Delhi - Agra - Lucknow - Varanasi over 11-Days / 10-Nights
From now to 31 March 2021
famous Indian cities, from Delhi’s historic monuments to the beautiful
pink city of Jaipur, this trip will take you through some of the
greatest man-made creations and let you learn about the country’s
colourful history. Explore Agra’s pristine Taj Mahal and bask in
the creations of the Mughal Empire that boast till date of their
glory and grandeur. Visit Varanasi – a place every Hindu devotee
wants to visit once in a lifetime. Experience the rituals performed
on the Ghats (embankments) and learn about the religious practices,
in this city famous for “paan”.
Old and New Delhi grow upon the senses as you visit the Jama Masjid,
Red Fort and the grand Lutyens’s Delhi in the South. Check out the
Sufi Nizamuddin Dargah mausoleum and hear some Quawwali music in
Nizamuddin near India Gate.
Admire the amazing Amber Fort, visit the dazzling City Palace and
behold the romantic Palace of the Winds. Explore the colourful local
market and taste some street food.
Behold the love poem written in stone, or simply, the Taj Mahal
and experience the myriad other charms of this city. Walk through
the old colonial-era precincts of Agra and discover the social and
cultural history of the city.
This multicultural city flourished as a North Indian cultural and
artistic hub, and seat of power during the 18th and 19th centuries
under the Nawabs. Hang out at Hazratgan. Today best known for its
wide variety of street food. Nahari, a dish prepared using mutton.
Savour the famous Tunday Kebab and Prakash Kulfi at Aminabad.
Explore this blindingly colorful, unrelentingly chaotic and unapologetically
indiscreet city, one of the holiest places in the world. Visit the
weavers market to witness the process of weaving and learn how to
produce clothes by hand.
an Accompanying English Speaking Guide
All departures on Saturdays. Custom tours can be arranged.
Guides in all major common languages available. Other destinations
can be added.
Map of Area
(https://goo.gl/maps/3cRteeMHvS8GeGZj8) shows where we
will be going. All routes shown are by road. Longer distances will
be by air. Zoom in and out for change of details.
DAY 1 | ARRIVAL IN DELHI
Arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport where you will be
met and greeted by a Spiritual Journeys representative. He will
escort you to your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a welcome briefing
session with the tour manager. Delhi is a bustling metropolis where
the past and the present merge, and where the Old and the New cities
define the capital’s cultural and architectural heritage. Overnight:
SUNDAY, DAY 2 | IN DELHI
After breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Delhi. Visit
the beautiful historic Jama Masjid – a stupendous architectural
marvel and one of the largest mosques in India. At the end of the
day, enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride in the narrow streets of Old Delhi.
Later, drive past the India Gate (war memorial dedicated to fallen
soldiers), the President's Residence–formerly the Viceroy's Palace,
the Parliament House and the Secretariat Buildings–an interesting
blend of the Victorian and 20th century architecture.
Humayun’s Tomb, one of the earliest examples of Mughal
architecture in India. Recently renovated and restored to its former
splendour, complete with beautiful gardens and fountains, it is
a very attractive site. Architecturally, the mausoleum drew its
inspiration from the styles prevalent in Samarkand, and the design
of the Taj Mahal is based on this tomb. Overnight: Delhi.
MONDAY, DAY 3 | DELHI – JAIPUR (by Road)
After breakfast, depart Delhi by road (6 hrs) to Jaipur, arriving
in the ‘Pink City’, as it is popularly known, in the afternoon.
Check in on arrival with the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight:
TUESDAY, DAY 4 | IN JAIPUR
Early morning excursion to Amber Fort – Located on a spur overlooking
a lake, Amber Fort’s robust, time-ravaged walls appear imposing
from the outside but they hide an interior packed with beautifully
decorated palaces and temples, and landscaped gardens. Be dazzled
by Sheesh Mahal, a room with all the four walls and the ceiling
completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces. Admire the frescoes
of the Ganesh Pol gate and the colonnade of the Diwan-i-Aam.
En route to
Amber Fort, you will have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal–the
Palace of Winds. In the afternoon visit to Maharaja's City Palace,
the former Royal Residence, part of it is converted into a museum.
A private portion of the palace is still used by the Royal Family
Also visit Jantar Mantar, the world famous stone and marble crafted
observatory is still in working condition. Overnight: Jaipur.
DAY 5 | JAIPUR – AGRA (by Road)
After breakfast, drive to Agra (5 hrs). Agra rose to fame in the
17th century as the capital of the Mughal Empire and was beautified
with gardens, waterfalls, bathhouses and canals. Over time, the
city turned into a thriving crafts centre, also famous for marble
inlay work and carpet production. In the afternoon, go out on a
sightseeing tour of Agra, which includes a visit to the awe-inspiring
Taj Mahal. Built in the mid-17th century by the heartbroken Shah
Jahan following the death in childbirth of his queen, Mumtaz Mahal,
this mausoleum is an eternal love poem written in stone. During
the visit, you can admire the intricacy of the work of the 20,000
craftsmen who were brought from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy
to build this astonishing monument. (Closed on Fridays). Overnight:
DAY 6 | AGRA –– LUCKNOW (by Road)
After breakfast drive to Lucknow (4 1/2 hrs), known for its cuisine
and fascinating cultural heritage. Lucknow is one of those few places
that cling on to their original character and refuse to let go even
in the face of the fiercest of the storms of change. Majestic old
monuments all but scream out the tales of an ephemeral yet rich
tangible past. Descendants of royal chefs still serve cuisine prepared
from recipes secretly handed down over generations. The tradition
of Tehzeeb (courtesy) inculcated by the Nawabs (royal retainers)
of the yesteryears often springs forth from the small gestures and
language of the folks living here. Small wonder that all the sights,
smells and sounds of Lucknow connive to become obsessive yet endearing
memories. Overnight: Lucknow.
FRIDAY, DAY 7 | IN LUCKNOW
This morning start with your sightseeing tour of Lucknow- the city
of Nawabs! Located in what was historically known as the Awadh region,
Lucknow has always been a multicultural city. Courtly manners, beautiful
gardens, poetry, music, and fine cuisine patronized by the Persia-influenced
Nawabs of the city characterize the city. Present day Lucknow is
a vibrant city that is witnessing an economic boom and is among
the top ten fastest growing non-major-metropolitan cities of India.
Lucknow and the region around it are also known for a wide variety
of mangoes and delectable melons. Lucknow is also famous for its
small scale industries like the oil based perfumes ittar, kite making,
and unique styles of embroidery, namely Chikan and Lakhnawi Zardosi.
Sightseeing of Lucknow includes visit to the exquisitely decorated
Rumi Darwaza, also known as the Turkish Gate, the magnificent Bara
Immambara, the Husainabad Immambara, and the Asafud-daula Immambara,
which reflect the quintessence of Awadhi architecture. Visit the
Picture Gallery, which houses a collection of life-size oil paintings
of the Nawabs of Oudh and also visit Chattar Manzil, Moti Mahal
and the British Raj Residency, which was the site of Mutiny in 1857.
SATURDAY, DAY 8 | LUCKNOW – VARANASI (by Train)
Early morning transfer to railway station for your 6 1/2 hour train
journey for Varanasi. Evening visit to the Ganges to witness an
Aarti, a traditional Hindu ceremnony
is said to have descended from the Vedic concept of fire rituals.
In the traditional Aarti ceremony, the flower represents the earth
(solidity), the water and accompanying handkerchief correspond with
the water element (liquidity), the lamp or candle represents the
fire component (heat), the peacock fan conveys the precious quality
of air (movement), and the yak-tail fan represents the subtle form
of ether (space). The incense represents a purified state of mind,
and one’s "intelligence" is offered through the adherence
to rules of timing and order of offerings. Thus, one’s entire existence
and all facets of material creation are symbolically offered to
the Lord via the Aarti ceremony. Overnight: Varanasi.
SUNDAY, DAY 9 | IN VARANASI
Depart for the Holy RIver Ganga before sunup for your boat ride.
The ride gives you an unforgettable experience as you see the bathing
and cremation sites. The boat ride takes you till Manikarnika Ghat-
the cremation ghat and back. After boat ride, take a small walking
tour through the narrow lanes of Varanasi passing by Vishwanath
temple- also called The Golden temple because of the gold-plating
on its roof and Durga temple (Non Hindus are not allowed in the
temple). Later, return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast,
excursion to Sarnath, which is 10 km from Varanasi. Buddha
preached his first sermon to five disciples at the Deer Park here,
enshrining the principals of his teaching into laws. The Dhamek
Stupa Marks the location of a once resplendent monastery. A large
complex of ruined monasteries covers the area north of the stupas.
Some of the buildings belong to the Kushan and Gupta period. The
first monk communities probably settled here in the 3rd century
BC. Near the Dhamek Stupa is a new Monastery built by the Buddhist
Mahabodhi Society. The major events of Buddha’s life are depicted
here in wall paintings by a Japanese artist. Sarnath has an interesting
archaeological Museum, which has preserved the famous Sarnath pillar,
whose capital forms India’s national emblem. Overnight: Varanasi.
MONDAY, DAY 10 | VARANASI – DELHI (by Air)
Wak up at leisure for an on-time, transfer to Varanasi airport to
board your flight for Delhi. Meeting and assistance at airport and
transfer to your hotel with no further planned activities. Overnight:
DAY 11 | DEPARTURE DELHI
At the appropriate time, transfer to Delhi International Airport
to board your onward flight.
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and departing together.
till 30 September 2020
October 2020 to 31 March 2021