Day 1: Arrive Delhi. Upon arrival company representatives will receive you on arrival at the international airport in Delhi, late in the evening. Transfer to your pre booked hotel. Relax. Overnight stay will be at Delhi.
Day 2: Delhi Tours. Breakfast will be at Delhi. Proceed for a full day sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi. Visit Old Delhi - Former centre of Moghul Power, Old Delhi offers ancient monuments, narrow streets and bustling bazaars.
Drive past the Red Fort, built in 1648 and board the 'rickshaw ride' for a unique experience from the Red Fort, through "Chandni Chowk" during this enjoy Rickshaw ride experiencing the sights and sounds of this very busy avenue heading west from the Fort.
Later visit the Jama Masjid, the greatest mosque in India and completed in 1658 by Shah Jahan who also built the Taj Mahal, and the Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
This afternoon you will be taken to visit New Delhi - drive past the stately government buildings of the British Era designed by Lutyens, including the India Gate, Akshardham Temple, the Presidential Palace, Lotus Temple, Birla Mandir.
Continue onto the beautiful Humayuns tomb of the Mughal era & predecessor of the world famous Taj Mahal. End the tour at the towering minaret of Qutab Minar. Enjoy the Dances of India in the evening. Overnight will be at Delhi.
Day 3: Delhi - Agra (203 km). After an early breakfast in hotels drive to Agra. En-route visit Sikandra. Upon arrival in Agra - check into the hotel. Afternoon visit red fort and famous Taj Mahal (Taj Mahal is closed on Friday).
Red Fort - lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. It was built by Akbar as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.
Taj Mahal - This most famous Moghul monument was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal "the lady of the Taj". It has been described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, for the emperor was heartbroken when Mumtaz died after 17 years of marriage, during the birth of her 14th child.
The central structure has four small domes surrounding the huge, central dome. Above the tombs of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan are false tombs, a common practice in Indian mausoleums. Stay at Taj Mahal for sunset, to see this true Wonder of the world in gentle late afternoon light. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Agra – Varanasi. After an early breakfast in hotel check-out from hotel & take a train for Varanasi (Ganges Tours). Upon arrival to Varanasi check-in at your pre booked hotels. Relax. Overnight will be at Varanasi.
Day 5: Varanasi - Delhi - Onward Destinations. Drive very early morning to The Daswamedh Ghat and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges. See the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest and most important religions.
After breakfast, visit Sarnath - 5 miles out of Varanasi - one of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world, where Buddha preached his first Sermon in 590 B.C. Here you will witness the ruins of a once flourishing Buddhist monastery and then visit a fine Museum which houses an excellent collection of Buddhist art and sculptures found at the site.
Transfer to the airport for Varanasi - Delhi flight. Upon arrival at Delhi airport, the guests will be transferred to hotel where rooms will be available for wash or change. Dinner at the hotel. Later transfer to airport for flight Home / Scheduled destinations with sweet memories of Taj Mahal & Holy Varanasi Ganges Tours.
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