HARIDWAR TO HIMALAYA TOUR
11 Nights / 12 Days
Head north from Delhi and visit holy Haridwar, the Golden Palace in Amritsar, the foothills of the Himalayas in Shimla and Manali, and enjoy the most laid back city in India - Chandigarh.
Itinerary Route: Delhi - Haridwar - Shimla - Manali - Chandigarh - Amritsar - Delhi
Day 1: Delhi Arrival
You will be greeted upon arrival in Delhi by a Tour Packages India Representative who will escort you to your hotel where you'll spend the next two nights.
Day 2: Delhi
After breakfast, embark on a day of sightseeing around Delhi. (See "Local Attractions" for a detailed list of Delhi highlights.) Delhi is estimated to be over 5,000 years old - it is said to have been built and destroyed 11 times throughout its history. The population of Delhi is a heterogeneous mix of people originating from every corner of India. Undoubtedly, this will become obvious during your tour through the city. Delhi is by far the most cosmopolitan city in India and a true traveler's delight.
Day 3: Delhi to Haridwar (220 km / 4 hour drive)
Take a scenic morning drive to Haridwar (The Gateway to Gods) and check-in to your hotel where you'll spend the next two nights. Spend the afternoon and evening taking in the sights of Haridwar (see "Local Attractions" for touriist highlights.)
Day 4: Haridwar
Enjoy a day's excursion to Rishikesh - The Yoga Capital of the World and The Gateway to the Himalayas (25 km) where the River Ganges .
Day 5: Haridwar to Shimla (280 km / 5 hour drive)
Undertake the wonderfully scenic drive up to Shimla where you'll spend the next two nights. Spend the evening as you like.
Day 6: Shimla
After breakfast, embark on a sightseeing tour of Shimla. Visit Kufri, a small hill station 13 km away. While there, visit the Himalayan Wildlife Zoo which hosts rare antelopes, wild cats, and beautiful birds including the state bird of Himachal, the Himalayan Monal. Also take time to visit the Indira Tourist Park, near the Himalayan Nature Park, and take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan foothills. A few kilometers/miles away you'll find Naldhera, another tiny hill station, famous for it's scenic beauty and colonial architecture as well as hosting India's oldest 9-hole Golf Course. In the evening, walk around Shimla and visit Scandal Point, the center of all public life. Don't miss the Scotland Church and the surrounding British-era buildings on your way back to the hotel.
Day 7: Shimla to Manali (265 km / 6 hour drive)
Embark upon the upward journey to Manali (elev. 2,050 m / 6,398 ft ). During the ride enjoy the picturesque journey which includes sights like the Beas-Sutlej Link Project, Pandoh Dam, and the Kullu Shawl Factory. Upon arrival in Manali, check in to your hotel where you'll spend the next two nights. Spend the remainder of the day in leisure.
Day 8: Manali
Tour Manali and visit the Vashishtha, Manu, Gayatri, and Hadmimba temples along with the local Tibetan Monastery. Nearby, pay a visit to Vasisht, an appealing mountainside village and a favorite location for visitors due to its hot sulphur springs and unique cultural traditions. Located on a steep slope, Vasisht is culture unto itself - from interesting people wearing their traditional ornaments and clothing to the distinctive traditional houses and local architecture.
Day 9: Manali to Chandigarh (280 km / 6 hour drive)
Arrive in Chandigarh in early afternoon and spend the remainder of the day seeing the sights. ("Local Attractions")
Day 10: Chandigarh to Amritsar (230 km / 5 hour drive)
Drive to Amritsar and spend the afternoon and evening seeing the sights which would include the Golden Temple.
Day 11: Amritsar to Delhi (via Train)
Catch the morning train to Delhi. Upon arrival check-in to your hotel and spend the evening as you like.
Day 12: Delhi Departure
After morning check-out and transfer to point of departure.
Rooms with stunning views...at any price. There's no escaping nature in the foothills of the Himalayas and every room offered enjoys the visual gifts...
Rooms with stunning views...at any price. There's no escaping nature in the foothills of the Himalayas and every room offered enjoys the visual gifts of nature. Great offerings in Amritsar and Haridwar, central locations in Chandigarh - great options available.
Best Time: Spring and Summer - since a good deal of this tour takes place at high altitudes it's a good time to escape the summer heat. But if you...
Best Time: Spring and Summer - since a good deal of this tour takes place at high altitudes it's a good time to escape the summer heat. But if you enjoy snow and winter sports then Shimla and Manali are a must in the Winter.
Delhi is simply the most well-connected city in India. It's served 24 hours/day by an International Airport, four different railway stations, and an...
Delhi is simply the most well-connected city in India. It's served 24 hours/day by an International Airport, four different railway stations, and an abundance of public and private bus lines.
There's no dearth of restaurant choices on this tour. Foreigners won't be disappointed with either the Western or local fare...from pizza to Tibetan...
There's no dearth of restaurant choices on this tour. Foreigners won't be disappointed with either the Western or local fare...from pizza to Tibetan momos - there's something for everyone. Haridwar is a pure veg town and you'll be amazed and excited by the delicacies they serve up.
A nature lover's paradise - cascading waterfalls, mountain springs, white-capped mountains, holy River Ganges, a palace of Gold, amazing botanical...
A nature lover's paradise - cascading waterfalls, mountain springs, white-capped mountains, holy River Ganges, a palace of Gold, amazing botanical gardens, tons of temples, wonderful Chandigarh...a lot to see and do...
A Must Read before you book your tour... HARIDWAR TO HIMALAYA TOUR Terms and Conditions Important and necessary...
A Must Read before you book your tour... HARIDWAR TO HIMALAYA TOUR Terms and Conditions Important and necessary information about Deposits and Payments, Cancellation Policy, Refund Schedule...be sure to read it before booking your tour Terms and Conditions The purchase of any travel services offered by Tour Packages India (hereafter referred to as "TPI") constitutes a contractual arrangement between you and TPI, and represents your acceptance of the TPI Terms & Conditions. Deposit and Final Payment A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of 15% per tour is required for TPI to ensure your reservation. Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit is received by TPI and you, in turn, receive a confirmation invoice via email. TPI accepts MasterCard and Visa. Your reservation will be automatically cancelled if deposit is not received by the deposit due date. Please review your booking invoice and contact TPI if your invoice appears to be incorrect or incomplete, as it may not be possible to make changes later. TPI cannot accept responsibility if we are not notified of inaccuracies within 5 days of sending out the invoice. In the case of billing errors, TPI reserves the right to re-invoice you with correct pricing. Final payment is due 30 days prior to commencement of services, with some limited exceptions as set forth below. Payment of the deposit indicates you have read and accepted these Terms and Conditions. If final payment is not received by the due date, your reservation will be canceled and your full deposit will be retained by TPI. TPI is not responsible for canceled land and/or air reservations in the event payment is not received by the final payment date. Payment in full is required 30 days prior to the commencement of the tour. Cancellation Fees are as follows: Tours cancelled 15 to 29 days before tour commencement date: 55% of the cost of services booked Tours cancelled 7 to 14 days before tour commencement date: 75% of the cost of services booked Any tour cancelled less than 7 days before tour commencement date will be ineligible for a refund