A tour that combines Yoga with one of the most sought-after tours of North India, the Golden Triangle is not to be missed. Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual discipline that involves a combination of processes to attain a holistic sense of well-being. The central aim remains to achieve a heightened sense of peace and wholesome happiness about oneself and things around. You will take part in the International Yoga Festival that takes place in Rishikesh and get an opportunity to learn about so many different phases of it. Along with this, you will also travel across Delhi-Agra-Jaipur to unravel majestic palaces, globally recognized monuments with a classic fusion of Mughal, Indian and Rajput architecture, age-old markets all of which are jewels in India’s crown. While on a history tour, you will also get to visit the Ranthambore National Park, a leading tiger reserve in India. Home to a variety of flora and fauna, jeep safaris into the core region helps you see the inhabitants of the jungle. Please note: The festival takes place from 1st to 7th March 2019, so we can customize it according to your preferred dates. You can pick your own arrival and departure dates.
Namaste and welcome to Delhi, the capital city of India. Our representative will receive you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day/evening is at leisure.
After breakfast, you will head to Agra, which is a beautiful city situated on the banks of river Yamuna that achieved prominence as the capital of the Mughal Emperors from 1526 to 1628. It still remains a popular tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era monuments, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri, all three are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Upon arrival in Agra, check-in at the hotel. After some relaxation, visit the Agra Fort that resembles the magnificent Red Fort in Delhi. The Diwan-i-Aam (Hall of Public Audience), Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience) and the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) are must-see attractions here. Later in the evening, enjoy a royal Tonga ride (Optional) to the Taj Mahal - the most extravagant symbol of love, dedication and purity that took almost 22 years to build. It is an ivory-white marble monument where rests the mortals of Mughal Emperor Shahjahan (who built Taj Mahal) and his wife Mumtaz. An interesting fact about this stunning edifice is that it turns pinkish in the morning, milky white in the evening and golden at night as the moonlight falls upon it. Watching the sunset over this iconic monument is truly a sight to behold.
After breakfast, drive to Ranthambore. En-route, visit Fatehpur Sikri: a 16th-century town established by Mughal Emperor Akbar. It comprises of various attractions that depict the grandeur of Mughal architecture and the rich lifestyle of Mughal Empire. Though a short-lived capital of the Mughals, this town offers glimpses of stunning monuments built during the reign of Mughals in India. The gateway to this city - the Buland Darwaza - is one of the major attractions here as it is said to be the highest gateway in the world. On reaching Ranthambore, check-in at the hotel. Ranthambore also called the Abode of Tigers is renowned as one the few places that offer the highest number of Bengal Tiger sightings. Located in Sawai Madhopur, it also offers deep insights into the traditional village life of Rajasthan. The day is free at leisure or you can also visit the Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History or walk-through the small villages of Rajasthan to see its traditional culture and traditions.
The Ranthambore National Park is a wide expanse of wilderness in Ranthambore. It is a favored spot for avid travelers and photography enthusiasts. The park also comprises of a years-old Ranthambore Fort, overlooking the entire sanctuary, built in 944 AD. Head for an early morning Ranthambore Wildlife safari where you will soak in the natural beauty and rich wildlife including Leopards, Jackals, Gazelle, Boars, etc. - especially Tigers. As per 2014 census, there are about 62 tigers present here. Also, watch animals moving around freely around the lake in this national park. After a thrilling safari ride, return to the hotel. Settle in for breakfast and relax for some time. Later in the afternoon, proceed with an evening safari to Ranthambore National Park and continue exploring this natural habitat of various wild animals.
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, check-out from the hotel and drive to Jaipur. It is a city known as the Pink City of India due to extensive use of pink sandstone in various buildings of the city. Its monuments showcase a myriad of architectural styles and its vibrant bazaars are famous for traditional handicrafts and jewelry. The ambiance of this city speaks volumes of the rich lifestyle of the Rajput Kings. Upon arrival in Jaipur, you will check-in at the hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.
After breakfast, head out for sightseeing. First, we will visit the Amer Fort dating back to the 16th century that displays private halls, pavilions, former private chambers of the King and royal Rajput women. The reflection of this fort, falling on the Maota Lake, is truly captivating. Enjoy an Elephant ride here. Explore the City Palace consisting of former private and public chambers, silver vessels, courtyards, gateways, private chambers of the King and lot more. Later, head to Jantar Mantar. It is an astronomical observatory that features the World’s largest Sundial - Samrat Yantra. Visit the Hawa Mahal - a five-storey palace built in 1799 during Rajput rule. It is popularly known for its intricately-designed 953 windows adorned with spectacular latticework. Later, the afternoon is kept free to visit the famous Markets of Textiles, Gems, Carpets, and handicrafts. Jaipur is an ideal place for buying souvenirs.
This morning post breakfast, we will drive back to Delhi. On arrival, you have the rest of the day at leisure. Relax at the hotel or head out for shopping.
After breakfast, proceed with Delhi sightseeing tour with the first visit to the Jama Masjid - the largest Mosque in India. Visit Chandni Chowk – oldest, biggest bazaar of Old Delhi. Later, walk up to Fatehpuri Masjid and enjoy a rickshaw ride till Red Fort. Here our driver will meet you, drive past Red Fort (a 17th-century historical fort in Delhi) and reach Rajghat, a memorial where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. An eternal flame burns on one side of this memorial. Visit the Humayun Tomb - the first garden-style tomb of India. The main highlight of this tomb, inspired by Persian architecture, is the four garden squares with water passage channels surrounding the tomb. Drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan - residence of the President of India and India Gate - an archway built in honor of the soldiers who died in World War I. Visit Qutub Minar built by Qutab-ud-din Aibak in 1193 to mark the beginning of Muslim rule in India.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will check-out from the hotel, and drive to Rishikesh. Once you arrive in Rishikesh, you will check-in at the hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.
Today we will drive you to the venue of the Yoga festival - Ganga Resort Rishikesh. Here you will get to practice and learn about the various forms in Yoga. There will be Therapeutic Yoga, meditation, Pranayam, Surya Kriya and so many more different types of sessions. Once the day’s events are over we will drive you back to the hotel.
This morning after breakfast we will drive you back to the venue of the Yoga festival. Enjoy another day at the Festival. Later we will drive you back to the hotel. The evening will be at leisure.
This morning you have a choice between attending the Yoga festival and going out for some sightseeing. Sightseeing of Rishikesh consists of the following - Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Swarg Ashram, Bharat Mandir. In the evening you can enjoy the Ganga aarti ceremony at Parmarth Niketan.
Start your day with a leisurely breakfast. Post that we will drive you to Delhi and transfer to the airport. You can take the flight for your onward journey. Hope you had a wonderful time exploring with us. Have a pleasant flight.
|Duration||:||12 Nights / 13 Days|
|Starting price||:||855 Per Person|
|Route||:||Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Delhi – Rishikesh – Delhi|