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Golden Triangle with Yoga & Ashrama Tour

  • 09 Nights / 10 Days
  • Delhi - Jaipur - (Abhaneri) - (Fatehpur Sikri) - Agra - Delhi - (Haridwar) - Rishikesh
Yoga & ashrama
Ganga ‘aarti’
Forts & palaces
Temples & rituals
Mosques & tombs
Culture & traditions

Golden Triangle with Yoga & Ashrama (Rishikesh & Haridwar) Tour by Optima India Tourism is also known as Taj Mahal with Haridwar & Rishikesh Tour and Golden Triangle with Haridwar & Rishikesh Tour. Haridwar & Rishikesh tour with Delhi, Agra and Jaipur subtly acquaints you with the very ethos of India, seeded, cultivated, pampered, protected and fostered by the great Hindu seers called ‘rishis’. Harmony with the universe is a leitmotiv in India, nature's handmaiden and the wellspring of a perennially fresh way of thought; it is a leitmotiv that ripples through the bewildering diversity of humanity in the cities and in the vastness that echo the diversity. Golden Triangle with Yoga & Ashrama Tour, in true sense, offers many of exotic aspects of incredible India. The Golden Triangle, on the one hand shows exquisite monuments like Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal etc and culture of royal Rajasthan; on the other hand, Haridwar and Rishikesh offer an opportunity to get submerged into spirituality, religiosity, yoga, meditation and natural therapy of Ayurveda. Golden Triangle with Yoga & Ashrama Tour is widely recognized as Taj Mahal with Yoga Tour or Golden Triangle with Spiritual Tour.

Day 1 Arrival in Delhi

Your India visit on Golden Triangle with Yoga & Ashrama Tour will offer the aesthetic delight of India and the variegated life and customs of India's richly complex past and present. Feel the exotic warmth of India at the time of your arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. You will be welcomed and greeted by representative of Optima India Tourism. Optima India Tourism representative will take you to the pre-booked hotel for smooth check in and overnight stay.

Day 2 Delhi sightseeing tour

Delhi is a favorite tourist destination of India. Delhi is probably the richest capital in the world in terms of ancient lineage of culture, history, cuisine and monuments. After having delicious breakfast in Delhi hotel, embark on the tour of Delhi. Delhi is divided into two parts- Old Delhi and New Delhi. Though both Delhi were built in planned manner but New Delhi is equipped with modern infrastructure and planning, suitable to new age requirements. Old Delhi is primarily characterized by Red Fort, Chandni Chowk and Jama Masjid, built by Shah Jahan.

Since Red Fort doesn’t have much preserved to look at from inside, most of the sightseeing tours exclude visiting Red Fort from inside. Red Fort contains two of India's most sumptuous buildings, the Diwan-i-Aam and the Diwan-i-Khas (halls of public and private audience). The Diwan-i-Aam is the larger and perhaps more splendid of the two, but the latter demonstrates the perfection to which chiseled architecture, making use of pure marble. It was in the Diwan-i-Aam, however, that the famous jewel-encrusted Peacock Throne stood beneath a silver ceiling. In the tails of the two peacocks that decorated the throne were so many precious stones that estimates of its worth begin at around thirty million dollars and mount dizzily upward.

Running directly from the front of the Red Fort is one of the most famous streets in the world, Chandni Chowk, which means 'silver street'. Chandni Chowk is characterized by a slow-moving traffic jam of bullock-drawn carts, horse-drawn carriages, man-drawn rickshaws and men without any means of conveyance carrying huge burdens on their shoulders. Back in the 17th century, when Shah Jahan proceeded sumptuously down Chandni Chowk, it was considered to be the wealthiest street in the world.

Chandni Chowk is a maze of labyrinthine alleys. Amid labyrinth of meandering, crowded, noisy alleys stands the noble Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, built in the 17th century by Shah Jahan out of red sandstone and white marble. Typically Mughal built the onion-shaped domes and the minarets that narrow as they rise. It is a beautiful, elegant structure that creates an atmosphere of profound peace and tranquility.

During visit of Chandni Chowk, you will have rickshaw ride in Kinari Bazar area and hence will be enjoying exotic India experience. Later on, proceed to visit famous and must-see monuments of New Delhi- India Gate, Raj Path, Parliament, President House, Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar and Lotus Temple. After visiting and exploring Delhi, return to Delhi hotel for overnight stay.

Day 3 Delhi- Samode-Jaipur (270 kms/ 05 hrs)

Golden Triangle with Yoga & Ashram Tour enters into a new phase on the 3rd day of India tour. After having delicious breakfast in Delhi hotel, drive to Jaipur, the Pink City of Rajasthan. On the way to Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, have a stop-over at Samode, a small town that is nestled in the hills of Aravali. Samode is renowned for its Samode Fort Palace, a masterpiece of art and architecture. Located in a small non-descript village, Samode attracts tourists from all over the world due to threesome charms: (a) magnanimously preserved exceptionally beautiful heritage of art and architecture (b) luxurious facilities in the Samode Palace, converted into one of the best heritage hotels in Rajasthan and (c) opportunity to observe India's rural way of life.

Visit Samode and have lunch in Samode Palace. The very entry into Samode Palace will impart you feel of royal Rajasthan. After lunch and sightseeing of Samode, proceed for Jaipur. On arrival at Jaipur, you will be met and received by the representative of Optima India Tourism and taken to Jaipur hotel for smooth check in. Late afternoon, along with Jaipur tour guide, you will move to visit Albert Hall museum. Having visited the museum, late in the afternoon, you will be taken by Jaipur tour guide to Govind Dev Ji temple where you will be attending Aarti ceremony. It will be definitely an unforgettable lifetime experience. Overnight stay has been scheduled in the hotel.

Day 4 Jaipur sightseeing tour

Rejoice royal Rajasthan on Golden Triangle with Yoga & Ashram Tour. Having taken breakfast in Jaipur hotel, proceed on for experiencing cultural & colourful Rajasthan. The first destination of Jaipur tour is Amber Fort Palace. Known for its grandeur and gargantuan architecture, Amber Fort is prime tourist attraction of Jaipur and Rajasthan. Every Golden Triangle circuit tour comprises Jaipur and Amber Fort. Here an exotic India tour experience is awaiting you. Have ride on caparisoned elephant from foothill to the main gateway on hilltop. Hereinafter, drive to central part of Jaipur city to visit Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and City Palace. By the time the sightseeing of monuments of Jaipur ends, it is evening and market of Jaipur gets highly lively. Explore Jaipur market. Later in the evening, return to Jaipur hotel for overnight stay.

Day 5 Jaipur- Abhaneri- Fatehpur Sikri- Agra (245 kms/ 05 hrs)

TYour journey to Agra starts after breakfast in Jaipur hotel. On the way to Agra, about 77 kms from Jaipur city, lies Abhaneri. Visit Abhaneri for local culture, rural lifestyle, rich history and architectural marvels. Abhaneri is a small village of Jaipur in Dausa commissionaire of Rajasthan. Abhaneri's original name was Abha Nagari. Ancient village of Abhaneri is replete with several post-Gupta monuments. It was established by Gurjar Pratihar king Mihir Bhoj. Ancient temple of Harshat Mata, a highly revered local goddess who spreads brightness of joy or 'abha' all around, belongs to early 10th century and is a sculptural marvel. Though the temple has its appeal for the visitors but unique, scientific, ingenious and splendid piece of architecture is Chand baori, an eco-friendly rain water harvesting project of 10th century. Having visited Abhaneri, again move for Agra. 35 kms before Agra lies Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted city of Mughal time and presently a small town. Sikri was already a village but Fatehpur, prefixed during the regime of Akbar and turned into a planned medieval township, was constructed as second capital of the Mughal. Though planned and executed on gargantuan scale, Fatehpur Sikri didn't remain inhabited for long due to paucity of water. See palatial buildings and monuments of Fatehpur Sikri like Buland Darwaja, Jodhabai Palace, Panch Mahal, Jama Masjid, Shrine of Salim Chishti etc. and proceed for Agra. On arrival at Agra, you will be greeted by representative of Optima India Tourism and taken to Agra hotel for check in and night stay.

Day 6 Agra sightseeing – Delhi (220 kms/ 04 hrs)

The 6th day of Golden Triangle with Yoga & Ashram Tour is special because your morning hours will be consumed in visiting and watching enchanting beauty of Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Taj Mahal, an epitome of love built of white marble in memory of Mumtaj Mahal by Shah Jahan, looks stunningly beautiful during dawn hours.

Optima India Tourism has planned this India tour to capture these captivating moments of life forever. The Agra tour guide will receive you in the hotel lobby. He will take you to Taj Mahal on 'tonga' (Horse Carriage) which will definitely enhance your exotic India experience. Knowledgeable guide make your visit of Taj Mahal a lifetime experience. Spend time at Taj Mahal at your discretion and thereafter return to Agra hotel.

Freshen up, relax, have breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed for sightseeing of Agra Fort, Baby Taj (Tomb of It-Mad-ud-Daula) and Sikandara. After sightseeing and exploration of local market, move directly to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi, get checked in at Delhi hotel for overnight stay.

Day 7 Delhi- Haridwar sightseeing- Rishikesh (230 kms/ 05 hrs)

Early in the morning, check out from Delhi hotel and move for Rishikesh. On the way to Rishikesh, visit Haridwar. Haridwar is an important pilgrimage of the Hindus. Watch out famous Ganga Aarti at Har ki Paidi. Visit famous temples and Gurukul Kangdi Ayurveda University.

After visiting Haridwar, proceed on for Rishikesh, 30 kms from Haridwar. On arrival at Rishikesh, check in at the pre-booked hotel for overnight stay.

Day 8 Rishikesh exploration

Rishikesh, a cultural destination, is more known for ‘ashrams’, yoga, saints, hermits, the Ganges and spiritual ambience all around. Now-a-days, typical ashram- a cluster of mud-thatched huts, inhabited by the saints- is not frequently visible in Rishikesh. Instead, various saints have constructed brick-mortar buildings but with meager amenities to practice yoga and meditate. You can either stay in a hotel or reside in a ‘ashram’ to experience every bit of traditional and cultural Indian ethos and lifestyle. In order to discipline and then channelize inner-self to relax your mind, body and soul, Yoga & Ayurvedic massage will be resorted to. This will start with a morning Yoga session with our experienced Instructor. Instructor will give you brief knowledge about how to relax your body and mind through various yoga postures and breathing techniques. Two sessions of Yoga will take place every day.

An Ayurvedic Massage & Shirodhara will be given after the yoga Session by our therapists from Kerala in the traditional way. That will help you to relieve you from the stressed muscles and keep you mentally relaxed.

After exploring ashrams, culture, nature and Ganges' pious ambience, return to Rishikesh hotel for overnight stay.

Day 9 Rishikesh exploration

As per the routine of the ‘ashram’ activities of the whole day will be conducted. Overnight stay in the ashram.

Day 10 Rishikesh - Delhi (230 kms/05 hours)

After having delicious breakfast in Rishikesh hotel/ ashram, check out from the hotel/ ashram and proceed for Delhi. On arrival at Delhi, you will be transferred to New Delhi airport/ railway station to board flight/train for your onward destination.


Delhi is enriched with long historical past, glorious culture, an enviable treasure of monuments and modern infrastructure. Delhi, currently the capital of Indian Republic, has passed through several upheavals during its thousands of years of existence and has witnessed many ups and downs of history with many dynasties flourishing and diminishing with the passage of time.

Delhi has been built nine times over the years and accordingly named in the scriptures. Indraprastha, known as first Delhi, was founded by Pandavas of Mahabharata in around 1500 BC. Qila Rai Pithora, termed as second Delhi, was built by Raja Anang Pal and later re-christened by Prithviraj Chauhan as Lal Kot. Siri, the third Delhi, was founded by Ala-ud-din Khilji. Siri Fort, a major tourist attraction, is a famous monument of that time. Tughlaqabad, called as fourth Delhi, had been founded by Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq. Tughlaqabad Fort is a testimony to that. Jahan Panah, the fifth Delhi and a walled city, was constructed by Muhammad bin Tughlaq to address the constant threat of Mongols. The sixth Delhi, Ferozabad, was founded by Feroz Shah Tughlaq and its testimonial evidence can be seen in the form of 13-metre high tapering quadrangular pillar adjacent to Ashokan pillar. Din Panah, the seventh Delhi, was rebuilt afresh by Humayun and later razed and constructed by Sher Shah Suri. Earlier this Old Fort or Purana Qila was seat of legendary ruler Prithviraj Chauhan. The walled city of Shahjahanabad, known as eighth Delhi, had been founded by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan who built Taj Mahal as well in Agra. Modern and present day Delhi, the ninth Delhi and known as Lutyens' Delhi or New Delhi has been laid down by the British.


Jaipur, present day capital city of India’s largest state Rajasthan, is representative of typical Rajasthani culture, art, architecture and lifestyles. Known as ‘Pink City’ or ‘Gulabi Nagar’ of Rajasthan, Jaipur attracts tourists towards its gargantuan forts, marvelously built palaces, lively market of handicraft products and intricately carved out temples. The sprinkling beauty, the edifices, big havelis and stupendous sky-touching forts of Jaipur attract the tourists immensely. Jaipur is the only city in the world which has been built as per India’s Vaastu Shastra and segmented as per astrology. Jaipur has been laid according to the conventional nine-grid pattern that astrologers believe to be lucky and which has been recommended in the ancient Indian treatise on architecture. Its nine rectangular sectors represent nine levels of universe. A boundary wall with eight gates surrounds the city.


About 95 kms before Jaipur, is located a historical village of Abhaneri. This village tour will present before you ancient lineage of India in terms of cultural values, architectural gems and traditional rural lifestyle in villages of India. A detour is well merited for its amazing step-well or 'baoris' and Harshat Mata Temple. The village's original name was Abha Nagri and its present name is Abhaneri. Gurjar king Mihir Bhoja ruled over the Gurjar kingdom in the ninth century AD. The ruins of the temple also speak of the 10th century architectural and sculptural styles. There is a huge tank named "Chand Baori", opposite to the temple fortified on all four sides with bastions for defence. Even though Abhaneri is now in ruins, the place has a distinct reminiscence about itself.

Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri, a historical place with nicely preserved monuments of Mughal era, is a must see place while visiting Agra. Located some 37 kms from Agra, Fatehpur Sikri of Buland Darwaja fame was founded by Akbar in 1569 to express his gratitude for Sufi mystic Salim Chishti, who was born in Sikri village. Many historians believe that Fatehpur Sikri was established as a joint capital with Agra but due to paucity of potable and drinking water, the plan to shift a section of imperial officials there had been reversed. Even today, its red stone architecture, richly ornamented with carvings & firework, is in a perfect state of preservation. Buland Darwaja is 15-storied, stands 140 feet on the pedestal and is 54 feet above the ground. A steep flight of 42 steps leads one to the massive gateway and makes it as one of the tallest gateways in the world is made of red-sandstone with marble decoration on it. With Quranic inscription on the front and cenotaph on the heights of the gateway, Buland Darwaja is a splendid blend of Hindu and Persian architecture. The calligraphy work done on the inner façade of Buland Darwaja has very less parallels in India.


Agra finds its mention in epic of Mahabharata as ‘Agravana’. Agra is traditionally and culturally part of Brijbhumi, associated with legendary Lord Krishna. Strategically located on the banks of river Yamuna, the city of Agra has seen many upheavals due to intermittent attacks of the invaders to take control of it. Agra remained under control of the Rajputs, the Muslims, the Marathas and the British. Though the influences of these regimes are quite visible in art, architecture and culture of the city but the Mughal impact is more pronounced, especially in old Agra. Now-a-days, Agra has been synonymous with Taj Mahal from tourism perspective. Taj Mahal can easily be termed as a feather in the cap of India, particularly Agra, which also possesses the most precious jewel in the country’s crown the “Taj Mahal”. Sikander Lodhi, Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jahangir and Shahjahan ruled with Agra as capital of their kingdoms. Babur was the first Mughal king who built first Islamic monument in Agra i.e. Gul-e-Afgaan or the Aram Bag -a planned garden. During the rule of Akbar, famous monuments of Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort, were constructed. Sikandara and It-mad-ud-Daula are the famous buildings of Jahangiri period. World renowned Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jahan in fond memory of Mumtaj Mahal, is now one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’. Agra is also known for its fabulous handicrafts, made of marble and soft-stone inlay work. Agra's major handicraft products besides inlay work are: leather-ware, brassware, carpets, jewellery and embroidery work.


Rishikesh lies on a plateau some five thousand feet above sea level and is very near to Tibetan border, beyond which rises Mount Kailash (over twenty two thousand feet high), the traditional abode of Lord Shiva. Savour the glorious cool mountain air and the fine view of the Ganges. In Rishikesh, a thin swift current dashes through a deep gorge, rocky and richly green. The water of the Ganges is crystal clear and obviously ice-cold. Because of its association with the Ganges and the dwelling of Lord Shiva so near, the region is a famous place of Hindu pilgrimage and many of its villages and towns are given over to holy men. One such is Rishikesh.

Rishikesh, since the ages famous as "village of saints" or "village of the sages", is characterized by numerous resident saints ('rishi', 'sadhu' and 'swami') and 'ashramas', communities isolated from the world and devoted to contemplation. Most of them lie alongside the Ganges or in the nearby forests. So many places of pilgrimage all over the world are noisy and bustling, full of people determined to extract the last penny the pilgrim has in his pocket. Rishikesh is altogether different. The inhabitants are serene, simple-hearted folk who live a life of frugality, even austerity, eschewing alcohol, eating an exclusively vegetarian diet, and going so far as to refrain from the eating of eggs, which they consider to be a kind of meat.

On the outskirts of the town flowed the Ganges, a number of ashrams huddling beside it. The traditional ashram, surrounded by a wooden fence, contains four or five small earthen huts, their roofs straw thatched, rather like tiny hamlets in some very remote and extremely underdeveloped part of the world. The ascetics who dwell in these ashrams bathe night and morning in the cold waters of the Ganges and then spend the rest of their time in meditation, except for a couple of extremely simple meals. However frugal their lives, however, they are found happy and content.

  • Accommodation in the mentioned hotels on double sharing.

  • Daily breakfast basis on all places.

  • Total Meals: 15 (Breakfast-09, Lunch- 03, Dinner-03).

  • Total night stays: 05 (Delhi-03; Jaipur-02, Agra-01, Rishikesh-03).

  • Well-appointed upgraded air-conditioned rooms at all places.

  • Yoga and meditation sessions charges.

  • Monument entrance charges.

  • Rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, Delhi.

  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur.

  • English speaking & destination-specific guides at all destinations for mentioned sightseeing tour.

  • Meet & assist at the airport on arrival & departure.

  • Sightseeing tours as mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Air-conditioned private car for the whole sightseeing tour.

  • Driver for the whole tour.

  • All prevailing taxes like luxury tax, service tax etc.

  • All transfers, city tours, excursions & drives by air-conditioned transport.

  • Interstate road tax, toll tax, parking charges, driver’s wages, fuel charges etc.

Optima Special:
  • Manual rickshaw ride in historical marketplace of Chandni Chowk to have a peep into vestiges of medieval era of India. Visit and exploration of narrow alleys, humming with social activities, while riding on man-pulled tri-cycle rickshaw.
  • Ride a caparisoned elephant like a king at Amber Fort in Jaipur.
  • Tonga (horse carriage) ride in Agra- from hotel to Taj Mahal gate.
  • Attend and relish two different kinds of ‘aartis’ in two iconic and most visited temples of Jaipur- Birla Temple & Govind Dev Ji Temple.
  • A reasonable number of sessions to get educated on Yoga, Indian spiritualism & basic and fundamental ‘aasanas’.
Don’t miss on Golden Triangle with Yoga & Ashrama Tour:
  • Buy clothes: if you are a hippy-ish, in India, you will find all kinds of clothes and decorations at very economical prices.
  • Experience Indian hospitality in a comforting cocoon of a heritage hotel in Jaipur.
  • Go to the cinema to see a movie of Bollywood. Cinema for the Indians is another concept, contrary to Europeans and Americans. We, Indians, are not quiet as the westerners. Rather, we participate in movie cheering, clapping, cheering ... an authentic experience.
  • Cultural events, puppet shows and traditional dances at Ravindra Manch.
  • Evening Aarti at Govind Dev Ji temple in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
  • A picnic in evening in Chokhi Dhani to have a larger and cursory look of culture, traditions and colours of Rajasthan.
  • Attend Ganges worship ceremony on Parmarth Niketan ghat in Rishikesh.

Delhi:Handlooms, handicrafts, stalls that sell products from all over India (Dilli Haat).
Agra: Marble souvenirs.
Jaipur: Environment-friendly printed clothes, jewellery and ethnic goods.


Delhi:Street foods/snacks like ‘tikki’, ‘chaat’, ‘Dahi Bhalla’, ‘pao bhaji’, ‘fruit chaat’, ‘rabdi faluda’
Agra:Biryani at Heeng ki Mandi.
Goa:Eating out in restaurants having themes of Rajasathani village life- Apna Gaon & Chokhi Dhani.

Is This Trip For Me:
Travel Style Service Level TPhysical Demands Trip Type Trip Rating
Classic Standard FIT/Small Group 4.75/5
DelhiJiviteshHilton Shangri La Hotel Imperial
Jaipur ParadiseShahpura HouseITC Rajputana Oberoi Raj Vilas
AgraSiris 18Hotel Mansingh PalaceITC MughalOberoi Amar Vilas
RishikeshParmarth NiketanGanga Beach ResortGanga Beach ResortGanga Beach Resort
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  • Please provide your passport details to Intrepid at least one month before travelling. Please note that if you do not provide your passport details you may be denied entry to any National Parks that are visited along this itinerary, or you may be charged a fee by the local government as passport details are now a requirement for entry into all national parks in India.

  • Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

  • In India normally the check in time is 02:00 PM and check out time is 10:00 AM.

  • Meals other than breakfast and as specified above.

  • Video camera/ still camera fee applicable at various monuments. The same will be paid by you direct on spot on actual basis.

  • Items of personal nature like telephone calls, laundry, tips, hard/soft drink etc.

  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation/hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities.

  • Indian visa fees.

  • Any compulsory meal supplements during festive season is not included.

  • Early check in & late check out at the hotels.

  • Any other Items is not included in " Inclusions" heading.

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