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Snowy Peaks & Dalai Lama - Himachal

Himachal - the land of the Himalayas is endowed with ancient religious sites, majestic mountains, and colorful culture. We begin with sightseeing in Delhi, from where we move to the Yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh as we set out on our 13-day private and guided tour of Himachal.

Rishikesh is famous for many ancient ashrams and the grand view of the River Ganges surrounded by mountains. Onwards to the gateway to the gods at Haridwar. Haridwar is home to some of the most sacred temples and ashrams. You will also get to see the breathtakingly beautiful evening Aarti at the banks of the River Ganga.

From Haridwar to the queen of the hills Shimla. Shimla is a quaint little hill station with a rich colonial history. Take in the surrounding landscapes from Kufri, placed at an altitude of 2,290 meters above sea level. A visit to Himachal is incomplete without a trip to Manali, where you take a mesmerizing ride through tall mountains on both sides. A stopover at Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley, with a stop at Dharamshala, complete this breathtakingly beautiful Himachal circuit.

On the way back to Delhi, a visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar will fill you in awe as you revisit the history of this city.

12 Nights/13 Days
Private Tour
Fully Escorted
13 breakfasts, 2 dinners included.
Private Car
English Speaking Driver
Vibrant Experiences
Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries
Water Rafting on River Ganges
Tibetan Culture
Yoga & Meditation
Snowy Mountains
Ancient Temples
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Himalayan Yak
Rural Villages
Golden Temple
Wagah Border
Trip Route
Delhi Rishikesh Haridwar Shimla Manali Dharamshala Amritsar Chandigarh Delhi
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A$1247
per person/twin share
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Itinerary
Snowy Peaks & Dalai Lama - Himachal Route Map
Accommodations

City

Standard

Deluxe

Luxury

Nights

Delhi

Hotel Clark International or Similar

Hotel Golden Grand or Similar

Hotel The Lalit or Similar

02

Rishikesh

Hotel Rishikesh Inn or Similar

Hotel Divine Resort or Similar

Hotel llbee Ganga Resort or Similar

01

Haridwar

Hotel Hyphen or Similar

Hotel Golden Tulip or Similar

Hotel Radisson Blu or Similar

 

01

Shimla

Hotel Sukh Sagar or Similar

Hotel Honeymoon Inn or Similar

Hotel Radisson Blu or Similar

02

Manali

Hotel Snow Park or Similar

Hotel Quality Inn Resortor Similar 

Hotel Anantmaya Resort or Similar

02

Dharamshala

Hotel Bab Marley or Similar

Hotel Fortune Park or Similar

Hotel Hyatt Regency or Similar

02

Amritsar

Hotel Hong Kong Inn or Similar

Hotel Golden Tulip or Similar

Hotel Radisson Blu or Similar

01

Chandigarh

Hotel The Regent or Similar

Hotel Golden Tulip or Similar

Hotel Hyatt Chandigarh or Similar

01

Day 1: DELHI, WELCOME TO INCREDIBLE INDIA!
You will be greeted & assisted by our representative at Delhi international airport and later transferred to your hotel to check in. Remaining time is at leisure till next day. Meals: Welcome Dinner Included.
Day 2: RISHIKESH, YOGA CAPITAL
This morning post healthy breakfast check out from hotel and you will be transferred by road to Rishikesh which is an ancient city and is famous for its Ashrams and for grand viewing of holy river Ganges surrounded by mountains. Rishikesh is also known as Yoga Capital of India. Ever since the Beatles visited the ashram of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the late '60s, Rishikesh has been a magnet for spiritual seekers. The town’s lanes and alleys retain an old-world charm, and it remains a wonderful place to relax and unwind among nature. Wander around and explore on foot. Venture down to the ghats lining the river and relax for a while amid the daily goings-on. Visit Laxman Jhoola- a divine bridge. For the adventurous, there are opportunities for white water rafting on the Ganga, Bungee jumping etc (All Optional). Meals: Breakfast Included.
Day 3: HARIDWAR, GATEWAY TO THE GODS
After Healthy breakfast, drive to Haridwar. It is the first place where Holy River Ganges reaches the plains descending the Himalayas. Haridwar is one of the best places to head to if you are in a quest for peace and spirituality. Visit some of the sacred Hindu temples and ashrams. Later take a stroll in the colourful markets of Haridwar. In the evening witness the auspicious ‘Aarti’ (holy ceremony) at the Ganges river ‘Ghat’ at sunset. It is a sight to behold, as the city is drenched in the divine aura of the glittering diyas and the ambiance is accentuated by the chanting of the mantras to appease the gods. The tiny diyas bedecked by flowers appear as if thousands of lamps are set to float in the river. Meals: Breakfast Included.
Day 4: SHIMLA, QUEEN OF THE HILLS
Start your day with early morning yoga class to rejuvenate your mind and body. After breakfast, proceed towards the queen of the hills, Shimla. Let the jagged mountains mesmerise you as you enter Shimla, a stunning hill station surrounded by green pastures and snow-capped mountains. On arrival check into your pre-booked hotel. After resting for few hours, take a stroll down the Mall Road to explore local handicraft and try some local cuisine. Spend your evening exploring the local surroundings. Meals: Breakfast Included.
Day 5: SHIMLA, LOCAL SIGHTSEEING
Today explore the beauty of Shimla and the surrounding landscapes of the quaint hill-station.
After breakfast proceed to Kufri. placed at an altitude of 2290 m above the sea level, Kufri is blessed with tranquility and scenery. Visit Himalayan National Park, Mahasu Peak and Chini Bunglow. Later you can enjoy yak riding, skiing, sledging, and other fun activities (Optional).
Later return to Shimla and explore Mall Road, The Ridge, Scandal Point, Christ church, Kali Bari Temple and Vice Regal Lodge- once the summer residence of various British viceroys, it boasts of an interesting English Renaissance architecture. Meals: Breakfast Included.
Day 6: MANALI, A ROAD TRIP THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS
The fun in your tour escalates as you head off to Manali. Enjoy the mesmerizing ride with tall mountains on both sides. While on your way, you will take a halt at Kullu and treat your eyes with its popular handicraft and eye-soothing beauty. After reaching Manali relax for a while and enjoy a couple of hours breathing the beauty of this famous hill-station. Spend your evening exploring the local surroundings. Meals: Breakfast Included.
Day 7: MANALI, A PASSIONATE AFFAIR WITH THE HILLS
After healthy breakfast, start your day with sightseeing of places in and around Manali. Visit Tibetan Monastery, Hadimba temple, Vishisth village and Hot Spring Bath. After a day of sightseeing and exploring the lush green surroundings in Manali, indulge in some shopping at the Mall road and IBEX Market - where you can buy souvenirs to take home. Meals: Breakfast Included.
Day 8: ROHTANG PASS & SOLANG VALLEY
Post breakfast at the hotel, you will leave for a full day tour of Rohtang Pass. It is the gateway to the gorgeous Lahaul and Spiti Valley and offers many panoramic views on its way. Covered with snow all-round the year, lying at an elevation 3978 m, it is open from June to October. Enjoy playing with snow here. The day would be filled with fun activities and various mesmerizing sights. Spend some time at the pass, indulge in activities like horse riding and sledging, Head to Solang Valley to experience pumping adrenaline. It is a side valley at the top of the Kullu Valley and over beautiful views of Glaciers. In Solang Valley, you can go for adventure activities like paragliding, zorbing, skiing, and sledging (Optional). Alternatively, you can go for a short-guided hiking tour and a romantic nature walk. Stay overnight in hotel in Manali. Meals: Breakfast Included.
Day 9: DHARAMSHALA, HOME OF DALAI LAMA
On this day after breakfast take a romantic long ride to the home of Dalai Lama, Dharamshala. It is known for its breath-taking beauty set amidst high pine and oak trees. Ever since 1959, when it became the temporary headquarters & Abode of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dharamshala has risen to international repute as The Little Lhasa in India. Once you reach the hotel and check-in, relax your body & mind by taking part in yoga and meditation class. In the evening, set out to explore the serene destination that gives you the perfect ambiance. Indulge in some shopping at the local markets. Meals: Breakfast Included.
Day 10: DHARAMSHALA, LOCAL SIGHTSEEING
Start your day with early morning yoga and meditation class to rejuvenate your mind and body. After breakfast explore the seamless blend of Himachal and Tibetan culture and beliefs as both peacefully co-exist in Dharamshala. Visit his holiness Dalai lama residence, Tsuglagkhang Complex, Mcleodganj, Tibetan Monasteries, beautiful forests, nature trails, local markets, and Tibetan Medical Center, known for curing various ailments using rare Buddhist medicines. Then, visit the Church of St. John, an Anglican church also known as St. John in the Wilderness. Evening free for leisure. Stay overnight at hotel in Dharamshala. Meals: Breakfast Included.
Day 11: AMRITSAR, GOLDEN TEMPLE
Bid adieu to Dharamshala as you will be hitting the road to Amritsar today! On arrival, check in at your hotel. After brief leisure, go for Amritsar local city tour. You will visit the famous Golden Temple, also known as the Darbar Sahib and Harmandir Sahib, which is the holiest and the most important pilgrimage site for Sikh religion. Later visit Jallianwala Bagh, a historical park where Jallianwala Bagh Massacre took place on April 13,1919, in which British troops fired on a large crowd of unarmed Indians, killing, and injuring to several hundred people. Post lunch enjoy an excursion to Wagah Border during the evening. It is the only border crossing between India and Pakistan. A beating retreat ceremony between India and Pakistan is a must watch when touring Amritsar. Later return to hotel and stay overnight. Meals: Breakfast Included.
Day 12: CHANDIGARH, CITY BEAUTIFUL
This morning after elegant breakfast, Checkout from the hotel and drive to Chandigarh, a very first planned modern city of India designed by the renowned French architect Le Corbusier. It is also one of the cleanest cities in India. Visit Le - Corbusier Museum, Rock Garden, Capitol Complex, Rose Garden, Pierre Jeanneret House, Sector-17 market and many more. EVENING WITH LOCAL FAMILY & COOKING CLASS Spend evening with the local family. You will experience a great insight into the lifestyle of Indian family. Later, you will be part of a cooking class with the local family. You will learn few local dishes and how to prepare them from with fresh ingredients. Enjoy the dinner prepared by you with the family. Return to your hotel and live a memorable night. Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Included.
Day 13: DELHI
This Morning post appetizing checkout from your hotel and proceed to Delhi. Board your flight and fly back with memories to cherish for life. Tour ends. Meals: Breakfast Included.
Accommodations

City

Standard

Deluxe

Luxury

Nights

Delhi

Hotel Clark International or Similar

Hotel Golden Grand or Similar

Hotel The Lalit or Similar

02

Rishikesh

Hotel Rishikesh Inn or Similar

Hotel Divine Resort or Similar

Hotel llbee Ganga Resort or Similar

01

Haridwar

Hotel Hyphen or Similar

Hotel Golden Tulip or Similar

Hotel Radisson Blu or Similar

 

01

Shimla

Hotel Sukh Sagar or Similar

Hotel Honeymoon Inn or Similar

Hotel Radisson Blu or Similar

02

Manali

Hotel Snow Park or Similar

Hotel Quality Inn Resortor Similar 

Hotel Anantmaya Resort or Similar

02

Dharamshala

Hotel Bab Marley or Similar

Hotel Fortune Park or Similar

Hotel Hyatt Regency or Similar

02

Amritsar

Hotel Hong Kong Inn or Similar

Hotel Golden Tulip or Similar

Hotel Radisson Blu or Similar

01

Chandigarh

Hotel The Regent or Similar

Hotel Golden Tulip or Similar

Hotel Hyatt Chandigarh or Similar

01

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Inclusions
  • Accommodation at the specified hotels.
  • All arrival and departure transfers, sightseeing by an exclusive deluxe air-conditioned Car with chauffeur as per the itinerary.
  • Daily breakfast during your stay at all proposed destinations.
  • Welcome dinner on Day1.
  • Cooking class with dinner in Chandigarh.
  • 1 Yoga Class in Rishikesh.
  • 2 Yoga classes in Dharamshala.
  • Indo – Pak Wagah Border Ceremony.
  • Garlanding welcome at the Airport in Delhi.
  • Services of English-speaking local tour guide during all sightseeing tours in Delhi, Amritsar.
  • 1 packed mineral water per person per day.
  • Airport pickup and transfers.
  • State tax, toll taxes and all applicable taxes.
  • Assistance at all pickup and departure points.
Exclusions
  • Entrance and Camera fees to the monuments and palaces.
  • Rohtang Pass Entrance fee.
  • Light and Sound Show.
  • Anything Not Mentioned in The Inclusions.
  • Porterage at Hotels and Airports, Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Liquors, Wine, Etc.
  • All Items of Personal Nature.
  • Any Cost Arising Due to Natural Calamities Like Landslides, Roadblocks, Etc.
  • Any Increase in Taxes or Fuel Leading to An Increase In Surface Transport.
  • Meals not specified in Itinerary.
  • Tips for staff, guide & driver. 
  • Domestic & International airfares. 
  • Optional, suggested, or unspecified activities. 
  • Insurance and Medi claim.
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Visa costs.
  • Anything not mentioned or “optional” or “own account” in the itinerary.
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