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 point of time and made the country there home.
The 10 days Golden Triangle Vacation with Varanasi could be an interesting way to spend your holiday. The trip would include 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 enlighten at Saranath, just 11 km from Varanasi. The city is 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.
The capital of India, Delhi welcomes you. On your arrival, you would be greeted by your representative and transferred to your hotel.
Delhi is a dynamic city with a beautiful mixture of the old and new. The Old Delhi, with all its bazaars and monuments, represents the past. New Delhi, with its high rise buildings and big lanes, represents the new India. With an estimated population of more than 18 million people, Delhi is a city blessed with rich culture and heritage. The different rulers at different point of time have molded the region and have taken inspiration from it. This historically significant city has been built, destroyed and rebuilt several times, which displays the ‘Never Say Die’ spirit of the people living here.
On this day, you will tour the Old Delhi region built by the Shah Jahan, 5th ruler of the Mughal Dynasty. Nest stop on the list would be Raj Ghat – a memorial built in the honor of Mahatma Gandhi. The national figure was cremated in this place, making it an important national landmark. The nearby museum contains several artifacts and memorabilia associated with Gandhiji.
After this, you would be driven past the magnificent Red Fort (Lal Qil) and Chandni Chowk. These landmarks were commissioned by Shah Jahan during late 17th century. The Red Fort, built in Indo-Islamic architecture, is an important landmark of the country. Each year on 15th August (India’s Independence Day) and 26th January (Republic Day), from this place the national flag is hosted by the Prime Minister of India. The Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest markets of the city. It is well known for its variety shops selling different items like dresses, artifacts, perfumed attars and lip-smacking food. The rickshaw ride at Chandni Chowk comes highly recommended. On your Old Delhi trip, you will next head towards the iconic Jama Mashjid – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The majestic mosque, another one of Shah Jahan’s commissioned monuments, is one of the largest mosques of India. Built with red sandstone and marble, this monument is an impressive building.
You will need to check out of the hotel at 1200 hours.
In the afternoon, you will visit other popular landmark of Delhi. The Qutub Minar and the Humayun’s Tomb, listed under UNESCO’s World Heritage Site lists, reflect the important junctions of the history of India. The Qutub Minar, 73 m-high tower, is one of the tallest minarets of the country. After this historically enriching trip, you will head towards the India Gate. It is a war memorial is dedicated to the Unknown Soldiers. Apart from that, you will be driven past the government Secretariat, Parliament House, and the President’s House (Rastrapati Bhawan). Last stop for the day will be Lakshiminarayan Temple, or the Birla Temple. It is an impressive temple complex dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his divine consort Lakshimi.
Late in the evening, you would be directed towards Delhi Railway station for your overnight train ride to Lucknow.
On your arrival to Lucknow, you would be transferred to your hotel.
The beautiful city of Lucknow is well known for its etiquette and laid back lifestyle. Once ruled by the Nawabs of Awadh, Lucknow has flourished as a center for learning, art, culture, and so on.
On this day, you will visit the Jama Masjid, Roomi Dawarza, the great Imambara Picture gallery and Residency, and Dilkusha palace. Apart from that you will visit the Chhota Imambara and Bara Imambara.
In the evening, you will transfer to your hotel where you can spend the entire time at leisure.
After spending the entire day at Lucknow, in the afternoon, you will board your train to Varanasi. The distance between the two cities will be covered in approximately 5 hours. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Varanasi. You will stay overnight here.
Varanasi (Kasi or Beneras), situated on the banks of River Ganga, is an important city for the Hindus. The city is known to provide peace and enlightenment to the seekers, and spiritually uplift a person. Your trip to Varanasi would surely be an interesting inclusion to the Golden Triangle tour.
You will start your Varanasi trip, early in the morning. You will take the boat ride to famous Manikarnika and Harishchandra Ghat – some of the holiest riverfronts for the Hindus. While moving past the Ghats, you will see several devotes taking an early morning dip in the holy River Ganga. These Ghats are stills used as crematoriums, and you might find funeral pyres burning during your tour. According to popular belief, once a person dies at Varanasi, they are freed from the cycle of birth and death. In the past, devotees used come to the city during their final days for that reason.
In the evening, you can observe the famous Ganga Aarati. During the ritual, priests worship the River Goddess Ganga and sing her praises.
In the remaining hours, you can explore the Varanasi on your own, spend the day at leisure or visit Saranath.
You will spend the night at hotel in Varanasi.
In the morning, you can spend the entire day discovering the different aspects of the Varanasi. You can visit the Buddhist shrines and other ruins within the city.
You will check out of the room at 1200 hours.
In the evening, you will be transferred to the Mughalsarai Railway Station, from where you will board your train to Agra.
On your arrival at the Tundla Railway Station, you will be transferred to your hotel in Agra. The city is part of the Golden Triangle tourist circuit along with Jaipur and Delhi. Home to the majestic Taj Mahal, receives the highest number of tourists due to it. Agra once the capital of three Mughal rulers, the city is well-known for its marble work and ancient monuments.
On your Agra tour, you will visit the Taj Mahal. The iconic marble mausoleum was built by Shah Jahan for his beloved wife and consort, Mumtaz Mahal. It took more than a decade to complete and required the combined labor of 20,000 workers. The architecture of the monument contains elements of Persian, Turkish and Indian architecture. This beautiful monument is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Remember, Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays.
Another, iconic monument of Agra, the Agra Fort will also be visited. This UNSCO World Heritage Site has several beautiful complexes including Jahangir Palace and Khas Mahal. You will also visit the beautiful Diwan-i-Aam (hall for private audience), Diwan-i-Khas (hall for private audience).
In the afternoon, you can go for shopping or exploring the different parts of the Agra city.
At the end of the day, you will be transferred to your hotel in Agra.
On this day, you will head towards Jaipur en-route Fahtehpur Sikri. Massive fort build on the orders of Mughal emperor, Akbar, is one of the UNSCO World Heritage Site of the region. On your Sikri tour, you will visit the tomb of Salim Chisti, Jama Masjid, the Panch Mahal and the Buland Darwaza. Other important venues in the fort complex are Naubat Khana (Drum house), Birbal’s house, Mariam-uz-Zamani’s palace (residential quarters of queen consort) and Ibadan Khana (prayer hall).
After the enriching experience at Fahtehpur Sikri, you will head towards Jaipur. Also, referred to as Pink City, Jaipur has always been an important stronghold of the Rajput rulers. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh II; this vibrant city is full of emotions and colors.
You will spend the night at Agra.
Your morning tour of city would begin with Amer Palace (Amber Palace). Constructed by Raja Man Singh I, this red sandstone fort is one of the impressive landmarks of the city. Built on the hill, you can ascend the fort through jeep or on elephant back. The Surajpol, the main entrance of the fort, is an exceptional example of Rajput architecture. Some of the important landmarks of the fort complex are Sila Devi Temple, Diwan-i-Khas (hall of private audience), Diwan-i-Aam (hall of public audience), Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace) and Sukh Niwas (hall of pleasure).
You will also visit the City Palace and the Jantar Mantar. The City Palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II after he shifted his court to Jaipur from Amer. The grand fort is a beautiful complex decorated with several buildings, gardens, temples and courtyards. The Jantar Mantar, another of Maharaja Jai Singh’s commissioned buildings, is a famous observatory – an example of Ptolemaic positional astronomy. You will also visit the honey-combed designed Hawa Mahal. The structure was built for the Rajput women to observe the city life of Jaipur without being seen. The gardens of Jaipur would be next on the list.
Shopping at Jaipur is must. You can buy semi-precious and precious stones, jewelry, dresses and other items of your choice.
At the end of the day, you will be transferred to your hotel in Agra.
On the last leg of the journey, you would be shifted to Delhi from Jaipur by road. You will be transferred to Delhi Airport on time to catch the flight. As most of the flights would depart after midnight, accommodation would not be provided.
End of 10 Days Golden triangle Vacation with Varanasi