Uttarakhand is among the holiest places in India with spectacular scenery, and Monograms is the best way to discover this incredible state. Your 6-day Monograms vacation in Uttarakhand includes private guided sightseeing, a Local HOST® in each city, breakfast daily, 2 dinners, private ground transportation, and superior accommodations.
Spend a night in Delhi, where your Local Host takes you on a culinary adventure through the streets of old Delhi. The next morning, head up north to Mussoorie, a quaint hill station offering a peaceful break from city life. Visit the former home of Sir George Everest, from which the surveyor general helped the British measure the tallest mountain in the world. For his efforts, the peak was renamed in his honor, and today, the home offers amazing views of the Doon Valley and Himalayan peaks. You’ll also look out over stunning views from Lal Tibba and Gun Hill Point. Spend time in Landour, the charming neighbor town with architecture reflecting its British Raj roots. Mill about town and savor local goodies from Landour Bakehouse.
Travel to Dehradun, one of the oldest cities in India, and visit Robbers Cave and Mindrolling Monastery. Continue to Rishikesh, the yoga capital of India located on the banks of the Ganges, for a spiritual journey of your own. After a delectable culinary tour of the city, witness the Ganga Aarti ritual which pays tribute to the sacred Ganges River. The next day, visit the famous Beatles ashram and the largest ashram in Rishikesh, Parmath Niketan. Try your hand at Indian classical music with a hands on instrument lesson, and close out your day reflecting on your experiences during a meditation class.
Your Monograms vacation to Uttarakhand is a treat for the eyes, mind, and soul!
Insider Benefits Included in Your Vacation
Monograms is all about connecting you to your destination with unmatched insider guidance and support to make travel a pleasure. With a local expert in each destination, your Monograms vacation includes local assistance and tips that only a local would know and would help you put your signature on your vacation.
YOUR VACATION INCLUDES
Buffet breakfast (B) daily; 2 dinners (D)
In Mussoorie, Dehradun, Rishikesh
SIGHTSEEING & ACTIVITIES
Walking tour of old Delhi with local food samples; Visit Sir George Everest’s house; Visit Lambdi Dhar mines; Visit Landour Bakehouse with free time to sample local chais, breads, etc; Scenic viewpoints at Lal Tibba and Gun Hill; Visit Robber’s Cave; Tour Mindrolling Monastery; Walking food tour in Rishikesh; Ganga aarti ceremony; Tour Beatles ashram and Parmarth Niketan ashram; Classical musical instrument demo & lesson; Meditation class & lesson
Private vehicle transfers between cities
ITINERARY AND MEALS
DAY 1 Delhi, India. Welcome to Delhi! Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in. This evening, sample local cuisine during your walking tour of Old Delhi. (D)
Note: Arrive to the hotel by 5pm in time for the evening’s activities.
DAY 2 Delhi–Mussoorie. This morning, depart for a full day’s drive to Mussoorie, a colonial hill station town situated at the foothills of the Himalayas. Enjoy the evening at leisure. (B)
DAY 3 Mussoorie. Your sightseeing begins with a visit to George Everest’s House, the former home and laboratory of the Surveyor General of India. Today, it offers astounding views of the surrounding Doon Valley and Himalayan peaks. On your return to Mussoorie, learn about the spooky history at the Lambi Dhar mines. Continue to Landour, the quiet and charming neighbor town to Mussoorie. Stop at Landour Bakehouse, whose beautiful interior was created to replicate a typical 19th century bakery. The menu here features Landour’s authentic culinary traditions and history, offering fresh breads, cakes, teas, coffees and more. Later, visit Lal Tibba and Gun Hill Point for amazing views. (B)
DAY 4 Mussoorie–Dehradun–Rishikesh. This morning, travel to Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand. Visit Robber’s Cave, a natural river cave formation, and Mindrolling Monastery, which houses one of the world’s largest stupas. Then, continue to the holy city of Rishikesh, located in the Himalayan foothills along the Ganges River. The birthplace of yoga, Rishikesh is renowned as a center for meditation and wellness. Tonight, your Local Host welcomes you to the city during a walking culinary tour where you’ll have the opportunity to taste local specialties, then witness the ganga aarti (spiritual worship) performed on the banks of the river. (B,D)
DAY 5 Rishikesh. Today’s activities are devoted to mind, body and spirit found in this magical town. First, visit the Beatles Ashram. The wildly popular British band travelled to the ashram in 1968 to study meditation; it was this experience along with the nature and simplicity of the surroundings that inspired many compositions, including the bulk of the White Album. Next, tour the largest ashram in Rishikesh, Parmarth Niketan. Later, learn the basics of Indian classical music and try your luck with your own instrument during an interactive lesson. Finally, reflect on your day during a meditation demonstration and practice this evening. (B)
DAY 6 Rishikesh–Delhi. Your vacation ends with a transfer to Delhi International Airport. Please schedule flights after 4pm. (B)
We’ve carefully screened and selected the right hotels at your destination. Hotels included in your vacation package:
Radisson Blu Marina Hotel Connaught Place
Royal Orchid Fort Resort
Sterling Palm Bliss