Top attractions in Uttar Pradesh
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1. Varanasi: Evening Dinner with Private Transfer
Between 7:00PM and 7:30 PM, your chauffeur along with a representative will pick you up from the hotel lobby in a private air-conditioned vehicle for your evening dinner in local restaurant. Upon arrival, you will be received with a pleasing welcome by the restaurant staff. You will receive some soft drinks as per your taste, partnered with appetizing starters. In between, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about Varanasi City, about its culture & tradition, about Hinduism, and any curious questions which you might want to know the answers to. After your authentic three course dining experience is over, you will be dropped back at your nearby accommodation in your air-conditioned vehicle.
2. 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 ...
3. Varanasi: Temples, Ganges Aarti, and Classical Dance Tour
Start with an afternoon pickup from your hotel at 3:00 PM. First make your way to the most famous and important temples of Varanasi, the Goddess Durga temple. Learn of the many interesting stories and myths attached to this temple from your guide. Visit the Bharat Mata temple or the Mother India temple. This temple is one of a kind in the entire country where rather than idol worship, there is an undivided map of India, symbolizing the worship for one’s motherland. Visit the Monkey temple, which is dedicated to the monkey god, and the Tulsi Manas temple which has the one of the two greatest epic Ramayana engraved on its wall. See the Shri Vishwanath temple in Banaras Hindu University which is reputed to be one of the tallest in the entire country. After exploring the temples, head towards the Assighat for the evening aarti. An experience which is claimed to be magical by people from al...
4. Private Taj Mahal & Agra Tour from Delhi by Car
Begin your full day Taj Mahal and Agra Fort tour with a pick-up from your hotel in the Delhi NCR area or the airport starting any time between 4.00 and 10.00 am, to depart to Agra city via the expressway. Meet your private guide when you arrive in Agra city and proceed to the Taj Mahal, which was built in the 17th century by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his beloved wife Mumtaz. After touring the Taj Mahal, head to the nearby Agra Fort, built in 1565 A.D. and another majestic creation of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Begin the drive back to your hotel in Delhi after enjoying a lunch in Agra, for which your guide can give you an overview and suggestions for the best restaurants in the city.
I was very hesitant & nervous to book a tour as a solo female traveler but took the leap & I’m so glad I did!!! Right after I booked online, the time and location were confirmed within an hour. On the day of the tour, the driver was friendly and the car was clean and comfortable. We then picked up my tour guide Ashik & he was just amazing! He made this tour even better than I expected. He knew all the best photo locations & took a ton of great photos. He shared some very interesting facts too. We ended the day at a local restaurant where I got to try some authentic local cuisine. I HIGHLY recommend this tour and Ashik!
5. Agra: Skip-the-Line Taj Mahal with Mausoleum Admission
Book your tickets to the Taj Mahal in advance, and save time on your visit to this must-see sight. The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage site, admired for its beautiful Mughal architecture. Avoid the stress of waiting in line and choose a convenient time slot so you can plan your day in advance. One of the New 7 Wonders of the World, this mausoleum was commissioned by Shah Jahan for his wife in 1631. Spend time walking around and admiring the minarets, fountains, and adjoining gardens. A sunrise visit is highly recommended for a memorable experience and to avoid crowds.
Unfortunately the driver took us to the west gate and not the main one, made for a very long walk
6. Delhi: 6-Day Golden Triangle & Varanasi Private Tour
Begin the first day of your trip with a pickup from your hotel or other desired place in Delhi, Noida or Gurugram. Start with a half-day city tour of Delhi. Visit Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple, and India Gate. Drive by Parliament House and the President's Palace. After that, proceed to Agra via a 4-hour drive. Upon arrival in Agra, check in to your hotel. On day 2, you will get up before sunrise, and head to the Taj Mahal to watch the sun come up over this world-famous monument. You will spend two hours exploring the site. After that, return to your hotel for breakfast and to check out, and then spend an hour visiting the Agra Fort. You will then start the 5-hour drive to Jaipur. After breakfast the following day, you will enjoy a guided tour of the Amber Fort. Next, visit the Jal Mahal, a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake, followed by the Maharaja’s City Palace. Drive pa...
7. Chambal: Full-Day River Safari Tour from Agra
Get picked up in Agra and start the 45-minute drive to Chambal River in a private and air-conditioned car. Start the safari on a motorboat with your professional English-speaking guide upon arrival and go on a 3-hour tour. Explore the home of endangered species such as Gharials, the fish-eating crocodile. You will also be able to see red-crowned roof turtles, Ganges river dolphins, or mugger crocodiles. Stop at a local restaurant for lunch and enjoy a break. After your lunch break, visit the town of Jarar which is a fascinating mixture of the old and the new. At the end of this activity, together with your local guides, you will head back towards Agra.
8. Varanasi: Private Evening Rooftop Dinner
At around 6:30PM, your chauffeur will pick you up from your hotel lobby and drive you to the Ganga View Roof Top Restaurant, situated near Chausatti Ghat and Dashaswmedh Road. It is a relatively low costing restaurant that prominently serves North Indian Cuisine. From this open terrace restaurant, you can enjoy the light breeze coming in from the river, as well as an enchanting view of the Ganga river. The panoramic glances will take your breath away, and you can take photographs from here to catalogue your memories. After having a mouth-watering dinner in one of the most famous restaurants in Varanasi your chauffeur will drop you back to your nearby accommodation.
9. From Varasani: Private Half Day Tour to Sarnath
Your half day tour of Sarnath will begin at 11.00am, where you will be picked up from your hotel in Varanasi. You will relax in your private chauffeur-driven and air-conditioned car as you head to Sarnath, just 10km outside the town. Your knowledgeable English-speaking guide will teach you the history of this pilgrimage site, one of the four supreme sites of Buddhism. You will explore the rustic ruins of Buddhist monuments which are deeply associated with important Buddhist teachings. You will witness the incredible 'Dhameka Stupa' where Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. You will also visit 'Chaukhandi Stupa' another major site, before continuing to Sarnath Archeological Museum that displays many fascinating artefacts. This visit would not be complete without seeing the 'Lion Capital of Ashoka', the national emblem of India. Lastly, you will stop by the 'Mula...
10. From Delhi: Taj Mahal & Agra Fort Ticket & Optional Transfer
Book your tickets to the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort in advance, and save time. Avoid the stress of waiting in line with skip the line access included. The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, admired for its beautiful Mughal architecture. Spend time walking around and admiring the minarets, fountains, and adjoining gardens. Choose a sunrise visit for a memorable experience and to avoid crowds. Agra Fort is a majestic red-walled fort about 2 miles away from the Taj Mahal. Walk around the distinctive halls, and observe the ornate mirror work. You also have the option to add transfers to make your trip easier. A driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Delhi and take you to both sites before returning you to your hotel at the end of the day.
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What people are saying about Uttar Pradesh
We were picked up on time and our driver was good. Our tour guide Shain was extremely friendly and helpful, we would recommend taking a tour with him at any time. The sunrise tour was a great option because there weren't as many tourists crowding, and we thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the history at the Agra Fort. I especially enjoyed how Shain always offered to take our picture and showed us the best photo opportunities. Thanks for the wonderful experience!
Private car, driver and guide was absolutely great. I unfortunately lost the name of our driver but he was very nice and kind. Took us to breakfast before the long 3.5 hours to Agra. Once in Agra we picked up our guide Akil who was fantastic. Showed us all around the Taj, baby Taj and the Agra Fort. Lunch was at a great restaurant. Overall a great value for the $ and we tipped well! Definitely worth a day trip so I recommend making the time!
The organisation for our trip was fantastic. We were booked at the same time as Holi Festival which meant the monuments were closed on one of the days. Our driver and guide reorganised the itinerary which meant we could participate in the festival as well as see the amazing sights.
A magical day with a very high quality guide. Very professional and mastering the history of the place very well. Very available for all other requests.
Perfectly organized, friendly driver. Ask for Faizal to be your guide.