19 DAYS ●
Traverse the foothills of the mighty Himalaya. Destinations en route are not only full of diverse culture but also boast spectacular views and abundant nature.
Marvel at the magnificent Taj Mahal, India's most famous landmark
Admire the Golden Temple also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib
Soak up the mountain views of the Himalayas and Himachal Pradesh
See the River Ganges, where you'll witness an aarti ceremony
Our Himalayan Heritage Trail itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly to Delhi for an overnight stay.
Travel to Agra by train and tour the city, visiting the 17thcentury Itmad-Ud-Daulah, nicknamed the ‘Baby Taj’ and the colossal Agra Fort. The day concludes before the magnificent Taj Mahal, which you will get to see as evening sets in. Watching the colours of the sunset playing across the mausoleum’s white marble is an enchanting experience.
Return to Delhi by road and continue to tour the city. Explore the Purana Qila, one of Delhi’s oldest forts, and the beautiful white marble and golden-roofed Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, one of India’s most prominent gurudwara, a Sikh house of worship.
Transfer to Delhi station and hop on a train to Amritsar. On arrival, wind your way through the streets of the old town to the Golden Temple, Harmindar Sahib, the spiritual heart of the Sikh faith. Built in the 16th-century, its dome is richly gilded in shimmering gold. The temple floats on the sacred waters of Amrit Sarovar; all Sikhs try to make the pilgrimage to bathe in the purifying waters.
Enjoy a heritage walk of the city, taking in local markets, temples, including Durgiana dedicated to the goddess Durga, and Jallianwala Bagh, a memorial dedicated to the people killed and wounded when British troops opened fire on unarmed protesters in 1919. Head to the India-Pakistan border to watch the border closing ceremony.
Travel to Chintpurni, a Shakti Temple said to grant wishes. Continue to Paragpur, India’s first heritage village. Full of traditional character and charm, explore Paragpur’s cobbled streets and visit some of the traditional craftsmen who practice here, including weavers, silversmiths and printers.
Head up into the mountains to Dharamsala, a former British hillstation that has become the home of the Tibetan Government in exile. Stop en route at the impressive Kanga Fort, the largest in the Himalayas. This afternoon explore the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives and the Tibetan Medical Institute.
This morning visit Bhagsunag Temple. Later on travel to McLeod Ganj, a Tibetan suburb of Dharamsala visiting the markets, the Dalai Lama Temple and the Tibetan Museum.
Start the day with a yoga and meditation session. Continue on the the Kangra State Museum and St Johns Church before learning about the local cuisine with a cooking lesson. Later, visit the Norbulingka Institute, a major centre for Buddhist learning. It also works to preserve Tibet’s cultural heritage. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the markets.
Travel to the town of Manali, stopping at the Kullu Valley, a rural idyll of apple orchards and wooden temples. Take a leisurely walk through Manali’s nature and wildlife park.
Discover the town of Manali with a city tour. You’ll visit Hadimba Temple, Vashisht hot water springs and old Manali village. The afternoon is at leisure.
Spend the morning discovering the beauty of the Parvati Valley – the views of the mountains here are incredible. This afternoon, take an excursion to Naggar, where you’ll find an old castle and temples and the Roerich Art Gallery. Set up a hill, the views are as impressive as the paintings.
Head to Shimla by road. The capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla was once India’s largest hillstation, sprawling across a ridge deep in the Himalayan foothills.
The summer capital of British India, and nicknamed the ‘Queen of Hillstations’, Shimla has a spectacular location. Start the day with a hike to Jakhoo Temple, which sits at the highest point of the city, offering amazing views. Continue to the Himachal State Museum and admire the renaissance grandeur of the former Vice Regal Lodge. Spend some time in the heart of town, soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the views.
Travel by road to Rishikesh, a spiritual city located along the River Ganges. Known for its high number of ashrams, Rishikesh is thought to be the birthplace of yoga. This evening visit the ghats to witness an aarti ceremony on the edge of the river.
See the sights of Rishikesh on a city tour, spending time at Laxman Jhoola, Omkaranand Ashram and Sivanand Ashram. Transfer to Haridwar station to board your train to Delhi, arriving late at night. The city is split into two areas; Old Delhi and New Delhi. In Old Delhi, you will find the old city wall and a maze of small alleyways. New Delhi is characterised by the grandeur of 19th-century buildings and wide, tree-lined boulevards.
Spend a full day exploring the sights of Delhi: drive around the outside of the colossal Red Fort; visit Jama Masjid, India’s largest and most impressive mosque; and see Raj Ghat – a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Visit Qutab Minar complex and Humayun’s Tomb before making a stop at India Gate. Finish in the heart of New Delhi at the grandiose Connaught Place.
After breakfast visit the Delhi Haat and enjoy some free time to shop and pick up souvenirs. Return to your hotel where you will have a late check-out before transferring to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to India. Travellers should arrange visas well in advance of departure. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your visa in the price of your tour. We handle the entire application process – all you need to do is complete the paperwork and send your passport to us eight weeks prior to departure. We are always on hand to help you with any queries you may have while completing the application form.
While travelling overseas, the Wendy Wu Tours contact number during business hours is +61 2 9224 8888.
Emergency Assistance (24-hours) is 0044 1888 288 288.
You will find mobile phone coverage to be quite high throughout Asia. We recommend contacting your mobile carrier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated call and data costs before you leave Australia. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi, which usually comes at a cost.
Tipping is not commonplace in Australia. In Asia however, it is anticipated that a tip be given to reward good service. With that in mind, we have a tipping system for our group tours. Each passenger ‘tips’ a set amount to the National Escort at the start of the tour or on arrival in each country. They then distribute this as appropriate.
Tipping is appreciated for Private and Tailor-Made travel. In your final documents, we include guidelines for tipping when travelling independently.
Shopping is a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests while on holiday, your tour includes a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. Included are visits to establishments that provide locally produced goods, unique to your destination. Witness the creation of these products, and see first-hand how their production supports the local economy. As most travellers like to take home souvenirs, we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or too unusual.
Breakfast at your hotel includes local and western dishes. A myth about India is that the food is of poor quality and always spicy. This is definitely not the case! In addition, a great deal of Indian cuisine is vegetarian.
Drinks are at your own expense. Beer is widely available. Bottled drinking water and soft drinks are widely available – you should only have ice, juices, or lassies from a trusted source that uses boiled or bottled water.
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