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“North India Pilgrimage Tour”
The rich and fertile river line plains of northern India have long formed a corridor allowing migrations and invasions to spread across the Subcontinent. The result is an area of fascinating cultural diversity. Like the Ganges and the Yamuna, the sacred rivers of Hindu lore, this tour runs through the modern state of Uttar Pradesh and neighboring Madhya Pradesh. Participants are treated to a comprehensive overview of the history of the Subcontinent, from the emergence of Hinduism and Buddhism to the decline of the Mughal Empire, the last Islamic power before the British Raj of the nineteenth century.
This tour program is mainly designed for those having interest and faith in Hindu Mythology.
Day 02: at Delhi
Post breakfast visit to Akshardham Temple.
Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi epitomises 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. It brilliantly showcases the essence of India’s ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages. The Akshardham experience is an enlightening journey through India’s glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind.
Akshardham means – the eternal, divine abode of the supreme God, the abode of eternal values and virtues of Akshar as defined in the Vedas and Upanishads where divine bhakti, purity and peace forever pervades.
Afternoon visit to Lotus Temple, ISKON Temple and Laxminayan Temple. You also make visit to Qutab Minar and Humayun Tomb which are world famed heritage monuments.
Day 03: Delhi – Haridwar (by surface – 06 hrs drive)
Early morning visit to Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. Breakfast at hotel. Then after check out and drive to Haridwar. En-route temple visit at Daksha Mahadev Temple – Kankhal dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Arrive Haridwar and check into hotel. Remaining day at leisure so that you may take rest after a long journey. Overnight stay in hotel.
Also known as the “Gateway to the Lord“, it has a great importance in Hindu Mythology and treated as one of the most sacred pilgrim places in India. This worthy place is located on the bank of sacred river Ganga. There are many shrines, temples and ashrams to offer the prayer and for pilgrimage. It is also very popular for the well known fair Kumbh Mela that happening once after every 12 years and Ardha Kumbh Mela after six years. There are lots of religious places that showcase the story behind Hinduism as well as importance of this city to Hindus. Every temple is significant to Hindu culture and has a story behind it.
Day 04: at Haridwar
Post breakfast proceed for temple visits. Evening view Ganga Aarti at Har-ki-Pudi. Overnight stay in Haridwar.
Temples to be visited
Maa Kali Temple – situated in a cave just 800 m east of Har ki Pauri.It is one of the oldest temples of Haridwar.
Maya Devi Temple – This sacred Ghat was constructed by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhartrihari. It is believed that Bhartrihari eventually came to Haridwar to meditate by the banks of holy Ganga. When he died, his brother constructed a Ghat in his name which later came to be known as Hari-Ki-Pari. This sacred bathing ghat is also known as Brahmakund.
Mansa Devi Temple – situated in west part of Haridwar. It is on top of the Bilv Parvat.It can be reached either by foot or by the ropeways.
Parmeshwar Mahadev Temple – This temple has a huge stone lingam that has been made of mercury.
Neeleshwar Mahadev Temple – Shri Neeleshwar Mahadev Temple is quite old temple, which is said to be built in Sat-Yuga. This temple is situated in the valleys of Neelparvat or the Blue hill and is the temple of Lord Shiva.
Bilvkeshwar Mahadev Temple – situated in the valley of Bilv parvat. It is the place where Mata Parvati worshiped for Lord Shiva for some 10,000 years. After completion of which she was married to Lord Shiva.
Day 05: Haridwar – Rishikesh (by surface – 01 hr drive)
Post breakfast check out and drive to Rishikesh. Arrive and check into hotel / ashram. Day at leisure for self recreational activities. Overnight stay in hotel.
Rishikesh, also known as the “Place of Sagas” is a spiritual town situated 24 kms upstream from, at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and Ganga and surrounded by scenic beauty of the hills on three sides. The whole place is considered to be sacred as it is believed that meditation at this place leads to attainment of salvation.
There are many temples-some ancient, some new along the river Ganges. The River side is dotted by the ashrams of Sadhus and Sages. Rishikesh represents the site where Vishnu vanquished the demon Madhu.
At Rishikesh you also have the option to participate in daily Yoga and Meditation programs offered by various Ashrams at own cost.
Day 06: at Rishikesh
Post breakfast proceed for visits to various temples at Rishikesh. Evening view Ganga Aarti at Parmarth Niketan. Overnight stay in hotel / ashram.
Temples to be visited
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple : dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is of great importance in Hindu Mythology and is said that at this place Lord Shiva drank the venom produced due to ‘Sagar Manthan’.
Kunjapuri Devi Temple – located at a distance of 15 kms from Rishikesh, this temple is dedicated to one of the thirteen most important goddess of Shivalik Range.
Vashishtha Gufa – located at a distance of 16 kms, and is famous attraction for meditation.
Tera Manzil Temple – is one of the most famous temples amoung the tourist and pilgrims.
Ashrams to be visited
1. Kali Kamliwale Ashram 2. Geeta Bhawan 3. Swarg Ashram 4. Parmarth Niketan
Day 07: Rishikesh – Haridwar (by surface) – Ayodhya (by overnight train)
Breakfast at hotel / ashram. Day at leisure for self recreational activities.
On time transfer to Haridwar railway Station to board overnight express train to Ayodhya – the birth place of Lord Ram. Overnight on board.
Day 08: Arrive Ayodhya
Arrive at Ayodhya Railway Station and transfer to hotel met with assistance. Afternoon temple visit. Overnight stay in hotel.
Temples to be visit
Hanuman Garhi – Constructed in the shape of a fort. Situated in the centre of the town, this temple is approachable by a flight of 76 steps. Legend has it that Hanuman lived here in a cave and guarded the Janambhoomi or Ramkot. The main temple contains the statue of Maa Anjani, with Bal Hanuman seated on her lap. The faithful believe that all their wishes are granted with a visit to this holy shrine.
Ramkot – The chief place of worship in Ayodhya is the site of the ancient citadel of Ramkot which stands on an elevated ground in the western part of the city. Although visited by pilgrims throughout the year, this sacred place attracts devotees from all over India and abroad, on ‘Ram Navami’, the day of Lord’s birth, which is celebrated with great pomp and show, in the Hindu month of Chaitra (March-April).
Nageshwarnath Temple– The temple of Nageshwarnath is said to have been established by Kush the son of Rama. Legend has it that Kush lost his armlet, while bathing in the Saryu, which was picked up by a Nag-Kanya, who fell in love with him. As she was a devotee of Shiva, Kush erected this temple for her.
Day 09: Ayodhya – Varanasi (by surface – 04 hrs drive)
Breakfast at hotel. Morning temple visit. Afternoon check out and drive to Varanasi. Arrive and check into hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 10: at Varanasi
Arrive at Varanasi Railway Station and transfer to hotel met with assistance. Day at leisure. Overnight stay in hotel.
Very early morning (0330 am) pick and transfer to Sri Kashivishwanath Temple to attend the Mangala Aarti.
Post breakfast visit to Sarnath – the place where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. Afternoon temple and city tour of Varanasi. During your tour visit to various ghats of Varanasi which are considered important to perform rituals for moksha. Evening view Ganga Aarti at Dashashumedh Ghat. Overnight stay in hotel.
Varanasi, one of world’s oldest living cities, is rightly called the religious capital of India. Both Hindus and non-Hindus from around the world visit Varanasi for different reasons. Although Varanasi is popularly called the city of Shiva and Ganga, it is at once the city of temples, the city of ‘ghats‘, the city of music, and the center for moksha or nirvana.
Day 11: Varanasi – Tundla (by overnight express train)
Post breakfast proceed for excursion to Vindhyachal Devi Temple. Afternoon check out. On time transfer to Mughal Sarai Railway Station to board overnight express train to Tundla Junction. Overnight on board.
Day 12: Tundla – Agra (by surface – 01 hr 30 minutes drive)
Early morning arrive at Tundla Junction Railway Station and transfer to hotel at Agra met with assistance. Arrive and check into hotel.
Post breakfast visit to Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-Daula Tomb. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 13: Agra – Mathura (by surface – 02 hr drive)
Post breakfast check out (0730 am) and drive to Matuhura. Arrive and check into hotel. Afternoon visit to temples. Overnight stay in hotel.
Temples to be visited
|1.||SHRI DWARKADHEESH TEMPLE||2.||SRI KRISHNA JANAMSTHAN TEMPLE|
|3.||SRI BIRLA MANDIR (Vrindavan)||4.||SRI BANKEY BIHARI TEMPLE (Vrindavan)|
|5. ISKON Temple (Vrindavan)||6.||SRI RANG JI TEMPLE|
Day 14: Mathura – Delhi (by surface – 03 hr drive)
Breakfast at hotel. Morning visit to Goverdhan, Barsane, and Nandgaon. Afternoon check out and drive to Delhi. Arrive and transfer to Delhi Airport to board flight onward destination.
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