Explore the legendary Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra and Varanasi
Visit QUTAB MINAR in DELHI, PINK CITY JAIPUR, TAJ MAHAL in AGRA and SARNATH in VARANASI
Flight To India
Make your own way to your gateway city to check in for your international flight to India. Enjoy inflight meals and services
Welcome to Delhi, India! a monumental city with a vibrant mix of old and new teeming bazaars, stately British boulevards, powerful Mughal palaces and forts, and intricate, ethereal towers, temples and tombs. On arrival at Delhi International Airport you will be welcomed by Expedition 2 India representative and transferred to your hotel.
OVERNIGHT IN DELHI
Morning after breakfast visit the Red Fort (photo stop), a massive sandstone fort built by Shah Jahan on the banks of Yamuna River, the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India and standing across the road from the Red Fort, built in 1656 by Shah Jahan. Approximately 20,000 people can pray here at any one time. Then on to Raj Ghat, the cremation ground of the great father of the nation, Mahatama Gandhi.
Afternoon Sightseeing in New Delhi visiting the Qutub Minar, the tower of victory started by Qutub-Ud-Din-Aibak in 1199AD upon becoming sultan of Delhi, the Baha’i Lotus Temple built in the shape of the lotus in marble as a symbol peace and a place where all can worship, India Gate (the war memorial) and the Presidents House (From outside).
OVERNIGHT IN DELHI
Morning depart for Jaipur (258 Kms /05 Hours).
Jaipur is Rajasthan’s capital also known as the Pink City. The origin of this nickname becomes immediately apparent as you enter the old city walls and greet the pink-colored buildings that rise at every turn.
OVERNIGHT IN JAIPUR
Start with an exhilarating excursion to Amber Fort perched on top of a hill. A royal ride on elephant up the hill like the Maharajas of past times and visit the Jagmandir (the hall of victory). Perched on a hillside on the outskirts of town, the palace was constructed in the 1590s by Maharaja Man Singh, the commander of Akbar’s army, and was largely motivated by the highly defensible location. This is a beautiful and very well preserved structure, built on four levels and surrounded by ruins, which served as the backdrop for the Mira Nair movie “Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love.
Afternoon view the grand Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). This magnificent structure was built to allow the royal ladies of the palace to discretely watch the grand processions along the main street, City Palace and impressive Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory built in the early 1700s by Maharaja Jai Sing II, the great warrior-astronomer to which this city owes its name. Also enjoy a rickshaw ride through the old part of the Pink city.
Late Afternoon experience demonstration of gem-cutting & polishing
After breakfast depart for Agra ((235 KMS /06 Hours)
En-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri an eerily abandoned capital from the Mughal Empire between 1570 and 1586. Akbar built this city to celebrate the birth of his son and future heir to the throne, Emperor Jahangir. While Akbar is believed to have been illiterate, he took great interest in the arts and architecture; Fatehpur Sikri is one of his masterworks. Sadly, it served as capital for little more than a decade, eventually abandoned for lack of accessible water.
Afternoon Check in at the hotel. Free time at leisure. Evening see the Marble craftsmanship demonstration
OVERNIGHT IN AGRA
Enjoy the sunrise at the Taj Mahal. Often considered the pinnacle of Mughal art in India, the Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. When declaring it a world heritage site, UNESCO described it as “the jewel of Muslim art in India”. There are few words that can describe the magnificence of this monument. Marvel as light and colors transform this stunning monument in the beautiful dawn glow. Return back to the hotel
Evening Drive to Agra Airport to board the flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival in Varanasi you will be meet our representative and will be transferred to your hotel.
OVERNIGHT IN VARANASI
Take an early morning boat ride to see pilgrims gathering on the ghats to bathe in the sacred Ganges as the city begins to come early this morning, before sunrise, drive to the Ghats on the Ganges to take a boat ride on the River Ganges. Witness the fascinating early morning rituals performed by Hindu devotees along the river bank which includes the cremation Ghats. People bathe early in the morning to offer the prayers to the rising sun. The two cremation ghats are Manikarnika & Harishchandra where funeral pyres burn day and night. Every pious Hindu believes that to die in Kashi and to be cremated on the banks of the Ganges is to attain release from the cycle of birth and death.
Return back to the hotel for breakfast.
Post breakfast visit Sarnath (closed on Fridays) a major Buddhist centre in the world. After achieving enlightenment at Bodhgaya, Buddha, the 'Awakened One', delivered his first sermon here. It was 6th century then, when he also set in motion the wheel of law, the Dharmachakra by initiating his first five disciples into Buddhist monkshood. Dhamekh Stupa at Sarnath is an imposing cylindrical structure (43.5m high) of the Gupta age, partly built of stone and partly of brick. Its stone basement has eight projecting faces with large niches for statuary and is further adorned with delicately carved floral and geometrical patterns.
In evening witness the intriguing ‘Aarti’ Ceremony (collective prayer). Observe the mystical scene displayed before you of the many Ghats lit with oil-lamp lights, Brahmans chanting hymns and numerous floating oil lamps.
OVERNIGHT IN VARANASI
Breakfast at hotel and day free for local shopping in Varanasi.
Afternoon transfer to the airport for a return flight to Delhi. Upon arrival make your way to the international terminal to check in for your onward flight back home.
Accommodation for 07 Nights at listed hotels or similar
All transfers / tours and excursions by one AC chauffeur driven vehicle
Special Dinner in Jaipur
Elephant ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur (Subject to the availability of elephants)
Rickshaw Ride in Jaipur
Demonstration of Carpet weaving and block printing in Jaipur
Demonstration of Gem-cutting & polishing in Jaipur
Shoe covers at the Taj Mahal
Demonstration of Marble craftsmanship in Agra
Unlimited bottle of mineral water will be provided on a daily basis
Boat ride (sharing basis) on the Ganges River, Varanasi (subject to water levels)
Yoga and Meditation class in Varanasi
Sightseeing & Entrance fees as per the itinerary
English speaking Tour Manager
Domestic airfares Agra - Varanasi - Delhi
All presently applicable taxes.
Meals not mentioned as being included
Items of a personal nature
Tips & gratuities
Beverages with meals
Camera or Video Fees if applicable
Travel Insurance and any other Items not mentioned as being included.