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Itinerary:  Cultural and Spiritual Journey

 

Tour Highlights

Amritsar - The Vatican of the Sikh faith
Pragpur - Heritage Village in the Himalayas
Dharamshala - Monks and Monasteries
Travel by Indian Railways - 4th largest network in the world
Seven Wonders of the World - Taj Mahal
10th Century erotic hindu temples of Khajuraho .
Spectacular Border Retreat Ceremony at Indo - Pakistan border near Amritsar .
Varanasi - Holiest Pilgrimage site for Hindus
Sunrise Boat Ride on the River Ganges
Travel by Private Car
Private Guide for Sightseeing

Overview

Home to some of the world's most influential religions and steadfastly anchored in a heritage of philosophy, religious mythology, yoga and meditation that goes back to over 5000 years, India is one of the world's leading cultural holiday destinations.

To discover these rich and fabulous cultural offerings we journey from the historic city of Delhi, India’s capital to some of the country’s most spiritually uplifting leisure hubs. Everywhere in this mosaic of staggering diversity of lands and people you will discover the multi layered splendour and strength of her varied faiths Hindusim,Sikhism,Islam, and Buddhism powered by an ancient heritage of tolerance and humanity.From Amritsar the wellspring of the Sikh faith,The Golden Temple and where you can enjoy the daily spectacle of the change of guard at the Wagah Border between India and Pakistan.You will travel via India’s first designated heritage village at Pragpur to Dharamsala India’s ‘Little Tibet’ and home of His Holiness the Dali Lama and his people in exile,where Budhhism flourishes apace. In the erstwhile Islamic Mughal capital of Agra marvel at the splendour of the world’s greatest symbol of love The Taj Mahal.From Orcha, with its evocative riverside painted palaces you will visit Khajuraho to explore its cavalcade of antique temples and their stunning carvings,erotic and mundane before heading out for Varanasi, a city as old as Babylon and Nineveh. Uncover the mysteries of the Hindu faith amidst the burning ghats, antique temples and heritage of crafts amongst it twisting bazaar streets. A short excursion to nearby Sarnath where Buddha delivered his first sermon wraps up this exciting tour.


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Day 1 - Fly to Delhi

Fly to Delhi


Day 2 - Delhi

On arrival at the Indira Gandhi International airport, proceed for Immigration clearance after disembarking. Thereafter collect baggage from the baggage carousel and walk to the arrivals lounge after clearing customs.

You will be greeted by our company representative, with a placard bearing your name on it. He will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to the hotel.

 

Overnight at Heritage Inn / The Imperial


Day 3 - Delhi

Full day sightseeing tour of Delhi.

The Old Delhi or Shah Jahanabad, was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the first half of the 17th Century. Visit from Red Fort, or Lal Qila from outside as well as the Grand Jama Masjid. Visit the Kinari Bazaar -a colourful street set on Chandini Chowk.

Dinner at “Oh Calcutta”, a high end restaurant specializing in Bengali (East Indian cuisine) food.

 

Overnight at Heritage Hotel/ The Imperial


Day 4 - Delhi/ Amritsar

Morning tranfer to the railway station to board the train to Amritsar. Upon arrival tranfer to the hotel for chekc in.

Later you will be visting Wagha Border. 

Overnight at the hotel


Day 5 - Amritsar/ Dharamsala

Drive via Kangra Fort to Dharamsala -a Buddhist enclave. Stay at Clouds End Villa. Visit Mcleodganj -  home of his Holiness the Dalai Lama.


Day 6 - Dharamsala

Visit Tibetan monasteries and the nearby Norbulingka Institute which is deeply involved in the preservation of traditional Tibetan arts and crafts.Overnight at hotel


Day 7 - Dharamsala

Day at leisure or day trek to Truind .The whole valley is dotted with a variety of exotic flowers and other flora. Trek descends down the valley- Mcleod Ganj, Bhagsu and Dharamsala town.


Day 8 - Dharamsala / Chakki Bank / Agra

Drive to Chakki Bank station and board train to Agra. Stay at The Gateway Hotel / Oberoi Amarvilas The romance of the world’s most famous building Taj Mahal, still astonishes in its power and beauty. In addition to the Taj Mahal, Agra houses the other two great monuments the Red Fort and nearby abandoned city Fatehpur Sikri.


Day 9 - Agra / Jhansi / Orchaa

View Taj Mahal at sunrise and after breakfast  guided city tour. Afternoon train to Jhansi and then drive half an hour to Bundelkhand Riverside Resort for the night.


Day 10 - Orchaa / Khajuraho

Visit Orchaa Palace and Royal Cenotaphs. Then drive to Khajuraho (180 Kms, 3-4 hours). Afternoon guided tour of temples and attend evening sound and light show. Stay at Taj Chandela.


Day 11 - Khajuraho / Varanasi

Morning at leisure. Afternoon fly To Varanasi. Stay at Palace on Ganges Hotel. Varanasi is the holiest of the Hindu cities, and is one of the oldest. It is probably the oldest living city in the world, a contemporary of Babylon, Themes and Nineveh.


Day 12 - Varanasi

Morning Boat ride, later guided tour of city and Sarnath. This is a city of colourful bazaars, exquisite and bright silks, festivals, temples, mosques and palaces - all centering around the teeming ghats of the Holy Ganges.


Day 13 - Varanasi / Delhi / Departure

Last Morning in Spiritual India is spent at leisure. Fly to Delhi and transfer to International airport to board onwards flight.


Note

Upgrade to the hotel marked with ** will be additional.

Suggested Adaptations to this tour

*From Dharamsala Attend Dalai Lama's lectures in Dharamsala. Email us for dates.

*From Agra Stay two nights overlooking the Taj at Amarvilas Hotel.

Take a detour. Head out for Bandhavgarh National Park for a tiger safari in a game sanctuary reputed for having the highest density of tigers in the world. Spend at least 4 nights in a Jungle lodge.

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TOFTThe Hotels covered in this Itinerary are:
Oberoi Maidens / The Imperial
The Imperial
Ranjit's Swasa
Gateway Agra / Oberoi Amarvilas
Bundelkhand Riverside Resort
Taj Chandela Khajuraho

Oberoi Maidens

Maidens Hotel is one of Delhi's oldest hotels, built in the early 1900s, and has retained its colonial charm and architecture. Its spacious rooms with high ceilings are unique when compared to the box-sized rooms of modern hotels. Set amidst eight acres of lush gardens, shady trees and tennis courts, it escapes the noise of the main city, but remains within easy access to some of the most magnificent Mughal monuments, and famous shopping center Chandni Chowk with its quaint bazaars and meandering lanes.

Situated in the North Delhi residential area with big " Turn of the Century" bungalows and the bank of the river Yamuna on the east; close to the University of Delhi Campus. The hotel lies within walking distance of the main Interstate bus terminal. Late 19th century architectural elegance is reflected in the classical rooms and the elegant restaurants.


The Imperial

From the time The Imperial opened its doors in the 1930s, when India was beginning to write the last chapters of its saga on independence, there was little space in New Delhi for an Indo- British rubbing of shoulders. The Imperial provided such a space. Pandit Nehru, Mahatama Gandhi, Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Lord Mountbatten would meet at The Imperial to discuss the partition of India and creation of Pakistan.The Nehru family had a permanent suite here.

The Imperial is a fine confluence of a rich historical past and contemporary international appeal. After many restorations, it has managed to preserve its charm, and exudes it’s former glory. The original Frasers and Daniells paintings and the tavern named after them, the symbolically baptized “1911” restaurant and bar, the Royal ballroom were the places where have met and are still as popular today. The Hotel is a jewel of architecture and its location in the heart of the city makes it the ideal venue for tourists around the world.


The Imperial

From the time The Imperial opened its doors in the 1930s, when India was beginning to write the last chapters of its saga on independence, there was little space in New Delhi for an Indo- British rubbing of shoulders. The Imperial provided such a space. Pandit Nehru, Mahatama Gandhi, Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Lord Mountbatten would meet at The Imperial to discuss the partition of India and creation of Pakistan.The Nehru family had a permanent suite here.

The Imperial is a fine confluence of a rich historical past and contemporary international appeal. After many restorations, it has managed to preserve its charm, and exudes it’s former glory. The original Frasers and Daniells paintings and the tavern named after them, the symbolically baptized “1911” restaurant and bar, the Royal ballroom were the places where have met and are still as popular today. The Hotel is a jewel of architecture and its location in the heart of the city makes it the ideal venue for tourists around the world.


Gateway Agra

Gracious interiors, personalized service and The Gateway Hotel's unique style are complemented by Agra's glittering monument to love, the Taj Mahal. Set amidst six acres of landscaped gardens, this tranquil retreat is an ideal spot for a business or leisure stay.


Oberoi Amarvilas

 Located only 600 meters from the Taj Mahal stands Amarvilas, the Oberoi Groups luxury resort. Here discerning travelers can now appreciate the fabulous Taj Mahal while enjoying world-class luxury. The hotel has been designed to give guests uninterrupted views of the Taj Mahal from all 106 guest rooms and suites. The lobby, bar and tea lounge also offer spectacular views of the world-famous monument. Elaborate gardens, terraced lawns and fountains, reflecting pools and pavilions complement the classical architecture of the hotel. 

  
The rooms at Amarvilas uphold the famed Oberoi tradition of luxury and comfort. The distinctive ambience combines old-world charm with state-of the-art conveniences. 
 
Each room has an entrance foyer, leading to a walk-in closet and the living area. Burma teak flooring and hand knotted rugs create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The elegantly appointed interiors include an Indian style bed covered with hand woven fabrics, a richly inlaid desk, a luxurious lounge chair with an ottoman, and a marble inlaid coffee table. The bathrooms are luxuriously equipped in white marble and turquoise glass panels, with a separate shower cubicle and a large vanity counter holding deluxe toiletries. All rooms also have the most modern conveniences such as voice mail, a data port for computers, satellite television, digital videodisc players, and in-room electronic safes.
 

Bundelkhand Riverside Resort

The Bundelkhand Riverside is built on 50 Acres of land on the banks of the River Betwa in Orchha and the Old House, which still exists, was used as a Hunting Lodge cum Guest House. The present retreat is an addition to the old construction that dates back to 1895.

The furniture has been hand crafted on the site where carpenters worked for 7 years and the style is Indian and British Colonial.

The Hotel has extensive wooden and stone crafts of India, which are now no longer used in the building industry. It also has extensive use of Ceramic Tiles as they were used in the Medieval Period. (Only 2 Rajput Forts in India have used tiles in Medieval Times and these are the Forts of Gwalior and Orchha - Datia.) The Retreat has a Four Terrace Mughal Garden that can be used for private functions, weddings, conferences and camps.


Taj Chandela Khajuraho

A haven of peace and tranquility, Hotel Chandela offers easy access to the world famous Khajuraho temples, Panna National Park Tiger Reserve, and more. Tucked snugly amidst 11 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, this hotel offers an array of modern comforts.


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Itinerary

Day 1 - Fly to Delhi
Day 2 - Delhi
Day 3 - Delhi
Day 4 - Delhi/ Amritsar
Day 5 - Amritsar/ Dharamsala
Day 6 - Dharamsala
Day 7 - Dharamsala
Day 8 - Dharamsala / Chakki Bank / Agra
Day 9 - Agra / Jhansi / Orchaa
Day 10 - Orchaa / Khajuraho
Day 11 - Khajuraho / Varanasi
Day 12 - Varanasi
Day 13 - Varanasi / Delhi / Departure

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