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Itinerary specially prepared for Kryon India Group
Full length itinerary
In brief itinerary:
FULL LENGTH ITINERARY
|Day 01||29 September 2017, Friday||Arrive Delhi|
|Day 02||30 September 2017, Saturday||Delhi – Welcome dinner|
|Day 03||01 October 2017, Sunday||Delhi|
|Day 04||02 October 2017, Monday||Delhi|
|Day 05||03 October 2017, Tuesday||Delhi/Jaipur|
|Day 06||04 October 2017, Wednesday||Jaipur|
|Day 07||05 October 2017, Thursday||Jaipur/Agra|
|Day 08||06 October 2017, Friday||Agra/Delhi/Varanasi|
|Day 09||07 October 2017, Saturday||Varanasi|
|Day 10||08 October 2017, Sunday||Varanasi/Delhi|
|Day 11||09 October 2017, Monday||Delhi/Chandigarh/Dharamshala|
|Day 12||10 October 2017, Tuesday||Dharamshala|
|Day 13||11 October 2017, Wednesday||Dharamshala/Chandigarh/Delhi|
|Day 14||12 October 2017, Thursday||Delhi/Leh|
|Day 15||13 October 2017, Friday||Leh|
|Day 16||14 October 2017, Saturday||Leh/Delhi|
|Day 17||15 October 2017, Sunday||Delhi/Kathmandu|
|Day 18||16 October 2017, Monday||Kathmandu|
|Day 19||17 October 2017, Tuesday||Kathmandu/Lhasa|
|Day 20||18 October 2017, Wednesday||Lhasa|
|Day 21||19 October 2017, Thursday||Lhasa|
|Day 22||20 October 2017, Friday||Lahsa/Kathmandu/Delhi – Farewell dinner|
|Day 23||21 October 2017, Saturday||Leave Delhi|
DAY 01: 29 SEPTEMBER 2017, FRIDAY ARRIVE DELHI
On the arrival at the international airport, proceed for inmigration clearance after disembarking. Thereafter collect bagagge from the baggage carousel and walk to the arrivals lounge after clearing customs.
You will be greeted by our company representative, with a placard bearing your name on it. He will assist you with your luggage and transfer to the hotel. Have some free time on your own to adjust to the new time zone. Dinner included at the hotel. Overnight at Royal Plaza Hotel or similar. Check in time at hotel is 14:00. (D)
DAY 02: 30 SEPTEMBER 2017, SATURDAY DELHI
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, the private guided tour of the capital will highlight wide avenues, grand vistas and colonial mansions. Your excursion includes: Vijay Chowk vantage point for grand sweep of British Raj Era Buildings; Visit Gandhi Museum, Humayun’s Tomb (1565) first Mughal garden tomb and inspiration for several later monuments such as the incomparable Taj Mahal ; Lakshmi Narayan Mandir – one of the earliest Indian temples without cast restrictions . Return to hotel for lunch.
In the afternoon, finish your tour today at Bahai Templewhere you could pray or meditation. The structure is made up of pure white marble. The architect Furiburz Sabha chose the lotus as the symbol common to Hinduism, Buddhism, Bahai, Jainism and Islam. Return to your hotel. Enjoy welcome dinner, with folklore music and dance, at your hotel. Overnight at Royal Plaza Hotel or similar. (B, L, D)
DAY 03: 01 OCTOBER 2017, SUNDAY DELHI – AKSHARDHAM TEMPLE - DELHI
Breakfast at the hotel. Today your private guided tour of Old Delhi will focus on Magnificence of Jama Masjid (1656) and Red Fort (1639) with its busy hive of lanes that you will tour on Cycle Rickshaw. Each lane specializes in a commodity. Visit Chandni Chawk Market, which is popular place to shop in for fabrics such as silks, satin, crepe, cotton and muslin. Dariba Kalan is known for its pearl, gold and silver jewellery and attar (natural perfumes). Return to hotel for lunch.
In the afternoon,you will be visiting to Akshardham, a unique, yet stunning monument that boasts 234 elaborately carved pillars, 9 decorative domes, 20 quadrangled shikhars (towers of Hindu architecture), stone elephants sculptures, and 20,000 murtis (Hindu images portraying Divine spirits).
Cultural boat ride: Sail through thousands of years of ancient Indian history. Experience the lifestyle of the Vedic era. Pass through the oldest university and watch an eye surgery happening more than a thousand years ago. This 12 minute boat ride presents some of India’s important contributions to the world. Overnight at Royal Plaza Hotel or similar. (B, L, D)
Important note: Important note: Red Fort, Akshardham and kingdom of Dreams remain closed on Mondays.
DAY 04: 02 OCTOBER 2017, MONDAY DELHI
For those early bird passengers we are offering two optional activities, both are free of charge for you:
- Early morning yoga session with Yoga teacher.
- Early morning guided visit Bangla Sahib (Sikh Temple) to witness prayer ceremony. 15 minutes walking distance from hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. We willorganize a talk on Mahatma Gandhi by an expert speaker. It will take place in a hall of the hotel. We will also organize a visit to Rajghat to participate in public homage programme to Mahatma Gandhi. Overnight at Royal Plaza Hotel or similar. (B, L, D)
DAY 05: 03 OCTOBER 2017, TUESDAY DELHI – JAIPUR
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive about 4.5/5 hours to Jaipur.
Jaipur’s stunning hilltop forts and royal palaces on its desert landscape form an exotic backdrop to Rajasthan’s romantic capital. Part of the golden triangle along with Delhi and Agra, Jaipur is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Its founder, Maharaja Jai Singh II was a lover of mathematics and science, and designed the city on principles of Indian astrology and Hindu concept of the universe. Traditionally the colour of hospitality in Rajasthan, Jaipur was awash in pink to welcome Prince Albert in 1856. Since then, it’s become customary to pink-wash the city’s buildings, thus popularizing Jaipur as the ‘Pink City’. Its old markets are famous for traditional crafts: hand-dyed and embroidered textiles, jewelry, precious stones and metals. Chaotic and congested at times, Jaipur can easily distract you with glimpses of its regal past, brilliant bazaars and some of the most colourfully dressed people on the planet.
In the afternoon, visit Medieval Gopal ji temple at Salwara. Later visit Dera Amer for BBQ dinnerand enjoy cultural programme. Overnight at Holiday Inn Hotel or similar. (B, L, D)
Important note: Driving time in the program is approximate, subject to the traffic, weather and road conditions.
DAY 06: 04 OCTOBER 2017, WEDNESDAY JAIPUR
Breakfast at hotel. Morning visit hillside Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the state; inside you will also experience the kingly palaces including the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors).Lunch will be at outdoor venue along the ramparts of the old Amber City by Lebua Lodge Return to walled city of Jaipur and stop at façade of the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds).
). Continue to the City Palace Museum for its superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armory; have fun checking the local time yourself at Jantar Mantar - the largest stone observatory in world. Visit Birla temple in evening for aarti ceremony. Drive back to your hotel. Overnight at Holiday Inn Hotel or similar. (B, L, D)
DAY 07: 05 OCTOBER 2017, THURSDAY JAIPUR – AGRA
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive about 5 hours to Agra. Time permiting, we will stop on route for visiting Abhaneri Chand Baori stepwell built around AD 800 and AD 900.
Often overshadowed by Taj Mahal’s popularity, many are unaware of Agra’s other hidden wonders. The city’s surviving art, culture, architecture and royal cuisine from that era are exceptional. Skilled local craftsmanship is almost genetic here; with artisans designing vases and trays with Pietra dura technique (using cut and fitted, highly-polished coloured stones to create images) and weaving embellished garments. You will find most of these items in the city’s bazaars. Although now a bustling industrial city, the beauty and elegance of its monuments and heritage shine on. Contemporary Agra can only be described as an intense yet grand experience. Arrive and check in at your hotel. Enjoy lunch at hotel.
Later, private guided tour of Agra city which includes: the impressive Red Fort, built by Emperor Akbar in between 1567 and 1573. It encompasses an enormous complex of courtly buildings. Now a UNESCO world heritage site. And the world famous Taj Mahal. Its perfect proportions and exquisite craftsmanship have been described as “a vision, a dream, a poem, a wonder”. Overnight at Four Points By Sheraton Agra Hotelor similar. (B, L, D)
DAY 08: 06 OCTOBER 2017, FRIDAY AGRA – DELHI – VARANASI
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning, drive about 4 hours to Delhi’s airport for your flight to Varanasi.One of India’s holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites, English author Mark Twain once wrote of Varanasi “it is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together."
Said to be as ancient as Babylon, here religious rituals have been continuing since the 6th century BC; attracting pilgrims, nirvana seekers, tourists, historians, and students of the Vedas ‘oldest scriptures in Hinduism’ throughout history, including sages like Lord Buddha. Western visitors have been coming here since the middle ages, drawn by the sheer intensity and strangeness of life in this city. It is famous as a learning centre for north Indian classical music and also renowned for its textiles. Weaving silk with gold and silver thread, to create brocades for royal costumes and court furnishings.Arrive and check in at your hotel.
In the evening, you will witness the thousand-year-old Aarti Ceremony during which worshippers pray near the water by the light of candles and lanterns. Overnight at Rivatas by Ideal Hotel or similar. (B, BL, D)
DAY 09: 07 OCTOBER 2017, SATURDAY VARANASI
Very early in the morning, just before dawn, take guided private boat cruise on the Ganges. This a magical time, pilgrims trickle out of the labyrinthine lanes and head for the ghats (steps leading to the river) at dawn. Here they wash clothes, perform yoga asanas, offer prayers and take ritual dip.
Later take a private guided tour of the city visiting Durga Temple and the Benaras Hindu University. Benaras Hindu University was established to impart education based on egalitarianism and casteless Hindu revival. Its museum has India’s best collection of art from 12th to 20th century. Return to the hotel for breakfast.
We continue to Bharat Mata Temple.It is known for its large and unusually detailed map of the Indian subcontinent. 19th Century Durga Temple is stained with red ochre to signify Goddesses colour, it is also known for its monkey tribe. Return to your hotel for lunch.
Overnight at hotel Rivatas by Ideal Hotel or similar. (B, L, D)
DAY 10: 8 OCTOBER 2017, SUNDAY VARANASI – DELHI
Breakfast at the hotel.Morning at leisure. Enjoy early lunch before leaving from your hotel. Transfer to airport for your flight to Delhi. On the way, we will make a brief detour to visit Sarnath where the Buddha preached his first sermon and also visit the Museum. Special prayer service (Pooja Ceremony) by monks at Sarnath will be conducted for the group during the visit.
Arrive in Delhi and transfer to hotel. Overnight at Pride Plaza Aerocity Hotel or similar. (B, L, D)
Day 11: 09 OCTOBER 2017, MONDAY DELHI – CHANDIGARH – DHARAMSHALA
Early breakfast. Proceed to transfer to Delhi’s airport for your flight to Chandigarh. After reaching Chandigarh airport, you will be greeted by our representative and drive about 5 to 6 hours to Dharamshala. Lunch in a local restaurant. Overnight stay at Pride Mcleodganj Hotel or simiar. (B, L, D)
DAY 12: 10 OCTOBER 2017, TUESDAY Innards
After breakfast at the hotel, full day excursion to McLeodganj synonymous to His Highness Dalai Lama. You will visit the Namgyal Monastery and Norbulinka Institute.
Originally home of the semi-nomadic Gaddi tribe, McLeodganj is today the residence of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. This mid-19th century place was developed as a British Garrison. The place was developed as an important administrative point for the whole Kangra valley. Today the place has developed as headquarters of the exiled Tibetan Government. The impressive monastery has larger than life size images of Buddha, Padmasambhava and Avaloketeshwara.
Macleodganj has been transformed into a Tibetan township and is the residence of the Dalai Lama. Here an entire cultural tradition is being nurtured at the school of Tibetan studies with its rare manuscripts and ancient texts. It hence attracts scholars, pilgrims and tourists. The Tibetan Institute for the performing arts and a handicrafts center add to the ambience. Visitors enjoy roaming through the bazaar and bargaining for handmade carpets and handicrafts, ranging from prayer wheels to Tangkhas (Buddhist painted scrolls mounted on silk). The aroma of delicious Tibetan food fills the air. A giant prayer wheel dominates the main street and a large statue of Lord Buddha looks serenely on as monks chant prayers in the monastery.
We have a dinner hosted by the royal family of Kangra - Raja Aditya and Rani Kumari Chandresh. It will be invited distinguished Lamas of the Tibetan government in exile.
Overnight stay at Pride Mcleodganj Hotel or similar. (B, L, D)
DAY 13: 11 OCTOBER 2017, WEDNESDAY DHARAMSHALA – CHANDIGARH – DELHI
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning drive about 5 to 6 hours to Chandigarh airport in time to board flight to Delhi. We will visit Kangra Fort on route.The Kangra Fort was built by the Royal Rajput family of Kangra State (the Katoch dynasty), which traces its origins to the ancient Trigarta Kingdon, mentiones in the Mahabharata epic. It is the largest fort in the Himalayas and probably the oldest dated fort in India.
Arrival at Delhi airport and transfer to hotel near airport. Overnight at Pride Plaza Aerocity Hotel or similar. (B, BL, D)
DAY 14: 12 OCTOBER 2017, THURSDAY DELHI – LEH
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning transfer to Delhi airport for your flight to Leh.
On arrival at Leh airport, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel.Spend the day in the hotel for rest and acclimatization.
An interactive session with a Buddhist Monk (scholar) will be organised at the hotel in the evening. The guests could interact with the monk on religion and relation of religion with different aspects of life.
Overnight stay in The Grand Dragon Hotel or similar. (B, L, D)
DAY 15: 13 OCTOBER 2017, FRIDAY LEH
Breakfast at the hotel. AM visit Stok Royal Palace and the museum. Stok is a small village located at a distance of 14 kms from Leh. Stok Palace and Stok Monastery are prime attractions of this place. The Stok Palace is now the residence of the royal family members.Enjoy Hi-tea with the members of the Royal Family (subject to their presence in Leh). Return to your hotel for lunch.
In the afternoon, visit Leh Palace, Shankar Gompa and Shanti Stupa. Leh Palace was built in 1430, is popular among tourists for its large statue of Lord Buddha called Chamba by Ladakhi. The statue represents the future Buddha according to Lamas.
Sankar Gompa is located at a distance of 3kms, the monastery has a good collection of miniature paintings. This can also be visited in the evening as it is well lit. At the evening, a special prayer (for longevity and prosperity) by the Tibetan monks will be held at a pre decided venue. A few monks will carry this ceremony which will showcase the different practices of Tibetan Buddhism. Overnight at The Grand Dragon Hotel or similar. (B, L, D)
DAY 16: 14 OCTOBER 2017, SATURDAY LEH – DELHI
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning transfer to the airport to catch your flight for your onward journey.Arrival at Delhi airport and transfer to hotel. Afternoon at leisure for personal activities. Overnight at Royal Plaza Hotel or similar. (B, L, D)
DAY 17: 15 OCTOBER2017, SUNDAY DELHI – KATHMANDU
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the international airporton time to board flight to Kathmandu.
On arrival to Kathmandu’s airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel.
Afternoon half day sightseeing tour begins with Kathmandu City. Although the fertile Kathmandu Valley has been inhabited for thousands of years, its rich and varied cultural legacy essentially began during the 14th century under the Malla Dynasty. Patronized by the nobility, Newar artisans constructed temples, monasteries and elaborate courtyards that constitute a fascinating architectural history. Visit Durbar Square and Teleju Temple with its gilded roofs; the present temple was restored by King Mahendra Malla in 1562. The gate to the Hanuman Dhoka Durbar, the old Royal Palace, is guarded by a statue of Hanuman, the monkey - god, wrapped in a red cloak’ the deity’s face is covered by a thick layer of sindur, a red dust mixed with mustard oil. Stop at House of the Living Goddess where the virgin goddess known as Kumari may look down from one of the upper floor windows. Kathmandu derives its name from the 12th century wood temple of Kasthamandap, said to have been built from a single tree. The temple was completely destroyed by an earthquake in April 2015. Walk through the bazaar and labyrinthine back streets of the old city. Move on to Swayambhunath, the oldest shrine in the world established more than 2500 years ago. Situated on top of a high hill where legendary Manjushri discovered the lotus growing in the ancient Kathmandu Valley Lake.
Evening lecture by Tibetan scholar on spiritualism. Dinner will be at your hotel. Overnight at Yak and Yeti Hotel or similar. (B, L, D)
DAY 18: 16 OCTOBER 2017, MONDAY KATHMANDU
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Kopan Nunnery located just below the Kopan Monastery. Kopan Nunnery has been established for 28 years under the spiritual guidance of the Founders of Kopan Monastery. The Nunnery has grown at a rapid pace as there are only a few nunneries in Nepal and India with long waiting lists. At Kopan Nunnery, 50% of the nuns are orphaned, 25% come from homes with single parents whilst the rest from impoverished families in Tibet and the neighbouring Himalayan region. Kopan Nunnery is currently the largest Tibetan nunnery in Nepal with 400 nuns. Witness monks debate at the Kopan Nunnery and observe way of life in the nunnery.
Conclude today’s sightseeing with a visit to Patan City, the City of arts and architecture founded in 250 A.D. and also known as Lalitpur. It is renowned for its fine works in bronze, silver and copper. Visit the Durbar Square, Royal Baths, Mahaboudha, Krishna Mandir and Hiranya Verna Mahabihar (the Golden Temple). A visit to the new Patan Museum is a must. The museum faces Durbar Square and is housed in a beautifully restored and renovated former Malla residential palace. The collection spans much of Nepal’s cultural history, primarily exhibiting metalwork sculptures from Hindu and Buddhist deities, typical of Patan’s tradition in craftsmanship. Written commentary explains their significance to Nepal’s art history, spiritualism, cultural heritage and contemporary life.
Continue your visit to the house of living goddess ‘Kumari’. You will personally meet Kumari here in Patan city. During this visit the guests can also receive blessings from her.Interaction with Kumari the living goddess. Overnight at Yak and Yeti Hotel or similar.(B, L, D)
DAY 19: 17 OCTOBER 2017, TUESDAY KATHMANDU – LHASA.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport and fly to Lhasa.Upon arrival at the Gonggar airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel.
Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet, is a city of wonders. The visits to Drepung and Sera Monastery, Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka, Barkhor Market and Ganden Monastery would be an awesome experience. Overnight at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel or similar. (B, BL, D)
DAY 20: 18 OCTOBER 2017, WEDNESDAY LHASA
Breakfast at the hotel. Today start your sightseeing with the Tibet’s two great monasteries Drepung and Sera both built in 1400’s.
Drepung Monastery: About 8km to the west of central Lhasa, Drepung, one of the world’s largest monastery was built in 1416 by Jamyang Choje a pupil of Tshong Khapa, the founder of the Gelugpa Sect. Drepung literally means “heaps of rice” and the fertility of its fields supported a monastic community that before 1959, ranked as Tibet’s largest monastery with 7,770 monks. For over 500 years Drepung served as the major pillar of the theocratic state, serving as the main political headquarters for the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It also served as the residenceof the Dalai Lamas until the Potala Palace was constructed in 1645. Suffering only minor damage during the Cultural Revolution Drepung has plenty of historical relics, Buddhist scriptures and arts.
Sera Monastery: 5 km North of Lhasa, its setting is one of the prettiest in Lhasa, hugging the ridge that forms the Northern wall of the Kyi Chu Valley. Founded in 1419 by Sakya Yeshe, a disciple of Tsongkhapa, belonging to the Gelugpa sect and is one of the three great monasteries of Tibet, the other two being Drepung & Ganden. In its heyday, Sera hosted a huge monastic population and five colleges. Like Drepung, the colleges in Sera specialised in: Sera Me in fundamental precepts of Buddhism, Sera Je in instruction of itinerant monks and Sera Ngagpa in Tantric studies. Overnight at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel or similar. (B, BL, D)
DAY 21: 19 OCTOBER 2017, THURSDAY LHASA
After breakfast at the hotel, explore the massive Potala Palace, the former home of the Dalai Lama. Then visit the revered Jokhang Temple, the oldest religious structure in Tibet, where you join monks as they circumambulate the temple, visit Norbulingka and stop at the lively Barkhor Bazaar.
Potala Palace has been the focus of the travelers for centuries. It is the cardinal landmark and a structure of massive proportion. This symbol of Tibet, an architectural Gem built in the colossal monastic style of Central Tibet by Gyelwa Ngapa the fifth Dalai Lama, in the 17th century, stands 300m above the valley atop the hill called Marpo Ri. These thousand rooms in Potala, dates from 1645 when the fifth Dalai Lama began to erect a palace that would serve as a sacred and administrative center It served many succeeding Dalai Lamas and as one of Tibet’s most impressive and enduring monuments, the Chinese Army of Red Guards protected it during the Cultural Revolution. As a result many of its chapels and treasures are intact, virtually unchanged since the 17th century.
Jokhang Temple: The oldest and the most revered religious structure in Tibet, it dates back to 639 to 647, construction initiated by king Songtsen Gampo to house a Buddha image Akshobhya brought to Tibet by his Nepalese wife. But now, the main statue in this temple is of the Sakyamuni, which was a gift from his Chinese wife Won Cheng in 641 A.D to King Songtsen Gampo. The statue of Akshobhya being switched to Romoche Pilgrims from all over Tibet come to worship here and prostrate themselves in full length in front of the main doors of' the temple. It is truly a moving and unrivalled experience to witness such a sight and more so to actually join them in their pilgrimage around the temple.
Norbulingka is the summer palace of His Holiness Dalai Lama. The 8th Dalai Lama designated it as a summer retreat but the majority of the buildings were not erected until the reigns of 13th and 14th Dalai Lamas. Every year as the chill air warmed, the Dalai Lama would leave Potala in a grand procession for six months residence in the Norbulingkha. It is worth a visit and the park is a great place to be at festival times and public Holidays. During the seventh Lunar month of every year the Norbulingkha is crowded with picnickers for the Shotun festival.
Barkhor Market: The word Barkhor refers to the middle of the three concentric holy circuits around the Jokhang. The Barkhor Circuit runs through the heart of the old city where life has changed little down the centuries and it gives you a curious sensation of having slipped through time into a medieval carnival. It is an area unrivalled in Tibet for its fascinating combination of deep religiosity and pushes – and – shoves market economics. This is both the spiritual heart of the holy city and the main commercial districts being the center of Tibetan capital's trade for centuries. Overnight at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel or similar. (B, BL, D)
DAY 22: 20 OCTOBER 2017, FRIDAY KATHMANDU – DELHI
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu. Take connecting flight from same terminal. Arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel near airport.
Enjoy Farewell dinner at your hotel in Delhi. Overnight at Pride Plaza Aerocity Hotel or similar. (B, BL, D)
DAY 23: 21 OCTOBER 2017, SATURDAY BACK HOME
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to airport for your international flight to home. Check out time at hotel is 12:00. (B)
Important note: Reporting time at the international airport is at least 3 hours prior to flight departure time.
END OF OUR SERVICES
B: Breakfast BL: Box lunch L: Lunch D: Dinner
Our net prices:
S / S
|NET PER PAX||US$ 9.496||US$ 2.409|
|Kathmandu / Lahsa / Kathmandu|
Important note: The quoted airfares might change at the time of issuing tickets because these are dynamic airfares.
|KRYON’ SEMINARS FEE|
|NET PER PAX||US$ 1.900|
ADDITIONAL CHINESE VISA FEES:
* For US Nationalities: US$ 200.00 net per person
* For other Nationalities: US$ 115.00 net per person
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