INDIAN HIMALAYAS
Cultural tour of India

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.

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Tour Information
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
Day 02: Delhi
(B, D)
Day 03: Delhi/Leh
(B, D)
Day 04: Leh
(B, D)
Day 05: Leh
(B, D)
Day 06: Leh/Kargil
(B, D)
Day 07: Kargil/Srinagar
(B, D)
Day 08: Srinagar
(B, L, D)
Day 09: Srinagar
(B, L, D)
Day 10: Srinagar/Jammu
(B, D)
Day 11: Jammu/Dharamshala
(B, D)
Day 12: Dharamshala
(B, D)
Day 13: Dharamshala/Shimla
(B, D)
Day 14: Shimla
(B, D)
Day 15: Shimla/Chandigarh
(B, D)
Day 16: Chandigarh/Delhi
(B, D)
Day 17: Delhi/Departure
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

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

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2017

Apr 15, May 20, Jun 17, Jul 15, Aug 12 & Sep 09

Tour Price

We accept payment in US $ (US Dollars), CA $ (Canadian Dollars) or equivalent EURO (for clients outside North America). Bestway Tours & Safaris offers conversion rate protection. Once full payment has been received, and no modification has been made to the tour itinerary, we will honour that rate. For complete payment procedures, please click here

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
Delhi
(3 Nights)
Maidens Hotel-4 Star
(Superior Room)
Taj Palace Hotel -5 Star Deluxe
(Deluxe Room)
Leh
(3 Nights)
Noble House
(Standard Room)
Noble House
(Standard Room)
Kargil
(1 Night)
D’Zojila
(Standard Room)
D’Zojila
(Standard Room)
Srinagar
(3 Nights)
Deluxe Houseboat Deluxe Houseboat
Jammu
(1 Night)
Hari Niwas Palace
(Standard Room)
Hari Niwas Palace
(Standard Room)
Dharamsala
(2 Nights)
Grace Cottage- Heritage
(Deluxe Room)
Grace Cottage- Heritage
(Deluxe Room)
Shimla
(2 Nights)
The Oberoi Clarks
(Superior Room)
The Oberoi Cecil
(Deluxe Room)
Chandigarh
(1 Night)
Sarovar Portico- 3 Star
(Superior Room)
Vivanta By Taj- Chandigarh
(Superior Charm Room)

Notes

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.



Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Regional/domestic airfare in coach class
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers as per the itinerary
  • Services of local English speaking guides/drivers
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
Not Included
  • International airfares
  • Airport/Departure taxes
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1600

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1400

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1200

USA(East Coast)
US$ 1000

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 08 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.