Golden Triangle with Varanasi
Destination : Delhi- Jaipur-Fatehpur Sikri - Agra- Delhi Airport - Varanasi -Delhi
Day 01 : Delhi - Jaipur
Arrival at Delhi Airport, Pick up and drive to Jaipur, On arrival at Jaipur transfer to hotel. Check in at hotel. Rest day at leisure for your own activity. Overnight at Jaipur.
Day 02 : Jaipur
After breakfast, half-day excursion trip takes you to Amber Fort with Elephant or Jeep ride. En route, make a photo stop at the palace of winds the Hawa Mahal. A 5 storied building with 25cm thick facade from the 18 century having 953 windows and niches so that ladies of royal family could see the procession and events in the city without being visible to the people. In the afternoon, visit City Palace and Jantar Mantar (1728-34) by king astrologer Jai Singh II. The instruments are built of stone with marble facing on the important plains for measuring the harmony of the heavens. Each instrument serves a particular function and each gives an accurate reading. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 : Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
After having breakfast, drive to Agra. On the way visit Fatehpur Sikri. It is a beautiful and deserted medieval city built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire. The Mughals later abandoned this city for lack of water. After the sightseeing, continue your drive to Agra. On arrival check in the hotel. After check in at the hotel visit Taj Mahal (1631-1653), a poem in white marble, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal. Also visit Agra Fort (Fort and Palace) situated on the West Bank of the river Jamuna. Overnight at the hotel. * Taj Mahal is closed on Friday.
Day 04 : Agra - Delhi Airport - Varanasi
After breakfast drive to Delhi approx 210 kms -03 Hours drive to Airport connect to flight for Varanasi. Arrive Varanasi later drive out for an excursion trip to Sarnath. Located thirteen kilometers northeast of Varanasi, Sarnath is the auspicious place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon in the deer park after attaining enlightenment at Bodhgaya. Varanasi - The holy city of India, is also known by the name of Kashi and Benaras. Kashi, the city of Moksha for Hindus since centuries, is known for its fine-quality silks, 'paan' and Benares Hindu University and Avimukta of the ancient days; Varanasi is the most popular pilgrimage point for the Hindus. One of the seven holiest cities, Varanasi city is also one the Shakti Peethas and one of the twelve Jyotir Linga sites in India. In Hinduism it is believed that those who die and are cremated here get an instant gateway to liberation from the cycle of births and re-births. Proceed for the visit of Sarnath. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 : Varanasi - Delhi
Today early morning you experience the life of this ancient city. See the beauty of the rising sun on the Ganges Boat Ride. Experience the early morning rituals of the Hindus being performed, thousands of people taking a bath in the holy river believing they will be free from the circle of rebirth. It is interesting to see the pilgrims offering sweets, flowers and holy water to the Sun God. Later transfer to Varanasi Airport to connect the flight to Delhi. On Arrival transfer to hotel. O/n at Delhi.
Day 06 : Delhi
After breakfast drive for sightseeing Red Fort - the 17th century imposing fortress, the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), India's largest mosque where more than 20,000 people can kneel in prayer and Raj Ghat -Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial. In the afternoon visit New Delhi. Also visit, Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India), Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colourful market of the old city. Chandni Chowk was the commercial center of Delhi in the old time and you will see it come alive in the morning as the trading day starts, and Raj Ghat (Raj Ghat has a simple memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. A commemorative ceremony is held here every Friday. The first Prime Minister of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru, was also cremated to the north of the memorial at Shanti Van (Forest of Peace). The area is now a beautiful park labelled with trees.
And a special treat awaits you - take a ride through this busy market on tricycle rickshaws.
You will visit two monuments from Delhi's past – Qutub Minar (Historical construction of a landmark In 1199, Qutub-ud-Din raised the Qutub Minar either as a victory tower or as a minaret to the adjacent mosque. From a base of 14.32m it tapers to 2.75m at a height of 72.5m) & Humayun's tomb This tomb, which was built by emperor Humayun's wife, took eight years to complete and is regarded as an example of the early Mughal architecture. The emperor's wife, Begai Begum, was buried in the tomb and the structure is the first of its kind built in the centre of a well-planned garden. Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate. At the center of New Delhi stands the 42m high India Gate, an "Arc-de-Triomphe" like Archway in the middle of a crossroad. Almost similar to its French counterpart war memorial. It commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the First World War and bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919. The foundation stone was laid by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught in 1921 and was designed by Edwin Lutyens), President House (The palatial building built on an area of 330 acres with a private garden designed by the illustrious Lutyens, as the official residence of the Viceroy of India during British reign, is now the official residence of the First Citizen) and the Parliament House (This is symbol of Indian democracy).
Overnight at hotel.
Day 07 : Departure from Delhi
After Breakfast departure to Airport to connect the flight for your onward journey.