Satya wanted to take a break and hence took to the Northern side of India to strike off the final few destinations that were left on his bucket list. They travel to Jaipur, Ajmer, New Delhi and Amritsar as they witnessed the marvels of the vibrant and multicultural Indian society. He booked a 5 nights/6 days package with TravelTriangle for INR 40000 which included their accommodation, transfers, and breakfast.
North India is blessed to be covered with a rich and diverse multi-ethnic history. Having previously lived in Delhi for a few years, I was infused with a travel bug which prompted me to explore the various vacation destinations in and around the North. Jaipur, Ajmer and Amritsar were a few major cities in this part of the country that I wanted to visit for long.
I researched on the internet for companies that could provide me with a package in a short period of time as my flights to and from Delhi were already booked.. I came across TravelTriangle that provided me with options of having a customized tour package.
Soon after I submitted a travel query, I was contacted by a travel advisor from TravelTriangle who provided me with quotes from multiple agents. I finally found a suitable package at a very good price from the agent- ‘Travel Friend’. We decided to start our journey Delhi via road as my wife and I were flying in from Hyderabad and my parents from Vizag.
Day 1: Landing in New Delhi
My wife and I wife landed in Delhi from Hyderabad; at around 10am. My in-laws also flew in from Vizag around the same time. We were met at the airport with our driver who was supposed to take us everywhere on this vacation. Soon after that, we checked-into our hotel and had lunch.
After lunch, we were scheduled for a half-day Delhi city tour. We started our journey with visiting the Lotus Temple. Moving on, we got a chance to visit Humayun’s Tomb and India Gate. On our way back from the India Gate, we requested the driver to take us via the Rajpath, which is a boulevard that links India Gate to the Rashtrapati Bhavan. On our way, we also got a chance to see the Parliament.
Our city tour ended with blessings from the Birla Temple in Delhi. We went back to the hotel for the night and called it a day.
Day 2: Visiting Wagah Border and Amritsar
The next day for us started very early as we planned to leave for Amritsar by 5.30am. With one quick pit-stop halfway through the journey for breakfast, we reached Amritsar by noon. As it was a Sunday, our driver advised us to quickly check-in to the hotel and head out to reach the Wagah Border.
We reached Wagah Border by 2.30pm only to be greeted by long waiting queues to get in and watch all the cultural activities. The atmosphere at the Wagah Border was electrifying. Flags waving and patriotic chants are something that is common to Wagah. Emotions generally run high at such places where India and Pakistan share such a controversial history.
The parade began at around 6pm and overall it was an amazing experience to see the ceremonies and festivities amongst the two countries who share this border. After the parade got over, we headed back to Amritsar where we had dinner at a Punjabi restaurant.
Day 3: Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh
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We woke up in the morning to have an early breakfast and then head to Amritsar. The day began with a visit to the most famous shrine for the Sikhs- Golden Temple. A beautiful Gurudwara built with white marble and real gold, the monument is a postcard in itself.
I found the aura around the place to be very soothing and calm. During our visit to the Temple, we decided to sit and have the Langar food which the Gurudwara offers. The authorities managing the temple are doing a very humble and noble job of feeding thousands of people on a daily basis, free of charge.
Post the langar, we went for a holy dip in the central pond of the Golden Temple to take the blessings of the almighty. Finally, we walked towards the Jallianwala Bagh to pay a visit to this famous tourist spot.
It was then time for us to head back to Delhi and begin the second part of our family vacation. We reached Delhi late night and then went to the hotel our stay was scheduled at and retired for the night.
Day 4: Driving to Ajmer
We woke up early morning in Delhi with a plan to head early for Ajmer. After a long and scenic drive, we arrived in Ajmer at 8pm. Straightaway after arriving, we headed towards the Ajmer Sharif Dargah. Learning about the customs of other faiths and religions on this family vacation was a pleasant and humbling experience.
After having a wonderful time at the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, we explored the streets of Ajmer to try some local delicacies. Out of the various things we tried, I really liked the Matka Kulfi and Pani Puri I had in Ajmer. Our time in the city of Ajmer had come to an end. We had scheduled to leave Ajmer and arrive in Jaipur late evening.
However, due to heavy rains on our way back to Jaipur, the two-hour journey got converted into a four-hour drive. The troubles weren’t over just yet as Google Maps took us on a crazy route within Jaipur, because of which it took us a lot of time in finding the hotel. We finally reached late night around 10pm and called it a day.
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Day 5: Jaipur City Tour
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Yet another day in Rajasthan, this time it was our turn to explore the capital city. Since, our driver didn’t know much about the city, we decided to hire a local tour guide who has previously taken other clients who travel via TravelTriangle on city tours. We thought it’ll be a good idea to hire a guide so that he can save us on time.
Our first stop was Hawa Mahal. Renowned for its unique architectural design that allows a great ventilation system within the palace. Following that, we walked to the Johari Bazaar where my wife and my mother-in-law indulged in some street shopping. This was one of the most colorful street markets I’ve ever seen.
Moving on, the tour guide took us to the City Palace. Over there, we received a warm welcome with Turbans and Garlands like traditional Rajasthani royalty.
Next up for us was Jantar Mantar. As the guide was informing us about the functioning of the sundial, I was listening very keenly. The guide was very well informed and patient as handled all my questions nicely.
Our final stop on the tour was Amer Fort. It was one of the most popular tourist destinations in Jaipur. After completing the visit to Amer Fort, we proceeded back to the hotel to check-out and start our night journey to Delhi.
Day 6: Departure
We arrived in Delhi a little after midnight and after resting for a few hours at the hotel, we departed for the Airport. We left for Hyderabad on a 5.30am flight from New Delhi.
My family and I really enjoyed exploring various cities in the North. Our family trip which was culturally rich taught us a lot about the diversity in India. I tried foods I thought never existed, went to religious places I’d never been to and visited cities I’d only seen in pictures. I don’t think there could have been a better way to spend time with my family after taking a break from our mundane routine.
High Points :
- The parade of Wagah border was truly amazing.
- Visiting a Mosque for the first time in my life in Ajmer was a special experience
Low Points :
- We got less time for shopping and leisure as the scheduled was tightly packed.
Tips for Travelers :
- Visit Wagah border on a weekday to avoid the rush
- Take a driver along who knows a little bit about the city you are visiting to avoid delay and confusion.
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