India Pilgrimage - Taj Mahal
Duration : 8 Nighths / 9 Days
Destination Covered : Delhi - Agra - Mathura - Gokul - Mahavan - Goverdhan - Hardwar - Rishikesh
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrive by International flight, after traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative would assist you at airport and transfer to hotel overnight stay.
Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds the ancient with modern. Its strategic location was the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. In fact, more mythological cities are believed to be here, like the city of Indraprastha from the Hindu epic Mahabharata, founded around 5000 BC. Numerous monuments were built over several centuries by different rulers like Qutub-ud-din Aibek, Alauddin Khilji, Tughlaks, Humayun & Shah Jahan, who built the Walled City Shah Jahanabad.
Later in first half of 20th century much of New Delhi was planned by Sir Edwin Lutyens, who laid out a grandiose central administrative area as a testament to British rule in India. The division in walled city & New Delhi also marks the division in life styles. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi
Today we take a guided tour of Old Delhi, the 17th century walled city of Shah Jahanabad, Visiting the great Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Built in the year 1656 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest & best known mosque in India. Later we walk down or take a rickshaw ride through Chandi Chowk, the old marketplace of Shah Jahanabad now a picturesque bazaar to reach Red Fort, built in the year 1648 by Shah Jehan.
In New Delhi, we visit Raj Ghat, memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on 31 January 1948. Further we drive past India Gate, memorial built in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I & the Afghan Wars. The names of the soldiers who died in these wars are inscribed on the walls. President's House, the official residence of the President of India, built in the year 1931. Until 1950 it was known as Viceroy's House & served as the residence of the Governor-General of British India. We will also visit Humayun's Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in the year 1562. The complex is a World Heritage Site & the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India. Qutub Minar, built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. Qutub Minar & its monuments are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Optional - Sound & Light Show at Red Fort with dinner at Chor Bizarre. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 : Delhi - Agra (203 km)
Morning after breakfast drive to Agra, on arrival check in at the hotel. In the afternoon city sightseeing tour of Agra visit including visit Taj Mahal, symbol of eternal love, which stands on the banks of River Yamuna. It was built by the 5th Mughal emperor, Shah Jehan in the year 1631 in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
Also visit Sikandara, Akbar's tomb. His son Jahangir completed the construction of the tomb in the year 1613. Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb, built by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628. It belongs to the father of Nur Jahan, Ghiyas-ud-Din Beg. He was the Wajir (Chief Minister of Emperor Jehangir). This white marble tomb was. This tomb was the first complete marble Mughal structure. Later transfer to the hotel for overnight at hotel.
Day 04 : Agra - Mathura (54 Km)
Morning visit Taj mahal at sunrise and drive to Mathura on arrival check in at hotel. 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. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 05 : 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. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 06 : Mathura - Haridwar (400 km)
Morning after breakfast drive to Haridwar. On arrival check in at hotel. Evening visit Har-ki Pauri to see the Daily Aarti (Prayer of Holy Ganga). Overnight stay at hotel.
Haridwar the abode of gods and the gateway to the four pilgrimages (Char Dham) of Uttaranchal. The holy city of Uttaranchal is home to some of the Most sacred Hindu rituals. Round the year, devotees from all over the country flock here in their thousands to perform "Poojas" or prayers. Renowned for the "Maha Kumbh Mela" which appears every 12 years and the enchanting "Aarti" at "Har Ki Pauri" which captives the beholder with hundreds of burning wick lamps floating down the Ganga.
Day 07 : Haridwar - Rishikesh (24 km)
Full day sightseeing of Haridwar visit including Chandi Devi, Mansa Devi temple, Maya Devi Temple, Bharat Mata Mandir, Anandamayi Ashram. Late in the afternoon drive to Rishikesh, on arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08 : Rishikesh
Morning after breakfast Full day sightseeing of Rishikesh visit including Laxman Jhoola, Gita Bhavan, Swarga Ashram, Neelkanth Mahadev. In the afternoon visit Aarti Darshan at Tirveni Ghat. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 : Rishikesh -Delhi (235 km)
Morning after breakfast drive to Delhi (235 Km 06 Hrs drive) On arrival at Delhi Check in at Hotel O/N stay at Hotel.
Tour and Services Ends.