Golden Triangle with Varanasi
- Itinerary Detail
|1||Delhi||Overnight in Delhi.|
|2||Delhi-Jaipur||India Gate, in the heart of the city.
Red Fort built of red sandstone is the of great importance in present day - republic day parades initiate from here.
Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques which can accommodate up to 25,000 devotees.
Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi's memorial.
Overnight at Jaipur
|3||Jaipur||Visit Amber Fort and Palace of Winds (house of royal ladies), Jantar Mantar (astronomical observatory) and
City Palace (exhibits rich architecture and lifestyle of ancient Rajput kings). Enjoy authentic Rajasthani Dinner at Choki Dhani.
|4||Jaipur-Agra||Taj Mahal - Mughal marvel which features among the seven wonders of the world. Visit Mini Taj, with its design Shah Jahan’s marvel.|
|5||Agra-Varanasi||Agra Fort built by Akbar is a must see because of its design and layout.
Later, board a train for Varanasi.
|6||Varanasi||Visit Sankat Mochan temple and the Bharat Mata temple (Hindu temples),
The Benaras Hindu University, one of the top educational institutions in India.
Go to Sarnath (Buddhist pilgrimage site). You can’t miss out Ashok Stambh, which bears the national emblem.
Duration : 06 Nights /07 Days
Destination : Delhi – Jaipur – Agra – Varanasi - Delhi
The travel bug in you will be truly satisfied with a tour that covers not only the Golden Triangle but also one of the most holiest cities in India - Varanasi. Pilgrims from across the globe flock to this city to experience the spirituality that it offers. For many it is a once in a lifetime thing where apart from touching the spiritual side of you, one also gets to feel and see the many moods of the city. This tour gives you an opportunity to be a part of history old traditions and cultures along with endless explorations.
Day 01- Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival at the New Delhi you will be transferred to the hotel. Check into the hotel and then relax. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in Delhi.
Day 02 - Delhi
After breakfast, set out on a sightseeing tour of Delhi. You’ll first explore Old Delhi, starting with Jama Masjid, the country's largest mosque, built in 1656. The mosque's courtyard is capable of holding 25,000 devotees at once. Next, visit Old Delhi’s oldest and biggest market Chandni Chowk. Later, enjoy a rickshaw ride from Fatehpuri Masjid to the impressive red sandstone monument of Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, our driver will pick you up and drive you to Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi - Father of the Nation. Afterwards, proceed to Humayun’s Tomb (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), an example of fine Mughal architecture in India, built in 1565. Humayun's Tomb is often said to be the inspiration behind the Taj Mahal.
Later, take a tour of New Delhi and drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan (President’s House), Parliament House, and India Gate - a war memorial constructed in memory of 70,000 Indian soldiers who fought in WW-I. Lastly, visit Qutub Minar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a soaring tower of victory. Its construction commenced in 1193 under the supervision of the Islamic ruler Qutub-ud-din-Aibak, immediately after the defeat of the last Hindu Kingdom in Delhi. The marble and red sandstone built structure is nearly 73 meters tall and tapers from a 15-meter-diameter base to just 2.5 meters at the top.
Day 03 - Delhi - Jaipur
Start your day with breakfast at the hotel, after which we will drive to Jaipur. On arrival we head to the hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure. Explore at your own pace. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 04- Jaipur sightseeing
This morning after breakfast, set off for a day of exploration in Jaipur and ride to the top of the hilltop fortress - the Amber Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) on an elephant’s back. Get to know the dramatic grandeur of the fort perched on the Aravalli Hills and surrounded by fortified battlements. Then, pay a visit to the Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds, the five storied structure featuring 953 small windows called jharokhas, decorated with intricate latticework. Made using red sandstone, the towering structure resembles a honeycomb and was initially built to allow the royal ladies to peer down without being seen. Next, visit the City Palace. Built in the 18th century, the City Palace is a perfect exemplar of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles and fortified walls, built for protection from invading armies. Also, visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), an astronomy site which was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur in the 18th century with 13 architectural astronomy instruments.
Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 05- Jaipur – Agra [240 Km. / 4 -5 Hrs. Approx.]
After breakfast, you will be driven towards Agra. Upon arrival in Agra, check into the hotel and freshen up. You will then head out to visit Agra Fort - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The elegant building reflects a perfect fusion of the Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles with massive courtyards, mosques & private chambers.
Overnight in Agra.
Day 06- Agra to Delhi by road [230 Kms. / 4 Hrs. Approx.] and fly to Varanasi
The city of Agra is home to Taj Mahal - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and perhaps the world’s most photographed monument. Early morning, pay a visit to this beautiful edifice, commissioned in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his departed wife, is a world-renowned icon and symbol of eternal love. Post this head back to the hotel for breakfast and then leave for Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be transferred to the Delhi airport directly to board a flight to Varanasi. Reach Varanasi and get transferred to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel and relax.
Overnight in Varanasi.
Day 07- Varanasi
The day starts with an early morning boat ride on the River Ganges. You will get a chance to watch rituals taking place along the riverside and ghats (places by the river with steps leading down to the river) during the ride. The locals of Varanasi visit River Ganges very early in the morning to pray to Sun God as well as to offer prayers to the holy River Ganges, considered as mother goddess. The boat ride also takes you to various other ghats where you will see the daily rituals along the Ganges like washing, bathing and praying. For instance, Manikarnika Ghat is famous for Hindu cremation rituals, Dashashwamedha Ghat is popular for the Ganga Aarti ceremony (holy worship rituals of the Ganges), Assi Ghat, the southernmost and a prominent bathing ghat in Varanasi, situated at the union of the rivers Ganga and Assi. After the boat ride, return to your hotel and enjoy breakfast. Afterwards, you will be visiting some of the prominent temples in the city like Sankat Mochan Temple, Kashi Vishwanath Temple - an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva that was restored and rebuilt to its present glory in 1776, Kalbhairav temple, Manas Mandir, Birla temple, Bharat Mata temple among others. Then you will walk through the narrow alleys of Varanasi, visit the local bazaars of town where you can shop for statues, brass works, worship items, and the famous Benaras silk materials. We will now lead you towards Dashashwamedh Ghat where the spectacular Ganga Aarti ceremony by the River Ganges takes place. This star attraction of Varanasi treats visitors to the sight of interesting rituals, performed by Hindu priests accompanied by chanting of sacred mantras, to please the Ganges River and God of Fire. Photo lovers will definitely love this spot to capture some really interesting pictures. Overnight in Varanasi.
Day 08- Varanasi - Delhi By Flight - Departure
Post breakfast this morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Delhi. From there you will depart for your onward journey. Hope you had a wonderful time exploring with us. Have a pleasant flight and see you soon.