Golden Triangle & Wellness Tour of India

Tour Type:
Private Escorted Tours
Start:
Delhi
Duration:
14 Days
End:
Cochin/Goa
Departs:
Daily

Starting From

NZ$ 3719
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It might not be justifiable to say that Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur can in any way become a showpiece of what India has. This combination of three enchanting destinations, however, displays the richness of India’s history, heritage and culture very beautifully in the shortest time possible. Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India. Ayurveda is more than a mere system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a science of life. The word Ayur stands for life and Veda stands for science or knowledge. Hence Ayurveda teaches us how to keep body and mind stay vital while realizing the full potential as a human. A Combine with the richness of heritage and the ancient knowledge of natural healing system of Ayurveda will be a perfect recipe to satisfy your body and soul.

Itinerary

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DAY 1

On arrival, you will be welcomed by our Tour Manager at the airport lounge with TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS signboard. Transfer to hotel where you will receive a traditional welcome with Garland and “Tilak” while hotel formalities are completed. Rest of the day is at leisure. Stay overnight in Delhi.

DAY 2

Sprawling on the banks of the river Yamuna, Delhi, the capital of India, typifies the soul of the country. The city conceals within its bosom the remains of a civilization that flourished over the last five thousand years. Several rulers ruled over Delhi and left behind numerous architectural wonders. Mesmerise yourself in the splendid sightseeing tour of New and Old Delhi tour and witness the legacy of that past which survives in the many monuments left behind by the regents. The ruins speak of the golden tale of the evolution of architectural styles of the times and the synthesis of various cultures and influences. From history to heritage to culture, Delhi’s attractions are plentiful. The land with its endless charm played and is still playing a vital role in the history and politics of India. Stay overnight in Delhi.

DAY 3

This morning leave for Jaipur and enjoy the guided sightseeing tour of the pink city, build 260 years ago by the notable astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh. Here the past comes alive in magnificent forts and palaces, blushed pink, where once lived the Maharajas. Visit the Maharaja's City Palace, the home of the erstwhile royal family, the Observatory, Hawa Mahal also known as Wind Palace built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and drive past the old part of Jaipur city. This fascinating city with its romantic charm takes you to an epoch of royalty and tradition and has plenty of forts and monuments that remind you of the ancient glamour, glory and charm of Rajput rulers. Remaining of the day is free to explore local bazaars, which are known for its embroidered leather shoes, blue pottery, tie and dye scarves and other exotic wares, or relax at your hotel. Stay overnight in Jaipur.

DAY 4

Jaipur was and still remains the only city in the world symbolising the nine divisions of the universe, through nice rectangular sectors sub-dividing it. It is a royal city and its surroundings are rather like an endless museum. The delightfully laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments and marvellous heritage hotels, which were once the residence of maharajas are worthy of admiration. Take an excursion to Amber Fort; add a magical touch to the visit by riding on the back of an elephant from the foot of the hill up to the gates of the fortress in the manner of former kings and queens. Within the complex, Ganesh Pol, an imposing gateway painted with images of the elephant-headed god, Ganesh takes pride in the place. Also, a part of the complex is the Diwan-I-Aam (Hall of the Public audience) with its spectacular display of pillars. The typical merging of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles is captured in the Sukh Nivas and Jas Mandir apartments, and the Charbagh garden with its perfectly proportioned landscaping. Beyond the ramparts, the old city, once the abode of the aristocracy, has a wonderfully medieval flavour, though it has few buildings of majestic proportion that are still extant. The afternoon is at leisure with an overnight stay in Jaipur.

DAY 5

As the tour progresses, today we travel to Agra en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, also known as the abandoned city of Mughals built by Emperor Akbar in 1569. The city was intended to embody the noble ideals and the humanitarian bent of this dynamic emperor. He had planned this city as his capital but the shortage of water compelled him to abandon the city. This deserted city has retained many of the old structures and is one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendour at its height. It is prolific and versatile Indo-Muslim composite style, which is a fusion of the composite cultures of indigenous and foreign origins. The entire city of Fatehpur Sikri has been listed among the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour and interesting birth story of this beautiful city. Rest of the afternoon is kept free for your own activities and stay overnight in Agra.

DAY 6

After breakfast, you start your day with a visit to the symbol of everlasting love and best example of Islamic architecture in India the Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays), built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen. One of the wonders of the world, from 1631 A.D it took 22 years in the making and an estimate 20,000 people who worked day and night to complete this enchanting mausoleum, on the banks of the river Yamuna. Continue your guided sightseeing tour with a visit to the Agra Fort; built by Emperor Akbar in 1565 and Itimad-Ud-Daulah; also known as Mini Taj which was constructed by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628. Stay overnight in Agra.

DAY 7

After breakfast travel to Delhi to board flight & transfer to your wellness resort located away from the hustle in a pristine beach and peaceful environment. Rejuvenate and heal your body, mind, and soul with the goodness of ancient yoga and Ayurveda Therapy. Stay seven nights at the Wellness resort.

DAY 8

The retreat’s daily programme includes various yoga and meditation sessions, so you can pick and choose what suits you. Alternatively, you can spend lazy days on the beach, swimming laps in the pool and bird-watching in the forest. There are daily ayurvedic therapy sessions, ranging from hot oil massages to herbal pummelling. There are the fresh food menu, great service and green credentials, including a biomass burner and rainwater harvesting. Enjoy an introduction to Yoga kriyas, asanas, yoga Nidra. Meditations and Pranayama, relaxing Abhyanga Ayurveda massages and special focus yoga sessions.

DAY 9

After breakfast check out from resort and tour finishes with the transfer to the airport.

Inclusion


Accommodation in hotel with private facility

Private air-condition vehicle with Chauffeur

Meals as specified (B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner)

Private English speaking guide during sightseeing in Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra

Entry fee/Monument charges (one visit per monument)

Bottle of mineral water while travelling

Rickshaw ride in Delhi

Airfare Delhi-Cochi/Trivandrum in Economy class

Elephant Ride in Jaipur

A bottle of water while travelling

At the Wellness Resort

Ayurveda doctor consultation

Yoga, meditation and detox session

Special meal while at resort

Special Yoga session

Massage and therapy

Assistance and transfers

All current applicable taxes

Exclusion


Any international or domestic airfares

Train fares other than specified in the what's included section 

Airport taxes, visa & passport fees

Extra baggage charges

Early check in or late check out

Meals other than specified in the what's included section

Tips & gratuities

Travel & medical insurance

Camera & video permits

Expenses incurred due to flight / train cancellation or delay

Any expense of a personal nature, like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, mini bar, postage etc

Any optional excursion or tour

Entry charges at monuments/forts etc

Any other expense not mentioned in the what's included section