This trip, filled with the buzz and excitement of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, also provides glimpses into rich and varied cultural and historical splendor of the holy city of Varanasi. It is also a comprehensive introduction to India’s varied wildlife, fascinating culture and spectacular Moghul and Hindu architecture.
For Northern India one conjures up immediate and familiar images: the Taj Mahal, the holy River Ganges, tigers, turbans, saris, great food and rickshaws. To substantiate that, this sho...
Day 2 - 3Jaipur, the colourful capital of Rajasthan
After breakfast, we head towards Jaipur. Upon arrival, transfer and installation to the hotel. Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, owes its nickname of "Pink City" to the pink paint that covers the buildings of the old city (in the Rajputs, the pink color symbolized hospitality). Rest of the day is free. Possibility of Rickshaw ride (optional) to visit the pink old town and discover the Bazaar..
Amber, originally, was the capital of the state before Jaipur. It is an old fort, built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh. This fort is also very popularly known as the Amer Palace. The Amber Fort was built in red sandstone and marble and the Maotha Lake adds a certain charm to the entire Fort.
The City Palace was where the Maharaja reigned from. This palace also includes the famous 'Chandra Mahal' and 'Mubarak Mahal', and other buildings which form a part of the palace complex.
Next, we visit the Jantar Mantar, a Solar Observatory built in the 18th century; an astronomical treasure house that measures time according to the movement of the Sun to an error of just 2 seconds with solar devices that give accurate astrological predictions as well, till date.
We also visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied facade of pink sandstone. It was built in the year 1799 to allow royal ladies to watch processions and festivities on the road through its 953 ‘Jharokas’ or Small windows, without being seen by the public.
Day 4Spot a tiger in Ranthambore park
Jaipur - Ranthambhore
Drive from Jaipur to Ranthambore National Park, one of the largest in Northern india, home of a large range of wildlife, including the Tiger.
We will have an Afternoon Safari in the National park trying to spot the elusive tiger, and many of the other species living in the 392 Kms of the park.
Day 5 - 6Agra, land of the Taj Mahal
Ranthambhore - Fatehpur Sikri
This morning take Another safari in the park to spot the tiger and other animal and bird species.
Visit of the Fatehpur Sikri, beautiful city near Agra founded in 1569 by the Emperor Akbar. The city hosts several historical building such as the Buland Darwaza. The ancient capital and fabulous ghost town of red sandstone built by Emperor Moghol Akbar. It is home to a sixteenth-century citadel, now a ghost town with surprising architecture resulting from the synthesis of various styles: Indo-Muslim, Hindu, Christian and Jain inspiration.
Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
We finally arrive in beautiful Agra city, on the banks of the river Yamuna. Agra is the home to the iconic Taj Mahal, a mausoleum built for the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth in 1631.
In the morning, visit of the Taj Mahal as the sun rises. Set behind a reflecting pool inside a courtyard defined by 4 minarets, the imposing main building features a massive dome and intricately carved white marble inlaid with precious stones.
In the afternoon, visit of the Red Fort Agra, a richly decorated semi-circular red sandstone fort complex with double ramparts and monuments.
In the evening, transfer to the Railway station to board the overnight train to Varanasi. Overnight Train.
Day 7 - 8Arrival in Varanasi and excursion to Sarnath
Agra - Varanasi(Banaras)
In the morning, you will be received by the driver and transferred to the Hotel.
Varanasi(Banaras) - Sarnath
Excursion to Sarnath, North of Varanasi and near the confluence of the Ganges and the Gomati rivers. Visit of the temple dedicated to Shreyansanath, an important place of pilgrimage for locals.
Take a boat ride on the Ganges to experience Hindu rituals being performed on the bathing Ghats.
You will visit The temples and Ashram. Thereafter, a walk along Bazar would be an ideal way to explore the town.
Overnight in the Train.
Day 9Old city sightseeing
Varanasi(Banaras) - Delhi
In the morning, arrival in Delhi and check in at your hotel.
In the afternoon we visit the walled city of Old Delhi; crowded, full of activity and still influenced by the great Mughals who once ruled from the ramparts of the majestic Red Fort Delhi. Here we visit Jama Masjid Delhi - the largest 17th century mosque in India; Chandni Chowk - the typical Indian market always abuzz with activities; and Rajghat - the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi (also called the 'Father of the Nation’). We also visit New Delhi where we drive past the Presidential Palace, Secretariat Buildings and down the impressive Rajpath to India Gate .