shivrati

Duration - 11 Nights / 12 Days
Places to see : Delhi – Lucknow – Ayodhya – Varanasi – Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Mathura

Introduction
The most important and significant festival of Khajuraho is ‘the night of Lord Shiva’ or Shivratri. The festival is also known as Maha Shivratri. The festival of Shivratri marks the marriage of Lord Shiva with Parvati, the daughter of the Himalayas. Khajuraho observes this puja and the festival followed by a grand celebration.

Description
The Maha Shivratri Festival held in Khajuraho is an elaborate one. The 2.5 meters high Lingam of the Kandariya Mahadeo Temple is dressed up as a bridegroom, with white and saffron dhotis, and surmounted by an enormous conical, silver paper crown. The ceremony is carried on throughout the night and it is performed by the chief priest’s son who embrocates the lingam with water collected from the holy rivers of India. The chanting of anthems continues throughout the night, until the Brahmins stand up to throw ‘bel’ leaves and flower petals over the lingam. This indicates that the wedding is complete. The floodlighted temples of Khajuraho provide the ideal setting to the festival.

A startling 7 days Khajuraho Dance Festival is held during this occasion of Shivratri on an open-air auditorium. The best classical dancers are seen performing in the festival.
Time of Celebration
The festival of Maha Shivratri is held on the 13th or 14th day of the month of Phalguna, that is, February-March of the Indian Calendar. During this time of the year the weather throughout India remains pleasant. The duration of the Maha Shivratri puja is 1 day and 1 night.

Day 01 :
Arrive Delhi
Welcome in India. Garlanding at airport meeting, assistance and transfer to hotel overnight stay at hotel

Day 02 : In Delhi
After breakfast full day sightseeing of Old and New Delhi Includes – India gate, rashtrapati bhawan, parliament house, birla mandir , laxmi narayan temple, raj ghat, red fort, Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03 : Delhi / Lucknow by Shatabdi Train
Morning transfer to railway station to board train for Lucknow. Upon arrival at Lucknow railway meeting, assistance and transfer to hotel Afternoon sightseeing tour of Lucknow Includes – THE CITY OF NAWABAS Famous for it’s IMAMBARAS and Chicken Embroidery Work. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 04 : Lucknow / Ayodhya 130 Kms 03 Hrs
After breakfast drive to Ayodhya the birthplace of LORD RAMA. Upon arrival check in at hotel Afternoon sightseeing tour of Ayodhya Includes – RAMA TEMPLE,   SITE TEMPLES, HANUMAN GARHI. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 05 : Ayodhya / Varanasi 160 Kms 04 Hrs
After breakfast drive to Varanasi THE CITY OF SHIVA. Upon arrival check in at hotel

Day 06 : In Varanasi
After breakfast full day join MAHASHIVRATRI CELEBRATIONS, Enjoying SHIVA WEDDING PROCESSION. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 07 : Varanasi / Delhi By Over Night Train
Departure transfer to railway station to board train for Delhi. Overnight stay at train.

Day 08 : Arrive Delhi
Morning upon arrival at railway station, meeting assistance and transfer to hotel rest of day free at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 09 : Delhi / Jaipur 260 Kms 05 Hrs.
After breakfast drive to Jaipur. The PINK CITY, en-route of AMBER FORT. Upon arrival check in at hotel Afternoon sightseeing of Jaipur Includes – HAWA MAHAL, JANTER MANTER. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10 : Jaipur / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra by surface
After breakfast drive to Agra en-route visiting FATEHPUR SIKRI, the GHOST CITY. Upon arrival check in at hotel Afternoon sightseeing of Agra includes – TAJ MAHAL , AGRA FORT. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 11 : Agra / Mathura 50 Kms
Morning drive to Mathura, the birth place of LORD KRISHNA. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon visit goverdhan, barsana / bindravan. Evening krishna aarti at iscon temple. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 12 : Mathura / Delhi 150 Kms
Morning drive to Delhi. Upon arrival transfer to airport to boar flight for MUMBAI.