Golden Triangle with Ardh Kumbh and Varanasi

10 Nights / 11 Days


Golden Triangle with Ardh Kumbh and Varanasi

Delhi – Varanasi – Allahabad (Ardh Kumbh) – Agra – Jaipur - Delhi

Embark on a tour of India that will take you to one of the biggest religious fairs in the world – the Kumbh Fair 2019 in Allahabad. Kumbh Fair is a mass Hindu pilgrimage, revered as one of the largest religious gatherings on earth, organized after every 3 years. This tour will also take you to Varanasi and Sarnath – the former is world’s most ancient town where you will see the spectacular river worship ceremony of the Ganges called Ganga Aarti while the latter is a prime Buddhist pilgrimage site. Also travel to India’s highly popular tourist circuit – the Golden Triangle that includes the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. You will see famous monuments, historical forts, palaces and Eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Taj Mahal. Also part of this package includes fun activities like a rickshaw ride in Old Delhi. This tour is once-in-a-lifetime experience of incredible India that includes spirituality, ancient traditions, culture, people, architecture and amazing places.

Highlights

  • Attend the largest religious gathering in the world – the Kumbh Fair in Allahabad.
  • Watch ancient holy rituals by the riverside at Kumbh Mela including the Holy Bath, “Snan”.
  • In Delhi - Take in the sights of Old and New Delhi on a guided tour of India’s capital including Jama Mosque, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, and Gandhi’s crematorium – Raj Ghat.
  • Enjoy Rickshaw ride through Old Delhi’s backstreets.
  • Attend the spectacular worship ritual of the Ganges during the Ganga Aarti (worship ceremony of the Ganges) in Varanasi.
  • Visit Sarnath, the place where Buddha gave his first sermon after enlightenment, and where you will see important Buddhist monuments including the famous pillars of Ashoka and the ancient stupas.
  • Take in the royal history and charm of Jaipur - The City of Maharajas, at its spectacular forts and palaces
  • Go on a ride to Amber Fort on the back of an elephant.
  • Behold the stunning sight of the Taj Mahal in the ancient Mughal city of Agra.
  • Learn about the Mughal legacy and admire their penchant for stunning work of art and architecture in the old historic city of Fatehpur Sikri.
  • Get to see Eight World Heritage Sites on this tour.

DAY 1
Arrive Delhi
On arrival at New Delhi airport, Our GeTS Holidays representative will meet you at the Airport and transfer you to your pre-booked hotel. Relax and enjoy a day of leisure. |
Overnight stay in Delhi.

DAY 2
DELHI
After breakfast, get ready for Delhi sightseeing tour. You’ll first go for Old Delhi sightseeing, 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 - Red Fort (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Then, you will be driven towards the Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi - the Father of the Nation.

Afterward, proceed to Humayun’s Tomb (UNESCO World Heritage Site) an early example of Mughal architecture in India that was built in the year 1565. Humayun's Tomb is often said to be the inspiration behind the Taj Mahal. Later, head for New Delhi sightseeing tour and drive past the Rashtrapati Bhawan (President’s House), Parliament House, and India Gate - a war memorial constructed in memory of 70,000 Indian & British soldiers who fought in the WW-I. Lastly, visit Qutub Minar (UNESCO World Heritage Site), a soaring tower of victory. Its construction was commenced in 1193 under the supervision of 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.

Overnight in Delhi.
Note: Some of the Monuments remain closed on Mondays in Delhi.


DAY 3
DELHI - VARANASI (BY FLIGHT)
This day, after breakfast, check-out from the hotel and proceed to Delhi Airport to take a flight for Varanasi. Upon arrival at Varanasi Airport, transfer to your hotel. Check-in to hotel. In the evening, enjoy witnessing Ganga Aarti on holy river bank of Ganges.

Overnight in Varanasi.

DAY 4
VARANASI
Today morning proceed for the city tour of the Varanasi. Start with a visit to the Bharat Mata Temple followed by a visit to the Benaras Hindu University, one the most presumed educational institutions in India. Later enjoy a pleasure trip to Sarnath, few kilometers from Varanasi. This destination holds great religious importance for Buddhists. Here Lord Buddha lectured his first sermon to his disciples, after he attained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya. A tombstone is built in the deer park where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Emperor Ashoka, a dedicated Buddhist and Preacher of Dhamma built a number of stupas and Chaityas here, which exists till date. Most prominent amongst these are the Dhamek stupa, built in the year 249 BCE and the Chaukhandi stupa, built in 5th century AD. Also, visit the Sarnath museum, notable for its collection of Buddhist ruins and artifacts. It is also the proud keeper of the Ashok Stambha, the national emblem of India.
Overnight in Varanasi.

DAY 5
VARANASI - ALLAHABAD (APPROX. 4 HOURS DRIVE)
After breakfast drive to Allahabad. Upon arrival in Allahabad, check-in at the tent located near the fair ground where the Ardh Kumbh will take place. Immerse yourself in the beautiful conglomeration of faith, spirituality, and colors. You will be provided all meals during the stay.
In the evening you can take part in Yoga/ Bhajan activities, if time permits.
Overnight in Allahabad.

DAY 6
ALLAHABAD
After breakfast, set off for a guided tour of Kumbh Fair. You will visit the Ghat where the Holy Bathing rituals of the Monks (Sadhus) takes place. Don't forget to capture some amazing photographs of the event.

The Bathing ritual or the "Snan" is the holy bath taken by the Saints from different Akhadas (religious groups) in the sacred river. According to the rituals, the common people can only take a bath in the river, after the Saints have taken a dip. Witness the colorful procession of thousands of saints making their way to the ghat. The devotees wake up as early as 3 AM to queue up for their morning bath and wait until the sadhus have taken their holy bath. The moments of the Snan are definitely worth capturing.

Later, you can spend your day admiring the different activities on the banks of the Ganges.
Lunch and Dinner at the Tent (All vegetarian).
Overnight in Allahabad.

DAY 7
ALLAHABAD
After the breakfast, get ready for a guided tour of the Kumbh Mela fair ground. Visit the Akhadas with your guide and witness the saints of different Hindu sects who come out in the public only during this world's largest religious gathering in Allahabad. Observe and interact with them. You can witness various rituals take place and capture some great moments.
In the evening, return to the tent.
Overnight in Allahabad.

DAY 8
ALLAHABD - AGRA (BY TRAIN)
After breakfast, as per your time, check-out from the tent and meet our representative. You will be then driven to the Allahabad railway station to board your train to Agra. Arrive at Agra railway station and get transferred to the hotel. Check into hotel and relax.
Overnight in Agra.

DAY 9
AGRA SIGHTSEEING - FATEHPUR SIKRI - JAIPUR
After breakfast, get ready for Agra sightseeing. The city of Agra is home to Taj Mahal - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and perhaps the world’s most photographed monument. 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. It is a world-renowned icon and symbol of eternal love. Then, visit the massive Agra Fort, a historical red sandstone fort and a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, that reflects a perfect fusion of the Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles with massive courtyards, mosques & private chambers.

Later, you’ll be transferred to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Built in the 16th century, this ancient fortified city was once the capital of the Mughal Empire. The complex includes Diwan-i-Khas building, which has a beautifully carved pillar at its centre, the Panch Mahal palace and other important buildings and structures.

Continue drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and relax.
Overnight in Jaipur.

DAY 10
JAIPUR
Morning after breakfast, set off for a day of exploration in Jaipur and ride to the top of the hilltop fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Amber Fort 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, a five-storied structure featuring 953 small windows called jharokhas decorated with intricate latticework. Using red and pink 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 with fortified walls built for protection from the invading armies. Also, visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory (UNESCO World Heritage Site), an astronomical site which was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur in the 18th century with 13 architectural astronomy instruments.
Overnight in Jaipur.

DAY 11
JAIPUR – DELHI AIRPORT (6 HOURS DRIVE)
After breakfast, check-out from hotel and drive to Delhi airport to board your flight to further destination.


Starting at USD 675* per person
**Based on 02 people, sharing a double room, in 3-star hotels

 

The above cost includes:

  • Accommodation in 3 star hotels on Double sharing basis
  • Stay in Allahabad in Swiss Tent
  • All Transportation by chauffeur driven Sedan car, during your tour
  • Assistance on arrival and departure transfers at airports / railway stations
  • Bottled water in the car
  • Daily breakfast in hotels
  • All meals in Allahabad Tent
  • Boat transfers to and fro Tents in Allahabad (one time per day)
  • Guide for Kumbh Mela Only (For Two days)
  • Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
  • Sunrise Boat ride in Varanasi
  • Battery Van ride in Agra
  • Elephant ride at Amer Fort in Jaipur
  • Train Tickets from Allahabad to Agra in Air-conditioned 2-Tier class
  • Driver allowance, toll tax, parking and fuel charges
  • All current applicable taxes.

The above does not include :

  • Airfares (Will be additional)
  • Guides (Except Kumbh), Monument entrance fees
  • Medical Insurance, Cost related to any delay in Train / Flight
  • Lunch / Dinner which are not mentioned above
  • Personal expenses like, tips, phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Any element that is not mentioned in the inclusion section.

Note : Visit to Kumbh Mela during Royal bath (Shahi Snan) will cost additional

 

 


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