Best of India

Start: Delhi Finish: Delhi

Visiting: Delhi, Jaipur, Karauli, Fatehpur Sikri – Agra, Shimla, Mandi, Dharamsala (McLeod Ganj), Amritsar, Amritsar – Overnight train, Rishikesh, Rishikesh – River Ganges


Duration: 18 Nights

Physical rating: Medium

Special diets catered: Vegetarians

Tour code: HHSGC

Tour operator: Intrepid Travel

Group size: 1 - 12

Age range: 15-99 years

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

Visit India and follow the famous Golden Triangle. Enjoy the perfect introduction to India's three most popular destinations - Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur - as we explore the icons and discover the secrets of this fascinating region. Experience the history of massive forts, the opulence of Rajasthan's palaces, and the traditions of a heritage homestay. Head north into the Himalayan foothills and be introduced to the Mountains and Mystics of this incredible country. These mystical lands look and feel very different from the rest of India - from the food and clothes to the crisp, clean mountain air and spiritual sway of the inhabitants. Discover the complex diversity of India and be enchanted by a land balanced between physical and spiritual worlds.

Highlights

  • iconOverlooking the picturesque scene of Moata Lake, the monumental Amber Fort is one sight that will forever be under India’s protection
  • iconBreeze through the self-proclaimed ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ in Rishikesh and walk along the banks of the holy Ganges River
  • iconAs the home of the Dalai Lama, tranquil Dharmasala is the ideal place for an enlightening experience of Tibetan spirituality, culture, and history
  • iconExperience authentic Rajasthani luxury with a heritage stay at the lavish Bhanwar Vilas in Karauli
  • iconThe colonial charm of Shimla Hill Station offers a great introduction to the Himalayas, and the World Heritage-listed ‘toy-train’ is a great way to get there
  • iconOld and New Delhi fuse to create a city that pays homage to past empires, while wrestling with its modern identity
  • iconLearn about Sikhism on a visit to the faith’s most sacred monument, the luminous Golden Temple in Amritsar
  • iconThe Taj Mahal is not only a sumptuous masterpiece of Indian architecture, but also a truly meaningful stop on any traveller’s journey. Here's what you need to know about your visit: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/taj-mahal-travel-guide/

Itinerary

icon Day 1: Delhi

Location: Delhi

Accommodation: Hotel

Namaste! Welcome to India. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. If you arrive with hours (or days) to spare, consider striking out on your own, perhaps to visit the World Heritage-listed Humayun's Tomb. A great (and tasty) way to get under the city’s skin in very little time is to book an Urban Adventure like the Delhi City Food Crawl. After the 6 pm meeting, head out for an optional meal with your group at a local restaurant.

Optional Activities:
-Delhi - Humayun's Tomb
-Delhi - Red Fort
-Delhi - Gandhi's Delhi Urban Adventure
-Delhi - Delhi Food Walk Urban Adventure

icon Day 2: Delhi

Location: Delhi

Accommodation: Hotel

Join your group leader on an excursion through Old Delhi. Ride the city’s metro system, and then hop in a rickshaw to the once water-filled square of Chandni Chowk. Discover the Jama Masjid, Delhi’s oldest mosque, before learning about the history of the Sikh religion at the Sheeshganj Gurudwara.

Included Activities:
-Delhi - Leader-led Old Delhi walking & rickshaw tour
-Delhi - Jama Masjid
-Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)

icon Day 3: Jaipur

Location: Jaipur

Accommodation: Hotel

Travel by private vehicle into Rajasthan and on to its capital, Jaipur (approximately 5 - 6 hours). A friendly, busy city crammed with palaces and bazaars full of jewellery, textiles and folk arts, Jaipur is a favourite for many travellers. Our suggestions are to stop by the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), then head over to Jaipur's Royal City Palace and explore its extravagant rooms and apartments. Later, discover one of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur.

Included Activities:
-Jaipur - Leader-led walking & market tour

Optional Activities:
-Jaipur - Bollywood Movie at Raj Mandir Cinema
-Jaipur - Jantar Mantar Observatory
-Jaipur - City Palace

icon Day 4: Jaipur

Location: Jaipur

Accommodation: Hotel

Choose to take an early morning hot air balloon experience, often a highlight of visiting Jaipur. Ballooning can be done over Jaipur on the morning of day four between September and June. Mid-afternoon visit the Amber Fort. Set on a hilltop overlooking Maota Lake, the fort is an authentic example of Rajput architecture and the Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors) is one of its more spectacular buildings.

Included Activities:
-Jaipur - Amber Fort

Optional Activities:
-Jaipur - Balloon Safari

icon Day 5: Karauli

Location: Karauli

Accommodation: Heritage Property

Meals: dinner

Leave the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur behind and drive to Karauli (approximately 5-6 hours). This delightful town was founded in 1348 and is packed with rural ambiance and traditional temples. Take a guided walk around the Old Quarter, interacting with friendly locals and learning about rural Indian life off the tourist trail. Be sure to visit the eclectic market stalls along the way and sample some seasonal local sweets made from Indian ingredients, including petha (pumpkin), jaggery (organic sugar), peanut brittle, and gazak (sesame seeds). Stay in a restored heritage property tonight where dinner is included.

Included Activities:
-Karauli - Village walk

icon Day 6: Fatehpur Sikri – Agra

Location: Fatehpur Sikri – Agra

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

On the journey to Agra, stop en route at the one-time capital of the Mughal empire, Fatehpur Sikri (approximately 4 hours). Its stunning mosque displays both Persian and Hindu design and is secured by a 54-metre high entrance. Once in Agra, there’s the option of visiting the marble tomb that was saved for the greatest of the Mughal Emperors, Akbar's Mausoleum. The day then culminates in a visit to the Taj Mahal, built in the 1640s as a memorial to the wife of Emperor Shah Jahan.

Included Activities:
-Fatehpur Sikri - Guided tour
-Agra - Taj Mahal

Optional Activities:
-Agra - Additional entries to Taj Mahal

icon Day 7: Delhi

Location: Delhi

Accommodation: Hotel

In the morning, take a guided tour along the banks of the Yamuna River to the iconic Agra Fort. Originally designed by Emperor Akbar in 1565 to be a military structure, it was converted into a palace during Emperor Shah Jahan's reign and later became his prison. In the early afternoon, take the 3-4 hour journey back to Delhi by private bus. Arrive back at the hotel with enough time to freshen up and decide whether to enjoy one final dinner with the group.

Optional Activities:
-Delhi - Qutub Minar
-Delhi - Humayun's Tomb
-Delhi - Gandhi's Delhi Urban Adventure
-Delhi - Home-Cooked Delhi Urban Adventure
-Delhi - Delhi Food Walk Urban Adventure

icon Day 8: Delhi

Location: Delhi

Accommodation: Hotel

This morning, join the group for a walking tour around Old Delhi, which has been an important city in India for over 2000 years. Climb aboard a traditional cycle rickshaw and be driven through the colour and chaos of Delhi’s traffic. In the afternoon, learn about the Sikh religion at the Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) and visit the Jama Masjid – Delhi's oldest and India’s largest mosque.

Included Activities:
-Delhi - Leader-led Old Delhi walking & rickshaw tour
-Delhi - Jama Masjid
-Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)

icon Day 9: Shimla

Location: Shimla

Accommodation: Hotel

Depart Delhi by train for the 4-5-hour journey across the state of Punjab to Chandigarh. From Chandigarh, you’ll travel by private vehicle to Shimla. On arrival, get your bearings and explore the town's faded colonial charm on an orientation walk with your group leader.

Included Activities:
-Shimla - Leader-led walking tour

icon Day 10: Shimla

Location: Shimla

Accommodation: Hotel

Wake up early this morning to board the World Heritage-listed 'toy train' for a two-hour scenic journey offering views of quaint villages and gorgeous mountain passes. Afterward, head out and explore Mall Road – Shimla's most popular shopping stretch. A nearby viewpoint also offers fantastic views of the Himalayas. Visit the Viceregal Lodge to witness where the partition agreement that separated India from Pakistan and Bangladesh was drawn up. If you like, join the hordes of monkeys milling about Jakhu Temple or stock up on souvenirs and specialty wooden crafts at Lakkar Bazaar. Set among rolling hills, Shimla also offers an array of nature walks that range from gentle to challenging. In the evening, you might like to enjoy an optional trip to the cinema and bop along to a Bollywood blockbuster.

Included Activities:
-Shimla - Viceregal Lodge

Optional Activities:
-Shimla - Cinema
-Shimla - Jakhu Temple - Free
-Shimla - Lakkhar Bazar - Free

icon Day 11: Mandi

Location: Mandi

Accommodation: Heritage Property

Meals: dinner

Travel by jeep to the small town of Mandi. Situated on the Beas River, Mandi has a rich cultural heritage of both historical and theological significance. Once part of the salt route to Tibet, today it's the gateway to the Kullu Valley. Head into town for a walk and explore a huge sunken shopping centre – the only one like it in India and the focal point of entertainment in Mandi. You can also spend time at the bathing ghats along the river or hike to hilltop temples just outside of town. In the evening, enjoy an included dinner and stay in the simply restored former palace of the Raja of Mandi.

Included Activities:
-Mandi - Leader-led walking tour

icon Day 12: Dharamsala (McLeod Ganj)

Location: Dharamsala (McLeod Ganj)

Accommodation: Hotel

Today’s journey through the mountains today is an adventure in itself. Travel by private vehicle for the 6-hour drive along bumpy, winding roads to Dharamsala, 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.

icon Day 13: Dharamsala (McLeod Ganj)

Location: Dharamsala (McLeod Ganj)

Accommodation: Hotel

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.

Included Activities:
-Dharamsala - Norbulingka Institute
-Dharamsala - Dalai Lama Temple

Optional Activities:
-Dharamsala - Cooking Class
-Dharamsala - Losel Doll Museum

icon Day 14: Amritsar

Location: Amritsar

Accommodation: Hotel

Today, travel down the mountains to Amritsar, situated in the heart of the fertile plain known as India's ‘breadbasket’ and the centre of Sikhism in India. 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.

Included Activities:
-Amritsar - Golden Temple

icon Day 15: Amritsar – Overnight train

Location: Amritsar – Overnight train

Accommodation: Overnight Sleeper Train

Visit Jallianwala Bagh – the site of the tragic 1919 massacre that played a vital role in India's independence. Then 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. Tonight, take an overnight sleeper train from Amritsar to Haridwar.

Included Activities:
-Amritsar - Jallianwallah Bagh
-Amritsar - Wagah Border ceremony

icon Day 16: Rishikesh

Location: Rishikesh

Accommodation: Hotel

After pulling into Haridwar in the morning, there’s a 1-hour drive to Rishikesh. Check in to your hotel before going on an orientation walk with your leader. 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.

Included Activities:
-Rishikesh - Leader-led walking tour
-Rishikesh - Chaurasi Kutia 'The Beatles Ashram'

Optional Activities:
-Rishikesh - Yoga Class

icon Day 17: Rishikesh – River Ganges

Location: Rishikesh – River Ganges

Accommodation: Camping (with basic facilities)

Meals: lunch, dinner

The morning is yours to roam around Rishikesh. Perhaps tuck into a masala dosa for breakfast before walking or riding it off on one of the trails along the Ganges. Aptly 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. In the afternoon, reunite with your group for a walk through the jungle nearby. Tonight, experience sleeping under the stars just outside of Rishikesh; you’ll be staying in a fixed campsite with twin-shared tents and western-style toilets.

Optional Activities:
-Rishikesh - Bike hire
-Rishikesh - White Water Rafting

icon Day 18: Delhi

Location: Delhi

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Bid farewell 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.

icon Day 19: Delhi

Location: Delhi

There are no activities planned for today, so you’re free to depart the accommodation at any time. Don't forget to check out the great range of Urban Adventures if you have extra time in Delhi, including Culture Vulture Delhi – visiting the chaotic lanes, historic sites, and streetside food stalls of the capital. Head to urbanadventures.com/destination/delhi-tours for more information. If you would like to spend some more time in Delhi, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).

Optional Activities:
-Delhi - Culture Vulture Delhi Urban Adventure

What's Included

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    Amritsar - Jallianwallah Bagh

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    Delhi - Leader-led Old Delhi walking & rickshaw tour

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    Fatehpur Sikri - Guided tour

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    Dharamsala - Dalai Lama Temple

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    Mandi - Leader-led walking tour

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    Amritsar - Wagah Border ceremony

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    Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)

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    Shimla - Leader-led walking tour

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    Agra - Taj Mahal

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    Shimla - Viceregal Lodge

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    Jaipur - Leader-led walking & market tour

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    Accommodation

    Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Heritage Property (2 night), Hotel (14 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)

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    Rishikesh - Chaurasi Kutia 'The Beatles Ashram'

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    Delhi - Jama Masjid

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    Amritsar - Golden Temple

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    Dharamsala - Norbulingka Institute

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    Karauli - Village walk

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    Meals

    2 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 3 dinners

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    Rishikesh - Leader-led walking tour

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    Jaipur - Amber Fort

Transport

  • Cycle rickshaw , Metro , Overnight sleeper train , Private vehicle , Shuttle Bus , Train

Included Activities

  • Delhi - Leader-led Old Delhi walking & rickshaw tour
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Jaipur - Leader-led walking & market tour
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Karauli - Village walk
  • Fatehpur Sikri - Guided tour
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Delhi - Leader-led Old Delhi walking & rickshaw tour
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Shimla - Leader-led walking tour
  • Shimla - Viceregal Lodge
  • Mandi - Leader-led walking tour
  • Dharamsala - Norbulingka Institute
  • Dharamsala - Dalai Lama Temple
  • Amritsar - Golden Temple
  • Amritsar - Jallianwallah Bagh
  • Amritsar - Wagah Border ceremony
  • Rishikesh - Leader-led walking tour
  • Rishikesh - Chaurasi Kutia 'The Beatles Ashram'

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