Golden Temple | Amritsar | India
FROM: NZD $3,655 pp
Golden Triangle & Amritsar - 15 Days map

Take in the highlights of India's Golden Triangle and ride a Toy Train ahead of reaching the former hill station of Shimla. Then explore Chandigarh and its Rock Garden before marveling at the glimmering Golden Temple and witness the fascinating Wagah Border ceremony in Amritsar.

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Trip Highlights

The Taj Mahal – Explore Agra Fort and the legendary Taj Mahal which remains an enduring symbol of love
Wagah – Watch the changing of the guard ceremony and flag lowering at the India-Pakistan border
Delhi – Discover the highlights of India’s capital, including Jama Masjid and the ceremonial Rajpath
Chandigarh – Stroll through the famous Rock Garden and gaze at the impressive sculptures
Amritsar – Tour highlights of the city including the iconic Golden Temple and the Jallianwala Bagh memorial
Shimla – Ride the famous Himalayan Queen Toy Train through scenic countryside to Dharampur and explore this British colonial city
Karauli or Dholpur – Spend the night at the Maharaja’s Palace Bhanwar Vilas in Karauli or the Raj Niwas Palace in Dholpur
Jaipur – Visit Amber Fort and see the highlights of the Pink City including the Jantar Mantar space observatory

Included

Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
Guided sightseeing - Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Karauli or Dholpur, Shimla, Chandigarh and Amritsar
2 train journeys: Delhi to Kalka and Amritsar to Delhi
Entrance fees to museums in Shimla
Services of English-speaking Indian specialist guides at some sites
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles
14 nights 3-4 star and heritage hotels
Travel by jeep to the stunning Amber Fort in Jaipur
Narrow gauge Himalayan Queen Toy Train journey from Kalka to Dharampur
Escorted by an English-speaking Indian tour guide (for groups of 4 or more)
Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 15

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$75-85pp, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$4-7 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD$60-80pp, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Delhi

Saturday. On arrival in Delhi you are met at the airport and transferred to our hotel. The rest of today is free to explore India’s capital at leisure before meeting the group and guide at the hotel at 18:00 for a Welcome meeting.

For those able to arrive very early today or the day prior, why not get off the beaten track and explore Old Delhi with us on our optional 'Backstreets of Delhi' add-on tour. You will get to relish the taste of various street foods, from savoury to sweet. Along the way, visit Khari Baoli, the largest spice market in India and the colourful Bazar Matia Mahal, located opposite the majestic Jama Masjid Mosque. The tour will combine a mixture of metro, electric rickshaw and walking to get around.
Overnight: Delhi

Day 2

Delhi Sightseeing

This morning we enjoy a packed day of sightseeing in Old and New Delhi. Check out the UNESCO-listed Humayun’s Tomb and Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque. Visit the iconic Sikh temple Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and its community kitchen feeding 25,000-30,000 people daily. We also enjoy a thrilling rickshaw ride around the Chandni Chowk bazaar and explore New Delhi. Walk down the Rajpath, formerly known as the ‘King’s Way’ and see the famous India Gate monument. This evening we enjoy a group Namaste dinner.

Please Note: For departures from 01 September 2024, we will drive to Agra this afternoon after Delhi sightseeing, where we will spend the night and have the group Namaste dinner.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Taj Mahal

Delhi - Agra. Today we travel to Agra, where we enjoy lunch before taking a tour of the legendary Taj Mahal, India’s most famous site. This iconic white monument was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century in memory of his beloved wife. It is perhaps the most extravagant symbol of love the world has ever seen and has no rival. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity watch the sunset fade over the magnificent mausoleum so make sure to take plenty of photos!

Please Note: For departures from 01 September 2024, we will drive to Agra on the afternoon of day 2, today we will visit the legendary Taj Mahal and the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind its fortified walls.
Overnight: Agra  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Karauli or Dholpur

Agra - Karauli/Dholpur. In the morning, we will make our way to the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind its fortified walls.

Continue to either Karauli or Dholpur stopping for lunch en route. In Karauli, we will stay in the beautiful Palace Bhanwar Vilas. An eclectic melding of both Oriental and Art Deco architecture, the heritage-listed hotel was built in 1938 as a family home of the Maharaja of Jaipur. In Dholpur, we will stay at the magnificent Raj Niwas Palace, which is known for its red sandstone, traditional Rajisthani architecture, and European-style ceramics. It's said that this heritage-listed hotel was built by the Maharaja to welcome HRH Albert Edward, who visited in 1876.

Spend the afternoon at your leisure exploring the grounds, perhaps check out the vintage cars or take a dip in the swimming pools. This evening, you can also opt to attend the evening Aarti (prayer).

Please Note: For departures from 01 September 2024, we will visit Agra Fort on day 3.
Overnight: Karauli or Dholpur  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Jaipur

Karauli/Dholpur - Jaipur. This morning we hit the road towards the vibrant UNESCO listed Pink City of Jaipur. On arrival, we will spend the afternoon on a tour of the illustrious City Palace and the UNESCO-listed Jantar Mantar Space Observatory, which features 19 separate astrological instruments.
Overnight: Jaipur  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Amber Fort and Jaipur sightseeing

Jaipur. Enjoy an unforgettable experience early this morning with an optional balloon ride over Jaipur. Sail with the wind over the surrounding region and pass above hill-top forts and regal palaces. Later, enjoy a jeep ride to Amber Fort for a guided tour and visit a cotton weaving house for an authentic demonstration of fabric dyeing. The remainder of the day is at your leisure, why not opt to explore the Johari Bazaar in the Old Pink City.
Overnight: Jaipur  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Delhi

Jaipur - Delhi. Today we return to Delhi for an afternoon at leisure. You may wish to visit Red Fort and attend its famous Sound and Light show this evening.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

Toy Train to Shimla

Delhi - Kalka - Dharampur - Shimla. Rise early this morning as we board the Shatabdi Express train to Kalka. You then transfer independently to the Himalayan Queen Toy Train for a unique experience to Dharampur. The 33km journey sees us travel along narrow twists and turns, through scenic countryside and numerous tunnels. Pass through forests, over bridges and stop at old, traditional stations. Arriving into Dharampur we complete the journey to our hotel in Shimla by road, where the evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Shimla  |  Breakfast

Days 9-10

Shimla Sightseeing

We spend the next 2 days in Shimla. Today we explore the city of Shimla, located 2,100m above sea level at the foot of the mighty Himalayas. Explore the famous main street - The Mall, which is lined with stately English homes and has a distinctly British feel. We also discover the Viceregal Lodge, the former residence of the British Viceroy of India. Stroll down narrow streets and explore colourful bazaars in this scenic city, surrounded by the beautiful valley and the towering mountains.

Day 10 offers free time for you to independently explore Shimla. You can stroll around the mall, take in the snow-capped panoramic surrounds, or drop by the colourful Lakkar Baazar.
Overnight: Shimla  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 11

Chandigarh

Shimla - Chandigarh - Amritsar. Say goodbye to Shimla as we travel to the modern city of Chandigarh for a guided tour. See highlights of the city including the famous Rock Garden. A completely unique and innovative creation, the Rock Garden is a collection of over 2,000 sculptures created over 20 years from a collection of concrete, steel drums, old bicycle frames and broken sinks. If time permits visit the Rose Garden - Asia’s largest botanical garden and home to 1,500 species of roses and also stroll along the shore of the man-made Sukhna Lake. This afternoon we take the train to Amritsar. Upon arrival into Amritsar this evening, you'll be met and transferred to our hotel.
Overnight: Amritsar  |  Breakfast

Days 12-13

Amritsar sightseeing & Wagah Border

This morning we tour the highlights of Amritsar, including the Jallianwala Bagh memorial and the iconic Golden Temple. The temple is regarded as the holiest pilgrimage site in Sikhism and the dome is made of pure gold. Later we travel to the village of Wagah, on the India-Pakistan border. At sunset watch the colourful, dancelike changing of the guard ceremony and flag lowering, which signals the closing of the border for the day. We then return to Amritsar. The next day is spent at leisure in Amritsar.
Overnight: Amritsar  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 14

Amritsar to Delhi

Amritsar - Delhi. Early this morning we transfer to the train start where we board the train to Delhi. Upon arrival into Delhi, you'll be met and transferred to our hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast

Day 15

Delhi

Saturday. Our Indian adventure comes to an end today. We will provide you with an included departure transfer to the airport.
Breakfast

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Prices & Dates

Departure dates marked with a 'G' are operating. All departure dates are guaranteed to operate when there are 2 persons booked on the tour. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to solo travellers or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

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Christmas Departure
New Year's departure - book early!
New Year's Departure
This is a special Diwali departure, which includes our own Diwali celebrations! Please see our Trip Notes for details of the event.
Diwali Departure
Guaranteed Departure
2024
Twin Share
Single Room
NZD $3,655
NZD $4,265
NZD $3,655
NZD $4,265
NZD $4,205
NZD $6,165
NZD $4,205
NZD $6,165
NZD $4,205
NZD $6,165
NZD $4,205
NZD $6,165
26 Oct - 09 Nov This is a special Diwali departure, which includes our own Diwali celebrations! Please see our Trip Notes for details of the event.
This is a special Diwali departure, which includes our own Diwali celebrations! Please see our Trip Notes for details of the event.
NZD $4,335
NZD $6,295
NZD $4,205
NZD $6,165
NZD $4,205
NZD $6,165
NZD $4,205
NZD $6,165
NZD $4,205
NZD $6,165
NZD $4,205
NZD $6,165
14 Dec - 28 Dec Christmas departure - book early!
Christmas departure - book early!
NZD $4,205
NZD $6,165
21 Dec - 04 Jan Christmas departure - book early!
Christmas departure - book early!
New Year's departure - book early!
New Year's departure - book early!
NZD $4,465
NZD $6,505
28 Dec - 11 Jan New Year's departure - book early!
New Year's departure - book early!
NZD $4,465
NZD $6,505

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre-Tour Accommodation - Delhi
NZD $155
NZD $295
Post-Tour Accommodation - Delhi
NZD $155
NZD $295
Backstreets of Delhi
NZD $225
N/A
Gateway to the Gods - 4 days (Adult)
NZD $805
NZD $1,095
Gateway to the Gods - 4 days (Child)
NZD $805
NZD $1,095
Delhi Morning Cycle
NZD $175
N/A

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Royale Regent Hotel, Agra

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The stylish Royale Regent hotel offers views of the magnificent Taj Mahal from its rooftop pool, so guests can gaze at this World wonder while sipping on a cocktail and retreating from the hustle and bustle of the city. Each comfortable air-conditioned room features a minibar with tea and coffee making facilities, satellite TV as well as excellent en-suite facilities. Guests can also enjoy an array of flavours in the onsite garden or mutli-cuisine restaurant.

Royale Sarovar Portico, Agra

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Experience the best of Agra's offerings at Royale Sarovar Portico, located just a 10-minute drive from the iconic Taj Mahal. Indulge in rejuvenating massages or pampering manicures and pedicures. Enjoy delectable meals at Hibiscus, where breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served. Unwind in the outdoor pool, socialize at the bar/lounge, or stay active at the fitness center. With free Wi-Fi throughout the property, this upscale property offers massage services, an on-site restaurant, and a fitness center for a fulfilling stay.

Bhanwar Vilas Palace, Karauli

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

Built in 1938, this stunning property is the residence of the Maharaja (181st in the Royal Dynasty) and Maharani of Karauli. Both the architecture and furniture have been designed in fitting with colonial styles and the property offers a fantastic insight into the history and elegance of a bygone era. The property offers deluxe rooms and luxury suites, each including a range of modern amenities such as a mini bar, a well-appointed ensuite and a plush king-sized bed. In the evenings, guests can tuck into an array of regional specialties as well as international cuisine in the hotel's restaurant.

Raj Niwas Palace, Dholpur, Karauli

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

With vibrant history and a rich heritage, Dholpur Palace also known as Raj Niwas Palace, is a mesmerizing journey back in time. Once home to generations of Royals, this converted palace still reflects the magnificence of the Rajasthani architecture of that era. Guest rooms offer a refreshing mix of Indian heritage and modern facilities including air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and a mini bar. Set in 13 acres of garden, the Palace grounds are full of peacock and bird life that nip over from the National Chambal Sanctuary nearby.

Mandawa Haveli, Jaipur

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

Made of pink and red sandstone, the beautiful heritage-style Mandawa Haveli is a fine example of typical Rajasthani architecture. All rooms are well appointed with intricately carved wooden beds and king-size royal portraits, with modern amenities such as free WiFi and ensuite bathrooms. Spend an evening dining on continental, Indian or Rajasthani cuisine on the outdoor terrace or request a private, candlelit dinner on the rooftop under a star-studded sky. Well located in the heart of Jaipur city on Sansar Chandra Road, this hotel is just a few minute’s drive from the Palace of the Winds.

Radisson Hotel Jaipur City Center, Jaipur

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Radisson Hotel Jaipur City Centre is the perfect base for travelers touring India's famed Golden Triangle. Located centrally in Jaipur, the hotel is close to various forts, palaces and bazaars that the Pink City is renowned for. All guest rooms offer air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a fridge, kettle, a desk, seating areas and free Wi-Fi. The hotel offers a satisfying continental breakfast buffet at Mosiac, one of four on-site restaurants. Additionally, boasts a business center, a gym and spa, steam room and a relaxing rooftop pool where guests are free to unwind.

Park Inn by Radisson New Delhi, Delhi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Set in the heart of one of the most popular neighbourhoods of Delhi, the Park Inn by Radisson offers a comfortable stay in India’s bustling capital. With contemporary guestrooms which feature en suite bathrooms, high speed Wi-Fi, air conditioning and flat screen TVs. Enjoy al fresco dining and drinks at the 24-hour RBG Bar & Grill, which serves tasty traditional Indian fare and international cuisine. After a busy day of sightseeing, unwind with a swim in the hotel's sparkling pool or work up a sweat in the fitness centre. Ideally located just 20 minutes from the airport and a short walk from a metro station, it's easy to reach popular sites such as the Lotus Temple, India Gate and Connaught Place.

Hotel Willow Banks, Shimla

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Dating back to 1871, Hotel Willow Banks is housed in a colonial building in the heart of Shimla. Offering amazing views of the surrounding mountain scenery, it is located on The Mall shopping street. Elegant rooms come equipped with ensuite bathrooms, TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, and a fridge. There are also balconies in many rooms. There is free Wi-Fi and the onsite restaurant, Eighteen71 Cookhouse serves a variety of local and international dishes. There is also a pub and brewery onsite, with entertainment into the evenings. The hotel also boasts Shimla's only Skybar, the best place for soaking up the mountain scenery with a quiet drink.

Regenta Inn, Amritsar

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The newly built Regenta Inn Amritsar is a home away from home, with all standard amenities and facilities along with warm hospitality. Each comfortable air-conditioned room features a minibar with tea and coffee making facilities, flat screen TV as well as excellent en-suite facilities. Guests can also enjoy the open-air rooftop restaurant with stunning views over the city offering authentic Pubjabi and international dishes.

Regenta Central, Amritsar

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

In close proximity to the Golden Temple, the Regenta Central makes an excellent base for travellers looking for a bit of luxury during their time in Amritsar. Each room is pleasantly decorated with creams, browns and gold, making your stay as aesthetically pleasing as possible whilst maintaining a high level of comfort. Guests can dine in the hotel's restaurant, which offers a range of different cuisines, including regional specialities. The hotel is located 14km from the Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.8 out of 5 based on 5 recent reviews

Fabulous Trip to India visiting top spots we'd always wanted to see.

We have just returned from a fabulous trip to Amritsar and the Gold Triangle. Our guide, Satendra, was very well-informed, funny and made sure everything ran smoothly.

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Punjab and the Toy train to Shimla are highlights. There was a lot of travelling involved and all transport arrangements worked out well. There were concerns over the Coronavirus issues at the end and we were kept informed of potential changes.

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From booking to tour end, excellent costumer service

From booking to end if trip this On the go tours are attentive to the needs of individual travellers

A fantastic trip with informative and caring representative. Very pleased we had local guides in each place visited who were enthusiastic about their local area.

I would definitely recommend On the go tours and consider using them in the future

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Fabulous trip, India by turns challenging humbling and thrilling and always teeming with people, a tad scary at places like Delhi station. Predictable highlights tajmahal, wonderful, lots of people there but didnt feel overcrowded: Amritsar, real feeling for the humble people and their inclusivenes allowing tourists to help make the chapattis; surprise gems chandigar and Kerauli, want to send a donation to their nationla trust to keep the work going there!

Tour guide Sat brilliant. Inexhaustible fund of information, wonderful sense of humour ( he even managed to tune into mine) highly competent administrator with limitless patience.

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There were only 4 people on the first leg from Delhi, via Amritsar, Chanigarh, Shimla and back to Delhi. We had a driver and guide in each place. The second leg was Delhi via Agra, Karauli to Jaipur with 18 others guided by Yusuf Khan The third leg was for two of us from Jaiput to Jodhput to Udaipur again with a driver and guide in each place. All was very efficient and good personnel. The Ref Fox in Chandigarh and the hotel in Karauli were below par but all others were good

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At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Delhi
Ends
Delhi
Departs
Saturdays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star & heritage hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 14, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 3
Countries
Minimum Age
15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
Yes
Humayun's tomb glowing in the waning sunlight in Delhi
The Taj Mahal reflected in the water in Agra
The majestic City Palace in the heart of Karauli
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A-sunny-blue-sky-day-at-the-Amber-Fort-in-Jaipur
Humayun's tomb glowing in the waning sunlight in Delhi
Houses in the side of the cliff in Shimla
Houses in the side of the cliff in Shimla
Humayun's tomb glowing in the waning sunlight in Delhi

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