Hills of North India Itinerary

14 Days 13 Nights

Itinerary Overview

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Some of the best parts of North India can be found off the beaten path—tucked away in the hills, in places not found on your average itinerary. These destinations exemplify the diversity and mystery of one of India’s most rugged corners: they feel both exotic and welcoming, remote and resplendent, warm and wondrous. In the far-flung villages, snow-capped mountain vistas, peaceful estates and landscapes teeming with wildlife, you’ll glimpse a side of India that is hidden from many other travelers.

On this tour of North India, get to know some of the remote locales. Experience daily life on the ghats in Hardiwar, and explore the rugged wilds and captivating wildlife of Corbett National Park. Trek through striking Himalayan scenery and immerse yourself in the culture of remote Indian villages. Join this North India tour and experience what life is like in the hills of one of the country’s most enthralling regions.

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This is a suggested North India itinerary—we’d be happy to customize an itinerary to fit your needs. Whether you prefer a shorter or longer journey, would like to include other parts of India, would like to mix and match accommodations or simply need something to fit your budget, please contact us at 877-255-7438 or email us atinfo@ to discuss how we can create a personalized India tour for you.

Day 1 Delhi
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Namaste! Welcome to India!
You will experience the many facets of this captivating capital—both the modern and the ancient—as you explore both New and Old Delhi.

Day 2 Delhi
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Experience Old Delhi, from the opulent Red Fort and massive Jama Masjid mosque to the narrow bustling lanes of Chandni Chowk. New Delhi’s Gateway to India and the Presidential Palace showcase modern history, yet the 12th century Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb show that even this part of town has an ancient past.

Day 3 Delhi – Hardiwar
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Drive to Haridwar, where you’ll stay at Aalia Resort. Set on the banks of the Ganges, this world-class property is nestled in acres of verdant foliage around pristine reserve forests, bringing you closer to nature. While here, we’ll experience an aarti ceremony, a devotional ritual that takes place as dusk descends on the river.

Day 4 Hardiwar – Rishikesh – Hardiwar
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You’re off to Rishikesh today, which you’ll have a full day to explore. Venture down to the ghats to relax amidst the daily goings-on, and enjoy some of the delicious food here (this is a holy Hindu town, so it will be an all-vegetarian meal). You can also take a boat across the river.

Day 5 Hardiwar – Corbett
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Make your way to Corbett today, where you’ll stay at a 15-acre retreat amid forests and a seasonal river that comes to life during the monsoon. Here, you may find grazing deer, wild boar, jackal and even the occasional tiger or leopard. During their seasonal migration, elephant herds are often sighted on walks here.

Day 6 Corbett
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Enjoy morning and afternoon explorations of the park with your naturalist. Nestled between the Himalayan foothills and the Shivalik hills, Corbett Tiger Reserve is extremely bio-diverse and extends over 500 square miles of scrub, grassland, sal forests, rivers and a lake.

Day 7 Corbett
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Originally named Hailey National Park, this park was later named in honor of Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter turned conservationist, who was instrumental in drawing out the park’s boundaries. You’ll have another full day to discover this enchanting wilderness with your naturalist.

Day 8 Corbett – Itmenaan Estate
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You’re off to Itmenaan Estate today, passing beautiful little hamlets and snow-capped Himalayan peaks along the way. When you arrive at the estate, relax with a book, or do something more active: engage in some bird – watching, ride ponies, or simply roam the oak forests. Tonight, enjoy drinks and dinner by the bonfire.

Day 9 Itmenaan Estate – Thikalna Village House
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As your tour to North India continues, make your way to Thikalna Village House today. Alluringly remote, the house is reached by driving and then undertaking a 45-minute hike through striking Himalayan scenery. Set at the edge of a cliff at an altitude of 7,300 feet, Thikalna gives one a sense of being in another world.

Day 10 Thikalna Village House – Ganghet
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This morning, walk along the ridge to the Bridh Jageshwar temple complex, enjoying beautiful views of mighty Nanda Devi, one of India’s highest peaks. Savor a picnic lunch, before embarking on another invigorating walk to the village of Ganghet, where you will spend the night. The evening may be spent at leisure by a bonfire.

Day 11 Ganghet – Itmenaan Estate
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After breakfast, walk downhill to the temple of Jhankarsem—one of the most famous temples of the region—and past terraced fields, old Kumaoni houses and small village temples. You’ll get a chance to interact with the locals in the villages before you trek back to Itmenaan Estate.

Day 12 Itmenaan Estate
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Spend the day enjoying the beauty and activities on offer at Itmenaan Estate, before enjoying a farewell dinner this evening.

Day 13 Itmenaan Estate – Kathgodam – Delhi
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Transfer to Kathgodam station and to board your overnight train for Delhi, the buzzing capital of India, for the conclusion of your North India tour.

Day 14 Arrive Delhi – Departure
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After arriving in Delhi, relax at your hotel this morning. In the afternoon, visit the famous National Gallery of Modern Art, home to over 14,000 works. Later, walk through the medieval settlement Nizzamuddin basti before transferring to the airport for your flight home.