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.

Start
New Delhi, India
Finish
New Delhi, India
Countries
India
Themes
Explorer
Code
HHSF
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
194kg pp per trip

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


Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get in touch with spiritual pursuits on a tour of the 'Yoga Capital of the World', Rishikesh.
Head back to the bustling capital of India for one final curry.
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Inclusions

Meals
1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Transport
Bus, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private vehicle, Steam train, Train, Van
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Hotel (10 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activites
  • 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)
  • Dharamsala - Norbulingka Institute guided tour
  • Mandi - Walking tour
  • Rishikesh - Walking tour
  • Shimla - Viceregal Lodge
  • Shimla - Walking tour

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Mountains & Mystics, April 2015

Mountains & Mystics, April 2015