Golden Triangle and International Yoga Festival
Explore the rich culture of India and discover the birthplace of yoga with an 11 day tour including two full days at the International Yoga Festival!
• Delhi city tour • The International Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan Ashram • Wildlife of Corbett National Park • Taj Mahal sunrise tour in Agra • Pink washed city of Jaipur
Start your journey in the bustling city of Delhi, visiting India's largest Mosque, riding through the maze like streets of the Chandni Chowk bazaar and exploring the sights of both Old and New Delhi. Next, travel to the foothills of the Himalayas in Rishikesh and awaken your inner yogi in the yoga capital of the world. Each year the International Yoga Festival grows and expands, embracing more and more people from more and more countries. Spend two days connecting with like-minded yogis and paradigm-shifters from every part of the planet. Take the opportunity to embrace every major style of yoga and learn from enlightened spiritual leaders, master yoga teachers, evolutionary thought leaders, and wellness specialists. After an immersive festival experience, visit Corbett National Park for an adventurous wildlife safari, spotting tigers, leopards, sloth bears, jungle cats, wild boars, and monkeys before heading to Agra for a sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal. Conclude your trip in the picturesque city of Jaipur, exploring the astronomical observatory, historic palaces and lively markets.
Delhi Delhi offers a glimpse of both ancient and modern day India, rich in culture and always changing with time, but never hiding its splendid past. As the country's capital, it is one of the fastest growing cities in Asia. The various ancient ruins seen throughout the city are silent witnesses to its magnificent history. The city itself is a blend of two different yet perfectly balanced parts, the Old and the New Delhi. With its intricate streets, elegant mosques, forts, monuments, and bazaars that sell a variety of goods, Old Delhi speaks volumes about its Mughal past. With its multi-ethnic, multi-cultural population, New Delhi is a true cosmopolitan.
International Yoga Festival Yoga is an ancient science which leads to health in the body, peace in the mind, joy in the heart, and liberation of the soul. Awaken to the best version of yourself and ignite your inner light through this not-to-be-missed event at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, the largest ashram in Rishikesh and one of the largest interfaith yoga institutions in India. The programme offers an extensive schedule of possibility, starting with Kundalini sadhana at 4 a.m. for the intensely committed and ending at 9:30 pm with traditional cultural song and dance, kirtan and enlightened entertainment on the banks of Ganga. You can customize each day as per your personal needs. There is also a Sacred Sound Stage for you to come, unwind and awaken through the power of sound.
Agra Agra is famous for being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the world - the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal empire, of which Agra was the capital of in the 16th and early 17th centuries. While its significance as a political centre ended with the transfer of the capital to Delhi in 1634 by Shah Jahan, its architectural wealth has secured its place on the international map. A pleasant town with a comparatively slow pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by craftsmen who are descendants of those who worked under the Mughals. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.
Jaipur Jaipur, the picturesque capital of Rajasthan, is awash in pink - the colour associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. Built in 1727 A.D. by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh JI, this city displays a remarkable harmony and architectural splendour, most notably for the renowned Palace of the Winds. The ancient heart of the Pink City still beats in its fairytale palaces, rugged fortresses perched on barren hills and broad avenues that dot the entire city. There is a timeless appeal to Jaipur's colourful bazaars where one can shop for Rajasthani handlooms and trinkets. Beautifully laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments and marvelous heritage hotels (once the residence of Maharajas), are worth admiration. Not to mention the ambling camels and cheerful people in multi-hued costumes that will make your trip to the pink city a memorable one.
FEB/MARCH 2019 Take a look at the Festival programme online at www.internationalyogafestival.org and choose the two festival days you would most enjoy for days 4 and 5 of this itinerary.
Day 01: Arrive Delhi Upon arrival in Delhi you will be met and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 02: Delhi Enjoy a city tour of India's renowned capital, beginning in Old Delhi with a heritage walk inside India's largest mosque. Take a rickshaw ride to explore the maze like streets of the iconic ancient bazaar known as Chandni Chowk and, time permitting, ride through Asia's largest spice trading market at Khari Baoli. Your rickshaw ride will end outside the Red Fort of Delhi, used as the imperial residence of the 1600's Mughal Dynasty. In New Delhi, experience the colonial-era with a visit to the Mahatma Gandhi Museum. Next, explore the gold covered Sikh shrine of Bangla Sahib Gurudwara and volunteer inside its holy community kitchen that feeds over 10,000 devotees, pilgrims and homeless people daily. You will also visit Raj Path, the ceremonial boulevard where Sir Edwin Lutyens finest works from the 1920's can be seen, including the colonial government buildings, India Gate, and the President and Parliament House. Finish your city tour by wandering through the markets of Connaught Place. Enjoy free time in the markets before returning to your hotel.
Day 03: Delhi > Haridwar > Rishikesh This morning, drive to the city of Haridwar (approx. 6 hours), located at the foothills of the Himalayas. Enjoy an evening visit to Har-Ki-Pauri for the famous Ganga Arti ceremony and the floating of diyas on the Ganges. Later, drive to Rishikesh and check-in at your hotel.
Day 04 & 05: Rishikesh Spend two full days enjoying activities at the International Yoga Festival in the Parmarth Niketan Ashram. Your days will be spent learning and performing Yoga, the surest way to complete health.
Day 06: Rishikesh > Corbett This morning, drive to Corbett National Park (approx. 4 hours). More than 500 species of animals, reptiles and birds call this haven home. Wildlife spotting includes tigers, leopards, sloth bears, jungle cats, wild boar, fishing cats, monkeys and crocodiles.
Day 07: Corbett Have a memorable experience this morning by embarking on a jungle safari. Enjoy the pleasant climate amid the lush green scenery. Evening at leisure.
Day 08: Corbett > Agra Depart Corbett for Agra (approx. 8 hours), the legacy city of the Mughal-Empire and home of the famous Taj Mahal. Upon arrival you will be met for check-in at your hotel.
Day 09: Agra > Jaipur This morning, experience a beautiful sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal with some incredible photo opportunities. Inside the monument, on the inner walls, jewel-like stones create beautiful designs in white marble. The Mughals perfected the art of embedding semi-precious stones into marble and the Taj is the finest example of this. After your early morning tour, return to your hotel for breakfast and checkout. Later, take a short heritage walking tour inside the Red Fort, built in the 16th century and today a UNESCO world heritage site. After, drive to the pink washed city of Jaipur (approx. 5 hours) and check-in at your hotel.
Day 10: Jaipur City tour begins with a morning ceremony of Indian turbans and stolls. Enjoy a classic jeep ride to the Amber Fortress. Built in the 16th century, the fortress offers magnificent hilltop views with an intricate Mirror Palace and fine blends of Hindu-Rajasthani architecture. Next, take a photo-stop outside the Water Palace of Jal Mahal. Located in the center of Man Sagar Lake, the area is home to various migratory birds and surrounded by the Aravalli Range. Arrive at the heart of Old City to visit the astronomical observatory of Jantar Mantar before visiting the Jaipur City Palace and Museum. Later, enjoy the novelty of street shopping as you embark on a bazaar walking tour through Jaipur's most colourful markets. During your tour you will also see Jaipur's most distinctive landmark, the Palace of Winds. After your tour you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Day 11: Jaipur > Delhi Morning transfer from your hotel to Delhi Airport for onward flight
• Meet & greets at airport & train station • Service of a Local English speaking guide during sightseeing tours • 10 night's accommodation • Some meals • All transfers, tours and excursions by an air-conditioned Vehicle • All entrance fees at monuments as per itinerary • One jeep safari in Corbett National Park • Yoga activities at Parmath Nikentan Ashram for 2 days • GST and applicable taxes
Pricing (per person) $NZD