DELHI - LUCKNOW - VARANASI - AGRA - JAIPUR - DELHI TOUR
This is a short Golden Triangle tour package with Lucknow & Varanasi. Luxury holiday tour providers in Delhi Services International Ltd offers you the best of services and rates based on all types of hotels. In this 10 days itinerary of Golden Triangle and Varanasi you could add up a rickshaw ride in Delhi, the local food in Lucknow, an evening Arti in Varanasi, a show on Taj Mahal in Agra, and an elephant ride at Fort Amer in Jaipur. This is one of the best India tour package for first time visitors to this country.
Day 01 : - Arrive Delhi.
On your arrival in Delhi the capital of India, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. This magnificent city has been inhabited from the 6th century BC and has been a capital of many kingdoms. Delhi's culture has been influenced by its different rulers and the city is full of beautiful monuments. The Mughal rulers influenced the food habits of the residents and Mughlai cuisine originated here. Old Delhi is a maze of small lanes lined and old buildings and New Delhi has large road with huge buildings. Rest of your day is at leisure. Overnight is in Delhi.
Day 02 :- Overnight train from Delhi to Lucknow.
Your morning Old Delhi tour starts with Raj Ghat where father Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. You will be driven past the iconic Red Fort and Chandni Chowk, a very popular and a busy market in Old Delhi to the next stop - Jama Masjid, one of the iconic, historic and largest mosques in India - built by Shah Jahan. A rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk is worth taking. The numerous shops here sell delicious mouth-watering food, clothes, jewels, household goods, etc. and are virtually a shopper's paradise. Check-out from the hotel is at 1200 hrs noon.
In the afternoon New Delhi tour you will visit Qutub Minar a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 1192 by Turk ruler Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak. You will then move forward to Humayun’s tomb, yet another UNESCO world heritage site. Your next stop is India Gate, built in memory of the Unknown Soldier. You will drive past Parliament House, President’s House and other Government Secretarial Buildings. Your final stop is Lakshminarayan Temple dedicated to Lakshmi and Lord Narayana. Later, transfer to rail-station for an overnight train to Lucknow. Overnight is in the train.
Day 03 :- Lucknow.
Lucknow "city of Nawabs" is known for its etiquette and sophistication. This city is famous for its Imambaras, mosques, Islamic shrines, baradaris and gardens. Music and dance flourished under the Nawabs of Lucknow. The Awadh has its own distinct style of cuisine and consists of biryanis, kebabs and breads and is the location of Kathak, Khayal, Nawabs and Classical music. This morning, you will be visiting the Great Imambara, Jama Masjid, Picture gallery, the Clock Tower, Roomi Darwaza, Residency & Dilkusha Palace. Afternoon is free. Overnight Lucknow.
Day 04 :- Lucknow to Varanasi by train.
You have a free morning. Later, you will be taken to the rail-station in time for your train from Lucknow to Varanasi. On arrival in Varanasi, you will be transferred to your hotel. Varanasi or Benaras or Banaras or Kashi is said to be the oldest living city in the world, dating back to 5000 years. It was the cultural and spiritual capital of North India. Varanasi is also known as the holy city of India or the city of temples, or the city of learning. Hindus believe that death in Varanasi leads to salvation. Varanasi is known as the holy city of India, the city of temples and the city of learning. Overnight is in Varanasi.
Day 05 :- Varanasi.
This morning, you will be taken to the River Ganges for a boat ride. Two of most renowned ghats Manikarnika and Harishchandra are frequented by hundreds of devotees. These two ghats are quite famous not only for taking a holy dip, but also for cremation purposes. You may witness numerous funeral pyres burning around in these ghats. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover the city of Varanasi. A walk in the narrow streets of Varanasi is worth doing.
The rest of the day is at leisure to discover the city. Or an optional visit to Sarnath or the evening Arti at the River Ganges Ghats is worth watching. Every evening priests perform "Agni Puja" dedicated to Lord Shiva, River Ganges, Surya, Agni, and the universe is performed at the Dashashwamedh Ghat. There is a special Arti on Tuesdays and other festivals. Watching the rituals and "Puja" (prayers) at the river Ganges Ghats is a soul touching treat. Overnight is in Varanasi.
Day 06 :- Varanasi to Agra by overnight train.
You will have free time in the morning for more visits. Check-out from the hotel is at 1200 hrs. Varanasi was already old when Rome was founded, a flourishing trade centre when Buddha came to Sarnath to preach his first sermon. Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from 6th century B.C. to 12th century AD. Worth a visit are the ruins, the stupa, the Buddhist temple and the Museum. In the evening, you will be transferred to the Mughalsarai rail-station in time for an over-night train in the direction of Agra. Overnight is on board the train.
Day 07 :- Agra
In the morning on your arrival in Tundla rail-station, you will be transferred to your hotel in Agra. Agra the former capital of Hindustan is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna. Agra is a major tourist destination of India and a part of the Golden Triangle tourist circuit along with Delhi and Jaipur. Agra also known as Akbarabad went through its peak during the time of Mughals and was the capital of under the Mughal rulers Akbar, Jahangir and Shahjehan.
The afternoon tour of Agra will take you to the Taj Mahal, which was built in white marble by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of wife Queen Mumtaz Mahal. You will continue with the tour stopping at the Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will visit Khas Mahal, Jahangir Palace, Diwan-e-Aam and Diwan-e-Khas. TAJ MAHAL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS. Or optionally, you could visit Sikandra or Dayal Bagh Mandir. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Agra.
Day 08 :- Drive from Agra to Jaipur visiting Fatehpur Sikri enroute.
Today morning you will be driven to Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO World heritage site from the 16th century. Here, you will be visiting the Jama Masjid, the Tomb of Salim Chishti, Panch Mahal and Buland Darwaza. You will visit the other graceful buildings in Fatehpur Sikri - Ibadat Khana, Mariam-uz-Zamani’s palace, Naubat Khana and Birbal’s house. After the visit of Fatehpur Sikri you will be transferred to Jaipur by road.
Jaipur, also known as the pink city is the capital of Rajasthan. Many captivating palaces are present here having breathtaking design and architecture. In the 18th century Prince of Wales had visited Jaipur and the entire city was painted in pink color and due to these pink buildings the city is known as the pink city. Origin of Jaipur lie 260 year back. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh and Jaipur got its name from this king. You have an afternoon at leisure or you could take an optional tour to Galtaji or Sanganer.
Galtaji with several temples and sacred water tanks is an important site for Hindus. The other important temples in Galtaji are Balaji temple, Sun Temple and Ramgopalji Temple. A large number of monkeys are ever present in the Ramgopalji Temple complex. Of the seven sacred water tanks known as kunds, the Galta Kund is the most sacred. On the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti, large numbers of devotees bathe in these kunds.
Sanganer is famous for textile printing and its Jain temples. In the Sanganer prints, the designs in colors are printed on a white background. Lord Adinath is the deity in the red stone Shri Digamber Jain temple. This temple has fine carvings and was built in phases during different times, the last part in the 10th century AD as per an inscription on one of the Toranas. The temple has seven underground floors kept closed due to old beliefs. Visitors are not allowed to enter the underground floors and only an ascetic Digamber saint can enter these floors. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Jaipur.
Day 09 :- Jaipur to Amer Palace to Jaipur.
This morning you will visit Amer fort also known as Amer Palace or Amber and was the ancient capital of Jaipur. This magnificent fort was constructed in red sand-stone and marble by Raja Man Singh. Near the Ganesh Gate, there is a temple dedicated to the Goddess Sila Devi. The Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khas, Sheesh Mahal and Sukh Niwas are quite beautiful. At the he Sukh Niwas, a pleasant climate is created by winds that blow over a water cascade. You could ascend the fort by walking up the steps or on an elephant's back or in jeeps.
In the afternoon tour you will visit the seven storied Maharaja's City Palace which is a perfect blend of Mughal, Rajput and European architecture. Your next stop is Jantar Mantar, the observatory which attracts mathematician and astronomers from all over. You will visit Hawa Mahal popular for its magnificent architecture. A tour of Jaipur is not complete without shopping for clothes, carpets, jewelry, various handicrafts, silk paintings and miniatures. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Jaipur.
Day 10 :- Delhi - departure
This day you will be transferred from Jaipur to Delhi airport in time for your return flight. As most of the flights depart after mid-night, accommodation is not included in Delhi.
Day 11 :- Departure
Depart for your return/onward journey. Your luxury Taj Mahal + Varanasi tour ends.