India Pilgrimage Tour
Duration : 25 Days/ 24 Nights
Destiantion Covered : Delhi - Lucknow - Ayodhya - Allahabad - Varanasi - Gaya - Patna - Pawapuri - Parasnath - Samet - Kolkata - Bhubneshwar - Konark - Puri - Mathura - Gokul - Mahavan - Goverdhan - Haridwar - Rishikesh - Delhi
Day 1 : Arrive Delhi
On arrival met at airport and transferred to the hotel. O/N stay at hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi
Morning after breakfast sightseeing of Old and New Delhi. O/n stay at Hotel.
Day 3 : Delhi/Lucknow/Ayodhya
After Breakfast Transfer to the airport time to catch flight for Lucknow. On arrival drive to Ayodhya (123 Km 03 Hrs drive). O/N stay at Hotel.
Day 4 : Ayodhya
Morning excursion trip to Ayodhya Visit Kanak Bhawan,The Hanuman Garhi, Nageshwarnath Temple,Ramkot,Treta-Ke-Thakur,Maniparvat Etc O/N stay at hotel.
Day 5 : Ayodhya/Allahabad
Morning Visit other places of tourist interest like Ghats(Guptarghat, Rajghat, Ramghat, Lakshmanghat, Jankighta, Nayaghat) Tanks(Sitakund, Suryakund, Vibhishankund, Brahmakund, Daturavan, Vidhyakund) and Hill-tops (Sugreev Tila, Angad Tila, Nal-neel Tila, Kuber Tila and Maniparvat) in the afternoon Drive to Allahabad 175 Km 03 1/2 Hrs Drive on arrival check in at hotel O/N stay at Hotel.
Day 6 : Allahabad
Morning visit the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati.One of the most important pilgrim centres, the place was called Prayag. also visit Allahabad Fort, Patalpuri temple, Ashoka pillar, Akshayavat, Hanuman temple, Shankar Viman mandapam, Mankameshwar temple, Anand Bhawan, Jawahar planetarium, Bharadwaj ashram Etc O/N stay at Hotel.
Day 7 : Allahabad/Varanasi
After breakfast drive to Varanasi 125 Km 02 Hrs Drive. on arrival check in at hotel. Excursion trip to Sarnath, 9 km from Varanasi, one of Buddhism's major centers in India.O/N stay at Hotel.
Day 08 : Varanasi
Today early morning you experience the life of this ancient city. See the beauty of the rising sun on the Ganges Boat Ride. The boat ride passes along some of the 100 ghats, with numerous palaces built by Hindu kings. Experience the early morning rituals of the Hindus being performed, thousands of people taking a bath in the holy river believing they will be free from the circle of rebirth. It is interesting to see the pilgrims offering sweets, flowers and holy water to the Sun God.
Return to the hotel for breakfast. You are free for the rest of the morning.
In the afternoon enjoy the feel of this holiest of holy cities - Varanasi. Visit the Bharat Mata Temple inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. It is a relief map of `Mother India' in marble made to scale. The Durga Temple (18th century) built in Nagara style is painted red and has the typical five spires (symbolising the elements) merging into one (Brahma). The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) is one of the largest campus universities in India. Founded by Madan Mohan Malaviya at the turn of the century. It was originally intended for the study of Sanskrit, India art, music and culture. Drive through the university, which today has all the faculties of arts and science. Many of our earlier Indian leaders passed out from here. The New Visvanath Temple built in 1966 is located on the campus, and dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the tallest in India. O/N stay at Hotel.
Day 9 : Varanasi/Gaya
Morning After breakfast drive to Patana on arrival check in at hotel 05 Hrs Drive. on arrival check in at hotel O/N stay at Hotel 1426 Hrs Thu/Sat). On arrival at Gaya transfer to the Hotel. O/N stay at Hotel.
Day 10 : Gaya : Bodh Gaya
Morning Sightseeing of Bodh Gaya.
Bodh Gaya is the place where the Buddha attained enlightenment, and the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in the world. After hotel check-in, you will have a full-day guided tour of the area as we follow in the steps of the Buddha. In this large working Buddhist center, you will see the descendant of the Bodhi tree under which the Buddha sat, as well as numerous international Buddhist monasteries built in their respective country's styles. O/N stay at Hotel.
Day 11 : Gaya/Patna
Morning drive to Patna on arrival check in at Hotel. Day free at Lesiure O/N stay at Hotel.
Day 12 : Patna/Pawapuri/Patna
Morning drive to Pawapuri. 02 Hrs Drive Pawapuri is one of the holiest place for Jains. 24th Jain Tirthankara, Sri Mahavir Swami preached and attained Nirvana here. Samvoshran temple is built on the site where Sri Mahavir Swami Preached Creatures by telepathy.Jalmandir, a white marble temple is in the center of big lotus tank. It is the place where Lord Mahavir Died (Nirvana) and his mortal remains were cremated in the eveing drive to Patna O/N stay at Hotel.
Day 13 : Patna/Parasnath
Morning Transfer to Railway station time to catch train for Parasnath 0955/1450 on arrival transfer to Hotel O/N stay at Hotel.
Day 14 : SAMET( SHIKHAR)
Full Day visit of Samet (SametIt takes its name from the 23rd Jain Tirthankara, Sri Parasvanath, who attained Nirwana here. This place is also called Shikhar. It is the most sacred place of pilgrimage for the followers of the Jain faith. Out of 24 Tirthankaras of Jains, 20 Tirthankaras attained Nirwana here. in the afternoon around 1600 Hrs drive to Ranchi to Catch the Train for Kolkota. HTE RNC Express ( 2035/0710).
Day 15 : Ranchi/Kolkatta
Arrival in Howrah at 0710 hrs and transfer to the hotel.( ROOMS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM 1200 HRS ONWARDS) Kolkata, a mere village in the 17th century, has grown in just 300 years, into one of the biggest metropolis in the world, with the dubious distinction of being India's second largest city, and the commercial hub of the eastern region. A proud cultural and intellectual capital of India, with an outstanding contribution to the arts, science, medicine and social reform in its past and rich contemporary cultural life.
Afternoon half day sightseeing Kolkata. As the former Imperial capital, Kolkata retains some of the country's most striking colonial buildings, yet at the same time it is truly an Indian city.
Visit Victoria Memorial : A splendid architectural structure in white marble, modeled on the Taj Mahal, was built in the early 20th century in memory of Queen Victoria and was formally inaugurated by the Prince of Wales in 1921 who later became King Edward VIII of England. The stately bronze statue of the queen near the entrance, the brass canons, wrought iron street lamps, manicured lawns, gardens and pathways, the magical lighting effect in the evening and a fairy tale 'Fountain of Joy' facing the memorial building create an atmosphere of unforgettable charm. Botanical Gardens: There Gardens have great variety of flora and fauna, all carefully classified. There is also a 250 years old great Banyan tree measuring around 400 meters in circumference. Kali Temple: Famous temple dedicated to Goddess Kali and located at Kaligha, built in 1809 in typical Bengal style of architecture. A large number of devotees visit the temple on festive Durga Puja.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 16 : Kolkata/Bhubaneshwar
After breakfast in hotel transfer to the airport to connect flight to Bhubaneshwar. On arrival in Bhubaneshwar, transfer to the hotel.
Bhubaneshwar is the capital of Orissa State. Set on the edge of the lush green rice fields of the Mahanadi Delta, the pleasantly broad street of the planned town, offer a striking contrast to the architectural legacy of its period of greatness over one thousand years. The graceful towers of those early temples, complemented by the extraordinary fineness of the stone carving make Bhubaneswar one of the most rewarding destinations in East India.
Afternoon excursion to the caves(Jain Shrines) of Udayagiri (hill of sunrise) and Kandagiri (broken hill). These 2nd -3rd century BC caves on the two low hills of Udaigiri and Khandgiri are 8 km from Bhubaneswar. Around 63 caves said to be made by the Jain ascetics. There are monasteries in the caves of Udaigiri, where small monk cells are found.
Cave 1 Rani-Gumpha (royal caves) is the largest and most impressive of the 17 caves. It is a double storeyed monastery cut on three sides with fine wall friezes and some pillars. The pilasters at the entrance to the cell and the arches are beautifully carved with religious and royal scenes while the main with an inner yard.
Khandagiri : Noteworthy are caves 1, 2 known as Tatowa Gumpha, cave 3 Ananta Gumpha and cave 7 known as Navamuni Gumpha, and 9 known as Trisula Gumpha. These caves have arches, pilasters, doorways, friezes, with carvings of birds, animals, various symbols like the svastika regarded as auspicious by the Jains. Royal elephants with a turbaned royal person, identified as Surya, the Sun god. Lakshmi the goddess of wealth in the lotus pond with elephants holding pots from which she is taking a bath. Cave 7 has the sculptures of 7 Tirthankaras and two reliefs, one of Parsvanatha and the sage Rishabanatha.
Return to Bhubaneshwar.Overnight at the hotel.
Day 17 : Bhubaneshwar
After breakfast sightseeing in Bhubaneshwar. You will see the important temples, with time to explore the city.
The Lingaraja-Temple (1000 AD) with its 54 m high square tower known as the Sri Mandir dominates the landscape. It represents the peak of achievement of the Orissan middle period, one of India's most remarkable architectural achievements. Non Hindus are not allowed inside. However, it is possible to get an impression of the main features of the temple from a specially constructed viewing platform outside.
The Mukteshwara-Temple (around 900 AD) is one of the most beautifully decorated with outstanding carvings. New Designs are in evidence, which include graceful female figures and pilasters carved with snake figures. Most strikingly, the porch has a new and more dramatic layered form. In this temple the Torana - gateway arches with flower ornaments, medallions with 2 female figures are very unique.
Raja Rani Temple (early 11 century) a form of a sanctuary is striking. The main tower 18 m high is surrounded by four miniature copies, giving the sanctuary an almost circular appearance.
The Vaital-Temple (7.-8.century) has a double story carriage shelter and what surprises one, is that it gives an impression of being influenced by Buddhist cave architecture. Another striking feature is the temple's tantric associations, marked by its presiding deity, Chamunda (a terrible form of Durga).
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 18 : Bhubaneshwar/Konark (64 kms)/Puri (20 kms)
After breakfast drive to Puri. Around mid noon you arrive in Konark one of the most vivid architectural treasure of Hindu India and a World Heritage site. The shore temple is the last phase of the temple architecture of the Kalinga dynasty (13 Century). Dedicated to the Sun God "Surya", the temple is in the form of a chariot. It has 12 wheels, which denote the 12 months in a year and 7 horses denote the 7 Days in a week. The temple was conceived to reflect a picture of life, with sculptures of every aspect of life - dancers, musicians, figures from mythology, scenes of love and war, court life, hunting, elephant fights. A significant section is erotic art.
Further drive to Puri, one of the 7 holy cities of India, most holy for the followers of God Vishnu.. After arrival check-in in the hotel.
Afternoon visit Jagannath Temple, an attraction for the Hindus. Non Hindus are not allowed into the temple. From the terrace of a Library opposite the temple, you can have a view of the inner temple. The original temple built in Kalinga style consisted of the sanctuary and the jagamohan audience hall. The wooden figures of the three deities, Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra stand in the sanctuary garlanded and decorated by the priests. The Rath Yatra, Lord Jagannath's car festival commemorates Lord Krishna's journey from Gokul to Mathura in an extraordinary riot of colour and noise. Shaped like a temple sanctuary and brightly decorated, a 13 m car of Lord Jagannath with 16 wheels, accompanied by bedecked elephants. The procession is led by Balabhadra chariot, followed by Subhadra's and Lord Jagannath in the rear. About 4000 pilgrims need to draw each chariot.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 19 : Puri/Bhubaneshwar/Delhi
Morning Drive to Bubaneshwar and transferred to the hotel time to catch flight for Delhi. On arrival met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. O/N stay at Hotel.
Day 20 : Delhi/Mathura
Early Morning Breakfast and Drive to Mathura on arrival check in at hotel. ( 2 1/2 Hrs Drive). Visit Mathura the city associated with the most revered of Hindu Gods - Lord Krishna ,which is sacred being the birth place of Lord Krishna. The surroundings ' Braj Bhoomi ' is where Lord Krishna is supposed to have grown up. On arrival , check in at hotel.
Afternoon visit Vrindavan , where Lord Krishna spent his childhood Days ,played the flute sporting with the Gopis and where Radhika pined for her lover. Visit the Govind Dev Temple - built in 1590 and a testimony to the architectural splendour of medieval India. Proceed to Rangaji Temple - Vrindavan's longest temple constructed in 1851 with a 50 feet tall ' Dhwaja Stambha ' believed to be gold - plated. Continue to Madan Mohan Temple situated near Kali Ghat , Glass Temple and the Bankey Bihari Temple - one of the oldest temples built in 1921. O/N stay at Hotel.
Day 21 : Mathura/Gokul/Mahavan/Goverdhan/Mathura
Drive to Gokul where Nand Gopal was sheltered in Yashoda Maiya's home in secrecy to escape the wrath of tyrant Kansha. Also visit Gokul Nath Ji Temple.
Proceed to Mahavan - believed to have cradled Lord Krishna. Visit 'Assi Khambha' the temple dedicated to Mathura Nath Ji. Continue to Goverdhan - where Lord Krishna held aloft 'Giriraj', the sandstone hill on his finger for seven Days and Nights to protect the people of Braj from the wrath of rain and thunder sent by Indra. Return to Mathura. Overnite at hotel.
Day 22 : Mathura/Hardwar
Morning Drive to Hardwar On arrival check in at hotel. Evening visit Har-ki Pauri to see the Daily Aarti ( Prayer of Holy Ganga). O/N stay at Hotel.
Day 23 : Hardwar/Rishikesh
Full day sightseeing of Hardwar including Ashrams,temples, etc then Drive to Rishikesh. O/N stay at Hotel.
Day 24 : Rishikesh
Full day sightseeing of Rishikesh including Ashrams,temples, etc then Drive to Rishikesh. O/N stay at Hotel.
Day 25 : Rishikesh/Delhi
Morning after breakfast drive to Delhi (235 Km 06 Hrs drive) On arrival at Delhi Check in at Hotel O/N stay at Hotel.