This 10-day luxury itinerary begins with a comprehensive tour of Delhi, exploring old and new sites, and staying in five-star accommodation. Next it’s off to the old British Summer Capital of Shimla, where hill treks and colonial architecture awaits. The last leg of the journey is Rishikesh, the world capital of yoga, where you can enjoy the outdoors and practice inner contemplation.
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You’ll start your adventure through the Himalayan foothills by arriving in New Delhi, where you’ll check straight into your hotel and have time to relax and acclimate. New Delhi has a great selection of world-class hotels, and we recommend the Imperial Hotel, Oberoi Gurgaon, or The Lodhi. Each offers superlative service and five-star amenities.
To really get a feel for this amazing city, you’ll spend today on a full-day tour of New Delhi. Old Delhi has some of the most remarkable examples of Mughal architecture and several important historic sites, including the India Gate, the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid Mosque. In New Delhi, enjoy a mix of the traditional and the contemporary before settling back in your luxury hotel for the night.
Today you will fly to Chandigarh and then transfer to Shimla and check into your hotel. Shimla is the old British summer retreat and still retains colonial holdovers such as the Town Hall and St Michael’s catholic church. This picturesque, high-altitude city is a major travel hub, and you have plenty of accommodation options at hand. We recommend the beautiful Wildflower Hall, perched in a virgin pine and cedar forest, overlooking the valley.
Today, spend the whole day touring colonial Shimla. The old summer capital has many temples, churches, and palaces with a varied mix of architectural styles, including Tudor and Gothic. In the winter, go skiing or skating; in the summertime, play polo, enjoy a picnic, or go for a mountain hike. Tonight, enjoy fine dining at Wildflower Hall or dinner in The Mall, Shimla’s entertainment strip.
Fly to Delhi today, then travel onwards to Dehradun and then Rishikesh, where you will check into your hotel - we recommend Ananda in the Himalayas, a luxury destination spa. Rishikesh is considered the yoga capital of the world and the gateway to the Himalayas. You can enjoy everything from yoga and meditation to hiking and kayaking there.
Today you will have lunch at Jakhu Peak and enjoy a day of forest trekking. At the crest of Jakhu peak is a temple devoted to the monkey god Hanuman, featuring a towering red statue of the deity. At more than 8,000 feet elevation, it’s one of the highest statues in the world.
Today, enjoy the tranquil surrounds with morning yoga and meditation at the spa, where you’ll be guided by experienced practitioners. After lunch, turn up the adrenaline a little bit with white water river rafting. At night, return to Ananda in the Himalayas and enjoy a healthy gourmet dinner customized to your particular needs.
Enjoy the outdoors again today with a hike in the forest and a jungle safari through Chilla National Park. This national park is home to a wide array of plant and animal species. On this jeep tour, you can try to spot elephants, barking deer, wild boar and Rhesus macaque, though some of its residents - such as Bengal tigers and jungle cats - may be too shy to be seen. Return to Ananda spa for the evening.
Pamper yourself today in one of Ananda in the Himalayas’ luxurious treatment rooms with a wellness and spa package. You have a long list of treatments to choose from, including Ayurvedic massage, reiki and crystal healing and beauty therapies. In the evening, you will join a puja ceremony at Haridwar before returning to your hotel for your final night in Rishikesh.
Your tour concludes today and, after a hearty breakfast, you will commence your return journey with a flight to Delhi.
Located in the center of New Delhi, The Imperial is a splendid reminder of the city’s colonial past. The hotel’s 231 rooms and suites are designed in a combination of Art Deco and traditional English styles, and the hotel’s main lobby has an impressive collection of colonial-era Indian art. Dining options are Spice Route, which serves exceptional Southeast Asian cuisine, and 1911, set on an outdoor verandah overlooking the property’s lush gardens, serves continental cuisine. Other amenities include complimentary wi-fi, fitness center, outdoor pool, spa, and business center. The Imperial Hotel is approximately a 40-minute drive from the international airport (DEL).
The Oberoi Gurgaon is set on a lush nine-acre property just outside of New Delhi near the airport, offering luxury and tranquillity on the outskirts of India's capital. The hotel's 202 rooms and suites are among the largest in the city, featuring contemporary decor with large windows that overlook the property's landscaped pools and gardens. All have LED televisions and both wired and wireless internet access. Dining options include Threesixtyone, serving pan-Asian cuisine across 5 interactive show kitchens, with indoor and outdoor seating, and Amaranta, offering fresh seafood. The hotel also boasts a piano bar, the country's first exclusive cigar lounge, and a patisserie and delicatessen. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, gym complex, and a 24-hour spa centre. The Oberoi Gurgaon is 15 minutes by car from Delhi International Airport (DEL).
The Lodhi New Delhi (formerly the Aman New Delhi) is located on the outskirts of the Indian capital just south of the Delhi Golf Course and adjacent to the western half of the medieval Nizamuddin complex. Stone quarried from northern India is used for all floors and the interior design combines clean, modern lines with classic Mughal elements. There are 40 rooms and suites designed with regional style architecture featuring private plunge pools and the highest quality furniture and furnishings. The Lodhi offers a range of restaurants serving Indian, Thai and European cuisine. During the daytime guests may enjoy light snacks and classic cocktails at the Pool Café and in the evenings head to Anidra the supper and night club serving fine wines, beers, spirits, mixers and tapas. Other amenities include a spa, health center with four tennis courts, three squash courts, a pilates studio and a gymnasium, a lap pool, library and cigar room.
Rishikesh is the yoga capital of the world, and the best of its myriad schools and ashrams is undoubtedly Ananda. Once a maharajah’s palace, today it is a luxurious, seventy-five room spa and resort overlooking the Ganges Valley. Each of its rooms and suites feature wireless internet, televisions, walk-in closets, safes, climate control, and terraces with commanding views of the Ganges Valley. Ananda’s signature restaurant offers a rotating menu of light meals from Indian, Asian, and Western cuisines; a tree-top deck where guests can savor views of the nearby river; and a quiet, comfortable tea lounge that evokes the genteel, nostalgic days of the British Raj. Amenities include a gym and spa, and, of course, individual and group yoga sessions – available in a number of indoor and outdoor locations. Located in the countryside outside the town, Ananda is a short, half-hour drive from Rishikesh.
Please note that children under the age of 14 are not allowed at Ananda Spa and Resort.