10 nights /11 days – CULTUTRAL & HERITAGE

Sketched Itinerary

Delhi – Haridwar - Mussorie - Delhi – Agra - Jaipur – Delhi

Highlights of tour

2 nts Haridwar, 2 nts Mussoorie, 1 nt Delhi, 1 night Agra, 1 nt Jaipur

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: DELHI – HARIDWAR

On Arrival at Delhi International airport, you will be received & welcome by our representative than you will be transferred to domestic departure terminal to board the flight to Dehradun. You arrive at Dehradun, meet & warm welcome by our representative than transfer to Hariwar in hotel. Check in and Relax.

Haridwar - is an important pilgrimage city. The River Ganges, after flowing for 253 kilometres (157 mi) from its source at Gaumukh at the edge of the Gangotri Glacier, enters the Indo-Gangetic Plains of North India for the first time at Haridwar, which gave the city its ancient name, Gangadwára.

Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places to Hindus. According to the Samudra manthan, Haridwar along with Ujjain, Nashik and Prayag (Allahabad) is one of four sites where drops of Amrit, the elixir of immortality, accidentally spilled over from the pitcher while being carried by the celestial bird Garuda. This is manifested in the Kumbha Mela being celebrated every 3 years in one of the 4 places, and thus every 12 years in Haridwar. Amidst the Kumbha Mela, millions of pilgrims, devotees, and tourists congregate in Haridwar to perform ritualistic bathing on the banks of the river Ganges to wash away their sins to atta in Moksha. Brahma Kund, the spot where the Amrit fell, is located at Har ki Pauri (literally, "footsteps of the Lord") and is considered to be the most sacred ghat of Haridwar.

Afternoon, proceed for half day haridwar city tour covering Mansa Devi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Aarti at Har Ki Pauri etc. Evening back to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 02: HARIDWAR - RISHIKESH – HARIDWAR

Early morning breakfast at hotel than drive down to kushinagar. Lunch.

Morning breakfast at hotel, proceed for sightseeing of Rishikesh temples Neelkanth Mahadev, Lakshman temple, Laxman jhula and than you will be dropped at Shivpuri for white water rafting (optional).

Rishikesh - Rishikesh is becoming a popular spot for white water rafting enthusiasts, both from India and abroad, as the Ganges offers medium to rough rapids rated class 3 and class 4. It is also a center for hiking and backpacking. Recently, bungee jumping has also been introduced in Rishikesh, the first and only bungee jumping camp in India.

After rafting you will be picked from Laxman jhula and drive back to haridwar. Evening free on your own, stay overnight at hotel..

Day 03: HARIDWAR – MUSSOORIE

Breakfast at hotel, you will be driven for around 81 kms to mussoorie (hill station), it takes around 2 hours to reach from haridwar.

Mussoorie – is a hill station and a municipal board in the Dehradun District of the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. This hill station, situated in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges, is also known as the Queen of the Hills. The adjoining town of Landour, which includes a military cantonment.

Its name is derived from the berry-covered Mansur shrub found in abundance around this trekker-friendly area. Vestiges of its colonial past are still reflected in the cuisine and architecture. For stunning natural sights, head to Gun Hill or Childer's Lodge, the two highest peaks, or the famous Kempty waterfall. Evening enjoy in the cool atmosphere of hills of Himalaya. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 04: MUSSOORIE

Breakfast at hotel, proceed for full day sightseeing including Gun hill, Kempty Falls, Mussoorie Lake, Lake Mist, Mall road, Mussoorie Christ Church etc

Kempty Falls -
Kempty falls is one of the most popular and crowded tourist spots in Mussoorie. This is a perennial waterfall, plunging its way down about 40 ft from a mountain. Kempty Falls is the largest of the five cascades that emerge down from the mountains to flow down various huge rocks into the plains.

Gun Hill -
The history of Gun Hill dates back to the pre-independence period. It is said that a canon was fired from the Gun Hill every afternoon to help people know the time and adjust their watches. At a height of about 400 ft above the Mall, the Gun Hill now accommodates the water reservoir of Mussoorie. Evening back to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 05: MUSSOORIE – DELHI

Morning Breakfast and drive down to Sravasti.

Shravasti - Shravasti, the north-eastern town of Uttar Pradesh, is located near the West Rapti River. This town is closely associated with the life of Gautama Buddha, who is believed to have spent 24 Chaturmases here. Age-old stupas, majestic viharas and several temples near the village of "Sahet-Mahet" establish Buddha's association with Shravasti. It is being said that the Vedic Bharat period king Sravast founded this town. Shravasti was the capital of the Kosala Kingdom during 6th century BC to 6th century AD. This prosperous trading center was well known for its religious associations.

Half day sightseeing of Buddhist Temples. Dinner. Stay Overnight at hotel

Day 06: DELHI – AGRA (165 kms / 3 hrs)

Breakfast at hotel, Drive towards Agra on six-lane Expressway for 165 kms / 3 hrs.

Agra - The former capital of Hindustan is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Though Agra's history is largely recognised with Mughal Empire, the place was established much before it and has linkages since Mahabharat period and Mahirshi Angira in 1000 BC. It is generally accepted that Sultan Sikandar Lodī, the Ruler of the Delhi Sultanate founded Agra in the year 1504.

After reaching to Agra, proceed for sightseeing of Red Fort or Agra Fort - the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions. Evening check into hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 07: AGRA – JAIPUR (250 kms / 6 hrs)

Breakfast at hotel, Drive towards Agra on six-lane Expressway for 165 kms / 3 hrs.

Early morning breakfast and visit to the Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays). The Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in mid 17th century, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is really astounding. You will have ample time to view and be mesmerized by this outstanding piece of architecture.

Fatehpur Sikri (if time permits) - the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Later this evening you will arrive into Jaipur.

Jaipur's past is never too far from hand. The city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state and its people: surrounded by rugged hills, ea76ch crowned by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendour are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the "pink city". Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed. There is a timeless quality to Jaipur's bazaars and its people. With its historical past, Jaipur revives legends of the ancient Rajputs. The dresses of the women and the turbans of the men add colour to this fascinating city.

Check into hotel, evening free. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 08: JAIPUR – DELHI - DEAPRTURE

After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven just outside Jaipur to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. An elephant / Jeep will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress (Elephant ride is subject to availability). Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls.

Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room. Come back to your hotel after your excursion.

In the afternoon you will proceed for city tour of Jaipur.

Among the highlights to be seen while touring Jaipur include the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armoury, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory made by the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1726 and is one of the five such astronomical wonders built by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day. You will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city. You will also have the opportunity to wander about the local markets.

Later evening you will be transferred to Jaipur airport to board the flight to reach Delhi airport, later you will be transferred to Delhi international airport for departure.

TOUR ENDS

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