Steeped in tales of chivalry and romance and famous for its striking desert landscape, colorful festivals, grand palaces and forts, Jaipur treats you like royalty. Agra is globally acclaimed as the city of the Taj Mahal and is a definitive tribute to love. Discover Delhi, the capital of India – Old Delhi, with its chaotic, winding alleys, crammed with cycle rickshaws, colorful shops and noisy street traders; and New Delhi, where tree-lined avenues radiate out from Connaught Place and India Gate. Get in touch with your spiritual side at the stunning Golden Temple and stoke the patriotic fervor witnessing the border ceremony at Wagah. Take this journey through the famous ‘Golden Triangle’ and Amritsar to experience the best of India’s history and culture.
Day 1 – Arrive in Jaipur
On arrival in the pink city of Jaipur, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Check in and spend the rest of the day at leisure
Day 2 – Jaipur
Be taken on a private guided tour of the ancient Amer Fort, made of red sand stone & white marble. After riding a decorated elephant to the fort entrance, admire the lavish courtyards, decorated halls and the famous temples with their world renowned halls of mirrors; all within the fort complex. After enjoying lunch at a private estate near the fort, embark on an elephant back safari through the nearby countryside covering local villages, agricultural fields, hills and old monuments besides birdlife and animals such as antelopes, jackals, hyenas and the elusive panther which makes an occasional appearance. Return to the hotel by the evening
Day 3 – Jaipur
This morning, experience royalty at its pinnacle at the City Palace complex, where the world’s largest sterling silver vessels are on display at the marble pavilion of the Diwan-E-Khas. Continue on to the stunning Hawa Mahal, a fascinating example of Rajput architecture and artistry; check out the archaeological museum housed here and climb to the top of this iconic building for a wonderful view from the latticed windows. Later visit the famous Jantar Mantar, the largest of the five observatories in India, built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh who was passionate about astronomy and numerology. Take time in the afternoon to visit some of the famed shops at leisure for your retail fix.
Day 4 – Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra
Be driven to the historical & red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri . Now a world heritage site, the city was abandoned after fifteen years of its setup due to lack of adequate water supply. Stare in awe at the Buland Darwaza, a massive gate which provides entrance to the complex and is among the finest specimens of Mughal architecture. Continue your drive to the heritage city of Agra where in the evening be audience to a sound and light show as artists bring back the Moghul Era dressed as Emperor Shah Jahan and Queen Mumtaz showcasing the history behind the Taj
Day 5 – Agra
Make an early morning visit to the sublimely beautiful Taj Mahal; stroll around and be blown away by the magnificent marvel in marble. Later in the afternoon, get to know Agra the local way by exploring the city’s hidden lane-ways, bustling spice market, and religious mosques and temples, over a three hour walking tour. Sample treats at a 200-year-old sweets shop including the famous Agra Petha, a pumpkin dessert with sugar syrup and rose water, hop on a cycle rickshaw, and learn why Hindu families dress their idols. Finish it all up with the spectacular sight of the Taj Mahal from a secret spot.
Day 6 – Agra to New Delhi
This morning, head out on a private guided tour of the striking Agra Fort, which took around eight years to be constructed. This strong citadel built completely of red sandstone reflects the Mughals at their most martial might, while allowing for splendid architectural finesse. Later check out and travel to Delhi reached over a four hour drive. On reaching Delhi, check into the hotel and unwind
Overnight New Delhi
Day 7 – Old Delhi & Akshardham
This morning, embark on a bicycle tour of Old Delhi through its by-lanes, alleyways and mish mash of smells sounds and sights; the tour will see you ticking off Old Delhi’s hot spots such as Jama Masjid – Delhi’s famous Friday mosque, the magnificent Red Fort, the Old Delhi railway station, Chandni Chowk – the busiest market in Delhi and the Spice Market. In the afternoon, visit the ten storey high Akshardam Temple housing the eleven feet high image of Swaminarayan and be audience to a breathtaking water show bringing to life a story from the Kena Upanishad.
Overnight New Delhi
Day 8 – New Delhi & Dilli Haat
Head out this morning on a guided tour around some of the sights of New Delhi; the highlights being the Qutab Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Rashtrapati Bhavan (President’s House), the Parliament House, the India Gate and the Birla Mandir (Hindu temple). Later in the afternoon choose to indulge in some retail therapy; you may visit the delightful Dilli Haat, modeled around a traditional rural market place famous for handicraft and food varieties. Return to your hotel for a leisurely evening.
Overnight New Delhi
Day 9 – New Delhi to Amritsar
Travel to Amritsar this morning by flight, arrive & check in by the afternoon. Later in the evening, head out on a guided food walk through the foodie havens of Lawrence and Majitha Road where you will get to sample the best that Amritsar has to offer; the stops would be across street food carts including small shops and restaurants. After dinner at a local dhaba, visit the Golden Temple to witness the Palki Sahib ceremony where dozens of devotees act as a human conveyor belt to carry the holy Granth Sahib from the main shrine to the sanctum where it is kept until the following morning.
Day 10 – Amritsar
Revisit the gorgeous Golden Temple this morning, set amidst the holy waters of the Amrit Sarovar; the temple is also known for its community kitchen (langar) one of the largest free kitchens in the world feeding close to a lakh people every day. Have lunch here and also volunteer to help with the cooking. Later visit the Jallianwala Bagh memorial, dedicated to the innocent Indians massacred by General Dyre gathered for a Punjabi New Year. Later be audience to the famous Retreat Ceremony at the Wagah Border, a military practice and a brash parade jointly performed by the Border Security Force of India and the Pakistan Rangers since 1959.
Day 11 – Amritsar
Head out this morning on a day trip to the countryside to soak in the feel of village life in India.
Drive past vistas of vast fields, orchards, rural markets, tractors and trucks before setting off on a guided walk around a village offering glimpses of the structure and layout of houses, cattle sheds, village shops, livestock grazing & feeding and drying of cow dung fuel cakes. Later take a tractor ride through the beautiful fields and see the seasonal crops growing before visiting at a local family house for tea and snacks. On your return, visit a traditional brick kiln where bricks are still made by hand.
Day 12 – Amritsar (departure)
Spend the day at leisure till it is time to check out and be transferred to the airport for your return flight.
Glorious pink buildings in old Jaipur
City Palace complex
Buland Darwaza in Fatehpur Sikri
The stuff of legends - Taj Mahal in Agra
The highest seat in the country, Rashtrapathi Bhavan
Palki Sahib, a tradition at the Golden Temple
The Golden Temple at sunset in Amritsar
A day in the Punjabi countryside.
Fairmont Jaipur is an ode to the pink city through awe inspiring architecture and decor, inspired by the Mughal dynasty and Royal Rajputs of yore. This luxury Jaipur hotel is nestled amongst the majestic Aravalli hills, all 199 rooms and suites are elegantly appointed, to reflect a perfect blend of traditional Rajasthani décor and modern amenities.
Originally built in 1835, Rambagh Palace has stepped gracefully through many royal transitions—from the home of the queen’s favourite handmaiden to hunting lodge, Today, this jewel in the Taj’s crown offers 78 stunningly restored grand luxury rooms and suites which were the chambers of the former Maharaja.
Experience the Indian jungle at Samode Safari Lodge. One of the few places in the world where you can still see wild tigers. The inspiration is the colorful vernacular architecture of the region, the decor and setting is distinctly Indian. Return to unmatched hospitality and luxury.
Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens, and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal, a luxury hotel in Agra is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. The only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for its excellent representation of Mughal architecture.
Conveniently located in Agra’s tourist hub, Fatehabad road, Crystal Sarovar Premiere hotel offers a calm and peaceful oasis for business and leisure travellers. Its strategic location offers a magnificent view of the Taj Mahal.
Nestled in greenery in the heart of Delhi, ITC Maurya – a premier luxury hotel in the capital city of India, is acknowledged as the preferred ‘Residence for World Leaders and Global Icons’ for over 35 years.
This palatial luxury hotel has lavish suites add separate living areas, while club rooms and suites come with private-lounge access, breakfast and snacks, butler service and airport transport by BMW.
Hyatt Amritsar, is the only 5 star Deluxe hotel of the city, located at 10 min distance from the world renowned Golden Temple. Hyatt Amritsar holds the largest rooms inventory in the city with 248 elegant guest rooms including 10 suites and a Presidential suite.
Across from Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport, this upscale hotel is 11 km from Durgiana Temple and 12 km from the Harmandir Sahib temple.
The cost mentioned is for per person. The cost mentioned is only indicative and subject to actual cost at the time of booking. Standard check in time is 1400hrs and check out time is 1200 hrs; early check in and late checkout can be requested and is not guaranteed. Footprint holds the right of altering the trip schedule in event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen conditions beyond control such as road blocks, flight cancellations, etc. Any additional cost incurred due to the same would need to be borne by the individual. The cost is subject to additional charges if paid by debit card, credit card or online bank transfer.