Begin your Tour. Arrive into Delhi Welcome to Vardhman’s ‘Glorious Golden Triangle’!On arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman’s representative to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 2 - Delhi
This morning after a leisurely breakfast proceed for the Combined city tour of Old & New Delhi.Combined city tour of Old & New Delhi.Visit Qutab Minar, Humayun’s tomb, Lakshminarayan Temple, a modern Hindu Temple, Parliament House, Government Secretarial Building and Connaught place, the shopping centre of New Delhi.Visit Red Fort, built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan, Jama Masjid, one of the largest Mosque of India, Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana, the cremation sites of Mahatama Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Also drive past Chandni Chowk, shopping centre of Old Delhi.
Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 3 - Delhi - Jaipur
Early morning drive to Jaipur visiting en-route Amber Fort famous for its architectural magnificence and elephant ride. On arrival check in to hotel. Relax for a while and later proceed on a city tour of Jaipur. Today you will experience the wonders of this magicial pink city, as you proceed on a tour of Amber fort.Later visit the Jagmandir or the Hall of victory glitterning with mirrors, Maharaja’s City Palace and the Observatory. Drive past Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds and through the rose pink residential and business areas of Jaipur. Optional: Lunch at a Heritage hotel with Tonga ride or explore the market & shop for special bargains!
DAY 4 - Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikari - Agra
This morning after a leirsurely breakfast drive the Romatic city of Taj Mahal-Agra. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri.This abandoned capital of the Mughals is a perfectly preserved city at the height of the empire’s splendor. The city divided into religious and secular parts has interesting well-sculpted buildings. Continue drive to Agra. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.
DAY 5 -Agra - Varanasi
Early in the morning visit Taj Mahal (Closed on Every Friday) during Sunrise. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Then proceed on a City tour of Agra.Visit Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula & the massive Agra Fort. The elegant buildings inside reflect an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles. The maze of the courtyards, mosques & private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal Empire. The Moti Masjid & other magnificent buildings reflect the skill of the ancient Indian architectsLater you will visit a marble gallery – the flagship store in Agra which offers an excellant range of white marble, fashionable wear & exotic wooden articles, truly a one stop shop! Evening transfer to Tundla railway station to catch overnight train for Varanasi.2015 hrs. – Leave for Varanasi by train
DAY 6 - Varanasi 0510 hrs. - Arrive
Varanasi (Mugal Sarai) and transfer to hotel.Half day city tour of VaranasiSightseeing tour of the City visiting the Bharat Mata Temple with a big relief map of India in Marble, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, Banaras Hindu University, which has an art gallery and the mosque of Moghul Emperor Aurangazeb, built on the site of an ancient Hindu Temple.
DAY 7 - Varanasi-Bhubhaneshwar
Enjoy Boat Cruise (at your own cost) on River Ganges
Early morning boat excursion on the holy river Ganges to see the bathing ghats and cremation site. Watching people bathing and worshipping at the ghats is one of the most extraordinary experiences of a visit to India. Half day tour of Sarnath.Half-day tour of Sarnath, the buried Buddhist city where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon, Sarnath was a renewed school of learning from 6th Century B.C. to 12th Century A.D. Visit the ruins, the stupa, the Buddhist Temple and the Museum.Evening transfer to railway station to catch overnight train to Bhubhaneshwar.
DAY 8 - Bhubhaneshwar
Arrive Bhubhaneshwar the capital of the eastern Indian state of Orissa and you will be met and transferred to your hotel by our representative. Rest of the day at leisure.
DAY 9 - Bhubhaneshwar
Full Day sight seeing of Temples in Bhubhaneshwar.Visit the Lingaraja Temple, Mukateswara Temple, Rajarani Temple and Vaital Temple.Lingaraja Temple: Lingaraj temple is one of the most popular temples of Orissa. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, also known as ‘Lingaraj’. It is adorned with beautiful sculptures, which have been carved on the spire. Lingaraja temple is approximately 54.8 metres high and enshrines a huge statue of Lord Shiva, made up of granite. The idol is 8 feet in diameter and is placed on a platform that is about 8 inches above ground. The deity is bathed everyday with water, milk and bhang (marijuana).Mukateswara Temple: Mukteswara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Mukteswara, is carved with figures of ascetics in several poses of meditation. The highlight of the temple, is the magnificent torana – the decorative gateway, an arched masterpiece, reminiscent of Buddhist influence in Orissa.. The sculptured gateway, the jagamohana with diamond shaped latticed windows and decorated interiors and the plethora of sculptural work all deserve mention in this temple dedicated to Shiva Although it is only a small monument rising to a height of 35 feet. Literally every inch of its surface is carved. This temple has also been described as a dream realized in sandstone and it is a monument where it is said sculpture and architecture are in complete harmony with one another. This 10th century temple built in the year of AD 950, is an important transition point, between the early and the later phases of the Kalinga school of temple architecture. The sculptural decoration of the Mukteswara is exquisitely executed, and it is often referred to as the “gem of Oriya architecture”. Richly sculpted, the temple offers pride of place to tales from the Panchatantra. The arched gateway is particularly fine. It also shows excellent combinations of Hindu and Buddhist and Jain features, which find a common voice in much of Orissan temple craft.Rajarani Temple:Rajarani temple is one of the most renowned temples in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Orissa. It is made from the wonderful red and gold sandstone, which is locally known as Rajarani and this is what gives the temple its name of ‘Raja Rani’. The major attractions of the temple consist of the elaborately carved figurines. Rajarani temple of Bhubaneshwar is dedicated to Lord Brahma. The origin of this temple can be dated back to the eleventh century.
DAY 10 -Bhubhaneshwar - Konark - Puri
This morning after breakfast drive to Puri. En-route visit Konark Sun Temple, the site of the ancient Sun Temple overlooking the Bay of Bengal. Upon arrival, check into your hotel. Freshen-up a bit and later visit Jagannath Temple. Sight seeing at Puri. Jagannath Temple: Jagannath Temple is one of the most renowned as well as the biggest temples of Orissa. Established in the 12th century, the temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath (Lord Krishna), Lord of the Universe. The credit for laying the foundation of the Jagannath temple of Puri goes to Raja Ananta Varman Chodaganga Dev. The temple is located at a distance of 60 km from Bhubaneswar, on the coast of Bay of Bengal, and is greatly revered by the devotees following the Vaishnava traditions.Sun Temple:The Konark temple is widely known not only for its architectural grandeur but also for the intricacy and profusion of sculptural work. The entire temple has been conceived as a chariot of the sun god with 24 wheels, each about 10 feet in diameter, with a set of spokes and elaborate carvings. Seven horses drag the temple. Two lions guard the entrance, crushing elephants. A flight of steps lead to the main entrance. The rest of the day is at leisure.
DAY 11 - Puri - Bhubhaneshwar
Morning free. Afternoon leave for Bhubhaneshwar and upon arrival transfer to hotel.Overnight : Hotel Day 12 Bhubhaneshwar, This morning after breakfast transfer to the airport to catch flight for your onward destination with sweet and unforgettable memories of your ‘Glorious Golden Triangle tour’ escorted by Vardhman Vacations.