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Secret Himalayan India

Travelling to heritage hotels in hill station towns, and using small vehicles to take off at tangents to little-known temples and villages, this is a beguiling blend of cities, serenity, scenery and spirituality

A wonderfully scenic circling of the Himalayan foothills, this is a journey through stunning landscapes, to famous cities, tiny towns, and almost forgotten temples, to reveal the reverence of the region’s three faiths, Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh. We see Hindu shrines, ashrams, and ceremonies, from the beautiful, bucolic Kullu Valley villages, to Rishikesh and Haridwar, where the sacred Ganges flows down from the mountains to the plains, and the Aarti rites of floating lights take place each evening at dusk. Steeped in its ethereal spirituality, Dharamsala (‘pilgrim’s rest’) is the headquarters of the Tibetan government-in-exile, and the home of Buddhism and of the Dalai Lama; its temple and monastery enveloped in peace and serenity. Amritsar is the holiest city of the Sikh religion, its Golden Temple the most sacred place of pilgrimage, where the Palki ritual takes the Guru Granth Sahib book ‘to bed’ each night, and back to the temple every morning, symbolically treating the holy book as a human teacher. Stays in Old Delhi and modern Chandigarh complement time-warp hill station towns, including remote and splendidly scenic Mussoorie; and busy Shimla, its colonial buildings contrasting with the twisting lanes of the bazaar.

Overview

  • Flight  - 1 night
  • Delhi  - 1 night
  • Haridwar  - 2 nights
  • Mussoorie  - 2 nights
  • Chandigarh  - 1 night
  • Shimla  - 2 nights
  • Kullu Valley  - 3 nights
  • Palampur  - 1 night
  • Dharamsala  - 2 nights
  • Pragpur  - 1 night
  • Amritsar  - 2 nights
  • Anandpur Sahib  - 1 night
  • Delhi  - 1 night
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Tour Highlights

  • Cultural & Countryside
  • Jules Verne Sightseeing
  • 3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
  • 2 Lunches & 10 Dinners
  • Local Expert Guide

Travelling to heritage hotels in hill station towns, and using small vehicles to take off at tangents to little-known temples and villages, this is a beguiling blend of cities, serenity, scenery and spirituality

Notes:

This is a full itinerary with some visits on foot with uneven surfaces and inclines.

The weather can be cold at altitude during February and November.

Travel beyond the main tourist routes in smaller vehicles (3 guests per car all with a window seat).

Travel is not ‘off road’ but these vehicles allow for greater contact with local people and easier access whilst still travelling with a small Jules Verne group through dramatic passes and mountain scenery.

Heritage properties are full of charm and interest but rarely have lifts and rooms can vary in size and décor.

Accommodation

Maidens Hotel - Delhi

Established in 1903 as one of the first hotels of Delhi and recognized as a Heritage Hotel in 1994. Its architecture is the most glorious illustration of old-world European charm with its colonial impressions. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym and WiFi (free). 55 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-bar, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

Vivanta by Taj Dwarka - Delhi

A 5-star airport hotel with 4 restaurants, bar, swimming pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 250 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Lemon Tree - Rishikesh

Located on the banks of the Holy Ganges river and the foothills of the Himalayan sub-belt, The Lemon Tree offers an tranquil retreat. Facilities include a large terrace and a vegetarian restaurant and café, bar and swimming pool. Rooms have private facilities, free wi-fi and safe.

WelcomHotel The Savoy – Mussoorie

A heritage hotel built in Gothic architecture located in the beautiful Gharwal Hills and at the Liberty end of Mall Road. Restaurant, bar and WiFi (free). 50 air-conditioned mountain view rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Kasmanda Palace

A heritage boutique hotel tucked away on a quiet hillside with splendid views of the Doon Valley and the Himalayas. Restaurant, bar and WiFi (free). 29 rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, cable TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Taj Chandigarh - Chandigarh

A 5-star hotel with sophisticated architecture and interiors. Restaurants, bar, gym, spa, pool and WiFi (free). 149 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Oberoi Cecil - Shimla

A celebration of the elegance and grace of the Colonial era in the Queen of Hill Stations, located amidst the majestic Himalayan ranges, The 5-star Oberoi Cecil, a Grand Heritage hotel, is a part of Shimla's rich colonial history. Restaurant, bar, indoor pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 75 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-bar, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

Shivadya Resort & Spa – Manali

This boutique hotel has a unique location with the Himalayas as its backdrop in Karjan village. Restaurant, spa and WiFi (free). 15 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Rakkh Resort - Palampur

A 4-star boutique hotel perched on a hilltop surrounded by terraced hillsides. Restaurant, spa and WiFi (free). 15 air-conditioned cottages with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and tea/coffee making facilities.

Cloud's End Villa - Dharamsala

Sprawled across a 9 acre property with its own step field, gardens and forests the Clouds End Villa is the residence of the Maharaja of Kangra. WiFi (free) and 16 rooms with fan, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Judge's Court - Pragpur

A heritage hotel located in the medieval hamlet of Pragpur, on the edge of the Himalayan mountains. Restaurant, bar, plunge pool and WiFi (free). 10 air-conditioned rooms with safe, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

Ranjit Vilas - Amritsar

A boutique family-run hotel with strong Punjab influences. Restaurant, WiFi (free) and 22 air-conditioned rooms with TVs.

Kikar Lodge Ropar

Novotel Aerocity - Delhi

A 4-star airport hotel with a restaurant, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 400 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Haveli Hari Ganga

Extension Options

Indian Wildlife Extension

Discover more of India’s wildlife within Kanha National Park and Bandhavgarh National Park, including four game drives and a chance to see tigers, Indian bison, dholes, swamp deer, leopards, bears and birdlife.

Note: The national parks are closed from July to 14th October.

Chitvan Jungle Lodge - Kanha National Park

Chitvan Jungle Lodge is located on 6 hectares of land and shares its boundry with the Kanha Tiger Reserve of Madhya Pradesh. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym and spa. 18 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-fridge and tea/coffee making facilities.

Bandhav Vilas - Bandhavgarh

Located 3km from the Bandhavgarh National Park. Restaurants, bar, pool and spa. 20 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Vivanta by Taj Dwarka - Delhi

A 5-star airport hotel with 4 restaurants, bar, swimming pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 250 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double room
Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow

October
October 17 (Thursday)
November
November 21 (Thursday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 19 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 10 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, overseas airport taxes, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • 2024: Oct, Nov
  • £845
  • 2025: Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov
  • £885
  • 2025: Apr
  • £855
Flight Options
  • Emirates from Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow
  • On request, please call
  • Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy
  • On request, please call
  • Virgin Atlantic Business Class
  • On request, please call
Privately Guided
  • Privately guided options available based on 2+ people
  • On request, please call
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £700
  • Arrival or departure transfer
  • £49
Extension Options
  • Indian Wildlife Extension (5 nights)
  • 2024: Apr
  • £1375
  • 2024: Nov
  • £1455
  • 2025: Feb
  • £1600

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