Day 01: Arrival / Delhi
Meeting and assistance upon arrival as our
representatives welcome you and escort you to your car.
the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would
introduce the tour to you and hand over the documents to you.
to India, or as we say 'atithi devo bhava' (the guest is an
incarnation of God). Thank you for giving us the opportunity to
Overnight at Hotel
a leisurely breakfast, we proceed on a guided tour of New Delhi,
Visiting such sights as Bahai Temple, Humayun's Tomb (1586), the
Qutab Minar 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 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 Chandni Chowk (aptly translates to Moonlight Square) where the
throngs of shoppers and vendors meet in the oldest area of Delhi.
Visit the Red Fort (1639-1648 built by Shah Jehan the builder of the
Taj Mahal in Agra) to view the inlaid and carved Royal Chambers, on
to Raj Ghat and nearby ghats where the founder of the nation,
Mahatma Gandhi and thereafter Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were
Overnight at Hotel
03: Delhi / Amritsar (Amritsar Shatabdi - 0720 / 1315 Hrs)
to the Delhi train station to board your train to Amritsar
& assistance upon arrival and transfer to your hotel
wash & change 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
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
is at leisure for independent activities. We suggest you visit the
Gandhi Gate parts of the old city. It would be fascinating to
witness the traditional homes and bazaars continuing over
generations. We would also suggest that you find your way back to
the Golden Temple to explore and appreciate the spirituality of the
place at your own pace. Of special mention would be the community
kitchen which feeds over 5000 people at a time throughout the day.
The pots and pans would surprise you!! It would be fascinating to
view 5 women make breads on a flat pan.
Just outside the
Golden Temple are various shops that sell Sikh religious artifacts
like swords(decorative), bracelets, combs, small daggers etc.
the day, we would also visit the Jalianwala Bagh, 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
Evening 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.
Day 05: Amritsar / Delhi
(Amritsar Shatabdi - 0510 / 1105 Hrs) Delhi / Agra
Morning transfer to train station to board your
train to Delhi.
Meeting & assistance upon arrival and
drive to Agra.
Upon arrival in Agra check into your hotel
Day 06: Agra / Delhi (205 Kms)
Delhi / Departure
are about to witness one of the greatest sights of one's lifetime -
the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Before departure for the monument we shall
be served tea/coffee and cookies so that our eyes open real wide to
behold this breathtaking sight. A dawn visit to the fabled Taj Mahal
to witness the magical effects caused by the reflections of the
changing colours of the rising Sun on this brilliant white marble
Following a leisurely 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. The Moti Masjid & other magnificent buildings reflect
the skill of the ancient Indian architects.
will drive to Delhi along one of the India's finest freeways
Home Visit & a Farewell Dinner with an Indian Family:
Upon arrival in Delhi, we would visit an Indian family for an Indian
home experience. The evening is designed to give you a 'feel' and
insight into Indian family life as well as experience typical Indian
hospitality and home made Indian food.
Following the dinner
transfer to the International airport to board your flight back home