Enjoy a small group adventure from Gujarat, the foothills of the Himala, the Punjab and beyond
Travel across Gujarat, taking in the clash of sights, cities and cultures that make this colourful country famous. Marvel at the wildlife in Sasan Gir Wildlife Santuary and chill by the beach in Dwarka, all the while meeting friendly locals and indulging in spicy delights. From Delhi, head into the Himalaya and be introduced to the Mountains and Mystics of this incredible country. Discover the complex diversity of India and be enchanted by a land balanced between physical and spiritual worlds.
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Immerse yourself in the interchanging chaos and tranquillity of India’s cosmopolitan cities and traditional towns
Get up close to nature on safari in Sasan Gir Wildlife Sanctuary and Wild Ass Sanctuary, and camp under the stars near the village of Bajana
Climb the steep summit to the Jain temple complex of Shatrunjaya and enjoy breathtaking views
Explore Old Delhi by foot and cycle rickshaw, where ancient temples stand against extravagant billboards advertising Bollywood films
The colonial charm of Shimla Hill Station offers a great introduction to the Himalayas, and the World Heritage-listed ‘toy-train’ is a great way to get there
As the home of the Dalai Lama, tranquil Dharmasala is the ideal place for an enlightening experience of Tibetan spirituality, culture and history
Learn about Sikhism on a visit to the faith’s most sacred monument, the luminous Golden Temple in Amritsar
Breeze through the self-proclaimed ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ in Rishikesh and camp along the banks of the holy Ganges River
Gujarat is known for its intense heat, so it’s important to carry plenty of water and wear layers that will protect you from the sun.
The walking tours can be quite long and tiring, and will require a moderate level of fitness, especially when climbing the 3,300 steps to Shatrunjaya.
Although you will have free time in some places, we’ll be moving at a fairly quick pace with some long driving days.
This trip involves some long train rides, which can be tiresome but offer a quintessential Indian experience. The journey from Delhi to Shimla takes nearly a full day of train travel and you’ll also be taking a ten-hour overnight sleeper train from Amritsar to Haridwar.
Sleeper trains are clean and air-conditioned and a great way to travel long distances while still getting maximum time in each place. Beds are padded berths with sheets, pillow and blanket provided (although some people prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet). Please note that you may be sharing with locals of the same or opposite gender.
We’ll be taking a local bus between Mandi and Dharmsala. The road through the mountains is rough and bumpy, but the scenery, adventure and opportunity to mingle with locals will distract you from any discomfort.
In Dharmsala, our vehicle can’t get all the way to the hotel so some walking (500 m) with your luggage will be required.
As Rishikesh is a sacred town, no alcohol is permitted.
This trip travels into the Himalayas, where temperatures can get very low. We don’t run the trip in winter, but ensure that you’re well prepared for cold weather at any time of the year. The sun can also be strong at higher altitudes, so make sure you bring a hat, sunscreen and any other relevant sun protection.
We visit a number of temples on this trip, which requires a certain level of modesty. Please bring clothes that cover the arms and pants/skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.
Long distance and overnight trains can often be delayed and occasionally cancelled due to heavy fog between Dec-Feb. Please see the transport section of the essential trip information.
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A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.
This is a combination trip, as such the make up of your group and tour leader may change on day 14.