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Spiritual India Tour No.2 (9Nights/10Days)

Places covered : Delhi - Amritsar - Dharamsala - Chandigarh - Rishikesh - Haridwar - Delhi

Day 01 Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi. Pick up from the airport and transfer to hotel.

DELHI: one of India's fastest growing cities has spread far beyond the "seven cities" created between the 13th and the 17th centuries. It has sprawled over the west bank of the Yamuna and now straddles the river. Remnants of the past survive cheek -by-jowl with skyscrapers, residential colonies and bustling commercial complexes. Delhi has some of the finest museums in the country. Its boutiques and shopping arcades offer access to a wealth of traditional and contemporary crafts from all over the country. It has specialty restaurants to please the gourmet, open parks and gardens ablaze with flowers, and in the winter months particularly, a variety of cultural events. Its many-layered existence is tantalizing and can entice the curious traveler into a fascinating journey of discovery.

Afternoon sightseeing of Old and New Delhi - Raj Ghat (Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial) , Parliaments buildings and India Gate. Finally to Qutub Minar , a 72,5m high victory tower , built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in 12.century AD

Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 Delhi / Amritsar (by train)

In time pick up from hotel and transfer to Railway Station to board train for Amritsar.

AMRITSAR: Amritsar, as the name suggests, is rightfully a pool of nectar. Located in the state of Punjab, Amritsar is one of the most important pilgrimage centres especially for the Sikhs in the country. The city is characterised by some of the must visit religious, historical as well as contemporary sites of importance. The Golden Temple, where Sikhs from all over the world come to pay their reverence to Guru Granth Sahib and take a dip in the Amrit Saras Kund (Pool of Immortality) for spiritual purification is the major landmark of the place.

On arrival transfer to hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 In Amritsar

After breakfast visit to famous Golden Temple. Located in the heart of the city is the Golden Temple, the most visited tourist attraction of Amritsar. Characterized by its four entrance doors (called deoris) in all four directions and the tastefully decorated shrines, in terms of art and architecture, the Golden Temple welcomes everyone regardless of the religion or faith one follows. Later visit Jalianwala Bagh. A historical monument that tells the sad story of mass killing during the independence movement in India, Jalianwala Bagh is another must visit in Amritsar. Here lies the memorial of the martyrs of the 1919 massacre by British General Dyer.

Afternoon free.

Evening drive to Wagah Border. Located on the Indo-Pakistan border, Wagah is 28 kilometres from the Amritsar main town. A good number of visitors come to this place to see the change of guards ceremony and the flag hoisting and lowering activities which are done with great skill and precision by the border security forces of both the countries. A site you cannot afford to miss.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 04 Amritsar-Dharamsala (199 kms 4 hrs)

After breakfast, drive to Dharamsala.

DHARAMSALA: Set against the backdrop of the dramatic Dhauladhar Mountains, Dharamsala is perched on the high slopes in the upper reaches of Kangra Valley. The town is divided into two distinct and widely separated sections, Upper and Lower Dharamsala, which differ almost a thousand metres in height. Dharamsala 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. The colorful temple and Gompas, which reflect the culture of Tibet, adds attraction for the visitor. "Dharamsala" literally means an "inn attached to a temple", and it was so until the district headquarters in Kangra became too crowded and the British moved 2 of their regiments in the late 1840s to what is now Dharamsala.

On arrival in Dharamsala, check in at the hotel.

Overnight at hotel

Day 05 In Dharamsala

After breakfast at the hotel visit Dr. Dolma's Tibetan medicine Clinic and the medicine-making factory. This clinic was set up in 1960.The roots of Tibetan Medicine run deep in Tibetan culture and are the result of thousands of years of development and integration of the major medical systems of the ancient world. Tibetans have created a unique holistic system drawing on and blending the medical traditions of Tibet with those of India, China, Persia, and Greece (much as western medicine has its roots in the Arabic, Greek, and Persian traditions).

The Tibetan Medical system is at once a science, art, and philosophy, acknowledging needs of the individual as a whole, encompassing body, mind and spirit. The science of this Traditional Tibetan System is grounded in a wealth of knowledge and understanding of anatomy, physiology, embryology, and pathology.

Later visit Norbulingka institute. This Institute is a registered trust functioning under the Chairmanship of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan People, under the auspices of the Tibetan government in exile. It is dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan culture in both its literary and artistic forms. Also visit Namgyal monastery, and The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives.

Overnight at hotel

Day 06 Dharamsala-Chandigarh (251 kms 6 and half hrs)

After an early breakfast, drive to Chandigarh through the mountain landscapes.

CHANDIGARH: Chandigarh, the Capital of Haryana as well as Punjab, is a planned city designed by the French architect Le Corbusier. The city is highly developed and modern, divided into various sectors and has well-laid roads lined with rows of trees and beautifully planned buildings. It has derived its name from a temple on the slope of the Sivalik hill, Chandi Mandir (deity Chandi, goddess of power), and a fort or "garh" beyond the temple, called Chandigarh.

On arrival in Chandigarh, check in hotel.

Overnight at hotel

Day 07 Chandigarh-Rishikesh (240 kms 6 hrs)

After breakfast, visit Rock Garden. Rock garden is an epitome of creativity and innovation. It is a unique garden that consists of various art objects. The best part about the rock garden is that each of its artwork has been made by using industrial and urban waste. The credit for laying its foundation goes to Nek Chand, who was the then Road Inspector in the Engineering Department of Chandigarh Capital Project. Rock garden has been established in the form of an open-air exhibition hall. The garden houses sculptures made by using a variety of different discarded waste materials like frames, mudguards, forks, handle bars, metal wires, play marbles, porcelain, auto parts, broken bangles etc.

Later drive to Rishikesh.

RISHIKESH: Rishikesh is a holy city for Hindus and a famous centre of pilgrimage. It is also known as the gateway to the Himalayas and is located around 25 kilometers away from Haridwar. Rishikesh is the starting point for traveling to the sites that form the Char Dham pilgrimageBadrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. The sacred river Ganga flows through Rishikesh. In fact, it is here that the river leaves the Shivalik Mountains, and flows out into the plains of northern India. Several temples, ancient as well as new, can be found along the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh. Rishikesh, sometimes nicknamed "the world-capital of Yoga", has numerous yoga centres. It is believed that meditation in Rishikesh brings one closer to attainment of moksha (Salvation), as does a dip in the holy river that flows through it.

On arrival, check in hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 08 Rishikesh-Haridwar (25 kms 1 hr)

After breakfast, visit the various Ashrams. Also visit Triveni Ghat & Laxman Jhoola along with other temples along the Ghats.

Later drive to Haridwar and enjoy Aarti ceremony at sun set on the Ghats of Ganges.

"Aarti" is a very auspicious Hindu ritual in which we offer our prayers to God or to whom we respect & consider equal to God; thanking them for their presence in our life. In India, this ritual is performed on various auspicious days, events & festivals.

The Ganga Aarti in Haridwar is a daily ritual. This one & half hour ritual starts with a holy fire ceremony called as "Yagna" i.e. offering a mixture of different herbs with clarified butter (Ghee) to the fire while chanting the prayers (Mantra) in order to purify the surrounding environment and to invite the holy vibrations. The Guru or the Master with his devotees, sing the prayers along with the lighting of the small lamps welcoming & thanking the river Ganga for being the source of life & prosperity for this region. The experience, the view and the positive vibrations are so inspirational that it is difficult to put into words.

On arrival check in hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 09 Haridwar-Delhi (Train)

After breakfast, visit the various temples along the Ghats of Ganges. (Rooms will be available till 1200 noon)

In the late afternoon, transfer to railway station to board the train to Delhi.

On arrival in Delhi, transfer to hotel.

Overnight at hotel

Day 10 Leave Delhi

In time pickup form hotel to connect flight for onward destination.

 


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