Jama Masjid, Delhi
Digambar Jain Lal Mandir, Delhi
Lotus Temple, Delhi
Akshardham Temple, Delhi
Akshardham Temple, Delhi
Khwaja Dargah, Ajmer
Taj Mahal, Agra
Sri Banke Bihari Temple, Vrindavan
Sri Banke Bihari Temple, Vrindavan
Mahabodhi Temple, BodhGaya
Shanti Stupa, Rajgir
Nalanda University Ruins
Har Mandir Takht, Patna
Har Mandir Takht, Patna
Religion has always been the guiding force for humans to attain God. Every human is travelling with the same goal of attaining salvation and meeting with the God, but takes various routes in the form of various religions, some radically different from each other. India, is a perfect example of not only a peaceful co-existence of different religions but also the sharing of religious beliefs and ethos to arrive at a complex society of differential religious sects. Explore the most important landmarks of Islamic, Sufi, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and Jain religions with God’s of India Tour. Visit the largest mosque of Asia, Jama Masjid at Delhi, one of the only few Brahma Temples in Pushkar, The centre of Universe as per Indian mythology, the birthplace of two of the most popular Hindu Gods, Lord Krishna & Lord Rama, one of the best known Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singhji and Jain Tirthankar Mahavirji. Also visit the place where Buddhist religion took its shape. Gods of India tour presents to you Gods in its different incarnation and the different routes you can take to reach him. .
Arrive Delhi International Airport, collect your baggage, clear your immigration and proceed to arrival lounge, and you will be greeted by eLand holidays executive. Meet and greet is followed by assisted transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay at hotel. (No Meals)
Your introduction to the spiritual side of India and its religious diversity begins today. Start your day with the visit to Jama Masjid –the pride of Islam in India. The highly decorative mosque has three great gates, four towers and two 40 m-high minarets constructed of strips of red sandstone and white marble and can accommodate upto 25000 people at one time. You need to be fully dressed to visit the Mosque, where, even today, thousands of people come together to offer prayer daily. Take short cycle rickshaw drive through Chandni Chowk to visit Lal Mandir or Jain Temple one of the Delhi's oldest Jain temple dating back to the 17th Century. Jain religion is one of the most peaceful and non-violent religions of the world. The main idol in the temple is of Lord Mahavira – the 24th and most important Tirthankara. The complex also has a Bird Hospital, one of its kind institution, treating about 15000 birds every year. Proceed to visit Lotus Temple (Closed on Monday) , the Landmark building in the form of an open made up of pure white marble, is the sacred house of prayer to the youngest of religion in the world , The Bahai Faith. Originated from Persia, it believes that God is one, all religion has same spiritual source and all humans have been created equal. It believes the God and Messengers of different religions today are send to spread the message of the same God.
After a brief break visit Akshardham Temple (Closed on Monday) belonging to Swaminarayan Sect, the temple epitomises 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. It brilliantly showcases the essence of India’s ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages through its audio visual shows and the beautiful architecture and sculpture work. Later visit the sacred Sikh Temple of Bangla Saheb Gurudwara. Once a royal Palace of Raja Jai Singh, it was the temporary residence of Sikh’s eighth Guru, Harkishan Singhji. The Pond in the complex of Golden domed Gurudwara is believed to have medicinal properties and people from far come to collect the water. The Gurudwara also runs a community Kitchen to offer free food to every visitor in the form of Pprasada.
The enlightening day ends with the evening transfer to the hotel. Stay overnight at Delhi. (Breakfast & Dinner)
Early morning transfer to New Delhi railway station to board superfast train to Ajmer. Arrive and deboard the train. Our executive/driver will be waiting with the placard in your name, thereafter transfer to one of the holiest and one of the oldest living city of Pushkar. Situated around sacred Pushkar Lake – which is believed to be formed by the tears of Lord Shiva, Pushkar is believed to be found by Lord Brahma himself. After a brief rest visit Brahma Temple – the creator of the universe in the trinity of the God. There are very few temples dedicated to Lord Brahma. Unveil the secrets of Hinduism by spending time on the banks of Pushkar Lake, where people come to offer prayers and bathe in the sacred water.
Stay overnight at the hotel in Pushkar. (Breakfast & Dinner)
After breakfast, check out and drive to Ajmer – famously known for the Dargah of Khawaja Moin Uddin Chishti. Also known as Garib Nawaz, Khawaja Moin Uddin Chishti was a Sufi saint who came to India from Persia in 1192 AD and died in 1236 AD. He is one of the most revered saints for Hindu and Muslims alike. Later continue your drive to Jaipur – often referred to as Pink City due to its various buildings painted Pink. Arrive and check in at the hotel.
Evening is free to explore the vibrant markets of Jaipur, selling variety of stuffs ranging from silverware including the Kundan Jewellery, Blue Pottery, batik painting, block printed textiles, tie and dye fabrics, sandal wood carvings, marble idols and artefacts, there are numerous items to keep you engaged and interested.
Stay overnight at the hotel in Jaipur. (Breakfast & Dinner)
After breakfast, check out and drive to Agra. Enroute visit Abhaneri – literally meaning “city of brightness”, more famously known for India’s Largest and deepest stepwell, Chand Baori. Constructed in 800AD, Chand Baori consists of 3500 narrow steps over 13 stories with the depth of around 100 feet. The well is dedicated to “Harshat Mata” – the goddess of happiness, which is the presiding deity of the area. Later continue drive to Agra to arrive and check in at the hotel.
Evening is spent at leisure, stay overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast & Dinner)
Early morning around sunrise visit Taj Mahal - one of the Seven Wonders of the World surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife.
Return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, check out and drive to the holy city of Mathura known as the birth place and playground of Lord Krishna. Arrive and check in at the hotel. After a brief rest, visit Sri Krishna Janmbhoomi Temple in the evening. The most revered of the temples in the entire region, it is believed that it was constructed at the very same place where Lord Krishna was borne to Janaki and Vasudeva.
Stay overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast & Dinner)
After and early breakfast check out and proceed to Vrindavan – the playground of young child Krishnna, It has numerous temples dedicated to Radha and Krishna, the most famous of which is the Banke Bihari Temple , believed to be built in year 1862. Other Important temples to be visited includes Madan Mohan Temple, ISKCON Temple, Rangji Temple and Govind Dev Temple etc.
Later continue drive to Lucknow – “the city of Nawabs”. Arrive and check in at the hotel. Stay overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast & Dinner)
After breakfast drive to Ayodhya – the birthplace of “Lord of Virtue” – Shri Rama. Enroute visit Nemisharanya, situated on the left bank of River Gomati, is the abode of Lord Vishnu called by his name Animish. It is believed to be the first pilgrimage site to be laid out on earth right from the age of Satya Yuga. It is believed that 33 crore Gods, 3.5 crore shrines and 88000 sages always resides here. It is also known as Chakra Theertha – the place where Brahma Mano Maya Chakra struck the earth. It is believed that Chakra Theertha is the centre of Universe, the sweet water spring marking the chakra Theertha is believed to have no bottom.
Later continue your drive to Ayodhya. Arrive and check in at the hotel. Stay overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast & Dinner)
After breakfast visit Ram Janmabhoomi (literally, "Rama's birthplace"), believed to be the place where
Many Hindus believes that Lord Rama was borne as the 7th avatar of the Hindu deity Vishnu. Lord Rama is considered as the most virtuous of the God.
Later drive to Varanasi- one of the oldest continuously inhabited city of India. Upon arrival check in to your hotel. (Breakfast & Dinner)
Wake up with the first rays of the sun, and embark on a boat ride by the side of the bathing ghats of the holy river – the best way to observe the daily life of the locals. Witness flocks of Hindu devotees offering prayers early in the morning and taking several dips in the river water to cleanse their soul. Also see the Hindu cremation being carried out at Manikarnika and Dashwamedh Ghats. It is believed that if you die at Varanasi, you attain Moksha – liberty from the cycle of birth and death.
Take a leisurely walk through the banks and return back to the hotel for breakfast. After a brief rest, proceed for half day city tour of Varanasi. Visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple – dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is one of the twelve jyotirlings, Benaras Hindu University & Bharat Mata Temple where the map of India is idolized as Goddess.
Later in the afternoon, drive for an excursion to Sarnath – the place where Lord Buddha imparted his first teachings and thus started in motion of The Dhamma Chakra. It was here the Buddhist religion was founded. The site is now marked with a huge stupa, which is believed to contain some of the remains of Lord Buddha at its centre.
Return to the hotel in the evening. Stay overnight at Varanasi. (Breakfast & Dinner)
After breakfast at hotel drive to Bodhgaya – a place sacred to both Hindus and Buddhist followers. It I believed that this is the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment and then proceeded to find Buddhism. 15 kms from here lies Gaya, a sacred Hindu site where followers flock to do Pind Daan, offering food to their departed ones.
Arrive and check in at the hotel. After a brief rest, visit Mahabodhi Temple – believed to be built surrounding the place where Lord Buddha got enlightenment. In the compound is sacred Maha Bodhi tree – believed to be the tree under which Buddha Got enlightened. The first temple here was built by Emperor Asoka in the 3rd century B.C., and the present temple dates from the 5th or 6th centuries. It is one of the earliest Buddhist temples built entirely in brick, still standing in India. Later visit Gaya, located on the banks of Nilanjana River to witness the people performing Hindu Ritual of Pinddaan.
Return to the hotel to stay Overnight at the hotel. Stay overnight at Varanasi. (Breakfast & Dinner)
After a leisurely breakfast, check out and drive to Rajgir – the first capital of Kingdom of Magadha and favorite place for both Jain Tirthankars and Lord Buddha. Lord Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara spent 14 years of his life here. It is also the sight of the first world conclave on Buddhism.
Arrive and check in at the hotel. Later visit Vishwa Shanti Stupa located on a 400 meter high hill is one of the 80 world peace pagoda made in 1969. Visit Saptaparni caves where the first Buddhist conclave was held, visit the Son Bhandar caves, belonging to Jainism, these 3rd century caves have carved sculptures of Thirthankaras. Later take a short excursion to Pawapuri, sacred to Jains, is believed to be the place where 24th Thirthankar, Lord Mahavira attained Nirvana and was cremated here.
Stay overnight at Rajgir. (Breakfast & Dinner)
After a leisurely breakfast, check out and drive to Patna. Enroute visit Nalanda – the first of the great university of the world, it was the first residential international university, one of the best learning grounds in its era with children from China, Tiber, Korea and central Asia. It was destroyed by the Muslim invaders in 1200 AD. Later continue drive to Patna. Arrive and check in at the hotel.
Late afternoon visit one of the most sacred Temple of Sikh, Har Mandir Takht or Takht Shri Patna Saheb. It is believed to mark the place of the birth of 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh ji. The original temple was built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, and contains belongings of the Guru and Sikh holy texts.
Return to the hotel for overnight stay. (Breakfast & Dinner)
After breakfast at the hotel, in time transfer to Patna airport to connect flight to Delhi. Upon arrival Delhi connects your onward flight. (Breakfast)