Day 1-3: Meet in Delhi
Tour Old and New Delhi. Visit textiles bazaar. Hindu and Muslim sites; Sufi rituals. Optional yoga class.
Day 4-5: Varanasi
Attend Dussehra festival. Visit Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first sermon. Sunrise boat ride on the Sacred Ganges River. Attend Bharat Milap Festival.
Day 6-7: Khajuraho & Gwailor
Visit the 9th-11th century temples of the Chandella period adorned with intricate carvings from the Karma Sutra. Continue to Orchha, the capital of the kingdom of the Bundella Rajputs from 1531 to 1783. Overnight at hotel Usha Kiran Palace in Gwailor.
Day 8-9: Agra - Mathura - Vrindavan
Sunset and Sunrise visits to the Taj Mahal. Tour Agra Fort. Excursion to Mathura, birthplace of Krishna, and Vrindavan, where Krishna spent his childhood. Return to Taj for full moon viewing.
Day 10-11: Haridwar - Rishikesh
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 12-13: 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. Visit Wagh, the border with Pakistan for a heart-felt sunset flag ceremony betwen the two countries.
Day 14: 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 15-16: Taragarh
Excursion to the Norbulingka Institute. Attend chanting service with the Grammy winning monks at Sherabiling Monastery.
Day 17-18: Delhi-Fatephur Sikri - Jaipur
Visit 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 visit 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.