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The Spirit of North India

Duration : 10 Days / 9 Nights
Destination Covered : Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh - Pathankot - Pathankot - Dharamshala - Amritsar

Day 01: Arrival / Delhi

WelcomeLate night arrival. Meeting and assistance upon arrival as our representatives welcome you and escort you to your car.

Whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would introduce the tour to you and hand over the documents to you.

Welcome to India, or as we say 'atithi devo bhava' (the guest is an incarnation of God). Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you!

Overnight at The Imperial - a 5* Downtown Hotel

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Day 02: Delhi / Haridwar (Dehradun Shatabdi - 0655 / 1122 Hrs) Haridwar / Rishikesh (23 Kms)

HaridwarTransfer to the train station to board your train to Haridwar

Meeting & assistance upon arrival in Haridwar & we will drive to Rishikesh

Meeting & assistance upon arrival in Haridwar & we will drive to Rishikesh

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Overnight at Ananda Spa

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Day 03: Rishikesh / Haridwar / Rishsikesh (23 Kms - One Way)

RishikeshToday we will have an excursion of Haridwar

Upon arrival we explore the unending list of attractions in Haridwar is endless. Har-Ki-Pauri, the sacred ghat was constructed by King Vikramaditya in the memory of his brother Bhartrihari. Haridwar abounds with several Hindu temples and Ashrams (Hermitages). More than the architectural designs, it is the spiritual ambience of the place that is so striking. The Daksh Mahadev Temple is an ancient shrine situated to the south of Kankhal town. This temple was constructed by Queen Dhankaur in AD 1810. Kankhal has several other temples and ashrams too. The Sapt Rishi Ashram is situated along the Haridwar-Rishikesh road. The Ganges flows in seven streams in front of this Ashram, hence this place is also called Sapt Sarovar. The Kanva Rishi Ashram is situated around 42 km from Haridwar. The ashram is on the banks of the Malini River along the forest road to Kotdwar. Other important places to visit are the Bharat Mata Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Bhimgoda, and Shanti Kunj.

Afternoon we suggest you walk across over the bridge to witness the fascinating Ganga 'Aarti' (invocation). The golden reflection of floral diyas in the river Ganges is the most enchanting sight in the twilight during the Ganga aarti ceremony at the ghat. The synchronised chanting of prayers that takes place during the Aarti is a very uplifting experience.

Later evening we will drive back to Rishikesh

Overnight at Ananda Spa

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Day 04: Rishikesh / Delhi Delhi / Pathankot (Jammu Mail - 2110 / 0735* Hrs)

After a leisurely breakfast drive to Delhi

Upon arrival transfer to Delhi train station to board your overnight train to Pathankot

Overnight: First Class Air Conditioned Sleeper Accommodation

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Day 05: Arrival / Pathankot Pathankot / Dharamshala

Meeting and assistance upon arrival at Pathankot train station and drive to Dharamshala a very scenic and peaceful hill station which has the added attraction of its strong Tibetan influence. It was here that the Dalai Lama and his followers had fled after the Chinese invasion of Tibet.

We would have opportunities to stop on the way to interact with the locals as well as to enjoy the incredible natural beauty of the region.

Upon arrival, check into Grace Hotel

Afternoon is at leisure. We suggest you enjoy a walk along the mall road where Tibetan refugees display and sell their crafts.

Overnight At Grace Hotel

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Day 06: Dharamshala

DharamshalaFollowing breakfast, proceed on a tour of Dharamshala.

We visit the Norblinga Institute for Tibetan Buddhism which is perhaps one of its best in the world. The Institute has its own temple, museum, hospital and meditation hall. We would meet with monks here to learn more about Buddhism. Of special mention here are the magnificent miniature paintings done by students here. It is great to see the students sketch a design and then paint it on canvas.. We would visit the Dalai Lama's Palace and temple in the afternoon and meet with the spiritual leaders to know more about the plight of Tibetans, their future, the problems they face in India etc. If the Dalai Lama is their in Dharamshala at the same time as we are, every effort would be made to have a personal audience with him, the Tibetan Buddhism's deity of Universal Compassion. It is special meeting him, not because of his title or the high degree of reverence that the people of Tibet hold him in; but more because how it feels in his company. Several strong impressions remain about the meeting, including the way in which he gives his whole attention to questions. There is wisdom in his thinking which comes through clearly in his words, filled as they are with common sense and realism. His firm handshake, his sense of compassion, his sense of humour, his highly infectious and kind laughter are some of the everlasting images of the Dalai Lama.

Overnight At Grace Hotel

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Day 07: Dharamshala / Amritsar (225 Kms)

After breakfast we will drive to Amritsar

Upon arrival and transfer to your Hotel Ranjeet Svaasa.

Evening we will journey 40 Kms to Wagha, the border between India & Pakistan. Each evening a very impressive lowering of guards ceremony is performed along with a march past by soldiers of both countries in synchronization to the accompaniment of bugles. The soldiers of both countries wear ceremonial dresses. It is quite a spectacular sight to see the same thing happening on both sides of the border.

Overnight at Ranjeet Svaasa

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Day 08: Amritsar

Amritsar Golden TempleFollowing a leisurely breakfast we visit the Golden Temple, which is the Mecca of Sikh religion .The temple with a shinny pure gold dome, is beautifully situated in the center of a lake (The Holy Tank). And is approached by a causeway .All around the lake are marble walkways and various other temple buildings. The community kitchen, which feeds over a thousand people continuously, is spectacular. The huge utensils to prepare the food and the chapattis (breads) - 20 to 25 at a time - are a mind-boggling sight. However, besides the physical beauty of the place, the strong and tranquil spiritual atmosphere of the place is soul stirring without being overwhelming. The constant recitation of the holy book brings a certain sense of peace to the individual. We walk through the temple complex and try soak in the atmosphere. We would also have an opportunity to meet some Sikh religious leaders who would talk to us about the basic tenets of Sikhism.

Just outside the Golden Temple are various shops that sell Sikh religious artifacts like swords (decorative), bracelets, combs, small daggers etc.

During the day, we would also visit the Jalianwala Bagh, the martyr's memorial where thousands of innocent Indians were cordoned off by the British and fired. The well where several Indians jumped to escape the bullets as well as bullet marks and a museum of pictures can be still seen here.

We would also be visiting the Golden Temple after dinner. There happens a spectacular ceremony, where the Sikhs put their holy book (Guru Granth Sahib) to sleep. The priests carry the books over their head to place them in a golden palanquin. The book is then carried to an inner chamber in the Palanquin to the accompaniment of bugles and drums and the chanting of the name of the Lord. The palanquin itself is carried by devotees in turns. It is quite a special sight. The book is again placed in the main sanctum similarly in the morning.

Overnight at Ranjeet Svaasa

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Day 10: Delhi / Departure

Transfer to the International airport to board your onward flight

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Day 09: Amritsar / Delhi (Amritsar Shatbdi - 0510 / 1105 Hrs)

Early morning transfer to train station to board your train to Delhi.

Meeting and assistance upon arrival and transfer to your hotel The Imperial

Afternoon we will drive to Akshardham Temple.

Akshardham Temple is situated along the bank of the Yamuna River, adjacent to New Delhi. It is a large complex of temples made of pink sandstone and white marble. The Akshardham Temple was built by the Swaminarayan sect as a spiritual center of prayer and learning and as a resource center for the study of Indian Culture.

Spread over 30 acres of the Eastern Bank of the Yamuna, the Akshardham Temple is a synthesis of Indian architectural styles. The design of the Akshardham Temple is inspired by temples from different parts of India. The sources include the temples of Badrinath in North India, Somnath in West India and Konark in East India. With a complex of temples and shrines set amidst sprawling lawns, prayer halls and spaces for meditation and communal gatherings, the Akshardham Temple is a new landmark in the National Capital Region. The Akshardham Temple is a religious and cultural highlight of Delhi.

Home Visit & A Farewell Dinner with an Indian Family : This evening, we would visit an Indian family for an Indian home experience. The evening is designed to give you a 'feel' and insight into Indian family life as well as experience typical Indian hospitality and home made Indian food.

Overnight at The Imperial - a 5* Downtown Hotel

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We do hope the flavor of India will remain on your taste buds for all times to come and hopefully would kindle an indelible fondness for the country and her people; Thank you for being our guest, and as we say in India 'Please Come back Soon"





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