Mahadev. Shiva. The Destroyer of Evil. Called by different names but ultimately the Supreme Being. Being a Hindu, most of the people come across the term “Jyotirlinga” quite a few times while growing up. Shiva’s Jyotirlinga is highly revered among the Hindus. A Jyotirlinga is a shrine where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Jyotirlingam. Now you would ask what a Jyotirlingam is? It is the radiant sign (phallus symbol) of The Almighty.
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Mahadev. Shiva. The Destroyer of Evil. Called by different names but ultimately the Supreme Being. Being a Hindu, most of the people come across the term “Jyotirlinga” quite a few times while growing up. Shiva’s Jyotirlinga is highly revered among the Hindus. A Jyotirlinga is a shrine where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Jyotirlingam. Now you would ask what a Jyotirlingam is? It is the radiant sign (phallus symbol) of The Almighty. There are 12 Jyotirlinga in India. It is believed that Lord Shiva first manifested himself on Earth on the night of the Aridra Nakshatra, thus the special reverence for the Jyotirlinga. There is no unique appearance to mark the Jyotirlingas. Many people believe that you can see these lingas as columns of fire piercing through the earth after you reach a high level of spiritual attainment. Originally there were 64 Jyotirlingas out of which 12 are considered to be highly auspicious and holy. The 12 Jyotirlingas sites in India take the name of the presiding deity. Each considered a different manifestation of Lord Shiva. The primary image as all these lingas is the “lingam” representing the beginning and end stambh pillar or the infinite nature of Lord Shiva.
Depart: 10/02/2019, 10/11/2019
Return: 11/03/2019, 09/12/2019
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UK - Mumbai
Mumbai Arrival:Arrival at Mumbai airport, Mumbai: Mumbai, formerly called Bombay, is a sprawling, densely populated city on India’s west coast. On the Mumbai Harbour waterfront stands the iconic Gateway of India stone arch, built by the British Raj in 1924.The city is also famous as the heart of the Hindi-language Bollywood film industry. On Arrival, meet our Skylink representative who will help you take a transfer to the hotel. Afternoon Visit Siddhivinayak Temple: Shree Ganesh is the first to be worshipped before beginning any new project or venture as he is the destroyer of obstacles (Vighnaharta). To take the blessings of Lord Ganesha before starting the pilgrimage. This is Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple at Prabhadevi in Mumbai, a two-century-old Temple that fulfils the desires of the worshipers. After darsan back to hotel, dinner and Overnight in Mumbai.
Mumbai – Bhimashankar (Jyotirlinga) – Chakan:After breakfast, drive to Bhimashankar (Jyothirling): Bhimashankar an ancient shrine, Bhimashankar is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga of Shiva. It is in the Ghat region of the Sahyadri hills. Bhimashankar is also the source of the river Bhima, which flows south east and merges with the Krishna River near Raichur. After Pooja and Darsan, continue your road journey to Chakan. On arrival, Check-in to a hotel. Dinner and Overnight stay will be at Chakan.
Chakan - Shani Mandir – Aurangabad :After breakfast, depart to Aurangabad, On the way visit Shani Temple: The presiding deity of Shinganapur, Sri Shaneshwara or Lord Shanidev- the personification of the planet Saturn is worshipped with utmost reverence and devotion by multitudes of people from all over the world. The spectacle of the deity in black stone is overwhelming. A unique aspect of this place is, that no temple structure houses the Shanidev. There is only a simple platform on which stands the swayambhu idol, in black stone. After darsan, continue your road journey to Aurangabad. On arrival at Aurangabad check -in to the hotel. Dinner and Overnight in Aurangabad.
Aurangabad – Grishneshwar (Jyothirling) - Shirdi:After breakfast, you will proceed for Grishneshwar (Jyothirling). Grishneshwar is an ancient pilgrimage site revered as the abode of one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva. It is located at a distance of 11 km from Daulatabad near Aurangabad in Maharashtra. After Pooja and Darsan, continue your road journey to Shirdi. Shirdi: Shri Sai Baba is revered as one of the greatest saints ever seen in India, endowed with unprecedented powers, and is worshipped as a God incarnate. (SAI meaning Sakshaat Ishwar) - GOD THE ABSOLUTE. On arrival Shirdi, Check-into a hotel. In the evening, visit Sai Baba Samadhi temple for VIP Darshan (Own Cost). Dinner and Overnight stay at Shirdi.
Shirdi – Trimbakeshwar (Jyothirling) – Nasik:Today we drive from Shirdi to Triambakeshwar (Jyotirlinga). Triambakeshwar located in Maharashtra is revered as one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. Triambakeshwar is the source of the river Godavari. Trimbakeshwar is a religious center having one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. The extraordinary feature of the Jyotirlinga located here is its three faces embodying Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rudra. After Pooja and darsan proceed for Nasik, On the way we will visit The Anjaneri (or Anjneri) mountain, located 7 km from Trimbakeshwar in the Nasik district, is also claimed as the birthplace of Lord Hanuman ji, (time permitted). On arrival Nasik check – in to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay will be Nasik.
Nasik – Ujjain: After breakfast check –out from the hotel and drive to Ujjain,Ujjain Ujjain is an ancient city beside the Kshipra River in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. An important Hindu pilgrimage destination, it’s known for the centuries-old Mahakaleshwar Temple, a towering structure with a distinctively ornate roof. Nearby, Bade Ganesh Temple houses a colorful statue of Ganesh, the elephant-headed Hindu deity. Harsiddhi Temple features a pair of tall dark pillars studded with lamps. On arrival by evening, check in to the hotel. Dinner and Overnight in Indore.
Ujjain – Mahakaleshwar (Jyotirlinga) – Omkareswar (Jyothirling) –Overnight Train : After early morning leave for Mahakaleswar Temple (Jyotirlinga): Jyotirlinga is one of the most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingams, which are supposed to be the most sacred abodes of Lord Shiva. It is located in the ancient city of Ujjain. The presiding deity, Lord Shiva in the lingam form is believed to be Swayambhu, deriving currents of power (Shakti) from within itself as against the other images and lingams that are ritually established and invested with mantra-shakti. After Pooja and darshan back to hotel. Breakfast at hotel then check – out from the hotel and proceed to local sightseeing of Ujjain. After sightseeing of Ujjain, drive to Omkareshwar (Jyothirlinga) located in Madhya Pradesh. It is located at a distance of about 12 miles from Mortakka in Madhya Pradesh. Omkareshwar: Omkareshwar is a Hindu temple dedicated to God Shiva. It is one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It is on an island called Mandhata or Shivapuri in the Narmada river; the shape of the island is said to be like the Hindu ॐ symbol. There are two temples here, one to Omkareshwar (whose name means "Lord of Omkaara or the Lord of the Om Sound") and one to Mamleshwar (whose name means "Immortal lord" or "lord of the Immortals or Devas"). But as per the sloka on dwadash jyotirligam, Mamleshwar is the jyotirling, which is on other side of Narmada river. After Pooja and darshan, Return back to Indore. Dinner at Restaurant and transfer to Railway station to board the overnight train to Ahmedabad.
Ahmedabad Arrival:Arrival Ahmedabad in the morning, Pickup and transfer to hotel. Rest day free for leisure / shopping activities Check-in at hotel. Dinner and Overnight stay will be at Ahmedabad.
Ahmedabad – Dwarka:After breakfast proceed to Dwarka. Dwarka is one of the foremost Chardhams, four sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites, and is one of the Sapta Puri, the seven most ancient religious cities in the country. Dwarka is often identified with the Dwarka Kingdom, the ancient kingdom of Krishna, and is believed to have been the first capital of Gujarat. On arrival check – in to hotel. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Dwarka Hotel.
Dwarka – Nageshwar (Jyothirling) -Bet Dwarka – Somnath : Early morning we will go Dwarkadhis temple, Dwarkadhish Temple, the main temple at Dwarka, situated on Gomti creek, is known as jagat mandir (universal shrine) or trilok sundar (the most beautiful in all the three worlds). Originally believed to be built by Vajranabh, the great grandson of Lord Krishna, more than 2500 years ago, it is a glorious structure seeming to rise from the waters of the Arabian Sea. Its exquisitely carved shikhar, reaching 43 m high and the huge flag made from 52 yards of cloth, can be seen from as far away as 10 km. There are two gateways: swarga dwar (gate to the heavens), where pilgrims enter, and moksha dwar (gate to liberation), where pilgrims exit. Then back to hotel, breakfast at hotel and check – out from the hotel and drive to Nageshwar (Jyothirling), Nageshwar Located on the route between Dwarka city and Bet Dwarka Island on the coast of Saurashtra in Gujarat is this important Lord Shiva Temple. It is enshrined by one of the 12 swayambhu (self-existent) jyothirlingas in the world, in an underground sanctum. A 25 m tall statue of a sitting Lord Shiva. After Pooja and darshan of Nageshwar temple proceed to Bet Dwarka. Bet Dwarka: Bet Dwarka, also known as Bet Shankhodhar, is a small island and was the main port in the region before the development of Okha. Dwarka as the original abode of Lord Krishna. In order to get there from Dwarka, one might need to first get to Okha port jetty. On the way visit Rukmani temple. Later drive to Somnath. On arrival at Somnath Check – in to the hotel. Dinner & overnight stay will be at Somnath.
Somnath (Jyothirling) – Ahmedabad:Early morning visit and attend somnath temple arti. Somnath (Jyothirlinga), at Somnath Patan, near Veraval in Gujarat is a pilgrimage center held in great reverence throughout India. Somnath is situated on the south coast of Saurashtra. In the Shivapurana and the Nandi Upapurana, Lord Shiva is quoted as saying, 'I am omnipresent, but I am especially in twelve forms and places.' These places are known as jyotirlingas, and Somnath is the first to be found in the world. Around the linga the moon god Soma built a mythical temple of gold as an ode to Lord Shiva's glory and compassion. Like the waxing and waning moon, and fittingly for a place associated with Lord Shiva's cosmic dance of creative destruction, the Somnath temple has risen unfailingly from repeated acts of devastation. After darshan and Pooja back in Hotel, Check – out from the hotel and drive to Ahmedabad. On the way we will stop at Virpur and visit Jalaram Mandir, JALARAM MADIR in Virpur (if temple is open). Virpur is a small village, It is situated on National Highway No. 8b. This village had become holy after the birth of Shri Jalaram Bapa. It had become famous now all over the world due to events that had taken place in the life of Shri Jalaram Bapa. More over the people from all over the world come here to see the native place of Shri Jalaram Bapa and to see the "Jholi" and "Danda" given by god to Virbai Maa and the Original Hanumanji's Idol. After darsan start continue journey to Ahmedabad. Arrival at Ahmedabad in the evening. Check-in at hotel. Overnight stay in Ahmedabad.
Ahmedabad - Madurai via Chennai (By Flight) :Depart to Ahmedabad airport for flight to Madurai via Chennai. Arrival at the Airport, check in at the hotel. Evening we will visit Meenakshi Temple. The city got its name from the drops of nectar (Mathuram) that fell from Shiva's locks when he came to bless its people for constructing a temple for him, City tour begins with a visit to the Sri Meenakshi Sundareshwara temple with its towering gopurams and rare sculptures. Admire The highest point of the temple the hall of 1000 pillars built around 1560 BC, touch the sculpted pillars depicting the story of the beautiful princess of Madurai and her marriage to Lord Shiva. Evening, watch the Pooja ceremony in Meenakshi Temple, back to hotel. Dinner and Overnight in Madurai.
Madurai – Rameshwaram (Jyothirling) – Madurai:Early morning after breakfast drive to Rameshwaram. On arrival Rameshwaram, proceed to Ramanathaswamy Temple (Jyothirling), the temple is considered one of the four destinations covered in Real Char Dham Pilgrimage. There are 22 holy springs in the temple premises which are believed to have medicinal effect Rameshwaram is one of the most significant pilgrimage centres in South India for both Shaivites (Shiv followers) and Vaishnavaites (Vishnu Followers). It was here that Rama offered thanks to Shiva. After Pooja and darsan drive back to Madurai. Dinner and Overnight in Madurai.
Madurai - Chennai (By Flight) Tirupati:Today morning board the flight to Chennai for and from Chennai drive to Tirupati, On arrival at Tirupati check -in to pre-booked hotel. Evening will proceed the Padmavati Mata Temple is situated at a comparatively close-by distance of 5 KM. The temple is devoted to the Goddess Padmavathi, the consort of Sri Venkateswara Swamy. Here the Goddess prevails at the glory of the marriage attire of being united to Sri Venkateswara Swamy. This temple is also manifested in the significance of femininity in the Hindu tradition. It is also a shrine of love between the Lord Mahavishu and Goddess Lakshmi. The temple city of Tirupati, is known for its many temples and compelling architecture. After darsan drive back to Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Tirupati: After morning breakfast drive to Sri VenkateswaraSwamy Temple (The temple is also known by other names like Tirumala Temple, Tirupati Temple) is a landmark Vaishnavite temple situated in the hill town of Tirumala at Tirupati in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, an incarnation of Vishnu, who is believed to have appeared here to save mankind from trials and troubles of Kali Yuga. Hence the place has also got the name Kaliyuga Vaikuntham and Lord here is referred to as Kaliyuga Prathyaksha Daivam. Venkateswara is known by many other names: Balaji, Orinda, and Srinivasa. After darsan drive back to Tirupati. Dinner and overnight will be in Tirupati.
Tirupati - Srisailam (Mallikarjuna Jyothirling):After morning breakfast drive to Srisailam. On arrival check – in to hotel. After freshen up proceed for darsan of Mallikarjuna Jyotilinga: The shrine of Lord Mallikarjuna picturesquely situated on a flat top of Nallamalai Hills, Srisailam is reputed to be one of the most ancient kshetras in India. It is on the right side of the River Krishna in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh. This celebrated mountain is also named as Siridhan, Srigiri, Sriparvatha and Srinagam. It has been a popular centre of Saivite pilgrimage for centuries. The presiding Deities of this kshetram Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy is one of the twelve Jyothirlingas and Goddess Bhramaramba Devi is one of the eighteen Mahasakthis and both are self-manifested. The unique feature of this kshetram is the combination of Jyothirlingam and Mahasakthi in one campus, which is very rare and only one of its kind. This is one of the greatest Salivate shrines in India and it constitutes one of the 12 Jyotirlingam shrines of Shiva. The presiding deities here are Mallikarjuna (Shiva) and Bhramaramba (Devi). Overnight in Srisailam.
Srisailam – Hyderabad:After breakfast drive to Hyderabad. Hyderabad: Hyderabad is the capital of southern India's Telangana state. A major center for the technology industry, it's home to many upscale restaurants and shops. It’s a former diamond-trading center that was once the Qutb Shahi dynastic capital. The Charminar, a 16th-century mosque whose 4 arches support towering minarets, is an old city landmark near the long-standing Laad Bazaar. Upon arrival transfer to the Hotel. Overnight in Hyderabad.
Hyderabad - Bhubaneswar - Puri - Bhubaneswar (By Flight):After breakfast, transfer to Hyderabad airport to board the flight to Bhubaneswar. On reaching the Bhubaneswar airport, by road start your journey to Lord Jagannath Temple Puri. Begin your tour in the city by paying a visit to the Jagannath Temple. This temple of Lord Jagannath makes Puri one of the four dhamas in India. The walls of the temple are embellished with exquisite carvings. The pillars that provide support to the temple are adorned with pictures depicting the life of Lord Krishna. After darsan drive back to Bhubaneswar, after completing the check-in formalities have an overnight stay in Bhubaneswar.
Bhubaneswar - Kolkata (By Train):Today morning take pack breakfast, check – out from the hotel and proceed to bubaneswar railway station to board the train to Kolkata. On arrival at Kolkata railway station, transfer to hotel. Evening visit Kali Mata Mandir: Kalighat Kali Temple is a Hindu temple in West Bengal, India dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali. It is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. Kalighat was a Ghat (landing stage) sacred to Kali on the old course of the Hooghly river (Bhagirathi) in the city of Calcutta. The name Calcutta is said to have been derived from the word Kalighat. Drive back to hotel, Overnight in Kolkata.
Kolkata - Gangasagar – Kolkata:After early packed breakfast drive to full day excursion to Ganga Sagar by road and then by a vessel, starting from Namkhana. Ganga Sagar: About 100 km south of Kolkata Gangasagar or Sagardwip, is a place of Hindu pilgrimage. Every year on the day of Makar Sankranti (14 January), hundreds of thousands of Hindus gather to take a holy dip at the confluence of river Ganges and Bay of Bengal and offer prayers (puja) in the Kapil Muni Temple. Overnight Stay.
Kolkata – Deoghar (Baba Baidyanath Jyotirling):(by Train): After breakfast drive or by train towards Baidyanath. On Arrival at Baidyanath check – in to the hotel. Evening visit Baba Baidyanath (Jyothirling): Baidyanath Jyotirlinga temple, also known as Baba Baidyanath dham and Baidyanath dham is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the most sacred abodes of Shiva. It is located in Deoghar in the Santhal Parganas division of the state of Jharkhand, India. It is a temple complex consisting of the main temple of Baba Baidyanath, where the Jyotirlinga is installed, and 21 other temples. Back to hotel dinner and Overnight stay in hotel in Deoghar.
Deoghar - Varanasi (Overnight Train):After breakfast all day free for leisure and at evening after dinner, transfer to Station to board overnight train to Varanasi.
Varanasi Arrival (Vishwanath Jyotirlinga):On arrival at Varanasi railway station, transfer to hotel. Breakfast at hotel and check –in to the hotel. Afternoon you will proceed to Varanasi sightseeing, visit some of the holy temples of the city which encapsulates the ambiance and the spirit of the city. The Durga Temple, better known as the 'monkey temple' on account of the large number of monkeys residing there (only Hindus can enter the inner sanctum.) and the Temple of Vishwanath (or Visheshwar, Lord of the Universe, popularly known as the Golden Temple), This Jyotirlingam is one of the twelve jyotirlingams of India. If time permits before returning to the hotel visit some of the silk brocade and weaving centers - a specialty of Varanasi. Overnight in Varanasi.
Varanasi - Chitrakoot:After early wake up and proceed to ghat for Boat ride at the Ganges this morning. The River Ganga is as important as blood in the human body to Varanasi and Hindus living all over the world. The river is believed to have quality of washing off ones sin and providing them liberation just by taking a bath in it. Hindus from all over the world come to Varanasi to take a holy dip in the river. Enjoy the Boat ride and return back to the hotel for Breakfast. After breakfast check-out, check out from hotel. Proceed to Chitrakoot. Visit Gupt Godavari & Ramghat. Visit Hanuman Dhara. Later transfer to Guest House. Check in. Overnight Stay.
Chitrakoot - Triveni Sangam – Allahabad:After breakfast, check out and proceed to Allahabad. On arrival at Allahabad direct proceed to visit Triveni Sangam: One such Triveni Sangam, in Prayag has two physical rivers — Ganges and Yamuna — and the invisible Saraswati River. A place of religious importance and the site for historic Kumbh Mela held every 12 years, Allahabad. In Hindu tradition Triveni Sangam is the "confluence" of three rivers. Sangama is the Sanskrit word for confluence. The point of confluence is a sacred place for Hindus. A bath here is said to flush away all of one's sins and free one from the cycle of rebirth. Later check-in at hotel. Evening free for leisure. Dinner and Overnight Stay in Allahabad.
Allahabad - Chhapiaya – Ayodhya:After early morning breakfast drive to Chhapiaya, this is the birth place of Lord Swaminarayan (1781-1830) and the main attraction of this place is the shrine of Swaminarayan. The saint was born here on 2nd April 1781, named as Sahjanand. Swami passed his early childhood in Chhapiaya & then migrated to Ayodhya. Ayodhya: Ayodhya, also known as Saket, is an ancient city of India, believed to be the birthplace of Rama and setting of the epic Ramayana. It is adjacent to Faizabad city at the south end in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. On arrival proceed to panoramic sightseeing of famous places like Ram Janmabhoomi 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. Hanumangarhi is a temple of Lord Hanuman in Ayodhya. More than 70 steps lead to the main Hanuman temple which is one of the most popular temples of Lord Hanuman in North India etc. Later check-in at hotel. Overnight Stay.
Ayodhya - Naimisharanya Temple – Lucknow:After breakfast proceed to visit Naimisharanya Temple. Naimisaranyam is a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu located in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Naimisaranya is also known as Nimsar or Nimkhar and is located on the left bank of the river Gomati. The sacred well, namely Chakra Kunda is believed to have started from the weapon of Vishnu, Chakra. There are shrines dedicated to Chakra Narayana, Ganesh, Rama, Lakshman. Later drive to Lucknow, Check in at hotel. Overnight Stay.
Lucknow - Delhi (by Flight):After breakfast, check out from hotel. Transfer to airport for flight to Delhi. Arrival, Pickup and transfer to hotel. Check in at hotel. Overnight Stay.
Delhi-London:After breakfast, check-out and transfer to airport for flight back to London.
- International Economy class return air ticket
- Accommodation in 3* hotel in standard room on twin / double / triple basis (3* hotel wherever available, else best available (Tents / Guest Houses) option will be provided. Triple sharing will have mattresses for third person)
- Daily Breakfast and Dinner at Hotel
- Lunch (Packed / En route at Restaurant)
- Helicopter ticket for Amarnath (weather permitted)
- 1litre water bottle per person per day in Vehicle only
- Services of Tour Manager (Group only)
- Visa fee
- Travel insurance
- Any meals not mentioned in “Price Includes” section
- Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone bills, drinks, laundry etc.
- Helicopter Fare for Kedarnath
- Pony / Doly / Porter during Trekking
- Tips and Porterage
- Any items not mentioned
- Any entrance fees / Monument charges
- Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and flight delays, roadblocks, vehicle mal-functions, political disturbances, weather conditions etc.
- Tips £30 per person
- Single Room supplement: £495
Kashmir being sensitive area, our main aim is to do Amarnath Darshan, sometimes due to security reason or weather reason, our main aim will be to do Amarnath darshan and rest of the tour might get affected. Decision is taken on the spot while group is in Kashmir. Sometimes rules get changed by the government at very short notice even when the group is already in Kashmir.
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