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$ 3533

Sacred India

Culture
Culture
min $ 3533
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Tour details
Destinations: Mumbai, Varanasi, Lucknow, Amritsar, Dharamshala, Delhi
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 3533
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Overview & dates

INTRO

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Take a trip through the great religious centres of India. Explore Mumbai and learn about Zoroastrian culture and their sobering Tower of Silence. Head to the city of Varanasi, sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. Take a boat at sunrise and see Hindus bathe in the holy river Ganges. In Lucknow, marvel at the grand Bara Imambara mosque and the Islamic culture that permeates this city. Fly to Amritsar, site of the inspiring Golden Temple and the centre of Sikhism. Finally, drive to Dharamsala in the foothills of the Himalayas, home of the Dalai Lama and where Buddhism flourishes.


DATES

This trip can be run on dates to suit you, please contact us for more information and to let us know when you would like to travel.


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HIGHLIGHTS

Boat ride on the holy river Ganges

Marvel at the Golden Temple

Buddhist culture in Dharamsala

Explore the heritage sites


PLACES VISITED

Mumbai - Varanasi - Sarnath - Lucknow - Amritsar - Dharamsala - Mcleodganj - Delhi Mumbai
Varanasi
Sarnath
Lucknow
Amritsar
Dharamsala
Mcleodganj
Delhi

Itinerary

ITINERARY

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Day 1 : Arrival

Arrive into Mumbai. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Mumbai.

Arrive in Mumbai, where you will be met by a Travel The Unknown representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure. Overnight in Mumbai.

Meal plan : n/a


Day 2 : Mumbai

Guided tour of Mumbai. Overnight in Mumbai.

After breakfast enjoy a guided walking tour of Mumbai, learning more about the religious diversity of this fascinating city. Overnight in Mumbai.

Meal plan : Breakfast


Mumbai is the most populous city in India, the economical and commercial centre of the country and the home of Bollywood, the Hindi film industry. Mumbai's most famous site is the Gateway of India, a 26-metre-high arch built to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary in India in 1911. Other important landmarks include the Marine Drive boulevard, known as the 'Queen's Necklace' due to its resemblance to a pearl necklace when viewed at night from above; Dhobi Ghat, the world’s largest open air laundry; Crawford Market, the largest market in Mumbai,  named after  the first Municipal Commissioner of the city, Arthur Crawford; and the Victoria Terminus railway station, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The latter is famous for its blend of Gothic Revival and traditional Mughal architectural styles, and was built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee. In 1996 it was renamed to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, after the founder of the Maratha Empire.

Day 3 : Mumbai - Varanasi

Fly to Varanasi. In the afternoon, explore city. Watch the "Aarti" ceremony. Overnight in Varanasi.

Transfer to the airport to board your flight to Varanasi. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel, after which you will be given time to freshen up and relax. In the afternoon you will be taken on a walking tour around the Ghats of the Ganges. Witness the "Aarti" ceremony by boat in the evening. Overnight in Varanasi.

Meal plan : Breakfast


Varanasi is regarded as the spiritual capital of India, signifying the crossing between the physical and spiritual worlds, and regularly attracts pilgrims to bathe in the sacred waters of the River Ganges. The Ghats leading into the river are colourful, full of character and a have an unrivaled spiritual atmosphere. Every evening at sunset, Varanasi stages the 'Aarti ceremony' where Pilgrims gather on the banks of the Ganges and offer fire to Lord Shiva & the river. 

Day 4 : Varanasi - Sarnath - Varanasi

Morning boat cruise on the River Ganges. Later, visit Sarnath. Overnight in Varanasi.

Depart on a morning boat cruise along the River Ganges to observe the local way of life. Later, continue on an excursion to Sarnath. Return to Varanasi for overnight stay.

Meal plan : Breakfast


Sarnath is considered the most beautiful Buddhist pilgrimage, naturally preaching tranquility and peace. Sarnath Temple or Dhamekh Stupa attracts pilgrims from all over the world as it is where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after achieving enlightenment. It was built around 500 AD, although some parts are thought to be even older.

Day 5 : Varanasi - Lucknow

Drive to Lucknow. In the evening, walk around the Victorian style market. Overnight in Lucknow.

Today you will be transferred to Lucknow. In the evening, enjoy a walk around Hazratganj, the Victorian-style market. Overnight in Lucknow.

Meal plan : Breakfast


Lucknow, the Golden City of the East, is the capital city of Uttar Pradesh in India. A multicultural city, it flourished as the cultural and artistic capital of North India in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is typically associated with legendary ‘nawabi’ hospitality, the British Raj, leisurely lifestyles and world-renowned cuisine. The rich Awadhi cuisine of Lucknow was made popular by the Nawab of Awadh who, to deal with food shortage, ordered his men to cook in huge handis (vessels) to feed the hungry. This eventually led to a style of cooking called ‘dum’ – the art of sealing ingredients in large handis and cooking over a slow fire.

Day 6 : Lucknow

City tour of Lucknow. Overnight in Lucknow.

After breakfast, proceed on a guided city tour of Lucknow. The tour will take in many of the city's most impressive sights, such as Bara Imambara, the British Residency and the Clock Tower. Overnight in Lucknow. 

Meal plan : Breakfast


Bara Imambara is one of the most famous monuments in Lucknow, built by the fourth Nawab of Awadh known as Asaf-ud-Daula, as part of a relief project in response to the 1784 famine. The central hall of Bara Imambara is said to be the largest arched hall in the world, measuring 50 metres long and 15 metres high. The unique construction of interlocking bricks means there are no girders or beams. The roof stands steady till date without any pillars to support it. Today, the central hall is an important place of worship for Muslims. 

The British Residency served as a refuge for approximately 3000 British inhabitants throughout the 1857 uprising. Lucknow was the centre of all British activities during the siege and the Residency became the monopolistic centre of the British for almost 90 days. Within the walls are the graves of around 2000 British soldiers who died in the 1857 revolt. On November 17th, the British troops defeated the Indian forces and recaptured the city. Today, the British Residency of Lucknow serves as a government office. 

Constructed in 1887, the Hussainabad Clock Tower, the tallest Clock Tower in India, is one of the finest examples of British Architecture in the country. The 221-foot tall structure was erected by Nawab Nasir-ud-din Haider to mark the arrival of Sir George Couper, 1st Lieutenant Governor of United Province of Avadh in the year 1887.

Day 7 : Lucknow - Amristar

Fly to Amritsar. Afternoon visit to Wagah Border to see the changing of the guard ceremony. Evening visit to the Golden Temple. Watch the Palki Sahib ceremony. Overnight in Amritsar.

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Amritsar. In the afternoon, proceed to visit the Wagah Border to witness the changing of the guard ceremony. Watch the Palki Sahib ceremony at the Golden Temple. Overnight in Amritsar.

Meal plan : Breakfast


The city of Amritsar boasts the famous Golden Temple, located in the heart of the city. Amritsar is at the epicentre of the Sikh faith, where the Golden Temple is the holiest of Sikh shrines. For Sikhs it is both a display of Punjab's wealth and an important pilgrimage. People from all faiths gather at the Golden Temple, a tribute to the traditions of a faith whose holy book is a compilation of the writings of men of different faiths. 

Day 8 : Amritsar

Sightseeing tour of Amritsar. Evening walk around the local markets. Overnight in Amritsar.

After breakfast, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Amritsar. In the evening explore the local markets and sample some local delicacies. Overnight in Amritsar.

Meal plan : Breakfast


Day 9 : Amristar - Dharamsala

Drive to Dharamsala. Check into hotel. Rest of day free. Overnight in Dharamsala.

Depart for Dharamsala. Upon arrival, the rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy at your leisure. Overnight in Dharamsala.

Meal plan : Breakfast


Dharamsala is situated in the upper reaches of the Kangra Valley and surrounded by dense coniferous forest. The hill-station town is best known as the home of the exiled Dalai Lama and the centre of the Tibetan exile world in India. The town is a centre for Tibetan arts and crafts, boasting several art galleries and an annual international film festival. The Dalai Lama temple and other Buddhist monasteries are set in beautiful and serene surroundings.

Day 10 : Dharamsala - Mcleodganj - Dharamsala

Drive to Mcleodganj to explore Tibetan culture. Return to Dharamsala for overnight.

Drive to Mcleodganj to experience Tibetan culture. Visit Tsuglagkhang complex, Namgyal monastery, the Tibetan museum and Norbulingka Institute. Return to Dharamsala for overnight.

Meal plan : Breakfast


Mcleodganj, named after Sir Donald Friell McLeod ('ganj' is a common Hindi word for 'neighbourhood'), is a suburb of Dharamsala with a large Tibetan population. It is the headquarters of the Tibetan government-in-exile, as well as the Dalai Lama.

Day 11 : Dharamsala

Visit the Tibetan Library and Archives, Nechung monastery and the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute. Overnight in Dharamsala.

Visit the Tibetan Library and Archives, Nechung monastery and 'Men Tsee Khang', the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute. Overnight in Dharamsala.

Meal plan : Breakfast


Day 12 : Dharamsala - Delhi

Fly to Delhi. Relax in hotel. Evening tour of New Delhi. Overnight in Delhi.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your flight to Delhi. You will have time to relax until the evening, when you will proceed on a guided tour of New Delhi. Overnight in Delhi.

Meal plan : Breakfast


India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines the ancient with the modern. Amidst the vast spiraling skyscrapers, the remnants of a bygone era in the form of its many monuments, stand as silent reminders of the region’s ancient legacy. The first impression for any visitor travelling in from the airport is of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.

Day 13 : Delhi

Guided tour of Old Delhi. Overnight in Delhi.

Today you will be taken on a guided tour of Old Delhi. Overnight in Delhi.

Meal plan : Breakfast


The walled city of Old Delhi, which includes the Lal Qila or Red Fort of Delhi, was established in 1650 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The Spice Bazaar, or Khari Baoli, is a street in Old Delhi known for its wholesale grocery and is one of Asia’s largest wholesale spice markets selling all kinds of spices, nuts and herbs. Operating since the 17th century, the market is situated close to the historic Delhi Red Fort. Learn about the spices on sale and smell their aromas. One of Delhi's most interesting buildings is the Jama Masjid (mosque), which is surrounded by traditional businesses that showcase centuries’ old arts and crafts. There is also a marvellous old-fashioned shop where you can test Indian perfume from cut-glass bottles. You will saunter through the main bridal street of Old Delhi, Kinari Bazaar, with its dazzling display of embroidered silk wedding saris.
 


Day 14 : Departure

Breakfast. Transfer to airport for onward flight.

Breakfast. Transfer to airport for onward flight.

Meal plan : Breakfast


What's included

INCLUDED Airport transfers Domestic flights Ground transport with driver English-speaking guides Accommodation Breakfasts and some meals (refer to itinerary for meal plan)
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