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 soul of the inhabitants. Discover the complex diversity of India and be enchanted by a land balanced between physical and mystical worlds.
The colonial charm of Shimla Hill Station offers a great introduction to the Himalayas, and the World Heritage-listed ‘toy-train’ is the perfect way to get there
As the home of the Dalai Lama, 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
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 (hopefully) 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 (particularly from November to March). The sun can also be strong at higher altitudes, so make sure you bring a hat, sunscreen and any other 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.
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1. A single supplement is available to book on this trip and covers all nights on tour with the exception of the overnight sleeper train.
2. Please note that due to train arrival times there may not be any free time in Delhi at the end of this tour. We advise booking additional accommodation to extend your stay.
Our Mountains & Mystics of India trips score an average of 4.59 out of 5 based on 94 reviews in the last year.
This was a very memorable trip with plenty of variety. I wasn't sure about camping but this was wonderful with great food. Take clothes (layers) for all weathers particularly in the 'winter'. The Beatles ashram outside Rishikesh in a tiger reserve was a great optional extra visit.
Review submitted 19 Dec 2017
I would recommend intrepid because of being environmentally friendly and ethically driven. Small groups, friendly guides who work hard to give you the best possible experience. Take note of physical ratings, very important as some may be 2 difficulty but it could include lots of walking up mountains etc for example.
Review submitted 14 Dec 2017