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This 12 day adventure also provides a great opportunity to immerse yourself in northern Indian culture and to explore the traditional and sustainable way of life amongst neighbouring hill villages. If you’d always wanted to visit the Taj Mahal, the Golden Temple at Amritsar or witness the awe-inspiring daily celebrations on the banks of the Ganges, you’ll have the opportunity to do so with one of our experienced guides on hand to guide you and provide information about the places you’ll visit.
Historical and cultural Delhi- Spiritual Holy Ganges - Golden temple – Chandigarh and Rock garden – ‘Toy Train’ journey to the Shimla - British Raj - Village life in the Himalayan villages - Golden Temple - Wagah Border Ceremony - Taj Mahal
All the hotels included in this trip will be either heritage or 4 to 5 star. For those who want a little more luxury, there are often opportunities to upgrade. We will be pleased to discuss the hotels in each location with you – please just give us a call.
Day 1: On your mid-morning arrival in Delhi
, you’ll be welcomed at the airport by one of our team and driven to your Hotel. Once refreshed, you can spend the afternoon sightseeing in the hustle and bustle of Delhi and it’s markets and famous monuments.
Day 2: No trip to India would be complete without experiencing a journey by train. You’ll be driven to pick up the morning train from Delhi to Haridwar, passing through some breath taking scenery on the way and being treated to a cross-section of Indian life through the window. A driver will meet you and take you to Rishikesh where you’ll stay overnight in one of the traditional hotels.
Day 3: Rishikesh
is a true cultural gem and you’ll have the chance to watch or join in with one of the famous yoga Ashrams. Most travellers spend the evening on the banks of the Holy Ganges river to experience the magical evening ceremony where there is lighting of candles and the singing of “Long Live Mother Ganga” under lamplight.
Day 4: You’ll take a short morning flight to Amritsar,
on arrival you’ll have the chance to visit to the Golden Temple where you’ll can learn about the history and beliefs of the Sikh faith. Here the famous kitchen provides free food to more than 40,000 people each day. Later in the day, you’ll also visit the hugely entertaining evening Border Flag Ceremony between Indian and Pakistani service personnel at Wagah. Your overnight stay will be in Amritsar.
Day 5: Foot hills of the Himalayas and Chandigarh:
This is the start of your travels towards the majestic Himalayas and there will be stunning views during your drive from Amritsar to Chandigarh. Your destination will be a spa hotel in Moksha in the foot hills of the Himalayas.
Day 6: Toy Train to Shimla:
Boarding the narrow-gauge Toy Train to Shimla you’ll pass through the terraced fields, Alpine forests and rhododendron glades, with views of local people farming and tending cattle close to hilltop villages. There are many lovely hotels in Shimla and you will have plenty of time to relax and enjoy some local Indian hospitality.
Day 7: Capital of the Raj and present State: At its peak, there were many British civil servants based in Shimla with many titles. Even today walking around this British Raj Capital, you’ll get a good sense of what it would have been like during that period. The architecture will transport you back in time and you can visit some of the memorable buildings and picnic in the woods overlooking the town and the Himalayan foothills behind. We organise a gala dinner in the old palace and for those who like history, a chance to attend a lecture and slide show on Shimla.
Day 8: Naldehra and Picnic in the Alpine woods: Shimla has plenty of places to visit and shops where you can pick up souvenirs to take home. After a morning walk around the mall and town, we’ll take a short drive to Naldehra for tea that will include a visit to a local village. Overnight in Shimla.
Day 9: Shimla Heritage Walk and Sightseeing: Final day in Shimla markets and enjoy the sightseeing of Jakhu Temple and evening shopping the local streets of Shimla, stay in the Oberoi Cecil Hotel, Shimla.
Day 10: Chandigarh and Train to Delhi: You’ll retrace your steps by taking the Toy Train or road from Shimla to Chandigarh where you can do some afternoon sightseeing to the famous Rock Garden and tea in Chandigarh before boarding an evening Train to Delhi.
Day 11: The Taj Mahal: Wonder of the World is recognised worldwide, an iconic and truly beautiful palace and not to be missed! The Taj is easily reached by fast train and you’ll have plenty of time to marvel at this world heritage site.
Day 12: Departure Flight home: All wonderful adventures have to come to an end but you will only have a short journey to catch your return flight from New Delhi.