India, rightfully termed as a sub continent, offers a diversity that very few countries have. From the lofty Himalayas to the desert of Rajasthan, from the fertile valleys of the Punjab to the Arabian and Indian Ocean... and a lot more. This 17-days journey is an attempt at capturing the diversity as we start our indian Himalayan at the capital city of New Delhi. From here into the Ladakh valley - India's Tibet to Kargil and into the famous house boat mountain town of Srinagar. Then it is Dharamshala the place where Dalai Lama made his abode. The Indian Himalayan ends at Chandigarh - Punjab's most romantic city. This is an exciting journey very much Indian but yet one that has been the most unconventional. A journey for the lover of culture and scenic panoramic views.
|Tour Duration||:||17 days|
|Min. Tour Size||:||02 persons|
|Max. Tour Size||:||08 persons|
|Includes international air|
|Tour Price (from)||:||US$|
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrival. Namaste! We are warmly welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together at the airport and transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax.
Overnight: Hotel in Delhi (2 Nights)
Day 02: Delhi
We start our morning tour with New Delhi and visit Birla House, the Former Residence of Mahatma Gandhi before he was assassinated by Nathu Ram Godse on January 30, 1948. Later we visit the famous India Gate followed by the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place and Humayun's Tomb*, the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, built in 1570. We continue to Qutb Minar and its Monuments* Built in the early 13th century the red sandstone tower of Qutb Minar is 72.5 m high. The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, a masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art and two mosques. Our afternoon concentrates on Old Delhi, starting with the Red Fort Complex*. Named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone, it is adjacent to an older fort, the Salimgarh, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546, with which it forms the Red Fort Complex. The Red Fort is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity which, under the Shah Jahan, was brought to a new level of refinement and each pavilion reveals architectural elements typical of Mughal building, reflecting a fusion of Persian, Timurid and Hindu traditions. Next we visit the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. We end our tour with the visit to Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. (B, D)
Please Note: Red Fort and Birla House are closed on Mondays and Chandni Chowk is closed on Sundays.
Day 03: Delhi/Leh
In the morning we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Leh. On arrival in Leh, we are transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free to acclimatize to the altitude. Leh is located at an altitude of 11, 499 feet / 3505 m.
Overnight: Hotel in Leh. (3 Nights)(B, D)
Day 04: Leh
Today we explore Shey, once a royal residence famous for its huge gilded statue of Buddha. We continue to Thiksey, one of the largest and most impressive Buddhist monasteries of Ladakh, famous for its two-story statue of Buddha. We then head to Hemis, well known for its summer festivals. (B, D)
Day 05: Leh
We take an excursion to Spituk and visit Phyang monastery. In the afternoon we explore Leh, visiting King’s Palace, Leh Mosque, Leh Gompa, Shankar Gompa, and shop for souvenirs at the Leh Bazaar. (B, D)
Day 06: Leh/Kargil
After an early breakfast we start our journey to Kargil. Along the way we visit Likir Gompa , situated atop a windy cliff top overlooking the beautiful village of Likir. We continue to Basgo, certainly the most impressive of Ladakhi citadels despite its ruined state. Then we cross the Indus River and reach Alchi, a fine example of traditional Tibetan architecture. Solid square and rectangular structures with flat roofs and with elaborate murals is a landmark of Buddhist art and architecture in the Himalayan region.
We drive to Kargil over the Fotu-la , the highest point on the road from Leh to Srinagar at an elevation of 4,108 metres (13,478 ft).
Overnight: Hotel in Kargil (B, D)
Day 07: Kargil/Srinagar
Today we drive to Srinagar, stopping along the way at the Zoji La pass 3,528 metres (11,575 ft), known as the Gateway of Ladakh)and Drass for tea. Upon arrival in Srinagar we are transferred to our beautiful houseboat on Lake Dal. Srinagar, known as the “Venice of the East”, is the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. It is a land of enchanting lakes, gardens, fruits and flowers and is revered for its peerless handicrafts, especially embroidery, woodcarving, papier-mâché and metal work.
Overnight: House Boat. (3 Nights) (B, D)
Note: This road is normally closed for traffic from November to 15th June.
Day 08: Srinagar
Today we explore Srinagar’s Mughal Gardens. Islam came to Kashmir in the 14th century with the establishment of the Shahmiri Sultanate in the region. During this period the most notable gardens are said to have been created by the legendary king Sultan Zain-ul-Abideen. These gardens followed a similar pattern of Persian Paradise gardens, with terraces arranged around a central water channel, lined with fountains and planted with a variety of flowers and trees that grew in abundance within the Valley. By the time Kashmir passed into the hands of the Mughals in the 16th century, these gardens embedded with the Persian spirit were already established in Kashmir. What perhaps the Mughals did later was to work on a refinement of the set pattern, and thus taking them to a new height. The three famous Mughal Gardens lay along the Dal Lake and we visit Chashme Shahi or Royal Springs; Nishat Bagh or Pleasure Gardens and the Shalimar Gardens or the Abode of Love. We then explore the old city of Srinagar and visit the Jama Masjid , the largest mosque in Kashmir; the 700 year old Shar Hamdan Mosque and Hari Parbat. The evening is free to take an optional sail on a shikara, a traditional Kashmiri boat on Lake Dal. (B, L, D)
Day 09: Srinagar
Today we visit the enchanting Gulmarg, a bowl of jade protected by stalwart pines and snow clad peaks beyond a meadow of flowers and Khilanmarg, a meadow carpeted with wildflowers. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Srinagar/Jammu
Today we drive to Jammu through Qazi Gund, Ramban, Patnitom, Batote, Kud and Udhampur. We travel through the Banihal Tunnel that links the Valley of Kashmir to the outside world. On arrival in Jammu we check in to our Hotel.
Overnight: Hotel in Jammu (B, D)
Day 11: Jammu/Dharamshala
We drive to Dharamshala through the dense coniferous forest consisting mainly of Deodars. Dharamshala is the centre of the Tibetan exile world in India. Following the 1959 Tibetan uprising there was an influx of Tibetan refugees who followed the 14th Dalai Lama. His presence and the Tibetan population has made Dharamshala a popular destination for Indian and foreign tourists, including students studying Tibet.
Overnight: Hotel in Dharamshala (2 Nights) (B, D)
Day 12: Dharamshala
After breakfast we explore Dharamshala, visiting the Temple of Bhagsunath, an SOS Tibetan refugee camp and school and His Holiness The Dalai Lama's Monastery. (B, D)
Day 13: Dharamshala/Shimla
After breakfast we drive to Shimla. Shimla The most famous of the British “Hill stations”, this city is the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh. Set in the foothills of the Himalayas at an altitude of 6,700 ft / 2,100 m, it afforded a resort-type atmosphere for the British rulers of India. The remainder of the day is free to relax.
Overnight: Hotel in Shimla (2 Nights) (B, D)
Day 14: Shimla
Today we explore Shimla visiting the Mall, the main shopping centre of Shimla. It also has many restaurants, clubs, banks, bars. People walk up and down the Mall slowly, stopping to gossip, as it is the main meeting place for everyone. We then visit Christ Church, the second oldest church in Northern India. The church has a very majestic appearance and inside there are stained glass windows which represent faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility. We also visit the Shimla State Museum, opened in 1974. The museum features a collection of miniature paintings, sculptures, bronzes wood-carvings , costumes, textiles and jewelry. (B, D)
Day 15: Shimla/Chandigarh
After breakfast we drive to Chandigarh. The idea of building Chandigarh was conceived soon after India's independence in 1947, when the tragedy and chaos of Partition, and the loss of its historic capital Lahore, had crippled the state of Punjab. A new city was needed to house innumerable refugees and to provide an administrative seat for the newly formed government of re-defined Punjab. Beginning in early 1951, most of Phase One had been completed by 1965 under the supervision of the famous architect Le Corbusier. Chandigarh was regarded as a unique symbol of the progressive aspirations of the new republic and the ideology of its struggle for independence. In the afternoon we explore the Capital Complex, Sukhna Lake, the Rose Garden and the Rock Garden, consisting of art objects, fashioned from industrial and urban waste created by Nek Chand, a former road inspector. Artists and connoisseurs from all over the world flock to see this unique and amazing creation.
Overnight: Hotel in Chandigarh (B, D)
Day 16: Chandigarh/Delhi
After breakfast drive to Delhi. On arrival we check in at our hotel. Remainder of the day is free for last minute shopping. In the evening we enjoy a farewell dinner.
Overnight: Hotel in Delhi (B, D)
Day 17: Delhi/Departure
After a memorable journey through incredible India, we are transferred to the airport for our departure home or to our next exciting destination. (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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Apr 15, May 20, Jun 17, Jul 15, Aug 12 & Sep 09
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|Hotel Category||Per Person on Twin Sharing||Single Room Supplement|
|Option 1||US$ 3780||US$ 1250|
|Option 2||US$ 4550||US$ 1615|
Hotels below or similar for Option 1, & Option 2
|City||Option 1||Option 2|
|Maidens Hotel-4 Star
|Taj Palace Hotel -5 Star Deluxe
|Deluxe Houseboat||Deluxe Houseboat|
|Hari Niwas Palace
|Hari Niwas Palace
|Grace Cottage- Heritage
|Grace Cottage- Heritage
|The Oberoi Clarks
|The Oberoi Cecil
|Sarovar Portico- 3 Star
|Vivanta By Taj- Chandigarh
(Superior Charm Room)
The price are on Per Person basis - All prices are subject to any revision of tax and tariff structure.
Please note this tour is only operative from Apr 16 to Sep 15.
Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)
This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 08 participants
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