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Golden Temple to the Sacred Ganges | 19 Days
Delhi - Amritsar – Dharamsala – McLeod Ganj – Mandi - Taragarh – Shimla – Chandigarh – Rishikesh – Haridwar – Unchagaon – Agra – Delhi
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Tour Advantages

  • Traditional Indian welcome Ceremony
  • Enjoy the Rickshaw Puller Ride through the bustling Bazaar of Chandni Chowk
  • Drive down Delhi’s impressive Raisina Hills to see India Gate
  • Witness the Palki Ceremony at the iconic Golden Temple
  • Visit to the Wagah Border
  • Village walk a chance to connect with a rustic and beautifully raw side of India.
  • Visit the small town and shrine TSUGLAGKHANG
  • Visit of the temple dedicated to the goddess KALI (goddess of war) at village Chamuda.
  • Visit Bajinath temple dedicated to SHIVA VAIDYANATHA who would be one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.
  • Visit Rewalsar sacred lakes & 3 Monasteries.
  • Visit the Church of Christ & Hanuman Temple in Shimla.
  • Explore Chandigarh city built in 1950 by the French-Swiss architect LE CORBUSIER.
  • Visit Rishikesh world city of Yoga.
  • Aarti ceremony at Haridwar or Rishikesh on Ganges
  • A walk through the village Unchagaon.
  • Stand before the world’s most famous monument to love, The Taj Mahal.

Day By Day Itinerary

Day 01 Arrive in Delhi
Arrive Delhi - The Capital of India. You are greeted with a traditional Indian Welcome and escorted transfer to hotel Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern.  Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles. Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 02 In Delhi
Proceeds on a Half day tour of Old Delhi
After breakfast visit to Old Delhi - Here you will view Red Fort, the most Opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. Rickshaw puller ride through the Chandni Chowk, the perpetually congested avenue heading west from the Red Fort, is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars. If you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce. Also visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Proceeds on a Half-day tour of New Delhi New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's-it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King's architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the Design and construction of Delhi's eight cities - New Delhi.  Lutyens designed an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947. You will visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar. Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, drive pass through the Raisina hill past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House.

Day 03   Delhi - Amritsar By Train
Early morning transfer to New Delhi station to board the Shatabdi express train for Amritsar breakfast on board. In Amritsar our representative will meet you and provide the transfer to hotel for 3 nights stay in Amritsar - is just about an idol place to make a base for visits to rural Punjab & have an idea of the way of life of the state, which is perhaps the most prosperous in India & produces almost half of the century’s food grain.   
Evening witness the Palki Ceremony at the iconic Golden Temple when the Sikh Holy Book is carried through a crowd of worshippers before being 'put to bed' for the night. All are allowed inside the Golden Temple. Heads must be covered. Shoes, Tobacco, Narcotics must be left outside. Photography is permitted, except inside Harmandar Sahib  

Day 04 In Amritsar
After breakfast visit to Golden Temple – the Holy Sikh Shrine followed by Jallianwala Bagh, is an important monument dedicated to hundreds of martyrs, who lost their lives in a massacre in 1919. An important event in India’s freedom struggle was the massacre of around 700-800 unsuspecting people at Amritsar’s Jallianwala Bagh, under the orders of the infamous British General Dyer. The massacre took place on April 13, 1919. All around the world, including Lenin & British leaders like Asquith & Winston Churchill, condemned the event. It may be mentioned that the Jallianwala Bagh tragedy was one of the most horrifying & important incidents that instigated the Indians on the decisive track against British dominion. A Martyrs Memorial has been erected at the site amidst landscape grounds. The Martyrs Gallery houses portraits of national leaders & paintings depicting the fateful day.

Afternoon a visit to the Wagah Border is an interesting experience especially at Sunset when the retreat ceremony takes place with the BSF on the Indian side & the Satluj Rangers on the Pakistan side putting up a well- coordinated and spectacular display, which compares very favorably with the changing of the Guard in London Overnight stay

Day 05 In Amritsar
After breakfast we go for heritage walk will take you through the charm of old Ambarsar. This walk will enlighten facts about Ambarsar that stay hidden in the heart of the Golden city. This city is approximately 450 years old and was formerly known as Ramdaspur. The fourth Sikh Guru, Guru Ramdas founded and named this city which is now known as Amritsar. The Heritage walk will take you around 2-3 hours post departure from the hotel lobby, and we shall take you around the magical lanes of old Ambarsar which will leave you with facts and memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.

War Memorial - Stories Untold Distance from 15 Kms. An ode to heroism and Valour, the famous War Memorial & Museum is a must visit for all battle history lovers. From the age of Alexander the Great to the 1999 Kargil war, this place narrates war stories unheard of. Duration: 2 Hours Price: INR 2500 per person INR 3000 per couple Escort: AC Car & Guide *All applicable taxes are extra

Village Tour - Back to the Roots - Village walk is your chance to connect with a rustic and beautifully raw side of India. From a traditional Punjabi welcome with dhols to an authentic desi lunch, this unique experience has everything you need to trace the beauty of rural India. Duration: 180 Minutes, Price: *INR 4000 per person, INR 4500 per couple, Escort: AC car & Guide *All applicable taxes are extra.

Day 06   Amritsar – Dharamsala – Macleod -Gang 210 kms 6 hrs
After breakfast drive to Mcleod Ganj the seat of the Tibetan government in exile and the residence, perched at 1830 meters, of his holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama since 1959. A Originally, it is an old British garrison town that owes its name to Lieutenant DAVID MCLEOD, Governor of PUNJAB. You will see, just before arriving, a Catholic church and its small cemetery.

Day 07 In Macleod Ganj
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the small town and shrine TSUGLAGKHANG which houses the residence of the Dalai Lama, a gompa (monastery) and a small museum. You will see llamas giving teachings to the youngest and all day many Tibetans turn tirelessly clockwise, with prayer wheels reciting many mantras. Departure for the monastery of Karmapa, 15 km from the city, and visit the Tibetan center where you can admire the local crafts.

Day 08 Macleod Gang – Baijnath -Taragarh
After breakfast drive to the pretty village of CHAMUDA where you will have a magnificent view of the mountains and forests. Visit of the temple dedicated to the goddess KALI (goddess of war). The 700-year-old temple is a holy place. You will see many pilgrims bathing in the pool to purify themselves. Out drive continued to
BAJINATH and visit this other temple dedicated to SHIVA VAIDYANATHA who would be one of the twelve "Jyotirlingas". This place is very popular with pilgrims at the time of the SHIVRATRI festival. Continuation to the small colonial hotel TARAGARH.

Day 09 Taragarh – Rewalsar – Mandi 90 kms
After breakfast drive to REWALSAR (at 1350 meters) and its sacred lake for both Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs. Discovery of the lake and the 3 monasteries. According to the legend, it is from this city that in the eighth century, the great sage. PADMA SAMBHAVA spread the word of BUDDHA
Our drive continued for NANDI (90 km) for about 3 to 4 hours. This city is a former major crossroads of the salt road that led to Tibet and is home to a large Sikh community. Overnight stay in Mandi

Day 10   Mandi – Shimla 150 kms/ 5 hrs
After breakfast drive to the former summer capital of English, SHIMLA, 2205 meters above sea level.
Formerly called SHYAMALA (one of the names of the goddess KALI), the city is perched on a ridge and surrounded by hills and pine forests. Overnight stay in Shimla

Day 11 In Shimla
After Breakfast departure for a small walk that will take you to the botanical gardens. Return to town and visit the Church of Christ, the second oldest Catholic Church in northern India, built around 1846, famous for its stained-glass windows.
Visit the temple of HANUMAN, the highest point of the city (at 2445 meters), from where you will have a beautiful view of the region and its snow-capped mountains. Overnight stay in Shimla

Day 12 Shimla – Chandigarh 110 kms/3 hrs
After breakfast departure for CHANDIGARH, built at the foot of L'HIMALAYA. It was built in 1950 by the French-Swiss architect LE CORBUSIER. This city is unlike any other in India. The streets are wide and spacious with many green spaces. Visit the beautiful ROCK GARDEN, fantastic stone garden as indicated by its name. Free time for a walk along the lake SUKNA. Overnight stay

Day 13 Chandigarh – Haridwar/Rishikesh 220 km/6 hrs
After breakfast departure by car for RISHIKESH. This city is considered the "world capital of yoga. Overnight stay

Day 14 In Rishikesh
After breakfast Quiet and relaxed city, surrounded by hills on three sides, it is located at 356 meters above sea level. The sacred GANG, here almost limpid, crosses the city. Ashrams and sadhus (ascetics) abound on its banks. It is a great place to study yoga, meditation and other aspects of Hinduism.
In the 1960s, RISHIKESH achieved instant glory after the BEATLES 'stay with their guru, MAHARISHI MAHESH Yogi. It is also the starting point for Himalayan pilgrimages, such as BADRINATH, KEDARNATH and GANGOTRI. Overnight stay

Day 15 Haridwar
After breakfast departure for HARIDWAR 30 minutes. It is one of the four holy cities where the famous KHUMB MELA is celebrated, the largest religious gathering in the world. Families bathe together and all along the river, it is only prayers and laughter. You will attend the evening prayer that takes place at dusk. Overnight stay.

Day 16 Haridwar – Unchagaon (200 Kms/4h30M)
After Breakfast drive to Unchagaon - is village close to Garh Mukteshwar.
This place, Unchagaon is incidentally very close to river Ganges. The particular stretch is very famous for Dolphins.  Bask in the solitude in the warm sunshine, sit beneath the trees or walk along the river. Only very lucky ones may even see crocodile.
Stay at Fort Unchagaon stands majestically in village Unchagaon. The present Raja Surendra Pal Singh inherited this early 19th century fort at the tender age of ten. This palace was renovated under his guidance and thus is the evident the influence of the early 20th century blend of Indian and colonial architecture. Being the private domicile of a prince, the decor is authentically aristocratic. The imposing white facade of SURYA MAHAL is surrounded by well-manicured, lush verdant lawns.
Fort Unchagaon apart from being an heritage experience also give you a chance to have a look at the village setup and promotes rural tourism. A walk through the village gives one a chance to view the village life along with a chance to see pottery making and jaggery making. One can also try once hand at making some pots oneself. You can also play badminton, table tennis or cricket amongst the fruit orchards. Boating at River Ganges is available through local boats men and Dolphins have also been sighted. Horses are available at the Fort's stable.

Day 17 Unchagaon – Agra (172 Kms/ 4h20M)
After breakfast drive to Agra - At the time of the Mughals, in the 16th & 17th centuries, Agra was the capital of the grand Mughal Empire. 
Arrive Agra. In afternoon visit the Red fort built by Akbar in 1565. Originally designed to be a fort, it was later transformed into a palace. Visit the mausoleum of Akbar Sikandra, a true masterpiece of Mongol architecture. Evening you can add Experience. Overnight stay.

Day 18 In Agra
Morning enjoy the Magnificent Taj Mahal – The New 7 wonder of the world and Monument of Love in the warm glow of Sunrise, which was built in 1630 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori.  Legend has it that once construction was completed, what makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation.  Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughal brought this concept to India they elevated it to heights of Incomparable artistry.

Day 19 Agra – Delhi 200 kms/4 hrs– Onward Destination After breakfast drive through the express highway to New Delhi. Say good bye to this fascinating Journey after breakfast drive to Delhi to board the flight for onward destination

Tour Inclusion

Accommodation

  • 02 Nights stay in Delhi
  • 03 Nights stay in Amritsar
  • 02 Nights stay in Macleod Ganj
  • 01 Nights stay in Mandi
  • 01 Nights stay in Taragarh
  • 02 Nights stay in Shimla
  • 01 Nights stay in Chandigarh
  • 02 Night stay in Rishikesh
  • 01 Night stay in Haridwar
  • 01 Night stay in Unchagaon
  • 02 Night stay in Agra

Meal  

  • Daily full breakfast at hotel

Transfers & Sightseeing

  • All transfers and Sightseeing as per Itinerary by First-class Air-conditioned vehicle 

Other services Includes

  • Monument entry fees
  • Services of local English-speaking guide
  • Cycle Rickshaw Puller Ride in bustling bazaar of Chandani chowk
  • All Applicable Government Taxes

Tour Exclusion

  • Indian Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Major Meals - Lunch & Dinner
  • Services of Language Speaking Guides
  • Video, film & professional still camera fees
  • Anything which is not mentioned in inclusions above
  • Expenses of personal nature like Telephone Calls, Laundry, Porterage, Tips, Alcoholic Beverages, etc
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