Travel through the three historical and cultural wonders of the region – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. After exploring an amalgamation of Mughal, British and Rajput sophistication in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur we bring you to the city of the eternal holiness, i.e. Varanasi, a city on the banks of the Ganges in Uttar Pradesh famous for its many Temples and Ghats and spiritualism. It is holiest of the seven sacred cities in Hinduism and Jainism.
Delhi: – Chandani Chowk, president House, Rajpath, India Gate, Qutub Minar, Jama Majid, Red Fort
Jaipur: – Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal Dinner at Chokhi Dhani, Amber Fort, City Palace, Armoury Museum
Agra: – Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
Varanasi: – Visit Sarnath, Boat Ride at Ganges, Ganga Aarti in the evening/morning
Welcome to India- a country where hospitality is a way of life; to a culture steeped in tradition, a land where history lives in music and dance. You will be received at the airport in a traditional manner with garlands and proceed to your hotel for overnight stay.
Morning after a relaxed breakfast we will take you for a Walk through the narrow lanes of Old Delhi. Your walk leader would be your guide who would unfold the colorful history of Old Delhi which goes back thousands of years. Walk from Chandani Chowk—Silver Square (Once the centre of Delhi), to the various places of interest- just as the Royal Mughals would have done centuries ago.
The other attractions of this morning are Rashtrapati Bhawan (is the official residence of the President of India. Formerly the residence of the Viceroy of India, it has a magnificent view of the Rajpath and symmetrical North and South block Govt offices) and India Gate (is a majestic high arch,42 metres high, built as a memorial to the Indian Soldiers killed in world war 1).
Afternoon pay a visit to The Qutab Minar (The 72.5m high tower dates back to the 13th century and is one of the greatest bequests of the Islamic culture). Post sightseeing return to your hotel. Spend the evening free at leisure.
Morning after relaxed breakfast, drive down to Jaipur. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon free for shopping and explore the colorful market of Jaipur. Spend the evening free at leisure.
Morning after breakfast we will take you to a full day guided excursion of jaipur starting with visit to Amber Fort (The classical romantic Rajasthan Fort palace. It’s construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by his descendant Jai Singh-I. Its rugged forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate refinement.
Later visit City Palace (The former Royal residence part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. Built in the style of a fortified campus, the palace covers almost one-seventh in area of the city. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armoury Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. The royal families of Jaipur once used most of these weapons).
We will then proceed to the Jantar Mantar (Which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. Situated near the gate of the city palace, the observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. Photo stop at Hawa Mahal (The literal meaning of Hawa Mahal is Palace of Winds. Hawa Mahal was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. It is a pyramid-shaped facade with five stories. It has 953 small windows decorated with tiny lattice work. These pink sandstone windows commonly known as “Jharokhas” are constructed in such a style, that it looks like a giant honeycomb.
In the evening we will take you to an Indian Traditional Restaurant called “ Chokhi Dhani”.You are greeted with traditional arti, garlanding and tikka. Enjoy your dinner with Folk Dances performed by Local Artists. Later, drive back to your hotel in Jaipur for overnight stay.
Morning after breakfast, proceed to Agra. En route visit Fatehpur Sikri (40 kms west of Agra, is built a city predominantly in Red Sandstone and is called Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar during 1570 and 1585. It is one of the finest examples of the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Fatehpur Sikri Mosque is said to be a copy of the mosque in Mecca and has designs, derived from the Persian & Hindu architecture). Arrive Agra and check-in at your hotel. Spend the evening free at leisure.
Morning after relaxed breakfast we will take you a tour of Taj Mahal (Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage. Defined as “A Tear on the Face of Eternity”, this white-splendored tomb was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his favorite wife, Arjumand Banu Begum, better known as Mumtaz Mahal (“Chosen of the Palace”) We also visit Agra Fort (Near the gardens of the Taj Mahal stands the important 16th-century Mughal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra. More often than not, the Agra Fort is overshadowed by the pristine beauty of the Taj, but for those looking for something beyond romance; the Agra Fort is worth seeing. Situated on the bank of river Yamuna, the Agra Fort today, stands as a citadel of the past that has witnessed centuries slip by).
Later in afternoon drive back to Delhi where you are booked for overnight stay.
Today morning you will be transferred to airport to board your flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival in Varanasi you will be transferred to hotel. Later in the evening, proceed to visit Sarnath.
SARNATH After attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya 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’. It is one of the most holy sites as in this place the stream of the Buddha’s teaching first flowed. At this place, Buddha encountered the five men who had been his companions of earlier austerities. On meeting the enlightened Buddha, all they saw was an ordinary man; they mocked his well-nourished appearance. “Here comes the mendicant Gautama,” they said, “who has turned away from asceticism. He is certainly not worth our respect.” When they reminded him of his former vows, the Buddha replied, “Austerities only confuse the mind.
Evening we will head towards the Dasaswamedh Ghat (One of the banks of Ganges River close to Kashi Vishwanath Temple) to witness Ganga Aarti (Evening Prayer). Overnight at hotel.
Just before dawn when the east starts turning from dark to orange, we will take you for the famed Boat Ride on the River Ganges (Move slowly into the middle of the river on your small boats and sail through the water of Holy Ganges. After some time, none other than the Sun would welcome you with a beautiful new morning which you would love to store among your most beautiful memories.
As the sun moves upwards, you will see more and more people walking on the Ghats to have a dip in the Ganges, pray to Sun God and perform morning meditations. You will see Yogis sitting cross-legged with rudraksha mala (A kind of holy neck less). Return to hotel for breakfast.
In time transfer to the domestic airport to board the flight for Delhi. Our representative will greet you upon your arrival at Delhi. Later our representative will escort you to the International Airport and assist you check-in for your flight to onward destination