Day 1 – Delhi → Haridwar
Pick up from your accommodation in Delhi.
Morning you will drive to to Haridwar. Haridwar meaning Gateway to God is one of holiest places for Hindus. It is said that during Samudra manthan, drops of Amrit, accidentally spilled in four cities Haridwar Ujjain, Nasik and Allahabad. Kumbha Mela takes place once every 3 years in one of the 4 places where millions of devotees participate to bathe on the banks of the river to wash away their sins and attain Moksha. Har ki Pauri meaning “”the steps of God”” is the place in Haridwar where the drops of Amrit fell. Haridwar is known for its Ashrams. It is said that after death, if the ashes of a person are immersed in the River Ganges, the dead attain Moksha. The rituals are normally done by the family priests.
A family genealogy of Hindus for the past generations is kept by Brahmin Pundits known as Pandas. Hand written registers are passed down over generations by the Panda ancestors classified according to the districts/villages or castes. It is easy to find details of up to seven past generations. The Hindu ancestors who visited Haridwar went to their priests to update the family’s genealogical family tree with details of marriages, births and deaths. If you are a Hindu, on your arrival you will be asked by numerous people about your caste and the place of your ancestors. Once this information is revealed, the word spreads quite fast among the Pandas and immediately you are contacted by your family priest to trace your ancestors. Once your register is found, you could trace your family. You are expected to sign the register after updating it for your future generations to see the authenticated entries.
You have a tour of Haridwar. Here you will meet pilgrims, Sadhus (holy men) coated in cow dung ash, barbers waiting to shave and heads of the pilgrims before their ritual bath. Hanging to the chains in the fast flowing river, the pilgrims, once shaved, blessed and anointed, caste gifts of flowers, sweets and milk into the Ganges.
Transfer to your hotel at Haridwar.
PACKAGE PRICE INCLUDES:
–Activities as listed in the itinerary.
–A/C Vehicle with driver.
–2 bottles of mineral water per person per day in the car.
PACKAGE PRICE EXCLUDES:
–Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.