Dag 5 ,Haridwar - Rishikesh - Haridwar
Dag 01:Amsterdam – Delhi.
Jullie vertrekken vanuit Schiphol naar Delhi.
Dag 02:Aankomst Delhi
On arrival, meeting, assistance at airport by our representative and transfer to hotel. Where our executive will explain the travel plan in detail and hand over the essential documents (Tour programme, hotel’s vouchers, feedback report etc.) to you. Rest of the evening free to relax at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Bij aankomst, ontmoeting en assistentie op de luchthaven door onze vertegenwoordiger en volgt transfer naar het hotel. Onze executive zal het reisplan in detail toelichten en de essentiële documenten (Tour-programma, hotelvouchers, feedbackrapport etc.) aan u zal overhandigen.
De rest van de dag heeft u vrije tijd.
Overnachting in het hotel in Delhi.
Dag 03:Delhi Free day
Morning breakfast at hotel. Rest of the day free for leisure activities. Overnight at hotel.
Dag 04:Delhi – Haridwar (200 Kms / 4.5 hrs)
After breakfast & checkout from the hotel drive to Haridwar. On arrival, check-in at hotel. In the evening one can visit Har Ki Pauri & be the witness of Ganges ceremony (Aarti) - a famous ghat on the banks of the Ganges. This revered place is the major landmark of the holy city of Haridwar. Literally, "Har" means "Lord Shiva" who is the god according to shaivite Rishav school of Hindu theology, "Ki" means "of" and "Pauri" means "steps". Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are believed to have visited the Brahmakund in Har Ki Pauri in the Vedic times. There is a large footprint said to belong to Lord Vishnu on a stone wall. Overnight at hotel.
Na het ontbijt en uitchecken in het hotel rijdt u naar Haridwar. Bij aankomst in Haridwar kunt u inchecken in het hotel.
Om 17.30 kan men Har Ki Pauri bezoeken en de getuige zijn van de Ganges-ceremonie (Aarti) - een beroemde ghat aan de oevers van de Ganges.
Deze vereerde plaats is de belangrijkste bezienswaardigheid van de heilige stad Haridwar. Letterlijk betekent "Har" "Heer Shiva", die volgens de shaivitische Rishav school van de Hindu-theologie de god is, "Ki" betekent "van" en "Pauri" betekent "stappen". Lord Shiva en Lord Vishnu zouden de Brahmakund in Har Ki Pauri in de Vedische tijd hebben bezocht. Er is een grote voetafdruk waarvan gezegd wordt dat ze op een stenen muur tot Lord Vishnu behoort.
Later kunt u wandelen in de gezellige avond markt van Haridwar.
Overnachting in het hotel in Haridwar.
Dag 05:Haridwar – EXCURSION TOPUR TO RISHIKESH
After an early breakfast at hotel visit. Mansa Devi Temple - a Hindu Temple dedicated to goddess Mansa Devi in the holy city of Haridwar in the Uttarakhand state of India. The temple is located atop the Bilwa Parvat on the Sivalik Hills, the southernmost mountain chain of the Himalayas. The temple also known as Bilwa Tirth is one of the Panch Tirth (Five Pilgrimages) within Haridwar. The temple is known for being the holy abode of Manasa, a form of Shakti and is said to have emerged from the mind of the sage (Rishi) Kashyapa. Mansa is regarded as the sister of the Naga (Viper) Vasuki. Temple can be reached in two ways: on foot or by cable car. Walking requires a one and a half kilometer hike uphill. The track is sealed but the exertion can be draining during the hot months. Hence, many people prefer to take the cable car (also referred to as a ropeway) up, and walk down. The first cable car starts running at 7 a.m. during April to October, and 8 a.m. the rest of the year . Chandi Devi Temple Haridwar is, no doubt, one of those destinations that purify your soul. There are too many places of worship in this holy town. One of the most significant of these is the Chandi Devi Temple, situated on the top of the Neel Parvat. The temple is so named, as it remains dedicated to the goddess Chandi Devi. The famous temple was built back in 1929, by Suchat Singh (the then king of Kashmir). The Ganges, which flows by one side of the temple, enhances the overall beauty of the Chandi Devi manifolds. Daksha Mahadev Temple Haridwaris one of the most ancient cities in the world. Its original name was Mayapuri and it is mentioned in all our ancient Vedas and Puranas. The small town of Kankhal is very close to Haridwar and it has a beautiful temple to Shiva which is known as the Daksha Prajapati Mandir or Daksha Mahadev Temple. Later enjoy excursion tour to Rishikesh , a small town in the northern state of Uttarakhand. Scenically located where the Ganges River comes down from the Himalayas, Rishikesh catapulted to Western fame when the Beatles dropped by for a visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram (now closed), and the town is still known as the World Capital of Yoga. Rishikesh is also the Gateway to the Himalayas. The Char Dham Yatra (Four Shrines Sacred Journey) ideally begins from Rishikesh. Rishikesh itself famous for its various Ayurvedic treatments. On arrival check in at Ashram. Later visit– Bharat Mata Mandir ,Ram Jhula, Lakshman Jhula – one of the most prominent land Marks at Rishikesh. This is a suspended bridge and was built in the year 1929. Also visit Triveni Ghat - It is a sacred spot where the pilgrims swarm to for a holy dip. Later return back to Haridwar. Overnight at hotel.
Na een vroeg ontbijt in het hotel volgt een bezoek aan de Mansa Devi-tempel - een Hindoe Tempel gewijd aan godin Mansa Devi.
De tempel bevindt zich bovenop de Bilwa Parvat op de Sivalik Hills, de zuidelijkste bergketen van de Himalaya. De tempel ook bekend als Bilwa Tirth is een van de Panch Tirth (Five Pilgrimages) binnen Haridwar.
De tempel staat bekend als de heilige verblijfplaats van Manasa, een vorm van Shakti en wordt gezegd te zijn voortgekomen uit de geest van de wijze (Rishi) Kashyapa. Mansa wordt beschouwd als de zus van de Naga (Viper) Vasuki. Om deze tempel te bereiken neemt u de kabelbaan.
Daarna bezoekt u de Chandi Devi-tempel in Haridwar. De Chandi Devi-tempel is gelegen op de top van de Neel Parvat. De tempel is zo genoemd, omdat deze gewijd is aan de godin Chandi Devi. De beroemde tempel werd gebouwd in 1929, door Suchat Singh (de toenmalige koning van Kasjmir). De Ganges, die langs één kant van de tempel stroomt, bevorderd de algehele schoonheid van de Chandi Devi-tempel.
Daksha Mahadev-tempel in Haridwar is uw volgende stop. De oorspronkelijke naam was Mayapuri en wordt vermeld in al onze oude Veda's en Purana's. Het kleine stadje Kankhal ligt heel dicht bij Haridwar en het heeft een prachtige tempel voor Shiva die bekend staat als de Daksha Prajapati Mandir of de Daksha Mahadev-tempel.
Geniet later van een excursiereis naar Rishikesh, een klein stadje in de noordelijke deelstaat Uttarakhand. Op een prachtige plek waar de rivier de Ganges uit de Himalaya stroomt, katapulteerde Rishikesh naar Westerse faam toen de Beatles langskwamen voor een bezoek aan Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram (nu gesloten), en de stad staat nog steeds bekend als de wereldhoofdstad van yoga. Rishikesh is ook de toegangspoort tot de Himalaya.
De Char Dham Yatra (heilige reis naar de hemelse heiligen) begint idealiter vanuit Rishikesh. Rishikesh is ook beroemd om zijn verschillende Ayurvedische behandelingen.
Later bezoek - Bharat Mata Mandir, Ram Jhula, Lakshman Jhula - een van de meest prominente landmerken in Rishikesh. Dit is een hangbrug en werd gebouwd in het jaar 1929. Bezoek ook Triveni Ghat - Het is een heilige plek waar de pelgrims zwermen voor een heilige duik.
Geniet van de Ganga Aarti in Rishikesh.
Keer later terug naar Haridwar. Overnachting in het hotel in Haridwar.
Dag 06:Haridwar – Chandigarh (220 Kms / 5 hrs)
After breakfast & checkout from the hotel drive to Chandigarh. Chandigarh - one amongst the first and the best planned cities of India! Designed by Le Corbusier, a French architect, the city mesmerizes you with its simplicity. It was named after Goddess Chandi, the Goddess of Power, and is the shared capital of the states of Haryana and Punjab. On arrival, check in hotel. Rest of the time free for leisure activities. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast at hotel visit Mansa Devi Temple - Mata Mansa Devi Temple at Panchkula is a symbol of Himalayan culture and faith. The shrine located on the foot hills of Shivalik is an epitome of age old tradition of ‘Shakti’ worship in northern India. Himalaya being the abode of Shiva and his consort’shakti’ became centre of shakti worship Later one can also visit Rock Garden - it is spread over an area of around 12 acres. Built by Nek Chand, the garden comprises of art objects that have been made from urban waste material. Sukhna Lake - the lake was created by building an artificial dam on a seasonal stream. Go for boating, relax in the restaurant situated there or just sit on the 2-km-long promenade and take in the beauty of nature. International Dolls Museum – it has a vast collection of dolls and puppets from all over the world. It is open throughout the week, except Sunday. Overnight at hotel.
Dag 08:Chandigarh – Sheetal Mata Temple – Naina Devi Temple – Dharamshala (245 Kms)
After an early breakfast checkout from the hotel and drive to visit Sheetla Mata Temple: situated in a village named Jangla,. Like the Golden Temple of Amritsar, this temple is also built in the middle of a tank. A pathway made up of concrete leads one to the temple. It is said that the magnificent idol of the deity installed here was sculpted at Makhowal, near Anandpur Sahib. Goddess Sheetla Devi is believed to be the younger sister of Goddess Badol Devi and symbolize power and peace. It is said that the Goddess likes cool and peaceful surroundings, where there is water all around, and detests any type of heat. She is known to ward off heat from the body of a person. In many parts of India, it is believed that diseases like small pox and chicken pox represent the manifestation of the Goddess in a human's body. Though Shitla Mata Temple of Himachal Pradesh is relatively new, it is quite popular amongst the natives They believe those who pray at the temple with utmost devotion and faith are granted their wishes by the Mata. According to a legend, a resident of Jangla dreamt that the Goddess has asked him to install Her idol in a place with water in abundance. He initially thought of a pond, where he could install the idol of the Goddess. However, he was led to this place and was advised to dig there and carry out Goddess' wishes. This is how the Sheetla Mata Temple came into being Naina Devi Temple – one of the most important Shakti Peeths of India, attracts thousands of devotees from far and near every year. The temple has an interesting legend behind it. It is said that the eye of Goddess Sati fell over here and hence it has been named as Naina Devi. Naina means eye and this temple is regarded as one of the most important Shakti Peeth in India.It is said that the Goddess is worshipped here in the form of a self-born Pindi. There are two more Pindis here; one of Lord Ganesha and one established by the Pandavas. The temple is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. The scenic natural surroundings provide solace and peace for all those visiting this abode of devotion and faith. Naina Devi Temple is definitely the place to be if are looking for some quiet moments and introspection.Later continue drive to Dharamshala. On arrival, check in at hotel. Rest of the day free for leisure activities. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast at hotel visit Dharamshala city covering Dalai Lama’s village - popularly known as the Tibetan children’s village, Mc Leodganj area, BhagsuNag Temple. Dal Lake and Talnoo - which is the highest point in Dharamshala from where the best view of the Dhauladhar range is possible. Evening free to explore local markets. Overnight at hotel
Dag 10:Dharamshala – Chamunda Devi Temple (19 Kms) – Brajeswari Temple (75 Kms) - Dharamshala
After an early breakfast at hotel visit Chamunda Devi Temple - In Hinduism, Chamunda or Camunda is an aspect of Devi, the supreme mother goddess. The name is a combination of Chanda and Munda, two monsters which Devi killed. Chronicled in the Durga Sapt-Shati, the story goes that on the orders of Shamb and Ni-Shamb, two demons tried to harass the goddess Ambika. Enraged, Ambika knitted her brows and from the folds a horrifying from of Kali emerged. After a great battle, the goddess Kali slew the two demons, Chand and Mund. Delighted by Kali's achievement, Ambika declared that she would now be worshipped here as Chamunda a combination of the demons names. Chamunda Devi temple is at height of 1000m. Among a number of shrines, monasteries and other pilgrimage in the state of Himachal Pradesh, the significance and importance of Chamunda Devi Temple Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh cannot be ignored. Overlooking the mighty and eye-catching Dhauladhar ranges, the famous shrines are located on the bank of Ban Ganga. Chamunda Devi Temple is considered as more than 700 years old. Later drive to visit Brajeswari Devi Temple – The Brajeshwari Devi Temple is located in the old Kangra Township, which was built over the charred breasts of Sati. This is the scared shrine which is renowned for its great wealth. Over the ages and decades it has been plundered relentlessly. Mahmud of Ghazni (Afgan ruler in India) was the first plundered and looted it in 1009. After about 35 years, the local King regained its possession. The scared shrine was repaired and a replica of the idol was enshrined. The Brajeshwari Devi temple was filled with gold, silver and diamonds. It is a white coloured temple which is one of the famous temples in Himachal Pradesh and also one of the 51 Shakti Peeths in India. Later return back to Dharamshala. Rest of the time free for leisure activities. Overnight at hotel.
Dag 11:Dharamshala – EXCURSION TOUR TO JWALAMUKHI & CHINTPURNI TEMPLE
Early morning drive to be the witness of holy ceremony (Aarti) of Jwalamukhi Temple. Ancient legend speaks of a time when demons lorded over the Himalayan mountains and harassed the gods. Led by Lord Vishnu, the gods decided to destroy them. The gods focused their strengths in an huge flame which rose from the earth. From the fire, a young girl look birth. She is regarded as Adishakti the first 'Shakti'. Known as Sati or Parvati, she grew up in the house of Prajapati Daksha and later became the consort of Lord Shiva. Once her father insulted Lord Shiva and unable to accept this, she killed herself. When Lord Shiva heard of his wife's death his rage knew no bounds and holding Sati's body he began stalking the three worlds. The other gods trembled before His wrath and appealed to Lord Vishnu for help. Lord Vishnu let fly a volley of arrows which struck Sati's body and severed it to pieces. At the places where the pieces fell, the fifty-one sacred Shakti peeths came into being. Sati's tongue fell at Jwalaji (610m) and the goddess is manifest as tiny flame that burns flawless blue through fissures in the age-old rock. Even the Pandavas are regarded to have visited this sacred place. Later continue drive to visit Chintpurni Temple. Sati's feet fell at Chintpurni (940m) and the devout come here to leave their worries and pray for boons. The legend goes that the temple came into being after the goddess revealed herself to Maya Dass, an ardent devotee. The temple is built around the Devi's pindi. Her image depicts her without a head, it is said that she cut it of to assuage the blood thirst of her companions. And hence the name, Chinnimastika Devi - 'The Goddess without a Head'. One can also be the witness of evening ceremony. Later return back to Dharamshala. Overnight at hotel.
Dag 12:Dharamshala – Katra (240 Kms / 5.5 hrs)
After an early or packed breakfast checkout from the hotel & drive to Katra. Katra, is a small town situated in the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains, where the holy shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi is situated. Located at an altitude of about 2500 feet above sea level, Katra is the base camp for the Yatra to the Holy Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji. This is the last point uptill which any type of modern transport can go (except the recently started Helicopter service, which takes the pilgrims right till Sanjichhat, just a couple of kilometers from the Holy Shrine). Therefore, for all practical purposes, Katra serves as the base camp. From here a trek of around 12 kms takes a pilgrim to the Holy Shrine. One can undertake this trek on foot or on horses/ponies or on palanquins (palkies or dolies). While most of the pilgrims prefer to go on foot, some who find it difficult to negotiate the climb hire a pony or a palanquin. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the time free to acclimatize yourself. Overnight at hotel.
Dag 13:Katra – VISIT VAISHO DEVI TEMPLE
Early morning start trekking towards the Holy Shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi. A pilgrimage to the Holy Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji is considered to be one of the holiest pilgrimages of our times. Popular the world over as “Moonh Maangi Muradein Poori Karne Wali Mata”, which means, the Mother who fulfills whatever her children wish for, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji resides in a Holy Cave located in the folds of the three peaked mountain named Trikuta (pronounced as Trikoot). The Holy Cave attracts millions of devotees every year. In fact, the number of Yatris visiting the Holy Shrine annually now exceeds one crore. This is due to the unflinching faith of the devotees who throng the Shrine from all parts of India and abroad. The Holy Cave of the Mother is situated at an altitude of 5200 ft. The Yatris have to undertake a trek of nearly 12 km from the base camp at Katra. At the culmination of their pilgrimage, the yatries are blessed with the Darshans of the Mother Goddess inside the Sanctum Sanctorum- the Holy Cave. These Darshans are in the shape of three natural rock formations called the Pindies. There are no statues or idols inside the Cave. Darshan are open round the clock throughout the year. After Darshan, trek back to Katra. If time permits one can also visit: Bhairav Ghati just 5 kms above Vaishno Devi's Temple, it is very hard to be there because of the crooked and haphazard road. Bhairav Ghati is the highest place on that religious place. Because it is on that height it is full of clouds and it is very cold there. Bhairav Ghati is, although, a place of mythological villain, however, it is considered as religious because the villain was killed by Vaishno Devi. On arrival visit Bhairav Temple which is situated at Bhairav Ghati itself. Once you are in the Temple and you have seen the statue it is considered that you have completed your visit to Vaishno Devi. After this you can return back to the Temple and then back towards Katra. OR: Shivkhori- the Holy Cave abode of Lord Shiva is situated at a distance of 70 Kms from Katra. The cave is a real wonder to be seen and measures nearly half a kilometer in length with a 4 feet high naturally formed Shiv-lingam at the heart of the Sanctum Sanctorum. Overnight at hotel.
Dag 14:Katra – Jammu (48 Kms/1.5 Hrs) – Delhi
After an early breakfast, checkout from the hotel and drive to visit famous places & temples including khol khandoli mata, in Jammu. Jammu - the Duggar land where the past still has a living presence. A land of grand ancient temples, and beautiful palaces. In time transfer to airport to board on flight to Delhi. Upon arrival meeting assistance at airport by our local representative and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Dag 15: Delhi / Departure
Morning breakfast at hotel. Rest of the day free for leisure activities. In time transfer to airport to board your homebound flight with the happy memory of our incredible nation.