Mountains & Mystics Itinerary

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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Local women admiring the Golden Temples in Amritsar

Girls travelling through Amritsar posing in front of Golden Temple

Local children of Chamba Valley gathered in colourful outfits

Lake khajjiar mountains as viewed from the Chamba Valley

Over crowded streets of Delhi

Day 1 Delhi

On a walking tour, be amazed by the sights, sounds and smells of Old Delhi and stop by Delhi's oldest mosque, the impressive Jama Masjid, which is capable of holding 25,000 people.
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Days 2-3 Shimla

Journey on the 'toy train' as it snakes its way up the mountain to the colonial town of Shimla, where British viceroys once gathered to escape monsoonal heat.
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Day 4 Mandi

Sitting on the banks of the Beas River, Mandi was once on the salt trading route to Tibet. Explore the riverside temples and ghats and get a taste of imperial life staying in a palace of the former Raj.
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Days 5-7 Dharamshala

Travel across mountainous roads to the home of the exiled Dalai Lama. Visit to the Norbulingka Institute, which features beautiful gardens and offers a range of on-site workshops and the chance to see the creation of traditional Tibetan art.
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Day 8 Dalhousie

A former hill station of the British army, Dalhousie is now a major settlement for Tibetan refugees. Wander the narrow lanes or sit back with a spicy chai and enjoy the fantastic views of the Himalaya.
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Day 9 Khajjiar

Trek through forests and cross bubbling creeks to rest overnight in alpine Khajjiar.
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Days 10-12 Chamba Valley

Follow shepherd tracks down to the cliff-top town of Chamba. Experience traditional life as a guest of a local family in their mountainside farm.
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Days 13-14 Amritsar

Visit the Golden Temple in the middle of a sacred lake. Travel to the Wagah border to witness the pomp and ceremony of the daily flag ceremony.
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Day 15 Delhi

Head back to the bustling capital of India for one final curry.