9 Day India's Golden Triangle & Holy Varanasi

Spend 9 days on your very own private tour to India, visiting the three main tourist highlights known as the Golden Triangle as well as one of the most spiritual places in the world, Varanasi. When you land in New Delhi you are greeted with a culture shock of sights, sounds and smells of this vibrant city. Start the tour with two nights here, making good use of the services of your own private driver, allowing you to experience Delhi on your own personalised city tour at your own pace.

 

Next, travel to Agra where you will visit the awe inspiring Taj Mahal, an incredible tribute from one man to his deceased wife. Spend as much time as you wish wondering around the grounds watching the hazy sun set over this spectacular monument. Then, continue to Jaipur also know as the 'Pink City' for a spot of souvenir shopping in the local bazaars and a city tour where you can explore the spectacular Amber Fort that overlooks the city. 

 

For something extra special, we then fly you over to Varanasi, a holy pilgrimage site for Hindus and considered one of the most spiritual places in the world. Stroll along the many steps of the many ghats and watch locals go about their daily rituals in the holy Ganges river. We include a couple of river cruises along the Ganges at both sunrise and sunset so you can experience the magic of this place at all times of day. Upgrade to our premium package and you will stay in a balcony room, overlooking the ghats. In our opinion, this is the only was to see Varanasi!

 

This package is a private tour, includes your own knowledgeable driver, 8 nights hotel accommodation, daily breakfast, return domestic flights from Delhi to Varanasi, river cruises along the Ganges and heaps more! 

DAY 1: Arrive Delhi

Your holiday to Incredible India begins with an airport pick up at Delhi International Airport. Be prepared for a culture shock of sights, sounds and smells as you are transferred through this bustling city to your hotel. After check in, the rest of the day is free at leisure.

 

MEALS: None

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 star hotel, Delhi

 

DAY 2: Delhi Free Day

Free day in Delhi to explore this vibrant city at your own pace. Some highlights include the historic Red Fort, Jama Masjid India's largest mosque, Chandni Chowk area and Raj Ghat- memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. These are just a few suggestions, your tour guide can help you with handy tips on where to go and what to do.

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 star hotel, Delhi

 

DAY 3: Delhi ~ Agra

Today you will visit one of the 7 wonders of the world; the Taj Mahal, a highlight of any holiday to India! The Taj Mahal was built over a period of 22 years by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal (Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays).

After breakfast we leave Delhi behind for a long 4 hour drive to Agra. On arrival you will check-in and freshen up before a visit to the impressive Agra Fort, built by three Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great. In the evening you will visit Taj Mahal during sunset, a perfect time of day to experience this incredible monument and all it's majesty. Take your time to wonder around the grounds, exploring all sides of the Taj and soak up the atmosphere as the warm hazy sun sets.

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 star hotel, Agra

 

DAY 4: Agra ~ Fatehpur Sikri ~ Jaipur

Today we have another long drive (5 hours) to Jaipur, the Pink City. Just out of Agra we stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, a town built in the 17th Century by Emperor Akbar with Red Sand Stone but immediately abandoned after 15 years of occupancy due to water shortage and political issues.  

Continue your drive to Jaipur.  Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and famous for Palaces and bazaars of textiles, pottery, jewelleries and folk based arts & handicrafts ~ a paradise for shoppers. Spending the afternoon wondering around the bazaars, haggling for the lowest prices and mingling with the locals is the best way to see Jaipur!

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 star hotel, Jaipur

 

DAY 5: Jaipur City Tour

A full day in Jaipur sightseeing in this wonderful city. This morning we visit the magnificent Amber Fort and palace complex, built with stunning white marble and yellow and pink sandstone.  Inside the palace visit the Jag Mandir (The Hall of Victory), Sheesh Mahal – a room with four walls and the ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirrors, imported from Belgium. The City Palace is the royal residence. Now part of this residence is converted into museum and a part of the portion is still now occupied by the royal family of Jaipur. An impressive array of pistols, blunderbusses, swords, rifles and daggers are found in the Armory museum. Every evening the Amber fort puts on a spectacular light and sound show, a fantastic production that lights up the exterior of the fort, and tells legends of the Rajput Kings. This show is not included but we highly recommend it!

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 star hotel, Jaipur

 

DAY 6: Jaipur ~ Delhi ~ Varanasi

Back on the road again this morning as we drive back to Delhi (5 hours) to the airport to catch a flight to Varanasi. On arrival into Varanasi, check in to your hotel and relax for the night. 

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 star hotel, Varanasi

 

DAY 7: Varanasi

Varanasi is the holy pilgrimage site of the Hindus and is the ancient name for the city that is set between the Varuna and Assi rivers. It is mentioned in the Hindu scriptures as Kashi, the city of light, and has been a spiritual power centre for at least 4000 – 6000 years. This morning get up at the crack of dawn for an amazing guided boat ride down the Ganges. As the sun rises you will see those who flock to the riverside for morning worship. Along the way you will hear about the interesting history of the ghats and their patronage by the Maharaja’s who built them.  The trip ends with a short walking tour around Tulsi ghat’s hidden sun temple. Then, come back to your hotel and relax.
In the afternoon be ready for an adventurous walk through the hidden alleys of Varanasi. Few tourists ever wind their way through the bazaars in the Northern alleys of the old city. Here you will find hidden alleys leading directly through the sacred zone of Banaras to the oldest buildings of the city. As you enter the lanes of the Northern part of the city you will get to peep inside the shops, temples and lives of people who have never left their street for years. This bazaar has so many twists and turns we even get confused! But that is what makes it so great. You have an opportunity to learn tradition, culture & history of Varanasi and it offers a different experience. In the evening, at sunset, you will take another boat ride along the Ganges to witness the Aarathi ceremony; a spectacular ‘must-see’ event! Learn about the rituals that have been used for centuries inside temples and in shrines along the river. The magical quality of the evening is showcased with a trip to the eerie cremation grounds of Manikarnika, which burn 24 hours a day. All this coupled with a historical walk around the local area will remain with you forever. 

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 star hotel, Varanasi

 

DAY 8: Varanasi ~ Delhi
After check-out you will be transferred to Varanasi airport to catch your flight back to Delhi. This will either be a morning or afternoon flight depending on availability. On arrival in Delhi, our executive will welcome you at the airport and then you will be transferred to your hotel and relax.
If you wish, you can explore the bazaars in Delhi like Dilli Haat - This huge Delhi market has been deliberately made to feel like a traditional weekly village market, called a Haat. Small thatched roof cottages with a village
atmosphere give it great ambiance. The market offers an exciting blend of handicrafts from all over India, food, and cultural and music performances. 

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 star hotel, Delhi

 

DAY 9: End of Tour

Your holiday to India ends with a transfer back to the airport in time for your return flight home. We hope you had a trip of a lifetime!

 

MEALS: Breakfast

 

 

 

DEPARTURES DATES:

This tour is PRIVATE and departs ANY DAY with a minimum of 2 people. 

 

 

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