Journey through the Indian Himalayas

India

Travel through the Himalayan foothills via Shimla & Amritsar to Ladakh

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Intro

Take a unique journey through the Himalayan foothills to the Buddhist kingdom of Ladakh. Set off from Delhi to the holy city of Haridwar and watch the sacred River Ganges come to life with floating candle-lit offerings. Head to Shimla, the former British summer retreat and ride the iconic toy train. Wander through the heritage village of Pragpur and visit the home of the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. Marvel at the splendour of the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Get a taste for India's tea culture in the gardens of Palampur and drive from Manali to Sarchu via the spectacular Rohtang Pass with panoramic views of the Himalayas. End your journey in the Tibetan Buddhist heartland of Ladakh, known for its charming people, colourful monasteries and dramatic scenery.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • The holy city of Haridwar
  • The temples of Rishikesh
  • Stop at the scenic village Pragpur
  • Marvel at Amritsar's Golden Temple
  • Buddhist culture in Dharamsala
  • The rock-cut Hindu temples of Masrur
  • The tea gardens of Palampur
  • Travel up to Manali
  • Explore the largest and wealthiest Gompa in Ladakh
  • Visit Buddhist monasteries.

Places Visited

Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh - Shimla - Pragpur - Amritsar - Dharamsala - Masrur Temples - Palampur - Manali - Hidimba Devi Temple - Jispa - Leh - Shey Gompa - Spituk - Magnetic Hill - Alchi

What's Included

Arrival & departure transfers
Ground transport with driver
Accommodation
Meals (refer to itinerary for meal plan)
Leh-Delhi domestic flight in economy class
English-speaking guides
Entrance fees to sites & parks

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Itinerary
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Day 1 : Arrival

Arrive into Delhi airport where you will be met by a Travel The Unknown representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will be at your leisure. Overnight in Delhi. 

Overnight in Claridges, Delhi

Meal plan: n/a

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Day 2 : Delhi - Haridwar

In the early morning, transfer to the railway station to connect with your train to Haridwar. One of our representatives will meet you on arrival to transfer you to your hotel. In the afternoon you will take a short walk through the market and witness the Aarti ceremony at Har Ki Pauri. Overnight in Haridwar. 

Overnight in The Haveli Hari Ganga, Haridwar

Meal plan: Breakfast

Haridwar is an ancient city situated on the banks of the River Ganges whose name is translated to mean ‘gateway to God’. It is one of the most holy Hindu cities, thought to be one of the four sites where drops of immortality were spilled. It is home to many festivals including Purna Kumbh Mela, which is held every 12 years, where pilgrims come together to bathe in the river Ganges and wash away their sins.

Aarti is a Hindu ritual of worship. It is where light, from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor, is offered to Hindu deities as songs are sung in praise. In the traditional Aarti ceremony flowers, water, a lit flame, a peacock fan and tak-tail fan are presented on an Aarti plate. These symbolic offerings represent the five elements of earth, water, fire, wind and space. Aarti can be performed between one and five times daily at almost all Hindu occasions or ceremonies. The priest carries the Aarti plate, or simply carries a lamp, to all those at the ceremony - who each cup their hands over the flame, before raising their palms to their forehead. This represents a blessing, passed from the image of the deity through the flame and onto the individual. 

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Day 3 : Haridwar

Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Haridwar and Rishikesh. Visit Lakshman Jhoola bridge before proceeding to Mansi Devi Temple and Shanti Kunj Ashram. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Haridwar. 

Overnight in The Haveli Hari Ganga, Haridwar

Meal plan: Breakfast

The majestic bridge of Lakshman Jhoola hangs 70 feet above the River Ganges with a length of 450 feet. According to myth, Lord Rama's younger brother crossed the river on a jute rope-bridge at the same site where the bridge now stands. After the erosion of this jute bridge, a new iron bridge was built in its place in 1939. The old Lakshman Temple is situated on the western bank, while other attractions such as the School of Yoga and Meditation and the white water rafting camp at Shivpuri are located upstream.

The city of Rishikesh is known as the ‘gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas’. Many saints have visited this holy city to meditate in search of higher knowledge, today Rishikesh is renowned as yoga capital of the world. Due to its religious significance this national heritage city has prohibited alcohol and non-vegetarian food.

Perched atop the Sivalik Hills, Mansi Devi Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Mansa Devi. With "Mansa" meaning wish, it is believed that the goddess fulfills the wishes of devotees who present offerings of coconuts, fruits, garlands and incense sticks, or tie threads to the branches of a tree located in the temple. Once the wishes are fulfilled, the threads are untied from the tree.

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Day 4 : Haridwar - Shimla

Drive to Shimla and check in to your hotel on arrival. The rest of the day is free to explore at your leisure. Overnight in Shimla. 

Overnight in The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla

Meal plan: Breakfast

Shimla is the capital city of the northern state of Himachal Pradesh. In 1864 it was declared the summer capital of British India. It is built on a panoramic location, over several hills and connecting ridges, surrounded by green pastures and snowy peaks. It retains its colonial heritage, with grand old buildings and Anglo-Saxon names.

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Day 5 : Shimla - Taradevi - Shimla

In the morning, enjoy a Toy Train ride from Shimla to Taradevi. After the ride, drive back to Shimla for a sightseeing tour. Being with a visit to the Viceregal Lodge before heading to a Hindu Temple containing shrines to various Hindi gods. Enjoy a leisurely stroll back along the Mall to Scandal Point. En route, it may be possible to look inside the Gaiety Theater. The evening is free to rest or explore at your leisure. Overnight in Shimla.  

Overnight in The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla

Meal plan: Breakfast

Built in 1888, the Viceregal Lodge was the official summer residence of the British viceroys, from which the Indian subcontinent was ruled until World War Two. A symbol of the British Empire, it is built in mock-Tudor style, with the wooden interior decor still in its original state. The building now holds the Institute for Advanced Studies, with an 180,000-volume library occupying the old ballroom, dining room and drawing room.    

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Day 6 : Shimla

Today is free at your leisure. There are optional tours than can be booked and paid locally, including excursions to: the quaint town of Mashobra and its forest; the former capital of the Maharajah of Patiala, Chail, with the highest cricket pitch in the world; or Naldehra. There are other walks and treks also available organised by the hotel. Overnight in Shimla.

Overnight in The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla

Meal plan: Breakfast

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Day 7 : Shimla - Pragpur

Drive to Pragpur where you will check in to the hotel on arrival, the rest of the day is free to relax or explore. In the evening you will go on a heritage village walk. This is something you can do in your own time or with the group. Overnight in Pragpur.

Overnight in Judge's Court, Pragpur

Meal plan: Breakfast

The scenic village of Pragpur can be found in the foothills of the Himalayas, 1,800ft over sea level amongst snowy mountains. It holds some key sights of interest, including the Kuthiala Soods Ancestral Home and Radha Krishna shrine. The village offers the perfect environment to enjoy activities such as fishing, bird watching and hiking.
 


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Day 8 : Pragpur - Amritsar

Drive to Amritsar and check in to the hotel on arrival. The afternoon is free at your leisure. In the evening, proceed to the Golden Temple to witness the holy Palki ceremony. Overnight in Amritsar. 

Overnight in Ranjit Svassa, Amritsar

Meal plan: Breakfast

The city of Amritsar boasts the famous Golden Temple, located in the heart of the city. Amritsar is at the epicentre of the Sikh faith, where the Golden Temple is the holiest of Sikh shrines. For Sikhs it is both a display of Punjab's wealth and an important pilgrimage. People from all faiths gather at the Golden Temple, a tribute to the traditions of a faith whose holy book is a compilation of the writings of men of different faiths. 

The Palki Ceremony takes place every evening at the Golden Temple. During the ceremony, the Granth Sahib (the Sikh Holy Book) is carried from the main shrine in Hari Mandir (the Divine Temple) to the sanctum, where it stays until the opening ceremony the next morning. Many people take part in the ceremony, with devotees queuing behind the palanquin on which the Holy Book is carried and taking turns in supporting each arm.

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Day 9 : Amritsar - Wagah Border - Armistar

After breakfast, explore the Golden Temple and see the community kitchen (langar) where volunteers feed 30,000 people daily for free. Later, visit the historic Jallianwala Bagh, commemorating the hundreds of innocent Indians killed or wounded in the most notorious massacre under the British rule. Also see the beautiful Ram Bagh Gardens. In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion to Wagah Border to witness the change of the guard ceremony between Indian and Pakistani armies. Overnight in Amritsar. 

Overnight in Ranjit Svassa, Amritsar

Meal plan: Breakfast

The Wagah Border, marks the border between India and Pakistan, where each evening a retreat ceremony called 'lowering of the flags' takes place. This has been happening since 1959. The soldiers (the Border Security Force of India and the Pakistani Rangers) indulge in an energetic parade, in what first may appear slightly aggressive and even hostile to people watching it for the first time! However, the paraders are meant to be imitating the pride and anger of a cockerel. Donning colourful turbans, the troops of each country put on a show you will never forget.

The Jallianwala Bagh memorial was established in 1951 to commemorate the 1919 massacre of peaceful Punjabi New Year celebrators when British occupying forces opened fire. Some bullet holes are still visible in the walls. An eternal (24-hour) flame burns as a sign of remembrance, as well as an exhibition telling the stories of victims and a Matryrs’ Gallery with portraits of Independence heroes. 

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Day 10 : Amritsar - Dharamsala

In the morning, drive to Dharamsala, the home of the Dalai Lama and a major Buddhist site. Enroute you will stop at Masrur Rock Cut Temple, then on arrival, check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure. Overnight in Dharamsala. 

Overnight in Fortune Park Moksha, Dharamsala

Meal plan: Breakfast & dinner

Dharamsala is situated in the upper reaches of the Kangra Valley and surrounded by dense coniferous forest. The hill-station town is best known as the home of the exiled Dalai Lama and the centre of the Tibetan exile world in India. The town is a centre for Tibetan arts and crafts, boasting several art galleries and an annual international film festival. The Dalai Lama temple and other Buddhist monasteries are set in beautiful and serene surroundings.

The Masrur Temples, also referred to as Masroor Temples, in the Kangra Valley is a complex of 15 early 8th century rock-cut Hindu temples, dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, Devi, and Saura. The temples face north-east towards the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas and their architectural style reflects North Indian Nagara style. Over time they have been left damaged by earthquakes and many of their sculptures and reliefs have been lost, but they are magnificent to see nevertheless. Archaological studies suggest that the temples were actually meant to be much grander, and are as such incomplete.

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Day 11 : Dharamsala

After breakfast, proceed for a full day guided tour of Dharamsala. Visit the Dalai Lama Temple and Bhagsu Nag Temple. Also visit the Norbulingka Institute and its small museum. Later, proceed to Kangra State Museum. The rest of the day is free to explore McLeod Ganj at your leisure. Overnight in Dharamsala.

Overnight in Fortune Park Moksha, Dharamsala

Meal plan: Breakfast & dinner

Bhagsu Nag Temple can be found in the heart of Bhagsunag village at an altitude of 6,960 feet, with beautiful views over the valley. Constructed around 1800, it is dedicated to the Lord Shiva and the local deity Bhagsu Nag. Buddhist monks and visitors can enjoy a relaxing dip in a series of pools within the temple complex, or at the spectacular 20-metre-high Bhagsunag waterfall located behind the temple. The waterfall is most impressive during the monsoon season when the cascade is in full flow. 

Kangra State Museum provides a fascinating insight into Kangra Valley's rich cultural past, displaying arts, crafts and artifacts dating back to the 5th century. Exhibits range from Kangra's famous miniature paintings, to collections of sculptures, pottery and anthropological items. There are also copies of paintings by the 20th century Russian artist Nicholas Roerich, renowned for his vivid Himalayan mountain landscapes. 

Sitting on the edge of a cliff and surrounded by high walls, the Dalai Lama Temple offers beautiful views overlooking the valley. Not only is it the place of residence of the Dalai Lama, but it also holds the offices of the Tibetan Government in Exile. On special festive occasions, the Dalai Lama leads the public Kalchakra Ceremony, performed by Buddhist monks to promote universal peace and harmony. 

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Day 12 : Dharamsala - Palampur

In the early morning drive to Kangra Mandir railway station. You can take the toy train ride to Palampur Himachal station (subject to its operation) where you will be picked up and driven to your accommodation. The afternoon is free at your leisure where you can visit the tea factory and estate. Overnight in Palampur. 

Overnight in Lodge at Wah, Palampur

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The town of Palampur, named the ‘tea capital of northwest India’, is famed for its tea gardens. The many streams, waterways and green plains of Palampur contrast a dramatic backdrop of the Dhauladhar mountain range which remains snow covered for almost the whole year.

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Day 13 : Palampur - Manali

Drive up to Manali, visiting Roerich's Art Gallery and Nagar Castle on the way. You can also break for lunch at the castle as it is a hotel now. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and the rest of the day is free at your leisure. Overnight in Manali. 

Overnight in ShivAdya, Manali

Meal plan: Breakfast

Manali is a small town in the Beas River Valley, positioned at an altitude of 2,050m. Surrounded by high peaks it is the perfect location for activities including trekking, mountain biking, skiing and paragliding which has made it a popular destination for tourists and backpackers alike.
 


Built in AD 1460, Nagar Castle served as the residence of Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu. It is an impressive blend of European and Himalayan architecture, combining both medieval stone and woodwork. There are three small shrines located within the premises, as well as an art gallery exhibiting spectacular paintings by the famous Russian painter Nicholas Roerich. In 1978, the building was converted into a heritage hotel. 

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Day 14 : Manali

In the morning you will be transferred to Soel village where you will start a day hike north, through dense forest along the trail that climbs gradually to a ridge that provides beautiful views over the valley and mountains. You will walk across the mountain to reach a small waterfall near Sajla village where you can take a small break. The hike ends at Khakhnal village where there is an option to visit a local Government School. Transfer back to your hotel. After lunch you will visit Hidimba Devi Temple and the laid-back district of Old Manali where Manu Temple is. Overnight in Manali.  

Overnight in ShivAdya, Manali

Meal plan: Breakfast

Known to the locals as Dhungari temple, Hidimba Devi Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, the wife of Bhima. It was built in 1553 by Maharaja Bahadur Singh around a cave where Hidimbi Devi meditated. The temple has wooden doors, intricately carved with the earth goddess, Durga, as well as animals, dancers, and scenes from Lord Krishna's life.

Located on the bank of the River Beas, Manu Temple is a prominent place of worship for the people of Manali. It is the only temple dedicated to the sage Manu, who is believed to have meditated in this spot. According to Hindu mythology, Manu was the creator of the world and the writer of Mansumriti, the text in which the founding laws of Hinduism were laid down. Constructed in wood and stone, the temple was rebuilt in 1992 to include a vaulted ceiling and marble flooring. 

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Day 15 : Manali - Jispa

After an early start, drive to Jispa. If you arrive in good time then you can take a short walk by the river. Overnight in Jispa.

Overnight in Padma Lodge & Cottage, Jispa

Meal plan: Breakfast & dinner

Jispa is a small village in Lahaul with a population of 332, according to the 2001 census. It has a post office, helipad, monastery, and a small folk museum.

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Day 16 : Jispa - Leh

Drive to Leh, crossing Tanglangla Pass, the second highest motorable pass in the world at 5350 metres. Enjoy the natural beauty of the mountains as you continue the drive through the plains, where there are tiny colonies of Marmots, Yaks and Herbs. Drive to the rugged Lachungla Pass at 5065 metres. On arrival in Leh, check in to the hotel, where the evening is free to rest. Please note that this is a very long day of driving but will include stops along the way. A packed lunch will be provided to you. Overnight in Leh. 

Overnight in Grand Himalaya, Leh

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Leh is at an elevation of 3500m above sea level, situated in the Ladakh province. The stunning Leh Palace is modelled on the Tibetan Palace in Lhasa. some of Ladakh’s most famous and spectacular religious sites, including Sindhu Ghat where you can take a stroll by the bank of the River Indus. From there we move on to Thiksey Monastery, one of Leh’s most architecturally impressive structures clinging to the cliff-face and containing numerous stupas and murals of Lord Buddha.  The former home of the Ladakhi royal family, Shey Palace and Museum is situated on a hillock and houses an impressive 7.5 metre gold statue of Lord Buddha.  Hemis National Park is India’s largest national park, and the only park found in the northern Himalayas. It is home to a number of endangered species and the 400-year old Hemis Monastery.

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Day 17 : Leh

Today you will visit Shey Palace, Thiksey Monastery, Hemis Monastery, Stok Palace & Museum, Leh Palace, and Shanti Stupa. A tea/coffee break is included with locals in Stok village. Overnight in Leh.

Overnight in Grand Himalaya, Leh

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Built in 1630, the Hemis Gompa is the largest and wealthiest monastic insitutation in Ladakh, with more than 200 branches and over 1,000 monks in the Himalayan region. The monastery uses Tibetan-style architecture and is decorated with colourful walls paintings, gold and silver stupas, and a copper statue of Lord Buddha. It also has the largest "Thanka" (a Tibetan-Buddhist painting) in Ladakh, which is unfurled once every 12 years, symbolising good health and spiritual strength. The monastery's population stems from the major annual Hemis Tsechu festival held within the complex every summer, in which holy masked dances glorify the victory of good over bad. 

Shey Gompa is about 15kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17th century. The main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa. 

Constructed in 1430, Thiksey Monastery is one of the largest and architecturally most impressive monasteries in Ladakh, incorporating elements of Ladakh's traditional architectural style. It consists of 12 storeys and holds several stupas, prayer halls and small shrines with exquisite colourful wall paintings. The main prayer hall houses a 15-metre-high seated statue of Buddha, the largest in the region. 

Situated on a hill in Cahngspa village, Shanti Stupa (also known as the World Peace Pagoda) provides beautiful panoramic views of Leh town and the surrounding mountain peaks. It was built out of white marble between 1983 and 1991 by Japanese monks to promote world peace. As a result, Japanese elements are evident in the architecture, such as small clean side rooms for meditators, a Japanese garden and the main Japanese shrine at the entrance. 

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Day 18 : Leh - Sham Valley - Leh

Today you will go on an excursion to Sham Valley, visiting Spituk Monastery, Magnetic Hill, Phyanf Gompa, Likir Monastery, and Alchi Monastery. Overnight in Leh. 

Note: The June departure coincides with the Hemis Festival (20th June 2021), hence the order of sightseeing in Leh will be swapped around so a visit to the festival can be added in.

Overnight in Grand Himalaya, Leh

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Spituk is a small village just outside Leh. It is best known for Spituk Gompa – an important Buddhist monastery. It was founded by Od-de, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od in the 11th Century. Founded as a Red Hat institution, the monastery was taken over by the Yellow Hat sect in the 15th century.The monastery contains 100 monks and a giant statue of Kali (unveiled during the annual Spitok festival). Spituk has an average elevation of 3,307 metres (10,852 feet).

Magnetic Hill is a bizarre natural formation where you can experience nature defying gravity. Nearby is the Gurudwara Pathar Sahib – a small Sikh temple surrounded by barren landscapes.

The village of Alchi is most known for its monastery which is the oldest Buddhist monastery in the Ladakh region. It is famous for its wall paintings depicting Hindus Kings of the time and are some of the oldest paintings in the area. It also houses huge statues of Buddha, elaborate woodcarvings and artwork that is often compared to the Baroque style. 

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Day 19 : Leh - Delhi

Transfer to the airport at the appropriate time to catch your flight to Delhi. Overnight in Delhi. 

We strongly recommend extending your trip across the Himalayas from Leh to Srinagar on our Himalayan Extension: Ladakh to Kashmir tour. 

Overnight in Holiday Inn New Delhi Int'l Airport, Delhi

Meal plan: Breakfast

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Day 20 : Departure

Transfer to the international airport at the appropriate time to catch your flight home. 

Contact us for extensions to other parts of India.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Accommodation

Accommodation

All accommodation subject to availability. Final accommodation choices will be confirmed after booking.

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Claridges

Delhi (1 night)

The 5-star hotel Claridges is one of New Delhi’s most iconic hotels. A perfect amalgamation of elegance and contemporary luxury, it is located in close proximity to the capital’s bustling commercial and cultural centres. The hotel is equipped with a delightful temperature-controlled swimming pool, complete with sun decks, cabanas, loungers and a bar, where you can savour exotic cocktails, amidst uplifting music and ambient lighting!
 

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The Haveli Hari Ganga

Haridwar (2 nights)

Located on the banks of the River Ganges, the Haveli Hari Ganga offers boutique accommodation within a heritage building. Built in 1913, it showcases authentic carved wood furnishing and traditional Indian furnishings, while rooms are equipped with modern amenities including air-conditioning and WiFi.

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The Oberoi Cecil

Shimla (3 nights)

Nestled in the mountainside near Viceroy Lodge, The Oberoi Cecil provides luxury accommodation in a restored heritage hotel. Rooms are classically furnished and equipped air-conditioning and free WiFi. Set within the restored grand ballroom, the onsite restaurant serves a wide range of international, pan-Indian and local Himachali dishes, while guests are welcome to enjoy the indoor heated swimming pool. 

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Judge's Court

Pragpur (1 night)

Built around a 300-year-old cottage in 1918, Judge's Court is a heritage hotel with historical significance and old world charm. All rooms are furnished with antique ornaments and furniture, while guests are welcome to dine in the regal dining hall and relax in the plunge pool. 

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Ranjit Svassa

Amritsar (2 nights)

Located in the historic district of Amritsar, this hotel is the perfect retreat from the bustling streets of Amritsar. The staff are always willing to help and the rooms are comfortable and clean. The hotel has its own restaurant and there is a full-service spa and a spa tub on site. Free wireless internet, beauty services, laundry facilities and a 24-hour front desk are also available.

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Fortune Park Moksha

Dharamsala (2 nights)

Nestled in the Strawberry Hills surrounded by pine trees, Fortune Park Moksha provides beautiful views of Dharamsala Valley and the snow-capped Dhauladhar mountains. The hotel prides itself on luxury accommodation and reliable service, with all rooms furnished with modern amenities including air-conditioning and WiFi. A variety of dining options are available onsite, including a multi-cuisine restaurant and a patisserie shop. 

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Lodge at Wah

Palampur (1 night)

The Lodge at Wah offers accommodation in Pālampur, 19.3 miles from Dharamshala. It is located in a tea estate. The cottages are made of local materials and worked on by skilled craftsmen from our region. The structure is made entirely of mud from the excavation on site. The beautiful slate roofs are inspired by the ‘gaddi’ tribe homes and adjusted to prevent water leakage and to look symmetrical and complete from all angles. The riverstones and slates are hand chiseled and crafted in the local Kangra method.

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ShivAdya

Manali (2 nights)

Built in the Himalayan style out of stone, mud and wood, the eco-friendly ShivAdya blends seamlessly within its natural surroundings, with beautiful views of the mountains, valleys and forests. WiFi is available throughout the resort, while guests are welcome to enjoy the onsite restaurant and sun terrace. Attractions including Nagar Castle and the River Beas are nearby the resort. 

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Padma Lodge & Cottage

Jispa (1 night)

Padma Lodge is located on the Manali - Leh Highway in a very small place called Jispa, in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This beautiful place is surrounded by mountains from all sides. ​The lodge provides simple but clean accommodation with all the basic amenities. The food options served in their restaurant is not much keeping in view the remoteness of the place. The lodge does not have any internet connectivity.

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Grand Himalaya

Leh (3 nights)

The Grand Himalaya hotel offers guests tastefully decorated rooms equipped with modern day comforts. Traditional wood carving adorns the balconies and main entrance, and there are views of Leh palace and the Stok mountain range. The rooms have central heating and meals are served buffet-style.

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Holiday Inn New Delhi Int'l Airport

Delhi (1 night)

The Holiday Inn is a contemporary, centrally located hotel featuring completely modern amenities, and well connected via both national highway and metro. Facilities include a health and fitness spa,  with a variety fo different treatments available, an extensively equipped gym, outdoor swimming pool and a sauna. All rooms are modernly decorated, with Wi-Fi , 37 inch LED Tv, coffee maker and Ipod dock.  

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Roof of the World - Ladakh to Kashmir (14 days)

Experience dramatic Himalayan scenery, Buddhist and Islamic cultures

Best of Bengal & Sikkim (14 days)

Colonial Kolkata, Darjeeling toy train & Buddhism

Kerala - Trekking the Western Ghats (13 days)

Explore this UNESCO biodiversity hotspot on foot

Maha Kumbh Mela Festival (13 days)

Once in 12 years - the largest gathering of humanity on earth

Gujarat's Tribes & Wildlife (13 days)

Gujarat's Asiatic Lions, Salt Flats & Textile Villages

Glories of Gujarat (13 days)

Tribal villages, temples, salt flats & the world's last Asiatic lions

Hidden Rajasthan (13 days)

Rural villages, grand forts & wildlife

High Indus Valley of Ladakh (12 days)

Attain lofty heights over soul-soothing Ladakh

Glimpse of India (12 days)

Golden Triangle, tigers & exotic Kerala

Markha Valley Trek (12 days)

Set foot in Ladakh's hidden Himalayan valleys

Essential Rajasthan (10 days)

Discover the forts, palaces, villages and desert of Rajasthan

Living Bridges of Meghalaya (7 days)

Waterfalls, hills and living bridges in North East India

Classic Kerala

Tea, spices, backwaters & beaches

Reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed my tailor made tour of northwestern and central India. Guides and accommodations were excellent and we saw as much of the area as could be packed into two weeks. I look forward to another tour with Travel the Unknown.

Mary Trubek (USA) , Tailormade India

I visited two different parts of the Himalayas in January and one of the regions was rather remote. I was incredibly impressed with the quality of the local agents that Travel the Unknown uses in India. This included their knowledge of the local conditions, excellent and safe drivers with great English and friendly helpful guides where needed. I also knew these agents were tracking my progress throughout the trip to make sure everything was going well. They also stepped in admirably when the local weather conditions suddenly changed. I was also very happy indeed with the way Travel the Unknown co-ordinated the trip planning from start to finish. Also the way that they took total account of what I wanted to experience on this holiday; this is essential for a tailor made trip.

Anne D'Heygers , Tailormade India

Thanks for organising such a great trip to NE India Rahul - everything went seamlessly! We loved the fact that we could book an individual tour but still have flexibility with our itinerary once we were there, enabling us to take in the Si Donyi Festival at Daporijo and also be the first guests to stay overnight in a local village hut with our hosts in Papi, which was fantastic. Our guide was super. He had a wealth of knowledge and a great sense of humour! It’s hard to pick a highlight as the whole trip was both fascinating and at times, humbling. We’ll never forget the amazing people, scenery & culture we experienced whilst there and are glad we had the opportunity to visit such an intriguing part of the world. We would certainly consider travelling with you again in the future.

Hazel Fairall , Tribes of North East India, India

I`m sure I could not have found a better operator for the type of complicated Indian tour I wanted to undertake on a limited budget. India is an intimidating country to visit, and I suspect that some operators look down on the first time visitor, or disparage their requirements. Travel the Unknown, by contrast, helped me all the way, and their local guides were superb.

Andrew Martin , Tailormade North East India

This trip was very well put together and ticked all the boxes that we had requested. The accommodation throughout the tour was of a high standard and our experiences in the national parks was wonderful spotting many different animals including tigers, leopards, sloth bears, lions, jungle cat plus countless number of birds. Thank you Rahul for tailoring this trip to our requirements.

Nigel & Margaret Turner , Tailormade India Wildlife & Birding tour

We went on the Spirit of South India Tour and had a great time on our honeymoon. There was a good variety of places visited and the hotels, drivers and guides were all very good. We would definitely recommend this tour.

Rachel , Spirit of South India, India

I would highly recommend Travel the Unknown to anyone visiting India. The service we received both prior to, during and following our travels was always timely and excellent. We were able to customize our trip to our liking and to enjoy a wide variety of activities. The guides in every location were outstanding! Honestly. Having travelled through much of the world I can truly say that we have never been more impressed with the quality of the guides arranged for us in each location, as well as the service we received. Similarly, the hotels were excellent and allowed us to live very comfortably while, at the same time, enjoy an authentic Indian experience. If you haven`t already booked your trip with Travel the Unknown, then either do so now....or at least give them a chance to show you what they can offer.

Tracey & Gary , Tailormade India

This was my first experience of using Travel the Unknown having enjoyed small group adventure holidays for many years. I was attracted to the company because it seeks out the more unusual and lesser known areas of a country and I was not disappointed by my visit to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. There is a clear contrast between the people and the scenery of these two regions and we saw very few western tourists particularly in Arunachal Pradesh. The tour was well organised with plenty to see and do.

Keith Lewis , Monks, Tribes & Rhinos, India

This was a very varied and interesting trip to a forgotten part of India. If you like off the beaten track travel it is definitely worth the effort but go with an open mind and keep a smile on your face.

Richard Williams , Monks, Tribes & Rhinos, India

Thank you for organising our holiday in Kerala. I certainly wouldn`t have had the time or the knowledge to put together such a trip. Munnar was my favourite and the accommodation throughout was excellent.

Vik , Kerala Calling, India

A really well planned trip. We experienced life in Northeast India in just the way we wanted to. We loved the game reserves and saw a rock python which thrilled our guides as it is even rarer than the tiger! We visited villages and were able to interact with local people and loved the busy markets in Delhi and Calcutta. A special highlight was the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland; shown to us by our very own Naga guide Kezo. Kezo accompanied us for 15 days of our trip and ensured that we had many very special experiences - even taking us to the home of one of his Aunts where we spent a couple of hours sitting by the bonfire chatting.

Ann Holgate , Tailormade India

What an excellent service! Rahul adapted, extended and improved our trip so many times without a qualm and we ended up with the trip of a lifetime. The destinations are unusual and interesting but everything has been checked out by the team and works brilliantly. I can`t wait to do another trip.

Penelope Smith , Assam & Nagaland Hornbill Festival, India
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