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Grand Golden Triangle

Destination Covered:

Delhi – Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur – Delhi
Duration: 5 Nights & 6 Days

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1| Arrive New Delhi

Arrive at the New Delhi International airport. Our representative will assist you in getting transferred to your pre booked hotel at extra. Check in, and relax for the day. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 2| New Delhi (Sightseeing Tour)

After breakfast, get ready for the city tour of New Delhi as well as Old Delhi. Visit Qutub Minar raised by Qutub- u- din in 1199 either as a victory tower or as a minaret to the adjacent mosque; Lotus Temple completed in 1986, the Bahai temple set amidst pools and gardens, and adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate silently according to their own religion; India Gate built as a memorial to commemorate the 70,000 India soldiers killed in World War I, India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and completed in 1931; the mughals brought with them a love for gardens, fountains and water, the first mature example of Mughal architecture in India, Humayun’s Tomb was built by the emperor’s grieving widow, Haji Begum, in 1565 AD; Jama Masjidone of the Architectural gift given by Shah Jahan, Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques not only in Delhi but in India. Completed in 1658 this Mosque has three gateways, four angle towers and two 40 m high minarets. And in the evening enjoy the sound and light show at Red Fort was made in 1639, when Shah Jahan decided to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi. Built in Red Sand stone this imposing fort is 3 kms in perimeter with the height of the wall varying from 18 to 30 meters at places. Return back to the hotel and stay overnight.

Day 3| New Delhi – Agra (Transfer by Road)

After breakfast, check out and get driven to Agra. Reach Agra and check in the hotel. Later, visit Red Fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar in 1565, and additions were made up until the time of his grandson, Shah Jahan. It contains the hall of public and private audiences amongst many other beautiful structures; Itmad-ud-daulah, which was constructed by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628 and is very similar to the tomb she constructed for her husband, Jehangir, near Lahore in Pakistan. In the evening witness the magnificent beauty of the Taj Mahal during the sunset. Return and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 4| Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur (Transfer by Road)

After breakfast, check out and get driven to Jaipur, the Pink City, founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the ruler of Amber. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, also known as the “Ghost City”. Its gate, Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world is the main attraction of the town. Fatehpur Sikri built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, was the old capital of the Moghuls, which was abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal & other Palaces which are still preserved in its original glory. Reach Jaipur and relax in your pre-booked hotel. In the evening enjoy the cultural performances and dinner at Chokhi Dhani. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 5| Jaipur (Sightseeing Tour)

After breakfast, get ready to explore the beautiful architecture of Amer Fort which used to be the capital of the Kachhwaha clan, till Jaipur was made the official capital in 1727, Jal Mahal on the way to Amer, this small palace is set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake andHawa Mahal built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, is the most recognizable monument of Jaipur. The 5 storied stunning semi-octagonal monument having 152 windows with over hanging latticed balconies is a fine piece of Rajput architecture. Followed by City Palace a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, it houses a Seven storeyed Chandra Mahal in the centre, which affords a fine view of the gardens and the city, Jantar Mantarbuilt in 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the huge masonary instruments were used to study the movement of constellations and stars in the sky and Birla Temple. Return and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 6| Jaipur – New Delhi (Tour Ends…)

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and get driven to the New Delhi airport for boarding flight to your onward destination. Services from HNK Travel Solutions end here.

Golden Triangle with Varanasi

Destination Covered:

Delhi – Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Varanasi – Delhi
Duration: 9 Nights/ 10 Days

Day 1| Arrive New Delhi

Arrive at the New Delhi International airport. Our representative will assist you in getting transferred to your pre booked hotel at extra. Check in, and relax for the day. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 2| New Delhi (Sightseeing Tour)

After breakfast, get ready for the city tour of New Delhi as well as Old Delhi. Visit Qutub Minar raised by Qutub- u- din in 1199 either as a victory tower or as a minaret to the adjacent mosque; Lotus Temple completed in 1986, the Bahai temple set amidst pools and gardens, and adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate silently according to their own religion; India Gate built as a memorial to commemorate the 70,000 India soldiers killed in World War I, India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and completed in 1931; the mughals brought with them a love for gardens, fountains and water, the first mature example of Mughal architecture in India, Humayun’s Tomb was built by the emperor’s grieving widow, Haji Begum, in 1565 AD; Jama Masjid one of the Architectural gift given by Shah Jahan, Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques not only in Delhi but in India. Completed in 1658 this Mosque has three gateways, four angle towers and two 40 m high minarets. And in the evening enjoy the sound and light show at Red Fort was made in 1639, when Shah Jahan decided to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi. Built in Red Sand stone this imposing fort is 3 kms in perimeter with the height of the wall varying from 18 to 30 meters at places. Return back to the hotel and stay overnight.

Day 3| New Delhi – Jaipur ( Transfer by Road)

After breakfast, check out and get driven to Jaipur, the Pink City, founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the ruler of Amber. Reach Jaipur and check in the hotel. Relax for a while and in the evening enjoy shopping at the local markets of Jaipur- the perfect place to shop for Handicrafts, antiques, jewelry, gems, pottery, carpets, textiles, metalwork and leatherware. Return and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4| Jaipur (Sightseeing Tour)

After breakfast, get ready to explore the beautiful architecture of Amer Fort which used to be the capital of the Kachhwaha clan, till Jaipur was made the official capital in 1727, Jal Mahal on the way to Amer, this small palace is set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake and Hawa Mahal built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, is the most recognizable monument of Jaipur. The 5 storied stunning semi-octagonal monument having 152 windows with over hanging latticed balconies is a fine piece of Rajput architecture. Followed by City Palace a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, it houses a Seven storeyed Chandra Mahal in the centre, which affords a fine view of the gardens and the city, Jantar Mantar built in 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the huge masonary instruments were used to study the movement of constellations and stars in the sky and Birla Temple. Return and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 5| Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra (Transfer by Road)

After breakfast check out and get driven to Agra. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, also known as the “Ghost City”. Its gate, Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world is the main attraction of the town. Fatehpur Sikri built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, was the old capital of the Moghuls, which was abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal & other Palaces which are still preserved in its original glory. Reach Agra and relax in the hotel for rest of the day.

Day 6| Agra – Varanasi (Transfer by Overnight Train)

Early morning visit the Taj Mahal to witness the magnificent beauty of the Taj during the sunrise. Return hotel to have breakfast and check out. Visit Red Fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar in 1565, and additions were made up until the time of his grandson, Shah Jahan. It contains the hall of public and private audiences amongst many other beautiful structures; Itmad-ud-daulah, which was constructed by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628 and is very similar to the tomb she constructed for her husband, Jehangir, near Lahore in Pakistan. In the evening get transferred to the railway station to board the overnight train to Varanasi. Stay overnight on board.

Day 7| Varanasi (Sightseeing Tour)

Arrive at Varanasi and our company driver will assist you at the Varanasi railway station. He will then take you straight to the hotel. Reach the hotel and check in. You can keep your luggage and get fresh. The driver will then take you for the half day-guided tour of Varanasi including the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in which is enshrined the Jyotirlinga of Shiva, Vishweshwara or Vishwanatha. Here gravitate the teeming millions of India to seek benediction and spiritual peace by the darshan of this Jyotirlinga which confers liberation from the bondages of maya and the inexorable entanglements of the world; Gyanvapi the faithful believe drinking water from the Gyan Kupor Well leads to a higher spiritual plane, though they are prevented from doing so by both tradition and a strong security screen. The well is said to contain the Shiva lingam that was removed from the previous temple and hidden to protect it from Aurangzeb. Benaras Hindu University long regarded as a centre of learning, Varanasi’s tradition of top-quality education continues today at Benares Hindu University, established in 1916. Later get driven to the Raja Ghat & Munshi Ghat where you can also attend the evening aarti. Return to the hotel in the evening and retire to bed.

Day 8| Varanasi & Excursion to Sarnath

Early in the morning we will drive to Daswamedh Ghat and take a boat ride on the river Ganges to see the various cremation Ghats, which provide an insight into the living traditions of one of the world’s oldest and most important religions. Sunrise on the riverfront, as seen from a boat, can be spiritually uplifting sight. Thereafter, return back to hotel for your breakfast. Later, go on an excursion to Sarnath, one of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world, where Buddha preached his first Sermon in 590 BC. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 9| Varanasi – New Delhi (Transfer by air)

This day check out after breakfast and get driven to the airport to board your flight for Delhi. Reach Delhi and check in the hotel. Evening will be free for leisure and shopping activities.

Day 10| New Delhi (Tour Ends…)

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and get driven to the New Delhi airport for boarding flight to your onward destination. Services from HNK Travel Solutions end here.

Golden Triangle with Rajasthan

Destination Covered:

Delhi – Mandawa – Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur – Pushkar – Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Delhi
Duration: 14 Nights/ 15 Days

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1| Arrive New Delhi

Arrive at the New Delhi International airport. Our representative will assist you in getting transferred to your pre booked hotel at extra. Check in, and relax for the day. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 2| New Delhi (Sightseeing Tour)

After breakfast, get ready for the city tour of New Delhi as well as Old Delhi. Visit Qutub Minar raised by Qutub- u- din in 1199 either as a victory tower or as a minaret to the adjacent mosque; Lotus Temple completed in 1986, the Bahai temple set amidst pools and gardens, and adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate silently according to their own religion; India Gate built as a memorial to commemorate the 70,000 India soldiers killed in World War I, India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and completed in 1931; the mughals brought with them a love for gardens, fountains and water, the first mature example of Mughal architecture in India, Humayun’s Tomb was built by the emperor’s grieving widow, Haji Begum, in 1565 AD; Jama Masjid one of the Architectural gift given by Shah Jahan, Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques not only in Delhi but in India. Completed in 1658 this Mosque has three gateways, four angle towers and two 40 m high minarets. And in the evening enjoy the sound and light show at Red Fort was made in 1639, when Shah Jahan decided to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi. Built in Red Sand stone this imposing fort is 3 kms in perimeter with the height of the wall varying from 18 to 30 meters at places. Return back to the hotel and stay overnight.

Day 3| New Delhi – Mandawa (Transfer by Road)

This morning after breakfast you will be driven to Mandawa. Mandawa is known for its fort and havelis. The City of Mandawa was made a thikana in the mid of 18th century by the Bhojraj Ji Kasubsub clan of Shekhawat Rajputs. About the origin of this town there have been earlier references to Mandu Jat as founder of the Mandawa village. He first established a dhani (hamlet) and dug a well here, which was completed on savan badi 5 samvat 1797 (1740 AD) (source – Shekhawati Bodh, Mandawa special issue, July 2005). Initially this place was known as ‘Mandu ki dhani’, ‘Mandu ka bas’ or ‘Manduwas’ which changed to ‘Manduwa’, ‘Mandwa’ and finally ‘Mandawa’. Enjoy the sightseeing of the plac and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 4| Mandawa – Bikaner  (Transfer by Road)

Check out of the hotel after breakfast and get driven to Bikaner, the desert city of Rajasthan famous for its picturesque golden sand dunes, striking red sandstone forts, stunning Palaces and Havelis and certainly its camel safaris. Later on visit the awesome 15th century, Junagarh Fort, the one fort said to have never been captured. Also see houses with red sandstone and marble palaces like Anup Mahal, Ganga Niwas and Rang Mahal, a royal temple called Har Mandir, Museum and the beautiful Lalgarh Palace which was built between 1902 and 1926 according to Rajput, Mughal and European architectural styles. The building was commissioned by Maharaja Ganga Singh (1881 – 1942) in memory of his father Maharaja Lall Singh and was designed by the British architect, Sir Swinton Jacob.

Karni Mata Mandir (Rat Temple) was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the early 20th century in the late Mughal style. The story goes that Karni Mata once tried to restore the dead child of a storyteller back to life but failed because Yama, the god of death, had already accepted his soul and re-incarnated him in human form. Karni Mata, famed for her legendary temper, was so inflamed by her failure that she announced that no one from her tribe would fall into Yama’s hands again. Instead, when they died, all of them would temporarily inhabit the body of a rat before being reborn into the tribe. Therefore, the rats are considered to be incarnations of storytellers and are much revered. The image below shows the special holes around the courtyard that facilitate the rats’ movements throughout the temple. It is said that if you spot a white rat, you will have good luck. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 5| Bikaner – Jaisalmer (Transfer by Road)

After breakfast, get driven to Jaisalmer, situated amid picturesque Thar Desert, the Jaisalmer city commands premiere position among the tourist attractions scattered all over the desert land of Rajasthan. Like various other cities of Rajasthan, you will discover different facets of Jaisalmer as you explore this wonderful city with us. Tough there are historical monuments scattered all over the city but the Jaisalmer Fort will immediately command your attention. Made of sand stones and locally known as Sonar Quila, the Jaisalmer Fort is a dominating structure amidst sands. The Jaisalmer city is also known for its old mansions, better known as Havelis. Among many of them you will find Salim ji ki haveli and Nathmal ji ki haveli as the most striking. There are other monuments too, which are equally important because of their distinct and individual architecture. The amalgamation of ancient and the medieval era architecture will catch your fancy. The Jaisalmer city is a prominent educational as well as cultural hub in the region and regularly showcases the vivid cultural aspects of Rajasthan. Among others, it includes folk dances as well as semi classical and folk music. The city is easily accessible and people are warm and welcoming. In spite of harsh living conditions, Rajasthani people are known for their warm hospitality all over. So come to Jaisalmer and enjoy the traditional rhetoric of ‘padharo mahare desh’ (welcome to our lands). Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 6| Jasialmer (Sightseeing Tour)

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the sightseeing of the city. You can see Havelis withconvoluted designs and latticed windows such as Patwaon-ki-haveli, an interesting piece of Architecture and is the most important among the havelis in Jaisalmer. This is precisely because of two things, first that it was the first haveli erected in Jaisalmer and second, that it is not a single haveli but a cluster of 5 small havelis. The first among these havelis was commissioned and constructed in the year 1805 by Guman Chand Patwa and is the biggest and the most ostentatious. It is believed that Patwa was a rich man and was a renowned trader of his time. The Gadsisar Lake, which seems beautiful at sunset. Just leave the madding crowd behind and venture towards the outskirts and you will find yourself next to the famous Gadsisar Lake. Contrary to the popular belief, it is not an oasis but a water conservation tank made around 1400 A.D. by the then maharaja of Jaisalmer, Maharwal Gadsi Singh. Can you believe this structure just outside the city walls once acted as a reservoir that controlled the entire supply of water to the arid city! Return after the sightseeing and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 7| Jaisalmer – Jodhpur (Transfer by Road)

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Jodhpur, also known as Sun City. Reach there and check in at the hotel the go on an excursion to Mandore Gardens, which was once the capital of princely state of Marwar. The highlights here are the royal cenotaphs and the hall of local war heroes here along with the exotic spice market. Later on visit the gorgeous Umaid Bhawan Palace, which still serves as the residence of the royal family of Jodhpur in part and Mehrangarh Fort. Come back to the hotel and stay overnight.

Day 8| Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur (Transfer by Road)

Early morning get driven to Udaipur, known as the Venice of the east. It is also called the city of lakes. En-route visit Ranakpur Jain Temples, 90km north of Udaipur, is considered to be one of the five holiest places of the Jains. The Ranakpur Jain Temple was built during the reign of the liberal and gifted Rajput monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century, in the AD 1439. The main shrine known as Chaumukha temple (four faced temple) is dedicated to Adinath, the first Jaina Tirthankar (the ford maker), whose four-faced image is enshrined in the sanctum sanctorum. Other temples are dedicated to Parshvanath and Neminath. Also in the compound is a contemporary Hindu temple dedicated to Surya, the Sun god. Reach Udaipur and stay overnight at hotel.

Day 9| Udaipur (Sightseeing Tour)

After breakfast get ready to explore the culture & places here in Udaipur. Go for a tour visiting Lake Palace or Jag Niwas one of the most beautiful palace of the world, the mere sight is mesmerizing as this white wonder arises out of the turquoise waters of lake Pichola. Built in 1746, by Maharana Jagat Singh II on the island of Jag Niwas, as a summer resort,City Palace Museum one of the architectural marvels of Rajasthan, located peacefully on the banks of Lake Pichola, City Palace A conglomeration of buildings created by various maharajas, it almost manages to retain a uniformity of design, Fateh Prakash Palace, Jag Mandir Palace, Crystal Gallery, Saheliyon Ki Badi, etc. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 10| Udaipur – Pushkar (Transfer by Road)

After breakfast, check out and get driven to Pushkar. Reach there and check in the hotel. Later on visit the famous Brahma temple, an important pilgrim centre for the Hindus. It is nestled in the Pushkar valley which lies beyond Nagaparvat and the Anasagar Lake. This place, full of natural beauty, holds a special place in the hearts of Indian for it is believed that Lord Brahma, together with all the gods and goddesses, performed a Yagya here. Legends also have it that the ancient lake Sarovar had appeared miraculously, when a lotus fell from the hands of Lord Brahma and dropped into this valley. Brahma Temple The most famous temple in Pushkar, this is the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma (the creator of the universe according to Hindu mythology) in the entire country. Evening attend the Aarti at the temple. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 11| Pushkar – Jaipur (Transfer by Road)

After breakfast, check out and get driven to Jaipur, the Pink City, founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the ruler of Amber. Reach Jaipur and check in the hotel. Relax for a while and in the evening enjoy shopping at the local markets of Jaipur- the perfect place to shop for Handicrafts, antiques, jewelry, gems, pottery, carpets, textiles, metalwork and leatherware. Return and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 12| Jaipur (Sightseeing Tour)

After breakfast, get ready to explore the beautiful architecture of Amer Fort which used to be the capital of the Kachhwaha clan, till Jaipur was made the official capital in 1727, Jal Mahal on the way to Amer, this small palace is set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake andHawa Mahal built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, is the most recognizable monument of Jaipur. The 5 storied stunning semi-octagonal monument having 152 windows with over hanging latticed balconies is a fine piece of Rajput architecture. Followed by City Palace a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, it houses a Seven storeyed Chandra Mahal in the centre, which affords a fine view of the gardens and the city, Jantar Mantarbuilt in 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the huge masonary instruments were used to study the movement of constellations and stars in the sky and Birla Temple. In the evening enjoy the cultural performances and dinner at Chokhi Dhani. Return and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 13| Jaipur – Fatehpur SIkri- Agra (Transfer by Road)

After breakfast check out and get driven to Agra. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, also known as the “Ghost City”. Its gate, Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world is the main attraction of the town. Fatehpur Sikri built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, was the old capital of the Moghuls, which was abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal & other Palaces which are still preserved in its original glory. Reach Agra and relax in the hotel for rest of the day.

Day 14| Agra – Delhi (Transfer by Road)

Early morning visit the Taj Mahal to witness the magnificent beauty of the Taj during the sunrise. Return hotel to have breakfast and check out. Before you get driven to Delhi, visitRed Fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar in 1565, and additions were made up until the time of his grandson, Shah Jahan. It contains the hall of public and private audiences amongst many other beautiful structures; Itmad-ud-daulah, which was constructed by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628 and is very similar to the tomb she constructed for her husband, Jehangir, near Lahore in Pakistan. Get driven to Delhi and on reaching Delhi get transferred to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 15| Delhi (Tour Ends…)

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and get driven to the Delhi airport for boarding flight to your onward destination. Services from HNK Travel Solutions end here.

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