Spiritual and Yoga tour of North India
This tour of North India is an itinerary designed to make you immerse in the deep spirituality of this multifaceted country, exploring both its cultural and mystic heritage. From the shrines and palaces in Jaipur to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, from the city of the Kumbh Mela Haridwar to the pilgrimage site and yoga center of Rishikesh, this trip will reveal a more religious and spiritual side of India.
Arrival in Delhi, welcome at the airport. Visit of Jama Masjid mosque, Red Fort, former residence of the Mughals, the crowded and chaotic market of Chandni Chowk, the Humayun Tomb mausoleum, Qutub Minar minaret and more. Overnight in Delhi.
After breakfast drive to the railway station to board the train to Haridwar. Situated at the foot hills of the Himalayas, the city is a doorway to the land of holy shrines and pilgrimages, prayer and devotion. Haridwar in Hindi literally means "Gateway to the Lord". The city also represents the point where the sacred river Ganga enters the plains. Haridwar is the site of the Maha Kumbh Mela, held every 12 years, which is the biggest congregation in the world. Upon arrival check in at the hotel.
Places covered: - Har Ki Pori (Ganges), Mansa Devi Temple (By rope way - Optional at an extra cost).
Day free for relax, evening visit Har Ki Pori for Ganga Aarti.
Overnight stay in the Haridwar hotel.
After breakfast drive to Rishikesh. Upon arrival visit Rishikesh: At 1360 m. above sea-level, Rishikesh is a peaceful, serene place inhabited by sadhus and mendicants, and visited by tourists and pilgrims alike. People come to Rishikesh to meditate and study yoga, among other things. The Triveni Ghat at Rishikesh is considered the most sacred spot as it is the point of confluence of the three holy rivers -Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati.
The other attraction of Rishikesh is the Laxman Jhoola over the river Ganga, which connects the two sides of the town. Places Covered: - Ram Jhula, Swarg Ashram, Parmarth Ashram, and Geeta Bhawan.Overnight stay in a hotel.
Three days will be spent at the Ashram in Rishikesh. Each day will be well planned and a strict schedule will be followed starting from waking up at 5:30 a.m. for a mediation class. This will be followed by a one hour yoga class starting from 7:00 a.m. You will be served breakfast at 8:15 a.m. after which your time goes in complete relaxation. Afternoon meal at 12:00 p.m. which will be followed by a lecture at 3:00 p.m. and evening tea at 4:00 p.m. Then there will be a two and half hours yoga and meditation class starting from 4:30 p.m. and finally dinner at 7:30 p.m.
After breakfast day free for leisure. Evening drive to the railway station to board the train to Amritsar. Overnight on the train.
Full day to visit Amritsar and surroundings. Visit the old city with the possibility to visit the Durgiana Temple and the Mata Temple. In the afternoon transfer to Wagah on the border between India and Pakistan to watch the changing of the guard. At the end, return to Amritsar. Overnight in Amritsar.
After breakfast you will take a village tour through local farms.
Punjab, also known as bread basket of India, is the best place for agricultural tourism. Perhaps one of the most rejoiced destinations all over India. Farms all over Punjab exemplify simplicity, natural wonders as well as calmness and refreshment to the core.
After breakfast drive to railway station and board the train to Delhi. Upon arrival drive straight to Agra. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Then visit the Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Night stay in the hotel.
In the morning drive to Jaipur in your exclusive vehicle. On the way visit the abandoned citadel of Mughal emperor Akbar known as Fatehpur Sikri. On arrival check in at your hotel. In the evening take a walking tour of the colorful streets and bazaars of Jaipur City. The beauty of Jaipur is that its unique architecture and town planning is visible at even the most commonest places such as its squares and lanes.
Your day in Jaipur begins after breakfast with a guided exploration of Amber Fort. Feel like a maharaja from the past as you ride up to Amber Fort on an elephant outfitted with traditional Indian draperies!
After lunch, enjoy an afternoon city tour of Jaipur, whose origins can be traced back to the 18th century during the reign of Jai Singh II. Prepare to look beyond the bustling metropolis to find its historical charm, such as the magnificent palaces, temples, lush gardens and pink plastered stone that gives Jaipur the popular name “Pink City.”
Your guide will take you to visit the top sights of Jaipur, starting with the City Palace with its fine collection of textiles, costumes and armor. Then, admire the exquisite Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds, built to resemble the crown of the Hindu god, Krishna. Last, see Jantar Mantar, the extraordinary stargazing observatory built by the renowned astronomer, Maharaja Jai Singh, before heading back to your hotel.
Night stay in hotel.
After breakfast visit Delhi. Then you will be transferred to the airport.