Start and end in New Delhi! With the discovery tour Golden Triangle with Holi Celebration and Spiritual Varanasi (5 - 13 March 2020) - Fixed Departure, you have a 9 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 3 other destinations in India. Golden Triangle with Holi Celebration and Spiritual Varanasi (5 - 13 March 2020) - Fixed Departure includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Upon arrival, our representative will greet you at the Delhi Airport, and then transfer you to your hotel. The Capital city of India, Delhi is a striking modern metropolis. Delhi has been repeatedly destroyed by erstwhile empires, and yet, it has sprung back to life time and again. This city narrates the history of India in its ruins of lost empires. The rich past of Delhi has brought India through history books. Settled by Mughals and later by the British; Delhi is dotted with ancient streets, architectural marvels and vibrant marketplaces that will be etched forever in your memories. Overnight in Delhi.
This morning after breakfast, do a full-day guided city sightseeing tour of Delhi. Delhi sightseeing tour begins at Old Delhi with a visit to the 350-year-old and the largest mosque in India - Jama Masjid. Next, proceed in a rickshaw to Chandni Chowk, exploring one of the oldest, biggest and the busiest markets in India. The rickshaw ride halts at the Red Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a massive Mughal era red sandstone monument. Here, our driver will pick you up and drive you to Raj Ghat - the memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Furthermore, drive to the Humayun?s Tomb (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a memorial to the 2nd Mughal Emperor Humayun. Later, drive past the Rashtrapati Bhawan (official residence of the President of India) and India Gate (a War memorial dedicated to the Indian & British soldiers who died in World War-I). Sightseeing in Delhi ends with the visit to Qutub Minar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), world?s tallest brick minaret that was built in 1192. Also, get a henna tattoo applied as a memorable souvenir from India. Overnight in Delhi.
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Agra. AGRA is the city of the inimitable Taj Mahal. The story of Agra begins much earlier than the Taj Mahal; it finds mention in the Mahabharata when it was called the Agrabana or paradise. It was the Mughals who finally nurtured Agra with the finest monuments that the architects could design: The Taj Mahal of Shah Jahan and Agra Fort of Akbar are but few of the many that spangle the city, each of which stands in mute testimony to the citys grandeur over the ages. After arrival in Agra, check-in to the hotel. Post this we will proceed for sightseeing, starting with the Agra Fort. It lies on the bend of the river Yamuna. Built by Mughal Emperor Akbar over 1565-73 AD, it was successively occupied and added to by Jahangir and Shah Jahan. We will then visit the world-renowned and World Heritage site Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays). The Taj Mahal, which is one man?s monumental testimony to love, has become synonymous not only with this city, but with all of India. A mausoleum built by Shah Jahan for his empress Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj is the primary attraction of the city. Overnight in Agra.
Post breakfast check out, drive to the beautiful city of Jaipur, also known as the Pink City of India. En route visit?Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned city of the Mughal Empire.? You arrive at the end of the day at your hotel in Jaipur, "the pink city", capital of Rajasthan. With its rich cultural heritage and colourful past, it is one of the most important heritage cities in India. Overnight in Jaipur.
After breakfast, proceed for a full-day sightseeing tour of Jaipur city. Start with Amer Fort, a 16th century magnificent fort with beautiful display of Hindu and Islamic art and architecture. Now visit Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory with world?s largest stone sundial to boast. Next visit the stunning Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). Built exclusively for the Royal Ladies in the late 18th century, the palace has 953 ornate little windows and balconies that act like a natural air coolant. Lastly, visit City Palace, from where the Maharajas of Jaipur ruled, situated at the heart of the city, which also houses the City Palace Museum. Overnight in Jaipur.
Holi: Holi is one of the most celebrated festivals of India and is the most vibrant of all. The joy of Holi knows no bound. This festival is a kaleidoscope of colours, which is celebrated across the four corners of India or rather across the globe. It is also a festival of love celebrated in the commemoration ofthe divine love of Radha for Lord Krishna (areincarnation of Lord Vishnu). It also marks the onset of spring season. After breakfast, participate in the Holi Celebrations organized in Hotel Surya Villa. At the hotel, a royal family of Jaipur will also join you in the celebrations. Interact and learn about the significance of Holi and its associated festivals. All the guests present will be provided with traditional Indian Turbans & Kurta Pyjama to adorn themselves like Rajasthani folks. Later, indulge in the spirit of Holi with dry and wet rainbow-colored organic powders. Every guest will be served with traditional special festive homemade specialties like Gujiya and Mathri along with soft beverages. After this long fun-filled and exciting day, return to your rooms for a refreshing bath and spend the night in the comfort of your bed. Overnight in Jaipur.
After breakfast at hotel, check-out and proceed to Jaipur Airport to take a flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and relax for some time before taking a trip to Sarnath. Proceed to Sarnath, just 10 km from Varanasi. Sarnath is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage centres, and one of the holiest Buddhist sites. It is here Lord Buddha had preached his first sermon to his pupils after attainment of Nirvana or enlightenment in 530 B.C. On arrival, check-in to your hotel and relax. Overnight in Varanasi.
This morning proceed for an early Morning Boat ride on the River Ganges, a ferry pilgrimage from Ghat to Ghat. People bath early in the morning to offer the prayers to the rising sun. The two cremation Ghats are Manikarnika & Harishchandra where funeral pyre burns day & night. After the Ghats tour, return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, explore the city of Varanasi. Visit ancient Kashi Vishwanath Temple; walk through the narrow streets and alleys of the city leading to various hidden and popular market areas as well as other attractions. Evening, you will attend the popular evening Ganga Aarti ritual (Ganga Aarti is the riverside prayer rituals done in honour of the holy River Ganges) on the banks of the River Ganges. During the Aarti, you will see well-choreographed traditional worship rituals done by Hindu priests where they chant holy Sanksrit prayers and sway huge brass lamps in their hands and blow conch shells to produce divine music. Later, transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Varanasi.
After breakfast, check-out of the hotel and transfer to the airport to board a flight to Delhi Airport. Upon arrival at Delhi Airport, connect a flight to home/onward destination.