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IN THE FOOTSTEP OF GURU NANAK DEV JI  
Guru Nanak Dev Ji
Born in 1469 to a Hindu family near the city of Lahore (now a part of Pakistan), Guru Nanak was the founder of Sikhism. The young Nanak enjoyed the company of holy men and engaged them in long discussions about the nature of God. Besides rejecting the Hindu caste system, idolatry, and ritualism, Guru Nanak preached universal equality. Guru Nanak has been documented to have traveled across India, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Middle East countries to spread his message. Among the many philosophical foundations laid by Guru Nanak, his characterization of God, as illustrated by his visit to Mecca, is most recognizable. It forms the opening lines of the 1430 page Sikh holy scripture, Guru Granth Sahib. The translation is - There is but One God, The Supreme Truth; The Ultimate Reality, The Creator, Without fear, Without enemies, Timeless is His image, Without Birth, Self Created, By His grace revealed.
 
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DAY 0 ARRIVE DELHI
IN THE FOOTSTEP OF GURU NANAK DEV JI Check into the hotel.
MEALS - NIL

DAY 1 IN DELHI
After breakfast at 10:30 a.m., we embark on a tour of visiting Gurudwaras – First we visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, dedicated to the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan Sahibji. Join the Sangat & immerse in the holy kirtan being sung in the praise of The Almighty. Spend time doing Seva – at the langar (community kitchen), Jora ghar (Place to keep shoes) or Jal seva (offering holy water to the devotees).

GURDWARA BANGLA SAHIB is the most prominent Sikh gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi. It is instantly recognisable by its stunning golden dome and tall flagpole. Gurdwara Bangla Sahib was originally a bungalow belonging to Raja Jai Singh, an Indian ruler in the seventeenth century. The eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan resided here during his stay in Delhi. During that time, there was a smallpox and cholera epidemic, and Guru Har Krishan helped the suffering by giving aid and fresh water from the well at this house.

EXPERIENCE SITTING IN THE PANGAT & SAVOURING LANGAR AT THE GURUDWARA.

Post Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, we visit the historical monuments of India Gate & Rashtrapati Bhawan (President’s House), an astounding example of French architecture. In the evening, we drive to Gurudwara Moti Bagh for Rehraas Sahib paath & “samaapti”. Welcome dinner at an Indian theme Restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

GURDWARA MOTI BAGH SAHIB:- Gurdwara Moti Bagh is associated with the tenth Guru Sri Gobind Singh. He camped here during his first visit to Delhi. It is told that the Guru announced his arrival in Delhi by shooting an arrow into the right foot of the Emperor Bahadur Shah's chair from a distance of eight miles; Bahadur Shah was sitting in Red fort at the time. Seeing an arrow, Bahadur Shah took this as a miracle. Soon another arrow was shot in the left foot with a note that this was not a miracle but skill in archery. The deohri from where Guru Gobind Singh shot the arrows has been preserved and Guru Granth Sahib has been installed there as a mark of respect to the superb archery of the Guru.

India Gate is constructed as a memorial and was built in the memory of 90,00 soldiers who laid down their lives during world war. It was designed and constructed by Lutyens.

The splendour of the Rashtrapati Bhavan is multi-dimensional. It is a vast mansion and its architecture is breathtaking. It is the residence of the President of the largest democracy in the world. MEALS – BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

DAY 2 IN DELHI
Post breakfast, we visit Gurdwara Sees Ganj Sahib. A rare opportunity to witness the morning proceedings & join in the Sewa. Also visit the sacred well where Guru Teg Bahadur Ji had his last Bath.

GURUDWARA SEES GANJ SAHIB
Built on the site where the Mughals beheaded Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur in 1675, Gurdwara Sis Ganj commemorates the martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur. It is situated in the Chandni Chowk area of Old Delhi. According to the legend, Guru Tegh Bahadur was beheaded by Mughal emperor, Auranzeb, as he refused to convert to Islam. It was only a century later, that a zealous devotee, named Baba Baghel Singh, found this place and built a Gurdwara here. One can still see the trunk of the tree under which the Guru was martyred as well as the well where he took his daily bath while being imprisoned.

Post Gurudwara we visit the opulent & rich in history, Red Fort.

RED FORT – Red Sandstone battlements give this imperial citadel its name Red Fort (Lal Quila). Commissioned by Shahjahan in 1639, it took 9 years to build and was the seat of Mughal Power until 1857, when the last emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar was dethroned and exiled.

After lunch we visit Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib, where Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji’s body was cremated.

GURUDWARA RAKAB GANJ SAHIB: - It’s located at the exact spot where Dhan Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur's headless body was cremated after the Mughal executioner Jalaudin of Samana beheaded the ninth Guru of the Sikhs. Two brave Sikhs of the Guru, Bhai Lakhi Shah Banjara and his son, Bhai Naghaiya rescued the headless body of the revered ninth Sikh Guru from Chandni Chowk, Delhi after the execution of the Guru.

After the visit to this historical Gurudwara, we enjoy an early dinner at the hotel. Visit exhibition & sale in the hotel itself of the choicest handicrafts/ ethnic Wears & accessories/ spices & dry fruits & other delicacies etc. Board the night train for Kathgodam. MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

DAY 3
Early morning, arrive at Kathgodam & drive to Nainital (35 kms), a beautiful hill town in Kumaon mountains. Check into hotel.Get A Free Quote

Nainital is a glittering jewel in the Himalyan necklace, blessed with scenic natural spledour and varied natural resources. Dotted with lakes, Nainital has earned the epithet of 'Lake District' of India. The most prominent of the lakes is Naini Lake ringed by hills. Nainital’s unending expanse of scenic beauty is nothing short of a romance with awe-inspiring and pristine Mother Nature.

Post lunch, drive to Gurudwara Nanak Matta Sahib. Spend a few hours in the peaceful surroundings of the Gurudwara. Drive back to Nainital for overnight stay in the hotel.

Gurdwara Sri Nanak Matta Sahib is associated with the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev ji who visited here during his Third Udasi in 1514 A.D. Baba Almast sahib Ji & Guru Hargobind Sahib ji also visited this place. It is situated between Khatima and Sitarganj on the Khatima - Panipat National Highway in Uttarakhand. Guru Nanak Dev ji visited here during his Third Udasi in 1514 A.D. At that time, this place was the abode of the Siddhas (Yogis - devotees of Guru Gorakhnath) and it was called Gorakhmata. The siddhas who lived here did not want the local people to become learned enough to challenge their superiority. Therefore, by using their occult powers, they successfully exploited the poor people. Guru ji taught the yogis the path of true meditation and salvation. This place then came to be known as Nanak Matta. In main Gurudwara Dhoona Sahib and Bhora Sahib are situated which depicts the Spirituality Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Guru Har Gobind Singh Ji came to repair and take possession of Guru Nanak's temple. He sprinkled saffron on the pipal tree which came back to its full bloom.

DAY 4
Post breakfast, drive from Nainital to holy town of Haridwar (245 kms). Arrive by early evening & Haridwar, meaning Gateway to God, is a pilgrim center of Hindus in the Uttarakhand district of India. It is situated on the banks of river Ganga at the point where the river descends from the hills to the plains. Haridwar is very popular among Hindu pilgrims all over the world.

DAY 5
After breakfast, set out to explore the beautiful ghats & quaint temples in the twin cities of Haridwar & Rishikesh. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant in the city. In the evening, experience the magic of Aarti at the ghats of Ganga river.

Haridwar Travel can be exciting due to the presence of a number of places of interest in and around Haridwar. It is one of the first towns where Ganga emerges from the mountains to touch the plains. And that’s why the water is crystal clear and cool. Lush green forests and small ponds adorn the scenic beauty of this holy land. Associated with both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, Haridwar is among the seven sacred cities of India. In the evening the ghats look breathtakingly beautiful, as thousands of diyas and marigold flowers float and illuminate the Holy waters.

Rishikesh It is an important pilgrimage center on the right bank of Ganga. Eye-catching natural beauty and a peaceful environment make the place a favorite among travelers. Now, it has also become a center for research in yoga and meditation. The International Yoga Festival is held year every year in the month of February. Rishikesh, also known as the “place of sagas” is a spiritual town situated 24 kms upstream from Haridwar, at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and Ganga. t is associated with Ram. According to legend, hare he came on the advice of sage Vasishtha to do penance for killing Ravana. The king of Lanka. There are scores of ancient temples and ashrams affording spiritual solace to pilgrims.

DAY 6
After breakfast, drive to Gurudwara Paonta Sahib. Spend the day at the Gurudwara. Transfer to Saharanpur in the evening to board an overnight train # 4631 DDN ASR EXPRESS at 23:55 hrs to Amritsar.

The Gurudwara of Paonta Sahib, built in the memory of the tenth Guru,GuruGobind Singh, holds very high historic and religious importance among Sikhs.The Gurdwara is house of the book Dassam Granth, written by Guru Gobind Singh Ji himself. Important places inside the Gurdwara are- Shri Talab Asthan, used for distributing salariesand Shri Dastar Asthan, used for organizing turban tying competition.At the surroundings of the Gurdwara there is a museum displaying the Weapons used at those times and the pens of Guruji. Another important place is the Kavi Darbar where poetry competition is held.A Palki made of pure Gold, donated by one of the devotees is the live example of the religious importance of this Gurdwara.Attached to the Gurdwara is the historic temple dedicated to Goddess Yamuna.

Golden Temple Amritsar DAY 7
Arrive Amritsar at 0730hrs and transfer to the hotel. After breakfast, spend time enjoying Kirtan & doing sewa at Harimandir Sahib. Pay respects at Akal Takht Sahib, which has the distinction of being the oldest Takht. Visit the very interesting Sikh Museum hosting old and ancient weapons & paintings of the Guru’s.

Visit Jallianwala Bagh & Wagah Border in the evening.

THE GOLDEN TEMPLE - GURUDWARA HARI MANDIR SAHIB Guru Arjan Dev, the Fifth Guru, was a man of vision and ideas. He resided mostly at Amritsar and made it the headquarters of his mission. The excavation of the Holy Pool was begun by Guru Ram Das in 1573. The temple’s building was completed in 1601 and Sri Guru Granth Sahib was installed there in 1604. On the third stands the gorgeous golden dome. Dozens of similar domes and kiosks decorate it. The interior of the temple is richly decorated with floral designs, printed in tempra or embossed in metal. On a platform under a jewelstudded canopy on the ground floor in the Golden temple is placed Sri

Guru Granth Sahib. It is carried in a golden palanquin in the form of a precession from the Akal Takht of the Golden Temple in the early hours of the morning and is carried back to the Akal Takht in a similar procession at night. The procession is very colourful on account of the signing of hymns, blowing of trumpets, beating of the big drum and showering of flowers. Divine singing of music goes on day and night without breaks.

SRI AKAL TAKHT SAHIB
Akal Takht Sahib literally means Eternal Throne. It is also part of the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar. It's foundation was laid by Guru Hargobind Sahib. While the Golden Temple stands for spiritual guidance the Akal Takht symbolizes the dispensing of justice and temporal activity. During the day the Guru Granth Sahib is kept in the Golden Temple, while at night it is kept in the Akal Takht Sahib. In earlier days all Sikh warriors sought blessings here before going to battle fields. The Akal Takht is the oldest of the Five Takhts.

Return back to the hotel for breakfast. After resting till noon, post early lunch we drive to the countryside to visit the historical Gurudwaras of Baba Buddha Ji & Chheharta Sahib.

Return back to the Hotel by evening. Visit exhibition & sale in the hotel itself of the choicest handicrafts/ the famous Phulkari wears/ ethnic accessories/ shawls, tweeds & stoles/ Punjabi delicacies etc.

JALLIANWALA BAGH: - This place noted for its most notorious massacre under British rule. It is 400 meters north of the Golden Temple. Today this ground has been changed to a park and it has a pleasant garden. At the entrance there is a memorial plaque which recounts the history. There is a well on the north side in which many people who tried to escape from the bullets were drowned, and remnants of walls have been preserved to show the bullet holes. At the east end of the garden there is a large memorial built in memory of those who died here.

WAGAH BORDER:- The Wagah border often called the "Berlin wall of Asia", is a ceremonial border on India–Pakistan Border, where each evening, there is a retreat ceremony called 'lowering of the flags'

Enjoy dinner at a local Punjabi restaurant in the evening.
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

DAY 8
After breakfast, embark on a day trip to visit Gurudwaras at Sultanpur Lodi. Guru Nanak Devji spent a lot of time at Sultanpur Lodhi, so many small but historically important Gurudwaras can be visited here. Overnight at Amritsar hotel.

Gurdwara Hatt Sahib, Sultanpur Lodhi, Dist. Kapurthala
As a young man Guru Nanak was convinced by his family to accept employment here as the accountant of the provisions of Nawab Daulat Khan Lodhi. Guru Nanak got the job on the recommendations of his brother-in-law Jai Ram. The Nawab was very much impressed by the young Guru who would work diligently in the day and spend the evenings and night singing the praises of God with his friends.

Gurdwara Guru Ka Bagh, Sultanpur Lodhi, Dist. Kapurthala
Guru Nanak spent 14 years in Sultanpur Lodhi as a young man working for Nawab Daulat Khan Lodhi. This was the house of Guru Nanak where his two sons Baba Sri Chand and Baba Lakhmi Chand were born. Guru Nanak tested his two sons, but neither proved worthy of being his successor. Baba Lakhmi Chand was too involved in worldly affairs while Baba Sri Chand chose the path of renunciation and became an aesthetic.

Gurdwara Kothi Sahib, Sultanpur Lodhi, Dist. Kapurthala
Guru Nanak worked for Nawab Daulat Khan Lodhi in charge of his accounts. The Guru was temporarily jailed here on the orders of the Nawab while all the accounts where checked. It had been reported to the Nawab by jealous elements that the Guru was stealing from the inventory as his predecessor had. When the inventory was checked and found to be intact, the Nawab released Guru Nanak & apologized profusely, even offering Guru Nanak a promotion to Prime Minister of the state. Guru Nanak refused to accept the position as he had decided to dedicate his life to the spread of Sikhism.

Get A Free Quote Gurdwara Ber Sahib, Sultanpur Lodhi, Dist. Kapurthala
At this spot Guru Nanak would go bathing early in the mornings in the Bein river before meditation. While bathing here one day Guru Nanak disappeared in the stream and was missing for three days where he was in communion with God. Upon returning the enlightened Guru Nanak began his lifelong mission of preaching Sikhism. Guru Nanak had planted a Ber (jujube) tree seedling on this spot which has today grown into a large tree.

DAY 9
Board a morning flight to Srinagar via Delhi. Arrive in Srinagar around 1230hrs. Check into hotel. After lunch, spend half day exploring the majestically beautiful capital city of Jammu & Kashmir, Srinagar. Late afternoon, enjoy a Shikara ride on Dal Lake visiting floating and Vegetable gardens etc. Also witness walnut woodcarving and papier machie making demonstration. Overnight in hotel.

Srinagar is located in the picturesque Kashmir valley and one of the most beautiful cities in India in terms of natural splendor. The tourist attractions of Srinagar are mainly related to natural beauty like lakes, gardens, etc. Other than that, there are some shrines that form the tourist attractions its meaning if you have not visited the Dal Lake. With the backdrop of mountains on three sides of Srinagar.

Dal Lake
Srinagar sightseeing loses splendid lakes in the country. One of the major attractions of the Dal Lake is the houseboats that sta, the view of the Dal Lake looks as if you are watching a photograph. This lake counts amongst the most nd lining its edges.

The sight of the floating market is truly awe-inspiring. Salesmen paddle from one boat to another, selling everything you could want - like fruit, nuts, fresh flowers, cold drinks, film, baked goods, papier-mache boxes, woolen shawls, silk carpets, leather goods, money-exchanging services and lots more. The gentle soothing movement of the boats, as it glides along the water of these lakes, is awesome.

DAY 10:
After breakfast,morning sightseeing of Mughal Gardens visiting Nishat Bagh (Abode of pleasure) built by Asif Khan, brother in law of Jehangir in 1632 AD. and Shalimar Bagh (Abode of love) built by Jehangir for his wife, Empress Noor Jehan. All the gardens are situated on the bank of Dal Lake with the Zabarwan Mountains in the background. Enroute visit carpet-weaving factory.

Also visit Guru Hargobind Sahibji’s Gurudwara Dinner & overnight in hotel. Mughal Gardens The landscaped Mughal Gardens, developed by the rulers of the Mughal dynasty, make you fall in love with their beauty. They consist of mainly the following three gardens:
» Chashmashahi Garden » Nishat Garden » Shalimar Garden
Hazratbal Shrine
Situated opposite the Nishat Bagh on the banks of Dal Lake, the Hazratbal Shrine houses the Moi-e- Muqqadus (preserved sacred hair) of Prophet Mohammad. It is one of the most popular shrines in Srinagar, revered by Hindus as well as Muslims.

Nagin Lake
Another popular tourist attraction of Srinagar is the Nagin Lake. Placid water of the lake, surrounded with manicured flowerbeds and groves of chinar, poplar and willow, is enough to capture your heart.

Gurdwara Chatti Patshahi, Kathi Darwaja, Rainwari, Srinagar is one of the most important Sikh Gurudwaras in Kashmir. This historical Gurdwara is included in the tourist place of Srinagar city of Kashmir valley. It is situated just outside the southern gate of Hari Parbat fort.

The sixth guru of Sikhism travelled through Kashmir, stopping to preach occasionally and stayed for few days. Gurdwara Chhevin Patshahi - Srinagar, on the bank of Jhelum River and Dal Lake, is located at the site which was visited by Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Hargobind as well. Some sources also list a visit by Guru Har Rai, but the historical Sikh shrine here is named after Guru Hargobind alone the Chhevin Patshahi or Sixth Master, it is located outside Kathi Gate of Hari Parbat Fort at the site of the house of Mai Bhagbhari, who had long been yearning for a glimpse of the Guru when Guru Hargobind fulfilled her wish by his visit and wearing of her now famous gown.

DAY 11
After breakfast drive to Pahalgam (Valley of Shepherds). The distance of about 96 kms will be covered in about 3 hrs. Enroute visiting Saffron fields, Awantipura ruins (1100 years old temple of Lord Vishnu built by King Awantiwareman), see the beautiful countryside on the way and lot of rice fields. Drive through the pine forest. Visit Gurudwaras at Anantnag & Mattan. Arrive Pahalgam transfer to Hotel.

Dinner & overnight at hotel in Pahalgam.

DAY 12
After breakfast, have bridle walks and feed your cameras with the picture of magnificent view of mountains. Enjoy walking along the beautiful Lider River, streaming through Pahalgam. In the evening have a stroll on the Mall Road.

Dinner & overnight at hotel in Pahalgam.

DAY 13
After breakfast drive to Gulmarg (Meadow of Flowers) 2730 Mts. above sea level. The distance of 160 kms will be covered in about 4-½ hrs. Gulmarg has one of the best Ski slopes in the world and highest golf course of the world with 18 holes. One can also have the view of Nanga Parbhat if weather permits. The view enroute from Tangmarg to Gulmarg is fascinating. One can also have a short trek upto Khilangmarg, which can be covered in about 3 hrs. Also enjoy sledge riding on snow. Chair Lifts for mountain ride are also available.

Lunch, Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

DAY 14
Set-off for Srinagar after an early breakfast. Drive straight to the airport to catch a flight to Delhi. Arrive in the afternoon & check into hotel. Evening

DAY 15
Board an early morning flight to Leh. Arrive Kushok Bakula airport Leh 3500m & transfer to hotel 2/3 Km. Fullday Indus Valley tour includes visit to Shey Palace, Thiksey and Hemis Monasteries, and Stok Palace. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 16
After Breakfast, drive to Gurudwara Patthar Sahib and drive to Alchi. Overnight in Alchi.

DAY 17
After the breakfast , visit Alchi monastery, Basgo Palace and Hall of Fame. Depart for Leh after sightseeing. Dinner & overnight at hotel.

DAY 18
In the morning, board a flight for Delhi. Arrive New Delhi at 0925hrs and drive to Jaipur. Visit Amer Fort while entering Jaipur. Evening at leisure. dinner & overnight in hotel.

DAY 19
After breakfast, visit the City Palace, a perfect blend of Rajasthani & Mughal architecture. The center of the palace is a seven-storied building called Chandra Palace, with fine views over the gardens & the city. Further we visit Jantar Mantar (Solar Observatory), an astronomical treasure house, with solar devices that give accurate predictions till date.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, visit Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied structure of pink sandstone. It was built in the year 1799 so that veiled royal women could peer down the busy street market unseen by the world through its 593 stone Jharokas (mini windows). Spend the evening browsing over the beautiful handicrafts, apparel, footwear, linen & blue pottery of Rajasthan. Dinner & overnight at the hotel.

DAY 20
After breakfast, drive to Agra, en route visit Fatehpur Sikri (Ghost Capital), the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under Akbar's reign, from the year 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned, ostensibly due to lack of water. We visit Emperor Akbar's Residential complex, Mosque & Tomb of Salim Chisti.

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Further drive to Agra & check into hotel. Dinner & overnight at hotel.

DAY 21
Enjoy a visit to the wonderful symbol of love, Taj Mahal, alongwith Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri, all three are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Lunch at
After lunch, drive back to New Delhi airport to board a connecting flight to the onward destination.
DESTINATION DLX. HOTELS F/C. HOTELS
DELHI METROPOLITAN/ JAYPEE SIDHARTH AVALON COURT YARD/ PARKLAND HOTELS/ CLARK INN
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1. Accommodation on twin sharing Basis.
2. A pilgrimage souvenir kit
3. Meal Plan – APAI (Breakfast ,Lunch and dinner) as per the itinerary
4. Mineral water bottles all throughout the journey.
5. Transportation by A/C vehicles as per the itinerary above.
6. Train Fare Delhi – Amritsar in A/c Executive class chair car
7. Train Fare Patna – Tundla in IInd A/c sleeper
8. Air fares in economy class DELHI – PATNA & JAIPUR - HYDERABAD
9. State taxes, Driver allowance, Permit & night halt charges.
10. Accompanying English & Punjabi speaking escort service.
11. Monument entrance fee.
12. Dinner at Chokhi Dhani in Jaipur
13. Elephant ride in Jaipur
14. One complimentary Escort from WTC – NZ as per the package including domestic airfares and train fares
15. 2.575% Govt. Service Tax.
1. Meals not mentioned, table drinks, laundry, porter, pony.
2. Any increase in currently applicable taxes.
3. Tips, camera fee, ropeway charges.
4. Entrance charges if any at the monuments.
5. Personal expenses of the clients or any other expenses incurred due to bad weather, road closure, land slides etc.
6. Anything not specified in cost include.
1. Above rates are valid till 30th September 2010 only.
2. This price is exclusive of any profits as forwarded by Holiday Moods Adventures. World Travel Center - NZ will suggest the MRP after including the return airfare ex NZ / OZ.
3. The profits after adding the return fare to the above given costs will be split 50% each between Holiday Moods Adventures-India & World Travel Center – NZ