Guptas are scattered throughout northern India, especially in Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu and Chandigarh.
Gupta Empire Tour
Day 01 - Arrive Delhi :Arrive Delhi. On arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 - Delhi - Udaipur:Morning half day sightseeing tour to Delhi which includes, Raj Ghat- cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, drive past to Red Fort to India Gate - a 42 meter stone arch built in the memory of the Indian Soldiers who died in World War II, Drive past the President's House and Parliament House, transfer to Airport to connect flight for Udaipur. On arrival transfer to hotel. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 - Udaipur:After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour of Udaipur visiting the Jagdish temple, Crystal Gallery, City Palace complex, Sahelion Ki Bari etc. Evening take a boat ride at Fateh Sagar Lake. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 - Udaipur - Ranakpur - Jodhpur (259 kms / 6 hrs drive) After breakfast depart for Jodhpur, en-route visit 15-16th centuary Ranakpur Jain temples. On arrival transfer to hotel. Evening visit the Balsam and lake. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 05 - Jodhpur - Jaipur :After breakfast take a half day sightseeing tour of Jodhpur, visiting the Mehrangarh fort, Jaswant Thada, Maha Mandir temple and Umaid Bhawan Palace. In the evening transfer to airport to connect flight for Jaipur. On arrival at Jaipur transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 06 - Jaipur: Morning elephant / Jeep ride to the ramparts of Amber Fort. Afternoon take a sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting the Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, City Palace, Ganeshji temple and Sisodia gardens. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07 - Jaipur - Agra (232 kms / 5 hrs) :Drive to Agra en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikhri the Old Mughal capital still preserved n excellent shape. Afternoon visit Taj Mahal, an extravagant marble monument of love built by Shahjahan in 1653 as a memorial for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal. Check into hotel for overnight stay.
Day 08 - Agra - Delhi (202 kms / 4 hrs) : After early breakfast visit Agra Fort - a red sandstone fort built by Akber in 1565 and Itamud-ud-Daula. Later drive to Delhi en-route visit to Sikandra: The worthy monument here is the tomb of Akbar which shows an interesting fusion of Hindu and Muslim art and architecture reflecting the spirit of the emperor himself. On arrival transfer to Railway station to connect train to Amritsar by Amritsar Shtbadi Express Train No. 2013 Dep. Delhi at 1630 hrs, Arr. Amritsar at 2215 hrs. On arrival at Amritsar transfer to hotel.
Day 09 - Amritsar - Tarn Taran - Gobindwal - Hazoor Sahib - Amritsar :After breakfast excursion to Tarn Taran (22 kms / 45 minutes), famous for a gurudwara standing on the side of a large tank and built in honour of Guru Arjun Dev. Proceed to Gobindwal (23 kms /30 minutes), a short run from Tarn Taran connected to the memory of Guru Amardas who lived there. A gurudwara built by the Guruji still stands there. Continue onto Hazoor Sahib (10 kms / 15 minutes), where the Samadhi (memorial) of the second Sikh guru, Guru Angad Dev ji, was built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1815. Return to Amritsar. Afternoon visit the Golden Temple - built in the midst of the holy pool by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1803. It is also known as Darbar Sahib or Har Mandir Sahib. The dome of the temple is covered with an estimated 400 kgs of gold leaf, hence its popular name the 'Golden Temple'. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 - Amritsar - Jalianwala Bagh - Baba Bakala - Waga Border : Morning visit Jalianwala Bagh ( 24 kms / 45 minutes) , the historic site where hundreds of innocent Indian men, women and children were massacred by British General Michael Dyer on April 13 , 1919. A memorial and garden have been created here as a national monument. Proceed to Baba Bakala ( 21 kms / 45 minutes) , a place associated with ninth Sikh Guru, Shri Tegh Bahadur, having a magnificent gurudwara where people gather in thousands on every "Amavas". An annual fair is held on Raksha Bandhan with about hundred thousand people visiting the place, commemorating the day when the ninth guru was located by his followers. Drive to Waga Border and watch parade and closing of border for the day. Return to Amritsar. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 - Amritsar - Dharamsala Drive (199 kms / 6 hrs): Early morning visit the Golden Temple - The holiest of the holy Sikh shrines. In 1803, the Shikh ruler, Maharaja Ranjit Singh rebuilt the temple in marble gold, its domes took 880 Ibs/400 kgs of gold leaf to be covered. Ever since, it has been known as the Golden Temple. Later we embark on journey, through the mighty Himalayas. A scenic drive through the mountains brings you to the upper Dharamsala or popularly known as Meleodganj. This hill station with its magnificent view of the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas is the seat of His Holiness. Fourteenth Dalai Lama and the Headquarters of the Tibetan government in exile. The town has a large Tibetan refugee settlement. The numerous monks in their flowing maroon robes, the many street shops selling momos and butter tea, and old Tibetan women in their traditional cloths, walking past serenely turning their prayer wheels, could well be in Tibet. Upon arrival check into Hotel.
Day 12 - DharamsalaThis morning visit "Namgyal monastery," Dalai Lama's main Temple, It houses giant stucco statues of the Buddha, Avalokiteshwara and Padma Sambhava. Later in the afternoon you could stroll around the local bazaar (market) selling Tibetan exotica or take an optional tour to Norbulingka Institute, Which is a 14 kms. (Drive down to lower Dharamsala) famed for keeping the cultural life of Tibet alive. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13 - Dharamsala - Manali (Approx 265 Kms / 7 Hrs): Early this morning, continue by jeeps to Manali (2050 Mt.). En-route you can see the Tea Gardens at Palampur and also visit the Shiva Temple at Baijnath. Your drive from Mandi till Manali is all along the Beas River. Located in the midst of Pinewood and Cedar forests with high mountains covering above. It is known as the "Queen of hill Stations."
Day 14 - Manali: This morning you will visit the four-tiered, pagoda shaped Dhoongri wooden temple (Hidmba Devi) with its intricately carved roof and a front doorway with figures and symbols. Drive to old Manali, its old beautiful houses and ancient Manu Temple. This afternoon an excursion tour of Nagger castle and the (Ro rich) art gallery.
Day 15 - Manali - Kullu (approx 40 Kms. 02 hrs. drive): Morning leave for Kullu. On arrival transfer to hotel. Later visit the Bijli Mahadev temple (14 kms.) for a great view of the valley. The temple is famous for it's 60 ft high staff which periodically, attracts lightning that shatters the 'Shivalinga'. Onto Manikaran (45 kms), which is famous for its hot sulphur springs. It is located at an altitude of 1737 meters in the Parvati River valley. These hot springs are famous for their healing powers. Manikaran offers hiking and trekking facilities to the tourists. Evening free for local shops. Weavers of Kullu are famous for high quality Shawls and woolens. Shawls made from Pashmina goats' hair are the finest and the most expensive. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 16 - Kullu - Shimla (approx 260 Kms 8 hrs. drive): Depart from Kullu to Shimla. On arrival transfer to hotel. Evening is free for your own activities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 17 - Shimla: After breakfast sightseeing tour to Shimla includes The Mall, Viceregal lodge, Himachal State Museum, Jakhoo Hill, Annandale, Glen, Summer Hill. Overnight at hotel.
Day 18 - Shimla: Morning visit Kufri and onto Chail - the former Palace of the King nestled in the thick Himalayan Pine Forests. Afternoon is free for leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 19 - Shimla - Chandigarh: Morning drive to Chandigarh (approx 103 Kms. 4 Hrs. drive). On arrival transfer to hotel. Later in the afternoon visit the famous Pinjore Gardens (20 kms from city), also called Yadavindra Gardens. Pinjore lies on the foothills of the lower Shivalik ranges. The fascinating Mughal Gardens one of the most popular picnic spots. A mini zoo, plants nursery, a Japanese garden, historic palaces and picnic lawns await tourists. Especially at weekends, fountains are switched on and after dusk, lights pick up the beauty of the palaces by night. Also visit Nek Chand Rock Garden, the drive past the secretariat buildings etc. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 20 - Chandigarh - Delhi: Morning is free for leisure. Later transfer to Railway Station to connect train to Delhi by NDLS Jan Shtbdi Express. Dep. Chandigarh at 1030 hrs. Arr. Delhi at 1445 hrs. On arrival transfer to Airport to connect flight for onward destination.
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