Haridwar Kumbha Festival With Taj Mahal
Duration: 09 Nights / 10 Days Tour
Cities Covered: Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh - Jaipur - Agra- Delhi
2010 Kumbh Mela, Haridwar
The main bathing date is 14th April. The most important dates are 14th January,12 & 13th February,15 March and 14th April.
Kumbha Mela derives its name from the immortal - Pot of Nectar - described in ancient Vedic scriptures known as the Puranas. Kumbha in Sanskrit language means 'pot or pitcherí. Mela means 'festival'. Thus Kumbha Mela literally means festival of the pot. Or in this case a festival celebrating the appearance of the pot of nectar. The ancient origin of the Kumbha Mela is described in the time-honored Vedic literatures of India as having evolved from the bygone days of the universe when the demigods and the demons conjointly produced the nectar of immortality. It is said that the demigods and the demons assembled on the shore of the milk ocean that lies in the celestial region of the cosmos.
The demigods and the demons made a plan to churn the milk ocean to produce the nectar of immortality. They then agreed to share the nectar equally once it was produced. For the task of churning the milk ocean, the Mandara Mountain was used as the churning rod, and Vasuki, the king of serpents, became the rope for churning. As the churning began, the Mandara Mountain began to sink deep into the ocean, at which time Vishnu incarnated as a great tortoise and supported the mountain on His back. With the demigods at Vasukiís tail and the demons at his head, they churned the milk ocean for one thousand years..
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
As you arrive in Delhi, India for the start of the Golden Triangle and Ranthambore Tour, you will be received by the warmest of welcomes at the airport/ railway station form where you would be escorted to the pre-booked hotel of your choice by our very own tour representative. Check in at the hotel and freshen up. Afterwards, embark on a sightseeing tour of New Delhi, with visits to the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, Laxmi Narayan Temple and Lotus Temple. You will also be driven past the Parliament House, Rashtrapati Bhawan and Rajpath. Overnight stay at the hotel.
.DAY 02: DELHI
Morning after breakfast city sightseeing tour of Delhi visit Old Delhi imposing Red Fort (from outside) - one of the most magnificent palace in the world; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India also a stunning example of Mughal architecture. Conclude the tour at the Memorial of Mahatma Gandhi (father of the nation) at Raj Ghat, situated on the banks of the legendary Yamuna River, where his mortal remains were laid to rest.
Later, you will visit New Delhi. Build during British rule in 1911, You will visit Connaught Place - the hub of the city laid out as a traffic circle of architecturally uniform buildings, mainly devoted to commercial establishments, shops & restaurants. Further drive to The Rajpath flanked by Ornamental ponds and lawns, with India Gate (war memorial) at one end and Rashtrapati Bhawan (from outside) - at the other. This part of the city most clearly reflects Lutyens European influence. Drive past the Parliament House (from outside) - Sansad Bhawan, the seat of the Government. Further drive to the towering Qutub Minar. Built In 1199 AD either as a victory tower or as a minaret to the adjacent mosque, it stands tall at 72.5 meters. It is still the highest, and the finest stone towers in India. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 03: DELHI- HARIDWAR (230 Kms/05 Hrs).
Morning after breakfast depart by surface for Haridwar, 230 km northeast of Delhi, is at the base of the Shivalik hills. Here the mighty Ganga comes down to the plains of India from the Himalayas. Amongst the many pilgrimage towns situated along the length of the holy Ganga, Haridwar is arguably the holiest in the land. Haridwar represents the gateway to the Himalayan pilgrimage shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath. The pilgrimage to the Himalayan shrines begins only when the sun reaches the zodiac sign of Aries. Upon arrival check-in at hotel.
Afternoon do a walking tour of Haridwar city. Also enjoy Rope way cable ride to Mansa Devi Temple. Evening witness Ganga Aarti at Har-Ki-Pauri. A daily ritual, it is a breathtaking sight, with thousands of earthern lamps lighting up the evening. Overnight stay will be at hotel/Camp
DAY 04: HARIDWAR
Early in the morning we will take you for the Kumbh Mela main bathing. It is one of the auspicious bathing dates of Kumbh Mela, which attracts millions of saints/sages and devotees from all over to take a holy dip in the sacred River Ganga. Full day free to watch the Kumbh Mela processions is to witness the march of the ages. Overnight stay will be at hotel/Camp.
DAY 05: HARIDWAR - RISHIKESH - HARIDWAR (30 KMS /01 HRS 30 MIN ONE WAY)
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed for Rishikesh. Rishikesh is located in the foothills of the Himalayas and surrounded by the scenic beauty of the hills on three sides with the Ganges River flowing through it. Rishikesh, the birth place of yoga is now the Hatha Yoga capital of the world and a totally vegetarian town. Visit the Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Temples and Ashrams. Return back to Haridwar. Overnight stay will be at hote.
DAY 06: HARIDWAR - AGRA (Kalinga Uttkal Exp. 0600/1600 hrs)
Early morning transfer to the railway station to connect train for Agra. Upon arrival meet with our representative and transfer to the hotel. Rest of time free at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 07: AGRA.
Early morning enjoy Tonga ride to proceed for Taj Mahal with professional English speaking guide, visit Taj Mahal (Taj Mahal Closed on Friday) built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1560 AD in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains after she died while giving birth to his 14th child. This architectural marvel, which took 17 years to complete, is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from raw white marble which stands testimony to the skill of 20,000 craftsmen brought from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy. Later come back to Hotel for Breakfast.
After breakfast proceed to visit Agra Fort- situated on the banks of river Yamuna. The elegant building inside reflecting an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural style built by Emperor Akber in 1565 AD. Also visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-dullah, father of Queen Nur Jehan - a two storied tomb bearing mosaics in inlaid semi-precious stones. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 08: AGRA - JAIPUR (232 KMS/05 HRS)
Morning after breakfast drive to Jaipur en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri - Old Deserted town of Mughal Dynasty. Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Thereafter you can experience the carpet weaving, the block printing demonstration and the Turban wearing which plays a vital role in the Rajasthani life.Overnight stay at Hotel.
DAY 09: JAIPUR
Breakfast at Hotel in Jaipur & excursion to Amber Fort. Visit the Amber Palace of the Kuchchawa rulers on the back of the elephant like the Maharajas and enjoy Elephant ride .
Later city tour of Pink City which includes Hawa Mahal (Photo-stop): the palace of winds, Jantar Mantar : Science lovers will love Jantar mantar an observatory built by the founder of Jaipur in 1728 AD and the City Palace Museums which contains the original collection of the Maharajas of Jaipur.
Evening enjoy dinner with cultural dance show. Overnight stay at Hotel.
DAY 10: JAIPUR - DELHI (260 KMS/06 HRS)
Morning at leisure to relax or to explore the town on your own. Afternoon drive back to Delhi International airport to connect flight for your onward destination.