Durga Puja Festival

Varanasi Khajuraho Bandhavgarh Orchha 15 Días 14 Noches

Descubra el festival de Durgá Puyá, celebración hinduista en honor a la diosa Durga entre los meses de septiembre y octubre. Viaja al noroeste de la India para mezclarte con su gente y sus costumbres.

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Lights, colors , entertainment , art, food , fashion and love! An experience that evokes the magic that surrounds Calcutta during the four-day Durga Pooja celebration to worship Durga, the Hindu goddess.

Day 1 Calcuta

India_Durga-Puya Arrival in the evening to the city of Calcutta. After passing immigration our representative will be waiting to take you to your hotel. Discover the soul of Calcutta, the largest city in India, and indeed one of the largest in the world. Created as a British shopping center in the XVII century , the city grew rapidly , and soon acquired its own identity. His glory is reflected in the buildings and streets as Chowringhee and Clive Jawaharlal Nehru Road or Netaji Subhash highway. It is a city that leaves no one indifferent , it’s fascinating , vibrant , full of life and culture. The impact can be a shock at first , rickshaws , cars, trucks painted garish colors , trolley buses, the screamig of the street vendors, laborers hard at work building the great metro station , noise and color huge market , the bustle of the crowd … But soon these prints away. The center of Calcutta is the best point to contemplate the green gardens of the Maidan , 3 square kilometers of parkland where the early hours of the morning attending residents of the city to make your yoga for relaxation of tensions urban life.

Day 2 Calcuta
Arrival and transfer to hotel. Time to rest and departure to visit the city of Calcutta . Departure to visit the flower market before crossing the Howrah Bridge [the busiest bridge in the world, Guiness world record]. Stop to explore the Howrah station -the second oldest in India. Departure to the old Calcutta with the local ferry to visit Kumartully [Colony manufacturers artisans religious idols]. Continue by car to visit one of the interesting local markets of fruits, vegetables and fish of North Calcutta. Know the local metro and then walking the street you will come to St Collegue to discover the delights of the famous book gallary.During the tour will pass through the street of music will end the day with a coffee in the oldest and most famous café of Calcutta. This cafe also serves Chinese food and other snacks. In the afternoon, depart by car or rickshaw to Nakoda Mosque, the largest in Calcutta. Walk to enjoy the interesting Muslim area of the city. Visit the largest fruit market up for daily operations. Continued interesting walk through the narrow streets close to the famous Bura Bazaar to see the different products for sale. Drive to the river to enjoy a boat ride on the spectacular sunset over the river Hugli. The day ends with a visit to the native families preparing for Durga Pooja festival right now. Lights, colors , entertainment , art, food , fashion and love! An experience that evokes the magic that surrounds Calcutta during the four-day Durga Pooja celebration to worship Durga, the Hindu goddess . The entire city becomes an open art gallery and thrives effervescent collective energy and fun of 50 million people . The largest carnival in the world in terms of number of participants. These days the city is celebrated the festival Durga Pooja. Durga, the godess and consort of Shiva symbolizes the vital feminine energy. She is not only venerated but loved by Bengali people. According to local legends these four days make the annual visit of the goddess to her parents’ home in Calcutta from her husband ‘s abode on Mount Kailash.
Day 3 Calcuta. Durga Purja Festival
After breakfast leave for Dakshineswar Kali Temple, where you can see several temples with different material architecture ceilings (chaalaa) within a single complex, it is a very special and different structure. Also visit other areas of the city as Dalhousie Square where there are numerous colonial buildings. Vehicle will visit Fort William, may see Victoria Memorial outside (closed due to the holidays), St. Paul ‘s Cathedral and will end the tour at Pooja ‘s Pandals. Today is the last day of the celebration of the 4 days Pooja , so you can not allow to miss the atmosphere in a Pandal Pooja to see the Sindoor Khelaa ( sindoor = vermilion powder , to = to play with ) , a ritual exclusive of women apply a vermillion powder to each other . Sindoor symbolizes the feminine power of Bengal. If you are enthusiastic enough can then join the procession with giant idols will be immersed in the Ganges River , this is what is called the return of Durga to her ancestors mother. Keep in mind the fact that it could not make an idol of Durga without sludge Ganges river and finally full immersion the circle of life.
Departure by car to the airport for your flight to Varanasi. Formerly known as Kashi, then Benares and now Varanasi, is an important cultural center. His rich brocades, (most notably the Banarasi Sarees), vintage silk, the tradition of yoga and classical music combine to make a varied experience of Varanasi. Later in the evening will give a boat ride to see the sunset from the Ganges Ghats, the old palace, the cremation and witness the magical ceremony Aarty when it’s dark.
Miradas_Varanasi2 Early in the morning take boat again in the Ganges river to experience life in the morning. Every morning hundreds of devotees can be seen bathing in the holy water, cremations taking place in the ghats, some people practicing yoga, sailing fishermen on their boats, is the lively city of Varanasi. Varanasi is the oldest city in India. An important Hindu pilgrimage center, it is believed that those who die in Varanasi will be released in the cycle of rebirth. Hindus still come to Varanasi to spend their last days, living in municipalities run by religious associations. The focus of interest to the visitor is the sacred River Ganges. In the series of steps leading to it, people come to wash away their sins by bathing in the river, the dead are cremated and holy men meditate. The narrow streets of the city are crowded with bazares. In the afternoon visit to Sarnath, the most sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhists in the world. The belief that it was in this place where Buddha where he made ​​his first sermon to his disciples.
DAY 6 VARANASI – KHAJURAHO (45 mins. flight)
After breakfast, flight to Khajuraho. Arrival and transfer to hotel, tour to see the largest group of Hindu and Jains medieval temples  of India, some of the most spectacular in the country. They are a jewel of the area and are a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, built between the X and XI centuries by the Chandelas, are characterized by the carvings and erotic sculptures. Overnight at Khajuraho.
Breakfast. Departure drive to Bandhavgarh, arrival and transfer to hotel. Accommodation in Bandhavgarh.
Early morning departure for safari through the National Park that was originally private hunting reserve of the Maharaja of Rewa and now with an area of ​​448 km2 save species like tigers, leopards, sloth bears, deer, wild boar and many species birds like green pigeons, crest serpent eagles, vultures, among others. The park also has a strong 2,000 years old, and a cave shrine. Return to hotel. Breakfast. Free time. Brunch. In the afternoon, return to the reservation to visit Bandhavgarh. Accommodation in Bandhavgarh.
Departure in the morning and evening in Chattarpur. And tour for the colorful markets. Night at Chattarpur.
Day 10: CHATTARPUR – ORCHHA- AGRA (by  shatabdi train express 2:30 hrs aprox.)
After breakfast, we drive to Orchha by car. Arrive Orchha. We’ll have a guided city tour of Orchha. We’ll see the Orchha fort built in the XVI century. Later, out on the morning train to Jhansi station. Arrival and transfer by car to Agra. Accommodation in Agra.
AGRA 005 After breakfast visit to the Taj Mahal, the most beautiful monument built for love.  And in the afternoon Agra Fort. Later, drive to Jaipur by road 232 km / 3.4 hrs. Overnight at Jaipur.
Day 12: JAIPUR
Holi_Lago After breakfast visit : AMBER: Amber Fort 11 kms . from Jaipur, is the classic Rajasthani fort . It was built by Man Singh I in 1592 , and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. A beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles in its ultimate expression . To reach the fort on elephant back ride . CITY PALACE: A mix of Mughal style (Mughal or Mongol) and traditional Rajasthani architecture. The City Palace contains the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Temple and the Palace Museum in the city. Jantar Mantar: The largest and best preserved observatory built by Jai 5 Singh I in different parts of the city. HAWA MAHAL: The ornamental facade of the “Palace of Winds” is already a symbol of Jaipur. A structure of sandstone plastered pink with elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 small windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, was a royal grandstand for the palace women where they could see without being seen. Overnight at Jaipur.
Day 13: JAIPUR – DELHI ( 6 hrs)
Arrival in Delhi and afternoon free for shopping. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 14: DELHI
After breakfast sightseeing tour of the city including, Qutub Minar, India Gate, Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk between others. Free afternoon to visit the colorful markets.
Return flight.
  • 16 nights accommodation in a double room in the hotels mentioned ..
  • Full board
  • Meals at selected hotels and lodging . The lunch will be held at local restaurants of cities to visit or during road trip .
  • Tours and transfers or vehicles with AC
  • Spanish speaking Tour guide to the outlet in Varanasi.
  • Jeep safaris or Bhandhavgarh National Park.
  • Boating or Varanasi with music
  • Current Rates
  • Domestic air tickets.
  • International air tickets, airport taxes .
  • Drinks during meals.
  • Tickets for cameras or video cameras in some sights.
  • Tips to local guides or drivers.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, medical bills.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Any other service not mentioned in the inclusions.
    • P.V.P since 1850 € *
    • Group trip starts September 30, 2014
    • Minimum group 6 pax/ Maximum group 10 pax
    • Price per shared room by 2 pax. See single supplement
    • * Excludes international flights. 
    • Check in time at hotels is from 12.00pm. For local currency fluctuation , government taxes or increased fuel reserve the right to adjust the tour price. 

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