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For something a little more off the beaten path, take the train right to the heart of Indias colourful culture for a different look at this dynamic countrys northern region. Experiences like the India-Pakistan Wagah border ceremony and Dalai Lama sights in Dharamsala get you in touch with the spiritual side of India, while the toy trains in Shimla are always a delight. Riding the rails back to Delhi gives you the chance to see many of Indias well-known highlights, and we even include a G Adventures-sponsored walking tour led by former Delhi street kids. Youve never experienced India quite like this.

  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: AHNR/145311
  • Starts: Delhi, India
  • Finishes: Delhi, India
You will Visit
  • Delhi

Itinerary

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Day 1: Delhi

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included through the G Adventures-supported Women on Wheels project.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Delhi/Amritsar

Visit the G Adventures-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project on an included walk led by former streetkids. Continue on, travelling to Amritsar by the Shatabdi Express train, with dinner served on board.
Enjoy a city tour by former streetkids, a G Adventures-supported project. This tour is a unique way for travellers to engage in the lives of these young adults and the guiding provides an opportunity for them to improve their language and communication skills.

In the afternoon catch the Shatabdi Express to Amritsar.

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Day 3: Amritsar

Visit the Golden Temple before witnessing the formal India-Pakistan Wagah border ceremony in the evening. Sit in the grandstands and cheer for India as the bystanders wave flags and soldiers march back and forth.
Amritsar, meaning "Pool of the Nectar of Immortality," is the spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikh Religion. Learn more about Sikhs on our visit to Harimandir Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple, the most sacred shrine in Sikhism.

As Amritsar sits right on the Pakistan-India border, we offer an optional trip to the border post to watch the formal flag ceremony, which is sure to be one of the highlights of the trip.

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Day 4: Amritsar/Dharamshala

Take an orientation walk around McLeod Ganj, the famous seat of the Tibetan government in exile and current home to the Dalai Lama. Opt for a tour of the Norbulingka Institute, set amongst beautiful gardens, dedicated to preserving Tibetan culture.
Travel along Himalayan mountain roads to the famous seat of the Tibetan government in exile, Dharamsala (literally "Rest House").

Opt to visit Norbulingka. Set amidst beautiful gardens, surrounded by the green fields of the Kangra Valley, the Norbulingka Institute stands against a backdrop of the towering Dhauladhar mountains of the outer Himalayan range.

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Day 5: Dharamshala

Enjoy free time to explore Dharamsala.
There are lots of ways to spend free time in this charming place. Visit the Kangra Art Museum in the Kotwali bazaar, or take in a performance of the Tibetan folk opera 'Lhamo' at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts.

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Day 6: Dharamshala/Shimla

Enjoy a long drive to the charming town of Shimla, high in the beautiful Himalayas.

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Day 7: Shimla

Enjoy a CEO-led orientation walk on The Ridge and The Mall (local hangouts) and explore this summer capital of British India. Opt to visit the Viceregal Lodge or admire the neo-Gothic or Tudorbethan architecture of the heritage buildings.

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Day 8: Shimla/Delhi

Take the World Heritage-listed toy train from Shimla to Kalka. Switch to the Shatabdi Express for the rest of the journey back to Delhi, with dinner included on board.
Take the World Heritage-listed toy train from Shimla to Kalka. Over the course of 3 hrs, the train winds through tunnels as you head out of the mountains of Shimla.

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Day 9: Delhi

Depart at any time.
With extra time, you can book our 'Agra Extension,' including accommodation, transport, and a guided visit to India's most famous sight, the Taj Mahal.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer included through the G Adventures-supported Women on Wheels project
    • G Adventures-supported Delhi Streetkids walk
    • Golden Temple visit and evening Wagah border ceremony (Amritsar)
    • McLeod Ganj orientation walk
    • Bhagsunag visit
    • Toy train between Shimla and Kalka
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (8 nts)
    • 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Shatabdi Express train, public bus, toy train from Shimla, private van, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Experience a spiritual journey to the soul of India's religious culture
  • Witness the famous India-Pakistan border ceremony
  • See a different side of Delhi with a walking tour led by a former streetkid
  • Learn about Tibetan Buddhism in Dharamsala