Golden Triangle with Rishikesh and Mumbai is the ultimate tour combining a stay at the Ganges and the most important Rajasthan cities. Delhi has a rich past and a thriving future. In Agra walk along the pathway unfolding the past of a beloved Queen. The Pink city of Jaipur is best-known for its colorful markets and the Amber Fort, where once precious stones were embedded in its walls. Haridwar is a major Hindu Pilgrim site because of the Ganges River flowing through it. Attend an evening Aarti ceremony and let a light flow into the river from the bank. We end our tour in Mumbai, the city of entertainment and politics and considered the friendliest city in India
At a glance
Day 1 Welcome to Delhi. Transfer to your hotel
Day 2 Combined Old and New Delhi tour
Day 3 Travel to Haridwar and afternoon city tour
Day 4 Full day tour visiting Rishikesh
Day 5 Return to Delhi for overnight.
Day 6 Leave for Agra with Taj Mahal & Agra Fort tour
Day 7 Stop at Fatehpur Sikri before arriving in Jaipur
Day 8 Tour of Jaipur with Elephant ride to the Amber Fort
Day 9 Jaipur-Mumbai (Flight) and transfer to your hotel
Day 10 Morning tour of Mumbai’s most important sites
Day 11 Mumbai: day free to explore the city
Day 12 Depart to Mumbai Airport for onward/return flight
India’s Different Seasons
India climate is considered hot; however, the weather varies a lot depending on which part of the country you visit. The South has Monsoons whereas the North may be covered in snow. The best time to travel is between October and March (except for the Far North, where you will encounter winter conditions from November onwards)
Overview of food & drink
India’s food is tantalizing and spicy and comes in so many varieties. Rice is the foundation of each dish. This does not exclude a number for breads from light to roasted. Northern Indian food mostly consists of meaty stews and kebabs. Southern India is known for its spiced vegetarian curries and dosas. Goa and Kerala will serve you the best seafood dishes.
Drink only bottled water during your stay in India. Nimbu Pani (Lemonade) is a traditional and most common Indian drink, made of lemon and ginger juice. Coconut water is preferred by many locals across India. Toddy is a famous alcoholic drink in Madhya Pradesh that is made from various palm plants. Jal Jeera, the magical drink to survive the hot Indian Summers
Usually, add 10 to 15% when eating out. Restaurants in Delhi and Mumbai often charge a ‘service charge’, not to be confused with ‘service tax’ (which is a government-levied tax). When a ‘service charge’ is levied no tip is expected. When you have a driver over multiple days you should tip him between 150 – 300 INR per day. Again, base this on how happy you were with his service and local knowledge
Culture and Language
It’s traditional to greet people using ‘Namaste’; place both hands together and bow slightly. In urban areas this is often overlooked. Indian culture is based on a hierarchical system, so elders and superior are greeted first. Avoid standing too close to others. Use your right hand to touch, accept or give something. Do not use public displays of affection. Hindi is the official language, but English is widely spoken throughout the country
Getting around in India
Air carriers serve all major cities and large towns. There are several domestic “low Budget” options
Taxis and auto rickshaws are a very popular way of getting around the major cities. These rides are charged by the kilometer. Insist that your vehicle has a meter before going on your journey. Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai have metro systems. Rail is India is widely available. Shatabdi Express connects major and secondary cities. Advanced reservations are essential
Here are some traditional dishes
Alu Gobi: a dish made with potatoes (aloo), cauliflower (gobi) and Indian spices
Butter Chicken: traditionally cooked in a tandoor; but may be grilled, roasted or pan-fried with a special gravy
Rogan Josh: consists of braised lamb chunks cooked with a gravy based on browned onions or shallots, yogurt, garlic, ginger and aromatic spices
Malai Kofta: cooked in a creamy gravy made of tomatoes and cashew nuts
Naan: leavened, oven-baked flatbread normally served with all meals
Haridwar is one of the most popular pilgrimage cities in India and a center Hindu religion. Millions of people visit this city every year. Haridwar has so many temples and Ashrams. Haridwar is also one of the four cities where Kumbh Mela is organized. Ganga Aarti at Har Ki Pauri is world famous.
Rishikesh is a small city in the northern state of Uttarkhand. It enjoys global fame as the worldwide capital of yoga and meditation. Positioned on the banks of River Ganges, Rishikesh is also the gateway to the Himalayas. It offers massive natural beauty and majesty.
This spiritual town boats a large number of temples against the beautiful backdrop of the Shivalik Range of the Himalayas. There is a well-liked legend linked with the name of the town. It says that when Rishi Raibhya did penance, God appeared before him in the name of Rishikesh. And hence it got its name.
While on one hand, Rishikesh is a perfect destination for those looking to delve into their spiritual side amid the peaceful. Did you know that the Beatles spent time in Rishikesh and wrote many of their best-known songs during this time
- You are met and assisted upon your arrival before transfer to your hotel.
- Check-in at your hotel.
- Overnight at your hotel in Delhi.
- Leave your hotel in the morning on a half day combined sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi.
- Visit the Qutab Minar; India Gate (War Memorial) Lakshmi Narayan Temple; a Modern Hindu Temple; drive past President’s House; Parliament House and Secretariat buildings.
- Also visit Raj Ghat– the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi and drive past Jama Masjid; Red Fort and Chandni Chowk.
- Return to your hotel for overnight.
Delhi – Haridwar (B)
- Depart in the morning for Haridwar and on arrival check-in at the hotel.
- Afternoon sightseeing tour of Haridwar essentially a Hindu pilgrim town with temples and Dharamshalas along the banks of the river Ganga.
- Also visit Har Ki Pauri the most popular bathing ghat which has a footprint of Lord Vishnu; the Hindu God of preservation on stone.
- Attend an evening Aarti on the Ghats.
- Return to your hotel for overnight.
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Sightseeing tours and intercity transfers as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- 11 Nights’ Accommodation at selected hotels in a double room sharing
- Meals: as mentioned
- Local English Speaking Guide
- Jaipur offers sightseeing tour with an elephant ride/jeep ride
- International/Domestic flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- India visa fee
- Entrance fees
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 01 OCT 18 and 31 MAR 2019
- Seasonal supplements for travel between 18 DEC 18 and 10 JAN 19
Contact us for any other date of travel required