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Varanasi: Evening Arti Boat Tour with Dinner

1. Varanasi: Evening Arti Boat Tour with Dinner

At around 5:30PM, your chauffeur along with your tour representative will pick you up from the hotel lobby to drive you toward the Dashashwamedh Ghat to experienc the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti. On arrival, you will board the royal boat to enjoy a 1-hour cruise and Aarti experience in a more comfortable manner. This royal boat has red carpet flooring and is decorated with flowers. You will receive a warm welcome on board to the boat with a welcome drink, with the boat also having snacks and soft drinks to make this evening more relaxed and comfortable. You can easily catch a glimpse of Ganga Aarti from the boat, with many vantage points being provided to enhance your evening aboard the vessel. The Aarti will start from 6:45PM after sunset, with a croon of mantra. This will be followed by melodious hymns dedicated to Lord Shiva, Surya (The Sun), Mata Ganga (Ganga river) and Agni (Lord of Fire) given by priests wearing the same kind of cloth named as dhoti and kurta, and holding a multi-tiered heavy brass lamp and conch shell. After experiencing the elegance of Ganga Aarti, you will be taken to a famous restaurant in Varanasi for a tempting dinner. In the restaurant, you will receive a pleasing welcome before being served with drinks, starters, a main course and desert. After your appetizing dinner and interesting conversation with your guide, your chauffeur will drop you back at your nearby accommodation.

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

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

On day 1, travel from New Delhi to Ara 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. You will be taken to Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal via a 3-hour drive on the expressway. Upon arrival to Agra, meet the tour guide and proceed to the magnificent monument 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, explore 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, 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.

Delhi: All-Inclusive Taj Mahal & Agra Day Trip by Train

3. Delhi: All-Inclusive Taj Mahal & Agra Day Trip by Train

Your tour will begin with as your guide picks you up from your accommodation in Delhi. From there you will be transferred to the Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station to board the Gatimaan Express to Agra. A hot breakfast will be served on the train followed by tea or coffee, before you arrive to the Agra Cantt Railway Station. There you will be received from the platform upon arrival, before your guided city tour starts. From the Agra railway station, you will be taken to the majestic Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world, and is known for its breathtaking beauty. It stands as a perfect white mausoleum with intricate carvings all over it, and your guide will explain the history of the Taj Mahal whilst giving you an insight into its main attraction spots. Just overlooking the Taj Mahal beyond the River Yamuna is the Agra Fort. This red sandstone structure is a marvel of architecture and art and represents the royal life during the Mughal Empire in Agra. The premise of the Red Fort consists of various historical places, which are able to be explored during your visit. Following the Agra Fort lunch will be served at one of the famous air-conditioned restaurants in Agra. Following lunch, you will explore Itmad-Ud-Daulah. Also going by the name "Baby Taj", this monument is built out of white marble with intricate carvings and works. Once you have had your share of the local feel of Agra, you can head back to the Agra Railway Station to board your train back to New Delhi. After reaching New Delhi you will be picked up by a representative, before being transferred to the airport/your hotel.

From Delhi: Private 4-Day Golden Triangle Luxury Tour

4. From Delhi: Private 4-Day Golden Triangle Luxury Tour

Discover some of the most magnificent monuments in India on a luxury, private tour of the 3 great cities of India's Golden Triangle. Treat yourself and stay in luxury accommodation to get a taste of life on the subcontinent during the days of the Raj. Alternatively, book your own accommodation and choose the option which does not include hotel bookings. Day 1: Delhi – Agra Benefit from pick-up at your desired location in Delhi, Noida or Gurgaon. Take a half-day tour of Delhi city center to see monuments such as the Qutub Minar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. Admire the Lotus Temple (Bahai Temple) and India Gate. Drive past Parliament House and the President's Palace before taking the expressway to Agra.  Day 2: Agra – Jaipur Wake early to get a majestic view of the sunrise and Taj Mahal. Look inside the mausoleum on a 2-hour guided tour before the crowds arrive. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Visit the historic Agra Fort before proceeding to Jaipur.  Day 3: Jaipur City Tour Visit the majestic Amber Fort after breakfast and gaze in wonder at the beauty of Jal Mahal. Continue to the Palace of the Winds (Hawa Mahal) and stop at the Jantar Mantar Observatory and Maharaja's City Palace. Day 4: Jaipur – Delhi Drive back to Delhi after breakfast and get dropped off at the airport, railway station or your hotel. Agra 4 star hotel options: Holiday Inn or Crystal Sarovar Premier or similar Agra 5 star hotel options: Jaypee Palace or Courtyard by Marriott or similar Jaipur 4 star hotel options: Sarovar Premier or Similar 4 Star Hotel Jaipur 5 star hotel options: Holiday Inn city center or Hilton or Similar 5 Star Hotel

Delhi: Private 3-Day Golden Triangle Experience

5. Delhi: Private 3-Day Golden Triangle Experience

Day 1: Delhi Half-Day City Tour, Agra Begin your 3-day Golden Triangle tour with pickup from your desired location in Delhi, Noida, or Gurugram by air-conditioned car. Your half-day tour of Delhi begins with a visit to Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. Admire the Lotus Temple, also called Bahai Temple, and India Gate. Traveling in a private climate-controlled vehicle with a driver, you will later ride past the Parliament House, the President's Palace, and the Secretariat buildings. Following your tour in Delhi, have lunch before driving for 3 to 4 hours along the Yamuna Expressway to Agra. Upon arrival in Agra, check-in to your hotel before spending the evening at leisure. Day 2: Agra and Jaipur Start your sightseeing of Agra city early with a mesmerizing view of the sunrise as it ascends beside the Taj Mahal. Take a guided tour inside the Taj Mahal for approximately 2 hours, before returning to your hotel for breakfast. Following breakfast, check-out from your hotel and visit the historic Agra Fort, also known as Red Fort. Afterwards, proceed to Jaipur, where upon your arrival you will check in to your hotel. Day 3: Jaipur City Tour, Delhi Kick start the last day of your tour with a satisfying breakfast. Following that, take a guided sightseeing tour of Jaipur city. Visit Amber Fort situated on the top of the hill, and be treated to the majestic and surreal views of Jal Mahal. Following your time exploring the Jal Mahal, head to the Palace of Winds, also known as Hawa Mahal, which was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. You will later finish with a visit to Jantar Mantar and Maharaja’s city palace, during which you will have time for lunch. Finally, you will make the journey back to Delhi, or if you prefer, to Jaipur Airport. Agra 4 star hotel options: Holiday Inn or Crystal Sarovar Premier or similar 4 Star Hotel Agra 5 star hotel options: Jaypee Palace or Courtyard by Marriott or similar 5 Star Hotel Jaipur 4 star hotel options: Sarovar Premier or Similar 4 Star Hotel Jaipur 5 star hotel options: Holiday Inn city center or Hilton or Similar 5 Star Hotel

Varanasi: Night Cruise, Aarati Ceremony and Dinner

6. Varanasi: Night Cruise, Aarati Ceremony and Dinner

Your tour will begin at 5:00 PM with pickup from your hotel. Take a boat ride along the river, where you can enjoy the breathtaking sights of the city lit up at night. Here you’ll see locals washing, meditating or spending some serene time at the water’s edge. You might catch a glimpse of akhada, an Indian art of fighting. Disembark to watch the aarti ceremony on the banks of the Ganges. See a priest take a sacred brass lamp and offer prayers to the holy river. The ceremony involves lights, cymbals, scented incense sticks, and people singing hymns and chanting. It’s a truly mesmerizing experience. After the ceremony, you will be taken for a delicious dinner at a local restaurant. Order your favorite dishes and relish them in the warm hospitality and cozy ambiance. After dinner, you will be dropped safely back at your hotel in Varanasi.

India: Evening Ganga Aarti With Dinner and Private Transfer

7. India: Evening Ganga Aarti With Dinner and Private Transfer

Your driver will collect you from your hotel lobby for the journey to Ghat for Aarti. On arrival at Ghat, you will embark on the boat trip to Dashashwamedh Ghate. The Aarti prayer service is performed each evening by a group of priests. You will also witness the Agni Pooja, which is performed as a commitment to the Lord Shiva. All priests here are students of the Vedas and Upanishads, which is led by the head priest of the Gangotri Seva Samiti. The service is performed by traditionally-garbed priests by the light of brass lamps. This magnificent Aarti takes 45 minutes and starts at 6:45 p.m.  After Aarti, eat in a famous Indian restaurant, where you will enjoy a mouthwatering dinner.

Varanasi: Night Tour with Aarti Ceremony and Street Food

8. Varanasi: Night Tour with Aarti Ceremony and Street Food

Try the deliciously varied street food that characterizes Varanasi, and see the famous aarti light ceremony on this magical evening tour of the city. The tour starts at 5:00 PM, with pickup from your hotel or residence. Travel through the winding streets towards the city center to witness the ritual of aarti. During the ceremony a group of priests clad in saffron and white robes will perform a ritual of Hindu worship with oil lamps, all synced to beautiful music. It’s a spectacular vision and one not to be missed. After witnessing the aarti, enjoy a street food tour led by an expert local guide. Try mishrambhu, a local milk product. Then visit multiple locations to sample a variety of delicious savory southern and northern Indian flavors. Stop at a sweet shop and see how these products are made, then sample some to satisfy your sweet tooth. At the end of the evening, you will be taken back to your hotel by your guide. 

From Delhi: 4-Day Golden Triangle & Ranthambore Tiger Safari

9. From Delhi: 4-Day Golden Triangle & Ranthambore Tiger Safari

Day 1: Delhi - Agra After pickup, you will enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Delhi city. You’ll visit the Qutub Minar, a "victory tower" that forms part of the Qutb complex, the Lotus Temple and the India Gate. Drive past Parliament House and Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the President of India. After your Delhi city tour, proceed to Agra, where you will check in to your hotel.  Day 2: Agra - Ranthambore Wake up early and start your day by admiring the sunrise over the Taj Mahal. Take a guided tour inside the Taj Mahal for approximately two hours, then return to the hotel for breakfast. After that, check out from your hotel, and visit the historic Agra Fort. See the fort's different apartments and enjoy its magnificent architecture. You’ll then head to proceed Ranthambore, where you will check in to your hotel.  Day 3: Ranthambore - Jaipur Wake up early and head into Ranthambore National Park for a jungle safari aboard a Jeep. Splend a few hours navigating the thrilling landscapes of this thick forest with your trained naturalist in pursuit of wild Bengal tigers. Enjoy breakfast back at your hotel after your morning game drive, then depart for Jaipur. Upon arrival in Jaipur, check in to your hotel.  Day 4: Jaipur - Delhi After breakfast, take a guided sightseeing tour of Jaipur. You’ll visit Panna Meena ka Kund, the Amber Fort, and the Jal Mahal, a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. After your city tour of Jaipur, you will make the approximately five-hour journey back to Delhi, or be dropped off at Jaipur airport.

From Delhi: Private Taj Mahal & Agra Tour by Express Train

10. From Delhi: Private Taj Mahal & Agra Tour by Express Train

Discover the beauty and history of Agra on this day trip from Delhi. Travel on a comfortable train and be met by a private guide and car. Visit top sights like the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Baby Taj. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and hearty supper during your tour. Get picked up from the airport or your hotel in the Delhi NCR area, before being taken to the Nizamuddin railway station. Sit back and relax on the 90-minute air-conditioned train journey with a tasty complimentary breakfast.  Arrive at the Agra Cantt railway station and be met by your private guide who will be waiting with a sign bearing your name. Drive to the Taj Mahal, one of the 7 wonders of the world. Admire the beauty of the Taj Mahal, and learn about the remarkable story of how and why it was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his beloved wife, Mumtaz. Have assistance with taking photos at the best angles from your guide. Head to the nearby Agra Fort, which is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour this facinating sandstone fortress before having some free time to purchase a nice lunch. Continue to Baby Taj, the first Mughal structure built completely from marble. The monument makes extensive use of Pietra Dura ( stone inlay technique), and sits magnificently on the Yamuna River, making for excellent views. Begin your return journey back at the Agra Cantt Railway station. Hop aboard the train to Delhi and savor a hot supper on the train. Upon arrival in Delhi, be transferred back to your desired location in the city by private car.

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Spent a great day visiting the Taj Mahal & the Baby Taj with friends. Vishal Garg, our guide, was very knowledgeable about the Taj’s history and it’s surroundings, and explained everything so clearly. He was organised, funny, and charismatic. Our driver was punctual, drove safely, and navigated the busy roads very carefully. We were also provided with lots of bottles of water to keep us well-hydrated throughout the very hot day. We booked first class tickets on the train and would highly recommend for others to do the same. It was very comfortable and the AC worked very well (maybe a little too well as it was a bit chilly on board). We got snacks in the morning - banana, biscuits, tea - and in the evening - juice, tea, biscuits, nuts, and some pasta dinner we didn’t eat just to be on the safe side. We stopped for lunch at an Indian restaurant (highly recommend the garlic naan) and for a coffee at a Costa Cafe before getting the train back to Delhi. Wonderful tour!

Our trip was absolutely breathtaking. When you are sitting at your computer looking at some "3-day private trip" overseas the first thing that comes to mind is showing up in said country and a nasty bus with a hundred people and a guy that barely speaks your native language shouting out the names of the events around you.... but this trip is so far from that. We had a private Toyota SUV packed with water to drink, hand sanitizer and first aid kits. There was rarely anything that we needed that our private driver Rajeesh didn't have! Our driver picked us up from our hotel and accommodated our every need from the beginning of the trip until the end! Our personal guides were incredible! They were knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. This is truly a once in a life time trip!

The tour was perfectly organized. At no time were there any delays or problems. The train ride on the Gatimaan Express was great. When we arrived in Agra, we were welcomed by our German-speaking tour guide. This was followed by a visit to the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort, which were impressive. The very personable tour guide provided us with all the information so that we felt transported back to the time when these monuments were erected. In the evening it went back smoothly again. It was a long but amazing day. Thanks a lot for this!

Oexcursie organizata foate bine. Te ia de la jote , te duce la tren , te asteapta la Agra , te preia ghidul si soferul si vizitezi Taj Mahal si Agra . Iei masa de prinz . Un ghid excelent Amir . Ducetiva va recomand nu o sa para rau .!!

Faizal was an amazing guide and Sanjay was the best driver. It was a lovely day filled with history and beauty.