Sufi Journey of Islam

Spiritual ToursSufi Journey of Islam

This tour of awakening Sufi Journey has been designed keeping in mind the spiritual sensitivity of the traveler who is in search of divine knowledge. It gives you the time to experience sufi traditions, Islamic way of life based on high moral values. The Sufi movement was a socio-religious movement of fourteenth to sixteenth century. The exponents of this movement were unorthodox Muslim saints who had a deep study of vedantic philosophy and Buddhism of India. They had gone through various religious text of India and had come in contact with great sages and seers of India. They could see the Indian religion from very near and realized its inner values. Accordingly they developed Islamic Philosophy which at last gave birth to the Sufi Movement.

The Sufi movement therefore was the result of the Hindu influence on Islam. This movement influenced both the Muslims and Hindus and thus, provided a common platform for the two.Though the Sufis were devout Muslims, yet they differed from the orthodox Muslims. While the former believed in inner purity, the latter believed in external conduct. The union of the human soul with God through love and devotion was the essence of the teachings of the Sufi Saints. The method of their realizing God was the renunciation of the World and Worldly pleasures. They lived a secluded life.

 

  • Days: 14 nights / 15 days
  • Cost: Please enquire

Day 1: ArriveDelhi 

Day 2: Delhi 

Day 3: Delhi - Agra (210kms/ 4hrs approx)

Day 4: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur (235kms/ 5hrs approx)

Day 5: Jaipur 

Day 6: Jaipur - Ajmer (141kms/ 3hrs approx)

Day 7: Ajmer - Delhi 

Day 8: Delhi - Srinagar 

Day 9: Srinagar 

Day 10: Srinagar – Gulmarg – Srinagar (56kms/ 2hrs one way approx)

Day 11: Srinagar – Pahalgam (96kms/ 3hrs approx)

Day 12: Pahalgam – Srinagar (96kms/ 3hrs approx)

Day 13: Srinagar 

Day 14: Srinagar - Delhi 

Day 15: Delhi - Home 

Day 1: Arrive Delhi 
 
Arrival at Delhi International airport, traditional garland welcome, assistance and transfer to your pre booked Hotel.
 
Breakfast at hotel, morning free. Afternoon, visit Old Delhi. Emperor Shah Jahan founded the city of Shahjahanabad, now referred to as Old Delhi, in 1648. The famous Red Fort in the heart of Old Delhi was once the most opulent fort of the Mughal Empire and it boasts the Deewan-E-Aam (Hall of Public Audience) and Deewan-E-Khaas (Hall of Private Audience). Opposite the fort is the Jama Masjid, One of the Largest Mosques in the World, built by Emperor Shah Jahan to dominate his city. Later in the evening join or witness evening prayer at Fatehpuri Mosque. Overnight in Hotel.
 
 
Day 2: Delhi 
 
Breakfast at hotel, visit Humayun's Tomb, Lodhi Gardens, India Gate, and Rashtrapati Bhavan (President’s Estate). Evening, visit Nizam-Ud-Din Dargah, join or witness prayers and listen to the healing divine songs "Qawali - Praises of Allah". You will see people, men & women of different faiths and religions paying respect to this Sufi master - Hazrat Khwaja Nizam-Ud-Din. Hazrat Khwaja Nizam - Ud - Din; He was born in Badaun - North of India in 1238 AD, into a family whose genealogy dates back to the prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him), and whose ancestors had originated from Bukhara. He settled near Delhi and established his Sufi Sanctuary which became a focal point for the spiritual renewal of the lives of the people of Delhi. He personally led a life of celibacy and asceticism. He and his close followers subsisted on unasked for charity which they distributed every day to the neighbouring poor, so that by the end of each day they had nothing stored up for the next day. Hazrat Khwaja Nizam-Ud-Din died in the year 1325 AD. One of his disciples - and a famous poet Hazrat Amir Khusrau became his main companion and contributed greatly in Spreading his Spiritual Message through Poetry, Philosophy and Heart rendering Ragas , Gazals, Khyals and Qawalis. Overnight in Hotel. 
 
 
Day 3: Delhi - Agra (210kms/ 4hrs approx)
 
Breakfast at hotel drive to Agra, en route visit the Sikandara to see the Tomb of Great Mughal Emperor Akbar. Further, proceed to Agra and check into the Hotel. Afternoon, visit the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daula, known as the Baby Taj, and later onto Red Fort. Emperor Akbar began Agra Fort in 1565AD, with additions of the Citadel being made through to the time of Akbar's grandson, Emperor Shah Jahan. The forts have fine views of the Taj Mahal across the River Yamuna, and consists of Deewan-E-Aam (Hall of Public Audience) and Deewan-E-Khaas (Hall of Private Audience), it also has beautiful fountain ways. Overnight in Hotel.
 
 
Day 4: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur (235kms/ 5hrs approx)
 
Early morning, visit India's most celebrated monument the Taj Mahal, built as a monument of Eternal Love by Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Empress Mumtaz. The Taj Mahal looks amazingly graceful from almost any angle. It was built over a period of 20 years by 20,000 laborers and craftsmen and displays superb craftsmanship. The close up details of the Taj Mahal is as exquisite as the overall architectural design, with semi-precious stones and beautiful patterns covering the white marble surface. Back to Hotel for Breakfast and then continue our journey to Jaipur - the Pink City of Rajasthan. 
 
Breakfast at hotel drive to Jaipur, En route visit Fatehpur Sikri - The Palace Complex built to commemorate the Birth of Mughal Emperor Akbar's First Child. Visit the Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti, a humble Sufi Saint of the 16th Century, who had accurately predicted the birth of Akbar's Son. Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 yrs. Due to scarcity of water. Predominately, a red sandstone construction sprawling over a huge area, the architectural style is very much in tune with emperor’s dream & partakes of both Hindu & Muslim styles. See the graceful buildings including Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal & other places.
 
Salim Chishti Dargah; built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 yrs. Due to scarcity of water. Predominately, a red sandstone construction sprawling over a huge area, the architectural style is very much in tune with emperor’s dream & partakes of both Hindu & Muslim styles. Salim Chishti (1478-1572) was one of the famous Sufi saints of the Chishti Order in India. Salim Chishti was the descendant of the famous Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti whose tomb is in Ajmer, Rajasthan. Spend some time for Qawali - devotional singing that makes the entire atmosphere very soothing; and further, drive to Jaipur. Arrive and check into the hotel. Overnight in Hotel. 
 
 
Day 5: Jaipur 
 
Morning, after Breakfast visit City Palace, still inhabited by Maharaja Jai Singh's descendants, is a superb fusion of Rajput and Mughal Architecture. A city within a city, it includes the Govind Deo Temple, the Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory and the Maharaja's Museum with his Personal Collection of Weaponry, Miniature Paintings, Royal Attire and Jewellery. On the periphery of the Palace stands the Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Winds), an elaborate pink sandstone façade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. Afternoon drive to nearby Amber Fort, ascending by Elephant to see the 16th Century Hilltop Fortress - Palace and its richly decorated apartments. Overnight in Hotel. 
 
 
Day 6: Jaipur - Ajmer (141kms/ 3hrs approx)
 
Morning, after Breakfast drive to Ajmer (about 130kms / 3hrs). Arrive and check into the Hotel. Situated in the Green Oasis wrapped in barren hills, Ajmer is a popular pilgrimage center for Muslims. Afternoon visit the tomb of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moin Ud Din Chishti to offer respect and prayers. Overnight in Hotel. 
 
Hazrat Khhwaja Moin Ud Din Chisti; was born in Seistan (East Persia) also known as Sajistan, around 533 Hijri (1138-39 A.D.) in a well respected family. His father and mother were the descendants of Hazrat Ali. He lost both his father and mother at an early age of 16 years. After achieving the light of wisdom and knowledge at the young age, he disposed of all of his worldly belongings and distributed the money amongst the poor. Then he set off for Samarkand and Bokhara then the Great  Centres of Learning for Religious Education and Knowledge. Khwaja Moin Ud Din Chishti, arrived in Ajmer at the age of 52 years around 587 A.H. (1190 A.D.), on his divine mission, unique in the annals of Islam. He settled on a hill close to Ana Sagar Lake now known as the Chillah Khwaja Sahib . People were so much inspired by his divine teachings and simplicity that they began to embrace Islam. Many became his disciples. After achieving the objectives of his mission he died on the 6th of Raja 633 A.H. / 16th March 1236AD at the age of 97. He was buried in the same cell (Hurrah) which was the center of his divine activities, throughout his stay at Ajmer. Today his tomb is popularly known as "Dargah Khwaja Saheb, Ajmer". People of all walks of life and faith from all over the world, irrespective of their caste, creed and beliefs visit this great shrine to offer flowers of their esteem and devotion.
 
Pushkar Fair: Pushkar is famous for the Annual Camel Fair which is held in November every year. Here, one extra night can be added during the colourful Pushkar Camel Fair. 
 
 
Day 7: Ajmer - Delhi 
 
Early morning prayers in the Dargah Khwaja Moin Ud Din Chishti. Later explore the City of Pushkar, famous for the Cattle Fair and in the late afternoon transfer to Railway Station for Express Train to Delhi (17.00hrs Departure / 22.00hrs Arrival). Arrive in Delhi and Transfer to the Hotel near Airport for overnight stay. 
 
 
Day 8: Delhi - Srinagar 
 
Morning, Transfer to the Domestic Airport for Flight to Srinagar. Arrive in Srinagar, Welcome with Kashmiri Flowers on Arrival at Airport and Transfer to Houseboat in the famous Dal Lake. The Mughals aptly called Kashmir, Paradise, and they journeyed across the tortuously hot plains of India, to enjoy in the cool environs of Srinagar. And here they laid, with great love and care, Srinagar's many formal, Water-Front Gardens, now collectively known as the Mughal Gardens. Today Srinagar is a pleasure resort for the tourist who can experience, at first hand, the peculiar beauty of the valley that has attracted the Chinese, the Mughals and the British to it. Afternoon, Shikara boat ride in Dal Lake visiting floating/vegetable gardens. 
 
 
Day 9: Srinagar 
 
Today morning, after Breakfast visit the Nishat Bagh (Garden of Gladness) and Shalimar Bagh Garden built on a symmetrical plan of a Central Waterway with Fountains dividing a series of Gardened Terraces. Nishat Bagh (about 11kms from Srinagar) on the shores of the Dal Lake was laid out in 1633AD. It is the largest of all the Royal Gardens. The gardens on either side of the water course are planted with Tall Chinar trees, which you can see at their best in autumn. 
2 Kilometers further on is the Shalimar Bagh Garden built for Empress Nur Jahan by her husband, the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. The Central Black Marble Pavilion in the Zenana or Ladies' Garden is surrounded by water and looks out in 4 directions. Below in the Deewan-E-Aam (the Hall of Public Audiences) the Emperor used to sit on a Black Marble Throne above the water. Afternoon, visit the Sufi Dargah of highly respected Pir- Mirak Sahib. Offer spiritual prayer here. Overnight in Houseboat. 
 
 
Day 10: Srinagar – Gulmarg – Srinagar (56kms/ 2hrs one way approx)
 
Morning excursion trip to Gulmarg (the Meadow of Flowers) 2730 metres above sea level. The distance of 56kms will be covered in about 2hrs. Gulmarg has one of the Best Ski Slopes in the World, and One of the Highest Golf Courses in the World with 18 holes. You can also enjoy a view of Nanga Parbat if the weather permits. The view en route from Tangmarg to Gulmarg is fascinating. Afternoon, visit the Shrine of Great Mystic Baba Rishi. The place is no less than the supreme paradise because the shrine of Hazrat Payam Uddin stands here. The shrine and tomb are built in the pagoda style and placed amid wondrous scenic beauty. It has the Jama Majid on one side and a market on the other. One reaches the shrine through a flight of stairs. The Langar (public, free eating place) adjoins the tomb. Return back to Srinagar for overnight. Overnight in Houseboat.
 
 
Day 11: Srinagar – Pahalgam (96kms/ 3hrs approx)
 
Morning, after Breakfast, excursion to Pahalgam (the Valley of Shepherds). Drive through the Pine Forest. Explore Pahalgam by walking along Pony Trails with a magnificent view of the mountains. Afternoon, visit the Shrine of Aishmukam belonging to Great Rishi Baba Zanshah Sahib.
 
Pahalgam the Valley of Shepherds 7,000 ft. above sea level. On the way visit the famous Saffron growing fields and Awantipur Ruins (1100 years old temple of lord Vishnu build by King Awantivarman), enjoy the beautiful countryside on the way. Drive through the pine forest.
 
Pahalgam; situated at the confluence of the streams flowing from Sheshnag Lake and the Lidder River, Pahalgam (2,130 m) was once a humble shepherd's village with breathtaking views. The most beautiful of these is the huge, undulating meadow of Baisaran, surrounded by thickly wooded forests of pine. Hajan, on the way to Chandanwari, is an idyllic spot for a picnic. Pahalgam has within it no fewer than eight tiny villages, one of which is Mamal. There is a Shiva temple here, generally considered to be Kashmir's oldest existing temple, dating to the 5th century. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 12: Pahalgam – Srinagar (96kms/ 3hrs approx)
 
Breakfast at hotel drive to Pahalgam. Today we will visit the Khankah of Shah Hamadan in the medieval setting of old town, one of the important and first mosques ever built in Srinagar. Overnight in Houseboat.
 
Khanqah of Shah Hamadan - Kashmir; Situated on the banks of River Jhelum, between the 3rd and 4th bridge. It is the 1st mosque ever built in Srinagar. The original structure was built in 1395 A.D. The Great Sufi Saint Shah Hamadan's full name was Mir Syed Ali Hamadani, the surname being derived from the City of Hamadan in Persia (Iran). He is the instrument of spreading Islam in Kashmir through his Sufi Order. After staying in Kashmir for many years, he left for Central Asia via Ladakh. A mosque was established by him at Shey near Leh. 
 
The Khankah in Srinagar is a Wooden Structure whose chief aesthetic feature is its beautifully carved leaves and hanging bells. The interiors are richly carved and painted, and the antique chandeliers give it an air of opulence. Offer respect and prayers here at Noon time. 
 
 
Day 13: Srinagar 
 
Morning, after Breakfast, Drive to Charar-E-Sharif, beautiful village and Dargah about 30kms from Srinagar to visit the Shrine of Nund Rishi. Both Hindus and Muslims go to this shrine to offer flowers. 
 
Nunda Rishi ( Sheikh Nur - Ud - Din ) : Endearingly and in Veneration called Nunda Rishi , has left an indelible mark on the thinking and culture of Kashmiris. The Great Sage was One of the Twin Stars of Medieval Kashmir along with Lalleshwari (Lal Ded) with whom he shared the intensity of mystic experience whose profundity remains unrivalled to this day. 
 
He lived from 1378 to 1430 A.D. He started a normal life, married and had 2 children. During the turbulent times in Medieval Kashmir, what he saw going around him made him intensely sad and he lost interest in superfluous life. So, he took to caves and solitary places for severe penance and meditation. At the height of his spiritual realization the saint sustained only on drinking water alone. Throughout his life he made all efforts to preach cooperation & coexistence and advised against any confrontation. Kashmir's precious heritage was dear to his heart. It was for these views of humanistic philosophy that he was called “Alamdar” - the Standard Bearer of Kashmir. 
 
Later back to Srinagar where a special farewell is waiting you with Sufi Folk Songs and Music followed by Elaborate Kashmiri Dinner - Wazwan. Overnight in Houseboat.
 
 
Day 14: Srinagar - Delhi 
 
Morning, after Breakfast, Transfer to the Airport to board light back to Delhi. Assistance upon arrival in Delhi. Transfer to the hotel for overnight.
 
 
Day 15: Delhi - Home 
 
Breakfast at hotel, transfer to the International Airport to board flight for your home country.