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Golden Triangle with Ananda Package

12 Days / 11 Nights tour of New Delhi-Agra-Jaipur-Fatehpur Sikri

 
Tour Highlights:
12 days India tour with private air conditioned vehicle, English-speaking driver and an expert local guide
Discover the palaces, fortresses and mansions of the Golden Triangle -- Delhi, Agra, Jaipur 
Visit Raj Ghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, and drive through India Gate in Delhi
Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb
An exotic elephant ride into Jaipur’s Amber Fort
Rejuvenate yourself in the finest Spa resort in Himalayas


Day 1 - Arrive Delhi

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    Meet & assistance on arrival by our travel executive 
     
    Transfer to your Hotel. Check into your Hotel (check-in time is 1200hrs) 
     
     
    Delhi – discover that India’s capital is sprinkled with glittering gems: captivating ancient monuments, magnificent museums, a vivacious performing-arts scene and some of the subcontinent’s yummiest places to eat.
     
    Overnight at hotel 

Day 2 - Delhi

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    Breakfast in the Hotel 
     
    Full day guided tour of Old & New Delhi 
     
    Delhi, the capital of India comprises of conspicuously contrasting Old and New Delhi. Old Delhi was the capital of Muslim India between the 12th and 19th centuries and one can find mosques, monuments and forts related to Muslim history. New Delhi is the imperial city created as India's capital by the British intricately planned and comprises of imposing buildings displaying various modern style of architecture.
     
    Drive past Red Fort (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE - Red Fort was built by the mughal emperor famous for its architectural wonders one of which is Taj Mahal - Shah Jahan. Red Fort is famous for its delicately carved inlaid and Royal chambers) 
     
     
     
     
     
    Jama Masjid – the Great Mughal Mosque (It is the largest mosque in India. Located in Old Delhi, the mosque has the capacity to accommodate 25000 devotees. Jama Masjid was completed in 1656 AD and it again the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan is behind this architectural masterpiece. Close to some 5000 craftsmen were involved in the construction of the mosque)
     
    Then visit Raj Ghat (The cremation ground of the father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi)
     
    Lotus Temple is so named because of the lotus like structure of the temple. It was built in the 20th century and enthralled all tourists since its opening. It was found by the believers of the Bahai Faith, which was founded by Baha'ullah. This amazing piece of edifice is shaped like a half opened lotus flower built of sparkling white marble stone. 
    Continue your tour with Qutab Minar (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE - Qutab Minar is 73 meters high which tapers from a 15 m diameter base to just 2.5 m at the top. The walls consist intricately carved quotations from Koran and is one of the most perfect towers of the Persian world),at last enter the Lutyens Delhi and drive through India Gate (The war memorial) and President's Palace.
     
    Overnight at Hotel

Day 3 - Delhi - Agra

  • Breakfast in the hotel 
     
    Depart for Agra and check in at hotel
     
    Agra is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the world - The Taj Mahal. The architectural splendor of the Moslems, the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal empire, of which Agra was the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries. While it's significance as a political center ended with the transfer of the capital to Delhi in 1634 by Shah Jaha, it's architectural wealth has secured it's place on the international map.
     
    Afternoon half day sightseeing tour of Agra visiting Taj Mahal at Sunset (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE)
     
    Describe as a most extravagant monument ever build for love, this sublime Mughal mausoleum is India’s most ogled icon. The Taj was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. The death of Mumtaz left the emperor so heartbroken that his hair is said to have turned grey virtually overnight. Construction of the Taj began in the same year and was not completed until 1653. Not long after it was finished, Shah Jahan was overthrown by his son Aurangzeb and imprisoned in Agra Fort where, for the rest of his days, he could only gaze out at his creation through a window. Following his death in 1666, Shah Jahan was buried here alongside Mumtaz.
     
    After Taj visit AGRA FORT (sometimes called the Red Fort), was commissioned by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565, and is another of Agra's World Heritage Sites. A stone tablet at the gate of the Fort states that it had been built before 1000 but was later renovated by Akbar. The red sandstone fort was converted into a palace during Shah Jahan’s time, and reworked extensively with marble & Pietra  dura inlay. Notable buildings in the fort include the Pearl Mosque, the Diwan-e'Ām and Dīwān-e-Khās (halls of public and private audience), Jahagir Palace, Khās Mahal, Sheesh Mahal (mirrored palace), 
     
    Also visit local market and a marble factory where you can actually see the inlay work being done on marble like it was done for Taj in the past. 
     
    Overnight at hotel

Day 4 - Agra/Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri

  • Breakfast in the hotel
     
    Depart for Jaipur en route visiting Fatehpur Sikrī
     
    The Mughal Emperor Akbar built Fatehpūr Sikrī about 35 km from Agra, and moved his capital there. Later abandoned, the site displays a number of buildings of significant historical importance. A World Heritage Site, it is visited by most tourists. The name of the place came about after the Mughal Emperor Barbar defeated Rana Sanga in a battle at a place called Sikrī . Then the Mughal Emperor Akbar wanted to make Fatehpūr Sikrī his head quarters, so he built a majestic fort; due to shortage of water, however, he had to ultimately move his headquarters to Agra Fort.
     
    Continue your drive to Jaipur and check in at hotel
     
     
     
     
    Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and is the first well planned city of India, located in the desert lands of India, Rajasthan. The city which once had been the capital of the royalty now is the capital city of Rajasthan. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal families. In the present date, Jaipur is the major business centre for the natives of Rajasthan with all requisites of a metropolitan city.
     
    Rest of the day is free to relax
     
    Overnight at hotel

Day 5 - Jaipur

  • Breakfast in the hotel
     
    Morning depart for Amber fort (Situated atop the Aravali hills, it is the ancient capital of Jaipur and a magnificent example of Rajput architecture). 
    We ascend to the fort on Elephant's back and come down in Jeep. 
     
    Pronounced ‘Amber’ and meaning ‘High’, this wraithlike fort – palace beautifully illustrates Rajput artistry in the faded shades of the reddish pink. Situated on the rugged hills 1 Km north of town, Amber was once the ancient capital of the Jaipur state.  
     
     
    Later sightseeing of Jaipur city visiting Hawa Mahal- Palace of Winds (This five storied building which looks out over the main street of the old city is one of Jaipur's major landmarks. This is a stunning example of the Rajput artistry with it's pink, semi-octagonal and delicately honey combed and stone windows. Originally Hawa Mahal was built to enable the ladies of the royal families to watch the daily life and processions of the city), 
     
     
     
     
    Jantar Mantar (The Observatory, built by Raja Jai Singh in1728. It is an excellent example of the marvelous precision where in each construction has a specific purpose to measure the position of stars, altitudes and azimuths or calculating eclipses. The most striking instruments the Sun Dial which is 90 feet high) and 
     
     
    City Palace Museum (City Palace is delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture. A part of the palace is still the house of the former Maharaja of Jaipur). Visit the various galleries displaying the armory, clothes and paintings of the Rajput clan. 
     
    The tour of Jaipur is not complete without shopping as Jaipur is known as a shopper’s paradise famous for jewellery, handicraft, carpet, blue pottery and textiles
     
    Overnight at hotel.

Day 6 - Jaipur/Delhi by 9W 2262 at

  • Breakfast in the hotel
     
    Depart for Jaipur airport in time to connect flight to Dehradun via Delhi (Change of Plane in Delhi). 
     
    Meet/Assist on arrival and drive to Ananda in the Himalayas 
     
    Arrive and check –in at the Resort 
     
    Ananda Spa set amidst some 40 hectares (100 Acres) of unspoilt natural terrain; Ananda overlooks the sacred Ganges River and Rishikesh Valley, and is housed in the former palaces of a Maharaja and Viceroy. To compliment the unparalleled majesty, of the Himalayas, the buildings have been restored to their original glory, complete with Moorish, Italian renaissance and Indian architecture. Grounded in Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta combined with contemporary international therapies which enhance and augment the original, Ananda is the ultimate escape from the mundane to the spiritual, where every corner spells harmony and every colour soothes the senses. Ananda is a true destination spa, where everything is dedicated to restoring balance and harmony. It aims to rejuvenate the body, mind and soul of every person who steps through the door, and the location of the property-at the birthplace of India’s ancient arts of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda-is the inspirational wellspring of the spa’s treatment and therapies. This spa haven offers a total package which epitomizes the word ‘holistic, Spa therapies are complimented by Yoga and meditation classes to encourage total well-being. The personalized therapy and activities programs are designed to meet individual needs and health goals – de-stress, detoxification and cleansing, deep relaxation, anti-aging, weight loss, while also offering guidance in the areas of nutrition and exercise. Ananda Spa also houses the only 'Aveda' Beauty Institute in India, an international beauty line now part of Estee Lauder 
    Dinner & overnight in the Resort 

Day 7 - Ananda Wellness Program

  • Breakfast in the resort.
     
    Ananda Stress Management Programme focuses primarily on assisting you to experience and implement various mind and body techniques based on the concepts and philosophies of Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama and Ayurveda, for creating positive changes, reducing and managing stress and enhancing synergy in your life through a balanced approach. 
     
    Includes Minutes Sessions
    Reiki 55 1
    Shirodhara/Thalapodichil 55 1
    Grounding Salt Scrub 45 1
    Grounding Aromatherapy Massage 85 1
    Grounding Aroma Cocoon 85 1
    Reflexology 55 1
    Rose Quartz Facial or Amethyst Rejuvenation 75 1
    Tibetan Ku Nye Massage 75 1
    Personalised yoga session per room 60 2
    Pranayama Per room 30 2
    Ajapa Japa 45 1
    Yoga Nidra Per room 45 2
     
     
    Overnight at resort.
    Ananda Spa set amidst some 40 hectares (100 Acres) of unspoilt natural terrain; Ananda overlooks the sacred Ganges River and Rishikesh Valley, and is housed in the former palaces of a Maharaja and Viceroy. To compliment the unparalleled majesty, of the Himalayas, the buildings have been restored to their original glory, complete with Moorish, Italian renaissance and Indian architecture. Grounded in Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta combined with contemporary international therapies which enhance and augment the original, Ananda is the ultimate escape from the mundane to the spiritual, where every corner spells harmony and every colour soothes the senses. Ananda is a true destination spa, where everything is dedicated to restoring balance and harmony. It aims to rejuvenate the body, mind and soul of every person who steps through the door, and the location of the property-at the birthplace of India’s ancient arts of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda-is the inspirational wellspring of the spa’s treatment and therapies. This spa haven offers a total package which epitomizes the word ‘holistic, Spa therapies are complimented by Yoga and meditation classes to encourage total well-
     

Day 11 - Ananda/Dehradun by road (33kms/2hrs)

  • Breakfast in the hotel

     

    Transfer to Dehradun airport in time to connect flight to Delhi

     

    Meet/Assist on arrival and transfer to hotel

     

    Overnight at hotel 

Day 12 - Depart/Delhi by International flight

  • Transfer to Delhi International airport in time to connect your onward flight to next destination

     

    Check-In time is 2 pm and Check-Out Time is 10 am.

     

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