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Journey to the sacred land of Lord Krishna

Journey to the sacred land of Lord Krishna

€1300 per person

This 10-day pilgrimage plunges us into the heart of Hindu mythology.  All along the tour, we will follow the different locations that mark the life of Lord Krishna, the dark-faced god. Hindus regard him as the eighth avatar of the Lord Vishnu.  He is one of the most popular deities of the Hindu pantheon and the story of his life has influenced in many ways the culture of India, not only at the spiritual level, but also in Indian art: traditional painting is largely devoted to him, but also Indian classical dance as well as music and poetry.  Krishna has many faces: he is the symbol of pure love, wisdom and joy, but he is above all the hero of the Bhagavad Gita’s epic and, as such, he is considered a leader and a spiritual master by his faithful.

 

We will begin this mystic journey in the land of Krishna by visiting Mathura and the temple ‘Krishna Janma Bhoomi’ where, according to mythology, Lord Krishna was born.  We will then head to Gokul,  the ‘Nanda Yashoda Bhavan’, which is the home of Nanda, Krishna’s adoptive father.  This is where, according to legend, Krishna was secretly taken away by Nanda while his parents were imprisoned by King Kamsa.  He would have spent his early childhood in Gokul and Nand Gaon.  We will also visit Barsana, city of Radha, the beloved of Krishna and Govardhan where Krishna would have lifted Mount Govardhan on his one little finger to save the people from a deluge.

 

And as we will not be far from Agra, we will end this trip by visiting the famous Taj Mahal.

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Day 1

Delhi - Vrindavan

Namaste! We warmly welcome you at the Delhi airport and we take the direction of Vrindavan. Arrival in the evening. You will stay in the same hotel in Vrindavan during the whole journey on the land of Krishna. We explore the neighbouring villages and towns from there. Overnight in Vrindavan.
Day 2

Vrindavan - Mathura - Gokul - Vrindavan

This journey in the land of Lord Krishna begins with the visit of Mathura, a major Hindu pilgrimage site. We will first go to the temple 'Krishna Janma Bhoomi' where, according to mythology, Lord Krishna was born. After that we will drive to the city centre and visit the Dwarkadhish Temple and then we will stroll through the streets of Mathura adorned with colourful facades. In the afternoon, we will visit the archaeological museum of the city, which houses beautiful Buddhist sculptures dating from the 3rd century BC. We will then make a small detour through Gokul and enter the house of Nanda, the adoptive father of Krishna and, at sunset, sitting on the ghats of Vishram in Mathura, we will attend the arati, the flame offering made to the Yamuna River. It is said that the Vishram ghat is the place where Krishna bathed after his battle with the King Kamsa. Overnight in Vrindavan.
Day 3

Vrindavan - Govardhan - Deeg - Vrindavan

30 km from Vrindavan stands the mythical hill of Govardhan, a high pilgrimage place for Hindus because for them the hill and Lord Krishna are one. There are about 70 holy places in Govardhan, we will visit the most important ones: Radha kund and Shyama kund: the two sacred ponds of Krishna and Radha, Mansi Ganga Kund, the Daan Ghati temple and the Kusum Sarovar, a place where, according to legend, the gopis came to pick up flowers for Krishna. It was King Jawahir Singh who gave it, in 1764, its present form, with pavilions of Rajput style. Overnight in Vrindavan.
Day 4

Vrindavan - Barsana - Nand Gaon - Vrindavan

On the morning, we will leave for Barsana, a peaceful small town and an important pilgrimage centre for Hindus. It seems still to resonate with the divine love between Radha and Lord Krishna. The “temple of the beloved”, built like a Rajput palace, stands majestically on Bhanugarh hill. After visiting this temple, we will head to Nand Gaon, which was the home of Nanda, Krishna's adoptive father, after moving from Gokul. Krishna would have lived in this village from the age of 7 to 10 years with his adoptive parents. Return to Vrindavan. In the evening, we will attend kirtans (devotional songs) in the ISKCON temple. Overnight in Vrindavan.
Day 5

Visit of Vrindavan

We will end this journey to Krishna's land with the visit of Vrindavan where Krishna would have spent part of his youth. Over 500,000 Hindu worshippers come to Vrindavan each year. They come to bathe in the atmosphere of the place and dance to the rhythm of the dark-faced Lord Krishna. We will start the visit of Vrindavan with its most sacred temple: Bankey Bihari, where Krishna is represented at the stage of childhood. We will then go to Madan Mohan, one of the oldest temples in the city. In the afternoon, we will stroll through the garden of Sewa Kunj where it is said that Radha and Krishna come each night to dance with the gopis, who turn into bushes in the daytime. The bushes bend their branches low, showing their respect for the divine couple. In the evening, we will go to the Prem Mandir, a gigantic temple built of white Italian marble telling the story of Lord Krishna. During the night, it changes colour once a minute. Overnight in Vrindavan.
Day 6

Vrindavan - Agra (Taj Mahal)

Before leaving for Agra, city of the famous Taj Mahal, we will sit on the Keshi ghat where the devotees perform their ritual ablutions. the steps rise majestically from the Yamuna to the palatial buildings behind. It is said to be the place where Lord Krishna killed the demon horse Keshi sent by King Kamsa. Departure for Agra. Arrival in Agra in the afternoon, check in at the hotel. Overnight in Agra.
Day 7

Agra and the legendary Taj Mahal

We wake up very early and walk towards the Taj Mahal where we will attend the sunrise on the right side of the monument. A pure delight for the eyes. After that, we will visit different places of interest in the city: the Agra fort, the Chini-Ka-Rauza and the mausoleum of Akbar. In the evening we will go to the garden of Mehtab (behind the Taj Majal) to watch the sunset on the majestuous monument. Overnight in Agra.
Day 8

Agra - Delhi

We leave for Delhi, end of the trip. Looking forward to meeting you again. Namaste.
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