India Temple Tours
NORTH INDIA TEMPLES TOUR
Day 01: Delhi (Arrival)
Arrive in Delhi followed by assisted transfer to the hotel by our tour representative. Stay overnight at the hotel in Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi
In the morning, embark on a sightseeing tour of Delhi. The places you will visit here include India Gate, Parliament House, Laxmi Narayan Temple and the Swaminarayan Akshardham temple. After having lunch, in the afternoon, go out to explore India Gate, Qutab Minar Complex and Chhatarpur Temple (a Durga temple exhibiting the traits of south Indian and North Indian architecture). Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 03 : Delhi - Haridwar By Train - Haridwar - Rishikesh
In the morning, drive to the New Delhi Railway Station to board the train to Haridwar. After de-boarding the train at Haridwar Railway Station, meet the IHPL representative and visit the Har-ki-Pauri and other famous temples in Haridwar. Thereafter, drive to Rishikesh. On reaching, check into the hotel. In the evening, partake in the evening Aarti ceremony. Stay overnight in Rishikesh.
Day 04 : Rishikesh - Haridwar - Varanasi by Overnight train
Timely transfer to the Haridwar Railway Station to board the train to Varanasi. Overnight journey on board the train.
Day 05 : Varanasi (Arrival)
Early morning, arrive in Varanasi followed by assisted transfer to the hotel by our tour representative. The day is free to do things at your own will. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 06 : Varanasi
In the morning, go out for a boat cruise on the holy river Ganges. Later, return back to the hotel for breakfast. Post breakfast, take a road trip to Sarnath, the ancient Buddhist town.
The places you will explore here include the Stupa, Buddhist Temple and the Museum.
The afternoon is booked for the sightseeing tour of Varanasi. Here you will visit the Bharat Mata Temple, Durga Temple, Aurangzeb mosque and Benares Hindu University. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 07 : Varanasi - Agra - By Train
The morning is free to do activities of your own choice. In the afternoon, drive to the Varanasi Railway Station to board the train to Agra.
Day 08 : Agra (Arrival)
Early morning arrival in Agra. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel by our representative. Thereafter, go out on a sightseeing tour of Agra.
The places you will visit include Agra Fort, Itmad-Ud-Daulah tomb (commissioned by Empress Noor Jehan in the memory of his father) and Taj Mahal (Recognized as one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’, Taj Mahal is the most breathtaking monument in the history of Mughal architecture). Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 09 : Agra - Mathura - Delhi
In the morning, leave by road for Delhi via Mathura. On reaching Delhi, explore the markets of Chandani Chowk and Connaught Place. After having dinner at a famous City Restaurant and drive to the international airport to board flight for onward journey.
SOUTH INDIA TEMPLE TOUR
Duration: 12 Nights / 13 days
Destinations Covered: Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Tiruvannamalai - Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai – Trivandrum
Day - 01 Chennai: Arrive Chennai - the gateway to southern India, established in 1639 by the East India Company, is one of the oldest cities of the country. Assistance and transfer to hotel
.Day - 02 Chennai: After Breakfast at hotel, half day sightseeing tour, visiting Gandhi Memorial, KalaSkhetra, Mylapore temple, Marina beach etc.,. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day - 03 Chennai (Excursion - Tirupathi, 154kms/3.5hours): After breakfast, proceed to Tirupathi. Lunch at local restaurant Tirupathi is a temple town known for the famous ancient temple of Lord Venkateswara (Lord of seven hills or Balaji, as he is affectionately known) on the top of the 860mts high Tirumala hills. The temple of Lord Venkateswara is not only believed to be amongst the oldest temples in the country, but also the richest of them all. Legend has it that Lord Venkateswara borrowed money from the divine treasurer Kubera for his wedding expenses. He is still paying back this debt which is why the pilgrims donate generously to the temple funds. In the evening return to Chennai for dinner and overnight stay at Chennai.
Day - 04 Chennai - Kancheepuram- Mahabalipuram: After breakfast drive to Kanchipuram (76kms/01.50 hrs) – is the ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as a city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. The first temple dedicated to Shiva was built in the 7th and 8th century and has paintings on the walls. Temples of Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy are of interest. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks. Lunch at local restaurant and later drive to Mahabalipuram and check in at hotel.
Afternoon visit the city - built in 7th century, earlier called Mahabalipooram, this ancient Pallava Port, is today the sight of several antique sculptural marvels. In this ancient seaside town, shrines And huge sculptures cut-out of rocks more than 1200 years back during the reign of Pallava Kings in the region can be seen. The rock carvings depicting mythological episodes- of demons, Gods and animals in battle and others - are truly poems in stone. The only shore temple which remains here is the spectacular two - spire shrine, unique because it houses both Lord Shiva and the Lord Vishnu in its sanctum-sanctorum. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day - 05 Mahabalipuram-Thiruvannamalai-Pondicherry: After breakfast drive to Tiruvannamallai(112kms/03hrs)- a pilgrim centre with an ancient temple of Lord Shiva. After lunch at local restaurant, proceed to Pondicherry (131kms/ 3.5hrs), which carries a strong whiff of the French presence in India. This erstwhile French colony on the east coast of South India merged with the rest of the country in 1954. Legend says that Pondicherry is the place where St.Agasthaya settled down. Check-in, dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day - 06 Pondicherry: After breakfast drive to visit Aurbindo Ashram, the city of dawn, which is 10kms north of Pondicherry. This ashram promotes Aurbindo's ideas in bringing about a synthesis of Yoga and modern science, so as to unite the spirit and matter. After lunch at hotel, visit Auroville - a unique experiment in international living and in creating a new environment where men and women of all nationalities live together in harmony. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day - 07 Pondicherry-Chidambaram-Tanjore: After breakfast drive to Chidambaram (65kms/1.5hrs) also called as Thillai, which has the famous Nataraja temple with the root of the sanctum-sanctorum covered with golden plates is located in the centre of the town covering an area of 40 acres. In this temple, postures from the Bharatnatayam form of dance are depicted in sculpture. Natraja is Lord Shiva as a cosmic dancer. After lunch at local restaurant, drive to Thanjavur (104kms/03hrs) enroute visiting the Brass factory at Kumbakonam. Tanjore once the capital of Chola Kings, has the Brahadeswara temple(or the big temple of God).The temple tower rises to a height of 15mts from a square base of 29 mts and then tapers off, making a total of 66mts.Checkin, dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day - 08 Tanjore - Trichy (54kms/02hrs): After breakfast leave for Trichy, short name of Trichurapalli, situated on the banks of Kaveri River is a blend of history and tradition as well as pilgrim centre, it is famous for Ranganath temple at Srirangam. Checkin at hotel. After lunch city tour visiting Rock fort and its temple at a height of over 23mts. Also visit Srirangam and Jambukeshwar Temple. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day - 09 Trichy - Madurai (133kms/3.5hrs): After breakfast proceed to Madurai and checkin at hotel. The ancient city of Madurai, some 2600 years old is laid out in the banks of river Vaigai as a lotus flower with the Meenakshi temple in the centre. After lunch city tour visiting – Meenakshi temple, King Tirumala's Palace, Mariamman Tepakkulam and Alagar Kovil. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day - 10 Madurai (Excursion-Rameshwaram, 154kms/04hrs): After breakfast, proceed to Rameshwaram- the most sacred temple town of India is an island hallowed by the epic Ramayana, where Lord Rama is said to have visited before going into battle of Srilanka. Legend has it that Lord Rama sent Hanuman to Mount Kailash to bring a Lingam for worship when he set foot after defeating Ravana. As Hanuman did not return when the auspicious hour was approaching, Sita made a sand Lingam so that worship could be performed in time, which is where the present day Ramanatha Swamy Temple stands close to sea on the eastern side of the island. One of the twelve Jyotirlingam shrines is also well known for its magnificent corridors and the massive sculptured pillars lining them. Lunch at local restaurant. Return to Madurai for dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day - 11 Madurai - Kanyakumari ( 258 kms/7 hrs ): After breakfast drive to Kanyakumari - is the land’s end of India where the water of the Arabian Sea , the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean meet. An important pilgrim centre of India, it is famous for the Amman Temples - a symbol of unity and sanctity - dedicated to the virgin Goddess, Kanya Kumari. To its South - East lies the famous Vivekananda Rock Memorial, dedicated to Indian Saint Vivekananda, who meditated on this very rock before he proceeded to West to propagate Hinduism, where otherwise was perceived as a barbaric religion. Also is a recently erected memorial of Thiruvalluvar, a Tamil saint who had written the Thirukkural, containing 1330 verses for a better living for every human. Evening view the sunset at the southern most tip of India, where the 3 seas meet (Namely Indian Ocean in the south, Arabian sea in the west and Bay of Bengal in the east). Overnight at hotel.
Day - 12 Kanyakumari - Trivandrum (87 kms/02.00 hrs ): Early morning view the beautiful sunrise from at top the hotel’s terrace. Visit to Suchindram and proceed to Trivandrum, enroute visit Padmanabapuram Palace, arrive Trivandrum. Arrive and visit Padmanabaswamy temple from outside, visit the palace and the city palace museum. A drive up to Kovalam. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kovalam.
Day - 13 Trivandrum - Back Home: After breakfast transfer to airport to connect flight for onward journey. End of our services.
WEST INDIA TEMPLE TOUR
Duration: 06 Nights/ 07 Days
Day 01: Arrive in Ahmedabad
Morning arrival at Ahmedabad. Meet by our representative and transfer to hotel. Later visit Sidi Saiyed Mosque, the Swetambara Temple Hatheesing temple ,Gandhi Ashram.Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Ahmedabad - Rajkot - Jamnagar After B/F visit Akshardham Temple than Continue drive to Rajkot.Visit Watson Museum in Jubilee. Later proceed for Jamnagar, visit of Bala Hanuman Temple.Overnight at Jamnagar.
Day 03: Jamnagar - Dwarka
Morning proceed for Dwarka. Visit Bet Dwarka & Rukmani Temple Evening Aarti Darshan at Dwarkadhish Temple . Overnight at Dwarka.
Day 04: Dwarka - Porbandar - Somnath
Morning procced to Porabandar visit of Kirti temple, Gandhi museum. Later visit of Sudama temple & continue procced to Somnath, evening Aarti Darshan at Somnath Temple. Enjoy light and sound Show.Overnight at Somnath.
Day 05: Somnath - Diu
Attend again Aarti Darshan at Somnath Temple. Later proceed for Diu Fort & beach. Later visit St.Paul Church.Overnight at Diu.
Day 06 : Diu - Sasangir
After breakfast drive to Sasangir. Enjoy Evening safari at Gir National Park.Overnight at Sasangir.
Day 07: Sasangir - Junagarh - Ahmedabad
Morning drive to Ahmedabad. Enroute visit Junagadh, visit of UPERKOT FORT. Later visit of Ashokan Edicts,Mahabat Maqbara. Arrival at Ahmedabad. Transfer to Airport / Railway station.
EAST INIDA TEMPLE TOUR
Day 01: Flight to India (New Delhi)
You arrive in Delhi by international flight. After a traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representatives would assist you at the airport and to our hotel for check in and overnight stay.
Day 02: New Delhi
Breakfast at the Coffee shop. Rest of the morning at leisure. You will be taken on a guided tour of Delhi, beginning with a morning sightseeing trip to Old Delhi and followed by visits to the 1648 Red Fort, India's largest mosque - Jama Masjid and Gandhi Memorial at Raj Ghat. Afternoon tour includes visits to India Gate, President's House, Humayun's Tomb, Lotus Temple and Qutab Minar. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 03: New Delhi - Bhubaneshwar (by air)
In the morning after having our breakfast we drive to the airport for the flight to Bhubaneshwar. Bhubaneshwar is considered the most sacred city in Odisha. Bhubaneshwar (The Lord of the universe) is now the modern capital city of the Indian State Odisha. Upon arrival at Bhubaneshwar, you will be transferred to the hotel. Bhubaneshwar had once 7000 temples that were built between 8th and 13th centuries.
Day 04: Bhubaneshwar - Konark - Puri
Today we will visit some of the finest examples of the classical temple architecture including Lingraj, Rajrani and Mukteshwar temples and then drive through the tropical coastal area to the famous temples of Konark. Konark was once the centre of Buddhism in India. Now it is famous for the Hindu temples. The world famous Surya Temple is dedicated to God Surya (Sun). The King Langula Narasimha Deva built this temple in the 13th century AD. Surya temple of Konark represents the complete development of Orissian style and architecture that is the only one time example in India being the most beautiful without any counter piece. After visiting this temple we drive to Puri. Late evening arrival in Puri and transferred to the hotel.
Day 05: Puri
Puri is one of the four most important pilgrimage centre for Hindus. Today in the morning we visit the Jagannath temple of Puri. The temple of Lord Jagannath (God Vishnu), who is considered the preserver of the world in Hinduism, attracts thousands on feast every day, particularly at the time of 'Rath Yatra' (the car festival). The Jagannath temple is also referred as the white Pagoda and it accommodates 5000 priests in its premises. It's an experience to observe the activities of the pilgrims visiting this unique temple. It is one of the most sacred temples in India. In the afternoon we visit the Puri beach. The Puri Beach is also known as one of India's finest beaches. Puri Beach attracts millions of travelers to India with its strategic setting and religious importance.
Day 06: Puri - Tapta Pani (about 310 km)
In the morning after having breakfast we drive to Tapta Pani. Enroute we visit Chilka Lake and roadside semi tribal villages.
Day 07: Tapta Pani - Rayagada (about 220 km)
In the morning we will drive to Rayagada. En-route we will visit Desia Kondh Tribal Village in Puttasingh area. Then we will embark on a mild hiking on the Niyamagiri Hills to view the Dongaria Kondh Tribal hamlets. Return back to Rayagada and en route visit the Kutia Kondh Tribal village.
Day 08: Rayagada - Jeypore (about 220 km)
In the morning we will drive from Rayagada to Jeypore. En- route visit Dongariya Kondh Tribe at Chatikona. In the evening we will visit market of Bonda and Godhaba Tribes.
Day 09: Jeypore
Today after having breakfast we drive further and visit Gupteshvar Cave and Dhuruba Tribal Village.
Day 10: Jeypore - Bhubaneshwar - Kolkata (by air)
In the afternoon we drive to Bhubaneshwar. Then we drive to the airport for flight to Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta). Kolkata is India's largest city and one of the biggest cities in south Asia. This city was earlier a colonial city of the British in India. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Hi-Life Tours representative and transferred to the hotel. Evening free for leisure.
Day 11: Kolkata
Today we will explore this vibrant and lively city during the whole day tour. We will visit the Victoria Memorial and magnificent buildings in the area of Chowringhee and Dalhousie Square. We also visit the Jain Temple, the temple of Goddess Kali and the Fort Williams. In the area Joransanko we have the opportunity to visit the family house of the famous Indian writer Ravindranath Tagore.
Day 12: Kolkata - New Delhi (by air)
In the morning, after having our breakfast we drive to airport for flight to New Delhi. Arrive in New Delhi in the afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure. After dinner we leave the hotel for the airport.
Day 13: New Delhi
Tour concludes. Hi-Life Tours thanks you for your patronage and ensures a punctual transfer to the Railway Station / Airport for your onward travel.
JYOTIRLINGA TOUR ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrival in Jamnagar - Drive to Dwarka (150 km)
As you arrive in Jamnagar, begin your road journey to Dwaraka, one of India’s seven ancient towns. It is also one of the highly revered Chardham destinations. On reaching, check-into the hotel. Later afternoon, partake in sightseeing.
In the evening, Arti and Darshan at the very well-known Dwarkadhish Temple. This 5-storied temple is around 1400 years old and is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Dinner and Night stay.
Day 2: Dwarka - Somnath (215 km-4-5 hrs)
Day 2 begin early. Visit the Dwarkadhish temple again, also known as Jagat temple. Famed for its elaborate carvings, the temple is built of sandstone.
Start your day with an early morning visit to Dwarkadhish Temple. The temple is also known as Jagat temple. Constructed of sandstone, this temple contains elaborate carvings.
After Darshan, proceed for breakfast. Thereafter, continue with sightseeing. Visit Bhet Dwarka or Beyt Dwarka- dating back to the 19th century, the temple has several images of Lord Krishna and his 56 consorts. On the way, attend Abhishek of Nageshwar Jyotirlinga and visit Rukmani temple.
After the city tour, proceed for lunch, followed by drive to Somnath. On reaching, check-in at the hotel. Evening visit to famed Somnath temple for Arti and Darshan. A Jyotirlinga, it is known for its religious importance, wealth and splendid architecture. After dinner, overnight stay in Somnath.
Day 3: Somnath – Diu (by car) - Mumbai (by flight) – Trimbakeshwar (by car-4 hrs)
On the 3rd day of the tour, make an early morning visit to the beautiful Somnath temple for the Abhishekam ceremony. Post breakfast, get transferred by road to Diu Airport to board the flight to Mumbai. On reaching the Mumbai airport, by road start your journey to Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga in Nashik. In the evening, Arti and darshan at the Trimbakeshwar temple. Dinner and stay overnight.
Day 4:Trimbakeshwar - Nasik - Bhimashankar - Shani Shingnapur - Shirdi
Today, attended an early morning Abhishekam ceremony at the Triambakeshar temple. Later on have your breakfast and continue your journey to another Jyotirlinga- Bhimashankar Temple. This journey is of 6 hours.
After Pooja and Darshan, hit the road to Shirdi via Shani Shignapur. Shani Shignapur is dedicated to Lord Shani. Later, continue your journey to Shirdi, the abode of Sai Baba. In the evening, visit Sai Baba Samadhi temple for VIP Darshan. Dinner and Night stay Shirdi.
Day 5: Shirdi - Aurangabad (by car) (Ghrisneshwar)
On day 5, visit Sai Baba Samadhi temple for an early morning Kankad Arti. After attending the Arti, get your breakfast packed as you begin your drive to Aurangabad. Here, visit your next Jyorirlinga, Ghrisneshwar Mahadev and have darshan. Stay overnight at Aurangabad
Day 6: Aurangabad- Indore (by flight via Mumbai) – Ujjain (by road)
In the morning, move to the Aurangabad airport to get on-board a flight to Indore. On arriving in Indore, continue your road journey to Ujjain. Here, you have darshan at the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga.
Later, visit the other religious sites of the area, Aadi Shakti temple and Bhairav Nath Temple. After completing the check-in formalities have an overnight stay in Ujjain.
Day 7: Ujjain- Omkareshwar
After breakfast on the 7th day of the tour, hit the road to Omkareshwar, which is around 4 hrs away. In the evening, have darshan of the Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga and attend Aarti. Dinner and overnight stay in Omkareshwar.
Day 8: Omkareshwar –Maheshwar
Start your day by attending an early morning Abhishekam ceremony at Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga. After seeking blessings of the Lord, have breakfast and then continue your road journey to Maheshwar Jyotirlinga. On arrival, check in at the hotel.
In the evening, visit to the Maheshwar Temple. Attend the pre-booked Bhasm Arti at the time of Darshan. Stay overnight.
Day 9: Maheswar- Indore (by flight) - Hyedarabad
Today, attend an early morning Abhishekam at Maheswar Jyotirlinga. Post breakfast, drive to the Indore airport to catch a flight for Hyderabad. On arrival, drive to Srisailam, a serene holy town. Check in at the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 10: Mallikarjun (270 km - 5 hrs) - Hyderabad- Madurai (by Flight) – Rameswarm (165 km)
Today, have an early morning visit to Mallikarjun Jyotirlinga for darshan. Back to the hotel for breakfast. Thereafter, in-time transfer to the Hyderabad airport from where you board the flight to Madurai. After landing in Madurai, visit the very popular Meenakshi Amman Temple- a wonderful architectural gem. After drashan, hit the road to Rameshwaram, one of the Char Dham destinations. The time taken is around 4 hours. On arrival, check-into a hotel. Dinner and Overnight stay.
Day 11: Rameshwaram – Madurai (4 hours) – Delhi- Haridwar
Leave your hotel room at around 4:00 AM for Mani Darshan, Samudra Snan, Kund snan and Abhishekam at Rameshwarm temple. This religious visit is followed by breakfast at the Hotel. Later on, return to Madurai. From Madurai airport catch a flight for India’s capital city, Delhi. As you reach Delhi, your road journey Haridwar begins. On arriving at the holy city of Haridwar, check-into the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 12:Haridwar – Guptkashi (205 Km / 7 to 8 hrs)
On day 11, after breakfast, fulfill the check- out formalities and hit the road to Guptkashi. Upon arrival, check-in at a hotel or a guesthouse. The rest of the day is at leisure and you can explore this religious town on your own. This place is dotted with a number of temples such as Vishwanath temple, Ardhnareshwar temple, Manikaran Kund etc.that are worth-visiting. Guptkashi lies on the western banks of River Mandakini. Dinner and Overnight stay in Guptkashi.
Day 13: Guptkashi – Phata - Kedarnath – Phata - Guptkashi (By Helicopter)
Get an early morning road transfer to Phata Helipad for boarding a Helicopter to Kedarnath, one of the Char Dham destinations as well as Jyotirlinga. At the Kedarnath temple, spend 1-2 Hours in darshan.
As you reach Kedarnath, get priority darshan tickets upon arrival, only available for Helicopter passengers. The temple was constructed by the Pandava brothers of the great Hindu epic, Mahabharta and later revived by Adi Sankaracharya. Back to Phata, by Helicopter. From the Helipad, get into the vehicle for going back to the hotel. Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 14: Guptkashi – Joshimath – Badrinath (190 Km - 7 to 8 hours)
On day 13, check- out of the Guptkashi hotel at around 08:00 am. Hit the road to Badrinath via Joshimath. Drive past some splendid Ghats and reach Badrinath, another Char Dham destination. On arrival, check- in at the hotel. Get some rest for a while and enjoy some refreshments. Evening visit for drashan at the Badrinath Temple, dedicated to Lord Badrni (Vishnu).
Before visiting the temple, visit the other holy site of the Tapt Kund or the Hot Spring. Take bath here followed by temple visit. Shri Badrinath Ji temple is 15 meters in height and is erected in the form of a cone with a small cupola of a gilt bull as well as spire. Return to the hotel. Dinner and Overnight stay in Badrinath.
Day 15: Badrinath – Joshimath – Rudraprayag (165 Km / 5 to 6 hrs)
In the morning, re-visit the Badrinath temple for an early morning darshan. Thereafter, return to the hotel for breakfast. This is followed by sightseeing in Badrinath, including Mana Village- this village is inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe; Vyas Gufa and Ganesh Gufa-popular for being the sites where the Hindu epic of Mahabharata was written and Mata Murti temple- this temple is dedicated to mother of Nar and Narayan.
In the afternoon, drive to to Rudraprayag via Karanprayag. The tiny holy town of Rudraprayag is placed on the holy meeting point of River Alaknanda and River Mandakini. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day free to explore the Rudraprayag town. Dinner and Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 16: Rudraprayag – Rishikesh – Haridwar (160 Km - 5 to 6 hours)
Have an early morning breakfast and begin the descending drive to Rishikesh- a serene spiritual city, known as the ‘Yoga capital of the world’. After reaching, begin the city tour of Rishikesh including the very popular Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula. Later afternoon journey to Haridwar.
On arrival, complete the check- in formalities. The evening is scheduled for a visit to the very popular Har Ki Pauri to attend the evening Ganga Aarti on the banks of holy River Ganges. One of the best experiences here, adore the sight of burning diyas falling in the flowing river water.
Later, get transferred to the Haridwar Railway Station to board a train to Varanasi. Overnight train.
Day 17: Varanasi
On day 17, arrival in Varanasi, one of the most popular spiritual cities of India. As you reach, check-into the hotel. Located on the banks of Ganga River, the city is dotted with over 2000 temples. The evening is scheduled for the breathtaking site of Ganga Arti, a major attraction here, attended by devotees as well as tourists in huge number. Stay overnight in Varanasi.
Day 18: Varanasi Departure
After breakfast on the last day of the tour, check- out from the hotel. Get on-time transfer to the Varanasi Railway Station/Airport to board a train/flight for your onward journey.
VAISHNO DEVI TOUR ITINERARY
DURATION:-07 NIGHTS / 08 DAYS
Day 1 : Delhi / Chandigarh via Mansa Devi Temple - 6 hours
After reaching Delhi, leave for Chandigarh. On your way to Chandigarh, visit Mata Mansa Devi Temple. Dedicated to Maa Mansa, Mata Mansa Devi Temple is one of the most revered temples across the country. People from all over visit the temple to seek the blessings of Maa Mansa.
Leave for Chandigarh after Darshan. On reaching Chandigarh, check-in at the hotel. Go for sightseeing at the attractions of Chandigarh. Visit the famous Sukhana Lake, Rock Garden and Tower of Shadows. Enjoy a comfortable stay at the hotel.
Day 2 : Chandigarh - Nainadevi (125 Km 2hrs ) - Chintpurni/Sheetladevi (150 Km. 2 ½ hrs) – Kangra (70 Km 1 ½ hrs)
Drive towards Naina Devi Temple (Bilaspur) this morning. To reach the temple at the hill top, you can use the stairs or travel through a cable car. One of the 51 Shaktipeethas, Naina Devi Temple is a popular pilgrimage site in Himachal Pradesh. It is the place where the eyes of Sati fell down.
After Darshan, leave for Sheetla Devi Temple which is dedicated to Mata Sheetla Devi. Also visit Chintpurni Temple, a sacred temple that holds immense religious importance. It is believed that those who wish for something from a true heart, their wishes are fulfilled.
Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 : Kangra - Jwala ji (35 Km 1 hr.) / Bhagula Mukhi / Kangra Devi / Mata Kapal Pathri / Mata Kangraji /Mata Jawala ji
This morning, leave for Dharamshala. On arrival, complete all the check-in formalities at the hotel. Seek blessings at Mata Jwala ji Temple, a revered temple dedicated to Goddess Jwalamukhi. The temple has nine permanent flames that have been named after goddesses- Mahakali, Unpurna, Chandi, Hinglaj, Bindhya Basni, Maha Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ambika and Anji Devi.
Post Darshan, visit Maa Bhagula Mukhi Temple and take the blessings of Maa Bhagula who is known to be the source of every knowledge of the universe. Visit Kangra Devi Temple where Maa Kangra is worshipped in the form of a ‘pindi’.
You are free to spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Kangra.
Day 4 : Kangra – Chamunda Devi (70km. 1½ hrs.) - Dharamshala (30km. 30 Minutes) – Dalai Lama Monastery
Go for Darshan at Chamunda Devi Mandir in the morning. One of the seven mother goddesses, Chamunda Devi is also known as Chamundi. Devotees from all over visit the temple to seek the blessings of Maa Chamunda. Go for sightseeing around Dharamshala in the afternoon. Visit attractions like Dalai Lama Monastery and Bhagsu Nag temple.
Get back to the hotel by evening and stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 5 : Dharamshala / Katra (250 Km. 5 - 6 hrs.)
Leave for Katra via Jammu this morning. On arriving in Katra, check-in at the hotel. Spend the day the way you like. You can go to explore the local market of Katra. Overnight stay at Katra.
Day 6 : Katra Vaishno Devi
This day, you go for Darshan at Vaishno Devi. Early in the morning, start trekking to the Vaishno Devi Shrine. One of the holiest shrines in India, Vaishno Devi Temple is the abode of Maa Vaishno Devi, who is also known as Mata Rani. Maa Vaishno is considered a manifestation of Mother Goddess.
People from all over the world visit the temple to seek blessings of Maa Vaishno. People believe that no prayer goes unanswered from the temple of Maa Vaishno. Trek back to Katra after Darshan at the temple. On reaching, get back to the hotel and stay overnight.
Day 7 : Katra / Amritsar - (270 Km. 5 - 6 hrs.)
Start driving to Amritsar and en-route visit Wagah border. A popular attraction of Amritsar, Wagah border is the border connecting India and Pakistan. The key highlight of the place is the evening ceremony that takes place every day. Later, go back to the hotel and stay overnight.
Day 8 : Amritsar / Delhi – (500 Km. 9 hrs.)
Enjoy your breakfast and checkout from the hotel. Begin the sightseeing tour of Amritsar with a visit to Harmandir Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple. Later, visit Jallianwala Bagh, a place holding a lot of historical significance. It is the area which commemorates the massacre commissioned by General Dyer during the British Rule. Later, get dropped at the Airport or Railway station and carry on with your onward journey.
CHARDHAM YATRA TOUR ITINERARY
DURATION: 11 NIGHTS/12 DAYS
DAY 01: DELHI – HARIDWAR (210 Km /6-7 Hours)
Arrive at Delhi Airport/Railway Station/Hotel to find our IHPL representative waiting for you. Proceed for an assisted drive to Haridwar by road. Upon your arrival at Haridwar, check in into your hotel.
Located at the feet of the splendid Shivaliks, Haridwar, which literally means entrance to God's realm is a wonderful gateway to the majestic Ganges. The river makes way to the plains form this holy city. It is also the same site where the great Suryavanshi Prince Bhagirath performed severe penances to salvage the souls of his ancestors who were cursed by the great sage Kapila. As his austerities were answered, the mighty River Ganges flowed down from the thick locks of Lord Shiva and thus blessed the sixty thousand sons of King Sagara, who were subsequently revived. Following the same tradition of Bhagirath, devotees and pilgrims pray for the salvation of their ancestors in the holy water of Ganga.
In the evening, attend the wonderful “Ganga Arti" by the river bank at Har ki Pauri. The sight of hundreds of floating earthen lamps is a breathtaking sight. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 02: HARIDWAR – BARKOT (KHARSALI) (220KMS/7-8HR)
Start the day with an early morning breakfast. After your meal, start the scenic drive to Barkot (Kharsali) through Dehradun and Mussoorie. On route, visit the wonderful Kempty falls. After enjoying the cool ambience here, continue with your journey.
Upon arrival in Barkot, check-in your hotel for the dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 03: BARKOT ( KHARSALI ) – YAMUNOTRI – BARKOT ( KHARSALI )
Barkot is the base of your mountain trek to Yamunotri. After an early morning breakfast, start on your yatra. The 5 km trek can be covered either on foot. Horses or Palanquin/ Doli can be hired at own cost. Arrangement can made on direct payment basis at hotel on informing 2 days prior your trek.
Before the religious rituals, take bath at Jamunabai Kund’s warm water. There are a Number of thermal springs in the vicinity of the temple, which flows into numerous pools. The most important of these is Surya Kund. One can cook rice by packing it in a cloth and dipping it in the hot water of the kund. Pilgrims take this cooked rice home as “Prasad”.
After you have been purified by the thermal waters, pay a visit to the Divya Shila. The rock pillar is worshipped before entering the temple. Enter the Yamunotri temple. The Maharani Gularia of Jaipur built the temple in the 19th Century. It was destroyed twice in the present century and rebuilt again. Offer your prayers and be blessed.
In some time, make the downhill trek. Return to the Barkot hotel for overnight stay and dinner.
DAY 04: BARKOT (KHARSALI) – UTTARKASHI (100KMS/5HR)
Start the day with a hearty meal. Check-out of your hotel and proceed to drive to Uttarkashi. Check in the hotel here. The evening is free for your leisure. Uttarkashi is situated at the bank of River Bhagirathi. The temple of Lord Vishwanath is located here, where a massive iron trident is erected. Visit the temple for blessings. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight rest.
DAY 05: UTTARKASHI – GANGOTRI – UTTARKASHI (100KMS/ 5 HRS EACH SIDE)
Early morning, have you breakfast and start your journey to Gangotri, situated at 3048 m. En-route, enjoy the charming Harsil village, the sight of meandering Bhagirathi River and magnificent views of the Himalayas.
The Gangotri Temple is an ancient 18th century temple built of white marble located on the banks of River Bhagirathi. Constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa, the temple is dedicated to the River Goddess.
Pay reverence to Kedar Ganga Sangam. Around 100 Yards from the Ganga Temple, Kedar Ganga. Flows from the Kedar Valle. This river meets the Bhagirathi on its left bank.
After Gangotri Darshan, priced for the drive back to Uttarkashi. Have dinner and overnight rest.
DAY 06: UTTARKASHI - GUPTKASHI (210KMS/8-9HR)
After a healthy breakfast in the hotel, drive straight to Guptkashi. En-route enjoy the views of the beautiful river Mandakini at Tilwara, which originates in Kedarnath. On arrival in Guptkashi, check-in at the Hotel. Later proceed for Kedarnath Pre-registration.
The name Gupt Kashi means “Hidden Benares”. Mythology describes that Lord Shiva stayed here hidden form the Pandava brothers who were searching for a glimpse of the Lord. There are more concrete connections as well-the Kedarnath pandas (hereditary pilgrimage priests) live in Gupt Kashi during the winter months, and after the Kedarnath temple closes for the winter, the image of Kedarnath passes through Gupt Kashi on its way to Ukhimath (across the valley), where it stays for the winter.
Get back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 07: GUPTKASHI – SONPRAYAG - GAURIKUND - KEDARNATH (30KMS BY ROAD & 20 KMS TREK)
In the early morning after having a healthy breakfast, drive to Sonprayag. Take a local jeep from Sonparyag to Gaurikund. From Gaurikund, start your trek to Kedarnath. The mountain abode of lord Shiva is located at a height of 3584 m. make the yatras on foot or at your own costs hire by pony / Doli. Check in the government camps at Kedarnath. Enjoy a warm dinner and take rest. Night halt. (Breakfast, Dinner)
The Kedarnath shrine, one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, is a scenic spot situated, against the backdrop of the majestic Kedarnath range. Kedar is another name of Lord Shiva, the protector and the destroyer. According to legend, the temple got its name from a legend in Mahabharata. Lord Shiva was alluding the Pandavas who were seeking his blessings. Taking the form of a hull, he hid into the ground, leaving his hump on the surface. The remaining portions of Lord Shiva appeared at four other places and are worshipped there as his manifestations. The arms appeared at Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, the belly at Madhmaheshwar and his locks (hair) with head at Kalpeshwar. Kedarnath and the four above-mentioned shrines are treated as Panch Kedar. Attain the salvation your soul seeks here.
DAY 08: KEDARNATH – RUDRAPRAYAG (19KMS DOWN TREK & 75KMS/4HR BY ROAD)
Get ready for an early morning Darshan. Before 4:45 am take bath and reach the temple for the Abhishek ceremony of the idol of the Lord. Do the puja rituals and take your blessings.
After Temple Darshan, trek down to Sonprayag. Later, drive to Rudraprayag via Guptkashi. Rudraprayag is one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River, the point of confluence of Rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini. Check-in the hotel at Rudraprayag. Dinner and overnight stay here.
DAY 09: RUDRAPRAYAG – JOSHIMATH - BADRINATH (165KMS/7HR)
Early in the day enjoy a hearty breakfast. Checkout of the hotel and drive to Badrinath via Joshimath. Enjoy the picturesque scenery. En-route. Badrinath one of the ‘Four Dhams’ is one of the most celebrated pilgrimage spots of the country and is situated at an elevation of 3,133 meters, guarded on either side by the two mountain ranges known as Nar & Narayan with the towering Neelkanth Peak providing a splendid backdrop. This revered spot was once carpeted with wild berries. Thus the place got the name “Badri van”, meaning “forest of berries”.
On arrival, check-in the Hotel. Later at evening visit Badrinath Temple for Aarti. Before you enter the holy abode of Lord Vishnu, purify ourselves with a bath in the Tapt Kund. The natural thermal springs on the bank of the river Alaknanda, offers waters with medicinal qualities.
Return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 10: BADRINATH – JOSHIMATH – RUDRAPRAYAG (160KMS/7HR)
Early morning, pilgrims go for the customary bath in the Taptkund have the Darshan of Badrivishal. Brahamakapal is significant for Pinddan Shraddh of ancestors (Pitrus). On the flat platform on the bank of river Alaknanda, Hindus perform propitiating rites for their deceased ancestors.
Later in the day get ready for sightseeing spot. Visit Mana Village and other temples, if time permits. Later drive back to Rudraprayag via Joshimath. Check in the Rudraprayag Hotel. Dinner and overnight stay is arranged here.
DAY 11: RUDRAPRAYAG – RISHIKESH - HARIDWAR (165 KMS /7 HR)
After an early meal, drive to Haridwar. En-route stop at Rishikesh. The ‘place of sages’ is a celebrated spiritual town on the bank of Ganga and is surrounded by Shivalik range of the Himalayas on three sides. It is said that when Raibhya Rishi did hard penances, God appeared by the name of” Hrishikesh” and this area hence firth came to be known as Rishikesh. In the holy town known as the Yoga capital of the world, visit, Laxman Jhulla, Ram Jhulla, Triveni Ghat, Bharat Mandir, and Shivananda Ashram. At evening attend Ganga Aarti at Parmarth Ashram.
Drive to Haridwar. Dinner and overnight stay in Haridwar in the hotel.
DAY 12: HARIDWAR – DELHI (250KMS/7-8HR)
Chardham Yatra ends today. Have breakfast and drive back to Delhi. On arrival at the capital city, transfer to Railway Station / Airport to return home after your spiritual awakening.
India Temple Tour Itinerary
Duration : 08 Nights / 09 Days
Places Covered : Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh - Haridwar - Mathura - Agra - Varanasi - Delhi
Day 01 : Delhi.
Arrive Delhi. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 02 : Delhi-Haridwar.
Morning city tour of Delhi. Afternoon drive to Haridwar, the Gateway to God which is 222 kms. & approx. 06 hrs. drive. Overnight in Haridwar.
Day 03 : Haridwar-Rishikesh-Haridwar.
Sightseeing tour of Haridwar, includes visit to the Har-Ki-Pauri, the most popular bathing ghat of Haridwar, has a foot print on stone which is said to be that to be the Lord Vishnu. Afternoon drive to Rishikesh "Plaits of the Sage" which is 24 kms. from Haridwar. Evening drive back to Haridwar. Overnight in Haridwar.
Day 04 : Haridwar - Delhi.
Drive back to Delhi. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 05 : Delhi- Mathura-Agra.
Drive to Mathura, which is 149 kms. & approx. 04 hrs. drive. Sightseeing tour of Mathura, associated with the life of Lord Krishna, whose birth, childhood and adulthood in and around the city are richly woven in to the poetry, music and dance that are part of Indian Tradition and Culture today. Then drive to Agra, which is 51 kms & approx. 1½ hrs. drive. Overnight in Agra.
Day 06 : Agra - Varanasi.
Morning city tour of Agra and then drive to Agra Railway Station & connect the overnight train for Varanasi. Overnight in Train.
Day 07 : Varanasi.
Arrive Varanasi. Transfer to hotel. Varanasi is also known by its ancient name Kashi and is the most important place for pilgrim for Hindus. Sightseeing tour includes visit to the Bharat Mata Temple, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas and the Banaras Hindu University. Later visit the Sarnath, the buried Buddhist City where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon.
Day 08 : Varanasi - Delhi.
Morning boat ride on river Ganges. Afternoon connect the overnight train for Delhi. Overnight in train.
Day 09 : Delhi.
Arrival Delhi. Day free for own activities. Evening departure transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination.
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