India: Amritsar’s Golden Temple and Rajasthan

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Discover India’s treasures with this  17-day package through the country’s great cities and main tourist attractions such as the Taj Mahal, the Golden Temple and Jama Masjid, the biggest mosque of India as well as experiencing authentic religious ceremonies. And don’t forget the safari, the cruise and the visit of symbolic landmarks of Gandhi’s life that are pat of the trip!


 

INCLUDES :

  • Round trip flight from Montreal to Amritsar, returning from Delhi with Qatar Airways
  • 15 nights’ accommodation in 4-star hotels
  • Train from Amritsar to Delhi
  • All transfers, visits and tours
  • All meals (from breakfast on day 3 to dinner on day 17)
  • Entry fees to sites and monuments
  • Services of a local guide during the stay
  • Services of Pierre-Alain Tessier, Gendrontours group leader
  • Taxes

 

OPTIONS ($) :

  • Parking space at Montréal-Trudeau Airport at a preferential rate: Aeroparc, multi-level and ValetParc lots
  • Get your travel insurance (medical, cancellation and/or interruption) with your travel agent

NOT INCLUDED :

  • Gratuities
  • Tourist visa
  • Luggage fees with the airline
  • Meals and tours other than those mentioned
  • Client’s contribution to the Compensation fund of $ 1 per $ 1,000

 

Accompanied with small groups
Maximum of 21 passengers

 

ITINERARY

Day 1 Montreal – Amritsar
Leaving for Amritsar
Day 2 Doha
Arriving in Doha
Day 3 Amritsar
Greating upon arrival around 3:00 pm and transfering to the hotel. After checking in, lunch at the hotel followed by a city tour of Amritsar (Jallianwala Bagh, Durgiana Temple). In the evening, visit of the Golden Temple and experiencing the evening ceremony. Dinner and back to the hotel.
Day 4 Amritsar – Delhi (by train)
Breakfast at the hotel and visit of the Golden Temple then strolling in Amritsar’s colorful market. Lunch at the hotel and transfering to the train station on our way to Delhi. Assistance upon arrival in Delhi and transfering to the hotel to check in. Dinner and returning to the hotel.
Day 5 Delhi
Breakfast at the hotel followed by visits: Jama Masjid – the biggest mosque in India. From the top of the south minaret you’ll dominate the city and see superb landscapes. Raj Ghat and Gandhi’s Museum – this black marble plate shows the place where Mahatma Gandhi was incanerated following his murder in 1948. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, discovering New Delhi and its surroundings. Humayun’s Tomb – Built in the middle of the 16th century by Haji Begum, Humayun’s first wife, for her husband, the second Mughal emperor. This is a great exemple of Mughal architecture which might have been the inspiration for the Taj Mahal. Dinner and back to the hotel.
Day 6 Delhi – Mandawa (Shekhawati)
Breakfast at the hotel and leaving for Shekhawati, nicknamed the “open sky art gallery of Rajasthan”. Lunch on the way and checking in at the hotel. Leaving for a visit of Mandawa. In these cities surrounded by sand dunes you’ll find havelis, houses of rich merchants from the camel commerce between India and Pakistan. These palaces with ornate walls are work of art. Diner and back to the hotel.
Day 7 Mandawa – Bikaner
Breakfast at the hotel then leaving for Bikaner. Checking in at the hotel and lunch. Visit of Fort Junnagarh, a fortress built in the 16th century and including palaces and temples. this maze of halls, stairs and inerior courtyards. Visit the Coronation Room, the Miror Palace, the Maharadjah’s Bedchamber, the Aramament Museum also containing elephant pods, the conference hall and its silver throne as well as fakirs’ nail beds. A Tuk Tuk tour in the picturesque bazaar will be followed by a Heritage walk in the old city. Dinner and back to the hotel.
Day 8 Bikaner – Jaisalmer
Breakfast at the hotel and leaving for Jaisalmer. Lucnh on the way and checking in on arrival. In the afternoon, we’ll discover Bara Bagh’s Cenotaphs at sunset. Dinner and back to the hotel.
Day 9 Jaisalmer
Breakfast at the hotel and visit of Jaisalmer and strolling in the citadel, admiring the havelis, Jain Temple and walking the bazaar. Lunch. In the evening, you’ll experience Thar desert in the dunes. Enjoy a camel ride and a bbq dinner while watching a dance show. Back to the hotel for the night.
Day 10 Jaisalmer – Jodhpur
Breakfast at the hotel and leaving for Jodhpur. Checking in at the hotel on arrival. Lunch then visit of Fort Mehrangarh, akin to an eagle’s nest, built at the top of a hill. You get to it by going through seven doors some of which still show traces of cannonball. Inside, you’ll find numerous courtyards, surrounded by palaces. The fort’s museum shows palanquins, elephant pods, weapons, sabers, swords, daggers and small cannons. Many rooms showcase miniature collections and the Takhat Mahal is entirely decorated with mirors and paintings with colored glass balls suspended from the ceiling. Jankhi Mahal has an astonishing collection of royal cradles. From the remparts defended by canoons, a splendid view  of the Blue City awaits some 120 m. lower and on the horizon you can see Umaid Bhawan palace. Then, take a stroll in the old city and discover its colorful market (about 2h walk). Dinner and back to the hotel.
Day 11 Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur
Breakfast at the hotel. Strolling in the village of Bhanswara to see its daily life. Leaving for Ranakpur by roads lined with acacias where norias, wells and women with golden and silver jugs on their heads. Lunch followed by visit of Jain temples in the afternoon. A singular charm emanates from this solitary place where you will see sculptures in what is knowned as the most beautiful Jain sanctuary. Continuing to Udaipur and checking in at the hotel. Dinner and back to the hotel.
Day 12 Udaipur
Breakfast at the hotel then discovering the City Palace, an old Mahajanas palace in Udaipur. Built in the 18th century, part of this palace is still inhabited by Mahajanas descendents and it overlooks Pichola Lake. The palace is a maze of marble halls, decorated living rooms, courtyards and gardens with beautiful ceramics. Visit of Sahelion Ki Bari or Damsels Garden – a superb park with many fountains. Lunch and visit of a center of silk painting specialized in miniatures. At the end of the afternoon, transfering to the port for a mini cruise on Lake Pichola to properly see the palace’s facade with a stopover on Jag Mandir island. Dinner and back to the hotel.
Day 13 Udaipur – Jaipur
Breakfast at the hotel then leaving for Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan. it takes its nickname of “Pink City” from the pink paint used on buildings of the old city. Built on the bed of a dried lake, the city is surrounded by fortresses and remparts. Lunch in a local restaurant. Dinner and back to the hotel.
Day 14 Jaipur
Breakfast at the hotel. Tour at Fort Amber, about 10 km from Jaipur. Amber is the old capital of the state founded by the Minas and then abandoned a few centuries later when Maharadjah Jai Singh went to live in Jaipur. Located at the mouth of a rocky gorge, it overlooks the lake. This maze of towers and walls, from one hill to the other were an incomparable defence and alarm system. here, nothing has changed for centuries. Going up to the remparts by way of elephant ride or 4×4. The inside of the fort is comprised of many courtyards and superb gardens overrun by monkeys. The palace has Persian-style mosaic walls and doors embellished with ivory and wood inserts. You’ll visit the palace’s many rooms and its many mirors as well as the temple dedicated to the goddess Kali. Rajpouts took the fort in 1037 until 1728 when they left Amber for the new city of Jaipur. Lunch in a local restaurant then visiting the city:
City Palace – The Maharadjah still lives in the palace.
Hawa Mahal – or Wind Palacewhere you can see an extraordinary piece of wall from a Baroque-style palace.
Ricksaw ride followed by a discovery of the market and free time. Dinner and back to the hotel.
Day 15 Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra
Breakfast at the hotel and leaving for Jaipur and a visit of Fatehpur Sikri, the old capital from the era of Emperor Akbar. More Baroque than the Red Fort, it was abandoned o few years after it was built. A blend of Hindu and Muslim it is truly spectacular. Visiting:
The Great Mosque and the tomb of  Sheikh Salim Chishti, Jewel House also knowned as Diwan-I-Khas (Hearing Hall) and Akbar Pillar, a giant checker. Lunch in a local restaurant and continuing to Agra. After check in, dinner and back to the hotel.
Day 16 Agra – Delhi
Breakfast at the hotel and visit of the Taj Mahal, one of the world’s most popular monument built in the 17th century by Emperor Shah Jahan to illustrate his eternal love for his late wife. Transfering by horse-drawn carriage to the entry of the Taj Mahal, a red sandstone door covered with words from the Quran in Arabic.
Once through the door, this white marbled jewel-incrusted monument appears. Under the central dome, cenotaphs from emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, his wife, can be seen.
The Red Fort had a military function before being partly transformed into a palace. Must-visit include Machchi Bhavan – the palace of fishes –  and Saman Burj – a tower from which you one can see the Taj Mahal. . bvehind those walls, you’ll discover a city within a city. Lunch in a local restaurant and leaving for Delhi. After chcking in, you are invited to a farewell dinner.
Day 17 Delhi – Doha
Transfering to the airport.

 

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Day 17 Delhi – Varanasi
Breakfast at the hotel and then transfering to the airport for the flight to Varanasi where you’ll transfer directly to the hotel. Lunch and free time in the afternoon. Ricksaw ride on the ghâts during the Puja: priests pray in front of the Ganges and bless the pilgrims. Experience the evening ceremony. Dinner and back to the hotel.
Day 18 Varanasi
Breakfast at the hotel. At first light, we’ll transfer to the port for a boat ride on the Ganges where thousands of pilgrims come to be purified in theblessed waters. The Ganges is adored by Hindus. Then, we’ll walk until we reach the Golden Temple, main sanctuary dedicated to Shiva where only Hindus can enter. Back to the hotel for lunch. Then, visit of Varanasi – Tulsi Manas Temple, Durga Temple and Bharat Mata Temple. Lunch then leaving to visit Sarnath, cradle of buddist teachings. There, Budda preached for the first time in 528 before our era. Visit the museum, Emperor Ashoka column and many statues. Visit of a Buddist museum and temple. Dinner and back to the hotel.
Day 19 Varanasi – Calcutta (Kolkata)
Breakfast at the hotel and free time in the morning. Lunch then transfering to the airport for your flight to Kolkata, Dinner andback to the hotel.
Day 20 Calcutta (Kolkata)
Breakfast at the hotel. The entire day is dedicated to visiting the city. Flower market: located under Hawrah bridge, Mullick Ghat Kolkata Flower Market is the biggest flower market of India with over one hundred stalls. About 200 producers comme during wedding and holiday seasons. Howrah bridge: also knowned as Rabindra Setu joins Hwrah to Kolkata on the Hooghly river and is considered to be a genius work of British engineering. Among the most busy cantelever bridges in the world, it took seven years to build and was finished in 1943. Kumartuli: this unique craftsmen village is 400 years old which makes it the oldest of its kind in the world. Cornerstone of the biggest Bengal festival it still maintains Puja alive in Bengali communities in other countries. Over 250 artists make 40,000 statues a year. Counting over one thousand workers in addition to the artists, Kumartuli is a mini industry. it exports its statues to all corners of the world including the United States, Canada, Germany, Switzerland and others. Lunch during the visit. Jain temples: dedicated to Paresnath it’s one of Kolkata’s most  important jain temple. Famous around the world, it is made of four temples. Marble Palace: Located in the north area of the city, it includes an art gallery belonging to the Mallick Chorbagan family. It was built in 1855 with Italian marble by one of the richest Bengali owner, Raja Rajendra Mallick Bahadur. College Street Book Market: Kolkatans are well knowned for their passion for books and this neighborhood is a treasure chest of such. Kolkata University, Presidency College, Kolkata Medical College and Sanskrit College are located on this street. Indian Coffee House: Also knowned as Albert Hall it is appreciated by writers, interllectuals and students. Dinner and back to the hotel.
Day 21 Calcutta (Kolkata)
Breakfast at the hotel. Then we’ll take a walk Dalhousie Square, named after Lord Dalhousie governor in 1850. There you’ll see: Raj Bhawan – Treasury Building – St. John Church – Office of the Secretariat – Kolkata GPOand Postal Museum – and more. Dakshineswar Kali Temple is famously associated with Ramakrishna. Surrounded by 12 other temples dedicated to Shiva it is a famous pilgrimage location. Lunch followed by a visit of the Indian Museum and Victoria Memorial.

Farewell dinner and transfer to the airport.

Day 22 Calcutta – Doha – Montreal
Flight back to Montreal.

Note that your passport must be valid for 6 months following your return date.
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