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Jyotirlinga Pilgrimage: Temples & Holy Sites

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Duration

11 Nights / 12 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on the Jyotirlinga Pilgrimage: Temples & Holy Sites, a spiritually enriching journey through North and Central India. This 12-day tour starts in the vibrant capital of Delhi, exploring its iconic landmarks before heading to the sacred cities of Indore and Ujjain, home to the revered Omkareshwar and Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlingas. Delve into the ancient caves of Bhimbetka and the serene temples of Khajuraho, marveling at their intricate carvings. Experience the confluence of sacred rivers at Prayagraj and the spiritual heart of Varanasi with its mesmerizing Ganga Aarti. Visit the enlightenment site of Bodhgaya and the revered Baidyanath Jyotirlinga in Deoghar. Conclude your pilgrimage with a visit to Patna or a return to Delhi, reflecting on the profound spiritual journey.

Highlights

  • This is a private tour/activity only for your group.
  • Enhanced cleaning/ traveler safety.
  • In-depth cultural experience.
  • Flexible sightseeing & stopover.
  • Most travelers can participate.

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 %
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 %
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 %
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 %
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Arrival in Delhi and transfer to the hotel. Explore the iconic Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century, showcasing Mughal architecture with red sandstone walls. Discover Humayun's Tomb, the first garden-tomb in India, commissioned by Humayun's wife in 1570, and a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Marvel at Qutub Minar, a 73-meter tall minaret built in 1193 by Qutb-ud-din Aibak, surrounded by ancient and medieval structures. Pay respects at India Gate, a war memorial designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, honoring soldiers of the Indian Army who died in World War I.

Day 2: Delhi - Indore

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport to board a morning flight for Indore. Meet your guide and driver upon arrival and proceed directly to visit Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga temple, situated on the island of Mandhata in the Narmada River, one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva.

Day 3: Indore - Bhopal (250kms)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before traveling to Bhopal. En route, visit Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple in Ujjain, dedicated to Lord Shiva, and one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines, known for its Bhasma Aarti. Upon arrival in Bhopal, check-in at the hotel.

Day 4: Bhopal

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Excursion to visit Bhimbetka Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring prehistoric rock shelters with paintings dating back to the Paleolithic age. Explore Bhojpur, known for the incomplete Bhojeshwar Temple, dedicated to Shiva, housing one of the largest Shiva Lingams in India. Discover contemporary art, tribal culture, and live performances at Bharat Bhavan, a multi-arts complex in Bhopal. Delve into Madhya Pradesh's history at the State Museum, home to a vast collection of artifacts, sculptures, and paintings. Learn about tribal life at the Museum of Mankind, showcasing traditional dwellings, cultural exhibits, and interactive displays.

Day 5: Bhopal - Khajuraho (376kms)

Enjoy breakfast before journeying to Khajuraho. En route, visit Sanchi Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BCE, known for its well-preserved stupas and monasteries. Explore Udaigiri Caves, featuring ancient rock-cut cave temples and monasteries dating back to the Gupta period.

Day 6: Khajuraho - Prayagraj (300kms)

After breakfast, travel to Prayagraj (Allahabad). Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Khajuraho Temples, renowned for their intricately carved sculptures depicting various aspects of life, built by the Chandela dynasty between 950 and 1050 AD. Drive to Prayagraj and check-in at the hotel.

Day 7: Prayagraj - Varanasi (120kms)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Explore the historical museum at Anand Bhavan, once the ancestral home of the Nehru family, showcasing personal memorabilia and artifacts. Witness the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna, and Sarasvati rivers at Triveni Sangam, a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus, believed to cleanse sins. Discover Allahabad Fort, a Mughal fort built by Emperor Akbar in 1583, offering insights into India's architectural and cultural heritage. Travel to Varanasi, the spiritual heart of India. Experience the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti ceremony at Dashashwamedh Ghat in the evening, a spiritual ritual with chanting, lamps, and incense.

Day 8: Varanasi

Start with breakfast at the hotel. Witness the rituals and daily life along the ghats during a serene sunrise boat ride on the Ganges, experiencing the spiritual essence of Varanasi. Visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple, one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, known for its gold-plated spire and spiritual significance. Explore the ancient site of Sarnath, where Buddha delivered his first sermon, featuring stupas, monasteries, and the renowned Dhamek Stupa.

Day 9: Varanasi - Bodhgaya (250kms)

Enjoy breakfast before heading to Bodhgaya, where Buddha attained enlightenment. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mahabodhi Temple, the site of Buddha's enlightenment, and meditate under the Bodhi Tree, believed to be a direct descendant of the original tree. Discover various Buddhist Monasteries, reflecting diverse traditions and practices from different countries. Optionally, visit Vishnupad Temple and Mangla Gauri Temple, significant Hindu pilgrimage sites in Gaya, known for their religious and historical importance.

Day 10: Bodhgaya - Deoghar (235kms)

After breakfast, travel to Deoghar. Pay homage at Baidyanath Jyotirlinga Temple, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas revered among Hindu devotees, known for its spiritual significance and architectural beauty. Admire the architectural grandeur of Naulakha Mandir, renowned for its detailed stone carvings and craftsmanship, a beautiful temple dedicated to Radha-Krishna. Explore the serene Tapovan Caves, believed to have housed sages and saints seeking spiritual solace, offering a tranquil environment for meditation.

Day 11: Deoghar - Patna (265kms)/ Delhi (flight)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel in Deoghar. Depart from Deoghar and drive towards Patna. Enroute, explore Rajgir's historical sites such as the Griddhakuta Peak, Vulture's Peak, and the Vishwa Shanti Stupa. Visit the ancient ruins and hot springs known for their medicinal properties. After exploring Rajgir, continue your journey to Nalanda: Visit the Nalanda Archaeological Museum to see artifacts from the ancient Nalanda University. Explore the ruins of Nalanda University, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finally, proceed to Patna. Depending on your schedule, you can either stay overnight in Patna or catch a flight to Delhi for your departure, as per your preference and travel arrangements.

Day 12: Delhi - Departure

Enjoy a final breakfast at your hotel before departing from Delhi, concluding your enriching journey through North and Central India's spiritual and cultural treasures.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 11 Nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Delhi - Indore & Patna - Delhi flight fare approx INR 10,500 per person in economy class.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

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