Trip Highlights

Experience the energy of Varanasi, one of the holiest cities in India
Visit Dharamsala, home to the Dalai Lama and Tibetan exiles
Witness the gilded treasure of the Golden Temple in Amritsar
Explore the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi the spiritual advisor to the Beatles
Visit the largest mosque in India and a Baha’i Temple that’s looks like a lotus
Experience the Tibetan Culture and Mountainside Charm of Dharamsala

Trip overview:

A spiritual journey can begin anywhere. This custom tailored tour will take you deep into the traditions that make up India’s culture. From the brilliantly colored saris to gregarious evening ceremonies that take place on the banks of the River Ganges, you will experience the majesty of ancient cities and the elegance of rolling mountains, the opulence of a Golden Temple, and the ancient art of yoga. Whether found along ghats or at an ashram, you will discover the finer details that create the spirit of India.

Day 1 (Arrive Delhi)

On Arrival at Delhi Airport , you will meet an IndeBo representative who will assist you with your transfer to the hotel. After check in, there will be a briefing session about the tour. You will have rest of the day to yourself to relax. Later, enjoy your dinner at the hotel.

Day 2 (Capital of Modern India)

Welcome to Delhi, the capital of India. You immediately feel the energy of the streets and the people. Delhi’s history is palpable, apparent in the Old City walls and towering minarets. The Hauz Khas Complex contains ruins that date back to the 14th century. An outdoor shopping center is filled with lively boutique stores and delicious high-end restaurants. The city is a blend of the past and present. You settle into your hotel and are ready to explore.

Day 3 (The Sensational Sites)

The spiced aroma and sweet flavor is a lovely way to start the day. Your guide meets you at your hotel ready to show you the splendor of Delhi. The Lotus Temple is a Baha’I House of Worship. The central hall stands 120 feet tall and can hold over 2,500 people. Qutub Minar is the second largest minaret in India and stands over 219 feet tall. Balconies separate the concentric cylindrical shafts. Between the historic and cosmopolitan streets, you have found the balance.

Day 4 (Capital Streets to Holy Streets)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Varanasi. Ancient buildings and temples sit at the top of the city’s famous ghats. Visit the coveted Chamek Stupa that dates back to the 10th century.The conical stone commemorates the location where Buddha gave his first sermon after reaching enlightenment.In the evening you find the ghats filled with people ready to partake in the Aarti Ceremony.The fast-paced music of the city at work has slowed to the devoted hymns of the people around you. You have found a new image of India.

Day 5 (The Ancient Sunrise)

In the lingering dawn your guide escorts you to the ghats. The old town is like a maze filled with small alleys that seem to take you miles, and even centuries, away from the main road.You will venture from the ghats to the Benaras Hindu University and its famous Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum to view the impressive collection of Mughal miniature paintings. In the afternoon you will return to Delhi and spend the evening in the luxuries of the capital.

Day 6 (Tibetan Influence)

After breakfast , transfer to the airport where will soon arrive in Dharamsala. This city is known as the home of the Dalai Lama.The temple of Tsuglagkhang is also known as Dalai Lama’s temple.A 9-foot tall gilded statue of the Buddha is located within the temple complex. You watch pilgrims make a clockwise circle around the outer walls before entering the temple itself.

Day 7 (Getting in the Spirit)

The immense atmosphere of upper Dharamsala is unlike anything you’ve ever felt. Today is at your leisure to experience the city as you prefer. The Gelug school of thought is the newest in Buddhist philosophy. The Namgyal Monastery was constructed in the 16th century and continues to teach the philosophies of the Gelug Sect. The essence of the monastery and the city lies in its surroundings and the perseverance of the culture.

Day 8 (Fortress of Solitude)

Once again you can spend today indulging in the spiritual majesty of the city or you can venture just outside the city limits to see the exceptional strength and devotion of the Kangra Fort. The fortress was first mentioned in the 4th century BC by Alexander the Great.You enter the parapets through a small courtyard and follow the narrow passage to the structure’s top. The view overlooks the river and the mountainside endless greenery. In town, you can visit the local museum that exhibits the history of the fort.

Day 9 (The Sweetness of Nectar)

Drive to Amritsar. The city was founded in the 16th century and is home Sikhism’s holiest shrine. The Golden Temple is elegant and humbling. In the evening you will follow the tiled walkway and enter through the archways of the Golden Temple. The arch is 203 feet tall and 20 feet wide.
The gold plating on the main temple shimmers in the evening lights and reflects off of the water. You watch in awe during the Night Ceremony as the holy text is carried from the main shrine to the sanctum.

Day 10 (More than Ancient Gold)

Today you will venture through the old city to view the splendid history of Akal Takht, known as the Immortal Throne, located within the Golden Temple complex. In the early afternoon, you will venture to the Wagah Border to experience another truly unique moment special to Amritsar. The changing of the guard between Pakistan and India at this particular crossing has become an exhibition of energy and pride. People come from all around the country and the world to witness the rambunctious.People line up and carry the flag up and down the street. The sound reverberates across the border. Both sides compete for sound supremacy.You return to Amritsar and revisit the evening ceremony at the Golden Temple.

Day 11 (The Land of Yoga, Culture and Sadhus)

After breakfast, transfer to the Railway Station to catch the train to Haridwar. Soon you find yourself in the famous city of Rishikesh located on the banks of the River Ganges. The city is located 1,200 feet above sea level and has become a popular stopover for people ready to trek to the Himalayas.In the evening you will stand on the riverbanks and listen to the enchanting hymns of the nightly Aarti ceremony.

Day 12 (A spiritual haven)

Visit the Triveni Ghat. Later you will come to the steps of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram. After the Beatles spent time with the Yogi his ashram became an icon of spiritual enlightenment and a picture of India. You find the undergrowth of the forest slowly running over the steps of the ashram. There is a local gallery in the old building called the Beatles Cathedral. Various paintings depict artist interpretations of songs and even the band members themselves. In the moment that nature, history, and modernity intersect there is serenity.

Day 13 (Stretching the Morning)

Enjoy a rejuvenating stretch with a yoga session along the banks of the rushing river. Millions of Hindus each year come to the Ganges to absolve themselves of their sins.Drive to Haridwar for your flight to Delhi. Room for wash-and-change at the airport before the onward flight.
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