This tour for Rajasthan with Varanasi is an extended journey through northern India, it has been designed to the main highlights of diverse region. Soaking up many different facts of Indian culture on the crossroads, this immersive journey begins by exploring the majestic capital city of Delhi, followed by the Rajasthan cities and ancient and sacred city of Varanasi, before leaving Agra you will see the home of the world’s favorite monument to love; the Taj Mahal.
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Day-01- Arrival at Delhi
On your arrival at Delhi for Rajasthan with Varanasi Tour, our representative will meet & greet and transfer you to you at hotel. Check-in to the hotel and you also can also visit the local market for shopping. Return to your hotel for overnight stay.
Day-02- Delhi sightseeing
After breakfast start s sightseeing tour of Delhi visit:
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. However, they failed to stop the fort being captured by the Sikhs and the British. To take your imagination back to the ancient era, a one hour sound and light show of the fort’s history is held each evening.
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. A strenuous climb to the top of its southern tower will reward you with a stunning view across the rooftops of Delhi.
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. It was the first of this type of Mughal architecture to be built in
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. Some believe that it was made to signify victory and the beginning of Muslim rule in India, while others say it was used to call the faithful to prayer.
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. Made out of white marble, the temple belongs to the Bahai Faith, which proclaims the unity of all people and religions. Everybody is welcome to worship there.
India Gate:-The towering archway of India Gate at 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, and the gardens that line its boulevard are a popular place to enjoy a warm summer’s evening.
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 Connaught Place. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi and her consort Narayana. The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi on the stipulation that people of all castes shall be allowed to enter the temple. Stay overnight at Hotel in Delhi.
Day-3: Delhi - Mandawa
After breakfast at the hotel, drive you to Mandawa. On arrival at this place, our representative will transfer you to the hotel for short relax. Later you will go for sightseeing in Mandawa. This place is famous for various Havelies and forts. You will visit Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli and many other famous Havelies. You will also visit various houses painted having colorful fresco art & painting. Return to the hotel for comforting overnight stay.
Day-4: Mandawa - Bikaner
After breakfast at the hotel and drive you to Bikaner. This place is very famous for various beautiful forts and temples. On arrival checked in at hotel. After a short relax, you will go to visit various famous tourist attractions like Deshnoke Temple, Bandeshwar temple and Junagarh Fort. Return to the hotel for peaceful overnight stay.
Day-5: Bikaner- Jaisalmer
After having delicious breakfast at the hotel, drive you to Jaisalmer, which is also known as “The Golden City”. Upon arrival check in at Hotel hotel for short relax. Later you will visit Jaisalmer Fort, GadiSagar Lake, and various beautiful decorated Havelies. It is such a wonderful experience for every traveler coming to The Golden City of India. Return to the hotel for comforting overnight stay.
Day-6: Jaisalmer (Overnight desert safari)
After breakfast at the hotel, visit Few Other places in Jaisalmer afternoon as you embark upon a great journey to visit the famous sand dunes located in Sum. This place is situated 50 km away from Jaisalmer and gives a wonderful retreat to each and every traveler coming to Rajasthan. You will also enjoy camel ride along these sand dunes, which is memorable experience. Evening snacks & dinner, Overnight stay in camp on desert.
Day-7:Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
After having delicious breakfast at the hotel, later drive you to Jodhpur, which is famously also known as “Blue City” & “Sun City”. On arrival checkedin at hotel. Later you will visit the famous tourist locations, which include UmaidBhawan Palace, Mehrangarh Fort, JaswantThada. Return to the hotel for peaceful overnight stay.
Day-8: Jodhpur - Pushkar
After having delicious breakfast proceed to Pushkar upon arrival in Pushkar check-in to hotel later visit to the Brahma Temple and the traditional market in town. Overnight stay at hotel in Pushkar.
Day-9: Pushkar - Jaipur
After having breakfast at the hotel, check-out from the hotel and drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival in Jaipur check in to the hotel overnight stay at hotel.
Day-10: Jaipur City Tour
Early morning after breakfast proceed to sightseeing tour of Jaipur Visit:
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.
JalMahal:-On the way to Amer Village, The Jal Mahal palace is an architectural showcase of the Rajput style of architecture (common in Rajasthan) on a grand scale. The building has a picturesque view of the lake itself but owing to its seclusion from land is equally the focus of a viewpoint from the Man Sagar Dam on the eastern side of the lake.
Later after lunch proceed to visit:
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 centre, which affords a fine view of the gardens and the city. There is a Clock Tower near Mubarak Mahal. SilehKhana has a collection of armory and weapons.
JantarMantar:-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. Enormous sun-dial still provides accurate time, which is subject to daily corrections.
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. Originally designed for the royal ladies to watch and enjoy the processions and other activities, on the street below. Now it houses a well laid out museum. The display “Jaipur past and present” is the special feature of this newly setup museum.
In Jaipur check-in to the hotel, overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur.
Evening visit Jaipur’s market, Later back to the hotel, Stay overnight at Hotel in Jaipur.
Day-11:-Jaipur / Agra
In the Morning after breakfast proceed Agra the city of Taj- Agra. En Route, you are going to visit FatehpurSikri – wonderful fortified ancient Mughal city. On arrival at Agra, you will visit TajMahal-the monument of love at the time of sunset and later our representative will transfer you to the hotel for peaceful overnight stay.
Day-12: Agra City Tour - Varanasi (By overnight train)
In the early morning, you are again going to visit the unrivaled TajMahal -well-known for its beauty at the time of sunrise. Take some beautiful photos at this monument and cherish this moment for all the years to come.
Return back to your hotel for relaxing and having breakfast. Later our representative will drive you to visit the other major tourist locations in Agra, which includes Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-Daulah’s Tomb (Baby Taj).
In the evening you can go for shopping, as Agra is famous for carpets, rugs and marble handicrafts. Later our company representative will transfer you to the Agra railway station to catch the train to Varanasi, Driver will assist you to board this train and he doesn’t move from there until your train depart for Varanasi. Overnight in the train.
Day-13:- Arrival in Varanasi
Early Morning on arrival Varanasi Train Station meet and greet our representative at the platform in Varanasi, later transfer to Hotel check-in and relax few hours at hotel and afternoon start a sightseeing tour of Varanasi visit:
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 form of Parvati, the consort of Shiva. The most well-known temple dedicated to Goddess Annapurna is in Varanasi, U.P., India.
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.
Bharat Mata Temple :-Bharat Mata Temple, a fairly new temple built in 1936 and located at KashiVidyapeeth Campus, is a shrine dedicated to Mother India. This temple was built by a Gandhian follower Babu Shiv Prasad Gupt and was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi.
DashaswamedhGhat:-DashaswamedhGhat, a much acclaimed religious spot, is a very favorite among the Hindu devotees and is considered as the main Ghat.
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 and if possible pour the remains (ashes) of cremated ancestors here on the River Ganges.
Evening visit Ganga Aarti. Stay overnight at hotel in Varanasi.
Day-14:- Varanasi – Sarnath Excursion
After breakfast proceed to Sarnath visit:
Sarnath is the main place to visit while on tour around Varanasi. A much sacred pilgrimage and tourist spot in country. Sarnath is only 10 km away from Varanasi. It is one of the four most significant Buddhist pilgrimage places in India; Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha first covey his lecture after attaining “nirvana”.
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.
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.
Later back to the hotel, overnight stay.
Day-15:- Varanasi /Delhi “By Train
After breakfast day free, later drive to Station for Train to Delhi Overnight Train Journey.
Day-16:- Delhi - Departure
Upon Arrival Meet and great later to Hotel For Breakfast later Departure transfers to Airport for Onwards Connection.
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- A safe and comfortable air-conditioned Car with driver, all inclusive. (Fuel for Bus, road and state taxes, toll fees, parking fees, & Driver and driver’s food and lodging).
- The Car will be with you from your arrival to departure with as many stops to sight see as you want.
- A Driver with excellent skills and record, a good knowledge of the area you are visiting and sufficient English to communicate.
- Transfers and land transportation according to itinerary.
- Accommodation Double or Twin rooms with Bed and Breakfast
- Sightseeing Tours in All Cities
- Desert Safari in Jaisalmer with Stay in Tent.
- Boat Ride and Evening Pray Tour in Varanasi
- Train Aircon Varanasi /Delhi 2AC
- Train Aircon Sleeper Agra /Varanasi 2AC
English speaking Tour Guide in Agra /Jaipur/Varanasi
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- Tips, laundry, telephone bills, luggage handling and Beverages.
- Meals unless specified
- Entrances tickets to Monuments if apply
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Indian Culture: Traditions and Customs of India
India’s culture is among the world,s oldest; civilization in India began about 4,500 years ago. Many sources describe it as “Sa Prathama Sanskrati Vishvavara” — the first and the supreme culture in the world, according to the All World Gayatri Pariwar (AWGP) organization.
Western societies did not always see the culture of India very favorably, according to Christina De Rossi, an anthropologist at Barnet and Southgate College in London. Early anthropologists once considered culture as an evolutionary process, and ”every aspect of human development was seen as driven by evolution,” she told Live Science. “In this view, societies outside of Europe or North America, or societies that did not follow the European or Western way of life, were considered primitive and culturally inferior. Essentially this included all the colonized countries and people, such as African countries, India, and the Far East.”.
However, Indians made significant advances in architecture (Taj Mahal), mathematics (the invention of zero) and medicine (Ayurveda). Today, India is a very diverse country, with more than 1.2 billion people, according to the CIA World Factbook, making it the second most populous nation after China. Different regions have their own distinct cultures. Language, religion, food and the arts are just some of the various aspects of Indian culture. Here is a brief overview of the culture of India.
India has 28 states and seven territories, according to the World Health Organization. There is no official language in India, according to a Gujarat High Court ruling in 2010. Many people living in India also write in Devanagari script. In fact, it is a misconception that the majority of people in India speak Hindi. Though many people speak Hindi in India, 59 percent of India residents speak something other than Hindi, according to The Times of India. Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil and Urdu are some other languages spoken in the country.
India is identified as the birthplace of Hinduism and Buddhism, the third and fourth largest religions. About 84 percent of the population identifies as Hindu, according to the “Handbook of Research on Development and Religion” Edited by Matthew Clarke (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013). There are many variations of Hinduism, and four predominant sects — Shaiva, Vaishnava, Shakteya and Smarta.
About 13 percent of Indians are Muslim, making it one of the largest Islamic nations in the world. Christians and Sikhs make up a small percentage of the population, and there are even fewer Buddhists and Jains, according to the “Handbook.”
When the Moghul Empire invaded during the sixteenth century, they left a significant mark on the Indian cuisine, according to 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 breads 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.
Architecture and art
The most well-known example of Indian architecture is the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to honor his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It combines elements from Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles. India also has many ancient temples.
India is well known for its film industry, which is often referred to as Bollywood. The country’s movie history began in 1896 when the Lumière brothers demonstrated the art of cinema in Mumbai, according to the Golden Globes. Today, the films are known for their elaborate singing and dancing.
Indian dance, music and theater traditions span back more than 2,000 years, according to Nilima Bhadbhade, author of “Contract Law in India” (Kluwer Law International, 2010). The major classical dance traditions — Bharata Natyam, Kathak, Odissi, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam and Kathakali — draw on themes from mythology and literature and have rigid presentation rules.
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.
Customs and celebrations
The country celebrates Republic Day (Jan. 26), Independence Day (Aug. 15) and Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (Oct. 2). Diwali is the largest and most important holiday to India, according to National Geographic. It is a five-day festival known as the festival of lights because of the lights lit during the celebration to symbolize the inner light that protects them from spiritual darkness. Holi, the festival of colors, also called the festival of love, is popular in the spring.
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.