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The Golden Temple, Taj Mahal and Amber
Fort are just three of the must-see sights on
this comprehensive tour of the Himalayas
and renowned Golden Triangle. Travel from
the beauty of the hill station at Shimla to the
bazaars of Jaipur and the peaceful surrounds
of the Patan Mahal heritage hotel.
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Take the train to Amritsar for 2 nights at RanjitVilas. Visit the spectacular Golden Temple for the evening Palki Sahib ceremony. The ceremony involves a procession of the Guru Granth Sahib (the Holy Book) from the main shrine to the inner sanctum, against the backdrop of the beautiful lit temple and to the accompaniment of drums and hymns. (N)
Visit the Golden Temple again in the day time. In the early evening, head to the Indo-Pakistan border for the pomp of the Wagah border-closing ceremony. The quirky experience is a carefully choreographed and immaculately turned out display of synchronised marching and bellowed military commands. (B)
Travel by train to Chandigarh before taking the renowned toy train for the picturesque ride to the summer capital of the British Raj. Shimla was selected by the British as a retreat from the blistering heat of the plains. Spend 2 nights at the Oberoi Cecil, which offers beautiful vistas of the snow-capped Himalaya and the evergreen valleys. (B)
Visit the Gaiety theatre where Rudyard
Kipling trod the boards, the historic Mall and
the Viceregal Lodge. (B)
Drive to Chandigarh and visit the Rock Garden, a park of paths, courtyards, plazas, waterfalls and thousands of lively sculptures made from recycled materials, which was built in complete secrecy in dense forest outside the city over four decades. Take the train to Delhi and spend 2 nights at the Oberoi Maidens. (B)
Morning tour of Old Delhi, including a drive past the Red Fort, a visit to the Jama Masjid, and a walking tour of Old Delhi. Afternoon tour of New Delhi including a drive past India Gate and the viceregal residence before visiting Qutb Minar and the tomb of the Mughal Emperor, Humayun. (B)
Train to Agra for an overnight stay in the Trident. Visit Agra fort, a citadel consisting of marble palaces, ornate alcoves and terrace pavilions before watching the sunset over the magical Taj Mahal. (B)
Travel to Jaipur visiting the deserted red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri en route, known for its array of forts, palaces and mosques. Spend 2 nights at Shahpura House. (B)
Morning tour of Amber Fort. Amber served as the capital of the Kachhawa Rajputs for over 700 years until the Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh founded Jaipur in 1727. Afternoon tour of the City Palace which is still the home of the Maharaja of Jaipur and showcases an extensive collection of art, carpets, textiles and weapons, all beautifully preserved. Later explore the fascinating, Jantar Mantar, an 18th century observatory which still contains an astonishingly accurate array of instruments. (B)
Travel to the heritage hotel Patan Mahal for an overnight stay. Explore the local village,
nearby stepwell or Badal Mahal palace, and
relax by the pool. (B)
Morning at leisure. In the afternoon, drive to
Delhi for an overnight stay at the Holiday Inn
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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