From the Plains to the Mountains
Explore northern landscapes of India by travelling across an enchanting medley of colonial expanses, pilgrimage cities, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and spectacular views of the Himalayan range.
This route begins in the nation’s capital, Delhi, which is famous for having one foot deeply grounded in time-revered traditions, whilst the other steps forth confidently in the dotcom domain. Proceed to Rishikesh, an important Hindu pilgrimage centre and finds mention in the epics. This is where the smaller streams all flow out of the mountains to converge into the mighty river Ganges, called the Ganga in Sanskrit. The rapids of the river leaving the mountains make for some of the most sought after rafting destinations in India. From Rishikesh, the route heads to the summer capital of the erstwhile British Empire, Shimla, but not before going past Haridwar, one of the seven holiest Hindu towns, where the Ganga enters the Indo-Gangetic Plains of North India. From Shimla, make your way into the mountains to Manali and Kullu. From there the route wind further up the mountains to the home of the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala and emerge out of the lofts in the Mecca of the Sikh faith in Amritsar. From Amritsar, the path will head to the first planned city in post-colonial India, Chandigarh and end back in Delhi.
- Watch the Ganga Aarti, the daily ablutions offered to the river Goddess Ganga, in the evening.
- See the grand lanes of Lutyens’ Delhi as it captures the grandeur of colonial architecture that blends in with modern day high-rises
- Dare to be brave with river rafting in Rishikesh
- Explore the Rohtang Pass for some breath-taking views of the Himalayas and to play in snow even in the middle of summer
- Meet with Tibetan monks in monasteries in Dharamsala, which is currently headquarters of the exiled Tibetan government and the east of the Dalai Lama
- Indulge in serious culinary escapades in Amritsar by visiting ‘unexplored India’, little shops and eating joints not in any tourist book
Best Time to Travel
All year round
Delhi, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana: Rishikesh, Haridwar, Shimla, Manali, Kullu, Dharamsala, Amritsar, Chandigarh
USD 2,500 and above (per person)
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