FC: "Discover the world in luxury" | Saad Furqan Tours Discovering the Religions of Ancient Asia
1: Get Ready! | clothing | Since this tour will take place in the summer be sure to bring light and comfortable clothing!(shorts, bathing suits and t-shirts are ideal) Temperature in India can get especially hot, sometimes going up to 40 degrees in cities like Delhi! | basic essentials | Be sure to remember to bring basic essentials such as your passport and tickets. You'd be surprised by how many people forget to bring them out of their eagerness to explore the world. Sunscreen, sunglasses, city maps and dictionaries can also prove to be useful. (for other tips please see the "Tourist tips/guide" page for more information.)
2: Required Documents Passport Photocopy of passport Flight tickets | Traveling Information
3: Summary | Saad Furqan Tours always promises its clients that they will travel in absolute luxury and comfort. On Thursday, June 28, at 7:45, you will be welcomed to a first class seat on a plane at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. From there you will travel to Chicago, Il and make a stop there. At Chicago you will switch planes and travel to Beijing, China. After exploring China (see "Your tour page" for more information), you will be welcomed to another first class seat at the Beijing Capital airport on Thursday July 5 at 7:25. From there you will arrive at Delhi, India onThursday, July 5 at 12 pm. The grand total cost for flight will come out to $19, 279.90 For review of Emirates first class seats please go to: http://www.seatplans.com/airlines/Emirates/classes/First-1-2 For review of United first class seats please go to: http://www.flatseats.com/Reviews/ua-f.htm
4: Hotels | Grand total cost: 7476.36
5: Saad Furqan tours believes that for a successful trip rest and comfort are essential. With us, you do this with luxury. After a busy day exploring China, you will rest at the 5 star luxurious, Ritz Carlton hotel. The Ritz hotel is located in Beijing, close to Temple of the White Dagoba, Forbidden City, and Beihai Park. Also nearby are National Centre for the Performing Arts and Great Hall of the People. | In India, you will be staying at the 5 star Oberoi Guargaon hotel. This hotel is located in the prime business and shopping district of Gurgaon in the New Delhi National Capital Region and is a 15 minute drive from Delhi International Airport.
6: Your Tour! | China | On the first tour day of you trip your certified tour guide will accompany you to the famen temple, which is located 120km northwest of Xi'an. The Famen temple is an extremely significant place in Ancient Chinese religion because King Asoka of the Mauryam Empire traveled to China to distribute Buddhist relics as an atonement for the sins he had committed in war. In Famen, he built a large temple which soon became the center of Buddhism in China. At the Famen temple you will be thrust into the beginning of the most dominant religion in modern day China.
7: On you third tour day you will visit the Yuguan iron gate Stupa. This tower, called a stupa, is a dome shaped structured which was used to house ancient Buddhist relics. Like the pyramids in ancient Egypt, many people often wonder how this Stupa was created in such a primitive time, as it is the tallest stupa in China | On the second tour day of your trip you will visit the ancient city of Shangqing. This city was essentially the birth and center of taoism in ancient China. The Shangqing temple and the mansions of taoist masters are both located here. During the Song dynasty these mansions were built and since then successive Taoist masters have lived in them. These temples and mansions and temples were built in the representation of Taoism, a religion based on the idea of harmony. What does this mean for you, you ask. Well many who visit this city find it one of the most tranquil, peaceful and beautiful cities they have ever visited.
8: On your first tour day in India your tour guide will take you to the origin of Buddhism itself, the Bodhi tree. Hopefully, from your previous tour, you have learned that Buddhism did not start in China, but instead came from India. Buddhism in India was started by Buddha. At the age of 29, Buddha left his wife and son to find true happiness. He wandered for 7 years for knowledge. One day he sat under the Bodhi tree and saw the light of truth. This tree is the most important historical landmark for modern day Buddhism. The site at which the tree is located, Bohd Gaya, is also the most important site of pilgrimage in Buddhism.
9: India! | Taj Mahal, one of the 7 wonders of the world, is India's most popular attraction. The Jama Masjid, which was also built by Sahajahan, is often overshadowed by the Taj Mahal but is still equal in architectural greatness. Islam in ancient India is often ignored even though it played a significant role in the development of Ancient India. The Juma mosque is Islams greatest mark on India, being a huge structure with a capacity of 25 000 people. This great structure was built during the Mughal empire by the emperor Sahajahan and is the center of Islam in Ancient India. | The last major religion in India is Hinduism which is also the most dominant religion in India. An important city in the growth of Hinduism in India was Mohanjo-Daro. Mohanjo-Daro is a beautiful city which was part of the Indus valley civilization. It's located to the east of the Indus River. This city is where the Veda's were found. The Veda's are Hinduism's oldest sacred books, and are still revered by Hindus today. Mohanjo-Daro is a beautiful attraction, but it will also take you back to the roots of Hinduism.
10: Transportation | Saad Furqan Tours believes its clients should be given freedom to explore countries themselves. The previous 6 sites are the only places that clients are requested to travel to with the certified tour guides. The rest of the days are for you to rest and explore | Important Notice! | Tourist Tips/Guide | Driving is not the best idea in the streets of cities such as Beijing and Delhi. Buses, trains, and hotel shuttles are the recommended transportation | Facts for you: China Official name: People's Republic of China Capital: Beijing Population: 1, 338, 299, 512 currency: Renminbi
11: Banks and Businesses | Thanks for choosing Saad Furqan Tours! | Tips and emergency numbers | Banks in China and India will usually open at 8:30 to 9:30 and close around 6:30. Businesses open around the same time but close later. | Keep a camera on you at all times. You never know what you'll see! Have a water bottle on you at all times. Many clients often suffer from dehydration on tours of Asia. Tourist police provide excellent advice on destinations and attractions. Be sure to ask them any questions | Emergency numbers: China: Police:119 Taxi: 66012620 India: Police: 100 | Facts for you: India Official name: Republic of India Capital: New Delhi Population: 1, 170, 938, 000 Currency: Rupee