Hi! I am Yaroslav from Ukraine. This post is about my trip to India with my wife Elita last year. We had planned a long vacation. The Golden Triangle Tour with Shimla is a part of that vacation. Here, I am sharing my experience with this tour.
Last year in November, I booked this tour with DelhiTajMahalTours.com. It was an awesome experience that allowed me to take a memorable walk through a serene and picturesque hill station along with the best cities in India – Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. I wasn’t really sure about the plan, but the travel agent, representative Mr. Das assured me and my wife a memorable trip. Thank God, I trusted him.
Our Tour to India
Upon our arrival to Delhi, the hotel staff Mr. Ravi waited us at the airport and helped us transfer to hotel. He was a very courteous man with a nice smile on his face. He knew English so we didn’t have problems communicating. The night stay was in Delhi at the hotel booked by the company. A very decent hotel with rooms equipped with modern amenities. Elita was happy.
The hotel served us a lavish breakfast. It was an Indian breakfast that comprised of pooris (fried breads) and alloo curry (potato curry). They also offered A leisurely breakfast in the hotel. Now we were super excited and ready for a sightseeing tour of New Delhi.
The guide took us to the first spot, the Qutab Minar. Since it was our first trip to Delhi, I had researched about the place. Elita fell in love with the structure. It was truly an architectural wonder in red and buff sandstone. The Guide informed us that it was the highest monument in India. We clicked a lot of pictures here.
Next, we were taken to the iconic landmark of the city, India Gate. The guide informed us about the grandeur of this building and purpose of its construction. According to him, this majestic structure was built in memory of the 90,000 Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives during World War I. We spent some time looking at the massive structure and clicked pictures. We also had a round about of the beautiful garden decorated beautifully with fountains.
Later on, we were taken to the President’s House. This is the official home of the President of India and a nice place to visit. We also visited Mahatma Gandhi Memorial and Laxmi Narayan Temple.
After a nice Indo-Chinese dinner at a restaurant, we returned to the hotel.
We reached the railway station early morning after tea and boarded the superfast air-conditioned train to Agra. The breakfast was served in the train. In just two hours, we were in Agra. Elita just couldn’t wait to visit the magnificent Taj Mahal. And finally, we were there! One of the seven wonders of the world, the structure simply stole our hearts. I could sit there all day, all night and more!! Such is the power of this marvellous beauty and icon of love.
Our next visit was in the grand Agra fort, Diwan-I-Am, and Diwan-I-Khas.
The guide was a very nice gentleman who explained everything about the places he took us to and the history related to those places. Quite a knowledgeable man! In the afternoon, we paid a visit Fatehpur Sikri on our way to Jaipur. We reached Jaipur in the afternoon.
After a leisurely breakfast, a visit to the majestic Amber Fort, City Palace, Palace of Winds, and Jai Singh’s observatory. Night stay in Jaipur.
The hotel served us with delectable breakfast. It was time for us to check out from hotel. We were overwhelmed with the treatment given by the hotel staff. After check out, we visited Amber Fort (a must visit fort). Elita wasn’t really comfortable with the idea of elephant ride. However, I finally managed to coax her into the act. It was a unique experience riding up on Elephant and enjoying the panoramic scenery all around.
Later during the day, we visited the plush City Palace, Palace of Winds,and Jai Singh’s Observatory. In the evening, we reached the station and boarded the air conditioned Shatabdi train to Delhi. The dinner was served in the train. Upon arrival, we were transferred to hotel in Delhi.
The breakfast was served in the hotel. Thereafter, we enjoyed a smooth drive to Shimla by road. In around 8 hours (the drive was comfortable), we reached Shimla. The guide kept referring Shimla to as the ‘Queen of Hills’. We were very curious about the reference. Upon arrival in Shimla, we were transferred to hotel in Shimla.
It was a hectic day. After a quick breakfast, we proceeded for sightseeing tour of Shimla. The sightseeing tour covered the some of the famous spots including Kalbadevi Temple, Jakhu Temple, Christ Church, and finally mall road for shopping and snacking.
It was time for an excursion to Kufri. So we were instructed to start early in the morning after breakfast. It is a picturesque hill hamlet 30 minutes drive from main Shimla. This place is beautiful. The guide said that the mountains get caped with snow during December and January. I was taken aback by the stunning views and serene ambience of the place. We visited Fagu and Indira Gandhi Holiday Home.
Elita wanted to have a horse riding session in the apple orchids which she thoroughly enjoyed.
Later on, we went to mall road for some shopping. It is a nice place. We tried some snacks with hot coffee. After a scrumptious dinner, we returned to the hotel.
It was time for us to depart for Delhi from Shimla. After a nice breakfast (I love Indian food), we enjoyed a drive to Delhi. It took us around 8 hours to reach New Delhi. We were transferred to the airport by the company. Everything was managed well.
Overall, it was an amazing trip. India is Incredible!
About The Guest Author
I am a Chartered Accountant from Ukraine. I am writing in my individual capacity and not on behalf of my professional accounting. I love to travel with my family & Our last trip was to India.