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Ganga Festival --- Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)

The Ganga Mahotsav is a classial music and dance fest organized in the enchanting backdrop of the religious town of Varanasi and river Ganges . This five-day festival coincides with the sublimely fantastic Dev Deepavali(festival of lights) celebrated with aplomb at Varanasi . The festival has been named Ganga Mahotsav out of respect and devotion for the River Ganges ( Ganga ) which has been for centuries the lifeline of the people and civilization living on its banks. The festival provides music and dance lovers with an opportunity to enjoy spirited performances from celebrated artistes. Some of the laureates who have enthralled connoisseurs here include Ustad Bismillah Khan, Pundit Chhanulal Misra, Girija Devi, Bal Murli Krishnan, Bhimsen Joshi, Birju Maharaj, Amjad Ali Khan, Vilayat Khan, Zila Khan, Sujat Khan and Zakir Hussein. The ghats of Varranasi and banks of Ganges come alive and abright on the occasion of the Kartik Purnima with thousands of diyas (earthen lamps) lit together. This spectacular event is celebrated as a tribute to the great river Ganges and is called the Dev Deepavali. A festival with great fanfare and feasts, Dev Depavali is celebrated on the full moon day of the month of Karthik (also known as Kartik Purnima). It is believed that gods descend on earth on Kartik Purnima. During the festival pilgrims throng the banks of Ganges and local people decorate the entire riverbank with tiny earthern lamps to welcome the gods. The shimmer and flicker of the tiny lamps are elegant and eye candy. The reverent multitude also chant the hymns while the priests hold forth huge and bright lamps.

Offer your tributes to a great river that has nurtured an invaluable civilization while rejoicing in the festivities of Dev Deepavali with Indian Festival Tours .

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Ganga Mahotsav tour

Welcome to India . Meeting and assistance on arrival at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

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.

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 , 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.

Morning after early breakfast departure transfer to the Railway Station to board Shatabdi (0817- 1043 Hrs )to Jhansi . Assistance on arrivalat the railway station transfer to khajuraho Afternoon Half 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 figures. 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.

Morning after breakfast, optional revisit of the Temples . later departure by surface to Allahabad (293 Kms Approx) Upon arrival check in at the hotel .Afternoon 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. Overnight at the hotel.

Morning after breakfast departure by surface to Varanasi . Upon arrival Check in at the hotel.Afternoon excursion 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.

Day 07 VARANASI ( Ganga Mahotsava)
Morning after breakfast 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 . Afternoon visit to the bank of river Ganger for the celebration on Ganga Mahotsav. 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 river Ganges . Later departure transfer to the airport to board flight to Kathmandu . Assistance on arrival at the Kathmandu airport and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free of leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Morning after breakfast, sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city & Swayambunath. Kathmandu is the capital of Hindu Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal , is also known as Kantipur. Tour includes visit to Durbar Square , Hanuman Dhoka, the ancient royal residential quarter, Mahadev and Parvati Temple , Machender Bahal, holy to both Buddhists and Hindus, and the Temple House of Kumari the Vestal Virgin or the Living Goddess, who acknowledges the greetings of devotees from the balcony of her temple residence. Walk around the local bazaars and visit Singha Durbar. Swayambunath, which is said to be 2000 years old. The stupa, which forms the main structure, is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper guilt. Painted on the four-sided base on the spire are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. The whole area round the stupa is an array of small stupas and temples. Afternoon excursion to Patan, an old Newar city includes the historic Durbar Square , the Golden Gate , the sky piercing Temple of Teleju , the statue of Yogendra Malla and the old windows and carved balconies of wood, curio shops and bazaars. Return via the Tibetan Handicrafts and Refugee Center . Overnight at the hotel.

Morning after breakfast sightseeing tour of Bhadgaon, Bodhnath & Pashupatinath. Bodhnath , the colossal Stupa is one of the largest in the world. This stupa has the all seeing-eyes of the Buddha by king Mana Deva in expiation of his sins of the advice inset with prayer wheels. Pashupatinath Temple , one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva situated on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River . The temple is built in Pagoda style and has gilted roof & richly carved silver door. Bhaktapur (also known as Bhadgaon) is the home of medieval art & architecture. Bhaktapur was founded
in the 09th century and is shaped like a conch shell. The city is at a height of 4600 ft above sea level. Visit the Durbar Square with its array of temples overlooked by the Palace of 55 windows built by King Bhupindra Malla and The Nyatapola Temple. Overnight at the hotel.

Morning after breakfast departure transfer to the internationl Airport to board flight back to home flight back home with the sweet memories of your enchanting holiday with Indian Festival Tours. Overnight at the hotel.


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

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