15 Days North India and the Ganges Tour
Tour of Delhi, Amritsar, Dharamshala, Pathankot, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Jhansi, Gwalior and Agra
This tour of North India and Ganges follows a popular travel circuit which starts at Delhi and takes you to Amritsar, where we visit the Golden Temple and enjoy a Rickshaw ride through the old market. From Amritsar we travel to Dharamsala and experience the unique culture of the Tibetan community around Mc LeodGanj. We will also visit the H.H Dalai Lama Temple and later visit Norbulinga Institute of Tibetan.
Our next stop will be Pathankot where we will visit Church St. John in the Wilderness at Forsyth Ganj which has memorials of various Viceroys from the Britain. From Pathankot we will take a flight to Varanasi and in the evening take a Rickshaw ride through the old parts of the City to Ghats to experience the Evening Puja Ceremony on Dasvamedha Ghat on the banks of River Ganges. Early morning we will take a Boat ride on the Ganges, then walk to the Vishwanath Temple one of the Famous Temple dedicated to the Lord Shiva.
We will travel to Sarnath and visit Chaukandi and Dhamek Stupa build by the Emperor Ashoka in 243 BC and the ruins of the ancient town. Our next stop will be Khajuraho which is famous for its temple structures and “UNESCO –World Heritage Monuments”. Built by the Chandela Dynesty these temples are more than a 1000 years old. We will visit Orchaa Fort near Jhansi on our way to Gwalior where we will explore the Gwalior Fort and visit the Fort complex Man Mandir and the Sas-bahu Temple. From Gwalior we will journey to Agra and visit the Agra Fort and the famous Taj Mahal.
Travel Plan Details:
Day-1. Arrive Delhi.
Arrive at Delhi International Airport, Meet and Greet, transfer to the Hotel.
Day-2. Delhi- Amritsar DEP 0720 Hrs /ARR 1330 Hrs
Morning we catch a train to Amritsar. Arrive by afternoon and transfer to Hotel. Overnight in Hotel
Day-3. In Amritsar:
Today we visit the Famous Golden Temple and later have rickshaw ride in the Bazaar of the old city. Overnight in Hotel
Day-4. Amritsar- Dharamshala. Appx 200 Kms 5-6 Hrs
After breakfast we drive to Dharamshala/Mcleodganj.
Evening time to browse through wonderful bazaar with its strong Tibetan Influence. Overnight in Hotel
Day-5. In Dharamshala
Today we have full day in the Tibetan capital in Exile. We visit the H.H Dalai Lama Temple and later visit Norbulingka Institute.
Evening free. Overnight in Hotel
Day-6. Dharamshala – Pathankot-Delhi 100km Drive/3-4 Hrs+ Train DEP 1905 Hrs
Morning we pay a visit to Church St. John in the Wilderness at Forsyth Ganj, this mystical place is surrounded by pine trees and the church though small gives us a good feel of the British Era architecture. Inside the church are memorials of various Viceroys from the Britain.
Afternoon we drive to Pathankot Railway station to catch train to Delhi
Overnight in II Tier Sleeper A.C Train
Day-7. Arrive Delhi-Varanasi Flight DEP: 0930/ARR 1045; Arrive Delhi at 0545Hrs.
We arrive very early this morning, we get time to freshen up and have breakfast. After Breakfast transfer to Airport to catch flight to Varanasi.
On arrival in Varanasi we meet our transport and we drive to our Hotel.After getting some time to relax we re-group in the evening and take Rickshaw ride through the old parts of the City to Ghats to experience the Evening Puja Ceremony on Dasvamedha Ghat on the banks of River Ganges.Come back to Hotel for Dinner Overnight in Hotel
Varanasi is bustling City situated on the Banks of the river Ganges. It’s famous for its Temples and Ghats. Varanasi is the Vatican of East and holds the same importance in the Hinduism.Its also called Kashi a mythological term and many Hindus believed that a visit to this place is a must once in their lifetime and have a dip in the Holy river of Ganges which will wash all their sins.
A lot of Hindu monasteries are located across the city and priest come here to study and gain knowledge by meditation and teaching; later join respective temples in their own Cities. The City is also famous for Silk Saris.
Day-8. In Varanasi.
Early morning we Take a Boat ride on the Ganges, then walk to the Vishwanath Temple one of the Famous Temple dedicated to the Lord Shiva. Later come back to Hotel for Breakfast.
Before Noon we Drive to Sarnath appx (30mins 0ne-wa)y; We start the tour with the Visit to the Archaeological museum renowned for keeping world famous artifacts and relics from the Golden era.
Later we visit the famous Chaukandi and Dhamek Stupa and the ruins of the ancient town later we visit the Modern Buddhist Temple erected by the Mahabodhi society adjacent to the ruins.
Evening we return to Hotel. Overnight in Hotel
Sarnath is a small town next door to Varansi and holds the religious importance to Buddhism. The famous Stupa was Build by the Emperor Ashoka in 243 BC
Day-9. Varanasi- Khajuraho DEP 1215 Hrs ARR 1315 Hrs
Morning we pay a visit to a Hindu Ashram and see how Monks live there. In the afternoon we get transferred to Airport to Board Flight to Khajuraho. Arrive Khajuraho Transfer to Hotel Overnight in Hotel
Day-10. In Khajuraho
Today we have full day to visit The Western and the Eastern group of Temples.
Khajuraho is famous for its temple structures and most them have been declared “UNESCO –World Heritage Monuments”. These temples depict the generous and artistic creativity towards the kings of Chandela dynasty having ruled in the central India around 1000 AD. Out of the total 85 temples only 22 have survived till now and are divided as Eastern , Western and Southern Group of temples.
Overnight in Hotel
Day-11. Khajuraho-Jhansi-Gwalior Drive: 180 Kms Drive/5 Hrs Train DEP 1755/ARR 1900Hrs
Orcha is a small town on the Banks of the Betwa River, which used to be the occupied the Kings of Bundela Rajput Dynasty and was founded in some 1501 AD.
After Breakfast we drive to Jhansi Railway station. Enroute we visit the Orchaa Fort.
After visiting the fort we head straight to the nearby Railway Station at Jhansi to board the train to Gwalior. Overnight in Hotel B,-, D
Day-12. Gwalior- Agra DRIVE 120 Kms/3-4 Hrs
Gwalior is a small city located in the Centre of India in the state of Madhya Pradesh and the foundation of the city can be traced to 8thCentury AD. It was also eminent place during the fight for our Independence and was a hotbed of planning during the First uprising by Indians against British in 1857 for the freedom fighters Tatya tope and the Queen of Jhansi Rani Laksmi Bai; the city also has memorials.
Morning we visit Gwalior Fort. We visit the Fort complex Man Mandir and the Sas-bahu Temple. One can have a nice view of the whole town from the Walls of the fort. On our way down we walk to the bus and visit the famous stone cut sculptures of Lord Mahaveer.
Afternoon we drive to Agra. We arrive by evening. Overnight in Hotel B,-, D
Day-13. In Agra:
The modern Agra was founded by King Sikander Lodhi in the 16th Century and later became the seat of the Mughal Empire and thus the city came into prominence and it was Shahjehan who built the Memoir of Love for his beloved wife Mumtaz.
We have a full day in Agra Today. We start the day by our visit to the Taj Mahal one of the 7 wonders of the world;later we visit the Agra Fort. In the Evening we take a stroll in the Bazaar. Overnight in Hotel B,-, D
Day-14. Agra- Delhi. 200Kms 4-5 Hrs
After Breakfast we drive to Delhi via Fatehpur Sikri – all done in Fine Red Stone. Now a lost city Fatehpur Sikri was once an inhabited city and was build by Mughal King Akbar during 1564 AD.
Around noon we continue our final drive towards Delhi. After Dinner transfer to IGIA Airport. Depart Delhi B,-, D
Day-15. Arrive Home
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis
- Daily breakfast included
- Meeting and assistance on arrival and departures
- Chauffeured air-conditioned vehicles for all transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours
- English speaking guide will be provided for sightseeing and excursion tours
- All currently applicable taxes
- Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone, fax, internet, beverages, camera / video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
- Local payments in domestic currency, such as entry fees to monuments, tips and gratuities
- Any ride, monument entry fees
- Domestic / International air fare
- Indian Visa Fees
- Any other services not mentioned in Price Inclusions above
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