkar Fair and you are traveling during Pushkar fair time.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 – Pushkar to Jaipur
Morning after breakfast at the camp drive to Jaipur to reach in around 3 ½ hours. Arrive and check into the hotel.
Afternoon proceed for city sightseeing tour covering Maharaja's City Palace - which occupies a large area divided into a series of courtyards, gardens and buildings. The outer wall was built by Jai Singh, but other additions are much more recent, some dating from the start of this century. Today, the palace is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The palace now houses a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine specimens of Rajput and Mughal paintings and weapons. Also visit Jantar Mantar- an observatory, next to the entrance of the City Palace, begun by Jai Singh in 1728. Jai Singh's passion for astronomy was even more notable than his prowess as warrior and before commencing construction, he sent scholars abroad to study foreign observatories. Jantar Mantar appears to be just a curious collection of sculptures but in fact each construction has a specific purpose, such as measuring the positions of stars, altitudes and azimuths and calculating eclipses.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11 – At Jaipur
Morning after breakfast at the hotel visit Amber Fort - the ancient capital of the state until 1728. The fort is a superb example of Rajput architecture, stunningly situated on a hillside and overlooking a lake, which reflects its terraces and ramparts. Visit the Jagmandir the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors, Jal Mahal and the Temple of Kali. You ride up to the ramp of this 11th Century Bastion atop a gaily decorated elephant.
Afternoon free for self exploration of the city. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12 – Jaipur to Delhi by car
Morning after buffet breakfast at the hotel proceed to Delhi by car and check into the hotel. Afternoon free for last minute shopping or to relax.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13 – Depart Delhi
Transfer to the airport intime to board homebound flight.
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