The Golden Temple with North and East India Tour covers all the famous tourist sites existing in both North and East India .This 28 Nights and 29 Days tour is one to the most exhaustive and comprehensive tour under the Golden temple tour programs .
Duration: 28 Nights/29 Days
Destinations Covered: Delhi- - Amritsar - Dalhousie - Dharamshala - Kasauli - Manali Shimla - Mussorie - Rishikesh - Haridwar - Corbett Park - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Orchha - Agra- Jaipur - Delhi.
1st Day : Arrival in Delhi .The representative of the tour receives the guests on their arrival in Delhi the National Capital of India. After being bestowed with a warm welcome the guest is escorted to the City Hotel for an overnight stay.
2nd Day : Sightseeing, Visiting the religious Shrines and Shopping in Delhi : The second day is spent in touring this vibrant city which co-incidentally has been the premier city for rulers of ancient, medieval and modern India. The Red Fort , The Jama Masjid , The Purana Quila, The Raj Ghat , The Rashtrapati Bhawan , The India Gate , The Lotus Temple are some of the outstanding monuments encompassing both medieval and modern India. Delhi is also a home for important religious shrines . In particular, its five important Gurudwaras Gurudwara Rakab Ganj, Gurudwara Nanak Piao, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Gurudwara Manju Ka Tila and Gurudwara Sis Ganj are important Sikh religious places . In the evening before the tourists check into the hotel for an overnight stay the tourists can go for shopping in its famous markets like Connaught Place , Karol Bagh etc. Overnight stay is in the Delhi Hotel.
3rd Day : Delhi -Amritsar
In the morning, the Golden Temple with North and East India tour leaves for Amritsar . Situated 447 Kilometers from Delhi, Amritsar is one of the top cities of Punjab where famous religious shrines and cultural monuments exist. On arrival at Amritsar, the tourist will check into the hotel . After a brief rest , the visitor pays a visit to the Golden Temple the world famous Sikh Shrine . This Principal Sikh Gurudwara is also called Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib .The Golden Temple which was constructed in 1604 AD, houses the Guru Granth Sahib the eleventh Guru of Sikhism. After paying obeisance at the Golden Temple, the guest retires for the day in their designated hotel.
4th Day: Amritsar Sight seeing Apart from Golden Temple, Jalianwala Bagh and Wagah Border are the other top tourist sites of Amritsar. Jallianwala Bagh reminds the humanity of one of the worst massacres the world has ever witnessed . On April 13, 1919 , Reginald Dyer , the British Army Brigadier , ordered his soldiers to fire on thousands of unarmed people who had gathered for a protest meeting against the oppressive policies pursued by the then British Government against the Indians . In this mad shooting spree it is believed that over 1000 innocent people lost their lives. The number of the wounded people stood at an alarming figure of 2000. The bullet marks of this brazen act of General Dyer can still be seen on the walls of the Park .
The Wagah Border between India and Pakistan is a great place to visit in the evening for the flag lowering ceremony by the soldiers of both the nations .The overnight stay is at the Amritsar Hotel.
5th Day : Amritsar-Dalhousie On the fifth day The Golden Temple with North and East India tour proceeds to Dalhousie a striking hill station situated on the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Western Himalayas. Dalhousie lies at a distance of 188 Kilometers from Amritsar. This hill station situated at an altitude of 9000 feet above sea level and it lies next to the stunning Chamba Hill station .On arrival to Dalhousie , the tourists check into the hotel for an overnight stay.
6th Day : Dalhousie Sight Seeing Next day , the visitors explore the town which has great places of tourist interest like Punjpula - place of five bridges , Satdhara- home of seven medicinal streams, Dayan Kund - the spot where Ravi, Beas and Chenab meet , Jandri Ghat -famed picnic spot .In addition it's wildlife sanctuary Kalatop-Khaijjar is one of the most visited places in Dalhousie . After touring these marvelous sites , the tourists check into the hotel for an overnight stay.
7th Day : Dalhousie-Dharamshala Today the tour will move toward Dharamshala the picturesque town of Kangra Valley. Lying at a distance of 127 Kilometers from Dalhousie, Dharamshala lies at an altitude of 4780 feet.. On arrival at Dharamshala the tourists spend their overnight in the confines of the hotel .
8th Day: Dharamshala Sightseeing On the eight day , the tourists explore the amazing Dharamshala Valley In it's McLeod Ganj or Upper Dharamsala lies the home in of Dalai Lama -the Tibetian Spiritual Leader .Since 1960 Dalai Lama along with his many followers have been staying as refugees in McLeod Ganj. St John's Church in McLeod Ganj is renowned for its artistic stained glass paintings. Overnight stay is in the hotel of Dharamshala.
9th Day : Dharamshala-Kasauli : After visiting the home of Nobel Laureate Dalai Lama on the previous day , today the tourists make their move to another equally beautiful and peace full station -Kasauli. Situated in the Solan district , this hill station is blessed with wonderful flora like the pine, rhododendron and oak trees. Its famous attractions include the Hanuman Temple, The Christ Church , The Lawrence School- Sanawar. It's both upper and lower malls are its main routes . The upper and lower Malls are the two principal roads of the town. In the night the guest check into the hotel.
10th Day: Kasauli -Manali From the beautiful hill station of Kasauli, the Golden Temple with North and East India tour proceeds to dazzling town of Manali. Lying at an altitude of 8,612 feet this hill station lies in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. . The guests check into the hotel for the overnight stay.
11th Day : Manali sight seeing
On the next day of their arrival to Manali, the tourists visit its some famous places of interest. Hadimba temple the abode of the local God- Hadimba, Buddhist monasteries and good trekking routes are some of the great tourist attractions of Manali. The overnight stay is in the Hotel.
12th Day : Manali -Shimla
After covering more than half of the tour, Golden Temple with North India tour moves to the Queen of Hills - Shimla . Once the tourists arrives in Shimla they check into the Hotel for an overnight stay .
13th Day: Shimla Sightseeing - Lying at an altitude of 2130 meters , Shimla lies in the north western Himalayas . This hill station is the Capital of Indian State of Himachal Pradesh . The Summer Capital of the then British rulers of India , Shimla abounds with places of interest like The Mall , The Christ Church ,Shimla State Museum . Named after Goddess Shyamala, Shimla is also a home to some famous temples like Jakhu Temple and The Tara Devi Temple
14th Day: Shimla -Mussoorie . On the second week the tour enters from the Queen of the Hills -Shimla to Queen of Garhwal Hill stations - Mussoorie . It lies at an altitude of 8,929 feet and is situated 30 Kilometers from Dehradun . Guests check into the hotel for an overnight stay.
15th Day : Mussorrie Sightseeing - This hill station of Uttarakhand is blessed with amazing natural beauty . Tourist get to see its famous tourist sites like Camel's back Road, St Mary's Church, Gun Hill. and Kempty falls - the famed picnic spot. Incidentally St Mary's Church was one of the earliest church to be set up in the Himalayan region.. The overnight stay is in the great comforts of Mussoorie Hotel.
16th Day Mussoorie-Rishikesh
After a splendid tour of Mussoorie , the next phase of the tour is the Holy town of Rishikesh . It too flourishes with both religious and tourist sites . Lakshman Jhula the suspended bridge over River Ganga built in 1933 is one of the top attraction at Rishikesh. In addition Swarg Ashram and Triveni Ghat are other most visited pilgrimage sites of Rishikesh. For the overnight stay , the tourist check into the Hotel.
17th Day : Rishikesh- Haridwar - Today the tour will move from Rishikesh one Holy town to another equally important Holy town - Haridwar . On arrival at this Holy town of Uttarakhand State , the visitor checks into a hotel. In the evening, the tourists will be able to visit the famous Har-Ki-Pauri ghat. The Ghat on the Ganga river is crowded with devotee for the Arti i.e. the evening prayer .It is believed by Hindus that having a dip in the Ganga river purifies one's soul . Incidentally , the 2510 Kilometers Ganga originates from the Gangotri Glacier at Uttarakhand and empties into the Bay of Bengal.. Other attractions in Haridwar are famous temples like Mansa Devi, Maya Devi and Daksha Mahadev . Similarly, Jairam Ashram and Parad Shivling are other top centers of Hinduism. The overnight stay is in the hotel of Haridwar .
18th Day: Haridwar - Corbett National Park - After spending two days at Rishikesh and Haridwar the two important Hindu towns , its time to do something on wildlife tourism . Today , Golden Temple with North India Tour proceeds to Corbett National Park the oldest national Park of the country. Under the wildlife protection program of the Government of India , the park has played a key role in protecting the endangered Bengal Tiger .The Guests check into the hotel for the overnight stay.
19th Day: Corbett National Park Sightseeing
On the nineteenth day of the tour, the tourist will get to see the amazing flora and fauna in the park . Surrounded with thick Sal forest , Corbett National Park is the home to exciting wildlife like Tigers, Leopards, Elephants, crocodiles, deer, boar , pythons. The wild life enthusiasts in particular relish their each moment in the park which incidentally came into being in 1936. The park bears the name of Jim Corbett who was a great hunter in the beginning , before becoming an outstanding environmentalist .
20th Day: Corbett National Park -Delhi-Varanasi
After a wonderful wildlife tour on the preceding day , today the tour proceeds back to Delhi. The tourists check into the hotel for brief rest . Later on , Golden Temple with North and East India Tour moves towards the Hindu Holy town of Varanasi
Day 20:Varanasi Sightseeing
Lying at a distance of 670 kilometers from Delhi, Varanasi is the a very important city for Hindus . Also called Beneras or Kashi , this city dotting along the river Ganga is home to numerous Ghats like Assi Ghat, Dasaswamedh Ghat, Harish Chandra Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat , Tulsi Ghat etc . In this holy city exist some famous Hindu shrines like Sankat Mochan Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple , Bharat Mata temple and Vishwanath Temple .
Some of its outstanding educational and cultural centers are Banaras Hindu University, Bharat Kala Bhavan, and Ramnagar Fort . Overnight stay is in the Hotel of Varanasi.
22nd Day : Varanasi - Khajuraho
On the 22nd day , the tour proceeds to Khajuraho whose monuments are world renowned and come into the august category of UNESCO world Heritage sites .This famous city lies in the Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh . On arrival at Khajuraho the tourists check into its Hotel for an overnight stay.
23rd Day: Khajuraho Sight Seeing Today, the tourists go around the medieval temples of both Hindus and Jains. Some of these temples are more renowned because they house erotic sculptures . The Former Capital of Chandela Rajput dynasty between 10th and 12th Century, Khajuraho is one of the leading tourist destinations of India . The overnight stay is in the comforts of the Khajuraho hotel.
24th Day: Khajuraho-Orcha
After an enlightening tour of Kamasutra temples in Khajuraho , Golden Temple with North and East India tour moves to Orcha . Situated between Jhansi and Khajuraho , it is another medieval city which was established by Bundela rulers between 16th and 17th century. This city has amazing tourist sites like Fort Complex, Raj Mahal, Chaturbhuj Temple, Ram Raja Mandir and Phool Bagh. The overnight stay is in the Hotel of Orcha.
25th Day: Orcha-Agra . On the next day , the tour proceeds from Orcha the Prime City of erstwhile Bundela rulers to Agra- The former capital of Mughal rulers. This city of Uttar Pradesh is the home for Taj Mahal -one of the Seven wonders of the World. The visitors checks into the hotel and after relaxing for some time leave for a visit to the Taj Mahal . This white marble dome mausoleum was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.. Apart from Taj Mahal , Agra is also home to other great tourist locales like Agra Fort , Itmad-ud-daulah's Tomb and Akbar's tomb in Sikandra . After a splendid tour of Agra the guests check into the hotel for an overnight stay.
26th Day : Agra-Jaipur
On the 26th day the Golden temple with North and East India tour , the tourists proceed with a visit to the historical city of -Fatehpur Sikri . It lies at a distance of 40 Kilometers from Agra . The Capital of the finest Mughal Emperor -Akbar from 1571 to 1585 Fatehpur Sikri houses great buildings like Jodhabai's palace, Panch Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas, Salim Chisti- Tomb. Built of red sandstone Fatehpur Sikri lost its relevance when it was faced with crisis of shortage of water . By 1586 Akbar had moved his Capital to Agra Fort. . After the tour of Fatehpur Sikri the tour moves to Jaipur also known as Capital city of India. On arrival to this famed city of Rajputs , the tourists check into the hotel for an overnight stay.
27th Day : Jaipur Sight Seeing
On their second day in Jaipur the tourists will visit the historical sites and markets of Jaipur. This City is the Capital of Indian desert state of Rajasthan . Established in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur houses striking monuments the Amer Fort, City Palace , Hawa Mahal - palace of winds and Jantar Mantar-the famed observatory. Evening is free for shopping , Jaipur is renowned for antiques , precious and semi precious stones, jewels , brassware etc.
28th Day: Jaipur -Delhi After an splendid tour of Jaipur on the previous day , the tour today will proceed back to Delhi . On arrival in Delhi , the guests check into the hotel for an overnight stay.
29th Day Indira Gandhi International Airport -Delhi Finally the memorable tour comes to its culmination on the 8th day. The tourists proceed to Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi to catch their respective flight for their onward journey.
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