Journey into Mystic India with Satwinder
Palaces, Forts, the Taj Mahal, Lord Krishna & Amritsar

 

14 to 30 September, 2023

Join Satwinder Kaur and transform yourself in this magical land. 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 such a journey which will change the way you view yourself and the world.

Take a spiritual journey to the sacred hills of the yogis. Visit great shrines, places of worship, the Ganges river, and practice the rituals in the vibration of the holy land; Delhi; Jaipur, full of breathtaking palaces and Amber Fort sitting on top of a hill; Taj Mahal in Agra; Amritsar the holiest city for the Sikhs; and, Faridkot (where Satwinder will share a personal part of her life). You will learn so much on this trip and experience the essence of the most ancient spiritual culture in the world. The BBC had listed Agra and Amritsar as two of the top ten sites to visit in the world. Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna as well as Vrindavan, home of more than 5,000 temples most related to Lord Krishna and his Consort, Radha.

As our intimate group journeys go through the holy regions and temple sites of India, we will allow for moments of silence and reflection as we take perspective from being in the vibrations of such an ancient and spiritual culture. The trip will be lead by Satwinder Kaur who is a native of this culture, and is a Kundalini Yoga Teacher.

The fee includes comfortable lodging, sacred ceremonies, daily breakfasts and English-speaking guides throughout the trip. Besides visiting the great spiritual and cultural sites, and walking in the footsteps of the Masters, the tour also provides time to shop in the bazaars and partake in local customs and ceremonies.

Satwinder Kaur will be your Tour Leader.

We will have English speaking guides accompanying us throughout the tour

ITINERARY
Map of the Rajasthan & Punjab Tour (https://goo.gl/maps/sf9ccRwZ5XdGgzHv5). Route shown is by road. We will fly over longer distances. Purpose of map is to show you where we would be going. Zoom in or out to change details.

Sep 13: Depart the Americas
Depart the Americas this afternoon. Overnight: On board your flight.


Sep 14: Arrive Delhi

Arrive in Delhi. Overnight: Delhi.

We welcome you in the capital city of India, for a journey across the fascinating history-markers of medieval north India. Wars were fought and rulers changed in Delhi but ordinary lives were lived in relative continuity. Glimpses of these can be seen even today as the character of the city underwent massive changes in the last decades. In the land to have been seven capital cities, signs of the old are continuously jostling with the new, presenting an ever-fascinating panorama. We welcome you to its chaos and stability, into its steadfastness and its impatience and into a delightful rainbow of amalgamation, producing a world completely its own. We will meet you as you exit customs and immigration at Delhi airport and transfer you to your airport hotel.

Sep 15: Delhi
Spend a light day of sightseeing in Delhi. Overnight: Delhi.

Get up at leisure. Mid morning visit Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, and have langar there for your lunch. After langar, drive to the Lotus Temple, temple for the Bahá'u'lláh. Return to your hotel to catch up on your sleep!


Sep 16: Delhi - Jaipur

Continue your sightseeing of South Delhi, then drive to Jaipur (5 1/2 hrs). Rest of day at leisure. Overnight: Jaipur.

 

Sep 17: Jaipur
Spend the day sightseeing in Jaipur. Overnight: Jaipur.

Sep 18: Jaipur
Day of sightseeing. Overnight: Jaipur.

Compare the city of Old Delhi with the city of Jaipur, capital of Rajashtan, a city unique amongst its medieval contemporaries. The streets, palaces, temples, residences, shopping place are all in accordance to the ancient Hindu rules of Vastu Shastra. The pink wash was added in 1853 in honour of the visit of Prince Albert. Perched atop the hill looking down majestically is the Amber fort. Walk (or drive) up the massive fort, coming close to the massive constrution which is not appreciated from far. The plain and time worn exteriors belie the exquisite detail with which the interiors were crafted with a gentle breeze which cools the interiors. In the famed Sheesh Mahal look up and be prepared to feel a surge of color as the optical effect makes you a part of this royal past. In the city, drive past Hawa Mahal, where again notice the jails. The Maharaja's City Palace, much of which has been converted into a museum covers almost one-seventh area of the city in a fortified unit. Here the Armoury Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. Become one with the planetary bodies at Jantar Mantar, the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. Jaipur is also an interesting place for those interested in jewellery, clothes, carpets and other handicrafts items. The city is a veritable paradise for those seeking souvenirs of the craftsmanship of Rajasthan. Later, visit an elephant sancturay, and spend time with elephants in their home.


Sep 19: Jaipur to Agra
Drive to Agra through Fathepur Sikri. Overnight: Agra.

From the romance of the deserts we move towards the monument of a man’s love for his beloved, the city which treasures a lover’s dream, Agra (6 hrs). On our way we stop at Fathepur Sikri. In its imposing red sandstone structure lies the city envisioned by Emperor Akbar only to be abandoned a mere fourteen years later due to water scarcity.


Sep 20: Agra

Spend the day sightseeing. Overnight: Agra.

Before dawn, visit the spectacular Taj Mahal - the most extravagant monument ever built for love. On the death of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, Moghul Emperor Shah Jehan built her this memorial over which 20,000 men laboured for 22 years to create a masterpiece in white marble inlaid with semi precious stones; the art is called pietra dura. Stroll down the ornamental gardens laid out along the classical Mughal charbagh lines. This garden is separated by a long watercourse, which reflects the monument in perfect symmetry. Return to your hotel for breakfast, and continue sightseeing with an opportunity to shop. (The Taj is closed on Fridays). Visit the Red Fort where Shah Jehan spent the last years of his life, imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb. The most impressive part of the Fort are the Dewan-eAm, Hall of Public Audience where the Emperor met officials and listened to petitioners, and the Dewan-e-Khas Hall of Private Audience where he received foreign dignitaries. The Peacock throne (now in Iran) was in this fort, before being moved to Delhi by Emperor Aurangzeb.Overnight: Agra.

Sep 21: Agra - Mathura

Depart at leisure for Mathura, an important Hindu town where Lord Krishna was born. Visit the small temple erected his place of birth. Then onto Vrindavan, home to more than 5,000 temples most dedicated to Lord Krishna and his consort, Radha. Overnight: Vrindavan.


Sep 22: Vrindavan - Delhi (airport) - Dehradun - Rishkesh

After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Delhi airport (3 1/2 hrs), and fly to Dehradun. Upon arrival, drive to Rishikesh (2 hrs). No planned activities in Rishikesh. Overnight: Rishikesh.

 

Sep 23: Rishkesh

No planned activities in Rishikesh. No guide. Enjoy yourself in this walking city. Navigate the small lanes, witness the splendid aarti on the banks of the Ganga. Overnight: Rishikesh.

 

Sep 24: Rishkesh

No planned activities in Rishikesh. No guide. Enjoy yourself in this walking city. Navigate the small lanes, witness the splendid aarti on the banks of the Ganga. Overnight: Rishikesh.

 

Sep 25: Rishikesh - Haridwar - Chandigarh

Drive to Haridwar (45 mins), and spend the morning sightseeing this old Hindu religious town. Then drive to Chandigarh. Overnight: Chandigarh.


Sep 26: Chandigarh - Amritsar
Drive to Amritsar ( hrs), and spend the afternnon sightseeing. Overnight: Amritsar.

Amritsar was founded in 1577 by Guru Ram Das, the Fourth Guru of the Sikhs is today a spiritual center and bustling city. The name, Amritsar, means “Pool of Nectar”, referring to the sacred tank of water that surrounds the Golden Temple. The site of the Golden Temple was a low-lying jungle with a small spring fed pond where the tank is today. Surrounded by a few villages, this was a trade route of caravans between India and Afghanistan. Legends of miracles proclaiming the magical powers of this water abound. Proceed to Golden Temple main complex Akal Takath (Sikh Parliament) and witness sacred ceremonies where the Granth Sahib is returned in the evening.

Jallianwalah Bagh - On 13 April 1919, a peaceful crowd of 2000 men, women and children had gathered in Jallianwalah Bagh, a walled garden near the Golden Temple, to protest British rule. A group of British soldiers led by Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer opened unprovoked fire at the innocent crowd, relentlessly massacring the protestors even as the crowd dispersed in panic, many of them jumping into a well to escape the gunfire. Today, the furthest end of the Bagh is marked by a Martyrs’ Memorial built in the shape of an eternal flame. A section of the wall, pock-marked by bullets, as also the well, has been preserved as a reminder of the tragic event. Wagah border between India and Pakistan, age-old enemies, and watch the pantomime of bringing the flags of the respective countries down for the night. Wagah is the only road border crossing between Pakistan and India and lies on the Grand Trunk Road between the cities of Amritsar, Punjab, India, and Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. The border is located 22 kilometres from Lahore and 32 kilometres from Amritsar. The Golden Temple is a prominent Sikh Gurudwara located in the city of Amritsar. It was 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 dinner.


Sep 27: Amritsar

Day of sightseeing. Overnight: Amritsar.

Pre-dawn meditation in the ambrosial hours at the Golden Temple – one of the most elevating experiences in your life! Let the sound current heal your worries, pain and stress. Perform the traditional dip in the holy water and wash away your karma. Bow your head at this healing shrine and become your true self. Return to the hotel for breakfast and then visit the Jallianwalah Bagh, where, during the British rule in India, General Dyer shot to death 379 (by British estimates, more than a 1,000 by others) unarmed men, women and children, one of the dark clouds of the British Empire. The park walls still bear bullet marks of the tragedy. Visit other sites including the Miri Piri Academy, Durgiana Temple and Gurudwara Baba Deep Singh. Experience the great Indian shopping negotiation skills in the numerous bazaars of Amritsar. After lunch, a 1-hour drive to the India/Pakistan Wagah Border and witness a colorful changing of the guard change ceremony at sunset.


Sep 28: Amritsar / Faridkot / Amritsar

After breakfast, we drive from Amritsar to Faridkot (3 hours). In Fardikot, which is Satwinder's anscetral home-town, we will visit where Baba Farid meditated and today it is a holy site. We will learn more about his life and the miracles people experience even today. You will also spend time planting trees, herbs at this royal and historic city. Return to Amritsar. Overnight: Amritsar.


Sep 29: Amritsar / Faridkot / Amritsar

After breakfast, we drive from Amritsar to Faridkot (3 hours), and spend more time here, visiting Satwinder's ancestral home. Return to Amritsar. Overnight: Amritsar.

 

Sep 30: Amritsar - Delhi - Departure.

Get up at leisure and depart by air for Delhi international airport for your onward flight. Overnight: Onboard your flight.

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HOTELS ENVISAGED, or Similar:

City
Hotel, Room Type
Review
Nights
Delhi Hyatt Regency, Executive TripAdvisor
2
Jaipur Trident Jaipur, Deluxe Garden View TripAdvisor
3
Agra Trident Agra, Deluxe Garden View TripAdvisor
2
Vrindavan Nidhivan Sarovar Portico, Executive TripAdvisor
1
Rishikesh Divine Resort, Executive TripAdvisor
3
Chandigarh Lemon Tree, Superior TripAdvisor
1
Amritsar Hyatt Regency, Guest TripAdvisor
4

 

COSTS:
US $ 3,425.00 per person in a shared room, with MINIMUM 15 guests, all arriving, traveling and departing together. US $ 4,340.00 per person in a single room.

For confirmation, we need full payment by 28 July, 2023.

We do NOT guarantee accommodation if funds are received after 29 July 2023.

COST INCLUDES:
• 16 nights accommodation as per above itinerary in twin share/double rooms,
• Tours and transfers as specified including entry fees, on a private basis in an air-conditioned vehicle,
• Services of a local English speaking guides throughout tour itinerary except in Rishikesh and Faridkot,
• Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi (duration approx. 20 minutes from Jamma Masjid Gate to Red Fort parking area),
• ELEDAY program in Jaipur,
• All Currently Applicable Taxes.
• Daily buffet breakfast at hotels, (beverages are not included),
• Domestic flights for sectors Delhi/Dehradun and Amritsar/Delhi in economy class,
•All applicable taxes including mandatory government service tax,
• Entrances fee for entry into monuments as per the itinerary,
• The services of a SJI representative at all airport and hotel transfers, and,


COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

• Beverages, alcohol, laundry, telephone calls; or other items of personal nature,
• Tips and gratuities,
• Increases in Airfares or Government imposed taxes or entrance fees,
• Still camera or video camera fees at the various monuments and museums,
• Services not specifically stated in the itinerary,
• Personal or travel insurance, departure Taxes or Visa Handling Fees,
• Any changes you may choose to make during your tour,
• Any international air fare,
Visa fee for India - VISAS ARE REQUIRED,
• Travel & health insurance,
• Airport taxes and fuel surcharges, which are subject to change without notice,
Any meals (other than breakfast), drinks, tips, expenses of personal nature, and,
• Anything not mentioned in the “Cost Includes” column.

 

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