Tajmahal and Varanasi
Duration : 7 Days/ 6 Nights
Destinations: New Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Train - Varanasi - Flight - New Delhi
Day 01: Arrive in New Delhi »
Traditional welcome - Atithi Devo Bhava (Guest is god) - on arrival with garlanding at Delhi International Airport by a Holiday India Travel executive. Transferred in your exclusive airconditioned deluxe car to your hotel. Afterward, take a complete day tour of historic city of Delhi, where you can experience the influence of those who once ruled this region; a city built and destroyed and rebuilt seven times. The tour takes you to the monuments that depict the different eras. The tour includes visit to a Hindu temple of Goddess of wealth, Laxmi; the magnificent Red Fort (exterior); Jama Masjid - one of the Asia's largest mosques; Rajghat - the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the "Father of the Nation". Afternoon tour of New Delhi to include Humanyun's Tomb, Qutab Minar, India Gate, President's House and a drive through Connaught Place. Overnight at a hotel in Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi — Jaipur - 5 Hrs Drive »
In the morning, proceed for a drive to Jaipur - the Pink City of India. Upon arrival in Jaipur transfer to your hotel to freshen up at your hotel before taking a city tour of Jaipur covering Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), City Palace, and Jantar Mantar (Royal Astronomical Observatory). Overnight at a hotel in Jaipur.
Day 03: Jaipur »
Breakfast at your hotel is followed by an excursion to the majestic Amber Fort by an elephant, the erstwhile capital of the Kachwaha Rajputs before they moved to their newly built capital in Jaipur. This is the only fort where one can still go by an elephant like a Maharaja. Then visit Jaigarh Fort and Tiger Fort on the way to Water Palace. Take leisure time to shop in this famous city of gems and jewels, or enjoy a walk in the colorful bazaar. In the evening, go to Birla Temple. Overnight at a hotel in Jaipur.
Day 04: Jaipur — Agra - 5 Hrs Drive »
Breakfast at your hotel. In the morning, visit Galta Sun Temple in Jaipur, before the drive to Agra, the city of world-famous Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. On the way, stop at Abhaneri, a small beautiful village where you will visit Chandbaori. En route, visit Fatehpur Sikri, the erstwhile capital of the Mughal Empire built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned 15 years later due to scarcity of water. See Darbar-e-Aam, Palaces, Panch Mahal and Taansen Seat. Continue to Agra and check into your hotel and rest. Overnight at a hotel in Agra.
Day 05: Agra — Night Train to Varanasi - 2nd AC »
Dawn-view visit of Taj Mahal to witness the wonder of marble that seems to change colors as the sun rises. A UNESCO World Heritage Site that was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is best viewed and enjoyed in this non-chaotic and less crowded time of the day. Taj Mahal is closed on Friday. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Later, drive back to Delhi. On the way, visit Sikandra. Overnight at the hotel in Delhi. Later visit Agra’s Red Fort, built in red sandstone by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan. Visit the halls of private and public; Itimad-Ud-Daulah (Baby Taj) described as a 'Jewel Box' and often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal. It was built between 1622 and 1628. Also visit a local marble factory to witness the inlay work of precious stones known as Pietra dura. It's the same art of stonework illustrated on the Taj Mahal and Baby Taj. It's a learning experience and a treat to the eyes to see the artistry. Later, take a night train to Varanasi.
Day 06: Varanasi »
In the morning, you will be received by your driver at the railway station. Take a morning boat excursion on the river Ganges. People bathe early in the morning to offer the prayers to the rising sun. The two cremation ghats are Manikarnika & Harishchandra where funeral pyre burn day and night. Every pious Hindu believes that to die in Kashi and to be cremated on banks of the Ganges is to attain release from the cycle of birth and death. Then visit Sarnath and Ramnagar. Overnight at a hotel in Varanasi.
Day 07: Varanasi — Flight to Delhi »
In the morning, take a flight to Delhi. You will be received by your driver at the airport in Delhi. According to your flight timing, you can spend some time in Delhi. Check-in for international flights beginning 3 hours prior to flight departure time for economy class or 2 hours before business/first class.