TOWERING TEMPLES TOUR
8 Nights / 9 Days
Experience the changes of life on the River Ganges from the hills of Rishikesh to the flats of Varanasi. On the Towering Temples Tour you can enjoy the exhilaration of whitewater rafting or the calmness of a peaceful boatride. Witness the ritualistic life represented on the banks of the Ganges from The Yoga Capital of the World to ancient and sacred burial ceremonies on the burning ghats. You'll discover there's a lot more than temples to this tour.
Itinerary Route: Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh - Varanasi - Delhi
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
You will be greeted at the airport by a Tour Packages India Representative and escorted to your hotel by private AC car where you'll spend the night.
Day 2: Delhi
After breakfast, embark on a day of sightseeing around Delhi. Delhi is said to be one of the oldest existing cities in the world, along with Damascus and Varanasi. Legend estimates it to be over 5,000 years old - it is said to have been built and destroyed 11 times throughout its history. In spite of its rich historical heritage represented by it's innumerable monuments, Delhi's population is reputed for having little awareness of or pride in the city's history due to the simple reason that few Delhi residents actually belong to Delhi. The population of Delhi is a heterogeneous mix of people originating from every corner of India. Undoubtedly, this will become obvious during your tour through the city. Delhi is by far the most cosmopolitan city in India and a true traveler's delight.
Day 3: Delhi to Haridwar (via Train) to Rishikesh (via Car)
Spend the morning traveling to Haridwar aboard the super fast AC Shatabdi Express. Tour Haridwar upon arrival (see "Local Attractions" for a list of acitivites). Later, enjoy the short drive to Rishikesh and check in to your hotel.
Day 4: Rishikesh (The Yoga Capital of the World)
Take the opportunity to participate in an early morning yoga class. Afterwards, return to the hotel and spend the day as you like.
Day 5: Rishikesh
Take the opportunity to participate in an early morning yoga class. Afterwards, spend the day sightseeing (see "Local Attractions" for a detailed list of things to do).
Day 6: Rishikesh to Varanasi (via Train)
Again, participate in an early morning yoga class. Afterwards, return to the hotel and spend the day as you like. In the evening, board an overnight train to Varanasi.
Day 7: Varanasi (Arrive 1550 hours)
Transfer from the railway station to your hotel for check-in. Spend the remainder of the day as you like.
Day 8: Varanasi
Board an early morning boat at the riverbanks for a cruise on the Ganges River. The western banks have a string of ghats which the pilgrims occupy during their stay. At dawn, the ghats are abuzz with activity as devotees offer prayers to the rising sun and perform religious rituals. Return to hotel for breakfast. Later visit the Bharat Mata Temple which has on display a giant bas relief map of India in marble. Take a drive through the largest residential university of Asia - Banaras Hindu University. Founded by Pundit Madan Mohan Malviya, the university houses an Art Gallery as well as the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb. Stop over at the Bharat Kala Bhavan where you can see some of the finest miniatures on display in India. In the afternoon, tour the Sarnath, the buried Buddhist city where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from 6th century B.C. to 12th century A.D.
Day 9: Varanasi to Delhi (via Air)
After breakfast and a morning of sightseeing, you'll be transferred to the Varanasi Airport for your flight back to Delhi
You can spend most of ths tour near the banks of the River Ganges...choose from Standard to Deluxe...either way you go there'll be a lot happening...
You can spend most of ths tour near the banks of the River Ganges...choose from Standard to Deluxe...either way you go there'll be a lot happening right outside your doorstep.
Best Time: Anytime - Rishikesh is ideally located in the foothills giving it a moderate climate year-round - even during monsoons the rains are...
Best Time: Anytime - Rishikesh is ideally located in the foothills giving it a moderate climate year-round - even during monsoons the rains are mostly intermittent making for comfortable travels. Varanasi summers (Apr-June) can get quite hot but the nights are relatively cool. The combined north/south destinations on this tour make for an "Anytime" good time to visit.
Delhi is simply the most well-connected city in India. It's served 24 hours/day by an International Airport, four different railway stations, and an...
Delhi is simply the most well-connected city in India. It's served 24 hours/day by an International Airport, four different railway stations, and an abundance of public and private bus lines.
A vegetarian's paradise from cosmpolitan Delhi to the holy hills of Hardwar and Rishikesh and down to the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi. Organic...
A vegetarian's paradise from cosmpolitan Delhi to the holy hills of Hardwar and Rishikesh and down to the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi. Organic and Ayurvedic restaurants offer some of the most interesting and tasty veg fare in all of India...plus Mughali and northern sweets...McDonald's is the last place you'll think of on this whirlwind tour of the most satisfying of veg meals and delicacies.
Don't let this tour's title fool you...there is a ton of fun to be had - whitewater rafting, river kayaking, camping, trekking, bungee jumping, rock...
Don't let this tour's title fool you...there is a ton of fun to be had - whitewater rafting, river kayaking, camping, trekking, bungee jumping, rock climibng. Take a break from the thrills and do some yoga in the Yogal Capital of the World in Rishikesh. Of course, lots of temples to see, too.
A Must Read before you book your tour... TOWERING TEMPLES TOUR Terms and Conditions Important and necessary...
A Must Read before you book your tour... TOWERING TEMPLES TOUR Terms and Conditions Important and necessary information about Deposits and Payments, Cancellation Policy, Refund Schedule...be sure to read it before booking your tour Terms and Conditions The purchase of any travel services offered by Tour Packages India (hereafter referred to as "TPI") constitutes a contractual arrangement between you and TPI, and represents your acceptance of the TPI Terms & Conditions. Deposit and Final Payment A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of 15% per tour is required for TPI to ensure your reservation. Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit is received by TPI and you, in turn, receive a confirmation invoice via email. TPI accepts MasterCard and Visa. Your reservation will be automatically cancelled if deposit is not received by the deposit due date. Please review your booking invoice and contact TPI if your invoice appears to be incorrect or incomplete, as it may not be possible to make changes later. TPI cannot accept responsibility if we are not notified of inaccuracies within 5 days of sending out the invoice. In the case of billing errors, TPI reserves the right to re-invoice you with correct pricing. Final payment is due 30 days prior to commencement of services, with some limited exceptions as set forth below. Payment of the deposit indicates you have read and accepted these Terms and Conditions. If final payment is not received by the due date, your reservation will be canceled and your full deposit will be retained by TPI. TPI is not responsible for canceled land and/or air reservations in the event payment is not received by the final payment date. Payment in full is required 30 days prior to the commencement of the tour. Cancellation Fees are as follows: Tours cancelled 15 to 29 days before tour commencement date: 55% of the cost of services booked Tours cancelled 7 to 14 days before tour commencement date: 75% of the cost of services booked Any tour cancelled less than 7 days before tour commencement date will be ineligible for a refund.