Experience and embrace the magic, beauty and mysticism of India as we travel on our Sacred Spiritual Journey that will take you to some of India’s most magnificent temples, and holy sites. This one-of-a-kind spiritual group tour of India is a magical experience of sacredness to Delhi, Agra, Kanchipuram, Chennai, Kanchipuram, Tiruvannamalai, Annamalai, Chidambara, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur, Trichy, Madurai, Coimbatore, Coonoor, Ooty and much more.
India has been a sacred place of pilgrimage for thousands of years. It is the home to many religions and spiritual practices, such as Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Yoga.
SACRED TRAVEL INDIA
Allow yourself to immerse into this mystical spiritual adventure to Delhi, Taj Mahal and Southern India. Explore ancient and modern cities, ashrams, temples, fire temples, colorful bazaars, sacred mountains on this unparalleled and transcendent Sacred Mystical journey!
“Are there not many holy places on this Earth?
Yet which of them would equal in the balance to one speck of the Kashi’s dust?
Are there not many rivers running to the sea?
Yet which of them is like the River of Heaven in the Kashi?
Are there not many fields of liberation on Earth?
Yet not one equals the smallest part of the city never forsaken by Shiva.
The Ganges, Shiva and Kashi: Where the Trinity is watchful,
no wonder here is found the grace that leads one on to perfect bliss.”
Just to the south of the walled city of Agra, lies the magnificent Mausoleum of Mumtaz Mahal, the third wife of Emperor Shah Jahan. So beloved by him, his unrelenting grief inspired the construction of one of the 7 Wonders of the World. The very words “Taj Mahal” mean ‘breath of magic, devotion, and the force of love’. It is indeed one of the most beautiful buildings on Earth.
We will greet it in the morning as the sun lights up the beguiling white marble and delicately inlaid stones which make this “Crown of Palaces'' the height of Mughal architecture. Elegant calligraphy inscribed passages from the Qur’an are found throughout the complex. Domes of marble reach to the sky in perfect symmetry, inlays of jasper, black marble, and herringbone tile cover the floors with delicately and dizzyingly complex decorations.
Shah Jahan himself said of the Taj:
“Should guilty seek asylum here,
Like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin.
Should a sinner make his way to this mansion,
All his past sins are to be washed away.
The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs;
And the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes.
In this world this edifice has been made;
To display thereby the creator’s glory.”
Mystic, Author and Spiritual Guide: Finbarr Ross Author of Sacred Mystical Journey – A Life Journey from Tragedy to Triumph, will take you on a journey of awakening and ascension, one which will shift your consciousness through The Golden Flame of Illumination, meditations and ceremonies on this unique spiritual journey to India. Finbarr shares a deep connection to the holy sites of India where he has been leading tours since 2002. He is connected to the energy centers of the land and its holy temples. Finbarr will lead the group in deep meditations, rituals and ceremonies designed to open to the fullness of the experience as we feed our souls on this sacred journey. For this is indeed, a healing journey.
After completing all the formalities at Delhi Airport you will be met by our representative with a traditional welcome. You will then be escorted to your hotel, check-in and rest before exploring India’s ancient and modern cities, ashrams, temples, fire temples, colorful bazaars. Let your true SACRED MYSTICAL JOURNEY begin! At 6.00 p.m. we will gather for a ‘Meet and Greet’ along with a delectable Welcome Dinner.
Delhi; the capital city of India is a city of contrasts. One of the oldest and most progressive, she combines a unique blend and ambience of the ancient and the modern. We will spend 3 nights in Delhi. (D)
After breakfast we journey to experience and participate in The AGNIHOTRA Ritual ---“A sacred healing FIRE from the ancient science of Ayurveda”. A process of purifying the atmosphere through a specially prepared FIRE. The beneficial effects reduce stress, improve overall health and give one increased energy. Upon completion of the ritual we will visit the magnificent AKSHARDHAM TEMPLE. This temple complex displays millennia of Indian tradition and modern Hindu culture, spirituality, and architecture. This stunning spread of a hundred acres is entirely constructed from pink stone from Rajasthan and marble from Italy, intricately carved with flora and fauna, dancers, musicians and deities, numbering 20,000 with 234 intricately carved columns.After lunch we will visit the famous SIKH TEMPLE known as SHRI BANGALA SAHIB. It is associated with the eighth SIKH GURU, GURU HAR KRISHAN. The complex includes a sweeping holy pond and a kitchen or Langar Hall, (community kitchen) where 60,000-100,000 people regardless of race or religion come to be served a meal together every single day. We end our tour with a visit to the Kashmir House to see the artistic and historic process of hand knotted carpets still performed today. (BLD)
DAY TRIP TO AGRA - We board the Gatimaan Express executive air conditioned chair car, departing at 08:10 hours and arriving 09:50 hours. We visit the TAJ MAHAL which stands on the right bank of the River Jumna. Regarded as one of the Wonders of the World, it’s synonymous not only with India but known the whole world over. Many poets in India compare the beautiful monuments to a song written in stone and the Taj to a poem composed in white marble. To immortalize his passionate devotion to his bereaved consort and to build over her grave a mausoleum of matchless beauty, Shah Jahan summoned expert architects not only from India, but from far off countries such as Turkey, Persia and Arabia. Twenty thousand people were involved in the construction of this matchless and exquisite monument. Today, the main industry in Agra is based on marble carving which is exported all over the world.
After lunch we will visit the marble in-lay work mostly done by families whose ancestors were from the time of Shah Jahan. Later we will board our train back to Delhi. Departing at 17:40 hours and reaching Delhi at 19:30 hours. Overnight in Delhi. (BLD)
This morning we fly from Delhi to Chennai. Formerly known as Madras, it is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu and is India’s fifth largest city, located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. Chennai boasts of a long history from the East India Company through British rule.
This afternoon we visit the ST. THOMAS CATHEDRAL. According to the written records, Christianity was introduced to the Indian subcontinent by THOMAS THE APOSTLE in 52 AD. We will visit the ancient Church which is a holy place of international prominence, historical eminence and religious glory. A most profound tourist attraction. Preserving its glorious antiquity, this five century old shrine has been renovated and restored in recent times.
Late afternoon we will be visiting the Kapaleeswarar Temple. The prime idol is of Lord Shiva in the form of Lingam. Built in the 7th century by the Pallavas, this divine Temple is said to be one of the oldest Temples in Tamil Nadu. The Temple contains inscriptions dating back to the 13th century AD and is a masterpiece of Dravidian architecture. The magnificent 140 ft. tall Gopuram depicts intricate carvings of tales from Hindu mythology. We will have an opportunity to mingle with the devotees and observe the various rituals of Hinduism. Overnight in Chennai (BLD)
This morning we travel to experience the holy city of Kanchipuram.
Kanchipuram is known for its Temple architecture, 1,000 pillared halls, huge Temple towers and silk saree. Kanchipuram has been ruled by the Pallavas, the Cholas and the Pandays; later the British. The city was known as a center of education and was known as Ghatikasthana or the ‘Place of Learning’. The city was also a religious center of advanced education for Jainism and Buddhism between the 1st and 5th centuries.
The city houses the Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Kamakshi Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple which are some of the foremost temples associated with the 108 Holy Temples of Lord Vishnu. Overnight in Kanchipuram. (BLD)
This morning we drive to TIRUVANNAMALAI— A Temple city synonymous with the fifth Hindu Element of Fire, it ranks as one of the five holiest towns of Tamil Nadu. The name means “Red Mountain” which refers to Mt. Arunachala and its “unearthly” crimson color in the dawn light which is stunning to behold. Mythology identifies the mountain as the place where Shiva asserted his power over Brahma and Vishnu by manifesting himself as a ‘Lingham of Fire’ or Agnihotra. The event is commemorated annually at the Nov/ Dec Full Moon Karthigai Festival and is known as the “Pradakshina” (most auspicious of the monthly full moon circumambulations of the Mountain). The town is filled with shrines, sacred tanks, ashrams and paved pilgrim paths scattered around the mountain. The main focus is undoubtedly the vast Arunachaleshwara Temple. “Temple of Eternal Sunrise”. Over 1,000 years in the building, this enormous complex consists of three concentric courtyards. Here Sri Ramana sat in a state of Supreme Awareness while ants devoured his flesh. Later in the afternoon we climb up the hill and visit the cave where Sri Ramana Maharishi spent some days. Here we spend 3 nights. (BLD)
Early this morning we visit the Annamalaiyar Temple. This complex expands over an area of 25 acres. It houses four gateway towers known as Gopurams. The tallest is the eastern tower with 11 stories and a height of 217 feet, making it one of the tallest temple towers in India. The temple complex houses many halls. The most notable is the thousand pillared hall. Next, we will visit the Ramana Maharishi Ashram and spend some time in ‘quiet’ and meditation. Later we return to our hotel. (BLD)
Trichy or also called Tiruchirapalli. The recorded history of Trichy begins in the 3rd century BC when it was under the rule of the Cholas, and later ruled by different dynasties, including Pallavas, Pandyas, Vijayanagar Empire, Nayak Dynasty and the British. It is famous for The Ranganathaswamy Temple, dedicated to the reclining form of Hindu God Vishnu and is also the largest functioning Temple in the World. This city also played a critical role in the Carnatic Wars (1746 – 1763) between the British and the French.
The Presence of a large number of energy equipment manufacturing units in and around the city has earned it the title of ‘Energy Equipment and Fabrication Capital of India’. After breakfast we check out and travel to enjoy the myriad of Temples. Later in the afternoon we drive for about 3 hours to beautiful Madurai. (BLD)
MADURAI. This is the longest living city in the World and a major city in the State of Tamil Nadu. Located on the banks of River Vaigai, Madurai has been a major settlement for two millennia and has a documented history of more than 2,500 years. Madurai is one of the many Temple towns which was built around the Meenakshi Amman Temple. This Hindu Temple is located on the south side of the Vaigai River. It is dedicated to Meenakshi and her consort, Sundareswarar. The complex houses 14 gopurams or towers ranging from 148 to 164 feet in height. The tallest being 170 feet. There are also two golden sculptured Vimana,(Shrines) over the sanctum of the main deities.
The Temple is a significant symbol for Tamils and has been mentioned since antiquity in Tamil literature. The present structure was built between 1623 and 1655 CE. Today the Temple attracts 15 to 20 thousand pilgrims daily. There are an estimated 33,000 sculptures in the Temple and was in the list of top 30 nominees for the New Seven Wonders of the World. The Temple has a hall of a thousand pillars, a wonderful piece of architecture believed to be built out of a single rock. There are many ancient paintings inside the museum of this Temple. The principal deity is Meenakshi, a form of Goddess Parvati and is carved in emerald hued stone.
After our Temple and city tour we return to the hotel. (BLD)
After breakfast we drive to Coimbatore.
Coimbatore is also called Kovai and is one of the major metropolitan cities in Tamil Nadu. Kovai is the second largest city in Tamil Nadu after Chennai. The largest exporter of jewelry, poultry and auto components, it is also a hub for the textile industry in South India. The City is referred to as the Manchester of South India. It was ranked as the ‘7th Best City in India’ in the Ease of Living Index 2020.
On arrival we check in. Later in the evening we drive around the city to include a visit to the famous Maruthamalai temple
dedicated to Lord Murga, the Son of Lord Siva. (BLD)
After breakfast we check out and drive to Coonoor.
Coonoor is a hill station (Town) in the Southern State of Tamil Nadu. It’s known for its tea estates in the surrounding Nilgiri Hills. At an elevation of 1,850 meters (6,070 feet) above sea level the temperatures drop to a cool 50 to 70 degrees F. Coonoor and Ooty were the summer capitals of the British because of the lovely climate. On arrival we check in. After lunch we proceed to visit the Tea Factory, where we will be shown the original process. Later in the evening we return to our hotel. (BLD)
This morning we visit the famous Mariamman Temple dedicated to Goddess Parvati
and later we drive to Ooty. Ooty is one of the prettiest places in the Western Ghats. With its rolling hills, lush tea plantations, misty realms, shimmering lakes and cool climate it was given the nickname, ‘Queen of Hill Stations’. In addition to being extremely scenic, the hill town is home to several colonial buildings. From Coonoor, the drive is about 40 minutes. Once we reach Ooty we have lunch and later visit the Elk Hill Murugan Temple. Perched atop a small hill and enveloped in immense lushness we reach the 40 ft. stunning statue of Lord Murugan. Along with the sculpture of Lord Murugan the temple also houses those of Goddess Kali, Lord Ganesh and Lord Shiva. Later we drive back to Coonoor and enjoy the rest of the evening to explore. (BLD)
Today we have a free day allowing us a time to integrate, meditate, journal and enjoy the cool weather, spend time at the spa or sip tea watching the mountains. We have the moment to avail ourselves of the lovely hotel, feeling the fond memories of this wonderful tour. (BLD)
This morning after breakfast we check out and drive to Coimbatore for a couple of hours. On arrival we have lunch and after, head to the airport to board our flight to Delhi; departing at 15.20 hours and arriving at 18.30 hours. On arrival we check in to the hotel to do final packing before departing for the airport and our peace filled journey home with gratitude in our hearts for all we have experienced. (BLD)
If this extension interests you. It is 2 nights in Varanasi and 3 nights in Darjeeling.
Itinerary and prices upon request.
|Tour Price Includes||US Dollars|
|India Tour Fee (Excluding Airfare)||$6,988.00*|
|With Cash/Check Discount||$6,755.00*|
|Single Supplement Rate (additional)||$1,255.00|
|Tips to drivers, guides, hotel and restaurant staff||*$250 person included in price for tips|
All hotel accommodations (18 nights)
All entrance fees to sites
All ground transportation and domestic flights
Full breakfast, lunch and dinner each day as per itinerary
SACRED DESTINATIONS OF INDIA TOUR PRICE DOES *NOT* INCLUDE:
Hotels included in the tour price
Delhi 4 nights HOTEL TAJ VIVANTA or similar
Chennai 1 night HOTEL GRT GRAND or similar
Kanchipuram 1 night HOTEL GRT REGENCY or similar
Tiruvannamalai 3 nights HOTEL STERLING ARUNAI ANANTHA RESORTS or similar
Kumbakonam 1 night HOTEL QUALITY INN VIHA or similar
Thanjavur 1 Night HOTEL GRT RIVER SIDE
Trichy 1 night HOTEL BLOSSOMS or similar
Madurai 2 nights HOTEL GRT REGENCY or similar
Coimbatore 1 night HOTEL RADISSON BLU or similar
Ooty 2 nights HOTEL GEM PARK or similar