Himalayan Heritage Trail


Traverse the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. Destinations en route are not only full of diverse culture and religious architecture but also boast spectacular views and abundant nature that exhibit a whole other side of India.

tour duration 19 Days from
tour price 3,390pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Delhi (3N) - Agra (1N) - Amritsar (2N) - Paragpur (2N) - Dharamsala (2N) - Manali (3N) - Shimla (2N) - Rishikesh (1N) - Delhi (1N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Marvel at the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra
Admire the Golden Temple of Amritsar: Harmindar Sahib
Feel Tibet in the village McLeod Ganj
Soak up the mountain views of the Himalayas and Himachal Pradesh
Explore colonial Shimla, once India's largest hill station
See the River Ganges at Rishikesh, where you'll witness an aarti ceremony

Days 1-2 Fly to Delhi
Fly overnight to Delhi, India’s rambunctious capital city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Days 1-2 Fly to Delhi
Day 3 Taj Mahal
Travel to Agra by train and tour the city, visiting the 17th-century Itmad-Ud-Daulah, nicknamed the ‘Baby Taj’ and the colossal Agra Fort. The day concludes before the magnificent Taj Mahal, which you will get to see as evening sets in. Watching the colours of the sunset playing across the mausoleum’s white marble is an enchanting experience.
Day 3 Taj Mahal
Day 4 Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Return to Delhi by road and continue to tour the city. Today you will explore the Purana Qila, one of Delhi’s oldest forts, and the beautiful white marble and golden-roofed Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, one of India’s most prominent gurdwara, a Sikh house of worship.
Day 4 Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Day 5 Train to Amritsar
Transfer to Delhi station and hop on a train to Amritsar. On arrival, wend your way through the streets of the old town to the Golden Temple, Harmindar Sahib – the spiritual heart of the Sikh faith. Built in the 16th-century, its dome is richly gilded in shimmering gold. The temple floats on the sacred waters of Amrit Sarovar; all Sikhs try to make the pilgrimage to bathe in the purifying waters.
Day 5 Train to Amritsar
Day 6 Explore Amritsar
Enjoy a heritage walk of the city, taking in local markets and temples, including Durgiana and Jallianwala Bagh, a memorial dedicated to the people killed and wounded when British troops opened fire on unarmed protestors in 1919. Head to the India-Pakistan border to watch the elaborate border closing ceremony with its fantastically over-the-top showmanship.
Day 6 Explore Amritsar
Day 7 Paragpur Heritage Walk
Travel to Paragpur, India’s first heritage village. Full of traditional character and charm, explore Paragpur’s cobbled streets and visit some of the traditional craftsmen who practice here, including weavers, silversmiths and printers.
Day 7 Paragpur Heritage Walk
Day 8 Around Paragpur
Today you’ll explorer deeper into the area of Himachal Pradesh. Visit Chintpurni, a Shakti Temple said to grant wishes. Also visit the village of Dharamsala-Mahanta, Haripur, with its massive fort, and Guler – the home of the Kangra School of Painting.
Day 8 Around Paragpur
Day 9 Dharamsalar
Head up into the mountains to Dharamsala, a former British hill station that has become the home of the Tibetan Government in exile. Enjoy a demonstration on how to cook local dishes. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the markets.
Day 9 Dharamsalar
Day 10 Explore Dharamsalar
Start the day with a yoga and meditation session. After breakfast visit Mcleod Ganj, a town with a distinctly Tibetan feel. Explore the town, visiting Buddhist temples and local markets before spending the afternoon in the Norbulingka Institute. A major centre for Buddhist learning, it also works to preserve Tibet’s cultural heritage. Other sights you’ll see include Kangra State Museum, the Dalai Lama Temple and the Tibetan Museum. Later, take a short, easy hike around Dharamkot, a community of Gaddi people, to Naddi village, where there are spectacular views of the Dhauladhar mountain range.
Day 10 Explore Dharamsalar
Day 11 Manali
Travel to the town of Manali, stopping at the Kullu Valley, a rural idyll of apple orchards and wooden temples.
Day 11 Manali
Day 12 Around Manali
Spend the morning discovering the beauty of the Parvati Valley – the views of the mountains here are incredible. This afternoon, take an excursion to Naggar, where you’ll find an old castle and temples and the Roerich Art Gallery. Set up a hill, the views are as impressive as the paintings.
Day 12 Around Manali
Day 13 Explore Manali
Discover more about the town of Manali with a city tour. You'll visit Hadimba Temple, Vashisht hot water springs and old Manali village. The afternoon is at leisure.
Day 13 Explore Manali
Day 14 Shimla
Head to Shimla by road. The capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla was once India’s largest hill station, sprawling across a ridge deep in the Himalayan foothills.
Day 14 Shimla
Day 15 Explore Shimla
The summer capital of British India, and nicknamed the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, Shimla has a spectacular location. Start the day with a hike to Jakhoo Temple, which sits at the highest point of the city, offering amazing views. Continue to the Himachal State Museum and admire the renaissance grandeur of the Vice Regal Lodge. Spend some time in the heart of town, soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the views.
Day 15 Explore Shimla
Day 16 Rishikesh
Travel by road to Rishikesh, a city on the River Ganges that is best known for its ashrams. This evening visit the ghats to witness an aarti ceremony on the edge of the river.
Day 16 Rishikesh
Day 17 Explore Rishikesh
See the sights of Rishikesh on a city tour, spending time at Laxman Jhoola, Omkaranand Ashram and Sivanand Ashram. Transfer to Haridwar station for your evening train journey to Delhi. You will enjoy dinner onboard.
Day 17 Explore Rishikesh
Day 18 Delhi City Tour
Spend a full day exploring the sights of Delhi: stroll around the outside of the colossal Red Fort; visit Jama Masjid, India’s largest and most impressive mosque, and see Raj Ghat – a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Visit Humayun’s Tomb before making a stop at India Gate. Finish in the heart of New Delhi at the grandiose Connaught Place.
Day 18 Delhi City Tour
Day 19 Fly Delhi to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home later the same or following day.
Day 19 Fly Delhi to UK

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

02-Jun > 20-Jun - £3,390 BOOK NOW
15-Sep > 03-Oct - £3,490 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £2,890 (Delhi-Delhi)
Single room from £990
Tipping paid locally US$145

08-Jun > 26-Jun - £3,790 BOOK NOW
14-Sep > 02-Oct - £3,890 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £2,890 (Delhi-Delhi)
Single room from £990
Tipping paid locally US$145

Goa Extension

Goa Extension

tour duration 5 Days from tour price 340pp

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel.
Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and India is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size, and services used during the trip.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be fun and entertaining, especially in local markets all over India where souvenirs can be purchased for next to nothing. However all passengers must realise that the authenticity and value of goods is always questionable.
If the price seems too good to be true, then it probably is! Some shopping is made up of copied brand items and reproduced antiques.
 
In keeping with most people’s interest whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities in local shops and government factories. This may vary depending on local conditions, and should never interfere with your itinerary’s included sightseeing.
 
Each region has its own specialty; a traditional handicraft perfected by the locals over centuries, a climate that encourages rich spices to grow, or a type of wood, stone or precious jewel in abundance nearby. Textiles are a popular souvenir, including silk brocades from Varanasi in the north or Kanchipuram in the south, tie-dyed cottons from all over Rajasthan, saris, hand woven Tibetan carpets from Darjeeling or Dharamshala, or the woollen shawls pashminas of Kashmir and Ladakh.
 
There is also the heavy and elaborate silverwork of Rajasthan, “spring picked” tea from the hill stations, and the spices, wooden carvings or facemasks of Kerala.
 
If you prefer set prices, head to the government-run shops, usually called “cottage industries” or “emporium” which sells quality but reasonably priced goods. The more up market tourist shops will also have fixed prices. Markets, street stalls, and local shops can be noisy, crowded, and confronting, but this remains one of the most rewarding experiences of travelling in India. If your itinerary includes some free time and you would like to go shopping, ask either your National Escort/Guide or the hotel staff for advice on how to best get there. They should be able to tell you if you need a taxi or a rickshaw, how much you should pay for the journey and provide you verbal or written directions to give to the driver. Remember to take a hotel business card with you to find your way back!

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and includes a combination of western and local dishes. As traditional in this region, lunch and dinner are served in a banquet style, so you can try the variety of specialty dishes. The amount of food served is more than ample for the whole group.
 
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people so dishes are not too spicy or unusual in their taste. One of the great myths about India is that the food is of poor quality and always hot and spicy. This is definitely not the case! In fact, North Indian dishes whilst often very rich and indeed spicy don’t contain as much chilli as South Indian dishes. Indian cuisine is predominately vegetarian; however more meat (chicken and lamb) dishes are available in the North. On our group tours, we use a variety of local and hotel restaurants, which provide variety in both the dishes and methods of cooking. If you like Indian food from home, you will have no problems with the real Indian food as it is similar, only more flavoursome. You’ll love it; though don’t expect to lose weight on your holiday, Indians love to eat and eat big. In tourist centres, some restaurants and hotels may also serve western dishes to provide variety. You may also prefer to bring comforts like cereal, biscuits, muesli bars and tea/coffee from home.
 
Drinks will be at each tour member’s own expense. Beer is widely available and cheap. Wine lovers should remember that western style wine is very expensive to import into India, so is not stocked except by upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice, fruit juices, or lassies (yoghurt based sweet or salty drinks) from a trusted restaurant; where they will use boiled or bottled water to prepare ice and drinks.
 
Tea is very popular and Indians simply love visiting the many street stalls which brew chai (also known as masala), a sweet, spiced tea brewed with boiling milk. Hotels will usually serve tea and instant coffee at breakfast or other meals – you can usually request the chai or masala style tea as well.
Packed meals: On some days, your National Escort/Guide may arrange for a simple, packed meal for your group. It may be a matter of schedule (on long driving days), hygiene (on train journeys), or your location (in remote areas) and we ask you to bear this in mind. Although this is not a full meal, most of our passengers seem to enjoy this change from the large portions and more elaborate banquets enjoyed most days.

What's Included

International flights and current taxes
Domestic transportation
Accommodation
All meals
Touring with guides and entrance fees
Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders

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