12 Days Itinerary Covering : Delhi - Rishikesh - Agra - Haridwar - Varanasi - Delhi
India is a tourist destination that offers a number of options for the tourists visiting this place. From beaches to hill stations and from heritage sites to cultural centers; India has it all. One very significant aspect of Indian tourism lies in the fact that it is also a destination popular for its holistic and spiritual tours. Not just the religious sites, even the luxury hotels in India guarantees for great spiritual vacations. Still trying to guess how? Well! Wait no more, just browse through this article and know all about it, right here...
On the first 2 days of the Yoga and Spiritual tour, you will station yourself in Delhi, the national capital. Will it not be a great idea to first understand the cultural heritage of the place before embarking on a spiritual tour across it? So, with this in mind we have lined up for you the various tourist attractions housed in the city that you could visit. These attractions will give you an insight into the ancient and medieval faces of India. Sites like Red Fort, Jama Masjid and India Gate will introduce you to this fact.
On the 3rd day of the tour, get ready to move out of Delhi and travel in to Agra. With an impressive history of Mughal heritage behind it, Agra tops the list of heritage destinations in the country. Visit the majestic Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort (to name a few) in the city before you arrive in the spiritual destinations of the country.
It takes almost about 5 hours by car to reach from Delhi to Hardwar. The literal meaning of Hardwar signify the 'gates leading to God' and no wonder this is one of the most sacred places for the Hindus. Located on the banks of the river Ganga, Haridwar is dotted with numerous temples. Devotees visit this place to offer prayers to the God as well as to pay the last tributes to ones' ancestors. Could there have been a better way to begin your spiritual tour of the country other than this place? Besides visiting the ancient temples of the city, make it a point to be present on the Ganga shores especially during the evenings when the elaborate 'Aarti' (worship) takes place. There are several yoga centers housed in and around the city from where you could learn the practice of this ancient Indian art. Not only does yoga help to prolong your life, it also helps you to control and eliminate a number of diseases through the postures (asanas) and self discipline (niyama).
Next day, wake up to a refreshing morning. You'll hit the road to Alleppey. Alleppey is fondly called 'Venice of the East' thanks to its veritable network of streams and backwaters. On arriving in Alleppey, check into your Kettuvallam - the houseboat. Sailing afloat the palm-fringed backwaters is a paradisiacal experience. The sight of sleepy hamlets, lush paddy fields, tranquil palm jungles and verdant landscape is an experience you'll cherish for a lifetime. Savor the lip-smacking zesty delicacies and spend the night in Kettuvallam.
The temples and ashrams housed within Rishikesh make it a world famous pilgrimage destination. Other than offering prayers, tourists come here to especially meditate in the quiet environs of the place. The soothing effect that this place has on the minds of the visitors is something one has to experience, first hand. The yoga and spiritual tour will be rendered incomplete unless one visits the attractions housed here, which includes 'muni ki reti', the Ram Jhula, the Laxman Jhula, and the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple. Rishikesh is also the starting point of 'Char Dham Yatra'; a pilgrimage tour that takes devotees across the 4 most-significant pilgrimage destinations in the country.
On the 9th day of the tour, you will travel back to Delhi for an overnight stay, before you leave for Varanasi - the holiest of all Indian cities and the highlight of India yoga and spiritual tours.
The ancient name of Varanasi is Kashi and is the holiest destination in the country for Hindus, Buddhists as well as the Jains. Varanasi is also referred to as the 'city of lights' and was a great seat of learning in ancient India. Today also the city has managed to retain its ancient charisma and the temples and shrines housed here attract millions of devotees every year. A few of the most significant destinations in this city that you could visit as a part of yoga and spiritual tours are Kashi Vishwanath temple, the Durga temple, and the Sankat Mochan temple.
Following breakfast, you'll be driven to Sodawas, a seventeenth century village. On arrival, check into Sodawas Kot perched on a hilltop. This magnificent village was given as a fief to Thakur Bishan Singh by Maharaja Umaid Singh of Jodhpur in 1943.
You'll be taken on an escorted sightseeing stroll the village visiting a local school, bustling bazaar and a village temple.
Besides the modern amenities, the Kot exudes the royal aura if the past. Join the royal family on dinner and have an opportunity to discuss Rajasthani culture, traditions and the rich heritage.
Night stay: at Sodawas Kot.
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