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 Mandi, via Baijnath, Rewalsar,137km. (+day for Shivaratri festival)
Day 6: Mandi to Kullu-Manali (2000 m), 90 kms. Via Bajaura temple.
Day 7: Explore Manali. (+day for Dushera Or Dhungari festival).
Day 8: Manali to Chandigarh, 300 kms. Rock garden, overview on the Capitol Complex.
Day 9: Chandigarh to Rishikesh (230m), 5 hours. Ashram and Arti
Day 10: Rishikesh to Haridwar, 23 kms. Temples, Ghats and Arti (Ganga Dushera festival)
Day 11: Haridwar to Delhi by train, 240 kms.
Old Delhi and over view on red fort and Grand mosque. Evening departure.
Day 12: Additional day for following festival:
1, Shivaratri festival in Mandi,
2, Dushera festival in Kullu,
3, Dhungari mela (Festival) in Manali.
Day 1, Arrive Amritsar. By evening
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 Vrijeshwari. 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 Mandi, via Baijnath-Rewalsar, 137 km. (+day for Shivaratri festival)
Leave to Mandi, enroute take glimpse of lush tea garden, visit Shiva temple at Baijnath which bears an inscription dated 804A.D 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 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 6, 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 7, Explore Manali. (+day for Dushera and Dhungari festival)
Leave to visit Hadimba Devi temple 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, the temple of Goddess Tripura sundry, the well-known art Gallery of Russian painter Nicolas Roherich and Shiva Temple of Shikhara style, Evening back to Manali. night in the hotel.
Day 8, Manali to Chandigarh, 300 kms. 7h.
Leave the mountain and drive to Chandigarh. En route passing by several villages and tinny hamlets. Major part of drive across the Himalayan foot hills is scenic adorned by terraced field and remaining is the plain of Punjab where grows varieties of crops round the years.
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 9, 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 10, 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. Also visit Daksha Mahadev temple and bathing ghats. 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 11, 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 old Delhi by tricycle rickshaw (man drive rickshaw) through narrow street of Chandani-Chowk, explore one of the biggest spice markets of India,
overview on Red Fort and Grand Mosque, India gate and President house. After dinner transfer to airport to take flight to yours onward destination. No hotels in Delhi.
Day 12, Additional day for Festival:
One additional day is required to attend following festivals.
1, Dushera festival in Kullu,
2, Shivaratri festival in Mandi,
3, Dhungari mela (Festival) in Manali.
Whereas no additional day is required to attend the festival of Diwali at Amristar and festival of Ganga Dussehra at Haridwar. Therefore, duration of tour will remain11 days instead of 12 days for departure of those two festivals dates.