DELHI–AMRITSAR-DHARMSHALA-SHIMLA-KUFRI-RISHIKESH–HARIDWAR-DELHI-VARANASI (14 Days – 13 Nights)
On arrival at Indira Gandhi international airport, Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Check-in time is 12 Noon.
Afternoon: Sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid, drive pass tour the Red Fort, visit the Raj Ghat where Mahatma Ghandi was cremated and take an invigorating rickshaw ride through the streets of Old Delhi!
GURUDWARA SHRI BANGLA SAHIB (Sikh Temple) is one of the most important historical and sacred pilgrimage destinations of the Sikh community in India and the most sacred among the destinations in Delhi. It was actually a Haveli or Bangla where Guru Hari Krishan, the eighth Sikh Guru of the Sikhs, stayed during his tour to Delhi in 1664. The Guru was entertained as a royal guest by Mirza Raja Jai Singh in this bangla. Later this bangla became the memoir of the Guru and was later converted to gurudwara. It is estimated that more than 10,000 visitors visit this Gurudwara every day.
Overnight in Delhi
After an early breakfast, provide in time transfer to railway station to board the train to Amritsar
Train Name & Name : Swarna Shatabadi / 12029
Departure from Delhi : 0720 Hrs
Arrival at Amritsar : 1335 Hrs
Proposed Class : AC chair car
On arrival meet and assist by our representative and transfer to hotel. At the heart of the Amritsar, a long white wall greets you with a clock tower and pretty arched windows but not the slightest hint of the wonder hidden beyond the central gate. Walk through and as you reach the top of the stops the Golden temples a suddenly reveled glorious an breathtaking with domes and parapets mirrored in a glistening lake, cloisters, shrines sacred tress and pilgrims ‘Saris’ fluttering in the light. Times stands still, words are few an in this beautiful oasis, spirituality becomes tangible. In the evening you will proceed to visit Golden Temple.
Overnight in Amritsar
Morning after breakfast sightseeing of Amritsar which includes Amritsar resplendent Golden Temple, Spiritual Center of Sikh Faith, built by Guru Arjun in the late 16th Century. We will also visit Akal Takht, Jallianwala Bagh, India-Pakistan border at Wagha to view the Border Retreat Ceremony. Overnight at the Hotel.
The Golden Temple Amritsar India (Sri Harimandir Sahib Amritsar) is not only a central religious place of the Sikhs, but also a symbol of human brotherhood and equality.The Golden Temple Amritsar India (Sri Harmandir Sahib Amritsar) has a unique Sikh architecture. The four entrances of this holy shrine from all four directions, signify that people belonging to every walk of life are equally welcome.
Akal Takhat (Punjabi: Akāl Taḵẖt) means the Throne of the Immortal and is the highest political institution of the Sikhs. “Akal” means “The Timeless One” – another term for God. “Takhat” means “throne” in Persian.
The Akal Takhat is an impressive building that sits directly in front of the causeway leading to the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
Jallianvala Bagh Massacre, involved the killing of hundreds of unarmed, defenceless Indians by a senior British militry officer, took place on 13 April 1919 in the heart of Amritsar, the holiest city of the Sikhs, on a day sacred to them as the birth anniversary of the Khalsa. Jallianvala Bagh,. a garden belonging to the Jalla, derives name from that of the owners of this piece of land in Sikh times.
Wagha Border (India – Pakistan Border)
Every day of the year, just before sunset, a flag lowering ceremony takes place at the Wagah Border between India and Pakistan. The ceremony lasts for around 45 minutes in total. It starts with high patriotic spirits from sides of the border. Soldiers march towards the gate at the border, which is thrown open when they reach there. The soldiers salute each other and start lowering the flags.
Overnight in Amritsar
Morning after breakfast drive to Dharmshala.
Dharamsala is beautifully located on a ridge of the Dhauladhar range. The town rises in levels up the hill from a height of 1250 m to 2000 m. The snow line, not far away and the dramatic Dhauladhar Peaks rise above the town – far below are the misty plains.
Overnight in Dharmshala
Explore McLeod Gang, a suburb of Dharamsala often referred to as “Little Lhasa” because it is the home to Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso a modern day “Siddhartha”, and the Tibetan Government in Exile. The Tibetan settlement of Dharamsala began in 1959, when His Holiness the Dalai Lama had to flee Tibet and the India Prime Minister allowed him and his followers to settle in McLeod Ganj (in Upper Dharmsala), a former colonial British summer picnic spot. Today there are many temples, monasteries and schools here. McLeod Ganj has also attracted many foreigners who wish to study Tibetan Buddhism encouraging tourism and commerce in the Tibetan Community. See Namgyal Monastery, the main monastery for monks training and the Tibetan Village School, which teaches lay children.
Overnight in Dharamsala
Morning breakfast in the hotel later transfer to Shimla. After fresh up go for local sightseeing of Shimla. Shimla mosque built in 1830, Vice Regal lodge, Christ Church built in 1844 the Gaiety Theatre, The Scandal Point, Kaali Baari temple and Jakhoo temple. The evening is free to explore the famous shopping Plaza of the North.
Overnight in Shimla.
Morning breakfast in the hotel later Excursion to Kufri. Kufri is famous for its Himalayan National Park, Poney and Yak Ride and One can see the endless Himalayan Panorama from Kufri, driving further from Kufri to Chail is exciting drive. Chail can be a better option and Later visit to The Highest cricket ground .Evening at Leisure.
Overnight in Shimla
Morning after breakfast drive to Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is virtually a town of saints, sages and scholars. Rishikesh is a rare religious center located on the right bank of river Ganga. There are a number of Ashrams where religious discourses are held. The place is also a renowned center for yoga teachings. Rishikesh is also an attraction for foreign pilgrims who want to know about Hinduism and who want to spend some time close to the Lord.
Overnight in Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is a holy city for Hindus located in the foothills of the Himalaya in northern India. Legend states that Lord Rama did penance here for killing Ravana, the demon king of Lanka. It is also known as the gateway to the Himalayas, Rishikesh is the starting point for traveling to the sites that form the Char Dham pilgrimage – Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, in Rishikesh visit the magnificent ashrams and famous Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula.
After visit drive to Haridwar. Haridwar(Hardwar) has been derived from two words, ‘Har’ means Shiva, ‘Hari’ means Vishnu, and Dwar means gate. Haridwar is thus the gateway to the two holy shrines of Shiva and Vishnu in Badrinath and Kedarnath, respectively. Places to See in Haridwar are Har-ki-Pauri ghat is one of the most sacred Ghats in India as Maha arti is performed on this ghat every evening. Haridwar is famous for its Ganges ceremony (Ganga Aarti) that is celebrated at 7 pm each night. Other places to see include Mayapuri and Kankhal, which are near Haridwar.Mansa Devi is a temple located on top of a hill called the Bilwa Parvat. One can reached the temple, by the rope way or one can take the normal trekking route to the top.
After visit drive back to Rishikesh for Overnight stay.
Overnight in Rishikesh.
Morning after breakfast drive to Delhi. Also drive past INDIA GATE, the memorial of the First World War and the road that leads from there to RASHTRAPATHI BHAWAN – the residence of the President of India, which is flanked by the houses of Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings.
On arrival transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Delhi
Morning breakfast in the hotel later drive to airport to board the flight for Varanasi.
Flight Name and Number: – SG- 116 (Spice Jet)
Departure Time 0905hrs
Arrival Time 1025hrs
Upon arrival meet and greet by our representative and transfer to the Hotel.
The Holy City Banaras’, is one of the most important pilgrim sites in India and also a major tourist attraction. Situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges, Varanasi has been a center of learning and civilization for over 2000 years. Many come here to seek peace and tranquility of mind something which is greatly enhanced during a Benaras visit.
Varanasi is a city of winding alleys with bustling markets, each specializing in something. Fabrics, metal ware, milk products, snacks, sweetmeats, handicrafts, wedding decorations, temple paraphernalia, bangles – Varanasi has it all. The bazaars are at their colourful best in the evening and best explored on foot and by cycle-rickshaw.
The best way to end an evening in Varanasi is at Dasashwamedh Ghat, where you can watch priests perform the evening prayer to the Ganges.
Evening, attend evening prayer at Dashawamedh Ghat.
Overnight in Varanasi.
Early Morning Boat Ride in Varanasi. Sun rise at the holy river is a truly tranquil and breath taking sight with pilgrims standing waist‑deep in water, praying to the rising Sun.
Later walk through the waterfront, from Assi Ghat to Dashashwamedh Ghat. It constitutes one half of the famous Panchatirthi pilgrimage, the visit to the five sacred fords. Although on this tour we are not going to do the prayers or ritual baths that are part of the pilgrimage, you will be able to see pilgrims participating in it.
After visit drive back to hotel for Breakfast.
After breakfast visit After breakfast visit the The Benaras Hindu University founded in 1916 and its famous Museum ‑ Bharat Kala Bhavan which houses one of the finest collection of Mughal miniature paintings and brocade textiles. The Bharat Mata and Durga Temple and see the famous Vishwanath temple with its spires covered with gold, dedicated to Shiva, the presiding deity of the city.
Afternoon proceed for excursion tour of Sarnath. The place where the Buddha turned the Wheel of Law and delivered His First Sermon. See the Chowkandi and Dhamek Stupas, the ruins of 9th and 10th century monasteries and temples, the temple built by the Mahabodhi Society in 1931, and the Tibetan Temple. Visit the famous Sarnath Museum.
Overnight in Varanasi.
Morning kept free for leisure.
Breakfast in the hotel.
Later transfer to airport to board the flight for Delhi.
Flight Name and Number: – SG- 233 (Spice Jet)
Departure Time 1100hrs
Arrival Time 1225hrs
Upon arrival visit LOTUS TEMPLE before transfer to the Hotel.
The structure is made up of pure white marble The architect Furiburz Sabha chose the lotus as the symbol common to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. Adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate.
Around the blooming petals there are nine pools of water, which light up, in natural light. It looks spectacular at dusk when it is flood lit.
Overnight in Delhi.
Morning after breakfast, On time transfer to the International airport to board the flight for onward journey.
India offers a unique opportunity to see and experience the Himalayas at close quarters, both in Northern and Eastern India.
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