Total Days : 07 Day
Tour Destination : Delhi, Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Rajaji National Park, Agra
Our friends keep asking us how we liked our trip. I tell them that it was an education in culture, history and religion. I thought India was overwhelming at times, but found it colorful, spiritual and fascinating. It’s the kind of trip that you’ll be thinking about years later – As Observed by Ms. Joan Landers (A Former Guest of Trinetra Tours)
Namaste! - We welcome you with folded hands
Active and Unique Highlights
Day 01: Arrival / Delhi
Mid Morning arrival, meeting and assistance upon arrival as our representatives welcome you and escort you to your car
Whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would introduce the tour to you and hand over the documents to you. (Though Check – in time is 2:00 PM, every effort would be made to ensure an as early as possible check-in - subject to availability)
We will visit an NGO that works for the rehabilitation of street women. This tour would be an insightful experience for a visitor desiring to learn about stories of real India working hard to make a living against the harsh challenges occasioned by the accident of their destiny. Yes, please, we are talking about an interactive workshop with women who have seen and have been through many hardships in life. However, they have refused to accept the commands of destiny, and have carved a unique path that has started to wield results and bring smiles to their families as well. We start our session with a warm welcome by the ladies at the workshop where they will greet you with a bright smile, and will share the stories of their past. They explain more about their work here, and how this NGO has helped to stand on their own in their respective lives. Then, these ladies will encourage you to participate with them where they demonstrate the various nuances of making beautiful and elegant handicraft items. With their not-so-good English they will converse with you, but, you will probably understand everything as language is no more a barrier when hearts attempt to communicate with each other.
Overnight at Jaypee Siddharth Hotel (Standard Room)(No Meals)
Day 02: Delhi / Dehradun (9W 633 – 0600 / 0705 Hrs) Dehradun / Rishikesh (45 Kms) (01 ½ Hrs Drive)
Early Morning we transfer to the Delhi airport to board the flight to Dehradun.
Later we drive to Rishikesh
(Though Check – in time is 2:00 PM, every effort would be made to ensure an as early as possible check-in - subject to availability)
Upon arrival in Rishikesh check into Hotel the Aloha On Ganges, Rishikesh
Following rest & relaxation, visit Yoga and Beatles ashram. The age-old practice of Yoga and meditation that had prevailed in Rishikesh since ages was the main reason as to why travelers from all over the world enjoyed visiting this serene and quite town. Thus, inspired by the preaching of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who was adept in the practice of Yoga & Meditation when the famous band Beatles set foot on the sacred place of Rishikesh, it was an eye-opener for the world. Thus, after this famous visit of the legendries, Rishikesh became the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ and has been in the limelight ever since.
Later, we will also visit the famous Ashram where you will attend the mighty Ganga Aarti (Aarti is a devotional ritual that uses fire as an offering) on the bank of the river Ganges. Here, allow your soul to immerse itself in the spiritual blanket that drapes the whole city. The atmosphere created by the Ganga Aarti is immensely powerful, and, at the same time amazingly calming. This grand event without a doubt is something that you would not want to miss. Yes, please!!
Overnight at The Aloha On Ganges, Rishikesh (Superior Room) (D)
Day 03: Rishikesh
Today, we propose an activity that is a for those wanting to get that adrenal dose while at Rishikesh
We drive you to the rafting point – the white, pristine beach and the River Ganga will certainly take your breath away. Following this, a briefing by your guide and strapping up, you then start navigating the rapids in your raft. Enjoy the thrills, as you tackle the Ganga and move towards Rishikesh. You raft for about 2-3 hours and disembark, excited and drenched after an amazing experience.
Overnight at The Aloha On Ganges, Rishikesh (Superior Room) (B)
Day 04: Rishikesh/ Haridwar (20 Kms) (01 ½ Hrs Drive)
Morning, we proceed for a soft trek. Accompanied by guide, we will embark on a beautiful trek to Neergarh Waterfalls. A lovely waterfall at the end of a 20-minute hike that starts 2km north of LakshmanJhula.Neergarh is situated near about 6 kilometers from Tapovan. Trekking through these beautiful waterfalls and passing by shallow pool provides you with an experience to remember. This natural splendor adorns the town by its exquisite picturesque views and beautifully carved rocks. While you trek, the intimate sound of gurgling water delights the senses and the gush of cool breezes revitalize the energy. You may also take a dip in the narrow stream.
(Though the check out time is 12 noon, every effort would be made to retain rooms till as late as possible without additional charges - subject to availability)
Following the trek we will drive to Haridwar
Meeting and assistance upon arrival and transfer to the Hotel Haveli Hari - a beautiful heritage “Haveli” (mansion) situated on the banks of the Holy Ganga, a mere 500 meters walk through the Bazaar from the sacred "HarkiPauri" at Haridwar. It stands at the gateway to the Devbhumi – the abode of the Gods and the "Char DhamYatra". The Haveli is an architectural marvel, where the ancient structure has been restored to recreate the old - world charm with modern day hospitality. The interiors of The Haveli are interestingly reminiscent of old Indian Mythological times where there are balanced tones of tranquility & comfort.
After rest and relaxation, we explore the unending list of attractions in Haridwar. Har-Ki-Pauri, the sacred ghat was constructed by King Vikramaditya in the memory of his brother Bhartrihari. Haridwar abounds with several Hindu temples and Ashrams (Hermitages). More than the architectural designs, it is the spiritual ambience of the place that is so striking. The DakshMahadev Temple is an ancient shrine situated to the south of Kankhal town. This temple was constructed by Queen Dhankaur in AD 1810. Kankhal has several other temples and ashrams too. The Sapt Rishi Ashram is situated along the Haridwar-Rishikeshroad. The Ganges flows in seven streams in front of this Ashram, hence this place is also called SaptSarovar. The Kanva Rishi Ashram is situated around 42 km from Haridwar. The ashram is on the banks of the Malini River along the forest road to Kotdwar. Other important places to visit are the Bharat Mata Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Bhimgoda, and Shanti Kunj.
Evening, we suggest you walk across over the bridge to witness the fascinating Ganga ‘Aarti’ (invocation). The golden reflection of floral diyas in the river Ganges is the most enchanting sight in the twilight during the Gangaaarti ceremony at the ghat. The synchronised chanting of prayers that takes place during the Aarti is a very uplifting experience.
Overnight at Haveli Hari Ganga (Superior Room) (B)
Day 05: Haridwar / Rajaji Natioal Park / Haridwar - Haridwar / Dehradun (54 Kms) (02 Hrs Drive) - Dehradun / Delhi (6E 755 – 1415 / 1510 Hrs)
(Though the checkout time is 12 noon, every effort would be made to retain rooms till as late as possible without additional charges - subject to availability)
Early morning with Packed Breakfast, drive to RajajiNatioal Park for a jeep safari. Situated along the foothills of the lower Himalayan ranges, Rajaji National park possesses such biodiversity that the region has been a haven for both wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. The mix of moist western Gangetic and northern dry deciduous forests offer a natural habitat to an exotic wildlife. Home to the huge population of the Asian elephant, Cheetal, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Antelopes and many more, the Rajaji National Park is a chance to get the glimpse of the amazing wildlife of India. Besides, the national park is also accountable for its population of reptiles like King Cobra, Common Krait and 315 species of birds. Like the ‘Project Elephant’, the Rajaji National Park provides protection to the Royal Bengal Tiger under its ‘Project Tiger’.
Other carnivores like the Jackal, Jungle cat and Himalayan Yellow-throated Marten bear add to the varied wildlife of the sanctuary. Besides Fauna, the flora blooming in the national park comprises broad leaved deciduous forests, grasslands and pine vegetation. The topography has a whole new variety of vegetation like Rohini, Amaltas, Shisham, Khair, Baas, Chilla and Sandan.
After breakfast we drive to Dehradun airport to board your flight to Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi check into hotel NovotelNew Delhi Aero city
Rest of the day is on leisure for your independent (car and driver available for Local visits)
Overnight at Hotel Novotel New Delhi Aerocity(Standard Room) (B)
Day 05: Delhi / Agra (205 Kms) (04 Hrs Drive)
Following a leisurely breakfast drive to Agra
(Though Check – in time is 3:00 PM, every effort would be made to ensure an as early as possible check-in - subject to availability)
Upon arrival in Agra, check into Hotel Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra
After rest and relaxation, we visit the itmad -ud -daula Tomb which was built by the empress Noor Jehan (The queen of Mughal Emperor Jehangir) as a memorial to her father MirzaGhiyas Beg, is beautifully ornamented with pietradura inlay and lattice work marble screens. The tomb is at times referred to as the baby Taj which rests in a walled garden with a view of the river Yamuna. In fact it is approximately one and a half kilometers upstream of the Taj Mahal. The structure is renowned for its extensive use of the semi-precious stones on the mosaics. The ornamentation that displays the Indian version of the pietradura is believed to have been different from the symbolic decoration followed in Europe.
Following the tour, we will visit MehtabBagh. The MoonlightGarden was an extension of the TajMahalGarden - on the other side of the river. In 1652 Aurangzeb wrote to his father telling of a visit to 'the blessed tomb and commenting that the MehtabGarden was completely inundated and has lost its charm, but soon it will regain its verdancy. The octagonal pool and the pavilion around it are in splendid condition. The MehtabBagh was lost under the mud but re-excavated in the 1990s. Originally, the garden was planted with fragrant flowers and used in the cool of the night as a place from which to view the Taj Mahal reflected in the octagonal pool and in the river.
SUGGESTED OPTIONAL ACTIVITY
You have an option to experience Agra by Night:
For those who want a slice of Indian history and a taste of its great cultural and colonial past, this evening we introduce a very special tour for you – “Agra by Night” - a perfect opportunity to view many of Agra’s famous landmarks at its floodlit best. Start the tour with a visit to the charming Agra Fort which marvels deep in the pages of Mughal history (DrivePass). Next, we will visit the Dhobi Ghat – a well-known open air Laundromat where washers, (locally known as Dhobis), work in the open to wash the clothes (Only to be seen from a distance). Plus, on the tour we will visit the Kali temple (Hindu temple of Goddess Kali), a popular Gurudwara (Sikh temple), the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, and the TirupathiBalajiTemple. Furthermore, we will now visit the Sadar Bazar (marketplace), where we will stroll around the narrow alleys of the market, and taste some delicious snacks as well as sweets including the famous “Agra KaPetha” (said to have originated in the kitchens of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan). On this amazing night-out we will also visit the well- known Sheroes Hangout (Acid attack victims from all over the country got together and started this unique restaurant), and, the General Post Office (Drive Pass). In addition to that, we will also have the opportunity to visit the Missionaries of Charity, founded by the Nobel laureate Mother Teresa, who had selflessly devoted the majority of her life to serving the downtrodden in India (DrivePass).
Cost for An Agra By Night Tour: INR 4,000 Per Person
Overnight at Hotel Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra (Premium Taj Facing Room) (B)
Day 06: Agra / Delhi (205 Kms) (04 Hrs Drive)(Taj Mahal is Closed on Fridays)
Agra is the city of the Taj Mahal, perhaps the most photographed monument in the world. However, there is a degree of enigma about the Taj. Once you hear about a building so much and once you see so many pictures of a building your expectations are real high; and this is the enigma about the Taj Mahal. No matter how many pictures you have seen or no matter how high your expectations are the Taj never lets you down - the unparalleled glory and beauty of the building surpasses beyond all human imaginations. At sunrise we visit one of the greatest sights of one’s lifetime - Taj Mahal. A dawn visit to the fabled Taj Mahal to witness the magical effects caused by the reflections of the changing colours of the rising Sun on this brilliant white marble building. Later we return to hotel for breakfast.
After a leisurely breakfast, we ride to the massive Agra Fort. The elegant buildings inside reflect an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles, built by Emperor Akbar, the maze of the courtyards, mosques & private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal Empire
SUGGESTED OPTIONAL ACTIVITY
You have an option to experience Cooking Demonstration & Meal with An Indian Family
We take you in pursuit of a truly natural and cultural experience in an Indian home. A land which is typically known for its spices - your hosts will help you to discover the true flavors and preparations of Indian food in a comfortable and informal manner. The laughter and the entertaining conversations will only be the add-on of this session, along with the mouth-watering food and memories to take away. We will, of course, advise you to take your cooking class seriously, as, what you put in the pan, will eventually appear on your plate!! However, we must assure you that your cooking class is not all about slaving over a hot stove. Your host would make your visit a special event, by engaging with you at all times, helping you learn the relevance of various spices, and, knowing little, but, less known secrets of the Indian kitchen. The event is guaranteed to be an occasion that would tickle your heart through the route of your stomach.
Cost for Cooking Demonstration and Meal with an Indian family: INR 1800 Per Person
Later, we will drive to Delhi along one of the India’s finest freeways.
Upon arrival in Delhi check into hotel NovotelNew Delhi Aero city
Overnight at Hotel Novotel New Delhi Aerocity(Standard Room) (B)
Day 07: Delhi / Departure
In Time we trasnfer you to the international airport to board your onward flight
(Though the check out time is 12 noon, every effort would be made to retain rooms till as late as possible without additional charges - subject to availability) No Hotel Quoted for this day
We do hope the flavor of India will remain on your taste buds for all times to come and hopefully would kindle an indelible fondness for the country and her people; Thank you for being our guest, and as we say in India ‘Please Come back Soon”
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you!!
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