Varanasi is Indias most religious and the oldest city. It is located on the banks of river Ganges in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The lives of the people of Varanasi revolve around the holy river Ganges. It is formerly known as Banaras or Kashi, where Hindus come in large number to participate in various rituals and to bath in sacred waters of holy Ganges. Varanasi said to have been created by Lord Shiva himself. Kashi Viswanath Temples, Kal Bhairav and Hanuman temples are prominent temples of the town. Boat ride on Ganges offer an opportunity to see various contrast Hindu rituals by the pilgrims on the Ghats of Ganges such as bathing, laundry, thread ceremony, head shaving food to the departed souls and live cremations of dead people. Varanasi is also about fascinating narrow twisting lanes, temples and Ashrams.
An excursion to Sarnath from Varanasi is worth a visit. It is a famous Buddhist site located on the outskirts of Varanasi. Lord Buddha said to have preached his first sermon here. Emperor Ashoka declared Sarnath a centre of Buddhist worship in 3rd century BC. Sarnath is also featuring Dear Park, Museum, Main Shrine, Ashoka�s Pillar, Archaeological Museum and other Buddhist artifacts. Participation in the evening prayer at the main Buddhist temple is a unique ingredient of the tour
Duration : 09 Nights / 10 Days
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Varanasi - Delhi
Taj Mahal with Ganges in Varanasi Tour:
DAY 01 : ARRIVE DELHI
Upon arrival at International Airport. You are met with our representative and transferred to your pre-booked hotel.After fresh n up go out for half day city tour of New Delhi including the visits of Qutab Minar , Humayun Tomb , India Gate, Parliament street etc . later come back to hotel for an Overnight stay.Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 02 : DELHI
After breakfast sightseeing tour of Old Delhi Visting Jama Masjid , Red fort and Chandni chowk etc . Afternoon explore the traditional markets of Old Delhi by your own, shopping, etc. come back to hotel for an overnight stay. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 03 : DELHI - JAIPUR BY ROAD 260 KMS 6 HRS DRIVE
After a morning breakfast drive to Jaipur, Upon arrival check in at your pre-booked hotel. After fresh n up, half day city tour of Jaipur popularly known as the Pink City , was built in 1727 AD by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Designed in accordance with Shilp Shastra - an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture - Jaipur follows a grid system. The old city is surrounded by a massive wall pierced by magnificent doorways. Your tour of Jaipur takes you to Hawa Mahal, or " Palace of Winds ". Continue to City Palace , characterized by balconies, tiny windows, cupolas, courtyards and arched entrances. It now houses an excellent collection of Rajasthani costumes, miniatures, and in armory of weapons. The Maharajah's observatory looks like a collection of abstract sculputes, but is in fact a collection of effective instruments for studying the heavens.
After sightseeing , come back to the hotel for an overnight stay. Overnight at Hotel
DAY 04 : JAIPUR
After breakfast full day city tour of the Pink city , Jaipur. The capital of Rajasthan is the most colourful city in India.morning we visit the Amber Fort in the Aravali Hills, which is a super example of Rajput (Medieval Hindu) style architecture. A slow elephant ride takes us to the top of the Fort, which houses several graceful buildings. Afternoon is spent visit the local bazaar. In the evening, we visit Chokhi Dhani where an ethnic village atmosphere is recreated each evening with thousands of oil lamps, folk dancers, arobats, snake charmers, puppeteers etc. Overnight at the Hotel.
DAY 05 : JAIPUR - FATEHPUR SIKIRI - AGRA ( BY ROAD 232 KMS 5 HRS
This morning drive Agra via visiting Fatehpur Sikri (ghost capital) for a tour of the magnificent and world heritage buildings still in a state of perfect preservation.After visiting the old mughal capital we continue our drive to the city of Taj Mahal Agra . Upon arrival we check in at our pre-booked Hotel. Agra was the capital of India under the Moghuls in the 16th and 17th centuries. Afternoon we see the Agra 's Red Fort, built over three generations by the moghul emperors. Overnight at the Hotel.
DAY 06 : AGRA
Early morning , go to see Taj Mahal with sunrise. Taj Mahal, the mausoleum built by a sorrowing Shah Jehan in memory of his young wife, Mumtaz Mahal Come back to hotel for breakfast and change. Later full day city tour of Agra exploring the market of Agra and shopping etc .
DAY 07 : AGRA - VARANASI ( BY FLIGHT )
Departure transfer to the airport to take flight for Varanasi.Upon arrival we are met and transferred to our pre-booked hotel In the afternoon proceed to the village of Sarnath on the outskirts of town. It was in this Deer Park that the Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Visit the Park and Museum.. Sarnath was made a centre of Buddhist worship by the emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC. We will visit the Main Shrine and Ashoka's Pillar. In the Archaeological Museum we will see the beautifully carved capital from the pillar along with many other priceless Buddhist artifacts. The highlight of this tour would be a participation in the evening Aarti ( prayer service) at the main Buddhist temple here. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 08 : VARANASI
After breakfast visit Varanasi formerly known as Benares , is the city where the Hindu faithful come to bathe in the sacred waters of the Ganges . Early this morning get ready for a dawn boat ride on the river Ganges . The Ganges is the most sacred and venerated river in India . Besides the ritualistic aspect of Hinduism ( thread ceremony, head shaving food to the departed souls etc.) also see the bathing. Laundry and the cremations of the dead that take place here on the banks of the river. After the boat ride walk through the fascinating narrow twisting lanes of the city to watch the performance of various Hindu rituals by the pilgrims.
After the boat trip on the Ganges we return back to the hotel. After breakfast we will proceed for a city tour . Rest of the Day at leisure. Overnight at the Hotel.
DAY 09 : VARANASI - DELHI ( BY FLIGHT )
Morning explore Varanasi at your own later transferred to the airport to catch flight back to Delhi.Upon arrival check in at your pre-booked hotel. Day free at your own leisure .Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 10 : LEAVE DELHI
Departure transfer to the international airport to board flight for onward journey.