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Cultural and Spiritual Journey

India, Asia

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Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Royal Expeditions 12 people max
  • Delhi airport, igi airport t3 road, new delhi, delhi, india
  • Culture & Nature trips
Home to some of the world's most influential religions and steadfastly anchored in a heritage of philosophy, religious mythology, yoga and meditation that goes back to over 5000 years, India is one of the world's leading cultural holiday destinations.

To discover these rich and fabulous cultural offerings we journey from the historic city of Delhi, India’s capital to some of the country’s most spiritually uplifting leisure hubs. Everywhere in this mosaic of staggering diversity of lands and people you will discover the multi layered splendour and strength of her varied faiths Hindusim,Sikhism,Islam,Buddhism powered by an ancient heritage of tolerance and humanity.From Amritsar the wellspring of the Sikh faith,The Golden Temple and where you can enjoy the daily spectacle of the change of guard at the Wagah Border between India and Pakistan.You will travel via India’s first designated heritage village at Pragpur to Dharamsala India’s ‘Little Tibet’ and home of His Holiness the Dali Lama and his people in exhile,where Budhhism flourishes apace. In the erstwhile Islamic Mughal capital of Agra marvel at the splendour of the world’s greatest symbol of love The Taj Mahal.From Orcha, with its evocative riverside painted palaces you will visit Khajuraho to explore its cavalcade of antique temples and their stunning carvings,erotic and mundane before heading out for Varanasi, a city as old as Babylon and Nineveh Uncover the mysteries of the Hindu faith amidst the burning ghats, antique temples and heritage of crafts amongst it twisting bazaar streets. A short excursion to nearby Sarnath where Buddha delivered his first sermon. wraps up this exciting tour.

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  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Fly

to Spiritual India and Delhi. Delhi, Capital City of independent India is the gateway to India. It is dynamic and cosmopolitan blends of internationalism and tradition, from top-notch cuisine and fine museums and art galleries of New Delhi to the bustling twisting alleyways of Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk bazaar.

Day 2 - Delhi

Meet and transfer to hotel. Heritage Inn / Imperial There is much to do in Delhi. To begin with, Delhi - both Old and New - is a shopper’s paradise. India’s innumerable crafts and silks are all available here at various state emporia, Central Cottage Industries and in privately owned shops.

Day 3 - Delhi / Amritsar

Morning train to Amritsar. Afternoon Visit Golden Temple and Wagah Border and watch the spectacular beating of the retreat and the change of guard ceremonies of the Indian and Pakistani forces. Overnight at Mrs. Bhandari's guest house / Ranjit's Swasa Amritsar is home to the The Golden Temple, the most sacred religious sites of Sikh people in India.

Day 4 - Amritsar / Pragpur

Drive to Pragpur (170 Kms, 3-4 hours), a heritage village.Stay at Judge's Court, a heritage hotel. Pragpur is a heritage village where the local community is trying to promote village tourism by preserving their heritage.

Day 5 - Pragpur

Explore the village. Afternoon explore the village and its surroundings with a local guide - Visit the village tank, interact with the locals and evening visit their home and see their farm. The village has a quaint market. Notable are the several silversmiths who will quickly modify trinkets to satisfy individual taste and the several village weavers will make shawls and blankets to order.

Day 6 - Pragpur / Dharamsala

Drive via Kangra Fort to Dharamsala -a Buddhist enclave. Stay at Clouds End Villa. Visit Mcleodganj home of his Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Day 7 - Dharamsala

Visit Tibetan monasteries and the nearby Norbulingka Institute which is deeply involved in the preservation of traditional Tibetan arts and crafts.Overnight at hotel

Day 8 - Dharamsala

Day at leisure or day trek to Truind The whole valley is dotted with a variety of exotic flowers and other flora. Trek descends down the valley- Mcleod Ganj, Bhagsu and Dharamsala town.

Day 9 - Dharamsala / Chakki Bank / Agra

Drive to Chakki Bank station and board train to Agra. Stay at The Gateway Hotel / Oberoi Amarvilas The romance of the world’s most famous building Taj Mahal, still astonishes in its power and beauty. In addition to the Taj Mahal, Agra houses the other two great monuments the Red Fort and nearby abandoned city Fatehpur Sikri.

Day 10 - Agra / Jhansi / Orcha

Taj view at sunrise and later take city tour. Afternoon train to Jhansi and then drive half an hour to Bundelkhand Riverside Resort for the night.

Day 11 - Orcha / Khajuraho

Visit Orchaa Palace. Then drive to Khajuraho (180 Kms, 3-4 hours). Afternoon guided tour of temples and attend evening sound and light show. Stay at Taj Chandela.

Day 12 - Khajuraho / Varanasi

Morning at leisure. Afternoon fly To Varanasi. Stay at Palace on Ganges Hotel. Varanasi is the holiest of the Hindu cities, and is one of the oldest. It is probably the oldest living city in the world, a contemporary of Babylon, Themes and Nineveh.

Day 13 - Varanasi

Morning Boat ride, tour of city and Sarnath. This is a city of colourful bazaars, exquisite and bright silks, festivals, temples, mosques and palaces - all centering around the teeming ghats of the Holy Ganges.

Day 14 - Varanasi / Delhi / Departure

Last Morning in Spiritual India at leisure. Fly to Delhi and transfer to International airport to board onwards flight

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