Start in Mumbai and end in New Delhi! With the independent tour Indias Golden Triangle with Southern India & Varanasi, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through Mumbai, India and 6 other destinations in India. Indias Golden Triangle with Southern India & Varanasi includes accommodation as well as meals, transport.
Welcome to Mumbai, a multicultural metropolis with a colorful history. This vibrant city is now India?s premier seaport, center of culture and industry, and home to Bollywood. Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.
This morning?s PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR includes the GATEWAY OF INDIA, Mumbai?s most famous monument, which commemorates a visit by Queen Mary. From here, cross Mumbai Harbor by ferry to the ELEPHANTA CAVES (closed Mondays), a collection of cave temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Mumbai and drive along Marine Drive, a seafront promenade, and see a traditional Dhobi Ghat (an open-air laundromat). You will also visit the MANI BHAVAN (former residence of Mahatma Gandhi) and the MUMBAI MUSEUM (closed Mondays). (B,L)
Fly to Cochin. (B)
Your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR starts with the Chinese Fishing Nets?the livelihood of many local fishermen?and a walk through the Jewish quarter. Next, visit the KERALA FOLKLORE MUSEUM which aims to preserve and educate people about the unique culture and heritage of South India. This afternoon, enjoy an unforgettable CRUISE on the backwaters of Kerala. Explore and witness local life along these serene waterways surrounded by lush palm trees and paddy fields. (B,L)
Fly to Delhi, India?s capital city. (B)
Your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING starts with an orientation drive to see the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, and the Presidential Palace. Afterward, take a RICKSHAW RIDE through Chandni Chowk, a captivating local bazaar. Here, ancient alleyways are lined with quaint shops selling all sorts of goods and souvenirs?from silver and saris to spices and electronics. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B,L)
This morning, explore Delhi on a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR. Start at QUTUB MINAR, the world?s tallest brick minaret. Next, visit HUMAYUN?S TOMB and GURUDWARA BANGLA SAHIB, Delhi?s largest and most prominent Sikh gurudwara (house of worship). After lunch, drive to Agra, where much of the city?s impressive past is still evident in the majesty of her buildings. (B,L)
Meet your Local Guide for a special PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR to the incomparable TAJ MAHAL at sunrise. This extravagant marble monument was built by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife, who died during childbirth. In the afternoon, a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR brings you to Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by Moghul Emperor Akbar, this impressive fortress of red sandstone conceals the imperial city of the Moghul rulers and its many palaces. (B)NOTE:The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays. In these instances, it will be visited in the morning on Day 9.
Today, your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR includes a visit to Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) and the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary, home to more than 370 species of birds. Continue on to Jaipur, known as the Pink City. (B,L)
The highlight of today?s PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING is the amazing Amber Fort. Later on, visit the City Palace and the adjoining museum that houses a collection of rare manuscripts. Also, stop at the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) and Jantar Mantar, and take a walking tour through a local market. (B,L)
Today, drive back to Delhi. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Fly to Varanasi, the holiest of Hindu pilgrim cities, situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges River.
Around dawn, board a BOAT and watch a striking religious ritual?the Hindus? devotional bathing in the Ganges. Observe hundreds of pilgrims gathered at the river?s edge, some practicing yoga, others meditating, and still others bathing fully clothed. Return to your hotel for breakfast and some free time. This evening, your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING witnesses the GANGA AARTI (spiritual worship) on the ghats (steps) leading down to the Ganges. (B)
Enjoy the morning at leisure before flying back to Delhi. (B)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)