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North West tours in India

These North West tours in India can offer plenty for independent travellers. Here, you can admire the serene beauty of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, spin prayer wheels with red-robed Buddhist monks in Dharamsala, and wander through the foothills of the mightiest mountain range on earth. Thrill seekers can take our incredible Himalayan jeep trek into the mountain moonscape of Ladakh, about as far from everyday life as you can possibly get ... and then a bit further.

Take a look at our tours in India listed below to see the best of the North West. Or if you fancy venturing further afield, check out our range of bite-sized India tours. Alternatively, you can choose from one of our ready-made holidays to India. Need some more advice or inspiration? Have a chat with one of our India travel specialists on 01273 322044.

Prices below are valid until 31st October 2014, are based on two people travelling and exclude international flights. Prices for departures beyond this date and for international flights are available on request. For departures during peak seasons (e.g. summer holidays, Christmas and New Year) supplements may apply.

North West tours in India: Delhi to Dharamsala The Sikh and the Monk

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Price: £268 per person - based on 2 people sharing
Departure: Daily from Delhi
Route: Delhi - Amritsar - Dharamsala

During this tour in India, you'll experience two totally different cultures in only a couple of days. Amritsar is typically Indian, with colours and smells striking your senses from every direction. Above the narrow streets and bazaars, you’ll glimpse the rooftop of spectacular Golden Temple glinting in the sunlight. This is the spiritual nerve centre of the Sikh religion, and thousands of pilgrims flock here every day to lay offerings at the temple. Yet, only a few hours away, you’ll find a startling contrast to these devoted crowds and dusty alleyways. During this tour in India you'll find that Dharamsala- a place nestled in the foothills of the North West Himalayas- is a another world entirely. This is the home of the Dalai Lama, where the pace is slow and the space is plentiful. Set in a thickly wooded mountain area, covered with Tibetan prayer flags and surrounded by distant snowy peaks, Dharamsala is far cry from the hectic cities below. The town is a Buddhist haven of peace and tranquillity, where you can stroll amongst Tibetan monks and perhaps take some meditation classes in the mountains.

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Tours in India - Delhi to Dharamsala
Tours in India - Shimla to Delhi

North West tours in India: Dharamsala (or Manali) to Delhi via Shimla Toy Trains, Mountains and Monkeys

Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Price: From £185 per person - based on 2 people sharing
Departure: Daily from Dharamsala or Manali
Route: Dharamsala/Manali – Shimla – Delhi (module can also be reversed)
This tour in India takes you to Shimla, a lovely sprawling Himalayan hill station with a leisurely pace of life and an interesting past. It was the British summer capital from 1864 and once part of the Kingdom of Nepal, but is now a firm favourite with Indian honeymooners, giving it a real holiday feel and a lovely place to visit during a tour in India. Shimla is popular for its cool mountain air in the hot season, its snowfall in the winter and the famous scenic toy train ride on the way down (or up)! The toy train has recently been given UNESCO World Heritage status and is one of the famous narrow gauge mountain railway journeys of India. During this tour in India, you can stroll along the Mall enjoying Himalayan views, relax in the grounds of your heritage hotel and hike up to the Monkey Temple set on a hillside above the town.

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North West tours in India: Kashmir (Srinagar) Houseboat through Kashmir's Misty Peaks

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Price: £248 per person - based on 2 people sharing
Departs: Daily from Srinagar (May to October)
Route: Srinagar
Over the next few days you will relax on one of Kashmir's famous landmarks, a house boat. The comfortable boat will travel along the Dal and Nagin Lake, and during your stay you will be provided with all of your meals. Make yourself comfortable on the deck and enjoy the atmosphere of the lake, the views of the misty mountains and the enchanting sound of the mosques. During your stay you will also get taken on a guided tour around Srinagar to explore the gardens of the Mughal period, for which the summer capital of Kashmir is also known.

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North West tours in India: Leh to Srinagar or vice versa Monasteries in a Lunar Landscape

Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Price: £438 per person - based on 2 people sharing
Departs: Daily (Mid-May to Mid-October)
Route: Leh - Alchi - Temisgang - Lamayuru - Mulbekh - Srinagar / Kashmir (or vice versa)
An overland tour in the far north, this tour will take you from Leh to Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir in three days. En route you will visit the famous monasteries of Alchi and Lamayuru. In Mulbekh you will leave the Buddhist influenced East behind and travel on to the Muslim state of Kashmir. You will be travelling by priavte car and driver, meaning that you have the flexibility to stop where you like along the way. 

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North West tours in India: Manali to Leh India’s Little Tibet

Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Price: £525 per person - based on 2 people sharing
Departure: Daily from Manali (Mid-June to Mid-September)
Route: Manali - Jispa - Leh (Ladakh)

We might think of India as a jumble of holy cows, forts and brightly coloured saris, but it’s also a world of Tibetan monasteries, prayer flags and snow-capped mountains. Like many of our other tours in India, you’ll travel by private car and jeep through the deserted moonscape of the North West Himalayas. Here, you’ll feel like the only person in the world as few other tourists make it this far during their tours in India. The barren, snow-streaked terrain is worlds away from the culture of Rajasthan and the artistry of the Taj Mahal, allowing you to experience nature at its most mighty during your India trip. This tour in India begins in Manali, a peaceful mountain Shangri-La filled with orchards, fields and waterfalls. You'll then continue uphill to Ladakh, climbing far above the tree line into a vast mountain wilderness, surrounded by glistening snowy peaks.

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North West tours in India - Manali to Leh
Tours in India - Himalaya adventure

North West tours in India: Leh Himalayan Homestay

Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Price: £575 per person - based on 2 people sharing
Departure: Daily from Leh (Ladakh)
Route: Leh - Himalayas - Leh

The last in our list of North West tours in India, this India trip lets you experience a real trek without the real hardships. As part of this cultural India trip, you'll take spectacular hikes between mountain peaks and past Tibetan monasteries that last no more than 4 hours at a time, with only slight differences in altitude. Unlike our other tours in India, you’ll get the chance to discover the real India, as you stay with local Indian families; gaining an authentic trekking experience and a taste of true Himalaya life. You'll spend the evenings enjoying hot meals cooked on traditional fires, and you’ll pass the time with your hosts in a pleasant, cosy atmosphere.

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