Golden Triangle Tour with Varanasi Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Day 01: ARRIVE IN DELHI
  • Namaste… and welcome to New Delhi, India’s capital.
  • On arrival at Delhi International Airport, you will be transfer for your private vehicle transfer to your hotel and assisted with check-in. overnight at the hotel in Delhi.
  • Delhi, locally pronounced as Dilli is located on the banks of the River Yamuna, The Delhi has been known to be continuously inhabited since at least the 6th century BC, though human habitation is believed to have existed since the second millennium BC. Delhi is also widely believed to have been the site of Indraprastha, the legendary capital of the Pandavas during the times of the Mahabharata. Delhi re-emerged as a major political, cultural and commercial city along the trade routes between northwest India and the Gangetic plain after the rise of the Delhi sultanates. It is the site of many ancient and medieval monuments, archaeological sites and remains. In 1639, Mughal emperor Shahjahan built a new walled city in Delhi which served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1649 to 1857.
  • Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.
 
Day 02: FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING OF DELHI
  • After breakfast, pickup from the hotel and proceed to tour of the Delhi. Start with a drive through the wide avenues of Lutyen’s Delhi. You pass some of India’s most iconic building on this drive; India Gate, the stately memorial built for the Unknown Soldier, the Parliament Houses, and the grandest building of them all, Rashtrapathi Bhavan (President’ House).
  • Visit Raj Ghat - A memorial of Mahatma Gandhi and enjoy the walking tour Also drive pass the Red Fort (from outside) built by Emperor Shah Jahan. 
  • Enjoy the Rickshaw Ride in bustling Chandni Chowk.
  •  Your drive leads you toward Old Delhi- pulsating with energy and colour, the hustle and bustle of thronged bazaars and laced by a maze of narrow lanes which twists and turns between tall, leaning houses full of sights, sounds and aromas of the Indian sub-continent.
  • You disembark here at the Jama Masjid. This is India’s largest mosque and the last architectural triumph of Shah Jehan.
  • Late afternoon you drive to Humayun’s Tomb, the first of garden-tomb concept built by Mughal dynasty that later on became inspiration for building of several monuments including the Taj Mahal. Take a walk in the gardens of this grand monument, where ancient trees and broken ruins pose as lush adornments to the sandstone glow of the mausoleum. Also visit Qutub Minar, one of the finest Islamic structures ever raised in India. Once the defining landmark of Delhi, it is still standing tall with its graceful lines and staggering height, as well as the many monuments in the complex surrounding.
  • After sightseeing transfer back to hotel.
  • Overnight at hotel in Delhi.
 
Day 03: TRANSFER TO VARANASI BY FLIGHT (AI 406 1015//1145) WITH EXCUSRION TOUR TO SARNATH
  • Morning after breakfast, you check out and transfer to Delhi airport to catch connecting flight for Varanasi               
  • Upon arrival at Varanasi Airport, transfer directly to your hotel.
  • After check in at hotel you will proceed for a visit of Sarnath, which bears testimony to its great past where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon expounding the principals of Buddhism.
  • Arrive Varanasi, This afternoon you drive to Chaukhandi Stupa, Heralded as one of the holiest sites for Buddhist pilgrimage in India, Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh is famous as the site where Lord Buddha had delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. Also visit Dhamek Stupa, One of the most visited and most revered Buddhist structures in the world, Dhamek Stupa Sarnath lies at Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh state of India. One of the holiest sites for Buddhist pilgrimage in India, Sarnath is famous as the place where Lord Buddha had delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment at Bodhgaya. Dhamek Stupa Sarnath marks the spot where the Buddha preached his first message. Built by the great Mauryan king Ashoka in 249 B.C.E., Dhamek Stupa lies inside the Deer park in Sarnath.
  • After sightseeing return your hotel.
  • Overnight stay at Varanasi.
 
Day 04: VARANASI SIGHTSEEING
  • Early morning proceed for boat ride at river Ganges.  At dawn-the Ghats are abuzz with activity of the devotees performing their ablutions in the river or offering prayers to the rising sun and performing other religious rituals. A boat ride from the Dashashwamedh Ghat along the Ghats gives you vantage views of these activities. After the boat cruise on the Ganges walk through the narrow lanes of city visiting various temples and return to the hotel for breakfast.
  • Rest day your leisure.
  • In evening proceed for Rickshaw ride to the Ghats to witness the Aarti Ceremony (Hindu ritual /prayer of river Ganges at Sunset). You will be passing through the crowded bazaars and galis (old  part) of this ancient city, small shops illuminated with lights followed by a short boat ride  on Ganges witnessing the  Aarti ceremony amidst jingling of bells, floating of diyas (traditional lamps) and chanting of  mantras give you a never forgettable life time experience.
  • After sightseeing return your hotel.
  • Overnight stay at Varanasi.
 
Day 05: TRANSFER TO AGRA BY FLIGHT (AI 406 1220//1350)        
  • 0900 hrs: After breakfast, you check out and transfer to Varanasi airport to catch connecting flight for Agra               
  • Upon arrival at Agra Airport, you are met in the arrival Hall by our airport representative then transfer directly to your hotel.
  • After check in at hotel you will proceed for a visit of Itmad-ud-daula tomb. It has a special place in the chronicles of both history as well as architecture. This is precisely because Itmad-ud-Daula is the very first tomb in India that is entirely made out of Marble.
  • Visit Mehtab Bagh: The Mehtab Bagh in Agra is laid out in just right symmetry and alignment with the Taj Mahal and it was intentionally built as an integral part of the original design of the Taj Mahal during the period from 1631 to 1635 A.D. It has been named as the 'Mehtab Bagh' or 'The Moon Garden' because it is an ideal point for viewing the Taj Mahal in romantic moonlight. Enchanting fragrance of the different species of flowers will rejuvenate your spirits. Enjoy a walk amidst its beautiful pools, fountains, fruit trees and windy canopies. As it is less crowded, one can easily capture unique shots of the Taj.
  • After sightseeing return your hotel.  
  • Overnight at hotel in Agra.
  • Agra is a city on the banks of the river Yamua The city finds mention in the epic Mahabharata where it was called Agrevaṇa, or 'the border of the forest'. Legend ascribes the founding of the city to Raja Badal
 
Day 06: AGRA TO JAIPUR BY ROAD (APPROX. 240 KMS. /4.5 HRS.)
  • Morning Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal -  The monument was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1560 in loving memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. 20,000 workers from all over Asia toiled 20 years to create this masterpiece. ‘A tear on the cheek of humanity’ is how Nobel poet laureate Rabindranath Tagore described this tomb.
    •  Note: The Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays
  • After visit of Taj Mahal return back to hotel.
  • Morning after breakfast proceeds to Jaipur. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri.          
  • Fatehpur Sikri, located 40 Km from Agra, the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, in honour of the great Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti who blessed Akbar and prophesized the birth of three sons to the heirless Emperor. Akbar used Fatehpur Sikri as his capital and the city was fully occupied for 14 years but slowly became deserted and ruined after Akbar left the city. Scarcity of water was the prime factor for the abandonment of this beautiful city. Visit the remarkably well-preserved, graceful buildings within the 'Ghost City' including the Jama Masjid, tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal Palace and other palaces that speak of the grandeur and splendor of the Mughal empire at the height of its power.
  • After visit of Fatehpur Sikri, continue drive to Jaipur.
  • On Arrival at Jaipur, Check- in at the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Jaipur.
  • Jaipur  - also popularly known as the Pink City, is the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan. Founded on 18 November 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber, the city today has a population of more than 3.9 million. Jaipur is one of the finest planned cities of India, located in the semi-desert lands of Rajasthan. The city which once had been the capital of the royalty now is the capital city of Rajasthan. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal families. At present, Jaipur is a major business centre with all requisites of a metropolitan city
 
Day 07: JAIPUR FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING                                          
  • Come on wake up and have your breakfast, the call of Jaipur would not be allowing you to rest anymore
  • After breakfast, checkout from the hotel and proceed for the sightseeing of Jaipur city.
  • Visit the Amber Fort. Amer fort was built with red sandstone and white sandstone. The fort still stands as a grand example of ancient Indian architecture. It is known for its blend of Rajput and Hindu style of architecture and mixture of Hindu and Muslim style of ornamentation.enjoy an elephant ride at Amer Fort (subject to operational). The fort can either be reached by Jeep or on foot.
  • Later, proceed to explore the architectural wealth of the city starting with a visit to its monuments. Your first stop in the city is at the City Palace who’s several courtyards and gardens provide wonderful contrast to its many palatial structures including Mubarak Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Badal Mahal and the Sri Govind Dev temple. The huge silver water vessels displayed at the Diwan-e-Khas recorded in the Guinness Book as the largest in the world are a must see.
  • Also visit The Observatory known as ‘Jantar Mantar’ that incorporates multiple buildings of unique geometrical forms, each with a specialized function for astronomical measurement.
  • Stop for photographs at the iconic Place of Winds or ‘Hawa Mahal’. Time permitting you can stroll through the many old markets or bazaars.
  • Time for local shopping. Jaipur, the ‘pink city of India’ is well known for its royalty and the wonderful monuments. But, very few people are aware of the list of endless things that make it a must visit shopping destination. There are undoubtedly some remarkable shopping places in Jaipur which can enrich your total shopping experience tenfold.
  • After shopping, visit Birla Temple around in the evening before transfer back to hotel.
  • Overnight at hotel in Jaipur.
 
Day 08: JAIPUR – DELHI (270 K.M. APPROX. 5 HRS.) / Evening cooking class experience
  • Morning at leisure.
  • 1100 hrs: Checkout from hotel and transfer to Delhi by surface.
  • On arrival in Delhi, check-in to hotel.
  • Evening, pick-up from hotel for  ‘Experience an Authentic Indian Kitchen’
“Cooking is an expression of the land where you are and the culture of that place.”
Undoubtedly the best way to truly understand a country and its people is to visit them in their home, discuss their culture and history & have their Food!
 
A Feast for the senses, Saffron Palate is dedicated towards providing the Global Traveler an Authentic Indian Home & Kitchen Experience ; Providing a window into the culinary & cultural heritage of India. Witnessing time honoured techniques and the subtle nuances that can make all the difference, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of Indian food and culture.
 
The Experiences are recommended for anyone with an interest in the Culinary technique of Indian food & who wanto gain a richer awareness of Indian life & culture.And, of course, for anyone who enjoys excellent food!
 
  • Cooking Class followed by Meal (Dinner) : ‘The Chef’       (Approximate Duration - 2.5 Hours)
Learn the intricacies of the preparation of Indian food & some of India’s best known dishes by taking part in a fun hands on cooking class followed by Meal.
A Culinary Experience suited for the Culinary enthusiast. Delectable Indian cuisine to Learn,
Relish & Cherish for life. This experience combines hands on learning Indian cuisine followed by indulging the tummy an heart with the delicacies cooked.
  • After dinner, transfer back to hotel.
  • Overnight at hotel in Delhi.
 
Day 09: DEPARTURE
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Morning at leisure
  • Afternoon checkout and transfer to airport to connect flight for final departure
End of Tour

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Day 01: ARRIVE IN DELHI
  • Namaste… and welcome to New Delhi, India’s capital.
  • On arrival at Delhi International Airport, you will be transfer for your private vehicle transfer to your hotel and assisted with check-in. overnight at the hotel in Delhi.
  • Delhi, locally pronounced as Dilli is located on the banks of the River Yamuna, The Delhi has been known to be continuously inhabited since at least the 6th century BC, though human habitation is believed to have existed since the second millennium BC. Delhi is also widely believed to have been the site of Indraprastha, the legendary capital of the Pandavas during the times of the Mahabharata. Delhi re-emerged as a major political, cultural and commercial city along the trade routes between northwest India and the Gangetic plain after the rise of the Delhi sultanates. It is the site of many ancient and medieval monuments, archaeological sites and remains. In 1639, Mughal emperor Shahjahan built a new walled city in Delhi which served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1649 to 1857.
  • Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.
 
Day 02: FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING OF DELHI
  • After breakfast, pickup from the hotel and proceed to tour of the Delhi. Start with a drive through the wide avenues of Lutyen’s Delhi. You pass some of India’s most iconic building on this drive; India Gate, the stately memorial built for the Unknown Soldier, the Parliament Houses, and the grandest building of them all, Rashtrapathi Bhavan (President’ House).
  • Visit Raj Ghat - A memorial of Mahatma Gandhi and enjoy the walking tour Also drive pass the Red Fort (from outside) built by Emperor Shah Jahan. 
  • Enjoy the Rickshaw Ride in bustling Chandni Chowk.
  •  Your drive leads you toward Old Delhi- pulsating with energy and colour, the hustle and bustle of thronged bazaars and laced by a maze of narrow lanes which twists and turns between tall, leaning houses full of sights, sounds and aromas of the Indian sub-continent.
  • You disembark here at the Jama Masjid. This is India’s largest mosque and the last architectural triumph of Shah Jehan.
  • Late afternoon you drive to Humayun’s Tomb, the first of garden-tomb concept built by Mughal dynasty that later on became inspiration for building of several monuments including the Taj Mahal. Take a walk in the gardens of this grand monument, where ancient trees and broken ruins pose as lush adornments to the sandstone glow of the mausoleum. Also visit Qutub Minar, one of the finest Islamic structures ever raised in India. Once the defining landmark of Delhi, it is still standing tall with its graceful lines and staggering height, as well as the many monuments in the complex surrounding.
  • After sightseeing transfer back to hotel.
  • Overnight at hotel in Delhi.
 
Day 03: TRANSFER TO VARANASI BY FLIGHT (AI 406 1015//1145) WITH EXCUSRION TOUR TO SARNATH
  • Morning after breakfast, you check out and transfer to Delhi airport to catch connecting flight for Varanasi               
  • Upon arrival at Varanasi Airport, transfer directly to your hotel.
  • After check in at hotel you will proceed for a visit of Sarnath, which bears testimony to its great past where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon expounding the principals of Buddhism.
  • Arrive Varanasi, This afternoon you drive to Chaukhandi Stupa, Heralded as one of the holiest sites for Buddhist pilgrimage in India, Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh is famous as the site where Lord Buddha had delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. Also visit Dhamek Stupa, One of the most visited and most revered Buddhist structures in the world, Dhamek Stupa Sarnath lies at Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh state of India. One of the holiest sites for Buddhist pilgrimage in India, Sarnath is famous as the place where Lord Buddha had delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment at Bodhgaya. Dhamek Stupa Sarnath marks the spot where the Buddha preached his first message. Built by the great Mauryan king Ashoka in 249 B.C.E., Dhamek Stupa lies inside the Deer park in Sarnath.
  • After sightseeing return your hotel.
  • Overnight stay at Varanasi.
 
Day 04: VARANASI SIGHTSEEING
  • Early morning proceed for boat ride at river Ganges.  At dawn-the Ghats are abuzz with activity of the devotees performing their ablutions in the river or offering prayers to the rising sun and performing other religious rituals. A boat ride from the Dashashwamedh Ghat along the Ghats gives you vantage views of these activities. After the boat cruise on the Ganges walk through the narrow lanes of city visiting various temples and return to the hotel for breakfast.
  • Rest day your leisure.
  • In evening proceed for Rickshaw ride to the Ghats to witness the Aarti Ceremony (Hindu ritual /prayer of river Ganges at Sunset). You will be passing through the crowded bazaars and galis (old  part) of this ancient city, small shops illuminated with lights followed by a short boat ride  on Ganges witnessing the  Aarti ceremony amidst jingling of bells, floating of diyas (traditional lamps) and chanting of  mantras give you a never forgettable life time experience.
  • After sightseeing return your hotel.
  • Overnight stay at Varanasi.
 
Day 05: TRANSFER TO AGRA BY FLIGHT (AI 406 1220//1350)        
  • 0900 hrs: After breakfast, you check out and transfer to Varanasi airport to catch connecting flight for Agra               
  • Upon arrival at Agra Airport, you are met in the arrival Hall by our airport representative then transfer directly to your hotel.
  • After check in at hotel you will proceed for a visit of Itmad-ud-daula tomb. It has a special place in the chronicles of both history as well as architecture. This is precisely because Itmad-ud-Daula is the very first tomb in India that is entirely made out of Marble.
  • Visit Mehtab Bagh: The Mehtab Bagh in Agra is laid out in just right symmetry and alignment with the Taj Mahal and it was intentionally built as an integral part of the original design of the Taj Mahal during the period from 1631 to 1635 A.D. It has been named as the 'Mehtab Bagh' or 'The Moon Garden' because it is an ideal point for viewing the Taj Mahal in romantic moonlight. Enchanting fragrance of the different species of flowers will rejuvenate your spirits. Enjoy a walk amidst its beautiful pools, fountains, fruit trees and windy canopies. As it is less crowded, one can easily capture unique shots of the Taj.
  • After sightseeing return your hotel.  
  • Overnight at hotel in Agra.
  • Agra is a city on the banks of the river Yamua The city finds mention in the epic Mahabharata where it was called Agrevaṇa, or 'the border of the forest'. Legend ascribes the founding of the city to Raja Badal
 
Day 06: AGRA TO JAIPUR BY ROAD (APPROX. 240 KMS. /4.5 HRS.)
  • Morning Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal -  The monument was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1560 in loving memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. 20,000 workers from all over Asia toiled 20 years to create this masterpiece. ‘A tear on the cheek of humanity’ is how Nobel poet laureate Rabindranath Tagore described this tomb.
    •  Note: The Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays
  • After visit of Taj Mahal return back to hotel.
  • Morning after breakfast proceeds to Jaipur. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri.          
  • Fatehpur Sikri, located 40 Km from Agra, the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, in honour of the great Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti who blessed Akbar and prophesized the birth of three sons to the heirless Emperor. Akbar used Fatehpur Sikri as his capital and the city was fully occupied for 14 years but slowly became deserted and ruined after Akbar left the city. Scarcity of water was the prime factor for the abandonment of this beautiful city. Visit the remarkably well-preserved, graceful buildings within the 'Ghost City' including the Jama Masjid, tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal Palace and other palaces that speak of the grandeur and splendor of the Mughal empire at the height of its power.
  • After visit of Fatehpur Sikri, continue drive to Jaipur.
  • On Arrival at Jaipur, Check- in at the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Jaipur.
  • Jaipur  - also popularly known as the Pink City, is the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan. Founded on 18 November 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber, the city today has a population of more than 3.9 million. Jaipur is one of the finest planned cities of India, located in the semi-desert lands of Rajasthan. The city which once had been the capital of the royalty now is the capital city of Rajasthan. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal families. At present, Jaipur is a major business centre with all requisites of a metropolitan city
 
Day 07: JAIPUR FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING                                          
  • Come on wake up and have your breakfast, the call of Jaipur would not be allowing you to rest anymore
  • After breakfast, checkout from the hotel and proceed for the sightseeing of Jaipur city.
  • Visit the Amber Fort. Amer fort was built with red sandstone and white sandstone. The fort still stands as a grand example of ancient Indian architecture. It is known for its blend of Rajput and Hindu style of architecture and mixture of Hindu and Muslim style of ornamentation.enjoy an elephant ride at Amer Fort (subject to operational). The fort can either be reached by Jeep or on foot.
  • Later, proceed to explore the architectural wealth of the city starting with a visit to its monuments. Your first stop in the city is at the City Palace who’s several courtyards and gardens provide wonderful contrast to its many palatial structures including Mubarak Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Badal Mahal and the Sri Govind Dev temple. The huge silver water vessels displayed at the Diwan-e-Khas recorded in the Guinness Book as the largest in the world are a must see.
  • Also visit The Observatory known as ‘Jantar Mantar’ that incorporates multiple buildings of unique geometrical forms, each with a specialized function for astronomical measurement.
  • Stop for photographs at the iconic Place of Winds or ‘Hawa Mahal’. Time permitting you can stroll through the many old markets or bazaars.
  • Time for local shopping. Jaipur, the ‘pink city of India’ is well known for its royalty and the wonderful monuments. But, very few people are aware of the list of endless things that make it a must visit shopping destination. There are undoubtedly some remarkable shopping places in Jaipur which can enrich your total shopping experience tenfold.
  • After shopping, visit Birla Temple around in the evening before transfer back to hotel.
  • Overnight at hotel in Jaipur.
 
Day 08: JAIPUR – DELHI (270 K.M. APPROX. 5 HRS.) / Evening cooking class experience
  • Morning at leisure.
  • 1100 hrs: Checkout from hotel and transfer to Delhi by surface.
  • On arrival in Delhi, check-in to hotel.
  • Evening, pick-up from hotel for  ‘Experience an Authentic Indian Kitchen’
“Cooking is an expression of the land where you are and the culture of that place.”
Undoubtedly the best way to truly understand a country and its people is to visit them in their home, discuss their culture and history & have their Food!
 
A Feast for the senses, Saffron Palate is dedicated towards providing the Global Traveler an Authentic Indian Home & Kitchen Experience ; Providing a window into the culinary & cultural heritage of India. Witnessing time honoured techniques and the subtle nuances that can make all the difference, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of Indian food and culture.
 
The Experiences are recommended for anyone with an interest in the Culinary technique of Indian food & who wanto gain a richer awareness of Indian life & culture.And, of course, for anyone who enjoys excellent food!
 
  • Cooking Class followed by Meal (Dinner) : ‘The Chef’       (Approximate Duration - 2.5 Hours)
Learn the intricacies of the preparation of Indian food & some of India’s best known dishes by taking part in a fun hands on cooking class followed by Meal.
A Culinary Experience suited for the Culinary enthusiast. Delectable Indian cuisine to Learn,
Relish & Cherish for life. This experience combines hands on learning Indian cuisine followed by indulging the tummy an heart with the delicacies cooked.
  • After dinner, transfer back to hotel.
  • Overnight at hotel in Delhi.
 
Day 09: DEPARTURE
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Morning at leisure
  • Afternoon checkout and transfer to airport to connect flight for final departure
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