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sri krishna janmashtami

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.

Janmastami Utsava in the Coming Years :-
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North india Tour with Janmastami Festival Celeration

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.

03 DELHI – 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.

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.

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.

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 hotel.

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 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 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.

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 river Ganges.

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.

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.

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.


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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