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Mountains & Mystics of India

13 Days | Say namaste to Himalayan foothills and spiritual awakening.

4.7 out of 5 based on 54 reviews submitted.
EUR €1,216
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Take a tour of India and be introduced to the Mountains and Mystics of this incredible country. This is a journey of the body, mind, and spirit as you travel through the foothills of the world's highest mountains – the Himalayas. 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 locals. Discover it all on a 13-day enlightening adventure, and be enchanted by a land in perfect balance between physical and spiritual worlds.

Trip overview

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Delhi, India
Delhi, India
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
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This trip generates 41.27 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • The colonial charm and cool mountain air of Shimla Hill Station and a scenic ride on the World Heritage-listed ‘toy-train’ is the perfect way to experience this Himalayan hideout.
  • Explore the home of the Dalai Lama – Dharmasala. This highland haven is the ideal place for an enlightening experience of Tibetan spirituality, culture, and history.
  • Witness a unique ‘performance’ of the flag ceremony at India and Pakistan's Wagah border – a daily practice conducted since 1959, drawing crowds for its unconventional and ostentatious practices.
  • Learn about Sikhism on an included visit to the one of most sacred monuments of the faith – the luminous Golden Temple in Amritsar.
  • Breeze through the self-proclaimed ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ in Rishikesh, walking along the holy Ganges, and explore the crumbling beauty and famous mural-lined walls of the Chaurasi Kutia ashram.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip involves some long train rides, which can be tiresome but offer a quintessential Indian experience. Your overnight sleeper train from Amritsar to Haridwar takes approximately 10 hours. 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. Long-distance and overnight trains can often be delayed and occasionally cancelled due to heavy fog between December and February.
  • Part of travelling with Intrepid means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people and environments. 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.
  • 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'll be taking a private vehicle 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 (approximately 500 metres) with your luggage will be required.
  • As Rishikesh is a sacred town, no alcohol consumption is permitted during our time here.


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1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinners


Overnight sleeper train, Private vehicle, Public bus, Train, Heritage Train, Metro, Cycle rickshaw, Taxi


Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Hotel (9 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night), Heritage Hotel (1 night)

  • Delhi - Leader-led Old Delhi walking & rickshaw tour
  • Delhi - Visit to the Jama Masjid Mosque
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Shimla - Leader-led walking tour
  • Shimla - Viceregal Lodge
  • Mandi - Leader-led walking tour
  • Dharamsala - Norbulingka Institute
  • Dharamsala - Dalai Lama Temple
  • Amritsar - Golden Temple
  • Amritsar - Jallianwallah Bagh
  • Amritsar - Wagah Border ceremony
  • Rishikesh - Leader-led walking tour
  • Rishikesh - Chaurasi Kutia 'The Beatles Ashram'
Add on activities
  • Delhi - Qutub Minar - INR600
  • Delhi - Humayun's Tomb - INR600
  • Delhi - Gandhi's Delhi Urban Adventure - INR2700
  • Delhi - Home-Cooked Delhi Urban Adventure - INR4000
  • Delhi - Delhi Food Walk Urban Adventure - INR3500
  • Shimla - Cinema - INR100
  • Shimla - Jakhu Temple - Free
  • Shimla - Lakkhar Bazar - Free
  • Dharamsala - Cooking Class - INR400
  • Dharamsala - Losel Doll Museum - INR50
  • Rishikesh - Yoga Class - INR600
  • Rishikesh - Bike hire - INR300
  • Rishikesh - White Water Rafting - INR1500
  • Delhi - Culture Vulture Delhi Urban Adventure - INR2500

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 9 (overnight sleeper train) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
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.

3. Please provide your full name exactly as it appears on your passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport. Fees may apply for adding or amending details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases, you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.

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4.7 out of 5 based on 54 reviews submitted.
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Timothy · Traveled May 2023
Our guide was excellent and so accommodating. He went out of his way to make each member feel included and informed.
Review submitted 03 Jun 2023

Meena · Traveled May 2023
This trip itinerary allows one to be able to see a part of India that isn't so common for the average tourist to the region. Grateful to see so many world religions represented in a two week experience. There are long travel days which can be tiring but breaks are included for meals along the way. Weather can be of extremes - some days quite cold and some days quite hot - pack accordingly. Hotel accommodations are sufficient but not luxury. The itinerary is light on activities leaving plenty of free time to explore per day. This tour will not feel jam packed so it isn't right for you if you're looking for a busy itinerary. It will feel leisurely. Our tour guide (Maddy) was organized, easy to communicate with, and facilitated seeing this complex country with ease.
Review submitted 16 May 2023

Anna · Traveled May 2023
This is a trip of a lifetime. Exploring India through its profound and complex culture and spirituality will make you see the world with new eyes and leave you wanting to discover more about this beautiful country.
Review submitted 17 May 2023

Judy · Traveled April 2023
Intrepid was a magnificent way to view India and we were blessed to have two amazing guides
Review submitted 09 May 2023

Gavin · Traveled April 2023
A splendid, varied exploration of north-western India. From the metropolis of Delhi, fascinating Amritsar to relaxed towns at the foothills of the Himalayas, this tour will keep all your senses stimulated. If you are lucky to have Anant, you will also have an excellent tour leader!
Review submitted 22 Apr 2023
Mountains & Mystics of India
EUR €1,216