The Heritage Arc: a cultural journey

The Heritage Arc: a cultural journey

The Heritage Arc: a cultural journey

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India – a land so diverse that each city will leave you mesmerised with its uniqueness. There are numerous examples of cities that will have you spellbound with their unique slice of history, culture and architecture. One such journey that many of us have undertaken is through the Golden Triangle covering Delhi – Agra – Jaipur in that or reverse order. For someone wanting a short and concise journey through history & culture of north India, including a tinge of romance of the Taj Mahal – this journey proves just perfect!

Perfect it is! And we can’t disagree. But what if you have already had a dose of this cultural whirlwind and would like to explore more. Or maybe you want to view the holy Ganges aarti, devour Biryani & still see the Taj Mahal in all its glory! We at Black Swan Journeys, invite you on a journey through the Heritage Arc of India (if we may call it that!). A journey through Agra – Lucknow – Varanasi!

AGRA

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Already a part of the Golden Triangle circuit, it hardly needs an introduction. The former capital of Hindustan; it is easily the most frequented city in India – for a good reason of course! Located on the banks of the river Yamuna, it boasts of many Mughal era monuments. Taj Mahal, Sikandra or Akbar’s tomb, Itmad-ud-Daulah & the Agra Fort being the most prominent among them. Fatehpur Sikri, just outside of Agra makes of a great half day trip!

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Apart from visiting the must see sights we take you through the lesser known Agra. Here you can choose to explore the flavours of some of the unique dishes, capture the essence of local life as your stroll through little bazzars, and visit the birth place of Mirza Galib!

LUCKNOW

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Not one to lag behind in history and importance, this Land of the Nawabs still preserves its culture. Lucknow is not just any other city, but a chapter that folds and unfolds itself each time one visits this epicentre of culture. The surviving monuments of the city mark the evolution of an interesting style in architecture. Some of sites that preserve this culture are Bada Imambara, La Martiniere College, Chota Imambara, Clock Tower and Rumi Darwaza.

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With a local expert guide we take you on a walking tour through the bustling bazzars of Aminabad, the history of the city through a heritage walk or a food trail. For a peek into the sufi traditions of the city we invite you on a guided visit to the Deva Sharif along with a session with the Qawals!

VARANASI

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The land of Lord Shiva, a blindingly colourful and sublimely enchanting city! It is not only a pilgrimage for your soul but also your stomach. Considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities, Varanasi is a vibrant amalgamation of history, spirituality and music. Some of the must do’s here are touring the Ghats for Ganga aarti, Vishwanath temple, Banaras Hindu University and Sarnath.

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We bring you an opportunity to walk through or cycle around the lanes of Banaras with an expert guide. Get a peep into local life by visiting the workshops of Banaras Saree weavers. For the more musically inclined we’d suggest attending a private session of Banaras music (Gharana) with experienced singers with a chance to interact and acquaint yourself with the music of the bygone era.

The essentials:
• Delhi is a perfect pre or post tour addition
• Agra to Lucknow is a comfortable 6 hour train ride
• Lucknow to Varanasi is another 6 and half hour train ride
• Varanasi has flight / trains connecting major cities in India

For more information on stays and experiences for the above or any other destinations within India or abroad please write to us at knock@black-swan.in

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