11 Days Hillstations of North India

Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh - Shimla - Manali - Chandigarh - Amritsar

11 days Hill stations of North India Tour is designed more for Indians who wish to combine religion with the Himalayas. Starting from the capital city of India – Delhi, you proceed to Haridwar & Rishikesh – the gates of heavens which every pious Hindu wishes to visit at-least once in life. Continue to Shimla & Manali nestled in the Himalayas to Chandigarh the well designed city and Amritsar with the Golden Temple. Shimla was very popular with the British and every Sikh in the world wishes to visit the Golden Temple.

Accomodation with breakfast, All transfers & city tours with air-conditioned vehicles.

1 Day 01:- Arrive in Delhi. Excursion to Delhi monuments.

On your arrival in Delhi, you will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel. Delhi was the capital of Indraprastha and capital of the Pandavas during the Mahabharata. This magnificent city has been inhabited from the 6th century BC and has been a capital of many kingdoms. It has been destroyed and rebuilt many times and is called the "city of cities". Delhi's culture has been influenced by its different rulers and the city is full of beautiful monuments. The Mughal rulers influenced the food habits of the residents and Mughlai cuisine originated here. Due to the proximity of different states, all festivals are celebrated here. Old Delhi is a maze of small lanes and old buildings and New Delhi has large road with huge buildings. Delhi is the capital of India and is the hub for politics.

Your morning tour starts with Old Delhi, built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1639 AD. You will visit the Raj Ghat where father of our nation Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. You will be visiting the museum that was built to commemorate him. You will be driven past the iconic Red Fort and Chandni Chowk, a very popular and a busy market in Old Delhi to the next stop - Jama Masjid, one of the iconic, historic and largest mosques in India - built by Shah Jahan. A rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk could be quite interesting as this part of the city is quite crowded as it is full of shops. These numerous shops sell delicious mouth-watering food, clothes, jewels, household, etc. and are virtually a shopper's paradise.

In the afternoon, you will visit Qutub Minar, touted as India’s largest Minaret. Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built in 1192 by Turk ruler Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak. You will then move forward to Humayun’s tomb, yet another UNESCO world heritage site. Your next stop is India Gate, built in memory of the Unknown Soldier. You will be driven past the Parliament House, President’s House and other Government Secretarial Buildings, to your final destination which will be Lakshminarayan Temple, a temple dedicated to Lakshmi and Lord Narayana. Overnight in Delhi.

2 Day 02:- Delhi to Haridwar by road. Excursion to Haridwar monuments.

Today morning you will be transferred by road from Delhi to Haridwar. Haridwar meaning Gateway to God is one of holiest places for Hindus. It is said that during Samudra manthan, drops of Amrit, accidentally spilled in four cities Haridwar, Ujjain, Nasik and Allahabad. Kumbha Mela takes place once every 3 years in one of the 4 places where millions of devotees participate to bathe on the banks of the river to wash away their sins and attain Moksha. Har ki Pauri meaning "the steps of God" is the place in Haridwar where the drops of Amrit fell. Haridwar is known for its Ashrams. It is said that after death, if the ashes of a person are immersed in the River Ganges, the dead attains Moksha. The rituals are normally done by the family priests. This afternoon you will be visiting the different places of interest in Haridwar.

A family genealogy of Hindus for the past generations is kept by Brahmin Pundits known as Pandas. Hand written registers are passed down over generations by the Panda ancestors classified according to the districts/villages or castes. It is easy to find details of up to seven past generations. The Hindu ancestors who visited Haridwar went to their priests to update the family's genealogical family tree with details of marriages, births and deaths. If you are a Hindu, on your arrival you will be asked by numerous people about your caste and the place of your ancestors. Once this information is revealed, the word spreads quite fast among the Pandas and immediately you are contacted by your family priest to trace your ancestors. Once your register is found, you could trace your family. You are expected to sign the register after updating it for your future generations to see the authenticated entries. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Haridwar.

3 Day 03:- Haridwar to Rishikesh and return to Haridwar. Excursion to Rishikesh monuments.

Today you will be taking an excursion to Rishikesh which is an ancient pilgrimage centre in the foothills of the Himalayas on the banks of river Ganges. Rishikesh meaning "lord of the senses" or Lord Vishnu is a town on the shores of River Ganges. Rishikesh known as the world capital of Yoga is full of yoga centers and it is believed that you have a possibility of attaining Moksha if you meditate in this place. There are numerous temples in Rishikesh. The evening Ganga Arti at the Triveni Ghat is worth watching. Famous people like Swami Vivekananda, Swami Rama Tirtha and Swami Shivananda have studied at the Kailash Ashram Brahmavidyapeetham. The Beatles had stayed at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Ashram and had composed numerous songs. John Lennon also had recorded the song "The Happy Hrishikesh Song" and numerous artists, like Mike Love, The Beach Boys, etc. have come here to meditate. Later return to Haridwar. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Haridwar.

4 Day 04:- Haridwar to Shimla by road.

This morning you will drive from Haridwar to Shimla. You have the rest of the day at leisure. Shimla or Simla the summer capital of British India gets it name from the goddess Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Kali. During the British rule, Shimla was famous for its ball dances, parties and other festivities. Rudyard Kipling had in a letter noted that it had a reputation for "frivolity, gossip and intrigue". The Kalka to Shimla railway line of 1906 with more than 806 bridges and 103 tunnels is known as the "British Jewel of the Orient". This UNESCO World Heritage Site is said to be an engineering feat. Shimla due to its terrain is home to the mountain biking race MTB Himalaya. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Shimla.

5 Day 05:- Excursion to Shimla monuments