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Civilization :Indian civilization considered to be 5000yrs old. Ancient paintings in Bhimbetka Caves paintings(above 12000yrs old)says that Indian Civilization can be oldest in the world. Which is still to discover. Andamans & Nicobar Islands Tribes indicates Birth of Homo Sapiens(Human Beings)on earth. Vedic conclusion that Civilization flourished in India long before Fifty thousand years ago, which is the date that scientists gave as the earliest possible appearance of Homo sapiens(Eve and Adam). ‘NASA’ Discovery of old rock bridge deep into sea(Ramayana Setu) between Rameswaram – Sri Lanka.
Architecture: India is the home of one of the Seven Wonders of the world - Taj Mahal.
Tracing the growth of Indian Architecture :--
Chaityas & Viharas -Buddhist rock-cut structures
Jaina & Hindu rock -Cut architecture
Mughal architecture -Taj Mahal
Dakshin Chitra -A unique Heritage Centre
No written record of word ‘Hindu’ origin available. Hinduism is also called ‘Sanatana Dharma’.. English word ‘Religion’ conveys the idea of a particular faith(Muslim,Christianity,Buddhist etc.) , but faith can be change. Sanatana Dharma refers to that activity which cannot be changed. Sanatana Dharma word derived from ‘Sanskrit’ which is oldest language in the world. In Hinduism a Sadhu is a saintly person who has renounced the material world , giving up all possessions.
Since ancient times, Bharat had been a city of intellects. It always had been a leading nation in providing the intellectual and philosophical base for the coming of new waves of thoughts. The most original literary contribution of Bharat to the world stands in the Vedas. Vedas are the oldest texts in the world.
Vedas not only depict a philosophy but they have the greatest literary values. The variety of topics dealt with in Vedas range from philosophy to music, from environment to medical concepts and from social values to descriptions of the cycles of nature. Going further, come the landmarks in the literary history of the world- the two epics- Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is said that everything that exists in the world is there in Mahabharata and that which does not exist in Mahabharata does not eventually exist in the world. The Bharatiya literature owes it's root to this great tradition
Fairs & Festivals:
Festivals are an important means of spiritual regeneration in Hinduism. In addition to National festivals, there are many state festivals celebrated by Hindus in Bharat (India). In one way or another, Hindu festivals are associated with Hindu deities. Through these festivals Hindus affirm their faith in their religion, culture and spiritual heritage that has existed for thousands of years.
Festivals are as much a part of the fabric of Indian culture, just as rituals are linked with religions. These festivals provide a break from the monotonous daily routine life of Indians. It allows the average person also to have a complete changes from his work and to revive his spiritual, social and family ties.They have a great cultural appeal also.
For Indians food is a gift of gods and is treated with respect.Indian cuisines having so much variation and best ranked cuisine in the world. Norh Indian cuisines identified as Amritsari Naan/Kulcha(Punjab),Kair-sangri,Ghotwa (Rajasthan), Kababs,Shahi Paneer,Korma, Em-Dachi(Bhutan),Ghalo-the tribal dish(Nagaland), Hyderabadi Biryani,Pao Bhaji, Dhokla(Gujarat), Gajar Halwa, Pysum(Kerala),Masala Dosa,Idli Sambhar,Uttapam, Upma(South India),Tandoori Food(food cooked in clay oven)served in Restaurant called “Dhaba”,Sea Food (Goa,Andamans). You cant catogorise Indian food as spicy. Types of Snacks found here are very popular like Bhelpuri,Samosa,Paani Puri or Golgappe etc.
Adventure Sports:(India Adventure )
Aero Sports, Camping Golf Heli Skiing, Mountaineering, Para Sailing, Polo, River Rafting, Rock Climbling, Safaries, Skiing, Trekking
Sandalwood items, fabrics (including silks), papier-mache, brassware, wood carvings, clothing, religious paraphernalia, paintings and prints, dhurri rugs, shawls, Oriental carpets, marble-inlay boxes, dolls, copperware, bronzes, musical instruments, silver, jute products, tea, saffron, batiks, bamboo products, fossils and crystals are among the good buys. Well-made souvenirs are available from most good hotels, but for the real Indian buying experiences head for any local market.
Health Tourism:(YOGA):
Practicing Yoga and meditation are not just key techniques to unwind you. They can be opted to channelize your mind, rejuvenate your soul and keep your body fit. It is in the coordination of the three: body, soul and mind that the perfect state of composure can be attained. Yoga clubs the rhythm of the body with the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul, to create symphony of life. The term Yoga is perhaps linked to the English word 'Yoke'. Probably Yoga means to 'yoke' the body, mind and soul together. The practice of Yoga aims at uniting the three. Yoga originated way back in the 4th century BC.
Dance :
Indian religious dance meant to evoke different moods in the audience. Indian dances are usually done barefoot. The dance composed of mudra’s (body gestures), abhinayana(face and body expressions or the acting),and gati ( footwork). There are four main Hindu dances Bharata Natyam(Main south India religious dance form) of Tamilnadu , Kathakali (Story Play)of Kerala, Kathak or Uttar Pradesh, Manipuri other types of dances are Kuchipudi, Odissi, Krishnayattam, Mohiniuttam, Gharba,Dandiya Raas, Gidda & Bhangra(Punjab), Ghoomar etc.
Jyotisha(Astrology) :
Jyotisha encompasses both astrology and astronomy. Vedic Astrology is a very exact science and Untill astrological chart (Kundli)is drawn, marriage will not be performed. Every person born in the world has astrological horoscope according Brighu Muni’s Brighu Samhita.
Music :
Indian Music based on raga which is a combination of five, six or seven notes played in a melodious pattern. Western Music divided into twelve tone scales , but Indian music into microtonal patterns that form a raga. Ragas contain certain fixed notes, and this is how they are identified(Like raag Malhaar, Deepak etc.)one from another. Each raag is meant to evoke a different mood, certain occasion or period or time. Some Major musical instruments in practice are Sitar, Tabla , Harmonium, Tanpura,Shahnai, ,Sarangi etc.
Marriage :
A horoscope is drawn by a priest to see if the couple(girl and boy) are compatible. An engagement ceremony(tilak or Sagai ) is held in which the forthcoming marriage becomes finalized . On the day of marriage , the groom is taken on a horse in procession(with lights/brass bands, relatives and friends) an to the bride’s home or marriage hall. The couple sit next to each other (inside marriage area(called Vedi) decorated with flowers and decorative items)cross-legged before a fire sacrifice, while the Brahmin(the priest) chants various mantras and performs various Hindu rituals according to various community and regions.
Day 1  
On Arrival at Delhi Airport guests will be received by our representative. Later Transfer to the hotel. Morning free to relax. After lunch proceed for half-day city tour of New Delhi visiting Qutab Minar, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate (War Memorial Arch), also drive past Presidents House, Parliament House and Connaught Place shopping centre of New Delhi. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 2  


After breakfast at 0900 HRS we take you for a tour of Old Delhi visiting Red For, Jama Masjid & Raj Ghat. Also drive past Chandni Chowk the shopping centre of Old Delhi. Rest of the day is free. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 3  
Delhi to Jaipur
After breakfast drive to Jaipur. Jaipur a "Fantasy in Pink," is capital of Rajasthan and an all season destination. Enroute we visit Amer Fort surrounded by the rugged hills. Here a painted elephant will take you up to the Fort with its huge gateways and pillared pavilions. After Elephant ride at Amer Fort drive to Jaipur City and check - in to the hotel. Evening is free to explore the bustling bazaars of the city. Jaipur is a shopper's paradise. Bazaars overflow with precious and semi-precious stones, brassware, lac bangles etc. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 4  
Jaipur to Agra
After breakfast we take you for a City Tour of Jaipur visiting Hawamahal, City Palace, Museum and Jantar Mantar Observatory. Later drive on to Agra. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 5  
Early morning at the time of sunrise we take you for a visit of Taj Mahal. Return to the hotel for Breakfast. Later visit Red Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. After lunch visit to the bazaars. Agra is famous for its handicrafts, marble inlay articles, leather footwear and brassware. In the evening enjoy a private Magic Show at your hotel. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 6  
Agra to Varanasi
Morning is all yours. Afternoon transfer to airport for your flight to Varanasi. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Evening is at leisure. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 7  
Varanasi to Kathmandu
At sunrise boat ride on river Ganges. Return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast City Tour of Varanasi visiting temples & ghats. Later transfer to airport for your flight to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu transfer to your hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 8  
After breakfast we take you for sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City and Swayambhunath. Afternoon at leisure. In the evening Nepalese Folk Dances at Old Rana Palace. O/N at hotel.
Day 9  
After breakfast we take you for sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath & Boudhnath. Later proceed to Dhulikhel for lunch at Dhulikhel Mountain Resort. After lunch take a short leisurely walk to the nearby village or just relax on the lawn watching Himalayan giants like Langtang, Gaurishanker and Dorje Lakpa. In the evening drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 10  
Kathmandu to Pokhara
In the morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Pokhara. On arrival in Pokhara transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pehwa. O/N at hotel.
Day 11  
Pokhara to Kathmandu
View sunrise over the Himalayas from the hotel. After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Pokhara Valley. Later transfer to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 12  
Kathmandu to Calcutta
Morning is free. In the afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Calcutta. On arrival transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 13  
After breakfast proceed for full day tour of City visiting St. Paul's Cathedral, Dakshineshwar Temple, Botanical Gardens, Victoria Memorial, drive past Howrah Bridge, Fort Williams, Secretariat Buildings and Old Court House Street. O/N at hotel.
Day 14  
Calcutta to Darjeeling
Morning is free. In the Afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagdogra airport. From Bagdogra transfer to Darjeeling. On arrival check-in to the hotel. Darjeeling is "Queen" among hill stations and surrounded by Tea Gardens and has magnificent views of the Kanchenjunga. The breeze here has a taste of tea. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 15  
Early morning drive upto Tiger Hill to see the glorious sunrise over Kanchenjunga. On your way back visit famous Ghoom Monastery. Afternoon visit to local Tea Garden Estate where you can taste the world famous Darjeeling Tea. O/N at hotel.
Day 16  
Darjeeling to Gangtok
After breakfast leave for Gangtok-"Gateway to Sikkim". Gangtok has grown into a busy, bustling little town, which is the capital of Sikkim. But it still retains its charming architectural style with pagoda like wooden houses, painted turquoise roofs and colorful bazaars. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 17  
After breakfast we leave for full day tour of Gangtok visiting the Rumtek Monastery, Tsukla-Khang-the Royal Chapel of the Chogyals, Institute of Tibetology, Orchid Sanctuary the Deer Park and Cottage Industries Institute. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 18  
Gangtok to Kalimpong
After breakfast drive to Kalimpong. On arrival transfer to the hotel Kalimpong Park. Afternoon tour of Kalimpong. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 19  
Kalimpong to Delhi
After breakfast drive to Bagdogra Airport and connect flight for Delhi. On arrival at Delhi Airport transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 20  
This whole day is yours to explore Delhi on your own. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 21  
Delhi to Destination abroad
Early morning transfer to the IGI International Airport for your flight to next destination.
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