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Home > 12-Day Golden Temple and Haridwar Rishikesh Tour Through Chandigarh & Shimla

On this 12-day  spiritual and cultural tour see  Golden Temple in Amritsar,  explore Chandigarh, Shimla and  Haridwar Rishikesh. This beautifully crafted tour will enthral
you and want you to come again and again.

This tour will take you to Amritsar, an old city most sacred to Sikhs and other
religious communities. Spend 3 nights here.
Explore Chandigarh, India's first planned city post-independence, and Shimla, a resort city that was formerly the summer capital of the British Raj, on this 12-day tour. Along the way, enjoy the a ropeway ride at Timber Trail and see aarti on the banks of  River  Ganga at Haridwar and Rishikesh. See ashrams at these twin cities.

Day 1: New Delhi
Arrive New Delhi IGI International Airport. Our representative will escort you to your hotel.
Our ac car with an English-speaking driver will be at your disposal to take you around the city to
explore its attractions. Dinner and overnight at your accommodation.

Day 2: New Delhi - Amritsar
Drive to the New Delhi Railway Station to board your ac chair car Shatabadi Express superfast
train to holy city of Amritsar leaving at 6:00 AM. Complimentary breakfast on the train.
On reaching Amritsar at 10:30 AM our representative will receive you at the station and drive
you to your hotel. Lunch at your hotel. After rest take a walking tour of the colourful old bazaars of the city. Don't miss out on the Street Food that serves mouth-watering tandoori chicken and fish.

Day 3 : Amritsar
After an early breakfast, accompanied by your local guide, visit the Golden Temple, most sacred to the Sikhs and other communities. The stunning architecture of the temple, the daily langar ( community kitchen ) and the sacred water tank ( Amrit Sarovar ) are great attractions. At sunset see the thrilling Beating the Retreat Ceremony by contingents of Indian and Pakistan Armies at the Wagah Border.  Enjoy a 60-minute Ayurvedic massage. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 4 :  Amritsar
After breakfast drive to the Harike Wetlands and Bird Sanctuary to see turtles and migratory birds that come from as far as Siberia. See the Durgiana Temple, the Partition Museum and the Jallianwala Bagh. There are several other lovely Gurdwaras your guide will take you to.
Dinner and overnight at your hotel. 

Days 5 : Amritsar - Chandigarh
After an early breakfast drive to Chandigarh, India's best planned city by the French architect Le Corbusier. Check into your hotel.
In the evening stroll by the Sukhna Lake and see the amazing Rock Garden designed by Nek Chand. Take dinner in a restaurant in Sector 17, much popular with the locals and those visiting the city. Overnight at your hotel.
Days  6: Chandigarh
After breakfast take a walking tour of Zakir Hussain Rose Garden and then leave by car for the lovely Shimla, at one time the summer capital of the British Raj.  Enroute ride the Timber Trail ropeway. Check into your hotel.
Day  7 : Shimla
After breakfast take a full day tour of Shimla visiting the Viceregal Lodge, Christ Church, the Jakhu Temple and Chadwick Falls. Shimla is a wonderful place for walking tours : the Ridge, the Scandal Point, the Mall Road  - your local guide will accompany you to all of them. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Day 8 : Shimla 
After breakfast leave for the twin cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh, much revered by the Hindus. Check into your hotel in Haridwar. Take an Ayurvedic massage. See a memorable "aarti" being performed at Har-ki-Pauri on the banks of Ganges. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 9 & 10 : Haridwar- Rishikesh
Spend two  more leisurely days in these holy cities situated 40-minutes drive from each other. See religious rituals being performed on the banks of Ganges. People from across India come here to pay last respects to the dead by immersing their ashes in the river.
The two cities have ancient temples spread within the city and outside them : the Mansa Devi Temple, the Chandi Devi Temple, Daksh Mahadev Temple are some of them. The two cities have numerous " ashrams " where people come for learning yoga and meditation and scriptures from the Gurus. Our guide will take you to the Beatles Ashram, the Gita Ashram, Parmarth Niketan. The vegetarian food offered to you is delicious. Visit the Vashistha Cave
and see the Lakshman Jhula. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Haridwar.

Day 11 : Haridwar - New Delhi
After breakfast
drive to the IGI International Airport to board your flight back home. If your flight is
at night our ac car with an English-speaking driver will be at your disposal to show you
the many beautiful attractions of New Delhi and Old Delhi. This service as also transfer to
the airport is complimentary.

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