Spiritual and Heritage Discovery Tour to Varanasi and Agra
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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 & transfer to hotel. Evening attend Holy Ganga Aarti, a magical ritual held every evening at sunset on the banks of the Holy Ganges. The entire Ghat gets illuminated with a divine light that can be felt strongly. The magnificent ritual involves huge brass lamps lit with oil and the priests chant the holy mantras that reverberate in the entire location. 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 in Varanasi are riverfront steps leading to the banks of the River Ganges. The city has 88 ghats, most of the ghats are bathing and puja ceremony ghats, while two ghats are used exclusively as cremation sites. The ghats are frequented by the people which include early morning bathers, priests, people practicing meditation and yoga, students and tourists as well.
Breakfast at hotel, city tour visit Banaras Hindu University. With 5.3 sq kms campus and 30, 000 residing students it is the largest residential university in the continent. Bharat Mata Temple built in 1936 houses a relief map of undivided India, carved out of marble. Tulsi Manas Mandir one of the most famous temples in Varanasi. The temple has beautiful images of Lord Rama, Mother Sita, Lakshman and Lord Hanuman. The walls of temple are adorned with verses from Ramcharitmanas, the Hindi version of the epic Ramayana. Continue to Sarnath, it was here Lord Buddha preached his first sermon after attaining the Enlightenment at Bodh Gaya. The great Dhamekh Stupa and glistening pillar established by Emperor Ashoka in 273-232 B.C. stand testimony to the importance the place enjoyed at that time. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Varanasi - Agra
Breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport to board flight for Agra.
On arrival at Agra airport assistance & transfer to hotel. Later visit Taj Mahal an ivory-white marble mausoleum commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal, it also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan himself. Agra Fort the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638. And Itmad-ud-Daula Tomb commissioned by Nur Jahan for her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Agra - Mathura - Vrindavan - Delhi (210kms drive)
Drive to Delhi via visiting Mathura and Vrindavan the birthplace of Lord Krishna.
In Mathura visit Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple built around the prison cell in which Lord Krishna`s parents, Mata Devaki and Vasudeva were imprisoned by his evil uncle Kansa. The temple is of great significance for the Hindus as it is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna. The Dwarkadhish Temple, built in 1814 famous for its elaborate architecture and paintings. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, depicted in a black marble idol. An array of beautiful ceiling paintings showcasing the various aspects of the Lord`s life and the beautiful Rajasthani architectural designs and carving makes the complex look even more magnanimous.
Next proceed to Vrindavan where Lord Krishna is said to have spent his childhood. Visit Shri Bankey Bihari Temple, one of the most revered shrines of Thakur of Vrindavan adorned with arched windows and meticulous stonework. Radha Vallabh Temple, one of the seven temples of Thakur of Vrindavan. Built in 1585, using red sandstones, the wall of the temple is 10 feet thick and are pierced in 2 stages. This temple is the epitome of the sacred and divine love of Radha and Krishna, displayed in the rarest form Ras-bhakti. Enshrined by Lord Krishna, the temple does not have a deity of Radha. Instead, it has a crown placed next to Lord Krishna to signify her presence. Prem Mandir, made out of white marble and adorned with very intricate carvings, the temple is famous for its architectural beauty.
Continue drive to Delhi and drop off to your hotel or airport.
Assistance on arrival at airport.
3 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels.
Daily breakfast at hotels. Any other meal (lunch/ dinner) if clearly mentioned in the itinerary).
Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
Bottled drinking water in car.
Hotels used or similar for 3 nights accommodation
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
Delhi - Varanasi - Agra flight fare approx INR 10, 500 per person in economy class.
Camera charges at monuments.
Meals other than mentioned in day plan.
Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
Gratuities & optional activities.
Anything not mentioned in inclusions.