Day 01: Delhi (Arrival)
Around midnight arrival in Delhi. Upon arrival, you will
be met by our representative and transferred to the
Day 02: Delhi - Amritsar (about 450 km by train)
In the morning you will start your train journey by
Shatabdi Express and proceed to Amritsar. Amritsar
(meaning pool of Nectar) lies in the northern state of
Punjab and is famous for its Golden Temple. You will
visit the Golden Temple to know more about the native
Sikh population of the state Punjab.
Day 03: Amritsar - Dharamsala (about 200 km)
Today you will leave Amritsar and drive through the
lower mountains of Himalaya to Dharamshala. Dharamshala
has one of the most spectacular settings for a Hill
Station as it varies in height from 1200 m. to 1800 m.
In Dharamshala, there is a strong Tibetan influence. The
Dalai Lama settled here after the Chinese invasion of
Tibet in 1959. There is a monastery at Mcleodganj a
short distance along from the Dalai's Lama's residence.
You will have a walk through Mcleodganj and visit a
Tibetan monastery, the church of St. John and a school
Day 04: Dharamshala - Manali (about 240 kms)
In the morning after having breakfast drive to Manali.
The landscape here is breathtaking. One can see
spectacular views of well-defined snowcapped peaks and
wooded slopes. It is an excellent place for a holiday, a
favorite resort for trekkers to various regions in
Kashmir valley. It is known as the Switzerland of India.
In the evening arrive in Manali.
Day 05: Manali
In the morning you will have sightseeing in Manali.
Today you will visit Hidimba Devi Temple, Vashisht Hot
Water Spring and Monastery. Hidimba Devi temple was
built in 1553. This temple has a superbly crafted
four-tiered pagoda roof and famous for its exquisitely
carved doorway. Vashishth Hot Water Springs are the well
known hot water springs. There are old temples dedicated
to the sage Vashishth and Lord Rama. In the evening you
will visit a small Tibetan monastery which houses
several Buddha images and Rahella Falls. It is a
beautiful picturesque site from where the Beas river
falls down from the height of 50 meters above sea level.
Day 06: Manali - Shimla (about 265 kms)
In the morning you will drive towards Shimla. The
British called Shimla the "Queen of Hill Stations."
Shimla is situated in the northwest Himalayas. It was
the summer capital of India before independence and it
is now the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Its well
developed facilities, easy accessibility and numerous
attractions make it one of India's most popular and
biggest hill stations.
Day 07: Shimla
Today you will have sightseeing in Shimla. In the
sightseeing you will visit the Gothic Christ church.
This Christ church is located on the Shimla’s prominent
Ridge. Even today, the church has some interesting
memorial tablets while the pews still mark the seats of
British Viceroy of India, the Commander-in-Chief and the
Punjab’s Governor. Later you will visit the Jakhoo Hill.
It is the highest point in Shimla and offers a
spectacular view of the town, hills and distant mountain
ranges. The peak has a temple dedicated to the Lord
Hanuman. After visiting the temple you will return back
to hotel. In the evening you will visit the Mall and
Scandal Point for shopping. Scandal Point is the hub of
Shimla’s social life and is said to be so named after a
British Commander-in-Chief’s daughter eloped from the
spot with the Maharaja of Patiala.
Day 08: Shimla - Kalka (about 95 kms) – Delhi (by
Today you will drive from Shimla to Kalka. Later you
will have train from Kalka to Delhi.
Day 09: Delhi - Jaipur (about 270 kms)
Today you will drive from Delhi to Jaipur. In the
evening arrive in Jaipur.
Day 10: Jaipur
After breakfast you will drive to the ancient capital of
Amber, laying 11 km. away from Jaipur. Amber was the
ancient capital of Kachhawaha dynasty for 6 centuries
before it was moved to newly created Jaipur. You will
ascend to the Palace Fortress on the back of an
Elephant. Enroute to Amber you will visit the Hawa Mahal
(Palace of the Winds), built in 1799 AD, it contains 953
small casements with each having its own balcony. After
a break you will visit the City palace which is still
the formal residence of the royal family, built in a
blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. In the
museum of the City Palace you will visit the private
collection of the Jaipur Maharajas. You continue to
Jantar Mantar, a stone observatory, the largest of Jai
Singh's five remarkable observatories. Later you will
have a walk through the colourful Bazaar of Jaipur and
visit a factory to see the famous block printing work
being done since centuries in Jaipur. In the evening you
will drive through the new city of Jaipur and visit "Laxmi
Narayan Mandir", a Hindu temple made out of white
Day 11: Jaipur - Udaipur (about 410 kms)
Today you will drive to Udaipur. Udaipur is called the
romantic city of Rajasthan. A city built around
shimmering, clear, blue water lakes which reflect the
green hills of the Aravali ranges.
Day 12: Udaipur
Today you will visit Udaipur. You will start your
sightseeing with the visit of Sahelion-Ki-Bari. This
Garden of the Maids of Honour is well laid out with
extensive lawns and shady walks. After the visit of
Garden of Maids you will visit a Museum of folk art.
This museum has a rich collection of Folk dresses,
ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical
instruments and paintings on display. After a break you
will proceed to City palace, the biggest Palace in
India, where 4 generations of Maharajas added their
contribution. The museum of the palace includes the
beautiful peacock mosaic and miniature wall paintings of
Indian mythology. Today you will have an opportunity to
visit a traditional painting school and see the famous
miniature paintings done. In the evening you will enjoy
a Boat ride on the lake Pichola.
Day 13: Udaipur - Ahmedabad (about 255 kms)
Today you will drive from Udaipur to Ahmedabad. In the
evening arrival in Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad is the second
largest cosmopolitan city of Gujarat. This city nurtures
in its fold pages of history, a breath of harmony and a
show-case of exquisite architecture. In the evening
arrive in the hotel in Ahmedabad.
Day 14: Ahmedabad
In the morning you will visit the Gandhi ashram. Gandhi
ashram is situated in Sabarmati which is about 6 kms
from the Ahmedabad. This ashram is one of the beautiful
ashram and the important tourist attraction in Ahmedabad.
After visiting the Gandhi Ashram you will visit the
Gandhinagar's famous temple, the Akshardham temple. The
Akshardham temple is the most famous temple of the
Swaminarayan Sect, one of the richest religious sects in
the world. This temple houses the 7 feet gold-leafed
idol of Lord Swaminarayan and is a unique cultural
complex. After visiting the temple you will visit the
Calico museum of textiles. This museum is widely
regarded as one of the finest textiles museums in the
world, started in Calico Textile Mill. This museum of
textiles has excellent exhibits of antique and modern
textiles including rare tapestries, wall hangings,
costumes and old weaving machines.
Day 15: Ahmedabad - Rajkot (about 225 kms)
In the morning you will drive to Rajkot. Rajkot is a
very pleasant provincial town. Mahatma Gandhi spent a
few years of his life in this town. His father was the
Dewan (Chief Minister) of Rajkot, once a small princely
State. In the evening arrive in Rajkot. Overnight stay
at the hotel in Rajkot.
Day 16: Rajkot – Bhavnagar (about 190 kms)
In the morning drive to Bhavnagar. Bhavnagar lies in the
southeast corner of the Kathiawar peninsula in the
Saurashtra plains. Once the capital of a princely state,
In the evening you will visit the Takhteshwar Temple and
Gandhi Smriti Museum. Takhteshwar temple is located on a
small hillock and provide good views over the city and
out into the Gulf of Cambay. Gandhi Smriti Museum is
located northeast, by the clock tower and has a good
collection of Gandhi memorabilia.
Day 17: Bhavnagar - Mumbai (by flight)
In the afternoon you will drive to the airport to catch
the flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, you will be met by
our representative and transferred to the hotel.
Day 18: Flight to Home
Around midnight flight to home destination.
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