Gupta Empire Tour
Guptas are scattered throughout northern India,
especially in Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh,
Rajasthan, Jammu and Chandigarh.
19 Nights / 20 Days
Day 01 : Delhi
Delhi - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi - Amritsar - Dharamshala
-Manali - Kullu - Shimla - Chandigarh - Delhi - Out
Delhi. Meeting & Greeting at Airport. Transfer to hotel for overnight
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 & 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)
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 & 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
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 & 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: Dharamsala
This 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)
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 - Onward destination
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