Indian monuments of spiritual history trace the past of religions in this country. India is a land of diverse culture and consequently secularity in all forms is maintained here. Religion has remained the milieu of Indian civilization in all the ages and the history of this country is associated with history of religions. Years of Indian history replicate the fruition of numerous religions that swayed utmost and perished down. Nevertheless, such religions have left behind its footsteps through consecrated homes. These monuments display the affluent religious past of the country and present a fascinating example of prehistoric architectural brilliance.
This 17 Days and 16 Nights itinerary is an extraordinary journey of discovering spirituality through visiting several historical religious centers to sense the aroma of religious life persistent in India. Through exploring these monuments, a spiritual tourist can witness new thoughts and new perceptions of different religions like Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Baha’i, Buddhists, etc.
Day 01: Departure from your home country
Depart Delhi from your home country.
Day 02 : Delhi
On arrival in Delhi, meet our representative who will transfer you to your pre booked hotel. Check in at the hotel. Rest of the day is free for leisure. An overnight stay in the hotel in Delhi.
Day 03: Delhi – Full day Sightseeing
In the morning after breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour of Delhi. Start with a rickshaw ride to the Jama Masjid, India’s largest Mosque and pass through the bustling streets of the Chandi Chowk market. Later, continue to the Raj Ghat — Mahatma Ghandi’s moving cremation site. After lunch, we will go for excursion to the Qutub Minar, the oldest Muslim monument in India, and to the nearby Baha’i Lotus Temple, with its faiths tenets of the oneness of god, the oneness of religions and the oneness of mankind.
Later return back to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 04 : Morning excursion and afternoon train to Amritsar
After breakfast in the morning, we will visit the shrine of the Sufi saint Nizamuddin Chisti, who believed in growing closer to God through renunciation of the world and service to humanity. Also, we will be visiting the Humayun’s Tomb near the shrine. Later in the afternoon, we will take train Amritsar Shatabdi and reach Amritsar.
Day 05 : Golden Temple Tour, Jallianwala Bagh and Wagah Boarder
Today, we will be visiting the spectacular Sikh Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of Sikhism, and learn about every Sikh’s goal to build a close loving relationship with God. Later, we will be visiting the poignant Jallianwala Bagh, where General Dyer massacred unarmed Indians in 1919. In the evening, we will be visiting the Wagha boarder. Return back to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 06 : Shrine visits, overnight train to Mathura
In the morning, we will visit the nearby Sikh shrines of Tarn Taran to see the many historical Gurudwaras and to Goindwal, the first ever place of Sikh pilgrimage. An overnight train ride in Golden Temple in 2nd AC sleeper to Mathura.
Day 07 : Mathura temple visit
In the morning, we will Mathura. Check in at the hotel. Mathura is the birthplace of Lord Krishna and one of the 7 most sacred pilgrimage cities for Hindus. In the afternoon, we will visit the temples in Mathura and Vrindaban where myth says Lord Krishna spent part of his childhood.
Enjoy an overnight stay in the hotel in Mathura.
Day 08 : Visits to Gokul and Goverdhan
Today, we will visit the villages of Gokul, where Lord Krishna was brought up in secret by his foster Mother, Yashoda, and Goverdhan another important pilgrimage centre. After exploring the place, return back to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 09 : Bharatpur
In the morning, we will drive to Bharatpur. Here, we will be visiting the bird sanctuary of Bharatpur. Over 300 species of birds live in the small sanctuary, developed by the local Royal family originally as a hunting reserve. Enjoy a night stay at Laxmi Vilas Palace.
Day 10 : To Agra via Fatehpur Sikri
Today in the morning, we will drive to Agra via Sikri. Later, we will visit Taj Mahal in Agra to see the beautiful Mausoleum covered in a soft pink hue as the sun’s rays caress the stone. Later, we will wander the vast Agra Fort built by successive Mughal Emperors to emphasise their wealth and might. Also, we will visit the Tomb of Itimadu Dauala — a master piece in marble stone carving. An overnight at in the hotel in Agra.
Day 11 : Overnight train to Varanasi
The day is free for leisure. In the evening, we will take an overnight train ride in Magadh Express in 1st AC (2325-0725 hrs) to Varanasi.
Day 12 : Varanasi and Sarnath
In the morning, arrive at Varanasi. In the afternoon, we will take a journey to Sarnath where the Lord Buddha preached his first discourse, and see the Stupas, ancient and modern Temples and Ashoka’s Pillar.
Day 13 : Varanasi
Today morning, enjoy a boat ride at Ganges river. As the dawn mists rise on the Holy River Ganges, glide silently on a boat to see the devout come to bathe and pray. In the afternoon, proceed for city tour and enjoy a rikshaw ride in the evening. Later, return back to the hotel for an overnight stay in Varanasi.
Day 14 : To Bodhgaya
Today, we will drive to Bodhgaya. An overnight stay at the hotel in Bodhgaya.
Day 15 : Bodhgaya Temple visit
The day is fixed to explore the Bodhgaya temple. It is one of the most holy of places where the Lord Buddha gained enlightenment. We will visit the magnificent Mahabodhi Temple and see the wonderful sculpture of Lord Buddha in the “touching the ground pose”, (bhumisparsha mudra), in the exact place where he found enlightenment with his back to the Bodhi tree.
Later return back to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 16 : Overnight train to Delhi
The day is free for leisure in Bodhgaya to spend time in personal meditation and reflexion. An overnight air-conditioned 1st class sleeper train journey in Sealdah Rajdahni (2255-1020 hrs) to Delhi.
Day 17 : International Departure
On arrival in Delhi, transfer to the hotel and rest of the day is free for leisure perhaps for shopping. An overnight stay at the hotel. Late night transfer to the airport to catch the fight for onwards destination.
Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal, is also known as ‘City of Joy’ due to its vivacious and lively culture. It is a mind-blowing amalgamation of traditional lifestyle with contemporary thinking. It is known for holding the baton of cultural heritage and literature. When the religious tour to Kolkata is mixed with trip to East India, the experience becomes amazingly pleasant and heartwarming. East India is one of the most-beautiful regions on blue planet and boats unsurpassed natural exquisiteness.
This 12 nights and 13 days itinerary incorporate touring Kolkata along with savoring nature’s opulence in Bhubaneswar, Konarak, Puri, and Gopalpur. It is a perfect tour package for the tourists in quest of exploring natural beauty, culture, temples, beaches and historical monuments.
- Day 1 : KOLKATA ARRIVAL
On arrival in Kolkata, meet with our representative who will be there to greet you and take you to your pre-booked hotel in Kolkata. Check in at the hotel to rest and enjoy an overnight stay.
- Day 2 : KOLKATA CITY TOUR
Today in the morning, we will proceed for the city tour of Kolkata in order to explore the rich colonial heritage of the city. We will be visiting the Victoria Memorial and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Later return back to the hotel for an overnight stay.
- Day 3 : KOLKATA HERITAGE TOUR
The day is fixed to undertake a heritage tour in the Kolkata city. We will visit the Ramakrishna Math, from where Ramakrishna’s famous disciple Vivekananda spread his message of Vedanta across the globe in the morning. Further, we will visit the Kalighat, the main shrine of Kali and close by the hospice of Mother Teresa. An overnight stay at the hotel in Kolkata.
- Day 4 : KOLKATA – BHUBANESWAR
Today we will fly to Bhubaneswar. On arrival in Bhubaneswar, check in at the hotel to relax and enjoy a night stay.
- Day 5 : BHUBANESWAR TEMPLE AND CAVE TOUR
In the morning after breakfast, we will leave for a full day excursion tour to visit some of the Holy city’s 500 temples, many dating from the 7th C. Also, we will see the much older Jain and Buddhist Caves of Khandagir. The hills are literally filled with caves excavated by religious ascetics over the generations. Later, return back to the hotel for an overnight stay.
- Day 6 : KONARAK PURI TOUR
After breakfast in the morning, we will drive to Orissa’s most famous temple, the 13th C. Sun Temple on the coast at Konarak, with its erotic and spiritual sculptures. Later, we will drive to Puri. An overnight stay at the hotel in Puri.
- Day 7 : PURI JAGANNATH TEMPLE TOUR
Today, we will visit the magnificent Jagannath Temple. The temple is famous for its annual Rath Yatra or Chariot festival when the three main temple deities are hauled on huge embellished chariots thought the crowded streets of devotees. After exploring the temple, return back to the hotel for a night stay.
- Day 8 : PURI EXPLORATION
In the morning after breakfast, we will leave for a city tour to explore Puri with its bazaars, sculpture workshops and beach, which is considered as one of the best in India. Enjoy a night stay at your hotel in Puri.
- Day 9 : PURI – GOPALPUR
Today, we will drive to Gopalpur in the morning. On arrival in Gopalpur, check in at your pre booked beach resort to relax and enjoy a night stay.
- Day 10 : GOPALPUR
The day is free for leisure. You can enjoy your free time may be on the popular beach or simply relaxing in the delightful hotel grounds.
- Day 11 : GOPALPUR – BHUBANESWAR
Morning time is free for relaxation followed by an afternoon drive to Bhubaneswar. On arrival in Bhubaneswar, check in at the hotel for an overnight stay.
- Day 12 : BHUBANESWAR- KOLKATA
Today, early in the morning we will take flight to Kolkata. On arrival in Kolkata, check in at the hotel. Rest of the day is free for leisure. Enjoy an overnight stay in the hotel.
- Day 13 : INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE
Early in the morning, we will transfer to the airport to catch the flight for international departure.
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