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Tour Overview

Discover the heart of India on this 9-day Golden Triangle with Varanasi tour. Immerse yourself in Delhi's Mughal splendor, explore Jaipur's royal heritage, and witness the timeless allure of the Taj Mahal in Agra. Experience spiritual serenity in Varanasi as ancient rituals unfold on the Ganges River. Visit iconic sites like Red Fort, Amber Fort, and Sarnath, each unveiling unique facets of India's rich history and culture. With expert guides and breathtaking landmarks, this journey promises an unforgettable odyssey through India's captivating past and spiritual soul.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Step into Mughal Splendor: Explore Red Fort's grandeur, a testament to Mughal architecture's magnificence, immersing you in India's regal past.
  • Spiritual Serenity in Varanasi: Witness the spiritual aura of Varanasi, where ancient rituals on the Ganges River captivate your soul, leaving you profoundly moved.
  • Amber Fort's Royal Legacy: Marvel at the opulence of Amber Fort, a Rajput jewel, where intricate designs and panoramic views transport you to a bygone era.
  • Taj Mahal's Timeless Elegance: Be awestruck by Taj Mahal's ethereal beauty at sunrise, a moment etched in time, leaving you spellbound by its architectural poetry.
  • Cultural Sojourn in Jaipur: Immerse in Jaipur's vibrant culture, from Hawa Mahal's ornate charm to Jantar Mantar's astronomical marvels, each moment captivating your senses.
  • Fascinating History at Fatehpur Sikri: Explore Fatehpur Sikri's historical wonders, where Mughal grandeur and architectural brilliance unfold before your eyes, weaving tales of a glorious past.
  • Sacred Tranquility at Sarnath: Discover Sarnath's spiritual essence, where Buddha's teachings echo through ancient stupas, enveloping you in a serene ambiance, invoking inner peace.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Delhi! Upon arrival, your guide and driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After check-in, take some time to relax and recover from your journey. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the surroundings or rest from your travels.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Delhi

  2. After breakfast, visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the iconic Red Fort. Its striking red sandstone walls encompass a complex of exquisite palaces, halls, and gardens, reflecting the grandeur of Mughal architecture.

    India Delhi Red Fort
    The magnificent Red Fort

    Next, head to Jama Masjid, one of the largest and most beautiful mosques in India. Take a leisurely walk through the bustling streets of Chandni Chowk, a historic market known for its vibrant atmosphere and delicious street food.

    In the afternoon, explore the stunning Humayun's Tomb, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its Mughal architecture and lush gardens.

    India Delhi Humayun's Tomb
    Humayun's Tomb

    Continue to Qutub Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world, and marvel at its intricate carvings and historical significance.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Delhi

  3. Take a flight to Varanasi, one of the oldest and holiest cities in India.

    In the late afternoon, embark on a serene boat tour on the Ganges River to witness the spiritual rituals and ceremonies performed by pilgrims. Experience the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti ceremony on the ghats.

    India Varanasi Ganga Aarti
    Ganga Aarti Ceremony

    After that, head to visit the sacred Kashi Vishwanath Temple and immerse yourself in the city's spiritual ambiance.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Varanasi

  4. Take a peaceful boat trip on the Ganges to observe local customs, such as washing clothes and practicing yoga. After that, head to Sarnath, an important Buddhist site, where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Explore the Dhamekh Stupa and the Archaeological Museum to delve into the region's rich history.

    India Varanasi Ganges River Sunrise
    Enjoy a serene boat trip on the Ganges River at sunrise

    In the afternoon, fly to Jaipur, the Pink City. Upon arrival, settle into your hotel and relax.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Jaipur

  5. In the morning, visit the majestic Amber Fort, an architectural marvel with intricate designs and panoramic views of the surrounding hills. Explore the Ganesh Pol Gateway, an ornate entrance to the fort, showcasing Rajput craftsmanship.

    India Jaipur Amber Fort
    Amber Fort

    Admire the unique architecture of Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of Winds, famous for its windows allowing royal ladies to observe street festivities.

    Visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory, an astronomical marvel and UNESCO World Heritage Site, displaying ancient Indian astronomical instruments.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Jaipur

    Jaipur Jantar Mantar Observatory
    Jantar Mantar Observatory

  6. After breakfast, drive to Agra, home to the iconic Taj Mahal. En route, visit Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its well-preserved Mughal architecture and historical significance.

    India Fatehpur Sikri
    Fatehpur Sikri

    After arriving in Agra, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to explore the city or relax in your hotel.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Agra

  7. Visit the legendary Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and witness its ethereal beauty as the sun rises over the marble masterpiece.

    India Agra Taj Mahal
    The magnificent Taj Mahal

    Explore the majestic Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcasing Mughal art and architecture.

    In the afternoon, take a leisurely walk in the village near Mehtab Bagh and enjoy the serene ambiance. Afterwards, head to Mehtab Bagh for a picturesque sunset view of the Taj Mahal across the Yamuna River.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Agra

    India Agra Fort
    Agra Fort

  8. In the morning, visit the elegant Tomb of Itimad ud Daulah, often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal and a splendid example of Mughal architecture.

    India Agra Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah
    Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

    After lunch, drive back to Delhi. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and relax.

    In the evening, enjoy your free time, perhaps indulging in some last-minute shopping or exploring local markets.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Delhi

  9. Enjoy your free time until your driver escorts you to the airport for your onward flight or journey back home. Depart with fond memories of your incredible journey through India's rich heritage and spirituality. Safe travels!

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $1349 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.

Price Includes

  • 8 nights' accommodation;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of water per person per day;
  • Air tickets mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing as listed in the itinerary.

Price Excludes

  • International air tickets (Could be assisted).
  • Visa handling fee, visa stamp fee.
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Tipping for guide, driver, bell boy, etc.
  • Services not stated in the itinerary.

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