GURU JOURNEYS

INCREDIBLE INDIAN JOURNEY

 

See the sights of Old Delhi, explore stunning forts, bask in the glory of the magnificent Taj Mahal, stroll the pink-hued streets of Jaipur,  visit Dharamsala - home to the exiled Dalai Lama, explore the Golden Temple of Amritsar,  walk pristine mountain trails, experience trekking to Triund and cultural interactions with different sections of rural Indian society.

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Sikh Gurdwara Golden Temple

Sikh Gurdwara Golden Temple

14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS

€ 900 per person

TOUR STARTS: DELHI

TOUR FINISH : DELHI

 

5, October 2019

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DAY BY DAY TRAVEL ITINERARY

DAY 1 NEW DELHI

5, October 2019

Welcome to India and the start of your holiday! A chaotic medley of bazaars, temples, mosques and colonial buildings, Delhi is an ideal place to kick-start this adventure. Weave through the cars, rickshaws and bullock carts to experience fast -paced city life. Stroll through the exuberant alley ways of Old Delhi and see the magnificent Jama Masjid, then visit a local Sikh temple to learn a little about this fascinating religion. 

No Meals Included

Included Service 

Airport transfer 

 

DAY 2 OLD DELHI

6, October 2019

Meet your group for breakfast, and take on awalking tours. First  Salaam City Walk is optional and start at 8am, and follow to the Old Delhi walking tour for incredible experience. Be amazed by the sights, sounds smells of Old Delhi and stop by Delhi's oldest mosque, the impressive Jama Masjid, spice market, visit Red fort and more. After short rest, later in the evning we take expres train to Amristar.

 

Breakfast 

Included Activities 

Old Delhi walking tour

Red Fort  entrance ticket

Optional Activities

Delhi - Salaam Baalak trust walk 

recommended donation  INR 300

 

DAY 3 AMRITSAR

7, October 2019

A visit to the incredibly beautiful Golden Temple can inspire you spiritually, give energy and release from the everyday worries of life. You will see that faith does exist and that people can show kindness and compassion to each other. It is said that you will not find your Guru here, but you really can enliven your spirit, we promise you. 

In Amritsar we will visit the Golden Temple or the Harmandir Sahib Gurudwara is almost synonymous to the city. Durgiana Temple is another holy place which is a famous repository of Hindu scriptures.  Visit the renowned Jallianwala Bagh, where British officer Reginald Dyer opened fired on a gathering of people celebrating Baishakhi on April 13, 1919. In afternoon we be a part of the daily closing ceremony at the Wagah Border (India-Pakistan border) where army personnel of both countries conduct an interesting ritual of mutual trust.

Breakfast Included

Included Activities 

Amritsar & Golden Temple tour

Wagah border visit the Beating Retreat ceremony 

 

DAY 4 MACLEODGANJ

8, October 2019

This morning travel by private vehicle along bumpy, winding roads to Macleodganj, the spiritual home of his Holiness the Dalai Lama. Here we will be some free time today to explore this fascinating town set to the backdrop of the Himalayas.

Hotel 3 star

Breakfast Included

Included Activities 

Macleodganj orentation walk

 

DAY 5 MACLEODGANJ

9, October 2019

This morning, join the group for a walking tour around McLeod Ganj, situated at an altitude of 6831 feet above the sea level and is located on the Dhauladhar Range of mountains. First visit the Namgyal Monastery is well known for being the biggest Tibetan sanctuary outside Tibet and also the residence of the Dalai Lama. It was established in 16th century and since then it serves to preserve the Tibetan culture and customs. We visit markets like the Kotwali Bazar and the Jogiwara Road are renowned shopping areas in the town and are famous for exclusive Tibetan things. 
Afternoon visit Norbulingka Institute, a cultural center, place reflecting nature's beauty and bounty. Water cascading through Japanese styled gardens and birds of different species flying among the treetops; it's a scenic sight to behold. The Japanese style gardens are well maintained and the place overall has a Tibetan architecture and aesthetic, giving a vibe of old Tibet. And finally, treat yourself to a massage or try hand making traditional Tibetan momos (dumplings) at one of many local Tibetian restaurants.

​Hotel 3 star

Breakfast Included

Included Activities 

Macleodganj all day tour

 

DAY 6 MACLEODGANJ - JAIPUR

10, October 2019

Today travel down the mountains to Kangra airport. We take local flight with conection to the capital of the state of Rajasthan - Jaipur. Jaipur is the most colourful of the cities. Known as the Pink city after the rusty colour that the walled city bears - Jaipur is a traveller's destination. With beautiful palaces, forts, gardens, temples and unending market streets. It has everything that the colourful state has to offer. 

 

No Meals Included

Included Activities 

Jaipur walking & rikshaw tour

Optional Activities

Visit to Birla temple, Nahargarh Fort (sunset view over city).
Dinner at an Ethnic Rajasthani Village Resort INR 

 

DAY 7 JAIPUR AMBER FORT

11, October 2019

Breakfast. Early today, we travel beyond Jaipur to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort – a sprawling Rajput concoction which hugs the hill on which it was built and overlooks the hot plains below. We enjoy a stateley elephant ride to the fort proper and tour the fort's well-preserved interior and grounds. Back in Jaipur, enjoy the remainder of the day your own way. 

Breakfast

Included Activities 

Amber Fort tour

Optional Activities

Elephat riding to the fort

Visit to Birla temple, Nahargarh Fort (sunset view over city).
Dinner at an Ethnic Rajasthani Village Resort INR 

 

DAY 9 JAIPUR - FATEHPUR SIKRI - AGRA

12, October 2019

On the way to Agra first stop is Bharatpur is home to the World Heritage- listed Keoladeo Ghana National Park, one of the world's prime bird-watching grounds. This peaceful sanctuary is hard-core twitcher territory, and boasts 364species within its 29-sq km marshlands, including many threatened aquatic birds on migratory routes from Central Asia. Unesco World Heritage Site, where we'll enjoy a leisurely bicycle rickshaw ride through the park. Another stop at Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. The complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid. On arrival in the evening, explore the town on an orientation walk.

Breakfast Included

Included Activities 

Fatehpur Sikri

Optional Activities

Fatehpur Sikri & Keoladeo Ghana National Park tour - INR 1500 

 

DAY 10 AGRA

13, October 2019

This morning, head to the most iconic site in India, one of the world's most recognisable monuments, the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal - a masterpiece of shimmering white marble set amid beautiful formal gardens. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz, this 'teardrop on the face of eternity' (as it was described by writer Rabindranath Tagore) lives up to all expectations. The highlights of India just keep coming. You have a full day to explore Agra on a motorised rickshaw trip, with Agra Fort being another incredible optional activity in the afternoon. The rest of your day is free to explore, before catching an overnight train to Varanasi tonight (approx 11 hours).

Overnight Sleeper Train

Breakfast

Included Activities 

Agra - Taj Mahal

Optional Activities

Fatehpur Sikri & Keoladeo Ghana National Park

tour - INR 1500 

 

DAY 11 VARANASI

14, October 2019

The ancient city fronting the holy Ganga River has been a source of cultural and anthropological intrigue since the times of Alexander the Great. It is still, for many, the “consummate Indian city”, whose bewildering landscape of ghats, temples and Hindu rituals represents an alternative modernity, as much anachronistic to some as contemporary to others. This is the Varanasi that continues to fascinate pilgrims, tourists, scholars and artists alike. This is the phenomenon of Varanasi we all see from outside. 

No Meals Included

Included Activities 

Varanasi - walking  tour

Varanasi - Sunset Candle Flower Ceremony

DAY 12 VARANASI

15, October 2019

If you really want to get a sense of real Varanasi the only possible way is to explore the river side and the area behind the ghats which is setup in form of narrow and puzzled alleys. Real Varanasi lives inside the alleys which looks different than any other place found on our planet. Narrow and puzzled alleys, beautiful temples and shrines, monasteries, old buildings, cultural and religious diversity, all the major old markets, real Varanasi-food, people, cows and bulls…all is found inside the alleys which are not possible to visit by any vehicle. Varanasi people do all of their business inside the alleys on foot.

Walking Tour gives you an opportunity to experience the real Varanasi, talk with the locals, visit hidden and old alleys and temples, ponds, ashrams, and the old business district… just by walking with us.

 

Breakfast Included

Included Activities 

Varanasi - Sunrise Boat cruise

Optional Activities

Varanasi walking  tour - INR 1000 

Varanasi - Sunset Candle Flower Ceremony

 

DAY 13 NEW DELHI

16, October 2019

Today we take morning flight, arriving into Delhi afternoon, head straight to the hotel to freshen. And may have free time for a last minute shopping drive and join the group for an optional last dinner with your increadible memories.

Breakfast Included

Included Service 

Flight ticket Varanasi - Delhi

DAY 14 NEW DELHI

17, October 2019

Our trip ends today. You can depart any time. However the check out time is 12 noon but you could use the hotel to keep your bags if you are out exploring Delhi.

Attention! most flights departing from Delhi during the night if you wish to take one of  this flights you need to add another extra day for your tour! 

 

 

Hotels provided by www.guruhotels.net

Breakfast

Optional Activities

Delhi - New Delhi tour - INR 500

Included Service 

Airport transfer 

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WHY BOOK AND TRAVEL WITH GURU JOURNEYS ?

It’s easier than you think – We believe that traveling with us should not be hard, but it should be something everyone should do. You can choose to spend a week or a few, traveling this beautiful places and seeing what is out there. Why travel? Because you can, with all the challenges it presents and opportunities, let’s you discover who you are in a way that only the road brings.

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