THE TEMPLE TOUR OF NORTH INDIA
DURATION: 17 DAYS / 16 NIGHTS
DELHI – AMRITSAR – WAGAH BORDER – HARIDWAR – RISHIKESH – JAIPUR – PUSHKAR – AGRA – MATHURA – VRINDAVAN – GWALIOR – ORCHHA – KHAJURAHO – VARANASI – SARNATH – DELHI
The northern part of India is not only popular for its scenic beauty and alluring landscapes but also for its rich religious and spiritual heritage. The beautiful temples located in the northern region are hugely revered not only by the people of India but all over the world and are definitely worth a visit. Every year thousands of devotees flock to the holy cities of North india seeking inner peace and solace. The tranquil environment and sacred religious sites of this place offer the perfect location for people to discover their spiritual self. The serenity and divinity of these cities helps many achieve perfect harmony of mind and soul. The Temple Tour Of North India will take you on a peaceful journey where you can discover your inner self.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN DELHI
Namaste and Welcome to India! You will be welcomed by our representatives on arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to let you overcome jet lag. If you wish you can go for some shopping If there is time in the evening. Return to the hotel for a pleasant overnight stay.
DAY 02: DELHI SIGHTSEEING & EVENING TRAIN TO AMRITSAR
In the morning, embark on a sightseeing tour of Delhi. There are very significant temples in Delhi. Begin your day with the visit to The Laxmi – Narayan temple or Birla Mandir as known popularly. This is a beautiful temple and Mahatma Gandhi had inaugurated it in 1938. Second stop of Delhi Temple tour is the famous Gurudwara which also is the second largest Sikh temple in India “Bangla Sahib”. Next is the temple built by the Bahai followers “The Lotus Temple” it is a lotus shaped Temple in white colour set among various pools and Gardens. Due to its shape and setting it gives visitors a chance to see an architectural marvel with an impression of a floating half open lotus flower surrounded by its outspread leaves. Last in Delhi Temple tour is the visit to Grand Akshardham Temple complex. This is a wide spread temple and is a blend of Ancient Temple architecture and modern Indian architecture. A workforce of 11000 artisans for five years worked on building this marvelous modern day icon of Delhi. Temple is so huge that at least 4 hours is required to visit all attractions in it. There is famous twelve minute boat ride that 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
Start your city tour with the blessings of Golden Temple-the most important Sikh shrine also known as Harimandir Sahib and Darbar Sahib. Then visit Jallianwala Bagh- the place that reminds every Indian of the brutal and hearless massacre by British general Dyer.
Visit Durgiana Temple: – The temple complex houses Shree Laxmi Narayan Mandir with a huge pond on its periphery. Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum and Panorama in Ram Bagh The landscaped garden with summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the center.The Maharaja later named it Ram Bagh. It has a museum with relics of Mughal era and hand drawn sketches and portraits of the ruling Sikhs.
In evening visit Indo-Pak Wagah Border to watch Flag Retreat Ceremony-Wagah, an army outpost on Indo-Pak border 30 Kms from Amritsar where the daily highlight is the evening “Beating the Retreat” ceremony. Soldiers from both countries march in perfect drill, going through the steps of bringing down their respective national flags. As the sun goes down, nationalistic fervour rises and lights are switched on marking the end of the day amidst thunderous applause. Transfer Back to Hotel. Have a pleasant stay at the hotel.
DAY 04: AMRITSAR TO HARIDWAR
Board the day train to Haridwar located in the state of Uttarakhand. The most visited place due to its connectivity with other hill towns of Uttarakhand and sacred pilgrimage city of Hindus. Also known as “The Getaway to God” and “Town of Ganges” as the holy river touches the plains of North India running from Himalayas at Haridwar. The popular Kumbh Mela is held in Haridwar only attracting thousands of people from all over. Arrive Haridwar and check in to your hotel. Enlighten your evening by witnessing the Grand Ganga Aarti ceremony at Har-ki-Pauri. Overnight stay at Haridwar.
DAY 05: HARIDWAR AND RISHIKESH TEMPLE TOUR
Being a pilgrimage town Haridwar has end number of temples to see. After breakfast We shall take you through the popular places such as Mansa Devi Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, and Chandi Devi Temple. Afterwards go for the pleasure trip of Rishikesh – the town is known as Yoga & Meditation capital of the world. Upon arrival visit various Ashrams and the most famous ashram is Parmarth Ashram. Also visit Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula – the suspension bridges on Ganges, Muni Ki Reti, Bharat Mandir. Overnight stay at Rishikesh.
DAY 06: EXCURSION TO VASISTH GUPHA & OVERNIGHT TRAIN TO JAIPUR
Vasisth Gufa is a place where the where great philosopher and writer of Hindu Epic Ramayana meditated so this morning take a drive along the Ganges 20 Kms rising to Vasisth Gufa. If you are an adventurous person give a touch of thrill to your tour by doing the white water rafting on Ganges. In afternoon transfer to Haridwar Railway station for your Overnight train to the Pink City , Jaipur. Famous for its dazzling architecture and town planning with medieval charm it was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1727. This city gives a fragrance of the royalty and glorious history that it has lived. Today Jaipur is a major attraction for tourists and is one of the most important destinations on Tourism map of India.
Day 07: JAIPUR TO PUSHKAR
After breakfast leave towards the holy town of Pushkar. Pushkar – one of the sacred places for Hindus having more than 400 temples and the most important World Famous only one temple is Brahma Temple (The creator God). Upon arrival check into the hotel designated hotel. Later enjoy sightseeing tour of Pushkar visit Brahma Temple – devoted to Lord Brahma is the main appeal of Pushkar – Pushkar Lake and Hindu temples. Also enjoy sightseeing tour of Ajmer well-known for Dargarh of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. Overnight stay at Pushkar.
DAY 08: JAIPUR SIGHTSEEING
Today morning after breakfast explore the Pink City with an excursion to splendid Amber Fort, situated just outside the city, built in the 15th Century by Rajput King Man Singh. Visit Jal Mahal or water palace that is situated in the midst of the beautiful Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur City. Continue your sightseeing by visiting the regal City Palace – present residence of the royal family of Jaipur, the palace is a miraculous portrayal of the real Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Then visit the incredible Jantar Mantar which was innovated and constructed by Jaipur King Swai Jai Singh. Amongst the 5 observatories built by him, Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is one of them. Later visit the splendid Hawa Mahal, also known ‘Palace of Winds’ was built with a concept for the woman of royal families to speculate the royal ceremonies and festivals being hidden from the public eyes. After sightseeing have a pleasant night stay at your Hotel.
DAY 09: DRIVE TO AGRA
Good Morning! After breakfast proceed towards Agra, once the capital of Mughal Empire and the home of the spectacular Taj Mahal -one of the Seven Wonders of the World and an epitome of eternal love. Arrive Agra and check into your hotel. Today spend the remaining day by visiting the glorious Taj Mahal. Built in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal of the Great mughal emperor Shahjahan. This white marble mausoleum was the result of the great Love bond between Shahjahan and Mumtaz Mahal. The greatest memory ever built for Love took not less than 22 years and workforce of 20000 skilled labourers and jewellers in the construction of the monument. Depending upon the intensity of light falling on it Taj Mahal changes its colour. Overnight stay at Agra.
DAY 10: FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF MATHURA AND VRINDAVAN
Located around 58 kms from Agra is the holy town of Mathura. Like Mathura, the name of Vrindavan also features high in the list of pilgrimage sites. The various Tourist Attractions in Vrindavan play a huge role in bringing a lot of people to this land round the year. Holy Places in Vrindavan attracts many travelers from every nook and corner of the world and is counted amongst the foremost Vrindavan Tourist Attractions. The city of Vrindavan plays home to about 4,000 temples. We shall take you on an excursion tour to these historical towns. Mathura is the birth place of Lord Krishna a very widely worshipped god in Hinduism. You will visit various temples of this of Mathura Vishram ghat, Sri Krishna birth complex, Potara kund, Dwarkadhish temple and Gita Temple. Just 15Kms from Mathura is located the place where Lord Krishna spent his childhood – Vrindavan. The various temples of this holy town such as Madan Mohan Temple, Banke Bihari Temple, Jaipur Temple, Radha Vallabh Temple, Sri Radha Raman Temple, Shahji Temple, Rangaji Temple and ISCON Temple are must visits. Afterwards return to Agra for overnight stay.
DAY 11: AGRA TO GWALIOR
Early morning after breakfast leave for Gwalior. Upon arrival enjoy sightseeing of Gwalior city visiting Gwalior Fort one of the most invincible forts in India. It was pleased by the Mughal Emperor Babur as “the pearl in the necklace of India. Visit double – storied Man Mandir Palace famous for stone carving and latticework, Teli ka Mandir – a 9th Century structure towering 100 feet high is an amazing blend of Muslim and Hindu architecture. Sas -Bahu Ka Mandir is another architectural gem at Gwalior Fort. Jai Vilas Palace & Museum, still residence of the Royal family. The Palace has collection of Belgian cut Glass furniture, stuffed Tigers, a Rolls Royce on rails, German bubble car etc. Overnight stay at Gwalior.
DAY 12: GWALIOR TO ORCHHA
In the morning, drive towards your next destination Orchha a hidden place called a quiet hamlet. Upon arrival in Orchha you will visit the Orchha Palace with several remarkable buildings in the complex like Jahangir Palace, Raja Ram Mandir and the Chaturbhuj Temple. Also visit the cenotaphs called ‘Chhatris’ in Orchha situated on the bank of Betwa River, a tributary of River Yamuna. Overnight stay at Orchha.
DAY 13: ORCHHA TO KHAJURAHO
Early morning proceed towards your next destination, Khajuraho . The breakfast will be provided on the way to Khajuraho. On reaching have lunch and start exploring Khajuraho, a famous tourist and archaeological site. The Khajuraho Temples in Madhya Pradesh are amongst the most beautiful medieval monuments in India. Originally a group of 85, they are the largest group of Hindu and Jain temples in the world, although only about 25 of them remain today. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, they have awed generations of people with their architectural brilliance, intricate carvings and, most famously, their erotic sculptures. Overnight stay at Khajuraho.
DAY 14: KHAJURAHO TO ALLAHBAD
Get up early and post breakfast drive towards Allahabad. The city of Allahabad is famous for several reasons. Firstly , for the Kumbh Mela, that is held there every 12 years , and then also for being the meeting point of 3 of North India’s most important rivers, the Ganges, the Yamuna and the Saraswati. Later, sightseeing tour of Allahabad visiting the Allahabad Fort, Anand Bhawan, Allahabad Museum and the Triveni Sangam. Overnight in Allahabad.
DAY 15: ALLAHBAD TO VARANASI
Early morning after breakfast leave for Varanasi from Allahbad.
Varanasi is one of India’s most important pilgrimage sites and the holiest of holy cities for Hindus. Known also as Kashi and Benaras, Varanasi is one of the world’s oldest living cities, and has been a centre of learning and culture for well over 2000 years. Evening: Attend the “aarti” (religious) ceremony on the ghats of River Ganges. Overnight in Varanasi.
DAY 16: VARANASI TOUR
Early morning Boat Ride on India’s most sacred river, The Ganges. Sun rise at the holy river is a truly tranquil and breath taking sight with pilgrims standing waist-deep in water, praying to the rising Sun. Past these bathing ghats, see the “burning ghats” where the Hindus cremate their dead. This is done with great religious fervour which makes for a moving experience. After breakfast go on a Sightseeing Tour of Varanasi and visit The Benaras Hindu University founded in 1916 and its famous Museum Bharat Kala Bhavan which houses one of the finest collection of Mughal miniature paintings and brocade textiles. The Bharat Mata and Durga Temple and see the famous Vishwanath temple with its spires covered with gold, dedicated to Shiva, the presiding deity of the city. · Afternoon: Excursion to Sarnath This is the place where the Buddha delivered his first Sermon ‘Turning of the Wheel of Law’. See the Chowkandi and Dhamek Stupas, the ruins of 9th and 10th century monasteries and temples, the temple built by the Mahabodhi Society in 1931, and the Tibetan Temple. Visit the famous Sarnath Museum (closed on Fridays). Overnight in Varanasi.
DAY 17: VARANASI TO DELHI
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning: At leisure. Transfer to airport to board flight towards the next destination Delhi. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to an airport hotel for refreshment. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
NOTE: This is just a suggested itinerary indicative of what could be possible. We tailor holidays for your specific needs and preferences. Feel free to contact us if you want modifications so that we could tailor a holiday or a tour package specially designed to suit your needs and desire for an unforgettable India tour.
- Daily Breakfast at Hotel.
- Accommodation as per our Itinerary hotel on twin sharing basis inclusive of taxes.
- Complimentary drinks on arrival.
- Pickup service from Airport, Railway Station and Hotel.
- Air Conditioned vehicles having sufficient space for luggage.
- All State Taxes, Parking and all transport related expense including Driver Services.
- A trained and knowledgeable representative throughout the tour.
- Experienced chauffeurs for all kinds of conveyance.
- Entry fee at the monuments.
- Tips to the servicemen.
- Meals and services not specified in the above mentioned section.
- Cost for Airfare, Train fare, Insurance Premiums.
- Cost for service provided on a personal request.
- Cost for personal expenses such as laundry, bottled water, Soft Drinks, Incidentals, Porter Charges, tips etc.
- Cost for any other service not mentioned under the “Cost Includes” head.