Bengaluru (also called Bangalore) is the capital of India’s southern Karnataka state. The center of India’s high-tech industry, the city is also known for its parks and nightlife. Place Covering Delhi-Jammu-Katra-Jammu-Delhi-Mussoorie-Haridwar-Delhi-Jaipur-Pushkar-Udaipur-Bangalore
|DURATION OF TRIP||18 NIGHTS/19 DAYS|
|MINIMUM REQUIRED||2 PAX|
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||PICKUP Delhi/DROP Bangalore|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 6:30 PM/Depends on onward Journey|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, sunscreen.|
Day-01- Arrival at Delhi
On arrival at Delhi airport or railway station, our representative will meet you to pick you up and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is at your leisure. Stay overnight at the hotel in Delhi.
Day-02- Delhi to Jammu (By Morning Fly) – Katra (By Road)
Morning transfer to the airport to catch the flight for Jammu. Upon arrival in Jammu meet on arrival at Jammu airport and drive to Katra. On arrival at Katra check in at hotel. Overnight stay in Hotel at Katra
Day-3: Katra to Vaishno Devi Shrine (By 13 km by Trek)
Early morning proceed to Vaishno Devi Temple by trek. After Darshan back to Katra hotel. Overnight stay in Hotel at Katra.
Day-4: Katra-Jammu/Delhi (By Flight)
Morning after breakfast Transfer to Jammu Airport For Flight to Delhi. On Arrival Meet and Great Later Transfer to Hotel. Stay Overnight at Hotel in Delhi.
Day-5: Delhi City Tour
After breakfast start s sightseeing tour of Delhi visit:
Red Fort:-Delhi’s most famous monument, the Red Fort, stands as a powerful reminder of the Mughal emperors who ruled India. Its walls, which stretch for over two kilometers (1.2 miles), were built in 1638 to keep out invaders. However, they failed to stop the fort being captured by the Sikhs and the British. To take your imagination back to the ancient era, a one hour sound and light show of the fort’s history is held each evening.
*FORT IS CLOSED ON EVERY MONDAY
Jamia Masjid:-Jama Masjid is another marvelous treasure of the Old City, and is the largest mosque in India. Its courtyard can hold an incredible 25,000 devotees. The mosque took 13 years to build, and was completed in 1650. A strenuous climb to the top of its southern tower will reward you with a stunning view across the rooftops of Delhi.
QutubMinar:-QutabMinar, the tallest brick minaret in the world, is an incredible example of early Indo–Islamic architecture. It was built in 1206, but the reason remains a mystery. Some believe that it was made to signify victory and the beginning of Muslim rule in India, while others say it was used to call the faithful to prayer.
Lotus Temple:-The Bahai Temple is commonly referred to as the Lotus Temple, as it’s shaped like a lotus flower. It’s particularly pretty at night, when it’s attractively lit up. Made out of white marble, the temple belongs to the Bahai Faith, which proclaims the unity of all people and religions. *TEMPLE IS CLOSED ON EVERY MONDAY
Humayun’s Tomb:-If you think Humayun’s Tomb looks a bit like the TajMahal in Agra, that’s because it was the inspiration for the TajMahal’s creation. The tomb was built in 1570, and houses the body of the second Mughal emperor, Humayun. It was the first of this type of Mughal architecture to be built in India, and the Mughal rulers followed it up with an extensive period of construction all over the country.
India Gate:-The towering archway of India Gate at the center of New Delhi is a war memorial, built in memory of the Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army in World War I. At night it glows warmly under floodlights, and the gardens that line its boulevard are a popular place to enjoy a warm summer’s evening.
Laxmi Narayan Temple:-Built in 1938 by the Industrialist G.D. Birla, it is one of the major temples in Delhi and is located near Connought Place. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi and her consort Narayana. The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi on the stipulation that people of all castes shall be allowed to enter the temple.Stay overnight at Hotel in Delhi.
Later back to the hotel for overnight stay in Delhi.
Day-6: Delhi/Mussoorie (280km – 7hrs drive)
After breakfast proceed to Mussoorie .On arrival check in Hotel. Later visit:
Gun Hill : Gun hiil is the second highest point in Mussoorie.it is also known as picnic spot for the locals.From this points, Mussoorie appears to be changing colors in every minute.It looks amazing from here.
Mussoorie: is a wonderful hill station in Uttaranchal.It is situated at the foothills of the Himalayas and is known as the Queen of the Hills. Mussoorie derives its name from the plants of Mussoorie or shrubmansoor which are available in large quantities in this region. The lush green hills, the varied flora and fauna and the majestic view of the Shivalik ranges and the Doon Valley attracts hundreds of tourists both domestic and international to Mussoorie each year.
Evening free for the Mall Road in Mussoorie for Shopping later, transfer to hotel, Overnight stay at hotel at Mussoorie.
Day-7: Mussoorie/Haridwar (85km – 3hrs drive)
After breakfast proceed to Haridwar .On arrival check in Hotel. Later visit:
Bharat Mata Temple : Sited in Sapt Sarovar near ashram at Haridwar, Bharat Mata Temple is a holy place of its own kind. Bharat Mata Mandir was founded by Swami Satyamitranand Giri. On 15th May 1983, the temple was instated by Late Prime Minister, Smt. Indira Gandhi.
Chandi Devi Temple: Temple of Chandi Devi a top the Neel Parvat on the other bank of river Ganga was build in 1929 AD by the King of Kashmir – Suchat Singh. The temple is a 3 kilometer trek from Chandi Ghat. Legend has it that Chanda-Munda the army chief of the local demon king, Shumbha-Nishumbha, was killed by Goddess Chandi here after which the place got the name Chandi Devi.
Har Ki Pauri : Har-Ki-Pauri is the sacred Ghat was constructed by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhartrihari. It is believed that Bhartihari eventually came to Haridwar to meditate by the banks of the holy Ganga. When he died, his brother constructed the Ghat in his name which later came to be known as Har-Ki-Pauri. This sacred bathing ghat is also known as Brahmakund.
After little rest visit Har Ki Pouri (Ganga Ghat) for famous Ganga Aarti. transfer to hotel, check in to hotel, rest of the day free for Leisure.
Overnight stay at hotel at Haridwar.
Day-8: Haridwar/Delhi (225 km – 5.5 hrs. drive)
After breakfast proceed to Delhi. On arrival Delhi check in Hotel. Evening free for visit Local Markets. Stay overnight at hotel in Delhi.
Day-9: Delhi/Jaipur (268 km – 6 hrs drive)
After breakfast proceed to Jaipur. Upon arrival in Jaipur check-in to the hotel and later visit to:
City Palace:- Known as core of the Rajasthan, which is situated in the heart of the city. The Palace is now converted in a museum except for a one section where the erstwhile royal family still lives. The Palace cum museum is constructed in the fortified campus style and covers more than half of the old city. There are different sections of the museum dedicate to subjects like arms and ammunition, textile and costume, and art gallery.
JantarMantar:-built in 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the huge masonary instruments were used to study the movement of constellations and stars in the sky. Enormous sun-dial still provides accurate time, which is subject to daily corrections.
Albert museum:- is one of the oldest museums of the state. Colonel Sir Swinton Jacob designed it in 1876 to greet King Edward VII as Prince of Wales on his visit to India. It was opened to public ten years later. Positioned amidst the gardens of Ram Niwas Bagh in Jaipur, this museum has an assortment of rare articles on its display including textiles, carpets, paintings, metal and wood crafts, pottery, arms and weapons, flora and fauna of the state, toys, dolls and even an Egyptian mummy that belongs to the Ptolemaic Epoch.
Hawa Mahal:- Hawa Mahal or the Palace of the Winds, a fantasia of 953 ornated windows set in a rose-colored five storey facade. The palace has tier upon tier of curved arch surmounting fairy casements with “jali” – lattice work screens. From here the ladies of the court could look out at festive processions without jeopardizing their modest seclusion.
Stay overnight at Hotel in Jaipur.
Morning breakfast at the hotel and proceed for day sightseeing tour of Jaipur. Today’s Sights:
Amer Fort:- built in 16th century by Maharaja Man Singh, it sprawls on the hillside. Its construction was started by Raja Man Singh but completed by his descendant Jai Singh. Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthan fort palace. Amber today is nothing but a reflection of the glorious past of the fierce Kachwaha Dynasty that ruled over this region from 12th to 18th century.
Jal Mahal:- The Jal Mahal Palace at Jaipur lies on the way to Amber and it is at a distance of 6.5 km from the striking city of Jaipur. There are many memorials of the royal families which the tourists can bystander on their way to the palace. The Jal Mahal Palace at Jaipur is strategically placed in the centre of the Man Sagar Lake. It is really inspiring to see the first four floors of this fabulous building, which are submerged under the waters of the lake.
Evening visit Local markets and stay overnight at Hotel in Jaipur.
Day-11:-Jaipur/Pushkar (150 km – 2.5 hrs. drive)
After breakfast proceed to Pushkar . On arrival check in Hotel. Later visit:
Pushkar Lake:-Hindus from all across India consider Pushkar Lake to be one of the most sacred lakes of India. According to legend, the origin of this lake was the lotus flower petals that fell on earth from Lord Brahma’s hands.The lake is surrounded by 52 palaces, 400 temples and 52 bathing ‘ghats’, which are a series of steps leading to the lake. Every year in November, pilgrims take a holy dip in this lake.
Brahama Temple:- The Brahma Temple is the lone Hindu temple in India where Lord Brahma, the Creator of the World is worshipped. This major attraction of Pushkar is situated on the banks of the Pushkar Lake and is considered to have a special position in the Hindu Pantheons.Built in the 14th century, the temple comprises a raised platform, red spire, stone slabs, marble floors and an image of ‘hans’ or swan, Lord Brahma’s vehicle.
Pushkar Market:-The Pushkar Bazaar offers a variety of items, especially during the annual Pushkar Fair. The items available here are Rajasthani costumes and puppets, embroidered fabrics, souvenirs, bangles and beads, decorative pieces and accessories, curios, embroidered shoes, brass utensils, glass lamps, bags, belts and many more handicraft items. Majority of the traditional items are brought to the Pushkar Bazaar from Barmer District and other tribal areas of Rajasthan.
Stay overnight at hotel in Pushkar.
Day-12: Pushkar/Mount Abu (400 km – 8.5 hrs drive)
After breakfast proceed to Mount Abu, upon arrival check-in to the hotel, overnight stay in Mount ABU.
Day-13:- Mount Abu
After breakfast proceed to Sightseeing tour of Mount Abu the only hill station in Rajasthan at an altitude of 1,220 mts. crowning at the highest peak of the AravaliHills .visit the magnificent Dilwara Jain Temples built in 11th century, Sunset point and Nakki Lake.
Overnight stay at hotel in Mount Abu.
Day-14:- Mount Abu/ Udaipur (170 km – 3 hrs. drive)
After breakfast proceed to Udaipur. On arrival Udaipur check in Hotel. Evening free for visit Local Markets. Stay overnight at hotel in Udaipur.
Morning after breakfast start sightseeing in Udaipur and visit:
City Palace:- A palace complex built by Maharana Udai Singh, the City Palace is grandeur personified. A conglomeration of several buildings with towers, balconies and cupolas built all over, the City Palace also houses a crystal gallery, which boasts of royal artifacts and the world’s largest private collection of crystal. It is one of Rajasthan’s largest palaces and offers splendid views of Lake Pichola.
Lake Pichola:- Surrounded by hills, gardens, temples and havelis, Lake Pichola is one of the most beautiful lakes in India and a much sought-after tourist attraction in Udaipur. The famous Lake Palace hotel is situated in the middle of Lake Pichola and is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the city. A boat ride on the Lake Pichola is a must while on a visit to Udaipur.
Fatehsagar Lake:-built by MaharanaFateh Singh in 1754 A.D. Also visit the Jagdish Temple, the largest and most venerated temple of Udaipur.
Udaipur, one of India’s most romantic cities and famed for its lovely palaces and lakes. Begin by visiting the City Palace and wandering through its beautiful rooms and apartments, then continue on to the Garden of Maidens “Sahelion-ki-bari” and the Folk Art Museum, to view the interesting collection of puppets & paintings.
Later drive back to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day-16:- Day 16: Udaipur/Mumbai/Bangalore (By Flight)
After break-fast Transfer to Udaipur Airport For Flight to Bangalore via Mumbai. On Arrival Bengalore airport meet & assist with our tour manager and later transfer to the hotel in Bangalore. check-in hotel.
Stay Overnight in Bangalore Hotel.
Day-17:- Bangalore/Mysore/Bangalore (150 km per way)
After break-fast proceed to Mysore city tour:
Mysore Palace:- Mysore’s proud possession and one of India’s most visited attractions, Mysore Palace is an incredible man-made edifice. It is a palatial structure that tells many tales of India’s complex and intriguing past. This palace was once a royal residence of the mighty Wodeyar rulers, who ruled Mysore for seven centuries.
Somnathpur Temple in Mysore:- Somnathpur Temple is a prominent attraction in a small namesake village, situated about 35 kilometres away from Mysore. This temple is also known as the Keshava Temple and Chennakesava Temple. Built by Hoysala rulers during their reign in this region, it stands as a relic of the bygone era. The temple comprises three shrines, three sanctums, a common navranga and three intricately carved pinnacles.
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Mysore:- Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is one of Karnataka’s largest and most revered shrines. The temple is dedicated to Hindu deity Ranganatha, a manifestation of Lord Vishnu. Within the shrine, there is a colossal image of the deity reclining on Adisesha, which connotes the artistic brilliance of the artisans of the bygone era. An inscription (found in the temple) dating back to AD 894 suggests that the temple was originally built by Ganga Chieftain, Thirumalaiah.
St Philomena’s Church in Mysore:- St. Philomena’s Church is one of the largest churches in India. This landmark can be spotted from a distance due to its 175 feet long twin spires. Designed by Reverend Rene Feuge, it looks similar to that of Germany’s Cologne Cathedral and boasts of Neo-Gothic style of architecture.
Day-18:- Bangalore City Tour
After break-fast proceed to Bangalore city tour:
Bangalore Palace:-A scenic palace which bears striking resemblance to England’s Windsor Castle, Bangalore Palace is a scenic tourist hotspot with a majestic castle-like structure set amidst lush green environs.
Tipu Sultan’s Palace:-The grand summer palace of Tipu Sultan has now been converted into a museum, and it is a must-see attraction in Bangalore.
Lal Bagh:- Lal Bagh is the most famous tourist attraction in Bangalore and is spread out over 240 acres. The botanical garden was built in the 18th century during the reign of Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan.
Vidhan Soudha:- This is one of the most important structures in Bangalore. The 46-metre tall imposing building comprises 300 rooms, each of which reflects the impressive Dravidian style of architecture. Housing 22 departments of the
ISKCON Sri Radha Krishnachandra Temple:- The Radha Krishnachandra Temple in Bangalore has idols of Radha and Krishna and is one of the largest ISKCON temples in the world. Inaugurated in 1997, the temple promotes Vedic culture and spiritual learning.
St. Mark’s Cathedral:-Founded in 1808 and consecrated in 1816, St. Mark’s Cathedral is located on the popular M.G. Road in Bangalore. The cathedral is built in old colonial style architecture, with a beautiful dome over a semicircular chancel and Roman arches decorating the walls.
Later after sightseeing in Bangalore return to the hotel. Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day-19:- Bangalore Airport Drop
Day free to Explore of your own Cheeck Out at 12 Noon later transfer to Airport for Onwards Connection.
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- The car will be with you from your arrival to departure with as many stops to sight see as you want.
- A Driver with excellent skills and record, a good knowledge of the area you are visiting and sufficient English to communicate.
- Transfers and land transportation according to itinerary.
- Accommodation Double or Twin rooms with Bed and Breakfast
- Guided tour in each city by English speaking tour guide.
- Sightseeing Tours in All Cities
- Jeep Ride in Jaipur
- Free visit to Jaipur’s famous block painting work shop
- Free visit to Tajmahal Inlay Marble (Work Shop)
- Delhi to Jammu (By Morning Fly)
- Katra-Jammu/Delhi (By Flight)
- Udaipur to Banglore By Flight
- Tips, laundry, telephone bills, luggage handling and Beverages.
- Meals unless specified
- Any monument entrance tickets
- Personal equipment and clothing
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ONLINE VISA APPLICATION
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|Sl. No.||Type of Visa||Period for which granted||Entry – Single (S), Multiple (M), Double||Documents required with application||Extendable in India|
|2||Transit||15 days||S/ Double||Return/ onward journey ticket||No|
|3||Business||5 years||M||Documents to prove bonafide purpose (Company’s letter etc.)||Yes|
|4||Employment||1 year/ period of contract||M||Proof of employment (appointment document), terms and conditions||Yes|
|5||Student||Period of course/ 5 years||M||Proof of admission in Indian Institution||Yes|
|6||Foreigners of Indian Origin||5 years||M||Proof of being of Indian Origin||Yes|
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Applicant shall access the Visa Application system online through the following link: http://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/.
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Indian Culture: Traditions and Customs of India
India’s culture is among the world,s oldest; civilization in India began about 4,500 years ago. Many sources describe it as “Sa Prathama Sanskrati Vishvavara” — the first and the supreme culture in the world, according to the All World Gayatri Pariwar (AWGP) organization.
Western societies did not always see the culture of India very favorably, according to Christina De Rossi, an anthropologist at Barnet and Southgate College in London. Early anthropologists once considered culture as an evolutionary process, and ”every aspect of human development was seen as driven by evolution,” she told Live Science. “In this view, societies outside of Europe or North America, or societies that did not follow the European or Western way of life, were considered primitive and culturally inferior. Essentially this included all the colonized countries and people, such as African countries, India, and the Far East.”.
However, Indians made significant advances in architecture (Taj Mahal), mathematics (the invention of zero) and medicine (Ayurveda). Today, India is a very diverse country, with more than 1.2 billion people, according to the CIA World Factbook, making it the second most populous nation after China. Different regions have their own distinct cultures. Language, religion, food and the arts are just some of the various aspects of Indian culture. Here is a brief overview of the culture of India.
India has 28 states and seven territories, according to the World Health Organization. There is no official language in India, according to a Gujarat High Court ruling in 2010. Many people living in India also write in Devanagari script. In fact, it is a misconception that the majority of people in India speak Hindi. Though many people speak Hindi in India, 59 percent of India residents speak something other than Hindi, according to The Times of India. Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil and Urdu are some other languages spoken in the country.
India is identified as the birthplace of Hinduism and Buddhism, the third and fourth largest religions. About 84 percent of the population identifies as Hindu, according to the “Handbook of Research on Development and Religion” Edited by Matthew Clarke (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013). There are many variations of Hinduism, and four predominant sects — Shaiva, Vaishnava, Shakteya and Smarta.
About 13 percent of Indians are Muslim, making it one of the largest Islamic nations in the world. Christians and Sikhs make up a small percentage of the population, and there are even fewer Buddhists and Jains, according to the “Handbook.”
When the Moghul Empire invaded during the sixteenth century, they left a significant mark on the Indian cuisine, according to Texas A&M University. Indian cuisine is also influenced by many other countries. It is known for its large assortment of dishes and its liberal use of herbs and spices. Cooking styles vary from region to region.
Wheat, Basmati rice and pulses with chana (Bengal gram) are important staples of the Indian diet. The food is rich with curries and spices, including ginger, coriander, cardamom, turmeric, dried hot peppers, and cinnamon, among others. Chutneys — thick condiments and spreads made from assorted fruits and vegetables such as tamarind and tomatoes and mint, cilantro and other herbs — are used generously in Indian cooking.
Many Hindus are vegetarians, but lamb and chicken are common in main dishes for non-vegetarians. The Guardian reports that between 20 percent and 40 percent of India’s population is vegetarian.
Much of Indian food is eaten with fingers or bread used as utensils. There is a wide array of breads served with meals, including naan, a leavened, oven-baked flatbread, and bhatoora, a fried, fluffy flatbread common in North India and eaten with chickpea curry.
Architecture and art
The most well-known example of Indian architecture is the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to honor his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It combines elements from Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles. India also has many ancient temples.
India is well known for its film industry, which is often referred to as Bollywood. The country’s movie history began in 1896 when the Lumière brothers demonstrated the art of cinema in Mumbai, according to the Golden Globes. Today, the films are known for their elaborate singing and dancing.
Indian dance, music and theater traditions span back more than 2,000 years, according to Nilima Bhadbhade, author of “Contract Law in India” (Kluwer Law International, 2010). The major classical dance traditions — Bharata Natyam, Kathak, Odissi, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam and Kathakali — draw on themes from mythology and literature and have rigid presentation rules.
Indian clothing is closely identified with the colorful silk saris worn by many of the country’s women. The traditional clothing for men is the dhoti, an unstitched piece of cloth that is tied around the waist and legs. Men also wear a kurta, a loose shirt that is worn about knee-length. For special occasions, men wear a sherwani, which is a long coat that is buttoned up to the collar and down to the knees. The Nehru jacket is a shorter version of a sherwani.
Customs and celebrations
The country celebrates Republic Day (Jan. 26), Independence Day (Aug. 15) and Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (Oct. 2). Diwali is the largest and most important holiday to India, according to National Geographic. It is a five-day festival known as the festival of lights because of the lights lit during the celebration to symbolize the inner light that protects them from spiritual darkness. Holi, the festival of colors, also called the festival of love, is popular in the spring.
India is situated in Southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and Pakistan.
The climate in India varies from a tropical monsoon climate in the south to a temperate climate in the north. If you are thinking of Visiting Delhi (the capital of India) then best to visit it in October, November, February and March. That’s when the nights are cool and the days are filled with a little sunshine. May, June and July are very hot with temperatures over 45 degrees (113 Fahrenheit). It is a dry heat and is sometimes accompanied by dusty desert winds. Most of the rain falls between July and September but they are not the tropical rains you’ll experience in India’s coastal cities.
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