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"India - You'd be mad not to go!" - Joanna LumleyTraverse 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.
Marvel at the magnificent Taj Mahal, India's most famous landmark
Admire the Golden Temple also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib
Soak up the mountain views of the Himalayas and Himachal Pradesh
See the River Ganges, where you'll witness an aarti ceremony
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Travel to Chintpurni, a Shakti Temple said to grant wishes. Continue on to Pragpur, India’s first heritage village. Full of traditional character and charm, explore Pragpur’s cobbled streets and visit some of the traditional craftsmen who practice here, including weavers, silversmiths and printers.
Head up into the mountains to Dharamsala, a former British hill station that has become the home of the Tibetan Government in exile. Stop enroute at the impressive Kanga Fort, the largest in the Himalayas. This afternoon explore the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives and the Tibetan Medical Institute.
This morning visit Bhagsunag Temple. Later on travel to McLeod Ganj, a Tibetan suburb of Dharamsala visiting the markets, the Dalai Lama Temple and the Tibetan Museum.
Start the day with a yoga and meditation session. Continue on the the Kangra State Museum and St Johns Church before learning about the local cuisine with a cooking lesson. Later visit the Norbulingka Institute, a major centre for Buddhist learning, it also works to preserve Tibet’s cultural heritage. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the markets.
Travel to the town of Manali, stopping at the Kullu Valley, a rural idyll of apple orchards and wooden temples. Take leisurely walk to explore Manali’s nature and wildlife park.
Discover 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spend a full day exploring the sights of Delhi: pass by 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.
Fly to the UK, arriving home later the or following day.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. 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 Tour would be more ideal.
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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.
The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.
Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and India is no exception. 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 is calculated for each tour. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.
To call the UK the international access code is 0044 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. 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.Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost.
Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
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