Northern India Discovery
|Resort:||Northern India Discovery|
|Operator:||Wendy Wu Tours|
16 Day Northern India Discovery Tour Itinerary
DAYS 1-2: FLY TO DELHI
Fly overnight to Delhi, Indias rambunctious capital city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
DAY 3: DISCOVER DELHI
Take a full day to explore Indias vibrant capital. Starting in Old Delhi, embark on a rickshaw ride through the atmospheric streets, visiting Jama Masjid. Venture into a local market where youll learn about local herbs and spices. Cross into New Delhi to view the colonial grandeur of the Rajpath, including the Rashtrapati Bhavan and India Gate, finishing the day at Humayuns Tomb.
DAY 4: TRAIN TO AMRITSAR
Transfer to Delhi station and hop on a train travelling north to Amritsar. Head to the close by India-Pakistan border to watch the elaborate border closing ceremony with its fantastically over-the-top showmanship.
DAY 5: EXPLORE AMRITSAR
Enjoy a heritage walk of the city, taking in local markets and temples including Jallianwalla Bagh. Visit the Golden Temple, Harmandir Sahib the spiritual heart of the Sikh faith. Built in the 16th-century, its dome is richly gilded in shimmering gold. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity and walk around the sacred waters of Amrit Sarovar. Return to the temple this evening to experience Palki Sahib, an atmospheric ceremony accompanied by drums and hymns.
DAY 6: TRAVEL TO DHARAMSALA
Ascend into the Himalayas to Dharamsala, a former British hill station that has become the home of the Tibetan Government in exile. This afternoon, visit the Tibetan Library and the Tibetan Medical Institute.
DAY 7: EXPLORE DHARAMSALA
Start the day at Bhagsunag, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva before exploring Mcleod Ganj, a town with a distinctly Tibetan feel. Explore the town, visiting Buddhist temples and local markets, and popping into the Dalai Lama Temple and the Tibetan Museum.
DAY 8: YOGA EXPERIENCE
Start the day with a yoga and meditation session. Continue your explorations at the Kangra State Museum and St Johns Church. Enjoy a demonstration on how to cook local dishes before spending some time at the Nobulingka Institute. A major centre for Buddhist learning, it also works to preserve Tibets cultural heritage.
DAY 9: TRAVEL TO SHIMLA
Drive to Shimla. On arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure.
DAY 10: TOY TRAIN
All aboard the famous Toy Train, a World Heritage railway built in 1903. This is one of Indias most scenic train journeys, where you can admire spectacular views as your wind your way down from the mountains. Return to Shimla by car. This afternoon visit Jakhoo Temple, which sits at the highest point of the city, offering amazing views. Continue to the Himachal State Museum and enjoy a walking tour of Mall Road, Shimlas main street constructed during British colonial rule.
DAY 11: SHIMLA TO DELHI
Visit the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. Transfer to Kalka to board the train to Delhi.
DAY 12: AGRA FORT
Travel to Agra by road. On arrival, admire the colossal Agra Fort, built by the Mughals in the mid-1500s.
DAY 13: TAJ MAHAL
Rise early to see the sun rise over Indias most iconic sight. At dawn, when the crowds are at their thinnest, the Taj Mahal is often swathed in mist and tinged pink by the rising sun a magical sight. Depart Agra for Jaipur, stopping en route to admire the symmetrical beauty of the Chand Baori stepwell. Arrive in the Pink City and visit the City Palace and the fascinating Jantar Mantar observatory.
DAY 14: EXPLORE JAIPUR
Start with a photo stop this morning at Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) before visiting the spectacular Amber Fort. Stop at a craft centre to watch artisans at work block printing and carpet weaving. Before dinner you will have a cooking demonstration.
DAY 15: DELHI
Return to Delhi by road. This evening, sit down to a final group dinner and Kathak Dance performance.
DAY 16: FLY DELHI TO UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.