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Rural and Heritage Trail of Haryana and Punjab
Duration:          7 Nights / 8 Days
Places Covered: New Delhi, Ballabgarh (Nahar Singh Mahal), Hansi, Hissar, Kurkshetra, Thanesar, Chandigarh, Amritsar.

OVERVIEW:
Haryana has the proud history going back to the Vedic Age it was the home of legendary Bharat Dynasty Kurukshetra of Haryana has been immortalized in the great epic Mahabharata which was the scene of battle between Kaurvas and Pandavas. The famous Gita was preached by Lord Krishna in Kurukshetra the holy land and the Mahabharata was written by Ved Vyas on the Saraswati River’s banks in Haryana. Haryana better known as the green Land of India can be divided into two natural areas, the sub Himalayan Terai and the Indo-Gangetic Plain.This itinerary showcase the heritage trails of Haryana along with the most revered places of pilgrimage importance.

Day 01: New Delhi
Upon arrival at the New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport meet and greet at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: New Delhi and Old Delhi (guided combined tour)
After leisure breakfast embark onto for full day guided sightseeing tour of New Delhi and Old Delhi. The Delhi is the perfect blend of ancient past of India with vibration of modern world. The city houses the finest Museums, Historical Buildings, Forts, Palaces, Tombs and Temples. Its ancient name was Indraprastha and was named by Pandavas during 1200 BC subsequently the city was built many times. Your tour start from Qutab Minar-0The tallest free standing minaret, Humayun Tomb-one of the oldest Tomb-both are UNESCO Worild Heritage sites, later visit to Raj Ghat-The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, Jama Masjid The largest Friday Mosque, Red Fort (By Pass) and later visit to AksharDham Temple-the largest temple complex of the world. In the evening also enjoy the films and robotic shows at Akshardham Temple. Return to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: New Delhi-Shelma Farm (Ballabgarh)
Post breakfast we will take you to the lanes of heritage trail of Haryana visit to Nahar Singh Mahal. This fort was built by the forefathers of Jat Raja Nahar Singh around 1739 AD, and after whom Ballabgarh was named, the construction however continued in parts till about 1850. The fort was decorated with minars on its four corners of which only two can be seen now due to age and neglect. The palace holds a Darbar-e-aam (Hall of Public audience) and a Rang Mahal decorated with a beautiful Chhatril. This palace is now managed by the Government of Haryana. Presently, the Mahal (fort) fascinates as an outstanding specimen of architectural design. Kartik Cultural Festival, the main fair held in the month of November, is celebrated at Nahar Singh Mahal. Return to the farmhouse. Later we will take you to the nearest village where you can meet the local dine with them and return to the farm house to spent your night.

Day 04: Ballabgarh -Hansi- Hissar -Kurukshetra (379 kms)
After an early breakfast proceed to Hansi and sightseeing of Asigarh Fort: It is also known as Prithviraj Chauhan' Fort or Prithvi Raj Chauhan Ka Qila and has been declared a centrally protected monument by ASI. The fort was built by Prithviraj Chauhan in 12th century. The fort was again built by George Thomas in 1798 when he carved out his own kingdom consisting of Hisar and Rohtak districts with capital at Hansi. British Indian Army built a cantonment in this fort when George Thomas surrendered to British Raj in 1803. During the revolt of 1857, the cantonment was abandoned and the fort was demolished. The fort is said to be one of the most impregnable forts of ancient India The walls of the fort are 52 feet high and 37 feet thick. At the south end of the fort is a big gate added later by George Thomas.The carvings on the walls assign it to be of Hindu origin. A mosque is also located inside the fort complex which was added after the defeat of Prithviraj Chauhan.
Later continue your drive to reach Hissar-Feroz Shah Palace Complex is located in the city of Hisar in Haryana, India. It was built by Firuz Shah Tughlaq in 1354 AD. The original town of Hisar was a walled settlement inside the fort with four gates, Delhi gate, Mori gate, Nagauri gate and Talaqi gate. The palace consists of a mosque known as Lat ki Masjid. Lat is a sandstone pillar about 20 feet high and was earlier an Ashokan pillar. Underground apartments are also located inside the complex. The place has also a Diwan-e-Aam. Gujri Mahal is another palace located near the palace complex also built by Firoz Shah for his wife Gujri. Its construction was completed in 1356 and stands on a massive rectangular platform. Reach Kurukshetra check in and overnight at Hotel.

Day 05: Kurukshetra-Chandigarh (93 kms)
After breakfast proceed for local sightseeing, covering Brahma Sarovar-this is associated with Lord Brahma the creator of the universe. Sine ancient the places has been regarded as the venue of great purification for Moksha Salvation the Pranas say that if someone takes a bath during solar Eclipse he attains the merits of a thousand Ashwamedha Yagya. Raja Karan Ka Tila: these include relics of Harappan period, painted Grey Ware, a mould for printing of cloth, a double inkpot and a large step-well. Krishan Museum: Situated near Brahma Sarovar and set up by the Kurukshetra Development Board, it is one of the finest museums on the theme of Krishna. It has a collection of wide variety of beautiful sculptures, paintings and other artistic creations relating to the legend of Krishna. Buddhist Monuments: The holy land of Kurukshetra has been a witness to moments events of historical , cultural and religious importance. During Budda's time, the king of Kurus was called Koravya, and his debates with the elder Rattahpala, also a scion of the noble family of Kurus, are emobodied I the Rattahapala Satta ( The Buddhist Taxt) . The famous Buddhist nuns Nanduttrara and Mittakali also belonged to this place. According to Dipavamsa Buddha went to a town of the Kuru region and recerved alms on the bands of Anotatta lake, which he crossed. Also visit to Thanesar: Sightseeing of Sheikh Chilli Tomb, The site of Kurukshetra is synonymous with the Mahabharata war. It is situated south of the now dried-up bed of the river Saraswati. The great Sanskrit poet Banabhatta, in his Harshcharita has also described the association of Harsha with Thanesar in detail. He mentions in his text, the defence wall, a moat and the palace with a two-storied dhvalagriha. Sheikh Chilli"s Tomb which probably is datable to the reign of Sher Shah Suri or slightly later. This beautiful tomb and attached Madarsa are associated with the Sufi Saint Abd-ur-Rahim, alais Abd-UI-Karim, alais Abd-ur-Razak, popularly known by the name of Sheikh Chehli, believed to be the spiritual Guru of the Mughal Prince. The architectural plan shows considerable Persian influence.
Later check out and drive to Chandigarh-a Union Territory that serves as the capital of two states, Haryana and Punjab. The name Chandigarh translates as "The Fort of Chandi". The name is derived from an ancient temple called Chandi Mandir, devoted to the Hindu goddess Chandi, near the city. The city of Chandigarh was the first planned city in India post independence in 1947 (pre-independence planned cities include Dispur in Assam, New Delhi in Delhi, Jaipur in Rajasthan, etc.) and is known internationally for its architecture and urban design. The city has projects designed by architects such as Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Jane Drew, and Maxwell Fry.

Upon arrival check in and overnight at Hotel. Day 06: Chandigarh-Amritsar (230 kms)
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Chandigarh visit to Rock Garden- the unique garden where sculptures are made up of household disposal worth visiting, later visit to Rose Garden and other secretariat building. Check out and drive to Amritsar. Upon arrival hotel check in. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 07: Amritsar
Post breakfast tour of a Punjab Village experiencing the real & actual life of a traditional Punjab village and Punjabi life. After early Lunch, drive for Amritsar and visit Golden Temple and also Jalianwala Bagh. Later in late afternoon visit to Wagah Border for beating retreat of Indian and Pakistan worth watching. Overrnight at Hotel.

Day 08: Amritsar-New Delhi (Early Morning Train)
Transfer to Amritsar in the early morning to board the flight to New Delhi. Upon arrival met by our representative and transfer to the hotel wash-n change and later proceed for shopping. In the evening you will be transferred to International Airport for flight back home.