Golden Triangle + Mumbai & Rishikesh Hardwar

12 Day Tour

Price from R12,490 pp

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NB: Holidays are valid from 1 April to 30 September 2016.
All rates are based on current (12.4.2016) rates of exchange.

OVERVIEW

Twelve days exploring the highlights of North India’s cities of Delhi, Hardwar, Rishikesh, Agra, Jaipur, and Mumbai.

Hardwar is one of the Hindu holy places in India and a center of Hindu religion and mysticism for centuries. Located on the banks of River Ganges, at the point where the Ganges descends from the hills to the North Indian plains, Haridwar attracts a large number of Hindu pilgrims from all over the world.

Highlights of your holiday

  • Walk the narrow lanes of Old Delhi
  • Rishikesh, is one of India's seven Hindu holy cities
  • Visit to the Taj Mahal at Agra
  • Take guided tour of the 'Pink City' of Jaipur
  • Explore Mumbai, the Gateway of India

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL DELHI

Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 2 - DELHI

Morning half day combined sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. Visit Qutab Minar, India Gate (War Memorial) Lakshmi Narayan Temple-Modern Hindu Temple, drive past President’s House, Parliament House and Secretariat buildings. Also visit Raj Ghat– the cremations sites of Mahatma Gandhi and drive past Jama Masjid, Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 3 -DELHI - HARDWAR

Morning depart for Hardwar by car and on arrival check-in at hotel.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of Haridwar which is 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. In the evening attend the Aarti on the Ghats. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 4 - HARDWAR - RISHIKESH – HARDWAR

Morning excursion to Rishikesh. Rishikesh, which stands for the "Plaits of the Sage" is a place of Ashrams where solace seekers come to spend their time in the serenity of God. Visit the Shivananda Ashram where discourses in English on Hindu religious texts can be heard. Also visit the Lakshman Jhoola, a suspension bridge spanning the Ganga. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 5 - HARDWAR – DELHI

Morning depart for Delhi by car and on arrival check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 6 - DELHI – AGRA

Morning depart for Agra by surface and on arrival check-in at Hotel. Overnight at hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of the Taj Mahal & Fort. Visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the skill of 20,000 craftsmen brought together from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and who took 17 years to complete this 'Love Poem in Marble'. (Friday closed). Later visit the Agra fort containing the halls of private & public audiences & other palaces. Shah Jahan spent here years of confinement at the hands of his son Aurangzeb, looking wistfully at the Taj Mahal from the Fort. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 7 - AGRA - JAIPUR

Depart Agra for Jaipur by car. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. The Fatehpur Sikri complex houses tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other palaces, which surprisingly have withstood the ravages of time and are still in good condition. On arrival check-in at Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 8 - JAIPUR

Full day city & Amber Fort with elephant ride. The tour begins with a visit to the Maharaja's City Palace,- the former Royal residence,- part of it converted into a museum. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armoury Museum, housing an impressive array of weaponry -pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. Also see the miniature items and old carpets at the Textile Museum. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone-and-marble-crafted Observatory in the world. Situated near the gate of the city palace, the Observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. Standing tall over a small hillock overlooking the Pink city, Amber is a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort-Palace. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes, apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster. A major attraction at Amber is the Elephant Ride, all the way up to the Fort entrance.
Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 9 - JAIPUR – MUMBAI (BY FLIGHT)

In time transfer to airport to board flight for Mumbai. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 10 - MUMBAI

Morning breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast have half day visit to Gateway of India, Mumbai's principle landmark. This arch of yellow basalt was erected on the waterfront in 1924 to commemorate King George V's visit to Mumbai in 1911. Drive pass the Secretariat of Maharashtra Government and along the Marine Drive which is fondly known as the 'Queen's Necklace'. Visit Mani Bhavan, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his visits to Mumbai. Drive past the Victoria Terminus, the principal railways station of Mumbai, a beautiful building that symbolise the ethos of the Edwardian architecture, well worth a photo stop. At the Church gate station see the Dabbawala’s- a unique tiffin delivery service run by over 5000 semiskilled workers of delivering lunch to corporate executives from their homes. Visit the 'Dhobi Ghat', an open laundry where Mumbai's 'dirties' are scrubbed, bashed, dyed and hung out to dry - a nice photography stop well worth a visit. Visit the ISKON Temple devoted to Lord Krishna in time for the noon aarti and then continue to the colourful Crawford market and Flora fountain a large bustling square, in the heart of the city. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 11 - MUMBAI

Day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 12 - LEAVE MUMBAI

In time transfer to airport to board flight back home.

PRICES FROM R12,490 PP UPWARDS (EXCLUDING INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS)

Prices will depend on travel date, hotel choice, room category and number of people travelling. Please note that all our itineraries are flexible and can be altered to suit your requirements.

From Typically Includes

  • R12,490 pp 11 nights holiday - Standard Hotels
  • R14,315 pp 11 nights holiday - Superior Hotels
  • R15,915 pp 11 nights holiday - Deluxe Hotels

NB: Holidays are valid from 1 April to 30 September 2016.
All rates are based on current (12.4.2016) rates of exchange.

City: Delhi

  • Standard Hotel: Anila
  • Superior Hotel: Holiday Inn Mayur Vihar
  • Deluxe Hotel: The Surya

City: Hardwar

  • Standard Hotel: Lakshya
  • Superior Hotel: Regenta Orko's
  • Deluxe Hotel: Radisson Blu

City: Agra

  • Standard Hotel: Atulya Taj
  • Superior Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton
  • Deluxe Hotel: Ramada Plaza Agra

City: Jaipur

  • Standard Hotel: Hometel Nirwana
  • Superior Hotel: Four Points by Sharaton
  • Deluxe Hotel: Holiday Inn City Centre

City: Mumbai

  • Standard Hotel: Emerald Hotel
  • Superior Hotel: Fariyas Hotel, Colaba
  • Deluxe Hotel: ITC Grand Central, Parel

Holiday Prices Include:

  • Accommodation at hotels listed above or similar including daily breakfast inclusive ofprevailing government taxes
  • Meeting and assistance on arrival and departure
  • Transfers from airport to hotels & vice versa, together with the transfer of 1 suitcase per person
  • Sightseeing tours with local English speaking guides
  • Elephant ride or Jeep ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur
  • National Monuments Fee
  • Check-in & Check-out time is 12 noon

Holiday Prices Do Not Include:

  • International flights into & out of India
  • India domestic flight Jaipur to Goa & Mumbai
  • Indian visa
  • Personal expenses, such as phone calls, laundry, mini-bar, room service, etc.
  • Gratuities to guides, drivers & porters
  • Personal insurance

Value for money
We believe that value for money is important, we want you to travel with ICAN Holidays again. When comparing prices, ensure you are comparing like for like as often there may be a cheaper option, but there may be hidden extras or the quality may not be as good.

Golden Triangle with Hardwar & Mumbai - 12 Days
Explore North India’s cities of Delhi, Hardwar, Agra, Jaipur, Mumbai. (Code: GIJ)