LDV India

Golden Triangle With Ganges Tour

Duration: 9 Nights / 10 Days
Route: Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Varanasi – Delhi

Tour Description

At LDV India we offer you the best ever Golden Triangle with Ganges Tour. This tour specifically includes some of the most beautiful places like Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.

Delhi is a place that comprises two contrasting worlds: one that is ancient and the other which is modern and contemporary.

Jaipur, however, is known to be the cultural capital of India, where you can not only explore the royalty and authenticity of India, but also live them all over again.

Agra, on the other hand, has some of the most beautiful and exotic architectural structures in India, including the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

All these places make the entire tour a complete package that gives an incredible experience of the versatile India.

India is a land of diversity. There is plenty to experience in India -- from different religions to different kinds of foods; you get to cherish everything. Our Ganges tour, however, adds on to a religious touch to your experience. You are more likely to be spellbound with the magical combination of religion and city life.

In Delhi, you can visit the Lotus Temple, India gate, and Red Fort. Taking a walk around the Connaught Place one can have a glimpse of the colonial past. A lot of people from around the world love visiting the place as it is a true reflection of the city life in downtown Delhi. Do not forget to munch on the food from Old Delhi, you are for sure going to have an heavenly experience.

Agra, however, offers you a chance to take a walk through history as you will be able to visit different historical monuments. The best thing about Agra is Taj Mahal and the Red Fort; Taj Mahal, being one of the Seven Wonders of the Worlds.

After a great experience in Delhi you will be taken to Jaipur which is also known as the pink city. The trip also includes Varanasi, which is one of the most beautiful and oldest religious cities in India. The city has ancient dignity and is famous for its Ghats. On these Ghats people from different places, from all across the country and world, not only perform their sacred rituals but also take dip in the holy river. Moreover it is believed that if people dip in the river Ganga they get rid of their sins.

Itinerary

Day 01 - Arrival Delhi

Arrive Delhi, meet our travel assistant at the airport & leave for your hotel. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 02 - Delhi

After a great breakfast start your tour of Old & New Delhi

OLD DELHI - A sightseeing tour of Old Delhi includes your visit to the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid – which is the largest mosque in India.

The heart of Old Delhi lies in the area around Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest market areas in India and certainly one of the busiest. Here you can buy different items at a much cheaper price.

To explore this area fully would take days, but a great way to get around and experience the vibrant atmosphere and array of sounds and sights on display is by traditional cycle-rickshaw.

NEW DELHI - An extensive tour of New Delhi includes a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President's Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.

Evening experience the enchanting Sound and light show at the Red Fort or ‘Lal Quilla' it is situated in Delhi and depicts the Mughal architectural brilliance. The 17th century historical events come alive in the evenings at the fort with the sound and lights of the Son-Et-Lumiere. The best thing is that The Red Fort can be entered from both the Lahore and the Delhi gates. The Lahore gate being the principal gate connects the Red Fort and the Chatta Chowk Bazaar beaming with life. The Red Fort cannot be explore on Mondays as it is closed.

After your tour, night stay in Delhi.

Day 03 - Delhi - Jaipur

By road 270 Kms 05 Hrs Drive)
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur - the fabled "pink city" of the desert which is named after Jai Singh, the former Maharaja of Jaipur. This is the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe through the nine rectangular sectors subdividing it. The palaces and forts of the yesteryears, which were witnessed to the royal processions and splendors are now living monuments

Upon arrival In Jaipur check into your hotel.

Get freshen-up in the hotel, and once you are ready, you will be visiting Sanganer which is the center of hand block printed textile and handmade paper. Once can enter to the town through the ruins of two Tripoli’s (Triple Gateways). It manufactures the supreme quality of handmade papers and hand printed textiles by using units of block and screen printers. One can explore the Kagzi Mohalla of Sanganer, which is prominent for expert artisans. These artisans are known as 'Kagazis' and observing these artisans making lovely patterns on fabrics with block-prints, will definitely please you.

In the evening visit Chokhi Dhani. The place is spread over 10 acres of beautifully landscaped area for a rustic look, it is dotted with machaans & platforms where different folk artists perform simultaneously. A village fair is held every evening as an ongoing celebration of the rich & vibrant cultural heritage of Rajasthan.

The display of traditional huts and workmanship will take you back to the times when glory was unpretentious. Experience the rich warmth and rustic charm of a typical Rajasthani Village at Chokhi Dhani- the festival never end here!!!

Night stay in Jaipur.

Day 04 - Jaipur

In the morning, visit Amber Fort; enjoy flawless beauty of the Fort royalty and enjoy an elephant ride.

AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is one of the most beautiful and yet classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. The construction of the Palace was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its breathtaking exterior depicts an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression.

CITY PALACE - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace trails over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It includes the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

JANTAR MANTAR - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the state.

HAWA MAHAL - The attractive portico of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storied structures of sandstone plastered pink are encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

Night stay in Jaipur.

Day 05 - Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra

(By road 245 Kms 05 Hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Abhaneri village, which is about 95 kms from Jaipur via the Jaipur-Agra Road. On your way to the village, visit the Harshat Mata Mandir and also experience the Step-wells.

Step wells are a unique concept of India. These big tanks were previously used as cool places of resort and water reservoir in parched days. It was a ritual to wash hands and feet before visiting the temple. Adjoining the Chand Baori, there is a temple, dedicated to Harshat Mata. Raised during the 10th century, the wrecks of the temple still boast of the architectural and sculptural styles of ancient India.

From here, continue your drive to Agra. On your way, visit the Fatehpur Sikri-perfectly preserved red sandstone "ghost town" which was the estranged capital of Mughal emperor Akbar, built in 1569 and deserted when its water supply failed.

Upon arrival in Agra, check into your hotel.

Take rest. Night stay in Agra.

Day 06 - Agra - Varanasi (By Train)

In the early morning, visit Taj Mahal – First of the Seven Wonders of the World and surely the most extravagant _expression of love ever created. 20,000 men labored for over 17 years to build this memorial for Shah Jahan's beloved wife. The Taj is at its most alluring in the early morning, shrouded in mists and bathed with a soft red glow. As its vast marble surfaces fall into shadow or reflect the sun, its colour changes, from soft grey and yellow to pearly cream and dazzling white; therefore, it can be visited at different times. This play of light is an important decorative device, symbolically implying the presence of Allah, who is never represented in anthropomorphic form.

Also enjoy the Tanga Ride to the most beautiful monument in the world

After breakfast, visit the Agra fort - the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566.

At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcove of inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded Peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms.

After Agra Fort, the monument that is most important in Agra is the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah or "Baby Taj". A highly decorative structure, this tomb is considered as the imminent pioneer of the Taj Mahal as far as elaborate carvings and inlay work on the same are concerned. Though the structure does not have much to offer architecturally, it makes a clear leaving from the earlier Mughal tombs built during the period and is softer and with many inlay carvings. Go to railway station to board the overnight train to Varanasi.

Day 07 - Varanasi

Arrive Varanasi, which is located on the banks of the sacred Ganges River, and is one of the oldest living cities in the world. For Hindus the city is a holy place and is considered a pilgrimage. The relationship between the sacred river and the city is the essence of Varanasi. Life on the banks of the Ganga begins before dawn when thousands of pilgrims come down to the river and waits for the rising sun. The people takes a dip on the sacred river to cleanse themselves from their suffering and sins. To die in Varanasi is to ensure an instant route to heaven.

Meet your travel assistant in Varanasi and reach hotel.

Hindus consider that a dip in the holy Ganges washes away all the sins and purifies the soul. In the evening be the eye-witness of grand Holy Worship or the Arati ritual on the Ghats of The Ganges. Night stay in Varanasi.

Day 08 - Varanasi

Early morning boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats.

After breakfast, proceed on a sightseeing of Varanasi (one of the oldest and holiest city of India) which starts from the visit of Durga temple that is known as Sankat Mochan temple and the Bharat Mata temple. After that, visit the Aurangzeb's Mosque.

Later drive to Sarnath, which is 10kms, East of Varanasi. This is one of the major centers for Buddhism of India. After attaining enlightenment, the Buddha came to Sarnath where he gave his first lesson. Visit the deer park and the museum and later back to Varanasi. Night stay in Varanasi.

Day 09 - Varanasi - Delhi (By Flight)

After a great breakfast leave for the airport to board your flight to Delhi.

Meet our assistant in Delhi and transfer to hotel. In the evening go for a walk in the locality and explore it.

Day 10 - Departure

Transfer to airport for onward flight.

Air fares are subject to change any time without any prior notice.

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