Spiritual India Tour-The Land of Yogis
THE TOUR AT THE GLANCE
The first phase of our spiritual journey begins in the Yoga Capital of the World, Rishikesh. Rishikesh is a small town in the state of Uttarakhand in north India. Located in a valley where the River Ganga reaches after flowing through the rough hilly terrains of Himalayas. Rishikesh is a combination of robust, pristine nature, fresh mountain air, sunrise over the peaks, a torrential river and the signs and symbols of a sacred India town. Journey with us to the sacred destinations and come face to face with the Spiritual Gurus. Spiritual India Tours is a team comprising of the best travel guides having enormous experience of tours and travel industry. With our travel consultants and tour guide taking care of every detail, you can relax and enjoy every moment of the journey. The travel specialists go one step further to take care of every small need while you travel with us. You will see a completely new picture of the amazing tourism in India.Our experienced specialists know the ins and outs of tourism in India. They will lead the way and provide you with the keys to the real India – the India only well traveled India and the best travel guides can share with you.
EXPERIENCES AND VISITS IN THIS TOUR JOURNEY
- Walk thru Asia’s largest Spice Market and explore narrow lane in Old Delhi
- Experience the Highlights of New Delhi on a sightseeing trip - including Qutub Minar etc.
- Experience the spiritual Aarti ceremony, see various temples and other highlights of Rishikesh and Haridwar
- Practice Yoga and go for various adventure activities like rafting/ Hiking/ Zip-lining etc in Rishikesh
- Visit international town of yoga Rishikesh
- Marvel at three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Agra - Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort
- Go on Open Jeep Safari to explore the Ranthambore national park and see various species of animals and birds including Tigers.
- Enjoy village tour and experience the village life in Ranthambore. You get an opportunity to meet them and visit their schools
- Experience the highlights of Jaipur - including Amber Fort, City Palace etc on a sightseeing trip
- Spend your holidays among beautiful nature of Himalayas
- Carefully selected boutique accommodation throughout
- Private transfers and domestic flights
- Full support from My Spiritual India Tours throughout
- 24hr Guide accompanying you with local knowledge
- Exclusive private tour of no more then 12 people
- Authentic experiences with local people and culture
- An experience of a life time
- The base location of this trip will be Rishikesh, the land of the saints, adorned with numerous temples and ashrams.
- You will visit Kunjapuri and attend yoga classes.
- A memorable visit to the holy Vashishta Cave to offer homage.
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Upon arrival at Delhi Airport receive a warm welcome by our representative who will help you with transfer to the hotel. Complete the check-in formalities and spend the rest of the day at leisure
The country’s capital epitomizes its rich past and flourishing present. Umpteen attractions of Delhi not just captivate the attention of the tourists but also leave them astound.
Transfer to New Delhi Railway station to board train for Haridwar, On arrival in Haridwar, you will be received by our representative who will assist you till your pre booked Ashram in Rishikesh and check in.
Lunch at Ashram .Rest of the day leisure
Evening enjoy the soulful Aarti ceremony on banks of River Ganges – Also called as Maha Aarti – The chiming of the temple bells, the chanting of mantras and the overall ambiance of the place is an experience of a lifetime. Besides being a soulful and peaceful experience, the rituals offers an insight into the Hindu culture.
Enjoy your days at one of Rishikesh’s most notorious ashrams owned by a world renowned yogi, in the mountains, with a plethora of wellness experiences such as twice daily yoga and meditation classes, nature walks, ayurvedic treatments, and wonderful food.
The vision for the ashram is to create a comfortable, nurturing sanctuary for spiritual seekers from around the world where they will have safe, clean food and water, and guidance for their yogic journey. The ashram also promotes a specific type of Yoga, the holistic, non-sectarian yoga teachings of its founders, in which students are encouraged to practice all 8 aspects of the diverse tradition of yoga: satkarma, asana, pranayama, Vedic mantra, kiirtan, and meditation, as well as to contemplate various traditions in yoga philosophy: Vedanta, Tantra, Samkhya and Classical Yoga. The ashram is located in the dynamic international village of spiritual seekers in an area of Rishikesh called Tapovan, about 250 kms. north of Delhi. The Ganges river valley here is surrounded by mountains on three sides, and it is considered the gateway to the Himalayas.
Tapovan is an ideal location for yoga sadhana; it is named for its heritage as a site for spiritual disciplines. Tap, represents tapas, the practice of spiritual disciplines. Van means forest. So, Tapovan is the forest of the yogis. The Ashram is on a headland above the banks of the Ganges, one of the first open spaces down river from the source of the Ganges. The wind and all the prana carried from the Himalayas whistle down the river valley and blow out over this headland invigorating the ashram area.
After a breakfast at the ashram and perhaps some yoga, we will start our day with taking part in the daily agnihortra ceremony or fire puja at the ashram. Yoga is a process of removing that which prevents us from seeing things clearly. Fire puja is one of the many aspect of this yoga tradition.
Agnihotra is a healing fire from the ancient science of Ayurveda and a ritual described in the Vedas. It is a process of purifying the atmosphere through a specially prepared fire performed at sunrise and sunset daily. The fire is prepared in a small copper pyramid of specific size and shape. A magnetic-type field is created with the agni hotra pyramid, which neutralizes negative energies and reinforces positive energies. Brown rice, herbs (samagri), dried cow dung (manure) and ghee (clarified unsalted butter) are the offerings that are burned.
Later in the morning we will head off for some local sightseeing on foot. First, we will go to Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula and spend some time there seeing the famous places around. Built in 1986, Ram jhula is an iconic landmark of Rishikesh while Lakshman Jhula was built in 1929. It is said that Lakshman crossed the river Ganga on jute ropes in this place. On either side of river Ganga, there are many Hindu ashrams and religious centers and numerous small shops and chai shops.
Today, breakfast at the ashram, we will begin our day with a visit to Vashistha Cave and waterfall. Vashistha Cave or Vashishta Gufa is an ancient cave where the great Sage Vashishtha meditated here for a long time. According to Hindu mythology, Guru Vashistha was a manas Putra (human son) of Lord Brahma and one of the seven great sages (Saptarishi). Located at a distance of 25 km from Rishikesh on Badrinath road, Vashistha Cave is popular among visitors coming to Rishikesh for deep meditation.
People visiting here often feel a profound sense of peace and calm. There is a shivlingam in the cave. The Linga symbol is an attempt to give form to the formless, referred as Supreme Being or Brahman in Hindu religion. When a Linga is installed on a Yoni, it represents the union of Shiva and Shakti – the beginning of creation.
After lunch we will have an ayurvedic cooking lesson where we will learn how to prepare several dishes.
In the afternoon we will head to an interreligious monastic ashram dedicated to the Oneness of Truth and the teachings of Non-Duality (Advaita). It values silence, contemplation and Self-Enquiry. The entire place and surrounds are filled with high energy and are most conducive for spiritual sadhana and the process of Awakening.
The Ashram Community is under the spiritual guidance of its Head Monk, a well respected Swami. A teacher of the Direct Path of Non-Duality according to the tradition of Advaita Vedanta, he offers regular satsangs and retreats, both in India and overseas. this initiative unfolded and eventually he developed the Ashram, an interreligious monastic ashram dedicated to the Oneness of Truth. The satsangs he offers are open to all spiritual seekers.
Today, in the morning you will continue on our spiritual India tour by attending satsang with a Guru. Guru is a Sanskrit term for a "teacher, guide, expert, or master" of certain knowledge or field. ... A guru is also one's spiritual guide, who helps one to discover the same potentialities
The Guru has himself followed extensively all four main paths of Yoga, and his practical teachings are composed of a synthesis of these.
His great Love for Vedanta is beautifully complemented by his love for kirtan and music. We will attending the Guru’s kirtan one evening while in Rishikesh.
Kirtan is a very different kind of music. Based on ancient chants, it has the ability to quiet the mind if listened to with intention. Everyone experiences kirtan differently, and it doesn’t have to be a religious experience. You can think of it as a sing-along. A kirtan concert is not your typical concert either. Everyone sits on the floor, although chairs are usually available. The performers are accessible, in fact there’s not much of a distinction between performers & audience. The leader sings the mantra, and the audience sings it back. A single chant can go on for up to forty minutes. As you sing with each other you experience a deep connection with the musicians, the other audience members and yourself. And when the music stops, your mind is quiet.
Today you will wake early and travel 25 km north of Rishikesh by private jeep – to Kunjapuri Temple which soars 1645 meters high to commemorate Goddess Shakti and Lord Shiva idols. Awaken one’s spirituality with snow-capped Himalayan Mountain vistas and sacred surroundings at sunrise. After a sunrise meditation we will trek down to Rishikesh via the lush forest. In between, we can enjoy freshly brewed Tea and breakfast.
In the warmest part of the afternoon you will have an opportunity to bathe in the Ganges. In Hinduism, the river Ganges is considered sacred and is personified as the goddess Gaṅgā. She is worshiped by Hindus who believe that bathing in the river causes the remission of sins and facilitates Moksha (liberation from the cycle of life and death), and that the water of the Ganges is considered very pure. In this part of India the river is clean more safe to emerge in.
In the evening we will walk to Ram Jhula to take part in the Ganga Aarti. The sunset Ganga Aarti at Parmarth Niketan often draws hundreds of visitors each day from all cultures, all languages, all religions and all walks of life. Regardless of one’s religion or ability to understand Hindi or Sanskrit, the power of the aarti is universal. Ganga Aarti transcends the borders and boundaries of language and culture, diving straight into one’s heart, carrying one to Heaven.
Today, you will visit Haridwar. Referred to as the door to God Hari (God Vishnu) this is one of the seven holiest places for Hindus.
The famous Indian story of Amrit Manthan or Samudra Manthan – which is considered one of the important Hindu legends of evolution – has been immortalized in all oriental cultures through paintings and sculptures in museums and heritage sites across India and many countries like Cambodia and Thailand. Haridwar is a pilgrimage city in the Haridwar District of Uttarakhand, India. Associated with both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, Haridwar is among the seven sacred cities of India. It is also one of the four venues for the Kumbh Mela, held in its magnitude every twelve years.
Today, you will head over the Ram Jhula bridge to visit the “Beatles ashram”. The English rock band the Beatles visited here in 1968 to attend an advanced Transcendental Meditation Yoga course at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram. Locally known as Chaurasi Kutia, it now features Beatles graffiti and art. Settled within the Rajaji National park, River Ganga flows quietly behind it. Afterwards we will take a chai while sitting on the ghats before getting a boat ride back over the ganga to our accomodation. Later we will head to Parmath Niketan and Triveni Ghat where the holy Ganges is worshipped with Ganga Aarti.
Today, in time transfer to Dehradun airport to board flight for New Delhi. On arrival at New Delhi, meet our representative and get transferred to Agra.
Agra -Home to one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, Agra is a sneak peek into the architectural history with other UNESCO World Heritage Sites as Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. History, architecture, romance all together create the magic of Agra and hence makes for a must-visit for anyone living in or visiting India. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure
Early morning visit Taj Mahal during Sunrise: One of the seven wonders or symbol of love. The Taj Mahal stands for the Crown of Palaces in the Persian language. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Constructed entirely out of white marble in the 17th century, it is among the finest edifices of Mughal architecture.(Friday Closed).
After breakfast, visit Agra Fort (An Epitome of the Mughal Dynasty) – An architectural masterpiece, The Red Fort of Agra or Agra Fort was built by Emperor Akbar in 1573. One of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the fort was once the erstwhile residence of the Mughals until the year 1638. Within the premises of the fort lie the most exquisite structures of the Mughals like the Pearl Mosque, Diwan-i I Khas, Diwan-I-am, Moti Masjid and Jahangir Mahal. Visit Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb: Also known as “Baby Taj”, it is a tomb built with white marble in the typical Islamic style architecture. It was built by the Mughal Empress Noor Jahan in the memory of her father Itmad-Ud-Daulah.
Optional: Late afternoon go for Mughal Heritage Kachhpura Village walk with high tea. A narrow bridle path through agriculture fields near Mehtab Bagh takes you into the ancient village of Kachhpura and Humayun’s Mosque. The walk through Kachhpura starts with explaining the paintings (sanji art) on the walls done by community girls under the youth program. Humayun’s Mosque is another monument that is situated inside the village. This is a strange peculiar kind of mosque ever built by Mughals. It has one deep narrow, great central ricer or compartment entered by a high arch and domed in the center with one recess in its weak wall. At each side of this central compartment the building is lower and broken up into the smaller chambers. One can also visit the village school situated near the courtyard.
Optional : If you wish, you may go for below optional tour (at additional cost)
Mohabbat the Taj Show- You can watch the famous Mohabbat the Taj show, presented by the Sanskritik Natyashala. It is a series of play depicting the saga of love. It depicts the true and immortal love of the Mughal Emperor Shajahan for Mumtaj Mahal - his beautiful wife. This is an exciting show to know more about the Taj Mahal.
Today, drive to Ranthambore. En-route take a stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri: A city predominantly made of red sandstone, Fatehpur Sikri was founded in 16th century by Mughal Emperor Akbar. It is essentially a fortified city built by the king and had been the capital of his Empire for fifteen years. Now a UNESCO world heritage site and a famous tourist attraction, it is a fine example of Mughal architecture.
Continue drive to Ranthambore. The park is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country where more visitors spending a couple of nights are likely to spot one of these majestic animals. Once, private tiger reserve of the Maharaja of Jaipur, in 1972 the sanctuary came under the Project Tiger scheme. It covers 410 sq km and runs from the easternmost spur of the Aravalis to the Vindhya Range. It has both the old for and the wildlife sanctuary, also known as Sawai Madhopur, after the town, which has some Jain temples with gilded paintings.
On arrival, check in to the hotel, Rest of the day at leisure
Today, you will have two game drives into the park to try to catch a glimpse of one of the elusive tigers. Wake up early in the morning - one of the best times to catch a glimpse of these secretive animals - and leave for your first safari into the National Park. Ranthambore has one of the largest populations of tigers in India, and your experienced guides know the best places to visit to see the tigers.
Return to the hotel, have breakfast and relax until lunch. In the afternoon, return to the park for your second safari. Also visit the Ranthambore Fort which lies within the park premises itself. The fort was built around 8th century by the Chauhans and has numerous attractions in store.
After breakfast check out from hotel and visit the Ranthambore Village – Visit local house and meet the local people.
Ranthambore is surrounded by many beautiful villages and most of the hotels are located near the villages. So it is an ideal place to interact with the rural life of India.
You can go to visit a nearby village with the guide and can visit their cattle farms, mud houses, farming fields, when you will be interacting with them and seeing their life style, houses, step wells, baoris (traditional rain water reservoir and water level recharger), little kids, govt. school visit, their traditional equipment’s while they are using it like hookahs (traditional way to smoke tobacco), madhani (traditional equipment to take out butter from the curd), many other traditional and ancient farming equipment’s and many other amazing things then they just love it.
After village tour, drive to Jaipur – The Pink City-Jaipur is a vibrant amalgamation of the old and the new. Jaipur has been ruled by Rajput kingdoms for many centuries and developed as a planned city in the 17th century AD. Along with Delhi and Agra, Jaipur forms the Golden Triangle, one of the most famous tourist circuits of the country.On arrival, meet our representative and check in to hotel.
Morning visit the city of Amber and its fort. Erected on a vast hill, the citadel and its fort were intended to protect the ancient capital of the state of Jaipur. Visit the various rooms, the inner courtyards, the rooms of public hearings, the Mughal gardens with star-shaped flower beds. In addition, Amber Fort offers panoramic views of Lake Maota. Other stops include the Hawa Mahal - the famous and magnificent Palace of the Winds.
Afternoon visit the City Palace of Jaipur, always occupied by maharaja and his family since the 18th century. The
ensemble is a superb blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Visit the palace museum with the collections of
miniatures, manuscripts, Mughal rugs, musical instruments, royal costumes, allowing you to discover the historical and artistic past of Jaipur. At the end of the day, you will take rickshaw ride in the old town of Jaipur.
Today, travel by road to Delhi, upon arrival check in at Hotel
In the afternoon visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is a prominent house of worship for the Sikh community and tourist spot in Delhi. This 17th-century shrine is dedicated to the memory of Guru Har Krishan, who was the eighth Sikh Guru., the Gurudwara draws attention due to its magnificent structure, architectural beauty, and the large water body aka ‘Sarovar’ located within the complex. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib serves free vegetarian meals to around 10,000 people every day. This community meal service is extended to all visitors, regardless of caste, creed, race, religion, or economic standing in society.
In the morning you will visit Jama Masjid, the largest and most well-known mosque in India, Raj Ghat- a simple and stunning memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, one of the main architects of India’s Independence from the British. Enjoy a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk followed by the orientation walk in Asia’s Largest Spice Market. Old Delhi street food is bestenjoyed in its original setting, in the noisy labyrinthine by-lanes of Chawri Bazaar and Chandni Chowk; pass by the Redd Fort - this mighty fort was built with red sandstones under the rule of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1638.
Afternoon proceed for a visit to Lutyen’s Delhi, primarily consisting of the administrative area of the capital, India Gate and the Viceroy’s House (which is now known as Rashtrapati Bhawan). Visit Qutub Minar- the tallest stone tower as well as one of the finest Islamic structures raised in India; Humayun's Tomb- this magnificent garden tomb is the first substantial example of Mughal architecture in India.
After leisurely breakfast, check out from hotel and get transferred to New Delhi International Airport to board the flight to your native place.
End Of Tour
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE IN YOUR TOUR COST
- Accommodation for total 1 nights on sharing twin / double room on bed & breakfast basis.
- All Meals : at Ranthambore & Rishikesh
- Transfers, sightseeing/excursions as per the program by air-conditioned Vehicle
- English speaking Local guide for sightseeing in Delhi , Agra and Jaipur as per program.
- English speaking spiritual expert during visit in Rishikesh and Haridwar
- All entrance fees to the monuments as mentioned in the program.
- Cycle Rickshaw ride in the local bazar in Delhi & Jaipur
- Yoga and meditation class at Ashram in Rishikesh
- Enjoy village tour and experience the village life in Ranthambore
- 02 Jungle Safari (by Cantre / by Jeep) at Ranthambore National Park with Naturalist.
- Elephant ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur.
- Company representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
- All presently applicable taxes including the GST charges levied recently by the Government.
- Two bottles of mineral water each day during sightseeing.
TOUR COST WILL NOT INCLUDE FOLLOWING EXPENSES
- International / Domestic Airfare
- Any new admission fees / taxes / fuel surcharges/ Visa fees
- Meals not mentioned
- All personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, trip cancellation and personal insurance, gratuities, excess baggage fees
- Early check-in/late check-out (except as noted)
- Camera/video fees at monuments
- Communication costs
- Any additional expenses due to unforeseen problems like natural disaster, war or strikes, cancellation or misconnection of flights or last-minute change of timings etc.
- Any other service, which has not been specified as "included".
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