Golden Spiritual Trail

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Brief Itinerary

Day

Activities

01 Arrive Delhi
02 Delhi
03 Delhi – Rishikesh
04 Rishikesh – Haridwar
05 Haridwar – Mathura
06 Mathura – Agra – Faizabad
07 Arrive Faizabad - Allahabad
08 Allahabad- Varanasi (125 kms/3 hrs)
09 Varanasi
10 Varanasi – Delhi

Day 01:

Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi and meet our representative in the arrival lounge and transfer to hotel. Rest of the time to get rid jet leg. Overnight at hotel.
(Meal: None)

Day 02:

Delhi
Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed on a city tour of this city of astonishing history. We visit Old Delhi and The important places in Old Delhi include the majestic Red Fort, a rickshaw ride through busy and historical Chandni Chowk is some experience; visit the Jama Masjid (the mosque). We continue with the tour and visit Raj Ghat (The place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated) and Shanti Vana. We make our way towards New Delhi and drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidents Palace and one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys) visit The India Gate: a memorial raised in honor of the Indian soldiers, Qutab Minar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty and Humayuns Tomb, The Laxminarayan Temple, built by the Birlas (Leading industrial house in India) Overnight at hotel (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 03:

Delhi – Rishikesh
Morning drive for Rishikesh. On arrival check-in at your hotel. Situated 24 km upstream from Haridwar, at the confluence of the chandrabhaga and Ganga, Rishikesh has long been a spiritual centre. It is said that the sage Raibhya Rishi did severe penance here and as a reward, God appeared to him in the form of Hrishikesh, hence the name. Rishikesh has numerous ashrams, some of which are internationally recognized as centers of philosophical studies, yoga and meditation. Afternoon visit Rishikesh visiting Lakshman Jhoola: A suspension bridge across the Ganga along the old route to the holy shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath. Shivanand Jhoola: Also known as Ram Jhoola, this is a recently completed suspension bridge which spans the river near Swarg Ashram. Evening AARTI at ghat. The city acquires a unique charm in the evening when the ghats become breath takingly beautiful with thousands of Diyas and Marigold floating in the waters of Ganges.. Overnight at your hotel. (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 04:

Rishikesh – Haridwar
After breakfast drive to Haridwar, most sacred spiritual place in India. It is believed that when the Gods left their footprints on the land of Haridwar, metaphorically they also left an indelible mark on the spiritual etho- of every Hindu- more so, the devout, who (would later follow their holy paths all across this blessed land. It has earned it's sobriquet of honor as 'The Gateway to the Gods'. On arrival in Haridwar, check-in at your hotel. Visit Bharat Mata Temple - 4 kms from Haridwar and is a multistory six-floor structure. The ground floor has the exquisite sculpture of Bharat Mata. The temple also contains sculptures of Buddha, Mahavir, Guru Nanak, Kabir, Tulsi Das, Meera, and Natraj. This is a real beautiful temple to see. Mansa Devi Temple -The temple on the top of Siwalik Hills is dedicated to the Goddess Mansa Devi, who was the daughter of Lord Shiva. One can enjoy the splendid view of the city from such a great height. The ropeway carriage operates between Upper Road, and Mansa Devi Temple. It is believed that whoever worships Goddess Mansa Devi, their wishes get fulfilled. (Meals: Breakfast)

Evening witness the Ganga Aarti at Har-ki –Pauri. Har-ki-Pauri is the main ghat known as Brahmakund, popular legend has it that Lord Vishnu left his footprint at Har-ki-Pauri. The whole environs echoes with the sounds of conch shells and bells and priests perform ritual worship of the river. Thousands of earthen lamps are floated in the water, which twinkle like gold in the darkness makes it an enthralling sight. Overnight at hotel. (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 05: Haridwar – Mathura
Morning drive for Mathura enroute visiting countryside and on arrival check-in to hotel. Mathura it is one of the seven great cities and is considered one of the holiest cities in India. Lakhs of pilgrims come here every year to visit the Dwarikadhish temple and Vishramgaht. Evening witness AARTI. Overnight at your hotel. (Meals: Breakfast)
Day 06: Mathura – Agra – Faizabad
Morning city tour of Mathura visiting Dwarikadhish temple and Vishramgaht also visit Vrindavan (District Mathura) - situated at a distance of 9.6 km. from Mathura. There are about 4, 000 temples, ghats and sarovars in Vrindava. Govind Dev temple is a treat, built by Raja Man Sing of Jaipur in 1500 AD. In front of this is the grand temple of Rangnath built of white stone in the Dravidian style. Other famous temples are Behariji temple, Radhavallabh temple, Radharaman temple, Gopinath temple, Shahji temple, Ashta Sakhi temple etc. Continue drive to Agra (another one hour) Arrive and visit Tajmahal – A Monument of Love - The Taj Mahal stands serene and perfect in its garden of cypresses and reflecting pools on the banks of the River Yamuna. This monument was fashioned by 20,000 skilled workers to make the emperor's dream a reality. It took 22 years to complete — a symbol of eternal love where Shahjehan too lies buried, re-united at last with his beloved Mumtaz. Late evening transfer to Tundla station in time to board the overnight train for Faizabad. Overnight in train. (Meals: Breakfast)
Day 07: Arrive Faizabad - Allahabad
Arrive Faizabad at 0505 hrs. Assistance on arrival and straight proceed for Allahabad enroute visiting AYODHAYA & NAIMISHARANYA - six miles from Faizabad station Ayodhya is the birth place of Lord Rama. The most sacred place of Hindu pilgrimage at the banks of river Sarayu. Janmasthan, the place where Lord Rama was born is an important spot. There was a beautiful temple. Now a disputed site as Mughal King Babar destroyed this temple in 1520 A.D. and built a mosque on the site. Hanuman Garh (or Gadi) is another important place of worship. Naimisharanya -It was at this place that for establishing Dharma on the earth, the Gods requested Maharshi Dadhichi to give his bones for preparing a weapon to kill the Demon Vrittrasur. Naimisharnaya was a centre of spiritual development. It was the place of penance of 88, 000 sages or Rishis. There are 30, 000 pilgrim centers here. It is said that a person performing penance here is sure to get 'Siddhi' (Divine Power). There are many places of pilgrimage (Tirth) in Naimisharanya. Lakhs of pilgrims from every corner of the country come here. Continue to Allahabad, and check-in at hotel. Allahabad is among the largest cities in Uttar Pradesh. Hindu mythology has it that for the Prakrishta Yaina, Lord Brahma, the creator God of the Trinity, chose a land on earth, on which the three rivers would flow in to a quiet confluence. Brahma also referred to it as `Tirth Raj' or the `king of all pilgrimage centers'. Allahabad stands at the confluence of two of India's holiest rivers, the Ganga and the Yamuna. Sangam, as the confluence is called, is the venue of many sacred fairs and rituals, and attracts thousands of pilgrims throughout the year. This number swells to millions during the world-famous Kumbh Mela. A third mythical Saraswati river, believed to flow underground towards the Sangam, gives the confluence its other name 'Triveni'. Emperor Akbar founded this city in 1575 and called it by name of `Illahabas', which has now become modern Allahabad. Overnight at hotel. (Meals: Breakfast)
Day 08: Allahabad- Varanasi (125 kms/3 hrs)
Morning visit The Triveni Sangam (the confluence of the three rivers), where the Ganges, the Yamuna and the legendary Saraswati meet, is sacred to Hindus. Allahabad is therefore of great religious importance. It was originally known as Prayag - ‘place of sacrifice’. Other interesting places in Allahabad are the University and Anand Bhawan - ancestral home of India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Later drive to Varanasi (Kashi) Overnight at your hotel. (Meals: Breakfast)
Day 09: Varanasi
Early morning boat ride at river Ganges, view activities in the city revolves around the holy river. Life on the banks of the Ganga begins before dawn when thousands of pilgrims -men, women and children, come down to the river to wait for the rising sun. Gradually the sun rises, and the river mists slowly lift to reveal the magnificent buildings that have a solemnity unmatched by any city in the world. Soon after the sunrise, the city's great amphitheatre of ghats burst into activity. In the charged holistic atmosphere of the morning venerable Brahmins (known as Pandas) recite passages from sacred texts, priests dispense holy ashes to pilgrims to mark their foreheads in veneration of the gods. Boatmen, flower seller, shrill- voiced sellers selling sweetmeats and knick knacks, sacred bulls and cows roam around. You can witness all these activities during boat ride. Return to hotel for breakfast. Later continue the city tour of various temples and also an excursion to Sarnath. Situated 10 km from Varanasi, Sarnath is a place where Budhha delivered its sermon. Being a pilgrimage destination, the tourists spots in Sarnath is more revered. The Stupas, Mulgandha Kuti Vihara and the Archeological museum of Sarnath forms good tourist spots to explore Overnight at your hotel. (Meals: Breakfast)
Day 10: Varanasi – Delhi, air - Departure transfer to the airport in time to board the flight for Delhi and assistance on arrival and straight drop at the international; airport to board the flight for home-town. (Meals: Breakfast)
 

Note: Airfare, taxes and schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

Cost Include
- All necessary airport transfers
- Twin sharing accommodation on breakfast basis in hotels
- All sightseeing with English speaking local guide
- All activities & excursions as per itinerary
- Monument Entrance fee.
- All Applicable surface transfer by private non AC vehicle
Cost Exclude
- Any international airfare and airport taxes
- India entry visa fees
- Insurance and Tips
- Bottled drinks
- Emergency/Rescue in any form
- Expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Any cost arise due to flight cancellation, landslide, road blockage, political disturbance etc
- Any other arrangements not mentioned in the above cost include section
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