THE AVATAR IN INDIA
An India Winter Itinerary
STARTING FROM LUCKNOW INDIA. taking a train from Lucknow to Jhansi.
Lucknow to ORCHHA Hotel Golden Tulip in Lucknow is near the railway station, rooms in the new building are nicer. Early Train (6 hours) to Jhansi and then taxi to Orchha (25 minutes)
It is believed that Lord Rama frequented Orchha. In the 1500's the queen was a devotee of Lord Rama and wanted his idol to be installed in her palace. With a desire to bring the deity back in the form of a boy, the queen went on a pilgrimage to Ayodhya. It is believed that Lord Rama was pleased with her prayers, and agreed to come to Orchha with her on one condition. According to beliefs, he said that he would not move from one temple to another and would always remain in the place where she would initially house the idol. Thus, the palace was later turned into a temple.
The Holy River Betwa, a place of Pilgrimage, runs along Orchha. Do not miss the aarti at the Ram Raja temple. The temple built by the king is the adjoining Chaturbhuj temple which towers around the monument. The other monuments in Orchha crowd around the Ram Raja temple. The courtyard is now an open bazaar. You can eat in nearby restaurants.
Arti at the Ram Temple and a walk to the River Betwa. Orchha is a quiet city and staying a few days for a break is a nice idea. Dip your feet in the Holy Betwa River (or even take a dip). Easy river rafting too.
Orchha Organic Food Restauran, you can't miss this place!! Ah, the view is so beautiful with the temples all around.
Leaving Orchha: Taxi to Jhansi and a train ride to Agra (2.5 hours), be mindful of schedule. Or take a train from Jhansi direct to Delhi.
Visit the Taj Mahal , Closed on Fridays to non Muslims. Presently Closed Saturdays and Sundays due to the pandemic. Possibly see the Taj by moonlight! Agra Hotel for two nights. A car and driver can stay with you until you return to Delhi.
You can go inside the Taj Mahal building! .. If you have a “High Value Ticket”, you completely skip that line and go right to the center of the Taj Mahal inside the mausoleum itself, just as you skipped the line to get into the main doors to the courtyard.
The Taj Mahal is now accessible to physically challenged people, the monument has wheelchairs that people with disabilities can use to move around the complex. There are nine ramps placed in different parts of the complex.
Agra fort and the Shish Mahal within (the glass palace), built by Mughal emperor Shahjahan
Fatehpur Sikri is a one hour drive from Agra. Built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of the Mughal Empire for 10 years but due to water shortage the Mughal capital moved to Lahore (now in Pakistan).
Keoladeo National Park. You can drive from F. Sikri to Bharatpur in half an hour. Visit the Keoladeo Bird Reserve in the morning or late afternoon. Visit the Reserve in an open bIcycle rickshaw. Richshaw drivers are experienced guides and can be hired by the main entrance of Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary. 2 persons max. Open throughout the year. A few hours to see the city center is good as well.
Drive Bharatpur to Mathura. (2 hours)
It is possible visit the the elephant Care and Conservation Center. +91 96900 09792 on the way from Agra to Mathura.
The Agra Bear Rescue Facility is the largest Sloth Bear Sanctuary. You can visit again, when it re-opens to the public, post pandemic.
Drive Agra to Mathura. (1.5 hrs)
Vishram Ghat. Painting by Lord Weeks.
MATHURA Lord Krishna was born in Mathura. His earliest years were in Gokul and childhood in Vrindavan.. Krishna later moved to Dwarka.
The ghats of Vrindavan and Mathura were built by Raja Himmat Bahadur 600 years ago on the Yamuna river front. On the banks of the Yamuna river, few kilometers from each other, are the towns of Mathura and Vrindavan. Both sacred for devotees of Krishna
Among the two, Mathura is the biggest: a city of 600.000 people, Mathura is also one of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism, and the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Main attraction and core of the city is the amazing Vishram Ghat.
Vrindavan, with only 60,000 inhabitants, is 11 kms North of Mathura. Despite its size, Vrindavan is home to around 5,000 Hindu temples. Vrindavan is also famous as a shelter for Indian widows, who, after their husband’s death, can be kicked out of their house by their relatives and end up living in the streets. Vrindavan was Krishna's childhood home, where he played the flute for his Radha and gopis, until he left Vrindavan.
Vishram Ghat Main ghat of Mathura is on the banks of the River Yamuna, and is central to 25 other ghats. The traditional parikrama starts and ends at Vishram Ghat. This is the place Lord Krishna bathed in order to celebrate his killing of the demon Kansa. People bathe, rest and worship.
Krishna Janma Boomi Mander. Mathura. Constructed where Krishna was born. It was a prison cell that belonged to Kansa, Krishna’s maternal uncle. The prison cell is a stone walled cell that reminds people of King Kans’s cruelty in those days. Beautiful and well-maintained temple. limited hours.
Govardhan Hill place of Hindu Pilgrimage the place where Lord Krishna grew up. The Govardhan Parvat is mentioned in a number of religious and sacred texts, a number of tales about Lord Krishna. It is said that Lord Krishna lifted the mountain to protect the villagers of Mathura from a raging thunderstorm. In addition to this, a number of 16th century monuments are situated on the hill, and the view of the surrounding villages is breathtaking from the top.
Kusum Sarovar. Govardhan is believed to be the place where Radha along with gopis used to collect flowers and meet Lord Krishna. Kadamba trees are found all over. A simple earthen pond till 1675, it was properly built by ruler of Orchha, Veer Singh. Later surrounded by magnificent structures constructed by the king of Bharatpur in the middle of 18th century, The main tomb has beautiful paintings on its ceiling depicting the pastimes of Krishna and the lotus feet of Krishna engraved on the floor. The interior of these buildings is breathtaking.
Radha Kund Govardhan, Mansi Ganga Lake. Considered to be one of the holiest temples. The legend goes that Radha and her friends used their bangles to dig out a kunda and filled it with water from ‘Manasi-Ganga’. Pilgrims take a dip in this holy body of water throughout the year. The fresh and cool water of this kunda is kept quite clean.
Keshi Ghat. Vrindavan is an embankment of the River Yamuna, and is one of the most beautiful spots in the whole of Vrindavan. Idyllic for watching sunrises and sunsets. Evening Aarti 4:30pm is something. Perfect to just sit in peace, as the serenity of this place is comparable to none other. Banke Bihari Temple, built in 1862
Radha Raman temple Vrindavan is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Radha, the love of his life. Constructed in 1542, this is one of the most exquisitely crafted Krishna temples. The original deity of Krishna with Radharani is in this temple. The aarti is loud chanting of Lord Krishna’s name.
Radha Damodar Temple. Vrindavan. One of the oldest temples in Vrindavan, is a reflection of the glory of architecture in ancient India. Built in the year 1524
Iskcon Temple. Vrindavan. Built by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness or ISKCON. One of the major temples of the organization. The temple is dedicated to the divine brothers Krishna and Balaram, and was built in 1975. The aarti is something that should not be missed it is quite a sight to see.
Prem Mandir is maintained by Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat, an international non-profit, educational, spiritual, charitable trust. Completed in 2012. The complex is on a 55-acre site on the outskirts of Vrindavan. It is dedicated to Radha Krishna and Sita Ram.
Whether your hotel is in Mathura or Vrindavan, does not matter, they are equal distance from Govardhan. There are more hotels in Vrindavan.
After Krishna moved his disciples to Dwarka in Gujarat, he married Rukmini. Krishna was king and Rukmini was queen
Lord Krishna was King in Dwarka, on the coast of the Arabian Sea, western Gujarat. Lord Krishna moved with his companions to ancient Dwarka after he killed the evil Kansa. Krishna felt it was no longer safe around the Mathura area. The wars of the Mahabarata were fought from there.
The legendary Dwarka of Krishna's reign is now 120 feet under the Arabian sea.
To visit Meher Baba's Samadhi, fly from Delhi to Pune
Avatar Meher Baba Samadhi - Tomb Shrine.
To visit: Avatar Meher Baba Samadhi Tomb Shrine. Fly from Delhi to Pune. There are many hotels in Pune, which is a 2 hour drive from Meherabad (Ahmednagar). There are a few new hotels in Ahmednagar with restaurants. The car ride from town to Meherabad is 15 minutes. There is a pilgrim guest house in Meherabad available for people genuinly interested in Meher Baba, only with prior reservations through the Trust Office.
The Samadhi can be visited directly from either Pune or Ahmednagar. You need to hire a car with a driver who knows how to drive to the parking up the hill, near the Samadhi. Open to everyone from 7 am to 7 pm.
Information about Meher Baba: https://avatarmeherbabatrust.org/
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NORHTERN INDIA CITIES OF THE AVATAR