Golden Triangle with Varanasi

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*Note: Exact hotels of your tour will be confirmed 15-20 days prior to tour. Hotels mentioned are symbolic and can be changed to similar hotel. Unless mentioned: Base category room calculated.
City Hotel
Delhi Jewel Palace/ Hari Piorko (Executive Room)
Agra Crystal Inn / Mapple Grand
Jaipur TGI Apple Inn / Vesta Maurya Palace / Rudra Vilas
Varanasi Hotel Landmark/ Tridev Hotel
City Hotel
Delhi Bloom Boutique GK / Rockland Hotel CR Park
Agra PL Palace / Howard Plaza / Atulya Taj
Jaipur Vesta International / Park Ocean/ Royal Orchid Central
Varanasi Costa River / Surya Kaiser Palace
City Hotel
Delhi Hyatt Centric / Welcomhotel Dwarka / Golden Tulip Suites
Agra Holiday Inn / Clarks Shiraz / Radisson Agra
Jaipur JRamada Wyndham / Sarovar Premiere / Indana Palace/ Golden Tulip MI Road
Varanasi Hotel Madin/ OM Vilas
City Hotel
Delhi Oberoi Maidens / Haveli Dharampura / Andaz Aerocity
Agra Jaypee Palace / Crystal Sarovar Premiere / Double Tree by Hilton
Jaipur Hilton Jaipur/ Marriot Jaipur / Crowne Plaza / Trident Jaipur
Varanasi Radisson Blu / Ramada JHV

Golden Triangle Tours | Taj Mahal Tours | Golden Triangle with Varanasi

Golden Triangle with Varanasi: A 08-night journey to India’s most popular tourist circuit will bring you one step closer to exploring India. For first timers, this tour has time and again proved to be the best choice.

Tour Start Location

New Delhi

Tour End Location

New Delhi

General Inclusions

  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur (uphill) & jeep ride for downhill
  • Boat ride in Varanasi
  • E-rickshaw ride in Varanasi
  • Return train ticket in AC Chair Car
  • Presently applicable taxes
  • 08 nights’ accommodation in sharing DBL/Twin room basis
  • Breakfasts in the residing hotels (starting from day 02)
  • Private AC transport as per program in appropriate sized vehicle
  • Local English-speaking guides for sightseeing as per program

General Exclusions

  • Tips & gratuities
  • Camera or video fee
  • Anything not in ‘Package costs includes’
  • Airfare, insurance or visa fees
  • Entrances to monuments or activities (supplement given)
  • Personal expenses of any nature
  • Major meals (lunch, dinner) unless specified

Compliments from Truly India

  • Warm welcome with fresh flower garlands on arrival
  • 02 water bottle per person in vehicle each day
  • Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi market

Day 1Arrive New Delhi

Arrive at New Delhi’s ‘IGI International Airport’. Meet with our company representative, warm welcome with fresh flower garlands & then transfer to hotel in your private Vehicle.

On arrival, check-in. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2New Delhi

Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing of Delhi.

Visit 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. Lotus Temple for a short exterior photography stop; 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)

Arrive at the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara; This magnificent white-marble gurdwara (Sikh temple), topped by glinting golden onion domes, was constructed at the site where the eighth Sikh guru, Harkrishan Dev, stayed before his 1664 death.

Post visiting the Bangla Sahib, proceed to 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

Transfer to your hotel at the end of the tour & overnight.

Day 3New Delhi – Jaipur

Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for Old Delhi’s tour before leaving for Jaipur.

Start the tour by visiting 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.

End the tour around mid-afternoon and then drive to Jaipur (270kms,5-6 hours). On arrival check-in & overnight in hotel.

Day 4Jaipur

Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing of 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. 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.

Later in the second half of the day, visit Jantar Mantar, a large grassy enclosure containing eighteen huge stone astronomical measuring devices constructed between 1728 and 1734. City Palace, originally built by Jai Singh in the 1720s and having lost none of its original pomp and splendour. Before you start exploring the local markets, stop for photography at the one world’s most famous façade Hawa Mahal.

Post your exploration in the local market. Return to hotel & overnight

Day 5Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra

Post breakfast and checkout, 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 towards Agra (50kms,1-1.5 hours). On arrival, check-in at hotel.

Later proceed to visit Agra Fort; Agra has one of the finest Mughal forts in India. 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.

Return back to hotel, overnight.

Day 6Agra – New Delhi – Varanasi

Early morning wake-up call and sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. (timings would vary as per season). Sunrise is by far the best time to visit the Taj Mahal. Not just because the early morning light turns the dome of the temple a soft, golden colour, but because this is the time when there are the least amount of tourists. Described by Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore as “a teardrop on the face of eternity”, the Taj Mahal is undoubtedly the zenith of Mughal architecture.

Return to hotel, daily routine & breakfast at the hotel. Later checkout and drive to Delhi airport (200kms, 4hours) to take flight for Varanasi.

Upon arrival at Varanasi, our tour representative will escort you to the hotel. If you wish, you can go for a walk in the surroundings, or otherwise, relax in your room.

In the evening proceed for rickshaw ride in old Varanasi city, walk through the bustling crowded market of Varanasi to reach river Ganges Ghat. Witness the Ganges Aarti.

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.

Day 7 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 bylanes 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.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 8Varanasi – Delhi

Post breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed to the airport to take flight for Delhi.

On arrival in Delhi, check-in hotel. Overnight.

Day 9New Delhi Departure

This day brings the end of wonderful tour, post breakfast proceeds to airport for the flight to onwards destination.

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