Roots of India Tour

Rishikesh Tour In Uttarakhand

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Destination Covered:

Delhi - Rishikesh - Haridwar - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Agra - Mathura - Jaipur - Mumbai - Bangalore - Puttaparthi - Mysore - Bangalore - Mumbai

20 Nights / 21 Days
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Tour Information & Highlights
A detailed tour visiting the greatest Spiritual and Religious centers of ancient India. The ideal tour for the great Indian Diaspora: families who left India long ago, whose children grew up in other countries, who want to revive their emotional, cultural and religious roots with their mother - land. The cities included in the tour reflects the rhythm of Indian custom, traditions & religion at its peaceful vibrations through relaxed understanding visit.
Day 01 - Arrive Delhi
Arrive in Delhi, the capital city of India. After completing formalities with customs and immigration, you will be received by our representative with Traditional Indian Welcome (with garlands).

Delhi is the capital of India since old times. Delhi's history dates back to the first millenium BC, when it was known as Indraprastha. The Tomar Rajputs built Lal Kot, the core of the first of Delhi's seven cities. It is the epicenter of the nation's politics, economy and culture. History is alive and throbbing in Delhi, the capital of India.
Afterwards transfer to your hotel for the overnight stay.
Day 02 - In Delhi
After breakfast you embark on your sightseeing trip of Delhi City which would include the visit to Old Delhi and New Delhi-

Old Delhi: An ancient walled city. Here you would see the Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire, Rajghat the Samadhi of our Father of Nation, Jama Masjid the largest mosque in India and Chandni Chowk the bustling and colourful market of the old city.

New Delhi: The city designed and built by the British in the 1920’s- a city of wide boulevards impressive Government Buildings, green parks and gardens. First you will visit the two monuments from the Delhi’s past Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar. Then your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the Imposing India Gate and Parliament House. After completing the sightseeing return back to the Hotel for Overnight.
Day 03 - Delhi - Rishikesh By Road ( Approx 225 Kms – 05 Hours )
Breakfast in the hotel. Afterwards drive to Rishikesh-

Rishikesh: According to mythology, the sage Raibhya Rishi sat on the banks of the Ganga and performed severe penance. He was rewarded when the lord appeared in the form of Rishikesh, thus giving the place its present name. Over the ages, saints have meditated at this peaceful spot with the soaring mountains looking down and the sacred Ganga flowing beside. One of the most prominent religious leaders in modern times, Adi Shankaracharya, traversed this land in the 9th century AD. The Shankaracharya’s pilgrimage into the hills was later codified into the great pilgrim circuit, and gave a heightened sense of sacredness to this land of the gods. Ever since, Rishikesh has been the stepping stone and the first destination on a list of holy shrines and sites stretching across the lofty Himalayas. On arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Evening Ganga Aarti of holy river Ganges. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 - In Rishikesh
Breakfast at hotel. This morning walk along the holy river Ganges. It is a place of ashrams where solaces come to spend their time in serenity of God. Visit the Shivananda Ashram where discourses in English on Hindu religious texts can be heard.

Also visit Laxman Jhoola - a suspension bridge spanning the Ganga. Time permitting, participate in a prayer meeting and watch a yoga demonstration.
Overnight will be in Rishikesh.
Day 05 - Rishikesh – Haridwar – Delhi By Road ( Approx 250 Kms / 05 Hours )
Breakfast at Hotel. Afterwards this morning depart for Haridwar - means “Gateway to God” (24 kms from Rishikesh). It is essentially a Hindu pilgrim town with the temples, hermitage and dharamshalas along the bank of the river Ganga.

Also visit Har-ki-pauri, the most popular bathing Ghat which has a footprint of Lord Vishnu, the Hindu God of preservation, on stone.

Continue your journey to Delhi. On arrival check in at hotel for overnight stay.
Day 06 - Delhi – Varanasi ( Flight )
Breakfast in the hotel. Free till departure. Departure transfer to the airport in time to connect the flight for Varanasi. On arrival received and assisted in the transfer to the hotel for check in.

“Evening visit Amrit Rao Peshwa Ghat to witness devotes performing the “Ganga Aarti” which culminates in placing tiny lamps or diyas on fragile leaves and floating them in the shimmering waters of the ganga. as the sun sets, a specially arranged cultural feast of dances and music follows”.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 07 - In Varanasi
Early morning excursion to holy river Ganges and visit by boat the bathing ghats, cremation ghats. Watching people bathing and worshipping at the ghats is one of the most extraordinary experiences of a visit to India.

Thereafter visit the temples in the city. The Bharat Mata temple which houses one of most perfect relief maps of India carved out of the marble. The Durga temple, Tulsi manas mandir and Banaras Hindu university.

Return back to the hotel for the breakfast. Enjoy your buffet breakfast at the hotel and afterwards you start the half day excursion to Sarnath-

Sarnath: The site of the deer park where Gautama Buddha is said to have given his first sermon about the basic principles of Buddhism. It has been a premier centre for Buddhism & has a rich collection of ancient Buddhist relics & antiques comprising numerous Buddha & Bodhisattva images on display at the Archaeological Museum.

After completing the sightseeing of Sarnath, you return back to the hotel. Overnight will be in Varanasi.
Day 08 - Varanasi - Allahabad – Varanasi By Road
( Return Journey Approx 250 Kms – 05 Hours )

Breakfast in the hotel. Afterwards embark on the full day excursion to Allahabad - one of the holiest place for Hindus. It is the venue of the famous Kumbh Mela and is the place where Triveni sangam takes place (the confluence of India’s three holy rivers - the Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati.

Visit the sights with includes Anand Bhawan - ancestral home of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru (First prime minister of India) Triveni sangam, museum, palaces and gardens. Return to Varanasi for overnight stay.
Day 09 - Varanasi - Khajuraho ( Flight )
Breakfast in the hotel. Afterwards today assisted in your in time transfer to airport to board flight for Khajuraho- whose remarkable 11th century temples constantly amaze visitors. On arrival met at the airport and assisted in your transfer to the hotel.

Afternoon embark on the sightseeing of Khajuraho temple carvings which potray much more than frank eroticism for which they are famous. The imposing proportions of the temples and their richly varied imagery will leave behind lasting impressions. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 - Khajuraho - Jhansi Via Orcha By Road ( Approx 175 Kms / 06 Hours )
Jhansi – Agra ( Train )

Breakfast in the hotel. Afterwards this morning drive to Jhansi Via Orcha hich is located at a distance of 19 Kms from Jhansi.

Orcha: It has a medieval town atmosphere attached to it. The Betwa River quietly flows by the town. The 16th century palaces & temples built by its Bundela rulers appear to be suspended in time. You will visit-

Orchha Fort complex. Within the Fort complex you visit Jahangir Mahal, built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo in the 17th century to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jehangir to Orchha.

Raj Mahal, built in the 17th century by Madhukar Shah, the deeply religious predecessor of Bir Singh Ju Deo. Also visit-

Ram Raja temple, palace-turned-temple with soaring spires & palatial architecture. Built by the King Madhukar Shah it is one of the most unusual temples in India & the only place where Lord Rama is worshipped as a King not as a deity.

Afterwards continue your drive to Jhansi, on arrival transfer to the Jhansi railway Station to board the Train for Agra.

On arrival in Agra received at the railway station and assisted in the transfer to the Hotel. Overnight will be in Agra.

Mark Twain said of this monument “You cannot keep your emotions within bounds, when that soaring bubble of marble breaks upon your view” Taj Mahal is like a silent rhapsody that you will carry in your heart. You will also visit Agra Fort, an impressive cluster of palaces, fortresses and mosques on the banks of river Yamuna across the Taj Mahal. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 - In Agra
Enjoy your buffet breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast you start the sightseeing trip to Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

Taj Mahal: The 17th Century master piece named Taj Mahal, which of course is the most splendid of all the buildings – perhaps the most perfect architectural monument of the world. It was built in the memory of the beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal by one of greatest king of Mughal Empire Shah Jehan.

Agra Fort: Built primarily as a military establishment by Emperor Akbar in 1565,the redstone Agra Fort, was partially converted in to a palace during the tenure of Emperor Shah Jehan. Though the principal structure was built by Akbar, many more additions were made by his grandsons. This massive fort is 2.5 Kms long and is considered the predecessor of the Red Fort of New Delhi.

Afternoon embark on the excursion to Mathura a 45 minutes drive from Agra, Mathura is one of the oldest towns situated on the banks of river Yamuna. It is a pilgrimage city for Hindus and the birth place of LORD KRISHNA.

Visit the museum and temples and thereafter, proceed to Vrindavan, a town of temples with some of the most magnificent shrines in North India. Return to Agra for overnight stay.
Day 12 - Agra – Jaipur By Road ( Approx 255 Kms – 06 Hours )
After breakfast drive to Jaipur enroute visit Fathepur Sikri-

Fatehpur Sikri: A fascinating ghost town lies little beyond Agra the deserted Red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its ruins are still in a pristine condition. It is not hard to imagine what the court life would have been like in the days of its grandeur. Set like a jewel in a court yard of pink sandstone is the marble tomb of Saint Salim Chisti, enclosed by delicately carved marble screens.

Afterwards you continue your drive to Jaipur. On arrival check in to your hotel-

Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, also known as 'Pink City' is surrounded by an ancient 20ft high wall and eight gates. Situated at a distance of 280 km away from Delhi, today, Jaipur is the personification of the old order influence the new. An inherent interest for colour and design penetrated over stratum of society, and jewelry, crafts and architecture became objects of fascination equally between prince and peasant. Jaipur is also the main tourist hub of Rajasthan tourist circuit. From here you can reach out to places like Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Pushkar, and many more such destinations from Jaipur. Jaipur is also the third corner of the famed Golden Triangle tourist circuit of India along with Delhi and Agra.

Rest of the evening free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13 - In Jaipur
After breakfast you embark on your sightseeing tour of Amer Fort and Jaipur City.

Amer Fort: 11 Kms from Jaipur- A marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and reflected in Matao lake below. The magnificent old Citadel, a labyrinth of massive walls and towers, shrouds an exquisite marble palace, pillared and carved glimmering with a million tiny mirrors, which creates tanatalising reflection effect. The ascent to the fort is on a gaily caparisoned elephants.

Afternoon sightseeing of Jaipur City visit the-

City Palace Museum: An imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princess, carpets an armoury of old weapons , miniature paintings portraying court scenes , battle scenes and processions.

Janatar Mantar: (Observartory): Jantar Mantar, built between 1728 and 1734, literally means the ‘instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens’. Jai Singh, the brain behind the grand project, chose stone with marble facing. This was the biggest of all his observatories and the only one built of stone. He used it daily, often with his astronomy gurus Pandit Jagannath and Kewal Ram. In all there are 17 instruments in the Jantar Mantar complex. The function of each instrument is rather complex but serves a particular function where time plays the main theme.

Hawa Mahal: (Palace of Winds): A five storeyed wonder with a spectacular pyra midal façade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires.

After completing the sightseeing return back to the hotel for overnight.
Day 14 - Jaipur – Mumbai ( Flight )
This morning assisted in the transfer to airport to connect the flight for Mumbai. On arrival in Mumbai received at the airport and assisted in the transfer to the hotel.

Afternoon city sightseeing tour visiting the Gateway of India built to commemorate the visit of King George V of England in 1911.

Visit the Hanging gardens situated on the slopes of Malabar Hill, Prince of Wales Museum - a Victorian domed structure housing the fine collection of miniature painting and has three sections of Art, Archaeology and Natural history.

Other interesting sites are Mani Bhawan, Dhobi Ghat and Crawford Market. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 15 - In Mumbai
Morning excursion to Elephanta Caves by Motor Launch. Elephanta contains a fine cluster of 6th - 8th century rock-cut caves. The sculptures are beautifully executed and most outstanding of three is the Maheshmurthy or Trimurty - a five meter high three headed bust hewn from single rock, representing the three aspects of Shiva the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer.

Return to Bombay. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight will be in Mumbai.
Day 16 - Mumbai – Bangalore ( Flight )
Breakfast in the hotel. This morning assisted in your transfer to airport to board the flight for Bangalore. On arrival received and assisted in the transfer to the airport.

Founded in 1537 by Kempgowda, a far sighted local chieftain, Bangalore has blossomed into one of the Asia’s fastest - growing cities. Bangalore combines the vibrant pace of a modern metropolis with a quaint old - world charm. Perched at a height of 3250 feet above sea level, its salubrious climate play hosts to innumerable parks, gardens, lakes and verdant tree lined avenues that gives it the Sobriquet “ Garden City “.

Bangalore is the multifaceted jewel. Modern marvels, historic monuments, bustling shopping plazas, tranquil walking paths, rustling silks and fragrant sandalwood exotic cuisine and friendly people.

This afternoon you visit the Vidhan Soudha housing the state legislatures and secretariat, was conceived and executed by Kangai Hunumanthaiya, the then Chief Minister, in 1956. It is built entirely of Bangalore granite in Neo Dravadian style. Directly opposite it stands the gothic structure of the Attra Kacheri which houses the state high court. The high court building was completed in 1668 and stands in the green splendour of the Cubbon park laid out in 1864 by Lieutenant General Sir Mark Cubbon. The Lalbagh Gardens, laid out in 1760 by Hyder Ali has area of 240 acres. The glass house inspired by crystal palace in London is a favorite spot for picnickers and film makers, with its vast grounds and Tudor style architecture.

Overnight at Hotel.
Day 17 - In Bangalore
Breakfast in the hotel. This morning drive for the full day excursion to Putthaparthi, which is the home of the modern day saint, philosopher who is credited with benign powers, SHRI SATYA SAI BABA. A legend in his own times, Sai Baba has devotees around the world.

Return to Bangalore in the evening. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 18 - Bangalore – Mysore By Road ( Approx 140 Kms – 04 Hours )
Breakfast in the hotel. Afterwards drive to Mysore. 770 meters above sea level, the city of Mysore was once the capital of Wodeyars. It still retains the quaint charm that never fails to enchant.

Arrive and check in at Hotels. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 19 - In Mysore
Breakfast in the hotel. This morning you visit Mysore Palace once the residence of Woodeyars, is one of the largest of its kind in India and one of most splendid. This Indo - Sarcenic buildings has among other things - a carved silver door, a solid gold throne and a gallery of exquisite paintings.

This afternoon you visit Somnathpur - the Sri Channakeshara, built around 1260 AD during the heyday of Hoysala Kings, is at Somnathpur. It’s an extremely beautiful and interesting buildings. The walls of the star shaped temples are literally covered with superb sculptures in stone depicting various scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita and the life and the times of Hoysala Kings. Not two friezes are alike.

Overnight at Hotel.
Day 20 - Mysore – Bangalore By Road ( Approx 140 Kms – 04 Hours )
Bangalore – Mumbai ( Flight )

Breakfast in the Hotel. Afterwards this morning drive back to Bangalore. On arrival assisted in the transfer to the airport to connect the flight for Mumbai. On arrival in Mumbai received at the airport and assisted in the transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 21 - Mumbai - Overseas ( Flight )
Breakfast at the hotel. Free till departure. This evening you are assisted in the final departure to the International Airport to board the flight back home.
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