Golden Triangle With Shimla
Cities Covered New Delhi , Agra , Fatehpur Sikri , Jaipur , Chandigarh , Shimla , Kalka
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All about the Golden Triangle With Shimla
This is the best suitable tour for a traveler who wants to have a glimpse of the major constituents of Indian history and culture and wants to seep in the majestic Himalayan beauty standing tall in backdrop at Shimla.
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, artistic creation in Chandigarh and the grandeur of Himalayas in Shimla.
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. Encapsulating the cities of Shimla & Chandigarh is an added perk to the tour. Explore and discover the secrets of this compact yet contrasting Indian tour with unforgettable highlights.
- Mountain Railways of India, Darjeeling
- Amber Fort, Jaipur
- Capital Complex ( Chandigarh), Chandigarh
- 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 3:||Delhi / Agra (Drive: 220 Km/ 4 Hours)||(B)|
|Day 4:||Agra / Fatehpur Sikri / Jaipur (Drive: 245 Km/ 6 Hours)||(B)|
|Day 6:||Jaipur / Chandigarh (By Flight) Chandigarh / Shimla (Drive: 150 Km/ 4 Hours)||(B)|
|Day 9:||Shimla / Kalka by Toy Train# 52456; Dep: 10:40 hrs/Arr: 16:10 hrs Kalka / Chandigarh (Drive: 50 Km/ 2 Hours)||(B)|
|Day 10:||Chandigarh / Delhi (Drive: 260 Km/ 5 Hours) Delhi / Onward Destination (By Flight)||(B)|
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
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
- Entrances fees
- Rickshaw ride at Old Delhi
- Jeep Ride at Amber
- Services of English-Speaking guide for sightseeing as per the itinerary
- Domestic Flight tickets from Jaipur to Chandigarh in economy class
- Toy Train from Shima to Kalka in Chair class
Whats not included in this tour
- International airfare & departure taxes
- Insurance & visa fees
- Drinks/beverages with meals
- X’mas & New year Eve Dinner (Hotel may apply mandatory supplement)
- Any other meals than those mentioned in the itinerary.
- 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
- We will be providing transport as per below
- 1 to 2 pax we provide AC Toyota INNOVA MUV
- 3 to 7 pax we provide AC Tempo Traveler
- 8 pax to 9 pax we provide AC Mini 18 seater coach
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”
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.
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 Qutb Minar and its Monuments* Built in the early 13th century the red sandstone tower of Qutb 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.
Our afternoon concentrates 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.
Please Note: Red fort and Birla House is closed on Monday and Chandni Chowk is closed on Sunday.
Delhi / Agra (Drive: 220 Km/ 4 Hours)
After breakfast we drive to Agra. On arrival in Agra, we check in our Hotel. In the afternoon we visit to one of the most well-known wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal*. An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. Situated on the right bank of the Yamuna in a vast Mogul garden, this funerary monument combines elements and styles of Persian, Central Asian and Islamic architecture. We then 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, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan; audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques.
Please Note: Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays. On full moon night, Taj Mahal viewing is open for visitors. Bestway Tours & Safaris can arrange for tickets for viewing the white beauty on request.Meals Included
Agra / Fatehpur Sikri / Jaipur (Drive: 245 Km/ 6 Hours)
A short drive gets us 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 Jaipur, the rose-pink capital of Rajasthan, since most of the buildings in the old city are made of pink sandstone.Meals Included
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 settingMeals Included
Jaipur / Chandigarh (By Flight) Chandigarh / Shimla (Drive: 150 Km/ 4 Hours)
Today we are transferred to airport for our flight to Chandigarh. On arrival we will straight drive to Shimla. Shimla: The most famous of the British “Hill stations”, this city is the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh. Set in the foothills of the Himalayas at an altitude of 6,700 ft / 2,100 mt., it afforded a resort-type atmosphere for the British rulers of India. Upon arrival in Shimla, check in at hotel.Meals Included
Today we explore Shimla visiting the Mall, the main shopping centre of Shimla. It also has many restaurants, clubs, banks, bars. People walk up and down the Mall slowly, stopping to gossip, as it is the main meeting place for everyone. We then visit Christ Church, the second oldest church in Northern India. The church has a very majestic appearance and inside there are stained glass windows which represent faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility. We also visit the Shimla State Museum, opened in 1974. The museum features a collection of miniature paintings, sculptures, bronzes wood-carvings, costumes, textiles and jewelry.
Please Note: Shimla State Museum is closed on Monday.
Surrounded by snow-clad mountains, Shimla offers a weather worth relaxing for. The day is free for leisure.Meals Included
Shimla / Kalka by Toy Train# 52456; Dep: 10:40 hrs/Arr: 16:10 hrs Kalka / Chandigarh (Drive: 50 Km/ 2 Hours)
After breakfast, we will be transferred to Shimla railway station. We board a toy train to Kalka which passes through some picturesque panorama making to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shimla: The most famous of the British “Hill stations”, this city is the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh. Set in the foothills of the Himalayas at an altitude of 6,700 ft / 2,100 m, it afforded a resort-type atmosphere for the British rulers of India. On arrival at Kalka railway station we will straight drive to Chandigarh. The idea of building Chandigarh was conceived soon after India's independence in 1947, when the tragedy and chaos of Partition, and the loss of its historic capital Lahore, had crippled the state of Punjab. A new city was needed to house innumerable refugees and to provide an administrative seat for the newly formed government of re-defined Punjab. Beginning in early 1951, most of Phase One had been completed by 1965 under the supervision of the famous architect Le Corbusier. Chandigarh was regarded as a unique symbol of the progressive aspirations of the new republic and the ideology of its struggle for independence. Upon arrival in Shimla, check in at hotel.Meals Included
Chandigarh / Delhi (Drive: 260 Km/ 5 Hours) Delhi / Onward Destination (By Flight)
After breakfast, we explore the Capital Complex, Sukhna Lake and the Rock Garden, consisting of art objects, fashioned from industrial and urban waste created by Nek Chand, a former road inspector. Artists and connoisseurs from all over the world flock to see this unique and amazing creation. Afternoon we will straight drive to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi we are transferred to airport for our flight to onward destination.
Please Note: Capital Complex is closed on Sunday.
Day 2 : Red Fort, New Delhi
Day 3 : Taj Mahal, Agra
Day 4 : Diwan-e-Khas
Day 5 : Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Day 7 : Shikara at Dal Lake, Shimla
Day 8 : Shikara at Dal Lake, Shimla
Day 9 : Sukhna Lake
Day 10 : Capitol Complex, Chandigarh
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.
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
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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.
From an extra USD 400