8 Days Spiritual India Tour inc Yoga Session
Located in the tranquil Himalayan foothills, the revered city of Rishikesh, is surrounded by graceful Sal forests, and overlooks the peaceful Ganga as it meanders into the distance. The Spiritual India is a pathway to the ultimate – it will leave you breathless with the enchantment of its surroundings and also assist in redefining lifestyles. Learn about the traditional Indian wellness regimes including yoga in the international yoga capital. In addition, the sojourn unveils the colonial heritage of Delhi, the royal Mughal splendours of Agra.
- Take a walk in the bustling narrow bylanes of Old Delhi
- Soak in the atmosphere of spiritual city of Rishikesh
- Witness the magical Aarti ceremony on the ghats of Ganges
- Learn the basic of yoga in an introductory session
- Pay tribute to the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra
- Valid for double/twin occupancy only
- Departure points, dates and hours are subject to availability and cannot always be guaranteed
- Hotel Check in 14:00, Check out 10:00
- There is no charge for payments made with Debit Cards.
Day 1 – Delhi
Arrive in the historical city of Delhi and transfer to your hotel for 2 nights stay.
Day 2 – Delhi
Enjoy a guided tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi which includes drive past the Red Fort, a visit to Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in Asia, walk through the bustling lanes of Chandni Chowk and Raj Ghat, the simple but moving memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Later, drive past the imposing India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President’s residence) and end the tour with a visit to tomb of Emperor Humayun.
Day 3 – To Rishikesh
Morning drive to Rishikesh (230 Kms / 06 -07 Hours). On arrival in Rishikesh, check-in to your hotel and relax for rest of the day.
Day 4 – Rishikesh
Unwind with an energizing session of yoga and discover its infinite power to calm the mind, body and soul. After a leisurely breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour. Visit an ‘Ashram’, set in a tranquil setting, featuring a temple, well-manicured gardens and meditation rooms. Continue for a walking tour starting at Laxman Jhula, a modern suspension bridge (jhula) across the Ganges River, offering fine views of the river and its surroundings. It is said that Lord Laxman crossed the Ganges on jute ropes, where this bridge now exists. Walk past the numerous shops selling religious items and know its significance from your friendly guide; learn about the ancient religion of Hinduism and be a spectator to the Ganga Aarti ceremony, which is an unforgettable spiritual experience. Performed each evening at sundown on the banks of the river, it is attended by thousands of devotees who gather here and worship the holy river. Leaf boats are filled with flowers, lit with lamps and set adrift on the Ganges, creating a splendid aura of lights.
Day 5 – Rishikesh
The day is at leisure to enjoy the revered city at your own pace
Day 6 – To Agra
Early morning transfer to Haridwar railway station to board train for New Delhi (Jan Shatabdi-12056: 0620 / 1115 hours). Upon arrival in New Delhi railway station, drive to the Mughal city of Agra. On arrival, check into your hotel and relax for rest of the day.
Day 7 – Agra
Enjoy a guided tour of Agra which includes a visit to the massive red sandstone Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Continue to the Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday), built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, a masterpiece in marble and one of the world’s most famous landmarks.
Day 8 – To Delhi
Drive back to Delhi (204 Kms / 04 -05 Hours) and transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
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MYSTERYThe person (Kate) who helped me with the booking and purchas was extremely helpful. The only issue I had was being told a bus from the airport would be available but wasn't, the taxi cost was expensive.
MYSTERYI did not think it was value for money with all the extras ie hand luggage on Ryanair. Transfers to and from the hotel from the airport were expensive even though I prebooked also on the Berlin trip breakfast had to be added and that was also expensive.
MYSTERYThe hotel booked for us was very bad and in a bad state and very dirty! It felt like we was in a hostel but a bad one.
MYSTERYWet helpful staff. Thanks chris ***
MYSTERYHaven't taken the break yet, but the process of booking it has been chequered.
Although the agent was polite and helpful, I have had to fight for a decent deal.
Was offered Poland, but not from my chosen airport, so no good.
Then was offered Dublin from chosen airport, acceptable.
Hotel was advertised as city centre, it was about 9 km the other side of the city, not acceptable.
Flights were and still are, ridiculous. Don't get into Dublin until 10.15 pm ....that's the first night. I get the day and second night and then have to leave the hotel at 5.00am to catch the plane back, not very good.
After many emails, I've been offered an hotel in the actual city centre which is much better.
I do realise that these are low budget deals, however, it would be better to make the break, if it involves flights, to be actually worth packing for! I'm going to an English speaking country........I dread to think how it would have been if we'd landed in Poland late at night, had to take a train, then a tram to our hotel at that time of night and had to struggle with any language barriers.
I will use Groupon again, indeed, your local deals/ breaks are very good, but I will not use this weekender mystery break again. Thank you for letting me give feedback.