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Spiritual Himalaya

Departing: Delhi, India - 24 days
Countries visited: India

Experience the diverse landscapes and architecture from the highlights of northern India and the spiritual centres of Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism, in the shadow of the mighty Himalaya.

  

 

Itinerary

Northern India and indeed the Himalaya has been the birthplace of a number of religions and cultures and the unforgettable monuments, artefacts and people in this region are a highlight of any journey.

Starting in the opulent metropolis of Delhi, once the heart of Islamic India, you will journey out to the sacred Hindu cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh, situated where the Ganges emerges from the Himalayas. Here you can explore the temples, ashrams and pilgrim's guesthouses or simply sit back and observe the pilgrims going about their rituals.

Continuing north your journey will take you to Amritsar, where you can admire the sparkling grandeur of the Golden Temple, Sikhism's holiest site. Not far from here you will have the chance to witness the pomp and ceremony of what must be the most fascinating border closing ceremony anywhere in the world at India's border with Pakistan.

Heading back east and on past Delhi you will then journey off the beaten track to discover extraordinarily intricate temple art at Khajuraho, before making a pilgrimage to the Taj Mahal,continually acclaimed as one of the most spectacular wonders in the worldtoday.

Your next stop is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and one of the holiest places in India. Visiting Varanasi is an intense and rewarding experience, where rituals of life and death are performed by pilgrims from throughout the land.

Returning to the foothills of the Himalaya,this time in West Bengal, you will visit the city of Darjeeling,surrounded by tea plantations and with a dramatic backdrop of Himalayan peaks.Enjoy the cool mountain air as you wander the through the colonial buildings,Buddhist temples and tea plantations.

Coming back down out of the hills your journey concludes in former capital of British India, know known as Kolkata.


Day 1    Delhi (AT)
Day 2    Delhi (DT)
Day 3    Rishikesh (AT)
Day 4    Rishikesh (DT)
Day 5    Amritsar & Wagah Border (AT)
Day 6    Amritsar to Dharamsala
Day 7    Dharamsala & McLeod Ganj
Day 8    Dharamsala to Shimla
Day 9    Shimla
Day 10  Shimla to Delhi
Day 11  Delhi (DT)
Day 12  Khajuraho (AT)
Day 13  Khajuraho to Orchha (AT,DT)
Day 14  Orchha (DT,AT)
Day 15  Agra
Day 16  Agra (DT)
Day 17  Varanasi (AT)
Day 18  Varanasi
Day 19  Varanasi (DT)
Day 20  New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling (AT)
Day 21  Darjeeling
Day 22  Darjeeling to New Jalpaiguri (DT)
Day 23  Kolkata (AT)
Day 24  Kolkata

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Essentials

Accommodation
Hotels - 17 nights (twin share)
Trains - 6 nights (4-berth)

Meals & Sightseeing
The suggested sightseeing in these itineraries is not included nor are meals. You are free to arrange this locally or we can arrange this for you in advance separately.

Transfers
(AT) = Arrival Transfer is included.  
(DT) = Departure Transfer is included.

2-Berth Rail Upgrade (Optional)
Available on most rail sectors when two people book and travel together. See page 10 for more details.