Lyn Taylor Adventure Travel

Women's India and Kashmir April 2013

 NORTH INDIA TOUR FOR WOMEN

Jjammu and Kashmir has been famous for its natural beauty since time immemorial and has been aptly described as "heaven on earth". The state has some of the best tourist spots in the entire country. Tourists from not only India but also the world over come to enjoy the scenic beauty of the state. The tourism industry has greatly benefited the state economy. Some of the major tourist attractions in the state are Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Leh, Patnitop, and Ladakh. The city of Jammu is popularly known as the City of temples. Srinagar is famous for its lakes and houseboats while Kashmir, known for its scenic natural beauty and rich cuisine is quite popular among tourists. The Dal Lake houseboats are one of the major attractions of Kashmir. Another major tourist attraction is the Mughal Gardens of Srinagar. While on a visit to Kashmir one should also not miss some of the various adventure


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April 25
14 days

Day 01          Arrive Varanasi

Meet and assist on arrival at Varanasi airport and transfer to the hotel  Picturesquely situated on the crescent shaped left bank of the holy Ganga, Varanasi, one of the ancient seats of le1arning in India, is said to be a compound of the names of two streams, the Varuna and the Assi, which still flow in the north and south of the city respectively. Varanasi is probably one of the most ancient living cities in India. From time immemorial it has been a great religious center for Hindus and one of their most sacred places of pilgrimage, being visited by millions of people every year. In the evening visit the River Ganges to witness the evening Aarti and pooja. Return to the hotel after the visit for overnight stay

DAY 02          IN VARANASI

Early in the morning, enjoy a boat ride on the River Ganges. The most important facet of this holy city is the river and the ghats lining its southern bank in the city. From dawn to dusk, the ghats are thronged by thousands of devotees, who perform their holy rituals in the hope of attaining salvation, the “Nirvana” Later also visit temples like KashiVishwanath temple - dedicated to Lord Shiva; Bharat Mata Mandir - dedicated to Mother India; Durga temple – dedicated to Goddess Durga; Alamgir mosque – originally a temple dedicated to Vishnu but now an odd mixture of Hindu and Muslim architectural styles. Later drive back to hotel for Breakfast and after that you will proceed for a guided excursion to Sarnath – where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. A major Buddhist centre, Sarnath lies 10 kilometres north east of Varanasi. It was here that Buddha preached his message of the ’middle way’ to nirvana after achieving enlightenment at Bodhgaya. In around 234 BC, Emperor Ashoka, a great follower of Buddhism, erected a stupa here. Between the 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD, several Buddhist structures were built here in Sarnath. Most of the Sarnath’s monuments are set in large gardens making it quite pleasant for a visitor to spend some time here. Overnight is at the hotel

DAY 03          VARANASI – KHAJURAHO (BY FLIGHT)

After breakfast transfer to the airport to board your flight for Khajuraho. Meet and assist upon arrival at Khajuraho airport and transfer to the hotel.In the afternoon proceed for a half day visit to Eastern & Western group of temples. The magnificent temples built by the Chandela kings. They are divided into three – eastern, western and southern groups. The largest temple is Kandariay dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temples known for their erotic sculpture are world famous.Rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight is at the hotel.

DAY 04          KHAJURAHO - JHANSI (BY SURFACE)

JHANSI – AGRA (BY TRAIN NDLS SHTABDI AT 1755 / 2025 HRS)

Morning is at leisure to explore the city. Later, drive 190 kms to Jhansi to connect your train to Agra en-route visiting Orchha. Orchha's grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time, a rich legacy to the ages. In this medieval city, the hand of time has rested lightly and the palaces and temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th centuries retain much of their pristine perfection.  Orchha was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela Rajput chieftain, RudraPratap, who chose this stretch of land along the BetwaRiver as an ideal site for his capital. Of the succeeding rulers, the most notable was Raja Bir Singh JuDeo who built the exquisite JehangirMahal, a tiered palace crowned by graceful chhatris. From here the view of soaring temple spires and cenotaphs is spectacular. In the Laxminarayan Temple and Raj Mahal, vibrant murals encompassing a variety of religious and secular themes, bring the walls and ceilings to rich life.Continue your drive after the visit to Jhansi Railway station and on arrival connect the Shatabdi Express train to Agra, arriving at 20:25 hrs. Meet and assist upon arrival at Agra railway station and transfer to your hotel for overnight stay.Overnight is at the hotel

DAY 05          AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI – JAIPUR

After breakfast proceed to visit the world famous TajMahal built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen MumtazMahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the skill of 20,000 craftsmen brought together from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and who took 17 year to complete this ' Love Poem in Marble'. (Friday closed). Later visit the important 16th-century Mughal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the KhasMahal, built by Shah Jahan; audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques. Built on the site of an earlier castle in AD 1565-75, many extant buildings were erected by Shah Jahan (AD 1630-55).In the afternoon drive to Jaipurvisiting the ancient abandoned Moghul capital, FATEHPUR SIKRI This 16th century capital of Moghul emperor Akbar is a complex of forts, palaces and mosques built in sandstone. The city had to be deserted because of lack of water. The white marble Tomb of Sheikh SalimChisti, Akbar's spiritual adviser, is now observed as a Muslim pilgrimage spot here.After the visit, continue your drive to Jaipur.  The capital of the state of Rajasthan is popularly known as the 'pink city' as the buildings in its old, walled city is all constructed in pink-colored sandstone. Jaipur owes its name, its foundation and its careful planning to the great warrior-astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II (1699-1744). He laid out the city with its surrounding walls and six rectangular blocks by principles of town planning set out in an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. In 1728 he constructed the remarkable observatory, which is still one of Jaipur's central attractions.Arrive and check in at the hotel.\It is worthwhile spending time wandering through the bazaars. Overnight is at the hotel

DAY 06          IN JAIPUR

This morning you will drive 11kms in the outskirts of the city to visit Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the State until 1728. Visit the Temple of Kali, the Hall of Victory or Jai Mahal and Jagmandir. You can have the unique experience of traveling on elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the fort is situated.In the afternoon visit the Observatory, the Palace of Winds and the City Palace and Museum. The museum has an interesting textile section, which contains dresses and costumes of the former Maharajas and Maharanis of Jaipur. Jaipur is well known for its beautiful carpets, enamelled ornaments, precious and semi-precious stones, brass ornaments and many other arts and crafts.  Spend time in crowded lanes & by lanes of pink city, haggling and souvenir-hunting in the evening.Overnight is at the hotel

DAY 07          JAIPUR – DELHI – AMRITSAR (by flight)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your flight for Delhi. On arrival, you would be in transit till time to connect your flight for Amritsar. Meet and assist upon arrival and transfer to the hotelIn the evening proceed to witness the Flag Ceremony at the India – Pakistan Border Return back to the hotel for overnight stay

DAY 08          AMRITSAR – DHARAMSALA

Today morning after breakfast, proceed with a city tour of Amritsar. Visit the famous Golden Temple and the surrounding areas which include the purification pool and other parts of the temple complex.  Also visit the memorial at the JallianwalaBagh - erected in the memory of the countless people killed or wounded at this site by the British on April 13th 1919In the afternoon drive to Dharamsala. Set against the backdrop of the dramatic DhauladharMountains. Dharamsala, perched on the high slopes in the upper reaches of Kangra Valley, is a charming town with elegant bungalows nestling in thick conifer forests.Arrive and check in at the hotel. Rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight is at the hotel

DAY 09          IN DHARAMSALA

Morning sightseeing tour of Dharamshala including various monasteries and Mcleodganj often called Little Lhasa and the residence of the Dalai Lama, which has been here for over Four decades. The monastery has larger-than-life images of the Buddha, Padmasambhava and Avalokteshwara. Also visit ST. JOHN’S, the charming dressed stone church in the wilderness.Spend time walking around the main bazaar of McLeodganj Overnight is at the hotel.

DAY 10           DHARAMSALA– JAMMU (Drive) & FLY TO SRINAGAR CAPITAL OF KASHMIR

(Flight AI 812 / 1300-1345 hrs  OR Flight 9W 7083 / 1235-1315 hrs)

Depart very early today morning for Jammu airport and on arrival connect your flight for Srinagar  Arrive Srinagar and transfer to Deluxe Houseboats.  Evening Shikara (Boat) ride.

Many tourists are attracted to Srinagar by the charm of staying on a houseboat, which provides the unique experience of living on the water in a cedar-paneled elegant bedroom, with all the conveniences of a luxury hotel. Srinagar's thousand or so houseboats are moored along sections of the Dal and Nagin Lakes and the Jhelum River, each decorated fancifully and named romantically and even whimsically. Like hotels, houseboats vary in degree of luxury and have been accordingly graded by the Department of Tourism. A luxury houseboat, like a luxury hotel has fine furniture, good carpets and modern bathroom fittings

DAY 11           SRINAGAR

After breakfast drive to Gulmarg.  Night in Gulmarg. Afteroon Gandola Ride and walking tour.

Gulmarg has been a resort for the kings like Yousuf Shah Chak and Jahangir who used to visit frequently. The old name of Gulmarg was "Gaurimarg", the name of Lord Shiva's wife. Yousuf Shah Chak changed its name to Gulmarg, meaning the place of roses. During the early part of the 20th century the famous Central Asian explorer Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862–1943), made his home here in a tent between his expeditions. It was a favourite summer holiday destination for the British stationed in India.

The surrounding areas were politically restive during a period of relative peace and quiet. The town is nestled within the imposing Himalayan peaks, and lies within miles of the Line of Control

Gulmarg attracts outdoor sports fanatics with its world class golfing, trekking, mountain biking, horse riding, water skiing, and fishing. Gulmarg has a lot of highest things along with its name, and one of them is the Gulmarg golf club. It is the highest green golf course in the world. There are a few places of religious importance near the resort within a 5 to 20 km radius like Baba Reshi, Haji Murad at Kreeri and Tangmarg.

Gulmarg is among the most famous tourist destinations in India and there is a need for some tightened regulation to save the environment of the area from over tourism

DAY 12           SRINAGAR

Return to Srinagar after breakfast. City tour and visit to Moghul Gardens. Night in the houseboat.

DAY 13           SRINAGAR – DELHI (by flight 6E 554 / 1110-1235 hrs)

Meet & assist on arrival at the Delhi Airport and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon proceed with a half day combined City tour of Old and New Delhi. In Old Delhi drive past the Red Fort and ChandniChowk, visit the Jama Masjid. In New Delhi drive past thePresident’s house, Parliament house, Government secretariat buildings and Connaught place – the heart of New Delhi and a busy shopping center and lastly visit the QutabMinar – thetallest stone tower in India Overnight is at the hotel

DAY 14           DEPART DELHI

In time transfer to the airport to board your flight back home

End of the Tour

$2500
Introductory

* Daily breakfast

*internal flights

 

* Deluxe houseboat in Srinagar

 

* Local English speaking guides

 

* All transfers and sightseeing by air-con and non air-con cars or mini coach
* Boat Ride in Varanasi
* Jeep ride to Amer Fort in Jaipur
* Air-con chair car train tickets

 

 

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