Explore Delhi Cultural Day tour
Accompanied by your guide enjoy a full day of sightseeing in New Delhi with its wide tree-lined avenues and Royal Mall designed by the English architect Edwin Lutyens. Built between 1921 and 1929 the buildings are grandiose and classical symbolic of power to administer and rule. New Delhi was chosen to be the Capital of India by the British in 1911.
Starting at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the President of India, continue east down the mall to India Gate Located at Rajpath. This imposing memorial is 42 metres high and is a popular relaxation area. Following India's independence, India Gate became the site of Indian Army's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, known as the Amar Jawan Jyoti during Golden Triangle with Varanasi Tour.
Continue your sightseeing by visiting
The Qutab Minar notable for being one of the earliest and most prominent examples of Indo-Islamic architecture. The Qutab Minar is one of the many masterpieces that depict the sheer brilliance of the ancient Mughal architects.
Raj Ghat the last resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. The cremation of Mahatma Gandhi took place at the Delhi Raj Ghat, on 31st January 1950. Visiting the Memorial is a somber moving experience.
Humayun's Tomb is one of the best preserved tombs in Delhi city it has beautiful high arched entrances, which spread light into the interior. The grounds are landscaped with beautiful gardens.
The Birla Temple was built in honour of the Hindu goddess of wealth, Laxmi, and of her consort, Lord Vishnu. The temple has many shrines, fountains, and a large garden.
The Lotus Temple is situated at Kalkaji close to New Delhi and it has been constructed to resemble a lotus flower. The huge lotus flower has been made out of marble, dolomite, cement, and sand. It has become an iconic building in New Delhi because of its unique architecture. This Bahai temple does not impose restrictions on any visitor and is open to people of all religions.
The afternoon spend time at the National Museum. This is India’s finest museum that houses excellent variety of historic artifacts. You need time to get around and fully appreciate some of the rare ancient exhibits on display here. This Golden Triangle with Varanasi tour is for those interested in history and the interesting connections that are the result of India’s interactions with the rest of the world right though the ages.
Jantar Mantar is also called Delhi Observatory and it was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur in 1710 A.D. It is a remarkable structure consisting of fourteen geometric devices used for measuring time, forecasting weather changes, and predicting behavior of planets. Today it still fascinates to know how predictions are made and how accurately time can be measured by non mechanical means.
Flight from New Delhi to Varanasi
Flights timetables in India change frequently. Please indicate the time you would prefer to fly, we will arrange a flight closer to your travel date and time and advise you of the exact time with Varanasi Tour. We will ensure that the actual time fits in with the rest of your itinerary or advice you of recommended changes.
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The price of this flight can vary also according to the season and demand and we will always get you the best available price. This may reduce or (less often) increase the total cost of your booking.
Half day Sarnath travel and Ganges Arati by boat
Accompanied by your guide by first exploring Sarnath where Buddha is believed to have delivered his first sermon in 528 BC.
At Sarnath you will see Buddhist Temples built by Tibetan, Thai, Chinese Burmese and Japanese Buddhists. Sarnath is an important pilgrimage place as here at the monastery ruins of Dhanekh Stupa, Buddha is believed to have delivered his first sermon in 528 BC. Some of the brickwork is thought to date back to the 200 BC. Your guide will be ready to explain more about this place and how this was once ancient India’s greatest centre of learning during Golden Triangle Tour.
Again the Ghats leading down to the sacred river become alive as sunset approaches and the evening Arati blessing is offered to the river and sun by a group of priests with burning oil lamps, incense and conches. You will view this profound spectacle from your private boat as many locals and visitors throng the steps to share their own offerings at this time during varanasi tour.
Full day Tour of Varanasi and Sarnath
Accompanied by your guide explore Golden Triangle with Varanasi tour one of the oldest cities in the world starting your day with a dawn boat ride and then later in the afternoon explore Sarnath travel where Buddha is believed to have delivered his first sermon in 528 BC.
A dawn boat ride is sure to be a highlight of your visit to Golden Triangle with Varanasi Tour as at this time of the morning it possible to feel the unique atmosphere as the Sarnath Temples along the Ghats are touched by the first light of the morning. You may observe people as they wash clothes, perform their meditation, and make offerings of flowers and incense.
Later continue your city sightseeing with a guide to explain things as you explore the winding alleyways around central Varanasi that are filled with sights, sounds, and interesting places. You may visit The Vishnawath Temple which is also called the Golden Temple and the ancient well of knowledge that is located opposite.
City attractions include numerous 'Ghats', which are the steps which lead people down to the river. Many of the city's most impressive Ghats were built at the request of wealthy leaders or maharajas. At some point during the morning make a stop at Benares University as the wide tree lined streets and park like surroundings will provide a relaxing contrast to the busy city. On the campus visit Bharat Kala Bhavan a museum that is home to ancient manuscripts and a wonderful collection of miniature paintings.
Conclude this day tour with an afternoon visit to Sarnath where you will see Buddhist Temples built by Tibetan, Thai, Chinese Burmese and Japanese Buddhists. Sarnath is an important pilgrimage place as here at the monastery ruins of Dhanekh Stupa, Buddha is believed to have delivered his first sermon in 528 BC. Some of the brickwork is thought to date back to the 200 BC. Your guide will be ready to explain more about this place and how this was once ancient India’s greatest centre of learning.
Train from Varanasi to Agra
The Indian Railway is, without a shade of doubt, the lifeline of India. It is the world’s largest railway network in the world under a single management. From a traveler’s point of view, train travel opens up a window through which you can see India in a unique perspective.
However, with nearly 62,000 km of rail, 7,500 stations and 7,800 locomotives, traveling by the Indian Railway can be a daunting task. Fortunately, we have simplified and chosen the appropriate trains for you...
General Advice - things to remember
Travel light. Limit the luggage to one medium size suitcase and a piece of hand baggage. Make sure you do not keep anything of value in the outer pockets of your luggage.
In the over night trains your luggage are stored underneath the berths. In the day train they are kept in an over head rack, If you need assistance with your heavy baggage porters are available for a small fee.
There is a choice of some good food available in the train and you can try them, but bear in mind that the food is made for the locals and it will be spicy.
Generally the people are friendly and happy to converse you can definitely make some good friends while you travel.
Do not accept any consumables from anyone. If you need assistance, approach the Ticket Inspector. If he is not able to solve the problem, he will direct you to someone who can.
Drink only bottled water.
Dress comfortably before you board the train. Changing clothes on a running train is not possible.
A Final Word
Traveling by train is not as dreaded as some of you might think. You just need a little foresight and prepare accordingly.
The Train classes we are offering are those used most commonly by foreign travelers.
Air-conditioned 2-tier (2AC)
2AC provides seats by day, convertible to bunks at night. 2AC coaches are not divided into separate compartments, but are open-plan, with berths arranged in bays of four (two upper, two lower) on one side of the aisle, and in bays of two along the coach side above and below the windows on the other side of the aisle. Each bay is curtained off for privacy, and an attendant distributes pillows, sheets and blankets in the evening. 2AC is found on almost all decent long-distance trains, and it is the way the Indian middle classes travel. It's relatively clean and un-crowded, and a good choice for most visitors to India.
Half day tour of Agra with guide
The Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal (this being her title meaning “chosen one of the Palace”) after she died in 1631 giving birth to their fourteenth child. The Taj Mahal took some 20,000 people 22 years to complete. You will have some time to explore and absorb this monument up close. The detail of the marble inlay work using precious stones needs closer examination to fully appreciate the craftsmanship.
Later visit the Agra Fort built in red sandstone with its magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and its beautiful gardens. This is where Emperor Shah Jahan was kept under house arrest by his third son Aurangzeb and here he spent the last year of his life viewing the Taj Mahal from across the river Yamuna.
Half day tour of UNESCO World heritage site: Fatehpur Sikri
Located 37 kms from the city of Agra and best visited when staying in Agra or normally when travelling to or from Jaipur explore Fatehpur Sikri with an English speaking guide. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity and Fatehpur Sikri is a place that has been identified as being worthy of its protection. The Archeological Survey of India has been instrumental in taking care of this perfectly preserved example of a Mughal city.
It was built by Emperor Akbar between 1569 and 1585 although it was abandoned soon after due to water shortages. This sprawling complex is made of red sandstone and combines both Hindu and Mughal architecture. The city contains the mausoleum of the Sufi fakir, Saleem Chishti who is said to have granted Akbar and his Hindu queen Jodhabai their wish for a son. The main entrance to Fatehpur Sikri is through the 175 feet Buland Darwaza, the highest gateway in the world during Golden Triangle Tour.
The Panch Mahal is a five-storeyed tower, the highest point in Fatehpur Sikri. This extremely airy tower is said to have been the home of one of the emperor's many queens.
Full day tour of Jaipur and Amber with guide
Accompanied by your guide you will visit the highlights of the capital city of Rajasthan including: Amber Fort and Palace – located 12kms from the city centre along a cliff top ridge. You can either reach the Fort on elephant back or by jeep You will then return to main city to visit Hawa Mahal “Palace of the Winds” – in fact a façade, viewed from the outside, overlooking one of the main thoroughfares of the walled the city The City Palace – within the palace are a number of small museums showcasing textiles, armory and personal treasures from the Maharaja’s family Jai Singh’s Observatory – used by generations of Astronomers and still having the world’s largest working sundial