KumbhMela, a tour of salvation invites the large gathering from across the world for become free from the cycle of death & birth. It is the most unique religious event. According to astrologer, the 'KumbhMela Fair' takes place when the planet Jupiter enters Aquarius and the Sun enters Aries. Kumbh is detained at four places - At Allahabad (Prayag) that is held at the meeting of three rivers: holy Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati. At Haridwar, it is held on the banks of Ganges. At Nasik, it is held on the banks of Godavari and at Ujjain, it is held on the banks of River Shipra. All devotees come to take the dip in Holy River for purification of soul. It is the life changing experience and person feel the peace of mind. The next KumbhMela will be held in the 2015 at Nashik. PoornaKumbh is held every 12 years and Ardh - Kumbh is held every six years. There are five types of KumbhMela: PurnaKumbhMela, ArdhaKumbh, MahaKumbhMela, MaghMela and KumbhMela. We can say that it is the celebration of human spirit and world famous religious gathering. It is popularized by the great saint Shankra.
08 Days / 07 Nights
Delhi - Varanasi - Allahabad - Delhi
On arrival in Delhi, you will be given a garland welcome and will be transferred to Hotel. Our representative will assist your check in and to ensure your stay will be comfortable. Overnight in Hotel.
Today after breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Delhi. Delhi is divide two parts Old & New Delhi. First we are proceeding to Old Delhi sightseeing:
Old Delhi tour is a journey full of unexpected sights and surprises. Will be provided with a special Rikshaw ride to enjoy the Old Alleys and narrow streest of Old Delhi, visitng the Spice markets, The old still unravels its old charm and speaks volumes about India's history, culture and tradition. A sight-seeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting:-
The magnificent fort symbolizes the sovereignty of India, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in 17th century. It had remained Mughal Capital of India till 1857 and attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. The fort complex has entitled as World Heritage site in 2007 by UNESCO.
One of the most sought-after destinations of Old Delhi, Rajghat is the place where Mahatma Gandhi, the Pioneer of Truth and Non-Violence had been cremated. The abode of eternal flame, located near the bank of Yamuna, contains the Epitaph 'He Ram', the last word spoken by Mahatma Gandhi after he was shot. In recent years, it has become tradition to pay respect to Gandhiji by visiting the site for foreign dignitaries. Preying session are organized on every Friday in memory of Gandhiji.
Jama Masjid is the country's largest mosque, built in 1656, where thousands of Muslims offer prayers. It lies opposite the Red Fort and is surrounded by a large number of shops, which deal in a variety of goods. The great mosque of Old Delhi is both the largest in India and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees.
An extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi visiting:-
Built in the mid 16th century by Haji Begum, senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, Humayun's Tomb is an early example of Mughal architecture built in Delhi. A rose petal sandstone mausoleum built in proper Mughal style is a beautiful memorial to the poet king. Octagonal in shape, raised on a plinth, with double domes, high arches, laid in the centre of a large walled enclosure, the monument is an imposing structure.
13 km to the south of Connaught Circus at Lalkote of 8th century Tomor Rajputs, the 72.5 m high Victory Pillar stands as a victory stand of a Muslim King Kutub-ud-din-Aibak in India. At Kila Roy Pithora, on the dilapidated fort of the last Hindu king Prithwiraj, this victory stand was made like throne in Gajni. In 1199 Kutub-ud-Din started its construction and it was completed in 1236 by Iltutmish, the son-in-law of Kutub. Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President's Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.
The national monument of India, India gate is located amidst the administrative locations of the country. Constructed in memory of 90,000 soldiers of British-Indian army who fought in the Second World War, the structure was built under the leadership of Sir Edwin Lutyens. The architectural complex is made of red stone and granite.
The official residence of President of India, the building is another attraction of the New Delhi. It has remained home to the former British Viceroy of India till 1950. The magnificent structure is the finest example of Indo-British architectural monument which has caught attention of thousand of tourist all over the world. Night stay in Delhi.
On arrival in Varanasi by the Indian Railway (11:55hrs). After a traditional Welcome our representative would assist you at the Railway Station and transfer to hotel. Get fresh and spending some time at the hotel. Will start our first visit to Holy Ganges for Sunset, A perfect time to be by the ghats and experience the Spritual Bliss by being there for Rituals. Experience the lamp lit by local priest and put them on holy ganges to float and chanting the mantra and holy songs and bazans. Enjoy the spiritual Hormony. Later come back to hotel. Overnight in hotel.
Today, Morning will start the Tour of Varanasi Expeience the excursion on the river Ganges. People bathe early in the morning to offer the prayers to the rising sun. The two cremation ghats are Manikarnika & Harishchandra where funeral pyre burns Day and night. Every pious Hindu believes that to die in Kashi and to be cremated on banks of the Ganges is to attain release from the cycle of birth and death. Later, take a excursion tour to Sarnath- A Buddhist temples. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast drive to Alahabad. On arrival and check in hotel. Get fresh and process to see the Sangam (Meeting point) of the three rivers - Ganga, Yamuna & Saraswati. Here the Maha Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years which is a major Hindu festival. Overnight at hotel.
Morning after breakfast enjoy the Holy dip at the Sangam. Later, reach the point on a boat, half day sightseeing. Sangam - Around 7 km from Civil Lines, overlooked by the eastern ramparts of the fort, wide flood plains and muddy banks protrude towards the sacred Sangam. At the point at which the brown Ganges meets the Greenish Yamuna, pandas (priests) perch on small platforms to perform puja and assist the devout in their ritual ablutions in the shallow waters. Beaches and ghats are littered with the shorn hair of pilgrims who come to offer pind for their deceased parents. Overnight stay at Hotel.
After breakfast will have a day free to explore the town and will be dropped at the railway station for the train to Delhi at (19:25hrs.). Overnight in train.
Today on arrival in Delhi railway station (05:10hrs.) will meet and transfer to Delhi airport for catch the flight to Back home.