From Delhi's bustling crowds to the relative calmness of Dharamsala, every day of this adventure brings a new experience.
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.
One of our best-selling trips in India, this adventure takes you into the Himalayas and to some of the country's holiest places – perfect for first time visitors or those who are returning to India.
Get a glimpse of India's diversity while experiencing a range of landscapes and cultures that make this such a fascinating country.
Witness the flag ceremony at India and Pakistan's Wagah border – a daily practice conducted since 1959.
The colonial charm and cool mountain air 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 and walk along 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.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
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1. A Single Supplement to have your own room 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 128 reviews in the last year.
Travelling with Intrepid takes away the details of transport and accommodation without detracting from the excitement of really experiencing the country.
Review submitted 24 Sep 2018
I enjoyed many aspects of the tour, meeting other travelers, having the history and culture of each place we visited explained and having transport and accommodation organized made it easy. The down side was lots of packing up and moving with only one or two nights stays and there were a couple of hotels that left a lot to be desired. Our guide was great, very knowledgable and helpful .
Review submitted 23 Sep 2018