Overview

Flight - 1 night

Delhi - 1 night

Haridwar - 2 nights

Mussoorie - 2 nights

Chandigargh - 1 night

Shimla - 2 nights

Kullu Valley - 3 nights

Palampur - 1 nights

Dharamsala - 2 nights

Pragpur - 1 night

Anandpur Sahib - 1 night

Amritsar - 2 nights

Secret Himalayan India

Further off-the-beaten-track by small vehicle on a unique itinerary revealing the Kullu valley, holy sites of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism, hill stations & small heritage hotels

Every region of India has its own special character and unique aspects but only one has the world’s greatest mountain range in its name – Himachal Pradesh! This new tour explores by small vehicle further into the region, reaching the lands of the snow topping the mountains of the wonderful Kullu Valley. Held back by a shortage of good hotels, the valley now boasts a small hotel of quality, which a recent inspection confirmed and also identified a series of small and unique hotels to enhance this journey to hill stations, holy sites and Himalayan mountain splendour.

Start in the foothills of the Himalayas at one of the Hindu’s holiest sites, the point where the sacred River Ganga descends from the mountains to the plains below – Haridwar means ‘Gates of God’ in Hindi and pilgrims flock here all year to bathe in the sacred river and to fill the crystal clear, icy waters with flamed offerings daily at dusk. This fascinating ceremony draws crowds of devotees to Ganga – the life giving Goddess. The surrounding temples, the religious goods on sale at the colourful Bara Bazaar and the numerous ashrams all reflect the spiritual importance of the area – even the ‘Beatles’ were drawn to nearby Rishikesh.

India’s religious heritage is further revealed in Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama, and the two main sites of Sikhism, Amritsar and the internationally lesser-known Anandpur. Mussoorie and Shimla are contrasting hill stations, the latter much visited and wellpreserved, the former more forgotten but with equally fine views and once home to Sir George Everest.

Key Features

Cultural & Countryside
New Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing 
2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
2 Lunches and 9 Dinners
Local Expert Guide
Small Group Size: 2 – 12

Special Events

Indian Ceremonies & Kangra Fort

Learn more about India at the Palki, Aarti and Border ceremonies. Visit Kangra Fort, the largest and oldest fort in the Himalayas and its museum displaying the Maharaja’s possessions.

Day 1 Fly overnight direct from London Heathrow to Delhi.

Day 2 Visit Agrasen ki Baoli stepwell and the Red Fort. Overnight at the heritage Maidens.

Day 3 Early morning train to Haridwar (5 hrs). Two nights at the heritage Haveli Hari Ganga. Evening Aarti ceremony. (B, D)

Day 4 Morning safari in Rajaji National Park (closed Jun-Nov). At Rishikesh, visit Shantikunj ashram and Laxman and Ram Jhula bridges. Aarti ceremony. (B)

Day 5 Travel to Mussoorie (4 hrs). Two nights at the heritage WelcomHotel The Savoy. (B)

Day 6 Visit the Landour market and bazaar and take a walk to Lal Tibba, the highest point in Mussoorie. Stop for lunch on the Mall. Afternoon free. (B, L)

Day 7 Drive to Chandigarh (8 hrs) and visit Le Corbusier’s Capitol Complex. Overnight at the 5-star Taj Chandigarh. (B)

Day 8 Visit the Rose Garden. Continue by road to Kandaghat (3 hrs), then by ‘Toy Train’ to Shimla. Two nights at the heritage Clarke’s Hotel on the Mall. (B)

Day 9 Visit the Shimla Museum, Vice Regal Lodge, church and stroll along the Mall. Afternoon free. (B)

Day 10 Travel to Mandi (4 hrs) and visit the Gymkhana Club Mandi, experience a temple walk and see Victoria Bridge. Lunch at the Raj Mahal Palace. Continue to the Kullu Valley near Manali (4 hrs) for three nights at the boutique Shivadya Resort & Spa. (B, L)

Day 11 Morning walk in Soel village to a Himalayan stream. Continue through the forest to Dashal village with orchards, traditional houses and an 11th-century Shiva temple. Visit Nagar village and its Roerich Art Gallery, then walk to Naggar Castle, former residence of Rajas and Kullu. (B, D)

Day 12 Village walk. Afternoon free to relax or perhaps walk to Sajla waterfall. Later, visit Vashisht village and temple and hot sulphur springs. Visit Old Manali with traditional houses and Hadimba Devi Temple. (B, D)

Day 13 Travel to Paprola (6 hrs) and board the ‘Toy Train’ to Palampur. Overnight at the 4-star RS Sarovar Portico, whose revolving rooftop bar and restaurant reveal fine mountain views. (B, D)

Day 14 Continue to Dharamsala to visit the Norbulinka Tibetan Art Centre. Two nights at the unpretentious but scenically located, Cloud’s End Villa. (B, D)

Day 15 Visit the Tibetan monastery and museum. Village walk with fine views. Afternoon free. (B, D)

Day 16 Visit Kangra Fort and Museum. Travel to Pragpur village. Evening village walk. Overnight at the heritage hotel Judge’s Court, a country manor built for Justice Sir Jai Lal. (B, D)

Day 17 Travel to Anandpur Sahib (3 hrs). Visit Virasat e Khalsa and the town, ending with high tea at Mr Sodhi’s Haveli. Overnight at the Anand at The Satluj eco-farm. (B, D)

Day 18 Visit Anandpur Sahib Gurudwara. Continue to Amritsar (4 hrs) for two nights at the boutique hotel Ranjit Vilas. Evening Palki ceremony at the Golden Temple. (B)

Day 19 Visit the Golden Temple, volunteer kitchens and Jallianwala Bagh. Afternoon free. Wagah Border ceremony. (B, D)

Day 20 Return flight to London via Delhi. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

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

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 mountain scenery.

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

We offer a wide variety of pre- and post-tour extensions, click here for more information.
Pre/post tour extra nights and transfers are available.

2019

Thursdays
per person in a twin/double room
Jet Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
February 21 £2895
March 21 £2945
April 11 £2895
May 2 £2795
August 29 £2795
September 19 £2895
October 17 £2895
November 7 £2895

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Double for sole use £695

Flight Options

London-Amritsar/Delhi-London
Jet Airways Première Class 
Return from £1395 

Jet Airways Première Class 
One way from £795

Extension Options

We offer a wide variety of pre- and post-tour extensions, click here for more information.
Pre/post tour extra nights and transfers are available.

Independent Arrival

Save £650 
Arrival transfer add £22
Departure transfer add £22

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 18 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 9 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.

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