We start and end this Golden Triangle Tour With Varanasi in Delhi with its historical sights, buzzing streets and colourful bazaar. We explore the pink city of Jaipur, marvel at the magnificent Taj Mahal and find peace in the ancient holy city of Varanasi. This is one unforgettable trip in one of the most exciting countries in the world full of history, culture and colour.
Spend four days and five nights immersed in the culture and history of the India's Golden Triangle on this memorable tour from Delhi.
Today we begin our Golden triangle tour With Varanasi in India's capital city, Delhi. Start the afternoon by exploring the tomb of the 2nd Mughal king Humayun. Completed in 1572 this is one of the many buildings that inspired the Taj Mahal. The main tomb building is made from red sandstone with a white marble dome. The tomb complex also contains Persian style gardens that had never been seen before in India.
Next stroll through the gardens surrounding India gate, the memorial for soldiers from the British Indian Army who died between 1914 and 1921 in the Afghan war and the First World War. Over 13 thousand soldiers names are inscribed into the stone of the gate making this a very moving place despite the busy location.
Finish the day by seeing some of the government buildings including the Indian presidents house.
Today we drive to the pink city of Jaipur. The city was first established in 1727 and was India's first planned city. In the evening we visit the Birla Temple built by the well known Birla family to worship Lord Vishnu and his wife Goddess Lakshmi. The temple is built purely from white marble and contains an array of delicate carvings. This is an oasis of calm in a busy city
Today we have a full days sightseeing in Jaipur. First we enter into the old city and head to see the spectacular "Hawa Mahal" or wind palace with its many intricately designed windows,this is a major landmark of Jaipur. From here we take a short walk to Jantar Mantar, one of the best observatories in India containing a collection of instruments made from marble and brass.
Next we visit the city palace museum which is still the residence of the current maharajah and royal family of Jaipur.
The museum houses a wide selection of artefacts and uniforms allowing an insight into life long ago. The palace is also home to the beautiful mosaic peacock gate in the entertainment hall.
We finish off the day by driving to the Amer fort just outside Jaipur. The fort was built in the 16th century from red sandstone and marble. Situated on the top of a hill the fort commands stunning views of the surrounding countryside and also over the lake below.
Today we drive to the city of Agra situated on the banks of the holy Yamuna river. On the way we stop at Fatehpur Sikri to see the grand mosque and tallest gateway (buland darwaza) which is 55 metres high. The mosque was completed in the late 16th century and was designed to hold 10 thousand worshippers. Agra is famous all over the world for being home to many historic sights most notably the majestic Taj Mahal. The afternoon is free to relax and explore the city.
Early morning visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal. This is a Most Important part of Golden Triangle with Varanasi Tour. The Taj Mahal was built by the emperor Shah Jahan in the late 17th century in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The building is made from white marble inlaid with precious and semi precious stones. In the afternoon we visit Agra fort, another stunning example of Mughal architecture, built by emperor Akbar in 1565.
Tonight we board the overnight train to Varanasi.
Arrive early morning in Varanasi the spiritual capital of India and one of the oldest living cities in the world. Spend the day exploring this enchanting city with its many shops and stalls selling religious items and offerings for the temples. In the evening we go to see the religious ceremony that takes place on the banks of the river Ganges every day.
Sunrise boat trip on the Ganges to see the many ghats and pilgrims bathing in the holy water. This is a fascinating time of day to visit the ghats as the whole world begins to come to life with bathers, chai sellers, people selling breakfast snacks and holy men advising pilgrims on prayers. In the afternoon we have an optional visit to Sarnath the place where lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Here we can also visit the museum which contains interesting artefacts and carvings from the Buddhist and Hindu religions.
In the evening we board the overnight sleeper train to Delhi.
Arrive in Delhi in the early morning and take some time to relax. In the afternoon we visit the Jama mosque built by emperor Shah Jahan and completed in 1656. This is the best known mosque in India and was built to hold 25 thousand worshippers in its courtyard. After we go to Raj Ghat the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi father of the nation. The gardens here contain a black marble platform which marks the spot where Gandhi was cremated and there is an eternal flame kept alight at one end. Later we spend some time in the old city of Delhi and explore the many narrow winding streets there.
Tonight we will have a final group dinner to mark the end of the trip.
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