9-Day Best of India with Varanasi
Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
- Marvel at the fabulous Taj Mahal in the sunrise
- Watch the Aarti Ceremony by the Ganges River
- Glance at Old Delhi and visit the Amber Fort
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- Day 1
Our local representative will meet you and pick you up from the airport of Delhi to your hotel. A terse introduction about your India tour will be presented to you. After checking in, you can spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
- Day 2
After breakfast, your guide will take you to visit the Jama Masjid, the largest and most well-known mosque in India. Take a rickshaw through the Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi.
Drive by the Red Fort on the way back to New Delhi for the Qutub Minar, counted as the highest brick tower in the world. Move to the Raj Ghat and the Humayun's Tomb afterward. Later, you will drive past the following city landmarks: the India Gate, President’s House, Parliament House and Government Secretariat Buildings. Today’s last stop will be the Laxmi Narayan Temple.
- Day 3
A flight will take you to the holy city of Varanasi. Upon arrival, our local representative will escort you to the hotel for check-in. This evening, you will witness the Aarti Ceremony holding on the banks of the Ganges River. An Aarti is a devotional ritual using fire as an offering. And you will see many small diyas with candles and flowers floating down the Ganges River.
- Day 4
Get up a bit earlier for a boat ride on the Ganges River. You will see the Hindus bathing by the river in the sunrise, which is considered to be the most sacred thing in their life.
Return to the hotel for breakfast. Later, start for the Banaras Hindu University, the Golden Temple, and the Bharat Mata Temple. In the afternoon, head to the Deer Park in Sarnath, where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dhamma. Visit the Sarnath Museum afterward (closed on Fridays).
- Day 5
Enjoy a morning transfer to the airport for your flight back to Delhi. As soon as you arrive at Delhi airport, be picked up and drive about 4.5 hours to Agra. After hotel check-in, the rest of the day is for your own relaxation.
- Day 6
Start for the splendid Taj Mahal in the early morning to avoid the crowded and the high temperature. The white marble mausoleum was designated a World Heritage Site in 1983 and looks nearly as immaculate. Today, you will get close to it and catch a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse of what is widely considered the most beautiful building in the world.
Get back to the hotel for breakfast. Have a refreshment before stepping out in the afternoon, and you will visit the Agra Fort and then appreciate the beautiful Taj Mahal from a different angle at Mehtab Bagh (moonlight garden).
- Day 7
Today, drive to Jaipur. On the road, stop to visit the Fatehpur Sikri, a Moghul architectural ensemble that has been influential on the evolution of town planning. Followed by a tour of the 20-meter-deep Abhaneri Step Well with 13 levels (without guide service). Once you arrive in Jaipur, check in and relax the rest of the day at leisure.
- Day 8
Explore the magnificent Amber Fort with a jeep ride climbing to the entrance on the hillside from its foot. The fort features a fusion of Hindu and Muslim architectural styles. You will also visit the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) inside the fort.
After that, drive back to the downtown and visit the City Palace as well as the Jantar Mantar, which is a collection of oversized astronomy instruments. Pass by the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) where you can ask for a stopover to take photos, and the business center on the way back to your hotel.
- Day 9
Leave Jaipur for Delhi by private A/C vehicle. After arrival, you will have a shopping chance before setting off to the airport for your return flight.
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- Varanasi Aarti Ceremony
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