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Tantric and Yogini Temples Across North India

14-nights in India

We will visit sites and important Tantra and the Yogini Temples. We will inter-space our travel with three discussions on Different Religions in India, Hinduism and Tantra. These discussions will be preceded by a talk on each subject by an eloquent and knowledgeable expert chosen from our pre-selected panel of experts.

 

ITINERARY
Day 1. Leave the Americas.

Day 2. Delhi. Arrive Delhi late at night. Spiritual Journeys, Inc. representative will welcome you at the airport when you arrive late night at Delhi Airport, and escort you to your hotel. Overnight: Le Meridien.

Day 3. Delhi. Delhi is the third largest city of India and been the capital city of a succession of powerful kingdoms with numerous fascinating ruins through the ages. See: Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the house where the eight Sikh Guru stayed in Delhi; Bahai Temple, often called as the Taj Mahal of the 21st century; Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India, designed as Emperor Shahjahan's principal mosque, a beautiful building in red sandstone & white marble, the pulpit carved out of a single block of marble with a capacity of 20,000. Discussion on Different Religions in India. Overnight: Le Meridien.

Day 4. Agra. Take an early morning train to Agra. Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, a sublime experience of the greatest love story ever told. Emperor Shahjahan built the Taj Mahal - the seventh wonder of the world! - in memory of his beloved wife, Begum Mumtaz Mahal. Later, see Agra Fort designed and built by Emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, and other epic sites of this great architectural era. Overnight: Jaypee Palace.

Day 5. Fatehpur Sikri & Balaji. Drive first to Fatehpur Sikri and then to Balaji. Described as an epic poem in red sandstone, Fatehpur Sikri owes its foundation to Emperor Akbar, architecture a combination of Hindu and Muslim styles. One of the most interesting and popular centers of tantric rites is at Balaji. Return to Agra for the night. Overnight: Jaypee Palace.

Day 6. Khajuraho. Take a morning train and then by road to Khajuraho where King Yasovarman began the era of temple construction 1,000 years ago. The patient hands of the craftsmen have transformed even the mundane to excellence unparalleled anywhere else in the world for you to see amongst the finest examples of temple architecture. The depiction of uninhibited sex hints towards a liberated society in yesteryear, though it is suggested that prior to entering the place of worship, if one was attracted to sex as depicted, then perhaps one was not ready to take the next step towards enlightenment. Overnight: Clarks Khajuraho.

Day 7. Varanasi. Continue sightseeing in this beautiful town, and then fly to Varanasi, and drive to Sarnath. There are four geographically important places in the life of Buddha: birthplace (Lumbini, Nepal), place of enlightenment (Bodh Gaya, India), where he gave his first sermon (at the Deer Park in Sarnath, India and where he left his mortal body (Kushinager, India). We will see a number of Stupas and visit the Sarnath Museum. Walk around (clock-wise) the great Stupa. See the bodhi tree whose sapling was brought from a tree in Sri Lanka, whose sapling was from the original tree under which Buddha sat in Bodh Gaya and gained enlightenment 2,500 years ago. Opportunity to shop, part on foot and part on rickshaws. Discussion on Hinduism. Overnight: Taj Ganges.

Day 8. Varanasi. During a pre-dawn boat ride on the River Ganga we see riverside ghats and temples. We then experience the city of Varanasi, one of the oldest living cities in the world, by rickshaw and foot. The banks of the Ganges exhibit the ultimate expression of giving up ones ego, and thus stepping closer to attainment. It is a spectacular sight to see thousands set aside their inhibitions and be just one with their Almighty. Then see the city by road. Take an afternoon train to Calcutta. Overnight on train.

Day 9. Calcutta (also Kolkatta). Arrive early morning into Calcutta, and check-in to your hotel upon arrival. This doyenne of British society is now the most populace city in India. Home of Mother Theresa's work, we will visit many of the temples including the tantric temple in Kalighat. Overnight: Park.

Day 10. Calcutta. Continue sightseeing in Calcutta, then take an overnight train to Puri.

Day 11. Puri. This area has perhaps the most beautiful temples in India. It is also has many exclusively tantric and Yogini temples. After spending the morning looking at the temples in Puri, we will drive to Bhubaneshwar. Discussion on Tantra. Overnight: The Oberoi.

Day 12. Konark. Spend the day sightseeing the city and her temples. Overnight: The Oberoi.

Day 13. Bhubaneshwar. Spend the day sightseeing the city and her temples. Overnight: The Oberoi.

Day 14. Bhubaneshwar. After a leisurely morning, fly to Delhi this afternoon. Overnight: Le Meridien.

Day 15. Delhi. Spend the day for shopping at leisure, allowing you an opportunity to shop in the most diverse assortment of shops in India. Experience an evening song and light show at the Red Fort. Overnight: Le Meridien.

Day 16. Delhi. Shopping at your leisure. Then fly home at night.

Day 17. Home. Travel. Arrive the Americas (evening).

COST: Will depend on the number of people in the traveling party, time of year we visit India and the quality of hotels we choose. Normally our packages include all meals, hotels, transportation within India and accommodation on a shared double room basis. We noramlly exclude International air, and we can offer a single room for an optional extra to the tour price.

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COST WOULD INCLUDE:

  • 2 nights on train and 12 nights hotel accommodation on Twin / Double Sharing,
  • Transfers & Sightseeing - by air conditioned coach,
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, every day served as per D' Hote (buffet) basis,
  • Services of a SJI representative at all airport / railway station / hotel transfers,
  • Train and domestic flights as detailed,
  • Current hotel taxes and service charge,
  • English speaking guide,
  • Current entrance fees at all monuments as on date subject to change, and,
  • All Government taxes at hotels as on date. Future levies will be charged extra.

COST WOULD NOT INCLUDE:

  • Departure Taxes or Visa handling fees,
  • VISAS ARE REQUIRED FOR TRAVEL TO INDIA,
  • Beverages, mineral water, alcohol, laundry, telephone calls or other items of personal nature,
  • Tips and Gratuities to drivers, porters, bellboys and waiters at restaurants,
  • Increases in Government imposed taxes,
  • Services not specially stated in the itinerary, and,
  • International Air to and from India.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Deepak@Spiritualjourneys.net, or mail: Deepak Singh, Spiritual Journeys, Inc., 262 Upland Road, Cambridge, MA 02140. USA. Ph: 508-358-4267.