Arrive at Delhi airport.. Meet/assist upon arrival and transfer to Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel..
Day 02 - Delhi
Morning after breakfast, enjoy a city tour of Old and New Delhi, visiting Old Delhi - the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat (memorial of Mahatma Gandhi) and drive past Chandni Chowk. Also visit the Qutab Minar, Humayun Tomb, and the modern Birla Mandir Temple. Drive past India Gate (War Memorial), the President's House which was once the Viceroy's Palace, the Parliament House and Secretariat Buildings. Overnight at the Hotel..
Day 03 - Delhi - Haridwar (Shatabdi Express Train)
In the morning, transfer to the railway station to board a train for Haridwar (breakfast will be served on board) . The city of Hardiwar, located at the foothills of the Himalayas, represents the point where the Holy Ganga reaches the plains. Meet/assist upon arrival and transfer to Hotel. Rest of the day free for independent activities. Evening time visit Har-Ki-Pauri for famous Ganga Arti & floating of diyas on the Ganges. Overnight at the Hotel. .
Day 04 - Haridwar - Rishikesh (25 Kms)
Morning after breakfast, check-out and drive to Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is considered the Yoga Capital of The World. Enjoy a brief discourse on Yoga & meditation.
The Importance of Yoga Poses:
Yoga poses have been developed over centuries of research and experience. They have been found to be extremely effective in:
Increasing flexibility of the body and which leads to a healthier body.
Helping to lose excess flab and weight
Helping to treat several health disorders
Day 05 - Rishikesh
Morning breakfast at the Hotel. Today spend your day learning & performing Yoga, the surest way to complete health and later, take a tour of the Spa. Overnight at the Hotel..
Day 06 - Rishikesh
Early morning Yoga & Meditation Classes. Morning breakfast at the Hotel. Evening explore the Spa and experience the rejuvenation therapies. Meditation ... Towards a Stress Free Life. Meditation means awareness. Whatever you do with awareness is meditation. "Watching your breath" is meditation; listening to the birds is meditation. As long as these activities are free from any other distraction to the mind, it is effective meditation. Overnight at the Hotel. .
Day 07 - Rishikesh
Morning breakfast at the Hotel. In the morning, you shall practice what you have learnt till date in Yoga. Later in the evening enjoy a visit to the Glass House. Overnight at the Hotel. .
Day 08 - Rishikesh to Haridwar - By road in 1.5 hrs
Haridwar-Amritsar: By afternoon shatabdi express
Dep: 1430 hr Arr:2205 hr
Proceed to the railway station in Haridwar to board train for Amritsar.
Reach Amritsar and check into the hotel.
Amritsar, home to the Golden Temple is one of the most ancient and fascinating cities of India. It is an important seat of Sikh history and culture. Being the gateway for travellers coming to India on the overland route from central Asia it soon became the centre of various commercial activities. There are various historical and religious sites - see Amritsar City Map. The most famous of them all in the Golden Temple which was founded by the fourth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Ramdas and completed by his successor Guru Arjan Dev. There are a number of cotton, woolen and art silk textile factories besides other industries dealing with electric goods, sewing machines, auto parts, carpets. The milk processing plant at Verka about 6 Kms from the center is the second biggest project of its kind in the country. Amritsar is India's leading exporter of goods to the Middle-East, leading distribution centre of dry fruits, tea and condiments. It is also a shopper's paradise and a gourmetīs delight. Amritsar is the world's leading centre of Punjabi publications.
Overnight will be at Amritsar.
Day 09 - Amritsar
In the morning enjoy the breakfast at the hotel and then proceed for the sightseeing.
Visit Golden temple.
Golden Temple: Sri Harmandir Sahib, also know as the Golden Temple in Amritsar is the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion. Also known as the Shri Darbar Shaib, it is in the center of the old part of Amritsar. The Golden Temple sits on a rectangular platform, surrounded by a pool of water called the Amrit Sarovar from which the City is named. The entrance to the Golden Temple complex is through an ornate archway with intricate inlay work. Verses from the Granth Sahib are inscribed on the doorway. The main north entrance is under a Victorian clock tower. Known as the Darshani Deori, the entrance is up a flight of steps and down again to the temple and holy tank. The temple is a two storey marble structure reached by a causeway known as Guru's Bridge. The lower storey is in white marble with the walls decorated with inlaid flower and animal motifs in the pietradura style of the Taj Mahal. The architecture of the golden temple is a blend of the Hindu and Muslim styles. The temple building has four entrances instead of the usual single entry. This is symbolic of the openness of Sikhism and indicates that followers of all faiths are allowed inside. The walls within are decorated with carved wooden panels and elaborate inlay work in silver and gold. The Adi Granth, compiled by Guru Arjan Dev, rests on a throne beneath a jewel-encrusted canopy. Priests conduct continuous recitation of verses from the holy book in 3-hour shifts. A complete reading of the text stakes 48 hours. The original copy of the Guru Granth Sahib is kept under pink shroud in the, Golden Temple during the day and at around 10 p.m. each day is ceremoniously returned to the Akal Takht (Sikh Parliament) building. The morning processional ceremony takes place at 4 a.m. in summer and at 5 a.m. in winter, when Sri Guru Granth Sahib is bought from Akal takhat Sahib in a procession to the Sanctum Sanctorum, which is washed with milk. The Akal Takht, next to the Golden Temple, is the seat of the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, the religious governing body of the Sikhs. The building of the Akal Takht was begun by Guru Arjan Dev and completed in 1609 by Guru Hargobind. If you miss the early morning or evening processions, the palanquin that bears the Adi Granth can be seen in the treasury room on the first floor of the Akal Takht. The palanquin is set with precious stones and has silver poles and a gold canopy.
Summer place of Maharaja Ranjit Singh: Is situated in the middle of a beautiful garden called Ram Bagh. This garden is laid out on the pattern of Shalimar Bagh at Lahore. Only its architecturally unique 'Darshani Deori' has remained intact. A museum after the name of the Maharaja is set up here displaying oil paintings, miniatures, coins, abd weapons relating to the Sikh period.
JALIAN WALA BAGH: Amritsar Massacre: This place noted for its most notorious massacre under British rule. It is 400 meters north of the Golden Temple. The British General Dyer was the Lieutenant Governor of the province in 1919. He banned all meetings and demonstrations led by Indians against the economical set back by World War I. On 13 April 1919, pilgrims poured into Amritsar to celebrate the Baisakhi festival, a holiday in the Sikh calendar. In the afternoon thousands of people gathered at Jallian Wala Bagh to celebrate the Baisakhi. This ground surrounded by high walls on all sides has only a narrow alley for access. General Dyer personally led the troops to the sight and ordered his men to open fire without any warning. It resulted in the death of 379 and injured more than 1200. India was outraged by Dyer's massacre. Gandhiji called for a nation wide strike and started the Non-cooperation Movement, which became an important mile stone in the struggle for India's Independence. Today this ground has been changed to a park and it has a pleasant garden. There is a narrow path between the houses which leads to the lawn of the park. At the entrance there is a memorial plaque which recounts the history. There is a well on the north side in which many people who tried to escape from the bullets were drowned, and remnants of walls have been preserved to show the bullet holes. At the east end of the garden there is a large memorial built in memory of those who died here.
Wagha Border: The international border between India and Pakistan. The pomp and pageantry of the Beating Retreat and the Change of Guard within handshaking distance of the Indian and Pakistani forces makes for a most charming spectacle.
Overnight will be at Amritsar.
Day 10 - Amritsar - Dharamshala
By road in 6-7 hr
Enjoy the breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to Dharamshala by road.
Dharamshala over looks the plains and is surrounded by dense pine trees and Deodar forests. A nearby snowline with numerous streams and cool healthy atmosphere makes the surroundings very attractive.
Dharamshala is a busy bazaar town and has established itself as the traveler's base camp, which come to explore the nearby mountains. The Kotwali Bazaar provides the entire colour and characteristic of a small town, which is mixed with the simple life style.
The colorful temple and Gompas, which reflect the culture of Tibet, adds attraction for the visitor. The Kangra museum gives an overview of the rich past of the region and on the other hand there are institutes that have been established to preserve the Tibetan art, cultures and traditions.
Overnight will be at Dharamshala.
Day 11 - Dharamshala
After breakfast proceed for the sightseeing...
Tibet has lent importance to Mcleod Ganj. The Buddha temple is situated opposite the present abode of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. This place is well worth a visit and around it is situated Tibetan monasteries and nunnery. A number of residential buildings, restaurants, antique and curio shops are present. There is an annual 10-day fair opera in Dharamsala, which takes place on the second saturday of April.
Kangra Art Museum: This treasure trove of the Kangra valley's arts, crafts, and rich past, displays artifacts that date back to the 5th century. The museum also includes a gallery of Kangra's famous miniature paintings and a representative collection of sculptures, pottery, and anthropological items
War Memorial: Set amidst the pine groves is a war memorial, built on the entry point to Dharamshala to commemorate the post independence war heroes of Himachal Pradesh. A web of narrow paths and landscaped lawns lead towards this monument.
Dall Lake: Surrounded by high and green Deodar trees is the lake, which fills a mountain bowl. Situated 11-kms away from the town, this lake is easily approachable by road and makes an enchanting and serene picnic spot.
St. John's Church: One of the most poignant memories of the British Raj is the church of St. John, situated in the wilderness. This charmingly dressed stone church is located just 8-km from Dharamshala on the way to McLeod Ganj. Under the shade of Deodar branches, a memorial has been made over the body of the British Viceroy, Lord Elgin who died at Dharamshala in 1863.
Overnight will be at Dharamshala.
Day 12 - Dharamshala
Breakfast will be at hotel. Day will be free to enjoy the Yoga, Chanting at monastery, Treks around Mc Leod Ganj.
Overnight will be at Dharamshala.
Day 13 - Dharamshala - Delhi: By flight
Delhi-Agra: by Road in 4 hrs
After the breakfast proceed to the airport for the flight to Delhi.
Reach Delhi and drive to Agra.
AGRA: Agra, a city in northern India's Uttar Pradesh state, is home to the iconic Taj Mahal, a mausoleum built for the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan's wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth in 1631. Set behind a reflecting pool inside a courtyard defined by 4 minarets, the imposing main building features a massive dome and intricately carved white marble inlaid with precious stones.
Overnight stay will be at hotel.
Day 14 - Agra
Breakfast will be at hotel.
Proceed for day sightseeing of Agra.
TAJ MAHAL - Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.
After Agra Fort we will visit BABY TAJ or the ITMAD-UD-ULLAH - The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj. One of the most beautiful Mughal tombs, Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb was built by Nur Jahan, the Empress of Jehangir for her father in 1628. The tomb is a resting place of the powerful personality in Mughal Court, Itmad-Ud-Daulah, whose life is very interesting. Formerly a very poor Persian merchant then named Mirza Ghiyas or Ghiyas Beg he became a minister and a trusted treasure in Akbar's court. After Akbar's death in 1605, his son Jahangir rose into power. Jahangir made Ghiyas Beg his chief minister and honored him with the title of Itmad-Ud-Daulah, the Pillar of State. Later, Jahangir met a beautiful daughter of Ghiyas Beg named Mehr-Un-Nissa and married her. Mehr-Un-Nissa soon played a significant role in the Jahangir's court and was called Nur Mahal, the light pf the Place. Owing to her influence, her father and brother were granted with privileges in the court. When Ghiyas beg (Itmad-Un-Daulah) dies in 1622, Nur Mahal decided to build a mausoleum for him. Queen Mumtaz Mahal or the lady of the Taj was also from this prevailing family. The mausoleum is entirely made of white marble and graced with intricate decoration of inlay work, and marble-screen work belonging to the Islamic style. With its tranquil, small garden on the bank of Yamuna River, the tomb stands impressively elegant from a distance.
Overnight stay will be at hotel.
Day 15 - Agra - Delhi: By road in 5.5 hrs
After breakfast proceed to Delhi. Reach and visit AKSHARDHAM TEMPLE.
Akshardham Temple Delhi: Akshardham means the eternal, divine abode of the supreme God, the abode of eternal values and virtues of Akshar as defined in the Vedas and Upanishads where divine bhakti, purity and peace forever pervades. SWAMINARAYAN AKSHARDHAM in New Delhi epitomises 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss.
As per the flight timings you will be transferred to the airport to take flight back home with sweet memories of the India tour.
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