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Spiritual India Tour No.3 (5Nights/6Days)

Places covered : Delhi - Mathura - Agra - Varanasi - 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

Day 02 Delhi-Agra via Mathura ( 205 kms 8 hrs)

Early morning drive for Mathura, a city which is 147 km away from the capital city.

MATHURA: The city is quite popular as the birth place of Lord Krishna. Being a holy city of Uttar Pradesh, the abode attracts number of tourists from all over the world. Being a pilgrimage destination, Mathura hosts a number of attractions which include the Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple, the Vishram Ghat and the Dwarkadeesh Temple.

Later visit Temples.

Evening drive further to Agra. On arrival check in hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 Agra- Varanasi (Train)

Morning visit the Agra Fort. The foundation was laid by Emperor Akbar in 1565 and continued till the time of Shahjahan. The high red stone monument stretches for around 2.5 kms, dominating a bend in the river Yamuna northwest of the Taj Mahal. The palace is a notable for its smooth blending of Hindu and central Asian architectural styles. The Diwan-i-Am (the hall of public audiences), the Diwan-i-Khas (the Hall of Private Audience), the Khas Palace (the private palace was used by emperor as a sleeping chamber), the Sheesh Mahal (palace of Mirrors), the Shah Jahani Mahal (Shahjahan’s Palace), Jahangiri Mahal (Jahangir’s Palace) and the Akbari Mahal (Akbar’s palace) are the fascinating palaces inside the fort. From the rear of Diwan-i-Khas a door leads to Mussaman Burj, a two storey pavilion, where Shahjahan was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb in his old age. From here he caught the last glimpses of Taj Mahal before he died.

Afternoon visit Taj Mahal which is the seventh wonder of world, built by Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz Mahal by the banks of river Yamuna. After her untimely death, Shahajahan had her mortal remains buried in this mausoleum. And after his own demise he was placed to rest next to his beloved queen in the same mausoleum The Taj has been called the most extravagant monument ever built for the sake of love. The great monument took almost 22 years to build and was completed in 1653. Around 20,000 workers from all over the country and central Asia were recruited to translate this dream into a reality. (TAJ MAHAL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS).

Evening pick up from hotel and transfer to Tundla Railway station to board overnight train for Varanasi.

Overnight on train.

Day 04 In Varanasi

Morning arrival transfer in Varanasi. Transfer to hotel.

VARANASI: Varanasi is one of the world’s oldest cities and the city of Shiva, the holiest in the Hindu world stretched along the western bank of the sacred river Ganga. Boating on Ganges is must do thing to experience Indian culture and tradition. It is said that people who offer holy dip and prayers in Varanasi open his doors for heaven.

Evening visit the ancient Hindu ceremonial ritual ‘Aarti’ starts. Aarti is a Sanskrit word which stands for homage or devotion. The aarti, or offering of the lamps, is observed at certain hours of the day and night to invoke the gods. It is believed that the gods are physically present at this ceremony. The lamps are revolved before the idols in a clockwise manner along with the chanting of hymns. This recitation is accompanied by drums, the blowing of the conch shell and ringing of the temple bells. At the end of the aarti the priest takes a handful of water which he revolves around the god’s idol. This is to pacify the ‘agni’ (the fire God), who is pressed into service in the form of the wick lamp. The lamps themselves are charged with this ‘Presence’ and thus after the ceremony devotees collect the fumes and cover their faces with its aroma.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 05 In Varanasi

Early morning sunrise boat ride and another chance to see aarti.

After breakfast visit local market.

Later afternoon visit Sarnath, the buried city, where Gautam, the Buddha, arrived after attaining enlightenment. The site remained an active centre of Buddhism until the end of the 12th century when the city was plundered by Muslim invaders. The massive stupas at the heart of Sarnath date from more than 1500 years ago! More recently, various nations have built temples in the surrounding area resulting in a potted history of Buddhist architecture. The museum has some wonderful Buddha images which are worth a look if you have time.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 06 Varanasi-Delhi

In time pickup from hotel to connect flight for Delhi.

On arrival in Delhi, assistance on departure to connect flight for onward destination.

 


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