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Golden Triangle & Varanasi Ganges Itinerary

Duration: 08 Nights/09 Days
Destinations: Delhi-Jaipur-Fatehpur Sikri-Agra-Delhi-Varanasi-Delhi

Day 01 - Arrive Delhi
Book NowOn arrival at Delhi, after clearing immigration and customs, step into the receiving area where you will be met and assisted by Grand Travel Planner representative and transferred to the hotel for a Check-in. Delhi a dynamic city where the past and the present coexist, has been ruled by numerous dynasties. The city is rich in the architecture of its monuments. Diverse cultural elements absorbed into the daily life of the city have enriched its character. Seven times this city went through the pain of being built, destroyed and rebuilt. It has been witness to many important events in Indian history, and today it stands proud as the capital of India.

Day 02 - Delhi
Golden Triangle & Nepal ItineraryAfter breakfast, embark on a sightseeing tour of the New Delhi which includes visits to such sights as the Qutab Minar 72 meters high and one of the most perfect towers in the Persian world. The Iron Pillar which has survived the vagaries of weather for over 1500 years & Humayun’s Tomb. Continue with a drive through Embassy area, the Government buildings (1921-1930.) & visit Old Delhi Old Delhi: An ancient walled city. Here you will drive past the Red Fort, Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; and Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colorful market of the old city. Rickshaw Ride at Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi.

Day 03 - Delhi-Jaipur By Road 260 Km / 04 Hours
Morning, after breakfast, leave by car for Jaipur and on arrival, transfer to Hotel.-The capital city of the state of Rajasthan is popularly known as the Pink City, from the pink colored sandstone with which the buildings in its old, walled city are constructed. The town is in a desert-like landscape, surrounded by barren hills. Jaipur owes its name, its foundation and its careful planning to the great warrior-astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II (1699-1744). His predecessors had enjoyed good relations with the Moghuls but in 1727, with Moghul power on the wane, Jai Singh decided the time was ripe to move down from his hillside fortress at nearby Amber to a new site on the plains. He laid out the city with its surrounding walls and six rectangular blocks after the principles of town planning set forth in the Shilpa Shastra, an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture.
Afternoon, visit Jaipur City: Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds, a five-storied structure of pink sandstone with semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. It was built in 1799 so that veiled royal woman could peer down unseen by the world through it s 593 stone screens. We proceed for a guided tour of the City Palace & Observatory. Drive past Hawa Mahal or the palace of Winds, Jantar Mantar & visit colourful Bazaar passing through the rose-pink residential and business area of Jaipur.

Day 04 - Jaipur
After breakfast, visit Amber Fort, the former capital of the royal Rajputs. Few fail to be moved by the dramatic Rajput grandeur of this hilltop fortress-palace 11-km north of Jaipur. Set on the dry wrinkled Aravali Hills, and surrounded by fortified battlements, the palace straddles two sepia-hued tundra hills overlooking Maota Lake, and its sprawling crenellated walls lattice the surrounding hills. We will ride up to this hilltop palace on a caparisoned, painted elephant, passing through the ancient main gate where Maharajas of Jaipur have entered for four hundred years. Our guide will elaborate on the history of this architectural masterpiece with its mirror-studded alcoves, dazzling mosaics and water-cooled swings that delight today’s visitors as they did their former royal residents. Elephant Ride at Amber Fort!!! Evening free to explore the colorful Jaipur market. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05 - Jaipur-Fatehpur Sikri -Agra By Road
Golden Triangle & Nepal ItineraryAfter breakfast, depart for Agra, en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri (40 kms.), built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chishti, Panch Mahal and other palaces. 
Afternoon, visit Agra Fort - the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the wall s and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River . Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions

Evening, witness the magic of the ultimate symbol of Mughal achievement, The Taj Mahal at Sunset.  Taj Mahal, a dream etched in milky white pristine marble is the peerless monument portraying the beauty of eternal love! A commemoration of the memory of Shahjahan's beloved wife, Mumtaz. Taj Mahal is indeed India's rich tribute to womanhood. Renowned for its aesthetic beauty, this extravagant building of timeless beauty is the outcome of a unique combination of passion and architectural exuberance.

Day 06 - Agra-Delhi    By Road   
          Delhi/Varanasi   By air  

After Breakfast drive to Delhi & transfer to the Airport to board your flight for Varanasi.Arrive Varanasi - Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to Hotel.

Varanasi - one of the holiest cities of Hindus and a fascinating city of the east. With an array of shrines, temples and palaces rising in several tiers from the water's edge, it is also a city of fairs and festivals, celebrating about 400 of them during the year.

Day 07 - Varanasi  Golden Triangle & Nepal Itinerary
After breakfast at the hotel, half day sightseeing tour of the city visiting the Bharat Mata Temple with a big relief map of India in marble, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, Banaras Hindu University which has an Art Gallery and the Mosque of Moghul Emperor Aurangzeb. Afternoon, Visit Sarnath 5 miles out of Varanasi for a day excursion: One of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world, where Buddha preached his first Sermon in 590 BC. Here he revealed the eight fold path that leads to the attainment of inner peace, Enlightenment and Ultimate Nirvana. Witness the ruins of a once flourishing Buddhist monastery and then visit a fine Museum which houses an excellent collection of Buddhist art and sculptures found at the site. Evening, visit Ghats to see the Aarti Ceremony!!!

Day 08 - Varanasi/Delhi By Air 
Book NowEarly morning, boat excursion on the holy river Ganges to see the bathing ghats and cremation site. Watching people bathing and worshipping at the Ghats is one of the most extraordinary experience of a visit to India . Boat Ride at Ganges!!! Depart for Delhi in Evening. Arrive Delhi at 1750hrs & transfer to the hotel . 

Day 09 - Delhi/Departure
After breakfast, Free for Shopping.
In time transfer to the International Airport to board your flight for onward journey
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