Among the most revered places of spirituality in India, the Himalayan belt is considered to be one of the most holy ones. The Himalayan belt is considered to be the holiest of the spiritual tours mainly because of the belief that Gods reside at these high altitudes. There are numerous temples and shrines located all over the foothills of the great Himalayan regions which have been built in reverence to the Gods who are said to reside there or in some time during the past had been there. The grandness of the Himalayas, its cleanliness, sanctity and mythology attached to these places make it one of the most revered places to pilgrimage for the followers and devotees of Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam.
Detailed Tour Itinerary
Day 1 :: Arrive New Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a two-night stay. Delhi is a wondrous city with a rich history and culture. The "capital of seven empires" has many thousands of recognized monuments within its borders. Though Bombay has more residents, Delhi is widely considered the cultural heart of India. Set amidst the fast spiralling skyscrapers are remnants of a bygone time including forts, palaces and monuments - reminders of the region's ancient legacy.
In the evening visit the Red Fort to witness the 'Son-et-Lumiere', a dramatic interplay of sound and light effects, recreating the history of Red Fort, a symbol of Mughal power. Watch three hundred years of history come alive!
Overnight at the hotel. Meals ( B)
Day 2 :: New Delhi
After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of the Capital designed by Sir Edward Lutyens for the British. Drive down the main avenue, the impressive Rajpath to the World War I memorial arch, the India Gate and past the Rashtrpati Bhavan, the president's residence and the Pariliament Buildings. Then see Imperial Delhi while visiting the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India at 72 meters high. Qutub-ud-din Aibak began construction of the tower in 1199, and by pulling down 27 Hindu and Jain temples and using their columns he also erected the Quwat-ul-Islam mosque which today lies in ruins nearby. Visit the tomb of the second Mughal emperor Humayun, built in 1565 by his widow Haji Begum. It is an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, and is a precursor of the architectural style of the Taj Mahal.
In the afternoon, visit Old Delhi, the 300 year-old walled city built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1648 as his capital. Begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi who died in 1948, at the site of his cremation. Continue on to visit the magnificent Red Fort build of red sandstone (1638-48) overlooking the Yumana River. Within its walls are marble palaces and a grand audience chamber, the Diwan-I-Khas, where Mughal emperors held court and the Peacock Throne once stood. Opposite the fort are the black and white onion dome and the minarets of the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, where people stream in and out continuously all day. Enjoy a ride through the winding streets of the markets in the Chandini Chowk area by bicycle rickshaw.
Overnight at the hotel. Meals (B)
Day 3 :: New Delhi – Agra
After breakfast, drive from Delhi – Agra(approx 5 Hrs).Agra is the home of marble inlay work, stonework, and rich Zardozi embroidery. You may wish to visit some factories where you can see the craftsmen at work and/or explore the bazaars.
Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. Later, proceed to visit the famous Taj Mahal. Build in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan as an memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, it took 22 years and 20,000 men to build it; the white marble transported to the site by elephants from a quarry 200 miles away. The perfect proportions of the Taj Mahal and the delicate inlay marble work are amazing.
Then visit Agra Fort, situated around the bend of the Yamuna River from the Taj Mahal. Construction of the red sandstone walls and gates of the fort was begun by Akbar as the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire. Enlarged by successive generations including Shah Jehan, who had the Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque), Royal Pavilions, & Hall of Public Audience added and Aurangzeb who added outer ramparts. From the towers of the fort you can see the nearby Taj Mahal.
Overnight at the hotel. Meals ( B)
Day 4:: Agra – Haridwar
Early morning breakfast, later drive to Haridwar ( approx 7 Hrs). Upon arrival check in at the Ashram.
"Gateways to the gods", the place is very beautiful, at one sight one will say so & fell in beauty of the scenice hills & plains.In its long history back in the pre historic times, Haridwar got it name from the Rishis.
In the evening, attend the aarti at the Har ki Paudi, performed simultaneously at all the temples. This will be divine experience. Thousands of light lamps being swayed in circular motion in a rhythmic manner & all devotees singing aarti together.
Overnight at the Ashram. (B)
Day 5:: Haridwar - Rishikesh
After breakfast, drive to Rishikesh. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel.
Later, visit various ashrams & temples – Laxman Jhoola, Swar Ashram, Gita Bhawan, Jhoola Tiveni Ghat, etc.
Overnight stay at the Ashram. Meals (B)
Day 6:: Rishikesh – Mussorrie
After breakfast, drive to Mussourie (approx 2.5 Hrs)
The Hill station situated in the foothills of himalayas, is also known as queen of himalayas.Commanding snow ranges to the north east, and glittering views of Doon Valley & Shivalik ranges in south, the town was once considered to be called the “Fairyland”.
Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals (B,)
Day 7:: Mussourie – Delhi – Depart
After, breakfast dribve to Delhi. Later, trnansffred to International airport for onward flight taking back sweet memories of a worferful trip.
02 Nights stay at hotel in Delhi with Breakfast
01 Night stay at hotel in Agra with Breakfast
01 Night stay at hotel in Haridwar with Breakfast
01 Night stay at hotel in Rishikesh with Breakfast
01 Night stay at hotel in Mussourie with Breakfast
Transportation in an A/C vehicle throughout the tour.
English speaking guided sightseeing tour of Delhi.
Rickshaw Ride in Old Delhi.
English speaking guided sightseeing tour of Agra
Evening visit to Maha Aarti on the ghats of river Ganges.
Applicable Luxury Taxes
Drinks & Meals when taken outside of the hotel or retreat centre.
01 Night stay at local family in the himalyas (Price on Request)
02 Hrs Cooking class at a local family with lunch (Price on Request)
Day trip to Rajaji National Park (Price on Request)
Trip to Fatehpur Sikri (Price on Request)
River Rafting on Ganges in Rishikesh (Price on Request)
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