Spiritual India

North India Comprehensive Tour

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 comprehensive North India tour, you will journey through a diverse cross-section of India, both geographically and spiritually, from the Himalayas to Rajasthan.

Visit North India’s most revered historic cities. Enjoy striking architecture, astonishing landscapes and authentic interactions with pilgrims.

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 exquisite Taj Mahal during sunrise and sunset visits. Chant and meditate with monks, and practice yoga if you wish.

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
  • Enjoy optional yoga and meditation

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Woman meditating by the Ganges River in Varanasi

  • 1
    Day 1-3: Meet in Delhi

    Tour Old and New Delhi. Visit textiles bazaar. Hindu and Muslim sites; Sufi rituals. Optional yoga class.

  • 2
    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.

  • 3
    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.

  • 4
    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.

  • 5
    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.

  • 6
    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.

  • 7
    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.

  • 8
    Day 15-16: Taragarh

    Excursion to the Norbulingka Institute. Attend chanting service with the Grammy winning monks at Sherabiling Monastery.

  • 9
    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.

  • 10
    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.

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    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.

  • 12
    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 Length

    21-day trip begins and ends in Delhi

  • Dates

    October 16-November 5, 2018

  • Land Cost

    From: $5075
    Single Room Discount First 2 People

  • 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

  • Reading List

    Suggested Reading
    SF Examiner Article - India and Ganges

  • Trip Preparations

    Trip Preparations

Delhi, India

Haridwar Rishikesh Tourism, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India

Amritsar, Punjab, India

Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India

Taragarh, Punjab, India

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Pushkar, Rajasthan, India

Patan, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India

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