Namaste. Welcome to India! Upon arrival, meet us at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Delhi is a bustling metropolis that incorporates the ancient with the modern. Amidst the skyscrapers, the monuments stand as a silent reminder to India’s legacy. Driving from the airport, you will be impressed with Delhi’s spacious, tree-lined streets and garden parks.
Day 1 - September 7:- Lodging at Oberoi Delhi
Delhi is one of the best examples in the world where 'old meets new'. A tour of Delhi will provide the us ample experience to understand at once the historic time-honored Mughal monuments to modern structures, soaring skyscrapers to salubrious parks and serene gardens.
You'll have an opportunity to experience a unique and refreshing Old Delhi travel experience. On our sightseeing Rickshaw tour of Old Delhi your senses will come alive as you will encounter the many captivating sights and sounds this amazing city has to offer.
This part of our Pilgrimage will make you familiar with real roots of the India and give you a true taste of the city and make you sink in the frenzy of it's colors, vivacity and irresistible charm.
It is an extensive tour of Old Delhi covers 20 main sites that includes palaces, mansions, elegant shrines and colorful bazaars. To visualize the beauty of the bygone days, the trained guide gives an accurate description of the sites along with rare pictures and sketches. The tour includes audio aid and food from famous eateries. To make the experience more holistic, a book has been specially drafted with the help of experts in the field of Indian history, which is given complementary to each guest.
The route includes: -
• Historic Monuments: Jama Masjid Mosque, Red Fort (Out-side), Town Hall
• Worship Places: Gauri Shanker Hindu Temple, Digamber Jain Temple, Christian Baptist Church, Fatehpuri Mosque & Gurudwara Sis Ganj
• Palaces: Begum Shamroo Palace, Gadodiya Palace
• Spice Market: Khari Baoli, Asia’s largest spice market
• Bazaars: Chandni Chowk (literally meaning – the moonlit square), Kinari bazaar (wedding market, traditional outfits), Dariba kalan (silver street), Ballimaran (bangles, footwear) etc.
• Havelis: Heritage Havelis with original Mughal architecture
• Eateries: Centuries old shops serving the famous Old Delhi delicacies
We will also see the Red Fort. The Red Fort is a historic fort in the city of Delhi in India. It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty for nearly 200 years, until 1856. It is located in the centre of Delhi and houses a number of museums. In addition to accommodating the emperors and their households, it was the ceremonial and political center of the Mughal state and the setting for events critically impacting the region.
Jantar Mantar, the astronomical park from the 18th century. Instruments include:
Samrat Yantra – A large hour sundial that stands parallel to the axis of Earth. It is a high precision sundial.
Jayaprakash Yantra – This is a hemisphere like structure, which is used for aligning position of stars to various markings.
Misra Yantra – This tool helps to determine the longest and shortest days of the year. It also indicates the right moment of noon.
Day 2: Lodging at Oberoi Delhi
During this Mindful Pilgrimage you will be provided with individualized Dharma, Astrology, and Ayurvedic sessions as we journey together, leaving you grounded, centered, inspired and with a true and deeper meaning of your place in the world. While we walk these ancient lands together we will work to discover the tradition of understanding life's purpose.
Day 3 - September 9: Travel from Delhi to Udaipur by Air
Breakfast at Oberoi Delhi
Morning free for leisure. In the afternoon transfer to airport to board the flight for Udaipur.
Flight Departs: 1410 Hrs - Flight Arrives: 1535 Hrs
On arrival we will check-in at the Udaivilas in Udaipur.
We will have dinner by the lakeside.
Day 4 - September 10: Explore Udaipur
With a wealth of enchanting lakes, Udaipur is a true oasis in Rajasthan. Dotted with marble palaces, hibiscus gardens, and fountain pavilions, Udaipur appeals to the imagination of poets, painters, and writers. The city's inherent romance, beauty, and remarkable past redolent with episodes of heroism and splendor continue to enthrall travelers. Udaipur, the City of Dawn, looms up like a vision in white.
In the morning, tour Udaipur. Start at Jagdish Temple, built in 1651. Notice the many heritage mansions that line the city boulevards, the art shops, and boutiques that lead to the old bathing ghats that fringe the banks of Lake Pichola. Visit the City Palace (part of which has been converted into a museum housing the largest collection of crystal in the world) and see the gorgeous peacock mosaics, striking blue and white ceramics, Dutch inlaid tile work, glass and porcelain figures, and miniature paintings.
Afternoon to explore the markets. In the evening we will take boat ride on Lake Pichola.
We will have dinner at Shiv Niwas Palace.
Day 4: Lodging at UdaiVilas
Some of the practices we will enjoy include, eating foods in alignment with the natural setting, discovery of your Dharma type (personality archetyping), discussion on how to use this information to better understand yourself and those in your life, aligning our Dharma with the times of the day, read and interpret your astrology, and generally traveling lightly and in community. We will have opportunities each day to gather for satsang as well as time for indvidual one on one sessions.
Day 5 - September 11: Travel to Ranakpur and Shahpura Bagh by Road
Udaipur – Ranakpur (94 Kms/02 Hrs Approx)
Today after breakfast we will check-out from the hotel & drive to Shahpura Bagh enroot we will visit the Ranakpur Temple (Jain) followed by Lunch.
We will travel by a climate controlled Force Traveller Muni-Bus. Water will be provided throughout our travel.
Continue by road to Rajsamand and Shahpura Bagh.
Look beyond the beaten track amid the golden sands of Rajasthan and you will glimpse an oasis - A dazzling shimmer of sunshine on water that hovers on the edge of a mirage. Drive on. This is timeless Rajasthan - untouched by the creeping fingers of ‘modernity’ - unchanged in its unpretentious natural grandeur.
In the early 1900’s, Rajadhiraj Nahar Singh of Shahpura mortgaged the family’s private property and jewels to bring water to his people. Today, the lakes he created, form the heart of a verdant wetland refuge - historic, picturesque, tranquil - an idyllic setting where man and nature have come to understand each other. Situated midway between Jaipur and Udaipur, Shahpura Bagh is the residence of the rulers of Shahpura. Travelers, since time immemorial, have always stopped to rest and refresh themselves at this oasis and the Shahpura family is famous for their warmth and hospitality.
In the evening will have a rural ramble and picnic at sunset in the countryside.
Day 6 - September 12: Travel to Jaipur by Road
Morning at leisure. Later, drive to Jaipur. Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan, owes its name, foundation, and planning to the great astronomer and warrior Maharaja Jai Singh II. The city is fondly called the “Pink City” due to the pink colored buildings and avenues.
We will have lunch at Trident, Jaipur
In the evening guest will enjoy the heritage walking tours. A lifetime experience from historic monuments to traditional markets to spicy street food, Jaipur walking tour is a journey full of unexpected sights and surprises. While enchanting Jaipur exhibits picture of modern India, the old Still unravels its old charm and speaks volumes about India's history, culture and tradition.
We will have dinner at the Samode Haveli.
Day 7 - September 13: Explore Jaipur
After breakfast proceed to visit 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.
An elephant/jeep will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. 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. Lunch at city Palace restaurant.
Also visit The Jantar Mantar, in Jaipur, is an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century. It includes a set of some 20 main fixed instruments. They are monumental examples in masonry of known instruments but which in many cases have specific characteristics of their own. Designed for the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye, they embody several architectural and instrumental innovations. This is the most significant, most comprehensive, and the best preserved of India's historic observatories. It is an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period.
We will have dinner at 1135 AD Restaurant at Amber Fort.
Visit the ancient astrology garden and enjoy a heritage walk: From its creation in 1727, the royal families and nobles of Jaipur patronized the craftsmen and artisans of the city. These traditions continue to this day and modern Jaipur is considered by many as the craft capital of India. Traditional methods are still used to produce many valuable and highly prized items. Using skills passed down through generations, artisans and master craftsmen can be seen in the areas of Ghat Darwaza and Vishveshwar ji. On this fascinating evening walk, mingle and talk with the locals while sampling some of the regions culinary delights; try pakoras, aloo tiki, samosas, and sweets from some of the city’s most popular street food vendors. Observe local artisans in their workshops; jewelers and silversmiths, gold and silver foil makers.
Day 7: Lodging at Jaipur Rajvillas
Day 8 - September 14: Travel to Agra by Road
"A Visit to the Taj Mahal. On occasion, I’ve visited a site that was purported to be one of “the world’s greatest” and arrived only to be, I dare say, a touch disappointed. It’s typically not that the site itself wasn’t magnificent, it’s that I’d constructed such an unreal (and perhaps unattainable) image of what the site might be. When I mix my overactive imagination with a healthy dose of the oversaturated Instagram images I’ve viewed over the years, sometimes that’s a recipe for an underwhelming moment. I’ll be frank, I was worried this would be the case with the Taj Mahal – that its reputation was impossibly large, and I’d be that unappreciative tourist who didn’t quite understand why everyone else was gushing. I’m not a fan of overused clichés, but there’s no other way to say this: when I first saw the Taj Mahal, it quite literally took my breath away. I’m not sure I was capable of blinking. The history and conception of the Taj Mahal is like something out of a fairytale. It would be a best-selling fictional romance novel if it wasn’t certifiable historical fact. The Taj Mahal is essentially a physical manifestation of a Mughal Emperor’s undying love. Shah Jahan, arguably the most famous emperor of the Mughal empire, built the Taj Mahal as a mausoleum for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. In a sense, Shah Jahan accomplished his goal in spades, as it’s safe to say that history will have a hard time ever forgetting about Mumtaz Mahal, and their love. ...an anonymous Pilgrim"
Day 9 - September 15: Travel by Road to Haridwar
In the morning, we will be picked up at the hotel in Delhi for our approximately 4.5 hour drive to Haridwar Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Located on the Ganges River, Haridwar is a pilgrimage destination – a town of temples, ghats and ashrams.
In the evening, observe the "Aarti Puja" with lighted lamps. The presiding priests stand on a Chauki (wooden stand) near the water. To the chant of Sanskrit mantras, and the clash of cymbals and drums, the river is worshipped with flowers, incense, sandalwood, milk, and vermilion. First the blazing camphor lamp and then the many flamed aarti lamps are raised high and arched back to the water, the dark river reflecting the golden flames as Ganges accepts the worship. It is the Ganges that gives Haridwar its spiritual resonance.
Overnight at the Haveli Hara Ganga, a restored mansion built in 1913 and Haridwar’s first heritage hotel.
Day 9: Lodging at Haveli Hara Ganga
Day at leisure to explore Haridwar/Rishikesh. Rishikesh is a pilgrimage destination – a town of temples, ghats, and ashrams. Explore the town and then hike to the Vashishta Caves. Made famous by the ancient sage Vashishta, it has been the home to yogis for centuries, most recently the renowned Swami Purushottamananda.
Evening at leisure.