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Explore the holy temples and roam through the green rolling hills of the North!
Travel from Delhi through the mountain ranges and holy temples of the northern area on this tour and you’ll experience the glorious nature and historical charm that 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.
Throughout the 14 days we will visit all the must-see temples and historical sights. Whether it’s 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!
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Welcome to Delhi, the nation’s capital, a vibrant city with an unbelievable amount of history! Your tour guide will meet you at the airport and then you will transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time and how tired you are, the tour guide will plan the rest of the day with you accordingly, which could include some sightseeing, plus a welcome dinner.
– Airport Transfer
– Welcome dinner
– Delhi sightseeing of your choice (food not included)
Today you can do any of the city tours or slum tours which we do. We suggest in the morning visiting 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 the 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 your visit.
In the afternoon we suggest doing some more traditional sightseeing of your choice such as visiting India Gate, Qutub Minar, Humayun’s tomb, Agrasen ki Baoli (a stepwell) and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, a Sikh temple and one of the largest community kitchens in India which feeds more than 10,000 people per day. In the evening, if you still have the energy, you can explore old Delhi and go on our popular food tour if you wish!
– Sanjay Colony Slum Tour
– Sightseeing tour
– Old Delhi Tour (Food not included)
– Entry fee to Qutub Minar: INR 500pp
– Entry fee to Humayun’s Tomb: INR 500pp
– Entry fee to Red Fort: INR 500pp
Today we will take a morning train to Amritsar, arriving at lunch time when we’ll check into your hotel. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the famous Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib), the spiritual capital of Sikhism and its holiest place of worship. We will also visit one of the biggest community kitchens in the world which cooks meals for more than 50,000 people per day. In the evening we will wander around the markets, discovering the local Punjabi delicacies such as sweet lassi, kulfi and parathas.
– Tour of Golden Temple
Today we will spend the whole day touring Amritsar. We will visit Jallianwala Bagh, a public garden in Amritsar and learn about its national importance, as well as the Partition Museum to understand more about one of the largest human migrations in history in 1947, when India was split into India and Pakistan. In the late afternoon, we’ll head to the India-Pakistan border to witness the daily flag ceremony, a national show of bravado which the military forces of the two countries have engaged in since 1959.
– City Tour of Amritsar
– Wagha Border Ceremony
– Entry fee to Partition Museum: INR 100pp
In the morning, we’ll travel from Amritsar to Dharamshala by car (6-7hrs). This is quite an adventure where you will enjoy great views of the Himalayas along the winding roads. We will stay in McLeod Ganj, a hilltop retreat, home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile, and busy with robed monks strolling between monasteries. Later in the evening, we will visit a local family and enjoy a Himachali style dinner. After dinner you can spend the rest of the evening wandering the peaceful streets, which are set to the backdrop of the Himalayas.
– Dinner at a local family’s house
We’ll spend the day exploring McLeod Ganj and its surroundings, in the morning visiting the iconic Dalai Lama Temple. The Dalai Lama visits this important pilgrimage spot, located near His Holiness’s residence, a few times every year to preach and to bless the people. Then we will visit a Tibetan Museum where you will see the history of Dalai Lama and his followers’ exile to India and the Struggle for freedom from China. After that we will see the beautiful Bhagsunag Shiva Temple, tucked into the mountains, and then see some tea gardens and monasteries in the area. We will visit Norbulingka Institute which preserves and develops Tibetan arts and culture. If you are a cricket fan, you can also see the Himachal Pradesh cricket stadium, one of the most beautiful sports venues in the world.
– Day tour of Dharamshala
– Entry fee to Tibetan Museum: INR 200pp
– Entry fee to Norbulingka Institute: INR 200pp
In the morning we will enjoy a picturesque drive to Shimla, approximately 6 to 7 hours away, with stopovers at some apple gardens (tasting allowed!) and in some villages in the valleys. We will reach Shimla, the summer capital of British India and home to Victorian architecture and maze-like bazaars, by the evening and once checked in to the hotel, we will visit a local restaurant in the scenic Mall road, the main hangout place in Shimla.
In the morning we’ll visit the church on Mall road before stopping at a viewpoint that provides sweeping views of the Himalayas. We will then visit the Jakhu Hanuman Temple and its entourage of monkeys at the top of the mountain, accessible by ropeway, where we will also see a magnificent Hanuman statue (Monkey God), the largest in India.
We’ll take you to the Viceregal Lodge, where the partition agreement between India and Pakistan was made. We will then see the handicrafts in Lakkar Bazaar before coming back to the hotel to relax.
– Ropeway fee (to access Jakhu Hanuman Temple): INR 500pp
– Entry fee for Viceregal Lodge: INR 200pp
In the morning we’ll take the famous Kalka Shimla Toy train, a Unesco World Heritage Site built in 1903. We’ll then continue by car to Chandigarh, arriving late in the afternoon. In the evening we’ll go for a market walk in Sector 17 and enjoy dinner in one of the many restaurants.
– Toy train ride
Today will be a day to experience what Chandigarh has to offer. In the morning we’ll pay a visit to its famous Rock Garden- a 24 acre property full of sculptures.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Chandigarh Capitol Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site not to be missed. Designed by a Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, The Capitol Complex comprises the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Palace of Assembly, and the Secretariat, as well as the Open Hand Monument.
– Day Tour of Chandigarh
– Entry fee to the Rock Garden: INR 100pp
– Entry fee to the Open Hand monument: INR 100pp
In the early morning, we start our journey (6-7 hrs) for Haridwar and Rishikesh, two of the holiest cities for Hindus. We will stop over at Haridwar and take a walk on the Ghats (river steps) to see hundreds of people bathing and carrying out many types of Hindu rituals including shaving their heads and offering their respects to their dead ancestors.
We will reach Rishikesh, aptly named ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ as it’s a fantastic place to relax and seek enlightenment, in the evening. There is a special and calm energy flowing through the area, where pilgrims and tourists come together for the nightly Ganga Arti (river worship ceremony).
After arriving at our hotel, we’ll take an evening walk around the markets selling religious artefacts and then visit a local restaurant overlooking the Ganges. .
Today we will have a full day tour of Rishikesh including a walk on the Laxman Jhula bridge over the river Ganges, and a visit to Chaurasi Kutia, better known as the Beatles Ashram because the rock band members studied meditation there. In the evening we’ll visit Triveni Ghat to see the evening Ganga Aarti (lamp) Ceremony
We can arrange a lesson for you to learn how to play classical Indian instruments such as the sitar or tabla. You can join a session of Hasya yoga (laughter therapy). Or you could simply take time to enjoy the surroundings, engaging in a day of meditation.
– Ganga Aarti Ceremony
– City Tour in Rishikesh
– Entry fee to Beatles Ashram: INR 500pp
– Music lesson
– Hasya yoga class
We will drive back to Delhi in the morning, taking 5 to 6 hours. On arrival we will transfer you to the hotel and in the afternoon, you have the option to rest or do some last minute sightseeing.
– Sightseeing in Delhi (entrance to monuments not included)
This morning we will finish the tour and we will transfer you to the airport.
– Airport transfer
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!