On the Edge of the Himalayas

Itinerary

Day 1: Sightseeing Delhi

Day 2: Drive to Rishikesh (235 km, 5 hours)

Day 3: Sightseeing Rishikesh, drive to Haridwar (35 km, 1 hour)

Day 4: Drive to Chandigarh (220 km, 3 hours). 

Day 5: Drive to Mc Leod Ganj, Dharamshala (250 km, 6 hours)

Day 6: Visit the Dalai Lama Temple

Day 7: Drive to Delhi (550 km, 10 hours)


We provide private car and driver. Pick-up and drop at the airport is free.

Delhi- Rishikesh- Haridwar- Chandigarh- Dharamshala- Delhi (6 Nights, 7 Days)

Delhi- Rishikesh- Haridwar- Chandigarh- Dharamshala- Delhi (6 Nights, 7 Days)

Details

Day 1: Sightseeing Delhi


After breakfast in your hotel your driver will pick you up and you will drive to Old Delhi. You can start your day visiting the Red Fort. After, you walk in Chandni Chowk and visit the vegetable and spice market. In the center of a local market you find on a small hill the beautiful Jama Mosque. There are some famous restaurants in Chandni Chowk where you can enjoy typical indian lunch.

In the afternoon your driver will bring you to Humayun tomb, which was a model for the Taj Mahal. On the way by car you will see India Gate and the President House. If you still don’t feel tired, there might be some time to visit the islamic Qutub Minar, the famous modern Lotus Temple, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara (a Sikh temple) or Birla Temple (a Hindu temple). Your driver will drop you in your hotel in the evening.


Day 2: Drive to Rishikesh (235 km, 5 hours)


Today your driver will pick you up at your hotel after breakfast and you will drive to Rishikesh, known worldwide for its ashrams and yoga centers. In the West, the Beatles made the town famous when they visited their Guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Rishikesh is a spiritual hub packed with impressive cultural sights. After refresh in your hotel join the famous Aarti ceremony on the Ganges Ghat with Matra and Music.


Day 3: Sightseeing Rishikesh, drive to Haridwar (35 km, 1 hour)


Start your walk in the morning to the Ganges River and cross the city’s iconic suspension bridge. Visit Lakshman Jhula temple, Gita Bhawan Ashram and Beatles Ashram. If you prefer some adventure – go for a river rafting tour!

After lunch you will drive to Haridwar (35 km, 1 hour) which is a sacred place especially for Hindus. Har-ki-Pairi Ghat – the «footstep of God» is the place where the holy Ganges river leaves the mountains. Haridwar has several temples dedicated to various Hindu gods and goddesses. Take the cable car to visit Kali temple. After walking in the market join the evening prayers Ganga Aarti on Hari Ki Pauri Ghat, with bells ringing and flaming torches everywhere.


Day 4: Drive to Chandigarh (220 km, 3 hours)


After breakfast you will drive to Chandigarh, the capital of both states Punjab and Haryana. The city was designed by the French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier as a «sign for the future of India». After refresh in the Hotel visit Rock Garden, a surreal sculpture garden completely built of industrial and home waste and thrown-away items. Rose Garden and Sukhna Lake are also worth a visit. Not only if you are interested in architecture, don’t miss a tour of the Capitol Complex, the government compound built by Le Corbusier. In the evening walk in Sector 17 market in the heart of Chandigarh.


Day 5: Drive to Mc Leod Ganj, Dharamshala (250 km, 6 hours). 


Through stunning landscapes you will drive to Mcleod Ganj, an uphill suburb of Dharamshala, which stretches over the wooded ridges of the Dhauladhar Mountains. McLeod Ganj is one of Himachal Pradesh's most charming destinations. The city is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile. After arrival check in Hotel and refresh. In the evening you can do a first walk through the town and market.


Day 6: Visit the Dalai Lama Temple


After breakfast you will visit the Dalai Lama Temple complex. The traditional circumnavigation of the monastery in a clockwise direction is one of the most important Tibetan rituals. A narrow path meanders through the densely forested slopes around the building complex on the outskirts of the city. Prayer flag cords stretch across the trees, criss-cross like cobwebs. The slopes are littered with many stones, painted with colorful mantras. After this morning walk you enter the temple complex. Start with a visit of the Tibet Museum where you will learn about Tibetian Culture and the Struggle Tibetian People are facing since the Chinese have invaded and taken over their homeland. Finally, visit the temple itself. Maybe you will be happy to see the Dalai Lama himself. 

After enjoying a Tibetian meal in one of the numerous Tibetian Restaurants, in the afternoon you can stroll through the town and the Buddhist bazaars, walk to St John’s church in wilderness or visit Bhagsu waterfalls in the surrounding mountain area.


Day 7: Drive to Delhi (550 km, 10 hours).


Your driver will drop you at your hotel or the airport.