DAY 1– Arrival in Varanasi, meet and greeting by our representative, proceed to Hotel by our pre- arranged car. Hotel check in, Later visit to City tour of Varanasi. City tour includes. 1. Bharat Mata Temple, Durga Temple, Sankat Mochan, New Vishwanath Temple and Drive pass through Banaras Hindu University. In evening proceed to Ganges to witness the magnificient Hindu ceremony performed at the bank of river Ganges. The ceremony is termed as “Aarti”. Overnight in Varanasi.
DAY 2- Early morning visit to Ganges by car, Boat ride at Ganges for an hour, seeing the panoramic view of Ghats of Varanasi, experience the custom and tradition of Hindus, seeing the people bathing in river Ganges, Palaces, Monuments, Temples and Cremation ground. Later walk in the narrow lanes of old city and visit to oldest Shiva temple, Kashi VIshwanath which is also known as Golden Temple.Back to hotel and have breakfast, post breakfast visit to Sarnath which is situated approx. 10kms from the Varanasi city. Sarnath is a place where lord Buddha gave first sermon to his first five disciple. The place sarnath is considered to be the origin of Buddhism, as the sermon was first delivered here itself.Visit to the Sarnath ruins- Dhamek Stupa, Dharm Rajika Stupa, Ashoka Pillar, and monasteries, temple Mulgandha Kuti Vihar and Archeological museum of Sarnath. Overnight in Varanasi.
DAY 3– After breakfast proceed for Jaunpur Excursion.
Jaunpur holds its own important historical, social and political status. Historically it is proved that the city has its continuous existence studying the rock edicts, archaeological remains and other available facts.After the invasion of Muslims in India, Jaunpur was influenced by many Muslim invaders such as Sharqi Empire, Lodi Dynasty and Mughal Empire. Excursion of Jaunpur includes the sightseeing as
a. Atala mosque
Firoz Shah III began the construction of the Atala mosque in 1393 .Atala mosque is model of Indo-Iran architecture. The Atala became a model for other mosques in the Jaunpur district. The height of the Atala mosque is over 100 feet (30 m). The entrance has three massive stone pylons.
b. Jhanjhari mosque
The Jhanjhari mosque, on the north bank of the Gomti river, was built by Ibrahim in Jaunpur township. It was a residence of Ibrahim himself, as well as a place for saints, scholars (pandits) and the army (who kept animals such as elephants, camels, horses and mules). After human destruction and flood damage, only the facade remains. This consists of an arch, 35 feet (11 m) high and 32 feet (9.8 m) wide. Some of the stones from this mosque were used in the construction of the Shahi bridge.
c. Jama mosque
The Jama mosque is another of the Sharqi dynasty period, started by Ibrahim and after a number of construction phases, completed by Hussain. It is located on the Shahganj road near the Purani bazaar at Madiyahun. The size of the mosque interior is 219 feet (67 m) x 217 feet (66 m). 27 steps climb to the top. There are four gates, one at each cardinal point. The eastern gateway was destroyed by Sikander Lodhi. The mosque is decorated with Egyptian style engravings and lotus,sunflower and rose motifs.
d. Lal Darwaza mosque
Lal Darwaza Masjid, Jaunpur|This Mosque was built in 1447 (as per inscription of this mosque) at Begumganj, 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Jaunpur, during the reign of Sultan Mahmud Sharqi, by Queen Bibi Rajyi, dedicated to Maulana Sayyid Ali Dawood Kutubbudin, a celebrated saint (Maulana) of Jaunpur, whose descendent still live in the mohalla bazaar bhua Pandariba Jaunpur and mohalla Namaz Gah laldarwaza.. The mosque occupies 212 square feet (19.7 m2) x 188 square feet (17.5 m2) and has three entrances and a courtyard. It is also known as the “Red Portal Mosque”.
e. Shahi Pul
The Shahi Pul is a bridge over the Gomti river at Jaunpur township. It was built by Khankhana in 1564 for Akbar. The bridge is 26 feet (7.9 m) wide. At each end were pillboxes to house stalls. On a square platform in the middle of the bridge, there is a large sculpture of a lion with an elephant underneath its forepaws. The statue originated in a Buddhist monastery.
f. Shahi Qila
In 1162, Firoz Shah III built the Shahi Qila (the imperial fort). The Kerar Kot fort once stood on the same site in Jaunpur township on the left (north) bank of the Gomti river. It contained a mosque and a spacious and stylish set of baths (hammam) installed by Ibrahim, Firoz’s brother. The layout of the fort is an irregular quadrangle enclosed in stone walls. The walls surround raised earthworks. Most of the remains of the original structures are buried or in ruin.
The main gates face east. The largest inner gate is 14 metres (46 ft) in height. Its external surface is set with ashlar stone. A further, outer, gate was installed during the reign of the Mughal king, Akbar, under the patronage of the governor of Jaunpur, Min’im Khan in the 16th century. It is designed in the shape of a flanking bastion. The spandrels or spaces between the arches of the outer gate were decorated with blue and yellow tiles. Ornamental niches are built into the walls of the outer gate.
The two story residential and administrative building or “palace” was built in a square layout. An interior pillared verandah or aiwan overlooked the ground floor from the first.
The mosque or masjid is likely the oldest building in Jaunpur township. It was a simple arcade of about 39.40 metres (129.3 ft) x 6.65 metres (21.8 ft). It was supported by pillars in the Bengali style. There are three low central domes and no minars.
After sightseeing of Jaunpur, back to Varanasi. Overnight in Varanasi.
DAY 4– Post breakfast proceed to Airport or Railway Station to catch flight/train for next destination.
- 03 Night Stay in Hotel on Double Sharing Basis.
- 01 Buffet / Fixed breakfast in Hotel.
- Air-conditioned Transport as per itinerary.
- Boat Ride at Ganges (Once) for hour.
- Entrance ticket for Sarnath and Archaeological Museum of Sarnath
- One Bottle mineral water per person per day.
- All applicable taxes.
- Meals: Lunch and Dinner
- Video Charges at Monuments.
- Guide Charges.
- Any train fare or airfare to/from Varanasi.