Golden Triangle and Ganges

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Delhi-Jaipur-Agra-Varanasi-Delhi ( 08 Nights / 09 days)

Day 01 / Arrival Delhidelhi
Arrive Delhi , meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 02 / Delhi
After a leisurely breakfast sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi.
OLD DELHI – A sight-seeing tour of old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat – the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in India.
NEW DELHI – An extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun’s Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue – Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President’s Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. Also visit Laxmi Narayan temple popularly known as Birla Temple. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 03 / Delhi – Jaipur ( By Train )
Early morning pick up from hotel & transfer to railway station to board the airconditioned train to Jaipur. Breakfast in the train. Arrive Jaipur and transfer to hotel. Later sight seeing tour of Jaipur covering:
CITY PALACE – A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
JANTAR MANTAR – This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.
HAWA MAHAL – The ornamental facade of this “Palace of Winds” is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storey structures of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women. Night stay in Jaipur.

Day 04 / Jaipur- Agra
Morning visit the majestic Amber Fort, is one that cannot be easily described. Ride up on Elephants to the former capital of the royals set against the backdrop of the wooded hills. Later drive to Agra enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri-a perfectly preserved red sandstone “ghost town” which was the estranged capital of mughal emperor Akbar, built in 1569 and deserted when its water supply failed. Arrive Agra & transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Agra.

Day 05 /Agra-Varanasi ( By Train )
Morning at sunrise visit the magnificent Taj Mahal – one of the seven wonders of the world surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan’s beloved wife, Also visit the Red fort – the rusty and majestic red- sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcove of inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms. Later transfer to railway station to board the overnight train to Varanasi .

Day 06 / Varanasi
Arrive Varanasi, said to be the India’s most sacred city situated on the western bank of the holy river Ganga. It is also the oldest living city in the world. As a place for devotion and worship, with hundreds of temples dotting the city, sunrise on the river front as seen from a boat can be a spiritually uplifting sight. It has a fascination uniquely its own, a quality of sublime beauty, a timeless eternal appeal. Varanasi is the city which cannot be described, only experienced. Meet assist at the railway station and transfer to hotel. Later sight seeing of Varanasi (the oldest and holiest city of India) covering Temples, Aurangazeb’s Mosque and one of the biggest university of India. Evening view “Aarti” ceremony on the Ghats. Night stay in Varanasi.

Day 07/ Varanasi
Morning boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats. Later excursion to Sarnath, 10kms. East of Varanasi, is one of the Buddhism’s major centers of India. After attaining enlightenment, the Buddha came to Sarnath where he gave his first sermon. Visit the deer park and the museum and later back to Varanasi . Night stay in Varanasi.

Day 08 / Varanasi – Delhi ( By Flight )
After a relaxed breakfast transfer to airport for flight to Delhi. Arrive Delhi & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 09 / Departure
Transfer to airport for onward flight.

Air fares Varanasi – Delhi 157.50 USD
Air fares are subject to change any time without any prior notice

** Twin- Cost per person on twin sharing for minimum two person traveling.
** Single- Cost per single traveler.

Cost includes :
>>7 nights accomodation on twin sharing basis as per the itinerary .
>>1 night in air conditioned train.
>>Daily breakfast.
>>Train tickets for Delhi – Jaipur in airconditioned chair car.
>>Train tickets for Agra – Varanasi in 2 tier airconditioned sleeper class.
>>Surface travel by exclusive airconditioned car.
>>All transfers, sightseeing, excursions as per the itinerary.
>>Local English speaking guides.
>>Elephant ride in Jaipur(subject to availability) & boat ride in Varanasi .
>>All taxes, driver allowances, parking etc.

Cost does not include :
>>Entrance fee to monuments.
>>Any airfare.
>>Tips, beverages, laundry etc.
>>Any item not shown in cost Includes.

Hotels Selected – Luxury (5* Deluxe)
Delhi : The Oberoi / Imperial
Agra : Amarvilas
Jaipur : RajVilas
Varanasi : Taj Ganges

Hotels Selected – Royal (5* Deluxe)
Delhi : The Metropolitan / The Lalit / The Grand
Agra : Jay Pee Palace / Taj View / Trident
Jaipur : Hotel Trident / Le Meridien
Varanasi : Taj Ganges / Radisson

Hotels Selected – Classic (4*)
Delhi : The Connaught / Hotel City Park / De Marks
Agra : Clarks Shiraz / Howard Park
Jaipur : Golden Tulip / Hari Mahal Palace/ Wall Street / Hotel Clarks Amer
Varanasi : Clarks Varanasi / Ideal Tower

Hotels Selected – Jewel (3* – 4* & Heritage)
Delhi : Hotel Gautam Deluxe / Hotel Sunstar
Agra : Hotel Amar / Hotel Usha Kiran
Jaipur : Hotel Jas Vilas / Nana ki Haveli / Dera Rawatsar
Varanasi : Hotel India/ Meraden Grand

Hotels Selected – Economy (2* Moderate)
Delhi : Hotel Blue Bell / Hotel De Gold
Agra : Royale Residency / Taj Plaza
Jaipur : Hotel Vijay Niwas / Hotel Sarang Palace
Varanasi : Hotel India/ Meraden Grand

Special care is taken while selecting the hotels , As you may be aware that prices for same category of hotels are NOT the same , we select the hotels based on the quality & services & not just because it is a 4 * or 5 * hotel, Thatswhy some hotels listed in our classic catergory ( 4 * ) are actual 5 * hotels but we use them in 4 * categories. Hotels are subject to availability, please note that due to peak season starting from Oct onwards, most of hotels in 4 * – 5* category are already fully booked for many dates starting from october, Once you finalise the booking, we shall start booking the hotels. It may be possible that we may have to go for a higher / lower category of hotels/ rooms in any place & we shall advice you of any supplement / reduction in the price. For Luxury Hotels Suppliment charge 16 nov. to 30th nov., 20 Dec. to 5th jan 2010.and 1st feb. to 29th feb.