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North India Temple Tour

Tour Code - IJ 30

Duration: 14 Days

 

Destinations Covered: Delhi –Amritsar - Wagah Border- Haridwar– Rishikesh- Jaipur – Pushkar- Agra- Mathura- Vrindavan- Orchha – Khajuraho – Varanasi - Sarnath – Delhi

 

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Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi – The capital city of India is a sprawling modern metropolis with a stunning backdrop of ancient architecture. Check in to your designated Hotel. Day is free to relax after a long flight. Overnight stay at Delhi.

 

 

Day 02: Delhi Sightseeing. Evening train to Amritsar

North India Temple Tour

Enjoy Temple tour of Delhi, start the day with a visit to Laxmi- Narayan temple, inaugurated in 1938 by Mahatma Gandhi. Second stop of Delhi Temple tour is Bangla Sahib, second largest Sikh Temple in India, visit Lotus Temple which is an architectural marvel of the Bahai faith. The lotus shaped Temple is set among pools and the Gardens, which gives an impression of a floating half open lotus flower surrounded by its outspread leaves. Finish your Delhi Temple tour with visit to Grand Akshardham Temple complex, a great example of Ancient Temple architecture and modern Indian architecture fusion. It took more than five years and work force of 11000 artisans to complete the marvelous modern day icon of Delhi. A minimum time of 4 hours is required to visit all attractions of the Temple including the famous twelve minute boat ride, which takes you on tour of glorious 10000 years old Indian cultural heritage. Evening board the super fast train to Amritsar. Overnight stay at Amritsar.

 


Day 03: Amritsar Sightseeing & Excursion to Wagah Border

North India Temple Tour

Today enjoy sightseeing tour of Amritsar the “Holy pool of Nectar”. Start your day with visit to Golden Temple, most sacred shrine of the Sikhs. It is expected from every Sikh to come here at least once in a life time to pay his respect to Guru Granth Sahib - the Holy Scripture and take a dip in the Amrit Sarovar for spiritual purification, Jallianwala Bagh is an emotional tribute to Indian freedom movement and then visit the Durgiana Temple. Evening enjoy visit to Indo- Pakistan border at Wagah, which is about 28 Kilometers from Amritsar, hosts the prideful change of guard ceremony at dusk. Overnight stay at Amritsar.

 

 

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Day 04: Day train to Haridwar
Board the day train to Haridwar it is renowned as gateway to God, located in hill state of Uttrakhand. The city is also renowned as town of Ganges as the holy river touches the plains of North India running from Himalayas at Haridwar. Haridwar is venue for famous Kumbh mela and is one of the most important pilgrimage sights in Hinduism. Arrive Haridwar and check in to your pre booked hotel. Evening witness the Grand Ganga Aarti ceremony at Har- Ki – Pauri most sacred ghat on Ganges at Haridwar. Overnight stay at Haridwar.

 


Day 05: Haridwar and Rishikesh Temple Tour

North India Temple Tour

Today enjoy temple tour of Haridwar one of the four sacred towns in Hinduism, visit Bharat Mata Temple, Mansa Devi Temple, and Chandi Devi Temple. Later in the day drive to Rishikesh which is the last post for Holy River Ganges in Himalayas, the town is renowned as Yoga & Meditation capital of the world. Enjoy sightseeing tour of Rishikesh visiting Parmarth Ashram one of the most renowned Ashram in Rishikesh with its large courtyard crammed with brightly clad Gods and Goddess, Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula the suspension bridges on Ganges, Muni Ki Reti chief bathing Ghat on Ganges, and Bharat Mandir. Overnight stay at Rishikesh.

 


Day 06: Excursion to Vasisth Gupha & White water rafting on Ganges (Optional). Overnight train to Jaipur
Morning drive along the Ganges 20 Kms uphill to Vasisth Gufa, where great philosopher and writer of Hindu Epic Ramayana meditated. Time to go adventurous; enjoy white water rafting on Ganges. Afternoon transfer to Haridwar Railway station for your Overnight train to Jaipur - The city also known as pink city was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1727 and is recognized for its marvelous architecture and town planning with medieval charm. Jaipur mounds in attractive monuments and landmarks where one can breathe the fragrance of history and royalty. Today Jaipur is a major attraction for tourists and is one of the most important destinations on Tourism map of India.

 

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Day 07: Jaipur & Amber Fort Sightseeing

North India Temple Tour

Morning arrive Jaipur and check in to your pre booked hotel. Today enjoy excursion tour to stunning hill fort of Amber constructed in 1592 AD, an Elephant back ride like a royal king will take you to the vibrant entrance of the Amber fort. Enjoy visit to breathtaking palaces, complexes, halls, pavilions and Gardens at Amber fort. Later enjoy half day city tour of Jaipur visiting City Palace complex –housing an imposing collection of Rajasthani art Jewellery, enamelware, carpets, tremendous range of miniature paintings, armory and thousands of ancient manuscripts preserved from the royal family’s private collections, The Observatory – built between 1727-34 AD is a noteworthy collection of traditional astronomical instruments, and the spectacular Hawamahal or the Palace of winds built in 1799 AD allowed the royal ladies to see the street procession with its 953 small niche windows. Overnight stay at Jaipur

 

 

Day 08: Excursion tour to Pushkar
Today enjoy full day excursion to Pushkar famous for only temple in India dedicated to Lord Brahma – The creator God as per Hindu Mythology. Enjoy sightseeing of Pushkar city visiting Brahma Temple and holy Pushkar Lake. The Holy city bustles with life during the joyous Celebration held during October – November famed as Pushkar fair. Overnight stay at Pushkar.

 

 

Day 09: Drive to Agra. Tajmahal Sightseeing

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Drive to Agra once the capital of Mughal Empire and the city of Taj Mahal –one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Arrive Agra and after little relaxation enjoy visit to the glorious Tajmahal, a white marble mausoleum built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal, who died during Childbirth, the great Love bond inspired Shah Jahan to construct Taj Mahal - the greatest memory ever built for Love, it took not less than 22 years and work force of 20000 skilled laborer’s and jewelers in the construction of the monument .The fact about Taj Mahal is that it changes its color depending upon the intensity of light falling on it. Overnight stay at Agra.

 

 

 

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Day 10: Full day tour to Mathura and Vrindavan

North India Temple Tour

Today enjoy full day excursion tour to Historical town of Mathura and Vrindavan, 58 Kms from Agra it is the birth place of Lord Krishna, who was Vishnu’s eighth earthly incarnation. Enjoy sightseeing of Mathura visiting Dwarkadhish temple, Sri Krishna birth complex, Vishram ghat, Potara kund and Gita Temple. Later enjoy sightseeing of Vrindavan, 15 Kms from Mathura is the place where Krishna spent his childhood. Visit Madan Mohan Temple, Banke Bihari Temple, Jaipur Temple, Radha Vallabh Temple, Sri Radha Raman Temple, Shahji Temple, Rangaji Temple and ISCON Temple. Overnight stay at Agra.

 

 

Day 11: Transfer to Khajuraho. Enroute visit Orchha

North India Temple Tour

Morning board the superfast train to Jhansi (2.5 Hours Journey). Arrive Jhansi and transfer to Orchha a quiet hamlet, which means “hidden place” it is 16 Kms from Jhansi. Situated on the banks of River Betwa, Orchha is noted for its scenic beauty, and no doubt historical structures of Orchha are a witness to its glorious past and retain its medieval charm. Enjoy sightseeing tour of Orchha visiting Jahangir Palace – A tiered palace, crowned with graceful domed pavilions, Raj Mahal another Palace famous for its stunning beauty, The Sheesh Mahal, Raja Ram Temples, Chaturbhuj Temple and Laxminarayan Temple. Continue to Khajuraho – 178 Kms from Orchha.Overnight stay at Khajuraho.

 

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Day 12: Khajuraho Temple tour. Fly to Varanasi

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Khajuraho Temple Complex- a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for its Kamasutra temples are India’s unique gift to the world. These Temple were constructed between ninth and tenth century and highlights the existential ethos in religion that venerates yoga and bhoga. Yoga is the union of the self with the Almighty, while bhoga is the path to God through physical pleasures. The temples at Khajuraho, dedicated to physical love and pleasure, are a testimony to this philosophy. Out of 85 original temples 22 have survived till today to constitute one of the greatest artistic wonders of the world. Enjoy visit to Western and Eastern Groups of temples of Khajuraho. Later fly to Varanasi- oldest living cities in the world and most sacred city in Hinduism. Evening participate in the grand Aarti ceremony on sacred ghats of Ganges. Overnight stay at Varanasi.

 

 

Day 13: Varanasi Temple Tour & Excursion to Sarnath

North India Temple Tour

Morning start the day with a boat ride on the holy river Ganges to experience early sacred rituals and offerings on Ghats. After breakfast enjoy temple and city tour of Varanasi visiting, Durga Temple, Sankat Mochan Temple, Bharat Mata Temple and Benaras Hindu University. Later in the day enjoy excursion tour to Sarnath – 10 Kms from Varanasi, where Lord Buddha preached his sermon after attaining enlightenment. Visit Dhamekh Stupa built by Emperor Ashok in 249 BC and Chaukhandi Stupa built in 5th century AD, Sarnath Archaeological Museum, which has an impressive collection of artifacts collected from the excavation site of Sarnath, including India’s national emblem- the Ashoka Stambh. Overnight stay at Varanasi.

 

 

Day 14: Fly to Delhi. Departrue from Delhi
Fly to Delhi and in time transfer to International terminal for your flight back to Home / Next Destination.

 

 

 

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