The Golden Triangle and Varanasi school tour

 
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  • Day 1 - Depart UK on your scheduled flight
  • Day 2 - Arrive India. Explore New Delhi
  • Day 3 - Delhi–Jaipur by private coach
  • Day 4 - Sightseeing in Jaipur
  • Day 5 - Jaipur–Fatehpur Sikri–Agra
  • Day 6 - Agra, to visit the Taj Mahal. Overnight train to Varanasi
  • Day 7 - Explore Varanasi and its beautiful temples
  • Day 8 - Morning Ganges boat ride. Night flight to New Delhi
  • Day 9 - Depart India. Arrive UK

Day 1 - Departure

Enjoy full-meal service on your scheduled flight to Delhi.


Day 2 - Delhi

Arrive in New Delhi. You will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.  

After time to settle in we will spend the afternoon on a leisurely introductory sightseeing tour of Delhi, India’s capital city, which is divided into two parts: New and Old Delhi. With a thousand years of history, Delhi is a city of contrasts that combines a unique ambience of the ancient and the modern. An orderly plan of wide roads lined with sturdy colonial buildings was established soon after the imperial capital of British India moved here from Calcutta in 1911.

This afternoon we will visit Old Delhi and drive past Chandni Chowk, the crowded bazaar and see the dramatic Red Fort. Built in 1648, this sprawling fort of red sand stones along the river Yamuna is surrounded by a wall of about 2.4 km in circumference. We will also see Qutab Minar, parliament house, India gate and the Presidents House.

Time permitting we will visit The Jama Masjid Mosque, this is the largest and most magnificent mosques in India, built in 1658 with a capacity to hold over 20,000 people. We will step inside for a mesmeric look around before returning to our hotel.

 


Day 3 - Delhi – Amritsar

After breakfast meet your guide and transfer to the Ashardham Temple. ‘Akshardham’ means the divine abode of God. It is hailed as the eternal place of devotion, purity and peace. Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi is a Mandir – An abode of god, a Hindu house of worship with a spiritual and cultural campus dedicated to devotion, learning as well as harmony.

The timeless Hindu spiritual message and vibrant devotional traditions are echoed throughout in the buildings art and architecture. From here we will processed to The Lotus Temple. This is a Bahai House Worship which was completed in 1986. Its notable flower-like shape has served as the mother temple of the Indian subcontinent as well as becoming a prominent attraction in the city. 

Time permitting we will also visit Birla Mandir or The Laxminarayan Temple. The Laxminarayan temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Laxmainarayan that refers to Vishnu, preserver un the Trimurti (the trinity). The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. There are side temples which are dedicated to Shiva, Krishna and Buddha. They are all spread over 7.5 acres which are adorned with many Shrines, fountains this temple is one of the Majour temples that attracts thousands of devotees on Hindu festivals of Janmashtami and Diwali. 

This afternoon we depart Delhi for Amritsar. We will depart Delhi at approximately 17:15 hrs and travel by air and arrive in Amritsar at approx. 18:25. Meet your guide and then transfer to your accommodation. Dinner at your hotel.

 


Day 4 - Amritsar

This morning we will have an early breakfast and then our first visit will be to the Golden Temple. This is the holiest shrine for Sikhs. The temple gains its name because the entire upper half was inlaid with copper covered by gold plate. The architecture of the temple is a blend of Hindu and Muslim styles. Amritsar was built around the temple and the Amrit Sarovar lake from which it derives its name. The Langar at the temple complex can feed up to 200,000 people during special religious festivals. Amazingly, all the food is donated from the faithful. 

In the afternoon we will visit Wagha Border. Wagha is about 28km from Amritsar and is the only border crossing between India and Pakistan. It’s an interesting experience especially at sunset when the ‘Retreat’ ceremony takes place with both Indian and Pakistani changing of the guards and lowering of the flags. Over-night in Amritsar.


Day 5 - Amritsar – Agra

Breakfast and check out of your accommodation and then depart for your flight back to Delhi. Once you arrive in Delhi, meet your coach transfer and then depart for Agra. The journey approximately 4.5 hour drive including stops. Arrive in Agra and check into your accommodation then spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. Or we can visit Missions of Charity orphanage if you wish.


Day 6 - Agra – Varanasi

This morning we will visit the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, built by Shaha Jahan (Mughal Emperor) for his beloved wife Mumtaz. The monument took 20,000 workmen 22 years to build and cost 41 million rupees and 50 kilos of gold. The Taj Mahal sits on a high red sandstone platform topped with a marble terrace. 

With amble time to explore the premises, we will proceed to either of the 2 options. Option 1,  we will go and visit Mother Teresa’s Missionary Orphanage and see the great work carried out to help the children or option 2 we will go to Agra Fort, built by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D. The fort itself is a masterpiece of design and construction and within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings. Early dinner in a local restaurant. 

This evening we will transfer to the train station for an overnight journey in soft sleepers on the Marudhar Express to Varanasi.


Day 7 - Varanasi - Sarnath

This morning we arrive in Varanasi and transfer to our hotel.

 We will have the morning free to settle in before and then this afternoon we will take a short excursion to Sarnath where Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon after attaining Nirvana. Our local guide will escort us around the site and explain the concepts of Buddhism from its early founding. Presently located at Sarnath, the Tibetan Institute has a rare collection of Buddhist texts, Tibetan manuscripts and other journals. The only institute of its kind in the world imparting education in the Tibetan language, it was established by the Dalai Lama in 1971. 

In the evening we will go down to the bank of the great river Ganges on a cycle Rickshaw ride to view the performance of the ‘Aarit’ (prayers) being offered to the holy river, the sights and sounds of the charting, bells and lights will stay with you forever! Dinner and overnight in Varanasi. 


Day 8 - Varanasi – Fly To New Delhi

We will have an early morning start today and will transfer for a Boat Ride on the River Ganges to see the sunrise and witness the local people worshipping and bathing at the Ghats, including the burning funeral pyres. We will also walk through the narrow, ancient lanes of the city. We will return to the hotel for breakfast and then the city tour will also visit different temples and places of spiritual significance. 

At midday we will transfer to the airport to catch the flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi this evening we will transfer to our hotel for the final evening.


Day 9 - Delhi to London

We transfer to the airport for the flight back to London, which arrives the same evening.



  •   Subjects: 
  • Biology,
  • Food Technology & Preparation,
  • Geography,
  • History,
  • Religious Studies
  •   Destinations: 
  • Asia,
  •   Destinations: 
  • India

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