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Travel to India and visit Delhi, Shimla, Mandi, Dharamsala, Dalhousie, Khajjiar, the Chamba Valley and Amritsar on this tour of India's mountains and mystics.

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Take a tour of India's mystical mountain regions from Delhi to Amritsar.

Take a tour of India and be introduced to the Mountains and Mystics of this incredible country. This is a journey of the body and spirit as we travel through the foothills of the world's highest mountains. These mystical lands look and feel very different from the rest of India - from the food and clothes to the crisp, clean mountain air and spiritual sway of the inhabitants. Discover the complex diversity of India and be enchanted by a land balanced between physical and spiritual worlds.

  • Experience rural life at a Chamba homestay
  • Visit Dharamsala - home to the exiled Dalai Lama
  • See the Golden Temple of Amritsar
  • Walk pristine mountain trails
  • Take a toy train journey through the Himalayan foothills
  • Dive into the chaos of Old Delhi
  • Stay in a palace of the former Raj in Mandi
  • Escape the heat of the plains in Shimla

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    New Delhi, India
  • Finish:

    New Delhi, India
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Homestay (3 nts), Hotel (10 nts), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    Auto rickshaw, Bus, Cycle rickshaw, Jeep, Overnight sleeper train
  • Included activities:

    Amritsar - Golden Temple, Amritsar - Jallianwallah Bagh, Amritsar - Wagah Border visit and flag ceremony, Delhi - Jama Masjid, Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour, Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple), Dharamshala - Norbulingka Institute guided tour, Locally-guided trek, Shimla - Viceregal Lodge

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    338kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. This trip starts in Delhi on day one at 1pm (2012) or on day one at 6pm (2013) 2. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information. TRIP CHANGES 2013 From the 20th January 2013, the itinerary will no longer be going to Dalhousie, Khajjiar or the Chamba Valley, and will include Haridwar and Rishikesh instead. Tours will now depart on selected Sundays rather than selected Mondays. Please note the departure on the 7th Jan 2013 will remain the same as the 2012 itinerary. The itinerary will be 13 days (instead of 15 in 2012) as follows: Days 1-2 Delhi Days 3-4 Shimla (and the toy train) Day 5 Mandi Days 6-7 Dharamsala/McLeod Ganj Days 8-9 Amritsar Days 10-11 Rishikesh Days 12-13 Delhi The detailed itinerary and prices will be released 1st November 2012

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Day 1 Delhi

It's big, it's bold, it's busy - and there is nowhere in the world quite like it. Delhi's sights and sounds are sure to engage and intrigue.

Days 2-3 Shimla

Sitting high up in the north-west Himalayas, Shimla is a charming town with houses built into the mountain, lovely heritage buildings and strong cultural traditions.

Day 4 Mandi

With a mountain backdrop and picturesque landscapes, Mandi is a beguilling town with a large number of temples of spiritual importance.

Days 5-7 Dharamshala

Dharamsala, a beautiful and spiritual city set high in the verdant Kangra Valley, is home to many Tibetan exiles, with the Dalai Lama being the most famous.

Day 8 Dalhousie

A former hill station for British troops and bureaucrats, Dalhousie is a tranquil mountain escape with incredible scenery and charming colonial architecture.

Day 9 Khajjiar

Known as the 'Mini Switzerland', Khajjiar is a delightful hill station set on a mountain plateau with a tranquil lake, green meadows and dense pine forests.

Days 10-12 Chamba Valley

Beautiful Chamba, a town nestled in the Chamba Valley, has an ancient history and is a wonderful place to experience life in rural northern India

Days 13-14 Amritsar

With the Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) shining like a jewel in its centre, Amritsar is a fascinating city sacred to both Sikhs and Hindus.

Day 15 Delhi

Delhi has been an important city in India for well over 2000 years, and its cultural richness and diversity radiates from every corner.
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