Explore the holy temples and roam through the green rolling hills of the North!
Travel from Delhi through the verdant hills of Himachal and holy temples of the Northern area with this tour package. We’ll take you around to experience the glorious nature and historical charm this region has to offer. In cities like Amritsar you will not only see the Golden Temple, but also visit a local market and learn how people live. In Dharamshala, we’ll explore the tea gardens, monasteries and the Dalai Lama temple.
Indeed, throughout the 15 days we will visit all the must-see temples and historical sights. Whether its exploring holy cities, wandering through lush greenery, discovering local delicacies, meandering through markets—this region is awaiting to be discovered!
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We start the tour in Delhi, with a visit to the Sanjay Colony community. While India is a country with a rich history and fast growing modern economy, it still faces a plethora of social issues. We’ll also do a sightseeing tour of Delhi’s best sights!
Visit the holiest site in Sikh religion: the glorious Golden Temple (also known as Harmandir Sahib). As the central worship place for Sikhs around the world, pilgrims from all over come to pay their respects. Stroll around the beautiful structure of white marble and gold leaf.
The daily lowering of the flags ceremony at the Wagah border, between India and Pakistan military forced, has been practised since 1959. Experience the patriotic displays of bravado from both sides! Participate in the roaring, chanting and cheering from both sides. It’s a fascinating ceremony, one unlike any other show of nationalism you’ll experience.
Encased by forested greenery, thriving on the edge of the Himalayas, Dharamshala is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile. Explore the hill-station’s monasteries, tea gardens and temples aplenty.
Shimla is the capital and largest city in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Once the summer capital of British India, Shimla is home to Victorian architecture and maze-like bazaars. As a pedestrian friendly city, you’ll enjoy strolling through its winding streets and taking in its serene, mountainous views.
Located in northern Uttarakhand–encircled by hills, cleaved by the holy Ganges river, Rishikesh is the perfect place to unwind. Most commonly known as the global ‘Yoga Capital,’ Rishikesh is home to yoga enthusiasts and ashrams aplenty. This is your chance to engage in meditation and yoga practice from the masters.
Third trip with Reality Tours and we were lucky enough to have Krishna Pujari as our guide again. He has become a good friend and someone I am full of admiration for.
First things first. This is a North India road trip. If you aren’t prepared for the the excitement and adventure of several long journeys on Indian roads with all that they bring, then maybe try a different tour first. Rajasthan is a brilliant starter.
Anyway, back to this one. From Delhi to Amritsar to the amazing Golden Temple. On to Dharamsala where the Dalai Lama is in exile high in the hills with a Tibetan feel to it.
Next stop was higher in the hills at Shimla. A stunning place with plenty to see. We even had an unexpectedly heavy snowfall which made it even more beautiful. We travelled down part of the way way by the “Toy Train”, a narrow gauge railway.
Onto the more modern city of Chandigarh. A very different city from most in India. Designed by Corbusier and built on a grid system with wide open tree lined avenues.
Penultimate stop was Rishikesh, on the banks of the Ganges. Picture postcard stuff again where the Beatles visited in their younger days. The Ashram they went to is a surprisingly a gem of a visit on the tour.
Finally back to Delhi. A city that undoubtedly leaves its mark on you.
Two weeks of an action packed trip. Tiring but I’m so glad I did it. I’ve missed loads out but want to thank our minibus driver for being so good with us, and of course our guide, Krishna.