Summer Solstice & Hemkund Sahib
with Shakta Kaur

Departing the USA on 18 June 2017

FOR ALL SPIRITUAL SEEKERS, TRAVEL TO INDIA HAS A SPECIAL APPEAL.

The very land is steeped in spirituality, where many ancient practices were developed and perfected over 5,000 years ago. Simply walking the land can leave a profound and lasting imprint on your soul. To transform your life requires a journey which will change the way you view yourself and the world. This tour maintains all the comforts of home with the profound experience of India, allowing you to absorb the area's rich spiritual traditions while enjoying safe food, excellent lodging and the guidance of experienced staff.

 

Highlights of the tour include:

  • Spend the Summer Solstice in Rishikesh, with the great Himalayas in front of you & the Holy Ganga on your side
  • Visit Hemkund Sahib, a Gurudwara cradled in the Himalayas at 15,000 feet
  • Visit The Golden Temple in Amritsar and Anandpur Sahib
  • Optional tour to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal

A 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.

Shakta Kaur is your tour leader

 

18 June’17: Depart the USA
Depart the USA this afternoon. Overnight: On board your aircraft.

19 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.

Capital 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.

23 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.

 

25 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 & Lunch.


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 "Langar" 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: Amritsar. Meals: Breakfast.


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)

Optional Tour to Agra
Itinerary
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: Agra. Meals: Breakfast.

3 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).

4 July’17: In Agra
Day at your leisure for independent activities. Overnight: Agra. Meals: Breakfast.

5 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: Breakfast.

~~ End of services offered by Spiritual Journeys, Inc. ~~

HOTELS ENVISIONED

Delhi: Radisson Blu Dwarka (Superior Room)
Rishikesh Ganga Kinare (Deluxe Room)
Pipalkothi Hotel Le Meadows (Deluxe Room)
Ghangaria Swiss Camp (Tent)
Rudarparyag Hotel Monal Resort (Standard Room)
Dehradun Lemon Tree Premier (Superior Room)
Haridwar The Haveli Hari Ganga (Superior Room)
Amritsar Ramada (Standard Room)
Hoshiarpur Citrus County (Suite / Luxury Tents)
Agra Four Points by Sheraton (Sup. Room Taj View) (For Optional Tour)

 

COSTING Tour price, US$ per person, two people sharing one room,

Tour Description
SALE. Till 3 Feb '17
REGULAR. 4 Feb to 30 Apr '17
LATE. After 1 May '17
Main Tour
2,475.00
2,675.00
2,975.00
Single Supp for Main Tour *
690.00
690.00
690.00
Main Tour & Agra Tour
2,945.00
3,145.00
3,445.00
Single Supp for both Tours *
810.00
810.00
810.00

* Single supplement: Additional to respective tour price, US$ per person.


COSTS INCLUDES:
• Hotel accommodation as above on double/twin-sharing room with breakfast,
• 7 Lunches some which will be packed, (while in the "Hills") as listed above,
• English speaking local guide for sightseeing in all places as per program,
• Entrances fee for entry into monuments as per the itinerary,
• The services of a SJI representative at all airport and hotel transfers,
• All tips & gratuities EXCLUDING for bell-hops for personal luggage at hotels,
• Rickshaw ride at Old Delhi,
• Portrage charges from Govindghat to Ghangaria and back (10 kg per person),
• Train ticket for sector Delhi – Haridwar – Amritsar using AC Chair Car,
• Local 4-wd vehicle charges from Govindghat to Pula village,
• Entry tickets at Valley of Flowers,
• Train ticket for sector Chandigarh – Delhi using AC Chair Car,
• 2 bottles (500 ML) of mineral water for each person on daily basis, and,
• Transfers, excursions and sightseeing will be by using an air-conditioned vehicle (on hills, it will be a non A/C vehicle).

COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE:

• Beverages, mineral water, alcohol, laundry, telephone calls; or other items of personal nature,
• Tips and gratuities to bellhops at hotels for personal luggage,
• Increases in Airfares or Government imposed taxes or entrance fees,
• Still camera or video camera fees at all monuments and museums,
• Services not specifically stated in the itinerary,
• Breakfast ordered in the room/room service breakfast,
• Personal or travel insurance,
• Departure Taxes or Visa Handling Fees,
• Any changes you may choose to make during your tour, and,
• International Air.

REGISTRATION: Fill Registration Form and e-mail to Deepak Singh.

Additional information: E-mail: Deepak Singh, Spiritual Journeys, Inc., 262 Upland Road, Cambridge, MA 02140. USA. Ph: +1-508-358-4267.