Taj Mahal Tour with Varanasi

Taj Mahal Tour with Varanasi

Package Duration
9 Days / 8 Nights
Destination Covered
Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Varanasi

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  • Package Includes :
    • The above cost includes :
    • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in above 3 star hotels or similar.
    • Daily breakfast in the hotels.
    • Transport services by an exclusive A/C Car for all transfers, sightseeing and long journey tours as per itinerary.
    • Services of an English speaking guide in Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Varanasi.
    • 01 boat ride in Varanasi.
    • 01 Elephant ride in Jaipur.
    • Assistance on arrival in Delhi.
    • All present applicable taxes.
    • The above cost does not include :
    • Any expenses of personal nature such as tips, drinks, laundry, any other meals.
    • Any monument entry fees and camera fees.
    • Any train and flight fare.
    • Any other expenses, which are not specified above.

  • Day 1: Arrival Delhi

    Arrive Delhi international airport by any convenient flight. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to hotel Silver Ferns. Overnight stay in hotel.

    Day 2: Delhi

    Morning proceed for the full day tour of Old and New Delhi in the afternoon. Old Delhi was an ancient walled city. Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in 1650 switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi. Shahjahan possessed an exquisite talent, especially in architecture, and created the seventh city of Delhi. This process brought about a phase of Delhi's glorious renaissance. Here you will see Red Fort, the most opulent Fort, and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shahjahan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk, the perpetually narrow avenue heading west from the Red Fort, is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars. Also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of Mahatma Gandhi; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; and Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colorful market of the old city. Chandni Chowk was the commercial center of Delhi in the old time and you will see it come alive in the morning as the trading day starts.

    New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's - it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi after the revolt of 1857. The King's architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the Design and construction of Delhi's which is often know as Lutyen's city. New Delhi the eight city was designed as an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947.

    You shall also visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar. Your driver shall take you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House. Also visit the local Bahai Temple {Lotus Temple}.
    Overnight stay at hotel.
    Note : Red Fort is closed on Monday.

    Day 3: Delhi / Jaipur

    After breakfast drive to Jaipur (once the capital of Rajasthan province -known as "the abode of Rajahs"). Everywhere you will see the monuments of its Rajput rulers. Jaipur is one of the main centers for shopping in India - especially with regard to textiles, jewellery, stones carpets, etc. On arrival in Jaipur, check-in to hotel. Overnight stay in hotel.

    Day 4: Jaipur

    After breakfast depart for a half day excursion to Amber Fort. 11 Km. from Jaipur, Amber Fort is a marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. Go up the fort on the back of a gaily-caparisoned elephant, true to the style of the Maharajas of the past. The interior of the fort has various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror, and glasswork complemented by exquisite wall paintings. As you move between the rooms of this magnificent structure, you will feel the history and visualize the pomp and grandeur of a kingdom never conquered. Later return to the hotel or to a city restaurant where you can relax or enjoy your lunch. Venture back into the city, for the tour of Jaipur. This afternoon you will visit the CityPalace Museum where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armoury of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, also visit the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD). Also visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five-storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes, and spires. Evening we shall drive to Choki Dhani Village resort for special Rajasthani Dinner and return back to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

    Day 5: Jaipur / Agra

    After breakfast drive to Agra. On the way you will visit Fatehpur Sikri - the deserted red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. Ponder the mysterious desertion of this capital city that was dramatically abandoned in few years after it was built. Upon arrival in Agra, check in at hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

    Day 6: Agra / Varanasi Overnight Train

    Morning visit the Taj Mahal, at the time of sunrise {recommendable} : The Taj Mahal, built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. Legend has it that once construction was completed, Shah Jehan had Lahori's hands cut off, and blinded, so he would never be able to duplicate the structure. What makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughals brought this concept to India they elevated it to heights of incomparable artistry.

    After visiting the Taj Mahal return back to hotel for late breakfast. After relax at the hotel proceed for the sightseeing of Agra city, visit Agra Fort, Itmad-Ud-Dolaand the city. At the impressive Agra Fort you are taken through the chambers of this royal residence. As you drive through the city, witness the local life and bazaars (markets) and the hustle bustle of everyday India. Evening free for relax or optional visit the famous monument of love the Taj Mahal during sunset. After early dinner transfer to Agra Fort railway station to take train to Varanasi. Overnight on board the train.

    Day 7: Varanasi

    Arrive Varanasi railway station in the early morning. Meet on arrival and transfer to hotel.Varanasi is the religious centre of Hindu religion. Situated on the banks of the holy river Ganges, Varanasi is considered to be among the oldest living cities of the world and has been a centre of learning and civilization for centuries. Varanasi holds special significance in the lives of the Indian people.

    Every year hundreds of thousands of pilgrims make a long journey to this vibrant city where you can find the richest of the rich living side by side with the poorest of the poor. Travel to Varanasi with an open mind and see what faith can do to people and what their devotion to god leads them to achieve. Look beyond the poverty into the eyes of the people and you will see a sense of enlightenment and peace that their belief in a god has given them. The old city of Varanasi is a maze of small streets and alleyways hiding in disorderly array no less than 2000 temples and shrines. Domes, minarets, pinnacles and towers, and derelict eighteenth century palaces dominate the sacred left bank of the river. All in the jumble of this fascinating and spiritual city, you will see marriage processions and funeral processions and cows grabbing big flower necklaces destined for the gods.Varanasi is an unique city that vibrates with cosmic forces beyond comprehension.

    Afternoon proceed for half day excursion to Sarnath, which is around 10 kms from the city centre. Sarnath symbolizes the birth of Buddhism. It was here that Buddha revealed his doctrine and founded his monastic community. The museum at Sarnath 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. Also seen here is the original lions heads from the Asoka Pillar, which form the symbol of the Indian republic. Overnight at stay at hotel.

    Day 8: Varanasi / Delhi (Flight)

    Early this morning leave your hotel around 5:30 am for an early morning sunrise boat excursions the holy River Ganges. See Varanasi come alive along the banks of the river. See people bathing in the holy water and worshipping the rising sun. Witness the conclusion of life at the river bank holy cremation grounds. It is believed if you die in Varanasi you go straight to heaven. Varanasi will be one of the most extraordinary experiences of your visit to India.

    After the boat ride return to the hotel for breakfast. Proceed on a Varanasi City Tour driving through the Banaras Hindu University with a visit to the Bharat Mata (Mother India) Temple. Visit some of the holy temples of the city which encapsulates the ambience and the spirit of the city. Highlights include the Durga Temple,
    better known as the 'monkey temple' on account of the large number of monkeys residing there and the Temple of Vishwanath(or Visheshwar, Lord of the Universe). If time permits before returning to the hotel, visit some of the silk brocade and weaving centers - a specialty of Varanasi. Afternoon check out from the hotel and transfer to Varanasi airport to take flight to Delhi. Meet on arrival at airport and transfer to hotel.

    Day 9: Delhi Departure

    Morning in time transfer to Delhi International airport to take your flight back home. End of the services with happy memories.

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