Golden Triangle Tour With Varanasi

Golden Triangle Tour With Varanasi - 12 Nights / 13 Days
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  • Day One of Golden Triangle Tour With Varanasi

    Delhi

    Our tour representative will meet and greet you at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is free to explore New Delhi or spend time at leisure. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Delhi.

  • Day Two of Golden Triangle Tour With Varanasi

    Old Delhi & New

    Enjoy early morning breakfast at the hotel. Our tour representative will meet you and brief you about full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. Explore some of the most interesting heritage sites in New Delhi as well as Old Delhi. Visit, India Gate, Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb, Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, and other tourist attractions of Delhi. Dinner followed by an overnight stay will be at the hotel in Delhi.

  • Day Three of Golden Triangle Tour With Varanasi

    Amber Fort on Elephant back

    Early Morning breakfast, followed by a drive to Jaipur. Jaipur is one of the busiest cities dotted with a range of tourist attractions in the form of Forts, Monuments, Temples, and Shopping Markets. On Reaching Jaipur, check in at the hotel, after some rest; proceed for a small sightseeing tour of City Palace and Jantar Mantar - an old yet cleverly designed space observatory.

  • Day Four of Golden Triangle Tour With Varanasi

    Amber Fort on Elephant back

    you can go for an early morning hot air balloon ride (optional) over Jaipur which includes, catching a bird's eye view of hilltop forts, regal palaces, sleepy villages, and stone carved temples. Next, attraction to explore is the magnificent Amber Fort, a glorious fort displaying the awe inspiring Rajput architecture overlooking the dusty plains below. Enjoy a classy elephant ride up to the fort. Check out the well-preserved interior and grounds in Amber Fort. Also visit a cotton weaving house to see a demonstration of fabric dyeing and block printing.

    Enjoy shopping and other leisure activities in the evening. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Jaipur.

  • Day Five of Golden Triangle Tour With Varanasi

    Abhaneri Stepwells & Rural India Jaipur - Abhaneri - Bharatpur

    Morning breakfast, followed by a drive (road) to Bharatpur. On the way, visit Abhaneri, a small village. In Abhaneri, explore Chand Baori, which is the largest and deepest step well in the world. Explore local village life, visiting Adarsh Vidya Mandir local school (if open), to explore local students and their education programs.

    After visiting Bharatpur, check in at the hotel. Time to freshen up and relax, visit Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you will be enjoying a leisure bicycle ride throughout the park. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Bharatpur.

  • Day Six of Golden Triangle Tour With Varanasi

    Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal

    Enjoy a healthy breakfast in the morning. Proceed to Fatehpur Sikri, ancient Mughal capital built by the great Mughal emperor Akbar. Built between 1569 and 1585, Fatehpur Sikri is home to finest quality of Mughal architecture in India. Next, visit Agra to see the glorious Agra Fort. Proceed further to explore the wonderful Taj Mahal, this monument of love was built by great Mughal ruler Shah Jahan in loving memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz. Taj Mahal is regarded as one of the finest examples of monument ever built for love.

    Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Agra.

  • Day Seven of Golden Triangle Tour With Varanasi

    Orchha's temples & Palaces

    Agra - Orchha. Morning breakfast at the hotel, board an express train to Jhansi and drive towards Orchha. Located near the banks of river Betwa, Orchha is a fine example of well-preserved 16th century temples and palaces.

    Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Orchha.

  • Day Eight of Golden Triangle Tour With Varanasi

    Khajuraho - the Chandela dynasty

    Orchha - Khajuraho. After breakfast, traveling towards south-east by road, we proceed towards Khajuraho. Khajuraho is world famous for its group of temples, built by Chandela dynasty between 950-1050 AD. The temples represent a fine example of stone carving work in form of erotic sculptures. These glorious temples add a perfect charm by changing its hue as the day progress.

    Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Khajuraho.

  • Day Nine of Golden Triangle Tour With Varanasi

    Varanasi

    Khajuraho - Varanasi. Morning breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to Panna National Park which is located at a short distance of 43 km from Khajuraho. Explore the best of wildlife at Panna National Park. In Afternoon, return back to Khajuraho, next proceed to board a flight to Varanasi. Regarded as one of the holiest cities of India, Varanasi is one of the sacred places for Hindu devotees worldwide.

    Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Varanasi.

  • Day Ten of Golden Triangle Tour With Varanasi

    Boat ride on the Ganges

    Morning breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a sunrise boat ride on the holy Ganges river, where you will be exploring ancient religious tradition of ritual cleansing that takes place on the many riverbank Ghats (riverside steps). Later on, we proceed on a local city tour covering the old heritage temples and monuments in Banaras.

    Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Varanasi.

  • Day Eleven of Golden Triangle Tour With Varanasi

    Holi Varanasi

    Varanasi - Delhi. After breakfast, explore more attractions and sightseeing options in and around Varanasi. Early this evening we return to Delhi by overnight train (option to fly to Delhi available, see below).

    Overnight stay will be train to Delhi.

  • Day Twelve of Golden Triangle Tour With Varanasi

    Explore Delhi your own way

    Upon arrival in Delhi, enjoy a lavish breakfast after hotel check in. Explore the famous tourist attractions of the capital of India, Rest of the day is free to relax and unwind.

    Today is a chance to further explore the capital at your leisure or a chance to pick up those last minute souvenirs.

    Overnight: Delhi | Breakfast

  • Day Thirteen of Golden Triangle Tour With Varanasi

    Delhi

    Thursday. Hotel check out and included onward departure transfer to airport. Happy travels!


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Golden Triangle tour with Varanasi

Perhaps the holiest of India's cities, Varanasi defies easy description. A highly congested maze of narrow alleys winds behind its waterfront ghats, at once highly sacred yet physically often far from clean. As an image, an idea and a symbol of Hinduism's central realities, the city draws pilgrims from around the world, to worship, to meditate, and above all to bathe. It is a place to be born and a place to die, in the cold mists of a winter's dawn, you can see life and death laid bare. For an outside observe it can be an uncomfortable, albeit unmissable experience, juxtaposing the inner philosophical mysteries of Hinduism with the practical complications of living literally and metaphorically on the edge.

More holy place surrounded Varanasi; Sarnath, one of Buddhism's major centres, Jaunpur, a city with a strong Islamic history, and Allahabad, a sacred place for Hindus due to its positon at the confluence of the Ganja and Yamuna river.

Varanasi Tours

The riverside city, and the focus for most tourist and pilgrims, extends from Raj Ghat in the north to Assi Ghat in the south. At dawn the riverbank's stone step begin to hum with activity. Early risers immerse themselves in the water as they face the rising sun ,boatmen wait expectanly on the waterside, pilgrimage flock to the temples, flowers sellers do brisk business, astrologers prepare to read palms and horoscope while families carry the dead to their last rites by the holy river. A few steps away from the ghats, motorbikers speed through the lanes past wandring sadhus, hopeful baggers, curious visitors and wandering cows, while packs of stray dogs scavenge among the piles of rubbish.

Arriving in Varanasi

Golden Triangle tour with Varanasi or the delhi Jaipur Agra Varanasi Tour, has easy accessibility between all the 4 cities, Delhi -Agra and Jaipur form a perfect triangle and Varanasi is an extension to the triangle,

Getting there Airlines link Varanasi with Delhi, Kolkata, Kathmandu, Mumbai and other cities. . Most trains stop at Junction Station near the Cantonment; about 5 km northwest of the old City .Some trains like Express to Jalpaiguri and Guwahati, do not pass through Varanasi itself but stop at Mughal Sarai, 17 km away, which is accessible by road from Varanasi.

Getting Around The only way to see the heart of the heart of the Old city is on foot, though no visit is complete without an early-morning boat trip along the ghats, Varanasi is quite spread out; the University to the south is nearly 7 km from the spacious Cantonment area and the Junctions Stations to the north.

Around town, cycle-rickshaws and autos are plentiful, Unmetered taxis are best for longer sightseeing trips. The city has some of the disadvantages of pilgrimage centres, notably rickshaws driver who seen determined to extort as much as possible from unsuspecting visitors.

History of Varanasi

Varanasi Drives its name from two streams, the varuna to the north and the Assi, a small trickle on the south. Banaras is a corruption of Varanasi but it is called Kashi (Siva's 'city of light') by Hindus. As of the seven sacred cities if Hinduism. It attracts well over one million pilgrims while about 50,000 Brahmins are permanent residents. The Jains to considered it holy because three trithankars Suarsvanath, 11th Shyeyanshnath, 23rd Parsvanath were born here.

Varanasi was probably an important town by the seventh century BC when Babylon and Nineveh were at the peak of their power. The Buddha visited in 500 BC and it was mentioned in both the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. It became a centre of culture, education, commerce and craftsmanship but was raided by Mahmud of Ghazni's army in 1033 and by Qutb-ud-din Ghuri in 1194. Ala-ud-din-Khalji, the king of Delhi (1294-1316), destroyed temples and built mosques on their sites. The Muslim influence was strong so even in the 18th century the city was known briefly as Mohammadabad. Despite its early foundation hardly any building dates before the 17th century and, and few are more than 200 years old.

The city stands as the chief centre of Sanskrit learning in North India. Sanskrit, the oldest of the Indo-European language, used for Hindu ritual has been sustained here long after it ceased to be a living language elsewhere. The Banaras Hindu University has over 150,000 rare manuscripts. Hindu devotional movements flourished here, especially in the 15th century under Ramananda, and Kabir, one of India's greatest poets, lived in the city. It was here that Tulsi Das translated the Ramayana from Sanskrit into Hindi.

Old Centre in Varanasi

Visvanath Temple (1777) has been the main Siva temple in Varanasi for over 1000 years. Tourist have to enter by Gate 2, but can exit from any gate, and there is stiff security by the entrance (take passport ID, bags not permitted). The original temple, destroyed in the 12th century, was replace by a mosque. It was rebuilt in the 16th, and again destroyed within a century. The present Golden Temple was built in 1777 by Ahilya Bai of Indore. The gold plating on the roof was provided by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1835. Its pointed spires are typically North Indian in style and the exterior is finally carved. The 18th-century Annapurna temple (anna food, purna filled) nearby Built by Baji Rao I, has shrines dedicated to Siva, Ganesh Hanuman and Surya. Ask for directions as you make your way through the maze of alleys around the temples.

The Gyan Kup (well of Knowledge) next door is said to contain the Siva lingam from the original temple – the wall is protected by a stone screen and canopy. The nearby Gyanvapi Mosque (Great mosque of Aurangzeb), with 71-m-high minarets, show evidence of the original Hindu temple, in the foundations the columns and at the rear.

The 17th-century Alamgir Mosque (Beni Madhav ka Darear), impressively situated on Panchganga Ghat, was Aurangzab's smaller mosque. It was built on the original Vishnu temple of the Marathas, parts of which were used in its construction. Two minarets are missing – one fell and killed some people and the other was taken down by the government as a precaution, you can climb to the top of the mosque for fantastic views ; again, bags are prohibited and you may be searched.

Back Lanes

The maze of narrow lanes, or galis, along the ghats through the old quarters exude the smells and sounds of this holy city. They are fascinating to stroll through though easy to get lost in. Some find it too over- powering. Near the Town Hall (1845) built by the Maharaja of Vizianagram, is the Kotwali (police station) with the temple of Bhaironath, built by Baji Rao II in 1825. The image inside is believed to be of the Kotwal (Superintendent) who rides on a ghostly dog. Stalls sell sugar dogs to be offered to the image. In the temple garden of Gopal Mainder near the Kotwali is a small hut in which Tulsi Das is said to have Composed the Binaya Patrika poem.

The Bhelupura temple with a museum makes the birthplace of the 23rd Jain Tirthankar Parsvanath who preached non-violence. The Dura temple (18th-century) to the south along Durga Kund Road, was built in the Nagara style. It is painted red with ochre and has the typical five spires (symbolizing the elements) merging into one (Brahma). Non-Hindus may view from the rooftop nearby. Next door in a peaceful garden, the Tulsi Manas temple (1964) in white marble commemorates the medieval poet Tusi Das. It has walls engraved with verses and scenes from the Ramcharitamnas, composed in a Hindi dialect, instead of the conventual Sanskrit, and is open to all (closed 1130-1530), Good views from the second floor of 'Disneyland-style' animated show, Bharat Mata Temple, South of Varanasi Junction Station, has a relief map of 'mother India' in marble.

Riverfront in Varanasi

The hundred and more ghats on the river are the main attraction for visitors to Varanasi. Visit them at first light before sunrise (0430 in summer, 06000 in winter) when Hindu Pilgrims come to bathe in the sacred Ganga, facing the rising sun, or at dusk when synchronized pujas are performed, Culmination in leaf-boat lamps being floated down the river, usually from 1800 hrs (later in summer), Large crowds gather at Dasasvamedha (Main) Ghat and Mir Ghat every night or there's a more low-key affair at Assi Ghat . Start the river trip at Dasasvamedha Ghat where you can hire a boat quite cheaply especially if you can share . You may go either upstream (south) towards Harishchanda Ghat or downstream to Manikarnika Ghat. You may prefer to have boat on the river at sunset and watch the lamps floated on the river, or go in the afternoon at a fraction of the price quoted at dawn. For photography, visit the river side between 0700-0900 hrs. The foggy sunshine early in the morning often clears up to produce a beautiful light.

Kite flying is a popular pastime, as elements in India, especially all along the riverbank. The serious competitor endeavor to bring down other flyers' kites and so fortify their twine by coating it with a mix of crushed light bulb and flour paste to make it razor sharp. The quieter ghats, eg Panchagnga, are good for watching the fun; boys in their boats on the river scramble to retrieve downed kites as trophies that can be re-used even through the kites themselves are very cheap. Cricket is also played on the ghats, particularly those to the north which are more spacious and less crowded.

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