13 Day Ramayana Trail of India

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The Ramayana is the epic that has influenced generations, cultures, history and the way Indian culture has shaped up. It is a tale of how good wins over evil and about the codes of conduct on how to respect women. The epic traverses all over India and into Sri Lanka. This is a tour all over the regions following the footsteps of Lord Rama.

 

Eventually, Hindus followed the impulse that had appeared among the Sumerians: they wrote poetic stories that focused on the power of the gods. These stories were written to create ideals for people to follow. The better known of these are poems called the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Ramayana translates as the Story of Rama. It is believed to have been written by a Brahmin named Valmiki, a man whose style of poetry was new and a style to be copied thereafter. It is said to have appeared between 400 and 200 BCE. The story takes place centuries earlier, when Aryans were expanding their influence over Dravidians in southern India, the Aryans engaging in missionary endeavours supported by military power and a strategy of divide and conquer. In its seven books and 24,000 verses, the Ramayana praises the heroism and virtues of Aryan warrior-princes: the Kshatriyas. The Ramayana has as its main hero a prince called Rama, whose life the Ramayana describes from birth to death. Rama and his brothers are depicted as embodying the ideals of Aryan culture: men of loyalty and honor, faithful and dutiful sons, affectionate brothers and loving husbands, men who speak the truth, who are stern, who persevere but are ready and willing to make sacrifices for the sake of virtue against the evils of greed, lust and deceit.



HIGHLIGHTS

  • A history to behold, an epic to follow!

 

  • Follow in the footsteps of the Indian Achilles, Lord Rama

 

  • Find peace at all the centres and let your soul rejuvenate!

 

  • Explore the birthplace of Lord Rama which is Ayodhya.

 

  • Visit Agnitheertham that is said to cleanse all sins

 

  • Museums that will show you Indian history all for the history and literature enthusiast.

Day by Day plan

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  • Day 1: Arrival in Delhi

    Our representative will pick you up from the airport and take you to the hotel for refreshing.

     

    The city is a mix of the old and the new, with lassi from the narrow alleyways of Delhi to the rich cultural heritage of the city as seen from its magnificent monuments, Delhi will leave you spellbound with its influence from all the empires that have fallen and gained the throne of Delhi through decades. the cafes, bakeries, and glass spires represent the new age.

     

    The afternoon will be spent enjoying the Spice Market tour.

     

    There is history in the nooks and corners of all the narrow alleyways of Old Delhi, which date back to the Mughal era. On this tour, you will discover the magical world of Oriental spices with a guided tour with a local chef who will not only describe the spices but also teach you secret Indian recipes and their usage in them.

     

    Overnight stay will be at Delhi.

     

  • Day 2: New Delhi - Allahabad

    After breakfast drive to the airport to catch a flight to Allahabad.

     

    Our representative will check you into the hotel. In the afternoon visit Prayag which is the confluence area of the mighty rivers Ganga and Yamuna and the home of Rishi Bharadwaj where Lord Rama spent his days with Sita.

     

    Afterward, visit the market and Allahabad city and return to the hotel for Dinner and overnight stay.

     

  • Day 3: Allahabad to Ayodhya

    After breakfast, drive to Ayodhya to visit the Hanuman Garhi, Swarg Swar, Treta KeThaku and other temples dedicated to Lord Rama and return to the hotel by evening for Dinner and overnight stay.

     

  • Day 4: Allahabad to Chitrakoot

    After breakfast, day tour to Chitrakoot will begin with a visit to the Ram Ghat, Bharat Milap Temple, Gupta Godavari cave and Spatik Shila which are all dedicated to Lord Rama.

     

    Overnight stay at Allahabad.

     

  • Day 5: Allahabad - Mumbai

    After breakfast, the rest of the day is free to relax.

     

    After an early Lunch, proceed to Allahabad Airport to catch a flight to Mumbai.

     

    Arrive and transfer to the hotel for Dinner and overnight stay in Mumbai.

     

  • Day 6: Mumbai - Nashik

    After breakfast, proceed to Nasik. After reaching check in at the hotel to refresh and proceed for local sightseeing of Panchvati, Kalaram Mandir, Sita Gumpha, Goraram Mandir and Ram Kund.

     

    Overnight stay at Nashik.

     

  • Day 7: Mumbai – Bangalore

    After breakfast, proceed to Mumbai via road.

     

    En route there will be a 2hr tour of the famous vineyard. Catch a flight to Bangalore in the evening.

     

    Overnight stay in Bangalore.

     

  • Day 8: Bangalore – Hampi

    After shopping at the local markets of Bangalore, and an early lunch, the 8-hour drive to Hampi will begin.

     

    Overnight at Hampi. 

     

  • Day 9: Exploring Hampi

    After breakfast, visit the important centres, monuments and temples, mostly on foot and return by evening to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay in Hampi.

     

  • Day 10: Hampi - Bangalore

    After breakfast, drive to Bangalore.

     

    Overnight at Bangalore.

     

  • Day 11: Bangalore – Madurai

    After breakfast, drive to the airport to catch a flight to Madurai.

     

    After breakfast, you will be taken on a tour of the temple town of Madurai.

     

    Thousand Pillar Museum: It is located inside the temple premises and has a plethora of different collections and artifacts to see.

     

    The spacious Gandhi Memorial Museum is just what the name suggests. It is a moving account of the history of the Indian freedom struggle, focusing mainly on Mahatma Gandhi and his principles of ahimsa (non-violence) and Satyagraha and his search for truth.

     

    Located a few minutes away from Madurai, the Vishnu Temple is one of the most important and beautiful temples of South India and is unique in the layout of its three altars, arranged as they are one on top of one another. Each altar shows Lord Vishnu in a different position. The seated Vishnu on the middle altar, 'Koodal Alagar', is the main deity of the temple. The temple’s exterior is a breathtaking sight with carvings of all the celestial figures in Hindu mythology and the special Dravidian style of stone etchings with its minute attention to fine detail.

     

    Built by King Thirumalai Nayak in 1636, the regal Thirumalai Nayak Palace fell to ruin after the king's demise and was restored only partially by the British. However, the present day structure still portrays the magnificent beauty of what the structure was once upon a time. Look out for the intricate stucco work on its arches and pillars and the astonishing Sorgavilasam or Celestial Pavilion, a 1300 square meter free-standing structure, unsupported by any pillar or girder.

     

    The giant Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam reservoir is fed by a Vaigai River through an invisible maze of underground channels. During Teppam (The Float Festival), hundreds of boats crammed with devotees, crowd the reservoir in a race to reach the temple at its center.

     

    Thirupparankundram: located south of Madurai at a distance of 11 Km is the celebrated cave to Lord Subramanian (Lord Siva’s son). He is said to have married Devayana, daughter of Indra, in this place and performed several of his miracles. The 8th Century Pandyas Rock cut Cave is also here to be visited where you will get storytelling by local guides.

     

    Overnight stay will be at Madurai.

     

  • Day 12: Madurai to Rameshwaram

    After breakfast, day tour to Rameshwaram, visit the site where Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva, also a sacred spot of now-famous Ramanathaswamy Temple.

     

    Visit Agnitheertham, believed to cleanse all sins. Return to Madurai for Dinner and overnight stay.

     

  • Day 13: Departure

    After breakfast drive to Madurai airport to catch the flight back home carrying fond memories of the Tour.

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