North India - Spiritual & Cultural Trip
- Itinerary Detail
|1||Delhi||India Gate, the war memorial in the heart of the city.
Red Fort built of red sandstone is the of great importance in present day - republic day parades initiate from here.
Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques which can accommodate up to 25,000 devotees.
Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi's memorial.
Visit Humayan’s tomb and Qutab Minar (the tallest minaret in India)
|2||Delhi-Katra by air||Leisure|
|3||Katra-Sanji Chatt (10 minutes by helicopter. Walk for 2kms to reach the shrine||Vaishno Devi shrine sees Goddess Shakti. It is one of the seven sacred places of Hindu pilgrimage. Millions pour in every year.|
|4||Katra-Jammu airport to board a flight to Srinagar||Mughal Gardens decked with flowers. Chasmashahi and Pari Mahal which offer spectacular view of Kashmir Valley.|
|5||Srinagar-Delhi by air||Leisure|
|6||Delhi-Haridwar by train||Evening prayers and aarti at Hari Ki Pauri. Temple tour of Haridwar - one of the holiest places of Hindu pilgrimage, visit Bharat Mata Temple, Chandi Ghat Temple, Mansa Devi Temple.|
|7||Haridwar-Rishikesh||Rishikesh at the foothills of Himalayas in famous for scenic splendor and Hindu temples. Check out the sacred Ghats, hanging bridge - Lakshman Jhula|
Haridwar-Delhi by train
|9||Delhi-Agra||Taj Mahal - Mughal marvel which features among the seven wonders of the world. Visit Mini Taj built by Nurjahan in the memory of her deceased father|
|10||Agra-Delhi by train||Overnight in Delhi|
Duration : 11 Nights / 12 Days
Destination : Delhi - Jammu - Srinagar - Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh - Agra - Delhi
This exotic package is crafted for travelers to visit revered places of Hindu pilgrimage. Delhi’s old and new-world culture and Mughal monuments adorning Agra entices all. Vaishno Devi trek in Jammu in undertaken my millions for religious reason or sheer adventure. Haridwar’s shrines at Har-ki-Pauri, holy ghats and Rishikesh’s vulnerable landscapes marked by temples and Himalayas are ethereal.
After exploring the historic monuments, in Delhi, watch an evening aarti at Haridwar, a famous Hindu pilgrim halt on the banks of Ganges. Rishikesh’s cool temperature and fascinating scenic wonders with intermittent temples are globally applauded. Agra's internationally applauded Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Facsinating Fatehpur Sikri have been mesmerizing tourists for centuries. Charismatic Kashmir is no less than the abode of divinity itself. Dal Lake, houseboats, shikaras, soaring Himalayas, uninhabited valleys, less explored meadows, Sindh river - nature has kissed Kashmir with unmatched bounty. Gulmarg’s ski resorts has a global appeal.
Day 1 Arrival at New Delhi in morning
Our representative will welcome you on arrival at the airport and escort you to the hotel (rooms is subject to availability as check-in/out time is 12noon Indian time); in case of room availability you will check in at a hotel and relax or else drop your luggage at clock room in hotel and then proceed for half day city tour od Old & New Delhi for maximum of 4 hours.
Visit Jama Masjid, which is the largest mosque in India, commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan. Enjoy a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, the busiest market in Old Delhi. Visit Red Fort (closed every Monday), President House, India Gate and several other government buildings in Edwin Lutyen’s modern Delhi before you head to Rajghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi that marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Thereafter, visit Humayun’s Tomb, commissioned by Humayun’s wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562. It was the first garden tomb built in the Indian sub-continent where the Persian architect used red sandstone on a large scale. Later in the evening visit the Qutab Minar, which is the tallest brick minaret in the world; it was commissioned by Qutbuddin Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi.
Later back to hotel and relax. Evening at leisure for your independent activities (no vehicle hereafter). Overnight in Delhi
Day 2 Delhi-Jammu (preferably by flight S2-4108 - 0920/1150hrs) & drive to Katra (44kms; 1.5hrs drive approx.)
Early morning transfer to airport (you need to report airport for your domestic flight at least 2 hours prior departure time) to board flight for Jammu.
Upon arrival Jammu you will drive to Katra; on arrival you will check in at a hotel and relax. Thereafter you are free at leisure for your independent activities. Overnight in Katra.
Day 3 Katra- darshan of Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine
After breakfast, early morning you will be given transfer to helipad (10minuted drive from hotel) to board helicopter for Sanji Chatt (2kms walk prior reaching Shrine Board). The first helicopter that leaves for Shrine at 0830 hours.
On arrival Sanji Chatt you will walk uphill to the shrine and then make a visit to holy Vaishno Devi shrine; thereafter you will be back to helipad at around 1130 hours to board helicopter return journey. There is a specific time limit of maximum 3 hours given to same day visitors by using helicopters; therefore maintaining the time limit you will be back to helipad for your return.
Upon arrival Katra you will relax at hotel. Thereafter you are at leisure for your independent activities. Overnight i Katra.
Day 4 Katra-Jammu (44kms; 1.5hrs drive approx.) & fly to Srinagar (preferably by flight AI-821 - 1300/1345hrs)
After breakfast you will drive to Jammu airport to board flight for Srinagar. On arrival you will proceed for half day sightseeing of Mughal gardens- Nishat & Shamilar bagh; thereafter you will visit Chasmasahi & Pari Mahal. Later check in at a hotel and relax. Overnight in Srinagar.
Day 5 Srinagar-Delhi (preferably by flight 6E-551 - 1310/1540hrs)
After breakfast you will be given transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi; upon arrival Delhi you will check in at a hotel and relax (you will have your own arrangement of hotel); thereafter you are at leisure for your independent activities (no vehicle hereafter). Overnight in Delhi
Day 6 Delhi-Haridwar (preferably by morning Shatabdi train - 0650/1125hrs)
Early morning transfer to New Delhi railway station to board train for Haridwar. The best comfortable way of approaching Haridwar from Delhi is by train- a superior quality air-conditioned class Shatabdi train reaches you Haridwar within just 5hours in very relax way.
Upon arrival you will check in at a hotel and relax. Thereafter you will proceed for half-day tour of Haridwar. Haridwar or 'the Gateway to the Gods' is one of the seven holiest places according to Hindu mythology, as the Gods are believed to have left their footprints in Haridwar. The town stands as the gateway to the other three important pilgrimages of Uttrakhand … Rishikesh, Badrinath and Kedarnath. Visit Har-Ki-Pauri, the sacred ghat was constructed by King Vikramaditya in the memory of his brother Bhartrihari. The golden reflection of floral diyas in the river Ganges is the most enchanting sight in the twilight during the Ganga aarti ceremony at the ghat. Drive past the other bathing ghats at the Ganga river, where pilgrims come to take a dip… it is believed that all your sins get washed away if you take dip in Ganga river at Haridwar. Thereafter, visit the Mansadevi Temple. This temple atop the Bilwa Parvat offers a panoramic view of Haridwar, the Ganges, and the countryside. Overnight in Haridwar
Day 7 Haridwar-Rishikesh (19kms; 0.5hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast you will drive to Rishikesh; on arrival you will proceed on a half-day tour of Rishikesh. One of the holiest cities in India, Rishikesh is not just known for its religious connection, but also for its stunning landscape. Surrounded by the Shivalik Range on three sides, with holy river Ganga river flowing through it, Rishikesh is truly an ethereal experience. Visit the Lakshman Jhula, a suspended bridge across the Ganga. Legend has it that Lakshman crossed a bridge made of jute ropes here. The view from the bridge is panoramic… mountains, the river, the temples and the ashrams. Later, visit Muni-ki-Reti…literally, the sands of the sages. The sandy banks of the Ganga have been used by the sages for meditation for years, thus giving the area its name. Muni-ki-Reti is known for the many ashrams that dot the area. The Beatles too visited the now closed Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram here in the sixties. Later check in at a hotel and relax. Overnight in Rishikesh
Day 8 Rishikesh-Haridwar (19kms; 0.5hrs drive approx.) & train to Delhi (preferably by Shatabdi train- 1813/2245hrs)
After breakfast you are at leisure; later in afternoon you will check out hotel and drive to Haridwar railway station to board train for Delhi. On arrival New Delhi railway station you will be given transfer to hotel; check in at a hotel and relax (you will have your own arrangement of hotel). Overnight in Delhi.
Day 9 Delhi-Agra (205kms; 4-5hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast you will drive to Agra.
Upon arrival Agra, you will explore the city of Agra. Visit the Red Fort, which was commissioned in 1565 by Akbar, and subsequently embellished by other Mughal Emperors. The beautiful yet forbidding structure is a handsome example of Mughal architecture. Later, visit the Taj Mahal (closed on every Friday)… a mausoleum built as a symbol Emperor Shah Jehan’s devotion to his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Considered an architectural marvel, its construction took thousands of workers over 21 years to complete. This edifice is replete with decorative inlays, carvings and calligraphy. Thereafter, visit Itmad- Ud - Daula, known as the "Baby Taj"; this mausoleum rests in a walled garden close to the Yamuna River. You will then visit Sikandra, which is also a mausoleum… of the great Emperor Akbar. Akbar designed his own mausoleum as a perfect blend of Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist and Jain designs and motifs, in keeping with his religious tolerance and secular views.
Later you will check in at a hotel and relax. Overnight in Agra
Day 10 Agra-Delhi (205kms; 4-5hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast you will drive back to Delhi; check in at a hotel and relax. Thereafter you are at leisure for your independent activities. Overnight in Delhi
Day 11 Delhi
After breakfast you are free at leisure for your individual activities or time for shopping (vehicle at your disposal). Overnight in Delhi
Day 12 Delhi
After breakfast you will be given transfer to Delhi airport at 0800 hours to board flight for onward destination; henceforth tour ends and we wish you safe, happy, memorable journey back to your home.