15 days/14 nights
Join us for an unforgettable group venture, visiting some of some of the main spiritual sites of North India.
This tour will especially appeal to those wishing to experience the spiritual aspects (Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim) of this fascinating country. Book today for your early bird discount.
16th September – 30th September 2019 & 2020 (early bird discount until 15th March 2019 – USD 100 off)
- Vrindavan, the Birthplace of Lord Krishna
- The Taj Mahal in Agra
- The short-lived Capital of the Mughal Empire of Fatehpur Sikri
- Varanasi, also known as ‘Kashi’, the ‘City of Light’
- The Deer Park in Sarnath, where the historic Buddha gave his first ever Sermon
- Rishikesh, the Capital of Yoga, on the Shores of the Ganges
- Haridwar, one of the most important Hindu Pilgrimage Sites
Your Tour Leader:
This tour is led by Oda Seedhouse de Romero, the founder of Vegetarian Peru Adventures and the Andean Spirit Lodge near Cusco, Peru, who is also an ethnologist and a certified Sivananda Yoga instructor. Having spent a lot of time in India over the years she has a deep passion for the Indian cultures and will help you to understand this fascinating world full of colors and sounds that might beat your wildest dreams.
The tour price is calculated on the basis of two people sharing a twin or double room. We use comfortable mid-range hotels and guesthouses with private facilities and air conditioning or rooms with ventilators throughout the trip.
Some single room upgrades may be available at an additional cost.
Great Vegetarian & Vegan Food:
All our included meals are 100% vegetarian and vegan food will be available on request. (Please state your food preference with your booking). Indian food is delicious but it may be a little spicy for some taste buds. Many places offer alternatives of European style food which is much blander. Be prepared to sample some new culinary delights!
Included in the tour price:
- 14 nights in double or twin rooms with private bathrooms in mid-range hotels or guesthouses
- Vegetarian/vegan meals as described
- English speaking tour leader
- Additional local English speaking guides at times
- All land transport as indicated in the itinerary
- Entrance fees to the sites included in the itinerary
- Donation to a community project
- All taxes (the VAT charge is not applicable in this case)
Not included in the tour price:
- International flights to/from Delhi
- Indian visa
- Meals not included in the itinerary
- Cold beverages and alcoholic drinks
- Optional activities marked (X) like additional Yoga sessions, massages, dance shows and concerts
- Extras not mentioned in the itinerary
- Tips and gratuities
Day 01 Check in at your hotel in New Delhi. Welcome meeting with your tour leader followed by dinner. Hotel + D
Day 02 By morning train to Mathura, 150 km south of Delhi. We spend the rest of the day exploring the Vishram Ghat, surrounded by temples, where we may take a boat ride on the Yamuna river. Afterward, we have time to stroll the narrow lanes of the Bazaar before we come back to the Ghat for the evening Yamuna Aarti (ceremony of light). Overnight in hotel in Mathura. b & D
Day 03 Today we explore the most important temples of Vrindavan, the birthplace of Krishna, one of the most sacred sites of India. We will visit the Madan Mohan temple, the oldest structure of Vrindavan, the ISCON temple constructed by the Hare Krishna and the Raganath temple, to name a few. Later we will drive to the Kusuma Sarovara, a beautiful sandstone monument by the Yamuna near Radha Kunda. Kusuma means “flower,” and here the Gopis would pick flowers for Krishna. B & D. Overnight in Mathura.
Day 04 By private transport to Agra in the morning. We will visit the mausoleum of Akbar, the greatest of all Mughal emperors on the way. In the afternoon we will visit the Taj Mahal, the tomb built by the Moghul ruler Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal between 1631 and 1648. It is known as the jewel of Muslim art in India. Overnight in hotel in Agra. B & D
Day 05 In the morning we will visit Fatehpur Sikri, the ‘City of Victory’ which was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only around 10 years. It was built by Emperor Akbar in the late 16th century in honor of the Sufi saint Salim Chishti. The afternoon is free for visiting the impressive fort of Agra, overlooking the Yamuna river or shopping in the Shilpgram crafts village. We take the night train to Varanasi (1st class), where we will arrive the following morning. Day use of the hotel. B & D
Day 06 Transfer to our hotel at the shores of the Ganges in Varanasi. We explore the old center around Dasheshwamedh Ghat where you may observe a constant flux of pilgrims performing pujas and bathing in the sacred river. In the afternoon we will take a boat ride on the Ganges, ending up at the famous Ganga Aarti ceremony, visited by hundreds of devout Hindu pilgrims. Overnight in hotel in Varanasi. B & D
Day 07 Today we will explore some of the narrow lanes of old Varanasi and catch a glimpse of the Viswanatha Mandir, also known as the ‘Golden Temple’ due to its gold plating on its massive spire. In the afternoon we will visit the Kala Bhawan Museum, set on the campus of the Banaras Hindu University. This fine museum has a fabulous collection of miniature paintings, some Buddhist, and Hindu sculptures as well as some paintings of Nicholas Roerich and Alice Boner. In the evening we will look out for some classical Indian music, perhaps over dinner. Overnight at hotel in Varanasi. B & L
Day 08 Today we explore the nearby Deer Park of Sarnath where the historical Buddha gave his first sermon after he reached enlightenment. The site has been excavated and on the exact spot where the Buddha gave his sermon are the remains of the Dhamekh Stupa, also known as the Dharma Chakra Stupa, a cylindrical tower rising over 33 m from a stone drum, ornamented with a bas-relief foliage and geometrical patterns. You may also visit the modern day temples fo the international Buddhist community and the museum which contains the lion capital (the top of the Ashoka pillar found at the main site) and life-size standing Bodhisattvas. We return to Varanasi in the afternoon. Overnight at hotel in Varanasi. B & D
Day 09 Flight from Varanasi to Dehra Dun at the foot of the Himalayas with a stopover in Delhi. Transfer to Rishikesh, the ‘world capital of yoga’ and our base for the next few days. Overnight in hotel or ashram in Rishikesh. B & D
Day 10 Participate in the early morning Puja in the Sivananda ashram (optional). Later we will walk along the banks of the Ganga to explore the temples of Laxman Jhula and then after walking back to Ram Jhula the ruins of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram where the Beatles and many other celebrities once stayed and meditated in air-conditioned cubicles. In the afternoon we drive up to the Shiva temple of Neelkanth. Overnight at a hotel or ashram in Rishikesh. B & D
Day 11 Early in the morning we drive to the Kunjapuri Devi temple to watch the sunrise over the Himalayas. Free time in Rishikesh. You may join a Yoga class or go for walks at the shores of the Ganges. In the afternoon we will visit Parmarth Niketan and participate in the Ganga Aarti on the shore of the river. Overnight in Rishikesh. D
Day 12 Free day in Rishikesh. Join optional Yoga Classes, Satsangs, and concerts. B
Day 13 By private transport to Haridwar where you may join the pilgrims on their walk up to the Mansa Devi Temple, from where you may enjoy splendid views over Haridwar and the Ganges. In the afternoon we will participate in the Ganga Aarti (ceremony of light) at Harki Pauri Ghat where each day thousands of pilgrims congregate. Overnight in Hotel in Haridwar. B & D
Day 14 Early morning train to Delhi. Guided visit of the Red Fort in the afternoon, one of the superb pieces of 17th-century Mughal architecture left to us by Shah Jahan. Farewell dinner. Overnight at Hotel in New Delhi. B & D
Day 15 End of all services. B
Price: USD 3,195.- per person in double or twin rooms. Single room supplement may be available at additional cost.