India Pilgrimage with Kashmir Tour

Tour Duration: 18 Days / 17 Nights

Tour Route: Delhi- Srinagar-Amritsar- Haridwar-Rishikesh-Jaipur-Agra- Mathura- Vridavan- Varanasi-Bhimashankar- Shani Shingnapur(Shani Temple)- Trimbakeshwar-Mumbai

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1

Arrival Delhi

On arrival at New Delhi International airport will be met by our Representative with garland welcome and transfer to Hotel. Overnight in Hotel.

Day

2

Delhi

Today after breakfast proceed for Sightseeing Tour – Birla Mandir, India Gate, Parliament House, visit to the AksharDham Temple, Swaminarayan Temple 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.

The grand, ancient-styled SwaminarayanAkshardham complex was built in only five years through the blessings of HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj of the BochasanwasiShriAksharPurushottamSwaminarayanSanstha (BAPS) and the colossal devotional efforts of 11,000 artisans and BAPS volunteers. The complex was inaugurated on 6 November, 2005.

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. Also visit The Laxminarayan Temple is a clean temple up to large extent dedicated to Laxminarayan in Delhi, India. Laxminarayan usually refers to Vishnu, Preserver in the Trimurti, also known as Narayan, when he is with his consort Lakshmi. Evening return to hotel for overnight stay.

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3

Delhi-Srinagar

Morning transfer to airport for the flight to Srinagar. On arrival in Srinagar and transfer to the houseboats is the novelty in Kashmir, docked at the famous Nageen Lake and overlooking the mountains. The entire houseboats are hand-made and it takes more than 5years to make one houseboat. Houseboats are furnished with walnut wood furniture, handmade curtains and have attached bathrooms, a separate living room and a dining room. Get ready for the sightseeing our of Srinagar city visiting After breakfast, start tour by visiting the most awaited place proceed to Mughal Gardens:

With terraced lawns, cascading fountains, paint-box- bright flowerbeds with the panorama of the Dal Lake in front of them - the three Mughal Gardens of Chesmashahi, Nishat and Shalimar are the Mughal Emperors' concept of paradise and are today very popular places for picnics and excursions. In spring, the gardens are bursting into colors from the blooming flowers of daffodils, pansies, daisies, iris, narcissus, etc.

Shalimar Bagh: Built by Emperor Jahangir for his wife NurJehan, Shalimar is a beautiful garden with sweeping vistas over gardens and lakes, and shallow terraces rising one above the other. A canal lined with polished stones and supplied with water from Harwan runs through the middle of the garden.

NishatBagh: Situated on the banks of the Dal Lake, with the Zabarwan Mountains as its backdrop, this 'garden of bliss' commands a magnificent view of the lake and the snow cappedPirPanjal mountain range which stands far away to the west of the valley. Nishat was designed in 1633 AD by Asaf Khan, brother of NurJehan. Later part will be shopping for Silk, Woolen Shawls and carpets and a visit to Carpet Factory. Overnight in houseboats.

Shopping You can shop for the unique Pashmina Shawls, Carpets, Papier-mache, Silk and Tweeds, Woodwork, Pherans, Metalware, Wall hangings with naqqashi work, Chain Stitch Embroidery, Cricket Bats, saffron, dried fruits, walnuts, almonds and much more. All these hand-made items are unique and form an identity of the Kashmir valley. Evening come back to houseboats and enjoy the shikara ride followed by Dinner at the houseboats.

As you ‘float’ across the lake, enjoy the beautiful, crystal clear waters of Nageen Lake, the various houseboats hugging the lake; ducks and birds frolicking in the waters. Look at ‘vegetable and flower gardens’ by the banks of the lake – pumpkins, tomatoes, cucumbers, mint and many more. Sit back in the Shikara and be mesmerized by the beauty of the lake and the blooming fauna at the banks. Come back in time for dinner. Overnight stay houseboat in Srinagar.

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4

Srinagar-Sonmargh- Srinagar

After breakfast, will proceed to Sonmargh also known as Nature lovers paradise, enjoy the visit to famous Thajwas Glacier, enjoy the Horse ride/Sledging on the Ice. Gushing Rivers and amazing view of Mountains. Evening come back to houseboats for a stay. Overnight in houseboats.

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5

Srinagar –Amritsar

Today after breakfast dropped to Srinagar airport for flight to Amritsar. Hundreds of thousands pilgrims visit Amritsar each year to pray at the Golden Temple or visit the many pre-independence memorials around the city. Named after the holy pool around the gilded Harmandir Sahib (or Golden Temple), Amritsar is equally important for the JalianwallahBagh or the witness the ceremonial changing of guard at the Wagah border. On arrival at Amritsar airport & you will be meet by our representative & check in the hotel after freshen up proceed visit Wagah border to see the retreat ceremony. Overnight stay in Amritsar.

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6

Amritsar-Delhi- Haridwar

Early morning after breakfast proceed for on a sightseeing tour of Amritsar. Visit the famous Golden Temple located in the heart of the city, JalianwallahBagh, a memorial built to commemorate the martyrs of the 1919 massacre; the DurgianaMandir, dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga. Later dropped to Amritsar airport for flight to Delhi. On arrival & you will be meet by our driver and driven to Haridwar, On arrival & check in hotel. After fresh up Visit Famous River ganga Arti At Hari ki Pauri Haridwar is the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttarakhand. It's also your starting point on the journey to the sacred sources of the Ganga and the Yamuna Rivers. This holy city 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, this town has been distinguished for centuries in the Indian society. Evening back you Hotel.

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7

Haridwar-Rishikesh- Haridwar

After breakfast proceeds to Rishikesh Enjoy the Ram Jhula Ramjhula is situated 3Km north of Rishikesh. Lakshman Jhula 2 kilometers from Swarg Ashram, is the well-known Lakshman Jhula a suspension bridge 450 feet long and built in 1939. Named after Lord Ram's younger brother Lakshman, it has temples dotting its either side, including the famed Lakshman Temple at Tapovan. One more noteworthy ashram is the 13 storeyed Kailashananda Ashram, with each storey being dedicated to a different deity. Triveni ghat, To be found in the heart of town, is the most famous bathing ghat, where most pilgrims take a holy dip earlier than they visit the various temples. This is done generally in the early mornings, with the pilgrims offering prayers and milk at the Ghat and feeding the fish in the water. An amazing sight here is the evening arati, a ceremony accompanied by lights, drums and chanting, with the entire ghat lit with lamps glowing from a distance. Overnight at Hotel.

Day

8

Haridwar-Delhi

Today after breakfast drive to Delhi, on arrival & check in hotel for overnight stay.

Day

9

Delhi-Jaipur

Today after breakfast drive to Jaipur is called the Pink city of India. Jaipur is famous for its palace, forts, Musums and Havelis. On arrival and check in hotel. Freshen up and later proceed to visit Palace of Winds. HAWA MAHAL - The ornamental facade of this “Palace of Winds “is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storey structures of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trellis work and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women. Overnight in Jaipur.

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10

Jaipur

After Breakfast, You will be visit to Pink City Jaipur visit to AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression.

CITY PALACE - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

JANTAR MANTAR - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use. Later part of the day to explore the Shopping in Jaipur, Jaipur is famous for Preicuous and Semiprecious stone, visit the famous Gems factory and later part will be visiting the Carpet weaving factory famous for it s handmade carpets and much more. Enjoy the visit for more shopping for the buy dresses and Shawl. Overnight in hotel.

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11

Jaipur-Agra

Today morning after breakfast drive to Agra. En route visiting Fateh-Pur- Sikri- A deserted city also known as ghost town of India, On arrival & check in hotel. After fresh up proceed for city sightseeing tour visiting the world famous Taj Mahal for Sunset/ , built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Also visit Agra Fort, containing the Pearl Mosque - the rusty and majestic red- sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. Overnight in hotel.

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12

Agra-Mathura/Vrindavan- Varanasi

Morning drive to Delhi airport for flight to Varanasi, en route visiting GovardhanHill is a 8km long hill located near the town of Vrindavana, in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is considered sacred especially in the Vaishnava traditions within Hinduism. Enjoy the town of Krishna visiting temples, and more. On arrival at Varanasi airport and you will be meet by our driver and transfer to hotel, after freshen up will start our first visit to Holy Ganges for Sunset, A perfect time to be by the ghats and experience the Spiritual Bliss by being there for Rituals. Experience the lamp lit by local priest and put the on holy ganges to float and chanting the mantra and holy songs and bajans. Enjoy the spiritual Harmony. Later come back to hotel. Overnight in hotel.

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13

Varanasi

Early morning drive to Varanasi, visit Sankat MochanTemple,DurgaTemple,Jyotirlinga, Vishwanath Temple, Dhundhiraj Ganesh Temple, TulsiManas Temple. And also visit Sarnath Budhha Temple, the world-famous Buddhist site, is situated about 10 km (6 miles) northeast of Varanasi city. This was the place where the Buddha delivered his first sermon in the Deer Park in 528 B.C that is also known as Dhamma Chakra Pravartan, meaning "The Wheel of Law turns. (The entire donation & pundits’ donation you will be pay directly) (The entire donation & pundits’ donation you will be pay directly)

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14

Varanasi-Mumbai- Bhimashankar

Today after breakfast dropped to Varanasi airport for flight to Mumbai. On arrival and you will be meet by our driver & drive to Bhimashankar. One of the 12 highly sacred Jyotirlingas in India, Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is located at a distance of 218 km from Mumbai. The Jyotirlinga present here is believed to be the holiest of all 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. The surroundings of the temple are immensely beautiful.

On arrival, check-in to the hotel. After freshen up, visit the Bhimashankar Temple to seek blessings of Lord Shiva. Return to the hotel for dinner and have a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.

Day

15

Bhimashankar-Shirdi

Today after breakfast drive to Shirdi on the 3rd day of your Maharashtra Jyotirlinga Tour, Shirdi is a small town which is popular across the globe for the saint Sai Baba.

Shirdi is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in India. People from all over the world visit this destination to seek the blessings of Sai Baba. On arrival Shirdi, ceck in hotel after freshen up seek blessings of Sai Baba at Samadhi Mandir, Khandoba Temple and Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Complex. Evening return to hotel for overnight stay.

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16

Shirdi-Shani Shingnapur(Shani Temple)- Trimbakeshwar-Mumbai

Today after breakfast drive to Shani Shingnapur which is located at a distance of 65 km from Shirdi. Shani Shingnapur is believed to be the home of Lord Shaneshwara. Lord Shaneshwara is well-known as the personification of the planet Saturn. On arrival, visit the temple and seek blessings of Lord Shanidev. Then drive to Mumbai enroot visiting Trimbakeshwar a visit to the second Jyotirlinga, Trimbakeshwar. Trimbakeshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. After Darshan, drive to Mumbai, on arrival & check in hotel for overnight stay.

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17

Mumbai

After breakfast you will go for full day tour of Mumbai city to start with tour will proceed to Gateway for India and later part will be given for Shopping in Coloba Area-Downtown area of Mumbai, and Visit Siddhivinayak Temple and take blessings of Lord Ganesha to start the pilgrimage. Evening free. Overnight stay at Mumbai.

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18

Mumbai Departure

Today departure to Mumbai airport for flight to your own destination with sweat memories of India Tour.

Tour Cost Includes

  • Hotels with Bed & Breakfast & Dinner Basis as per your itinerary hotels in all the palaces
  • Houseboat in Srinagar with full board only
  • Welcome Drink on arrival
  • Arrival and departure transfers as per tour itinerary
  • Entire tour with English speaking Driver
  • Food and lodging for the driver
  • Toll, parking, permits, gasoline, State entry for the car
  • All sightseeing & transfer A/C Toyota Innova car
  • Excursion tours as per tour itinerary
  • English speaking guide in Delhi, Agra & Jaipur
  • Flight tickets for Delhi to Srinagar/Srinagar to Amritsar/Amritsar to Dlehi/Delhi to Varanasi & Varanasi to Mumbai

TOUR COST NOT INCLUDES

  • Things of personal nature
  • ETips FOR driver & Guide
  • Lunch are not included
  • Entrance fee of Monuments as per itinerary
  • Anything extra which is not includes in “TOUR COST WILL BE INCLUDED”
  • Sledging on the Ice in Sonmargh
  • Horse rides in Sonmargh
  • Jeep drive in Sonmargh is not included