|Golden Triangle with Varanasi Tour|
Day 1 International Arrival, Delhi at Leisure
Welcome to India! Upon arrival at Indra Gandhi International Airport, you are greeted by our representative. Transferred to hotel where our representative helps you check in and briefs you about the following tours. Have some free time on your own to adjust to the new time zone.
Day 2 Delhi Sightseeing
Breakfast at hotel, your tour guide will pick you up in hotel lobby then head to Old Delhi for the magnificent Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque; then a unique glance at local life by an exploration to the bustling local bazaar of Chandni Chowk on rickshaw.
Passby Red Fort before drive to New Delhi for the tallest stone tower in India, 800-year-old Qutub Minar surrounded by ancient Hindu and Muslim complex. Continue to Raj Ghat - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi. Drive along the city landmark of India Gate, President's House, Parliament House & Government Secretariat Buildings. Finish today with an insight into the local religion at a colorful Hindu temple-Laxmi Narayan Temple.
Tips: Female tourists are asked to wear robes before entering Jama Masjid. If you don’t have one, rent from the temple, which costs 50 rupees.
Day 3 Delhi - Jaipur (By Car, Approx. 5-6 Hrs, 265 Km)
After breakfast, head to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur by private A/C car, stopover for coffee break or photo opportunities are at your request any time en-route. On arrival check in at hotel, afternoon is free for your rest.
Note: Driving time in the program is approximate, subject to the traffic, weather and road conditions.
Day 4 Jaipur Sightseeing
After breakfast, visit hillside Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the state; unique elephant ride (or Jeep ride for alternation) ascent to the fort is full of unbeatable view and fun; inside you'll also experience the kingly palaces incl. the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors).
Drive back to Jaipur and stop at façade of the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), your tour guide will show you the best angle for a perfect picture. Continue to the City Palace Museum for its superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armory; have fun checking the local time yourself at Jantar Mantar - the largest stone observatory in world. Drive through the pink rose residential & business areas before you are escorted back to the hotel.
Tips: There are a lot of venders selling goods around Amber Fort. If you have no interest in their goods, say no to them and do not show any interest at the very beginning.
Day 5 Jaipur - Agra (By Car, Approx. 5 Hrs, 289 Km)
Breakfast then head east to Agra, en-route a brief exploration to the former royal city of Fatehpur Sikri (about 1.5 hrs), one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendor at its height, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. Have lunch after that and proceed to Agra. Hotel check-in on arrival and rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 6 Agra Sightseeing, Agra - Delhi (By Car, Approx. 5-6 Hrs, 220 Km)
Today you start visit to Taj Mahal (closed on Friday) which frees you from the crowds and heat in daytime from an early morning; this white-marble world wonder was built by a great emperor in memory of his beloved.
Later visit the palatial Royal Pavilions at the red sandstone Agra Fort for a glimpse of the royal Mughal lifestyle. In the afternoon, drive to Delhi. On arrival check in at your Delhi hotel,have a rest.
Tips: Strict security check is needed before entering Taj Mahal. Foods, plastic bags, chargers,etc are all prohibited things. We suggest you catch the sunrise view in the early morning for the weather is relatively cool and avoid the peak time.
Day 7 Delhi - Varanasi (By Air, 1.5 Hrs)
In the morning, pick up from hotel and drive to Delhi airport for the flight to Varanasi, our representative in Varanasi will greet you at airport and help you settle down at hotel.
This evening, you will witness the thousand-year-old Aarti Ceremony during which worshippers pray near the water by the light of candles and lanterns.
Tips: Take some Mosquito repel when visiting River Ganges.
Day 8 Varanasi Sightseeing
Your guide will meet you at the hotel before sunrise, so you can witness the amazing spectacle which takes place on Varanasi's water front at the start of every day. The principal attraction of Varanasi is the long string of bathing ghats, which line the west bank of the River Ganges. Ghats are the steps which lead down to the river from which pilgrims make their sin-cleansing dip in the holy river and on which bodies are cremated. A boat ride on the Ganges at dawn, when it is full of pilgrims, is an amazing experience, and your guide can explain to you the various rituals taking place.
Leave the boat after passing the most important Ghats, then continue to have a brief city tour to Banaras Hindu University, Golden Temple and Bharat Mata Temple which is dedicated to Mother India.
Afternoon continue your adventure to Sarnath (The Deer Park ) where the Buddha preached his first sermon and Sanarth Museum.
Day 9 Varanasi - Delhi (By Air, Approx. 1.5 Hrs )
Enjoy a free morning before heading to the airport for the flight to Delhi. The afternoon is at leisure and you may take advantage of this time for last minute gift shopping before our representative leaves you at the airport for your return flight.
Day use: Delhi