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From Delhi: 2-Day Golden Triangle Tour to Agra and Jaipur

1. From Delhi: 2-Day Golden Triangle Tour to Agra and Jaipur

On day 1, travel from New Delhi to Agra by car and enjoy some sightseeing during the day. Begin the trip with a pick-up from the airport, railway station, or your hotel in Delhi. Take a 3-hour drive on the expressway to reach Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal. Upon arrival to Agra, meet the tour guide and proceed to the magnificent monument, the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna River. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. After exploring the Agra Fort, yet another Unesco World Heritage Site. Agra Fort is a historical fort in the city of Agra in India. It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty until 1638 when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. After visiting Agra Fort, you will be driven to Jaipur. On arrival, check into your hotel and stay overnight in Jaipur. On day 2, enjoy sightseeing in Jaipur. Depart in the morning after breakfast, and meet your local guide to visit the Amber Fort. The Amber Fort was the capital of this state a long time ago. En route, enjoy a photo stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of the Winds. Later, visit Jantar Mantar, City Palace Museum, and the apartment housing museums with an array of textiles, costumes, arms, weapons, and paintings. In the end, you will be transferred back to your hotel in New Delhi or another location in the city.

Varanasi: Full-Day Tour of Temples, Sarnath and Aarti

2. Varanasi: Full-Day Tour of Temples, Sarnath and Aarti

Your private tour will start early with 5:00 AM pickup from your hotel. See the morning aarti ceremony as the sun rises, a magical spiritual experience. After this you’ll visit the main temples in Varanasi, including Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Monkey Temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, and Birla Temple. These are famous for their ornate carvings and historical significance.  Continue to Sarnath, a must-see in Varanasi. Your guide will teach you the history of this Buddhist pilgrimage site, as you explore the beautiful ruins of Buddhist monuments. See the incredible Dhamekha Stupa, where Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. Then visit the Sarnath Archeological Museum, the Lion Capital of Ashoka, and at a monastery with beautiful wall paintings.  Head back into town to watch the evening aarti ceremony on the banks of the Ganges. Watch the ceremony, where a supreme priest offers prayers o the holy river with a sacred brass lamp. The ceremony involves lights, cymbals, incense, and people singing hymns and chanting. After an amazing day of sightseeing, you will be dropped safely back at your hotel. 

From Varasani: Private Half Day Tour to Sarnath

3. From Varasani: Private Half Day Tour to Sarnath

Your half day tour of Sarnath will begin at 11.00am, where you will be picked up from your hotel in Varanasi. You will relax in your private chauffeur-driven and air-conditioned car as you head to Sarnath, just 10km outside the town.  Your knowledgeable English-speaking guide will teach you the history of this pilgrimage site, one of the four supreme sites of Buddhism. You will explore the rustic ruins of Buddhist monuments which are deeply associated with important Buddhist teachings. You will witness the incredible 'Dhameka Stupa' where Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. You will also visit 'Chaukhandi Stupa' another major site, before continuing to Sarnath Archeological Museum that displays many fascinating artefacts. This visit would not be complete without seeing the 'Lion Capital of Ashoka', the national emblem of India. Lastly, you will stop by the 'Mulagandhakuti Vihara' where you will find a monastery with beautiful wall paintings. After the tour, you will be driven in the safety and privacy of your own vehicle back to your hotel. 

5-Day Tour of Delhi, Agra, Gwalior, Ochhaa, and Khajuraho

4. 5-Day Tour of Delhi, Agra, Gwalior, Ochhaa, and Khajuraho

Day 01 New Delhi Sightseeing 1 Qutub Minar Begin with pick-up at 8am from your desired place in New Delhi. Take a half-day city tour of Delhi. Visit the 11th Qutub Minar (UNESCO World Heritage Site) - that gives the complex its name is an unmissable, soaring Afghan-style victory tower and minaret, erected by sultan Qutb-ud-din in 1193 to proclaim his supremacy over the vanquished Hindu rulers of Qila Rai Pithora. 2 Humayun's Tomb (Unesco World Heritage site) - is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi. Constructed for the Mughal emperor in the mid-16th century by Haji Begum, Humayun's Persian-born wife, the tomb marries Persian and Mughal elements, with restrained decoration enhancing the architecture. 3 Lotus Temple, 4 India Gate and 6 Rashtrapati Bhavan. Day 2 Agra Sightseeing - Highlight Taj Mahal At Sunrise 1 Taj Mahal. At sunrise visit Taj Mahal (a Unesco World Heritage Site) - widely considered the most beautiful building in the world. Built by Shah Jahan as a memorial for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. The magical allure of the Taj Mahal shall definitely be the highlight of your tour. 2 Agra Fort Afternoon visit Agra Fort (A Unesco World Heritage Site) - is a historical fort along the bank of the Yamuna River in the city of Agra. Walking through courtyard after courtyard of this palatial red-sandstone and marble fortress, your amazement grows as the scale of what was built here begins to sink in. Day 03 Gwalior After breakfast, visit Gwalior local sightseeing, Gwalior Fort, Jai vilas Palace, Tansen Palace and Surya Mandir, rest time is leisure, overnight at Gwalior. Day 4 Orchha Explore the mesmerizing architectural beauties of this majestic town and visit the Orchha Fort complex which houses the Jehangir Mahal, Raj Mahal and Rai Parveen Mahal. Explore the Ram Raja Temple, Lakshminarayan temple and the royal chhatris (cenotaphs). Day 5 Khajuraho After Orchha sightseeing our 4hrs drive takes us to Khajuraho, India's most titillating town is famed far and wide for the erotic stone carvings that swathe Khajuraho’s three groups of World Heritage–listed temples. The Western Group of temples, in particular, contains some stunning sculptures that together make up some of the finest temple art in the world. After breakfast visit the exquisite 10th-century temples of Khajuraho (A UNESCO Site). The monuments and temples in Khajuraho are divided into three groups: Eastern, Western and Southern. The Western group of Temples complex houses the most important temples in Khajuraho – Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, Devi Jagdamba Temple, Lakshmana Temple, Chitragupta Temple, The Chausath-Yogini Temple etc. These Hindu & Jain temples are dating back to 950 AD and inscribed with ornamental carvings, mostly erotic. 3.Khajuraho Airport Area In the afternoon, check out from your hotel and be dropped off to Khajuraho airport or your desired location in Khajuraho.

Private Sarnath Excursion with Evening Ganaga Aarti

5. Private Sarnath Excursion with Evening Ganaga Aarti

Start your spiritual tour of Sarnath with a convenient pick-up at your accommodation. Meet your driver at 2:00 PM in the lobby of your hotel. After a short meet and greet, you will take a scenic 10 km drive to Sarnath, one of India's main pilgrimage sites for Buddhists.  Upon arriving in Sarnath, your guide will immediately take you on an architectural tour of all the most historically important buildings in the area. Marvel at the truly unique Buddhist architecture and learn about some of the buildings' history. This location is sacred and considered to be the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment.   Next, visit Chaukhandi Stupa where Buddha met his first disciples. Peruse through excavated artefacts and striking Ashoka Pillars at Sarnath Archeological Museum. Admire the fine paintings on the walls of the monastery that was built in the 1930s at Mulagandhakuti Vihara. After your tour of Sarnath, you will be driven back to Varanasi to attend the grand evening Ganga Aarti at the famous Dashashwamedha Ghat. Be a part of the spiritual evening Aarti where you will witness something truly special. Be in awe of vividly decorated stages with flowers, cloths, brass lamps, musical instruments and, holy offerings. Hear the soulful hymns and prayers accompanied with mantras and immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere. After the evening Ganga Aarti, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Varanasi city.

From Varanasi: Private Half-Day Ramnagar Fort Excursion

6. From Varanasi: Private Half-Day Ramnagar Fort Excursion

After pick-up from your hotel at 8:30 AM you will drive to Ramnagar Fort, located 14 km outside of Varanasi. This beautiful fort is built from Chunar sandstone in Hindu and Mughal styles of architecture. Due to its rich cultural heritage, the fort has been used by numerous filmmakers as a location. A section of the fort is still used by the Benares royal family as their residence, so is not open to tourists. Ramnagar Fort houses numerous interesting buildings, such as Darbar Hall which is used for public audiences. See the temple devoted to the author Vyasa, who wrote the Hindu epic Mahabharat. The fort also has a museum, showcasing a collection of vintage cars, armor, ivory work items, antique clocks, and royal carriages.  The fort also houses a giant clock named Dharam Ghari that was built in 1852. This clock not only displays the year, month, week, and day, but also details about the sun, the moon, and the stars. After exploring the fort, your driver will drop you back at your hotel around 1:00 or 2:00 PM.

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We left from New Delhi very early in the morning (3AM) but we got to see the Taj Mahal before the crowds and the heat arrived, our guide there was really nice and explained everything to us perfectly. After that we saw Agra fort before heading to Jaipur. We had a guide that evening for a city tour of Jaipur, we were lucky to be there during a festival so we saw many people out in the streets. The next day we saw the Amer Fort and the city palace, all really enjoyable experiences. This tour was really well organised, communication was super clear throughout. Our driver Tariq was really nice, he has a great knowledge of Indian history and culture, he was a pleasure to have conversation with.

As two female travellers for the first time in India, it was a great way to kick start our journey. We felt very safe with our driver Rahish, a very genuin, careful driver and knowledgeable of local history and culture. We really loved the guide in Jaipur Vaseem, fluent in Italian and English. He brought us off the beaten path as we asked, first to a great ayurvedic centre, then to some beautiful jewelry stores to have our palms read. But what we appreciated the most is that he also invited us to join him for a one on one cooking class at his home with his family and children.

As a solo female traveler, I was nervous but excited to get to explore India and wanted to make sure I had a guided tour to do so and be safe. The driver and guides made my trip happen in a comforting, fun, and customized way. I highly recommend this tour to any one looking to see all the lovely palaces, forts, and nature from Delhi to Agra to Jaipur and back.

It was a great trip with a great driver with great local guides that allowed me to learn more about the Indian culture and history. Taj Mahal is the highlight of the trip and biryani’s by the street.

Great 2 days tour to see the best places in Agra and Jaipur. Very nice driver and guides! nice hotel as well!