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The Destinations

 

Delhi: India’s capital is sprinkled with glittering gems: captivating ancient monuments, magnificent museums, a vivacious performing-arts scene and some of the subcontinent’s yummiest places to eat.

A vibrant melting pot, you’ll hear a jumble of vernaculars spoken in Delhi, the most common being Hindi, English, Punjabi and Urdu. In terms of its layout, Delhi encapsulates two very different worlds, the ‘old’ and the ‘new’, each presenting deliciously different experiences. Spacious New Delhi was built as the imperial capital of India by the British; rambunctious Old Delhi served as the capital of Islamic India.

Visitors can easily dip into both, spending half the day immersing themselves in history at the dramatic Red Fort, Jama Masjid and medieval-flavored bazaars of Old Delhi, and the other half reviving themselves over frothy cappuccinos or frosty cocktails at one of New Delhi’s swanky cafés and bars.
 

 

Agra is a part of Brijbhoomi the land associated with the birth and legendry activities of lord Krishna. In Agra City there are five Shiva temples which are the symbols of ancient culture.

Agra was the capital city of Sikander Lodhi, the second ruler of the Lodhi dynasty, who defeated by the persian King Babur in 1526 A.D. Babur too made Agra his capital city and so began the great Mughal rule. it was Babur who build the first monument in Agra, a planned garden garden called Gul-e-Afgaan or the Aaram Baugh.

After Babar in (1530 AD) HUMAUN took over the thrown of Agra. Sher Shah Soori also continued Agra as his Capital.

During the rule of Akbar (1556 to 1605 A.D.) Agra earned fame all over the world and was counted one of the great and beautiful cities of Medinal India. Emperor Akbar constructed many beautiful buildings. In the premises of famous Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort. During his rule people of all caste and religion living friendly upon which Akbar declared the concept of "Sulah Kul" in making the personality of Akbar the great his "NAVARATANS" Raja Man Singh, Raja Toder Mal Hakeem Lukman, Raja Birbal, Mullah-Do-Pyaza, Abdul-Fazal-Feuzi, Abdul Rahim Khana Khan and Miyan Tan Sen Played an important role.

For developing feeling of harmony and brotherhood among the people of various religions, Akbar started new religion named Deen-E-Elahi.

Sikandra and Etmad-Ud-Dowla are the famous buildings of Jahangiri period.

World famous Taj Mahal was constructed by Shahjahan in the sweet memory of his beloved queen Mumtaj Mahal. Agra earned the world fame due to Taj Mahal. Shah Jahan's period was remembered as a golden period for construction of good buildings and for their beautifications.

During the British period Agra was made a District in 1805 A.D. and a Collector was posted Agra presidency was founded in 1833 A.D. During Agra persidency in 1835 A.D. Weatern - North border Province which is known as United province was formed of which Agra remained Capital upto 1857 A.D. After 1857 A.D. mutiny the capital of United Province was shiffted from Agra to Allahabad. After this Agra remained only Commissionary which still continuing.
 

 

Rishikesh has attracted visitors and Hindu devotees from time immemorial. Situated on the banks of the holy Ganga, today it is a bustling city known for temples, ashrams, yoga, centers, and of course, the eternal Ganga.

It is also regarded as the gateway of the Himalayas. The famous sightseeing places are the Ram Jhula, Laxman Jhula, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Geeta Ashram and many others. The picturesque landscape of the place is beyond imagination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spiritual Renewal: Yoga Tour in Sacred India

 
Overview
 

For years travelers seeking serenity and spiritual renewal have made their way to India’s ashrams and retreat centers to learn the wisdom of ancient practices like yoga, meditation and Ayurveda healing. This sojourn is designed for personal reflection and growth. You will have the opportunity to interact with experts and learn many new things as well as experience cultural exposures during Ashram visits, community service projects, Ayurveda lecture, cooking and astrology lessons, ritual immersion, temple and village visits.

 

 

     

 
 

Itinerary

 

Day 1: Arrival Delhi
Welcome to India’s capital city. Contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers,witness the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments. Check-in at your hotel Mantra Amaltas, an exclusive boutique hotel in the capital city of India. The hotel is a retreat of contemporary accommodation and warm hospitality. Overnight in Delhi.

 

 

Day 2: Delhi
Your first introduction will be with Old Delhi, a cultural melting pot of contemporary and old world. Visit Jama Mosque, the largest mosque in India which was constructed in the 17th century and take a cycle rickshaw ride in the bustling narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk, the shopping center of old Delhi. Pay tribute to Mr. Gandhi at Raj Ghat which is the cremation sight of his great soul. Now onto New Delhi which was planned, designed and built by the British who ruled here for almost 200 years. Take a photo stop at India Gate, a memorial raised in honor of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war and drive along Parliament House, Secretarial Buildings and Presidential Palace. Visit the famous Humayun Tomb, built with Indo-Persian design and Qutab Minar, the most glorious tower of victory in the world and was to be the prototype of all minars (towers) in India. This afternoon, guided meditation after a dinner featuring fresh, whole foods. (B, D)

 

 

Day 3: Delhi, Haridwar, Rail Journey, Rishikesh
After an early morning breakfast we will drive to the Railway Station to board the train to Haridwar, a small town affectionately nestled between the Shivalik Mountains and the Ganges. Upon arrival we will journey to Rishikesh, the Yoga Capital of the World. Rishikesh, at a height of about 1360 feet above sea level, is the Gateway to the Himalayas and a major center of spirituality and pilgrimage. This small hill town got an introduction to the western world in the late 60’s when The Beatles stayed at an Ashram.

Check-in at your hotel, which is surrounded by forest greens and the Ganges flowing below and a perfect  place  to feel, learn, practice and  adopt Yoga in your life. In the late afternoon, meet your Yoga Guru, who is an expert and practicing yogi. Your expert will brief you on the schedule for the coming days. Conclude today’s session with meditation. Dinner and relax.  (B, D)

Day  4: Rishikesh, Visit Community Service Projects, Cooking Class
In the morning, practice Yoga at your hotel. Later drive to Rishikesh town and visit Parmarth Shiksha Mandir at Parmarth Niketan Ashram that has adopted many deprived children and educates and helps them find jobs. Visit Laxman Jhula, the iron suspension bridge built in 1939, dedicated to younger brother of Lord Rama and Geeta Bhawan. The famous Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharta are described here through beautiful wall paintings. Return to hotel. Discussion with Yoga guru, followed by meditation session.

COOKING CLASS: Evening is the time to learn some of the delicacies from an Indian Kitchen. Meet a chef who will bring some mouthwatering dishes on a platter while sharing recipe secrets! Dinner and overnight in Rishikesh. (B, D)

 

 

 

Day 5: Rishikesh, Kunjapuri Temple, Astrology Lesson
In the morning, practice Yoga at your hotel. Take an excursion to Kunjapuri Temple, situated at  1645 meters above the sea level, the temple is dedicated to the Goddess Shakti who donated power. One needs to trek 150 steep steps to reach the temple but tiredness is compensated by the breathtaking view of the Himalaya. (If you wish, this visit can be done along with a soft trek on hill trail) Discussion with Yoga guru, followed by meditation session.

ASTROLOGY LESSON: In the evening, get ready with your questions as you will meet with an Astrologer. Dinner and overnight in Rishikesh.  (B, D)

 

 

Day 6: Rishikesh, Ayurveda Lesson, Prayer Ceremony, Cave Vashistha Gufa
In the morning, practice Yoga at your hotel. Since the earliest of times, sadhus and yogis have lived in the Himalayas and found succor in Rishikesh. Rishi Vashistha is one of such prominent gurus who stayed here and meditated. Visit the place, where he meditated, known as Vashistha Gufa (the cave). On return to hotel, meet an expert to discuss Ayurveda, the science of life and the traditional Hindu system of medicine.

PRAYER CEREMONY: Drive to Parmarth Niketan Ashram where we will witness the prayer of river Ganges, called “Ganga Aarti”.  The ceremony is performed by ashram resident children who are studying the Vedas. The ceremony commences with the singing of bhajans (prayers), and a purifying and sacred ritual that takes place around a fire, with the offerings made to the fire god, Agni.  (B, D)

 

DAY  7: Rishikesh, NGO Community Service Project
In the morning, practice Yoga at your hotel. Today, journey to an on-site NGO which is contributing community services in this region. The organization strives for excellence in rural children through free holistic education, day long nutrition, and complete health care. It has a dual focus, development of individual capacity of the underserved and the consequent building of community capacity. The NGO is not only running a school but also ensuring students’ transition into  successful adulthood. In addition to education, the NGO has taken several community development initiatives including employment for the women of the rural community, health and sanitation, social causes (such as domestic violence against females, child abuse, dowry, alcoholism, female infanticide and foeticide, etc) and natural disaster relief. Return to hotel in evening. Dinner and overnight in Rishikesh.  (B, D)

 

Day 8: Rishikesh, Community Visit, Aarti Ceremony
In the morning, practice Yoga at your hotel. Visit a nearby village to interact with locals and learn about their life patterns. In the evening re-visit the Ashram to experience the Aarti ceremony.  (B, D)

 

Day 9: Rishikesh, Haridwar,  Shatabdi Express Rail, Delhi
Check out from your hotel after leisurely breakfast and drive to Haridwar. The city is located at the point where the Ganges leaves the Himalayas to begin its journey across the plains, makes it a particularly holy place. Every 12 years the Kumbh festival attracts millions of pilgrims who come and bathe in the river. Har-ki-Pairi, the most popular ghat, has a footprint of Lord Vishnu set in stone. Visit the ghat and spend some time there followed by walk to local market. Arrive Delhi. Upon arrival transfer to hotel.  (B, L, D)

 

Day 10: Delhi, Agra, Taj Mahal Sunset, Tuk-Tuk Ride
Today, am yoga and drive to Agra ( approximately 5 hours). Upon arrival check-in at hotel Jaypee Palace Agra – a glorious structural blend of red sandstone and marble is spread over elegantly landscaped greenery. Sprinkled with enormous water bodies and endless walkways, this magical creation impeccably blends Mughal and contemporary architecture with modern amenities.

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Taj Mahal mausoleum, one of the seven wonders of the world. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. It is widely considered as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and stands as a symbol of eternal love. Overnight in Agra.  (B, D)
 

Day 11: Agra, Delhi
AM Yoga. After breakfast, visit the famous Agra Fort, built in the 16th century, this fortress of red sandstone, known as the Red Fort of Agra, encompasses the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. Upon arrival check-in at Hotel. PM Chakra meditation.  (B, D)

Day 12: Departure
Depart Delhi, taking your transformative experiences with you.
 

 

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Tour Details
12 Days / 11 Nights
 
Price
$2525 pp, based on double occupancy
Solo Rate + $695
 
Deposit
50% at time of Booking
 
Includes
* 11 Nights’ accommodation
* Meals: Daily Breakfast, Daily Dinner, 1 Lunch
* Transportation: Delhi and Agra: Air conditioned  luxury coach.  Rishikesh: Transportation in  air-conditioned Toyota Innova vehicles
* Guides, Sightseeing and Local Assistance
* English speaking local guide in Delhi, Rishikesh and Agra
* All entrance fees to sites and monuments as per the itinerary
* Rickshaw ride, Old Delhi
* Daily Yoga
* Visit to Ashram, Rishikesh
* Cooking lesson, Rishikesh
* Meet an Astrologer
* Ayurveda lecture
* Aarti Ceremony of Ganges (prayer ceremony) in Ashram, Rishikesh
* Community Service visit, Rishikesh
* Village visit, Rishikesh
* Tuk-Tuk ride, Agra
 
Not Included
* International airfare
* Passport and Visa fees for India
* Travel insurance and Medical Emergency
* Gratuities
* Expense of personal nature (tipping, laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic or soft beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expense, etc.)
* Meals and services not mentioned in the inclusions
 
 

 

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