09 NIGHTS / 10 DAYS
The colour & romance of India welcomes you with arms wide open as you reach Delhi. The color and the aroma of Indian spices and Indian tradition get hold of you in a moderate yet a fascinating way. The capital of India, Delhi, is one of the most alive places in the whole world with a pinch of Indian culture and heritage and two of its monuments- the Qutab Minar and the Humayun's Tomb, have been declared as the World Heritage Sites. For a first timer to India, it serves as a perfect start to a journey towards cultural wealth, different religious beliefs, complexities and the dynamism of India. Meeting and assistance by our local representative once you arrive, thereafter transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel
Today, enjoy a city tour of Old and New Delhi, visiting Old Delhi - the Red Fort, Jama Masjid (India's largest Mosque), Raj Ghat (memorial of Mahatma Gandhi) and drive past Chandni Chowk. In New Delhi visit the Qutab Minar, the 234 feet high tower, with the nearby Iron Pillar, Tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun, the modern Birla Mandir Temple. Drive past India Gate (War Memorial), the President's House, which was once the Viceroy's Palace, the Parliament House and Secretariat Buildings. Rest of the day is at leisure.
In the morning, transfer to the railway station to board a train for Haridwar. The city of Hardiwar, located at the foothills of the Himalayas, represents the point where the Holy Ganga reaches the plains. Haridwar is an ancient pilgrimage site, held in reverence for centuries. Associated with both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, Haridwar is among the seven sacred cities of India. Essentially a religious center which holds promise of salvation for devotees, Haridwar is also a center of herbal medicine, and traditional studies at Gurukul Kangri. In the evening witness the traditional "Aarti" ceremony at Harâ€“Kiâ€“Pauri - the sacred Ghat was constructed by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhartrihari. It is believed that Bhartihari eventually came to Haridwar to meditate by the banks of the holy Ganga. When he died, his brother constructed the Ghat in his name which later came to be known as Har-Ki-Pauri. It is the most important Ghat on the River Ganga, where a holy dip is a must for every devotee.
Rishikesh is considered the Yoga Capital of The World. Enjoy a brief discourse on Yoga & meditation. Yoga is a science of right living and it works when integrated in our daily life. It works on all aspects of the person: the physical, mental, emotional, psychic and spiritual. The word yoga means 'unity' or 'oneness' and is derived from the Sanskrit word 'yuj' which means 'to join'. Gain a general idea of the subject of Yoga, seeking its place in nature, its own character, its object in human evolution. Increasing flexibility of the body and freeing all the energy blocks. Besides increasing flexibility, this leads to a healthier body. Massaging the internal organs of the body and the rarely stimulated parts such as the thyroid gland. Besides increasing flexibility, this leads to a healthier body. elping to treat several health disorders - from common ones such as backaches and arthritis to 'seemingly' unrelated disorders such as stammering. An ordinary person may consider meditation as a worship or prayer. But it is not so. Meditation means awareness. Whatever you do with awareness is meditation. "Watching your breath" is meditation; listening to the birds is meditation. As long as these activities are free from any other distraction to the mind, it is effective meditation. Meditation is not a technique but a way of life. Meditation means 'a cessation of the thought process' It describes a state of consciousness, when the mind is free of scattered thoughts and various patterns. The observer (one who is doing meditation) realizes that all the activity of the mind is reduced to one. Meditation (Dhyana in Sanskrit) is a specific term in yoga philosophy. It is different from the term meditation used by most people. The latter really means keeping the brain peaceful. Commonly today, people can mean any one of these stages when they refer to the term meditation. Some schools only teach concentration techniques, some relaxation, and others teach free form contemplative activities like just sitting and awaiting absorption. Some call it meditation without giving credence to yoga for fear of being branded 'eastern'. But yoga is not something eastern or western as it is universal in its approach and application.
After breakfast on time transfer to Haridwar Railway Station to board the train to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi, Check In at hotel. Afternoon free at leisure for your own activities. Overnight stay.
Breakfast at the Hotel.Morning drive from Delhi to Agra (205 Kms 5 Hrs) Agra - The ancient city once the capital of Mughal empire in the 16th and 17th century, depicting a gorgeous panorama of majestic architectural creations and a rich tradition of art and culture. Housing one of seven wonder's of the World, the marble symphony of Shah Jahan "The Taj Mahal" . Discover the dazzling creations of their craftsmen in other architectural marvels in Agra, the quintessential Mughal city. Arrive Agra and check-in at Hotel. Afternoon we will visit the Taj Mahal (Friday closed) - one of the Seven Wonders of the World built by Emperor Shah Jehan in memory of his beloved consort Mumtaz Mahal. This beautiful mausoleum took 22 years to complete with a work force of 20,000. Craftsmen and master builders came from all over Asia to join in the great work - from Baghdad, Shiraz, Delhi, Samarkand and Turkey. Also visit one of the important architectural monuments in Agra - The Agra Fort built by Emperor Akbar, the maze of courtyards; mosques and private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal Empire.Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Breakfast at the Hotel After breakfast, you will drive from AGRA to Jaipur (221 kms/6 hours) enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri. This deserted, red sandstone city, built by Emperor Akbar, between 1570 and 1585, now glows in its magnificent past. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza (The Gate of Victory), set in the south wall. In the northern part of the courtyard is the superb white marble tomb of Shaik Salim Chishti, built in 1570. Arrive Jaipur and Check-in at the Hotel Rest of the day at leisure . Overnight stay at the Hotel
Breakfast at the Hotel After breakfast, you will enjoy an excursion to Amer Fort 12 kms outside Jaipur. The original palace was built by Raja Mansingh the additions were made by Sawai Jai Singh. One of the finest example of Rajput architecture, it was the ancient capital of Kaisshawah rulers. Enjoy the ascent to the palace on back of a brightly caparisoned elephant. Tour the chamber and hallways of the palace which are famous for their design and decorations. This unique capital of the erstwhile warrior kings is a must on every tourist itinerary to the state. Also stop by for a Photo session of HAWA MAHAL(PALACE OF WINDS) Afternoon you tour the walled city of Jaipur a shopper's paradise famous for handicrafts, jewellery and list goes onâ€¦â€¦. You also visit the unique Jantar Mantar magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728. The Hawa Mahal, the intriguing " Palace of Winds" is really a facade built in 1799, to allow royal ladies to view the city from the windows. Visit the City Palace, former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal style and its museums an excellent collection of miniature paintings, costumes and armoury. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Breakfast at the Hotel Morning at leisure Afternoon drive from Jaipur to Delhi (258 kms -6 hrs) Arrive Delhi and check-in at the Hotel till departure transfer to International Airport for your flight back home.
Transfer from hotel to the airport