The Golden triangle Varanasi tour comprises visits to Delhi, Agra, Varanasi and Jaipur. The tour will also involve local sight seeing activity, besides participation in local rituals. The purpose of packaged tour is to get one with the religious, historical as well as cultural sentiments. Being the part of tour, you will have the opportunity to explore some of the oldest towns and cities of India.
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
After arriving in Delhi, our representative will welcome you and guide you to the hotel. Stay over night in the hotel. Delhi is one of the oldest business centers of the world. In fact, it is also one of the oldest Mughal epicenters of power and great cosmopolitan towns. Staying at Delhi will bring you close to historical Mughal power centers, modern city life and much more. Enjoy your morning breakfast, get set for sightseeing trip to Gandhi Memorial at Raj Ghat, and then Qutub Minar, Himayun Tomb, Jama Masjid and drive past India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhavan. Later in the afternoon, make visits to Humayun's Tomb, Lotus Temple, Qutub Minar, Mahavir Ahinsa Sthal and Chhatarpur temple respectively. Return back to hotel. Enjoy your dinner and make a comfortable overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 02: Delhi - Jaipur (250 km / 5 hrs)
After tasty breakfast in the hotel, take road trip to Jaipur in the day. Transfer to pre booked hotel as soon as you reach Jaipur. Enjoy the rich Indian hospitality at your hotel as you are served with the dinner.
Excursion to Chokhi Dhani:
In evening get ready to go for Chokhi Dhani, an ethnic village resort. In the village resort you can feel the liveliness of Rajasthani folk culture as traditional dress clad children dance to the folk tunes played by men and women. If you want to enjoy the joy rides, then you can go for the camel, horses and bullock carts rides. Return back to hotel. Enjoy your dinner and make a comfortable and easy overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 03: Jaipur
Get ready for sightseeing tour after enjoying the breakfast. Your sightseeing trip will begin from Amber Fort, strategically situated on a hilltop. The fort houses fabulous Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Victory, which has unique artistic arrangement of mirror walls, floors and ceilings. Amber Fort also has Goddess Kali temple. You can ride to Amber Fort on a decorated Elephant's back. It is truly an adventurous experience altogether. The old city of Jaipur was constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh II, on the lines of Shilpa-Shastra, which is the ancient Hindu architecture style. The old city of Jaipur was constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh II, on the lines of Shilpa-Shastra. Maharaja Jai Singh II was also a great astronomer and he built Jantar Mantar Observatory, built in 1700's (A.D). Make sure that you visit the observatory to get the feel of astronomical advancements in the Rajputana dynasty. You should also explore City Palace and Ram Niwas Gardens and be the part of royal traditions and rituals. Later make the visit to fabulous City Palace, Birla Temple, Jantar Mantar Observatory and the Palace of Winds. In the evening get back to your hotel room. Have delicious dinner in your hotel and recluse back to comforts of hotel room.
Day 04: Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (260 km / 6
After breakfast in the coffee shop, take road drive to Agra, and en route visit 400 year old Mughal city Fatehpur Sikri. The city exemplifies huge pavilions made from red sandstone. Also explore the elegantly designed and carved palaces and courtrooms. Drive further to reach Agra, where our representative will help you to make a check in the hotel room. Make your overnight stay in the hotel comfortable.
Day 05: Agra (Excursion to Mathura and Vrindavan)
Agra was once the Mughal capital. It is well known across the globe for Taj Mahal ľone of Seven Wonders of the World. The city is strategically situated on the West bank of river Yamuna, with the Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal forming the centers. Taj Mahal is the finest creation of Mughal architecture. After enjoying the breakfast, visit Taj Mahal.
The romantic monument was constructed by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 as a tribute to his lovable heart queen Mumtaz Mahal. Later you should also visit Agra Fort, which has Pearl Mosque, the Halls of Public and Private Audience. Agra Fort exemplifies rich Mughal architecture as seen in Jehangir Mahal, Khas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Deewan-e-Am.
Make the visit to Itmad-ul-Daulah, which puts rich semblance of Persian architecture, and built by Empress Nur Jehan as tribute to her father Ghias-ud-Din Beg. In the afternoon, visit Sikandara, the Akbar's tomb. Next, move on to Mathura and Vrindavan, which are birth and childhood places of Lord Krishna. In the evening return to hotel room and pack your bags and reach to Agra railway station to board train to Varanasi. Stay overnight in the train.
Day 06: Arrive Varanasi
After reaching Varanasi, transfer to the pre booked hotel. Varanasi is also known as Kashi, and it is popular ancient religious Hindu city of India. The present name of Varanasi has been retained from the names of two rivers named Varuna and Asi. You will find clear examples of religious fervors and sentiments in the form various temples. Lying on the banks of sacred river Ganges, the religious city is also known for handicrafts and Banarsi Sarees. The city also has opulent carpet manufacturing industry. It is a pleasurable and memorable experience for the visitors to go for early morning cruise on Ganges amidst the view of rising sun.
Relax for some time and then plan an excursion to Sarnath, which is located 5 miles from Varanasi. Sarnath is the place where in 590 BC Lord Buddha gave his first sermon in deer park to drive 'Wheel of the Dharma'. Sarnath was the most prestigious schools of learning from 16th century BC to 12th century. Nearby, you will witness the ruins of once flourishing Buddhist monastery. Taking a walk further will lead you to Museum, which has marvelous collection of Buddhist art and sculptures. At the museum you will find the Ashok Pillar with its four guardian lions. India's national emblem has used these lions in their official charter.
Day 07: Varanasi
Early morning, take road drive to Daswamedh Ghat and get set for boat cruise from here. As you cruise down the river, you will come across several cremation Ghats, and simultaneously discover the oldest Hindu traditions coming alive before you. Take the boat in the middle of Ganges as you see the religious town of Varanasi getting active as the sun rises. Later sail back to the banks, and return to hotel to freshen up and enjoy breakfast.
Next, set your feet for spiritual tour to Bharat Mata temple, Durga temple, and Tulsi Manas Mandir. If you want, you can also visit Benaras Hindu University, where you will art gallery & the mosque of Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb. Drive to Ramnagar in the afternoon and from there cruise back on the boat to main city. Enroute the cruise, experience various Hindu religious ceremonies and rituals which are performed by priests on Ghats of Ganges.
Day 08: Varanasi - Delhi (By Air)
Enjoy the morning breakfast and leisure around for a while. Pack your bags and transfer to airport to board flight to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi, our representative will assist you to travel to Hotel in the vicinity of airport for a brief stay.
Day 09: Depart Delhi
Catch international flight to onward destination.