LIVING FAITHS OF INDIA (Yoga & Meditation) - 12 days
Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Amritsar, Dharamshala
After arriving in Delhi, visit Gandhi Smriti, drive through Lutyen's Delhi, visit the National Museum and sit for a special talk on the Life and teachings of Buddha. Visit Jama Masjid, Jan temples and Gurudwara Sisganj in Old Delhi. Experience the spice market, local perfumes and alleyways that haven't changed for the past few centuries. End the evening with a sound and Light show at Red Fort that details the history of Delhi. Next day leave for Rishikesh via Haridwar. On arrival drive down to the Maharaja's Lychee and Mango orchards. Visit ancient meditation caves and walk across a sacred river on the pedestrian bridge. Begin the next day with meditation by the Ganges. Travel by road to the sacred confluence of two rivers at Devprayag. Join in and witness the evening ‘Ganga Arti’ or worship of the Ganges. Start the next day again with meditation. Walk in the city of Rishikesh, imbibe the calm and channel your soul with the ascetics at the ashrams/ discuss faith with practitioners. Next stop is Amritsar via Haridwar to see Har- ki- pauri- the site where the Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years. In Amritsar, see the Golden Temple, the most sacred shrine of the Sikhs. Visit the Temple's community kitchens; also visit Jallianwala Bagh for its historically significance. Continue onto Dharamshala, home to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Walk through a Rhododendron forest to McLeodganj. Visit the monasteries and listen to discourses on Buddhism. Walk in the town market that has been set up by Tibetan Refugees. Drive down to lower Dharamshala; see the handicrafts at Norbulingka Institute, the library archives and the monasteries around Dharamshala. Visit a nunnery that to this day carries on a 7th century tradition.
This is simply a suggested itinerary and can easily be customized to suit your schedule, budget, and interests
Day 1. Arrival in Delhi; Day 2. Tour Delhi- visit Jama Masjid, Gurudwara Sisganj; Day 3. Onward to Rishikesh via Haridwar. At Rishikesh visit ancient meditation caves of sages; Day 4. Meditate, visit Ram temple and see evening Ganga Arti; Day 5. Visit ashrams and meet scholars for discussions; Day 6. At Haridwar, visit the sacred site of Kumbh Mela, onward to Amritsar; Day 7. Visit Golden temple, community kitchens and Jillianwala Bagh; Day 8. Drive to Dharamshala, tour town; Day 9.Visit the temple of the Dalai Lama and hear teachings on Buddhism; Day 10. Tour town at leisure and see handicrafts, visit nunnery and temple of the Oracle; Day 11. Departure for Delhi; Day 12. Departure for Onward destination.