Start in New Delhi and end in Varanasi! With the discovery tour The Epitome of Cultural Diversity: Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Varanasi, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 3 other destinations in India. The Epitome of Cultural Diversity: Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Varanasi includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.
As you arrive at the Delhi International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and taken to your hotel. You have the day at your disposal.? Delhi is a capital of India and has been so for more than hundred years. Being a Metropolitan city, it is the perfect blend of cultural, traditional and national diversities. Overnight stay at your hotel in Delhi.?Start point arrival hall, IGI Airport Area, New Delhi, South West Delhi, Delhi, India
Gear up for the day as you proceed for sightseeing in the national capital after breakfast. You will first be taken to Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. Later, explore Chandni Chowk the oldest and biggest Bazaar of old Delhi! The bickering of the local shoppers, the rush of the colourful markets and the lip smacking local food give you the most amazing opportunity to learn about the citys history. A few delicacies that it you can enjoy here in Chandni Chowk are Paranthas, Natraj Dahi Bhalla and Kulfi Faluda. After lunch, catch a rickshaw in front of the the Fatehpuri Masjid and enjoy a rickshaw ride till the Red Fort where our driver will meet you. Driving past the Red Fort you reach Rajghat, the Memorial where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Then visit the wonder of Persian architecture, Humayuns Tomb. ?Surrounding the tomb are 4 lush garden squares with water channels.? Drive past Rashtrapati Bhavan, the residence of the President of India and India Gate, built in the honour of the soldiers who died in World War I. Lastly, visit Qutub Minar. Built by Qutub-ud-din Aibak in 1193, it marked the beginning of Muslim rule in India. Overnight stay in Delhi.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Jaipur. On arrival check in at your hotel. Owing to the extensive use of pink sandstone in the buildings in the city, Jaipur is famously known as the Pink City. The city with its pulsing bazaars and rich lifestyle gives off clear vibes of the Rajput Kings! Overnight stay at your hotel in Jaipur.
After an early breakfast, well head to the Amber Fort. Set on the Aravallis, this palace straddles 2 sepia tundra hills overlooking Maota lake. Ride up to this palace on an elephant as you pass through the ancient main gate through which the Maharajas of Jaipur used to make grand entrances. Then enjoy lunch with a Tandoor demonstration at a high end restaurant in Jaipur. Subsequently, visit the Turban museum. It is famous for housing the largest turban collection in the world.? Next, you will be taken on a tour of the Hawa Mahal, a pink five storied structure. With its octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows and ornate stones screens, it is an architectural wonder! Then visit the City Palace. Constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, it showcases a unique blend of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles. Built by the same king, your next stop will be Jantar Mantar. Exhibiting architectural astronomical instruments, it is a very unique astronomical observatory.? For many, shopping is almost a prerequisite when planning a tour! To satisfy your shopaholic side, visit the Jaipur bazaars in the evening. Experience the local culture through the pulsing bazaars as you explore each street. You will have a wide variety of textiles, footwear, ready-made garments, antique jewels, artifacts, bandhani print, carpets, pottery, marble curios, et al at reasonable rates to choose from. ? Stay overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast check out from the airport and travel for about 4 to 5 hours to reach Agra. et on the banks of the river Yamuna, Agra had achieved prominence as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1526 to 1628. Owing to its many Mughal Era monuments, it still remains a popular tourist destination. ?It famously hosts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, in essence, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri and most notably the Taj Mahal.? Enroute, visit Fatehpur Sikri. Often known as the abandoned city of the Mughal empire, it boasts of monuments built during the Mughal Era that leave viewers in awe! The Panch Mahal, the Buland Darwaza and Dargah of Sheikh Salim Chisti are a few of these wonders. You have an hour or two at your disposal to further explore this town. Later check in at your hotel in Agra.
Early morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to visit The Taj Mahal. A symbol of love, this magnificent piece of architecture took about 22 years to build! It is the resting place of Shahjahan, the Mughal Emperor who built it and his wife, Mumtaz, for whom it was built. Changing color throughout the day, the Taj Mahal is a sight to behold! As the day progresses, visit the Red Fort of Agra, Agra Fort. Continue on to visit the Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-khas and the Sheesh Mahal. Later you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight back to Varanasi. Formerly known as Kashi and Benaras, Varanasi is located on the banks of river Ganga. The Ganga is considered to be as a very holy river and is also the second largest river of India. About 3000 years old, Varanasi is considered to be the abode of Lord Shiva, the God of Destruction. Owing to this, it is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites for Hindus.? On arrival at Varanasi, you will be transferred to your hotel. Check in at the hotel.
Your sightseeing tour in Varanasi begins with an early morning boat ride on the river Ganga. Experiencing sunrise as you sail over the gentle waves of this holy river is truly a one of a kind experience! Then head to the hotel for breakfast.? After breakfast, proceed to Sarnath. Dotted with various important Buddhist pilgrimage sites, it is a must visit for any devout Buddhist! Then proceed to visit the New Vishwanath Temple. Also known as the Birla temple, it is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located in the Banaras Hindu University. Next, head to the Tulsi Manas Temple. Built by the royal family of Banaras, it is said to be the birthplace of the Indian epic "Ramcharitramanas" by the legendary Indian poet, Tulsidas. Close by is the Durga Temple which is dedicated to the Goddess Durga who is known to be the divine personification of powerful feminine energy.? Later in the evening, proceed to the Dashashwamedh Ghat to witness the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti. It is an evening ceremony that has been practiced every single day since thousands of years on the banks of the river Ganga.? Stay overnight at your hotel.
Post breakfast, you will be escorted by our company representative to the airport to board your flight.End point Departure hall, Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, Babatpur, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India