Golden Triangle Tour With Khajuraho and Varanasi
10 Nights / 9 Days
Places covered :
Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi
Golden Triangle of India is a very popular tourist sector among tourist and is located between three cities of Northen India Delhi-National Capital of India, Agra-City of Tajmahal & Jaipur-Pink City. All three cities are of historic importance also. Golden triangle tour gives the tourist an idea of Culture, Traditional values, Heritage, Architecture
Delhi : Delhi is also known as the National capital territory of India & is a metro city. Delhi has been the capital for many kingdoms & rulers. It has been attacked & built several times. Today Delhi is a sum of seven successive cities built up over a period of hundreds of years.
Agra : Agra is largely associated with Mughal Empire. From the Babur to the Aurangzeb all Mughal rulers were very much associated with this City. In the Mughal period this city was known as Akbarabad. Later when the Mughal empire declined this city under the influence of Marathas and was called Agra. It is home to the 03 UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Jaipur : Jaipur is the capital & largest city of Rajasthan province. It is popularly known as the Pink City of India & was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1727. City was planned according to the Vastu-Shahtra. ( A vedic science for planning of comfort, prosperity & wellbeing of the citizens. Jaipur ‘s Raj palace hotel has been listed at number-2 on World’s 15 most expensive hotel suits.
Khajuraho : Being a small village & a population of around 20,000 people,this village has five star hotel & an airport. With this you can imagine how popular this site is. Another UNESCO world heritage site is a group of Jain & Hindu temples located in Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh. The temples are famous for their Erotic sculptures & Nagara style architecture. The temples are dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu & Jain patriarch. The temples are further divided into three groups, “ Eastern , Western & Southern group of temples.” The western group is the most beautiful & actually World Heritage site. The famous Kandariya temples falls in this group.
Varanasi : "Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together" Mark Twain – English author. Varanasi is a traditional culture classical city. Varanasi is also called as Beneras, Banaras or Kashi. A city of Hinduism. It is the oldest living city. Cultural capital of India. It is believed that those who die & cremated here gets free from cycle of birth & re-birts and gets an instant liberation.
Golden Triangle with Varanasi – 5 Nights / 6 Days By Train & flight
Day 01 / Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Meet Praag Travels India ( PTI ) executive at the airport & transferred to your pre-booked hotel for rest. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 02 / Delhi – Jaipur
(By Ac superfast train Shatabdi Express) departs New Delhi railway station at 0615 & reaches Jaipur railway station at 1040 hrs.
–in and relax for a while move out for the full day sightseeing. Meet your guide & the first monument that we will visit is City palace..
Visit City Palace. Built in the 18th century, the City Palace Jaipur located in the heart of the walled city.
Lunch at hotel "Holiday Inn"
Visit Observatory. It is the biggest stone observatory in the world & is still in running condition.
Visit Hawa Mahal also known as "Palace of Winds" or Palace of Breeze. Built by poet king Sawai Pratap. Take a walk at the local bazaar streets.
Go to Choki dhani a village theme restaurant. After dinner back to hotel & relax. Overnight stay at the hotel in Jaipur.
Day 03 / Jaipur – Agra en-route Fatehpur Sikri by an Ac car ( 250 kms approx 6 hrs including a stop on the way.)
This morning visit Amber Fort with an Elephant ride to the fort.
After the sightseeing drive towards Agra. After 3 and ½ hrs stop at Fatehpur Sikri -- built in 1569 by Mughal Emperor Akbar is a very well preserved red sandstone fort . It was abandoned due to the scarcity of water. After sightseeing again hit the road to Agra. After an hour drive or so reach Agra. Check in at the hotel. Evening free for relaxation.
Day 04 / Agra full day sight seeing & an overnight train to Varanasi.
Early Morning an visit to Tajmahal at the time of sunrise .Oneof the seven wonders of the world. Take plenty of time to explore, as it is the highlight of your tour. Later back to hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast check-out from the hotel & proceed for sightseeing of other monument. Visit Agra Fort a vast museum of interesting buildings, started by Akbar. Every Mughal Emperor right up to Aurangzeb added something. Construction of the Agra Fort started in 1565 and was completed in 1573.
Transfer back to Hotel or restaurant for lunch. After lunch, relax at hotel.
Proceed for the sightseeing of Itmad-ud-daula ( Baby Taj ). It is the first monument built in white Marble.
Visit the Mehtab Bagh. Beautiful Gardens behind the Tajmahal across the river Yamuna. Spend some time with Tajmahal from back. It is the same place where Mughal king Shahjahan thought of making a black Taj Mahal.
Time to explore the markets for local handicrafts of Agra. Later back to hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Agra.
Day 05 / Agra -Jhansi - Khajuraho
by an Ac superfast train Shatabdi express & from Jhansi – Khajuraho drive.
After an early breakfast, get ready to leave for the station. Our executive will help you at station in boarding the train to Jhansi. On reaching Jhansi you will be transferred to your car and drive to Orcha on the way for lunch & sightseeing of Orcha. Later drive to Khajuraho . Arrive Khajuraho , Check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 06 / Khajuraho full day sightseeing
Morning your guide will meet you in the hotel and will take you out for sightseeing of the temples. In the afternoon back to hotel for lunch & later again go out for the sightseeing. In the evening sound & light show at the Western group of temples. Overnight stay at the hotel in Khajuraho
Day 07 / Khajuraho- Varanasi by flight
Morning after breakfast, relax in the hotel. Around 1200 hrs check-out and proceed to the airport to catch the flight for Varanasi. On reaching Varanasi, transferred to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Varanasi.
Day 08 / Varanasi sightseeing
Early morning go for a boat ride at the river Ganges to observe the sunrise & way of life of pilgrims at the Ghats.Back to hotel for breakfast.After breakfast, start the sightseeing tour of Varanasi (the oldest living and cultural city of India) Start from the visit of Durga temple called as the Sankat Mochan temple and the Bharat Mata temple and Mosque of Aurangazeb.Later drive to Sarnath, 10kms, East of Varanasi, is one of the Buddhism’s major pilgrims center of India. After enlightenment, this is the first place where Buddha gave his first sermon. This is called Sarnath . Visit the deer park and the sarnath museum. After sightseeing back to Varanasi.In the evening see the Ganga Arti. Night stay at Hotel in Varanasi.
Day 09 / Varanasi – Delhi / By flight.
Afer breakfast, drive to Babatpur airport to catch the flight for Delhi. Arrive Delhi & transferred to your hotel.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Delhi.
Day 10 / Delhi sightseeing & departure to Airport.
Today is the final day of your tour. After a leisurely breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of New Delhi & Old Delhi.
Old Delhi :
RED FORT – As the name says is because it is made of the red stone, the Red Fort is one of the most magnificent palaces in the world. India's history built by Shahjahan in the 17th century. There are many sections in the Red fort like Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan –E-Khas, Naqqar-Khana, Shahi Burj, Hammams & so on. It was from here that the British deposed the last Mughal ruler, Bhadur Shah Zafar, marking the end of the three century long Mughal rule. It was the residence for Mughal rulers for almost 200 years. It is UNESCO world heritage site.
RAJGHAT – One of the most visited destinations in Old Delhi by the Indians as well as the foreigners. The mortal remains of the “Father of the Nation’’ Mahatma Gandhi were cremated on this spot on the west bank of the river Yamuna on the evening of January 31, 1948. A simple open platform inscribed with the Mahatma's last words, 'Hey Ram' (Oh God) is set in a garden with fountains and a variety of exotic trees planted by various dignitaries who visited this place. Every friday day a prayer is held.
QUTUB MINAR – The Qutub Minar is situated to the south of Connaught Circus & is 13 kms away from it. Although the Qutab-ud-din Aibak, the first muslim ruler of Delhi started its construction in 1199, but it was completed by his son-in-law Iltumish in 1236 & some others rulers in the later years. The tower has five stories. The mosque has two courtyards ( inner & outer ) designed with shafts & pillars. Most of these shafts are from Hindu temples which were plundered to construct the mosque.
HUMAYUN'S TOMB – It was built by Senior wife Haji Begum in 16th century in memory of his II mughal ruler Humayun. The mughals brought with them a love for gardens, fountains and water. It is the first mature example of Mughal architecture in India, Built in red sandstone and ornamented marks is the beginning of a new architecture of ornate style which was seen later in the Taj Mahal of Agra.
INDIA GATE - Built as a All India war memorial to commemorate the 70,000 India soldiers killed in World War I, is the national monument of India was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and completed in 1931.It was inaugurated by viceroy Lord Irwin. Located on Rajpath, the road which leads to the magnificent Rashtrapati Bhawan, the gate is 160 feet high with an arch of 138 feet. India Gate is illuminated every evening is a major tourist attraction. The republic day every year passes through India gate.
Jama Masjid :- Jama masjid is the largest mosque in India built in 1656. It is right opposite to the Red fort and is surrounded by many shops. It was built by Shahjahan and can hold 25000 devotees at a time.