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The Golden Temple Amritsar India (Sri Hari mandir Sahib Amritsar) is not only a central religious place of the Sikhs, but also a symbol of human brotherhood and equality. Everybody, irrespective of cast, creed or race can seek spiritual solace and religious fulfillment without any hindrance. It also represents the distinct identity, glory and heritage of the Sikhs. To pen-down the philosophy, ideology, the inner and outer beauty, as well as the historical legacy of Sri Harimandir Sahib is a momentous task. It is a matter of experience rather than a of description.

Day 1: Arrival Delhi Upon your arrival in Delhi, our representative will meet, greet and welcome you and transfer you to the confirmed hotel. The remaining time is for rest and relaxation. Overnight Hotel in Delhi. Day 2: Delhi After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi. OLD DELHI – A sight-seeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat – the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort – once the most opulent fort and palace of the Moghul Empire. Enjoy the cycle rickshaw ride from Jama Masjid to Chandni Chowk. NEW DELHI – An extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun’s Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue – Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President’s Residence, Lotus Temple and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. Overnight Hotel in Delhi. Day 3: Delhi – Agra – Jaipur (By road) enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri In the early morning, you will be picked up from the hotel & transferred to railway station to board the superfast air-conditioned train to Agra. Breakfast in the train. Arrive Agra in approx. 2 hours & visit the magnificent Taj Mahal – one of the seven wonders of the world surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men labored for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan’s beloved wife Also visit the Agra fort – the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcove of inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded Peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms & enjoy a lavish buffet lunch in a 5* hotel in Agra. After lunch drive to Jaipur enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri- a perfectly preserved red sandstone which was the estranged capital of mughal emperor Akbar, built in 1569 and deserted when its water supply failed. Arrive Jaipur & transfer to hotel. Overnight Hotel in Jaipur. Day 4: Explore Jaipur After a relaxed breakfast proceed for a morning excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride ascent to the fort. AMBER FORT PALACE – Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds it’s ultimate expression. Continue sight-seeing. CITY PALACE – A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum. JANTAR MANTAR – This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use. HAWA MAHAL – The ornamental facade of this “Palace of Winds” is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storey structures of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women. Evening enjoy an authentic Rajasthani dinner at CHOKHI DHANI VILLAGE RESORT. ( optional ). Overnight Hotel in Jaipur. Day 5: Jaipur – Trivendrum ( Via Mumbai ) After breakfast chevk-out from hotel and transfer to airport to board the flight for Trivendrum via Bombay. Upon your arrival in Trivandrum , our representative will meet and assist you at the airport and transfer to hotel at Kovalam (Trivandrum – Kovalam approx. 16 kms. ). Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach of Kerala, with three adjacent crescent beaches. Kovalam has been a favorite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful Bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse – sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programs, Catamaran cruising etc. In the evening enjoy the beach. Overnight Hotel in Kovalam. Day 6: Explore Kovalam After Breakfast, commence your sightseeing of Trivandrum including excursion to Kanyakumari and also: Padmanabha Swami Temple, the only one in Kerala where foreign nationals are allowed near the Sanctum Sanctorum. Known for its mural paintings and stone carvings, the temple is a blend of Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture. Kuthiramalika, a palace of the erstwhile Composer King of Travancore, displays a rare specimen of workmanship in the traditional Travancore style of architecture with exquisite woodcarvings (closed on all Mondays). The Napier Museum, houses a rare collection of archaeological and historic artifacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings (closed on all Sundays & Wednesdays). Shree Chitra Art Gallery, displays select paintings by Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlava & Nicholas Roerich, including some exquisite works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of art in India. The collection includes paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali (closed on all Mondays & Wednesdays). The evening is free to relax on the Beach. Overnight Hotel in Kovalam. Day 7: Kovalam – Alleppey After Breakfast leave Kovalam and commence the drive to Alleppey by surface 165 kms. After reaching Alleppey, transfer to Kettuvallam (House Boat). Cruise start after Lunch on board and Overnight stay at house boat. Day 8: Alleppey – Kumarakom After Breakfast, move out from house boat at Kumarakom and transfer to the backwater resort. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight Hotel in Kumarakom. Day 9: Kumarakom – Cochin After Breakfast, commence your drive to Cochin 75 KMs and after reaching Cochin transfer and Check-In to hotel. After having rest for some moments, Visit the surroundings which includes: Chinese Fishing Nets, this unique style of huge cantilevered fishing nets were erected between 1350 and 1450 AD by traders from the Court of Kubla Khan, a Chinese King. The Hill Palace Museum, a fully-fledged archeological museum and Kerala’s first ever Heritage Museum are the main attractions (closed on Mondays). Santa Cruz Basilica, this historic church was built by the Portuguese and elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. Pope John Paul II proclaimed the Church a Basilica in 1984. The Jewish Synagogue, constructed in 1568, this is the oldest Synagogue in the Commonwealth (closed on Saturdays & Jewish Holidays). The area around the Synagogue, called Jew Town, is the centre for Spice & Handicraft shops. Mattanchery Palace (Dutch Palace), built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to the Regent of Kochi (closed on Fridays). Return to hotel rest of the day free / shopping at Ernakulam. Overnight Hotel in Cochin. Day 10: Cochin – Departure Take your Breakfast in the hotel and Check-Out from hotel and transfer to airport for your onward destinations.

Trip Grade

Moderate

Included in the Cost

   • All land transfers, lodging on twin sharing.
• Meals: three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) provided while trekking in remote areas, and two meals a day (Breakfast and lunch) while touring with overnights at hotels where guests can order their own dinners.
• Local English speaking tour guide throughout the trip.
• Entrance fees to monuments and parks visited as per itinerary.

Not Included in the Cost

Visa fees, international and domestic airfares, airport departure tax, meals not mentioned in the itinerary, items of personal nature, personal expenditures, travel insurance for any emergency including evacuation, special permit fees for restricted area travel, alcoholic and soft beverages not included in the trip itinerary, telephone, laundry, tips, and charges for delays caused by situations beyond our control, such as natural disaster, bad weather, and civil unrest.
As advised by Sri Guru Amar Dass Ji (3rd Sikh Guru), Sri Guru Ram Dass Ji (4th Sikh Guru) started the digging of Amrit Sarovar (Holy Tank) of Sri Harmandir Sahib in 1577 A.D, which was later on brick-lined by Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji (5th Sikh Guru) on December 15, 1588 and He also started the construction of Sri Harimandir Sahib. Sri Guru Granth Sahib (scripture of the Sikhs), after its compilation, was first installed at Sri Harimandir Sahib on August 16, 1604 A.D. A devout Sikh, Baba Budha Ji was appointed its first Head Priest. The Golden Temple Amritsar India (Sri Harmandir Sahib Amritsar) has a unique Sikh architecture. Built at a level lower than the surrounding land level, The Gurudwara teaches the lesson of egalitarianism and humility. The four entrances of this holy shrine from all four directions signify that people belonging to every walk of life are equally welcome.
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