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Dwarka Badrinath Puri Rameshwaram (16 Nights / 17 Days)

Package Outline

Dham" means "Abode". There are four dhams in four directions of India which are believed to be the abodes of Hindu gods, and the holiest places of pilgrimage. The four dhams at the four corners of India symbolize the essential unity of India's spiritual traditions and values. To the north is Badrinath, to the west Dwarka, to the south Rameshwaram and to the east is Puri. Each of the four dhams is a citadel of ancient temples and religious monuments, with one most significant temple as its distinguishing landmark. This comprehensive package also offers an opportunity to see other important sites of Bhubaneswar, Madurai, Rameshwaram and Mumbai.

Destination Covered: Rajkot - Dwarka - Jamnagar - Ahmedabad - Delhi - Rishikesh - Joshimath - Badrinath - Rudraprayag - Haridwar - Puri - Chennai - Madurai - Rameshwaram

Tour Durations: 16 nights / 17 days

Package price : On Request

Tour Programe

Day 01 : Mumbai – Rajkot (Train No:19017 Sau Janata Express Dep/Arr 18:20/07:30 hrs)

On time transfer to Railway Staiton to Board the overnight train to Rajkot. Overnight in Train.

Day 02 : Rajkot – Dwarka (238 kms)

On arrival at Rajkot pick up from the railway station & drive to Dwarka. Afternoon sightseeing in Dwarka. The ancient sacred city, on the edge of the Saurashtra peninsula was once the capital of Lord Krishna's empire where he had shifted from Mathura thousands of years ago. The main attraction is the Dwarkadhish Temple. Dwarka is one of four most holy pilgrimage sites (Chardham) of Hindu faith and is associated with Lord Krishna's life. Located on the western most tip of Saurastra (Gujarat), this giant ornate shrine is one of the most imposing five-storied structures of Hindu architecture in Gujarat on the confluence of river Gomti and Arabian sea. According to the epic Mahabharata, the city in due course was submerged by the sea.

It is held in such a high esteem as a place of Hindu pilgrimage that it is considered to be one of the four principal holy places or chardham, it is also known as Mokshapuri. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 03 : Dwarka – Jamnagar (144 kms)

After breakfast drive Jamnagar. On arrival hotel check in. After wash n changes proceed for sightseeing of Jamnagar. Jamnagar the Jewel of Kathiawar, is on the coast of Gulf of Kutch. It has un-spoilt Islands & Beaches, Hills, Temples, Palaces, Forest, Fantastic Bird life in the Bird Sanctuary & Marine Sanctuaries and Facinating Corals and Marine Life in the Marine National Park, City Lake full of 75 varities of Birds, Islands full of sea shells, corals, birds, octopus, Unspoilt Beaches, both white and golden sands, Temples ranging from the ancient to the new, also includes a Guiness World Record holder,Bird Sanctuaries with 250 varities of birds/Marine Sanctuaries with dolphins, octopus, turtles, dugong etc. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04 : Jamnagar - Ahmedabad (302 kms)

After breakfast proceed to Ahmedabad. On arrival hotel check in. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 05 : Ahmedabad - Delhi (Morning Flight)

In the morning after breakfast transfer to Airport for flight to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi Airport/Rly Station pick & transfer to Hotel. Check in & after refreshing we will take you for short sightseeing of Qutab Minar, Humayun Tomb & Presidential Estate. (Rastrapati Bhawan, India Gate, Parliament all by pass). Return to the hotel for overnight stay in Delhi.

Day 06 : Delhi – Rishikesh (224 kms)

On arrival assistance by our staff at the airport. Drive Rishikesh which represents the Gateway to the Himalayas in the Tehri-Garhwal region of Uttar Pradesh. It abounds in natural splendour. The spectacle of the Ganga rushing through the Himalayan foothills is an awesome sight. Several temples dot the banks of the Ganga at Rishikesh. Rishikesh is located at a height of about 1360 feet above sea level. Rishikesh represents the site where Vishnu vanquished the demon Madhu. Tapovan on the other bank of the Ganges houses a temple to Lakshmana. It is believed that Lakshmana carried out penances here. It is also believed that his brother Bharata meditated here, and there is a temple to Bharata here. Also seen here are the Swargashram and the Geeta Bhavan temples.

The Lakshmana Jhula, a 450 feet long suspension bridge was built in 1939. A newer bridge the Ram Jhula has been added recently. Evening visit to Ganga Aarti which is performed during sunset. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 07 : Rishikesh – Joshimath (243 kms)

Leave Rishikesh early morning for Joshimath / Rudraprayag via Devprayag, Ruderprayag, Karanprayag and Nandprayag. See those places famous for confluence of two great rivers and proceed to Joshimath via Chamoli and Pipalkoti. Arrive at Joshimath late afternoon. Visit Adi Guru Shankaracharya seat Narshimha temple or a visit to Auli (famous winter hill resort for skiing) by lift chair car on extra cost. Night stay at Joshimath / Rudraprayag.

Day 08 : Joshimath – Badrinath (31 kms)

Leave Joshimath / Rudraprayag early in the morning for Badrinath. Reach Badrinath at 11 am. Badrinath - Badrinath is one of the four dhams of the country and situated at an elevation of 3133 mts. above sea level, guarded on either side by the two mountain ranges known as NAR & NARAYAN, with the towering NEEL KANTH PEAK providing a splendid back-drop. This revered spot was once carpeted with wild berries, which gage it the name "Badri (V an)" meaning forest of berries. Facing the temple at the back of Alaknanda river there is a hot water spring known as TAPT KUND.

Badrinath Temple - Dedicated to lord Vishnu, the temple of Shri Badrinathji is 15 mts. in height built in the form of a cone with a small cupola of a bull and spire. Legend dates the temple prior to the Vedic age. Extension to Valley of Flowers and Hemkund sahib on DEMAND.

Day 09 : Badrinath - Rudraprayag (160 kms)

Drive to Rudhraprayag (160 kms /6 Hrs drive). There are several temples worth visiting in Rudraprayag one of the most prominent being the Koteshwar Mahadev Temple on the shores of the Alaknanda River. Covered with lush foliage, this beautiful cave-temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is believed to have stopped and meditated here on his way to Kedarnath. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 10 : Rudraprayag – Haridwar (170 kms)

Drive to Haridwar. Haridwar is the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttaranchal . It's also your starting point on the journey to the sacred sources of the Ganga and the Yamuna Rivers. According to legend, Prince Bhagirath performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to Sage Kapila's curse. The penance was answered and the river Ganga trickled forth from Lord Shiva's locks and its bountiful water revived the sons of King Sagara. In the tradition of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here, praying for the salvation of their ancestors. Places to visit are Har Ki Pauri, Chandi Devi, Mansa Devi, Kavand Mela, Daksha Mahadev Temple, Sapt Rishi, Maya Devi etc.

Day 11 : Haridwar – Delhi (222 kms)

Post breakfast drive to Delhi. On arrival transfer to Hotel for check in. Afternoon free to relax. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 12 : Delhi - Bhubaneshwar (Morning Flight)– Puri (By surface en route Pipli Artisan Village & Konark Temple 102 kms)

Morning after breakfast transfer to Airport for flight to Bhubnaneswar. On arrival leave Bhubaneshwar for Puri enroute Konark: Konark Sun Temple is a 13th-century Sun Temple (also known as the Black Pagoda), at Konark, in Orissa. It was constructed from oxidizing and weathered ferruginous sandstone by King Narasimhadeva I (1236-1264 CE) of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty. The temple is one of the most well renowned temples in India and is a World Heritage Site. It is one of the Seven Wonders of India. Konark is also known as Konaditya. The name Konark is derived form the words Kona - Corner and Arka - Sun; it is situated on the north eastern corner of Puri or the Chakrakshetra. Konark is also known as Arkakshetra.

Pipli Atisan Village : The villagers of Pipli produce applique art, a process of cutting coloured cloth into shapes of animals, birds, flowers leaves gods, goddesses and other decorative motifs and stitching them over a piece of cloth. These creations are then fabricated into lampshades, handbags, cushion covers or even garden umbrellas. A famous example is the enormous appliqué canopies above the reigning deity of Puri, Lord Jagannath.

Day 13 : Visit Jagannath Puri

Morning visit Jagannath Temple. The renowned Jagannath temple built in the 15th century AD and crowned with Vishnu's wheel and flag dominate the landscape at Puri. The temple with its elaborate carvings and mouldings are very fine examples of Orissa architecture. Lord Jagannath, the symbol of universal love and is worshiped in the Temple along with Balabhadra, Subhadra, Sudarshan, Madhaba, Sridevi and Bhudevi on the Ratnabedi or the bejewelled platform. The Deities, Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Chakra Sudarshan are made of margosa wood. Overnight in Puri.

Day 14 : Puri - Bhubaneshwar (65 kms) – Chennai (Afternoon flight:IC 542 Dep/Arr 13:35/15:30 hrs)

Morning Drive back to Bhubaneshwar and connect flight for Chennai. Meet on arrival at Chennai airport and transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 15 : Chennai - Madurai (Flight: SG 291 Dep/Arr 08:40/09:40 hrs)

Breakfast at Hotel. Transfer to airport to catch flight for Madurai. On arrival transfer to Hotel. Check into hotel. Proceed for sightseeing of Madurai: visit to the most famous temple Meenakshi Temple named one of 7th wonder of India by NDTV This twin temple was built 2,000 years ago, by Kulasekara Pandya and then worked upon and expanded by the Nayaks. The enormous temple complex is dedicated to Shiva, known here as Sundareshvara and his consort Parvati or Meenakshi. It is in fact the oldest and the largest temple complex in India, covering an area of 65,000 Sq m. The temple is within a high-walled enclosure, at the core of which are the two sanctums for Meenakshi and Sundareshwara, surrounded by a number of smaller shrines and by a Hall of Thousand Pillars surrounded by statues and carvings. Especially impressive are the temple's gopuras. Their soaring towers rise from solid granite bases, and are richly covered with stucco figures of dieties, mythical animals and monsters painted in vivid colours. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 16 : Madurai - Rameshwaram (167 kms)

After breakfast proceed to Rameshwaram. On arrival hotel check in. Thereafter embark unto Sightseeing in Rameshwaram. The island of Rameshwaram spreads out over a 56 km swell with gentle sand dunes, embellished with the delicacy of casuarina trees and stark palms. This is a sacred place for Hindus since according to Ramayana; this is where Rama worshipped Lord Shiva to absolve himself of the sin of killing Ravana. A dip into the sacred waters of the Agnitheertham which was calmed by Rama is a must for Hindus. Rameswaram is known for its long corridors and towers and 36 theerthams. Veranda is 197metres long south to north. The temple is facing the east. The sea is just 100metres away from the entrance of the temple. Sea is very calm, that water is considered scared. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 17 : Rameshwaram - Madurai - Mumbai (Flight: SG 296 Dep/Arr 18:15/21:50 hrs)

Morning visit to temple & take sacred bath. Return to the hotel breakfast drive back to Madurai and connect flight for Mumbai.

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