Arrive Delhi :
Upon arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport
Terminal 2 you are met and transferred to your pre booked Hotel. Upon arrival
at the hotel you are received with a traditional welcome of TIKKA and ARTI. Rest
of the day is relaxing and for free activities. Overnight at Hotel.
This morning we visit Old Delhi, built in the 17th century
by Shah Jahan the Magnificent ( who also built the Taj Mahal). First we will be
visiting the famous Jama Masjid mosque with its 9,000 sq. ft. courtyard, three
domes and two minarets, and then proceed to the massive complex known as the Red
Fort. Afternoon we'll visit Laxmi Narayan Temple, a Spectacular structure that's
just 60 years old , and then proceed via India Gate and the Governmental building
to Qutub Minar, the 240 foot tower built in 1190 to commemorate the arrival of
Islam in India, the Bahai Temple with its nine pools on an elevated platform,
and the Crafts Museum, which replicates and Indian street with over 50 artists
and craftspeople at work. Overnight at the Hotel.
Delhi - Amritsar :
Early morning we are transferred to the New Delhi
railway Station to board our train for Amritsar - the city of Golden Temple. Upon
arrival we are met and transferred to our pre booked Hotel. Afternoon we visit
the famous Golden temple which is scared to the Sikh nation, here we will find
time to tune into the amazing spiritual centre and feel the power that inspires
the Sikh people worldwide. We continue our city tour and visit the Jallian Walla
Bagh - Martyrs' Memorial built in the shape of eternal flame of liberty is situated
on the outskirts of Golden Temple.Here about 1500 and 2000 persons who were attending
a peaceful meeting during the freedom movement fell under the bullets of the British
General Dyer on 13 April 1919 and the city of Amritsar. Overnight at the Hotel.
After a relaxed breakfast we proceed to visit the Wag
ha Border - the border between Pakistan and India. From here we continue the visit
to Tarn Taran a town situated 24 kms south was founded by Sri Guru Arjun Dev in
1590. The famous Gurudwara stands on the side of the large tank.From here we visit
the the town of Goindwal where Guru Amar Dass established a new centre for preaching
Sikhism A Baoli well paved with 84 steps was constructed here.The devout believe
that by reciting Japji Sahib the divine Word revealed to Guru Nanak Dev ji at
each step after taking a bath in the Baoli provides Moksh - liberation from the
84000 cycle of life of this world. Evening we watch the famous Punjabi Bangra
Dance Performance. Overnight at the Hotel.
Amritsar - Anandpur Saheb :
Today morning we drive towards Ananadpur
Saheb the birth place of Sikhism. The valley from Ropar through Kiratpur Sahib
and Anandpur Sahib is full of Gurudwara. Anandpur Saheb , the abode of peace has
numerous Gurudwara. The place was founded by Guru Tegh Bahadurji , the ninth Sikh
Guru, Guru Govind Singh ji , the tenth Guru had baptised the first five Sikhs
called the PANJ PIARE here. Afternoon we continue to Chandigarh. Overnight in
Chandigarh - Delhi :
Today after a relaxed breakfast we start for
a city tour of Chandigarh visiting the rock garden and the Moghul gardens in Pinjore.
After noon we continue our drive towards Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi we check
into our pre booked hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.
Delhi - Samode - Jaipur :
Depart for Jaipur by surface . Enroute
our journey we visit the famous Samode Village and visit the Palace and the Samode
Bagh . We continue our journey to Jaipur, popularly known as the Pink City, was
built in 1727 AD by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Designed in accordance with Shilp
Shastra - an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture - Jaipur follows a grid system.
Upon arrival check in your pre booked Hotel.
Today morning we visit the Amber Fort in the Aravali Hills,
which is a super example of Rajput (Medieval Hindu) style architecture. A slow
elephant ride takes us to the top of the Fort, which houses several graceful buildings.
Afternoon - tour of City Palace and Observatory. The City Palace in the heart
of the old city is a blend of Rajasthan and Mughal architecture. The Palace of
winds - a five storied structure of pink sandstone has semi-octagonal and delicately
honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. It was originally
built to enable the ladies of the royal household to watch everyday life.
Jaipur - Bharatpur - Fatehpur sikri - Agra :
This morning travel
to Bharatpur for a tour of the world famous bird sanctuary here. The reserve bosts
of river 300 species of resident and migratory birds. From here we drive to the
ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri ( ghost capital) for a tour of the magnificent
and world heritage buildings still in a state of perfect preservation. We continue
our journey for Agra and upon arrival check into Hotel.
Agra was the capital of India under the Moghuls in the 16th
and 17th centuries. This morning we see the exquisite tomb of the emperor Jehangir's
chief minister and father-in - law, often called the 'BABY TAJ' because its design
foreshadows the Taj Mahal,. Then we tour Agra's Red Fort, built over three generations
by the moghul emperors. Following an afternoon free, we go at sunset to see the
Taj Mahal, the mausoleum built by a sorrowing Shah Jahan in memory of his young
wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Building's stupendous scale, flawless symmetry, translucent
white marble and shimmering reflection in the water channel are truly breathtaking.
Evening we are transferred to the railway station to board an overnight train
for the Holy city of Beneras ( Varanasi ). Overnight is spent on the Train.
Arrive Varanasi :
Upon arrival we are met and transferred to our
pre booked hotel . In the afternoon proceed to the village of Sarnath on the outskirts
of town. It was in this Deer Park that the Lord Buddha gave his first sermon.
Visit the Park and Museum.. Sarnath was made a centre of Buddhist worship by the
emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC. We will visit the Main Shrine and Ashoka's
Pillar. In the Archaeological Museum we will see the beautifully carved capital
from the pillar along with many other priceless Buddhist artifacts. The highlight
of this tour would be a participation in the evening Aarti ( prayer service) at
the main Buddhist temple here. Overnight at the Hotel.
An early morning boat ride presents an incredible, surrealistic
scene as multitudes of devotees come to the river to pay homage to the Sun God,
Surya, Pass the bathing ghats where thousands of pilgrims purify themselves in
the holy water of the Ganges River, and the burning ghats where cremations are
conducted. Later in the morning we will visit the city of Beneras. Afternoon is
free for personal activities. Overnight at the Hotel.
Varanasi - Bodhgaya :
Today morning we will depart for Bodhgaya.
Upon arrival in Bodhgaya we check into our pre booked Hotel. Bodhgaya is where
Buddhism, ine of the great religions of the world was born.To this small secluded
spot on the banks of the Niranjana came Siddhartha, the royal prince of Kapilavastu
, after nine long years of searching for the Ultimate Truth . And here under the
holy People or Bo tree , he became BUDDHA , the enlightened one, and Dedicated
himself to the good of humanity. Tradition states that Buddha stayed in Bodhgaya
for seven weeks after his enlightenment. First week was spent under Bodhi Tree.
Second week he stood gazing at the tree and this spot was called Animeshlocha
Stupa. Third week he spent in meditation , walking to & fro from the tree
and this was named Ratnachakarma ( Jewel Walk ). Fourth week was devoted for attaining
higher modes of exposition sitting and meditating with cross legs and was called
Abhi Dhamma ( Deep Meditation ). Fifth week was again spent in meditation under
another tree. The sixth takes us to Muchalinda Lake where the serpent king Muchalinde
, dwelling at the Bottom of the Lake, rose out to protect the Master from severe
storm created by Maya ( GOD OF CHAOS ) to disturb the meditation.The Rajata tree
marks the last week where Buddha decide to preach and thus save human beings from
further sufferings. Overnight at the Hotel.
Full day is spent own your own meditating and visiting
Bodhgaya. Overnight at the Hotel.
Bodhgaya - Gaya - Patna By Train :
Today we are transferred to the
Gaya railway station which is around 12 kms to board our train for Patna. Upon
arrival in Patna transfer to your pre booked Hotel.
Early morning we take a full day excursion to Rajgir and
Nalanda. Rajgir The capital of the mighty Madadhan Empire in the fourth century
B.C is closely associated with the life and teaching of Buddha. Here we visit
the Picturesque hill of Vultures GRIDHAKUTA - the site where Buddha returned after
enlightenment. Nalanda was established in the fifth century B.C is recorded as
the world's earliest University.Buddha is believed to have visited Nalanda a number
of time. The archaeological zone here is classified into a number of sites that
include 11 monasteries and several temples built in red brick.The site is spread
over an area of 166 feet ( north - south ) and 800 feet ( east - west ).
Patna - Delhi By Flight :
Today we are transferred to the airport
to board our flight for Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi we are transferred to our
pre booked Hotel. Evening go for dances of India performance and farewell dinner
at the Haus Khas Village Complex. Overnight at the Hotel.
Leave Delhi :
After what will have been a majestic way to see and
experience royal India, we bid farewell as we are transferred to the airport for
our flight back home.