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Golden Triangle Tour with Varanasi

  • 6 Nights / 7 Days
  • Delhi
  • Delhi
  • Cultural
  • Religious
  • Taj Mahal
  • Food Lover
Overview

India’s Golden Triangle trip connects three places that are storehouses of history – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Our trip starts from Delhi which has been the most important seat of Islamic rule in India – right from the time of the Sultanate to the Mughal Empire. Get ready to get engrossed in the history of places like Lal Quila and Humayun’s Tomb as we take you on a city tour of Delhi. Explore Agra, famous for the Taj Mahal and the former capital of the Mughals. Jaipur and its numerous wonders like the Hawa Mahal and the Jal Mahal – are proof of Rajput grandeur and bravery that could retain Rajasthan as a Hindu state. Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world and perhaps the nerve-centre of Hinduism. In this 05 Nights -06 Days Golden Triangle Tour from Forefront Tours, we will also introduce you to various handicrafts that are native to this region and you will also get ample opportunity to taste non-vegetarian Mughal dishes as well as vegetarian Rajput treats.

Itinerary

Day: 01: Arrival at Delhi and relax at hotel

Upon you arrival at Delhi airport, our representative will transfer you to air-conditioned car as you leave for your hotel. Spend the day at leisure. Enjoy shopping in the colorful markets of Delhi. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day: 02: Delhi full day sightseeing

After breakfast, you will take a trip down the lane of Mughal history as we take you on a full day sight-seeing outing at “Dilwalo ki Shahar” – Delhi. Situated on the banks of Yamuna, the Red Fort or Lal Quila stands testimony to Shah Jahan’s love for art and architecture. The fort was constructed in the 1630s-1940s, marking the shift of the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid –another marvel constructed in the Mughal Era. Its sheer majestic appeal will surely take your breath away. Formerly known as Masjid-i-Jahan Numa or “mosque commanding view of the world”, its single courtyard can accommodate more than 25,000 people. Built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in 1193, the Qutub Minar even today stands as a symbol commemorating the glory of Muslim rule in Delhi. It was built after the defeat of the last Hindu ruler of the capital. The highest tower standing in India and the surrounding complex will be a paradise for photographers. A visit to Maqbara-i-Humayun or Humayun’s tomb will take you back in time. It was built after the death of benevolent Emporer Humanyun by his first wife and chief consort, Bega Begum. Many visitors say that the sadness of Bega Begum after the death of her husband and lover can be still felt there today. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Please Note:- Red Fort, Lotus Temple, and Akshardham Temple remain closed on Mondays.

Day 03: Delhi to Varanasi (by morning flight) and city tour of Varanasi with evening Aarti

Have breakfast at the hotel and depart for Delhi airport to board your flight to Varanasi. On arrival at Varanasi airport, you will be transferred to the car as you will leave for your hotel to have short relaxation. Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world and perhaps the nerve-centre of Hinduism. For tourists, it is a bustling, colourful, soulful city that holds surprises in every corner and every lane. A centre for culture, religion, food – Varanasi is a city that can’t disappoint. The trip in Varanasi should ideally start with a sunrise boat ride. Floating past Dashashwamedh, Manikarnika or Assi Ghat, watch the city come to life as the sun rises. With the birds for company, an early morning boat ride is a paradise for photographers. Visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple is the main attraction for tourists who visit Varanasi for religious reasons. It is one of the 12 jyotirlingas or holiest of Shiva Temples. The temple has a mention even in the Puranas but over history has been demolished and reconstructed a number of times, mainly due to Islamic invasion. Along with Vishwanath Temple, we will take you around Manas Mandir and Birla temple also. A short ride from Varanasi will take you to Sarnath which is a place of immense historical importance as this is where around 2,500 years ago, Gautama Buddha delivered his first sermon. It was excavated in 1834 by Alexander Cunningham, the head of the Archaeological Survey of India then. Dhamek stupa, Mulagandha Kuti Vihar, Chaukhandi Stupa, Japanese Temple, Buddhist Monastery and the Sarnath Museum are notable spots to be visited. Another one-hour drive would take us to the beautiful Ramnagar Fort, located in the eastern bank of the Ganga. It is a sandstone structure, inspired by the Mughal style of architecture and built in 1750 by Kashi Naresh Raja Balwant Singh. On completion of sightseeing, return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 04: Varanasi – Agra (by morning flight) and Agra full sightseeing

After breakfast, you will be dropped at Varanasi airport to board your flight to Agra. On arrival, we start exploring the numerous gems of Agra. A symbol of love; a man-made wonder; a monument of beauty – all descriptions fall short when it comes to the Taj. Nothing can compare the feeling you will have when you lay your eyes on the ivory-white façade of this architectural wonder. A group photo with the monument in the background will be great. Visit Agra Fort which served as the residence of the Mughal emperors till 1638 when the capital of the empire was shifted to Delhi. The fort is no less than a walled city in itself. Also visit Itimad-ud-Daulah was a title given to Mirza Gyas Beg, father of Noor Jahan, the wife of Jahangir. The tomb of Beg, our next stop, was drafted after the Taj Mahal and earned the name “Baby Taj”. Agra also boasts numerous markets in the city from where you can buy marble handicrafts and ornate boxes. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Please Note:- Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays.

Day 05: Drive to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri

Optional: This morning, you can visit Taj Mahal again at the time of sunrise. After breakfast, you will leave for Jaipur. On the way, we will also be stopping at two beautiful spots – Fatehpur Sikri and Abhaneri. Fatehpur Sikri was Mughal Emperor Akbar’s capital and it was founded by him in 1571. The picturesque city-monument is 3 km long and 1 km wide. It is surrounded with walls on 3 sides and a lake on the fourth. Later drive towards Ranthambore and check-in the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 06: Jaipur full day Sightseeing

After breakfast, we will introduce you to the glory of the Rajput rule in the state – Jaipur. Rajput monuments are still well-maintained and in good shape giving you a good perspective of the art, culture and architecture of the Rajput era. Amber Fort is engulfed in nostalgia as it was once the capital of the Jaipur princely state. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the 6 hill forts of Rajasthan. The architecture is unique of its kind as it accommodates both Hindu and Islamic styles. A special attraction of the Amber Fort visit is the elephant ride that will conclude it. Visit scenic Jal Mahal – is situated in the middle of the Mansagar Lake. The architecture is symbolic of the Rajput style of building a majestic palace in the middle of the lake. The palace boasts a picturesque view of the beautiful lake and the surrounding hills. Visit City Palace built when Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II shifted his court from Amber to Jaipur. The city palace was primarily an administrative centre and is witness to the rise and fall of numerous maharajas. Today it houses the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum and is home to the Jaipur royal family. Connected to the women’s chamber or zenana of the City Palace is the most famous tourist destination of Jaipur – the Hawa Mahal. It was built by Sawai Pratap Singh who was inspired by the unique design of the Khetri Mahal. The façade resembles a honeycomb and has 953 windows or jharokas and intricate carvings. A few yards away stand the state museum of Rajasthan – Albert Hall. The building, a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture is situated inside the lush Ram Niwas garden, just outside the city palace. An evening in Jaipur is best enjoyed through street-shopping. Jaipur’s range of handicrafts – both expensive & inexpensive is unparalleled – be it the semi-precious jewellery of Johari Bazaar or the minakari on marble work of Chandpole Bazaar. Apart from these, jootis, bandhni fabrics, handmade bags, boxes etc can be picked up as souvenirs. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 07: Drive to Delhi and drop at Delhi airport

After breakfast, drive towards Delhi. Golden Triangle Tour with Varanasi, enriched with places of surreal beauty, breathtaking architectural wonders and trips down History concludes with a drive back to Delhi. On arrival, you will be dropped at the Delhi airport to board your flight to home or next destination.