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Hidden Jewel of IndiaFrom Golden temple to holy Ganges

The tour starts from Delhi, the capital of India, Further to Amritsar, the most holy place for the followers of Sikhism. Kangra valley which house ancient Hindu temples. Dharamsala is the seat of the Tibetan Government in exile and the residence of the HH  The Dalai Lama, and house Buddhist monasteries. Palampur is ideal place for the tea gardens, Mandi brings us to this ancient and important commercial centre, Rewalsar is a popular pilgrimage site for Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs communities. Scenic Kullu valley Or “ valley of gods and goddesses” to explore old typical mountain architecture and  rich culture. Shimla, summer capital of the British Raj. Chandigarh, known for its urban planning, prosperity and sophistication. The city features a Rock Garden among its many attractions. The tour ends with a Hindu pilgrimage sites Rishikesh and Haridwar at the bank of holy Ganges. A tour that end by exploring an incredible diversity of culture, religion and landscape .


Day 1: Arrival in Delhi.
Day 2: Delhi to Amritsar.
Day 3: Amritsar to Dharamsala, 190 kms, 6 hours drive.
Day 4: Visit Dharamsala (1830 m).
Day 5: Dharamsala to Palampur (via Kangra), Brijeshwari Temple and Musroor rock temple.
Day 6: Palampur to Mandi, via Baijnath-Rewalsar, 137 km.(Altitude Rewalsar—1360m)
Day 7: Mandi to Kullu-Manali (2000 m), 90 kms.(Mandi Altitude-: 769m)
Day 8: Explore Manali.
Day 9: Manali to Simla, 250 kms.
Day 10: Day in Shimla.(Shimla Altitude-: 2100m)
Day 11: Shimla to Chandigarh, 150 kms.
Day 12: Chandigarh to Rishikesh (230 m), 5 hours.
Day 13: Rishikesh to Haridwar, 23 kms.
Day 14: Haridwar to Delhi by train, 240 kms. Evening departure.


Day 1, Arrival in Delhi.

Reception at the airport and transfer to hotel. O/N in hotel.

Day 2, Delhi to Amritsar.

Leave by train for a 6-hour journey to Amritsar. Check into hotel. Visit the city. O/N in hotel.

Amritsar translates as ‘pool of nectar’, the name of the sacred pool 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. The temple attracts pilgrims from all over the world.

Wagha Border is the Indo-Pakistan border 30 kms drive away, where the retreat ceremony on the road to Lahore is an interesting experience at Sunset.

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 Vrajreshwari. 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, Mcleodganj 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,  (1219 m.) 62kms. 2h.

Leave to Palampur,  Enroute visit  temple of Chamuda Devi, dedicated to the goddess of power. Further to Palampur is situated in the foothills of the Dhauladhar range. Its work to have stroll in main street of Palampur which is always crowded with varieties of people, when local descend to shop their daily need during the day. Area has a mild climate suitable  to produce the tea, hence tea garden will be visited ( tea pickers are off on Sunday and on national holidays.)

After noon departure to visit Andreta, home of the artist Sardar Shobha Singh and the writer Norah Richards. Visit the Terracotta museum, the main collection of this museum is the work of local potters and the students from rest of the India, but there are also sample from around the world. Evening free to stroll around in village or take over view on tea estate. Night in hotel.

Day 6, Palampur to Mandi(760m), via Baijnath-Rewalsar, 137 km.(Altitude Rewalsar—1360m)

Visit Shiva temple at Baijnath which bears an inscription dated A.D 804 and 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 word of the Budha in the 8th century A.D.

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, Panchvakra and Shyamakali at Tarna hill.O/N hotel.

Day 7, Mandi to Kullu-Manali (2000 m), 90 kms.(Mandi Altitude-: 760m)

Leave for Manali. Enroute, we will visit Shiva temple at Bajaura. Afternoon check into hotel.

Kullu—Manali is situated in the inner range of the Himalaya 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”. Visit the temple of Manu at old Manali, the hot spring at Vashisht and keep the evening free. Night in hotel .

Day 8, Explore Manali.

The Hadimba Devi temple is famous for its association with the Mahabharata. Jagatsukh was the capital of Kullu in olden times and has the temple of Gaytri Devi. Nagar is 20 kms away and has a castle, the temple of Goddess Tripurasundry, a Shiva temple, and the well-known Roherich Art Gallery. Evening back to Manali for night in hotel.

Day 9, Manali to Shimla, 250 kms.

The road passes through several villages. Lunch in a local restaurant on the way. Magnificent views of the Himalayan foothills. Simla-the ancient summer capital of the British Raj, also known as queen of the hills. An evening stroll on the mall to mingle with the natives. Night in hotel.

Day 10, Day in Shimla (2100m)

Morning visit to the temple of Monkey God on Jhaku hill. (Beware of monkeys) Visit the folk museum preserving the state’s rich cultural and archaeological artefacts, (close on Monday , latest  schedule  to be checked) . Visit  Rashtrapati Niwas, former residence of British Viceroy which now houses the Indian Institute of Advance Studies. Evening stroll on the mall to mingle with Indian folklore. Night in hotel.

Day 11, Shimla to Chandigarh, 150 kms.

Take the zigzag road down to 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.00h 40m.

Leave for Haridwar. Check into hotel. Visit Mansa Devi temple dedicated to Shakti, the goddess of power. Also visit Daksha Mahadev temple and bathing ghats. In the evening, join the grand Arti. Night in 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 the emancipation. Evening join grand ritual ceremony at Har ki Pauri (Bathing Ghat ) which is one of the most fascinating religious ritual in the world. Night in hotel.


Price per person : Based on Minimum 4 persons.

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Cost for less than 4 persons

Cost per person—- €1650 based on 3 person
Cost per person—- €1820 based on 2 person

Formed groups: If the proposed dates doesn’t suite to those who are already formed group of individuals, families, friends, club or corporates, we can tailor their trip for the date that match to their holidays schedule for the suitable period when your trip can be conducted.

Cost Include

  • Ground transport as per itinerary.
  • Airport / Railway Station & Bus Stand transfer
  • AC chair class train between Delhi – Amritsar & Haridwar-Delhi
  • Twin sharing room in a 3* hotel
  • All 3 meals (Lunch-Breakfast-Dinner)
  • Lunch will be packed or in a local restaurant.
  • Breakfast & Dinner in hotel.
  • English speaking Guide for the entire tour.
  • Medical box.

Cost Exclude

  • Any air fare, Monument fees.
  • Monument fee
  • Visa and airport tax.
  • Insurance
  • Meal in Delhi
  • Beverages and personal expenses.
  • Medical expenses and evacuation.
  • Tipping
  • Any other expanse occurred due to the road block and flight cancellation etc



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All the cancellation must be in written and signed by the person who signed the booking form and will be effective from the date of the reception by the company.

1-2:60 days or more before departure: The agency will refund the entire paid amount to his client deducting the registration fee (€ 40 per persons or equivalent in other currency), bank charges subject to the bank policies, when booking domestic flights, the Cancellation fee subject to airline policies at present or if the tickets are non- refundable in that case the full amount of the ticket will be retained. The hotels are reserved and must be paid in advance; the company will apply the cancellation policies of hotels. Cancelation charge for train tickets and other ground transport and related services if needed to be booked in advance. Hence the remaining amount will be refunded after deducting all above cancelation policies applied for different services.

1-2: 40 Days before departure: The agency will refund the 50% of paid amount to his client deducting the registration fee (€ 40 per persons or equivalent in other currency), bank charges subject to the bank policies, when booking domestic flights, the Cancellation fee subject to airline policies at present or if the tickets are non- refundable in that case the full amount of the ticket will be retained. The hotels are reserved and must be paid in advance; the company will apply the cancellation policies of hotels. Cancelation charges of train tickets and other ground transport and related services if needed to be booked in advance. Hence the remaining amount will be refunded after deducting all above cancelation policies applied for different services.

(1-3) Less than 30 days before departure: The agency will be obliged to withhold the full amount of the deposit paid by the customer. In this case, the customer must inform their insurance as soon as possible and provide as much documentation to support the cancellation of trip. It is therefore h3ly advised to take out cancellation insurance to cover such expenses.

Itinerary / hotels are sub. to change in case of strike, civil war threatens, I that case you may be will loose expected places you have prepared for but will explore unexpected and for sure will not disappointed.

In case of Vehicle break down another mode of transport will be managed at the earliest possible, In that case you are requested to keep patience and co-operate with the situation. Also you can be transferred by alternative vehicle available at the moment as of local bus till you will be not having the proper mode of transport.

The Company cannot be made liable for the consequences of weather condition, flight cancellations, war or threat of civil war, strikes, industrial action, political unrest or any other force majeure, unusual or unforeseen circumstance. The company reserves the right to use alternate transport, or vary the itinerary if breakdown, sickness or any other force major. Any additional that result, such as extra hotel accommodation, flight or road transport will be on your charge and must be paid directly at the spot.

Please understand, there are certain hazards involved in your adventurous and culture holidays which you must accept at your own risk. The company will not be liable for any illness major or minor injury, death sustained during neither the trip, nor it will be liable for any uninsured losses of your property and other losses during the trip.

It is h3ly advised that clients take out insurance to cover the unexpected and cancellation charges.

Accommodation is based on 3 star category in cities, Where there are limited choices of accommodation sub. to the each places, Neat and clean local standards of hotels, guest houses will be provided. Please note that some hotels has been chosen only for the best services , the charms and for the locations.

Verities of Indian and partly Tibetan vegetarian meals is served, Non veg. is subject to availability. Indian recipes are bit on spicy side, Breakfast and dinner will be served at the hotel, Lunch packed or in local restaurant or in hotel sub. to the schedule. Please note that you will be traveling to some of highly revered pilgrimage sites where non veg. meals are strictly forbidden as in Amritsar temple complex, Rishkesh and at Haridwar.

Collective Melas (Langar) At Amritsar free meals is served to thousands of pilgrims and peoples of every faith and communities ( volunteer donation can be done ) , those wish to join the collective meals can relish the delicacies of Punnjab. There are certain rules to be followed which guide on the spot will explain you.

Sub to the number of person in group, for 2 to 4 Toyota Innova / Scorpia or Zylo, for 5 and more than 5 persons Tempo travellers or mini bus will be provided. All vehicle will be air-conditioned, except in hilly area air-condition of any vehicle can not be regularly used due to steep uphill drive, So you have to co-operate with. For the Autumns and spring season when temperature goes down, if you required heater except minibus each of those mentioned vehicle have the heating facilities and cannot be used too while on uphill drive .

Major part of road is Good. You can face land slide due to rainfall from july till mid Sep. and can be blocked for few hours, you may miss the places expected to visit, or will visit the unexpected places, to regulate the situation the team at the spot will do the best possible at the moment. Road in India are being widen at so many states, you may encounter some inconvenience due to one way traffic circulation. Please don’t compare the driving time as estimated in developed nation.

During the tour vehicle can get break down or road block can cause the delay to reach the destination, in that case guide on the spot will do the best possible. To deal with these circumstances we request you to keep patience and co-operate with the team.