The Golden Triangle Tour with Varanasi
Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Varanasi, Delhi
Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures
Travel back in the ancient old era and enjoy one of the best cultures and hospitability in the world. The tour will kick start with the capital city of India where you will witness from cosmopolitan’s New Delhi to hustle and bustle streets of old Delhi. You will be riding like local on the back to cycle rickshaw ride in old Delhi, one of the best ways to experience this busy town. The tour will continue from here to the Jaipur in Rajasthan. Just sit back and enjoy the famous Pink city, where the cycle rickshaw will be waiting to take you through narrow lanes and bazaars (local markets). No tour is complete in India, if you have not seen the impressive and beautiful Taj Mahal. No book can describe the beauty of this monument. Enjoy the breathtaking views of this monument with the first ray of sunlight. Finally conclude your holiday with a visit to one of the oldest civilizations on earth Varanasi. The Golden Triangle tour with Varanasi is one of the best option for first timers in India looking to experience the monument of love, oldest civilization, culture and capital city of India. Just pack your bags and get ready to experience one of the best holidays you can ever have.
Happy Journey, Bon voyage, Feliz Viaje, Glückliche Reise, Felice Viaggio, Jornada Feliz!
You will arrive at the Capital city of India “Delhi”. After clearing immigration and other formalities at the airport you will be met by our representative at arrival hall terminal where you will find many people paging for their guests. Out of them you will find our representative holding a placard with your name written on it. He will assist and escort you to your vehicle and further transfer to your hotel.
Explore Old Delhi in the first half of the day. The sightseeing tour will begin with visit to Emperors. Later proceed for visit to The Jama Masjid (mosque) and enjoy the rickshaw ride on busy roads of Chandni Chowk. Also drive past Old Fort
The next half day will be reserved for visit to New Delhi. Start with Qutub Minar, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delhi, The Qutub Minar is constructed with red sandstone and marble, and is the tallest minaret in India, with a height of 72.5 meters. It contains 379 stairs and the base diameter is 14.3 meters and it narrows to 2.7 meters at the last storey. Your next stop will be Humayun’s Tomb. During the drive you will pass Connaught place, India gate, Rastrapati Bhawan (President’s House) and some other important building.
Today you will be driven to pink city, Jaipur. The drive will be for approx. 5 hours. You can enjoy the midway breaks in between to click some rare countryside photographs. The rest of the evening will be free to enjoy the leisure time at your hotel near poolside or explore the spa therapies available in your hotel.
Early in the morning you will be taken to Amber Fort, enroute to which you will enjoy the visit to Hawa Mahal (Palace on wind). At the entrance gate you will be provided with Elephant, climb as he will ascend and take you to the fort. You will return by foot.
Post Amber Fort visit, you will be taken to visit City Palace, which includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces and other buildings. It was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the head of the Kachwaha Rajput clan. The Chandra Mahal palace now houses a museum but the greatest part of it is still a royal residence.
You will also visit Observatory (Jantar Mantar) and Birla Temple. If time permits, you can also enjoy the local bazaars (markets) in which you will find all shops painted in pink color.
Today you will be driven to city of Taj “Agra”. The drive will be for approx. 5 hours enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri constructed by Sikriwal Rajput Rajas, the last Emperor Maharana Sangram Singh at the beginning in 1500 AD. At Seventh attack of Akbar Sikriwal Rajput left Palace after that Sikrigarh was named Fateh(victory)pur Sikri.
Early in the morning proceed for sunrise visit to Taj Mahal. The book, stories or any other source cannot define the Taj mahal in words; you will experience the same with the first rays of sun and will fall in love with monument which is the symbol of love.
In the afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Agra city. First you will visit Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled city. After the First Battle of Panipat, in 1526 Mughal captured the fort and a vast treasure – which included a diamond (Koh-I-Noor), was seized. Later you will be taken to Mehtab Bagh from where you will get the best sunset glimpse of Taj mahal to click the best posed Taj Mahal.
Today early start from Agra to Delhi airport (4 hours) to board the flight for Varanasi. Arrive and connect a short flight for Varanasi.
Arrive Varanasi by late afternoon, meet and assist at airport and transfer to hotel.
In the late evening/night visit Manikarnika Ghat to witness Death and Rebirth Night walk: “One can survive everything nowadays, except death.” In India dying is accepted as a part of life, and when one dies, there are a multitude of rituals and ceremonies that need to be performed. This experience takes you to the Manikarnika Ghat to take a look at the various death rituals passage that the Hindus perform. Hindus, who carry out a myriad of rituals in their lifetime, believe that humans are reborn according to their karma and hence, perform many death rituals to ensure that the soul rests in peace. You may wonder why Hindus burn or cremate the body instead of buying it. The answer lies in the belief. Here, your tour guide will introduce you to the history and mythology associated with this Ghat. You will get to understand the rites and see the inner workings of this unique place.
In the morning take a short boat ride on river Ganges to view the sunrise. Varanasi’s unique culture is associated to the river Ganges, where life and death intermingle. The living flock the ghats to pray with the belief that bathing in the waters of the sacred river would result in the remission of their sins, while the ashes of the dead are scattered in the water to break the cycle of reincarnation and let the soul rise to enlightment.
Post breakfast visit some of the other important sites in the city with your guide. Dotted with temples, the city’s principle shrine is the Vishwanath temple, dedicated to Shiva. The temple was destroyed repeatedly during various invasions but was finally rebuilt in 1776 A.D. by Rani Ahilyabai of Indore.
Later also visit the famous Banaras Hindu University that was established in 1916 and the objective was to achieve the national awakening by spreading education all over the country. At present it is the largest residential university in Asia with large number of students from over 34 nations.
Later in the evening, watch the illuminated aarti ceremony that is performed at Dasahwamedh Ghat. The presiding priests stand on a wooden Chauki in the water. To the chant of Sanskrit mantras, and the clash of cymbals and drums, the river is worshipped with flowers, incense, sandalwood, milk and vermilion.
First the blazing camphor lamp and then the many flamed aarti lamps are raised high and then arched back to the water, the dark river reflecting the golden flames as Ganges accepts the worship. It is the Ganges that gives Varanasi its spiritual resonance.
Post breakfast visit Sarnath – 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’. The museum at Sarnath (Sarnath Museum Closed on Fridays) is amongst the most important in India and contains carvings representing a whole range of styles – archaic, the Mathura School, Gupta, past Gupta and Medieval -covering work of sculptors from the 3rd century B.C. to the 12th century A.D.
Later, assisted departure transfer to airport to connect the flight for Delhi. Arrive Delhi and further connect your international flight back home.
Note: If required, we can arrange a day use room or dinner in Delhi before international flight back home. Also, an extension tour of Rajasthan, Nepal, Goa or Aurangabad can be arranged from VARANASI or Delhi. Please discuss the same with our holiday consultant FOR MORE OPTIONS