Golden triangle with Varanasi is a 9 days itinerary that includes visits to the city of Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Varanasi. They are historical and cultural cities. In Delhi you can visit the imposing India gate, the lotus temple and the impressive Qutub minaret with its height of 72.5 meters. Jaipur houses residence palaces of the current Maharaja which is now a museum, grand Amer palace and fabulous palace of the winds or Hawa Mahal. Agra has a wonderful Taj Mahal that represents the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture in India. On excursions you can visit huge fortress of Fatehpur Sikri and Agra built and lived by the great emperor Akbar; Abhaneri with its deep step well and temple of the eighth and ninth century. Your trip will end visiting culture, custom and practices of the Hindu religion in the holiest city of Varanasi.
DAY 1, ARRIVAL IN DELHI (BY YOUR OWN ARRANGEMENT)
Upon arrival at the New Delhi airport or railway station, you will be greeted by our representative in the arrival hall with your name plate. Then transfer to the hotel. Accommodation only. The word Delhi is derived from Dahleez means a gallery that opens the entrance in all rooms in a huge mansion. The name Delhi can be derived from the word “Dhillika” founded by Raja Dhilu (King Dhilu) in 800 AD. Today it is a combination of the nine cities but mainly there are two cities: Old Delhi and New Delhi. Old Delhi was founded by the 17th century Emperor Sahjahan and known as Sahjahanabad. New Delhi was founded by the British rule in 1911 as its seat of government. New Delhi is the capital of independent India since 1947. You have to visit Jama Masjid (a 17th-century mosque), the old street marketplace of Chandani Chowk, the crematorium of Gandhi Rajghat, the imposing arch of triumph known as the India Gate, government buildings, Sij Gurudwara Bengal Sahib temple, lotus temple, Humayun’s tomb and the 13th century silent monument the tallest minaret in India Qutub Minar.
DAY 2, OLD AND NEW DELHI COMBINES VISIT
After breakfast you will visit old Delhi where you will see Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India in the seventeenth century and stroll through the street of Chandani Chowk to explore a colorful marketplace with a photo stop in the red fort. You will return to New Delhi and see Rajghat, the Gandhi Crematorium and photo stop at the India Gate with government buildings that include Parliament, the President’s house and other ministerial buildings. Next you will visit Sij Gurudwara Bangla Sahib temple. After lunch you have photo stop at the lotus temple. At the end of the day, you will visit the Qutub minaret. Accommodation.
DAY 3, DELHI – JAIPUR
After breakfast you will travel to Jaipur by road. Upon arrival you would be transfered to the hotel. Jaipur is named in the name of its founder Sawai Raja Jai Singh II. Popularly known as the Pink City giving a reflection of the architecture of the middle ages however it was founded in 1727. In the later they will visit Arti’s ceremony in the Birla temple. Accommodation.
DAY 4, JAIPUR – AMER – JAIPUR
After breakfast. Next photo stop at the palace of the winds (Hawa Mahal) and visit the Amer palace with elephant ride that will leave you at the entrance gate of the palace. Later you can take pictures of the summer palace or water palace. After lunch you will visit the City Palace, residence of the present Maharaja and the observatory. Accommodation.
DAY 5, JAIPUR – ABHANERI – FATEHPUR SIKRI – AGRA
After breakfast you will travel to Agra by road visiting the Abhaneri village and Fatehpur Sikri on the way. Abhaneri has a well and a temple of the eighth and ninth century. Fatehpur Sikri, founded by the great Mughal emperor Akbar, was an abandoned city due to the water problem. Agra is famous worldwide because of the Taj Mahal. Agra represents the Mughal architecture. Not only Taj Mahal but also fort is good according to its architecture. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 6, AGRA – DELHI
In the early morning you will visit the sunrise at the Taj Mahal which is a panoramic view. You will return to your hotel. Breakfast. Next you will visit Agra Fort. After lunch, travel to Delhi by road. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.
DAY 7, DELHI – VARANASI (BY DOMESTIC FLIGHT)
After breakfast transfer to New Delhi airport to board a flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Varanasi is a city that dates back to the 11th century. Considered as the spiritual capital of India, the city attracts Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the sacred waters of the Ganges River and perform funeral rites. Along the winding streets of the city there are some 2,000 temples, among them Kashi Vishwanath, the “Golden Temple”, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. In the afternoon, visit Arti’s ceremony on the bank of the Ganges river.
DAY 8, VARANASI – SARNATA – VARANASI
In the early morning you will embark to see the sunrise in Ganges. You will have a panoramic view of the Hindu bathing in the river, temples and ghats (bathing stairs). In the early morning thousands of Hindus bathe in Ganges. Then visit the golden temple of Kashi Vishwanat. Breakfast. Then travel to Sarnata which is 10 km away. Visit the garden where Buddha gave his first sermon but now it is a deer house. They will visit Chaukhandi and Dhamek stupa of Buddhist beliefs. In the end they will visit Buddhist museum in Sarnata. Accommodation in Varanasi.
DAY 9, VARANASI – DELHI (BY DOMESTIC FLIGHT) – YOUR DESTINATION
After breakfast you will be transfered to the airport to board a flight to Delhi. Upon arrival direct transfer to the airport.
THE TRIP INCLUDES
• Accommodation with breakfast
• Private car / minibus / bus comfortable air conditioning for all transfers and visits according to the program
• Elephant ride in Jaipur
• Multilingual local guide
• Rickshaw ride, a three-wheeled bicycle through the narrow street of Chandani Chowk and Varanasi only once
• Boat ride in Ganges only once to see sunrise in the morning
• 02 bottles of mineral water per person per day
THE TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE
• Visa to India
• International flight
• Monument entrance fees
• Camera and video fees
• Tip to the porter, driver and guide
• Personal expenses such as the use of a mini bar, mineral water, laundry, telephone, etc.
• Anything else that has not been mentioned in the itinerary
• No expenses derived from problems outside the organization such as natural disasters, accidents, medical evacuation, flight cancellation, delays or schedule changes
• 05% GST (Tax)