ajesty of Himalayas has influenced everyone from saints to colonialists and writers to artists. Its snowcapped peaks, deep gorges, lush green valleys, misty woods, fast flowing rivers, enchanting lakes and flower-filled meadows make it a traveller's paradise. To make you feel in the lap of majestic Himalayas, some of the most beautiful Hill resorts have been included in the trip. Added charm of the trip is Golden temple of Amritsar, Home of Dalai Lama- Mc Leodganj, journey in the Toy train, and yoga capital of the world- Rishikesh.
 
Day 01: NEW DELHI: Welcome in India. Transferred to your hotel. Day at leisure.
   
Day 02: DELHI: Daylong tour of Old Delhi (Shahajahanabad) and Lutyn's Delhi (New Delhi). Also visit Sikh Temple. Evening enjoy Dances of India show followed by dinner at Chor Bizarre.
   
Day 03: AMRITSAR: Reach Amritsar by train. Later visit Jalianwala Bagh, Golden temple- the Sikh shrine, and Wagah Border (Indo-Pakistan Border) to witness the retreat. Evening free to explore the lively bazaars & visit 16th century Hindu Durgiana temple.

Golden temple, Amritsar

 
Day 04: DHARAMSHALA: Proceed to Dharamshala- place of Tibetan government in exile. Arrive & check in your hotel.
  Enjoy a relaxed evening, witnessing the sunset on the Himalayas.
   
Day 05: Mc LEODGANJ: Visit Tibetan settlements, Tsuglagkhang- Dalai Lama's temple, learning centres, craft centres, Tibetan Library, and SOS village. Also visit St. John's Church-in-the wilderness nearby. If lucky, get an opportunity to meet His Holiness Dalai Lama.
   
 
Day 06: PALAMPUR: Drive to Palampur. Arrive & check in Taragarh Palace owned by Maharaja of Kashmir. Later visit tea factory to see the processing of Kangra tea. Rest of the day at leisure. Optional visit to Baijnath temple or village of renowned artists- Andretta.

Pickers at work- Palampur Tea Gardens

 
Day 07: NALAGARH: Continue to Nalagarh. Stay in royal residence Nalagarh Fort, located on a hillock at the foothills of lesser Himalayas. Day at leisure.
   
Day 08: SHIMLA: Morning drive to the sprawling town of Shimla. In Shimla, visit a few Colonial mansions including Indian Institute of Advance Studies, the Mall and the Scandal Point.
   
Day 09: SHIMLA: Day at leisure. Optional excursions to Chail, Kufri or Narkanda.
   
Day 10: RENUKAJI: Morning enjoy the most scenic journey by Toy Train till Solan. Followed by drive to Renukaji. Arrive & check in your hotel. Rest of the day is free to visit the largest lake of Himachal Pradesh- Renuka Lake, temples around the lake and a lion safari park.
   
Day 11: MUSSOORIE: Proceed to Poanta Sahib to visit the impressive Sikh temple dedicated to 10th Sikh guru, Govind Singh. Later continue Mussoorie. Rest of the day at leisure.
   
DAY 12: MUSSOORIE: Visit Kempty Falls - the biggest & prettiest waterfall of the area.
   
Day 13: RISHIKESH: Drive to the city of ashrams- Rishikesh with en route visit of Dhanolti, from where one can view over 200 miles of the central Himalayan range. Afternoon visit Ghats, Ashrams and Temples.
   
Day 14: HARIDWAR: Morning drive to Haridwar to visit holy ghats on the Ganges and temples including Mansa Devi temple on the hill above the city, which is accessed by Ropeway. Also visit colourful Bara Bazaar. In the evening witness an "Aarti" of the Goddess Ganges. Later board the night train to Delhi.

Evening Aarti on the banks of Ganges, Haridwar

   
Day 15: AGRA: Arrive Delhi and drive straight to Agra. Afternoon visit the most extravagant monument ever built for love- Taj Mahal, and the impressive Agra Fort.
   
Day 16: DELHI: Early morning visit to the Taj Mahal to relish its charms at sunrise (Optional). Later drive to the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri built by Akbar the Great. Followed by delectable lunch in the courtyard of Laxmi Vilas Palace. Lunch is followed by visit to the most famous sanctuary for water birds- Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary on cycle-rickshaws. Later drive directly to Indira Gandhi International Airport to board the flight back home.
   
Day 17: DELHI: Fly back home.

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