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The spiritual journey to India
India, this is the country for those, who have always been dreaming of going just there. This journey is exactly for such people. This is not only encounter with a splendid architecture and history of Great Mughals’ reign, but also experience a very specific, religious climate of the most important places of Hinduism and Buddhism. During our journey we’ll visit places, which can’t be excluded not only on the map of Hindu and Buddhists’ pilgrimage, but also in the case of people, who would like to experience a spiritual atmosphere. This atmosphere is rather difficult to encounter outside of magical India. This country is a blend of different cultures, religions, ethnic groups, who speak their own languages, the place where one can encounter a very splendid architecture, and can get in touch with the history of India. On the other hand, India is the country of the everyday tumult, noises, overwhelming filth one can’t comprehend until one has seen it, poverty, a lot of harassing people, who try to sell you something, and it is the country, one has to bargain for almost everything. Besides, one can find here calmness and tranquillity, the disinterested smile of a pedestrian, and all these magical moments one can take back home.
Our price: 1250 USD
The following are journey’s dates to India in 2018:
4th of November – 16th of November 2019
2nd of December – 14th of December 2019
Our price includes:
Stay in 3* hotels in different cities which are on the road of our journey. Hotels offer daily breakfast. The price goes up to $ 200 in the case of booking a single room on the road of our journey.
Transport by AC buses, taxis, AC railway carriage, and air ticket – Gaya/Varanasi – New Delhi.
Boat cruise on the Gang River in Varanasi.
Escorted by our experienced tour manager.
Arranging the journey.
Our price does not include:
Return flights to India and payment for Indian visa. One can apply for Indian visa online.
Personal expenses during the stay in India.
Meals at the restaurants and tips which are normally paid in India.
Sightseeing tickets and passes.
Travel insurance which is absolutely necessary while making this journey.
The very important matter referring to our journey is to a have travel insurance! There are many travel insurance companies, like Avanti Travel Insurance.
Telephone – 0800 888 6195
The choice of a travel insurance company is yours, and the information about mentioned insurance company should be treated just like a little help in searching for a company which is the most suitable for you.
All information about the journey to India will be shared with those, who decide to take this journey with us. One should plan a journey a couple of months in advance because it can make difference regarding the price of an air ticket. The sooner reservation is made the better!
We would like to inform you of the following matters:
Notification of participation in the journey takes place after sharing with us your personal data full name, country, postcode, street address, town (city ,phone number, email ).
Notification of participation in the journey is confirmed after deposit of $ 300 was made. A bank account number will be send to a participant after making declaration of a currency to be used to pay for the journey.
The deposit is not returnable.
The rest of the money should be paid 60 days before the journey.
The itinerary of the journey to India
Landing in New Delhi. After taking a rest in a hotel, we will venture forth to tour the city. The capital of India offers a lot of tourist attractions including not only old mosques, temples, and buildings were built in 17th century, but also the very impressive Hindu temples, which were built in modern times. We will visit the Red Fort, the main residence of the emperors of the Great Moghul dynasty. The Red Fort’s construction was begun in 1639, and completed after nine years. It can be considered as an example of magnificent Hindu – Muslim style of architecture, which is very characteristic in the northern and central parts of India. It was the site the British put the last Mughal Emperor on trial before exiling him to Burma /Myanmar/ in 1857. It was also the place where the first Hindu prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru gave his speech after India announced its independence.
Photo 1: Red Fort. Photo by A.Savin /commons.wikimedia.org/.
The next structure to be seen is Jama Masjid Mosque, which was constructed thanks to the same emperor, Shah Jahan, whose idea was to build also the Red Fort. It was built between 1644 and 1656. This great mosque of Old Delhi is one of the largest in India, with the courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees.
The third place, we are going to visit, during our full day sightseeing tour, is the Emperor Humayun’s tomb. He was the second The Great Moghul’s emperor, who died at age of 47, but who brought Persian influence on Indian painting and architecture. Many architects and artist not only from India, but also from Persia, were employed to build this monument, which construction was finished in 1570. On the road back to our hotel we can experience the very specific atmosphere of Old Delhi.
Photo 2: Jama Masjid Mosque in the noon. Photo by Bikashrd /wikimedia.commons.org/.
After breakfast, we set off to see Sikh temple, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib. This monument is really very impressive. It was built in the place of death of Sikh Guru Harkrishnan Dev. He died in 1664, and is considered as a saviour, who helped many people suffering from cholera during that time. The monument is built of white marble. Because the temple is located nearby the Connaught Place, we can go there to have a look at one of the largest commercial and business centres in New Delhi. We will continue our tour going down
Rajpath Kingway. It connects the India Gate with Parliament House of India. The India Gate was built to commemorate Indian soldiers who lost their lives it the third Anglo – Afghan war in 1919 resulting in the Afghans winning independence from the British Empire. During that war almost ninety thousand Indian soldiers lost their lives.
Later, we are going to visit two temples, which are not just the places of religious cult, but also one of the greatest tourist attractions in New Delhi.
Akshardham Temple, built in 2005, is dedicated to Swaminarayan, who was the great Indian saint, yogi and ascetic, and who lived between 1781 and 1830. He was against animal sacrifices practiced among the Brahmins, the Hindu priests, and was famous for re-establishing Ahimsa, avoidance of violence towards others. His followers believe that he is avatar of God. During construction the artists used ancient techniques to create 20,000 reliefs of the deities, saints and mythical creatures. One of the greatest attractions of this place is boat ride, which is like a journey through Indian history and Hindu beliefs.
The Lotus Temple was constructed in 1986. It is the next temple on our New Delhi tour. This prominent attraction in the city, which is built of white marble, is open to all, regardless of religion and social statue. The temple is surrounded by the gardens and pools.
There is another temple nearby, International Society for Krishna Consciousness Temple, which we are going to visit as well.
Before coming back to our hotel, we will visit the last temple on our New Delhi’s temples tour, Lakshminarayan Temple, which was built in 1939. The temple is dedicated to god Vishnu and his wife Lakshmi, who is the goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity. The nearby temples are dedicated to Shiva, Krishna and Buddha.
Photo 3: Bangla Sahib Gurdwara Panorama. Photo by Nimitnigam /creativecommons.org/.
Photo 4: Swaminarayan Akshardham, New Delhi. Photo by Kapil.xerox /creativecommons.org/.
Photo 5: Lotus Temple, Panorama. Photo by Bijay Chaurasia /commons.wikimedia.org/.
Day 3 and 4
After having breakfast in our hotel, we will go to a railway station to catch a train to Jaipur. It takes between 6 and 8 hours to get there. We spend two days in the capital of Rajasthan, the land of Maharajas, to enjoy the beauty of the local, historic buildings, and other tourist attractions including very delicious Rajasthani cuisine. We will visit the Pink City, which is the heart of the city. The reasoning behind the name is easy to understand because almost every building within the walled historic centre is painted of terracotta pink colour. The next historic buildings we are going to visit are: Hawa Mahal /Palace of Winds/, which is nearby The Pink City, and Amer Fort, located high on a hill and 11 kilometres from Jaipur. After two nights in our hotel we are set off to Agra. We will go there by train. The trip will take us about 4 hours. When we arrive in Agra, we will be transferred to a hotel.
Photo 6: Amer Fort, Jaipur,Rajasthan. Photo by Spiritedbolderwoman /pixabay.com/.
Day 5 and 6
Very early in the morning, we will venture forth to admire the sunrise over Taj Mahal. It is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The mausoleum was built between 1632 and 1653 AD by Shah Jahan, 5th Emperor of the Great Mughal Dynasty. Taj Mahal was constructed as a memorial to Shah Jahan’s beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal after her death in 1631. She was the emperor’s third wife, but he loved her so much that, as it is said, he went grey during the night after she passed away. Unfortunately, he was dethroned by his son, and could admire this impressive monument from the windows of his prison in the nearby fort. After his death he was buried together with his wife. The mausoleum was declared UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983.
The next historic building to be visited by us is Agra Fort. It is considered as one of the most beautiful fort of the Mughal Dynasty’s era. We spend the night in our hotel.
Photo 7: Taj Mahal. Photo by JulianYu /unsplash.com/.