North India Heritage Journey, from Delhi to Varanasioffered by supplier M21668 (read about supplier)
Tour Duration: 2 - 100 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 100 people
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey
Season: August - March
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 990 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1800 US Dollar (USD)
Arrive at Delhi’s international airport a representative will be waiting for you outside the exit gate of arrival terminal, holding a placard. Met upon arrival and transfer to your hotel.
India’s capital city, Delhi, is a unique and fascinating blend of two very different city and daily life routine, each with its own distinctive flavour and character. No visit to India is complete without visiting these two complementary halves of its capital city - Delhi, both Old and New. Morning proceed to visit Old Delhi which include the photography of magnificent Red Fort. A visit to the crowded lanes of Chandni Chowk, the busiest commercial area of the city, brings to life all the atmosphere of an oriental bazar.
Afternoon scattered throughout modern New Delhi are many historic monuments such as the 12th century Qutab Minar, famous for the Ashokan iron pillar, which has never rusted in 1500 years. Humayuns’ Tomb is a forerunner of the Mughal style of architecture, and in contrast, visits the modern Lakshmi Narayan Temple. Drive past India Gate, the city’s World War I war memorial, the President’s residence, Parliament House and the Secretariat buildings, all designed by Lutyens. Overnight stay.
Day 2: Delhi- Jaipur (258 Kms – 6 Hrs).
After breakfast leave for Jaipur .Check in Hotel. Jaipur is a city of history and tradition, dating back to its foundation in the 17th century by Sawai Jai Singh, from whom it derives its name. Jai Sing meticulously planned the civic layout of Jaipur, with wide roads and impressive architecture, all of which is painted pink to this day. Jaipur is almost equidistant from Delhi and Agra, and forms part of the famed Golden Triangle, which so many visitors to north India take. Overnight stay.
Day 3: Jaipur.
After a brief photography stop at the famed Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds, drive out of town, to visit Amber Fort. Visitors can walk or go on elephant back up to the entrance of this romantic, traditional Rajasthani Fort, setting the mood for a visit to the dramatic, hill-top fortress. Once inside the rugged walls, there are beautiful miniatures depicting hunting and battle scenes, along with precious stones and mirrors embellishing the plasterwork walls. The Jag Mandir, or Hall of Victory contains the extraordinary Sheesh Mahal, where all four walls and the ceiling are completely covered with littering mirror pieces, creating a beautiful effect.
Afternoon: The half-day city tour begins at the historic City Palace, a huge, sprawling complex, covering almost a seventh of the walled part of Jaipur. The palace is still home to the erstwhile royal family, who live in one section, while the rest has been converted into a museum. Highlights are the Armoury Museum, with its impressive collection of royal weapons, and the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds. This was constructed so that the royal ladies could watch processions, without being seen. Later, visit the Jantar Mantar, the largest stone observatory in the world. There are 17 large instruments, many of them still in working order. Overnight stay.
Day 4: Jaipur- Agra (237 Kms – 6 Hrs).
After breakfast leave for Agra, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri The abandoned, ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri lies some 40 km from Agra. The city was built by the Emperor Akbar in 1569, in honour of Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti, who prophesied that Akbar would have three sons. For 14 years Fatehpur Sikri was Akbar’s capital until a lack of water forced the city to be abandoned. The city is remarkably well-preserved, and visitors can see the Jama Masjid, the tomb of Salim Chisti, and several palaces. Overnight stay.
Day 5: Agra –Delhi.
If there is one image that sums up India to the world, it is the Taj Mahal. This beautiful monument in Agra is an absolute must for every visitor. Morning proceed to visit the Taj Mahal. The Taj is closed on Fridays and Agra for on Monday. Later continue to drive to Delhi and transfer to connect your domestic flight for Varanasi. On arrival Varanasi and transfer to Hotel . Overnight stay.
Day 6: Varanasi.
Morning Ganges tour. Experience the soul and spirit of Varanasi during an early morning boat excursion on the holy River Ganges. The city has about 100 ghats, each marked by a lingam, and from the river, we will see the bathing ghats, as well as the cremation ghats. Return to the hotel on foot, walking through the narrow lanes and bazaars of this religious city. Later back to Hotel have breakfast and continue proceed for sightseeing of city.
Visit some of the most important temples in this holy city, including the Bharat Mata Mandir, which was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, and the Durga Temple, and then drive past the beautiful Tulsi Manas Temple. Later drive through the campus of the Benaras Hindu University, Asia’s largest residential university, covering 5 kilometres. On the campus, visit the New Vishwanath Temple. (Optional: one can also visit the excellent collection of miniature paintings housed in the Bhat Kala Bhavan)
Afternoon we will take a short excursion to Sarnath where Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon after attaining Nirvana. Our local guide will escort us around the site and explain the concepts of Buddhism from its early founding. Presently located at Sarnath, the Tibetan Institute has a rare collection of Buddhist texts, Tibetan manuscripts and other journals. The only institute of its kind in the world imparting education in the Tibetan language, it was established by the Dalai Lama in 1971
Evening Ganges tour
To experience Varanasi intimately, you have to visit the ghats, preferably in the evening. A leisurely rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes and bylanes of the city takes you down to the river, where the temples and ghats are lit with oil-lamps and candles. Participate or wetness to a collective prayer ceremony, known as an Aarti, and watch the floating oil-lamps on the Ganges. Overnight at stay
In time of your flight transferred to Varanasi airport to board your flight for Delhi and connecting flight returns to home.
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