In this 9 Nights, 10 Days trip you will experience the real beauty of India. The country has been the home to a diverse culture. This vibrant heritage of the land is due to the different civilizations who came here at different points of time and made the country their home.
The 10 days Golden Triangle Vacation with Varanasi could be an interesting way to spend your holiday. The trip would include a visit to Delhi, Lucknow, Agra, Jaipur and Varanasi. You will visit some of the most famous monuments of the nation, ranging from minarets, several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, gardens and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Apart from that, you will visit the city of Moksha and peace – Varanasi. Gautam Buddha gave his first sermons after attaining enlightenment at Saranath, just 11 km from Varanasi. The city is an important pilgrimage site for the Hindus.
The city of Lucknow, with is grandeur and beautiful Awadhi laid-back lifestyle would definitely surprise you. On this trip you will create beautiful moments while exploring the culture, heritage and spiritualism of India.
Arrive Delhi and transfer to Hotel. Hotel check-in time is 1400hrs
Delhi has been inhabited from the 6th century BC has been the capital of many kingdoms. It has been destroyed and rebuilt many times and is called the "city of cities". Delhi's culture has been influenced by its different rulers and the city is full of beautiful monuments. The Mughal rulers influenced the food habits of the residents and Mughlai cuisine originated here. Due to the proximity of different states, all festivals are celebrated here. Old Delhi is a maze of small lanes lined and old buildings and New Delhi has large road with huge buildings. Delhi is the capital of India and is the hub for politics.
Remainder of the day is free to relax at Hotel.
Overnight at Hotel in Delhi.
Breakfast at Hotel. Check out and proceed for city tour of Delhi. Visit the major attractions of the Delhi city. The day tour of Delhi will start from Old Delhi which was constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the seventeenth century. Visit of Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation. Thereafter, visit to the museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi where e to witness various relics and attractions dedicated to him. Then drive to visit Jama Masjid (Jama Mosque) (passing by two gems of Delhi, Red Fort and Chandni Chowk). Red Fort is a famous monument constructed entirely out of red stone whereas Chandni Chowk is one of the busiest markets of Old Delhi. Jama mosque was built by Shah Jahan and is one of the biggest mosques in India. A short rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk could be quite interesting as this part of the city is quite crowded as it is full of shops. These numerous shops sell delicious mouth-watering food, clothes, jewels, household goods, etc. and are virtually a shopper's paradise.
Afternoon visit the historic Qutub Minar which is also a UNESCO world heritage site. It is the tallest minaret in India which was constructed by Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak in the twelfth century. Thereafter visit Humayun’s Tomb, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a peaceful place where one can spend some peaceful moments marveling at the majesticity of the place. Afterwards, visit the India Gate which is a war memorial dedicated to the soldiers who laid their lives for the protection of the nation from enemies. Driven past the Parliament House, President’s House and other Government Secretarial Buildings, and the final stop will be at Lakshmi Narayan Temple, a temple dedicated to Lakshmi and Lord Narayana.
Late in the evening, transfer to the New Delhi Railway station for overnight train to Lucknow.
Overnight on board in Train
Morning arrival in Lucknow and transferred to hotel. Hotel Check in time 1400hrs
Lucknow "city of Nawabs" is known for its etiquette and sophistication and is also called the Golden City of India and Constantinople of the East and is known for its Imambaras, mosques, Islamic shrines, baradaris and gardens. This city was a major centre of Indian rebellion of 1857 and was active in India's Independence movement. Music and dance flourished under the Nawabs of Lucknow which was said to North India’s cultural capital. The Awadh has its own distinct style of cuisine and consists of biryanis, kebabs and breads and is the location of Kathak, Khayal, Nawabs and Classical music
Breakfast at the Hotel and proceed to visit the architectural marvel of age, La Martiniere School which was designed by the Frenchman Major-General Claude Martin as a palatial home. Even to this day, Claude martin is a revered personality in the city of Lucknow. Later visit Dilkusha Palace & Gardens - This palace was built by a European architect for the Nawab - Sadat Ali Khan. The Nawab only saw this building on its completion and the first words that came to his lips were "Dil Khush Hua" meaning "My Heart is Pleased", thus it was aptly named "Dilkusha". The palace and gardens were used as a country house and hunting lodge by the Nawab and his begums. Light game consisting of deer and bears were kept in the surrounding woods for the Begums to indulge in some hunting themselves. Part of the palace was also used as a Maternity Home for the wives of the Nawabs.
Visit Lucknow Residency a place where speechless walls are known to speak the gruesome tale of the 1857 mutiny. The sprawling British campus witnessed nothing less than 3000 deaths to keep the Union Jack flying. Yet the British could not defend their domain and the buildings were lost to the high spirited and enthusiastic Indians who fought till their last breath. The trees, bullet sprinkled walls, unusable canons, worn out firearms all cry aloud with the burden of deaths that were witnessed here. Also visit the graveyard to pay our homage to named and unnamed soldiers who gave up their lives in the defense of The Residency. Driving past Sadat Ali & Begum Tombs and the ‘Chatar Manzil’ (Outside view only), reach the world’s most unique architecture, 'Asifi Imambara'. This monument was built as a relief measure for a devastating famine, in order to provide employment to the subjects of the state by Nawab Asif-ud-Daula'. This is the world’s biggest hall that is devoid of any pillar support, wood, iron beams or concrete walls. Salute the “Nawab” (Prince) lying in peace inside and proceed to see his noble work. Also see the 'Rumi Darwaza' or the Turkish Gate and the Asfi Mosque. We now reach the Husainabad Complex - The Clock Tower is the highest Clock Tower in Asia and in some ways superior to its counterpart, 'Big Ben'. Today the clock stands motionless but has witnessed all times, the good, the bad and the ugly. Now enter the Babylon of East, The Husainabad Imambara - known for its beauty and pieces of décor. This was built in 1840 by Mohammad Ali Shah and is still considered to be a sacred address by the natives. The beautiful chandeliers, silver seat, sandalwood décor and calligraphy on the walls all are so creative. Admire each one and bow down to the Nawab and his Mother sleeping inside. Also see the Satkhanda that stands as Lucknow’s incomplete leaning tower of Pisa.
Overnight at Hotel in Lucknow.
Breakfast at Hotel. Check out and transfer to Lucknow Railway station in time to connect your train to Varanasi
Arrive Varanasi and transferred to your hotel.
Varanasi also called Benaras or Banaras or Kashi is said to be the oldest living city in the world, dating back to 5000 years. It has been the cultural and spiritual capital of North India for years. The belief of Hindus is that death in Varanasi leads to salvation. Varanasi is also known as the holy city of India or the city of temples, or the city of learning and also as the oldest living city on earth.
Overnight at Hotel in Varanasi.
This early morning boat ride on river Ganges. Two of the most renowned ghats Manikarnika and Harishchandra are frequented by hundreds of devotees. These two ghats are quite famous not only for taking a holy dip, but also for cremation purposes. It is strongly believed by Hindus that whoever dies in Varanasi and gets cremated on the bank of river Ganga achieves salvation, thereby releasing him from this birth cycle. You may witness numerous funeral pyres burning around in these ghats.
After boat ride return back to the hotel for breakfast.
Morning city tour of Varanasi - Hindus holiest city and one of the oldest living cities in the world. Varanasi was already old when Rome was founded, a flourishing trade Centre when the Buddha came to Sarnath to preach his first sermon. It was a city of great wealth and religious importance when the Chinese traveler Hiuen Tsang visited in the 7th century. Visit the Bharat Mata Temple with a big relief map of India in marble, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, Banaras Hindu University which has an Art Gallery and the Mosque of Moghul Emperor Aurangazeb built on the site of an ancient Hindu Temple.
In the evening visit the ceremony of Aarti to the river Ganges, The great 'Aarti' to the Ghat of Dasaashwamedh is held every sunset by five priests dressed in white. These five young people choreographed movements apparently worship the river goddess with incense, camphor, flowers and mud lamps. Thousands of lighting lamps are immersed in the water of the sacred Ganges and the floating lamps add a divine aspect to the river.
Overnight at Hotel in Varanasi.
Breakfast at the Hotel and proceed for Half day tour of Sarnath. Visit the buried Buddhist city where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon, Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from 6th century B.C. to 12th century AD. Visit the ruins, the stupa, the Buddhist temple and the Museum
(Sarnath Museum closed on Fridays for visitors).
Return back to hotel. Check out and free to spend on own. (Hotel Check out time 1200hrs)
In the evening, transferred to the Varanasi Railway Station in time to connect the train to Agra.
Overnight on board in Train.
Morning arrival at Tundla Railway Station, and transferred to hotel in Agra. Breakfast at Hotel.
Hotel Check in time 1400hrs
Agra, the former capital of Hindustan is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna. Agra is a major tourist destination of India and a part of the Golden Triangle Tour along with Delhi and Jaipur. Agra also known as Akbarabad went through its peak during the time of Mughals and was the capital of the Mughal rulers Akbar, Jahangir and Shahjehan.
Afternoon visit Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world. This beautiful building is elegantly built with white marble by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between the years 1631 to 1648 and it was built in the memory of his favorite beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal. Standing majestically on the banks of Yamuna River, this breathtaking, immensely beautiful monument is a synonymous to romance and love.
TAJ MAHAL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS FOR VISITORS.
Later visit the Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its architectural structure and was built in the 16th century during the Mughal Empire. This place comprises of several fairy-tale palaces like Khas Mahal and Jahangir Palace. Over here you will also get a chance to see Diwan-e-Aam and Diwan-e-Khas, which are also known as private audience hall and public audience hall. Agra is famous for inlaid marble work and handicrafts.
Overnight at Hotel in Agra.
Breakfast at Hotel check out and drive towards Jaipur, en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri – It is built in the 16th century by Emperor Akbar. Fatehpur Sikri holds exceptional testimony to Mughal civilization and is one of the well-known UNESCO World heritage sites of India and has various historical monuments. You will visit the Jama Masjid, followed by the Tomb of Salim Chishti, the five storied Panch Mahal and Buland Darwaza a graceful monument and stupendous piece of beautiful architecture. It is central portico with a total of three arched entrances and is locally known as Horseshoe gate. You will visit the other graceful buildings of this place such as Ibadat Khana, Mariam-uz-Zamani’s palace, Naubat Khana and Birbal’s house.
Continue drive towards Jaipur.
Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan gets its name from Maharaja Jai Singh who built this city. Many captivating palaces are present here having breathtaking design and architecture. In the 18th century Prince of Wales had visited Jaipur and the entire city was painted in pink color due to which this city is also known as the pink city. The origin of Jaipur goes back to more than 260 years.
Arrive Jaipur and transferred to hotel.
Overnight at Hotel in Jaipur
Breakfast at the Hotel and proceed for the city tour of Jaipur.
The morning journey starts from Amer fort also known as Amer Palace, the earlier capital of Jaipur. Ascend and descend the Amer Fort by Jeep on sharing basis.
(OPTIONAL) Ascend the Amer Fort on an elephant's back on twin sharing basis and descend the fort by Jeep. This magnificent fort was constructed in red sand-stone and marble by Raja Man Singh and is divided into four sections each with a courtyard. The main entrance gate is Surajpol having a fascinating architecture. Near the Ganesh Gate, there is a temple dedicated to the Goddess Sila Devi. The Diwan-e-Aam - Hall of public audience, Diwan-e-Khas - hall of private audience, Sheesh Mahal - palace of mirrors and Sukh Niwas are quite beautiful. At the he Sukh Niwas, a pleasant climate is created by winds that blow over a water cascade.
Afternoon visit Maharaja City Palace, a royal palace with seven story as well as Jantar Mantar, the observatory. This wonderful observatory is attracted by mathematician as well as astronomers of whole world. City palace is perfect blend of all three excellent styles (Mughal, Rajput and European). Another palace, Hawa Mahal is popular all over the world for it magnificent architecture. A tour of Jaipur is not complete without shopping. Jaipur is famous for clothes, carpets, precious and semi-precious stones and jewelry and various handicrafts made of wood, metals, etc. and also for silk paintings and miniatures.
Overnight at Hotel in Jaipur
Breakfast at Hotel. Check out and drive to Delhi - Hotel Check out time 1200hrs
Arrive Delhi and get transferred to Delhi Airport in time to board the connecting flight for onward destination. As most of the flights would depart after midnight, accommodation would not be provided. Hope you enjoyed your tour and our services. We wish to host you again soon. Namaste.