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Visit the holy city of Amritsar and journey around India’s incredible Golden Triangle

10 days From £1,795 per person
This is an independent non-escorted holiday

2022 Tour code: QAR22

About the tour

Pair a visit to the holy city of Amritsar with a journey around India's incredible Golden Triangle, taking in stunning Mughal, Hindu and Sikh architecture en-route. Discover the Golden Temple - one of Sikhism's most holy sites, before continuing to vibrant Delhi and exploring the history of Mughal rule in Agra and Jaipur.

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Day 1 - London to Amritsar

Begin your holiday at London Heathrow, where you board your flight to Amritsar.

Day 2 - Amritsar

Touch down in Amritsar. On arrival, a private transfer awaits to take you to your luxurious five-star hotel.

Situated in the northwestern state of Punjab, the city of Amritsar is a centre of the Sikh religion. Spend some time relaxing in your hotel before visiting one of Sikhism's most holy sites this evening, the Golden Temple.

Here, you can see one of the world's largest community kitchens, which feeds around 35,000 people every day and witness the Palki Sahib ceremony, in which the Granth Sahib holy book is taken to its resting place for the night.

Day 3 - Amritsar

Spend some more time sightseeing in Amritsar. Return to the Golden Temple, this time to admire the ornate architecture, decorated shrines and breathtaking reflections in the man-made pool that surrounds it.

Continue to Jallianwala Bagh, a memorial to Indians killed by British troops in the 1919 Amritsar Massacre, and the Rambagh Garden, originally a summer palace for the Punjabi kings.

After lunch, visit the Indo-Pakistani border village of Wagah to witness the Wagah Changing of the Guard, a flag hoisting and lowering ceremony performed by security forces from both India and Pakistan.

Day 4 - Amritsar to Delhi

Spend a final morning in Amritsar at leisure, perhaps revisiting any sights you want to see in more detail, or sampling some of the delicious local street food.

If you'd like, a visit to the Gobindgarh Fort can be arranged. Originally built as a military fortress over 250 years ago, the striking red walls now contain a breadth of museums and live demonstrations centred around Punjabi culture.

In the afternoon, meet your private transfer to Amritsar Railway Station and board your train to Delhi. On arrival, a transfer awaits to your hotel.

Day 5 - Delhi

Discover Delhi's fascinating contrasts, with visits to both old and new Delhi. Begin with a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi, taking in the narrow streets of the bazaar as you travel between Delhi's Red Fort, India's largest mosque the Jama Masjid and Raj Ghat, a simple but moving memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

Follow this up in the afternoon with a drive through the spacious, tree-lined avenues of New Delhi, taking in the imposing India Gate, the towering Qutab Minar and the Emperor Humayun's tomb, inspiration for the iconic Taj Mahal.

Day 6 - Delhi to Agra

Journey to Agra via the Gatiman Express train. Situated on the banks of the Yamuna River, the city is home to some of the finest examples of Mughal architecture in India.

Start exploring immediately with a visit to Agra Fort. This UNESCO-listed fort dates back to the 16th century, and was the main residence of the Mughal emperors until 1638. Built of distinctive red stone, the complex houses stunning pavilions, gardens, mosques and royal audience halls.

Spend your afternoon marvelling at the intricate archways and perfect symmetry of its interiors, before checking into your hotel this evening.

Day 7 - Agra to Jaipur

Continue your adventure around the Golden Triangle as you travel from Agra to Bharatpur via private transfer. Stop off at Fatehpur Sikri en-route - a spacious red sandstone city built in the 16th century by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, one of India's greatest rulers.

When you arrive, pay a visit to the stunning Birla Mandir Temple. A popular pilgrimage site for Hindus, the white marble buildings are surrounded by lush gardens. Witness a traditional aarti ceremony to see the temple in its full beauty, with flickering lamps creating a unique atmosphere.

Day 8 - Jaipur

Explore the palaces and forts of Jaipur, beginning with the facade of the Hawa Mahal, built for the ladies of the Mughal royal family.

Continue to the Amber Fort. After ascending the steep slope to the fortress by jeep, wander through the beautiful buildings of the fort complex, losing yourself in the intricate blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture.

Your next stop is City Palace, a sprawling residence that occupies a seventh of the area of the city. Here you'll also find a museum with an extensive collection of historic weaponry and a large observatory housing the world's largest sundial.

Day 9 - Jaipur to Delhi

In the morning, you're free to explore Jaipur at leisure. If you'd like, a Heritage Water Walk excursion can be arranged for you; this gives you a fascinating insight into the history of the area through the city's water structures.

Alternatively, you could set your own itinerary. Why not visit the stunning Jal Mahal, shop for traditional Rajasthani clothes and crafts at Jaipur's bazaars, or spend the morning sampling delicious local delicacies?

This afternoon, meet your private transfer back to Delhi, where a comfortable hotel and a sumptuous end-of-holiday dinner await.

Day 10 - Delhi to London

Check out of your hotel and meet your private transfer to Delhi Airport. From here, board your flight back to London Heathrow, where your holiday comes to an end.

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Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Amritsar with Golden Triangle

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