You will experience the best of North India tours with the Golden Triangle. Delhi – a canvas that reflects the complexities, contradictions, beauty and dynamism of a city where the past co-exist with the present. Jaipur- where there is a feast in store for tourists. Attractive monuments where one can breathe the fragrance of history. Jaipur, the pink city, is itself a treat for its visitors, royalty comes out from every hook and corner of the city. Magnificent forts, luxurious hotels and excursions of adjacent places of interest make the city a paradise for tourists.
Agra, famous for the Taj Mahal, this city is also home to other two heritage monuments – Fatehpur Sikri and Red Fort. It is more just a immoral city of graveyards and work. Other destinations of North India which have cultural importance are additionally covered in this Golden triangle tour. Khajuraho: a world heritage site famous for its temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Jain patriarchs. Both internally and externally the temples are richly carved with excellent sculptures that are frequently sensual and, at times, sexually explicit; and Varanasi: Varanasi – the land where experience and discovery reach the ultimate bliss.Varanasi, the holy city of India, is also known by the name of Kashi and Benaras. Kashi, the city of Moksha for Hindus since centuries, is known for its fine-quality silks, ‘paan’ and Benares Hindu University and Avimukta of the ancient days, Varanasi is the most popular pilgrimage point for the Hindus. One of the seven holiest cities, Varanasi city is also one the Shakti Peethas and one of the twelve Jyotir Linga sites in India. In Hinduism it is believed that those who die and are cremated here get an instant gateway to liberation from the cycle of births and re-births.
Considered as the abode of Lord Shiva, Varanasi is situated on the banks of River Ganges, which is believed to have the power of washing away all of one’s sins. As pundits here will tell you, whatever is sacrificed and chanted here or given in charity reaps its fruits thousand times more than those good deeds performed at other places because of the power of that place. It is believed that three nights of fasting in Varanasi city can reap you rewards of many thousands of lifetimes of asceticism!Varanasi is the oldest city of the world. Varanasi is more than 3000 years old and is famous as the city of temples. In Varanasi, there are temples at every few paces. Looking at the number of temples in Varanasi, it is hard to believe that a large number of them were demolished during the medieval times. Jyotirlinga Visvanatha Temple or Golden Temple, rebuilt in 1776, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Jnana Vapi well (meaning ‘Well of Wisdom) is believed to have been dug by Lord Shiva himself. It is believed that the majestic Alamgir mosque has replaced one of the most ancient shrines known as the temple of Bindu Madhava. The thirty-three hundred million shrines fill one with awe and wonder with sheer numbers.
The Ganga Ghats (river front) are the most popular pilgrimage spot of Varanasi and are centers of music and learning. There is a great tradition of Yatras in the holy city of Kashi and the most sacred path is that of Panchkoshi Parikrama, the fifty-mile path with a radius of five miles that cover 108 shrines along the way, with Panchakoshi Temple as its main shrine. Other popular pilgrimage route is Nagara Pradakshina, which covers seventy-two shrines along the way. Since time immemorial Varanasi is a great center of learning. The holy city has been a symbol of spiritualism, philosophy and mysticism for thousands of years and has produced great saints and personalities like Guatama Buddha, Mahavira, Kabir, Tulsi Das, Shankaracharaya, Ramanuja and Patanjali.
DAY 01 : ARRIVE DELHI
On arrival meet and assist at the airport and transfer to your prebooked hotel. Delhi : India’s capital & a major gatewayto the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis which successfully combines in its fold the ancient & themodern. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. NewDelhi also reflects the legacy the British left behind . The division between New & Old Delhi is the distinction betweenthe capitals of the British & the Moghuls respectively. So, wherever the visitor goes, he will invariably confront thecitys’ past.
DAY 02 : DELHI
After breakfast, full day city tour of Old & New Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India – Built by ShahJahan, the construction was started in 1844 and was not completed until 1658 ; witness the Red Fort; Visit Humayun’s Tomb built in mid 16th century this is an early example of Mughal architecture ; Visit Qutab Minar, witness the India Gate,President House.. The city tour ends with a visit to Laxmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir).
DAY 03 : DELHI – JAIPUR
Afternoon, leave for Jaipur : The city owes its names, foundation and its careful planning to the great warrior -astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II. In 1727, with Mughal power on the wane, Jai Singh decided to move down from his hillsidefortress at nearby Amber to a new site on the plains. He laid out the city, with its surrounding walls and six rectangularblocks, according to the principles of town planning set down in Shilpa Shastra, an ancient Hindu treatise onarchitecture. Arrive Jaipur and check in at prebooked hotel. Rest of the day free for individual activities.
DAY 04 : JAIPUR
After breakfast, excursion to Amber Fort : At a distance of 11 kms from Jaipur, Amber was the ancient capital of Jaipurstate. Construction of the fort began in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar’s army and is a superbexample of Rajput architecture. Elephant ride from the foothills of the Aravallis to the fort entrance Afternoon, citytour of Jaipur. Visit the City Palace which has museum having an extensive collection of art, carpets, enamel ware and weapons; Jantar Mantar – the observatory built my Maharaja Jai Singh in 1728 and the façade of Hawa Mahal.
DAY 05 : JAIPUR – FATEHPUR SIKRI – AGRA
After breakfast, leave for Agra, enroute visit the abandoned Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri : built by Emperor Akbar in1569, was the old capital of the Moghuls, which was abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal & other Palaces which are still preserved in itsoriginal glory. Continue drive to Agra. Arrive Agra in the afternoon and check-in at prebooked hotel.
DAY 06 : AGRA
After breakfast, city tour of Agra. Visit Red fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar in 1565, and additions were made up until the time of his grandson, Shah Jahan. It contains the hall of public and private audiences amongst many other beautiful structues; Itmad-ud-daulah, which was contructed by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628 and is very similar to thetomb she constructed for her husband, Jehangir, near Lahore in Pakistan; the highlight of the day – The Taj Mahal, which was constructed by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Contruction of the Taj began in 1631 and was not completed until 1653. Afternoon, free for individual activities.
DAY 07 : AGRA – JHANSI – ORCHHA – KHAJURAHO
After breakfast, proceed your journey to khajuraho , enroute visit Orchha : A medieval city founded by Bundela rulers with palaces & temples of the 16th & 17th century – which have remarkably withstood the onslaught of time. The city is picturesquely flanked by the river Betwa. Visit of the surrounding fortress & local Ram Raja temple. Continue drive to Khajuraho, upon arrival, check in at prebooked hotel.
DAY 08 : KHAJURAHO
After brekfast, visit Khajuraho : Built by the warrior Chandela dynasty that rose to power in Central India between 10th & 11th centuries, the 25 odd surving temples display different facets of life, including the sensual. These erotic carvings on some panels have given rise to much speculation since Khajuraho’s re-discovery by a British officer in 1838. To preserve it for posterity, Khajuraho has been declared a World Heritage Site. Visit the eastern & western group of temples famous for their erotic scultpures. Evening at leisure and overnight stay.
DAY 09 : KHAJURAHO – VARANASI
Aftter breakfast proceed for your journey to Varanasi approx. 8 hrs. drive. In evening check-in to your pre-booked the hotel at Varanasi. Evening at leisure and overnight stay.
DAY 10 : VARANASI
Varanasi : formerly known as Kashi – the city that illuminates. The religious capital of Hinduism , Varanasi is the oldest living city of India & one of the worlds’ most ancient. The present name is derived from the fact that the city is at the confluence of the rivers Varuna & Asi. After breakfast, excursion to Sarnath – the buried Buddhist city where Buddha preached his first sermon. After attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya the 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. Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from 16th century BC to 12th century AD. Visit the ruins, the stupa, the Buddhist temple & the museum (closed on Fridays). At the museum is the Ashok Pillar with its four guardian lions, used as independent Indias’ national emblem.
DAY 11 : VARANASI
Early morning, leave for boat ride on the Ganges to see the bathing Ghats (river bank) & cremation site. Sunrise on the riverfront, as seen from a boat, can be a spiritually uplifting sight. The life on the Ghats bound in an endless string of rituals, ever-changing aspects of the river & the wide landscape across have fascinated visitors from all over the world.Return to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, city tour of Varanasi – Visit the Bharat Mata temple with a big relief map of India in Marble, Durga temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, Benaras Hindu University which has an art gallery & the mosque of Moghul Emperor Aurangzeb. Afternoon, excursion to Ramnagar. Return by boat in the evening, enroute witness the religious ceremonies along the banks of river Ganges.
DAY 12 : VARANASI – DELHI or KATHMANDU (FLIGHT)
Morning, free for individual activities. Afternoon, transfer to the airport to board flight scheduled to depart to Delhi or you can depart to Kathmandu for your onwards journey according to your choice.