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Sri Krishna Janmashtami ---
Mathura (Uttar Pradesh)
Janmashtami, The birth
anniversary of Lord Krishna, is celebrated with Great Spirit,
devotion and aplomb all over India, especially At Mathura
and Brindavan where the lord spent his childhood. These twin
cities take on a festive air during the month of Shravan (July/August)
in which Janmashtami falls. Temples and homes are beautifully
decorated and lit. Night-long prayers are offered at the temples
and religious hymns sung. The priests bathe the idol of Krishna
placed on a swing with water from the holy river Ganges (charanamrit),
and pour milk, ghee, oil and honey over the idol using a conch
shell as offering. People fast during the day and keep awake
till after midnight when Lord Krishna is believed to have
been born; singing bhajans (praises of the lord) all this
time. At midnight they break their fast and chant “Radhe
Krishna, hare Krishna, Radhe Radhe”. Celebrations and
festivities take vary between places.
Mathura, the birthplace
of Lord Krishna, is where his parents lived in captivity of
the evil Kansa (the lord’s maternal uncle). The lord
as a young boy killed his evil uncle and freed his parents
before ascending the throne of Mathura. The city which has
more than 400 temples dedicated to Lord Krishna witnesses
grand celebrations in the month of Shravan, especially on
janmashtami. The main celebrations are performed at the Dwarakadhish
temple in the form of Jhulanotsava and ghatas. Ghatas are
a peculiar aspect of celebrations. Ghatas are classified on
the basis of color and a specific ghata is assigned to each
day; On a day assigned with a particular color (ghata) the
city wears that color only- even the lord dresses up in that
color. Major celebrations are also hosted at the Banke Bihari,
Rangaji, Shri Krishna balaram and gopinath temples. Various
art performances are staged as part of the celebrations, their
theme predominantly being Raslila (Lord Krishna’s penultimate
enjoyment with his girlfriends).
In Brindavan, the festivities
like staging of Raslila by professional drama troups begin
long before Janmashtami. Even non-professionals and children
stage raslilas and other folk dramas relating to the events
in Lord Krishna’s life every year. Striking attributes
of these dramas are the colorful costumes of the characters
and equally colorful backgrounds. Musicians provide accompaniment
to these dramas staged in either Hindi or Brajbhasha. Temple
rituals at Brindavan during Janmashtami are similar to the
rituals followed in Mathura.
Come, visit the land of the lord’s
boyish antics and revel in the celebration of his life with
Indian Festival Tours.
North india Tour with Janmastami
Day 01 ARRIVE
Welcome to India. Meeting and assistance on arrival at the
airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
02 IN DELHI
Morning tour of the crowded streets of Old Delhi (by
cycle rickshaws), the Friday Mosque, the Red Fort,
Purana Qila, Lodi Tombs and Humayun's Tomb. Afternoon
tour of New Delhi will include visits to the Embassy
area, India Gate, the Secretariat Buildings, the President's
Palace, Parliament House and the Raj Ghat Memorial
to Mahatma Ghandi. Overnight at the hotel.
– MATHURA (Sri Krishna Janmastami)
Morning after early breakfast, depart Delhi by surface to
Mathura. On arrival , check-in at the hotel.Afternoon visit
some of the beautiful temples of Vrindavan - The
City Of Temples - Vrindavan, around 15 km from
Mathura, is a major place of pilgrimage, on the banks of
Yamuna. Attracting about 5 lakhs pilgrims every year, it
is noted for its numerous temples- both old and modern.
Vrindavan is synonymous with the innocent mirth and child
like playfulness of Shri Krishna. Vrindavan, the dusty little
town known for the temples, big and small, famous and remote
strewn all over the place. Later celebration of Janmastami(birth
anniversary of LordKrishna)Overnight at the hotel.
Morning after breakfast, departure by surface to Agra upon
arrival check in at the hotel.Afternoon visit to the 16th
century Agra Fort and the exquisite white marble architectural
masterpiece - the Taj Mahal.
Taj Mahal, built by the Mughal Emperor
Shah Jehan, this beautiful mausoleum is built of pure white
marble and is an architectural marvel. Built in the memory
of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. The building was conceived
as a garden tomb with the mausoleum rising at the far end
of the complex with the river Yamuna flowing below. Beneath
the dome are the cenotaphs of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jehan.
Agra Fort built by
Emperor Akbar over the years 1565 – 1573 with its
maze of courtyards, mosques, and private chambers. Most
of the buildings originally built by Akbar were destroyed
and were replaced by his grandson Shah Jehan. The only surviving
structure from Akbar’s period apart from the solid
sand stone ramparts and the gateway is the Jehangir Mahal.
It is the biggest private residence in the complex and its
architecture indicates strong influences from Hindu overtones.
. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 AGRA
Morning after early breakfast departure transfer to the
Railway Station to board Shatabdi (0815-0930 Hrs )to Gwalior.
Assistance on arrival at the Railway station transfer to
the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Gwalior city. Visit
the Man Mandir, Gujari Mahal (today an archaeological museum),
The fort, Temples of Sas-Bahu, Teli Ka Mandir, Jai Vilas
Palace, Tomb of Gaus Mohammad and the Mausoleum of Tansen.
Overnight at the hotel.
– JHANSI - ORCHA
After having early breakfast in the morning Departure by
surface to Orcha en route visiting Jhansi a must see tourist
destination of U.P Jhansi Fort, Jhansi Museum, Rani Mahal
not only gives an insight to the history and heritage of
Jhansi but whole of Bundelkhand region.In Jhansi Museum
you can see the old weapon used by the rulers dresses,statues
and photograph represent the chandela dynasty. Upon arrival
check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
07 ORCHA - KHAJURAHO
After breakfast, visit to the Orchha Fort. Orchha’s
grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time
and a rich legacy and the palaces and the temples
built by it Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th century
retain much of their prestine perfection. Jehangir
Mahal, a tiered palace crowned by graceful chattries
has a spectacular view of soaring temples spires and
cenotops.Afternoon departure by surface to khajuraho
upon Arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at the
Day 08 IN
Morning after breakfast full day sightseeing tour of Eastern
& Western Group of Temples. Western Group is the best
known as it is to this group that the largest and most typical
Khajuraho temples belong – the Kandariya Mahadeo.
Perfectly symmetrical, it soars 31 metres high. The main
shrine is in an almost perfectly state of preservation.
This shrine has an exquisitely carved entrance arch with
a multitude of themes: celestial beings, lovers, serenading
musicians – movement captured in stones and frozen
in time, yet retaining the warmth of pulsating life. The
stones seem to have taken on the sensuousness of the carved
Eastern Group: Hindu and Jain temples make up the eastern
group, close to Khajuraho Village. The largest Jain temple,
Parsvanath, is in this group. Sculptures on the northern
outer wall make this temple the finest in the group. The
carvings are timeless, of a woman bending thoughtfully over
a letter, a damsel removing a thorn from her foot. The sanctum
has a throne facing a bull, emblem of the first Tirthankara,
Adinath. The actual image of Parsvanath, from which the
temple derives its name, was installed in 1860. The Archaeological
Museum houses fine sculpture and stone panels of ruined
temples in three different display galleries. The museum
has a huge statue of the Buddha and an unusual statue of
a dancing Ganesha. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 09 KHAJURAHO
Morning after breakfast Morning after breakfast, optional
revisit of the Temples. later departure by surface to Allahabad
(293 Kms Approx) Upon arrival check in at the hotel . Rest
of the day free . Overnight at the hotel.
10 ALLAHABAD – VARANASI
Morning after breakfast sightseeing tour of Allahabad
City Allahabad is an ancient city of India and one
of the holiest, since it is here that the river Ganga
and Yamuna meet at the Triveni Sangam (triple stream
confluence) along with the invisible river Saraswati.
Its University is one of the oldest in the country
like the Allahabad High Court. Emperor Akbar built
a fort here in 1575. Inside the fort is Ashoka’s
pillar, 11 m high, with famous edicts inscribed on
it. Later departure by surface to Varanasi. Upon arrival
check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Early morning Boat-ride on Holy River Ganges. In Varanasi
life and various activities revolve around the river.
Life begins before dawn when thousands of pilgrims
– and devotees – come down to the river
to offer early morning prayers. Also visit the famous
ghats and enjoy a spectacular view of sunrise from
Later visit the
Temples of Varanasi including Durga Temple: Dedicated
to Goddess Durga, consort of Lord Shiva. Bharat Mata
Temple: This temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi
and houses one of the most perfect relief of India
carved out of marble. Tulsi Manas Temple: Built in
white marble this unique temple has the whole of Ram
Charit Manas (Ramayana) inscribed on its wall. Well
laid out landscaping around the temple adds to its
beauty and Banaras Hindu University.
to Sarnath, the fabled place bear testimony to its
great past where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon
to his disciples expounding the principles of Buddhism.
Overnight at the hotel.
12 VARANASI – LUCKNOW
Morning after early
breakfast departure by surface to Lucknow (296 kms
approx). Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Afternoon
sightseeing tour of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar
Pradesh – city of Gardens was the 18th century
capital of Nawab Wazirs and the centre of culture
and tradition. Visit the great Imambara, Jama Masjid,
Picture Gallery, The Clock Tower, Roomi Darwaza, Residency
and Dilkusha Gardens. Overnight at the hotel.
CHECK-IN/OUT TIME AT THE HOTELS IS 12 NOON
This programme can be tailor made to suite the number of days you have in hand yet showing you this spectacular fair.
The Festival dates are based on local calendar and are subject to change