India's Golden Triangle with Varanasi (IAIJ)

11 Day Package from Delhi to Delhi

Monograms has created all-in-one packages a cut above going on your own, while leaving the group behind. Each package comes with hand-selected hotels, plus "they really do that?" service of a Monograms Local Host®-a local expert available throughout your stay. We've arranged sightseeing, exclusive to Monograms guests, complete with VIP access into some of the most incredible attractions (that means you skip the lines). We've arranged transportation and we offer a selection of special excursions. With Monograms, you travel in style independently without going it alone.


Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

In each city

Meals Included

American breakfast daily; 4 lunches

Sightseeing & Activities

Private guided sightseeing with your Local Host as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary; inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2018 / 2019

DAY
1
ARRIVE IN DELHI, INDIA

Welcome to India! Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

DAY
2
DELHI

Your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING starts with an orientation drive to see the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, and the Presidential Palace. Afterward, take a RICKSHAW RIDE through handni Chowk, a captivating local bazaar. Here, ancient alleyways are lined with quaint shops selling all sorts of goods and souvenirs—from silver and saris to spices and electronics. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast
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DAY
3
DELHI–AGRA

This morning, explore Delhi on a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR. Start at QUTUB MINAR, the world’s tallest brick minaret. Next, visit HUMAYUN’S TOMB and GURUDWARA BANGLA SAHIB, Delhi’s largest and most prominent Sikh gurudwara (house of worship). After lunch, drive to Agra, where much of the city’s impressive past is still evident in the majesty of her buildings.

Breakfast Breakfast
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DAY
4
AGRA

Meet your Local Guide for a special PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR to the incomparable TAJ MAHAL at sunrise. This extravagant marble monument was built by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife, who died during childbirth. In the afternoon, a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR brings you to AGRA FORT, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To add to this memorable experience, you’ll travel by tonga (horse carriage) during your visit. Built by Moghul Emperor Akbar, this impressive fortress of red sandstone conceals the imperial city of the Moghul rulers and its many palaces.

NOTE:
The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays. In these instances, it will be visited in the morning on Day 5.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
5
AGRA–FATEHPUR SIKRI–JAIPUR

Today, your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR includes a visit to FATEHPUR SIKRI (the City of Victory) and the KEOLADEO GHANA BIRD SANCTUARY, home to more than 370 species of birds. Continue on to Jaipur, known as the “Pink City.”

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DAY
6
JAIPUR

The highlight of today’s PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING is the amazing AMBER FORT. Later on, visit the CITY PALACE and the adjoining museum that houses a collection of rare manuscripts. Also, stop at the famous HAWA MAHAL (Palace of the Winds) and JANTAR MANTAR, and take a WALKING TOUR through a local market.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch

DAY
7
JAIPUR–DELHI

Today, drive back to Delhi. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
8
DELHI–VARANASI

Fly to Varanasi, the holiest of Hindu pilgrim cities, situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges River.

DAY
9
VARANASI

Around dawn, board a BOAT and watch a striking religious ritual—the Hindus’ devotional bathing in the Ganges. Observe hundreds of pilgrims gathered at the river’s edge, some practicing yoga, others meditating, and still others bathing fully clothed. Return to your hotel for breakfast and some free time. This afternoon, a PRIVATE GUIDED EXCURSION takes you to nearby SARNATH, the “Cradle of
Buddhism,” where Buddha first spoke of his philosophy.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
10
VARANASI–DELHI

Enjoy the morning at leisure before flying back to Delhi.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
11
DELHI

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

Transportation

Private airport transfers to/from intra-vacation flight; private vehicle transfers from Delhi to Agra, Agra to Jaipur, and Jaipur to Delhi; intra-vacation flight not included

Included Hotels

Delhi
Agra
Jaipur
Varanasi

Jaypee Siddharth Hotel

3, Rajendra Place
Delhi, India

Check-in - 12:00
Check-out - 12:00

Experience first class hospitality at the elegant Jaypee Siddharth Hotel, located in the commerical hub of New Delhi. After a day of exploration dine in the hotel's restaurant or relax and rejuvenate with a swim in the pool. The hotel also offers a spa and fitness center.

Location & Highlights

Centrally located near a metro station, offering easy access to attractions, including Jama Masjid and the Red Fort.

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Voicemail
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite

Hotel Amenities

  • Hot Tub
  • Concierge desk
  • Fitness Room
  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Pool
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • ATM
  • Currency Exchange
Luxurious rooms are complemented with modern amenities like WI-FI and air conditioning.

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Delhi
Agra
Jaipur
Varanasi

Le Meridien New Delhi

Windsor Place, New Delhi
Delhi, India

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

Ideally located in the heart of New Delhi, the luxurious Le Meridien New Delhi stands tall over the historic landscape of Lutyen's Delhi. The hotel features a sophisticated and modern design, and sweeping views of New Delhi.

Location & Highlights

Located in the city center within a short distance of the Presidential Palace, India Gate, and Connaught Place.

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • In-Room Safe
  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM
  • Business Center
  • Hot Tub
  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services
  • Pool
  • Beauty Salon
  • Fitness Room
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
With modern decor and plush amenities each room a clutter-free experience at the same time taking care of all your needs, from a sitting area to relax in, to a luxurious bed to provide with you an unique sleeping experience.

The Leela Palace New Delhi

Diplomatic Enclave Chanakyapuri
Delhi, India

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

The Leela Palace New Delhi is all about luxury. Located in the diplomatic quarter, you'll experience unrivalled guest service. The elegant interior blends traditional and modern motifs. Pamper yourself at the exclusive spa or take in panoramic city views from the rooftop pool.

Location & Highlights

The Leela Palace New Delhi is in the diplomatic quarter and just a short stroll from major attractions in Delhi. The hotel is a 10-minute drive from India Gate and Central Secretariat, and 20 minutes from Red Fort.

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Mini-bar
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Internet Access

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Parking/Valet
  • Concierge desk
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Spa Services
  • Elevator
The spacious grand deluxe rooms recreate the era of colonial extravagance, featuring lavish fabrics and polished marble. Each room offers a city or courtyard view.

Activities & Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

Delhi

Delhi

Visit Birla Mandir

Marvel at Birla Mandir, a magnificent and colorful marble temple.

Price Range: $

Insider

Delhi
Agra
Jaipur
Varanasi

Delhi

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Delhi, IndiaMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Delhi. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Delhi and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Delhi insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

My name is Rajesh Sharma. I have been working tourism since 2008, and I look forward to guiding you through the unique and colorful experience of India.

The National Gallery of Modern Art

The National Gallery of Modern Art is a treasure trove of pre-independent and modern Indian art. From rare town-study canvases by the Daniells and legendary portraits by Raja Ravi Verma to Amrita Shergil masterpieces and prized creations by India’s finest Modernists - Tyeb, Husain, Souza and Ramachandran, the Gallery presents a showcase of India’s finest works. Jaipur House, the erstwhile palace of Maharaja Jaipur has served as the premises for the museum since 1954 and makes a stunning architectural statement. (Closed Monday)

National Museum

The National Museum has in its possession over 200,000 works of exquisite art, both of Indian and foreign origin covering more than 5,000 years of India’s cultural heritage and bringing history to life. The Museum’s collections include Harappan Civilization, Archeology, Buddhist Art, Indian Miniature Paintings, Indian Textiles, Coins, Central Asian Antiquity, Pre-Columbian and Western Art, Wood Carving, Musical Instruments, Tribal Lifestyle and Arms and Armor. (Closed Monday)

Connaught Place

Connaught Place has a long and distinguished history behind it. This sprawling market was designed in the shape of a horseshoe as the British believed it would prove lucky for both shoppers and shopkeepers. There may be something in that as CP continues to be Delhi’s premier shopping destination. Apart from being the commercial and business hub of Delhi, CP has countless restaurants, watering holes, shops and emporia and cinema halls too.

The Ghats

Along the banks of Yamuna River you will find the ghats (stairs leading to river) where the leaders and freedom fighters of India were cremated. The Raj Ghat is one of the most visited ghats. This simple square platform of black marble marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated after his assassination in 1948. The cremation ground of Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi are also in the vicinity.

Chandni Chowk by Night

By definition, Chandni Chowk means ‘Moonlit Square’ and one of the best times to visit the market is in the evening, when a treasure-house of experiences in old Delhi continues to delight the senses. Come hungry, as there are plenty of culinary options to choose from.

Agra

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Agra. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Agra and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Agra, India insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Agra, IndiaMeet a Local Host® in Agra

Welcome! My name is Mukesh and I am happy to be with you in Agra. I was born and raised in this great city. My tour guiding commenced in 2000, and I will be very delighted to share my knowledge and experience with you in the city of Taj.

Mehtab Bagh

The garden complex situated on the opposite bank of the Taj Mahal is known as Mehtab Bagh or the Moonlight Garden. It was designed as an integral part of the complex in the riverfront terrace pattern seen elsewhere in Agra. Originally, the garden was planted with fragrant flowers and used in the cool of the night as a place from which to view the Taj Mahal reflected in the octagonal pool and in the river.

Mohabbat The Taj

Indian heritage comes to life at the Kalakriti International Convention Centre which is home to Mohabbat The Taj, a state-of-the-art dance and drama spectacle depicting the famous saga of a King’s love for his Queen. The show tells of the immortal love story of Shajahan and his beautiful wife Mumtaj, highlighting the lavish lifestyle of the Mughal era and the hardships faced by the artisans who, for 22 years, toiled over the creation of one of the most amazing displays of craftsmanship in the world. During the show, a 12ft x 12ft replica of the Taj Mahal, the largest of its kind is lifted onto the stage. Hi-tech lighting, dramatic Dolby surround sound and comfortable seats fitted with multilingual options round out a mesmerizing theatrical experience. (August – April, 6.30pm-7.50pm)

Agra at Dawn

Rent a bicycle or book a tour to see Agra in its early morning hours. Watch as the city wakes and enjoy the early morning bustle at the wholesale vegetable and flower market and shoe trading market.

Jaipur

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Jaipur, IndiaMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Jaipur. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Jaipur and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Jaipur insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Jaipur

Hi I'm Mahendra and I look forward to sharing with you all that Jaipur has to offer.

Vidhyadhar Garden

Built by Viyadhar, the chief architect and town planner of Jaipur, this beautiful terraced garden has several galleries and pavilions decorated with exquisite murals, depicting Lord Krishna.

Ram Niwas Garden

Built in 1868 by Swai Ram Singh the garden sprawls over 33 acres in the center of Jaipur. In addition to the lovely gardens you will also find the Albert Hall Museum, the state Zoo, Ravindra Manch Theatre and several cafes and picnic spots on the premises.

Bapu & Nehru Bazaars

The ultimate places to get the famous Mojri shoes made from soft camel leather. With beautiful embroidering and vibrant colors these shoes are also comfortable and durable. Fabrics can also be found here as well as saris in colorful block prints inherent to this region.

Albert Hall

This museum, known to be the oldest in the state, was designed by Colonel Sir Swinton Jacob in 1876 to greet King Edward VII (Prince of Wales) on his visit to India. Positioned amidst the gardens of Ram Niwas Bagh in Jaipur, this museum has an assortment of rare articles on display including textiles, carpets, paintings, metal and wood crafts, pottery, arms and weapons, native flora and fauna, toys, dolls and even an Egyptian mummy.

Birla Temple

Dedicated to Hindu god Vishnu, this edifice was constructed of white marble with a modern approach. Visitors can marvel at the delicate carvings of symbols, quotes and mythological scenes that are engraved on the walls.

Varanasi

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Varanasi, India. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Varanasi and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Varanasi insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Varanasi, IndiaMeet a Local Host® in Varanasi

Hello, I'm Kunal, a licensed professional guide in Varanasi. Born and raised in Varanasi, I grew up learning the essence of the local culture. I always wanted to be of help to travelers, and am delighted to be of service. I want guests to acclimate with the local culture and have the best experience possible during their stay.

Bengali Tola Riverside

Stroll through the streets and onto the riverside for an insider’s look at the symbiotic life of the riverside people. Continue to Bengali Tola, the street of the Bengalis, to see hidden Mother Goddess Kali shrines and vistas of life along the riverside.

Northern Bazaars & Hidden Alleys

Head to an area where few tourists go - the bazaars in the Northern gallis of the old city to find hidden alleys leading directly through the sacred zone of Banaras to the oldest buildings of the city. Here in the lanes, peep inside the shops and temples and see how life is lived in this neighborhood.

Concert in Banaras Gharana

In Hindustani music, a gharana is a system of social organization linking musicians or dancers by lineage or apprenticeship, adhering to a particular music style. It also indicates a comprehensive musicological ideology. Hear Indian classical instruments such as the sitar, tabla, harmonium, flute, etc. Generally, the performance starts with prayer followed by a performance with other instruments. Q&A can be available at the end of the session.

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Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy. For singles traveling alone, a supplement will be quoted at the time of booking. Single rooms are available at a supplement; triple rooms are available at some hotels.

2019 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in August 2018.

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