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The Natural And Cultural Wonders Of India!!

Total Days : 14 Day

Tour Destination : Delhi, Jaipur, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Amritsar, Tirund Tibba, Dharamshala

We welcome you with folded hands

Our friends keep asking us how we liked our trip. I tell them that it was an education in culture, history and religion. I thought India was overwhelming at times, but found it colorful, spiritual and fascinating. It’s the kind of trip that you’ll be thinking about years later – As Observed by Ms. Joan Landers (A Former Guest of Trinetra Tours)

Namaste! - We welcome you with folded hands

Active and Unique Highlights:

  • Time with an NGO working to rehabilitate street children.
  • Going native in a Punjab Village.
  • Spectacular Tirund Tibba day hike through Himalayan village and landscape.

Day 01: Arrival / Delhi

Mid Morning arrival, meeting and assistance upon arrival as our representatives welcome you and escort you to your car
Whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would introduce the tour to you and hand over the documents to you.(Though Check – in time is 2:00 PM, every effort would be made to ensure an as early as possible check-in - subject to availability)
Welcome to India, or as we say ‘atithidevobhava’ (the guest is an incarnation of God). Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you!

The Natural And Cultural Wonders Of India After rest and relaxation, we will visit an NGO that works for the rehabilitation of street women. This tour would be an insightful experience for a visitor desiring to learn about stories of real India working hard to make a living against the harsh challenges occasioned by the accident of their destiny. Yes, please, we are talking about an interactive workshop with women who have seen and have been through many hardships in life. However, they have refused to accept the commands of destiny, and have carved a unique path that has started to wield results and bring smiles to their families as well. We start our session with a warm welcome by the ladies at the workshop where they will greet you with a bright smile, and will share the stories of their past. They explain more about their work here, and how this NGO has helped to stand on their own in their respective lives. Then, these ladies will encourage you to participate with them where they demonstrate the various nuances of making beautiful and elegant handicraft items. With their not-so-good English they will converse with you, but, you will probably understand everything as language is no more a barrier when hearts attempt to communicate with each other.
Overnight at JaypeeSiddarth(Standard Room) (No Meals)

Day 02: Delhi

The Natural And Cultural Wonders Of India After breakfast, we proceed on a guided tour of New Delhi, visiting such sights as, Humayun’s Tomb (1586), the QutubMinar 72 meters high and one of the most perfect towers in the Persian world. The Iron Pillar which has survived the vagaries of weather for over 1500 years. Continue with a drive through Embassy area, the Government buildings (1921-1930) and Connaught Place, the heart and main shopping district of the capital. We will also visit India Gate.
Later, we proceed on the tour of Old Delhi. We cross the city and into the walled gates of the Old city with visits to the Jamma Mosque (1650) and drive through the fabled area of ChandniChowk (aptly translates to Moonlight Square) where the throngs of shoppers and vendors meet in the oldest area of Delhi. Visit the Raj Ghat and nearby ghats where the founder of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi and thereafter Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were cremated.
The Natural And Cultural Wonders Of India The highlight of this tour would be a ride on cycle rickshaws. Now these are 3-wheel cycles with a sofa seat at the back. The Rickshawala (Rickshaw driver) sits on a small cushion in the front and two passengers on the sofa seat behind. This is a remarkable way to explore and picture the hustle and bustle as well as the color of the narrow winding streets bursting with people and pavement shops selling wares of all description - including a laughing set of dentures. The ride would be accompanied by peals of laughter both from the passengers as well as the onlookers.
Overnight at JaypeeSiddarth(Standard Room) (B)

Day 03: Delhi / Jaipur (270 Kms) (05 Hrs Drive)

After breakfast, we will drive to Jaipur.
Upon arrival check into Shahpura.
The Natural And Cultural Wonders Of India Evening, we proceed on guided walks along the lanes and bye-lanes of the old city,. The city is best-explored on foot and only the inquisitive visitor willing to go into the rastaas (streets) and galis (lanes) will feel the spirit of the city. Jaipur’s colorful bazaars tantalize the eye wsith enameled blue pottery, exquisite gem-studded jewelry, engraved brass work traditional block-printed fabrics and brightly patterned dhurrie rugs together with traditional crafts and miniature painting.
Overnight at Shahpura House, Jaipur (Suite Room) (B)

Day 04: Jaipur

Morning, we will visit the Amber Fort, the former capital of the royal Jaipur. Few fail to be moved by the dramatic Rajput grandeur of this hilltop fortress-palace 11 km north of Jaipur. Set on the dry wrinkled Aravali Hills, and surrounded by fortified battlements, the palace straddles two sepia-hued tundra hills overlooking Maota Lake, and its sprawling crenelated walls lattice the surrounding hills.
The Natural And Cultural Wonders Of India We will ride up to this hilltop palace on a caparisoned, painted elephant, passing through the ancient main gate where Maharajas of Jaipur have entered for four hundred years. Our guide will elaborate on the history of this architectural masterpiece with its mirror-studded alcoves, dazzling mosaics and water-cooled swings that delight today’s visitors as they did their former royal residents
Next, we will visit the. This beautiful place was constructed during sixteenth century. The place was mainly utilized as a place of social meetings. People from nearby places come here for getting water, swimming or just to hang out with their loved ones. During ancient times, this place was utilized mainly as a water protect pool. This beautiful Kund has a unique architecture and styling. This Kund was designed by a Brahmin and constructed by craftsmen and engineers.
Then,we will drive by the HawaMahal or Palace of the Winds, a five-storied structure of pink sandstone with semi-Octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. It was built in 1799 so that veiled royal women could peer down unseen by the world through its 593 stone screens.
Later, we proceed on a tour of the city palace & observatory. The city palace in the heart of the old city is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The fortified wall has seven gates and was built for protection from invading armies and animals that lived in jungles, which surrounded the wall that time. Next, we visit the Solar Observatory - an astronomical treasure house, with solar device that give accurate predictions till date. Overnight at Shahpura House, Jaipur (Suite Room) (B)

Day 05: Jaipur / FatehpurSikri / Agra (245 Kms) (06 Hrs Drive)

The Natural And Cultural Wonders Of India After breakfast, we drive to Agra, stopping at deserted capital city of FatehpurSikri. This abandoned capital of the Mughals is a perfectly preserved city at the height of the empire’s splendour. The city divided into religious and secular parts has interesting well-sculpted buildings. From here we continue our ride to Agra.
Upon arrival in Agra check into hotel, Crystal sarovar.
Evening, we will visit MehtabBagh. The Moonlight Garden was an extension of the TajMahal Garden - on the other side of the river. In 1652 Aurangzeb wrote to his father telling of a visit to 'the blessed tomb' and commenting that 'the Mehtab Garden was completely inundated and has lost its charm, but soon it will regain its vagrancy. The octagonal pool and the pavilion around it are in splendid condition.' The MehtabBagh was lost under the mud but re-excavated in the 1990s. Originally, the garden was planted with fragrant flowers and used in the cool of the night as a place from which to view the TajMahal reflected in the octagonal pool and in the river.
Overnight at Crystal Sarovar, Agra (Premier Taj View Room) (B)

Day 06: Agra / Delhi (205 Kms) (04 Hrs Drive)

The Natural And Cultural Wonders Of India Agra is the city of the TajMahal, perhaps the most photographed monument in the world. However, there is a degree of enigma about the Taj. Once you hear about a building so much and once you see so many pictures of a building your expectations are real high; and this is the enigma about the TajMahal. No matter how many pictures you have seen or no matter how high your expectations are the Taj never lets you down - the unparalleled glory and beauty of the building surpasses beyond all human imaginations. At sunrise we will visit one of the greatest sights of one’s lifetime – Taj Mahal. A dawn visit to the fabled TajMahal to witness the magical effects caused by the reflections of the changing colors of the rising Sun on this brilliant white marble building. Later, we return back to our hotel for breakfast
After breakfast, we ride to the massive Agra Fort. The elegant buildings inside reflect an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles, built by Emperor Akbar, the maze of the courtyards, mosques & private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal Empire.
Following the tour, we will drive to Delhi.
Upon arrival in Delhi, check into hotel, Novotel.
Overnight at Hotel, Novotel – Aerocity (Standard Room) (B)

Day 07: Delhi / Amritsar (9W 846 – 0810 / 0920 Hrs)

Early morning transfer to the airport to board the flight to Amritsar.
(Though Check – in time is 2:00 PM, every effort would be made to ensure an as early as possible check-in subject to availability)
Meeting & assistance upon arrival in Amritsar & transfer to your Hotel Hyatt

The Natural And Cultural Wonders Of India Afternoon, we visit the Golden Temple, which is the Mecca of Sikh religion .The temple with a shinny pure gold dome, is beautifully situated in the center of a lake (The Holy Tank). And is approached by a causeway .All around the lake are marble walkways and various other temple buildings. The community kitchen, which feeds over a thousand people continuously, is spectacular. The huge utensils to prepare the food and the chapattis (breads) - 20 to 25 at a time - are a mind-boggling sight. However, besides the physical beauty of the place, the strong and tranquil spiritual atmosphere of the place is soul stirring without being overwhelming. The constant recitation of the holy book brings a certain sense of peace to the individual. We walk through the temple complex and try soak in the atmosphere. We would also have an opportunity to meet some Sikh religious leaders who would talk to us about the basic tenets of Sikhism.

The Natural And Cultural Wonders Of India Just outside the GoldenTemple are various shops that sell Sikh religious artifacts like swords (decorative), bracelets, combs, small daggers etc.
During the day, we would also visit the JalianwalaBagh, the martyr’s memorial where thousands of innocent Indians were cordoned off by the British and fired. The well where several Indians jumped to escape the bullets as well as bullet marks and a museum of pictures can be still seen here.

The Natural And Cultural Wonders Of India Evening, we would also be visiting the Golden Temple after dinner. There happens a spectacular ceremony, where the Sikhs put their holy book (Guru Granth Sahib) to sleep. The priests carry the books over their head to place them in a golden palanquin. The book is then carried to an inner chamber in the Palanquin to the accompaniment of bugles and drums and the chanting of the name of the Lord. The palanquin itself is carried by devotees in turns. It is quite a special sight. The book is again placed in the main sanctum similarly in the morning.
Overnight at Hotel Hyatt, Amritsar (Hyatt Room) (B)

Day 08: Amritsar

The Natural And Cultural Wonders Of India Following breakfast, we will ride out to a traditional village on the outskirts of Amritsar for an up close true Indian outback experience. The journey will take you into the heart of the Sikh land where you experience the richest hospitality as extended by the lion hearted Punjabis. As you arrive at the village, prepare yourself for a traditional welcome with ’Tikka’(Blessing) and offer of flowers along with Punjab’s real drink - sweet Lassi!! You are now hopefully ready to immerse yourself in the traditional richness of this remote village. Tread the narrow by-lanes of the village, or, ride in a tractor to arrive at a flour mill to witness the process of grain being converted into wheat flour. Among our several other visits, we would also be at the carpet weaving home enterprise, where you learn the art of weaving a carpet. That’s not all, you can experience a bullock cart ride through the lush green fields and alongside witness how fresh vegetables and fruits grow. During our stay at the village, we will also visit the village Gurudwara (Sikh Temple), the atmosphere here made by the pilgrims, chanting of hymns etc. is a very moving experience. Lastly, we will also have an opportunity to visit the home of locals where you enjoy the delicious Punjabi food as well as join the ladies of the house in their cooking activities. The Punjabis are well known for their friendliness and jovial nature. Enjoy your stay here; spending time with village families helps you to know more about their culture, norms, and, way of living. Following lunch, and, with added interactions with the natives, we bid farewell to the Village
Later, we will journey 40 Kms to Wagha, the border between India & Pakistan. Each evening a very impressive lowering of guards ceremony is performed along with a march past by soldiers of both countries in synchronization to the accompaniment of bugles. The soldiers of both countries wear ceremonial dresses. It is quite a spectacular sight to see the same thing happening on both sides of the border.
Overnight at Hotel Hyatt, Amritsar (Hyatt Room) (B)

Day 09: Amritsar / Dharamshala (202 Kms) (04 ½ Hrs Drive)

After breakfast, we drive to Dharamshala
(Though Check – in time is 2:00 PM, every effort would be made to ensure an as early as possible check-in - subject to availability)
Meeting and assistance upon arrival in Dharamshala& check into Hotel Chonor House
Afternoon is at leisure. We suggest you enjoy a walk along the mall road where Tibetan refugees display and sell their crafts.
Overnight at Hotel Chonor House (Superior Room) (B)

Day 10: Dharamshala

The Natural And Cultural Wonders Of India This morning proceed on a walk from Naddi to Dharamkot. We drive from to Naddi where the road ends. This is the best way to enjoy the day is to walk through a forested path to Dharamkot. A three hours walk introduces you to the Gaddi lifestyle and the flora & fauna of the region. The road leading to the small market of village Naddi has the hotels erected either side obstructing the view of the Dhauladhar ranges. Narrow cemented paths bifurcate to right from the middle of the bazaar and leads to the Village Naddi that lies across the fields. Here you may see women working in the fields or returning home with a heavy load of fallen wood on their back that they collect from the forest. Water flowing through a water channel coming from a spring is available for everyone in the village. Women wash their laundry and young girls help their mothers drying it in sun. There is a cowshed outside every house and the cow-dung cakes can be seen stuck to the walls. The wooden houses have slated roofs and a courtyard in front where the fire wood is stacked in the corner or a string cot has been kept.
Overnight at Hotel Chonor House (Superior Room) (B)

Day 11: Dharamshala

Following breakfast, proceed on a tour of Dharamshala.
The Natural And Cultural Wonders Of India We visit the Norblinga Institute for Tibetan Buddhism which is perhaps one of its best in the world. The Institute has its own temple, museum, hospital and meditation hall. We would meet with monks here to learn more about Buddhism. Of special mention here are the magnificent miniature paintings done by students here. It is great to see the students sketch a design and then paint it on canvas. We would visit the Dalai Lama’s Palace and temple in the afternoon and meet with the spiritual leaders to know more about the plight of Tibetans, their future, the problems they face in India etc.
Afternoon, tour of Dalai Lama Palace
Overnight at Hotel Chonor House (Superior Room) (B)

Day 12: Dharamshala / TriundTibba Trek / Dharamshala

Morning we will take a short excursion to TriundTibba
A full day trek to triundtibba: This is the highest peak in the vicinity of Dharamsala and a perfect trek to enjoy the astounding views of dhauladhar range of Himalaya. Drive to dharamkot in the morning at 8.30 am. The base of the trek is a tea shop. Hike up to the peak. On the way there are hutments made by gaddis - the Shepherds who keep roaming in these hills with their hearts of sheep and goats. Reach the peak by the afternoon. Pack lunch is carried. The meadows are the perfect grounds for overnight camping too. Spend some time here and make good use of your camera. Return by the evening. On arrival at Dharamkot drive to your hotel. Overall, the hike is a personal experience where the Himalayan scenery becomes an inseparable part of your tour.
Following the trek to Triundtibba we will drive back to Dharamshala
Overnight at Hotel Chonor House (Superior Room) (B)

Day 13: Dharamshala / Delhi (AI9714 – 1305 / 1500 Hrs)

(Though the check out time is 12 noon, every effort would be made to retain rooms till as late as possible without additional charges - subject to availability
After breakfast we transfer you to the airport to board your flight to Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi check into hotel NovotelAerocity
Rest of the day is on leisure for your independent activity (Car and Driver available for local Visits)
Overnight at NovotelAerocity(Standard Room) (B)

Day 14: Delhi / Departure

(Though the check out time is 12 noon, every effort would be made to retain rooms till as late as possible without additional charges - subject to availability)
In Time we transfer you to the international airport to board your onward flight
No Hotel Quoted for this day


We do hope the flavor of India will remain on your taste buds for all times to come and hopefully would kindle an indelible fondness for the country and her people; Thank you for being our guest, and as we say in India ‘Please Come back Soon”

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you!!

Tour Cost Based On 02 People Traveling Together Sharing 01 Room:

  • Cost valid for period from 01st April, 2019 till 30th September, 2019: - INR 125,200* Per Person
  • Cost valid from 01st October, 2019 till 31st March, 2020: - INR 138,400* Per Person
Hotel upgrades available upon request 

Cost Includes :

  • Accommodation on Twin Sharing Basis
  • Meals as per the itinerary (B – Breakfast)
  • Interactive NGO Workshop Visit
  • Old Delhi Rickshaw Ride
  • Old City Walk in Jaipur
  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur
  • TriundTibba Trek in Dharamshala
  • All journeys as per itinerary in a fine air-conditionedSedan Car
  • Inner India airfares as per the itinerary (subject to change and 100% cancellation charge)
  • Local guides
  • All applicable taxes

Cost Does Not Include :

  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Entrances/Camera & Video Fee to monuments
  • Expenses of Personal nature such as Laundry, Drinks, Telephone calls etc.
  • 3% Credit card transaction Fee