Spiritual and Heritage Discovery Tour to Varanasi and Agra
Package price 1091 per person sharing twin
Product Code : AGORA307
Embark on 4 days spiritual and heritage discovery tour to Varanasi and Agra. Fly to Varanasi the oldest living city in the world & most sought after pilgrimage town for Hindus. Explore ghats & temple in Varanasi Visit Sarnath where Buddha preached his first sermon after enlightenment. Fly to Agra a storybook city that unravels the history of the Moghul empire. Visit Taj Mahal - a monument of incredible elegance and architectural perfection. Delhi - Varanasi - Agra flight ticket, airport transfers, sightseeing with English guide, entrances to monuments are well included in your package.
Day 1: Delhi - Varanasi (flight)
Pick up from your hotel and transfer to airport to board flight for Varanasi
On arrival at Varanasi airport assistance and transfer to hotel. Evening Ghats’s & temples visit, attend Holy Ganga Aarti. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2; Varanasi
Early morning boat ride & Ghat visit along the Ganges and catch the scene of devotees bathing and praying in the sacred water.
Ghats Of Varanasi - The great well constructed river banks are called Ghats. On these ghats, are located high pavilions, palaces, temples and terraces, which add further charm to the beautiful river bank. The ghats are frequented by the people which include early morning bathers, priests, people practicing meditation and yoga, students and tourists as well. The eternal crematorium is located at Manikarnika Ghat. It is believed that the person, who is creamed at this place, attains salvation from the cycle of birth and death. A very relaxed way to see the ghats and its life in the morning and evening is by a boat.
Breakfast at hotel. City tour of Varanasi visit-
Banaras Hindu University - founded in the year 1916, it has developed into one of the greatest centers of learning in India. The BHU has produced many great freedom fighters and Nation builders. It has immensely contributed to the progress of the nation through a large number of renowned scholars, artists and scientists. Its campus is spread over 1300 acres. It has well maintained roads (crossing each other at right angle), extensive greenery, a temple, an airstrip and buildings, which are an architectural delight.
Bharat Mata Temple - Built by Babu Shiv Prasad Gupt and inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936 the Bhart Mata Temple is a model of undivided India. The temple is located in the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth campus and is amongst the most visited tourist destination of Varanasi. The most striking aspect of Bharat Mata Temple is that instead of gods and goddesses, the temple houses a relief map of undivided India, carved out of marble. The temple is a rare instance of something attributed to nationalism and a tribute to everyone who participated in the making of India.
Tulsi Manas Mandir - one of the most famous temples in Varanasi, is made up of white marble and the beautiful garden adds to its attractiveness. The temple has beautiful images of Lord Rama, Mother Sita, Lakshman and Lord Hanuman. The walls of this temple are adorned with verses from Ramcharitmanas, the Hindi version of the epic Ramayana.
Sarnath - After attaining the Enlightenment at Bodh Gaya, it was here that Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. The great Dhamekh Stupa and several other structures stand testimony to the importance the place enjoyed at that time. The area is a treasure trove of archaeological findings such as Dharmrajika Stupa and Mulgandhkuti Vihar. The smooth glistening pillar established by Emperor Ashoka in 273-232 B.C. marks the foundation of the Buddhist Sangha, and the Lion Capital atop this pillar is now India's National Emblem.
Ram Nagar Fort - Located on the eastern bank of River Ganga, a beautiful place to witness the sunset over the river. It is an 18th-century structure built by Maharaja Balwant Singh and is the ancestral home of Maharaja of Banaras. The fort is built in red sandstone. It houses a temple dedicated to Ved Vyasa, writer of Mahabharata, the great Indian epic. The Fort includes an eccentric museum boasting a royal collection of vintage cars, swords, palanquins, ivory works, an old weaponry section and an extremely unusual astrological clock. The museum houses various religious writings including treasures manuscripts.
Rest time free and easy to relax and visit the ghat once again with your driver. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3; Varanasi – Agra (Flight)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport to board flight for Agra.
On arrival at Agra airport meet with our office executive and transfer to hotel. Later city tour of Agra visit-
Taj Mahal - A marvel on marble built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in commemoration of his favourite wife, Empress Mumtaz Mahal. The grief stricken emperor made all efforts in building the tomb in her memory, which is universally acknowledged as one of the most beautiful creations on earth. The plan of Taj Mahal display strict bilateral symmetry. The central point is the tomb and its four minarets, flanked by a mosque and assembly hall. The Taj is exactly as wide as it is high (55mtrs). A highlight of the monument is the exquisitely carved pietra dura inlaid with semi precious stones. It is a unique man made manifestation of the glorious Mughal age and a wonder of the world.
Agra Fort - A massive red-sandstone fort located on the banks of River Yamuna built by Emperor Akbar in 1565. The fort, semi circular on plan, is surrounded by a 21.4 m high fortification wall. The fort was built primarily as a military structure, later on it was transformed into a palace, it also became a gilded prison for eight years. The fort houses a maze of buildings, including vast underground sections. The Amar Singh Gate is the sole entry point. A path leads straight from here up to the large Moti Masjid. Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Aam, Nagina Masjid, Shish Mahal & Khas Mahal are prime attraction within the fort.
Itimad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb - Built by Nur Jahan, in memory of her father Ghias-ud-Din Beg, who was conferred the title ‘Itimad-ud-Daulah’ meaning ‘Pillar of the Government’. It is the first tomb to be built in white marble instead of red sandstone. It marks the departure from the red sandstone buildings of Mughal architecture.
Rest time to explore the bustling market with your driver and guide. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4; Agra – Delhi (210kms/ 4hrs approx drive)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Taj Mahal if not visited on earlier day.
Drive to Delhi via visiting Mathura and Vrindavan. Just an hour’s drive from Agra, on the banks of the river Yamuna, is situated the birthplace of Lord Krishna. The entire land is dotted with magnificent temples, dedicated to various aspects of his life. The twin cities of Mathura and Vrindavan, where he was born and where he grew up, still resound to the sound of his laughter, antics and his magical flute. Visit-
Dwarkadheesh Temple - Built in 1814 by Seth Gokul Das Parikh is one of the main temples in the heart of the city.
Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple - built around the prison cell where Krishna was born after his parents were imprisoned by his evil uncle, Kansa, King of Mathura. One of the most venerated shrines, the temple complex is located west of Mathura’s old city and thronged by pilgrims’ through-out the year. Inside, visitors will find paintings of scenes from Krishna’s life, idol of Krishna, Balrama and his beloved, Radha, and a stepped water tank.
Iskcon Temple - Also known as Sri Krishna-Balaram Mandir, this temple was built in 1975 on the instructions of Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who is the founder-acharya of ISKCON. The core objective of this temple was to increase awareness about the Vedic scriptures and the Bhagavad Gita.
Prem Mandir - Astounding in elegance, this temple was shaped by Jagadguru shri Kripaluji Maharaj in 2001. Prem Mandir is a newly constructed temple and is the most beautiful in the Brij area.
Continue drive to Delhi and drop off to your hotel or airport.
3 nights/ 4 days accommodation in below mentioned hotels or similar
Daily breakfast at hotel.Pick up and drop off to your hotel
Transport by AC vehicle
Breakfast English speaking guide
Bottled drinking water (2 bottle per person)
Applicable GST (Government taxes)
Hotels used or similar
Varanasi x 2 nights
3* - Meraden Grand/ Amaya Hotel
4* - Rivatas by Ideal/ Palace On Ganges
5* - Radisson Hotel/ Gateway Hotel Taj
Agra x 1 nights
3* - Howard Plaza the Fern/ Atulyaa Taj
4* - Radission Hotel/ Crystal Sarovar Premier
5* - Trident Hotel/ Courtyard by Marriott
Tips to driver & guide
Any other sightseeing not mentioned in the itinerary