If you have ever wondered “what is the purpose of life?” then this North India and Ganges Tour is just for you. As you travel across sacred destinations in Northern India, you will come across millions others who have apparently found the answer to the same question. From Golden Temple to Dalai Lama’s Temple, from the world famous temples of Khajuraho to the funeral pyres and sacred ghats of Varanasi, this journey is a journey of discovery, not outside but within.
Duration: 15 Days / 14 Nights
Places: Delhi > Amritsar > Dharamshala > Pathankot > Delhi > Varanasi > Khajuraho > Jhansi > Gwalior > Agra > Delhi
Day-1. Arrive Delhi.
Arrive at Delhi International Airport, Meet and Greet, transfer to the Hotel.
Day-2. Delhi- Amritsar
Morning we catch a train to Amritsar.
Arrive by afternoon and transfer to Hotel. Overnight in Hotel
Day-3. In Amritsar:
Today we visit the Famous Golden Temple and later have rickshaw ride in the Bazaar of the old city.
Overnight in Hotel
Day-4. Amritsar- Dharamshala. Appx 200 Kms 5-6 Hrs
After breakfast we drive to Dharamshala/Mcleodganj.
Evening time to browse through wonderful bazaar with its strong Tibetan Influence. Overnight in Hotel
Day-5. In Dharamshala
Today we have full day in the Tibetan capital in Exile. We visit the H.H Dalai Lama Temple and later visit Norbulinga Institute of Tibetan.
Evening free. Overnight in Hotel
Day-6. Dharamshala – Pathankot – Delhi
Morning we pay a visit to Church St. John in the Wilderness at Forsyth Ganj, this mystical place is surrouned by pine trees and the church though small gives us a good feel of the British Era architecture.
Inside the church are memorials of various Viceroys from the Britain. Afternoon we drive to Pathankot Railway station to catch train to Delhi
Overnight in II Tier Sleeper A.C Train
Day-7. Arrive Delhi – Varanasi Flight
We arrive very early this morning, we get time to freshen up and have breakfast. After Breakfast transfer to Airport to catch flight to Varanasi.
On arrival in Varanasi we meet our transport and we drive to our Hotel. After getting some time to relax we re-group in the evening and take Rickshaw ride through the old parts of the City to Ghats to experience the Evening Puja Ceremony on Dashashwamedha Ghat on the banks of River Ganges.
Come back to Hotel for Dinner Overnight in Hotel
Day-8. In Varanasi.
Early morning we Take a Boat ride on the Ganges, then walk to the Vishwanath Temple one of the Famous Temple dedicated to the Lord Shiva. A lot of Pilgrims throng the premises just to get a glimpse of the shrine.
Later come back to Hotel for Breakfast.
Before Noon we Drive to Sarnath appx (30mins 0ne-wa)y; We start the tour with the Visit to the Archaeological museum renowned for keeping world famous artifacts and relics from the Golden era.
Later we visit the famous Chaukandi and Dhamek Stupa and the ruins of the ancient town later we visit the Modern Buddhist Temple erected by the Mahabodhi society adjacent to the ruins. Evening we return to Hotel. Overnight in Hotel
Sarnath is a small town next door to Varansi and holds the religious importance to Buddhism. Its an important pilgrim site them, Buddhists from all across South East Asia and far East come to Visit the Place. The famous Stupa was Build by the Emperor Ashoka in 243 BC
Day-9. Varanasi- Khajuraho
Morning we pay a visit to a Hindu Ashram and see how Monks live there. In the afternoon we get transferred to Airport to Board Flight to Khajuraho.
Arrive Khajuraho Transfer to Hotel Overnight in Hotel
Day-10. In Khajuraho
Today we have full day to visit The Western and the Eastern group of Temples.
Khajuraho is famous for its temple structures and most them have been declared “UNESCO –World Heritage Monuments”. These temples depict the generous and artistic creativity towards the kings of Chandela dynasty having ruled in the central India around 1000 AD. Out of the total 85 temples only 22 have survived till now and are divided as Eastern , Western and Southern Group of temples.
Overnight in Hotel
Day-11. Khajuraho – Jhansi – Gwalior
After Breakfast we drive to Jhansi Railway station. En route we visit the Orcha Fort.
After visiting the fort we head straight to the nearby Railway Station at Jhansi to board the train to Gwalior.
Overnight in Hotel B,-, D
Orcha is a small town of Palace complex on the Banks of the Betwa River, which used to be the occupied the Kings of Bundela Rajput Dynasty and was founded in some 1501 AD.
Day-12. Gwalior- Agra
Morning we visit Gwalior Fort. We visit the Fort complex Man Mandir and the Sas-bahu Temple. One can have a nice view of the whole town from the Walls of the fort.
On our way down we walk to the bus and visit the famous stone cut sculptures of Lord Mahaveer. Afternoon we drive to Agra. We arrive by evening. Overnight in Hotel B,-, D
Gwalior is a small city located in the Center of India in the state of Madhya Pradesh and the foundation of the city can be traced to 8thCentury AD. The city was ruled by various dynasties and is renowned to have warrior kings, musicians and great saints. It was also eminent place during the fight for our Independence and was a hotbed of planning during the First uprising by Indians against British in 1857 for the freedom fighters Tatya tope and the Queen of Jhansi Rani Laksmi Bai; the city also has memorials in memory of them
Day-13. In Agra:
We have a full day in Agra Today. We start the day by our visit to the Taj Mahal one of the 7 wonders of the world;later we visit the Agra Fort.
In the Evening we take a stroll in the Bazaar. Overnight in Hotel B,-, D
Agra located on the banks of river Yamuna is famous for the world renowned Taj Mahal and also the Leather industry. The modern Agra was founded by King Sikander Lodhi in the 16th Century and later became the seat of the Mughal Empire and thus the city came into prominence and it was Shahjehan who built the Memoir of Love for his beloved wife Mumtaz.
Day-14. Agra- Delhi
After Breakfast we drive to Delhi via Fatehpur Sikri – all done in Fine Red Stone. Now a lost city Fatehpur Sikri was once an inhabited city and was build by Mughal King Akbar during 1564 AD. Around noon we continue our final drive towards Delhi.
Depart Delhi B,-, D
Day-15. Arrive Home
After breakfast transfer to IGIA Airport for your flight home.
End of Tour
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