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Delhi - Mathura - Agra - Allahabad - Varanasi ( 6 Nights / 7 Days )

Day 01 / Arrival Delhi
Qutab Minar, DelhiArrive at New Delhi International airport. Meet, assist at the airport and transfer to hotel night stay in Delhi.

Day 02 / Delhi
Morning sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi.
This morning you will be taken to visit Old Delhi - Former centre of Mughal Power, Old Delhi offers ancient monuments, narrow streets and bustling bazaars. Visit the vast Red Fort, built in 1648, the Jama Masjid, the greatest mosque in India and completed in 1658 by Shah Jahan who also built the Taj Mahal, and the Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Drive past the stately government buildings of the British Era designed by Lutyens, including the India Gate & the Presidential Palace. Continue onto the beautiful Humayuns tomb of the Mughal era & predecessor of the world famous Taj Mahal.

Afternoon tour of the temples.

Visit to the Laxmi Narayan Temple, popularly known as the Birla Mandir, is a large Hindu temple built in 1938. People of all faiths can enter and worship, but one must walk barefoot into the courtyard and further on.

A visit to the Baha'i Temple situated atop the Kalkaji Hill. This distinctive lotus shaped marvel, surrounded by a landscaped garden, has been dubbed the Taj Mahal of the 21st Century. Also, visit the beautiful Bangla Sahib Gurudwara temple, the most important site of worship for both sikhs and Hindus in Delhi. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 / Delhi - Mathura
Breakfast at the hotel Drive to Mathura (147 kms).
On arrival in Mathura - check into the hotel.
Visit the temple. Mathura is an ancient cultural and religious centre. It is also known as 'Brij Bhoomi' as Krishna, the popular incarnation of Vishnu is believed to have been born in Mathura. Whereas, the surrounding area is closely linked with his childhood. Nearby to Mathura is Vrindavan where Krishna indulged in adolescent pranks like flirting with his gopis 'milkmaids' in the forests and stealing their clothes while they bathed in the river. The famous 'Hare Krishnas' also have their headquaters situated here.
Lunch at the hotel.

Later in the evening return to the Temple for evening aarti.
Overnight at the hotel.

Taj Mahal, AgraDay 04 / Mathura - Agra - Allahabad
Early morning visit the temple for aarti.
Return to hotel for breakfast thereafter drive to Agra (57 kms / 1 ½ hours).

On arrival in Agra directly proceed for sightseeing - visit the Taj Mahal is the mausoleum of Empress Mumtaz Mahal, the beloved spouse of Shah Jahan, who died in 1630. The Taj complex comprises a forecourt, a lofty entrance, a charming formal Mughal garden with canals and a central tank with a series of fountains, the tomb proper, and an attached mosque on the west and its symmetrical counterpart on the east. The Taj is remarkable for its perfect proportion and rich pietra dura, with minute details executed with great skill. The building, often styled "a dream in marble" is said to have taken at least 22 years (1631-1653) to build.

Lunch at the hotel

Visit Red Fort which lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. It was built by Akbar as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.
Transfer to the Railway Station for overnight train to Allahabad.

Day 05 / Allahabad - Varanasi
Arrive Allahabad, meet at railway station and transfer to hotel

Allahabad is known as a holy city as it is the meeting point of India's two most sacred rivers, the Ganges and the Yamuna. This meeting point of the rivers, the Sangam, is believed to have great soul changing powers and is an important pilgrimage site.
Lunch at the hotel afternoon, drive to Varanasi (135 kms/ 4 hrs).
On arrival in Varanasi - check into the hotel.Overnight at the hotel.

VaranasiDay 06 / Varanasi
Early morning drive to Daswamedh Ghat and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges to see the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest and most important religions. Visit some of the many Hindu temples that line the river Ganges. Stroll along the narrow lanes and bazaars full of shops selling, among other things, the world famous Benaras Silks.

Tour of Benaras - as it is also called, is one of the oldest cities of the world and a microcosm of Indian life. Since it was also an ancient center of learning, the Benars Hindu Univesity is worth a visit as are the silver and gold brocade shops, for which Benaras is world famous.

Visit Sarnath - 5 miles out of Varanasi - one of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world, where Buddha preached his first Sermon in 590 B.C. Here you will witness the ruins of a once flourishing Buddhist monastery and then visit a fine Museum which houses an excellent collection of Buddhist art and sculptures found at the site.

Leave for a special evening cruise on the Ganges on candle lit country boats to the accompaniment of musicians. See the Hindu devotees performing the "Puja" with lighted lamps. The view is very mesmerizing and the ambience is spectacular.
Later return to the hotel.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 07 / Varanasi - Delhi - Departure ( By Flight )
Transfer to airport to board the flight for Delhi to connect the onward flight.


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