Highlights of India's Himalayan Foothills

Amritsar, Chandigarh, Shimla, Delhi & Jaipur
11 nights private tour from $7,000 per person

This wonderful itinerary guides you through the highlights of northern India, taking in the Punjabi capital of spiritual Amritsar, the heights of Shimla and some of Northern India's most famous cities. Over the 11 fantastic nights you’ll also get the chance to explore the colonial city of Delhi and the culturally impressive city of Jaipur. Slightly off the beaten track this is a fantastic itinerary allows you to explore both the highlights and hidden secrets of the Himalayan Foothills.

Himalayan Foothills Uncovered
At a glance
  • This thirteen night itinerary will take you to Amritsar, home to the magnificent Golden Temple

  • Explore the highlights of Northern India including the forts and City Palace of Jaipur

  • A private tour, using your own driver and expert guides and the best luxury hotels

  • Possibility to take the famous Shimla toy train up to Kanda Ghat; the line is a UNESCO world heritage site

Journey highlights
  • This thirteen night itinerary will take you to Amritsar, home to the magnificent Golden Temple

  • Explore the highlights of Northern India including the forts and City Palace of Jaipur

  • A private tour, using your own driver and expert guides and the best luxury hotels

  • Possibility to take the famous Shimla toy train up to Kanda Ghat; the line is a UNESCO world heritage site

Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

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Best time to visit
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Average time to visit

Amristar, tends to have extremes in terms of summers and winters. Summer runs from April – June and can have temperatures up to 49 °C / 120°F as in winters temperatures drop to sub zero. The best time to visit the area is from October to March.

Shimla and Chandigarh have much more constant and salubrious climates making them year round destination, but the best times to visit are from October to November and March to May. However we do advise to avoid the monsoon seasons as these can bring with them mudslides.

For Rajasthan, the hottest months are felt in May and June, whilst the coldest are experienced from December to February with the monsoon season hitting from May to August. The best time to travel to Delhi and Jaipur is from October to March, where you can expect warm and sunny weather, perfect for exploring and relaxing. 

For this itinerary as a whole, for the best and most constant weather we suggest travelling from October through to March.


Price Guide: (per person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

Departing Price from*
  • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
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May $7,000 $1,700 plan your trip
June $7,000 $1,700 plan your trip
July $7,000 $1,700 plan your trip
August $7,000 $1,700 plan your trip
September $7,000 $1,700 plan your trip
October $8,400 $2,100 plan your trip
November $8,400 $2,100 plan your trip
December $8,400 $2,100 plan your trip
January $8,400 $2,100 plan your trip
February $8,400 $2,100 plan your trip
March $8,400 $2,100 plan your trip
April $7,000 $1,700 plan your trip
  • May
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $7,000
    Deposit from*
    $1,700
  • June
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $7,000
    Deposit from*
    $1,700
  • July
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $7,000
    Deposit from*
    $1,700
  • August
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $7,000
    Deposit from*
    $1,700
  • September
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $7,000
    Deposit from*
    $1,700
  • October
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,400
    Deposit from*
    $2,100
  • November
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,400
    Deposit from*
    $2,100
  • December
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,400
    Deposit from*
    $2,100
  • January
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,400
    Deposit from*
    $2,100
  • February
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,400
    Deposit from*
    $2,100
  • March
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,400
    Deposit from*
    $2,100
  • April
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $7,000
    Deposit from*
    $1,700
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Itinerary

Day 1-3

Amritsar

Start your journey in Amristar and the best way to reach the city is through a short flight, normally connecting in Delhi. The bustling city of Amritsar is famed for Sikhism's most holy temple. The Golden Temple, or Harmandir Sahib is a dazzling monument, gilded with 100kg of gold. Best visited during the 'Going to Bed' ceremony, around 9.30pm, the holy book containing the Sikhism scriptures is carried back to lay to rest for the night. Like the Ganges in Varanasi, this is a truly spiritual experience to behold and you’ll have a private guide here to help you uncover this spectacular site.

Amritsar also holds much importance in the history of India and its colonial past. Here we suggest a visit to the poignant memorial garden which pays homage to the victims of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.
Accommodation: Taj Swarna Amritsar ( 2 nights )
Day 3-5

New Chandigarh, India

From Amristar you will head by road to Chandigarh which will take approximately four hours. Chandigarh is an Indian city like no other, designed by the architect Le Corbusier. Over the two nights here, we have included a private guide to show you the local highlights such as The Hussain Rose Garden, Sukhna Lake and the Palaces of Pinjore Garden.

Accommodation: The Oberoi Sukhvilas Resort & Spa ( 2 nights )
Day 5-8

Shimla

Next it is on to Shimla, reachable by car, taking just over four hours. It is also possible to take the Toy Train which is popular, and whilst we feel that it is a beautiful experience, it is lengthy so we suggest driving instead. If the Toy Train is a must, then we feel it is much better to experience this when in Shimla itself. Shimla has changed a lot since independence, and it is now a bustling Himalayan town rolling down the hillside in all directions. You’ll have three nights here and, in this itinerary,, we have not included any guiding for you in Shimla as you may like to take the time to simply relax in your beautiful surroundings but of course if you would like a guide we can include this for you.

Accommodation: Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas an Oberoi Resort ( 3 nights )
Day 8-10

Delhi

From Shimla you will head to Delhi, reachable via a short flight either from Chandigarh or Shimla Airport. You’ll have two nights in Delhi to soak up all the colonial history being built by the British in 1934 it embodies the spirit of the Raj. On your full day in Delhi we have included a private guide for you, to explore the Lodhi Gardens, through the vibrant bazaars and to the city's most iconic landmarks including Humayun's Tomb. 

Accommodation: The Imperial ( 2 nights )
Day 10-12

Jaipur

Finally, for your final two nights on your epic adventure, you’ll drive to Jaipur though the beautiful countryside. It is a quite a lengthy journey of just over five hours and it is possible to take a 50-minute flight if this would suit you better. You’ll spend your full day here exploring the capital of Rajasthan with your private guide, from its bustling markets to the ornate City Palace and Amber Fort. Jaipur was painted pink to welcome a visit of Edward, Prince of Wales, in 1876 and soon became known as the 'Pink City'.

This itinerary can be altered to suit your needs and is a great way to see much of Northern India and the cities that make up the foothills of the Himalayas. Throughout your tour you will have your own private driver and expert guides, ensuring you make the most of this fascinating destination.
Accommodation: The Oberoi Rajvilas ( 2 nights )
Fly home from Jaipur
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

Experiences included in this itinerary


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When to visit

  • J
  • F
  • M
  • A
  • M
  • J
  • J
  • A
  • S
  • O
  • N
  • D
Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

Amristar, tends to have extremes in terms of summers and winters. Summer runs from April – June and can have temperatures up to 49 °C / 120°F as in winters temperatures drop to sub zero. The best time to visit the area is from October to March.

Shimla and Chandigarh have much more constant and salubrious climates making them year round destination, but the best times to visit are from October to November and March to May. However we do advise to avoid the monsoon seasons as these can bring with them mudslides.

For Rajasthan, the hottest months are felt in May and June, whilst the coldest are experienced from December to February with the monsoon season hitting from May to August. The best time to travel to Delhi and Jaipur is from October to March, where you can expect warm and sunny weather, perfect for exploring and relaxing. 

For this itinerary as a whole, for the best and most constant weather we suggest travelling from October through to March.

Highlights of India's Himalayan Foothills
Highlights of India's Himalayan Foothills

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
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