dream come true tour: Not just the sanctity of Hemkund Sahib,
the Golden Temple and Anandpur Sahib, but a trek in the mighty
Himalayas. An optional tour to the Mughal city of Agra, home of
the Taj Mahal. The BBC has listed the Golden Temple and Taj Mahal
as two of the top ten sites to visit in the world. Comfortable
lodging; Sacred ceremonies, Breakfast daily, and English-speaking
guides throughout the trip. Besides visiting the great religious
and cultural sites, and walking in the footsteps of the Masters,
our tour also provides time to "shop with Shakta" in
the bazaars and partake in local customs and ceremonies.
Kaur is your tour leader
June’17: Depart the USA
Depart the USA this afternoon. Overnight: On board your aircraft.
June’17: Arrive Delhi
Welcome to India. Spiritual Journeys representatives
will meet you as you exit the customs and immigration of Delhi
airport and transfer you to your hotel as you arrive this evening/night
or just past midnight on 20 June. Overnight: Delhi. (Accommodation
will be available from 1200 noon on 19 June). Meals: None.
20 June’17: In Delhi
Full day of sightseeing. Overnight: Delhi. Meals: Breakfast.
of India, the world's largest democracy, Delhi in many ways is
the essence of modern India, with its startling paradox of old
and new, foreign and familiar. Its fascination lies in its amalgamation
of ancient monuments and bustle and clamour of Old Delhi with
Lutyens imposing and magnificent New Delhi. Day
of Sightseeing. Humayun's Tomb was built by the Mughal
emperor's grieving widow, Haji Begum, in 1565 AD. Drive past India
Gate, President House, Parliament House & Raj Path. Later
proceed for the sightseeing of Old Delhi. Visiting: Jama Masjid
– Jama Masjid also known as “Masjid-i-Jahan Numa” was constructed
under the orders of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Raj Ghat - the
memorial of Mahatma Gandhi; Chandni Chowk - Chandni Chowk is one
of busiest and the oldest markets in Delhi. It is situated opposite
to the Red Fort across the road. Foundation of Chandni Chowk was
laid by the dear daughter of Shah Jahan. Rickshaw Ride - The pleasure
associated with the rickshaw ride here is ultimate. The rickshaw
rides gives the passengers an opportunity to see a different prospective
of Chandni Chowk, which is otherwise only regarded as one of the
favourite shopping avenues of Delhi. Red Fort (drive past) - One
of the most spectacular pieces of Mughal Architecture is the Lal
Quila or the Red Fort. Built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan
between 1638 and 1648, the Red Fort has walls extending up to
2 kms in length with the height varying from 18 mts on the river
side to 33 mts on the city side.
21 June’17: Delhi to Haridwar by train (5 hrs), then Haridwar
to Rishikesh by road (1 hr)
In time transfer in morning to railway station to board your train
to Haridwar and upon arrival at Haridwar railway station, drive/transfer
to your hotel in Rishikesh.
Spend the Summer Solstice in Rishikesh, with the great Himalayas
in front of you, the Holy Ganga on your side, meditation and yoga
within you, and the most beautiful aarti (holy chantings) on the
banks of the Ganga - all in all, an unforgettable and magical
experience. Overnight: Rishikesh. Meals: Breakfast.
22 June’17: Rishikesh – Pipalkothi (1260 m) by road (8-9hrs)
After an early breakfast drive to Pipalkothi. En route visit Devprayag
where the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers meet and Holy River
Mother Ganges starts from here. Overnight: Pipalkothi. Meals:
Breakfast & Lunch.
June’17: Pipalkothi – Govindghat (1828 m) by road (2hrs), then
Govindghat – Ghangaria (3028 m) by trek (14 km / 3-4 hrs)
After an early breakfast drive to Govindghat, which is the starting
point of a gradual ascent trek along a well maintained pilgrim
trail to Ghangaria. Upon arrival at Ghangria check into your hotel
and explore the surroundings in the evening. Overnight: Ghangria.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.
24 June’17: Ghangaria – Hemkund Sahib (4630 m) – Ghangaria
by trek (6 hrs total)
Trek to Hemkund Sahib. The high
altitude Lokpal Lake, known as Hemkund (4,630 mts, 15,200 ft.)
lies in heavenly environs. Total trek from Ghaghara to Hemkund
Sahib and back is about six hours. It is an important pilgrimage
for both Hindus and Sikhs, as well
as for people from other faiths. There is a Sikh
Gurudwara and a Lakshman temple built on the bank of the lake.
Encircled by seven snow clad peaks and their associated glaciers,
it reflects its surroundings enchantingly on its crystal clear
serene waters. The glaciers from Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peaks
feed the lake and a small stream called Himganga flows out of
this lake. As alluded to, in the holy Granth Sahib, Guru Govind
Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikh faith had meditated on the bank
of this lake in one of his earlier births. It is widely believed
among Sikhs that Guru Govind Singh introduced the features now
universally associated with Sikhism. On 15th April 1699, he started
the new brotherhood called the Khalsa (meaning the pure, from
the Persian word 'Khales') an inner core of the faithful, accepted
by baptism (amrit). Overnight: Ghangaria.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.
June’17: Ghangharia– Valley of Flowers (3568 m) (4 – 7 Km trek
one way) - Ghangaria
Day would be at your leisure or trek to and trek back from Valley
of flower (3858 m) from Ghangaria. After a 3 Kms trek crossing
the bridge and coming to left bank you will reach first small
stream which marks the start of Valley of Flowers which is an
enchanting sight with an impressive array of rare alpine wildflowers
like blue poppy, Cobra Lily, Geranium, Marsh etc.. The valley
is 14 Kms long, 2 Kms wide, and is divided by the Pushpawati stream,
into which several tiny streams and waterfalls merge. Trek up
to the Joan Margaret Legge and return back at the big rock near
the first stream we will have lunch and return to Ghangaria. After
absorbing the beauty of the Valley of Flowers we trek back to
Ghangaria. Overnight: Ghangaria. Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.
26 June’17: Ghangaria – Govindghat by trek (14 km / 3-4
hrs) then Govindghat – Rudarparyag by road (4 hrs)
This morning we’ll start trekking early, back to Govindghat where
we’ll be met by our vehicle for drive to Rudarparyag. Overnight:
Rudarparyag. Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.
27 June’17: Rudarparyag – Dehradun by road (7 hrs)
Depart early morning by road for Dehradun. Overnight: Dehradun.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.
28 June’17: Dehradun – Haridwar, then train to Amritsar
In the morning, visit the Dekyiling Tibetan settlement in the
outskirts of Dehradun, a journey time of about 1 hour. This 31
acre settlement was for the rehabilitation of Tibetan refugees
from Bhutan and Tibet, established in 1981. For their employment
a cottage industry was started, and today they manufacture carpets,
clothes and shoulder bags together with seasonal petty business.
Then drive to Haridwar train station to board your train for Amritsar
departing at 1430 and arriving at 2205. Upon arrival, transfer
to your hotel. Overnight: Amritsar. Meals: Breakfast &
29 June’17: In Amritsar
Depart before dawn for the Golden Temple. Participate in bringing
the Granth Sahib from its overnight resting place to Harmindar
Sahib, a prominent Sikh Gurudwara located in the city of Amritsar,
built by the fourth Sikh guru, Guru Ramdaas Sahib Ji, in the 16th
Century. In 1604, Guru Arjun completed the Adi Granth, the holy
scripture of Sikhism, and installed it in the Gurudwara. Have
for breakfast, and return to your hotel for a wash.
Then spend the rest of the day sightseeing in Amritsar. Drive
to Gurudwara Baba Bhuda Ji situated on Chaabal Amritsar road,
Baba Bhuda Ji the mentor of many Sikh Gurus, spent most of his
life here. Guru Arjan Dev Ji’s wife, Mata Ganga ji wished for
a son. And Guru Arjan Dev Ji suggested her to pay homage to Baba
Bhuda Ji to ask for putar di data. Also visit Gurudwara Baba Deep
Singh Ji Shaheed situated in the parikarma of Shri Harmandir Sahib
at Amritsar. Baba Deep Singh Ji was the leader of the famous "Shaheedan
Di Misl" among the 12 misls. Follow by visit of Wagha Border
for closing ceremony, the international border between India and
Pakistan. The pomp and pageantry (pantomime) of the Beating Retreat
and the Changing of the Guard within handshaking distance of Indian
and Pakistani forces makes for a most charming spectacle. In the
evening visit the Golden Temple for night ceremony. Overnight:
30 June’17: Amritsar – Hoshiarpur by road (3 hrs)
A second opportunity of going to the Golden Temple to bring the
Granth Sahib to Harmindar Sahib. Depart before dawn for the Golden
Temple. After Langar for breakfast, drive to Hoshiarpur (3 hrs).
Overnight: Hoshiarpur. Meals: Breakfast.
1 July’17: Hoshiarpur – Anandpur Sahib by road (2 hrs), then to
Delhi (thro' Chandigarh) –by train
After breakfast drive to Gurudwara Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib of
Anandpur Sahib (2 hrs), one
of the most important sacred places of the Sikhs and is closely
linked with their religious traditions and history. It is located
on the lower spurs of the Himalayas surrounded by picturesque
natural scenery, with the river Satluj forming a shimmering and
shiny blue border on the south west barely four miles away. Later
drive to Chandigarh Railway station to board your train to Delhi
departing 1823 and arriving 2155. Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer
to your hotel. Overnight: Delhi. Meals: Breakfast.
2 July’17: Delhi Departure
Day at leisure, with an in time transfer to Delhi international
airport for your onward flight.
(End of Tour as Offered by Spiritual Journeys, Inc)
Tour to Agra
2 July’17: Delhi to Agra
Depart early in the morning by road for Agra (5 hrs). Check in
to your hotel (Check-in time is 1400 hrs and early check-in would
be subject to availability). Proceed for personal sightseeing
arrange by Shakta. Rest of day is free for your leisure. Overnight:
July’17: In Agra
Depart before dawn for your visit to the Taj Mahal, which was
built in the middle of the 17th century by the Moghul emperor
Shah Jehan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Return to your hotel for
breakfast. After, spend rest of the day sightseeing. Visit the
red sandstone Agra Fora which stands like a crescent on the banks
of Jamuna River enclosed by forbidding 20-meter high walls, with
a 12- meter moat between them and then visit tomb of I'timad-ud-Daulah
and Marble factory. View the stunning Taj from Mehtab Bagh. Overnight:
Agra. Meals: Breakfast. (Taj Mahal closed on Fridays).
July’17: In Agra
Day at your leisure for independent activities. Overnight: Agra.
July’17: Agra – Delhi Airport / Departure
After breakfast drive directly to Delhi international airport
in time for you to board your flight for onward destination. Meals:
End of services offered by Spiritual Journeys, Inc.
Blu Dwarka (Superior Room)
Rishikesh Ganga Kinare
Pipalkothi Hotel Le Meadows
Ghangaria Swiss Camp (Tent)
Monal Resort (Standard Room)
Tree Premier (Superior Room)
Haridwar The Haveli
Hari Ganga (Superior Room)
Amritsar Ramada (Standard
County (Suite / Luxury Tents)
Four Points by Sheraton (Sup. Room Taj View) (For
Tour price, US$ per person, two people sharing one room,
Till 3 Feb '17
4 Feb to 30 Apr '17
After 1 May '17
Supp for Main Tour *
Tour & Agra Tour
Supp for both Tours *
Single supplement: Additional to respective
tour price, US$ per person.