Golden Triangle with Village & Kashmir

  • Duration
    15 Days
  • Region
  • Category
  • Best Time
    • September - April


As the paradise on this Earth, the Kashmir Valley becomes the centre of tourism again seeing a great revival of both domestic and international tourism there, we too look forward to relaunching what for many of us used to be a second home in the past. The combination of the Golden Triangle with the Kashmir Valley is possibly offering the greatest and most diverse experiences that are possible within North India and the Himalayan regions together.

The historical cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur forming the "Golden Triangle" with their history of the Mughals, Colonials and Rajput rulers making them home to amazing monuments like the Qutub Minar, Taj Mahal, Amer Fort and Palaces are without doubt, the greatest of mega monuments of the country. The Taj Mahal as one of the Great Wonders of the World is the crown jewel of this segment of the tour. A stay amongst the tribal Meena villagers takes the travellers through the timelessness of the colourful Indian living history located in the remote Aravali Hills, which are one of the most ancient geological hill features. The ancient 7th century Chandbauri (moonlit steps) - step wells located closeby at Abhaneri showcases the amazing geometric architectural marvels of ancient India enabling fetching water from a deep well even in darkness and without any lighting. Due to this, the BBC Travel called it one of the 10 Great Unknown Wonders of the World!

Flying across the snowy carpet of high Himalayas one lands at the colourful and bustling lake city of Srinagar where a beautiful syncretic Sufi Muslim culture blending Persian and Central Asian stocks can be seen. Staying in the wooden, ornately carved houseboats on the lakes is in itself to experience paradise. Visiting the Mughal Gardens, the city and the market places, experiencing the famous handlooms and handicrafts is a joy and exploration. Driving through the alpine valles to Sonamarg and Gulmarg from where on clear days mountains of the Himalayas, Great Himalayan Divide and the Eastern Karakorams can be seen taking one's breath away. Like the Mughal Emperor said soulfully: "If there is paradise on Earth, it is here, it is here, it is here". So enamoured was he with this region that it is said that he visited it eight times in his lifetime when the journey was covered by horses and elephants only, taking months one way!

Destinations Covered

Detailed Itinerary

  1. Day 1 Arrive Delhi


    After clearing Customs and Immigration, step into the receiving area, where our representative will meet you and escort you to the hotel.

    On arrival, check into the hotel.

    Overnight at hotel (No Meals)

  2. Day 2 Delhi


    Delhi is a dynamic city where the past coexists with the present. While historic evidence shows that the area around Delhi was first occupied around 2,500 years ago, Hindu mythology predates that by another 500 years. The British captured the city in 1803 and when they decided to make it the capital of India in 1911, they commissioned Sir Edwin Lutyens to draw up the plans. The result is slightly surprising with spacious tree-lined avenues punctuated with architecture which is among the most striking in the world.

    On the tour of “Old Delhi,” you will head out to explore this exotic locale with its narrow dirt roads, myriads of people and inexpensive and colorful bazaars that keep alive the traditional workmanship for which Delhi has always been famous.

    Drive past Red Fort and visit the Jama Masjid, one of the largest Muslim mosques in India. A bicycle rickshaw will take you into the heart of Chandni Chowk (the silver square - so named because of the silver merchants).

    Drive past India Gate, a 42-metre archway built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War and Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy. Today, it is the official residence of the President of India.

    Thereafter, visit the most prominent Sikh Gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi. It was originally a bungalow belonging to Raja Jai Singh, a 17th century Indian ruler. It is open to people of all faiths, castes or creeds. The premises house a sacred pond in which devotees bathe. They believe that this would wash off their misdeeds and thus allow them to attain peace of mind. The 'Langars' or the community kitchen proves to be the ideal example of prodigious hospitality of the Sikhs. Anyone and everyone can have scrumptious meal irrespective of caste, color or class.

    Conclude the day by visiting the Delhi's most striking monument, The Qutub Minar, which looms majestically across the wide plains of Delhi, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was constructed in 1192 by Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak. Built in red sandstone and marble, it has a height of 72.5 meters (237.8 ft) and contains 379 stairs. A Soaring conical tower, it is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture and is the tallest minaret in India.

    Lunch & Dinner are on own arrangements.

    Overnight at hotel (B)

  3. Day 3 Delhi / Agra (Approx. 130 Miles / 210 Kms 4 Hours’ Drive)


    After breakfast, depart for Agra.

    Agra's history is largely recognized with Mughal Empire, the place was established much before it and has linkages since Mahabharata, the Mythological history. The golden age of the city began with the Mughals. Akbar made it the center of art, culture, commerce and learning. During the peaceful reign of Shah Jahan, his passion for architecture came to the fore and the world-famous architectural masterpieces were constructed including the Taj Mahal.

    Upon arrival check-in at the hotel.

    Late afternoon visit the Itmad Ud Daulah tomb, popularly known as Baby Taj. From there proceed to visit the “Mehtab Bagh” situated north of the Taj Mahal complex on the opposite side of the Yamuna River, in the flood plains. The garden complex, square in shape, is perfectly aligned with the Taj Mahal on the opposite bank. The most important attraction of Mehtab Bagh is the Taj Mahal itself. This is a unique spot as you can get a picturesque view of The Taj from here.

    Lunch & Dinner are on own arrangements.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B)

  4. Day 4 Agra


    This morning, savour a travel highlight as you embark on a tour of the Taj Mahal, the magnificent tomb of white marble built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, who had implored her husband to build a monument symbolizing their undying love for each other. Some 20,000 labourers and artisans from around the world spent 21 years constructing what became Mumtaz’s mausoleum, which was begun in 1632. Along with its exquisite symmetry, the Taj features striking examples of pietra dura, a decorative art in which craftsmen embed precisely cut semi-precious stones in marble to form dazzling patterns.

    After breakfast, visit the imposing Red Fort of Agra (also known as Agra Fort). A creative, architectural, and strategic masterpiece, the Fort is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site. In a cruel twist, Emperor Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal and whose grandfather built the original Fort and who also assumed the throne himself, was imprisoned here at the end of his life by his own son – in a room looking out on the Taj Mahal across the river. Lunch & Dinner are on own arrangements.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B)

  5. Day 5 Agra / Gadoli (Approx. 99 Miles / 160 Kms / 3 ½ Hours’ drive)

    Gadoli, Aravali Hills

    After breakfast, drive to Village Gadoli, Enroute visit spectacular Underground Step-wells ‘Chand Baori’ that lie hidden deep in the village of ‘Abhaneri’. This 10th century built zigzagged stepwells is a geometric wonder where Royals used to picnic, and today a popular spot through the film ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’.

    On arrival, check-in to Dera Village - The Clement Retreat. An eco-friendly Retreat, located in the lap of nature - where "Simplicity forms Art of Living" palable in Thought, Expression and Comfort. Away from hustle-bustle of the crowded cities, towards pristine and untouched lives of the real people of the land.

    Set in the heart of India and nestled at the base of India's oldest range of Fold Mountains - the Aravali Hills, Dera Village - The Clement Retreat is located in the rural countryside of Rajasthan. The green paddy fields surrounding the Retreat, the bonfire place, the well-planned garden and organic farms - all add to make the retreat a perfect oasis of calm, away from the hustle and bustle of cities.

    After lunch at the retreat, we set out on a camel safari (on camel cart) through the surrounding villages to meet the local Meena tribespeople who live in mud huts that they decorate inside with floral and animal designs. Largely an agricultural people, the Meena have maintained much of their traditional culture and customs, as we see for ourselves up close.

    Tonight, enjoy dinner accompanied by a local folk dance performance. Folk dances epitomize the very soul of Rajasthan and are performed at every conceivable life event and festival. Unlike the classical forms of dance, these folk forms reflect the local ethos of the area.

    Lunch and dinner at the Retreat.

    Overnight at the Retreat (B, L, D)

  6. Day 6 Gadoli / Jaipur (Approx. 72 Miles / 115 Kms / 2 ½ Hours’ drive)


    After breakfast check-out from the retreat and drive to Jaipur.

    On arrival, check-in to the hotel.

    This was the home of India’s legendary Hindu warriors, whose historic forts, palaces, and gardens lend a timeless quality to this storied region. Called the “pink city” for its buildings of rose-hued sandstone, Jaipur today retains the exquisite symmetry of its original construction, as well as the eight historic gates that protected the city centuries ago.

    Lunch is on own.

    This evening a local family will host you for the dinner at their private home.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, D)

  7. Day 7 Jaipur


    After breakfast, proceed for the sightseeing of Jaipur including a visit to the Amber Fort, and a photo stop at the Palace of the Winds, the Hawa Mahal in the morning. Amber Fort, is a UNESCO World Heritage site built by the Kachhawah Rajputs as their capital from 1037 to 1728 and considered the pinnacle of Rajput architecture.

    We tour the unoccupied citadel this morning, to admire the fresco-covered portal, the impressive room of mirrors, walls of jewel-encrusted marble, and the royal apartments offering beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding valleys.

    We continue on to Jantar Mantar, the incredible open-air Royal Observatory (ca. 1728) housing oversized astronomical instruments and a UNESCO World Heritage site; and City Palace, former residence of the Maharajas of Jaipur, built in the shape of the city itself and now converted to a museum that houses the rulers’ magnificent art collections. Explore the local markets as Jaipur is most famous for its handicrafts.

    Lunch & Dinner are on own arrangements.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B)

  8. Day 8 Fly Jaipur / Delhi / Srinagar


    After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Jaipur airport to board the flight for Srinagar with connecting flight from Delhi.

    Depart Jaipur 14:20 Hrs. Indigo Airlines # 6E-6917
    Arrive Delhi 15:20 Hrs.  


    Depart Delhi 16:45 Hrs. Indigo Airlines # 6E-6081
    Arrive Srinagar 18:25 Hrs.  

    You arrive at Srinagar airport, step into the receiving area where you will be met by our representative and transferred to houseboat.

    Lunch is on own.

    Dinner at the houseboat.

    Overnight at the Houseboat (B, D)

  9. Day 9 Srinagar


    After Breakfast sightseeing Donga safari on Jhelum River there will be Government Boats They do the Sight Seen on River Jhelum & it’s on seat Sharing Basis.

    Thereafter we visit old Srinagar to see the heritage of Kashmir including Jamia Masjid (Great Mosque of Srinagar) It is situated at the place called Nowhatta in the middle of the Old City, this grand Mosque was built by Sultan Sikandar Shah Kashmiri Shahmiri in 1394, under the order of Mir Mohammad Hamadani, son of Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani RA.

    Hazratbal Mosque is located in a village of the same name on the banks of the Dal. Its pristine white marble elegance is reflected in the waters of the lake.

    Thereafter, we go for sightseeing of Mughal Gardens, visiting Nishat Bagh (Abode of pleasure) Built by Asif Khan Brother-in-law of Emperor Jahangir in 1632 AD and Shalimar Bagh (Abode of love) build by Emperor Jahangir in 1416 on the banks of famous Dal Lake with the Zabarwan Mountain in the background.

    Late afternoon Shikara Ride on Dal Lake visiting floating and Vegetable gardens etc...

    Lunch at local restaurant & Dinner at the houseboat.

    Overnight at the Houseboat (B, L, D)

  10. Day 10 Srinagar / Sonamarg (Approx. 63 Miles / 100 Kms / 3 ½ hours’ drive)


    After breakfast, drive to Sonamarg (Golden Meadow) the distance of about 100 Kms will be covered approx. 3 ½ hours drives.

    Arrive Sonamarg and check-in to the hotel.

    After lunch sightseen in Sonamarg lies in Sindh Valley streamed with flowers and surrounded by mountains. Sonamarg is also the base for some interesting treks to the high altitude of Himalayan Lakes.

    Return back to the hotel.

    Lunch & Dinner at the hotel.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  11. Day 11 Sonamarg


    Today, we enjoy horse riding up to Thajiwas Glacier and sledge riding on snow.

    At around 5Kms, Thajiwas Glacier is a wonderful place where nature blooms at its best. There is a meadow at the bottom that remains covered with lush Pine and Fir trees. The place has a number of natural waterfalls and is an ideal spot for camping with mighty Himalayas around.

    Thajiwas glacier at an altitude of 9,186 feet is a striking silvery scene set against emerald meadows and a clear blue sky. In summers, you can take a half-day hike to numerous waterfalls around this glacier. The road will be long and the journey hard but the captivating views make it worthwhile.

    Return back to the hotel.

    Lunch at local restaurant & Dinner at the hotel.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  12. Day 12 Sonamarg / Gulmarg (Approx. 103 Miles / 165 Kms / 6 hours’ drive)


    After breakfast, drive to Gulmarg (Meadow of Flowers) 2730 Mts. above sea level.

    Gulmarg has one of the best Ski slopes in the world and highest golf course of the world with 18 holes. One can also have the view of Nanga Parbhat Peak if weather permits. The view en-route from Thangmarg to Gulmarg is fascinating.

    Arrive in Gulmarg by the afternoon. In the evening you can have a walk through the green meadows with the snow covered mountains all around. In Gulmarg while walking you only have to look down to have a complete view of the valley and Srinagar.

    Lunch at local restaurant & Dinner at the hotel.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  13. Day 13 Gulmarg


    After breakfast we enjoy Cable car Ride called (Gondola Ride) for Purvanchal mountain ride.

    Thereafter, we have a short trek up to Khilanmarg which can be covered in about 3 to 4 hrs.

    Evening have bridle walks and feed your cameras with the picture of magnificent view of mountains.

    Lunch at local restaurant & Dinner at the hotel.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  14. Day 14 Gulmarg | Srinagar (Approx. 41 miles | 65 Kms | 2 Hours Drives) & Fly To Delhi


    After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Srinagar airport to board the flight for Delhi.

    Depart Srinagar 15:15 Hrs. Indigo Airlines # 6E-559
    Arrive Delhi 16:50 Hrs.  

    Arrival Delhi airport, our representative will meet & assist you to transfer to the hotel.

    The flight back over the Himalaya in the evening in Delhi is free to rest, relax and reflect.

    Overnight at hotel (B)

  15. Day 15 Fly Delhi & Departure


    On time, check-out from the hotel and drive to Delhi International airport to board your flight for you’re onwards destination.


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