Maximum Group Size: 10
Starts in Delhi on Saturday 22 March 2014
Finishes in Delhi on Friday 11 April 2014
Entrance Fees Included for all sites visited as part of the itinerary
Fully Escorted by a representative of Incredible Indian Tours
Cost From AUD3490 per person twin share
|17 nights Hotels||Airplane||4 dinners|
|3 nights home stay||Train||20 Breakfasts|
|Private vehicle||3 Lunches|
This is an exciting trip in the north of Incredible India encompassing some of the highlights of the Indian Himalayas, whilst touching on the spiritual side of India. After a short trip to Agra to see the Taj Mahal and other amazing Moghul sites, we head north to the Himalayas to visit the world capital of yoga, Rishikesh, situated on the banks of the holy Ganges. Rishikesh is an important pilgrimage site for Hindu’s and abounds with Saddhu’s and Holy men, not to mention plenty of Holy cows. McLeod Ganj, home of the Dalai Lama is an important Buddhist area, and the Sikh’s Holy Golden Temple (Gurudwara) is in Amritsar. Hike through the hills around Chamba and Dharamsala and witness the spectacle of the daily closure of the India/Pakistan border. This trip is physically rewarding, spiritually and culturally fascinating and to top it off, we get up close and personal with the amazing Himalayas – abode of the Gods.
Experience the Indian Himalayas on this Small Group Tour, fully escorted within India by a western tour leader with the service of local guides for various activities and sightseeing.
Day 1 Delhi
Arrival Day. We meet at 6pm for a short meeting about the tour before heading out for a welcome dinner at one of Delhi’s fabulous restaurants.
Day 2 Delhi
A full day to explore the sights of New and Old Delhi, including the Jama Masjid, India’s largest Mosque.
Day 3 Agra
We take an early morning superfast Indian Railways train to Agra, spending the rest of the day visiting some of the remarkable Moghul sights including the Red Fort and the ‘Baby Taj’ – the Itimud-u-Dualah.
Day 4 Delhi
We have a dawn visit to the Taj Mahal before driving out to visit the deserted Moghul City of Fatehpur Sikri. We head back to Delhi by car in the afternoon.
Day 5 Rishikesh
We take an early morning train to Haridwar and transfer by taxi to Rishikesh. Time to explore the market, take a dip in the holy Ganges, or watch the evening puja (prayer ceremony).
Days 6-7 Rishikesh
Time today to catch a yoga or meditation class, or perhaps take a white-water raft trip down the Ganges. There are plenty of walks and sights here in Rishikesh. Why not visit the ruins of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram, where the Beatles once stayed, or hang out in the cafes with some wannabe yogis.
Day 8 Chandigarh
We drive to Chandigarh this morning before spending the afternoon visiting this fascinating planned city, a convenient stop en-route to the hills.
Day 9 Shimla
We take one of India’s famous ‘toy train’ rides on the Himalayan Queen to Shimla, known as the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’. Shimla was once the summer capital of the British Raj and still contains remnants of the British life and lthough a bustling state capital, there is plenty for us to do, from walks, and temples to the Viceregal Lodge (the site of the signing of India’s Independence treaty in 1947).
Day 10 Shimla
Time to explore the ambiance of colonial India before taking in a Bollywood movie here in Shimla, experiencing the colour and spectacle that has made Indian films so popular around the globe.
Day 11 Revalsar
This morning we drive to Revalsar, a wonderfully peaceful and beautiful town believed to be the place the Tibetan Guru Padmasambhava, (also known as Guru Rimpoche) flew from to Tibet. In the afternoon we walk around the lake and visit one of the monasteries in town.
Day 12 McLeod Ganj
Today we drive to McLeod Ganj, home of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile. McLeod Ganj is a touristy, yet charming town nestled high in the Himalayas surrounded by snow-covered peaks.
Days 13-14 McLeod Ganj
Whilst we are here in McLeod Ganj, visit the Norbalinka Institute of Tibetan Handicraft, the Namgyal Monastery, and if possible, the Karmapa Lama. There are also plenty of walks on offer to nearby villages, or high into the hills.
Day 15 Orchard Hut
This morning we drive 4 hours to Chamba and beyond to the peaceful Saho valley. From the road, we hike for 30min to our home for the next 3 nights, Orchard Hut, perched on the side of a mountain in spectacular surroundings.
Day 16 Orchard Hut
Our wonderfully friendly hosts offer plenty to do today, from relaxing in hammocks, lazing by the plunge pool, to taking treks up the mountain or along the valley. Enjoy a cooking class or a traditional local massage.
Day 17 Orchard Hut
After breakfast today, you have the option to travel to Chamba town to explore some of the oldest temples in India (dating from 1000AD) and the local markets. Explore the town and have lunch before returning for the evening at Orchard Hut.
Days 18-19 Amritsar
After a day’s drive to Amritsar, we have a full day to visit the sights of Amritsar, the spiritual home for the Sikh’s. Jalianwala Bagh, sight of the infamous 1919 massacre is a must see, and we also drive out to Wagah to watch the very entertaining closing of the gates ceremony at the India/Pakistan border. Also not to be missed is the evening ceremony at the Golden Temple, the holiest of places for the Sikh religion.
Day 20 Delhi
We take a short flight back to Delhi around lunchtime. There are loads of other options here in Delhi – including the Craft Museum, Red Fort, Purana Qila and the Lotus Temple. And don’t forget the shopping – so much to see and do here in India’s exciting capital city.
Day 21 Departure Day
There are no organised activities today. You are free to depart at any time.
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