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Around Delhi - 5 Days Itinerary
Delhi is a city of culture and history. The only way to feel its soul is to explore it. Provided here are two options to spend 5 days. The first is a tour of the Golden Triangle which is sightseeing Delhi and neighbouring Agra and Jaipur.
Another option to the 5 day visit, is to spend the first two days in Delhi and the next three at a hill station.
Himachal Pradesh close to Delhi is a travellers paradise with spectacular mountain views, lush green valleys, and cascading rivers down the mountain side. You could take time off to experience the magic of the mountains.
Indulge in some local sight seeing the first day in Delhi. Begin the day with visits to the historical sites. Start with the imposing Qutab Minar, the famed brick minaret. After Qutub Minar visit Humayun’s Tomb- one of the best-preserved Mughal monuments in Delhi. Follow it with a visit to The Garden of Five Senses which is in the same vicinity. Spend some time there for a truly relaxing experience.
After the experience in the Garden, proceed to Chandni Chowk to explore Red Fort - the colossal citadel built in red stone. Break for lunch at one of the eateries close by, for a taste of some authentic cuisine.
Post lunch visit Raj Ghat, the memorial of the Mahatma and Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India. In close proximity to the mosque is Purana Quila, yet another fort. Make sure you are at the Quila by evening, in time for the sound and light show which entails the history of Delhi. Proceed to Connaught Place for a stroll around the place and some shopping if you wish. To complete the sightseeing for the day, round it up with a drive to the Parliament House and the India Gate, both of which are well illuminated at night.
Have Dinner at one of the restaurants in Connaught Place and call it a day.
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur – The Golden Triangle Trip
Day 2

Begin day two with an early morning trip to the historic site of Agra for a visit to the Taj Mahal. Follow the Taj Mahal trip with visits to Fatehpur Sikri, the Fort built by Emperor Akbar. Complete the day with a visit to Brindavan and Mathura. These are the places of mythological interest. The place abounds in tales of Lord Krishna and the anecdotes from his life. Stay overnight at Agra or get back to Delhi.
Note: Taj Mahal is closed on Friday. Plan your trip accordingly.
Day 3

On your third day plan a trip to Jaipur which is about 4 hours from Agra or 6 hrs from Delhi. Jaipur is an amazing destination with some interesting historical sites and marvels as well as fascinating bazaars. Take a tour of its tourist’s spots like the Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar. Experience an elephant / camel ride, at the Amer Fort. Stay overnight and get back to Delhi the next day.
Day 4
Back in Delhi; spend the rest of your fourth day seeing some more of Delhi. Visit the temples, Laxmi Narayan Temple / Birla Temple, Bahai/Lotus Temple. Shaped like a lotus, this temple is a must see. Then there is the ISKCON temple and Akshardham temple. You can enjoy programmes in the IMAX theatre or the musical fountain in the Akshardham temple complex.
Visit Jantar Mantar the observatory at Connaught Place. Take a look at the Safdarjung Tomb representing the last phase of the Mughal style architecture. Check out Indira Gandhi Museum which houses some rare photographs of the late Prime Minister.
Spend the evenings, strolling around the Mughal Gardens (if they are open!) or the lawns of India Gate which is always open.
Day over! If you still have some spirit left, check out night life.
Day 5
Spend your final day in Delhi, going shopping and experiencing a bit more of Delhi. Dilli Haat is a popular shopping arcade for wares from all over India. For some street shopping, check out Janpath / Tribal Market in Connaught Place. Take your time to haggle with shopkeepers; clothes /artifacts may be overpriced.
Check out exclusive shopping malls.
After shopping, have lunch at one of the recommended restaurants for the cuisine of your choice.
You can leave out Agra and Jaipur and have a trip to the mountains. Or checkout the adventure spots around Rishikesh. Here are some of the hill stations around Delhi that you can visit for 2-3 days.
Nainital, is nestled amidst seven hills at an altitude of 1938m. A picture perfect hill station, Nainital, attracts tourists all year round. There are some scenic spots that offer breathtaking views of the hill ranges.
By air: Pantnagar is the nearest airport
By rail: Pantnagar is the nearest rail head
By road: Nainital is well connected by road with Delhi (310 km), Pantnagar (70 km), Kathgodam (35 km).
The fruit basket of the Kumaon hills, Ramgarh is a sleepy little town, ideal for those looking for just a peaceful retreat. There are plenty of orchards around this place.
It is just 25 kms from Nainital
Snuggled in the foothills of the Himalayas, Kumaon is a place of exquisite beauty. Once a tiger reserve, most of the tigers are now well settled in Jim Corbett National Park - India's first National Park situated in lower Kumaon.
By air: The closest airport is Pantnagar
By rail: The closest railhead is Kathgodam. There are a number of trains which connect Kathgodam with Delhi. From Kathgodham, one can either take a bus or hire a cab. The other alternative is to drive down from Delhi.
By road: Distance from Delhi to Kumaon is 300kms.
Located at 1890 m above sea level, Kasauni offers fabulous trekking routes, some of them being Bageshwar Sundardhunga Trek, Adi Kailash Trek and the Base Kausani Trek.
The tracks include thick pine forests and little steep mountain climbs which lead to the Himalayan peaks of Trishul, Nandadevi, and Panchuli.
By air: The nearest airport is at Pantnagar, at a distance180 km. From Pantnagar one can reach Kasauni by road.
By rail: The nearest railhead is at Kathgodam.
By road: Delhi (405) kms Pantnagar (178 km), Kathgodam (142 km).
The forest reserve and Bird sanctuary of Binsar is home to a number of wild, animals and exotic birds. Nature walks and trekking trails are the attractions here.
By air: The nearest airport is at Pantnagar (150 km)/ Kathgodam (120 km).
By rail: The nearest railhead is Pantnagar.
By road: Binsar is 30 km from Almora, 90 km from Nainital and 418 km from Delhi. Kathgodam is 120 kms. Pantnagar is 150 kms.
The beautiful town is set on a horse saddle shaped ridge. The view of the snowy summits of the Himalayas is breathtaking from this town.
By air: The nearest airport is Pantnagar (127 kms).
By rail: Nearest railway station is Kathgodam (90kms).
By road: Almora is well connected by road, Dehradun (412 kms), Nanital (71 kms), Delhi (382 kms), Kathgodam (90 kms).
Mukhteshwar attracts both nature lovers and adventure travelers. The exotic array of flowers and unusual species of birds and animals in the forests are one of the attractions of this hill resort, besides the beautiful views of the mountain ranges.
By air: The nearest airport is Pantnagar.
By rail: The nearest railhead is Pantnagar.
By road: Mukteshwar is 50 km from Nainital and 350 km from Delhi.
Ranikhet, is situated on the lower hills of the Kumaon range. Landscaped gardens and panoramic view of the mountain ranges are the main attractions.
By air: Pantnagar is the nearest airport.
By rail: Pantnagar is the nearest railhead Kathgodam is also a railhead which is close by.
By road: Ranikhet is well connected by road with Ramnagar (96), Nainital (68 km), Almora (50 km) and Delhi (365 km).
Situated at the foot of the Garhwal hills, at an altitude of about 2000m above sea level, Mussoorie is often referred to as the Queen of the hills. It is a very popular hill station and definitely worth a visit.
By air: Nearest airport, is the Jolly Grant.
By rail: The nearest railhead to Mussoorie is Dehradun.
By road: Delhi to Mussoorie is 290 km and Dehradun to Mussoorie is 35 km. Regular buses ply from Dehradun to Mussoorie.
Snow-capped peaks in the far horizon, fresh mountain air, quiet lonely pathways - the perfect setting to relax. Shimla is also known for its natural ice-skating rink in India. An Ice-skating Carnival is arranged every year by the Ice-skating Club in the month of January.
By air: The nearest airport is at a distance of 23 kms from Shimla, which is the Jubbarhatti Airport.
By rail: Kalka is the nearest railhead.
By road: 351kms from Delhi.
© Indira Gandhi International Airport.