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15 DAYS NORTH INDIA TRIP by Delighted Journey

15 Days North India Trip: In this itinerary, I offer you a fifteen-day trip to discover the authentic sacred traditions of Northern India. Together, we will travel to the heart of this country with its thousand facets and such a living and fascinating spirituality.

This 15 Days to North India will take us from the sublime Golden Temple of Amritsar, kingdom of the Sikh community to the Taj Mahal via Jaipur, the ancient Mogul capital, through the holiest city of Hinduism Varanasi (formerly Benares) and by Rishikesh on the foothills of the Himalayan mountains.

​In each place visited we will take the time to immerse ourselves in the places and spend several days there. Free time is provided at each stage.

If you want to penetrate the heart of the centuries-old wisdom and traditions of this incredible country, this trip to India is for you!

This trip will take us to Northern India to discover several spiritual traditions such as Hinduism and Sikhism and will immerse us in ancestral rituals and practices.

This trip will first allow us to discover Amritsar, a spiritual center for followers of the Sikh religion. The name Amritsar means “ocean of nectar” comes from the sacred lake which houses the famous and unique Golden Temple. In the heart of the city, the golden domes of the most sacred Sikh temples are reflected in the waters of the basin. We will immerse ourselves in this unique atmosphere for 2 days and discover the largest restaurant in the world which serves more than 100,000 meals daily…for free.

We will then continue our journey by taking the night train in berths to reach the Capital of Yoga, namely Rishikesh. Situated on the banks of the Ganges and at the foot of the Himalayas, Rishikesh has been known since medieval times as the celestial abode of the gods: it is a great spiritual center of India which attracts large numbers of pilgrims, saints and Sadhu. We will spend 4 days in this place between excursions, yoga, swimming in the Ganges, Ashram visits and a stay in the forest.

After 4 days, we will leave to go to one of the oldest cities in the world, Varanasi (formerly Benares). We will walk on the Ghats to discover and admire the crowds of pilgrims, coming from all regions of India, performing with devotion the ritual ablutions in the sacred river. We will explore the old city with its kaleidoscope of experiences, colorful rainbows with women in saris, street vendors, sacred cows, and the cremations of bodies on the banks of the river, a moment of great intensity and loaded with intense emotions. Several walks will show us the scenes of daily life in the very photogenic ancient Benares.
On the 10th day, we will fly to Jaipur, the pink city where we will visit the wonders of the Mughal Empire which made the reputation and splendor of this city at the gateway to the desert: Amber Fort, Palace of the Winds and the Royal Palace. Jaipur is also an excellent stopover for purchasing souvenirs (clothes, scarves, stones, etc.).

To end this trip, we will head towards Agra, and we will discover one of the most fantastic monuments Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is in fact a mausoleum built in the 16th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan following the death of his wife Mumtaz Mahal during the birth of their 14th child! In Agra we will also visit the Red Fort or Agra Fort.

Step 1: Amritsar and its fabulous Golden Temple (Sikh sanctuary)
Step 2: Rishikesh on the banks of the Ganges – Capital of Yoga
Step 3: Varanasi (formerly Benares), the holiest city in Hinduism
Step 4: Jaipur, former capital of the Mughal Empire and its sublime palaces of Perso-Indian inspiration
Step 5: Agra and the Taj Mahal – one of the seven wonders of the world

Extension: possibility of extending your stay with for example a visit to Jodhpur and Udaipur (ask me when registering)

Highlights of this trip to North India

AMRITSAR

The holiest city of the Sikh community, it is home to the fabulous Golden Temple. We will soak up its very special atmosphere and eat among all the pilgrims.

RISHIKESH

Located at the foot of the Himalayas on the banks of the Ganges, this city nicknamed “the capital of Yoga” is home to numerous Ashrams and Hindu temples. There is a soft and peaceful atmosphere there.

VARANASI (former Benares)

The holiest city in Hinduism, Varanasi, city of the god Shiva, is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. It’s a fascinating city unlike any other!

JAIPUR

The Amber Fort, the Palace of the Winds, the City Palace, the pink city of Jaipur has many wonders to visit inherited from its prestigious Mughal past. It is also a city for quality shopping.

TAJ MAHAL

The Taj Mahal, temple of eternal love, built in white marble, is undoubtedly the symbol of India. It was built in the 16th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.

15 Days in North India: TRAIN JOURNEY

Discovering India also means immersing yourself in its culture and the daily lives of its inhabitants. One of the best ways to do this is to travel by train, an extraordinary experience that will show you yet another facet of this “Indian world”.

15 DAYS NORTH INDIA TRIP by Delighted Journey

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