Uttar Pradesh – Treasure of Indian Culture
Route: Arrival – Delhi – Varanasi – Prayagraj – Ayodhya – Lucknow – Delhi – Agra – Mathura / Vrindavan – Delhi – Departure
Duration: 09 Nights / 10 Days
Old Delhi: Raj Ghat, Jama Mosque, Chandni Chowk, Red Fort.
New Delhi: India Gate, Parliament House, Presidential Palace, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar.
|Varanasi||Morning Boat Ride, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Sankat Mochan Temple, Dashashwamedha Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Sarnath.|
|Prayagraj||Triveni Sangam Ghat, Anand Bhawan, Allahabad Fort.|
|Ayodhya||Ramjanma Bhoomi, Hanumangadhi, Dashrat Mahal, Kanak Mahal,Ram Darbar, Saryu River.|
|Lucknow||Bada Imambara, Chota Imambara, Rumi Darwaza, British Residency|
|Mathura / Vrindavan||Banke Bihari Temple, Prem Mandir, Radha Raman Temple, ISKCON Vrindavan, Govardhan Hill, Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple, Dwarikadish Temple.|
|Agra||Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Fatehpur Sikri.|
Day 1: Arrival (Delhi)
Arrive by International flight, after traditional Indian style ‘Swagat’ (Welcome) by our English-Speaking Representative and Transfer to Hotel. Check-in at hotel.
Delhi: The heart of India, takes pride in being the capital of the country for several dynasties. Delhi’s official name is The National Capital Territory of Delhi. Delhi is a business city. Khari Baoli market of Delhi is the Asia’s largest spice market. Delhi is not only a beautiful name but also a beautiful place to visit and to explore the richness of its heritage.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Delhi
Post breakfast, start your day with private guided city tour of Old Delhi;
Raj Ghat, where the cremation of Mahatma Gandhi had done in 1948. It is left hospitable to the sky while an eternal flame burns perpetually at one end. The site is positioned on the bank of the Yamuna River.
Jama Mosque, with the black and white onion dome and minarets. the largest and best known mosque in India, built in 1656 by Mughal Emperor Shah in the 17th century walled city of Shah Jahanabad, it is the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Its exterior is embellish with red sandstone and white marble
Experience the rickshaw ride with a friendly local guide, who would takes you through the bustling streets for an authentic glimpse of the ‘walled city’ in the heart of Delhi. As you travel by foot and rickshaw, explore Khari Baoli – Asia’s largest Spice Market at Chandni Chowk & admire historical land mark and more…
Post lunch, continue with the private guided city tour of New Delhi;
Drive past, Presidential Palace or Rashtrapati Bhavan, formerly Viceroy’s House) is the official residence of the President of India located at the Western end of Rajpath in New Delhi, India., the Parliament House and the Secretariat building or Central Secretariat – the center of all government activity where the cabinet secretariat is housed. The impressive Rajpath is the national boulevard of India, the India Gate, the High Court Building and the Old Fort.
The India Gate commemorates the Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during World War I. The memorial bears the names of the British and Indian soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919.
Later proceed to Humayun’s Tomb, crowned as the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Nizamuddin East, Delhi, India. The tomb was commissioned by Empress Bega Begum, Humayun’s first wife and chief consort in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas and his son, Sayyid Muhammad, Persian architects chosen by her.
The 13th century Qutub Minar is the highest tower of India constructed by qutub-ud-Din-Aibak to celebrate Muslim supremacy in Delhi after the victory over the Delhi’s Last Hindu ruler. The tower, together with the surrounding archaeological area is included in the list of the UNESCO World Heritage site.
Drive back to the hotel, evening is leisure at your own
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 3: Delhi – Varanasi (By Flight)
Morning post breakfast, proceed to Delhi airport to board the flight for Varanasi: Varanasi also known as Kashi is the oldest living city, is entitled as The Spiritual Capital of India. Being the home to Kashi Vishwanath Temple, one of the twelve Jyotirlinga, Varanasi is famous for its network of Narrow Streets and BHU University.
Upon arrival assisted at the airport by our English Speaking Representative and transfer to hotel. Check –in at the hotel.
Evening is leisure to rest at your own.
Day 4: Varanasi
Start very early morning before the dawn with a private boat ride tour on the holy river Ganga to witness the picturesque scenario of Sunrise triumphantly over the horizon. The sound of conches, temple bells and Sanskrit hymns bestow the unparalleled experience and peace to the mind.
After completing these ceremony, disembark the boat for a short walk through the narrow buzzing lanes of Old City of Varanasi. These narrow passageways and bazaars welcome millions of pilgrims, who came to worship at Kashi Vishwanath Temple, one of the twelve shrines (Jyotirlinga) of Lord Shiva.
Later, drive to the hotel for breakfast. Post breakfast proceed for the City Tour of Varanasi:
Sankat Mochan Temple: One of the oldest temple in Varanasi, Sankat Mochan Temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. It is situated in the southern part of Varanasi on the banks of Assi River. Sankat Mochan means “Reliever from all troubles”. The temple was built by “Goswami Tulsidas” himself and is believed that he wrote Ramcharitmanas on this place.
Durga Temple: Dedicated to Deity Durga is the 18th century temple built by Bengali Maharani. The Temple is a beautiful example of North – Indian style of architecture with multi – tiered Shikara. Next to the temple situated a beautiful attractive pond known as Durga Kund.
Tulsi Manas Temple: Built in 1964, Tulsi Manas Temple is one of the most popular temples in Varanasi. It is dedicated to Lord Rama and has been made more charming by the magnificent landscaping around it.
New Vishwanath Temple (BHU): Situated in the campus of BHU, it is the replica of Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Suggested by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, its foundation was led in 1931. It was constructed by Birla Construction Group and was took 35 years to complete the construction. It is also known as Birla Temple and has the tallest tower in the world with a height of 253 ft.
Post lunch, continue with the half day excursion of Sarnath; a nearby city has an importance in the Buddhist with numerous Stupas, museums, excavated ancient sites and beautiful temples. Gautam Buddha gave his first sermon here after achieving enlightment.
Dhamek Stupa: Constructed by Ashoka the Great in 234 BC, it is a 43.6 Mt high and 28 mt in diameter stupa. It is believed to be the mark where Gautam Buddha delievered his first sermon after enlightment. It was rebuilt in 500 AD.
Ashoka Pillar: A 50 mt high stone pillar constructed bt Ashoka the Great, alongside Dhamek Stupa. The pillar has the inscriptions and carving of different animals. The top of the pillar is adopted as India’s National Emblem by the Indian government.
Dharmarajika Stupa: The ruin is said to be built by Ashoka over the relics of Gautam Buddha in 3rd century BC. It was a small circular structure of diameter 13.5 mt. It was destroyed during 18th century AD.
Rest day is leisure to explore the local market of Varanasi & shop the famous Banarasi Sarees.
In the evening, enjoy the must-see grand ceremony of Ganga Aarti at Dasawamedha Ghat.
The Aarti ceremony – one of the most popular and important rituals of the Hindu faith. Hear temple bells ring out as pilgrims chant and pray before a row of young Brahman priests who wave flaming oil lamps in worship of the Ganges. Watching this scene from the river is unforgettable!
Drive back to hotel to relax.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 5: Varanasi – Ayodhya; En- Route Prayagraj (288 Km / 7 Hrs Approx.)
Morning after early breakfast proceed to Ayodhya. En- route visit Prayagraj; earlier known as Allahabad is the city of offerings and Maha Kumbh Mela. It is also the birthplace for our first Prime Minister “Jawaharlal Nehru”. It got its name Ilahabad (Allahabad) by Mughal emperor Akbar, which means “The Abode of God”.
Once reach visit Prayagraj:
Triveni Sangam Ghat: It is the meeting point of three holy river of India, namely Ganga, Yamuna & Saraswati. Maha Kumbh Mela is hosted in every twelve years, hosting millions of pilgrims and devotees to take the holy bath to get rid from every sins and attained salvation from the reincarnation cycle of life.
Anand Bhawan: Once the resident for Nehru family, which has been now transformed into a museum. It is a two story building designed and built by Pt. Motilal Nehru in the year 1930 when their earlier Mansion –Swaraj Bhawan was transformed into headquater of Indian National Congress at Allahabad.
Allahabad Fort: Built in the year 1583 on the banks of River Yamuna by Mughal emperor Akbar, the fort stands as the unmatchable beauty which boasts intricate design, magnificent construction and exquisite craftsmanship. Within the fort premise tourist can visit Jodhabai Palaca, Ashoka Pillar, Akshay Vat, Saraswati koop, and Patalpuri Temple.
Later continue to drive to Ayodhya; situated at the banks of River Saryu is the birthplace of Lord Rama. It is one of the seven holiest cities of India. According to Atharvaveda, Ayodhya is a city built by gods and its prosperity is compared with the glory and splendor of the paradise.
Upon arrival, check- in at the hotel.
Rest day is at leisure to Relax on your own.
Day 6: Ayodhya – Lucknow (135 Km / 2.5 Hrs Approx.)
Post breakfast, start your day with private guided sightseeing of Ayodhya:
Ramjanma Bhoomi Temple: Marked as the birthplace of Lord Rama, the protagonist of the Ramayana. Here only Lord Rama spent most of his childhood. The original temple was demolished by Mughal Emperor Babur, who constructed Babari Masjid at the same location.
Hanumangadhi: The temple was built by the Nawab of Awadh and is dedicated to the Monkey God Hanuman. It has around 70 step to reach the temple. The temple has shrine of Lord Hanuman in his Mother Anjani’s Laps.
Dashrat Mahal: Situated in the heart of the city and is said to be the place where King Dasaratha, father of Lord Rama resides.
Kanak Mahal: Also known as the house of Gold was built in 1891 by Rani Krishnabhanu Kunwari of Orccha. The inner sanctum has idols of Rama and Sita wearing gold ornaments under a silver canopy. It is said that this palace was gifted by Queen Kaikayi to Goddess Sita on her arrival to Ayodhya after marriage.
Later start driving to Lucknow; The city of Nawabs and Kebabs, Lucknow is the largest city of the state and serves as its administrative capital. The city is well- known for its cultural values and hospitality with a heartwarming saying “Muskuraiyein, kyunki aap Lucknow mein hai” meaning “Please be delight, you are at Lucknow”. This phase not only depicts the hospitality of the city, but also the culture and feeling of belongingness.
Check- in upon arrival. Post lunch proceed for Half day private guided sightseeing of Lucknow:
Bada Imambara: Built in 1784 by Nawab Asaf- Ud- Daula is also known as Asafi Imambara. It is a shrine complex and is the one of the largest buildings in Lucknow. It contains the tomb of the Nawab and a Labyrinth in it.
Chota Imambara: Built in 1838 by Nawab Muhammad Shah Ali serves as the tomb of Nawab and his mother. Right outside the Imambara is a four stories incomplete Sakhanda or Watchtower, which was supposed to be 7 stories.
Rumi Darwaza: Marked as the entrance to the old city of Lucknow, Rumi Darwaza is a massive entrance gateway. It is an astonishing example and display of Awadhi architecture during the reign of Nawabs. It was built in 1784 and also known as ‘Turkish Gate’.
British Residency: Once the resident of British General at Lucknow, was the refuse center for Britisher during the revolt of 1857. It was stormed and destroyed during Seize of Lucknow in the revolt. Now it is one major tourist attractions of Lucknow.
Later drive back to hotel. Rest day is at leisure to Relax at your own.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 7: Lucknow – Delhi (By Flight)
Delhi – Agra (213 Km / 4 Hrs Approx.)
Post breakfast transfer to Lucknow airport to board the flight to Delhi. Upon arrival assisted by our representative at the airport. Post lunch straight drive to Agra; home to three UNESCO World Heritage sites – Taj Mahal, Agra Red Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, it is a popular tourist destination situated at the banks of River Yamuna. Once the capital city of mighty Mughal Empire, Agra is unbeatably one of the most popular Indian destination among the world tourism.
Rest of the day leisure to explore local market and famous inlay marble art work of Agra.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 8: Agra
Start your day early morning with picturesque view of sunrise from Taj Mahal (Friday Closed); the Symbol of Love. The magnificent monument is not just famous in India but is a prominent monument across the world. The Taj Mahal is an immense Mausoleum made by ivory-white Marble. This magnificent Monument has made by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife “Mumtaj Mahal”.
Post breakfast continue the private guided city tour of Agra with Agra Fort; taken over from the Lodhis by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the late 16th century, it was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty. It is an eminent example of Mughal Architecture.
Post lunch, proceed for private guided excursion of Fatehpur Sikri; a ruined ghostly city about 40 km drive from Agra, was once the Pride of Mughal Empire. It was predominantly made of red sandstone and founded by Mughal Emperor “Akbar – The Great” in 1571, who shifted his capital from Agra to Fatehpur Sikri. Jodha Bai’s Palace, Jama Mosque, Buland Darwaza, and Tomb of Salim Chisti among many other famous monuments located in Fatehpur Sikri.
Later drive back to the hotel. Evening is leisure to Relax at your own.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 9: Agra – Delhi; En- route visit Mathura – Vrindavan (236 Km / 5 Hrs Approx.)
Morning after early breakfast, proceed for Delhi. En- route visit Mathura & Vrindavan.
Mathura: One of the seven sacred cities in India, Mathura is the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Along with its neighboring city “Vrindavan”, it witnessed the early life and leelas of Lord Krishna and is famous among the ISKCON followers from every part of the world.
Some of the places to visit at Mathura – Vrindavan are Banke Bihari Temple, Prem Mandir, Radha Raman Temple, ISKCON Vrindavan, Govardhan Hill, Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple, Dwarikadish Temple, Vishram Ghat, and Birla Temple.
Later continue the drive to New Delhi International Airport for onward journey taking back home, the wonderful experience of “Uttar Pradesh – Treasure of Indian Culture” Tour.