|The Art of Pilgrimage|
Day 1-3: Meet in Delhi
Tour Old and New Delhi. Visit textiles bazaar. Optional yoga class.
Day 4-5: Haridwar - Rishikesh
Participate in Homa, a sacred fire ceremony performed by a Hindu priest according to the Vedic scriptures. Attend chanting and meditation at an ashram.Walking tour of Rishikesh. Attend aarti (ceremony of lights) at the Ganges. Soar up the hill via a ropeway to Neel Parvat Temple, dedicated to Goddess Chandi Devi (Durga) and observe women performing devotionals.
Day 6-7: Amritsar
Marvel at the glorious Golden Temple of the Sikhs and tour the immense complex. Participate as a volunteer in the kitchen if you like. Visit Wagh, the border with Pakistan for a heart-flet sunset flag ceremony betwen the two countries.
Day 8-9: Dharamsala
Stroll the town seeing the prayer wheels, bazaars, nunnery. Early morning meditation walk around Namgyal Monastery (Dalai Lama's monastery) with the locals.
Day 10-11: Taragarh
Excursion to the Norbulinka Institute. Attend chanting service with the Grammy winning monks at Sherabilling Monastery.
Day 12-13: Varanasi
Celebrate Dussehra Festival. Tour the Ganges in a country boat at sunrise. Visit Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first sermon.
Day 14-15: Agra - Mathura - Vrindavan
Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Excursion to Mathura, birthplace of Krishna, and Vrindavan, where Krishna spent his childhood. Return to Taj for full moon viewing.
Day 16: Fatephur Sikri - Jaipur
Vsit the fascinating deserted city of Fatephur Sikri. Enjoy the pink city of Jaipur with its marvelous palaces, temples, fantastic bazaars. Attend sunset puja at Sri Govinda Deva Temple.
Day 17: Pushkar
Enjoy the traditional holy town Pushkar situated around the holy Pushkar Lake. We'll have a pleasant walk through the small town and visit the Temple dedicated to Lord Brahma, the creator. At sunset we witness the evening drumming ritual coming from all around the lakes' 52 ghats as the sun is setting.
Day 18: Ajmer-Patan
This morning we visit the huge fascinating Dargah Sharif Mosque,a venerated holy place for both Hindus and Muslims. The mosque houses the mausoleum of the Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, whose blessings are eagerly sought by pilgrims to his dargah.
Day 19: Delhi-Depart
Return to Delhi. This evening we witness sufi rituals including Quawali music at the tomb of Hazarat Nizzamuddin. Transfer to airport for flight home.