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Golden Triangle with Khajuraho & Varanasi

Golden Triangle

10 Day Independent Travel - Golden Triangle with Khajuraho & Varanasi

Explore the fascinating city of Delhi and see the Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar and Humayun Tomb. See the Red Fort, Rajghat, President House & India Gate. If your brave, try a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk! Visit Jaipir’s Amber Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar Observatory, Hawa Mahal & Albert Museum. Join an elephant ride at Amber Fort. In Agra you will visit the famous Taj Mahal. Other sights include Agra Fort, Itmad- Ud – Daula, Sikandra & Fateh-pur Sikri. Explore the fort & temples in Orchha & Khajuraho Temple Complex. You will then head to the Ganges in Varanasi and enjoy a boat ride down the river.

 

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$1,588CAD
per person based on double occupancy
  • Valid for travel from October 2019 to March 2020.
  • Black out period 20th December 2019 to 10th January 2020.
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$2,562CAD
per person based on double occupancy
  • Valid for travel from October 2019 to March 2020.
  • Black out period 20th December 2019 to 10th January 2020.
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per person based on double occupancy
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  • Black out period 20th December 2019 to 10th January 2020.

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Jama Masjid
Qutub Minar
Humayun Tomb
Red Fort
Rajghat
President House
India Gate
Chandni Chowk Rickshaw
Amber Fort Elephant Ride
City Palace
Jantar Mantar Observatory
Hawa Mahal
Albert Museum
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Itmad- Ud – Daula

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Delhi to Delhi

10 Day Adventure

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi

Arrive in New Delhi, you will be met and assisted by our representative and transfer to your hotel. India's capital & a major gateway to the country, Delhi is contemporary and a bustling metropolis which successfully combines in its fold the ancient and the modern. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. New Delhi also reflects the legacy the British left behind. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Delhi

After breakfast, proceed for a full-day tour of Old and New Delhi. This fascinating city has been in existence since the 6th century BC and has seen ups and downs from the rule of the Pandavas right up to the British Raj. Visit Jama Masjid, which is the largest mosque in India, commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan. The courtyard of the mosque can hold about 25,000 worshippers. Enjoy a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, the busiest market in Old Delhi…noisy, chaotic and uniquely Indian. You will then drive past to the Red Fort, which was constructed during the rule of Emperor Shah Jahan and served as the residence for the Mughal royal family. It continues to be significant till date, as every Independence Day, the Prime Minister makes a speech from its ramparts as the Indian flag is hoisted. Later, drive past President House and several other government buildings in Edwin Lutyen’s Delhi before you head toward Rajghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. This simple memorial marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Thereafter, visit Humayun’s Tomb, commissioned by Humayun’s wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562. It was the first garden tomb built in the Indian sub-continent where the Persian architect used red sandstone on a large scale. Later in the evening visit the Qutub Minar, which is the tallest brick minaret in the world; it was commissioned by Qutbuddin Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi.

(Optional) - Attend a Sufi ceremony at Nizamuddin Dargah). Return back to Hotel. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 3: Delhi – Jaipur (250 km/approx. 5 hours)

This morning after breakfast proceed to Jaipur. Arrive and check-in at your hotel.

(Optional) - An Evening at the Raj Mandir cinema - Bollywood film, and high atmosphere color in the room. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 4: Sightseeing in Jaipur

Today, enjoy a full-day sightseeing trip of Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City’… it is famous for its colorful culture, forts, palaces, and lakes. The old city of Jaipur is painted pink, which gives it a magical glow. Visit the Amber Fort… a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The best way to explore the fort is to ride up to it on elephant back. Later, stop to photograph the beautiful Hawa Mahal, also known as the “Palace of the Winds.” This beautiful façade with its ornately carved latticework windows is made of pink sandstone. Post lunch, visit the City Palace… again, a synthesis of Rajasthani and Mughal styles. Later, visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory, comprising geometric devices for measuring time. You will also visit the Albert Hall, which was modeled on the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 5: Jaipur – Agra (230 km/approx. 5 hours)

After breakfast proceed to Agra, enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, which was built by Emperor Akbar and is home to many historical buildings. Akbar wanted to make Fatehpur Sikri his headquarters; however, he had to abandon it due to shortage of water. The Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti enshrines the burial place of the Sufi saint who lived a religious life here.   Today, Fatehpur Sikri is a UNESCO World heritage site. Arrive and check in at hotel. Overnight in Agra.

Day 6: Agra

This morning after breakfast proceed for city of Agra, Visit the Red Fort, which was commissioned in 1565 by Akbar, and subsequently embellished by other Mughal Emperors. The beautiful yet forbidding structure is a handsome example of Mughal architecture. Later, visit the Taj Mahal … a mausoleum built as a symbol Emperor Shah Jahan’s devotion to his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal.   Considered an architectural marvel, its construction took thousands of workers over 21 years to complete. This edifice is replete with decorative inlays, carvings and calligraphy.   Thereafter, visit Itmad- Ud - Daula, known as the "Baby Taj"; this mausoleum rests in a walled garden close to the Yamuna River. . You will then visit Sikandra, which is also a mausoleum… of the great Emperor Akbar. Akbar designed his own mausoleum as a perfect blend of Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist and Jain designs and motifs, in keeping with his religious tolerance and secular views. Overnight in Agra.

Day 7: Agra – Jhansi – Orchha – Khajuraho (220 km/approx. 5 hours)

This morning after breakfast proceed to Railway Station to board the train for Jhansi. Arrive Jhansi and drive to Khajuraho by road, enroute visiting Orchha. Visit the Orchha fort complex. The Jahangir Mahal in the fort is known for its delicate work balanced with strong masonry. Raj Mahal, the second palace in this fort complex is well known for its murals, depicting religious themes. Later, visit the Raja Ram Temple. Lord Ram is worshipped here as a king. Also visit the Laxmi Narayan temple, a unique blend of temple and fort architecture. Arrive Khajuraho and check in to your hotel. Overnight in Khajuraho.

Day 8: Varanasi

This morning after breakfast proceed for a half -day tour of Khajuraho. Visit the Western Group of Temples -the Kandariya Mahadeo is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and the largest of Khajuraho's temples. The temple of Devi Jagdamba is considered to be one of the most erotic temples of Khajuraho. Later, visit the Eastern Group of Temples- The temple of Parsvanath is the largest of the Jain temples in Khajuraho India and the finest…without any sexual motifs. Later proceed to the airport to board the flight for Varanasi. Arrive in Varanasi, you will be met and assisted by our representative and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Varanasi.

Day 9: Varanasi

Early morning, enjoy a sublime boat ride on the Ganges River. View the numerous ghats along the bank of the Ganges, presenting a varied scene from dawn to dusk. Later back to hotel for breakfast. Visit the Benares Hindu University, the largest residential university in Asia, a center of Sanskrit, Indian art, culture, and music. Later, proceed to Sarnath, located eight km from Varanasi. It is famous as the place where the Buddha first preached his message after attaining nirvana. Visit the Dhamek Stupa… it marks the spot where the Buddha proclaimed his faith in front of his first five followers. The earliest and most important relic is found here is the Ashoka pillar, erected in 250 BC. You will also visit Thai Temple, Witness the 80 feet standing Buddha statue with beautiful carvings and paintings at the temple. Overnight in Varanasi.

Day 10: Varanasi – Delhi (By Air) - Departure from Delhi

After breakfast, proceed to Varanasi airport to board the flight for Delhi.

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