Discover India during 16 days of breathtaking experiences, astounding beauty and diverse culture.
Commencing from Delhi on 19th October 2015, visit the incredibly beautiful Taj Mahal, marvel at the spectacular Himalayan peaks and gorgeous river valleys of Himachal Pradesh, enjoy the exquisite beauty surrounding Manali, take a guided tour of the magnificent Golden Temple, experience the friendly Tibetan culture in the Dalai Lama’s home town of McLeod Ganj and discover the best of Delhi.
There will also be great shopping opportunities as well as delicious cuisine.
This dynamic tour takes you behind the scenes, where you will experience the hidden treasures of North India. It will enrich and delight you!
Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel. In the evening the group will meet for an official welcome.
Go on a day trip to Agra with a guided tour of the incredible Taj Mahal, described as the most extravagant monument ever built in the name of love.
An afternoon tour will take you to Fatehpur Sikri; a magnificent ghost city built in 1571 by the Moguls.
A morning flight will take you to Kullu, where you will embark on a picturesque mountain drive to Manali.
A guided tour of local Hindu and Buddhist sights as well as a visit to some local villages will inspire you today.
Venture south to Naggar and visit an astonishing art gallery as well as a Himalayan Folk & Art Museum. Lunch will be enjoyed at Naggar Castle (built in 1460). On the way back, we stop at Khakanal for a cooking class and dinner with Tibetan friends.
A morning drive to Rohtang Pass with stunning views of the majestic Himalayan mountains and peaks of Pir Panjal Range makes this an extra special day. There is free time in the afternoon to walk, trek, relax or shop.
Go on a scenic mountain drive to Rewalsar, stopping at Kullu for lunch. A visit to the Bhutti Weavers Cooperative is scheduled en-route.
The sacred lake of Rewalsar is revered by Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs. A tour of the Buddhist Gompas, Sikh’s Gurudawara, Rewalsar lake and the mystic caves of Padmasambhava will take place today.
After breakfast, drive to Mcleod Ganj – home of the Dalai Lama and thousands of Tibetan people living in exile. On the way, you will visit some Tibetan colonies and enjoy lunch at Taragarh Palace.
Go on a guided tour of Mcleod Ganj and surrounding areas. This is a unique opportunity to experience the vibrant and friendly Tibetan Culture. Experience the peaceful ambience of Norbulingka Institute, established to teach and preserve Tibetan art and culture. While here, enjoy a delicious Tibetan lunch before, visiting the beautiful Tibetan Children’s Village in the afternoon.
29th to 30th October
Enjoy free time with many different activity options including: Tibetan cooking classes, walks, yoga, meditation, trekking, prayer time at the Dalai Lama’s temple, a Tibetan massage or shopping at the many Tibetan stores. You will also have the opportunity to join an English conversation group with Tibetan monks.
Visit Chinmaya Mission and then drive to our next destination – Amritsar. A visit to the astonishingly beautiful Golden Temple is scheduled for the evening.
Today you will go on a guided tour of the Sri Durgiana Temple and the Golden Temple, where priests keep up a continuous chant from the Sikh holy book and welcome all people into this deeply spiritual place.
Catch a late morning train back to Delhi.
Go on a guided tour of Delhi and then take part in a final group dinner, before departure to the airport for flights back home.
Your 16-day experience includes air-conditioned travel, all accommodation, train, internal flight, entrance fees, local guides, many meals, all tours, bottled water and guide tips.
Price $3190 per person twin share.
(Single supplement $690)
The itinerary may be subject to change depending on altered circumstances.