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Agra and Jaipur with the Foothills of Himalayas - 13 Nights / 14 Days

This hassle free, escorted private tour is specially handcrafted for the people who are planning their first holiday trip to India. The tour covers the kaleidoscopic sights including the golden triangle route of India. Explore Lutyens’ Delhi, Taj Mahal at Agra, forts and palaces of Jaipur the Pink city of India, Golden temple at Amritsar gilded with pure gold, Dharamshala home to Dalai Lama, Colonial heritage town of Shimla with a journey on the Kalka Shimla Toy train in the foot hills of Himalayas. We do stay in the local village to get the true insight, visit the local school, and interact with the locals which all will leave you with a memorable authentic India experience at the end.

Tour Briefing

Duration : 13 Nights / 14 Days

Loction : North India and Foothills of Himalayas

Best Season : Mid September to Mid April

Category : Cultural, Heritage and Nature

Covering : New Delhi, Amritsar, Dharamshala, Jawalamukhi Exotic Marigold Home Stay, Shimla, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Agra

You can take it : As a private, personalised tour (tour dates would be of your choice)

Special About Tour :

This hassle free, escorted private tour is specially handcrafted for the people who are planning their first holiday trip to India. The tour covers the kaleidoscopic sights including the golden triangle route of India. Explore Lutyens’ Delhi, Taj Mahal at Agra, forts and palaces of Jaipur the Pink city of India, Golden temple at Amritsar gilded with pure gold, Dharamshala home to Dalai Lama, Colonial heritage town of Shimla with a journey on the Kalka Shimla Toy train in the foot hills of Himalayas. We do stay in the local village to get the true insight, visit the local school, and interact with the locals which all will leave you with a memorable authentic India experience at the end.

We take you on a lifetime journey from the plains of North India to the Foothills of Himalayas. We do discover the rock garden at Chandigarh-the green city of India, be the part of the retreat ceremony on the India Pakistan- Atari Wagha border, and discover the strange temple of flames at Jawalamukhi. Apart from visiting the famous forts, Monuments, temples, monasteries and the cities of India, on this relaxed tour you will spend a couple of nights in some of the villages that we visit, with your hosts who are incredibly friendly and hospitable Indian family who live in the Foothills Himalayas, which in itself is a very unique travel experience.

Exotic Marigold Homestay

This tour helps you to discover those aspects of the country which you have heard or read about, but never seen. We will visit different communities and you will see at first hand the way in which the villagers live. Your guide will explain to you their beliefs and their customs, including the role of women in their society, their superstitions, their religion and caste system and the problems that they face, and you will be able to ask questions through him. We make history and culture come alive through the stories that unfold throughout the journey.

We also ensure that the villagers benefit directly from your visit, so it is helpful to them to have you visit. When you stay in a Home stay not only do your hosts benefit but many more in the same village. Your money will pay others for their contribution of food, song, dance and transport etc.

Treat the below Agra and Jaipur with the Foothills of Himalayas tour just as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you, around your interest and requirements. So come with us and experience the real culture of these joyful, gentle, warm hearted people. Summit Safari India will make your tour a memorable and extra ordinary....!

Brief Itinerary : New Delhi (1 Night on arrival ) > Amritsar ( 2 Nights) > Dharamshala ( 1 Night) > Kangra Valley Home stay ( 2 Nights) > Shimla ( 2 Nights) > Chandigarh ( 1 Night) > Jaipur ( 2 Nights)> Agra ( 1 Night) > and back to New Delhi ( 1 Night at the end).

Today to start with your Agra and Jaipur with the Foothills of Himalayas, you will be met from your flight to New Delhi International Airport by Summit Safari’s representative and driver, and we will transfer you to your hotel in New Delhi. Rest of the day is free at leisure to relax after the flight.

Meals Plan: Dinner is included

Today make an easy start after the breakfast and check out from the hotel at 9:30 A.M and we will take you for the private guided tour of Delhi to view some of the famous sights of the old and new parts of the city. Your excursions include the Gandhi Smriti, also known as the Birla house where –Mahatma Gandhi had lived the last 144 days of his life from 9 September 1947 to 30 January 1948 when he was assassinated in 78th year of life. We’ll also visit the India gate and the Parliament House of India from Outside . We will have a walking tour with your guide in the heart of old Delhi and covering the Chandni Chowk bazaar with the interesting lanes of Old Delhi. We will also take a walking tour through Khari Baoli – Asia’s largest Spice market in Old Delhi. Today the part of our tour also includes a bicycle rickshaw ride in old Delhi or a Tuk Tuk ( Three wheeler ) ride in New Delhi for you.

You will have lunch in a local restaurant in Delhi and later you will be transferred to New Delhi railway station to board the super fast Shatabdi express train leaving New Delhi railway station at 4:30 P.M. arriving Amritsar railway station at 10:30 P.M. Evening tea / coffee and Dinner will be served to you on this super fast Shatabdi express train. You will reach Amritsar at night where you will be met by your driver and will be transfer to your hotel in Amritsar for 2 nights.

Meals Plan: Breakfast + Dinner are included.

Please Note: You'd be assisted onto the train and met at the other end by Summit Safari’s representative or your driver.

Amritsar is an international airport having flights from London, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. You can start your tour from Amritsar international airport also or can fly from New Delhi to Amritsar. This all we’ll discuss with you while planning your holiday tour.

After breakfast at your hotel, around 09:30 A.M we will leave for sightseeing covering Golden Temple (the biggest and holiest Sikh shrine in the world – gilded with gold), Jallianwala Bagh-the historic site where hundreds of innocent Indian men, women and children were massacred by British General Michael Dyer on April 13, 1919. A memorial and Garden have been created here as a national monument.

Return back to your hotel by afternoon and after lunch at 03:00 P.M. we will be driving you to Indo-Pak Border to watch retreat ceremony-30 KM on the road to Lahore is India-Pakistan Border ( Atari Wagha Boarder). A visit to the border is an interesting experience especially at Sunset, when the retreat ceremony takes place with the Border Security Force on the Indian Side and the Sutlej Rangers on the Pakistan side putting up a well coordinated and spectacular display. The sound from the Bugles blown together from both sides paints past on the canvas when India and Pakistan were one, simultaneously Flags of the two nations are ceremoniously retrieved and lights are switched on marking the end of the day. Return to hotel in the evening, second night in the same hotel at Amritsar.

Meals Plan: Breakfast + Dinner are included.

Please Note-: Kindly carry your passports with you while going for the Retreat Ceremony at Atari Wagha Border at Amritsar. The Golden temple has its own charm visiting it at the night time, if interested we will take you to visit it at the night time also..

Today morning after breakfast at 08: 00 A.M we will drive to Dharamshala (220 kms / 5 hrs). Enroute stop for comfort break. We will arrive Dharamshala by afternoon where on arrival check in to the hotel. Later we will leave for the sightseeing tour around Dharamshala visiting the St. John church, situated in the wilderness, Bagsu Nag temple, walk to the waterfall and visit the interesting road side Tibetan market in Mcleodganj. Originally home of the semi-nomadic Gaddi tribe, Mcleodganj is today the residence of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.

There is a choice to walk to the nearby mountains to Gallu village 2-3 hrs and to view the beautiful water fall near the Bagsu Nag Temple. Evening would be free to explore in the local market in Mcleodganj and today in dinner you can taste the authentic Tibetan food at a local restaurant in Mcleodganj. Overnight stay in hotel in Dharamshala for 1 night.

Meals Plan: Breakfast + Dinner are included..

After breakfast check out from the hotel and we will take you for a sightseeing tour including, Dalai Lamas monastery and house ( house from outside), and the Norbulingka Institute at a place known as Sidhbari, an institute working for the preservation of traditional Tibetan arts and crafts include Thanka painting, tailoring, metal sculpture and wood crafts. There is a doll museum a monastery and a popular restaurant inside the Norbulingka institute where you can have your tea/ coffee .Later we will leave for Bankhandi village where we will visit the village postman’s house and will have lunch with the family. We will walk around this village which will provide us a chance to meet the local people and to know about their life and traditions. Today our female travellers can have Heena design done on their hands with this family. By evening we will leave this village and will drive you further to Basdi village, near Jawalamukhi to experience the Exotic Marigold Home stay Exotic Marigold Homestay where you will stay 2 nights.

Meals Plans-: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner + evening tea and coffee with snacks on arrival at the village Home stay.

After a leisurely breakfast we will walk around the Basdi village and will visit a local school, where we will meet the local children’s and the teachers. We will also attend the school prayers which are held regularly during the morning time We will take fresh seasonable fruits with us to distribute among the school children.(summit safari will arrange for the seasonable fruits). Interaction with the school children is a great experience for you and them both and summit safari India your travel agent is trying to provide facilities at the school from contributing donations or spending some part of the tour profit for the village school. We are providing them the help by providing with benches, school maintenance, play ground facilities, sports items, school stationery etc for the children.

Later around 11:30 A.M we will drive you to have a 30 minutes boat ride on river Beas which flows down through the valley. We will also visit the local market where you can buy the local Indian Spices or the Himalayan rock Salt. You will notice how local people are eager to talk to you.

Meals Plans-: Breakfast + local lunch + Dinner + evening tea and coffee with snacks at the village Home stay.

Today morning after breakfast we will drive you to visit Jawalaji temple the “Temple of Flames’ at Jawalamukhi ( 6 kms) – as the natural fire flames are burning out of the temple walls at many places for the centuries).

After visiting temple we will continue our drive to Shimla(180/ 7hrs) the former summer Capital of India during the British Raj. Enroute we will make a comfort break and lunch break with the local family in village Pangjain in Bilaspur village (3 hrs) and will have a walk around the fields. Later we continue our drive to Shimla ( 3 hrs). Reach Shimla by evening where you will stay two nights in the hotel or can choose to stay in Marigold Home Stay in Shimla, Exotic Marigold Homestay

Meals Plan-: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner is included.

After breakfast we will take you for a sightseeing tour of Shimla town. We will visit the famous monkey temple (dedicated to Lord Hanuman) on the top of Jakhoo hills, the famous Vice Roy’s House where arrangements the partition of India and Pakistan were worked out. You also have a choice to have a heritage walk of Shimla and we will also visit the Christ Church of Shimla, the Gaiety Theatre, the Mall Road with its scandal point. Shimla is ideal for walks, and life revolves around the busy Mall Road in the centre of the town.

Today you can enjoy local snacks/ local food in the lunch in a local place in Shimla. Second night in the same hotel /home stay at Shimla.

Meals Plan-: Breakfast + local lunch/ snacks and dinner are included.

Today after breakfast 09:00 A.M we will drive you to Shimla railway station from where you will board the UNESCO World Heritage, The Kalka Shimla Mountain Railways Of India departure Shimla at 10: 40 A.M. to Kandaghat railway station arriving at 12:40 P.M. This train travels very slowly through the mountains providing you the views of the spectacular landscape of the foothills of Himalayas with the cool wind of the mountains, the villages where local farmers are working to get the best crops and the seasonable vegetables soon lush green valley embellished with pine and oak trees, the picturesque scenery along the railway line is simply astounding.

On arrival at Kandaghat we will be met by our driver and we will drive you to Barog where we will have a short lunch / tea break and later we continue our drive to Chandigarh. On arrival at Chandigarh we will check into the hotel and later we will take you visit the Rock garden and the Sukhna lake in the evening. Overnight stay in hotel in Chandigarh.

Meals Plan-: Breakfast and dinner are included.

Later in the evening we will take you to visit the famous miniature painting artist in Jaipur. You can also visit handicraft crafts emporium where you can have a free look around the local art, crafts, Carpets, Gems, jewellery etc.

Jaipur – The Capital of Rajasthan State, also popularly known as the Pink City. The City was founded on 18 November 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber, after whom the city is named. In 1853, when the Prince of Wales visited Jaipur, the whole city was painted pink to welcome him during the regime of Sawai Ram Singh. Today, avenues remain painted in pink, provide a distinctive appearance to the city and providing it, it’s English name “The Pink City”.

Please Note-: Jaipur is a treasure trove for shoppers, shopping is irresistible, a wide range of handicrafts are available in the market, and most of items are produced locally in and around the city. The city is one of the most important centres in the world for cutting and polishing precious and semi precious stones, particularly that of diamonds, topaz and emeralds. Jaipur enjoys a high reputation for the manufacture of Jewellery. It is one of the most active jewel markets of the world. Jaipur brass work is of immaculate quality. The Jaipur brass worker is successful in infusing life like charm into the dull metal.

Meals Plan-: Breakfast and dinner are included.

Today early morning after the breakfast around 07:45 A.M, we will leave on private guided full day sightseeing in and around the 'Pink City' of India- Jaipur. We will visit the Amber fort, being a perfect blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture, this fort attracts travellers from around the globe. Beautifully caparisoned elephants go up and down carrying visitors to and from the fort. These well cladded elephants make a joyride to Amber fort and in turn makes your travel to Amber fort a fascinating experience. From the car park you will ride the Elephants to the fort or can choose to walk uphill.

On the way back to Jaipur city we will stop at Jal Mahal ( the water palace) for a picture. You will have lunch in a local restaurant and after lunch you will visit Jantar- Mantar (Jaipur Astronomical Observatory) the City palace and the Hawa Mahal ( the palace of The winds). This evening if you wish we will take you to visit the handicraft crafts emporium where you can have a free look around the local art, crafts etc. By evening return back to your hotel in Jaipur. Second night in the same hotel at Jaipur.

Meals Plan-: Breakfast and dinner are included.

After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Agra (240 kms/ 5 hrs.). Enroute we will stop at Abhaneri village to visit Chand Baori (a step well). It was built by King Chanda of the Nikumbha Dynasty between 800 and 900 AD and was dedicated to Hashat Mata (Goddess of Joy and Happiness) upon completion. 3,500 narrow steps over 13 stories. It extends approximately 30 metres (100 feet) deep, making it one of the deepest and largest step wells in India. It is one of the oldest and most attractive landmarks in Rajasthan.

Later continue your drive to Agra, where will arrive by late afternoon.

In the evening at 6:00 P.M we will take you to Kalakriti Cultural Centre to view the “Mohabbat-the-Taj” a series of play, music and dance, depicting the saga of love. It is based on the true and immortal love story of Emperor Shajahan for Mumtaj Mahal- his beautiful wife, related to the story of Taj Mahal. The show will take you back to the times of the lavish lifestyle of Mughal era. Overnight stay in Agra.

Please Note: Today you can even choose to go for a shopping of some famous handicrafts including the Zardozi a type of heavy and elaborate metal threads ( silver/gold/copper wires) embroidery on a silk, satin, or velvet fabric base or to visit the Marble Inlay work artist in Agra.

Meals Plan-: Breakfast and dinner are included.

Today early morning (05:45 A.M) our local guide and driver will take you to visit epitome of love, The Taj Mahal at Agra ( Sunrise visit), which is one of the most graceful and extravagant monuments of the world.

We will return back to the hotel for breakfast around 08:30 A.M and after breakfast around 11:00 A.M we will take you to visit the Red Fort at Agra. It was the main residence of the Emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638, when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. Before capture by the British, the last Indian rulers to have occupied it were the Marathas. In 1983, the Agra fort has been inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage site. The Red Fort is a great preview to visiting the Taj Mahal - the two were built during the same period and have much shared history.

Later we will drive you to New Delhi on the express highway (230 kms /3.45 hrs.). On arrival at Delhi we will visit the Famous Akshardham temple the World's Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple and later we will transfer you to the hotel. Rest of the time is free to relax.

Please Note: Akshdardham temple is closed on Monday. Mobile phone, camera, hand bags, big money purses are not allowed inside the Akshdardham temple complex. You need to deposit them in the lockers outside the main temple or you can keep them in the car where the driver will take care of your belongings.

Meals Plan-: Breakfast and dinner are included.

Today morning after breakfast, check out from the hotel and as per your flight schedule we will transfer you to the international airport in New Delhi, from where you will board your flight back to home.

Meals Plan-: Breakfast is included.

End Of The tour and the services....!

This is the tour itinerary for the Tour which we run regularly. It can be altered & customised as we like to discuss plans with clients and can make suggestions about special places to visit depending on our clients’ interests, and available time. You can get an idea of your holidays from the mentioned tour. The itinerary is planned in such a way that while travelling you get a good time to experience India and see the real life of Indian people from much closer. Whether you choose to be on a privately guided tour to India or set off on a more independent trip, with local guides available wherever required, you can travel reassured, knowing our vast experience and provide you with around-the-clock support to smooth out anything unexpected. The safety and well-being of our guests is paramount.

  • Sightseeing tour of Delhi the Capital of India including a cycle rickshaw ride with your guide.
  • Visit epitome of Love The Taj Mahal at Agra.
  • Visit the Forts and palaces in the pink city of India Jaipur.
  • Enjoy the elephant ride at the Amber fort Jaipur.
  • visit to the oldest and biggest step well of India.
  • Train journey from New Delhi to Amritsar.
  • Visit the Golden temple at Amritsar.
  • Enjoy the Retreat ceremony on India Pakistan border on Indian side.
  • Sightseeing tour of Dharamshala Home of Dalai Lama the head of Buddhist.
  • A couple of Nights in a home stay, with your hosts who are incredibly friendly and hospitable Indian family who live in the Foothills Himalayas.
  • Interaction with local Indian people — know the Authentic India while your stay in the local village and home stay for a couple of nights during the tour.
  • Visit to the ancient Hindu temple of Flames at Jawalamukhi..
  • Visit Sikh shrines, Buddhist monasteries, and Hindu temple related to different religions all in one tour.
  • Visit historical Shimla, the summer capital of India during the Raj.
  • Visit to Vice Roy’s house in Shimla.
  • Ride on the UNESCO World Heritage Mountain Railways of India, toy train from Shimla to Kandaghat. Visit the rock garden at Chandigarh.
  • Boat Ride on River Beas, while staying in the village home stay.
  • Heena design on the hands of our female travellers by the local people and shaving for the men with a local Indian barber.
  • Enjoy the Local safe street food.
  • Culinary classes during the home stay.
  • Enjoy the dance and drama show at Agra.
  • Overall Experience the authentic insight to India.
  • Trek up to the Bijli Mahadev Lord Shiva’s temple in Kullu.
  • Enjoy comfortable Hikes in the Himalayan tribal villages during the tour.
  • Interaction with the local tribal communities including lunch, tea with them.
  • Visit Pangong Lake the crystal clear bluish water lake, one of the biggest in Indian Himalayas.
  • Take the world’s most spectacular mountain journey from Manali to Leh
  • Visit to the World’s highest motorable road Khardung la Pass 18,380 feet.
  • Cross the seven Himalayan mountain passes during the Manali Leh Ladakh road journey.
  • Visit some of the oldest and the biggest Buddhist monastery in the Himalayas including the Thiksey Monastery in Leh.
  • Sightseeing tour of Leh town, popularly known as the “Little Tibet”.
  • Get closer to glaciers and a number of crystal clear high altitude Himalayan lakes of Suraj Taal, Chandra Taal, and Deepak Taal .
  • Visit the traditional Himalayan villages, nomadic camps and meet the local tribal people.
  • Enjoy the Indian and Tibetan Local Food from the Indian Himalayas.
  • Explored the best off beat destinations of India in the Himalayas, where you are the curiosity to the locals.
  • Chances to see the rare Himalayan wildlife including the Himalayan blue sheep and the snow ibex.
  • Spend two nights in luxury tented accommodations at Sarchu and Pangong Lake.
  • Visit the traditional Himalayan villages, nomadic camps and meet the local tribal people.
  • Take a beautiful flight over the greater Himalayas from Leh to New Delhi.
Arrangements

You will follow the itinerary as a Private tour. Internal travel by road from Amritsar to Dharamshala, Village home stay, Shimla Chandigarh-Jaipur, Agra, and back to New Delhi is by a private chauffeur-driven SUV Toyota Car/ similar vehicle.

Travel between New Delhi to Amritsar by the Shatabdi express first class train.

Internal Flights will be provided to travel from Chandigarh to Jaipur during the tour.

Accomodation

These destinations are some of the most popular tourist places in India. To cater to the huge number of tourists these places have plenty of hotels, which are well equipped with all modern amenities and are famous for their traditional Indian hospitality and provide services which are at par with the best in the world. One can choose the place of accommodation according to one’s requirement and budget.

The Hotel accommodation comprises variety of Deluxe hotels, budget hotels, guest houses, home stay with local people, fixed luxury tented accommodation and can be category as Heritage hotels, 3 star hotels, 4 star hotels as well as 5 star hotels.

Your living arrangements are not going to be 5 star on this tour, but we do believe that we cater to people requiring different levels of comfort, and most importantly where you stay is CLEAN and COMFORTABLE. We would like to discuss and make suggestions about accommodation at the time of planning your holidays with us.

Meals Plan: Room + Breakfast + Dinner

Cloths: Cottons with light woollens

Tour Cost

The Cost would be provided on Request

Please Note: The Cost of our each tour is based as per individual requirements, interests and budget of the client. The tour cost depending on the hotel accommodations you choose, food plan, mode of transportation you choose, whether you choose to include Escorted guide throughout the tour or set off on a more independent trip, with local guides available wherever required during the tour. This all we discuss with you while planning your tour and work out the best cost for your tour, accordingly.

We'll work with you until you’re satisfied with every detail of your India Holiday Tour. We'll then manage all your reservations and logistics in India, so that you’re taken care of from the moment you landed in India until your return back. The safety and well-being of our guests is paramount.

Inclusions
  • All accommodation on twin sharing using hotels with modern amenities as per your choice and budget.
  • All tour by taxi Etios / Swift Desire/ similar car starting from New Delhi to New Delhi back (a/c will not work in the hill area)
  • Meals Including Breakfast and Dinner during the entire tour.
  • All sightseeing as per the tour itinerary including fuel, parking charges, toll taxes, green tax, Rohtang Pass permit if required.
  • Welcome drink on arrival at the hotel.
  • All airport / railway station arrival and departures.
  • All kind of hotel taxes and GST.
Exclusions
  • Any kind of lunch during the tour, other than 4 which is included as per the itinerary.
  • Any kind of international / visa charges.
  • Any kind of tips to tour escort / local guides/ drivers/hotel staff.
  • Any kind of alcohol drinks ( Beer/ wine etc).
  • Any kind of camera fees.
  • Your travel Insurance.
  • Extra Baggage cost on the Domestic flight in India.
  • Any change in the tour management / additional arrangement due to road blockage / flight cancellations/ flight missed or things beyond our control etc.
  • Any Kind of Personal Expenses or things which are not mentioned In the “Cost Includes”.

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