Mountains & Mystics of India


Tour length 13 daysFrom New Delhi to New Delhi
In-depth Cultural
Fully Guided

About this tour

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.This trip involves some long train rides, which can be tiresome but offer a quintessential Indian experience. Your overnight sleeper train from Amritsar to Haridwar takes approximately 10 hours. Sleeper trains are clean and air-conditioned and a great way to travel long distances while still getting maximum time in each place. Beds are padded berths with sheets, pillow and blanket provided (although some people prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet). Please note that you may be sharing with locals of the same or opposite gender. Long-distance and overnight trains can often be delayed and occasionally cancelled due to heavy fog between December and February. Read more about what to expect on an overnight train https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/india-trains-guide/Part of travelling with Intrepid means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people and environments. We visit a number of temples on this trip, which requires a certain level of modesty. Please bring clothes that cover the arms and pants/skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it's hot.This trip travels into the Himalayas, where temperatures can get very low. We don't run the trip in winter, but ensure that you're well prepared for cold weather at any time of the year (particularly from November to March). The sun can also be strong at higher altitudes, so make sure you bring a hat, sunscreen and any other sun protection.We'll be taking a private vehicle between Mandi and Dharmsala. The road through the mountains is rough and bumpy, but the scenery, adventure and opportunity to mingle with locals will (hopefully) distract you from any discomfort.In Dharmsala, our vehicle can't get all the way to the hotel so some walking (approximately 500 metres) with your luggage will be required.As Rishikesh is a sacred town, no alcohol consumption is permitted during our time here.
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Tour ID 4216
Tour length 13 days
Language English
Group size 12
Age range 15 - 99

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


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(Guests: 1, Nights: 1)
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