Day 1: Arrive Amritsar by evening.
Day 2: Explore Amritsar, Golden temple and retreat ceremony (Diwali festival)
Day 3: Amritsar to Dharamsala, 190 kms, 6 hours drive. (via Kangra), Brijeshwari Temple.
Day 4: Visit Dharamsala (1830 m). Namgyal monastery and Norbulinga.
Day 5: Dharamsala to Palampur – 62 km. Via Chamunda Devi Templs, Tea garden, Andretta pottery and craft society.
Day 6: Palampur to Mandi, via Baijnath- Sacred lake of Rewalsar. 137 km.
Day 7: Mandi to Kullu-Manali (2000 m), 90 kms. Via Bajaura temple.
Day 8: Explore Manali. Ancients temples, Art Gallery and mountain culture
Day 9: Manali to Simla, 250 kms.
Day 10: Day in Shimla. Jhaku Temple, Advance study hall.
Day 11: Shimla to Chandigarh, 150 kms. Visit rock garden.
Day 12: Chandigarh to Rishikesh (230 m), 5 hours. Asharam and evening Arti.
Day 13: Rishikesh to Haridwar, 23 kms. Temples, bathing Ghats and evening grand Arti.
Day 14: Haridwar to Delhi by train, 240 kms. Glimpse on city high lights, Evening departure.
Day 1, Arrives Amritsar, reception at airport, Transfer to the hotel for night stay.
Arrives Amritsar, the city of Golden temple, reception at airport, Transfer to the hotel for night stay.
Day 2, Visit the city, (Diwali festival)
Morning join the point from where heritage walk starts, a guided tour that takes you through the history, culture and heritage of the city. One can get to experience the different aspects of old city, its neighborhoods and explore the least known parts of this 400-year-old city.
Day to visit Amritsar, translates as “pool of nectar” is surrounding the Sikh Golden Temple. A causeway connects to the temple in the middle of the pool. A Sikh high priest reads the holy book, sitting on the east side of the temple, attracts pilgrims from all over the world.
Visit one of the biggest community kitchens in the world. Most fascinating action of work here done by volunteers who helps to peel, chop, cook, wash dishes and serve free meals to the thousands of devotees.
Afternoon visit Bagha border to attend the retreat ceremony (or Parade) take places on grand trunk road between India (Amritsar) and Lahore in Pakistan is an incredible experience at sun set.
By evening among many devotees, you can also attend the closing ceremony of sacred book, and enjoy the serenity of golden temples when illuminate by night, back to hotel.
Day 3, Amritsar to Dharamsala, Mecleodganj, (1830m) 190 kms, 6h.
Leave to Dharamsala, Enroute visit thousand-year old Brijeshwari Temple dominating old Kanga town, built in Shikhara style and dedicated to the goddess Brijeshwari. The 10-minute walk leading to the temple premises is through decorated alley with colourful shops selling articles that devotees need for religious rituals to pay homage to the goddess.
Afternoon check into hotel. Evening stroll with the Indo—Tibetan crowd on the street of Mecleodganj. A former colonial retreat rose to prominence after the large-scale exodus of Tibetans from their homeland in 1959. It is the residence (Ocean of Tranquility) of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. In the backdrop are the majestic Dhauladhar mountains. The Tibetan Government in exile has been based here for over decades, with traditional architectural designs drawn from Tibet, Night in hotel.
Day 4, Visit Dharamsala (1830 m).
Morninng visit the impressive Namgyal monastery is surrounded by a row of prayer wheels, and houses larger-than-life images of the Buddha: Padmasambhava and Avalokteshwara.Tsuglagkhang complex is the most important Buddhist monument of Mac Leod Ganj and has an interesting collection of sacred texts based on the teaching of Buddha, the centre of medicine and astrology.
Visit the Norbulingka Institute and its museum. This Tibetan Arts Museum seeks to promote the study and representation of the Tibetan performing arts to ensure their preservation. We may have the opportunity to meet the monks, (some time close for the renovation and for the Tibetan festive events), the Tibetan handicraft centre can also be visited. Night in hotel.
Day 5, Dharamsala to Palampur – 50 kms.
Leave to Palampur, En route visit Chamunda devi temple dedicated to goddess Durga,
Palampur is situated in the foothills of the Dhauladhar range. It has a mild climate hence tea is produced here. Visit tea gardens and art Gallary of veteran painter Shoba Singh at Andretta. This Village is immensely famous for its Norah’s centre for Arts, Andretta Pottery and Craft Society (Open weekly from 10h30 to 17h.)
Night in hotel.
Day 6, Palampur to Mandi, via Baijnath-Rewalsar, 137 km.
Leave to Mandi, enroute visit Shiva temple at Baijnath dedicated to Vaidhyanath. The temples are built in the Shikhera style and are remarkable for their proportion and architectural beauty.
Drive further to Rewalsar (Pool of Ancient Wisdom), which is like a Dark jewel on a wooded hillside.This sacred lake is identified as the “Sahar of Yore”. Legend identifies this place the one from where Padma Sambhava left for Tibet to spread the words of the Budha in the 8th century.
Mandi is an important town of Himachal Pradesh and gateway to Kullu Valley. It is known for its aesthetically carved Shikhara style temples of Bhootnath, Triloknath and Panchvakra, stroll in old street which leads to the series of above said temple. night in hotel.
Day 7,Mandi to Kullu-Manali (2000 m), 90 kms.
Today, we leave for Manali. Enroute visit Shiva temple at Bajaura before Kullu town, Kullu–Manali is situated in the inner range of the Himalayas and is famous for apple orchards, pine trees and cheerful people. The valley has hundreds of temples and deities. The Aryans named this valley as Kulantpitha, meaning “the end of the habitable world”. Once reached visit temple of Manu at old Manali village, evening free to stroll in new Manali, night in hotel.
Day 8, Exploration around Manali.
Leave to visit pagoda shape wooden temple of Goddess Hadimba is famous for its association with Mahabharata, located in middle of giant cedar forest. Further to Nagar castle is a mountain architecture example of the valley, Over view on another wooden temple of Pagoda shape dedicated to Goddess Tripura sundry, the well-known art Gallery of Russian painter Nicolas Roerich, Evening back to Manali. night in the hotel.
Day 9, Manali to Simla, 250 kms. 6h
The road passes through several villages of Himalayan Foot hills, Magnificent views of terraced fields sloping down either sides of the valley floor. Afternoon reached Simla, the ancient summer capital of British Raj. Evening Stroll on the mall to mingle with the Indian folks, night in a hotel.
Day 10, Day in Shimla.
Our day starts in morning by visiting to the temple of Monkey God on Jhaku hill. (Beware of monkeys). Next to Vice-regal Lodge built in 1888, once official summer residence of British viceroys which now houses the Indian Institute of Advance Studies, If time allows visit state museum has collection of ancient artistic, archaeological and ethnical human works, (closed on Sunday and on national holidays)
night in a hotel.
Day 11, Shimla to Chandigarh,126 kms. 4h
Leave the mountain, Take the zigzag road down to the plain of Punjab and Haryana where grows varieties of crops round the years.
Afternoon reached Chandigarh; a city designed by the famous Swiss architect Le Corbusier. Visit the Rock Garden which is an epitome of creativity and innovation. It is a unique garden that consists of various art objects. But the best part about the rock garden is that each of its artwork has been made by using industrial & urban waste and is one of the most visited sites.
If time allow take overview on the Capitol Complex declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016, this complex contains the administrative buildings and the open hand monument “Emblem of Chandigarh”. (Close to Sunday and the day Ferrier). Evening dinner and stroll in the city centre, Night in hotel.
Day 12, Chandigarh to Rishikesh (230 m), 5h50 hours.
Departure to Rishikesh- the sanctuary of saints and Sadhus. Situated on the banks of the river Ganges, known from medieval times as a great pilgrimage centre, attracting large numbers of pilgrims, saints and sages (sadhus). It is known for its centre for yoga and meditation. We will visit ashrams and temples, will witness the evening ritual ceremony at bank of holy Gange, when hundreds of people float little flower bowls with oil lamps on the river. Back to hotel for night stay.
Day 13, Rishikesh to Haridwar, 23 kms. (Ganga Dushera festival)
Start your journey for Haridwar. Check-in to the hotel. Visit Mansa Devi temple dedicated to Shakti, the goddess of power. Leave to Kankhal to visit historical Daksha Mahadev temple, named after King Daksha Prajapati connected with Lord Shiva and Goddess Sati visit Ghats among hundreds of pilgrims taking bath in sacred Ganga. By evening, join the grand Arti which is one of the most fascinating religious ritual in the world, night in a hotel. Haridwar literally means gateway to God. It has been a sacred place from time immemorial and is one of the most important pilgrimage places on the Ganges. Based on Hindu mythology, millions of Hindus take a holy dip in the sacred river Ganges to seek emancipation.
Day 14, Haridwar to Delhi by train, 240 kms. Evening departure
Morning transfer to Railway station, around 6 hours of train journey to Delhi, afternoon reached Delhi. Visit splendid Humayun Tomb, Built in 1572 AD in the memory of Emperor Humayun by his Persian wife and chief consort Bega Begum.
Humayun’s Persian wife and chief consort, in 1993 declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Later overview on India gate and President house. After dinner transfer to airport to take flight to yours onward destination. No hotels in Delhi.