12 Days |
|Haridwar Kumbh Mela Bathing Dates - 2021|
|Maha Shivratri (Shahi Snan)||11 March 2021|
|Somvati Amamvasya (Shahi Snan)||12 April 2021|
|Baisakhi (Shahi Snan)||14 April 2021|
|Chaitra Purnima (Shahi Snan)||27 April 2021|
The world-famous Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith that makes Hindus from all over the country gather to bathe in a sacred or holy river. Kumbh is celebrated at four different destinations as the Prayag Kumbh Mela, Haridwar Kumbh Mela, the Nashik-Trimbakeshwar Simhastha, and Ujjain Simhastha. This trip is directed to Haridwar Kumbh Mela at Haridwar.
The 12-days Kumbh mela trip begins at Delhi and moves towards Haridwar encompassing Agra and Jaipur, the Golden Triangle. The trip ensures authenticity of the event keeping in mind the luxury of the tourists.
Kumbh – the celebration of grandeur, authenticity, faith and sacredness
Peshwai Procession – a royal procession of the naga-sadhus who are the members of an akhara or sect of sadhus
Breathtaking show by the sadhus - martial skills with swords and acrobatic skills
Ritual bathing at the banks of of holy river Ganga
Visit to Old Delhi and places like Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Qutub Minar
Visit of pink city Jaipur
Taj Mahal in Agra – one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Reach Delhi where our representative welcomes you and drives you to the hotel. Delhi is an old city which has been inhabited since the 6th century BC and has been the capital of many kingdoms. Delhi is also called the “city of cities” and is full of beautiful monuments. The culture of the place has been influenced by its different rulers from time to time. And the same is reflected in the food habits of the residents. The Mughlai cuisine originated here since the reign of the Mughal rulers.
Get amazed and awestruck with the variation in construction and look. Old Delhi showcases a maze of small lanes lined and old buildings exhibiting the different cultures that reigned in the city. And New Delhi is a modern city with broad roads and high rises. New Delhi is the capital of India and is a political hub.
After breakfast, you will be taken for a city sightseeing that portrays the Indian history beautifully.
Start your morning with a tour to Old Delhi. This part of the city was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1639 AD. The first spot is the Raj Ghat – that is the cremation point of Mahatma Gandhi and the museum which was built to commemorate him. Up next is a visit to the iconic Red Fort and the areas of Chandni Chowk. The Red Fort was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty for nearly 200 years, until 1856. Chandni Chowk is one of the most popular and busiest markets in Old Delhi. You may take a rickshaw ride around the area to check out the colorful crowd and shops.
The next spot to visit is the Jama Masjid, one of the iconic, historic and largest mosques in India built by Shah Jahan. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656.The mosque was completed in 1656 AD with three great gates, four towers and two 40 metres high minarets constructed with strips of red sandstone and white marble.
Your next spot is India Gate which is a war memorial located across the Rajpath built in the memory of the Unknown Soldier. Drive past the Parliament House, President’s House and other Government Secretarial Buildings and reach your last spot of the day – Lakshminarayan Temple dedicated to Lord Narayana and Goddess Lakshmi.
Come back to hotel for an overnight stay at Delhi.
You will be transferred by road to Jaipur. Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan gets its name from Maharaja Jai Singh who built this city. Many captivating palaces are present here having breathtaking design and architecture. In the 18th century Prince of Wales had visited Jaipur and the entire city was painted in pink color due to which this city is also known as the pink city. The origin of Jaipur goes back to more than 260 years. You have the afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Jaipur.
Today you have a full day tour of Jaipur and Amer Fort. The morning journey starts from Amer fort also known as Amer Palace, the earlier capital of Jaipur. This magnificent fort was constructed in red sand-stone and marble by Raja Man Singh and is divided into four sections each with a courtyard. The main entrance gate is Surajpol having a fascinating architecture. Near the Ganesh Gate, there is a temple dedicated to the Goddess Sila Devi. The Diwan-e-Aam - Hall of public audience, Diwan-e-Khas - hall of private audience, Sheesh Mahal - palace of mirrors and Sukh Niwas are quite beautiful. At the he Sukh Niwas, a pleasant climate is created by winds that blow over a water cascade. #In Jaipur you will be taken to Maharaja City Palace, a royal palace with seven storey as well as Jantar Mantar, the observatory. This wonderful observatory is attracted by mathematician as well as astronomers of whole world. City palace is perfect blend of all three excellent styles (Mughal, Rajput and European). Another palace, Hawa Mahal is popular all over world for it magnificent architecture. You will be taken through pink rose garden as well business centers of Jaipur. A tour of Jaipur is not complete without shopping. Jaipur is famous for clothes, carpets, precious and semi-precious stones and jewelry and various handicrafts made of wood, metals, etc. and also for silk paintings and miniatures.
Overnight stay at hotel.
This day, get transferred to Agra from Jaipur by road. Agra is a major tourist destination of India. Taj Mahal is the first place you would be taken to in the afternoon. The beautiful monument is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The magnificent construction was built in white marble by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between the years 1631 to 1648 in the memory of his beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal.
Next destination is the Agra Fort, yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known for its architectural structure, it was built in the 16th century during the Mughal Empire. There are several fairy-tale palaces like Khas Mahal and Jahangir Palace, and Diwan-e-Aam (public audience hall) and Diwan-e-Khas (private audience hall). Agra is famous for inlaid marble work and handicrafts.
Overnight stay in Agra.
Have your breakfast before being taken back to Delhi by road enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri. The rest of the day is at leisure. You can take a rest and gear up for the bigger days ahead. Or you may also take a round of the local market for shopping or trying out local delicacies.
Overnight at Delhi.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Delhi to Haridwar by road. Evening enjoy Ganga Aarti.
Stay in pre-book Hotel at Haridwar.
Have breakfast and get ready for witnessing the extravaganza at Kumbh Mela – one of the biggest mass Hindu pilgrimages. You will be taken near the Har Ki Pauri Ghat, Haridwar
Kumbh Mela is held after every 12 years. There is a difference of around 3 years between the Kumbh Melas at Haridwar and Nashik and Nashik and Ujjain (the other places where Kumbh Mela is held). Being the first day, watch and appreciate the rituals performed by the sadhus who are members of an akhara.
Watch them taking dips into the holy water and perform several rituals.
Come back to hotel and retire for the day.
Wake up early, have your breakfast and start for witnessing the Procession, you will see the Sadhus the pilgrims people from all walks of life taking a dip in the river ganges.
Several holy men from different Hindu sects attend the mela, such as the Nagas (who do not wear any clothes), Kalpwasis (who bathe thrice a day) and Urdhawavahurs (who believe in putting the body through severe austerities). They come to the mela to perform sacred rituals pertaining to their respective groups.
Capture their skills in your camera or record their videos for a lifetime of memory.
Come back to your room. Overnight at Haridwar.
Dedicate these days for “darshan” or respectful visual exchange which is an important part of Kumbh Mela. People make the pilgrimage to the Kumbh Mela specifically to observe and experience both the religious and secular aspects of the event. Two major groups that participate in the Kumbh Mela include the Sadhus (Hindu holy men) and pilgrims. Through their continual yogic practices the Sadhus articulate the transitory aspect of life.
Sadhus travel to the Kumbh Mela to be available to travelers (mostly Hindus). This allows members of the Hindu public to interact with the Sadhus and to take "darshan." They are able to "seek instruction or advice in their spiritual lives." Darshan focuses on the visual exchange, where there is interaction with a religious deity and the worshiper is able to visually "'drink' divine power." The Kumbh Mela is arranged in camps that give Hindu worshipers access to the Sadhus. The darshan is important to the experience of the Kumbh Mela and because of this worshipers must be careful so as to not displease religious deities. Seeing of the Sadhus is carefully managed and worshipers often leave tokens at their feet.
You will be driven to Rishikesh. You will join in the evening Aarti ceremony at Triveni Ghat. However, yoga centers and temples are also worth a visit during the tour to Rishikeshafter that visit the various ashrams, or travel to the famous Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula.Later, you will return to Haridwar. Overnight stay at Haridwar.
After breakfast you will be transfer by road from Haridwar to Delhi for your onward journey.