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DELHI - MATHURA - GOKUL MAHAVAN - GOVERDHAM NAND GAON - BARSANA - AGRA - DELHI

Day 01 / Delhi - Mathura (147 kms/04.00 hrs)
Pickup from Delhi Airport / Railway Station, Drive to Mathura - city associated with the most revered of Hindu Gods - Lord Krishna, which is sacred being the birth place of Lord Krishna. The surroundings ' Braj Bhoomi ' is where Lord Krishna is supposed to have grown up. On arrival, check in at hotel. Afternoon visit Vrindavan , where Lord Krishna spent his childhood days , played the flute sporting with the Gopis and where Radhika pined for her lover. Visit the Govind Dev Temple - built in 1590 and a testimony to the architectural splendour of medieval India. Proceed to Rangaji Temple - Vrindavan's longest temple constructed in 1851 with a 50 feet tall ' Dhwaja Stambha ' believed to be gold - plated. Continue to Madan Mohan Temple situated near Kali Ghat , Glass Temple and the Bankey Bihari Temple - one of the oldest temples built in 1921. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 / Mathura / Gokul / Mahavan / Goverdhan / Mathura
After breakfast drive to Gokul where Nand Gopal was sheltered in Yashoda Maiya's home in secrecy to escape the wrath of tyrant Kansha. Also visit Gokul Nath Ji Temple. Proceed to Mahavan - believed to have cradled Lord Krishna. Visit 'Assi Khambha' the temple dedicated to Mathura Nath Ji. Continue to Goverdhan - where Lord Krishna held aloft 'Giriraj' , the sandstone hill on his finger for seven days and nights to protect the people of Braj from the wrath of rain and thunder sent by Indra. Return to Mathura. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 / Mathura / Nand Goan / Barsana / Mathura / Agra.
Morning visit Nand Gaon - the house of Lord Krishna's foster father Nand , in whose memory stands the 19th century temple. A little beyond is Pan Sarovar - one of the four most celebrated lakes in Braj. Continue to Barsana - the birth place of Radha - with temples in reverence of Ladliji ( Radha ) . Also visit the water tank ' Prem Sarovar ' , the first meeting place of Radha - Krishna. Later drive to Agra. Night stay at Agra.

Day 04 / Agra - Delhi (204 Kms / 4 Hrs.)
After breakfast visit to Taj Mahal - Monument to Love which was built in 1630 by Mghal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. Legend has it that once construction was completed, Shah Jehan had Lahori's hands cut off, and blinded, so he would never be able to duplicate the structure. What makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughals brought this concept to India they elevated it to heights of Incomparable artistry then visit to AGRA FORT - Fort built in red sandstone with its magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and the beautiful gardens. This is where Emperor Shah Jahan was kept under house arrest by his third son Aurangzeb and spent the last year of his life viewing the Taj Mahal from across the river Jamuna then drive back to Delhi. Tour ends with sweet memories.

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