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Mountains & Mystics
Transport - Train, Bus, Van, Jeep, Auto rickshaw, Cycle rickshaw, Overnight sleeper train, Private vehicle, Steam train, Metro
Accommodation - Hotel (10 nts), Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)
Meals - 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
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Make your way to your hotel in the capital. At 1:00pm there will be a welcome meeting with your leader. Details of where this will take place will have been left at the hotel's reception.
India's capital is an exciting, busy and often chaotic city, but it's also one of the most interesting places in the world, with historical sites from different eras, museums and galleries, shops and endless bazaars. After the meeting you'll head out to see some of the sights of Old Delhi. You'll combine modern modes of transport with the more traditional, as you first jump on the metro before hitchng a ride on a rickshaw through the chaotic streets. During the tour you'll visit the Jama Masjid, India's largest and oldest mosque and arguably one of Delhi's most impressive buildings. To arrive at Jama Masjid you’ll drive past Chandi Chowk, once an imperial avenue of Mughal Royalty which today is the busiest commercial area of the city. Enjoy a walk through Chandni Chowk to savour the ambience of an oriental bazaar and test out your bartering skills! You'll then head to the Sikh temple Sheeshganj Gurudwara to learn about the Sikh religion. Hotel – 1 night
This morning you board a train out of Delhi and head across the state of Punjab to Kalka (approx. 4.5hrs). You’ll arrive at about midday and will board the Himlayan Toy train, the ‘Himalayan Queen’, for a scenic journey which will take you through the Shivalik ranges to Shimla (approx. 6hrs). You should arrive in Shimla late in the afternoon and will transfer to your hotel. Shimla – Queen of Hills – used to be the summer capital during British rule in India. At a height of 2200m above sea level, it was the perfect place for the British viceroys and their government to go to escape the stifling summer heat. As a result, Shimla was the country's focus for the better part of every year and is now the state capital of Himachal Pradesh.
Today, it has well developed facilities, easy accessibility and numerous attractions making it one of India's most popular hill resorts. Situated in the lower ranges of the Himalayan mountains, it is surrounded by pine deodar, oak and rhododendron forests. Towards the north lie the snow-covered high-ranges, while the valleys breathe whispering streams and swaying fields. Within the town are host of splendid colonial edifices, quaint cottages and charming walks. Shimla offers a variety of shopping, sport and entertainment activities. You’ll take a guided tour visiting the Viceregal Lodge, which was originally the residence of the British Viceroy Lord Dufferin, to see where the partition agreement that separated India from Pakistan and Bangladesh was drawn up. You'll also have some free time to stroll in the famous Mall Road – great for sourcing pottery items, jewellery and handicraft products & ‘The Ridge’, a wide open space used for summer festivals which leads to Lakkar Baazar, a wooden crafts market. Hotel – 2 nights
Today you'll travel by 4WD to the small town of Mandi (approx. 6hrs). Located on the Beas River at 760m, Mandi has a rich cultural heritage of both historical and theological significance. It was once part of the salt route to Tibet and today it's the gateway to the Kullu Valley.
You'll head into town to explore a huge sunken shopping centre, the only one like it in India and the focal point of all Mandi's entertainment. Further out, you'll find hilltop temples with magnificent views over the surrounding area. The area is also a very popular spot for hiking and trekking route and to get a flavour of this, you’ll enjoy some short walks in the local vicinity, strolling along the river or checking out the colourful bathing ghats. Hotel (basic facilities) – 1 night
Another long drive is necessary today – the journey to Dharmshala will take about 6rs and you'll be travelling by public bus, an adventure in itself! Once you have completed your journey, you arrive in Dharmshala where you’ll check in to your hotel. Dharamshala is a small hill station lying on the spur of the Dhauladhar range about 18 kms north east of Kangra town. The surrounding area is wooded with oak and conifer trees and snow capped mountains enfold three sides of the town while the valley stretches in front. The town of Dharmshala is divided into two distinct parts. Lower Dharamshala has civil offices and business establishments with courts and Kotwali Bazar. Upper Dharamshala is composed of places with names that bear witness to its history, like McLeod Ganj and Forsythe Ganj. Since 1960, when it became a temporary headquarter of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Dharamshala has risen to international fame as "The Little Lhasa in India".
You'll be able to spend time wandering around discovering the many facets of Tibetan Buddhism, learning about the spiritual beliefs of this peaceful region, as well as soaking up the beautiful mountain views. You'll visit the fascinating Norbulingka Institute, which was developed to train Tibetan refugees the skills needed to preserve the traditional arts and crafts of Tibet. It's peaceful grounds feature a stunning temple with some amazing spiritual iconography, as well as some ornate statues. The surrounding area is dotted with workshops where wood carving, metalwork and needlework are done, as well as an interesting thangka painting school where you can watch interesting pieces being created. In your free time you might like to visit the Losel doll Museum (additional charge), which features an exhibit of intricately detailed dolls that depict the traditional clothing and daily life of the people in each region of Tibet, as well as displays of religious events and festivals. Alternatively, you could take part in a cooking demonstration by a local man who has been conducting these classes for years (additional charge). Learn to make the popular 'momos', a speciality in Tibetan cuisine. Hotel – 3 nights
Saying goodbye to Dharamshala, you get back on board the public bus and make the up-and-down journey westwards to the next Himalayan valley (approx. 7hrs). The long drive to Dalhousie will take you along steep and narrow mountain roads, past small villages and farms, where you'll see people working in the fields set among some marvellous views.
Once a hill station for the British Army, Dalhousie sprawls across five hills and is now a major settlement for Tibetan refugees. Stretch you legs after your journey and explore the narrow lanes, which circle along the ridge like a figure of eight and enjoy some of the fantastic views of the contrast between the Himalayas reaching up to the sky and the deep valleys below. Hotel - 1 night.
Please note - all accommodation in Dalhousie is very basic and it gets very cold and damp. You should also be prepared to share a bed as nearly all of the beds in town are doubles.
Today you head to the starting point of your trek in the Chamba Valley, at Lakkar Mandi. Your main bags will be sent ahead of you, so that while trekking you are only carrying your daysack. The trek starts uphill from Lakkar Mandi into the forest for about 4km. Afterwards you descend through some steep and narrow passages before beginning to climb again. After heading steeply upwards for about 1.5km, the final stretch is relatively easy as it levels out and the forest road becomes more or less flat. The total walking time today will be about 6hrs, before you reach your night stop at Khajjiar, a lovely alpine area complete with a small lake and sloping meadows. Hotel - 1 night
Please note - a good level of fitness is required in order for you to get the most out of the trek and to enjoy it as much as possible.
Another full days trekking will bring you to the town of Chamba. From here you take a short bus ride, before making your final ascent on foot from the road to your accommodation. Apart from this last leg and a gentle climb out of Khajjiar, the walking is mostly downhill today.
A little visited region, the Chamba Valley is known for its exquisite natural beauty. Your simple homestay accommodation is located on the side of a hill with amazing views of the valley below. You will be spending three nights here as the guests of a local family, which is a great way to experience traditional rural life. You can spend your time here as you please, perhaps further explore the region by taking short walks, or you may prefer to give your feet a rest after the two day trek. Homestay - 3 nights
Please note - there is no running hot water in the shared bathroom, but water can be heated in buckets. You should also be aware that during the months from December to March, there may be snow, which will affect the trekking from Dalhousie to Chamba.
You’ll start today with a morning drive to Pathankot, and from there a train to Amritsar, the spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikh religion (210kms & approximately 6hrs). On arrival, you’ll check at your hotel. The rest of the day will be at leisure to relax after your journey. The following morning you’ll be taken sightseeing around some of the famous sites in Amritsar. One of which is the Golden Temple - the sacred Sikh sanctuary spread out in a vast complex around a huge water tank in the midst of which stands a marble sanctum where the holy book of the Sikhs, the Guru Granth is reverently placed. The roof of the sanctum is gold-leafed. The community kitchen provides free meals to up to 10,000 pilgrims or visitors in a day.
You’ll walk by the busy bazaars of the city, visit the historic Jallianwalah Bagh where General Dyer’s bullets killed hundreds of innocent Indians and later visit the Durgiana Hindu temple which looks like a replica of the Golden Temple. Later on in the afternoon, you’ll visit the border town of Wagah to see the change of guard ceremony. It is a spectacle comparable to the 'Changing of the Guards' in London. The pomp and pageantry of the Beating Retreat and the Change of Guard within handshaking distance of the Indian and Pakistani forces makes for a most charming spectacle.
In the evening of the second day you return to the train station to hop on a train back to Delhi (approx. 9hrs). Sleeper trains are clean and air conditioned and are a great way to travel long distances and still get the maximum amount of time in each place. Beds are pull-down bunks and a sheet, blanket and pillow are provided, although some people prefer to take their own sleeping sheet. Please be aware that although every effort is made to ensure the group is kept together, you may find yourself sharing a compartment with locals and people of different genders. Hotel – 1 night, overnight train - 1 night
Delhi; Tour Ends
On arrival in Delhi you will be transferred to your hotel, where rooms will be available for you to use and freshen up in until midday, when the tour ends for land only passengers.
Total number of meals included: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 dinners