North India Trip

NOTE: Please note that Jammu & Kashmir is not covered on any of our trips.

States under North India

Gujarat

Haryana

Himachal Pradesh

Punjab

Rajasthan

Uttaranchal

Union Territories

Chandigarh

National Capital Territory of Delhi

 

Trip Details

Duration: 15 - 17 days
Best Time: May - June
Clothes: Sweater required for Himachal Pradesh, T-shirts for other states.
Expenses: Other than travel expenses, you will need food, hotel and entertainment expenses. This can be upto USD 1000.00 per person.
Distance to travel: 9,000 kms

Trip Cost

USD 2500.00 for group of four or less. This is the expense for the vehicle only.

Your trip will start from any point that you would like to start it from. The best is to start it from, McLeodgunj, Himachal Pradesh, if you are taking this trip between August and November. If you are taking this trip between March and May, the best is to start it from Rajasthan. If you are coming from Delhi, we can pick you up from there.

Be prepared for some rough driving, as some of the driving is to be done in hilly areas. Himachal Pradesh driving is going to be a bit tiring. Rest of the trip is on straight roads, so nothing to worry about.

Regardless of where we pick you up from, your trip will include the following locations:

McLeodgunj
Visit the city center and H.H. Dalai Lama Temple. From there you will drive to Naddi, a small hill resort about 5 kms from McLeodgunj. Then you will drive back to McLeodgunj, and then another 2 kms to Bhagsunag. Here you will visit the public swimming pool, and the local temple. The pool water is very cold, as it is coming directly from the glaciers melting ice.

You may want to stay here for a day, if so, Hotel Himalayan Paradise is the best and most affordable hotel for you. You can checkout their site at http://www.himalayanparadise.com/.

Dalhousie and Khajjiar
From McLeodgunj you will be driven for about 5 hours to Dalhousie, another beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Established in 1854 by the East India Company as a summer retreat for its troops and bureaucrats, the town was named after Lord Dalhousie who was the Governor-General of India at that time. Dalhousie is built on and around five hills. It is located on the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas.

This city was used as the second summer capital during the british Raaj. (The first one being Simla) Here you will spend one day and then drive to Khajjiar. Khajjiar sits on a small plateau with a small stream-fed lake in the middle that has been covered over with weeds. The hill station is surrounded by green meadows and dense forests. It is about 6500 ft. (1981m) above sea level in the foothills of the Dhauladhar ranges of the Western Himalayas and snowy peaks can be seen in the distance. Khajjiar is often called the Mini Switzerland of Himachal Pradesh and was officially baptized thus by the Swiss Ambassador on July 7, 1992. It has a rare combination of three ecosystems: lake, pasture and forest, all in one place.

An evening in Khajjiar, and overnight to Chandigarh.





Chandigarh and Shimla
Known internationally for its architecture and urban planning, Chandigarh is home to numerous architectural projects of Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Matthew Nowicki, and Albert Mayer. The city boasts a high standard of living with the highest per capita income in the country and tops the list of Indian States and Union Territories.

You will reach Chandigarh early morning. You will visit the museum, Sukhna Lake (you can enjoy boat rides here), and the famous Rock Garden.

In the evening you will drive to Shimla. In 1864, Shimla was declared the summer capital of the erstwhile British Raj in India. A popular tourist destination, Shimla is often referred to as the "Queen of Hills" (a term coined by the British). Located in north-west Himalayas at an altitude of 2,130 metres (6,988 ft), the city of Shimla, draped in forests of pine, rhododendron, and oak, experiences pleasant summers and cold, snowy winters. The city is famous for its buildings styled in tudorbethan and neo-gothic architecture reminiscent of the colonial era. Shimla is connected to the city of Kalka by one of the longest narrow gauge railway routes in India. The city is named after the goddess Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of the Hindu Goddess Kali. You will be in Shimla for 2 days, as there are lots of places to visit. From Shimla, you will then drive to Manali.

Manali
Manali is going to be cold, so you may as well put on your sweaters in the morning and evening. Walking up and down the main bazaar is an experience in itself. You will visit Vashisht hot springs. So pack yourself a nice swim wear.

The small town was the beginning of an ancient trade route to Ladakh and, from there, over the Karakoram Pass on to Yarkand and Khotan in the Tarim Basin. Manali and its surrounding areas are of great significance to the Indian culture and heritage as it was the home and abode of the Saptarshi or seven sages. The ancient cave temple, Hidimba Devi Temple, is not far from town.



Delhi
From Manali, it will be an overnight drive to Delhi, the capital city of India. A full one day tour will show you almost 12 different World famous spots. You will be taken to a shopping mall if you feel like shopping, or you can visit the over-crowded market at Chandni Chowk. You name it, this market has it.

Delhi has been the capital of several ancient Indian empires and a major city along the old trade routes between northwest India and the Indo-Gangetic Plains. It is the site of many ancient and medieval monuments, archaeological sites and remains. The Mughal emperor Shahjahan built the city (then called Shahjahanabad and now commonly known as "the Old City", "Old Delhi", or, in Hindi/Urdu, Shahar, meaning "the town") and it served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1649 to 1857.

After the British Raj took control of India during the 19th century, Calcutta (now Kolkata) became the capital until George V announced in 1911 that it was to move back to Delhi. A new capital city, New Delhi, was built during the 1920s and it remains the area's administrative quarter. When India gained independence from British rule in 1947, New Dehli was declared its capital and seat of government. As such, New Delhi houses important offices of the federal government, including the Parliament of India.

There are many other things to do in Delhi. You can go for fine dinning, shopping, to amusement parks, theme parks, but all this will require extra time.

Agra
Another 4 hours of driving will get you to the famous Taj Mahal. From there you can also visit the famous Agra Fort.

Agra's Taj Mahal is one of the most famous buildings in the world, the mausoleum of Shah Jahan's favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is one of the New 7 Wonders of the world, and one of three World Heritage Sites in Agra, the others being Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.

Finished in marble, Taj Mahal is perhaps India's most fascinating and beautiful monument. This perfectly symmetrical monument took 22 years (1630-1652) of hard labour and 20,000 workers, masons and jewellers to build and is set amidst landscaped gardens.

Jaipur
Another 4 hours drive, and you will be in Jaipur. Stay here for the night, and next day you will be busy visiting the forts and the markets. Shopping is expensive here, so make sure your budget allows you to do so.

Built of pink stucco in imitation of sandstone, the city is remarkable among pre-modern Indian cities for the width and regularity of its streets which are laid out into six quarters separated by broad streets 111 ft (34 m) wide. The urban quarters are further divided by networks of gridded streets.

Udaipur
Another 7 hour drive gets you to the city of Udaipur. You can spend another two days here, its a city of palaces. So make sure you get to the main palaces to enjoy the royal traditions.

Udaipur was the capital of the Rajput kingdom of Mewar, ruled by Ranawats of the Sisodia clan. The founder of Udaipur was Rana Udai Singh. The ancient capital of Mewar was Chittor or Chittorgarh, located on the Banas River northeast of Udaipur. Legend has it that Maharana Udai Singh came upon a hermit while hunting in the foothills of the Aravalli Range. The hermit blessed the king and asked him to build a palace on the spot and it would be well protected. Udai Singh established a residence there. In 1568 the Mughal emperor Akbar captured Chittor, and Udai Singh moved the capital to the site of his residence, which became the city of Udaipur.

Jaisalmer
A few more hours of driving and you will be in the city of Jaisalmer, in the middle of the desert. A city so old, with all the charm of a royal city, it is the best place in Rajasthan. How about another full day here. But now we are running short on time!

The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. Many of the houses and temples are finely sculptured. It lies in the heart of the Thar Desert.

Ahamdabad
This is another 10 hour drive so it may be done overnight. But Ahamdabad is know for its industries. Shopping is going to be fun, but not as cheap as Delhi. This is the last point before we start our drive back.

Ahmedabad was founded in 1411 by Sultan Ahmed Shah to serve as the capital of the Sultanate of Gujarat. The city is named after its founder. Under British rule, a military cantonment was established and the city infrastructure was modernised and expanded. Although incorporated into the Bombay Presidency during the British rule in India, Ahmedabad remained the most important city in the Gujarat region.

Mt. Abu
We stop at this great hill station on our way back to Delhi.

The town of Mount Abu, the only hill station in Rajasthan, is located at an elevation of 1220 meters. It has been a popular retreat from the heat of Rajasthan and neighbouring Gujarat for centuries. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1960 and covers 290 kmē of the mountain.

Mount Abu is home to a number of Jain temples. The Dilwara Temples are a complex of temples, carved of white marble, that were built between the 11th and 13th centuries AD. The oldest of these is the Vimal Vasahi temple, built in 1031 AD by Vimal Shah and dedicated to the first of the Jain Tirthankaras. The Lun Vasahi Temple were built in 1231 AD by the brothers Vastupal and Tejpal, who belonged to the Porwal Jain community.

DONE
You can now tell us if you want to go to some other place, or you can be dropped off in Delhi, or anywhere on the way, as you please. Our vehicle will be driving all the way back to McLeodgunj to pick up someone else who would be waiting for their tour. So, you are most welcome to drive all the way back to McLeodgunj, and stay over at Hotel Himalayan Paradise

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