Mountains & Mystics of India

07/18/2021 through 11/19/2022
07/18/2021 through 11/22/2022
Intrepid Travel

Mountains & Mystics of India

Take a tour of India and be introduced to the Mountains and Mystics of this incredible country. This is a journey of the body, mind, and spirit as you travel through the foothills of the world’s highest mountains – the Himalayas. These mystical lands look and feel very different from the rest of India – from the food and clothes to the crisp, clean mountain air and spiritual soul of the locals. Discover it all on a 13-day enlightening adventure, and be enchanted by a land in perfect balance between physical and spiritual worlds.

Activities

  • Delhi – Leader-led Old Delhi walking & rickshaw tour
  • Delhi – Jama Masjid
  • Delhi – Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Shimla – Leader-led walking tour
  • Shimla – Viceregal Lodge
  • Mandi – Leader-led walking tour
  • Dharamsala – Norbulingka Institute
  • Dharamsala – Dalai Lama Temple
  • Amritsar – Golden Temple
  • Amritsar – Jallianwallah Bagh
  • Amritsar – Wagah Border ceremony
  • Rishikesh – Leader-led walking tour
  • Rishikesh – Chaurasi Kutia ‘The Beatles Ashram’

Highlights

  • The colonial charm and cool mountain air of Shimla Hill Station and a scenic ride on the World Heritage-listed ‘toy-train’ is the perfect way to experience this Himalayan hideout.
  • Explore the home of the Dalai Lama – Dharmasala. This highland haven is the ideal place for an enlightening experience of Tibetan spirituality, culture, and history.
  • Witness a unique ‘performance’ of the flag ceremony at India and Pakistan’s Wagah border – a daily practice conducted since 1959, drawing crowds for its unconventional and ostentatious practices.
  • Learn about Sikhism on an included visit to the one of most sacred monuments of the faith – the luminous Golden Temple in Amritsar.
  • Breeze through the self-proclaimed ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ in Rishikesh, walking along the holy Ganges, and explore the crumbling beauty and famous mural-lined walls of the Chaurasi Kutia ashram.

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Day 1 Delhi
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Day 2 Delhi
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Day 3 Shimla
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Day 4 Shimla
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Day 5 Mandi
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Day 6 Dharamsala (McLeod Ganj)
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Day 7 Dharamsala (McLeod Ganj)
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Day 8 Amritsar
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Day 9 Amritsar – Overnight train
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Day 10 Rishikesh
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Day 11 Rishikesh – River Ganges
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Day 12 Delhi
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Day 13 Delhi
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