A go-to tour package if you're looking for a long relaxing holiday. It is going to be an experiential tour where you can witness India in the most unique fashion- where you can visit city and admire old architectural marvels as well as feel the nature under the cradle of mountains in Dharamshala. In short you will get an opportunity to make memories that will be with you for eternity
Day 01: Arrival in Delhi (by flight)
Welcome to Delhi, the capital of India. Proceed to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02: Delhi sightseeing
After breakfast, enjoy sightseeing in Old Delhi with Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk with possibility for Rickshaw ride (optional). We can then go to New Delhi where you will visit Humyun's Tomb, India Gate, Raj path, and President's House & Parliament House. Later drive to Bangla Sahib Sikh Temple, Birla Temple and Qutub Minar. If you like you can also go for shopping. Back to hotel for overnight stay
Day 03: Delhi - Jaipur : 270 km/04:30 hrs.
Today after breakfast proceed to Jaipur by road. On arrival you can take some rest in the hotel. You can walk around for first impressions, go shopping or enjoy a Bollywood movie in Jaipur's famous Raj Mandir Cinema. Alternatively your driver will take you to Jaigarh Fort, which overlooks Amber Fort and the Maota Lake. The fort with a length of 3 kms was built by Jai Singh II. in 1726 and hosts one of the biggest canons in the world - the impressive Jaivana Cannon with a length of the barrel of 6.15 m (20.2 ft) and a weight of 50 tons. Overnight stay in Jaipur.
Day 04: Jaipur sightseeing
The first highlight of this day is the visit of the old capital Amber Fort (10 km outside of Jaipur city). If you like, you can enjoy the ascent to the fort from the back of an elephant. After visit Amber Palace and Kali Mata Temple, we will drive back to the city. You will visit the City Palace (built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign and it is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Jaipur), Hawa Mahal (built in 1799 and also known as "Palace of Breeze", as well as the famous observatory Jantar Mantar- constructed between 1724 and 1730 by order of Maharaja Sawaii Jai Singh II of Jaipur. After your sightseeing, you will have time for leisure or you may use the time for shopping. By the way: Jaipur is world famous for stone jewellery Back to hotel for overnight stay
Day 05: Jaipur–Fatehpur Sikri - Agra: 250 km/05:30 hours
On the way to Agra we will stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri - the capital of Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585. Check into hotel in Agra and after a break you will visit Agra Fort. The impressive complex was built in 1576 about 2.5 km northwest of the Taj Mahal. The great Mughal emperors lived here and the country was governed from here. Back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 06: Agra – Delhi: 230 km/03:30 hours
We will Visit Taj Mahal at sunrise. The mausoleum was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal and is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Ottoman, Indian and Islamic architectural styles. This historical masterpiece and symbol of eternal love became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. It is also one of the 7 wonders of the world. Back to hotel for breakfast Check-out and drive to Delhi. You will then proceed to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 07: Delhi- Shimla: 360 km/08 hours
Today you will start your long-distance drive after your breakfast. Check into hotel for overnight stay in Shimla.
Day 08: Shimla sightseeing
After breakfast, your drive to Kufri starts- a small hill station 20 km from Shimla and with an average elevation of 2,720 metres (8923 feet) the highest point in this region. You will reach the Viewing Point on a horse. Later back to Shimla for sightseeing. Shimla, the capital and the largest city of Himachal Pradesh, was declared as the summer capital of British India in 1864. The climatic conditions attracted the British to establish the city in the dense forests of Himalayas. The city is home to a number of buildings in the Tudorbethan and neo-Gothic style of architecture dating from the colonial era, as well as multiple temples and churches. Famous attractions are the Viceroy Lodge, the Christ Church, the Jakhoo and the Kali Bari Temple, the Mall Road and the Ridge, which together form the city centre. Return to hotel for overnight stay
Day 09: Train-ride with Kalka-Shimla Railway or Shimla – Manali: 260 km/06:30 hours
If you like you can extend your stay in Shimla and go for a train-ride with the unique Kalka-Shimla Railway - this recommendation is not only for railway lovers. The narrow-gauge railway ("Toy Train") was built between 1898 and 1903 to connect Shimla during the British Raj with the rest of the Indian rail system and traverses a mostly-mountainous route from Kalka to Shimla. In 2008 UNESCO added the Kalka-Shimla railway to the mountain railways of India World Heritage Site. Enjoy the dramatic views of the hills and surrounding villages on board. You have different possibilities to spend this day. Please ask us for further information. Return to hotel for overnight stay. If you want to miss out on this experience you will continue to Manali for check into hotel and overnight stay.
Day 09/10: Manali to Rohtang Pass and back to Manali
In the early morning you start the adventure to drive up to an elevation of 3,978 m. Rothang Pass (51 km from Manali) which connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valley is one of the highest motorable passes in the world. For centuries it was the gateway to the trading routes that led to Lahaul and Ladakh. From the crest of the pass, one can take in a sweeping panorama of mountain ranges and pinnacles, precipitous cliffs, ridges, huge glaciers, moraine and deep ravines.The pass is open from May to November and has polar climate - even snow falls sometimes in summer.
Kindly note: Our cars are not allowed to drive to Rohtang, we will organize a local taxi for you.
Day 10/11: Manali sightseeing
The small town of Manali is nestled in the mountains at the northern end of the Kullu Valley, also known as the "Valley of the Gods". The area is famous for apple orchards. In the warmer summer months, it is a popular destination for local tourists.After breakfast visit of Hadimba Temple, Vashistha Temple, Manu Temple, Tibetan Monestry, Club House and after back to hotel. Rest of the day free. overnight in hotel in Manali
Day 11/12: Manali – Dharamsala: 280 km/08 - 09 hours
There is a long drive ahead of you today, but it will not feel boring because of the breathtaking scenery on the way. On request, we are happy to insert some photo stops. After reaching Dharamsala check into hotel for overnight stay
Day 12/13: Dharamsala sightseeing
Dharamsala, nestled 1,500 metres above sea level in the mystic hills of Kangra district, is a hill station that captures your imagination with its picturesque natural beauty and unique mix of Tibetan, British and Himachali cultures."Dharamsala" literally means "a spiritual dwelling" and in loose translation as a rest house for pilgrims and travellers. After the arrival of the British, the area was developed into a cantonment and becomes the summer capital of India. Dharamsala came on the world map in 1959 with the arrival of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile and it is currently a very popular hang-out for foreigners, backpackers and students of Buddhism. The Dalai Lama's residence and the headquarters of the Central Tibetan Administration (the Tibetan government in exile) is based 3km up the hill in McLeod Ganj, and that's where most visitors are heading. Your sightseeing today includes Namgyal Monastery, Bhagsu Nag Temple and Dal Lake. Return to hotel for overnight stay
Day 13/14: Dharamsala – Amritsar: 210 km/04:30 hours
After breakfast, leave the cooler area and continue your journey towards Amritsar where you check into your hotel and have some time for rest. The name Amritsar derives from the pool around the Golden Temple and means "holy pool of nectar" (Amrit = elixir; Sar = short for sarovar which means "lake"). Amritsar is one of the largest cities in Punjab and the spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikh religion. Guru Ramdas, the fourth Guru of the Sikh faith, founded Amritsar in 1579. In the afternoon your driver will pick-up you from hotel to take you to Wagah Border- the only road border between India and Pakistan – around 30 kms from Amritsar.Enjoy the flags ceremony - a daily military practice that the security forces of India and Pakistan have jointly followed since 1959.This ceremony takes place every evening before sunset. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 14/15: Amritsar - Chandigarh: 230 km/04:30 hours
Before you leave Amritsar you have time to visit the main attraction of the city. The Sri Harimandir Sahib, famous in the world as the Golden Temple, is Sikhism's holiest shrine and not only a central religious place of the Sikhs, but also a symbol of human brotherhood and equality. Everybody, irrespective of cast, creed or race can seek spiritual solace and religious fulfilment without any hindrance. The temple's architecture is beautiful beyond imagination and the holy lake that is believed to consist of Amrit or holy water, adds to the glory of the temple complex. Harmandir Sahib also houses the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy text of Sikhism. While inside the temple, it is mandatory to cover your head at all times. Also, eating food at the langar, a common kitchen where food is served to all the visitors, is an experience not to be missed. After this wonderful experience you will continue your trip to Chandigarh, where you will first check into your hotel. The city and Union Territory Chandigarh - the capital of the two neighboring states of Punjab and Haryana - is the first planned city in post-independent India, which is known for its amazing architecture and urban design. The master plan of the city was prepared by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. After a short break, you will visit Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake and Rose Garden. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 15/16: Chandigarh - Delhi: 260 km/05 hours
Your impressive round trip is slowly coming to an end, because today it's going back to Delhi. After reaching the capital of India you will proceed to your hotel for overnight stay.
Day 16/17: Drop to the airport for flight back home or connecting program