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Ganges and Himalayas

Duration11 Days

Destinations - Delhi, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Shimla, Manali, Chandigarh.

Day 01: - Arrive Delhi, India

Arrive at Delhi International Airport.

Delhi - A bustling metropolis and a city of 14 million inhabitants, is also India’s capital. A near perfect blend of the ancient and the modern, Delhi, consisting two parts Old & New Delhi, is a city with something for everyone. From Forts and monuments that are almost 500 years old, to modern shopping malls, nightclubs and golf courses, Delhi truly is India’s crown jewel.

Upon clearing Customs and Immigration, you are met by our representative who will present you with a welcome pack including all necessary documentation and arrange for your transfer to your hotel for check-in. No activity is scheduled today, since most of the International flights arrive into India close to midnight only. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 02: Delhi

This morning you are collected from your hotel for full day tour of Old and New Delhi.

The tour of the 17th-century old city includes the great mosque of Jama Masjid, The main street of Old Delhi is the colorful shopping bazaar known as Chandni Chowk (“Moonlit Street”). Drive past Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi.

The tour of New Delhi includes the Humayun's Tomb, the precursor of the Taj Mahal. Drive down the spectacular Rajpath (“the Kingsway,”) passing the India Gate (the memorial built to commemorate the unknown soldiers,) the President’s House, and the House of Parliament. Enjoy a brief respite from the otherwise bustling city at Birla Mandir, a modern and colorful Hindu temple.

Evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel

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Day 03: Delhi - Rishikesh

This morning you drive to Rishikesh (250 kms/06 hrs.).

Rishikesh - India is the home of yoga, and Rishikesh is known as the world's yoga capital. Surrounded by hills on three sides, Rishikesh is located on the right bank of the Ganga, at its confluence with the Chandrabhaga stream. One of the holiest places on the upward pilgrimages to the Himalayas. Rishikesh abounds in stories of renunciation, meditation, penance and salvation. It has developed into one of the better known centres, for schools of yoga and meditation. There are many ashrams along its banks and it is easy to be overwhelmed by these ashrams and its bleary-eyed sadhus (holy man). Perched in the foothills of the Himalayas, this is the first town where the holy river Ganges reaches on its descent from the mountains. In spite of its claim to being the “Yoga Capital of the World” is also significant as the trekking base, to the Himalayan shrines of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. This is a great place to stay and study yoga, meditation and other aspects of Hinduism, or just to unwind from the rig ours of metro city life.

Upon arrival in Rishikesh, check in to your hotel and rest of the day at leisure to explore the city on your own. Ram Jhula, Laxman Jhula, Gita Bhawan, Bharat Mandir are the important places to see. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 04: Rishikesh - Haridwar

This morning you drive to Haridwar (24 kms/½ hrs.).

Haridwar - situated on the right side of the bank of the holy Ganga, and is the point where the river spreads over the northern plains. Associated with both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, Haridwar is among the seven sacred cities of India. It is also one of the four venues for the Kumbh Mela, held in its magnitude every twelve years. Essentially a religious centre which holds promise of salvation for devotees, Haridwar is also a centre of herbal medicine, and traditional studies at Gurukul Kangri. Haridwar stands as the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttrakhand. Mentioned as Mayapuri, Gangadwar, Mokshadwar in the ancient scriptures and epics, Haridwar has always remained as a major Shaktipeeth for the devotees. Of such significance is Haridwar in the thought of India’s traditional Hindus, that it has earned its sobriquet of honour, `the gateway to the Gods’.

Upon arrival in Haridwar, check in to your hotel and rest of the day at leisure or to explore the city on your own. Hari – ki – Pauri, Maya Devi Temple, Shanti Kunj & Chandi Devi are important place to see. A spectacle worth seeing is The Ganga Aarti or evening prayers which is when the aarti ceremony is performed at all temples in Haridwar at the same instant . Hundreds of pilgrims and devotee visitors throng to the ghats at Har-ki-Pauri to participate in this prayer. Offerings of lamps and flowers are made to the river immediately following this ceremony and it is a moving sight to watch hundreds of miniature lamps float along the river. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 05: Haridwar - Shimla

This morning you drive to Shimla (300 kms/07 hrs.).

Shimla – The British called Shimla the "Queen of Hill Stations". Situated in the north-West Himalayas and the capital of the mountainous state of Himachal, or the "abode of snow", Shimla was the summer capital of India before Independence. Covering an area of 18 sq km at a height of 7,238 ft, Shimla is surrounded by pine, deodar, oak and rhododendron forests. Inspite of its modernization, Shimla still retains a colonial flavour, and is one of Indian's most popular and biggest hill stations.

Upon arrival in Shimla, check-in to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 06: Shimla

Day at leisure to explore the city on your own. The important places to visit are Jakhu Temple, Sankat Mochan Temple and famous shopping place of Shimla town – The Mall & The Ridge. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 07: Shimla - Manali

This morning you drive to Manali (260 kms/08 hrs.).

Manali – Situated at the northern end of the Kullu Valley, Manali has spectacular views of snowcapped peaks and wooded slopes. The Beas river rushes along its rocky course amid grassy meadows carpeted with wild flowers and wagtails hop along from stone to stone along the stream's edge. There are marvelous walks too, through dappled orchards and fairy-tale forests of deodar. Manali's major asset is its proximity to the snowline. It is a popular honeymoon destination and trailhead for numerous treks as well as a great countryside ideal for adventure sport lovers.

Upon arrival in Manali, check in to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 08: Manali

Day at leisure to explore the city on your own. The important places to visit are Hadimba temple, Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Manu Temple, Tibetan Temple etc. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 09: Manali – Chandigarh

This morning you drive to Chandigarh (325 kms/08 hrs).

Chandigarh One of the few modern planned cities in India, Chandigarh is divided into 47 self-contained sectors. Architects Albert Mayer and Mathew Novicki drew the initial plans in New York. When the Novicki died in an air crash in 1950, prompting Mayer to withdraw, the work was entrusted to Le Corbusier, a well-known architect and planner. One can see architectural genius in the neat geometrical design of residential quarters, reinforced concrete structures and self-contained area layouts. Each sector of the city is designed with its own shops, academic, and health care buildings, places of worship, open spaces, greenery and the residential areas. The city is divided into four major work areas. In the north, the capital complex, consisting of the Secretariat, Legislative Assembly and High Court, with the hills as a background dominating the city. Sector-17, which is the city and district centre, housing the administrative and state government offices, shopping malls, banks and other offices. The west contains the university, and institutions of engineering, architecture, Asian studies and medicine. Finally the east zone, which is the industrial area of the city.

Upon arrival in Chandigarh, check-in to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 10: Chandigarh - Delhi

This morning you are collected from your hotel for half day tour of Chandigarh.

Your sightseeing tour includes a visit to Nek Chand’s Rock Garden - created by Nek Chand Saini, a resident of the city, in 1958. He used discarded objects of everyday use like bottles, tin cans, broken plugs, plates, saucers and rocks from the nearby Shivalik mountains to create a 40-acre fantasy labyrinth garden.

Open Hand Monument - The Open Hand Monument, a symbol of harmony and peace. The first thing you’ll notice as you is the waist-high wicker fence which says ‘for hon’ble judges only’.

Sukhna lake - the Sukhna Lake is an artificial reservoir. A popular place to hang out.

Capital Complex - This area, with its monumental public buildings is the site of architect Le Corbusier’s most ambitious experiments. The concrete campus and its accompanying lawns are meant to express the strength and unity of independent India.

The sightseeing tour is followed by a drive to Delhi (250 kms/05 hrs.).

Upon arrival in Delhi check-in to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 11: Depart Delhi

Met by our representative and escorted from your hotel to the Delhi airport in time for your flight home.

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Package Rates

All prices are per person and in US Dollars -


Category of Hotels Valid from 15th April'2015 till 15th Apr’2016  
Superior USD 1315 Book Now

Note – * Small supplements may apply for travel between 15th November'2015 and 30th November'2015, 20th December'2015 and 05th January'2016 and during the month of February2016.

Cities Superior
Delhi The Park
Rishikesh Glass House on the Ganges
Haridwar Haveli Har Ganga
Shimla Oberoi Clarke's
Manali Solang Valley
Chandigarh Vivanta by Taj Chandigarh

Inclusions:-

#   Accommodation on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis at the selected category of hotels.
#   All arrival-departure transfers and land transportation exactly as per the itinerary using an aircon Car.
#  Sightseeing tours along with an English Speaking Guide and including entrance fee to monuments as mentioned above in the Itinerary. 

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