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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 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!
Our mission is to improve the quality of lives in the communities where we work. Like all of our tours, 80% of the profits fund Reality Gives, our education NGO based in Dharavi (Mumbai) and Sanjay Colony (Delhi). Thank you for supporting our programs by signing up for the tour!
Arrive in Delhi and check in to your accommodation.
There are no activities this day, so enjoy exploring the city on your own. In the evening, your guide will come to greet you in the hotel lobby. Over a welcome dinner, your guide will go over the itinerary for the next 15 action-packed days!
On Day 2 we will travel together to Sanjay Colony, a small slum built on 25 acres of land located in the south of Delhi near the Bahai Lotus Temple and Iskcon temple. Learn about working and residential life and witness how despite the challenging living conditions it remains an area charged with positive energy and strong community. You will also learn about the NGO programs directly supported by the visit.
Afterwards, we’ll pay a visit to Swaminarayan Akshardham temple. The rest of the day we’ll continue with some tour options or sightseeing.
Day 1: Welcome dinner
Day 2: City tour
Day 2: Sanjay Colony tour
Public transport tour
Morning travel to Amritsar on Day 3.
Travel by: Train
Estimated travel time: 6 hours
Amritsar, home to the Golden Temple also known as the Harmandir Sahib, is one of India’s holiest sites. We’ll arrive late afternoon and check into your hotel. Afterwards, we’ll visit the Golden Temple, which is the spiritual capital of Sikhism and Sikhs’ holiest place of worship. Then you can spend your time wandering around the market alleys, discovering the local Punjabi delicacies.
On Day 4, we’ll stop by Jallianwala Bagh, a public garden in Amritsar and learn about its national importance. Afterwards, we’ll head to the India-Pakistan border to witness the daily flag ceremony, a national show of bravado that military forces of India and Pakistan have engaged in since 1959.
Day 3: Golden Temple
Day 4: Jallianwala Bagh
Day 4: Wagah Border ceremony
Travel by car to Dharamshala
Estimated travel time:
Today in the morning, we’ll travel from Amritsar to Dharamshala: the journey through the mountains today is an adventure in itself. Enjoy the drive along bumpy, winding roads to Dharamsala, also known as McLeod Ganj. Strung with prayer flags and busy with robed monks strolling between monasteries, this hilltop retreat is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile. Spend the evening wandering the peaceful streets, which are set to the backdrop of the Himalayas.
Travel from Amritsar to Dharamshala
We’ll spend the say exploring McLeod Ganj, visiting the iconic Dalai lama Temple. The Dalai Lama visits this temple a few times every year to preach and bless; this temple is located near the residence of Dalai Lama. The temple is also an important pilgrimage spot. The most important feature of this temple is the morning ritual. We will also pay a visit to tea gardens and monasteries in the area.
Day 6: Dalai Lama temple, tea gardens, monasteries.
Morning drive to Shimla
Travel by: car
Estimated travel time: 6-7 hours
We will arrive in the town nestled amidst rolling green hills–Shimla–by night. Upon arrival you’ll get an orientation walk. The next morning we’ll begin a grand sightseeing tour: we’ll start on Mall Road, Shimla’s most popular shopping stretch. Then we’ll proceed to stop at a viewpoint that provides sweeping views of the Himalayas. Set among rolling hills, Shimla also offers an array of nature walks that range from gentle to challenging.
We’ll take you to the Viceregal Lodge to witness where the partition agreement between India, Pakistan and Bangladesh was made. There are several more options for us to explore: whether we take you to mingle with the entourage of monkeys milling about Jakhu Temple or show you around Lakkar Bazaar.
Sightseeing in Shimla
Head to the local cinema to catch a Bollywood blockbuster
Morning drive to Chandigarh
Travel by: car
Estimated travel time: 4 hours
We’ll set off early in the morning for our drive to Chandigarh; we’ll reach by late afternoon, check-in to our hotel and relax. The next day, will be a day to experience what Chandigargh has to offer. In the morning we’ll pay a visit to its famous and quaint Rock Garden: a 24 acre property full of sculptures.
The Chandigarh Capitol Complex, a Unesco World Heritage Site, must not be missed. Designed by Swiss-French architect. Le Corbusier, The Capitol Complex is comprised of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Palace of Assembly, and the Secretariat, as well as the Open Hand Monument. Within the grand complex, bodies of water and smaller buildings and structures can be explored.
Included: Sightseeing in Chandigarh
Morning drive to Rishikesh via Haridwar
Travel by: car
Estimated travel time: 6 hours
Today will be your first glimpse into Rishikesh: a city nestled in the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges River. Here we will embark on a night walk to explore its ghats in the evening.
Aptly named the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, Rishikesh is a fantastic place to relax and seek a little enlightenment. This is a place where an almost supernatural energy emanates through the valley, where pilgrims and tourists alike come together for its nightly ganga aarti (river worship ceremony).
We can arrange for you to engage in a quick lesson to learn how to play classical Indian instruments such as the sitar or tabla. We also highly recommend joining a session of Hasya yoga (laughter therapy). Or you could simply take time to enjoy the surroundings, engaging in a day of meditation.
Delhi is a vibrant city with an unbelievable amount of history, and how you want to explore it is largely up to you.
We’ll arrive in the early afternoon and after we check into our hotel, we’ll set off by car on a whirlwind orientation and sightseeing tour. This evening the trip will sadly come to an end, so we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner together.
Sightseeing by car
Depart any time.
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.
At present all our tours in Rajasthan are of fixed itinerary and duration. Unlike many operators we directly arrange all the tour services ourselves without using any agents. This makes sure we are confident in the quality of the service offered and allows us to focus on our unique local community connections in the areas visited.
Yes, we do offer private tours, but the price will need to be increased accordingly. Please get in touch for a quote!
Mumbai has an international airport (Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport). Domestic flights from Delhi and other major Indian cities are also available.
Our minimum group size is 2 and maximum is 12.
We stay in well-appointed mid range hotels, locally owned where possible. All hotels have hot water and most have Wi-Fi. Single passengers will share a twin room with another group member of the same gender if required. You are welcome to pay extra to ensure you have a room to yourself throughout the trip – please get in touch for costs. Upgrades to 4* accommodation are available at an additional cost.
The tour includes various meals including breakfast in the majority of our overnight hotels, several lunches and dinners.
The package includes several activities and entry fees. We also have additional suggestions for activities that aren’t included in the tour price. Please see the itinerary tab to see the included and optional activities.
A deposit payment of 20% is required. Full payment is then due by at least 60 days before tour departure. Advanced payment is necessary to confirm the booking and can be made by paying by bank transfer or by using our online card payment system.
Yes absolutely! Our tours are minimum 2 people but for private tours we can look at providing dates that completely suit you. If you are interested in a shared tour we can often also still offer your preferred dates, guarantee the tour and invite other passengers to join.
All our tours ensure easy international and domestic flight connections before and after the tour. We do not arrange therefore but if there are any flights within your tour itinerary we do organise these and they are included within the tour cost.
All of our nearest arrival airports offer pre-paid, safe and simple taxi options to your start hotel. So we prefer to provide detailed information on this in advance rather than charge you extra unnecessarily like some operators!
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.