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Wonder of Himalayan foot hillsSacred sites from Golden temple to Rishikesh-Haridwar

The tour starts from Delhi, the capital of India. The first stop is Amritsar, the most holy place for the followers of Sikhism. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world throng the Golden Temple here, which is surrounded by a lake. The tour continues on to the Kangra Valley, dominated by the Dhauladhar mountain range, the location of many ancient Hindu temples. Dharamsala is the seat of the Tibetan Government in exile and the residence of the Dalai Lama.

A drive to Mandi brings us to this ancient and important commercial centre, from where we proceed to Rewalsar, a popular pilgrimage site for Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs.The next stop is the lush green Kullu Valley, a valley of gods and goddesses; we will move on to Manali in upper Kullu Valley and explore old villages and nature rich trails.We move south to Shimla, summer capital of the British Raj. Then we leave the mountains to visit Chandigarh, known for its urban planning, prosperity and sophistication. The city features a Rock Garden among its many attractions.The tour ends with a colorful Hindu pilgrimage along the Ganges in Haridwar and Rishikesh, where many local festivals are held.


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.
Day 7: Mandi to Kullu-Manali (2000 m), 90 kms.
Day 8: Explore Manali.
Day 9: Manali to Simla, 250 kms.
Day 10: Day in Simla.
Day 11: Simla 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, 190 kms, 6 hours drive.

Lunch stop on the way. Afternoon check into hotel. Evening stroll with the Indo—Tibetan crowd on the street of Mecleodganj. Night in hotel.

Day 4, Visit Dharamsala (1830 m).

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 three and a half decades. With traditional architectural designs drawn from Tibet, the impressive Namgyal monastery is surrounded by a row of prayer wheels, and houses larger-than-life images of the Buddha: Padmasambhava and Avalokteshwara. Time permitting, the Tibetan handicraft centre can also be visited. Night in hotel.

Day 5, Dharamsala to Palampur (via Kangra), Brijeshwari Temple and Musroor rock temple.

Visit the thousand-year old Brijeshwari Temple, built in Shikhara style and dedicated to the goddess Vrajreshwari. The 10-minute walk leading to the temple premises is decorated with colorful shops selling articles that devotees need for religious rituals to pay homage to the goddess.

Masroor has 15 temples carved into the rock in Indo-Aryan style and linked with the famous Ellora temple in Maharashtra.

Palampur is situated in the foothills of the Dhauladhar range. It has a mild climate, tea gardens and irrigation channels. The main street of Palampur is always crowded with a variety of people, including gaddis (shepherds) and their gaily attired women can be seen strolling around. Evening visit to a tea garden. Night in hotel.

Day 6, Palampur to Mandi, via Baijnath-Rewalsar, 137 km.

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.

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 Simla, 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 Simla.

Morning visit to the temple of Monkey God on Jhaku hill. (Beware of monkeys) Visit the museum and the Vice-regal Lodge which now houses the Indian Institute of Advance Studies. Night in hotel.

Day 11, Simla to Chandigarh, 150 kms.

We will take the toy train for a two-hour ride to experience a legacy of colonial times. The train has been declared as a world heritage train by UNESCO and is a prime tourist attraction.

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 after Taj Mahal.

Visit rose Garden which is one of the largest in Asia with about 1,600 varieties of roses, evening dinner and stroll in the city centre, Night in hotel.

Day 12, Chandigarh to Rishikesh (230 m), 5 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 and witness the evening ritual ceremony at Triveni Ghat, 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.

Leave for Haridwar. Check into hotel. Visit Mansa Devi temple dedicated to Shakti, the goddess of power. Also visit Daksha Mahadevi 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 emancipation. There is meditation and worship at Har ki Pauri (Bathing Ghat ) which is one of the most fascinating religious ritual in the world. Night in hotel.

Day 14, Haridwar to Delhi by train, 240 kms. Evening departure.

Train to Delhi, visit the Kutub Minar, Jama Masjid and Red Fort. Enjoy a rickshaw ride between Jama Masjid and Red Fort. Evening after dinner transfer to airport for yours onward destination. No hotels in Delhi.


Price per person : Based on Minimum 4 persons.

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Cost for less than 4 persons

Cost per person—- €2095 based on 3 person
Cost per person—- €2325 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
  • Short ride on heritage train from Shimla towards Chandigarh.
  • 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.