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.