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With Awaken tours, we take you to all the fantabulous places in the Enchanting country. Take a look at the amazing architectural grandeur of the palaces, learn the mystical stories of the monuments, pamper yourself with an Ayurvedic message, go for a camel ride or an elephant ride, take a walk in the beautifully laid gardens, or spend your time in shopping some exclusive memoirs of India. Our India Tour has been tailored for people with different interests.

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Day 1

Day 1: Arrive at Delhi International Airport Terminal 03.

Namaste! 

 Welcome to India!

india_gateArrive at Delhi’s International Airport. After clearing immigration and customs, you will be met by our representative in the arrival area of the airport. Depart for your hotel where you will check in for your stay.

Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern. Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors that have left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles.

Points of Interest:

  • Jama Masjid Mosque
  • Chandni Chowk
  • Red Fort
  • Raj Ghat
  • Qutab Minar
  • Humayun’s Tomb
  • Connaught Place
  • Lotus Temple

Day 2

Day 2: Delhi is voted as one of the top 10 places to visit in 2013 by NY Times

red_fortRed Fort Delhi
After breakfast, a guided tour introduces you to Delhi.
Proceed for a full day tour of Old and New Delhi. Old Delhi had been the capital of Mughal India between the 12th and 19th centuries.

Visit the 17th century Jama Masjid mosque and walk through the narrow, winding lanes of colorful and bustling Chandni Chowk. You have the option of taking a rickshaw ride through these bazaars. Drive past the Mughal

 

Chandni Chowk
Empire’s most opulent fort, the Red Fort, a magnificent sandstone fortress built during the peak of Mughal power. Opposite the fort is the black-and-white onion dome and minarets of the Jama Masjid, one of the most elegant mosques in India and visits Raj Ghat Delhi’s tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.

Day 3

Day 3: Next day, we proceed for a tour of New Delhi that includes a ride by the Presidential Palace, the one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; India Gate, a memorial raised in honor of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war and a drive along the

qutub_minarQutab Minar
Rajpath past the Parliament house and secretarial buildings. Visit Qutab Minar, the 12th century tower of victory, built by a slave king and prototype of all minars (towers) in India. Also, visit the 16th century Humayun’s tomb, a precursor to the Taj Mahal.

In the early evening, we will visit the Connaught place. Enjoy free time for shopping, consider visiting the select city walk mall. We also walk through the Nizamuddin Basti (colony) that is a medieval settlement that has the tomb of a famous 13th century Muslim Sufi saint, Nizamuddin Auliya.

Special Experience: Tour of Chandni Chowk 

The favorite daughter of Shahjahan, Jahanara, laid the foundation of today’s Chandni Chowk which is the largest trading center of North India. Also known as the moonlit square, it is located in the main street of Old Delhi. Situated opposite the Red Fort, the bazaar has several galis (lanes). Each of these galis represents a specialty of this market. For example, the Parathawali gali is famous for its parathas ( stuffed bread) . Similarly, there is the jewelry lane, textile lane and so on. The market place has historical landmarks such as the Sunheri Masjid which stands next to the Kotwali (old police station). The Fatehpur Mosque is located at the west end of Chandni Chowk and the famous Jumma Masjid is situated nearby.

Delhi  to Vrindavan & Agra

 Highlights:

  • Vrindavan
  • Agra Fort visit
  • Taj Mahal
  • Fathepur Sikri

Day 4

vrindavanDay 4: Vrindaban is a town in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh. It is a site where Lord Krishna spent his childhood days, about 6 miles from Mathura where he was born. The city hosts many temples dedicated to worship of Radha-Krishna. The word Vrinda means Tulsi(holy)- a Basil leaf. The Govind Dev temple is was built in about 1590 and the city was founded in 1515. Monkeys, Cows, Peacocks and variety of bird species can be seen around the outskirts. It is also known as city of widows because a large number widows move to serve lord Krishna

Agra Fort : First we visit Agra Fort, a high red stone monument overlooking the Taj Mahal. It is one of the finest and best kept Mughal forts in India. Many Mughal emperors lived and governed the country from here. At the end of Shah Jahan’s life, his son, Aurangzeb, imprisoned him in the fort. The fort was also the site of a battle during the Indian rebellion of 1857.

Day 5

tajmahalDay 5: Taj Mahal
Agra, best known as the city of the world’s most famous monument of love, is situated along the banks of the River Yamuna and attracts thousands of visitors every day from all over the world. The Taj Mahal, a seventh wonder of the world was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

Catch the magic of the Taj Mahal at sunrise this morning. The sun comes up from the side of the Taj and the morning light that casts on the marble literally lights it up. During this time, the Taj Mahal changes from various hues of pink to light yellow to bright white.

Fatehpur Sikri
On the way back to the hotel we will visit the abandoned red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri, officially a city and a district but in reality, this historical façade is a mere ghost town of the past. But it does evoke a nostalgia of history amongst Indian minds.
The deserted red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. Ponder the mysterious desertion of this capital city that was dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its ‘ruins’ are still in pristine condition.
Akbar was in search of an heir and came to visit the Sufi saint Salim Chishti who lived in a cavern near the Sikri area. The saint foretold that Akbar would soon have a son and it happened as predicted. Akbar named his son Salim after the saint. This Prince Salim was to grow up to become the renowned emperor Jehangir. When Prince Salim was two years old, Akbar went back to Sikri and started to build an architectural wonder of a historic town known as Fatehabad. This town was later to be known as Fatehpur Sikri.
It is one of the historic monuments which is timeless and has rightly earned the status of a world heritage site.

Day 6

Day 6: Jaipur

Highlights:

  • The City Palace
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Hawa Mahal
  • Amber Fort

jantar_mantarAfter breakfast, we leave for Jaipur, which was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1727 AD. If you want to know the true colour of the desert state of Rajasthan, Jaipur Tour is a must. Mystical Forts and Palaces, Colourful culture, Delicious spicy delicacies and warm hospitality, all of these combined give you the fascinating city of Jaipur.

We will begin our tour with a stop at Jantar Mantar and the city market. Tripolia Bazaar is a shopper’s paradise. It is an important area of old Jaipur city. As Rajasthan is famous for its lac jewellery, the Tripolia Bazar has many shops selling lac bangles. There are other stores selling brassware, ironware, textiles, utensils, furniture, rugs and carpets.

Day 7

amber_fortDay 7: Next morning, we will visit Amber Fort. Enjoy an elephant ride ascending the fort with lovely views of the topography and monuments along the way.

Elephant Ride to Fort Amber
Amber was originally built by the Meenas to consecrate to the Mother Goddess, Amba. The palace complex that stands today was commenced under the reign of Raja Man Singh, Commander in Chief of Mughal Emperor Akbar. Amber was altered by over the next 150 years until the Kachwahas shifted their capital to Jaipur.

On the way back from Amber Fort you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city.

Puppet Show at the City Palace
Continue the tour of Jaipur city that includes the City Palace of Jaipur and Jantar Mantar, the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. City Palace is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armory, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings.
In the evening visit the local market that has dedicated streets for flowers, vegetables, jewelry, handicrafts, clothes gems & jewelry. Move along several streets with a ride on a tuk – tuk. Witness the people buying vegetables, spices and utensils and learn their techniques of bargaining. Enjoy a home-hosted dinner and learn about daily life inside the old city from your local hosts.

Hawamahal
Famous for it’s beehive like structure, the Hawa Mahal is an interplay of red and pink sand stone, carefully and intricately outlined with white borders and motifs. The monument with a spectacular view of Jaipur city with road avenues, intersections and colourful crowds in the market, was originally conceived with the aim of enabling ladies of the royal household to watch the everyday life and royal processions in the city without being seen by others. There are about more 900 of them in the Hawa Mahal.

Day 8,9,10

ahmedabadDay 8,9,10:
Fly to Ahmedabad Day 8,9 & 10  in Ahmedabad
In the state of Gujarat, India, about 2000 festivals are celebrated in the span of a year. It’s like the party never ends in this state, doesn’t matter which month it is, each month has its own zing.

It all begins with the Kite Festival in January. And yes, it literally embarks from the top –the boundless skies are knotted with the threads and paper glued on thin bamboo sticks. Known as Uttarayan (Makar Sakranti in other parts of India) is the day when the sun starts to travel northwards marking the descent of winter. The days become longer, the skies clearer and the breeze cooler. A sensation of hope, bliss and jubilation clutches everyone who celebrates this occasion of Kite Festival. In Ahmedabad; Uttarayan is a celebration when every family is found outdoors on their rooftops. People of all ages fly kites from sunup to sundownnad late in the night. Crowded rooftops, eccentric friendly rivalry to outdo each other in kite flying skills and delicacies of the traditional Gujarati cuisines are the hallmarks of the day. Since 1989, the city of Ahmedabad has facilitated the International Kite Festival as a major aspect of the celebration in the state. Kites of all shapes and sizes are flown, and the fundamental rivalry is to fight close-by kite-flyers to chop their strings and cut down their kites. The environment is brilliantly bubbly, as entire families assemble on the roof, exceptional nourishments like laddoos , undhyu or surati jamun are catered for eating throughout the day and friends and neighbors visit one another for indulging in kite-flying fun. From the morning to late during the evening, Uttarayan gives bunches of fun and delightful sights to recollect for in the few days that t goes on. You too can sulk in this endless fun by simply booking our exclusive Kite Festival package with Awaken India Tour.
Jumma Masjid: This mosque is the most impressive mosque of Ahmedabad. This mosque was built in 1424 during the control of Ahmed Shah. The mosque was initially proposed only for private use of the Sultans. This mosque is built in Indo-Sarsenic Islamic architectural style with yellow sandstone.

Rani Rupmati Masjid: This mosque was named for the princess of Dhar who married the Sultan of Ahmedabad. This mosque is one more example of the Indo-Sarcenic blended style of architecture.

Kankaria Lake: Kankaria Lake is the biggest lake in the city. This place is the famous leisure place for the tourist. In the heart of the lake is an island patch with a summer palace known as Nagina Wadi. The lake is a popular amusement center, surrounded by parks, an aquarium, a boat club, a natural historical museum and a zoo.

Later in the noon, you will taken for lunch and then we will procedd to:

Ghandhi Aashram: Gandhi Ashram is established by Mahatma Gandhi on a calm stretch of the Sabarmati river in 1917. During the life span of Mahatma Gandhi it was known as Satyagraha Ashram and was the midpoint of India’s freedom movement. The ashram now has a museum, the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalay.

ISKCON Temple: The temple with its calm and peaceful environment offers the perfect spot to spend some quiet time with oneself. This temple is devoted to Lord Krishna and his companion Radha. This is one of the most beautiful temples of the city. Everyday thousands of devotees come to this gigantic temple to offer their prayers to Lord Krishna.

Day 11,12,13

haridwarDay 11,12 & 13 : After celebrating the “Uttaryayan” in Ahmedabad we will take advantage of the auspicious time and dive deep into the world of spirituality by going to Haridwar & Rishikesh, via Delhi.The sacred Himalayan town of Haridwar represents a living lesson on Hinduism. Located at the foot of the Shivalik Hills, the town attracts hordes of tourists and devotees from all corners of the world.Today, Haridwar is seen as a mystic centre for the rejuvenation of the body, mind, and soul. Haridwar meaning ‘Gateway to God’ is one of the seven holiest places of the Hindus, located on the banks of River Ganges.

If you like to delve in astrology and numerology, You will have  time to spend with astrologer to discover your future, love fortune, lucky number,

compatibility with your life partner, zodiac signs, professional astrological information or any other related information you need.

Points of Interest

  • Har Ki Pauri
  • Mansa Devi
  • Sapt Rishi
  • AshramBara Bazar

Rishikesh

Rishikesh has been the main centre point of religious and spiritual activities for centuries. The holy town has the eminence of being the International capital of Yoga and meditation. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas on the banks of the River Ganges, Rishikesh is bounded on all sides by attractive hills.  It is also dotted with a number of ancient temples, ashrams and world renowned yoga and meditation centers. Not only devotees but travelers from all parts of the world flock to the sacred town for a deeper understanding of meditation.  Visitors can Ashrams are a major crowd-puller in Rishikesh. These ashrams offer regular courses and classes on spiritual disciplines like yoga and meditation as well as Ayurveda.

Point of Interest

  • Lakshmanan Jhula
  • Ram Jhula
  • Vashistha Goofa

On the 13th day, we will drive back to the Delhi Airport to make way back home to the USA.

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