International Yoga Festival 2018 with Golden Triangle Tour India - 15 Days

Delhi / Rishikesh/ Haridwar/ Agra / Jaipur / Delhi

Celebrate International Yoga Festival in motherland of Yoga, Rishiesh & Haridwar with golden triangle tour including Delhi, Agra Jaipur.


Day 01: Delhi Arrival

TravelAstu representative will receive you on arrival at the airport and transfer to the hotel.

DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. Delhi is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land and a window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

Akshardham Temple Delhi

Akshardham Temple Delhi



Day 02: Delhi

Delhi – Dehradun:

By flight (45 min):

Dehradun - Rishikesh:

By surface (30 min):

After breakfast at the hotel, a guided tour of Old Delhi.

The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid by bicycle rickshaws, one of Asia's largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Yamuna was built during the years 1638 - 48 when the Moghul Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asia's largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside.

People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.

Enjoy the rickshaw ride at Old Delhi peddling through the narrow by lanes of Chandni Chowk.

After lunch transfer to airport to board the flight to Dehradun.

Reach Dehradun and transfer to Rishikesh in the company vehicle.

Check in Ashram.

Visit the local markets on your own.

Overnight will be in Ashram.

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid, Delhi



Day 03 to 09: Rishikesh:

International Yoga Festival Activities

• Daily classes start from 4am.
• Everyday at 6.30am we hold a one-hour yoga class, followed by a simple breakfast.
• At 8.30am you can join one of several two-hour hour yoga sessions.
• At 11:00 am, before lunch, we have divine and inspiring lectures from revered saints and yogacharyas on a variety of uplifting and inspiring subjects.
• A traditional Indian lunch is served from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.
• The afternoon starts shortly after lunch with instructional classes, followed by three Yogasana classes from 3.30pm to 5.00pm.
• From 6.00pm to 7.00pm we attend the special light ceremony, Aarti, on the banks of the river Ganga.
• Dinner is served at 7.00pm followed by a special evening programs of satsang with our spiritual leaders, cultural song and dance events, campfires and more, finishing by 9.30pm.

International Yoga Festival


Day 10: Haridwar – Delhi

Delhi – Agra:

By road 4 hours

Transfer to airport to board the flight to Delhi

From Delhi the company vehicle will transfer you to Agra.

AGRA: Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire - giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously.

In the evening walk in the Mehtab garden.

Overnight will be at Agra.

Taj Mahal, Agra

Taj Mahal, Agra



Day 11: Agra

Enjoy the sunrise tour of TAJ MAHAL – it is the best time to experience the marble monument in its full glory. Moreover the light is best for photography during this time of the day while the less number of people help in a better tour.

TAJ MAHAL – Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder, which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the TAJ is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately veiled screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.

Return to the hotel to freshen up and then have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel.

Proceed for day sightseeing of Agra.

AGRA FORT – The red sandstone structure is surrounded by chahar-bagh, a foursquare formal garden. Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. It lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.

After Agra Fort we will visit BABY TAJ or the ITMAD-UD-ULLAH – The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj. Noor Jahan, the Empress of Jahangir for her father in 1628, built one of the most beautiful Mughal tombs, Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb. The tomb is a resting place of the powerful personality in Mughal Court, Itmad-Ud-Daulah, whose life is very interesting. Formerly a very poor Persian merchant then named Mirza Ghiyas or Ghiyas Beg he became a minister and a trusted treasure in Akbar's court. After Akbar's death in 1605, his son Jahangir rose into power. Jahangir made Ghiyas Beg his chief minister and honored him with the title of Itmad-Ud-Daulah, the Pillar of State. Later, Jahangir met a beautiful daughter of Ghiyas Beg named Mehr-Un-Nissa and married her. Mehr-Un-Nissa soon played a significant role in the Jahangir's court and was called Nur Mahal, the light of the Place. Owing to her influence, her father and brother were granted with privileges in the court. When Ghiyas beg (Itmad-Un-Daulah) dies in 1622, Nur Mahal decided to build a mausoleum for him. Queen Mumtaz Mahal or the lady of the Taj was also from this prevailing family. The mausoleum is entirely made of white marble and graced with intricate decoration of inlay work, and marble-screen work belonging to the Islamic style. With its tranquil, small garden on the bank of Yamuna River, the tomb stands impressively elegant from a distance.

Overnight will be at Agra.

Baby Taj Agra

Baby Taj Agra



Day 12: Agra – Abhaneri - Jaipur

Drive to Jaipur after breakfast visiting Abhaneri village en-route.

Abhaneri Village is situated on the Jaipur/Agra Highway (NH 11) near Sikandra in Dausa District. It is an ancient village in Rajasthan famous for its post Gupta or early medieval monuments. The sculpture and architecture of Abhaneri suggests that it must have been a great center of art and architecture. The sculptures of Abhaneri are the best example of Gurjar Pratihari art. This flourishing town has ruined by the Mughal Emperor Mahmud Ghaznavi in one of his invasions. The village has contributed numerous pieces of sculpture to various museums worldwide. The name of the village Abhaneri is so called because the local Goddess Harshat Mata is shown portrayed in a joyous mood and spreads brightness or Abha all around. The village’s original name was Abha Nagri. The village is said to have been founded by the legendary King Raja Chand and thus the village could be over three thousand years old. It is; however, felt that the mythological Raja Chand could be King Bhoja, who ruled Gurjar Kingdom in the ninth century AD.

Continue your drive to Jaipur and on arrival check-in at Hotel.

Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan a romantic realm of resplendent palaces, mighty fortresses and regal Maharajahs that lies in the western deserts and is an utterly unique part of India. Proudly belonging to the KSHATRIYA warrior caste and fiercely independent, the Rajput princes made fearsome foes. However, many of them realized that to maintain their wealth and authority locally, it was expedient to proclaim allegiance to the central power. Thus, many enjoyed a privileged position under the Mughal emperors and also the British Raj that followed.

The bustling Rajasthan capital of Jaipur takes its name from its venerated founder Jai Singh II, who was given the title Sawai Maharaja by the Mughal. Literally translated this would mean 'one and a quarter', suggesting that the Mughal thought this emperor to be more valuable than just ‘one’. Jaipur is known as the ’Pink City’ on account of the distinctive colour of its buildings. This did not, however, form part of the original plan, but dates back to 1856, when the city was given a wash of pink in honor of a State Visit from Prince Albert.

This evening, visit the Birla Temple to learn more about the fascinating religious life of Jaipur. The marble structure, built as recently as 1985, houses ornate statues including one of Lakshmi (goddess of Wealth and Beauty) and Narayan dressed in gaudy robes, representing a Hindu vision of heavenly luxury. Carvings in the temple and on pillars supporting the covered walkways include images of the Hindu pantheon, as well as Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Francis of Assisi. Your visit will coincide with the AARTI Ceremony, which involves oil lamps being lit and waved, in order to awake and invoke the deity.

Enjoy the experience and spend night at Jaipur.

Overnight will be in Jaipur.

Birla Mandir Laxmi Narayan temple in Jaipur

Birla Temple, Jaipur



Day 13: Jaipur

Breakfast will be at hotel. Proceed for a morning excursion will be taken to the Amber Fort. Enjoy the fort ascent on elephant back in a royal manner.

AMBER FORT PALACE – Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression.

Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting...

CITY PALACE – A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

JANTAR MANTAR – This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.

HAWA MAHAL – The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. It is a five-storey structure of sandstone-plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborated balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

Free in the evening for some exciting shopping.

Overnight will be at Jaipur.

Amber Fort Palace Jaipur

Amber Fort Palace Jaipur



Day 14: Jaipur – Delhi

Breakfast in hotel.

Later transfer to Delhi.

After lunch proceed for a sightseeing tour of New Delhi, which reflects the legacy of the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colors and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.

Imperial Delhi will include the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President’s residence. If time permits then visit the Lotus temple located in south of Delhi. It is lotus shaped and has rightly been given the name. It is made of marble, cement, dolomite and sand. It is open to all faiths and is an ideal place for meditation and obtaining peace and tranquility. Its founder, Bahaullah (1817-1892), is regarded by Bahai as the most recent in the line of Messengers of God that stretches back beyond recorded time and that includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar



Day 15: Delhi - Back to home

Breakfast in hotel.

Free day for shopping.

As per your international flight schedule you will be transferred to airport for flight back home.

Tour ends!!



TRAVELASTU TOUR INCLUDES:

  ACCOMMODATION AT MENTIONED HOTELS,

  DAILY BREAKFASTS,

  SIGHTSEEING TOURS AS MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY,

  AIR CONDITIONED VEHICLE WITH DRIVER FOR THE TOUR,

  LOCAL ENGLISH SPEAKING COMPANY AUTHORIZED GUIDES FOR ALL MENTIONED TOURS,

  ASSISTANCE AT THE AIRPORTS / RAILWAY STATIONS ON ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE,

  MONUMENTS ENTRANCE CHARGES,

  ARTI CEREMONIES IN RISHIKESH & HARIDWAR,

  LOCAL FLIGHT TICKETS,

  ALL APPLICABLE TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES,

  ALL ROAD TAXES, PARKING, GOVERNMENT TAXES AND DRIVER ALLOWANCES.

Yoga and meditation Rishikesh

Yoga and meditation in Rishikesh





HOTELS:
Cities Hotels Nights
Delhi jüSTa Hotel 02
Rishikesh Ashram 08
Agra The Retreat 02
Jaipur Traditional Heritage Haveli 02
TOUR PRICE: IN USD ($)
OCCUPANCY DETAILS TOUR PRICE
Per person price in double/twin accommodation 1199 USD
Total price for single person 1699 USD

NOTE: Please note that lunches and dinners are not included (if not mentioned in the inclusions) along with movie camera fees at the monuments, tips and personal expenses. In Rishikesh vehicle is only for transfer. All hotels / flights mentioned are guaranteed at the time of quotation. Indian Visa along with international return airfare is not part of the tour package.

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