North India Temple Tour

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North India Temple Tour

Trip Highlights :-Delhi | Haridwar | Rishikesh | Mathura | Agra | Allahabad | Varanasi | Delhi

Tour duration : 11 Nights - 12 Days

Jewels of Information

Hindu Priest - A Hindu priest is called a Pundit or Purohit. He usually has extensive knowledge on religion as well as the scriptures. He is also a master of the Sanskrit language and is responsible for preaching the scripture to the people. He is one who carries out all religious ceremonies (Pooja) by chanting the Mantras and Shalokas as prescribed in the sacred texts. On every auspicious occasion, it is the responsibility of the Pundit to invoke the mighty spirits to bless the ceremonial function, be it the fixation of a marriage, entering a newly built house or the opening ceremony of a shop.

Cities visited:

Delhi - On the path of rapid growth and progress today, Delhi has evolved from the fabled "seven cities" established between the 13th and 17th centuries. The haunting Landmarks of yesteryears co-exist with the modern marvels of today. Ancient Forts, Mughal Architecture is juxtaposed with the state of the art architecture, modern residential projects, sky scrapers and commercial hubs of today. City boasts of some of the finest museums and centers of art and excellence. The shopping centers here offer rich heritage of traditional Indian craft as well as rich, fashionable and contemporary ensemble of products

Haridwar : It is situated at the base of the Shivalik hills, where the Ganga, comes down from the mighty Himalayas meets the plains. Haridwar literally is 'The gateway to the Gods'. "This place is very beautiful", at one sight one will say so and fall in love with the scenic beauty of the blend of height and plains. A Gateway to the four pilgrimage of Uttarakhand, Haridwar is also known as Gangadwar, Tapovan and Mayapuri. According to the mythology it is known as Kapilsthan. legend goes that the suryavnshi Prince Bhagirath performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to the curse of the sage Kapila. The penance was answered and the river Ganga trickled forth from Lord Shiva's locks and its bountiful waters revived the sixty thousand sons of King Sagara. Mythologically, drops of nectar churned out from the primordial ocean fell at the four sites of the Kumbh mela including Haridwar. The Kumbh mela, happening once every 12 years and the Ardha Kumbha Mela (Coming once every six years) are big draws. One of the oldest living cities, Haridwar has been in people's mind from the period of Buddha to the British advent and now even is the 21st century. Besides being a religious place, it has served as the center for learning arts, science and culture.

Rishikesh : Located just 24 kms from Haridwar, the divine city of Rishikesh is located in the laps of Himalayas. This beautiful city is encircled by the picturesque hills on all three sides. The setting becomes even more charming with Sacred Ganga flowing through the valley. The divine land offers a perfect meditation center where pilgrims from all over the world come to attain salvation. The city of Rishikesh houses many new and ancient temples along the Holy River Ganga. It is an important pilgrimage centre closely related to the Ramayana, and many Hindu religious and spiritual centers all over the city. The place is also renowned for a Yoga Centre, ashrams, and Yoga institutes. Rishikesh is the commencing point for many journeys to Chardham including Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. Apart from religious significance, Rishikesh is also a beloved destination for adventure sportsmen. You can enjoy white water rafting and many other sports, trekking, rock climbing, and hiking in the Himalayas. Tourists from across the world haunt Rishikesh to enjoy various trekking expeditions and excursions. Every year thousands of tourists visit Rishikesh during the International Yoga week, which is held at Rishikesh from 2nd -7th Feb on the banks of the Ganga River.

Mathura : The abode of Lord Krishna, the geographical location of Mathura, popularly known as the Brajbhoomi is in the western part of the state of Uttar Pradesh. It occupies the rolling plains in the northern part and is situated on the western bank of river Yamuna. As the hometown and birthplace of Lord Krishna who is considered to be the re-incarnation of Lord Vishnu., Mathura is one of the most important pilgrimage for the Hindus. Brajbhasi and Hindi are the main languages of the people of Mathura. Hinduism is the dominant religion, followed by Islam. The history of Mathura dates back to the ancient times, Mathura and Vrindavan along with its surrounding areas are associated with the childhood memories of Lord Krishna. Mathura was a part of the Mauryan Empire. During the reign of King Ashoka, Mathura was the seat of Buddhism and was an important center of arts. After the decline of the Mauryan Empire, the influence of Hinduism spread its roots far and wide. This historic and spiritual destination has numerous tourist attractions. Jama Masjid, Dwarkadheesh Temple, Govardhan Hill and Archaeological Museum are popular tourist spots.

Agra : Agra is a major tourist attraction as it contains one of the Seven Wonders of the World - Taj Mahal. Agra is an ancient city situated on the river Yamuna within the state of Uttar Pradesh. The city has been described as Agraba in the epic Mahabharata. The city was capital of Lodhi Kingdom and later on served the same for Mughals. During 16th and 17th century the city was developed as art, culture, commerce and learning center by Mughal Emperors like Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. Some wonderful buildings were erected in Agra City by the Mughal's. Agra city is famous for monuments and crafts. The monuments and crafts have preserved the cultural heritage for centuries.

Allahabad : Allahabad or Prayag is also called the "Tirth Raj", the king of all pilgrimage centers. There are many references to Prayag or Allahabad in Indian epics, Vedas and Puranas. Allahabad stands at the confluence of the Ganga and Yamuna (two of India's holiest rivers) and Saraswati River (a mythical river which is not visible). The place where river Ganga and river Yamuna meet is called Sangam (union). Sangam is the venue of many sacred fairs and rituals, and attracts thousands of pilgrims throughout the year. The most important event at Prayag is the Kumbha Mela. Millions of people from all over India and the world gather at Prayag to take a holy dip at Sangam. Though Prayag has been in existence for ages, the name Allahabad was given by the great Mughal emperor, Akbar. Realizing the strategic position of Allahabad, Emperor Akbar built a magnificent fort on the banks of the holy Sangam. During the British period too, it remained an important center, which is reflected in the remnants of the colonial architecture. Allahabad has remained on the National forefront all the times, more importantly, during the Indian independence struggle. Allahabad, with its religious, cultural and historical traditions, has produced several renowned scholars, poets, writers, thinkers, statesmen and freedom fighters.

Varanas i: The land of Varanasi (Kashi) has been the ultimate pilgrimage spot for Hindus for ages. Often referred to as Benares, Varanasi is the oldest living city in the world. Hindus believe that one who is graced to die on the land of Varanasi would attain salvation and freedom from the cycle of birth and re-birth. Abode of Lord Shiva and Parvati, the origins of Varanasi are yet unknown. Ganges in Varanasi is believed to have the power to wash away the sins of mortals. There are a number of historical and religious places and towns around Varanasi that are worth visiting. Such as Sarnath, Chunar, Jaunpur and Kaushambi, Sarnath is famous for being the place where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon after getting enlightenment.

Day 01 Arrive Delhi

Fly from your country to New Delhi, you will be greeted & assisted by our company representative upon arrival. Transfer assistance from airport to hotel, check-in at hotel for overnight stay.

Day 02 In Delhi

Breakfast at Hotel and then leave for full day sightseeing of Old and New Delhi visiting Jama Masjid, enjoy rickshaw ride in narrow alleys of old Delhi through Kinari Bazaar And 400 years old Chandni Chowk, Red Fort, Crematory of Mahatma Gandhi, Birla Temple, Parliament House, Presidential House, India Gate, Government buildings & Qutab Minar, Welcome dinner will be organized at Village Restaurant Bistro with Indian Cultural dances. Return Hotel for overnight stay.

Day 03 Delhi / Haridwar

Breakfast and later check-out from hotel, Leave for Haridwar in the morning. Arrive in Haridwar. Check in at the hotel and move for the sightseeing tour of temples and other holy places in Haridwar. Visit Har-Ki-Pauri, Chandi Devi Temple, Gauri Shankar Temple, Mansa Devi Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Bhimgoda, Shanti Kunj and Vaishno Devi Temple. Also walk on the ropeway that connects many temples that lie on the hilltops. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04 Haridwar / Rishikesh

Breakfast at hotel and later check-out. Afterwards drive to Rishikesh in the morning. Arrive in Rishikesh and check in at the hotel and relax. In the evening, attended the Aarti at the Triveni Ghat of River Ganges. Overnight stay in Rishikesh.

Day 05 In Rishikesh

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Rishikesh. Explore at leisure the temples along the Chandrabhaga River. Also visit the Lakshman Jhula, Ashrams, Gita Bhawan, Yoga and Meditations centers, and Neelkanth Mahadev. (Optional) River rafting and trekking can be arranged. Overnight stay in Rishikesh.

Day 06 Rishikesh / Mathura

Breakfast and check-out from hotel. Go on a short excursion to Rajaji National Park in Chilla or the Palace at Narendra Nagar followed by a drive to the hometown of Lord Krishna - Mathura. Arrive at Mathura. Check in at the hotel and relax. Overnight stay in Mathura.

Day 07 Mathura / Agra

Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for a half-day sightseeing tour of Mathura. Visit Shri Krishna Janmbhoomi, Ranghbhumi, Archaeological Museum, Vishram Ghat along the River Yamuna and the Dwarkadeesh Temple. Drive to Agra later in the day. Arrive in Agra. Check in at the hotel and relax. Visit the colorful local markets. Overnight stay in Agra.

Day 08 In Agra

Go on a full day sightseeing tour of Agra. Visit Taj Mahal in the morning followed by tour of the Agra Fort, Itimad-ud-Daulah Tomb, Akbar's Tomb and Jama Masjid. Undertake an excursion to the nearby ruined fort city of Fatehpur Sikri. Overnight stay in Agra.

Day 09 Agra / Allahabad

Breakfast at hotel and later check-out. Drive to Allahabad early in the morning (475 kms /6½ hrs approx). Arrive in Allahabad. Check in at the hotel and relax. Go for a sightseeing tour of Allahabad city. Visit the triveni sangam where Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati meet followed by tour of Allahabad temples - Mankameshwar Temple, Hanuman Mandir, All Saints Cathedral (Patthar Girjaghar) and Shankar Viman Mandapam. Overnight stay in Allahabad.

Day 10 Allahabad / Varanasi

Breakfast at hotel and later check-out. Drive to Varanasi in the morning. En route, you can also visit the Allahabad Fort, Allahabad museum and Jawahar Planetarium. Arrive in Varanasi. Check in at the hotel and relax. In the evening, attend the prayer service on the banks of Ganga (Ghats) marked by thousands of lighted diyas. Eat and shop for curios and souvenirs at the local market. Silk saris and handlooms are a specialty of Varanasi. You can also visit a silk and handloom factory to study the process behind the art. Overnight stay in Varanasi.

Day 11 In Varanasi

Move for a full day sightseeing tour of Varanasi. Visit the Buddhist center at Sarnath, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Alamgir Mosque, Durga Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple and the Banaras Hindu University. Overnight stay in Varanasi.

Day 12 Varanasi / Delhi (By Flight)

Early morning boat ride to watch the sunrise over the Ganges when hundreds of people are worshiping & taking bath. Later tour the old city visiting the principles temples including Kashi Hindu University where more than fifty thousand students from all over the world are learning. Afternoon Transfer to airport to board flight for New, arrive and proceed to visit Akshardham Temple. After farewell dinner transfer to International airport to board flight back to your country.

Day 13 Departure from Delhi

Departure early in the morning by an international flight.