Delhi’s Mughal history is a very interesting part for the history lovers, the twisting narrow lanes and old houses are the evidence of former Mughal rule. Explore the traditional monuments such as the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb and Purana Qila, and the oldest and busiest Chandni Chowk market. Fell the spirituality visiting the Akshardham Temple, the Lotus Temple (also known as the Bahai Temple), and the ISKON Temple, and many more spread across the city.
Agra is the home to the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world. Agra provides the view of architectural history with some magnificent structures that include Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri, thus making it a must visit for everyone. Also, Agra has three UNESCO World Heritage sites, and Taj Mahal has made its position in the 50 most popular tourist destinations in the world. Agra is a beautiful display of Architecture, notable history, romance, delicious eateries all together creating the magic for Indian tourism.
Varanasi and Allahabad are two oldest cities in India, center for the Hindu religion located in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The Hindu faith is related to these two locations, and the presence of the River Ganga makes them more holy for the Hindu travelers. Allahabad is a fusion of historical and modern outlook. Every year they host a fair of Magh Mela visited by thousands. The city is also known as the “City of Prime Ministers”. Varanasi is known as the spiritual capital of India. The city has more than 2000 temples in its narrow winding streets. The Kashi Vishwanath or the “Golden Temple” is famous, dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Meet our representative upon arrival in Delhi and check-in at the hotel. India’s capital & a major gateway to the country, Delhi is contemporary and a bustling metropolis which successfully combines in its fold the ancient & the modern. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. New Delhi also reflects the legacy the British left behind. Overnight in Delhi.
After breakfast, proceed for a full-day tour of Old and New Delhi. This fascinating city has been in existence since the 6th century BC and has seen ups and downs from the rule of the Pandavas right up to the British Raj. Visit Jama Masjid, which is the largest mosque in India, commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan. The courtyard of the mosque can hold about 25,000 worshippers. Enjoy a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, the busiest market in Old Delhi…noisy, chaotic and uniquely Indian. You will then drive past from the Red Fort, which was constructed during the rule of Emperor Shah Jahan and served as the residence for the Mughal royal family. It continues to be significant till date, as every Independence Day, the Prime Minister makes a speech from its ramparts as the Indian flag is hoisted. Later, drive past President House and several other government buildings in Edwin Lutyen’s Delhi before you head toward Rajghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. This simple memorial marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Thereafter, visit Humayun’s Tomb, commissioned by Humayun’s wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562. It was the first garden tomb built in the Indian sub-continent where the Persian architect used red sandstone on a large scale. Later in the evening visit the Qutab Minar, which is the tallest brick minaret in the world; it was commissioned by Qutbuddin Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi. Overnight in Delhi.
After breakfast, drive to Agra. Arrive and check-in at your hotel. Later, proceed for proceeding for Half Day City Tour of Agra. Visit the Red Fort, which was commissioned in 1565 by The Mughal Emperor, Akbar. The beautiful yet forbidding structure is a handsome example of Mughal architecture. Later, visit the Taj Mahal … a mausoleum built as a symbol of Emperor Shah Jehan’s devotion to his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Considered an architectural marvel, its construction took thousands of workers over 21 years to complete. Overnight in Agra.
In the early morning, proceed towards Triveni Sangam in Prayag (Allahabad), which is the point of confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers. Take a holy bath in the Sangam as it is believed to wash away all sins and relieve from the rebirth cycle. Furthermore, make a visit to Bade Hanuman Temple and Akbar Fort. Bade Hanuman Temple is one of the most popular attractions here that houses a huge statue of Lord Hanuman. Akbar Fort is a large fort situated by the banks of River Yamuna, built by the famous Mughal emperor Akbar. Later proceed to Varanasi. Arrive in Varanasi and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Varanasi.
Early morning, enjoy a sublime boat ride on the Ganges River. View the numerous ghats along the bank of the Ganges, presenting a varied scene from dawn to dusk. Later back to the hotel for breakfast. Visit the Benares Hindu University, the largest residential university in Asia, a center of Sanskrit, Indian art, culture, and music. Later, proceed to Sarnath, located eight km from Varanasi. It is famous as the place where the Buddha first preached his message after attaining nirvana. Visit the Dhamek Stupa… it marks the spot where the Buddha proclaimed his faith in front of his first five followers. The earliest and most important relic is found here is the Ashoka pillar, erected in 250 BC. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Varanasi.
After breakfast, proceed to Varanasi airport to board the flight for onward destination. End of service.
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