Welcome to Uttar Pradesh


Aside from iconic Agra, UP is home to Varanasi, India's holiest city, famed for its cremation ghats and vibrant ceremonies along the Ganges River. Stories tell us that Krishna was born in Mathura, while Rama was born in Ayodhya – a place of tragic conflict in modern times that reveals much about the shadow side of the collective Indian psyche. Buddha gave his first sermon in Sarnath and died in Kushinagar, now tranquil pilgrimage destinations. And the Mughals and the Nawabs made their marks as well, leaving behind architectural and gastronomic masterpieces – particularly in Lucknow (and of course Agra). UP offers more than enough to satisfy the senses – and curiosities – of any traveller.


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$90 Cultural & Theme Tours

11-Hour Agra Day Tour: Sunrise and Sunset of Taj Mahal

If you are an early bird, you should never miss Taj Mahal at sunrise. We will pick you up at your preferable location in Agra before 5:30am and simply marvel at the spectacular Taj Mahal. Take your time to admire the majestic architecture of Taj Mahal - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous and beautiful buildings in the world. Our professional local guide will reveal all the mysteries of Taj Mahal and its architecture. Even if you have read about it or seen the photos, experiencing Taj Mahal at sunrise in person will always take your breath away. If you prefer later departure time, we will pick you up at your preferable time and location and also start the journey at Taj Mahal. Later on we will visit the nearby Agra Fort that is an amazing building and UNESCO World Heritage Site. This fort in red also features impressive architecture and beautiful pavilions. Our guide will explain to you about all the beautiful palaces inside Agra Fort as well its origin and the history.After Agra Fort, we will visit Baby Taj Mahal - Etmad Ud Daulla's Tomb. The tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah is also an architectural marvel that is situated on the bank of Yamuna. People also refer it as mini Taj Mahal because it is similar to Minars, the stone work called pietra dura and lattice work. Our Guide will explain its fascinating history and exquisite carving work and architecture.Take a lunch break. After lunch explore Agra art and crafts. Agra has always been known for its leather products and its handicraft variation. In addition to the exclusive products from Agra, you will also be introduced to paintings, pottery, handicrafts and other artist works from different parts of the country.Around 4pm, visit the tomb of Emperor Akbaand and learn more about this greatest Emperor in India history. The last stop is Mehtab Bagh (Moonlight Garden ) for a romantic view of Taj Mahal at sunset. Mahtab Bagh is located across the river Yamuna from Taj Mahal and considered a perfect place to view Taj Mahal without the jostling crowds. You can actually sit in peace and admire the beauty of the monument at sunset. In the meantime, your guide will explain the history of this beautiful garden.If your schedule allows, you have the option of adding Fatehpur Sikri to this tour. Please discuss with you tour for the option.

$35 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

3-Hour Varanasi Morning Sunrise Boat Tour

Start your day with a morning boat ride at dawn. You have a chance to observe the Hindu way of life along the bank of the Ganges River (Ganga Ghat or Banaras Ghat). Varanasi presents a unique combination of physical, metaphysical and supernatural elements. According to the Hindu mythology, Varanasi liberates soul from human body to the ultimate. It is the Ganga Ghats of Varanasi that complement the concept of divinity. The Ganga Ghats at Varanasi are full of pilgrims who flock to the sacred river to take a dip in the holy Ganges, which is believed to absolve one from all sins. Watching people come down to river in the early morning, taking a bath in the mother Ganga, performing rituals, worshiping the Sun is a unique experience. There are number of temples on the banks of the Ganges River in Varanasi. The old buildings, ashrams and palaces along the river side look as colorful as a rainbow when the sunlight hits them. It is at the Banaras Ghat where we can see life and death together. There are numbers of Ghats alongside Ganges River in Varanasi. There are numbers of Ghats alongside Ganges River in Varanasi. Some of the prominent and popular Ghats at Varanasi are the Dasaswamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Harischandra Ghat, Assi Ghat,Shivala Ghat, Man Mandir Ghat, Darbhanga Ghat, Ahilyabai Ghat and the Kedar Ghat. After the boat ride, take a small walk in to the oldest part of Varanasi where is famous for its narrow streets. Stop by the Kashi Vishwnath Temple, also known as Golden Temple, and see the outside of the beautiful temple. After the tour is concluded, we will take you back to your hotel.

$68 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Ganges River Boat Cruise

5:30am - Early Morning Sunrise Boat Ride on GangesAfter pickup from your hotel in Varanasi, proceed to your sunrise boat ride on the Ganges. See the early morning riverside rituals performed on the Ganges, which is a special experience. Observe people lost in prayer, washing themselves and doing their laundry. After the boat ride take a short walking tour of the back alleyways of the old city and have glimpse of Hindus holiest temple the Kashi Vishwanath. 8:30am - Break for Breakfast (at your own expense) 10:00am - Banaras Hindu University (BHU)Explore the biggest campus University in Asia, established in 1916, long regarded as a center of learning. On the campus is Bharat Kala Bhavan, a roomy museum with a wonderful collection of miniature paintings, as well as 12th-century palm-leaf manuscripts, sculptures and local historical displays. 10:30am - New Vishwanath TempleVisit the new Vishwanath Temple, also called the Birla Temple is also located inside the Banaras Hindu University. The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and it is the exact copy of the original Vishwanath Temple. 11:30am - Mother India Temple (Bharat Mata Mandir)See the Bharat Mata Temple this the only temple dedicated to Mother India built in 1918. The temple has an unusual marble relief map of the Indian subcontinent inside. 12:30pm - Silk Weaving Art of VaranasiVaranasi is known throughout India for its production of very fine silk and Banarasi saris. Varanasi saris are adorned with intricate designs and embellishments making it popular during traditional functions and weddings. The city has flourished as the textile capital of the region and you will watch how this traditional silk work is produced.1:30pm - Lunch Break (at your own expense) Lunch at one of the best local restaurants in the area.2:30pm - Visit SarnathIn Sarnath visit Dhamekh Stupa and the monastery ruins. This where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Also, visit the Archaeological Museum, this fully modernized 100-year-old sandstone museum houses wonderfully displayed ancient treasures from the 3rd-century BC. Important: The Archaeological Museum in Sarnath is closed on Fridays. 5:00pm - Evening Aarti Ceremony at the Ganges RiverTake a boat to see the cremation ground then come back to Dashashwamedh Ghat to watch the nightly Ganga Aarti ceremony with fire  dancing performed right in front of you. 8pm - Return to Your Hotel

$50 Day Trips & Excursions

One Day Taj Mahal & Agra Tour from Delhi by Super-Fast Train

( 07:00 hrs) Pick up from Airport or hotel in Delhi/NCR/Gurugram & drive to AgraYou will be early morning picked up from your hotel in Delhi and transferred to the Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station to board the Gatimaan Express (air-conditioned & India’s fastest train) for Agra. Breakfast will be served onboard. The breakfast is delicious and copious in quantity to qualify as brunch.(09:50 hrs.) Meet Agra tour guide on arrival – Proceed to visit Taj MahalOur driver & Agra tour guide will receive you at the Agra Railway Station. An air-conditioned private vehicle with chauffeur will pick you up from the station and drive to Taj Mahal, the love monument & very identity of Agra. Accompanied by your local guide, visit the famous white marble monument, world symbol of love. The Taj Mahal is the central part of this excursion. ( 11:50 hrs) Proceed to visit Red Fort of AgraAfter the Taj Mahal, the excursion leads to the Agra Fort which was once the capital city of powerful Mughal rulers where the architecture of red sandstone tells the tales of glory of the past. Accompanied by Agra tour guide.(13:30 hrs ) Lunch BreakNow it’s lunch time after sightseeing of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Take lunch at your own. (14:30 hrs) Explore MarketsYou can explore markets for handicrafts in evenings, during the last leg of excursion to Agra. Take advantage of this excursion to Agra to stroll around the local markets and discover the local crafts as well as the art of pruning marble. Depending upon your wish, you can explore local market of Agra, famous for intricately carved marble products, handicraft articles, rugs, carpets and jewellery(15:30 hrs) Visit Mehtab Bagh (A Moon Light Garden) Now, drive to Mehtab Bag across River Yamuna. Agra tour guide will accompany you and take you to Mehtab Bag. Visit to Mehtab Bagh for a view of the Taj Mahal at sunset is a cherished moment of a photographer. It will be an experience you will not soon forget! Watch the sun set on the white marble of the sublime Taj Mahal, on the other side of the Yamuna River.( 17:00 hrs) Transfer to Agra Railway StationAfter completing the sightseeing of Agra, you will be transferred to Agra Railway station board Delhi-bound Gatimaan Express train. The train departs from Agra at 17:50 Hours. Dinner will be served on-board.( 19:30 hrs) Departure to New Delhi airport or HotelYou will be received by our chauffeur at Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station in Delhi and transferred to hotel or the airport to board onward flight.

$15 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Sunrise or Sunset View of Taj Mahal on Yamuna River Boat Ride

Meet your guide at the meeting point at your selected departure time. Get fitted for a bicycle and helmet and ride for about 1.5km to the departure point of your boat ride, behind the Taj Mahal. Your 30-minute boat ride will commence on Yamuna River, where you can appreciate the magnificence and beauty of the iconic Taj Mahal. Relax, take photos, and appreciate the romantic sunrise or sunset view. You can have up to 5 people on the same boat. After finishing your boat ride, you have the option of visiting the rooftop of a restaurant near Taj Mahal. Otherwise, you will cycle back to the starting point. Hotel pickup and drop-off is not included but can be arranged an at additional cost.

$40 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Taj Mahal Sunrise Tour

A chauffeur driven private car will pick you up from your hotel in Agra at 5:30AM in the early morning. After you are introduced to your guide, you will drive to the Taj Mahal - the Seven Wonders of the World and surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. You will enjoy the most alluring view of Taj Mahal in the relative quiet early morning, shrouded in mists and bathed with a soft morning glow. As its vast marble surfaces fall into the shadow or reflect the sun, the color changes from soft grey and yellow to pearly cream and dazzling white.The Taj Mahal looks milky white in the soft light of early morning. Not only will you witness the magical effects caused by the reflections of the changing colors of the rising sun, but also you will experience the insights about this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife by your guide. After the tour is concluded, we will transfer you to your hotel in Agra.

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