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India Spiritual Tours - North India

Spiritual India - The Art of Pilgrimage - Includes Dusshera Festival

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Tour a diverse cross-section of North India
  • Visit Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh and Muslim sacred sites
  • Attend Dusshera, festival of good over evil
  • Observe Sufi rituals
  • Savor the chanting of Grammy award winning monks at Sherabilling Monastery
  • Partcipate in Homa, a sacred fire ceremony performed by a Hindu priest
  • Enjoy optional yoga and meditation

Spiritual traditions are the fabric of Indian life, and there is no better way to experience the culture of India than to visit its sacred sites. On this tour of India, you will journey through a diverse cross-section of India, both geographically and spiritually, from the Himalayas to Rajasthan. You will visit North India’s most revered historic cities, enjoying striking architecture, astonishing landscapes and authentic interactions with pilgrims and holy people. Immerse yourself in the spiritual culture of India with visits to Dharamsala (home of the Dalai Lama), the holy Ganges in Rishikesh (the origin of yoga) and Varanasi, and Amritsar. Marvel at the exquiste Taj Mahal during sunrise and sunset visits.  Chant and meditate with monks, and practice yoga if you wish.

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Woman meditating by the Ganges River in Varanasi

Day 1-3: Meet in Delhi
Tour Old and New Delhi. Visit textiles bazaar. Optional yoga class.

Day 4-5: Haridwar - Rishikesh 
Participate in Homa, a sacred fire ceremony performed by a Hindu priest according to the Vedic scriptures.  Attend chanting and meditation at an ashram.Walking tour of Rishikesh. Attend aarti (ceremony of lights) at the Ganges. Soar up the hill via a ropeway to Neel Parvat Temple, dedicated to Goddess Chandi Devi (Durga) and observe women performing devotionals.

Day 6-7: Amritsar
Marvel at the glorious Golden Temple of the Sikhs and tour the immense complex. Participate as a volunteer in the kitchen if you like. Viist Wagh, the border with Pakistan for a heart-flet sunset flag ceremony betwen the two countries.

Day 8-9: Dharamsala
Stroll the town seeing the prayer wheels, bazaars, nunnery. Early morning meditation walk around Namgyal Monastery (Dalai Lama's monastery) with the locals.

Day 9-10: Taragarh
Excursion to the Norbulinka Institute. Attend chanting service with the Grammy winning monks at Sherabilling Monastery.

Day 11-13: Varanasi
Celebrate Dussehra Festival. Tour the Ganges in a country boat at sunrise. Visit Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first sermon.

Day 14-15: Khajuraho & Gwailor
Viist the 9th-11th century temples of the Chandella period adorned with intricate carvings from the Karma Sutra.

Day 16-17: Agra - Mathura - Vrindavan
Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Excursion to Mathura, birthplace of Krishna, and Vrindavan, where Krishna spent his childhood. Return to Taj for full moon viewing.

Day 18: Fatephur Sikri - Jaipur
Vsit the fascinating deserted city of Fatephur Sikri. Enjoy the pink city of Jaipur with its marvelous palaces, temples, fantastic bazaars. Attend sunset puja at Sri Govinda Deva Temple.

Day 19: Pushkar
Enjoy the traditional holy town Pushkar situated around the holy Pushkar Lake. We'll have a pleasant walk through the small town and viist the Temple dedicated to Lord Brahma, the creator. At sunset we witness the evening drumming ritual coming from all around the lakes' 52 ghats as the sun is setting.

Day 20: Ajmer-Patan
This morning we visit the huge fascinating Dargah Sharif Mosque,a venerated holy place for both Hindus and Muslims.  The mosque houses the mausoleum of the Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, whose blessings are eagerly sought by pilgrims to his dargah. 

Day 21: Delhi-Depart
Return to Delhi. This evening we witness sufi rituals including Quawali music at the tomb of Hazarat Nizzamuddin.  Transfer to airport for flight home.


Trip Details

TRIP LENGTH
21-day trip begins and ends in Delhi
2016 DATES
September 30-October 20
LAND COST
From: $4450
ACCOMMODATIONS
8 nights 5-star hotels
5 nights 4-star hotels
7 nights heritage 
GROUP SIZE
6-16 guests
INCLUDED MEALS
All breakfasts, 14 lunches, 15 dinners

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