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Golden Triangle With Rishikesh

from USD 1497
Tour Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days
Jaunting across the 08 UNESCO listed World Heritage Site is the major highlight of this tour. We embark our journey in Delhi where we take a rickshaw ride through the sprawling streets of Old Delhi and narrow lanes of the oldest bazaar- Chandni Chowk marking for an enduring experience. Golden triangle is such a blend which also showcases the architectural jewels established by Mughal Empire in the city famously known for its white marble beauty: Taj Mahal. We also witness royalty by swaying on the back of an elephant and make our way to Amber Fort in Jaipur. Seep in the mystical aura built around the Ghats by the banks of River Ganges during the evening aarti (ceremony) performed each day in Haridwar. Finally, fill in your lungs with misty breeze of Himalayan valleys and soak in the charm of thousands of pilgrims droving the spiritual land of Rishikesh.

All about the Golden Triangle With Rishikesh

``This is the best suitable tour for a traveler who wants to have a glimpse of the major constituents of Indian history and culture; also, is looking for experiencing the charm spiritualism weaves around the land of Rishikesh.

This itinerary has been planned in a way that one will experience the British touches in New Delhi, Mughal charm in Agra, the majestic presence of the Rajputana royalty in the city of Jaipur and enigma of River Ganges buzzing life all around its periphery in Rishikesh.

The fact that Delhi – Agra - Rajasthan form a triangular shape when these locations are joined with lines on the map, owes its reason to being termed as the Golden Triangle tour. Explore and discover the secrets of this compact yet contrasting Indian tour with unforgettable highlights and pump up with alacrity by the end of the tour.

Heritage Sites

  • Amber Fort, Jaipur
  • Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
  • Humayun's Tomb, New Delhi
  • Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
  • Qutub Minar, New Delhi
  • Taj Mahal, Agra
  • Red Fort Complex (Old Delhi), New Delhi
  • Agra Fort, Agra

Tour Itinerary at Glance

Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Day 2: Delhi / Jaipur (Drive 260 kms / 6 Hrs) (B)
Day 3: Jaipur (B)
Day 4: Jaipur / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra (Drive: 245 kms / 5 hrs) (B)
Day 5: Agra / Delhi (Drive: 220 kms / 4 hrs) (B)
Day 6: Delhi / Haridwar by Train # 12055/DDN Shatabdi; Dep: 15:20 hrs/Arr: 19:50 hrs Haridwar / Rishikesh (Drive: 45 mins) (B)
Day 7: Rishikesh (B)
Day 8: Rishikesh (B)
Day 9: Rishikesh / Haridwar (Drive) Haridwar / Delhi by Train # 12018/Dehradun Shatabdi; Dep: 18:15 hrs/ Arr: 22:45 hrs Delhi / Onward Destination (By Flight) (B)

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance

  1. Whats included in this tour
    • Hotels as mentioned or similar
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • All sightseeing and transfers by Air-conditioned transportation
    • Services of English Speaking guide for sightseeing (Local guides for 1-5 Pax and tour escort throughout the tour for 6 pax and above)
    • Entrances fees
    • Rickshaw ride at Old Delhi
    • Jeep Ride at Amber
    • Train Tickets from Delhi to Haridwar and Haridwar to Delhi
    • Evening aarti (ceremony) at the Ghats by River Ganges in Haridwar
  1. Whats not included in this tour
    • International airfare & departure taxes
    • Insurance & visa fees
    • Drinks/beverages with meals
    • Tips/gratuities
The tour packages General Terms and Conditions
  1. General Terms
    • The prices are Per Person on twin sharing basis.
    • The above cost is valid for the mentioned departure dates only.
    • Please note that smoking is prohibited in public and all parts of the hotels except in designated areas and bedrooms, where smoking is permitted.  Should you desire a smoking bedroom, please let us know.  The fulfillment of this request is subject to availability of smoking rooms and is not guaranteed. 
    • Unless specified, check-in at hotels in India is at 14:00 Hrs and check out is at 12:00 Hrs
    • Our liability does not arise in case of Force Majeure (political disturbances, natural phenomenon etc.)
    • Reporting time at the International at the airport is generally 3 hrs prior to departure of the flight.
    • Check-in counters of most flights close approximately 45 minutes before departure and boarding gates close about 15 minutes prior departure.
    • Reporting time at the Domestic airport is generally 2 hrs prior to departure of flight
    • For booking domestic air seats we need names as per passport.
    • Baggage allowance in internal flights with in India is 15 Kg per person 
    • Flight from Varanasi to Khajuraho operates only on Monday, Wednesday & Saturday during summer period from April to September
  1. Cancellation Policy

    b. Airfare:
    Refunds on airfares purchased through BTS will depend on the rules of the carrier and the applicable fare base used for the purchase of the ticket. BTS will charge a ser­vice fee of no less than 10% of the airfare paid by the Client. Clients are advised not to purchase airfares till the tour is confirmed and visas (if any) procured.

    c. In the case of Rail Journeys or luxury train tours, luxury cruises. Specific cancellation policy pertaining to the specific rail journey, luxury train, luxury cruises as laid down by the operator will apply. There will be a 10 % cancellation processing fee applied by Bestway2india in addition to the cancellation charges levied by the operator.

    CANCELLATION BY THE OPERATOR
    “Bestway2india”, “BTS” reserves the right to cancel the Tour due to an insuffi­cient number of participants. In such an event, and only in such an event, “Bestway2india”, “BTS” will refund the said Deposit to the Client. “Bestway2india”, “BTS” will have no further liability to the Client for damages or inconveniences caused to the Client. Client hereby expressly waives any claim he/she may have against “Bestway2india”, “BTS” for such cancellation. In the event that “Bestway2india”, “BTS” decides:
    a) that the Tour may jeop­ardize the safety or security of the Clients, “Bestway2india”, “BTS”, or any staff of “Bestay2india” “BTS” and/or Services Providers; or
    b) the Tour cannot commence and/or continue for circumstances beyond the control of “Bestway2india”, “BTS”, “Bestway2india”, “BTS” may, in its sole discretion, postpone, cut short or cancel the Tour at any time. Such changes and/or cancellations may be necessitated for political, military, health, weather conditions or other valid reasons affecting local conditions, but will not be limited to the aforesaid reasons only. In such an event the liability of “Bestway2india”, “BTS” is limited to refunding the Client such monies which represent unused services, less

    a. any monies expended by “Bestway2india” “BTS”
    b. any liability incurred by “Bestway2india” “BTS”, and
    c. a reasonable amount of the Tour Price for services rendered by “Bestway2india” “BTS”

  1. Day 1 Arrive Delhi

    Arrival. Namaste! We are warmly welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together at the airport and transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax.

  2. Day 2 Delhi / Jaipur (Drive 260 kms / 6 Hrs)

    The capital of India is a true reflection of the old and new of India. We start our morning tour with New Delhi and visit Birla House, the Former Residence of Mahatma Gandhi before he was assassinated by Nathu Ram Godse on January 30, 1948. Later we visit the famous India Gate followed by the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place and Humayun's Tomb*, the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, built in 1570.  We continue to Qutub Minar and its Monuments* Built in the early 13th century the red sandstone tower of Qutub Minar is 72.5 m high. The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, a masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art and two mosques. 
    After New Delhi sightseeing we drive to Jaipur, the rose-pink capital of Rajasthan, since most of the buildings in the old city are made of pink sandstone. On arrival we are transferred to hotel.

    Please Note: Birla House is closed on Monday
     

    Meals Included
  3. Day 3 Jaipur

    This morning we take a Jeep Ride uphill to the intriguing Amber Palace, a distinguished example of 17th Century Rajput architecture. Located in a valley formed by a range of Aravallis known as Kalikho hills. The Palace and Fort are located on top of the hill with the city on slopes, and the valley protected by fort walls with four gates in the four cardinal directions. The construction of  the fort began in 1592. It shows the evolution from the purely defensive fort settlements of the early medieval period to the palace fortress type of architecture typified in the 16th century. This palace fortress was never attacked or invaded. The fort comprises of number of gardens, courtyards and palatial spaces derived from Mughal architecture and are a distinguished example of 17th Century Rajput architecture. We return to Jaipur and experience the art of carpet weaving & block printing. Later we visit the majestic City Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art and the beautiful Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, where the ladies of the royal harem used to watch the city from behind the intricately carved facade. We also visit the Jantar Mantar*, an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century that includes a set of some 20 main fixed instruments designed for the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye. It is an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period. The evening is free to enjoy both shopping and the cultural experience in the bazaars. Jaipur is noted for its craftsmen, skilled in brass inlay, lacquer work and stone setting

    Meals Included
  4. Day 4 Jaipur / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra (Drive: 245 kms / 5 hrs)

    After breakfast we drive to Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful capital built in 1640 by the Mughal King, Akbar the Great. The city was later abandoned for lack of water. A superb example of Mughal architecture, it stands perfectly preserved in the desert. We also visit the artistically designed mausoleum of Salim Chisty who is reputed to have prayed for a son for Akbar leading to the birth of Salim Jehangir. From here we continue a countryside drive to Agra. On arrival we are transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax.

    Meals Included
  5. Day 5 Agra / Delhi (Drive: 220 kms / 4 hrs)

    To many today is the most awaited day. We begin our day before sunrise with a visit to one of the most beautiful monuments in the world, the Taj Mahal*. An immense mausoleum of white marble built between 1631 and 1648 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the crown jewel of Muslim art in India and across the world. Set in a vast Mogul garden located on the right bank of the Yamuna River, this funerary monument combines elements and styles of Persian, Central Asian and Islamic architecture. After our sunrise experience at this artistic masterpiece, we return to our hotel for breakfast. Later we visit Agra Fort*. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, audience halls and two very beautiful mosques.
    We further drive to Delhi. On arrival we are check in to our hotel.

    Please Note: Taj Mahal is closed on Friday.
     

    Meals Included
  6. Day 6 Delhi / Haridwar by Train # 12055/DDN Shatabdi; Dep: 15:20 hrs/Arr: 19:50 hrs Haridwar / Rishikesh (Drive: 45 mins)

    Today we concentrate on Old Delhi, starting with the Red Fort Complex*. Named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone, it is adjacent to an older fort, the Salimgarh, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546, with which it forms the Red Fort Complex. The Red Fort is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity which, under the Shah Jahan, was brought to a new level of refinement and each pavilion reveals architectural elements typical of Mughal building, reflecting a fusion of Persian, Timurid and Hindu traditions. After visiting the Red fort, we embark on a captivating journey on a Rickshaw passing through the narrow lanes of the famous Chandni Chowk Bazaar, it was originally built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan for his daughter Jahan Ara in 17th Century since then many changes have taken place however it remains Old Delhi's one of the Oldest and busiest markets in Delhi. Finally end our rickshaw ride at Jama Masjid, Mughal majesty and India's largest mosque. After visiting the mosque, we proceed to Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi.
    Later we board our train to Haridwar, the holiest city in India. On arrival we are transferred to our hotel in Rishikesh just a short drive away from Haridwar. 
    Please Note: Red Fort Complex is closed on Monday & Chandni Chowk remains closed on Sundays.
     

    Meals Included
  7. Day 7 Rishikesh

    Rishikesh, a very important Hindu pilgrimage site featuring several ashrams and temples on the shores of the Ganges River. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, the area is filled with thick green forests. Rishikesh is famous for its yoga sessions that are taught here by many yoga experts. We will be visiting Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Geeta Bhawan and other temples & ashrams

    Meals Included
  8. Day 8 Rishikesh

    In the morning we enjoy a Yoga session at the hotel (optional). The remainder of the day is free for independent activities. 

    Meals Included
  9. Day 9 Rishikesh / Haridwar (Drive) Haridwar / Delhi by Train # 12018/Dehradun Shatabdi; Dep: 18:15 hrs/ Arr: 22:45 hrs Delhi / Onward Destination (By Flight)

    Morning is free. In the afternoon we drive pass and reach Haridwar to catch our train to Delhi. After what would have been an incredible journey across India, we bid farewell and board our flight to onward destination with some unforgettable memories

    Meals Included
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Day 2 : Humayun's Tomb

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Day 3 : Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

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Day 4 : Diwan-e-Khas

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Day 5 : Taj Mahal, Agra

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Day 6 : Red Fort, New Delhi

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Day 7 : Rishikesh

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  1. FAQ 1 What is the most appropriate type of luggage to bring?

    We strongly recommend bringing a backpack or a duffel bag, as suitcases can be cumbersome and difficult to store in buses, under seats, etc. Keep in mind that you will normally have to carry your own luggage on and off buses and trains and up and down hotel staircases.

  2. FAQ 2 What vaccinations are recommended for this tour?

    It's important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information for the region you will be visiting. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic. Below are the links to a number of websites that contain excellent background information related to travel health issues. Nevertheless, these websites are no substitute for a personal consultation with a qualified medical professional. For Canadian Citizens: www.travel.gc.ca For American Citizens: www.nc.cdc.gov For UK Citizens: www.travelhealthpro.org For Australian Citizens: www.travelvax.com For EU Citizens: www.healthhype.com

     

  3. FAQ 3 What clothing should I pack for one of your tours?

    We always recommend packing as light as possible however the specific requirements for your tour will vary widely depending on where and when you are traveling. Our 'General Conditions' includes a suggested packing list and these can be downloaded from each individual tour page. The checklist is tour specific and based upon the experience of our ground staff.

  4. FAQ 4 Do your tours include international airfare?

    Travelers arrive from all over the world to begin our tours and it is not possible to include international airfare in our prices. We would be happy to help you arrange flights. Just ask for an air quote when making your booking.

  5. FAQ 5 What type of ground transportation is used on your tours?

    Our ‘General Conditions’ includes the details of all the transports used during the entire service. The details can be found on each individual tour page.

  6. FAQ 6 Are airport transfers included?

    All of our tours include airport transfers and the prices for the same are included in our tour rates.

  7. FAQ 7 Can I join a tour late or leave it early?

    It is possible to join a tour late or leave a tour early. Though you would be responsible for all costs associated with joining a tour late or leaving one early. If you feel this may be necessary please consult our Specialist before you book your tour.

  8. FAQ 8 Can you provide me with a list of the hotels we will be staying at?

    We use a variety of hotels en-route and a complete list of hotels is provided for your tour. Hotel voucher of each hotel registered for the tour is shared too.

  9. FAQ 9 I'm a single traveler, will I be charged a single supplement?

    All of our trips have a single supplement. The cost and the details vary by trip, so please refer to each tour page for details.

  10. FAQ 10 What are the age restrictions on your tours?

    There are no upper age limits for most of our tours (although for tours under ‘Trekking in the Himalayas’ and ‘Himalayan Panorama’ requires a fit medical condition. For the same, we have a ‘Medical Form’ which is mandatory to be filled by all age groups). For children below the age of 12 years, a parent/guardian should be present. If an assistance is needed, it is to be mentioned at the time of booking. The same will be chargeable.

  11. FAQ 11 How many people can join a tour?

    We keep our group sizes very flexible. So a group of 7 or a group of 70, we welcome all with the same zeal and fondness.

  12. FAQ 12 Who are my travelling companions?

    For privacy reasons, we cannot provide you with advance details on your traveling companions. However, our tours appeal to a wide range of travelers, most of whom share a traveling passion and a desire to experience these destinations at a grass-roots level. Our tours are conducted in English and so they attract many travelers from Canada, North America, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.

  13. FAQ 13 Can I book extra nights of hotel accommodation before or after my tour?

    Yes, in most cases we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels. Please contact our Specialist for price information. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.

  14. FAQ 14 Is tipping included and if not, how much should I budget?

    Tips are not included in the tour price and tipping is entirely at your discretion.

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