Explore the plush marble of the Taj Mahal, encounter a performance of the Aarti ceremony on the banks of the Ganges, and visit the sites of ancient temples. Unravel the complex history and culture of Agra and Varanasi on this 3-day private tour.
What to Expect
Mark Twain described Varanasi as being ‘older than history, older than tradition, older than legend, and looking twice as old as all of them put together’. Step back into a bygone age of heady mysticism, religious ritual, and sumptuous architecture on this 3-day tour, and witness for yourself the incensed history of Agra and Varanasi.
Admire the plush marble inlay of the Taj Mahal, visit the famous Agra Fort, hearing stories and facts behind these impressive structures. In Varnasi watch a live demonstration of the Aarti ceremony on the banks of the Ganges, and take in the atmospheric fire and smoke displays.
Led by an expert guide, unlock the mysteries and histories of the city. Learn about ancient Hindu and Buddhist culture. Relax as you travel from site-to-site by air-conditioned vehicle.
After arriving in Agra, your private guide will show you around the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and the Baby Taj. In the evening board an overnight train to the Hindu/Buddhist city of Varanasi.
In the morning enjoy an excursion to Sarnath–the holy site of the Buddha. This is the location where Lord Buddha is reported to have given his first sermon. Afterwards enjoy a full city tour taking in the Bjarat Mata Temple and the Monkey temple. In the evening head to the Ganges Ghat to see an Aarti ceremony being performed. This is a traditional Hindu ritual which is intended to invoke the 5 natural elements.
Begin the day with a visit to Ganges Ghats as the sun rises. Admire the beauty of the pale morning light on the surface of the water as the city wakes. In the afternoon tour Ramnagar Fort, and afterwards enjoy a full-city tour.
- Air-conditioned transportation
- Tour guide in Agra and Varanasi
- All taxes and parking fees
- Driver and driver allowance
- Accommodation in a three-star hotel in Varanasi with breakfast
- Overnight air conditioned train ticket to Varanasi from Agra
- Camera fees
- Boat ride in river Ganges at sunrise and sunset
What's Not Included
- Flight ticket
- Personal expenses