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Haridwar, Rishikesh and Taj Mahal Tour

Code:   NI 07

Haridwar, Rishikesh and Taj Mahal Tour - INR 34862 per person

Duration : 09 Nights / 10 Days
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Unchagaon - Haridwar - Rishikesh - Delhi

Day 01  - Arrive Delhi
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Check-in time is 12 Noon
Day 02 - Delhi
After breakfast, proceed  to visit Old and New Delhi.

Delhi, the capital of India, conceals within its bosom the remains of civilization that flourished over the last three thousand years.  Since those legendary days, many dynasties and rulers have flourished on its regal soil.  The legacy of that past survives in the  many monuments left behind by the regents.

Old Delhi’s landmarks are Red Fort built by Emperor Shahjehaan in 1638 AD, Jama Mosque largest mosque in India also built by Shahjehan. Raj  Ghat and Shanti van -the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Chandni Chowk - the main shopping hub of Old Delhi.

New Delhi showcases imposing buildings and monuments built during Mughal, British period and indepenentIndia. Qutab Minar, one of the earliest remains of Imperial Delhi (13th century AD ) Humayun’s Tomb-the fine monument believed to be forerunner of Taj Mahal represents the Mughal era while during British rule buildings with imposing architecture such as India Gate, the 42 metre high arch that was raised as a memorial to soldiers, Parliament House, President’s House, Secretariat and other Govt. Building as also Connaught Place, the oldest city centre shopping hub are prominent tourist spots.

Day 03 – Delhi-Jaipur drive, 260 km
Morning drive to Jaipur.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 : Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort, set in a picturesque location.  Amer is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture.  Built in the 16th century  by Raja  Mansingh in red sandstone and white marble, the palace complex has some very interesting sections. Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas, Ganesh Pol andTemple of Kali  are some of the prominent areas of interest.  Elephants are provided to ascend the fort. 
Afternoon city sightseeing tour.
The city was planned and built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer 260 years ago. The City Palace, the home of the erstwhile royal family, the Observatory,  RamNiwas  Gardens, Hawa Mahal or the Palace of winds built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and Birla Temple are the most important tourist sites.
Day 05 : Jaipur-Agra drive, 235 km/6 hours
Morning proceed to Agra, stopping en-route to visit Fatehpur Sikri.
The beautiful city was planned and erected by Emperor Akbar in 1569. The story behind the city relates to birth of his Son Salim who was named after a Muslim Saint – Sheikh Salim Chishti.  Emperor Akbar hearing his renown, had visited the Saint, asked of the blessings of a child.  When a son was born, he decided to built a city near the place where the Saint lived.  The city was abandoned after 14 years due to shortage of water and growing population.  The imposing pavilions, Mosque, massive Buland Darwaza (Gate), Panch Mahal and other buildings are worth a visit

On arrival, check-in at your hotel.

Day 06 – Agra
Morning visit Agra Fort and Taj Mahal.

Agra Fort’s importance can be judged with the great names of Mughal dynasties Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shahjehan and Aurangzeb who lived here. The imposing structure on the banks of the river Yamuna is replete with priceless examples of craftsmanship in the Mughal period. The beautiful pearl Mosque, Diwan-e-Am, Diwan-e-Khas, Jehangir palace, Moti Masjid are to name a few that form the part of this great fort.  Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture.  A UNESCO World Heritage site, this immortal monument, the inimitable poem in white marble is the true expression of love of Emperor Shahjehan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal.  The monument was completed in 1653 AD and thousands of workers and artisans were employed.  It took little over 20 years for its completion.

Afternoon at leisure.

Day 07 : Agra-Unchagaon drive, 180 km
Morning drive to Unchagaon.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Fort Unchagaon was inherited by the present Raja Surendra Pal Singh at the age of ten. The Singh family was Jat Zamindars who received the Fort from the British in 1859, for loyalty during the first Indian war of Independence. This palace was renovated under his guidance and this is evident in the influence of early 20th century blend of Indian and colonial architecture. The imposing white façade of SURYA MAHAL is surrounded by well-manicured, lush verdant lawns.  You will come across well-bred Peshawari horses swishing their impressive tails.

The village of Unchagaon is also fascinating, and an afternoon walk reveals traditional activities such as pottery and jaggery making. A stroll through the colourful Saturday bazaar or a visit to the potter’s village is a must.  Three km stretch thru village, sugarcane fields brings you to the bank of Ganges.  Isolated though, you can spot Dolphins in the river which number around 40 now.

Evening is time for campfire and light classical songs and music by local artisans.  You can order a drink and enjoy the evening in cosy atmosphere.

Day 08 : Unchagaon-Haridwar drive, 180 km
After breakfast, drive to Haridwar.  
On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Evening walk down to the ghats of river Ganges to witness spectacular Ganga Aarti  (Oil lamp lit prayers) held at sunset time.

Day 09 : Haridwar
Morning visit Haridwar.
Haridwar situated on the right bank of holy Ganga.  Associated with both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, Haridwar is among the seven sacred cities of India.  It is also one of the venues for Kumbh Mela, also a centre of herbal medicine and traditional studies at Gurukul Kangri.  The places of interest are Bharat Mata Temple, Shanti Kunj, an Ashram for Yoga and natural cures, Mayadev Temple, Hari-ki-Pairi, the most important ghat for a holy dip.
Afternoon visit Rishikesh.
Situated 24 km upstream from Haridwar, at the confluence of the
Chandrabhaga and Ganga, Rishikesh has long been a spiritual centre.  Places of interest are Triveni Ghat (bathing ghat), Lakshman and Ram Jhoola (suspension bridges across the Ganga), Swarag Ashram, Raghunath Temple, Pushkar Temple, Bharat Mandir and Ashrams.
Day 10 : Haridwar-Delhi drive, 212 km
After breakfast, drive to Delhi.

On arrival, transfer to international airport for onward flight.


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