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Amritsar, Shimla & Golden Triangle Tour

Duration:
13 days / 12 Nights
Destinations:
Amritsar, Chandigarh, Shimla, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Delhi
Price Guide:

Price guide for this 13 day Amritsar, Shimla & Golden Triangle Tour:

  • £1785 Low Season
  • £1895 High Season

based on two people travelling.

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Overview

This fantastic tour encompasses the amazing border city of Amritsar, modern Chandigarh and the beautiful mountain town of Shimla, before heading for the iconic Golden Triangle destinations of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

Witness Amrtisar's famous ceremonies, explore beautiful gardens and be wowed by dramatic views. Take the train to stunning Shimla to step back in time to the days of the British Raj. 

Then enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Golden Triangle while you see iconic sights including India Gate in Delhi, the Taj Mahal in Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, and the glorious ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. 

Highlights of our Amritsar, Shimla and the Golden Triangle Tour:

  • Golden Temple in Amritsar and Palki Ceremony
  • Witness the Wagah Border flag retreat
  • Sightseeing tour of Chandigarh, with its beautiful lakes and parks
  • See the dramatic views from the ‘toy train’ to Shimla
  • Explore the historic sights of New and Old Delhi
  • Sunset and sunrise visits to the Taj Mahal
  • Visit the ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Amer (Amber) Fort, City Palace, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) and Jantar Mantar observatory in Jaipur

Amritsar, Shimla & Golden Triangle Tour - 13 days / 12 Nights

Our Amritsar, Shimla and the Golden Triangle Tour includes beautiful palaces, stunning scenery, historic buildings and a journey by mountain railway.

Experience the Palki religious ceremony at the Golden Temple and the poignant Wagah Border flag retreat in Amritsar before journeying to modern Chandigarh with its beautiful lakes and parks. Then take the mountain railway to the hillside retreat of Shimla with its rainbow houses, admiring the gorgeous views along the way.

From Shimla, head to Delhi where you can explore the historic sights and the different styles of New and Old Delhi. After that, gaze in wonder at the romantic and iconic Taj Mahal. Then your tour heads to the Pink City of Jaipur, where you can visit its famous forts, palaces and the observatory before concluding back in Delhi for your return flight home.

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Day 1: Arrive at Amritsar Airport

You will be met at Amritsar Airport by your Authentic India Tours representative and will be taken to your hotel by a private car transfer. This will take about 30 minutes.

The afternoon is free for you to relax and enjoy the facilities of the Hyatt Regency hotel or explore the local area.

In the evening, a visit to the Golden Temple has been arranged to see the “Palki Ceremony” also known as the putting to bed ceremony. To the sound of hymns and drums, a gold and silver gilded palanquin (a carriage carried by bearers) decorated in silk carries the Guru Granth Sahib holy book from the main shrine to the gate of the inner sanctum. 

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency
Meals included: Breakfast
 
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Day 2: Amritsar

Today's half-day sightseeing tour of Armistar is an excellent introduction to this amazing city.  Amritsar was founded in 1577 by the fourth Sikh guru, Ram Das. It was built on a site donated by the Mughal Emperor Akbar and is today the spiritual centre for Sikhs.

Located in the heart of the city is the iconic Golden Temple which is surrounded by a water tank, the Amrit Sarovar, from which Amritsar gets its name. Believed to have healing powers, you can see pilgrims who have often travelled many miles bathing in the lake. The city is known for its rich cuisine and culture, and for the tragic incident of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919 under British Rule. During the tour, you can also visit the Durgiana Temple and have a haggle in Katra market, where you'll find everything from fabric and beaded dresses to shoes and street food.

Late in the afternoon, you will be taken to the Atari (Wagah) Border, to witness the Flag Retreat ceremony. Since 1959, the security forces of India and Pakistan have lowered flags accompanied by elaborate and rapid dance-like manoeuvres. The ritual signifies both rivalry and cooperation between the two nations.

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 3: Amritsar - Chandigarh

This morning we drive to Chandigarh which will take about 4 hours.

In the afternoon you can enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city. Chandigarh is the definition of modern India, a well-planned city designed by the French architect Le Corbusier. It is a perfect example of urban development full of boulevards, gardens, lakes and parks. On the tour you will visit the Rose Garden, home to over 1,500 varieties of rose, walk along Sukhna Lake stopping in the nearby ornamental gardens and explore the Rock Garden. A completely unique and innovative creation, the Rock Garden is a collection of over 2,000 sculptures created over 20 years from a collection of concrete, steel drums, old bicycle frames and broken sinks.

Approximate travel time and distance: 4 hours 40 mins, 225 kms

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Chandigarh
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 4: Chandigarh - Shimla

For some, this is the highlight of the holiday. After the morning drive to Kalka station, you will board the narrow gauge train Himalayan Queen which will take you to Shimla. The train journey takes about 5 hours giving you plenty of time to appreciate the dramatic views en route.

You will be met on arrival at Shimla railway station and transferred to your hotel.

Approximate travel time and distance: 5 hours, 113 km

Accommodation: Clarkes Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 5: Shimla

Until the British arrived, there was nothing at Shimla but a sleepy forest glade known as Shyamala (a local name for the Goddess Kali). By the mid-1860s, owing to the cooler climate and crisp, fresh air, Shimla had developed into the summer capital of the Raj. Every summer until 1939, the entire government of India fled here from the sweltering heat of the plains, with servants, families and all their clerks’ books and forms filled out in triplicate. When the Kalka to Shimla railway line was constructed in 1903, Shimla’s status as India’s premier hill station was assured.

On this morning’s tour, you will visit the mock Tudor library, the famous Gaiety Theatre, and the Viceregal Lodge. You will also have time to explore the Mall.

The afternoon is free to explore this hill station at your leisure.

Accommodation: Clarkes Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 6: Shimla

Today is a day of leisure or if you wish there are some optional extra activities which can be arranged.

Perhaps explore Shimla on a nature walk from the house where Rudyard Kipling wrote Plain Tales From The Hills. Enjoy afternoon tea at the Oberoi Wildflower Hall or visit the princely state of Dhami to spend the day with the noble family, birdwatching and enjoying their stories over lunch.

Accommodation: Clarkes Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 7: Shimla - Delhi

After a leisurely morning, enjoy the scenic drive to Kalka station for the Shatabdi Express train to Delhi.

At Delhi station, you will be met by your driver for a private car transfer to your hotel.

Approximate travel time and distance: 7 hrs 20 mins, 343 kms

Accommodation: Hotel Suryaa, New Delhi Aerocity
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 8: Delhi

Today is an opportunity to explore the historical city of Delhi with a full sightseeing tour packed with iconic places to discover.

Your tour will include a visit to the wide avenues of New Delhi where you will see Lutyen’s Delhi, an area designed and built by the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens during the period of the British Raj. You will also see Redfort Parliament House, Rashtrapathi Bhawan and the India Gate memorial.  This is followed by a visit to Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India and Raj Ghat, a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi

Later you’ll visit the impressive tomb of Humayan and Qutab Minar and experience a traditional rickshaw ride through the bustling and vibrant streets of Chandani Chowk, Old Delhi.

Accommodation: Hotel Suryaa, New Delhi Aerocity
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 9: Delhi - Agra

After breakfast, we drive to Agra, famous for the Taj Mahal UNESCO World Heritage Site and its Mughal architecture. The journey takes about 3 - 4 hours on India’s busy roads.

In the afternoon we explore Agra Fort, another impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site which was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638.

This is followed by a visit to Mehtab Bhag, the Mughal Park on the other side of River Yamuna to enjoy beautiful views of the Taj Mahal during sunset

When arranging your dates please be aware that the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.

Approximate travel time and distance: 4 hours, 233 km

Accommodation: Taj Hotel & Convention Centre Agra
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 10: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur

This morning offers a real highlight with a sunrise visit to the iconic Taj Mahal.

You will then travel to Jaipur on a journey which in total takes about 6 hours. It includes a stop en route to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri which dates back to the 16th century. Fatehpur Sikri is a magnificent fortified ancient city, which was the short-lived capital of Mughal empire.

Jaipur which is also known as the 'Pink City', is one of India’s best-loved destinations and is home to wonderful cultural and historic sites as well as the film The Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Approximate travel time and distance: 4 hours 18 minutes, 240 km

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Jaipur City Centre
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 11: Jaipur

After a leisurely breakfast, there’s plenty to see today on a full day tour of Jaipur. This morning you will visit the impressive Amer (Amber) fort, which if you choose can be accessed on an elephant’s back or alternatively a jeep ride can be provided.

Then in the afternoon, the sights of Jaipur including the City Palace, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Jantar Mantar (an observatory housing the world's largest sundial) and the Museum are all waiting to be explored.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Jaipur City Centre
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 12: Jaipur - Delhi

This morning is at leisure and a great opportunity to pick up some souvenirs in the busy bazaars of Jaipur.

After lunch, we will transfer you back to Delhi for an overnight stay prior to catching your flight the following day. This journey normally takes about 5 hours.

If however, you wish to extend your holiday with a visit to south India or a beach extension we can transfer you to Jaipur airport for your internal flight.

Approximate travel time and distance: 5 hours, 233 km

Accommodation: Pride Plaza Hotel Aerocity, New Delhi
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 13: Transfer to Delhi Airport

In plenty of time you will be transferred to Delhi International airport to board your return flight.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation

Accommodation on our Amritsar, Shimla and Golden Triangle Tour is in carefully selected superior grade hotels. 

Hyatt Regency, Amritsar

The deluxe 5-star Hyatt Regency Amritsar is located in the heart of the city, making it the perfect base to explore the Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh and the Wagah Border. Dine on sumptuous international cuisine, treat yourself to homemade confectionery and pastries in the in-house tarteria, or unwind in the lounge bar. Indulge in a spa treatment, work out in the fitness centre or watch the stunning sunset from the swimming pool 

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Hyatt Regency, Chandigarh

The stylish Hyatt Regency Chandigarh has a vast range of amenities that will suit you whether you want a relaxing or energetic stay. Choose from Italian food or dishes from the Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, sample street food in the cafe or unwind in the lounge bar. Heal mind body and soul with a yoga session or spa treatment or enjoy a soothing soak in the outdoor pool. 

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Clarkes Hotel, Shimla

Step back in time to the days of the British Raj at Clarkes Hotel, one of the oldest hotels in Shimla. Here you'll find colonial architecture and old-world charm combined with modern facilities and spectacular views of forests, mountains, and the gorgeous city of Shimla. Enjoy a range of cuisine in the dining room, sip an alfresco drink out on the terrace or sample a beverage in the 18th-century lounge bar. 

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Suryaa Hotel, New Delhi

The Hotel Suryaa New Delhi Aerocity has stylish rooms with great amenities for a comfortable stay. Bask on the sun terrace, float in the swimming pool or treat yourself to a session in the spa. There is also a fitness centre and tennis courts if you're feeling energetic. When it comes to food and drink, you can have breakfast in the café, try international specialities from the outdoor restaurant, or chill out in the lobby bar, which also features billiards and a relaxing terrace.

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Taj Hotel, Agra

Offering amazing views of the Taj Mahal, alongside plush rooms and wonderful restaurants, the modern 5-star hotel Taj Hotel and Convention Centre is the perfect base for exploring Agra. The two restaurants offer authentic Nawaabi and Mughlai cuisine and a globally inspired buffet or choose a lighter bite from the Tea Lounge. When it comes to relaxing, indulge in a spa treatment, rest in comfort in your spacious room or admire the Taj Mahal from the rooftop infinity pool.

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Holiday Inn, Jaipur

Explore the Pink City's attractions including the Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar from the conveniently-located Holiday Inn Jaipur City Centre. This contemporary and stylish hotel has rooms with an array of amenities, along with a luxurious spa, well-equipped fitness centre and choice of indoor and rooftop pools. Take your pick from Chinese, Continental, European, Indian and Rajasthani Royal cuisine, and relax and unwind in the lounge bar.

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Pride Plaza Hotel, New Delhi

With state-of-the-art amenities and great facilities, the Hotel Pride Plaza in Delhi is ideal to unwind before or after your flight. Hit the fitness centre, float along in the outdoor swimming pool, or try a restorative treatment in the wellness spa. Dining options include barbeque grills, all-day dining and a Pan-Asian restaurant; treats from the in-house pastry shop; and a choice of beverages in the luxurious lounge bar. 

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Destinations

Amritsar

Located in the northwestern Indian state of Punjab, the centrepiece of any visit to Amristar is the magnificent Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) the holiest gurdwara (religious complex) of the Sikh religion. Amritsar was founded in 1577 by the fourth Sikh guru Ram Das and offers a beautiful blend of old and new,  tradition and culture combined with the amenities of a modern city.

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Chandigarh

Modern Chandigarh is a well-planned city designed by the French architect Le Corbusier. This urban development has a surprising amount of open space, including gardens, lakes and parks. Visit the beautiful Rose Garden, where you can find over 1,500 varieties of rose, or head to the Rock Garden near Sukhna Lake, to see amazing junk modelled sculptures made from steel drums, concrete, broken sinks and old bicycle frames.

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Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

The capital city of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is home to a variety of temples and churches, and its gravity-defying Kalka-Shimla railway which has earned UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Shimla also offers  amazing views of the Himalayas and the largest natural ice skating rink in South Asia. 

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Delhi

Busy, bustling and brimming with history, India’s capital city will leave a lasting impression. This city within cities is one of the three Golden Triangle destinations, and as a shopper’s paradise, history lover’s haven and foodie’s utopia, the delights of Delhi will appeal to everyone.

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Agra

Magical Agra is an unmissable destination on any tour to North India. Home to the world-famous Taj Mahal, the impressive sandstone Agra Fort and the ethereal ruins of the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, it’s a must for lovers of architecture, culture, history and photography.

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Jaipur

Named the ‘Pink City’ due to its pink-hued buildings, Jaipur is a melting pot of hubbub and history. Meander through markets or pass camel carts on your way to visit the Amer Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), the imposing City Palace and the world’s largest stone sundial at Jantar Mantar.

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Pricing & Inclusions

Price guide for this 13 day Amritsar, Shimla & Golden Triangle tour is:

  • £1785 in low season (May 2020 - September 2020 inclusive)
  • £1895 in high season (October 2020 - April 2021 inclusive)

The prices do not include flights.

Authentic India Tours is a member of ABTA and ATOL. All the holidays on this website are ABTA protected. If you would like us to arrange your holiday including flights we will be happy to provide a quote and your holiday will also be ATOL protected.

This is a private tour and can be tailor-made to meet your exact requirements. Prices will vary depending on the number of people, length of tour, accommodation & season. Reductions are normally available for groups of three or more. Some hotels operate an additional peak pricing rate during busy times which is normally from mid December to mid January. 

Please get in touch with your dates and we will be pleased to provide you with your personal itinerary and accurate quote.

Included with this tour are the following:

  • Authentic India Tours meet & greet assistance on arrival
  • All transfers and sightseeing tours using air-conditioned car with private chauffeur
  • Accommodation for 12 nights on twin sharing basis. The properties are used regularly for our discerning clients and are tried and trusted. All have en suite facilities.
  • Standard category rooms at all hotels unless otherwise mentioned
  • Meal plan: Bed & Breakfast elsewhere
  • English speaking guide for sightseeing tour
  • All train tickets as per the itinerary.
  • Entrances at all national parks, museums and monuments as per the itinerary
  • Mineral water on all days of travel

Price does not include:

  • International flight tickets
  • Travel insurance & Visas
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, tips, beverages etc
  • Meals other than mentioned in the above meal plan
  • Camera & video fees at national parks, museums & monuments

Prices mentioned above are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication may be subject to change, based on your date of travel and local market fluctuations. You will be informed of any price differences prior to booking.

For a quote based on your dates of travel, any alternative accommodation or changes to this itinerary, please call Authentic India Tours on 01792 315499 or email us at info@aitholidays.com