Golden Triangle is the most popular and visited circuit of India that includes cities of Agra, Delhi and Jaipur located roughly at 250 kms from each other and forming a triangle on Indian map with respect to its locations. The circuit is well connected by road, buses and trains with fast trains like Shatabdi Express. The New Express Highway between Delhi and Agra have shortened the travel time to 2-3 hours only.
Most of the foreign tourists likes to land into Delhi, spend couple of days here, explore the city and then travel southwards towards the land of Taj and then west to the Pink city of India – Jaipur.
Depending upon the number of days you can spare out from your hectic worklife, you can extend the tour to add Khajurao, Varanasi further to Agra, or connect Ranthambore if you are a wildlife enthusiast or may be visit the popular camel fair at Pushkar held in November. Many of the tourists also connect the serene Golden Temple with this trip. You might also like to add in a tour to Himachal to make this trip more interesting. Off late this circuit have become pretty popular with the domestic tourists from South India also.
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Day To Day Tour Schedule
11 Nights 12 Days Golden Triangle with Himachal Pradesh
Day 1: Delhi Arrival, overnight at Delhi
Upon your arrival in Delhi, your driver will greet you at Delhi International Airport and transfer you to your Hotel. Check in and Rest of the day is at your leisure and rest. Stay overnight at the hotel in Delhi.
Day 2: Delhi City Tour
After breakfast, proceed at 0900 hrs for a full day tour in Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid- one of the largest mosque in the world, built by Shah Jahan to dominate the city, Red Fort- the largest monument in Delhi that was the residence of Mughal emperor of India for 200 years, Raj Ghat- a memorial built to commemorate the site of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation, Qutub Minar- UNESCO World Heritage-listed tallest minaret, Humayun Tomb- another UNESCO World Heritage site, Lotus temple- Bahai house of worship, famous for it flowerlike shape, drive past Embassy, Diplomatic enclave, stop for a quick photo at India Gate and Rastrapati Bhavan, Parliament House, Connaught Place and Delhi main shopping area. Be back for overnight stay at hotel.
Day 03 : Delhi to Jaipur (248 Kms/ 5 Hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur by 0830 hrs. On arrival, check in to the hotel. After some rest, proceed to visit Birla temple, Nahargarh Fort (sunset view over city). Evening visit “Chokhi Dhani” -a five star ethnic village resort for an exquisite Rajasthani traditional dinner with dance and music. Overnight stay at Jaipur hotel.
Day 04 : Jaipur city tour
After breakfast proceed to cover city attraction covering Amber Fort. Enjoy Feel like a maharaja from the past as you ride up to Amber Fort on an elephant outfitted with traditional Indian draperies. Later visit Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar (observatory), City Palace & Museum. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 05 : Jaipur – Agra (240 kms/ 5 hrs), enroute Fatehpur Sikri
After breakfast drive to Agra – a historical and romantic city of medieval India by 0830 hrs. Enroute stop at UNESCO World Heritage red sandstone complex of Fatehpur Sikri built in 1569 by Emperor Akbar and abandoned 15 years later due to water scarcity. Visit Buland Darwaza, Diwan-e-aam,diwan-e-khas. Then continue to Agra. On arrival check-in at hotel, later proceed for a half day city tour to Agra Fort- built by Emperor Akbar on the banks of the Yamuna River. Later proceed to Taj Mahal for the most beautiful sunset view of “The Taj”. (Taj Mahal closed on Fridays). Overnight at Agra hotel.
Day 06 : Agra to Delhi (216 kms/ 3.5 hrs)
After breakfast, check-out from your hotel and take the road to the capital city. You might like to visit Akshardham temple enroute pretty famous for its marvelous architecture. On arrival at Delhi, check in to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 07 : Delhi to Shimla (370 kms/ 8 hrs)
After breakfast, check out from Delhi and drive to Shimla. Arrive and check in at hotel. Later proceed for sight seeing tour to Wildflower Hall, Indira Holiday Home, Advance Study & Museum. Overnight stay at Shimla.
Day 08 : Shimla city tour
Morning proceed for sightseeing tour of Shimla covering Kalbadevi Temple, Jakhu Temple, Hanuman Temple or stop for a while at the beautiful stained-glass – windows of Christ Church. Afternoon excursion to Kufri- a 30 Minutes drive from Shimla. Evening free to enjoy the scenic beauty of Kufri. Also visit Fagu, and enjoy horse riding in the apple orchids (optional). Rest of the day is free to explore. Overnight stay at Shimla.
Day 09 : Shimla- Manali (265 kms/ 6-7 hrs)
Morning drive to Manali. Pass by beautiful Kullu valley, Beas river, Dashehra maidan etc. Arrive and check in at hotel. Evening free to explore Manali. Overnight stay in Manali.
Day 10 : Manali city tour
After breakfast, proceed to half day city tour visiting Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Vashisht Temple and Tibetan Monastery. Evening free for roam at your own. Overnight stay at Manali.
Day 11 : Manali- Chandigarh (300 kms/ 8 hrs)
After breakfast, proceed to Chandigarh. On arrival, check into your hotel & after some rest, proceed to visit Rock Garden and Pinjore garden. Overnight stay at Hotel in Chandigarh.
Day 11: Departure from Port Blair
After breakfast check out from hotel and transfer to Port Blair Airport for your onward journey.