Special Interest Tour
Duration : 17 Nights / 18 Days
Places to Visit : Delhi - Amritsar - Chandigarh
- Delhi - Samode - Jaipur - Bharatpur - Fatehpur sikri - Agra - Varanasi
- Bodhgaya - Patna - Delhi
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal you are met
and transferred to your pre booked Hotel. Rest of the day is relaxing and
for free activities. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi
First visit Old Delhi, built in the 17th century by Shah Jahan the Magnificent
( who also built the Taj Mahal). visit the famous Jama Masjid mosque with
its 9,000 sq. ft. courtyard, three domes and two minarets, and then proceed
to the massive complex known as the Red Fort. Afternoon we'll visit Laxmi
Narayan Temple, a structure that's just 60 years old , and then proceed
to drive past India Gate and the Governmental building to Qutub Minar, the
240 foot tower built in 1190 to commemorate the arrival of Islam in India,
the Bahai Temple with its nine pools on an elevated platform. Return &
overnight at the Hotel.
Day 03 : Delhi - Amritsar
Morning we are transferred to the New Delhi railway Station to board our
train for Amritsar - the city of Golden Temple. Upon arrival we are met
and transferred to our pre booked Hotel. Afternoon we visit the famous Golden
temple which is scared to the Sikh nation, here we will find time to tune
into the amazing spiritual centre and feel the power that inspires the Sikh
people worldwide. We continue our city tour and visit the Jallian Walla
Bagh - Martyrs' Memorial built in the shape of eternal flame of liberty
is situated on the outskirts of Golden Temple. Here about 1500 and 2000
persons who were attending a peaceful meeting during the freedom movement
fell under the bullets of the British General Dyer on 13 April 1919 . Overnight
at the Hotel.
04 : Amritsar
After breakfast proceed to visit the Wagha Border - the border between Pakistan
and India and where Change of Guards ceremony takes place every day. From
here we continue the visit to Tarn Taran a town situated 24 kms south was
founded by Sri Guru Arjun Dev in 1590. From here we visit the the town of
Goindwal where Guru Amar Dass established a new centre for preaching Sikhism
A Baoli well paved with 84 steps was constructed here.The devout believe
that by reciting Japji Sahib the divine Word revealed to Guru Nanak Dev
ji at each step after taking a bath in the Baoli provides Moksh - liberation
from the 84000 cycle of life of this universe. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 05 : Amritsar - Anandpur Saheb
Morning drive towards Ananadpur Saheb the birth place of Sikhism. The valley
from Ropar through Kiratpur Sahib and Anandpur Sahib is full of Gurudwara.
Anandpur Saheb , the abode of peace has numerous Gurudwara. The place was
founded by Guru Tegh Bahadurji , the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Govind Singh
ji , the tenth Guru had baptised the first five Sikhs called the PANJ PIARE
here. Afternoon we continue to Chandigarh. Overnight in hotel.
Day06 : Chandigarh - Delhi
Today breakfast we start for a city tour of Chandigarh visiting the rock
garden and the Moghul gardens in Pinjore. After noon we continue our drive
towards Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi we check into our pre booked hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 07 : Delhi - Samode - Jaipur
By Surface depart for Jaipur enroute visiting the famous Samode Village
and visit the Palace and the Samode Bagh . We continue our journey to Jaipur,
popularly known as the Pink City, was built in 1727 AD by Maharaja Sawai
Jai Singh II. Designed in accordance with Shilp Shastra - an ancient Hindu
treatise on architecture - Jaipur follows a grid system. Upon arrival check
in your pre booked Hotel.
Day 08 : Jaipur
Today morning at 0800 hrs visit the Amber Fort in the Aravali Hills, which
is a super example of Rajput (Medieval Hindu) style architecture. A fantastic
royal styled Elephant ride takes us to the top of the Fort, which houses
several graceful buildings. Afternoon - tour of City Palace and Observatory.
The City Palace in the heart of the old city is a blend of Rajasthan and
Mughal architecture. The Palace of winds - a five storied structure of pink
sandstone has semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking
the main street of the old city. It was originally built to enable the ladies
of the royal household to watch everyday life.
Day 09 : Jaipur - Bharatpur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
This drive to Bharatpur where world famous bird sanctuary is situated. The
reserve consisit of over 300 species of resident and migratory birds. From
here we drive to the ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri ( ghost capital) for
a tour of the magnificent and world heritage buildings still in a state
of perfect preservation. We continue our journey for Agra and upon arrival
check into Hotel.
Day 10 : Agra
Agra was the capital of India under the Moghuls in the 16th and 17th centuries.
This morning we see the exquisite tomb of the emperor Jehangir's chief minister
and father-in - law, also called the 'BABY TAJ' because its design foreshadows
the famous Taj Mahal. Then see Agra's Red Fort, built over three generations
by the moghul emperors. Following an afternoon see the Taj Mahal, the mausoleum
built by a sorrowing Shah Jahan in memory of his young wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
Evening in time transfer to the railway station to board an overnight train
for the Holy city of Beneras ( Varanasi ). Overnight is spent on the Train.
Day 11 : Arrive Varanasi
Upon arrival we are met and transferred to our pre booked hotel . In the
afternoon proceed to the village of Sarnath on the outskirts of town. It
was in this Deer Park that the Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Visit
the Park and Museum.. Sarnath was made a centre of Buddhist worship by the
emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC. We will visit the Main Shrine and
Ashoka's Pillar. In the Archaeological Museum we will see the beautifully
carved capital from the pillar along with many other priceless Buddhist
artifacts. The highlight of this tour would be a participation in the evening
Aarti ( prayer service) at the main Buddhist temple here. Overnight at the
Day 12 : Varanasi
An early morning boat ride presents an incredible, specticular scene of
devotees come to the river to pay homage to the Sun God, Surya, Pass the
bathing ghats where thousands of pilgrims purify themselves in the holy
water of the Ganges River, and the burning ghats where cremations are conducted.
Later in the morning we will visit the city of Beneras. Afternoon is free
for personal activities. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 13 : Varanasi - Bodhgaya
Today morning we will depart for Bodhgaya. Upon arrival in Bodhgaya we check
into our pre booked Hotel. Bodhgaya is where Buddhism, ine of the great
religions of the world was born.To this small secluded spot on the banks
of the Niranjana came Siddhartha, the royal prince of Kapilavastu , after
nine long years of searching for the Ultimate Truth . And here under the
holy People or Bo tree , he became BUDDHA , the enlightened one, and Dedicated
himself to the good of humanity. Tradition states that Buddha stayed in
Bodhgaya for seven weeks after his enlightenment. First week was spent under
Second week he stood gazing at the tree and this spot was called Animeshlocha
Stupa. Third week he spent in meditation , walking to & fro from the
tree and this was named Ratnachakarma ( Jewel Walk ). Fourth week was devoted
for attaining higher modes of exposition sitting and meditating with cross
legs and was called Abhi Dhamma ( Deep Meditation ). Fifth week was again
spent in meditation under another tree. The sixth takes us to Muchalinda
Lake where the serpent king Muchalinde , dwelling at the Bottom of the Lake,
rose out to protect the Master from severe storm created by Maya ( GOD OF
CHAOS ) to disturb the meditation.The Rajata tree marks the last week where
Buddha decide to preach and thus save human beings from further sufferings.
Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 14 : Bodhgaya
Full day is spent own your own meditating and visiting Bodhgaya. Overnight
at the Hotel.
Day 15 : Bodhgaya - Gaya - Patna By Train
Today we are transferred to the Gaya railway station which is around 12
kms to board our train for Patna. Upon arrival in Patna transfer to your
pre booked Hotel.
Day 16 : Patna
Early morning we take a full day excursion to Rajgir and Nalanda. Rajgir
The capital of the mighty Madadhan Empire in the fourth century B.C is closely
associated with the life and teaching of Buddha. Here we visit the Picturesque
hill of Vultures GRIDHAKUTA - the site where Buddha returned after enlightenment.
Nalanda was established in the fifth century B.C is recorded as the world's
earliest University. Buddha is believed to have visited Nalanda a number
of time. The archaeological zone here is classified into a number of sites
that include 11 monasteries and several temples built in red brick.The site
is spread over an area of 166 feet ( north - south ) and 800 feet ( east
- west ).
Day 17 : Patna - Delhi By Flight
Morning In time transfer to the airport to board flight for Delhi. Upon
arrival at Delhi transfer to pre booked Hotel. rest of the day is free for
last minute shopping and overnight at the Hotel.
Day 18 : Departure Delhi
Morning in time transfer to the airport for your flight back home.