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16 Nights / 17 Days
Delhi–Amritsar–Dalhousie–Dharamshala–Manali–Shimla–Kurukshetra–Rishikesh–Delhi
Introduction to Tour

A trip to Himachal Pradesh is truly pleasurable as it is one of the most famous tourist destinations of India. Himachal Pradesh is a pristine North Indian destination that would be in the bucket list of travellers of all kinds. Himachal Pradesh is a must-see destination for those who love mountains. The state is proud of its glorious history and rich cultural heritage. There are several monasteries, temples and forts, whose architecture is praise worthy. The views of the breath-taking mountains, passes, valleys, lakes, springs, waterfalls and wildlife are sights to behold. Himachal Pradesh Tourism isn’t just about the natural beauty but also the rich cultural extravaganza that can be best witnessed in its handicrafts, fairs and festivals, dance and music, delectable cuisine and more. 

 
 
Tour Highlights
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  • Jama Masjid – The largest Mosque in India
  • Rikshaw Ride in the streets of Delhi
  • Akshardham Temple – An epitome of Modern Architecture
  • Night visit to Qutab Minar
  • Breakfast at the Farm (In Bangalore)
  • Enjoy a glimpse of Buddhist Culture in Dharamshala
  • Journey to the Holy cities of North India – Amritsar, Kurukshetra, Rishikesh & Haridwar
  • Soft Trekking & Village walk in Dharamshala
  • Welcome with garlanding on arrival at Delhi airport.
  • Handover of documents (Map of India, Itinerary, Hotel Booking vouchers) with some Indian chocolates & adopter in a sling bag on arrival at Delhi airport.
  • 2 Photographs (per person) to be clicked by professional photographer during the trip.
  • Gifting Indian souvenir while departure from India.

Day 01                Arrive Delhi

Day 02                Delhi

Day 03                Delhi to Amritsar (By Train/ Air)

Day 04                Amritsar

Day 05                Amritsar – Dalhousie (200 Kms/ 5 Hrs)

Day 06                Dalhousie (Excursion to Khajjiar and Chamba)

Day 07                Dalhousie – Dharamshala (120 Kms/ 3.5 Hrs)

Day 08                Dharamshala

Day 09                Dharamshala – Manali (220 Kms/ 6.5 Hrs)

Day 10                Manali (Excursion to Rohtang and Solang Valley)

Day 11                Manali

Day 12                Manali – Shimla (240 Kms/ 7 Hrs)

Day 13                Shimla

Day 14                Shimla – Kurukshetra (190 Kms/ 4.5 Hrs)

Day 15                Kurukshetra – Rishikesh (185 Kms/ 4.5 Hrs)

Day 16                Rishikesh

Day 17                Rishikesh – Haridwar – Delhi (240 Kms/ 6 Hrs)

Day 18                Delhi Departure

Day 01                Arrive Delhi

On your arrival at Delhi airport, meet our representative (preferred language speaking) and greeted with a warm welcome with garlanding. Then our representative will escort you to the pre-booked hotel. Arrive hotel & fulfil check-in formalities. Spare little time with our representative to provide brief information about the tour.

Overnight stay at hotel.

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Day 02                Delhi City Tour

This day introduces you with the city Delhi where you can witness a unique blend of the traditional and cosmopolitan styles. Delhi is a city that bridges two different worlds. Old Delhi, once the capital of Islamic India, is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with crumbling havelis and formidable mosques. In contrast, the imperial city of New Delhi

created by the British Raj is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings. In Delhi, you will discover that the city is sprinkled with dazzling gems: captivating ancient monuments, fascinating museums and art galleries, architectural wonders, a vivacious performing-arts scene, fabulous eating places and bustling markets.

After breakfast gather at hotel’s lobby & proceed for guided city tour of Delhi including Jama Masjid followed by Rikshaw ride, Raj Ghat, Humayun’s Tomb – the first garden-tomb in the Indian subcontinent, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, drive past through India Gate & Rashtrapati Bhawan (President’s House), Akshardham Temple (closed on Mondays) – A Hindu temple which exemplifies traditional Hindu culture and architecture. 7000 artisans were involved in the construction of the temple aided by 3000 volunteers.

At last visit Qutab Minar to experience night view (visit permitted till 9 pm). The Qutub Minar is a towering 73-meter-high tower built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in 1193. The tower was built to celebrate Muslim dominance in Delhi after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu ruler. This tower is the highest tower in India, complete with five storeys and projecting balconies. The first three storeys of the Qutub Minar are made of red sandstone and the last two are made of marble and sandstone.

Apart from the tower, the Qutub Minar complex comprises of the Quwwat-us-Islam Mosque (the first mosque to be built in India), a 7-metre-high iron pillar, the tomb of Iltutmish, Ala’i-Darwaza and the Ala’I Minar. After sightseeing return to your hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

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Day 03                Delhi to Amritsar (By Train/ Air)

After an early breakfast, check out from hotel & proceed for Delhi Airport/ Railway Station to board flight/ train to Amritsar. On your arrival at Amritsar Airport/ Railway Station, pick up & get transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon excursion to Wagah Border, located about 28 Kms from Amritsar is the border crossing between India and

Pakistan. The changing of the guards and the ceremonial lowering of the flags ceremony is carried out with great pomp. Soldiers from both countries march in perfect drill, going through the steps of bringing down their respective national flags.(Please note that in order to capture a closer view & to grab a seat which is provided on first come first serve basis & there is no prior reservation for the same, one need to reach there by 2-3 pm and ceremony will be processed around sunset).

After attending this ceremony, return to Amritsar. Overnight at the hotel

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Day 04                Amritsar

Early morning proceed for a visit at Golden temple during sunrise. Shining in the morning light, the gilded splendour of its panelling and big dome and small minarets, this temple is a fairy world palace to the devotees of the Sikh faith. After visiting Golden Temple, return to hotel for Breakfast & refreshments. Then in the afternoon, continue to visit Gobindgarh Fort – More than 250 years old, it has become one of the most iconic symbols of Punjab.

The heritage site hails from a time when the Indian subcontinent was divided into small principalities and ruled by kings. Then visit Partition Museum – The year 1947 was a big one for India. Not only was it the year that India gained its independence from Great Britain, it was also the year it split into the two different entities of India and Pakistan—an event known as the Partition of India.Tourists in Amritsar can learn about this defining moment in history at the Partition Museum, the only institution in the world devoted entirely to Partition. It features a haunting collection of newspaper clippings, antique photographs, and oral histories with people who experienced the violence leading up to the separation of the two countries, and the resettling of refugees after the event.

At last finish your day at Jallianwala Bagh – The historic site where hundreds of innocent Indian men, women and children were massacred by British General Michael Dyer on April 13, 1919. A memorial and Garden have been created here as a national monument.

Then evening at leisure to stroll down local market at Amritsar which has its own charm. While at Amritsar, do not miss to taste The Amritsari Kulcha (A type of Indian Bread) & Non veg too, if you are a Non veg lover. Return to hotel & Overnight stay at hotel.

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Day 05                Amritsar – Dalhousie (200 Kms/ 5 Hrs)

 After an early breakfast, check out from hotel & proceed for Dalhousie. The place is named after the British governor General of the 19th century, Lord Dalhousie. Dalhousie has charming colonial architecture, including some beautiful churches. Arrive Dalhousie & check-in at hotel. Afternoon visit Punjpula, Subhash Baoli,

St. Francis Church and St. John’s Church.  Evening at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
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Day 06                Dalhousie (Excursion to Khajjiar and Chamba)

Morning after breakfast, you will proceed for a full day tour of Chamba & Khajjiar. Khajjiar, often called India’s Switzerland has the exquisite glade of circumference of about 5 km. along its fringes. Thick forests of deodar climb the slopes and the snow-line rests above these woods. After visiting Khajjiar drive to Chamba town.

As a former princely State, it is one of the oldest in the surrounding mountains and dates back to the sixth century. Visit Laxmi Narayan Temple, the Chowgan: Chamba’s wide concourse, Bhuri Singh Museum; Named after Raja Bhuri Singh of Chamba and St. Andrew’s church. Evening return back to Dalhousie. Overnight stay at hotel.
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Day 07                Dalhousie – Dharamshala (120 Kms/ 3.5 Hrs)

After breakfast, check out from hotel & proceed for Dharamshala by surface. Dharamshala also known as little Lahsa, has been the seat of his Holiness, the Dalai Lama, the leader of the Tibetans, since 1960. Arrive Dharamshala & check-in at hotel. Have rest for some time & Afternoon visit Dalai Lama Temple and Naddi. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 08                Dharamshala

Early morning proceed for Village walk (3-4 Hrs), in between we will arrange Tea/ coffee session & light snacks for you. Then return to hotel for Breakfast & refreshment. After breakfast proceed for local city tour including St. John in the Wilderness, State Museum, War memorial, Norbulingka institute & Dharamshala Cricket stadium. By evening return to hotel & Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 09                Dharamshala – Manali (220 Kms/ 7 Hrs)

After breakfast drive to Manali, en route visiting Baijnath Temple. It is supposed to be the temple where Ravana Worshipped Shiva to gain immortality. After visiting Baijnath proceed by road to Manali, photo stop on the way at Kullu, upon arrival check-in at hotel. Manali a picture-perfect hill resort at an altitude of 1,929 meters situated near the end of the valley on the National Highway leading to Leh.

One sees well-defined snow capped peaks, the Beas River with its clear water meanders through the town. Evening at leisure and overnight at the hotel.
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Day 10                Manali – Excursion to Rohtang and Solang Valley

After breakfast drive to Rohtang Pass (altitude 13,051 ft (3,978 m)/ subject to weather conditions). The pass is open from May to November. This pass is an ancient trade route between the people on either side of Pir Panjal Afterwards visit the Solang Nala which is a side valley at the top of the Kullu Valley and 14 km northwest of the resort town Manali.

Giant slopes of lawn provide it its reputation as a popular ski resort.  Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at the Hotel.(Rohtang/ snow point visit subject to prior permission and weather condition)
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Day 11                Manali – Naggar Excursion & local sightseeing

After buffet breakfast drive to Naggar, situated on the left bank of river Beas at an altitude of 1851m. Naggar – an ancient town commands extensive views, especially to the North West of the valley. Naggar Castle now turned into a hotel commands a spectacular view of the valley. Also visit the “Nicholas Roerich art Gallery”,

an elegant mansion which houses the works of the famous Russian Painter Nicholas Roerich, who had chosen Naggar as his residence when he came to India in 1929.

Afternoon local sightseeing, proceed to visit Vashisht, a small village near Manali famous for its hot water springs, which are said to carry medicinal properties. Also visit the famous temple Hadimba Devi or Dhungari temple. The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest at the foot of the Himalayas and was built in the year 1553. Evening walk down on the Mall, from this central area the town spills downwards, with winding roads. Overnight at the Hotel.

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Day 12                Manali – Shimla (240 Kms/ 7 Hrs)

After breakfast check out from hotel & travel to Shimla by surface, the former summer capital of British India and now capital of Himachal Pradesh. Set amidst the snow-capped Shivalik mountain ranges it offers some stunning views of the mighty Himalayas. Upon arrival check in at your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 13                Shimla

After breakfast proceed for local Shimla sightseeing. Visit Vice Regal Lodge, which now houses the Institute of Advanced Studies. Sitting on the flat top of Observatory Hill, this Elizabethan mansion was built in 1888. The grey building still retains its grandeur, with a lion and unicorn guarding the entrance, immaculate lawns and original brass fire hydrants from Manchester. Next visit Jakhu Temple, sitting on top of Jakhu hill at 2,455 meters which is the highest point of the city.

Walk down on the Mall, which is the main shopping area of Shimla. Visit Christ Church, which was consecrated in 1857. It is a prominent yellow painted building with a Victorian-Gothic spire. Next to the church is the mock-Tudor Library, built in 1910. Overnight at the hotel.
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Day 14                Shimla – Kurukshetra (190 Kms/ 4.5 Hrs)

After breakfast, check out from hotel & proceed for Kurukshetra. A sprawling city dotted with temples, sacred tanks and pilgrimage sites, Kurukshetra  is rooted in history. It is said to be the battleground of the epic war between Pandavas and Kauravas as mentioned in the epic Mahabharata. It boasts its rich heritage and past glory in various

majestic temples and holy tanks like Brahma Sarovar and Sannihit Sarovar. It is being said that Kurukshetra is spread over 48 Kos (an ancient system of measuring land, wherein one kos is about 3 km) and envelops in its holy folds many temples. Legends abound here and have kept the stories of Mahabharata alive.Arrive Kurukshetra & check-in at hotel.

Afternoon visit Brahma Sarovar & Jyotisar (spot where divine lecture of Bhagwat Gita was delivered by Lord Sri Krishna).Overnight stay at hotel.

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Day 15                Kurukshetra – Haridwar (155 Kms/ 4 Hrs)

After breakfast, check out from hotel & proceed for Haridwar. Dotted with temples, ashrams and narrow lanes across the city, Haridwar is a famous Hindu temple town where millions of devotees come to take a dip in the holy Ganges. It’s believed that taking a dip in the holy Har Ki Pauri relieves you of all your sins. As you step into the city of Haridwar you’ll be welcomed with the chimes of the temple bells and the religious

chanting of the priests. Arrive Haridwar Hotel & fulfil check-in formalities.

This evening, walk through the bustling bazaars to attend the evening prayer (Aarti) dedicated to the Goddess Ganges at the Har-kiPauri Ghat. It is a spectacle of sound and colour with the pealing of temple bells and blowing of conch shells. The ritual starts at dusk with the priests lighting lamps and reaches a crescendo, lasting nearly half an hour. Hymns and mantras echo across the banks of the Ganges. Devotees chant along with the clash of cymbals and chiming bells. The reflection of golden hues of floating candles ‘Diyas’ in the river Ganga is an incredible sight.

Return hotel & Overnight stay at hotel.

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Day 16                Haridwar – Rishikesh – Delhi

After breakfast check out from Haridwar Hotel & proceed towards Rishikesh, another holy town located at a distance of 30 kms from Haridwar & has its own mythological importance. Arrive Rishikesh and you will start the tour from Lakshman Jhula- the popular hanging bridge across the holy river Ganga. Its 450ft long and is built at a height of 70ft from the river and 3kms away from Rishikesh city.

Next, walk over Ram Jhula, another iron suspension bridge on river Ganga. It connects Muni ki Reti with Swargashram.

Later, visit the different Ashrams of Rishikesh such as Gita Bhavan, Swarg Ashram, Saptrishi Ashram, and of course the recently restored Beatles Ashram. Time permitting, take a stroll through the local markets as well before resuming your drive back to Delhi. Wind up Rishikesh tour by 4 pm & continue your journey to Delhi.

Arrive Delhi & check-in at hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

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Day 17                Delhi Departure

This is the last day of the tour & it’s time to say Goodbye to India. The morning is at leisure. Your escort and vehicle are at your disposal. Later, depending on the time of your international flight you are assisted with your transfer to the airport for your homebound journey.

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