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and Rishikesh - A Spiritual JourneyV

 
Haridwar & Rishikesh - A Spiritual Journey

Delhi
– Haridwar – Rishikesh – Delhi
03 Nights / 04 Days

Tour Highlights


•  Traditional Indian Welcome
•  Indian Rail Experience
•  Aarti ceremony at River Ganges in Haridwar
•  Rickshaw puller ride to visit the Ashram to see the worship
•  Sightseeing in holy city Rishikesh

Day 01          Delhi – Haridwar [by Train]         [Radisson Blu]

Today we leave Delhi and travel to north bound Shatabdi express to hot packed breakfast in train Haridwar, located in the foothills of the Himalayas and represents the point where the Holy Ganges meets the plains. The five sacred bathing spots in Haridwar are Gangadwara, Kankhal, Nila parvata, Bilwa Tirtha and Kusavarta. The main Ghat at Har ki Pauri (Known for a footprint of Vishnu on a stone), The "Maha-aarti" (Great Prayer) is offered every evening at Sun Set, is a spectacular sight, when the aarti ceremony is performed at all temples in Haridwar at the same instant. Hundreds throng to the Ghats at Har-Ki-Pauri to participate in this festival. Offering of Divas, (lamps) and flowers are made to the river while priest perform choreographed movements, swinging the torches to the ages-old beat of Gongs and other music amidst uproar of sankhas is how they bid adieu every evening. It is a moving sight to watch hundreds of miniature Divas, (lamps) float along the river.
A bath at Har Ki Paudi is regarded as one of the most sacred baths to the Hindus. It has history attached to Indus Valley Civilization. Various other Ghats, and Ashrams, mansa Devi Temple, Pareshwar Mahadev temple are visited by the pilgrims and tourists. We spend the 2 nights in hotel Radisson Blu [B, D]

Day 02          Excursion to Rishikesh
         [Radisson Blu]
Rishikesh- Situated 24 km upstream from Haridwar, at the confluence of the Chandrabaga and Ganga, Rishikesh has long been a spiritual centre. It is said that the sage Raibhya Rishi did severe penance here and as a reward, God appeared to him in the form of Hrishikesh, hence the name. Rishikesh has numerous ashrams, some of which are internationally recognized as centers of philosophical studies, yoga and meditation.
Visit to Laxman Jhula Watch the aarti ceremony at River Ganges. Visit to Lakshman Jhoola: A suspension bridge across the Ganga along the old route to the holy shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath. Shivanand Jhoola: Also known as Ram Jhoola, this is a recently completed suspension bridge which spans the river near Swarg Ashram [B, D]

Day 03          Haridwar – Delhi [by Train]         [Holiday Inn Aerocity]
We depart from Haridwar in the evening and travelling back to Delhi by Shatabdi Express packed dinner on board. You can transfer to hotel for spend the departure night [B, D]

Day 04          Delhi – Onward Destination

If your flight is in late morning than breakfast at hotel, Say good bye to fascinating land and tour transfer to airport for flight for onward destination. [B]

Abbreviations Used
B
= Breakfast & D = Dinner

Price based on Twin Sharing

Occupancy
Apr - Sep 2015Oct 2015 - Mar 2016
Per Person
USD 375 / GBP 260USD 415 / GBP 285
SGL Supplement USD 150 / GBP 105USD 170 / GBP 120

Note: Above rates are not valid from 22 Dec 2013 to 05 Jan 2016

Hotels Used

Destination
Hotel Name
Category
Room Type
Haridwar
Radisson Blu
5 Star
Superior
Delhi
Holiday Inn Aerocity5 Star
Superior

Inclusions
•  Indian Rail Experience: Travel in First Class air conditioned chair car Shatabdi Express & air conditioned chair car Jan Shatabdi Express
•  03 nights stay in 5 star hotels with private bath & shower
•  03 buffet breakfast at mentioned hotel
•  01 packed breakfast in Train
•  01 packed Dinner in Train
•  02 buffet dinner at mentioned hotel
•  English speaking guided tour in Haridwar & Rishikesh
•  All transfers & sightseeing by air conditioned vehicle
•  Monument entry fees wherever applicable as per the itinerary
•  Porter Service at Railway Stations: Porters will take your luggage from the vehicle to the train and vice-versa upon arrival/departure at/from railway stations
•  At hotels, your luggage will be taken from the vehicle to your room on arrival, and from your room to the vehicle on departure
•  All applicable taxes

Exclusions
Laundry, Insurance, Tips, Telephone Calls, Hard Drinks Still & Video Camera fees in Monuments and Expenses like Personal Nature

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