Day 1-2: Delhi
Prepare for a wild ride when you enter the bustling city of New Delhi! India's capital city offers an amazing combination of the new and old world, from exotic markets and age-old temples to opulent high rise towers and magnificent malls. This city will surely leave you wide-eyed and excited for the journey ahead. We only spend a short time in Delhi so we can maximize our time in the breathtaking northern region of India.
Day 3: Agra / Taj Mahal
After spending our first night in Delhi, the following morning we will travel to Agra to see India's most famous monument, The Taj Mahal. Taking in this magnificent palace makes for the perfect end to an amazing journey. Also known as 'The Ode To Love', the Taj Mahal was built over a 19 year period by a 17th century emperor in memory of his late wife. One of man's greatest feats, exploring this massive structure is like nothing else on earth and is sure to leave you feeling inspired!
Day 3-7: Pushkar
We will then head to dessert in Rajasthan; the jewel of India's crown, the land of vibrant color and traditional textile. We will stay in Pushkar and it has a magnetism all of its own – it’s quite unlike anywhere else in Rajasthan. It’s a prominent Hindu pilgrimage town that curls around a holy lake, said to have appeared when Brahma dropped a lotus flower.
Day 8-11: Varanasi
Varanasi, one of world's oldest living cities, is rightly called the religious capital of India. Also known as Banaras or Benaras, this holy city is located in the southeastern part of the state of Uttar Pradesh in northern India. It rests on the left bank of the holy river Ganga (Ganges), and is one of the seven sacred spots for Hindus. Every devout Hindu hopes to visit the city at least once in a lifetime, take a holy dip at the famous 'Ghats' of the Ganga, walk the pious Panchakosi road that bounds the city, and, if God wills, die here in old age.
Day 12-17: Rishikesh
We will then head to Rishikesh! With hundreds of schools, massage centers and shops stacked on top of each other all along the Ganges River, this town will keep you busy! Rishikesh also has a growing adventure sports scene. Here you can whitewater raft, bungee jump, ride an 83m swing or spend a couple of days hiking the rolling green Himalayan Mountains that surround the town.
Day 18-23: Dharamsala
One of our favorite places in the world, Dharamsala is truly unique. Home of the Tibetan government in exile and H.H The 14th Dalai Lama, this little group of villages is an amazing blend of both Indian and Tibetan shrines, education, hospitality and food. Here you can connect with a Tibetan monk over some chai, learn about their amazing history and their fight to preserve it. Or visit the home of the Dalai Lama and experience the beautiful museum and see hundreds of young monks in training. If you are feeling adventurous here you can go paragliding above the serene rolling landscape or check out the many beautiful waterfalls around town.
After spending the week exploring town and experiencing the many beauties of Dharamsala we top it off with an epic hike to the top of Triund Hill. The walk takes about 3-4 hours, and we take it at a leisurely pace stopping for chai and snacks at the cafes that dot the path to the top. Along the way we get a beautiful bird's eye view of Dharamsala, and meet many goats and other small animals
Day 24-25: Delhi
After travelling back to Delhi from Dharamsala, we will spend our last night together where it all started. Getting in those last minute shopping excursions and dinner together before traveling back home!