The Land of Snow and green valleys

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Duration: 14 days | 13 nights

Location: Delhi - Chandigarh - Pragpur - Amritsar - Dharamshala - Mac Leod Ganj - Palampur - Taragarh - Mandi - Kullu - Manali - Shimla - Kufri - Rishikesh - Haridwar

Highlights of the programme :
  • The sculptures of Belur and Halebid
  • The extravagant palace of the Maharajah of Mysore
  • The Toy Train, train Centennial Mountains
  • Kovalam, sandy beaches and coconut groves

Arrive at Delhi International AirportWelcome on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Morning drive to the city of Chandigarh and discovery of the joint capital of Punjab and HaryanaThis new city was built after independence of India in 1947 by a team of architects led by Le Corbusier himself to replace the former capital of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan allocatedToday it is a spacious city with wide straight avenues and gardens, has remarkable buildings such as the Parliament, the High Court of Justice or the Government House. Overnight at hotel.

Morning drive to Pragpur in the Kangra Valley. In 1997, the place has become a Heritage Village and really deserves this name. This village, very livelywith cobbled streets lined with houses with whitewashed walls, gardens, temples and bazaars are full of charm. The village also houses a famous painting school. Then visit Garli, near which is a little twin PragpurOvernight at hotel.

Morning drive to Amritsar, the “Basin Nectar“. Amritsar is the religious capital of Punjab and holy city of the Sikh communityCity tour and garden Jalianwala Bagh with its memorial to the memory of the Indians massacred by the British in 1919. Then, towards Wagah place on the line established in 1947 during the Partition. The villagethus found bisected with a side Pakistan and other, India. Every night is held the ceremony of closing the doors of this boundary in the presence of the soldiers of both countries. Back to Amritsar for the religious ceremony at the Golden Temple, which stands in the middle of a basin surrounded by marble balustrades. The Sikh holy bookthe Adi Granth, written in gold lettersis preserved in this peaceful and serene sanctuary. Overnight at hotel.

Departure to Dharamshala, seat of the Tibetan government in exile after the Chinese invasion of Lhasa in October 1959 visit to the Namgyal Monastery, including the Center for Tibetan StudiesMuch Dharamshala is a big Indian village, as the very top, McLeod Ganj became a small Indian Lhasa since the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government found refugeThis Tibetan enclave in Indian territory, the Mecca of Buddhism, has a very special atmosphere both Tibetan and cosmopolitan with pilgrims from around the world. Stupastemples, floating multicolored banners in the wind, lamas dressed in burgundy color dresses twirling their prayer wheelsOvernight at hotel.

Day visit and walk McLeod Ganj, a beautiful city with countless Buddhist temples and schools surrounded by a wilderness where the craft is important. But it is also the guarantor of Tibetan medicine with Tibetan Medicine and Astrology Institute founded in 1961 that heals and teachesVisit the church St John-in-the-Wilderness whose cemetery contains the grave of Lord Elgin, a British East India viceroys, who died in Dharamsala late 1863. Its particular residence, Mortimer House, today houses the Dalai Lama. Overnight at hotel.

Morning drive to TaragarhAlong the way, stop at Palampurpopular hill station in the Kangra Valley, 1200 meters above sea level and surrounded by tea plantations and pine forestsPalampuron the road from Manali, was created by the British when they set up their tea plantations. The city is known as the capital of the northern Indian teaContinue to Taragarh, a paradise for travelers. Spectacular landscapes, snow-capped mountains, deep gorges, lush green valleys, mountain lakes and fast rivers. Walks, trekking, mountaineering, fishing, everything is made for relaxation. Overnight at hotel.

Morning drive to Manali hill station located at 2050 meters altitude. Crossing valleys of Kullu and MandiMandi town surrounded by hills, has beautiful temples built by the riverThen the Kullu Valley, the Valley of the Gods to the mild climaterich in its extremely fertile and verdant vegetation, its old wooden temples and its folklore. Kullu once was called Kulanthapitha” the end of the inhabited world. Continue to Manali, a small town in the valley, amidst paddy fields and a backdrop of snowy peaks. Overnight at hotel. 

Manali, located in the middle of lush vegetation, is one of the most beautiful mountain resorts of India with its magnificent views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks. The architecture of the surrounding villages is very beautiful with these stone houses with carved wooden facades. The lower level serves as a stable and surrender and above is the dwelling. Its cool climate during the sweltering summers of the rest of the country, makes it a real paradise. Overnight at hotel. 

Morning drive to Shimla the capital of Himachal Pradesh. The British discovered it when it was still a simple village and decided to make the summer residence of the viceroys of India in 1865. The British administration was leaving Calcutta, nearly 1,800 km away, to join the months scorching these regions cooler climateOvernight at hotel.

Morning excursion to Kufri about fifteen kilometers from Shimla. This ski resort 2620 meters is known for a long time for its panoramic views of the mountain range, its rest areas that allow the contemplation of the place and its ski slopesIn good weather, the view is absolutely breathtakingHimalayan Nature Park can observe white leopard, black bear, wolf mountains, the silver pheasant and a fauna you can see that altitudeThere is also a small Tibetan market selling local craftsBack to Shimla. This mountain resort has retained its English town of appearance with its golf courses, poloits racetrack, many buildings in the Victorian architecture, its neo-Gothic churches, outdated wooden cottages, still haunted by the Kipling book characters who described so well pageantry and social lifeThe city is limited to two streetsthe Mall, the shopping area and the Ridge, the alley of official paradesboth pedestrianOvernight at hotel.

Morning drive to Rishikesh located forty kilometersThis villagejust charming with its narrow winding streets, is known as the Gate of the Gods countrythat is, according to Hindu mythology, which is the passage that leads to heaven. Here is an intimate atmosphere on ghats, fervor is intense and the offerings are many floating on the river. In the evening religious ceremony on the banks of the Ganges, where many pilgrims come to perform their devotions. Overnight at hotel.

Morning drive to Haridwar, one of the seven holy cities of Indian mythology where the Ganges down from the Himalayas come to the plains. This is a very old city, as described by Chinese travelers in the 7th centuryIt is also one of four sites where takes place every twelve years, the famous Kumba Mela, a huge pilgrimage that brings millions of Hindus came to purify the foot of his ghat Har-Ki-Pauri to house the footprints of Lord VishnuEvening on the ghats of Har-Ki-Pauri. Overnight at hotel.

Early departure for Delhi. New Delhi, the capital of the Indian Empire with wide tree-lined avenues designed as a garden cityVisit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in the country, surrounded by narrow alleys and bazaars, the popular area of Chandni Chowk, Red Fort, the center of the Mughal splendorRaj GhatQutub Minar and the minaretThe boulevards of New Delhi and the inevitable Connaught Place Humayun’s TombPanoramic tour of Old Delhi. Transfer to the airport for the return flight.


You will find below our selection of hotels for this trip. Hotels indicative subject to availability. The choice of the class of accommodation to you. You will be able to specify it in your quote.

The Fern Residency – Chandigarh

Nice location. Pretty correct and comfortable rooms. Fast service. Helpful and cooperative staff.

WelcomHeritage Judge’s Court – Pragpur

A 100-year leap backwards in a majestic, sophisticated atmosphere. Spacious and comfortable rooms, excellent service and cuisine made with the farm by the hotel. Lovely gardens where you can take a stroll. It feels like home.

Golden Tulip – Amritsar

Close to all the tourist spotsModern, spacious rooms and great facilities. Beautiful hospitality and top service.

The Exotica – Mac Leod Ganj

Pleasant cottages lost in nature offering a beautiful view of the surroundings. Courteous and attentive. Spacious and well equipped. Well maintained facilities. Swimming Pool.

Snow Peak Retreat – Manali

Away from the crowds, this hotel offers comfortable rooms and beautiful views of the mountains. Friendly and smiling staff. Beautiful rose garden. Buffet breakfast with many choices.

Willow Bank – Shimla

Conveniently located on the Mall road just a minute from the public elevator. Colonial style hotel rooms, clean and adequate.

Parmarth Niketan Ashram – Rishikesh

Nice location for this property. Rooms small but clean. Very attentive staff. The ashram has beautiful gardens and the atmosphere is very pleasant.

Haveli Hari Ganga Hotel – Haridwar

Located beside the Ganges, in a former palace of the Maharaja turned into a small boutique hotel. Step peaceful and relaxing in the heart of the vibrant Haridwar. Decoration of refined old. Beautiful terraces overlooking the Ganges. Excellent cuisine. A good place.


You will find below our suggestion for activities to do throughout your journey. Do not hesitate to contact an advisor Aryavrit Travels for any specific request.

Horseback ride

Expect a complete change: in the saddle on the beautiful Marwari horses with amazing earrings shaped like a crescent moon, discover the breathtaking surroundings and go out to meet the locals. A walk to discover treasures, off the beaten path.

Bike ride

We invite you to immerse in unusual: a bike ride on the roads of India, Nepal and Bhutan. Cycling is a way to meet people, a tool to reach out to the population, which allows you to be closer than at the window of an air conditioned car. Let yourself drift along with your meetings, you will appreciate the paths which reserve surprises, all more enjoyable than the other.


Take a step back to admire the pink city Jaipur, it is possible. Climb aboard the platform of your balloon and fly over the capital of Rajasthan and the impressive Amber Fort which is necessary not far from it. In the early morning light, the emotions are at their peak by the glipse by the history of vastness and beauty which has exisred here for last many centuries.

Polo match

Polo on horseback or elephant, a unique show in Jaipur, Jodhpur or Delhi. Sport in vogue in India, polo on horseback is still today one of the spearheads of the sport in the Indian aristocracy. Polo on elephant back, meanwhile, is not a sport as such. Nevertheless, it attracts large crowds because of the originality of a rapid game with elephants struggling to move on the ground. Very entertaining!

Cricket match

Catch a game of cricket, a sport that is truly thrill the crowds in India. Unknown in France, cricket crystallizes all the passions in the Indian subcontinent, where millions of fans follow live matches of their national team. The best players are idolized as real stars, like Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev considered one of the best cricketers of all time.

Vintage car

Experience the charm side with a vintage ride in Rajasthan. These old cars of the maharajahs take you as a prince through the main streets of the cities. A timeless adventure not to be missed.

Local family

What could be more authentic than sharing a moment with a local family? An opportunity to understand the Indianess from very close which is worth reading several books on India. A unique opportunity to learn about the customs of your hosts, with whom you share a traditional meal. A moment of conviviality, memorable exchanges that will only add magic to your stay.

Film show

Indians like to say that what unites them is a passion for cricket and love of cinema. India is the largest film industry in the world in terms of production and the number of entries. Attend the screening of a film, it’s a unique experience and share a moment of jubilation.


Immerse yourself in the practice of Yoga and meditation which helps you to know your body and mind. An experienced yoga teacher will teach you the various techniques of “pranayama” (breathing), “asanas” (positions) and ‘dhyana’ (meditation). A unique opportunity in the purest tradition.

Henna session

Mehndi usually refers to the art of drawing with henna on the skin. It is an ephemeral equivalent of tattooing. In Rajasthan, mehndi is an fplk art and it is common for women to get as sophisticated as those of newlyweds drawings. Attend a session to decorate your hands with henna and why not take the opportunity to keep track of your visit!

Cooking lessons

You fell for tandoori chicken, Kerala fish curry, samosas, the thali, the dal, biryani? Do not leave without having learned to cook these dishes. We offer courses in vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine. At the end of the session, you are invited to examine and taste your own the prepared dishes.

Ayurveda massage

Ayurveda invites us to stay in harmony with nature, in touch with the elements of nature by practicing yoga and meditation which help us to purify and nourish our body and mind. A massage on the eye helps to rebalance the body and its functions. Enjoy your visit to the birthplace of Ayurveda to experience a massage in the purest tradition.