A memorable & Breathtaking heritage tour of north India 'Golden Triangle with Holy city Varanasi' as the name suggests, this tour comprises of the shape of a triangle on an Indian map. It is the showcase to the world in a way which would inspire the travelers to visit in search of authentic experiences while motivating the native people to preserve the beautiful and historical culture that we have so inherited. It is the right direction for the travelers to see India in such a beautiful way. The Golden Triangle tour comprises of four major cities of India namely Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Varanasi. The Golden Triangle tour package is the one and only lifetime achievement of the colors of North India to explore three Heritage rural Faces of India -Colorful culture, Heritage Sites, Arts & Activities.
After arriving in Delhi and looking at the historic sights such the Red Fort and Jama Masjid, a scenic drive takes you to Jaipur where you can tour the Amer Fort, Jal Mahal, and Galta (Monkey Temple), and have shopped at the local market in the evening.
You then travel to Agra, has become synonymous with that of the Taj Mahal, a symbol of Emperor Shah Jahan's undying love for his wife. It is situated on the banks of the river Yamuna, and raised on a 313 square foot marble platform. People travel from all over the world to bask in the magnificence of this monument that has defied time and age as it continues to astound all that have the good fortune of watching it in contemplative silence.
Agra to Varanasi by train, Varanasi literally one of the oldest living cities in the world, has origins that are lost in the mists of time. The daily scene of pilgrims doing their devotions in the Bathing Ghats of the River Ganges at sunrise set against the backdrop of the centuries old temples is probably one of the most remarkable sights in the world. At last, you will fly back to Delhi from Varanasi.
After arriving in Delhi, a representative from Luxury Holidays Nepal will pick up from the airport and take to your hotel. At evening, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Delhi and introduce your tour guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trip. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, one passport-size photo, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting. Overnight in Delhi
After breakfast, your sightseeing tour of Delhi starts. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. You will visit the following Sites.
Red Fort: Delhi's most famous monument, the Red Fort, stands as a powerful reminder of the Mughal emperors who ruled India. Its walls, which stretch for over two kilometers (1.2 miles), were built in 1638 to keep out invaders.
Jamia Masjid: Jama Masjid is another marvelous treasure of the Old City, and is the largest mosque in India. Its courtyard can hold an incredible 25,000 devotees. The mosque took 13 years to build, and was completed in 1650.
ChandniChowk: ChandniChowk, the main street of old Delhi, is a shocking contrast to the wide, orderly streets of New Delhi. Cars, cycle rickshaws, hand-pulled carts, pedestrians, and animals all compete for space. It's chaotic, crumbling and congested, but completely captivating as well.
Humayun’s Tomb: If you think Humayun's Tomb looks a bit like the TajMahal in Agra, that's because it was the inspiration for the TajMahal's creation. The tomb was built in 1570, and houses the body of the second Mughal emperor, Humayun.
QutubMinar: QutabMinar, the tallest brick minaret in the world, is an incredible example of early Indo–Islamic architecture. It was built in 1206, but the reason remains a mystery.
Lotus Temple: The Bahai Temple is commonly referred to as the Lotus Temple, as it's shaped like a lotus flower. It's particularly pretty at night, when it's attractively lit up.
India Gate: The towering archway of India Gate in the center of New Delhi is a war memorial, built in memory of the Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army in World War I. At night it glows warmly under floodlights.
Laxmi Narayan Temple: Built in 1938 by the Industrialist G.D. Birla, it is one of the major temples in Delhi and is located near Connought Place. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi and her consort Narayana.
After breakfast proceed to Jaipur, On arrival check in Hotel later start a sightseeing tour of Jaipur. You will visit the following Sites.
City Palace: Situated in the heart of the old City, it occupies about one seventh of the old city area. The palace is a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture; it houses a Seven Storeyed Chandra Mahal in the center, which affords a fine view of the gardens and the city.
JantarMantar: Built in the 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.
HawaMahal: Built in 1799, by Maharaja SawaiPratap 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.
Albert Hall Museum:
Situated in the Ram Niwas Garden. This graceful building was founded in 1876 by Prince Albert (also known as Albert Hall). It has a rare collection of archaeological and handicraft pieces.
Early morning after breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Jaipur. You will visit the following Sites.
Amer Fort: The old capital of the Kachhwahas stands atop a range of craggy hills. The fort is remarkable as much for the majestic grandeur of its surroundings as for its sturdy battlements and beautiful palaces. It is a fine blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The solemn dignity of it red sandstone and white marble pavilions, when reflected in the lake at the foothill, is a sight to behold.
JalMahal: On the way to Amer, this small palace is set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. Renovation around the lake is in progress.
Galta (Monkey Temple): This holy pilgrimage center has a temple dedicated to the Sun God (Which is the only one of its kind in this part of the country) and natural spring.
After breakfast proceed to Agra, on arrival check in Hotel later start a sightseeing tour of Agra. You will visit the following Sites.
Built by Akbar, the Mughal emperor in 1570, the city was a tribute to Sufi Saint. FatehpurSikri is a perfect blend of Indian, Islamic and Persian architecture and it was built using red sandstone. For around 10 years, the city remained the capital of Mughal Empire.
Later proceed to Agra.
After breakfast proceeds to Delhi, on the way you will visit the following Sites.
TajMahal: You cannot think of Agra without thinking of TajMahal. Or, you might not have thought of Agra were it not for the monument of love. TajMahal, the white marble beauty was constructed by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, MumtazMahal.
Agra Fort: You would regret if you miss Agra Fort during your visit to Agra. The 16th century monument is yet another proof of the architectural brilliance of Mughals. This is situated near the gardens of the world famous TajMahal. Called the Red Fort of Agra, you will be awe inspired by the powerful fortress.
India’s first tomb to be made completely out of marble, Itmad-Ud-Daulah signals the beginning of a new era in Mughal architecture. Until then, it was buildings of red sandstone. It was constructed during Jahangir’s period.
Evening transfer to Train station for Train to Varanasi.
Early Morning on arrival Varanasi Train Station meet and greet our representative later transfer to Hotel. In the afternoon you will visit the following Sites.
Annapoorna Devi Temple: Annapurna or Annapoorna is the Hindu Goddess of nourishment. Anna means food and grains. Purna means full, complete and perfect. She is a form of Parvati, the consort of Shiva.
AssiGhat: AsiGhat, the Ghat located at the confluence of Assi River and the holy Ganges, is the southernmost Ghat in Kashi. The Ghat is renowned for a spectacular and large Shiva Lingam placed under a Peepal Tree.
DashaswamedhGhat: DashaswamedhGhat, a much acclaimed religious spot, is a very favorite among the Hindu devotees and is considered as the main Ghat. It is believed that Lord Brahma performed his victorious Dasa_Ashwamedha (ten-horses) sacrifice in this spot.
KashiVishwanathTemple: KashiVishwanath Temple is one of the most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located in Benaras, the Holiest Place of Hindus (and center of earth in Hindu Cosmology) where at least once in life a Hindu is expected to do pilgrimage.
Evening visit Ganga Aarti.
After breakfast, your sightseeing tour of Varanasi starts. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. You will visit the following Sites.
Sarnath: Sarnath is the main place to visit while on tour around Varanasi. A much sacred pilgrimage and tourist spot in country.
Sarnath Buddhist Temple: There are a number of twentieth century Buddhist temples in Sarnath. Many of these Buddhist temples at Sarnath are built and maintained by monks from Tibet, China and Japan, but the main Buddhist temple is the MulagandhakutiVihar.
Sarnath has yielded a rich collection of sculptures, artifacts and edifices comprising numerous Buddha and Bodhisattva images and other ancient remains. To house all the findings and excavations at Sarnath, the Archaeological Survey of India established a site Museum at Sarnath.
Pillars of Ashoka:
The pillars of Ashoka are a series of columns dispersed throughout the northern Indian subcontinent, erected, or at least inscribed by the Mauryan king Ashoka during his reign in the 3rd century BCE.
Evening free visit Local Markets and small temples.
Day is free for personal activities. In the morning after breakfast transfer to Airport for a flight to Delhi. On arrival meet and greet later transfer to Hotel.
After breakfast, our representatives will escort you to the Airport as per your flight time.
After the wonderful opportunity to organize this tour for you we wish you a safe and happy journey ahead.
We took part in the tour around India with Luxury Holidays. It is highly recommended! The trip took us all the places we would expect and it crossed my mind that if we have tried to do this by ourselves, it would have taken forever to figure out where we wanted to go and even longer to actually get there.
The Luxury Holidays tour made it easy for us and also made sure we got to see most aspects of life India, whether plowing through the crowds in Old Delhi, wandering through the local townships - cows and all - on the way to the Ganges, or the sights of the Taj and the massive Amber Fort complex ,etc etc
Our guide Ibrahim was excellent - understated but full of knowledge and prepared to go the extra mile to help us. The driver and driver's assistant Lovely and Happy (I kid you not!) were also extraordinarily helpful and really helped make the trip. Would I use Luxury Holidays Nepal again? Absolutely!
We returned last week from a 19 day tour of India and Nepal. Our experiences with Luxury Holidays Nepal were all extremely positive. Everything was incredibly well organized and the guides were first class and very adaptable. Special thanks to Tanveer who was with us for the India part of the itinerary. He was amazingly kind and helpful and always made sure everyone was looked after especially when plans were changed e, the train to Varanasi arrived five hours late and then took four hours longer than it should have, so instead of arriving for breakfast Tanveer had to organize lunch for us at a restaurant close to the hotel. He kept everyone’s spirits up with his wonderful sense of humor! Our guide in Nepal, Pankaj was also wonderful...... friendly, helpful and well organized. And very encouraging when we encountered difficult sections of the trek. The porters Kiran, Rajan and Suresh were also very pleasant and helpful. All in all it was a wonderful holiday and we learnt so much about both countries. Thanks you LHN team!Published: Sunday, May 13, 2018
Such a wonderful experience! The tour guides were amazing and very helpful with information. The accommodation was excellent, clean and comfortable. The places we visited were spectacular! Definitely would recommend this trip to people of all ages. I'm 22 and completed this tour with couples between the ages of 60-80. Loads of fun.Published: Sunday, April 15, 2018
I recently returned from a 10 day tour of India's Golden Triangle, taking in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Varanasi. If you made a list of everything you wanted to see in these cities, well this tour hits them all! Forts, palaces, food, The Taj, The Ganges, tuk-tuks, an overnight sleeper train, history, culture, architecture, religion.... It really had it all.
Accommodation throughout the tour was fine. The Delhi accommodation was excellent, the Jaipur accommodation could have been better and Agra and Varanasi were fine. Our van was comfortable, our drivers very good at their job and navigating around all the motorbikes and cows and the tour guides in each city were great.
Luckily the group of people we travelled with being amazing. This was my first group tour and it really changed my mind on what I did think of group tours.
The only other thing that made this tour what it was was our guide, Ibrahim. What an incredible young man and one that all the ladies wanted to adopt and take home as their son. He was endearing, funny, informative and made sure we had no questions left unanswered.
I can't wait to return with this company again in November to trek Everest
Thank you Luxury Holidays Nepal and a huge thank you Ibrahim!
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When the Moghul Empire invaded during the sixteenth century, they left a significant mark on the Indian cuisine, according to the Texas A&M University. Indian cuisine is also influenced by many other countries. It is known for its large assortment of dishes and its liberal use of herbs and spices. Cooking styles vary from region to region.
Wheat, Basmati rice and pulses with Chana (Bengal gram) are important staples of the Indian diet. The food is rich with curries and spices, including ginger, coriander, cardamom, turmeric, dried hot peppers, and cinnamon, among others. Chutneys — thick condiments and spreads made from assorted fruits and vegetables such as tamarind and tomatoes and mint, cilantro and other herbs — are used generously in Indian cooking.
Many Hindus are vegetarians, but lamb and chicken are common in main dishes for non-vegetarians. The Guardian reports that between 20 percent and 40 percent of India's population is vegetarian.
Much of Indian food is eaten with fingers or bread used as utensils. There is a wide array of bread served with meals, including naan, a leavened, oven-baked flatbread, and bhatoora, a fried, fluffy flatbread common in North India and eaten with chickpea curry.
3. Transportation on Journey:
Luxury Holidays will provide a private luxury vehicle for sightseeing and airport transferal. AC Train for Agra to Varanasi and Flight for Varanasi to Delhi.
4. Group Leader during the journey:
Luxury Holidays will facilitate you with the trained traveling guide in your group. The most significant thing that makes this tour enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful leader(s) and crew members. Our trip will be led by only the best and most professional leaders. All of Luxury Holidays leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Luxury Holidays only employ local staffs who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local regions.
5. Payment of the Due Balance:
The rest amount of your trip can be paid in our office after your arrival or via online payment before your arrival (Online payment). If you choose to settle your holiday balance by credit card a handling charge of 4% on the outstanding balance is made. There is no handling charge for payment by bank transfer.
6. India Travel Group Size:
Luxury Holidays don’t require a minimum and maximum size of the group for any private tours to India. If travelers like to travel in India with friends, families, colleagues are welcome to choose any tour packages at your convenient time frame. We will be happy to organize a small group like-minded people to give them an unforgettable experience and opportunity to interact with each other in a fun-filled environment. Generally, there will be several separate groups. Each group will have a maximum of 20 people with its own experienced English speaking guide.
7. People in each room:
There will be two people accommodated in each room during the tour. If you prefer private accommodation, you'll find the option for "single supplement".
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If you don't have a regular travel agent then you can check for international flight options at one of these sites.
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They usually have good offers.
Indian clothing is closely identified with the colorful silk saris worn by many of the country’s women. The traditional clothing for men is the dhoti, an unstitched piece of cloth that is tied around the waist and legs. Men also wear a kurta, a loose shirt that is worn about knee-length. For special occasions, men wear a sherwani, which is a long coat that is buttoned up to the collar and down to the knees. The Nehru jacket is a shorter version of a sherwani.
India is situated in Southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and Pakistan.
The climate in India varies from a tropical monsoon climate in the south to a temperate climate in the north. If you are thinking of Visiting Delhi (the capital of India) then best to visit it in October, November, February and March. That's when the nights are cool and the days are filled with a little sunshine. May, June and July are very hot with temperatures over 45 degrees (113 Fahrenheit). It is a dry heat and is sometimes accompanied by dusty desert winds. Most of the rain falls between July and September but they are not the tropical rains you'll experience in India's coastal cities.
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