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Punjab With Haridwar & Rishikesh

8 days  |  Starts/Ends: Delhi  |  from INR -------

Every year on the dark nights of Diwali firecrackers announce the celebration of India’s favourite festival. Homes are decorated, gifts are given, sweets are shared and thousands of lamps are lit. Join us this year for Diwali – the Festival of Light on a tour of India’s famed Golden Triangle.


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Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive Amritsar

On arrival in Amritsar, meet and assist at airport and transfer to hotel
Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal [no guide]
Late evening visit Golden Temple to witness Palki Sahib Ceremony
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Palki Sahib :
Every night, the Holy Book ‘Granth Sahib’ is carried in procession along this bridge to its "bed" in the Akal Takht, the seat of the Sikh parliament [built 1609]. This ceremony provides a chance for all male pilgrims and visitors to actively participate in the veneration of the Holy Book. Lines form in front of and behind the heavy palanquin and each man shoulders the burden for a few seconds before passing it along, forming a human conveyer belt that allows everyone to participate and everyone to rest. [Visitors at Golden Temple must remove their shoes and socks by the entrance and must cover their heads follow the dress requirements of long sleeves and trousers / skirts that cover ankles]

Overnight: Amritsar   |  Breakfast

Day 2 : Amritsar

Following breakfast at hotel, proceed for sightseeing tour of Amritsar visiting Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh, Durgiana Temple, Maharajah Ranjit Singh Panorma [Maharajah Ranjit Singh Panorma is closed on Mondays]

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In 1577 the fourth Sikh Guru Ram Das heard that a cripple had been miraculously cured whilst bathing in the pool, situated in what is now Amritsar. He subsequently extended the pool and the first temple was built in 1589. In 1764 under the leadership of Maharaja Ranjit Singh the temple was rebuilt, and in 1830 the Maharaja donated 1,000 kilos of gold to decorate the copper roof and walls. The spiritual home of the Sikh religion, the ‘Golden Temple’ is a superb blend of Islamic and Indian styles of architecture. The Langar [vegetarian kitchen and dining hall] often feeds up to 10,000 people a day, with up to 3,000 people per sitting enjoying the food free of charge. The Sikhs, an exuberant and highly spirited people, were the first in India to take up methods of industrialization moving from their farms to businesses, mainly in transport and manufacturing. Amritsar reflects the personality of the Punjab - a love of food, of music and a zest for life!

Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama is a permanent visual documentation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and it has been conceptualized and set up by National Council of Science Museums, an autonomous organization of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The sprawling 4.5 acres of land in the historic Rambagh Heritage Garden at the heart of the holy city of Amritsar has been made available for developing the panorama by the Government of Punjab, whereas the entire cost of setting up of the panorama has been borne by the Government of India. An aesthetically designed tall cylindrical building surrounded with green garden near Summer Palace of Maharaja in the Rambagh Heritage Garden is now a landmark in the city of Amritsar. The main attraction of the panorama is a gigantic 12 meters tall and 100 meters long panoramic painting depicting six major battle expeditions of the Maharaja. The battle expeditions depicted in the painting are supplemented by large circular foreground diorama displaying numerous mannequins of prominent warriors, soldiers, animals, weapons and so on. A specially designed creative illumination of the large painting and the foreground diorama, supported by battle-field sound effects at the background enhance the level of the experience of the viewers. The Maharaja’s Grand Durbar at Lahore has been recreated in the panorama hall through a large three-dimensional dioramic presentation where Maharaja is seen with his chiefs, nobles and also the poor and destitute. The other landmarks in the vibrant life span of the Maharaja have been presented through eight smaller dioramas in the ground floor halls. Several other important anecdotes associated with Maharaja, which have immortalized him, are also presented in the panorama building through murals, sketches and canvas paintings.

Late afternoon excursion to Wagah Border to witness Flag Ceremony [approximately 45 minutes drive each way]
Wagah Border 30 KM on the road to Lahore is India-Pakistan Border. A visit to the border is an interesting experience especially at Sunset, when the retreat ceremony takes place with the Border Security Force on the Indian Side and the Sutlej Rangers on the Pakistan side putting up a well-coordinated and spectacular display. The sound from the Bugles blown together from both sides paints past on the canvas when India and Pakistan were one, simultaneously Flags of the two nations are ceremoniously retrieved and lights are switched on marking the end of the day. Amidst thunderous applause today this point is the only land route open to approach Pakistan and central Asia.

Overnight: Amritsar   |  Breakfast

Day 3 : Amritsar – Patiala

Following breakfast hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Patiala
On arrival in Patiala, check-in at hotel
In afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Patiala visiting Qila Mubarak Complex, Rang Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Moti Bagh Palace [no guide]
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The Qila Mubarak complex stands in 10-acre ground in the heart of the city, and contains the main palace or Qila Androon [literally,'inner fort'], the guesthouse or Ran Baas and the Darbar Hall. Outside the Qila are the Darshani Gate, a Shiva temple, and bazaar shops which border the streets that run around the Qila and sell precious ornaments, colorful hand-woven fabrics, ‘jootis’ and bright ‘Parandis’The two mahals contain a large no. of frescoes, most of which were made under Maharaja Narender Singh. Within the Qila Mubarak are 16 painted and mirror-worked chambers. For instance, the Darbar room is illustrated with Vishnu avatars and stories of courage or generosity, the ladies' chamber with illustrations from famous romantic epics, and two other chambers with illustrations of the qualities of a good or bad king. The frescoes, among the finest painted in India in the second half of the 19th century are evidently the work of artists from Rajasthani, Pahari and Avadhi traditions. Started during the reign of Maharaja Narinder Singh, Moti Bagh Palace it was completed under Maharaja Bhupinder Singh in the early 20th century. The Old Moti Bagh Palace now houses the National Institute for Sports. The facade has Rajasthan-style jharokas and chhatris, and the palace is set in a beautiful garden with terraces, water channels and a Sheesh Mahal.

Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal [no guide]

Overnight: Patiala   |  Breakfast

Day 4 : Patiala

Following breakfast at hotel, day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal to explore the city on own [no guide]
Please speak to your driver to arrange visit to sugarcane fields by tractor
Overnight: Patiala   |  Breakfast

Day 5 : Patiala – Bhakra Nangal Dam – Chandigarh

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Chandigarh en-route visiting Bhakra Nangla Dam [no guide]
Bhakra Nangal Dam is something tremendous, stupendous and something which will shake you up when you see it. It truly represents the symbol of India’s progress and rightly described as “The Temple Of Resurgent India” by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of Independent India. read more...

It’s one of the biggest multipurpose projects in the world positioned at the close proximity of Nangal Punjab and Naya Nangal. The Dam is a 740 Ft. high concrete gravity dam across the Sutlej River, near the border of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh in Northern India. It’s counted among the highest dams of Asia. When it comes to Bhakra Dam tourism, it is a major attraction of tourists from all over the world. It has huge reservoir that can store up to 9.34 billion cubic of water, which is known as Gobind Sagar. The reservoir was named after a renowned Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. The Bhakra Nangal project is committed to the nation’s development through eco-friendly generation of electric power from water, better known as hydroelectricity. It has an installed capacity to generate 1478.72 MW of electric power. It’s another major role is to utilize the water of Sutlej for irrigation purposes in the adjoining areas. Recreation and fishing culture are added advantages. It commands an area of 10 million acres of land in the states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan.

On arrival in Chandigarh, check-in at hotel
Afternoon excursion to Timber Trail Resort in Parwanoo to experience Cable Car / Ropeway ride in the mountains [approximately 1 hour drive each way]
The view offered by the cable car at 5000 feet is indescribable and striking, thanks to the mountain ranges surrounding it and the beauty of untouched nature beneath it. The two resorts that this trail joins are both known to provide extremely peaceful and luxurious accommodation in the heart of nature. With all the recreational categories that the tourists get to choose from, the travellers are truly spoilt for choices here. At the Timber Trail Heights, you get to choose from several adventure and sports activities like bicycling in the mountains, trekking, tennis, cricket, and so much more! Thus, it is a perfect family destination.

Later return to Chandigarh

Overnight: Chandigarh   |  Breakfast

Day 6 : Chandigarh

Following breakfast at hotel, proceed for sightseeing tour of Chandigarh visiting Rock Garden, Doll Museum [Doll Museum is closed on Mondays] [no guide]
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Rose Garden :
Is a botanical garden spread over 30 acres of land, with 50,000 rose-bushes of 1600 different species. Named after India's former president, Zakir Hussain and created in 1967 under the guidance of Dr. M.S. Randhawa, Chandigarh's first chief commissioner, the garden has the distinction of being Asia's largest. The garden has not only roses, but also trees of medicinal value. Some of the medicinal plants that can be spotted here are bel, bahera, harar, camphor and yellow gulmohar. The rose plants have been planted in carved-out lawns and flower beds. Apart from serving as a host of other events, the Zakir Rose Garden serves as the venue for hosting an annual rose festival called Rose Festival, a major cultural event in Chandigarh during February or March. Celebrated mainly as a tribute to the magnificence of the rose itself, the attractions include food, drinks, joyrides, and contests of varying nature, such as photography, gardening, landscaping, bonsai, and Rose Prince and Princess. The contests are open to the residents or institutions from nearby places.

Doll Museum :
Located in Sector 23, International Dolls Museum in Chandigarh, India is one of the best museums of our country. It houses splendid dolls and puppets gathered from all over the world. International Dolls Museum was established in the year 1985 by Chandigarh administration in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Chandigarh. It was set up for the purpose of entertaining the kids. It serves like an amusement park for children. In the Chandigarh International Dolls Museum, you can find about 250 different kinds of dolls collected from countries like Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Russia and Korea etc. An added attraction for children is the toy train. It is a must visit place of the city.

Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal [no guide]

Overnight: Chandigarh   |  Breakfast

Day 7 : Chandigarh – Haridwar

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Haridwar On arrival in Haridwar, check-in at hotel
Evening visit Har Ki Pauri to witness aarti [prayer] ceremony [no guide] read more...

The Ganges River, on its journey to the Bay of Bengal finally leaves the mountains in Haridwar, located at the foot of the Shiwalik Hills it is one of the 7 holy cities of Hinduism. Haridwar, which means Vishnu’s Gate, is located on the west bank of the Ganges and attracts a constant stream of pilgrims and ash covered sadhus, who come to bathe in the river and cleanse themselves of any sin. Hari-ki-Pauri ghat is where Vishnu left his footprint, and every evening the highly charged and spectacularly spiritual evening Aarti ceremony takes place here.

Overnight: Haridwar   |  Breakfast

Day 8 : Haridwar

Following breakfast at hotel, proceed for sightseeing tour of Haridwar visiting Mansa Devi Temple with cable car ride [no guide]
The temple is located atop the Bilwa Parva on the Sivalik Hills, the southernmost mountain chain of the Himalayas. read more...

The temple also known as Bilwa Tirth is one of the Panch Tirth [Five Pilgrimages] within Haridwar. The temple is known for being the holy abode of Manasa, a form of Shakti and is said to have emerged from the mind of the lord Shiva. Mansa is regarded as the sister of the Naga [serpent]] Vasuki. The term Mansa means wish and it is believed that the goddess fulfils all the wishes of a sincere devotee. Devotees who want their wis hes to be fulfilled by Mansa tie threads to the branches of a tree located in the temple. Once their wishes are fulfilled, people come back again to the temple to untie the thread from the tree. Mansa is also offered coconuts, fruits, garlands and incense sticks in order to appease her.

Rest of the day at leisure to visit Haridwar by foot

Overnight: Haridwar   |  Breakfast

Day 9 : Haridwar – Rishikesh

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Rishikesh On arrival in Rishikesh, check-in at hotel
Later proceed for same day excursion to Rishikesh for sightseeing tour of Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula [no guide] read more...

Ram Jhula is an iron suspension bridge situated at Muni Ki Reti in Rishikesh in Indian state of Uttarakhand. Built in the 1986, over river Ganges to cross the river and is a landmark of Rishikesh. Ram jhula is located 3 kilometres north of Rishikesh at Muni Ki Reti. There are some of the Hindu ashrams and religious centers like "Gita Bhawan", and "Swargashram" located here. It is also a connecting bridge between Swargashram, Gita Bhawan and other temples with Sivananda Ashram. Though similar in design, this bridge is bigger than Lakshman Jhula. This bridge constructed with the span of 750 feet [230 m].

Lakshman Jhula is an iron suspension bridge situated in Rishikesh in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It was erected over the Ganges river and is a landmark of Rishikesh. A similar bridge further downstream from Lakshman Jhula is Ram Jhula. It is said that Lakshmana crossed Ganges on jute ropes between the place where this bridge is built. Lakshman Jhula was completed in 1929. Two plaques exist at the foot of the West side of the bridge.

Evening visit to Muni Ki Reti to witness aarti [prayer] ceremony [no guide]
Parmarth Niketan Ashram to witness the every day evening ceremony of Ganga Aarti Rishikesh.The aarti is a pleasant ritual of worshipping the Ganga. Roughly 50-100 people visit the aarti on any day. Ganga Aarati in other places like Haridwar and Varanasi too, but they are a crowded noisy ritual with loud screaming speakers, people troubling you to make donations or hawkers trying to sell something very overpriced. Ganga Aarati in Rishikesh is a contrast to it, held in a small place with a few people and is a comparatively quite affair. You can sit calmly in a corner and witness the ritual or join the crowds singing Bhajans with them. Ganga Aarti at Parmarth Niketan is organized and performed by ashram residents, particularly the children who are studying the Vedas there. The ceremony commences with the singing of bhajans, prayers, and a purifying and sacred ritual that takes place around a fire, with the offerings made to Agni, the fire god. The lamps are lit and the aarti takes place as the final part of the ceremony. The children sing along with the spiritual head of the ashram, in sweet, haunting voices. A huge statue of Lord Shiva overlooks the proceedings. Everyone present for the aarti was engaged likewise. Thus, innumerable floating lamps adorned the rapid current of the Ganga. The starry night sky seemed to be a reflection of the river below. The river, reverred as mother, looked dazzling, clad in a sari embroidered in flickering flames of gold. Rishikesh was heaven in divinity's lap.

Later return to Haridwar


Overnight: Haridwar   |  Breakfast

Day 10 : Rishikesh – Dehradun

Following breakfast at hotel, morning at leisure
Hotel check-out at 1200 hours
Day free at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal to do bunjee jumping and other adventure activities on own [no guide]
Evening transfer by road Dehradun Airport to board flight to Ahmedabad.
Overnight: Madurai  |  Breakfast

Trip Highlights

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who would like their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

Old and New Delhi - The magnificent Red Fort, India's largest mosque Jama Masjid, and Gandhi's crematorium Raj Ghat
The Pink City of Jaipur - The lofty Amber Fort, regal City Palace and ancient observatory of Jantar Mantar
Fatehpur Sikri - An ancient abandoned Mughal city
Agra - The beautiful Agra Fort and the Mughal mausoleum known as Baby Taj
The spectacular Taj Mahal - India's most famous monument in all its glory at sunset
An exotic elephant ride into Jaipur's Amber Fort - just like the Raj would have done
India's rural Shekhawati region famed for its beautiful Rajasthani architecture and classic havelis
Diwali - Celebrate Diwali at Birla Temple in Jaipur and later enjoy a special dinner in the city

Included

09 breakfasts
Meeting and assistance on arrival and departures
Hotel accommodation in 01 twin / double and 01 single room in standard / base category rooms at mentioned hotel
Daily buffet breakfast at all hotels
Chauffeur driven air-conditioned Toyota Innova car for all transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours
Traditional Indian welcome with garlanding on arrival
All applicable monument entrance fees during sightseeing at each city for single visit only
Services of English speaking local guide for sightseeing and excursions
Supply of mineral water [02 bottles of 250 ml per person per day] in vehicle during city tours / intercity travel
All currently applicable taxes

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Local payments in domestic currency, such as tips and gratuities
Lunch / dinner at hotels unless specified
India visa fees
Travel insurance
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Tour Details
Starts
Delhi
Ends
Delhi
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star & heritage hotels
Meals
Breakfast: 7
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