Taj Mahal with Haridwar & Rishikesh Tour

Harmony with the universe is a leitmotiv in India, nature's handmaiden and the wellspring of a perennially fresh way of thought; it is a leitmotiv that ripples through the bewildering diversity of humanity in the cities and in the vastness that echo the diversity. Haridwar Rishikesh tour with Delhi, Agra and Jaipur subtly acquaints you with the very ethos of India; seeded, cultivated, pampered and protected by and the Hindu seers. The Taj Mahal with Haridwar & Rishikesh Tour, in true sense, offers many of exotic aspects of incredible India. The Golden Triangle, on the one hand shows exquisite monuments like Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal etc and culture of royal Rajasthan; on the other hand, Haridwar and Rishikesh offer an opportunity to get submerged into spirituality, religiosity, yoga, meditation and natural therapy of Ayurveda. The Golden Triangle with Haridwar Rishikesh Tour is widely recognized as Taj Mahal with Yoga and Spiritual Tour.

Taj Mahal with Haridwar & Rishikesh Tour Duration: 08 Nights / 09 Days
Taj Mahal with Haridwar & Rishikesh Tour Destinations: Delhi - Jaipur - Agra- Haridwar-Rishikesh-Delhi

Day 01: Arrival at Delhi

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Your India visit on Taj Mahal with Haridwar & Rishikesh Tour will offer the aesthetic delight of India and the variegated life and customs of India's richly complex past and present. Feel the exotic warmth of India at the time of your arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. You will be welcomed and greeted by representative of India Tour Packages. India Tour Packages' representative will take you to the pre-booked hotel for smooth check in and overnight stay.

Day 02: Delhi sightseeing tour

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Delhi is a favorite tourist destination of India. Delhi is probably the richest capital in the world in terms of ancient lineage of culture, history, cuisine and monuments. After having delicious breakfast in Delhi hotel, embark on the tour of Delhi. Delhi is divided into two parts- Old Delhi and New Delhi. Though both Delhi were built in planned manner but New Delhi is equipped with modern infrastructure and planning, suitable to new age requirements. Old Delhi is primarily characterized by Red Fort, Chandni Chowk and Jama Masjid, built by Shah Jahan.

Although not much to look at now from the outside, it contains two of India's most sumptuous buildings, the Diwan-i-Aam and the Diwan-i-Khas (halls of public and private audience). The Diwan-i-Aam is the larger and perhaps more splendid of the two, but the latter demonstrates the perfection to which chiseled architecture, making use of pure marble. It was in the Diwan-i-Aam, however, that the famous jewel-encrusted Peacock Throne stood beneath a silver ceiling. In the tails of the two peacocks that decorated the throne were so many precious stones that estimates of its worth begin at around thirty million dollars and mount dizzily upward.

Running directly from the front of the Red Fort is one of the most famous streets in the world, Chandni Chowk, which means 'silver street'. Chandni Chowk is characterized by a slow-moving traffic jam of bullock-drawn carts, horse-drawn carriages, man-drawn rickshaws and men without any means of conveyance carrying huge burdens on their shoulders. Back in the 17th century, when Shah Jahan proceeded sumptuously down Chandni Chowk, it was considered to be the wealthiest street in the world.

Chandni Chowk is a maze of labyrinthine alleys. Amid labyrinth of meandering, crowded, noisy alleys stands the noble Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, built in the 17th century by Shah Jahan out of red sandstone and white marble. Typically Mughal are the onion-shaped domes and the minarets that narrow as they rise. It is a beautiful, elegant structure that creates an atmosphere of profound peace and tranquility.

During visit of Chandni Chowk, you will have rickshaw ride in Kinari Bazar area and hence will be enjoying exotic India experience.

Later on, proceed to visit famous and must-see monuments of New Delhi- India Gate, Raj Path, Parliament, President House, Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar and Lotus Temple.

After visiting and exploring Delhi, return to Delhi hotel for overnight stay.

Day 03: Delhi- Samode-Jaipur

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Taj Mahal with Haridwar and Rishikesh tour enters into a new phase on the 3rd day of India tour. After having delicious breakfast in Delhi hotel, drive to Jaipur, the Pink City of Rajasthan. On the way to Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, have a stop-over at Samode, a small town that is nestled in the hills of Aravali. Samode is renowned for its Samode Fort Palace, a masterpiece of art and architecture. Located in a small non-descript village, Samode attracts tourists from all over the world due to threesome charms: (a) magnanimously preserved exceptionally beautiful heritage of art and architecture (b) luxurious facilities in the Samode Palace, converted into one of the best heritage hotels in Rajasthan and (c) opportunity to observe India's rural way of life.

Visit Samode and have lunch in Samode Palace. The very entry into Samode Palace will impart you feel of royal Rajasthan.

After lunch and sightseeing of Samode, proceed for Jaipur. On arrival at Jaipur, you will be met and received by the representative of India Tour Packages and taken to Jaipur hotel for smooth check in and overnight stay.

Day 04: Jaipur sightseeing tour

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Rejoice royal Rajasthan on Taj Mahal with Haridwar & Rajasthan Tour. Having taken breakfast in Jaipur hotel, proceed on for experiencing cultural & colourful Rajasthan. The first destination of Jaipur tour is Amber Fort Palace. Known for its grandeur and gargantuan architecture, Amber Fort is prime tourist attraction of Jaipur and Rajasthan. Every Golden Triangle circuit tour comprises Jaipur and Amber Fort. Here an exotic India tour experience is awaiting you. Have ride on caparisoned elephant from foothill to the main gateway on hilltop. Hereinafter, drive to central part of Jaipur city to visit Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and City Palace. By the time the sightseeing of monuments of Jaipur ends, it is evening and market of Jaipur gets highly lively. Explore Jaipur market.

Later in the evening, return to Jaipur hotel for overnight stay.

Day 05: Jaipur- Abhaneri- Fatehpur Sikri- Agra

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Your journey to Agra starts after breakfast in Jaipur hotel. On the way to Agra, about 77 kms from Jaipur city, lies Abhaneri. Visit Abhaneri for local culture, rural lifestyle, rich history and architectural marvels. Abhaneri is a small village of Jaipur in Dausa commissionaire of Rajasthan. Abhaneri's original name was Abha Nagari. Ancient village of Abhaneri is replete with several post-Gupta monuments. It was established by Gurjar Pratihar king Mihir Bhoj. Ancient temple of Harshat Mata, a highly revered local goddess who spreads brightness of joy or 'abha' all around, belongs to early 10th century and is a sculptural marvel. Though the temple has its appeal for the visitors but unique, scientific, ingenious and splendid piece of architecture is Chand baori, an eco-friendly rain water harvesting project of 10th century.

Having visited Abhaneri, again move for Agra. 35 kms before Agra lies Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted city of Mughal time and presently a small town. Sikri was already a village but Fatehpur, prefixed during the regime of Akbar and turned into a planned medieval township, was constructed as second capital of the Mughal. Though planned and executed on gargantuan scale, Fatehpur Sikri didn't remain inhabited for long due to paucity of water. See palatial buildings and monuments of Fatehpur Sikri like Buland Darwaja, Jodhabai Palace, Panch Mahal, Jama Masjid, Shrine of Salim Chishti etc. and proceed for Agra.

On arrival at Agra, you will be greeted by representative of India Tour Packages and taken to Agra hotel for check in and night stay.

Day 06: Agra sightseeing - Delhi

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The 6th day of Taj Mahal with Haridwar and Rishikesh Tour is special because your morning hours will be consumed in visiting and watching enchanting beauty of Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Taj Mahal, an epitome of love built of white marble in memory of Mumtaj Mahal by Shah Jahan, looks stunningly beautiful during dawn hours.

India Tour Packages has planned this India tour to capture these captivating moments of life forever. The Agra tour guide will receive you in the hotel lobby. He will take you to Taj Mahal on 'tonga' (Horse Carriage) which will definitely enhance your exotic India experience. Knowledgeable guide make your visit of Taj Mahal a lifetime experience. Spend time at Taj Mahal at your discretion and thereafter return to Agra hotel.

Freshen up, relax, have breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed for sightseeing of Agra Fort, Baby Taj (Tomb of It-Mad-ud-Daula) and Sikandara. After sightseeing and exploration of local market, move directly to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi, get checked in at Delhi hotel for overnight stay.

Day 07: Delhi- Haridwar sightseeing- Rishikesh (230 kms)

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Early in the morning, check out from Delhi hotel and move for Rishikesh. On the way to Rishikesh, visit Haridwar. Haridwar is an important pilgrimage of the Hindus. Watch out famous Ganga Aarti at Har ki Paidi. Visit famous temples and Gurukul Kangdi Ayurveda University.

After visiting Haridwar, proceed on for Rishikesh, 30 kms from Haridwar. On arrival at Rishikesh, check in at the pre-booked hotel for overnight stay.

Day 08: Rishikesh exploration

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Rishikesh lies on a plateau some five thousand feet above sea level and is very near to Tibetan border, beyond which rises Mount Kailash (over twenty two thousand feet high), the traditional abode of Lord Shiva. Savour the glorious cool mountain air and the fine view of the Ganges. In Rishikesh, a thin swift current dashes through a deep gorge, rocky and richly green. The water of the Ganges is crystal clear and obviously ice-cold. Because of its association with the Ganges and the dwelling of Lord Shiva so near, the region is a famous place of Hindu pilgrimage and many of its villages and towns are given over to holy men. One such is Rishikesh.

Rishikesh, since the ages famous as "village of saints" or "village of the sages", is characterized by numerous resident saints ('rishi', 'sadhu' and 'swami') and 'ashramas', communities isolated from the world and devoted to contemplation. Most of them lie alongside the Ganges or in the nearby forests. So many places of pilgrimage all over the world are noisy and bustling, full of people determined to extract the last penny the pilgrim has in his pocket. Rishikesh is altogether different. The inhabitants are serene, simple-hearted folk who live a life of frugality, even austerity, eschewing alcohol, eating an exclusively vegetarian diet, and going so far as to refrain from the eating of eggs, which they consider to be a kind of meat.

On the outskirts of the town flowed the Ganges, a number of ashrams huddling beside it. The traditional ashram, surrounded by a wooden fence, contains four or five small earthen huts, their roofs straw thatched, rather like tiny hamlets in some very remote and extremely underdeveloped part of the world. The ascetics who dwell in these ashrams bathe night and morning in the cold waters of the Ganges and then spend the rest of their time in meditation, except for a couple of extremely simple meals. However frugal their lives, however, they are found happy and content.

After exploring ashrams, culture, nature and Ganges' pious ambience, return to Rishikesh hotel for overnight stay.

Day 09: Rishikesh - Delhi (230 kms/5 hours)

After having delicious breakfast in Rishikesh hotel, check out from the hotel and proceed for Delhi. On arrival at Delhi, you will be transferred to New Delhi airport/ railway station to board flight/train for your onward destination.

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