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

Amritsar - 2 nights

Anandpur Sahib - 1 night

Delhi - 1 night

Spendology - Widgets

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 topped 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 well-preserved, the former more forgotten but with equally fine views and once home to Sir George Everest. 

Key Features

Cultural & Countryside
Jules Verne Sightseeing 
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
2 Lunches and 10 Dinners
Local Expert Guide
Guaranteed Departure
Small Group Size: 2 – 12

Special Events

Indian Ceremonies & Kangra Fort

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

Day 1 Overnight flight to Delhi direct or via Dubai from your chosen airport.

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 Sep-Nov 7 departures). 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. Afternoon free. (B, L)

Day 7 Drive to Chandigarh (8 hrs). 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. (B)

Day 10 Travel to Mandi (4 hrs) and visit the Gymkhana Club. Temple walk and see Victoria Bridge. Drive to Kullu Valley (4 hrs) for three nights at the boutique Shivadya Resort & Spa. (B, L, D)

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

Day 12 Village walk. Afternoon free, perhaps walk to Sajla waterfall. Later, visit Vashisht village, temple and hot sulphur springs. Visit Old Manali 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 Rakkh Palampur. (B, D)

Day 14 Travel to Dharamsala. 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. (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. (B, D)

Day 17 Travel to Amritsar (4 hrs). Two nights at the boutique Hotel Ranjit Vilas. Evening Palki ceremony at the Golden Temple. (B)

Day 18 Visit the Golden Temple, volunteer kitchens and Jallianwala Bagh. Afternoon free. Wagah Border ceremony. (B, D)

Day 19 Travel to Anandpur Sahib (4 hrs). Visit Anandpur Sahib Gurudwara and the town. High tea at Mr Sodhi’s Haveli. Overnight at the Anand at The Satluj eco-farm. (B, D)

Day 20 Visit Virasat e Khalsa museum. Drive to Delhi (7 hrs) for overnight at the 4-star Novotel Hotel. (B)

Day 21 Return flight to chosen airport. (B)

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

Notes

2019 departures will visit Anandpur Sahib prior to Amritsar.

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 passes and mountain scenery.

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

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

Revised itinerary for Feb 20:

Day 3 Early morning train to Dehradun (6 hrs) then by road to Mussoorie for two nights at the heritage WelcomHotel The Savoy. (B, D)

Day 4 Visit the Landour market and bazaar and take a walk to Lal Tibba, the highest point in Mussoorie. Afternoon free. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Morning at leisure. Travel to Haridwar (4 hrs) for two nights at the heritage Haveli Hari Ganga. Evening Aarti ceremony. (B, D)

Day 6 Morning safari in Rajaji National Park. At Rishikesh, visit Shantikunj ashram and Laxman and Ram Jhula bridges. Aarti ceremony. (B)

Day 7 Drive to Chandigarh (6 hrs). Visit Le Corbusier’s Capitol Complex. Overnight at the 5-star Taj Chandigarh. (B)

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
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
September 19 £3095

2020

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

Date Price
February 20 £3195
March 12 £3195
March 19 £3195
April 9 £2995
April 30 £2995
September 17 £3095
October 15 £3145
November 5 £3145
November 12 £3195

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Double for sole use £695

Flight Options

London/Delhi/London
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £395
British Airways Club World from £1795
Emirates from Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow £95

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.

Privately Guided

2 guests - £595 per person
3-4 guests - £295 per person
5-9 guests - £135 extra charge
10+ guests - No extra charge

Independent Arrival

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

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.

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