Golden Triangle Tour with Haridwar and Rishikesh Itinerary
The political center and capital of India, New Delhi makes up one of the cornerstones of the Golden Triangle. The teeming, buzzing souk-like bazaars of Old Delhi with its narrow alleys lead to the grand mosque-Jama Masjid and the colossal Red Fort. Take a cycle rickshaw ride weaving through these lanes i to explore the chaotic charm of Old Delhi. Drive through tree-lined boulevards and wide avenues of New Delhi to witness the architectural brilliance of India Gate and the President’s House reflecting the elegant synthesis of Indian and European traditions.
The second city on this route is Jaipur also known as the “Pink City” - a city which harmoniously blends the old and the new. Explore the historical monuments, opulent palaces and invincible forts while meandering through a labyrinth of fascinating bazaars selling textiles, blue pottery, jewelry and local handicrafts. Enjoy an elephant ascent to Amber fort, a visit to the “Palace of Winds” and the City Palace which is filled with royal memorabilia.
Arrive at Agra to complete the triangle, visit the deserted palaces and pavilions of the Mughal kingdom of Fatehpur Sikri - a World Heritage Site, en-route to the pristine white embodiment of eternal love the magnificent Taj Mahal. No words can aptly describe the visual experience of witnessing the ethereal Taj Mahal at sunset with the marble monument changing shades from orange to rose red –a scenario so pure, intense and spiritual that it leaves one in a hypnotic trance. On the way to Agra visit Mathura and Vrindawan, the sacred cities associated with Lord Krishna.
This Golden triangle tour is combined with Rishikesh and Haridwar to get a feel of the spiritual ethos of India. A paradise for nature lovers, Haridwar or the Gateway to God presents a kaleidoscope of Indian culture and civilization. It is also the starting point on the journey to the sacred sources of the rivers Ganga and Yamuna.
The evening prayer (Aarti) at dusk offered to Goddess Ganga at Har-Ki-Pauri (steps of God Hara or Shiva) is an enchanting experience and a mesmerizing spectacle to witness. The synchronized ritual of the Aarti and the sounds of the holy chants with thousands of lamps floating in the river is indeed a spellbinding sight.
A short drive from Haridwar brings you to Rishikesh, also known as the “Place of Sagas” is a spiritual located at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and Ganga and surrounded by scenic beauty of the hills on three sides. In the recent past this place has become a favorite destination of spiritual seekers and yoga practitioners.
This distinct and invigorating tour combines the splendor and romance of Moghul and Rajput India with the innate spirituality that is deeply rooted in India’s culture and history.