|Delhi||Bloom Boutique GK/ Rockland Hotel CR Park|
|Agra||PL Palace / Atulya Taj|
|Jaipur||Park Ocean / Vesta International|
|Varanasi||Costa River / Surya Kaiser Palace|
|Delhi||Welcome Hotel / Radisson Blu Dwarka|
|Agra||Crystal Sarovar Premiere / Clarks Shiraz|
|Jaipur||Indana Palace / Sarovar Premiere|
|Varanasi||Amaaya Hotel / Om Villas|
Departs every 4th Sunday of the month between October 2022 till March 2023
Note: we can modify the itinerary routing due to prevailing conditions/ availability and/or factors beyond our control.
Arrive at pre booked hotel before 1500 hours.
Start your tour of Delhi at 1530 hrs from your hotel lobby where your tour guide/driver will be waiting for you.
First stop would be Raj Ghat, this peaceful, very well maintained park contains a simple black-marble platform marking the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948.
Next you will be driven to Old Delhi market, just before entering the market you will embark on a ‘Rickshaw’ to steer through tiny lanes of Chandni Chowk. Ride past the majestic Red Fort & through the main Chandni Chowk street straight to Khari Baoli; Asia’s biggest wholesale spice market selling all kinds of spices, herbs, nuts & food products like rice, tea etc. Hop on to your rickshaws and pass through the tiny lanes of Kinaari Bazaar; lane for Indian attire accessories like borders etc, Dariba Kalan; lane for Silver market. Hop off and bid bye to your Rickshaw Puller at Jama Masjid; A beautiful pocket of calm at the heart of Old Delhi’s mayhem, the capital’s largest mosque is built on a 10m elevation. It can hold a mind-blowing 25,000 people.
Later, transfer to your hotel. Overnight.
Post breakfast, join your local guide for a tour through Delhi.
Arrive at Humayun’s Tomb, Humayun’s tomb is sublimely well proportioned, seeming to float above its symmetrical gardens. It’s thought to have inspired the Taj Mahal, which it predates by 60 years. Also visit, Lotus Temple for a short exterior photography stop. Later drive through Parliament’s street, & around the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Short photography stop at India Gate; This imposing 42m-high stone memorial arch was designed by Lutyens in 1921. It pays tribute to around 90,000 Indian Army soldiers who died in WWI, the Northwest Frontier operations and the 1919 Anglo-Afghan War. (note: photography stop at India Gate is strictly subject to security clearance and subject to vehicle parking availability at the day)
Next visit Bangla Sahib Gurudwara; This magnificent white-marble gurdwara (Sikh emple), topped by glinting golden onion domes, was constructed at the site where the eighth Sikh guru, Harkrishan Dev, stayed before his 1664 death.Later visit Qutub Minar; The Qutab Minar, soaring Afghan-style victory tower and minaret, erected by sultan Qutb-ud-din in 1193 to proclaim his supremacy over the vanquished Hindu rulers of Qila Rai Pithora.
Visit a Kashmiri Co-operative, enjoy a Kashmiri Tea ‘Kahwa’ here when you witness the artisians presenting their local arts & products.
Post this tour, transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Breakfast at hotel. Later checkout from hotel and drive to Jaipur (270kms/5-6hrs)
Upon arrival in Jaipur, transfer to your pre booked hotel. If you wish, you can go for a walk in the surroundings, or otherwise, relax in your room.
Overnight at hotel.
Post breakfast at hotel. Join your local guide for a tour through Jaipur.
We start with Amber Fort. Elephant ride uphill & Jeep ride downhill at the fort. Nostalgic Amber Fort, near Jaipur in Rajasthan, is one of the most well-known and most-visited forts in India. Not surprisingly, it features prominently on the list of Jaipur’s top attractions.
During downhill, visit a very heritage structure – Panna-Meena ka kund, which is a square-shaped stepwell, with adjoining stairs on all four sides and a room on the northern wall.
We will make our way back to the city, en-route we will stop at Jal Mahal, Possibly the most serene sight amidst the chaos of Jaipur is the beautiful Jal Mahal Jaipur, the Water Palace. Short stops at the Jewel & Carpet Workshops in Jaipur are must to witness how the local artisans create marvels from raw materials.
Our vehicle will now park in the City Palace parking. This will be our base for this afternoon and evening, remember where you vehicle in and return here post tour. Your local guide will escort you to Jantar Mantar, a large grassy enclosure containing eighteen huge stone astronomical measuring devices constructed between 1728 and 1734. At the heart of the Pink City stands the magnificent City Palace, originally built by Jai Singh in the 1720s and having lost none of its original pomp and splendour.
Post City Palace, walk to the Hawa Mahal for a photography stop. Here, get some free time in the world famous Jaipur’s local markets. Return to your vehicle at the pre-defined time.
Transfer & overnight at hotel.
Post breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Fatehpur Sikri(200kms,4-4.5 hours), best example of the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture. And said to be a copy of the mosque in Mecca and has designs, derived from the Persian & Hindu architecture. Highly popular amongst them is Buland Darwaza, which is titled as the largest gateway in the world.
Continue your drive toward Agra(50kms,1-1.5 hours). On arrival, proceed to visit Taj Mahal,
Sunset visit of Taj Mahal: In these last moments of the afternoon, the gleaming white Taj Mahal suddenly absorbs the last rays of daylight, thus changing its color to orange. Described by Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore as “a teardrop on the face of eternity”, the Taj Mahal is undoubtedly the zenith of Mughal architecture.
Arrive at Taj Mahal Complex and take the battery car to Taj Mahal’s entrance & back to the parking lot. Next visit Agra Fort- A huge red-sandstone structure, over-looking the Taj, gives you a complete insight of how a Mughal-era kingdom was run in these forts. Also visit a Marble Workshop; local artisans showcase their skill of Marble Inlay work in these workshops. The artisans in Agra are believed to be the descendants of the artists who were actual workers of Taj Mahal.
Later check-in & overnight at hotel.
Post breakfast checkout from hotel and transfer to Agra fort railway station to take day train to Varanasi.
JU HWH EXPRESS (12308) Departs Agra fort at 08:40 hrs & arrives DD UPADHYAYA JN at 18:18 hrs
Upon arrival at PT. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction, Varanasi, our tour representative will escort you to the hotel (20Km/1hr). If you wish, you can go for a walk in the surroundings, or otherwise, relax in your room.
Overnight stay at hotel in Varanasi.
An early morning boat ride in the sacred Ganga River would be arranged for you. Enjoy crusing in the country boat in Ganges witness morning rituals of the locals. After boat ride, walk in some by lanes of Varanasi. Return to hotel for breakfast.
Later proceed for Sarnath in the northeast of Varanasi is where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. A highly sacred Buddhist religious place, Sarnath lies at the confluence of two rivers-Ganga and Gomati. Popular attractions here are Dhamek Stupa, Sarnath Museum and Chaukhandi Stupa.
Post that return back to Varanasi.
In Varanasi, you would be visiting Bharat Mata Temple, Alamgir mosque. Also known as Beni Madhav Ka Darera, Alamgir mosque is a brilliant example of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The mosque is situated on the banks of Ganges river. During the day you would also drive past Benaras Hindu University.
In the evening attend evening Ganges Aarti – enjoy E-Rickshaw ride – E-Rickshaw can access parts of the city, which cars cannot enter.
Every evening at sunset an elaborate Ganga aarti (river worship) ceremony with fire and dance is staged at the Dasaswamedh Ghat. Led by a group of young pandits (priests), the ceremony commences with the blowing of a conch shell, and continues with the waving of incense sticks and circling of large flaming lamps that stand out dramatically against the darkened sky.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
This is the last day of your 8 days Golden Triangle with Ganges tour. After a delicious breakfast, check out and proceed to onwards destination with cherishable memories.