Banaras Pilgrimage Tour

Destination: Benaras – Ayodhya – Allahabad – chirtrakoot – Mathura – Rishikesh – Haridwar

1. Banaras – To – Ayodhya = 7 Hrs / 213 Kms
2. Aayodhya To – Allahabad = 5 Hrs / 175 Kms
3. Allahabad To – Chitrakoot = 3 Hrs / 116 Kms
4. Chitrakoot To – Mathura = 9 Hrs / 544 Kms
5. Mathura To Rishikesh = 7 Hrs / 362 Kms
6. Rishikesh to Delhi = Delhi Drop .

 

Day 01- Varanasi Arrivals– Ganga Aarti

Pickup from Airport/Railway station and check in to Hotel.
At evening, get ready to experience one of the most memorable moments of your life, as you will be taken to River Ganges. Enjoy Ganga Aarti. Get a glimpse of the spiritualism at the Ganga Ghats (river front).Can enjoy the Ganga Aarti on Boat (optional and by own cost). Night stay at Hotel in Varanasi.
(Breakfast & Dinner)
Summary – Ganga Aarti

 

Day 02- Varanasi – Morning Boat Ride – Sarnath (15 KM 0.5 hr) – Temple Tour

Early morning, you will be taken for a boat ride on the Ganges. It is a mystical and spiritual experience as you watch people offering water to the Sun God and devotees taking a holy dip in the Ganges. You will visit all the famous Ghats of Varanasi via boat. Later visit the most religious Kashi Vishwanath temple, Annapurna Temple, the Bharat Mata temple, Sankat Mochan(Hanuman temple), Manas Mandir. Head back to the hotel for breakfast.
During the evening, you may have leisure time for shopping in Varanasi (optional and by your own). Night stay at Hotel in Varanasi.
( Breakfast, dinner )
Summary
1. Morning boat ride on the River Ganges.

2. Vishwanath Temple is one of the most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. The temple stands on the western bank of the holy river Ganga and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holiest of Shiva temples. The main deity is known by the name Vishvanatha or Vishveshvara meaning Ruler of The Universe. Varanasi city is also called Kashi, and hence the temple is popularly called Kashi Vishvanath Temple.

3.Annapurna Devi Mandir– Annapurna Mata Mandir and Annapurna Mandir), is one of the most famous temples in the holy city of Varanasi. This temple has great religious importance in Hinduism and is dedicated to the goddess Annapurna Devi. Annapurna Devi is a Hindu goddess for nourishment and is a form of Goddess Parvati.

4.Kaal Bhairav Mandir – is one of the oldest Shiva temples in Varanasi, India. Situated in Bharonath, Vishweshwarganj (Varanasi), this temple has great historical and cultural importance in Hinduism; especially amongst the locals. The temple is dedicated to one of the fiercest forms of Lord Shiva and wears a garland of skulls and carries a club of peacock feathers. The word “Kaal” means both “death” and “fate”. It is believed that even death is afraid of “Kaal Bhairava”.

5.Bharat Mata Mandir -“Mother India Temple”) is located on the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith campus in Varanasi, India. Instead of traditional statues of gods and goddesses, this temple has a huge map of undivided India carved in marble. This temple is dedicated to Bharat Mata and claims to be the only one of its kind in the world

Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple is one of the sacred temples of the Hindu god Hanuman in the city of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is situated by the Assi river on near to the Durga and the New Vishwanath temple within the Banaras Hindu University campus

Tulsi Manas Mandir -Tulsi Manas Mandir) is one of the most famous temples in the holy city of Varanasi. This temple has great historical and cultural importance in Hinduism since the ancient Hindu epic Ramcharitmanas was originally written at this place by Hindu poet-saint, reformer, and philosopher Goswami Tulsidas in the 16th century.

 

Day 03- Varanasi- Ayodhya (250KM – 5 hrs)

After early breakfast, we proceed to Ayodhya. Full day sightseeing of Ayodhya city- Ayodhya is located at the central region of state Uttar Pradesh. it is one of the ancient and sacred cities of India. It is known as the birth place of lord Rama and was marked by the temple which was later demolished by the Mughal emperor Babur and later a mosque was built there. The meaning of Ayodhya is a unconquerable citadel. Most of the visiting places in Ayodhya are related to lord Rama or Hanuman.

Hanuman Garhi is a four sided fort with a hanuman temple inside. It is at the centre of the ayodhya. Its legend is that Hanuman lived here in a cave and guarded the Janambhoomi, or Ramkot. The main temple contains the statue of Maa Anjani with Bal Hanuman seated on her lap. (5a.m-10p.m) summers(7:30a.m-11:30a.m, 4:30p.m-9:30p.m) winters(9a.m-10p.m, 4p.m-9p.m) timings are fixed for all temples in Ayodhya.

Ram mandir: Ram Janmabhoomi (literally, “Rama’s birthplace”) is the name given to the site that many Hindus believe to be the birthplace of Rama, the 7th avatar of the Hindu deity Vishnu.
The Ramayana states that the location of Rama’s birthplace is on the banks of the Sarayu river in the city of Ayodhya. A section of Hindus claim that the exact site of Rama’s birthplace is where the Babri Masjid once stood in the present-day Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. According to this theory, the Mughals demolished a Hindu shrine that marked the spot, and constructed a mosque in its place. People opposed to this theory state that such claims arose only in the 18th century, and that there is no evidence for the spot being the birthplace of Rama.

Saryu Ghat : The Sarayu is a river that flows through the Indian states of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. This river is of ancient significance, finding mentions in the Vedas and the Ramayana. The Sarayu forms at the confluence of the Karnali (or Ghaghara) and Mahakali (or Sharda) in Bahraich District. The Mahakali or Sharda forms the Indian-Nepalese border. Ayodhya is situated on the banks of river Sarayu.

Kanak bhawan is more like a temple and has its belief to be a gift from sita’s mother to her on marriage with Lord Rama. (8a.m-10p.m)

Ramkot is an ancient place which attracts many devotees on Ram Navmi and is celebrated very joyfully in the months or March and April.

Nageshwarnath temple is known to be built by kush, son of lord rama. he built it for the naag kanya who retrieved his armlet which he lost during the bath in Sarayu. The festival of shivratri is celebrated here with great splendor.
(Breakfast – Dinner)

 

Day 04- Ayodhya- Allahabad (200KM – 4 hrs)

After breakfast , you will be taken to Allahabad through road. Check-in to Hotel have lunch and then proceed to see the
Sangam Confluence of the three rivers – Ganga, Yamuna & Saraswati. Sangam – The Triveni Sangam is believed to be the place where drops of nectar fell from the pitcher, from the hands of the Gods. It is believed that a bath in the sangam will wash away all one’s sins and will clear the way to heaven. Devout Hindus from all over India come to this sacred pilgrimage point to offer prayers and take a dip in the holy waters. The sacred Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years on the banks of Ganga, Yamuna and Sarsvati at Sangam.
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HANUMAN MANDIR-Bade Hanumanji Mandir, dedicated to Lord Hanuman is an underground temple. It is possibly the only temple which has the idol of Lord Hanuman based in a reclining position. Idols of Lord Rama and Lakshmana are also located near his head. The temple is bright orange in colour which measures approximately 9 ft long and believed to have great powers.

Anand Bhavan is a historic house museum in Allahabad, India focusing on the Nehru Family. It was constructed by Indian political leader Motilal Nehru in the 1930s to serve as the residence of the Nehru family when the original mansion Swaraj Bhavan (previously called Anand Bhavan) was transformed into the local headquarters of the Indian National Congress. Jawahar Planetarium, the planetarium is situated here, which has been striving to inculcate scientific temper among masses through its sky shows on astronomy and science.

MANKAMESHWAR TEMPLE(6a.m-9p.m)- Mankameshwar temple is located along the banks of river Yamuna. Situated in close proximity to Saraswati Ghat, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to the Hindu calendar, in Sawan month, Mondays are considered auspicious. Therefore, most of the devotees pay visit to the temple during this time only. This temple lies under the jurisdiction of Jagath Guru Shankaracharya.

KALYANI DEVI TEMPLE (5:30a.m-10:30p.m)- Kalyani Devi Temple is considered as one of the sacred Shaktipeeth in Allahabad. The temple is considered sacred since Sati’s fingers were believed to have fallen here. It is also believed that the idol housed within this temple is over thousand years old. The Chaitra Navratri and the Ashwin Navratri are the two important festivals that are celebrated in this temple in the month of March and October respectively.
(Breakfast – Lunch & dinner)

 

Day 05- Allahabad – To – Chitrakoot ( 3 Hrs / 115 Kms )

After breakfast at hotel drive to Chitrakoot. Chitrakoot is a gift of nature. One of the most important places mentioned in the great Hindu Epic Ramayana.
Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman stayed here for about 11 years of their 14 year exile and met Sage Atri and Sati Anasuya. It is also believed that all the gods and goddesses came to Chitrakoot when Lord Ram performed the final rites of his father here. Visit Ramghat, Kamadgiri Bharat Milap Janki Kund.Satianusuya, Hanumandhara Gupta Godavari, Sphatik Shila, etc. Dinner & Overnight stay in the hotel at Chitakoot .

Gupt Godawari :

RAMGHAT-It is believed that during exile, Lord Rama, Laxman and Sita took shelter here and appeared before poet Tulsidas. Tulsi Chabutra, a platform in the Ram Ghat, is believed to be a place where Tulsidas wrote the Ram Charit Manas. Tulsi mandir is also a must visit close to Ramghat.

JANKI KUND– One can find the Rama Janaki Raghuveer Temple located nearby. A statue of Sankat Mochan Hanuman can also be seen here.

SRI ANUSASUYA ASHRAM-It is the starting point of the dense forests of Dandaka, which was ruled by Ravana. As per the great sage Valmiki, there was no rainfall in Chitrakoot for ten years. As a result, there was drastic famine and nothing was left for the birds and animals to eat or drink. Sati Anusuya performed tapasya and brought River Mandakini down to earth, resulting in the end of sufferings of sages and animals.

SPHATIC SHILA-Tourists can find a large boulder bearing impressions of Lord Rama’s footprints. It is said that Lord Rama did shringar to his wife Sita here. Moreover, it is the same place where Sita was bitten by Jayant, disguised as a crow.

 

Day 06- Chitrakoot – To – Mathura ( 9 Hrs / 844 Kms )

After breakfast morning visit for Kamad giri parvat,  Darshan of kamad giri parvat and Parikarma of Kamad Giri Parvat, come back to the hotel lunch spend the time at hotel . In the evening depart for Mathura by bus with packed dinner.

Kamad giri Parvat– Kamadgiri Hill is a forest-covered hill that is surrounded by a 5km parikrama path, with temples all the way around the hill.One of the major temples here is the Shree Kamatanath Temple. The Bharat Milap Temple is located on the back side of the hill. It marks the spot where Bharat, the brother of Rama, is said to have tried to convince Rama to return to Ayodhya, to be the king.

 

Day -07- Mathura – to – Rishikesh ( 7 Hrs / 362 Kms )

Reached to Mathura, check in to the hotel , fresh and up after taking breakfast proceed for the famous Mathura temple. Krishan Janam Bhumi, where Lord Krishna was born during the Dwaparyug and take Prasad of peda, after that visit the nearby market walk, and visit the two more destinations where the famous temples in Goverdhan Giriraj Ji temple and Vrindavan Banke Bihari temple, in the evening, depart to Rishikesh by bus, Dinner Enroute.

Krishan Janam bhoomi – Shri Krishna Janmbhoomi is a religious temple in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. The temple is built around the prison cell where the ancient Hindu god Lord Krishna is said to have born.

Goverdhan giriraj ji temple – Govardhan is famous for the Holy Goverdhan Hill. There are many temples in this town namely Shri Haridev ji Temple, Daan-Ghati Temple and Mukharbind Temple . The town is also famous for its 21 kilometers long Parikrama of the famous Govardhan hill. The parikrama procession is held in very high religious belief. It’s said that Lord Krishna held Govardhan Hill on his little finger to save the town from wrath of the god of rains Indra.
The town also houses Maanasi-Ganga, a close-ended lake. This is another place for the devotees visiting this town. On the banks of this lake, there are quite a few temples, prominent among them the Mukharbind temple

Vrindavan Bake bihari temple – Shri Bankey Bihari Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, in the holy city of Vrindavan in the Mathura district It is situated near to the RADHAVALLABH JI Temple.This temple is among the 7 temples of Thakur of Vrindavan including Sri Radhavallabh ji, Shri Govind Dev ji and four others. Bankey Bihari ji was originally worshiped at Nidhivana. Bankey means “bent in three places” and bihari means “supreme enjoyer.

 

Day – 08 -Rishikesh – to – Haridwar ( 40 Minutes / 20 Kms )

After overnight journey arrive at Rishikesh, our representative will receive you, check in to hotel fresh n up and after taking breakfast visit for rishikesh famous sightseeing like ,

Ram Jhula, Laxman Jula : one of the land marks of Rishikesh, it is believed that Laxman crossed the Ganges on jute ropes between the place the bridge is built.

SwaragAshram : situated on the foot of the Himalayas on the left banks of the ganges between Laxman Jhula & Rishikesh, filled with concentration of ashrams and temples. The place has been known for ages and popular with Yogi and Rishis meditating.

After the lunch proceed to Haridwar , Upon arrival check in to hotel spend time in hotel , evening Evening visit to Mansa Devi Temple and enjoy Aarti at Har ki Pauri.

 

Day- 09- Haridwar – to – Delhi departs

After breakfast visit to Haridwar famous temple – Chandi devi temple , Daksheshwara mahadev temple , Maya Devi Temple , Pavan Dham and Vishnu ghat etc, back to hotel. Afternoon after lunch check out from the hotel and depart for Delhi for their onwards destinations.

Chandi devi temple- The temple is situated atop the Neel Parvat on the Eastern summit of the Sivalik Hills, the southernmost mountain chain of the Himalayas. Chandi Devi Temple was built in 1929 by Suchat Singh in his reign as the King of Kashmir. However, the main murti of Chandi Devi at the temple is said to have been installed in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya, one of the greatest priests of Hindu religion. The temple also known as Neel Parvat Teerth is one of the Panch Tirth (Five Pilgrimages) located within Haridwar.

Daksheshwara mahadev temple– Daksha Mahadev temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in the town of Kankhal, about 4 km from Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India. It is named after King Daksha Prajapati, the father of Sati. Daksha is one of the fourteen Prajapatis, creator deities, who preside over procreation and are the protector of life.

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