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Ganges To Golden Temple

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Tour Overview

  • ReferenceTGT16
  • Start Date04/11/2020
  • TypeGuided Tours
  • LocationIndia
  • Departure CityDELHI
  • End CityDELHI
  • Cancellation policyUp to 24 hrs
  • Durations 16 days 15 nights

Tour Description

Tour Includes

  • Audio guide
  • Breakfast
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Pick-up and drop off
  • Private tour
  • Professional guide
  • Special activities
  • Transport by air-conditioned

Tour Program

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DAY 01 - ARRIVE IN DELHI (STAY AT THE CLARIDGES)

This is the capital city of India, and can be called as a major gateway to India. Delhi is one of the most important metropolitan in India, as it is the city of power. It has a very good combination of both modern, as well as ancient culture. In these 3000 years of its existence, there has been the origin of seven more cities, where the traditional Indian capital is. Strategic location, mixture of modern and Indian culture, rich history, medieval market, beside the modern ones etc are the main reasons for choosing it, as the seat of power. Delhi is a city waiting to be explored. It is also known as the Headquarters of Indian politics, as most of the heads of the Indian government and other political parties; reside here, including the Prime Minister, and President of the country. Overnight at Hotel.

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DAY 02 - DELHI TO VARANASI (STAY AT SURYAUDAY HAVELI)

In time transfer to airport to board flight for Varanasi. The city of Varanasi is situated along the west bank of the Ganges in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Called Benaras by the British, Varanasi is an important pilgrimage centre for the Hindus. The city finds mention in the great epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. It was a flourishing trade center when Buddha came to Sarnath, about 10 kilometres away, to preach his first sermon in 500 BC. The renowned American novelist Mark Twain once wrote, ”Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together.” Right from the ancient times, Varanasi has stood as a symbol of Hindu renaissance and preserved the rituals and traditions of Hindu philosophy. Down the ages, pilgrims from distant lands have come to Varanasi in search of divine blessings. Overnight at Hotel.

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DAY 03 - IN VARANASI

After breakfast city tour of Varanasi. Temples form the major source of attraction in this ancient city. The banks of the Ganges, considered to be a sacred river by the Hindus, are the centre of much of the religious activity that occurs in the city. The ghats built along the banks of the river for such religious activity also form a major source of attraction here. Some of the other interesting places to visit around the city are Alamgir Mosque, Durga Temple, Vishwanat Temple, Bharat Mata temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, Banaras Hindu University and the Archaeological Museum. Overnight at Hotel.

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DAY 04 - VARANASI TO AGRA (STAY AT TRIDENT, AGRA)

In time transfer to airport to board flight for Agra. Agra is the quintessential Mughal City, where the world marvels at the epitome of love, beauty and sacrifice, The Taj-Mahal one of the wonders of the world. So overwhelming is the magic monument, that Agra has been immortalized, as the City of the Taj. As visitors walk down the narrow bustling streets, they can not help but wonder, if the man contentedly smoking a hookah, is a direct descendent of some bygone Mughal. Overnight at Hotel.

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DAY 05 - IN AGRA

After breakfast City tour visiting, Taj Mahal, built by the Moghul Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Besides the Taj, the Agra Fort (also called the Red Fort) makes an interesting sight. Other major attractions include the tomb of Akbar’s tomb at Sikandra, Rambagh, the Mughal Garden and Dayal Bagh Temple, Itmad Ud Dauula. Besides the historical monuments, one can also explore Agra’s rich heritage of handicrafts in its markets. Overnight at Hotel.

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DAY 06 - AGRA TO JAIPUR (STAY AT SAMODE HAVELI)

After breakfast depart by surface to Jaipur. The picturesque capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is color washed pink-the color associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. This Beautiful city along with Agra and Delhi form what is known as the Golden Triangle of Indian tourist circuit. Jaipur is a city where royalty still lives in the grandeur of its palaces, where fighting for the honour of the clan has never been a need but a way of life, and where treating guests as gods has been a tradition from time immemorial . There is a timeless appeal to Jaipur's colorful bazaars where one can shop for Rajasthani handlooms and trinkets. Beautifully laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments and marvelous heritage hotels, once the residence of Maharajas are worth admiration. Not to mention the ambling camels and cheerful people in multi-hued costumes that make your trip to the pink city a memorable one. Over night at Hotel.

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DAY 07 - IN JAIPUR

After Breakfast City tour visiting City Palace , the former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. Jantar Mantar, is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen. Amber Fort, situated just outside the city, is perhaps the most beautiful example of Rajasthani forts and gives a grand view of the city down below. Other attractions include the Jaigarh Fort, Birla Mandir, and Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh. Overnight at Hotel.

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DAY 08 - JAIPUR TO DELHI (STAY AT THE MAIDENS)

After breakfast depart by surface to Delhi. Overnight at Hotel.

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DAY 09 - IN DELHI

After Breakfast City tour of Old & New Delhi visiting Raj Ghat , where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated . Red Fort , Made by Mughal Empror Shahjahan , Jama Masjid , The largest in India, It has three great gateways, four angle towers and two minarets constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble. Chandni Chowk , this main street of Old Delhi is the colorful shopping bazaar, known as Chandni Chowk. It has very sharp contrast to the open, spacious streets of Delhi. Laxmi Narayan Temple , dedicated to Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and good fortune . India Gate , this 42ms high stone of triumph is a war memorial . It bears the names of 85,000 Indian army soldiers, who died in the campaigns of WW I .Rashtrapati Bhawan - This palace-like building is the official residence of the President of India and an interesting blend of Mughal and western architectural styles . Qutab Minar - The highest monument of India, Qutb Minar is 72.5 m high, tapering from 2.75 m in diameter at its peak, to 14.32 m at its base, and alternating angular and rounded flutings. Humayun's Tomb , is mausoleum of the Mughal emperor Humayun. Bahai Temple , or the Lotus Temple is a marvel of modern architecture. Set among pools and gardens, adherents of any faith can visit, pray or meditate. Overnight at Hotel.

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DAY 10 - DELHI TO DHARAMSALA (STAY AT CHONOR HOUSE)

In time transfer to airport to board flight for Dharamshala. Dharamsala, one of the best hill stations in India is divided into lower and upper towns with a difference of 457m(1500ft.) between them. The mountains enfold 3 sides of the town and the valley stretches to the south. Dharamsala is known for its scenic beauty, calmness and serenity. It has high pine trees, tea gardens and timber yielding trees. Dharamsala is now the seat of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. After the Chinese conquest of his country, Dharamsala is evocative of the imperial days in places like Mcleod Ganj and Forsythe Ganj. Overnight at Hotel.

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DAY 11 - IN DHARAMSALA AND MCLEODGANJ

After breakfast City tour visiting Kangra Art Museum , a gallery of Kangra’s famous miniature paintings and a representative collection of sculptures, pottery and anthropological items. War Memorial - full of landscaped lawns and a web of narrow paths fill a pine grove. St. Johns Church – a memorial has been erected over the body of the British Viceroy, Lord Elgin who died at Dharamsala in 1863. Also visit Mcleodganj - the residence of His Holiness Dalai Lama. The Tibetan Government-in-exile has been here for over three decades. Overnight at Hotel.

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DAY 12 - IN DHARAMSALA

EXCURSION TO DAL LAKE - After breakfast excursion to Dal Lake. 11 km from Dharamshala and surrounded by deodar trees, the lake fills a mountain bowl, On the motor - road, this is an enchanting and serene picnic spot. Overnight at Hotel

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DAY 13 - DHARAMSALA TO AMRITSAR (STAY AT RANJIT’S SVAASA)

After breakfast depart by surface to Amritsar. Amritsar, as the name suggests, is rightfully a pool of nectar. Located in the state of Punjab, Amritsar is one of the most important pilgrimage centres especially for the Sikhs in the country. The city is characterised by some of the must visit religious, historical as well as contemporary sites of importance. The Golden Temple, where Sikhs from all over the world come to pay their reverence to Guru Granth Sahib and take a dip in the Amrit Saras Kund (Pool of Immortality) for spiritual purification is the major landmark of the place. Amritsar is also characterised by the hard working and warm-hearted people. Overnight at Hotel.

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DAY 14 - IN AMRITSAR AND WAGAH

After breakfast City tour visiting Golden temple which is located in the heart of the city . The Jalianwallah Bagh which is a memorial of the martyrs of the 1919. The Durgiana Mandir that is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga , Baba Atal Rai Tower and the Wagah Border , the border between India and Pakistan . Overnight at Hotel.

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DAY 15 - AMRITSAR TO DELHI

In time transfer to railway station to board train for Delhi. Overnight at Hotel.

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DAY 16 - DEPART FROM DELHI

In time transfer to airport to board flight for your onward destination.

General FAQs

  • How many people will be on my trip?

    Good things come in small packages, which is why we keep our group sizes down. This means we’re small enough to remain flexible as we thread our way through communities without intimidating the locals. On most of our trips, you’ll be part of an intimate group of 12-16 people, though our group sizes are on average 10 people. Our Overland trips are in purpose-built vehicles that can carry up to 24 travelers. Group sizes are displayed on each trip’s overview page on our website.

Tour Ratings

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  • GOLDBERGER says: June 12, 2020 at 2:46 pm    Reply

    It was not a planned trip actually. But I’m really impressed with my stay. So I’m planning for my next vacation. Service they provided was excellent.

  • Matos says: June 12, 2020 at 2:47 pm    Reply

    Excellent trip! Visited beautiful sites, learned about the history and culture and had delicious food, while staying in luxurious accommodations. Days were full and interesting and I was surprised at how cool the north of India is in December and should have taken more warm clothes. We would thoroughly recommend this trip.

  • Caramel says: June 12, 2020 at 2:47 pm    Reply

    We were two women travelling alone and had a great, seamless, comfortable, safe and super fun experience with Exotic Luxury Holiday through our tour in India. I would really recommend to anyone, they will help you navigate through the country and the culture. Our driver was super attentive with us and the guides also did a great job.

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