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Golden Triangle with Varanasi Pilgrimage Ganges Tours

Duration : 09 Days / 08 Nights

Destinations Covered : Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Varanasi - Delhi

Day 1 : Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi by international flight. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Red Fort, Delhi
Day 2 : In Delhi

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will be given tour of Old and New Delhi.
Old Delhi - Visit the former centre of Moghul Power, Old Delhi offers ancient monuments, narrow streets and bustling bazaars. Drive past the vast Red Fort, built in 1648, visit the Jama Masjid, the greatest mosque in India and completed in 1658 by Shah Jahan who also built the Taj Mahal, and the Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

New Delhi - Drive past the stately government buildings of the British Era designed by Lutyens, including the India Gate & the Presidential Palace. Continue onto the beautiful Humayuns tomb of the Mughal era & predecessor of the world famous Taj Mahal. End the tour at the towering minaret of Qutab Minar. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 : Delhi - Jaipur

Breakfast at the hotel. Later leave for Jaipur by surface. Upon arrival at Jaipur, check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 : In Jaipur

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning you will be given excursion to Amber Fort with Elephant ride.
Tour of the impressive Amber Fort, situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur City . At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned elephant for the slow but steady climb up to the main gate, making your entrance in the time honoured fashion. The Fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Moghul ruling families.
In the afternoon you will be given city tour of Jaipur.

Tour of the Pink City - Your tour will include the imposing City Palace , still home to the Maharaja although several of the rooms are now open to the public. Many antiques and artefacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here, including a collection of weaponry. You will also visit the Hawa Mahal, "Palace of the Winds", and the open-air Jantar Mantar Observatory to see the vast astronomical instruments. Enjoy a stroll through the colourful bazaar before returning to your hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5 : Jaipur - Agra City Tours

Breakfast at the hotel. Later leave for Agra by surface. Visit Fatehpur Sikri enroute. Upon arrival at Agra , check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6 : Agra - Varanasi (by overnight train)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will be given city tour of Agra which includes visit to Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

Red Fort - lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat. Taj Mahal Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to Agra . Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from it's stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.
In the evening you will be transferred to the railway station in time to connect overnight train for Varanasi . Overnight on board.

Day 7 : Arrive Varanasi Temple Tours

Arrive Varanasi in the morning. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Later you will be given city tour of Varanasi and excursion to Sarnath.

Varanasi

City tour of Varanasi - Visit the Bharat Mata temple with a big relief map of India in Marble, Durga temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, Benaras Hindu University which has an art gallery & the mosque of Moghul Emperor Aurangzeb.

Excursion to Sarnath - The buried Buddhist city where Buddha preached his first sermon. After attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya the Buddha went to Sarnath; and it was here that he preached his first discourse in the deer park to set in motion the 'Wheel of the Dharma'. It is one of the most holy sites as in this place the stream of the Buddha's teaching first flowed. Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from 16th century BC to 12th century AD. Visit the ruins, the stupa, the Buddhist temple & the museum (closed on Fridays). At the museum is the Ashok Pillar with its four guardian lions, used as independent Indias ’ national emblem.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8 : Varanasi - Delhi (by flight)

Early morning, leave for boat ride on the Ganges to see the bathing Ghats (river bank) & cremation site. Sunrise on the riverfront, as seen from a boat, can be a spiritually uplifting sight. The life on the Ghats bound in an endless string of rituals, ever-changing aspects of the river & the wide landscape across have fascinated visitors from all over the world. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Later transfer to the airport to connect flight for Delhi . Upon arrival at Delhi , you will be transferred to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9 : Depart Delhi

Today you will be transferred to the international airport in time to connect flight for onward destination.