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(N)Day 2: Amritsar
Take the train to Amritsar for 2 nights at Hyatt Amritsar. 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)Day 3: Amritsar
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)Day 4: Shimla
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)Day 5: Shimla
Visit the Gaiety theatre where Rudyard Kipling trod the boards, the historic Mall and the Viceregal Lodge. (B)Day 6: Train to Delhi
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)Day 7: Delhi
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)Day 8: Agra
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)Day 9: Jaipur
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)Day 10: Jaipur
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)Day 11: Patan
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)Day 12: Delhi
Morning at leisure. In the afternoon, drive to Delhi for an overnight stay at the Pride Plaza Aerocity. (B)Day 13: Fly home
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The Trident Agra is set in beautiful gardens and is only a short distance away from the Taj Mahal. This luxury hotel is built of red stone, reminiscent of the Mughal era, and is designed around a landscaped central courtyard with swimming pool and fountains. Trident features an informal, multicuisine brasserie as well as an alfresco Italian restaurant.
The hill stations provided a cool retreat for the Raj during the heat of the Indian summer. This heritage is captured by the Oberoi Cecil, which provides a luxurious base from which to explore the surrounding town and countryside. A view of the hills and forests is offered from many of the hotel’s 71 rooms. The restaurant serves both Continental and Asian cuisine other facilities include a health club, which offers massage, herbal treatments, sauna and steam baths.
Originally the residence of the scions of the Shekhawat clan of Rajputs, Shahpura House is set in a relatively quiet residential area in downtown Jaipur. This converted hotel with its colourful Shekhawati frescoes and domes reflects the fusion of Hindu Rajput and Islamic Mughal-style architecture. Each of the 38 individually decorated rooms and suites are simply furnished and tastefully decorated by combining traditional features with essential modern amenities. Facilities include a multi-cuisine restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, a rooftop restaurant, which is open for dinner, a well-stocked bar serving Indian wines and liquor, an outdoor swimming pool and a spa offering a selection of treatments and massages.
Pride Plaza Hotel offers a comfortable stay just 2.5 miles from Delhi International airport. Guests can enjoy an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and spa as well as modern amenities. Features: 385 rooms, swimming pool, restaurant and bar, spa, fitness centre, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Air-conditioning, minibar, television, hairdryer.
Situated just outside the main town of Patan, Patan Mahal represents a fine example of the historic architecture of Rajasthan, with parts of the property dating from the 13th century. While the majority of the building is now used as a hotel, the palace is still family owned and a proportion is retained as a private residence. A number of facilities are available to guests including a swimming pool, croquet lawn and on-site restaurant. For those looking for a more active stay, the hotel can also arrange treks to the hilltop fort nearby or classes in traditional pottery or bangle making. Features: 19 rooms & suites, restaurant , swimming pool.<br> Room amenties: Private bathroon, minibar.
Built in 1903, the Maidens Hotel is a jewel of colonial architecture set within three hectares of emerald-green lawns and has retained its old-world charm through the years. The hotel is conveniently located 24km from the airport and 10km from Connaught Place, Delhi's main shopping and commercial centre. Rooms are spacious and well-appointed, featuring all the amenities of a modern international hotel.
Set in the heart of the city with easy access to the Golden Temple and other important sites, Hyatt Amritsar is a modern contemporary style hotel. All 248 rooms and suites offer panoramic views of the historic city and are elegantly designed in warm wooden hues. The hotel has some of the best dining options in Amritsar with restaurants serving Japanese, Italian, Thai and Chinese food. There is also a spa that offers a holistic blend of international wellness treatments, a temperature controlled outdoor swimming pool and a fully equipped fitness centre.
Low season from £2595 per person
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