Amritsar, Dharamshala, Rishikesh: 11-day North India tour
We take you to explore the North of India and be introduced to the abode of Dalai Lama, Golden Temple at Amritsar & Capital of Yoga [Rishikesh] in this incredible country.
This is a voyage of the body, mind, and spirit as you travel amidst the foothills of the world’s highest mountains – the Himalayas. These mystic lands look and feel very distinctive from the rest of India – from the food and clothes to the crisp, clean mountain air and spiritual soul of the locals. Discover it all on a 11-days edifying adventure, and be captivated by a land in perfect balance between physical and spiritual worlds.
Country Region:- Northern India
Departure/Return LocationNew Delhi
Departure TimePlease arrive by 9:15 AM for a departure at 9:30 AM
Return TimeApproximately 8:30 PM
Day 1 Arrive New Delhi
Day 1 Arrive New Delhi
Arrive at any time and welcome to India's bustling capital - Delhi!
Tonight, wander through the electric Karol Bagh market as your hotel is located in this vicinity or if you want to have rest then full day is for leisure and rest. Night stay is in Delhi.
Day 2 Delhi - New Delhi
Gain a unique perspective of Delhi. Embark through Old Delhi experiencing the historic and cultural side of this vibrant city while visiting the "Great Mosque" and Sikh temple. Enjoy an orientation walk takes you through Old Delhi to experience some of the history and culture of this vibrant city. [ Please note that City Walk is closed on Sundays and holidays and this activity will not run on those days ]
Visit historic Old Delhi. Explore Jama Masjid, the "Great Mosque," and enjoy its massive courtyard, which can hold up to 25,000 worshippers. Also, visit the ancient Sikh temple of Gurdwara SisGanj, which was established in 1783.
Overnight stay is in Delhi
Day 3 Delhi – Amritsar
Today, travel down by train to the mountains to Amritsar, situated in the heart of the fertile plain known as India's ‘breadbasket’ and the centre of Sikhism in India.
On arrival at Amritsar get transferred to your pre booked hotel.
After some rest head out to the India–Pakistan border to witness the pomp and circumstance of the daily flag ceremony – a military practice that the security forces of India and Pakistan have followed since 1959. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 4 In Amritsar (Golden Temple)
Tour the sights and wander through the rambling streets and bazaars of the Old City by foot. Explore the Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib), which sits in the middle of a sacred lake. Listen to the soothing sounds of the devout chanting verses from the Sikh holy book – the Guru Granth Sahib. Visit Jallianwala Bagh – the site of the tragic 1919 massacre that played a vital role in India's independence.
Night will be spend in Amritsar.
Day 5 Amritsar – Dharmshala (McLeod Ganj)
Today’s journey is through the mountains today is an adventure in itself. Travel by private vehicle , winding roads to Dharamshala, also known as McLeod Ganj. Strung with prayer flags and busy with robed monks strolling between monasteries, this hilltop retreat is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile. Spend the afternoon wandering the peaceful streets, which are set to the backdrop of the Himalayas. There’s a lot to gain here from learning about the many facets of Tibetan Buddhism.
Day 6 In Dharamshala (McLeod Ganj)
Today, visit the fascinating Norbulingka Institute, developed to train Tibetan refugees in skills needed to preserve the traditional arts and crafts of Tibet. Its grounds feature a beautiful temple and several workshops where you can see woodcarving, painting, and needlework in action. Then make your way to the Tsuglag Khang complex to see the Dalai Lama’s temple. You may also like to visit the Losel Doll Museum, which is a great way to learn about the daily lives and customs of people all over Tibet.
Day 7 Dharamshala (McLeod Ganj) – Rishikesh
Full day to explore the beautiful town by foot on your own. In the evening you will be transferred to a nearby railway station to board overnight train for Rishikesh. Night will be on board.
Day 8 Arrive Rishikesh – River Ganges
After pulling into Haridwar in the morning, there’s a 1-hour drive to Rishikesh. Check in to your hotel. Later pay a visit to the faded but mural-lined walls of Chaurasi Kutia – the ashram made internationally famous (long with Rishikesh by association) when the Beatles visited in the 1960s. Explore the crumbling beauty of the former ashram, now covered in graffiti related to the band and counterculture.
In the evening, take a stroll along the holy Ganges River as temple bells ring and the nightly fire ritual of Ganga Aarti begins.
Day 9 Rishikesh – River Ganges
The morning is yours to roam around Rishikesh. Suitably named the 'Yoga Capital of the World', Rishikesh is a great place to relax and seek a little enlightenment with your own yoga class, if you’d like. For something more adventurous, there is the option to white-water raft down the Ganges.
Rest of the day is for leisure and rest. Night stay is in Rishikesh
Day 10 Rishikesh – Delhi
Say goodbye to Rishikesh and take the train back to Delhi (approximately 7-9 hours). The train arrives back into Delhi around 11 pm from where you’ll be transferred to your hotel on arrival.
Day 11 Delhi Depart
There are no activities planned for today, so you’re free to depart the accommodation at any time. If you would like to spend some more time in Delhi, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation, or you want some extension tours to Agra, Jaipur or any other destination then we are just one call away and will arrange everything as per your desire.