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Northern India by Rail

  • 9 Day(s)
  • Trip Code : GAAHNR

For something a little more off the beaten path, take the train right to the heart of India- For something a little more off the beaten path, take the train right to the heart of India-

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Day 1 Delhi

Arrive at any time.

Arrive in Delhi at any time. Opt to book an arrival transfer with G Adventures and be picked up by Women on Wheels, a Planeterra-supported project. This program provides safe and reliable transport for women travellers, while providing a dignified livelihood for local women from resource-poor communities. There are no planned activities, so check into to the hotel (check-in time is 12.00 midday) and enjoy the city. In the early evening (approx 17.00pm) you will meet your fellow group members and go over the details of your trip. Check the notice board to see exactly where and what time this meeting will be held. Delhi offers a multitude of interesting places and attractions to the visitor, so much so that it becomes difficult to decide from where to begin exploring the city. Old Delhi offers mosques, forts, markets and other monuments depicting India's Muslim history while New Delhi is a modern city with tree- lined streets. Home to the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the imperial residence of the British viceroys; India Gate, and the Laxminarayan Temple. Further out you can discover more history including Humayun's Tomb, the Purana Quila, Qutab Minar, and the incredible lotus-shaped Bahai Temple.

Day 2 Delhi/Amritsar (1D)

Support Planeterra's New Delhi Streetkids Project on an included walk led by rehabilitated street kids before travelling to Amritsar by the Shatabdi Express train, with dinner served on board.

Enjoy a city tour by local streetkids, a Planeterra-supported project. It is estimated that 400,000 children live and work on the streets of Delhi. In most cases, their families are too poor to provide for them, they have run away from abusive home environments or they are orphans. Planeterra-

Days 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 is the spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikh Religion. To learn more about the Sikh religion, we visit Harimandir Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple, the most sacred shrine in Sikhism. The Golden Temple kitchen serves free food daily to more than 40,000 visitors. After watching the preparation in the huge kitchens we will join in this event known as 'langar'. The food is simple and tasty and includes delicious dals laden with ghee, scrumptious roti and yummy vegetables. (Note the meal is had sitting on the floor, using your hands and a small donation should be given to the temple on completion of the meal). After, visit Jallianwalla Bagh, the site of the Amritsar Massacre of 1919, one of the defining events of India-

Days 4-5 McLeod Ganj/Dharamsala

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. Sometimes known as "Little Lhasa" after the Tibetan capital city, Dharamsala has been connected with Buddhism for centuries, with many monasteries established here in the past. When the Dalai Lama left Tibet he established a "government-in-exile" in Dharamsala. Since that time, many Tibetan exiles have settled in the town, numbering several thousand. Most of these exiles live in Upper Dharamsala, or McLeod Ganj, where they established temples and schools. Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj pulsate with the sights and sounds of old Tibet. Shops strung out along the narrow streets of McLeod Ganj sell traditional Tibetan arts and handicrafts and the aroma of Tibetan dishes lingers in the air. In 1988 the Tibetan community founded the Norbulingka Institute in an effort to promote and preserve Tibetan culture in exile. The Institute promotes the traditional arts and literary studies of Tibet to ensure they are not lost forever, and a visit offers the best introduction to Tibetan culture and art available anywhere in the world. On Day 5 we have the option 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. DALAI LAMA TEACHINGS The Dalai Lama sometimes gives teachings in Dharamsala (and other cities throughout India). To see the current schedule check the following web site: www.dalailama.com. Estimated travel time: 6 hours

Days 6-7 Shimla

Enjoy a long drive to the charming town of Shimla, high in the Himalayas. Enjoy a CEO-led orientation walk on The Ridge and The Mall (local hangouts) to explore this summer capital of British India. Opt to visit the Viceregal Lodge or admire the neo-Gothi

Enjoy a long drive to the charming town of Shimla, high in the Himalayas. Enjoy a CEO-led orientation walk on The Ridge and The Mall (local hangouts) to 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.

Day 8 Delhi (1D)

Take the World Heritage-listed toy train from Shimla to Kalka. Over the course of three hours the train winds through tunnels as you head out of the mountains of Shimla. Switch to the Shatabdi Express for the rest of the way back to Delhi, with dinner inc

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

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.

Depart at any time.

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  • Trip Style: Small Group Adventures
  • Comfort Level: Standard
  • Physical Demands: Trips may include activities like hiking, biking, rafting or kayaking. No sweat, right?

What's included?

  • Planeterra-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.
  • Max 15, avg 12
  • 2 dinners.
  • Allow USD 200-250 for meals not included.
  • Shatabdi Express train, public bus, toy train from Shimla, private van, walking
  • Hotels (7 nts), sleeper train (1 nt).

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