8D/7N Kashmir & Golden Triangle Highlights Tour Package
8D/7N Kashmir & Golden Triangle Highlights Tour Package
Day 1 KUALA LUMPUR - NEW DELHI
Upon arrival in Indira Gandhi International Airport New Delhi, meet and greet by our representative before transfer to hotel. After check in, free at own leisure for the rest of the day.
Day 2 NEW DELHI - SRINAGAR (KASHMIR)
Breakfast at hotel, and then you will be transferred to airport to take a morning flight from Delhi to Srinagar. Upon arrival meet & transfer to Houseboat. Lunch at Houseboat. After lunch take a half day local city tour of Srinagar where we visit the Mughal Gardens and Shalimar Garden (Abode of Love). The Shalimar gardens were built for Nur Jahan, by her husband Jehangir in 1616. Nishat Garden (Garden of Pleasure) was built by Asaf Khan, Empress Nur Jahan's brother. Nishat is celebrated for its stately chinar (plane) trees, imported to Kashmir from Persia by the Mughals.
Nishat has 12 terraces representing the 12 signs of the zodiac, which seems to gradually descend and merge in the Dal Lake's periphery. The terraces viewed along with the bed of flower, a mosaic of bright and beautiful colours, create an unforgettable sight.
During spring through summer (March - October) one can find variety of different flowers in these well maintained gardens. Then we proceed for dinner and overnight at houseboat
Day 3 SRINAGAR – GULMARG – SRINAGAR
After breakfast, we will enjoy a trip to Gulmarg which is one of the most beautiful hill resorts in the country. Gulmarg hill resort boasts of not only picturesque locales, but also of the highest golf course in the world. The drive to Gulmarg is as beautiful as the hill station itself. Alongside the road, the scenery changes from boulevard of poplar to smooth vastness of rice fields, sprinkled with some pleasing villages. The fir-covered hills characterize the ascent to Gulmarg, Kashmir. Stop to admire the breathtaking sight of snow capped mountains.
The drive to Gulmarg is filled with a number of colors, changing with the season. From the translucent green of spring to summer's rich emerald to autumn's golden hues, the scenery has something to offer in every season. The "Meadow of Flowers" counts amongst some of the best tourist spots of the world.
In the evening we return to the houseboat and overnight.
Day 4 SRINAGAR - NEW DELHI - AGRA
This morning, we will take a ride on a Shikara or Kashmiri boat on The Dal Lake to enjoy the beauty that God has graced this city with which is often compared to Venice. The Dal Lake comprises of a series of lakes of variable lengths, including the Nagin Lake that is some 8 km from the city center. One can enjoy the panoramic view of the mountains surrounding Srinagar from this lake. Return to houseboat for early lunch and then transfer to airport for your flight back to Delhi.
Your will be met by our representative and then transferred to Agra (210 kms – approx. 4.5 hours). Check into hotel and overnight.
Day 5 AGRA - TAJ MAHAL - AGRA FORT
Today we will visit Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday) where you will be awed by its majesty and splendour. For centuries, the Taj Mahal has inspired poets, painters and captures its elusive magic in word, colour and song. It is one of the most flawless architectural creations of the world.
Then we return to hotel for lunch and continue our visit to Agra Fort built principally as a military establishment by Akbar in 1565. The red sandstone Agra fort was partially converted into a palace during Shah Jahan's time. Though the principal structure was built by Akbar, many more additions were made by his grandsons. This massive fort is 2.5 kms long and is considered as the predecessor of the Delhi Red Fort. The colossal walls are 20 feet high and the whole fort is encircled by a fetid moat.
Day 6 AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI - JAIPUR
Early morning, we drive towards Jaipur (235 km – 5 hours) - the largest city in Rajasthan - which was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh as India's first planned city. Jaipur is also known as the Pink City. En route visit Fatehpur Sikri which is one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendour at its height. Though the city is in ruins, it is a place to visit when one comes to Agra. But in real terms Fatehpur Sikri is a place where one should spend some time. The sunset over the ruins is sight to cherish. Fatehpur Sikri is the best example of the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Upon arrival, lunch at hotel and check in. In the afternoon, we visit the Hawa Mahal (Palaces of Wind) – a beautiful coloured building having many small windows from where royalties watched the annual procession of kingdom. We continue to the City Palace complex which houses several palatial structures. The first building in it is Mubarak Rahal, built by Maharajah Macho Sigh. It has a beautifully carved marble gate with heavy brass doors on either side of this gate. Beyond this gate lie the Divan-e-Khans, or the"Hall of Private Audience". After which we return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 JAIPUR - AMBER FORT - ELEPHANT RIDE - BIRLA TEMPLE
After breakfast, we visit Amber Fort, which is a very beautiful and well-preserved 16th century structure, built on four levels surrounded by ruins. Among the many splendours of the fort is a small room with ceiling covered by tiny mirrors. Then we take an elephant ride to the former capital of the Royals set against the backdrop of wooded hills. We then visit Birla Temple built by the Birlas, one of the leading industrial families in India. Afternoon, free time for shopping. Jaipur is a city of vibrant colors and markets (bazaars). While moving through the market, you will come across the vivacious culture of this region & here is a perfect place to shop for handicrafts, antiques, jewelry, gems, pottery, carpets, textiles, metal work and leather ware. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 JAIPUR - NEW DELHI - OLD DELHI - DEPARTURE
After breakfast, we drive back to New Delhi. After lunch proceed to visit Jama Masjid – one of the architectural gifts given by Shah Jahan completed in 1658 has three gateways, four-angled towers and two 40M high minarets. Tour continues to India Gate – at the centre of the city (42M high stone arch) - is a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers who fought and died in the campaign of World War I & Afgan War. Later drive passed the President House, built in 1929, the Parliament House which houses the two houses of parliament “The Lok Sabha (lower) & Rajya Sabha (Upper). Then we proceed to a local market for own shopping and dinner served at a local restaurant. After dinner, transfer to airport for your flight back home.