Golden Triangle Tour With Khajuraho And Varanasi
Location: New Delhi
Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days
Holiday Type: Heritage Tours
Interest Type: Golden Triangle Tours
Package Type: Golden Triangle Tour
Location: New Delhi
Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days
Holiday Type: Heritage Tours
Interest Type: Golden Triangle Tours
Package Type: Golden Triangle Tour
Delhi :- Delhi also known as the National Capital Territory of India is the capital of India. Delhi was the site of ancient Indraprastha (Khandavprastha), the ancient capital of the Pandavas during the Mahabharata. In AD 1639, the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built a new walled city named Shahjahanabad, in Delhi, which served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1649 until the Rebellion of 1857.Shahjahanabad today is Old Delhi. The greater part of Old Delhi is still confined within the space of Shah Jahans walls, and several gates built during his rule—the Kashmiri Gate, the Delhi Gate, the Turkman Gate, and the Ajmeri Gate—still stand. In 1911 the British determined to shift the capital of India from Calcutta (Kolkata) to Delhi, and a three-member committee was formed to plan the construction of the new administrative centre.
The key architect on the committee was Sir Edwin Lutyens; it was he who gave shape to the city. The British moved to the partially built New Delhi in 1912, and construction was completed in 1931. A new capital city, New Delhi, was built to the south of the old city during the 1920s. When the British left India in 1947, New Delhi became its national capital and seat of the union government.Delhi's culture has been influenced by its lengthy history and historic association as the capital of India. This is exemplified by many significant monuments in the city, the Mughals and the Turkic rulers constructed several architecturally significant buildings, such as the Jama Masjid – India's largest mosque and the Red Fort. Three World Heritage Sites – the Red Fort, Qutub Minar and Humayun's Tomb – are located in Delhi. Other monuments include the India Gate, is a war memorial located on the eastern edge of the ‘ceremonial axis’ of New Delhi. the Jantar Mantar – an 18th-century astronomical observatory – and the Purana Qila – a 16th-century fortress.
The Laxminarayan temple, Akshardham temple, the Bahai Lotus temple and the ISKCON temple are examples of modern architecture. Raj Ghat and associated memorials houses memorials of Mahatma Gandhi and other notable personalities. Several government buildings and official residences reminiscent of British colonial architecture, including the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Secretariat, Rajpath, the Parliament of India and Vijay Chowk. Safdarjung's Tomb is an example of the Mughal gardens style. Chandni Chowk, a 17th-century market, is one of the most popular shopping areas in Delhi for jewellery and Zari saris. Delhi's arts and crafts include, Zardozi – embroidery done with gold thread and Meenakari – the art of enamelling.
Places Of Interest :- Qutub Minar, Red Fort, India Gate, Lotus Temple, Connaught Place, Birla Mandir, Jantar Mantar, Akshardham Temple, Iskon Temple etc.
Agra :- Agra is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is a major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort . The city is mentioned in the epic Mahabharata, where it was called AgrevaM51;a ("the border of the forest"). Legend ascribes the founding of the city to Raja Badal Singh, a Sikarwar Rajput king (c. 1475), who’s fort, Badalgarh, stood on or near the site of the present fort. However, the 11th century Persian poet Mas'ud Sa'd Salman writes of a desperate assault on the fortress of Agra, and then held by the Shahi King Jayapala, by Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni. Sultan Sikandar Lodi was the first to move his capital from Delhi to Agra in 1506. He died in 1517 and his son, Ibrahim Lodi, remained in power there for nine more years, finally being defeated at the Battle of Panipat in 1526. Between 1540 and 1556, Afghans, beginning with Sher Shah Suri ruled the area. It achieved fame as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1556 to 1658.
It is generally accepted that Sultan i, the Ruler of the Delhi Sultanate founded Agra in the year 1504. After the Sultan's death the city passed on to his son Sultan Ibrahim Lodi. He ruled his Sultanate from Agra until he fell fighting to Babar in the First battle of Panipat fought in 1526. The golden age of the city began with the Mughals. It was known then as Akbarabad and remained the capital of the Empire under the Emperors Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan. Shah Jahan later shifted his capital to Shahjahanabad in the year 1689. Since Akbarabad was one of the most important cities in India under the Mughals, it witnessed a lot of building activity. Babar, the founder of the Mughal dynasty, laid out the first formal Persian garden on the banks of river Yamuna. The garden is called the Aram Bagh or the Garden of Relaxation. His grandson Akbar raised the towering ramparts of the Great Red Fort, besides making Agra a centre for learning, arts, commerce and religion. Akbar also built a new city on the outskirts of Akbarabad called Fatehpur Sikri. This city was built in the form of a Mughal military camp in stone.
The Taj Mahal is one of the most famous buildings in the world, the mausoleum of Shah Jahan's favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is one of the New Seven Wonders of the world, and one of the three World Heritage Sites in Agra. Completed in 1653, the Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal king Shah Jahan as the final resting place for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Finished in marble, it is perhaps India's most beautiful monument. This perfectly symmetrical monument took 22 years (1630–1652) of labour and 20,000 workers, masons and jewellers to build and is set amidst landscaped gardens. Built by the Persian architect, Ustad 'Isa, the Taj Mahal is on the south bank of the Yamuna River. It is an acknowledged masterpiece of symmetry. Verses of the Koran are inscribed on it and at the top of the gate are twenty-two small domes, signifying the number of years the monument took to build. The Taj Mahal was built on a marble platform that stands above a sandstone one.
The most elegant dome of the Taj Mahal has a diameter of 60 feet (18 m), and rises to a height of 80 feet (24 m); directly under this dome is the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal. Shah Jahan's tomb was erected next to hers by his son Aurangzeb. The interiors are decorated with fine inlay work, incorporating semi-precious stones. Agra Fort (sometimes called the Red Fort), was commissioned by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565, and is another of Agra's World Heritage Sites. A stone tablet at the gate of the Fort states that it had been built before 1000 but was later renovated by Akbar. The red sandstone fort was converted into a palace during Shah Jahan's time, and reworked extensively, Notable buildings in the fort include the Pearl Mosque or Moti Masjid, the Diwan-e-Aam and Diwan-e-Khas (halls of public and private audience),Jahangir's Palace, Khas Mahal, Shish Mahal (mirrored palace), and the Musamman Burj. The fort is a typical example of Mughal architecture, effectively showing how the North Indian style of fort construction differed from that of the South. In the South, the majority of forts were built on the seabed like the one at Bekal in Kerala.
Places Of Interest :- Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Sikandra etc.
Jaipur :- Jaipur is the famous city and capital of Rajasthan. Jaipur is known as the Pink City of India because of the colour used exclusively in the walled city.The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is rich in history and culture. Here the past comes alive in magnificent forts and palaces. The bustling bazaars of Jaipur, famous for jewellery, fabric and shoes, possess a timeless quality and are surely a treasure-trove for the shoppers. This fascinating city with its romantic charm takes you to an epoch of royalty and tradition. Rajasthan's beautiful Pink City Jaipur, three hill forts and series of palaces in the city are important attractions.
Places Of Interest :- Hawa Mahal, Galta Monkey Temple, Amber Fort and Palace, Nahargarh Fort, Jantar Mantar, Government Central (Albert Hall) Museum, Kanak Vrindavan Valley, Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh, Vidyadhar Garden.
Khajuraho :- The Khajuraho Group of Monuments are a group of Hindu and Jain temples in Madhya Pradesh, India. About 620 kilometres southeast of New Delhi, they are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. The temples are in a small town also known as Khajuraho, Khajuraho is served by Khajuraho Airport, with services to Delhi, Agra and Mumbai. The site is also linked by Indian Railways service, with the railway station approximately six kilometres from the monuments entrance. Spread over an area of approximately 20 square kilometres on the north eastern part of Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is a major tourist and archaeological site in Madhya Pradesh. Khajuraho at times referred to as the Kamasutra temple is world renowned for its sculptured temples dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, and Jain deities, and the sexually explicit carvings both inside and outside the temple.
A UNESCO world heritage site Khajuraho is believed to have had over 75 temples of which 22 remains today. Khajuraho temples are divided into three sections or zones, namely, western, eastern and southern, according to their location. The western complex is the largest of the three and comprises of some of the most popular temples at Khajuraho.
Places Of Interest :- Khajuraho Temples, Lakshmana Temple, Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, Chaturbhuj Temple, Varaha Temple Khajuraho, Vamana Temple
Varanasi :- Varanasi is a North Indian city on the banks of the Ganges in Uttar Pradesh. Varanasi has been a cultural centre of North India for several thousand years, and is closely associated with the Ganges. Varanasi, the holy city of India, is also known by the name of Kashi and Benaras. Kashi, the city of Moksha for Hindus since centuries, is known for its fine-quality silks, 'paan' and Benares Hindu University and Avimukta of the ancient days; Varanasi is the most admired pilgrimage point for the Hindus. One of the seven holiest cities, Varanasi city is also one the Shakti Peethas and one of the twelve Jyotir Linga sites in India. In Hinduism it is believed that those who die and are cremated here get an instant gateway to liberation from the cycle of births and re-births.
The Ganga Ghats (river front) are the most popular pilgrimage spot of Varanasi and are centers of music and learning. There is a great tradition of Yatras in the holy city of Kashi and the most sacred path is that of Panchkoshi Parikrama, the fifty-mile path with a radius of five miles that cover 108 shrines along the way, with Panchakoshi Temple as its main shrine. Other popular pilgrimage route is Nagara Pradakshina, which covers seventy-two shrines along the way. Since time immemorial Varanasi is a great center of learning. The holy city has been a symbol of spiritualism, philosophy and mysticism for thousands of years and has produced great saints and personalities like Guatama Buddha, Mahavira, Kabir, Tulsi Das, Shankaracharaya, Ramanuja and Patanjali.
Places Of Interest :- Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Ramnagar Fort, Assi Ghat, Gyanvapi Mosque, Chaukhandi Stupa, Dhamek Stupa, Samath Museum.
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On arrival at Airport / Railway station, meet our representative and proceed to Hotel for Check in. Delhi is a city built and re-built seven times over several centuries. The capital city today marries the quaint and unique elements of different historical eras with the pace of the bustling, growing economy. At every turn of the road, the past and the present coexist. Later proceed for city Tour of NEW DELHI - drive past the stately government buildings of the British Era designed by Lutyen’s, including the Presidential Palace. Overnight at Hotel.
After Breakfast proceed for full day side sightseeing like the Red Fort, Chandni Chowk Bazaar and Khari Baoli spice market on your way to visit Jama Masjid. One of the largest mosques in the world and the largest in India, it was built by Shah Jahan to dominate the city. Then, make your way to Raj Ghat, a memorial built to commemorate the site of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation. Also visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Qutub Minar, India’s tallest minaret, made of red sandstone and marble and inscribed with verses from the Qur’an. Next stop Lotus Temple completed in 1986. Notable for its flowerlike shape, it serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent and has become a prominent attraction in the city also visit Iskon Temple a famous Krishana Temple. Stop next at Humayun’s Tomb, another UNESCO World Heritage site and tomb of a Mughal emperor dating back to the 1500s. Next, pass under the high stone archway of India Gate – constructed in the memory of Indian soldiers who died in World War I – and drive along Rajpath (King's Way), the ceremonial boulevard heading toward Rashtrapati Bhavan, official home to the President of India. Also visit Birla Temple a Lord Vishnu Temple. Along the way, your guide will point out architectural and cultural features of these important monuments. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast drive to Jaipur. Arrive & Check into the hotel. Jaipur: Beautiful palaces, forts and colourful bazaars speak of the pink city’s glorious regal past. Modernity walks hand-in-hand with history in Jaipur. This largest city of Rajasthan, founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, is famous for its magnanimous hospitality. Evening explore colorful local market. Overnight at Hotel.
After Breakfast, Visit Amber - the ancient capital of the Rajput Empire reaching the fort on elephant back. It is a deserted palace surrounded by majestic ramparts & the magnificent public & private room's evidence the splendor of the rulers of 16th & 17th century Rajasthan. Also visit City Place, Janter Mantar and Hawa Mahal in evening leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast drive to Agra en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri. Later continue drive to Agra. Arrive and check in at Hotel. Akbarabad, as Agra was known during the Mughal era, is home to some of the most magnificent Mughal architectures. Situated on the banks of river Yamuna, the monumental beauty of Agra has inspired countless people around the world. This third largest city of the state of Uttar Pradesh is home to three UNESCO world heritage sites. Later Proceed to Visit to the world - famous Taj Mahal - or literally "Crown of Palaces" was built by Shah Jehan to immortalize the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal who died tragically in 1631. After that visit, the Red Fort built by three generations of Mughal Emperors between 1565 and 1573. It housed both the presidential Palaces of the Royal family, and the military quarters. Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast board your train to Jhansi. Arrivel at Jhansi railway station and drive to Khajuraho en-route visit Orchha. Jhansi - Khajurao (180 kms / 03 hrs) Later proceed to khajurao, arrival and check in at hotel. Khajuraho is a heritage destination renowned for its temples having sculptures carved in erotic poses and is visited by guests from world over. Visit Western Group of Temples in the late afternoon (Audio Tour facility is developed by Archelogical Survey of India (ASI) for these temples). Enjoy Light and Sound Show in the Evening. Overnight at hotel.
After Breakfast, visit Eastern and Southern group of Temples. Day Excursion to Panna (46 kms). Panna is home to Gharial Sanctuary, Raneh Waterfalls and Diamond Mines. Evening board your Overnight trains to Varanasi. Overnight at Train.
Arrive at Varanasi station. Meet and transfer to hotel for check in. Dating back to more than 3000 years, Varanasi is said to be the oldest city of the world. There are temples at every few steps here Hinduism it is believed that those who breathe their last in this city attain nirvana and get an instant gateway to liberation from the cycle of births and re-births. After Lunch proceed for tour planned for second half of the day We begin the tour of the city with the famous Banaras Hindu University. Next we visit the famous 18th century Durga temple dedicated to Goddess Durga & later visit one of the most famous temples of Varanasi, the Tulsi Manas temple. We end our tour with a one-of-its-kind temple the ‘Bharat Mata’ (Mother India). The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936. The temple has the undivided India personified as a mother deity and has her statue built in marble. Unlike other temples, this one does not have images of the customary gods and goddesses; it houses a relief map of India, carved out of marble. Evening Aarti ceremony - Every evening, hundreds of people gather at the banks of the river Ganges to participate in the aarti (hymn). The evening aarti offers one of the most spectacular sensory experiences, when hundreds of lamps light up the river side at dusk, the entire city of Varanasi comes to a standstill and the sound of chimes and dongs reverberates in each and every street. Overnight at Hotel.
Early morning proceed to morning Cruise on Ganges. The ‘Ghats of Ganga’ dotted with temples or more than 100 ghats (banks) alongside the Ganges in Varanasi. The best way to cover them all is acruise. A morning cruise on the Ganges presents a very beautiful view of the ghats bathed in crimson light. After the cruise we set out to explore the city. A walk through old Varanasi will be memorable experience. After that proceed for your onwards destination.