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Experience the beauty and the historic nature of Rajasthan including Taj Mahal Tour Packages with only India-tours.com. The Golden Triangle tour circuit is one of the most well-known tourist circuit of India and it connects the capital city, Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The 19-day Rajasthan Taj Mahal Khajuraho and Varanasi Tour Packages will help you travel through the historic cities of India and will walk you through the colourful historical background of India.
This 19-day India tour with us will take you to the beautiful and historically influential monuments of New Delhi, visit the Taj Mahal, the magnificent beauty among all monuments, walk the streets of Jaipur, take a look around various Rajasthani cities, visit the wondrous monuments of Khajuraho and marvel at city of Varanasi while dipping in the holy water.
With our 19-day India tour, you will also taste the delicacies of Rajasthan, indulge in the mouth-watering tastes of the Rajasthani dishes, hear the stories of courage and bravery of the Rajputs, take a tour around the most important temples of the city and make memories with us.
When you land at the airport, you will be met by our representative and guided to your hotel. India’s capital city, New Delhi, has often been referred to as the city of cities. The city has been destroyed and built again by various rulers. Delhi has served as the capital for the Pandavas, Mughals, and many other kingdoms. The changing hands in rulership have allowed Delhi to be a perfect amalgamation of various cultures, has given Delhi many monuments and has influenced the city’s scene. Mughal’s have greatly influenced the city’s architecture as well as eating styles; the Mughlai cuisine originated here. Old Delhi, the oldest part of Delhi, is a maze of lanes and old buildings. Delhi is the seat of Indian Politics.
Your tour will start with a visit to Old Delhi, also known as Purani Dilli, which was originally a walled city built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1639 AD. Visit the intricate old lanes, indulge in the Indian street food or shop for Indian goods here. Next, we will take you to Raj Ghat, the resting place of India’s father, Mahatma Gandhi. We will also take you to the museum that was built to commemorate him.
After this, we will drive past one of the most iconic buildings in India, the Red Fort, which gets its name from the red stone that has been used and is famous for its monumental beauty, we will also drive past Chandni Chowk - the abundant market of Old Delhi, where you can shop for clothes, jewellery, and indulge in tasting the great Indian food. Then we will visit Jama Masjid which was built by Shah Jahan after he chose to shift from Agra to Delhi.
In the afternoon, we will take you to explore the majestic Qutub Minar, India’s tallest minaret which was built by Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak, which is also a world heritage site. After that we will move to Humayun’s tomb, an UNESCO world heritage site, then move on to India Gate, which was built in the memory of a fallen unknown soldier, and finish up the tour of Delhi by driving past the Indian Parliament, President’s house and various other government buildings. If time permits, we will visit he Laksmi Narayan Birla Temple.
Highlights: Delhi - Visit Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, Qutab Minar, Humayun's Tomb, Laxmi Narayan Temple & drive past Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, President House, Parliament. etc.
On the second day of your Golden Triangle Tour with Khajuraho and Varanasi with us, we will take you to the historical town of Mandawa, which is a Rajasthani town in the Shekhawati, a region established by the Shekhawat Rajputs. The kings of this region built more than 50 forts and palaces. The region is famous for painted havelis or houses. This region was inhabited by the Marwaris, a successful business community, which later migrated to bigger cities in the country and did well with their businesses. The villages of Mandawa are known for the beautifully painted houses, detailed frescos and wonderful palaces and forts, which have been converted to hotels.
On your tour with us, we will take you visit the various Shekhawati villages such as Mandawa, Nawalgarh, Dundlod, etc. The town of Mandawa is open for your visit, we help you explore the beautifully painted havelies, houses, the majestic frescos and see the collection of old costumes, armouries, cannons from the 1800s and much more. The town of Mandawa is known as an open art gallery for its beautifully painted houses.
Highlights: Visit the Shekhavati Villages.
On your third day with us, we will take you to Bikaner, also known as the camel country. The city is famous for its forts, palaces and the camel festival. On your trip to Bikaner with us, we will help you explore the beauty of the rectangular fort built by Raja Jai Sing, Junagadh Fort. Raja Jai Sing was a war general in the army under the reign of Akbar. The Fort is known for its beautiful architecture, which is a perfect amalgamation of Mughal and Rajput styles. Other than this, Maharaja Dungar Singh added a western touch to the fort, which made the fort even more remarkable.
With thirty-seven pavilions, thick walls, moats and much more, the beauty of the fort lies in the Suraj pol, where the sun rays fall directly on it and are named after the same, and for Chand Pol, which is celebrated for its architecture. The Joramal temple is accessible through a beautiful door and is famous for its surroundings as well as breath-taking interiors. Last but not the least, we will visit the Har Mandir, which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the wealth goddess, Lakshmi. This temple was used by the prince and princesses to celebrate special occasions, such as weddings and various other ceremonies.
Highlights: Bikaner - visit the Junagadh Fort with Suraj Pol & Chand pol gates, Joramal temple, Har Mandir & the bazaars.
On the 4th day with us, we will take you to Jaisalmer, which is also known as the Golden City of India. The fascinating city of Jaisalmer is known for its yellow sand, magical art, music, and culture as well as for its beautiful forts and Jain Temples.
Here, you have the option of moving away from the same old cityscape and go camping in the desert to enjoy the beauty of the city a bit more closely. After reaching the city, you are free to do whatever you like. Visit the colorful bazaars of the city or take a camel safari to enjoy the city.
In the morning, we will take you to visit the magnificent Jaisalmer Fort, which is also known as the Golden Fort or Sonar Kila. The name “Golden Fort” comes from the fact that the fort is made of yellow sandstone which shines in the sunlight and appears to be made of gold. The fort is festooned with beautiful and intricate wood carvings and is a blend of Indian architecture with military designs. Next, we will take you to visit the 5 storied Tazia Tower, which shows the craftsmanship of the local craftsmen of the ancient times.
Next stop in Jaisalmer is the Salim Ji Ki Haveli, which is also made of yellow sandstone and still houses a number of people. The palace is designed to perfection and houses many pillars with ornamental carvings. The roofs and ceilings are carved as well. Various areas of the haveli are decorated with beautiful gold and silver ornaments. The haveli has been the residence of the Mohta family for decades. Next, you could visit more forts and havelis here, such as the Patwon ki Haveli and many more. The afternoon here is at your leisure; you could visit the various bazaars and shop some iconic things from Jaisalmer or decide to visit the various Jain Temples.
Highlights: Jaisalmer - Visit the Jaisalmer Fort, Salim Ji Ki Haveli & Patwon ki Haveli.
On the 6th day, we will take you to Jodhpur, the beautiful city in Rajasthan. The second largest city in the state is also referred to as the Sun City or the Blue City. Jodhpur is named after Rao Jodha, who established the city back in the mid-1400s and was the capital of the Marwar kingdom. The city is located on the route from Delhi to Gujarat, and it used to be a trade center for various things including, copper, silk, and opium. The city is famous for its classy sweets and the celebration of various festivals, such as Nag Panchami, Gangaur, Teej, etc. with huge pomp and show.
First destination for today will be Meherangarh fort, one of the largest and the most menacing forts in India. Located on a low hill, this fort has thick walls and encompasses many palaces with luxurious courtyards inside. The areas are also beautifully carved. Next, we will take you to visit the famous Moti Mahal, built by Raja Sur Singh. The palace had served as a hall for private audience. We will next take you to visit the Phool Mahal or the Palace of Flowers, which was built by Maharaja Abhaya Singh and is known for being a chamber of pleasures.
We will also take you to the Jaswant Thada, which was built by Sardar Singh in 1889 in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The Jaswant Thada is made of thin sheets of marble and is beautiful when the sunlight falls over it. Next, on our list will be Umaid Public Gardens, which houses Government Museum, designed by Henry Vaughan Lanchester. They house a vast collection of artefacts that walk you through the history of the place.
Highlights: Jodhpur - visit Meherangarh fort, Jaswant Thada and Umaid Public Gardens
Next morning we will drive from Jodhpur to Udaipur, the city of warriors and the Maharanas. While traveling we will stop and visit various places on our route to Udaipur. We will stop at Ranakpur to visit the intricate Jain Temples, then we will visit the popular temple of Chamukha in Ranakpur. The Chamukha temple has more than twenty halls and more than 1100 pillars, all of which are unique in every aspect. The temple is made from marble and is dedicated to Adinathji the first Tirthankara. If the time permits, we will also take you to the Surya Temple and Jain Temple before moving to Udaipur.
Udaipur, the city of Lakes and rightfully known as Venice of the East, was founded by Rana Udai and was the capital of the historical kingdom, Mewar. The legendary Maharana Pratap was born here, the great warrior who fought Akbar in 1576. The seat of the Rajputs lies in Udaipur, and the descendants of the Rajput clan are known as Suryavanshis (descendants of the Sun) and have the sun as their insignias.
Kick start your 8th day with a tour of the City Palace. We will help you travel to the City Palace, which is located on the banks of the Pichola Lake. Constructed under the reign of Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 A.D, this palace is known for its architecture and beauty. Next stop for today is the Jagdish Temple, which as built by Maharana Jagat Singh and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This beautiful temple’s architecture is a blend of the Indo-Aryan style of architecture and is the biggest shrine in Udaipur.
We will then take your for a drive around the Fatehsagar Lake. Next up on our list is the Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir located near Chetak Circle, which is a beautiful museum that helps you walk through the dazzling beauty of the city, understand the folk history of Rajasthan and much more. Your next stop in Udaipur with us will be Sahelion ki Bari or Queen's resort for her Friends. The place has now been converted to a garden and used to be a place for the queen and her friends to spend their time. The afternoon is for leisure indulge in shopping or sightseeing in the city.
Highlights: Udaipur - Visit the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir, Sahelion ki Bari & drive around Fatehsagar Lake.
On the morning of your 9th day with us, we will take you to one of the holiest cities of India. The beautiful and the holy city of Pushkar has a wonderful mythological story behind it. As the legend goes, during the ancient times a demon called Vajra Nabha, killed Brahma’s children. In a fit of anger, Bhrama threw a lotus flower at the demon, which killed it. One of the petals fell in the lake of Pushkar, where Lord Vishnu performed a sacrifice on a full moon night. Pushkar is primarily famous for three things, namely, the wonderful temples of the city, the lake which is believed to offer salvation and the camel fair. You can travel through the city and visit the various parts of the city as per your choice.
Highlights: Pushkar - visit the Sacred Lake and the Brahma Temple.
This morning drive from Pushkar to Jaipur. Jaipur is one of the most prominent cities in India. Popularly referred to as the Pink City, this city is home to various forts, luxurious palaces, and various other buildings. There is an interesting story behind the origin of the term Pink City; it is said that when the Prince of Wales visited the city in the 18th century, the entire city was painted in pink, hence the name.
However, the origin of the city dates back to 260 years. The name Jaipur comes from the name of the founder, Jai Singh. Afternoon here is at leisure; you can visit the various palaces, such as the Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort, etc. or simply choose to spend your time among the authentic Jaipur markets.
Kick-start your morning with the beautiful city fort of Amer Fort. Amer Fort used to be the capital of the city and is built with red sandstone and marble. Built by Raja Man Singh, the fort is divided into four sections, each with its own courtyard. The main entrance gate of the fort is Suraj Pol, a fascinating piece of architecture. Near the Ganesh Gate, the entrance is a temple dedicated to Goddess Sila Devi. The Fort also includes Diwan-e-Khas- hall for a private audience, Sheesh Mahal - palace of mirrors, Sukh Niwas- where a pleasant atmosphere is created by the beautiful and iconic architecture of the area, and Diwan-e-Aam - hall of public audience. You can go up to the palace via Jeeps or on an elephant back.
Furthermore, in Jaipur, we will take you to the majestic City Palace and also take you to the seven-story observatory, Jantar Mantar, which has attracted many mathematicians and as astronomers. The City Palace’s architecture is the blend of Mughal, European and Rajput styles. Furthermore, we take you to the Hawa Mahal, the beautiful, windy and the iconic face of Jaipur. We will also take through various gardens, rose gardens and different business centers of the city. Last but not the least, we will help you shop authentic materials in the city.
Highlights: Jaipur - Visit Amer Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar & drive past Hawa Mahal.
Next morning, we begin our drive to Fatehpur Sikri and Agra. Fatehpur Sikri is located near the city of Agra and was built in the 16th Century. Built under the reign of the emperor Akbar, the establishment has been declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Here you will visit the Jama Masjid, five-storied Panch Mahal, Tomb of Salim Chisti and many other historical monuments. The establishment has a three-way arched entrance, which has been hailed for its beauty and is also called the Horseshoe Entrance. On your way out, we will help you explore Naubat Khana, Birbal's house, Mariam-uz-Zamani’s Palace, Ibadat Khana, and many other iconic places.
After then we will drive to the historical city of Agra in the afternoon. The afternoon here is at leisure.
Highlights: Agra – Visit Fatehpur Sikri.
The city of Agra was known as the capital of the country during the Mughal time. However, with changing reigns, the capital was later shifted to New Delhi. With the presence of Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and various other areas, the city of Agra holds historic significance.
The city was also known as Akbarbad in the past and is most famous for the monument of love , the Taj Mahal. Built under the reign of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who passed away, the Taj Mahal is made of pristine white marble and is famous for inlay work. The monument is located on the banks of river Yamuna and is truly a sight to see.
Next stop in Agra is the Agra Fort, which is made just as the Red Fort in the exteriors and encompasses various fairy-tale like palaces and establishments as the fort in Fatehpur Sikri. The palace comprises of Jahangir Palace, Khas Mahal, and Diwan-e-Khas as well as Diwan-e-Aam. You will then be taken to the various areas for shopping in Agra. From souvenirs to various marbled in-lay work that Agra is famous for, we will help you explore the city of Agra.
Highlights: Agra – Visit Taj Mahal & Agra Fort.
Next, we will help you board a train to Jhansi from where we will drive to Khajuraho. The city of Khajuraho had once been forgotten and was re-discovered by Capt. T.S. Burt in 1838, an engineer of the British Army. Khajuraho is mainly known for its erotic temples and offers a different look at the religious section of the country.
Khajuraho is famous for the erotic temples that were built by the Chandelas during 950 AD to 1050 AD. On our tour of the city, we will help you explore the depths of these temples. Our visit will include the Chaunset Yogini Kali Temple, Bharatji or Chitragupta temple. Which is composed of 11 headed pictures of Lord Vishnu, Javeri Temple is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Vishnu, Parasvanath Temple of Khajuraho- which is the only Jain Temple and many others.
The afternoon here is at leisure before we help you to board the night train to Varanasi.
Highlights: Khajuraho- visit the Chaunset Yogini Kali temple, Chitragupta temple, Lakshmana temple, Mahadev temple, Nandi and Vishvanath temple, Siva’s Visha temple and Parasvanath temple.
On the 16th day, after you arrive at Varanasi, we will help you to check in to your hotel. The city of Varanasi has been deeply linked to religiousness and holiness. Known as one of the oldest living cities in the world, the origin of the city of Varanasi dates back to 5000 years. Popular for its Ghats and temples, the day can be spent by visiting various temples in the city, witnessing the massive Aarti, the worshiping of the Gods and Goddesses or simply by strolling in the markets and bazaars of the city.
Located near the Ganges River, the city holy city of Varanasi has a total of 88 ghats. All of these ghats are basically known for their pious nature and have a holy significance. It is said that taking a dip in the waters of these ghats ensures salvation to people. Furthermore, the ghats are known for the various religious rituals and practises. Dashashwamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat and the Scindia Ghat are the most well-known places in the city.
After your day here in the city of Ghats, we will help you board a train to New Delhi. Check-out from the hotel will be at 1200 hrs. Noon. Night on board the train.
Highlights: Varanasi - Boat ride on the River Ganges visiting the Manikarnika and Harishchandra ghats.
On your 18th day, you return to the starting point of your travels with us. After checking in your hotel you could spend the day visiting various temples and monuments in the city. Plan a visit to Swaminarayan Akshardham, which is one of the largest complexes in the world and is made from Italian marble and Rajasthani pink sandstone. In this Hindu Complex, you will find sculptures of Swaminarayan, Sita Ram, Radha Krishna, Shiva Parvati and many others including Lakshmi Narayan. The main complex is built by keeping the Pancharatra Shastra in mind and has detailed carvings of flora and fauna, dancers, deities and various other things. The temple includes Yagnapurush Kund, a large fountain, 20,000 idols of sages, 9 domes, 234 pillars and 148 of full sized elephant. You could also take a short boat ride in the temple complex to ride through the past 10,000 years of India.
Overnight stay in Delhi.
On the last day of your Rajasthan Taj Mahal Khajuraho and Varanasi Tour Packages with us, we will take you to the airport from where you can board a home-bound flight.