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Sacred Tour of the Ganges
January 16-27, 2023
Join John Vosler, Laura McKinzie and tour operator A Classic Tours Collection for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure! Visit Rishikesh, Haridwar and Varanasi located along India's famed Ganges river. See the itinerary below, and be sure to download and read the Full Trip Brochure and Terms & Conditions PDF's and review the link to the CDC International Travel Guidelines below.
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When — Jan 16-27, 2023 (12 days, 11 nights)
Where — Northern India: Rishikesh, Haridwar, and Varanasi
Shared room — $5499. per person($5199 EARLYBIRD)
Private room — $6499. per person($6199 EARLYBIRD)
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Please download the Full Trip Brochure (above) for complete details and pictures.
MON, JAN 16: DELHI / DEHRADUN / RISHIKESH
Arrive in Delhi and connect with your flight to Dehradun. Transfer to the DIVINE RESORT in Rishikesh for a 7 night / 8 day stay.
TUES, JAN 17: RISHIKESH — TEMPLE TOURS
Tour the Rishikesh temple city on foot. Visit the Beatles ashram founded by Mahrashi Mahesh yogi. Enjoy a magical evening aarti ceremony at Parmarth Niketan.
WEDS, JAN 18: RISHIKESH — ASHRAM AND TEMPLE VISITS
Visit the Shivanda ashram.Time for optional massage, spa treatments and astrology appointments. Evening of cultural dances and music.
THURS, JAN 19: RISHIKESH — KUNJAPURI DEVI TREK AND GUDDU WATER FALLS
Drive to the green forested hills of Kunjapuri, 1,645 meters above Rishikesh. Watch the sunrise from a mountaintop shrine, one of the many seats of Shakti, the Mother Goddess. Brisk trek through mountain villages and the Gaddu Water Falls. Time for optional massage, spa treatments and astrology appointments.
FRI, JAN 20: HARIDWAR EXCURSION
Full day excursion to Haridwar. Ride the rope way (chairlift) to and from the temple. Also, visit Daksh Mahadev temple, named after King Daksha Prajapati, Sati’s father. Following lunch, we'll go to Chandi Devi to explore the local markets and shop or photograph the pilgrims coming to Haridwar from different parts of India. Majestic aarti ceremony on Hari Ki Pauri Ghat.
SAT, JAN.21: RISHIKESH — RAJAJI NATIONAL PARK / WILDLIFE
Morning free to visit local market. Afternoon visit to Rajaji National Park for a game drive. The park's wildlife includes Asian elephants, spotted deer, sambhar, wild boar, tiger, leopard, barking deer, goral, two kinds of bears Himalayan black and sloth, and over 400 bird species. Souvenir shopping at park shop.
SUN, JAN 22: RISHIKESH — SILENCE DAY
Visit Vasishtha, an ancient cave located near Rishikesh on the banks of the Ganga River. This is where Vashishta, one of the seven great sages (Saptarishis) and the guru of Lord Ram, is said to have meditated. The cave is a natural formation 60 feet deep that has a Shiv Linga inclined vertically into the cave opening located at the base of 200 steps. It is situated in the middle of a grove of Gular (Ficus) trees and slopes to the sacred River Ganga. Evening massage and spa treatments.
MON, JAN 23: RISHIKESH — VARANASI BY AIR
Transfer to Dehradun airport for flight to Varanasi. Evening aarti ceremony at Dashwamedha Ghat. Stay in Varanasi for 4 nights/5 days.
TUES, JAN 24: VARANASI — TEMPLE TOUR, AARTI CEREMONY
Sunrise boat ride on the river Ganges. Witness pilgrims worshipping to sun god. Later, walk through the ghats from one end to other. After breakfast tour Varanasi. Visit Durga temple, Sankatmochan temple and BHU (Banaras Hindu University) and Tulsimanas Mandir. Free time to explore.
WED, JAN 25: VARANASI — OLD CITY WALKING TOUR
Walking tour of the old city of Varanasi distinguished by old British buildings, unique architecture, temples and utensil, flower, incense and vermillion markets. Enjoy authentic local cuisine and visit a silk factory where you'll see brocade work and carpet weaving. Private shopping experience with local artisans in hotel lobby.
THURS, JAN 26: VARANASI — SARNATH EXCURSION; SILENCE DAY
Visit Sarnath, where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon after his enlightenment. Visit the museum to see its fine collection of Buddhist artifacts.
FRI, JAN 27 — VARANASI INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE
Daily Yoga and/or Yoga Nidra
Hotel accommodations on listed Hotels or similar with private bath/shower
Full Breakfast daily plus 6 lunches and 10 dinners. Includes welcome and farewell dinners as listed each day in the downloadable brochure above.
All transfers and sightseeing tours by AC bus as per itinerary
Services of accompanying tour escort/guide in Rishikesh, Haridwar and Varanasi as per itinerary
All entrance fees, park fees, rope way, guide and driver fees as per itinerary
3 spa treatments: Abhiyangam (45 min), Shirodhara (35 min) and Facial (40 min)
Palmistry and astrology session for 30 minutes
Tour escort fees, airfares, boarding and lodging as per tour
INTERNAL INDIA AIRFARE: Fares are based on lowest available at time of quoting. Subject to change and availability. Fares may require immediate ticketing with in 24 hrs. Tickets once issued are nonrefundable. Change fees are $50 per person per change plus any fare changes applied as per airline rules.
Meals not listed
Tips for all services. We recommend group tipping for all services (except tour manager). More details will be provided at tour briefing upon first arrival.
Laundry, Items of personal nature and items not listed in inclusions.
INTERNATIONAL AIRFARES: Discounted airfares are available in economy, premium or comfort, business and first class available on request. Call at time of tour booking.
The following tour extensions are available both pre- and post- Sacred Tour of Ganges. Please download the Full Trip Brochure (above) for the details.
- GOLDEN TRIANGLE- DELHI, AGRA, FATEHPUR SIKRI & JAIPUR
- SHORT TOUR DELHI & AGRA TOUR PRICES: PRE TOUR- DELHI & AGRA
- EXTRA NIGHT IN DELHI