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Hill Stations Of The Himalayas

Explore the hill state of Himachal Pradesh, sandwiched between Punjab and Tibet, encompassing the verdant Himalayan foothills, with orchards, forests, deep gorges, and roaring rivers.

  • India

  • 15 nights
  • Half board with twelve lunches
  • Worldwide Journeys

    Culture

    Landscape

  • Mar

    Oct

  • Average group size: 12-14

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Grade 4

This Grade 4 moderate holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over varied terrain and includes an element of sightseeing as well. Our walks are on generally good tracks through villages and pasture with outstanding views one might expect walking through the world's highest mountain range. Please see the day to day itinerary for a more detailed description of the walks.

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Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • See the Golden Temple at Amritsar, the holiest of Sikh temples.
  • Visit Dharamshala, home to the Dalai Lama.
  • Ride the train from Shimla to Khandaghat with panoramic views.
  • Walk in the Kullu Valley with the backdrop of the snow peaked Himalayas.
  • Journey back in time to the days of the Raj.
  • Local guides throughout and incredible Indian cuisine.

The hill state of Himachal Pradesh, sandwiched between Punjab and Tibet, encapsulates the verdant Himalayan foothills. Walking trails meander through orchard valleys and subtropical forests, leading us to deep gorges, pretty villages, roaring rivers and pine forests.

The mountain air is crisp and cool and the panoramic vistas of this once inaccessible area overlook a favourite summer retreat from the days of the Raj, whose legacy of colonial mansions, churches and remarkable railways sits comfortably alongside monasteries and temples.

From Delhi, you take the train into the state of Punjab, to Amritsar. You visit the Golden Temple, the holiest Sikh shrine, with the chance to experience first light prayers. Later you can enjoy the ceremonial sunset Retreat at Wagha Border, one of the very few land crossing points on the 2,000 mile border between Pakistan and India, is a fascinating ritual.

You move on, using 4x4 vehicles, to Dharamshala, home of the Dalai Lama and the exiled Tibetan Government for over three decades. The Tibetan influence here is strong. Dharamshala is the starting point for your foray into the Himalayan foothills. It is also the beginning of tea country. You will stop at a tea plantation and see how things are done.

From both Manali (2,050m), located at the head of the Kullu Valley, and the hill station of Shimla (2,000m), once the summer capital of the British Colonial Raj, you’ll walk in the surrounding hill country and experience Himachal Pradesh at its most idyllic, with its panoramic landscapes, snow capped peaks, tranquil villages, raging rivers, fruit orchards and terraced fields. From Manali we intend to drive up to the Rohtang Pass. At nearly 4,000m this will be the highest point you reach on this holiday.

An exhilarating train ride on the narrow gauge railway from Shimla to Kalka offers an old world charm as it gently snakes through the countryside. From Kalka you return to Delhi by train for a final visit before we depart for home.

  • Return flights from London to Delhi
  • Airport transfers
  • Half board en suite accommodation
  • All entrance fees
  • Twelve lunches
  • Knowledgeable English speaking local guides
  • All local transport costs.
  • A 'Water to Go' filter bottle posted to you before departure
  • The services of a Discover Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

47450

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Delhi

Meals

In-Flight

Accommodation

We depart the UK for our flight to Delhi. The flight lands in Delhi in the early hours of Day 2.

Transfer Time = 45m

Day 2

Delhi

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

On arrival we will be met by our guide and transferred to our hotel close by the airport. We will try and get everybody to bed as soon as possible. After a late breakfast we will start our explorations of Delhi, India’s bustling capital. It can be a challenging place to get around due to city traffic, but our aim is to take in the sites of New Delhi. Gurudwara Bangladesh Sahib, one of the most important Sikh temples in Delhi, Parliament House and Indian Gate and Humayun’s tomb. We will also visit Lutyen's city and walk around Connaught Place. If you fancy a shoe shine this is the place. At the end of the day we will stop off at a restaurant for dinner before retiring to the hotel for some well-earned rest.

Day 3

Amritsar

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we transfer by train to Amritsar. Indians trains are a fascinating experience but can be intimidating for the uninitiated. Fortunately, our local guides will show us to our comfortable prebooked seats making everything hassle free. We have an early start catching a train around 07.30 so should arrive in Amritsar early afternoon. Breakfast will be boxed to be eaten on the train. The journey takes about 6hrs to cover 270 miles. After some time to relax at the hotel we will have a walking cultural tour of the city. Like all cities in India Amritsar is a lively place. Dinner will be in the hotel tonight.

Day 4

Amritsar

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We will spend the morning exploring the Golden Temple. The most holy place in the Sikh religion and its 26 million adherents worldwide. Depending on the timings we might have some extra time in Amritsar before heading out to the Wagah border. This is one of the few legal land crossing points between India and Pakistan. We can enjoy the ceremony held two hours before sunset each day. The ceremony has been happening daily since 1959. Finally, we return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 5

Dharamshala

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we drive to Dharamshala. The journey is 160 miles and takes 7 hours. We will stop for coffee in the morning with a chance to stretch our legs a little. Lunch is included and will be taken en route. We will not drive for longer than 2 hrs without a stop. In the afternoon we will stop to explore Masrur Rock Monolithic Temple, famous for its rock carvings and Kangra Fort. Kangra Fort is perhaps the largest fort in the Himalayas, the oldest in India and well worth walking up to for the views it enjoys over the two valleys below. Our strolls around both forts make a pleasant and informative break in the journey. From Kangra Fort it is a short distance on to our hotel. We will have dinner in the hotel tonight.

Day 6

Dharamshala

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300/125m

Today, we’ll walk from Naddi to the Guna Devi Temple via the tribal village of Bahl, located in the foothills of the Dhauladhar mountains, and enjoy a short visit of the village. The trail takes us across the Bhated River and on to Bahl Gaon village, with great views of the Kangra Valley. We continue up to the Guna Devi Temple with more magnificent views of the Ghasturi Pass and Chamba Valley. Guna Devi Temple is dedicated to goddess Durga, the temple has a meditation space. The walk will take most of the morning. This afternoon we visit McLeod Ganj, the home of the Dalai Lama who came here in 1959 after the Chinese invasion of Tibet. Experience Tibetan monasteries, alternative Tibetan medicine practitioners, refugees welfare associations selling duvet covers, singing bowls, incense sticks, prayer beads & wheels, etc amidst the flea market selling local Tibetan food, wine and steamed momos! 

Day 7

Dharamshala

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

Today is a sightseeing day in and around Dharamshala. We explore the Upper Town of Dharamshala, McLeod Ganj, where the residence of the Dalai Lama is located. We'll see the Dalai Lama residence and take the Kora holy walk around the temple set in pristine wilderness. The entire route has small chortens and rocks painted with Tibetan scripts. We also see Tse Chokling Monastery, St John in the Wilderness Church, a village school, Tibetan Medical Centre, and the Norbulingka Institute (a learning centre for traditional Tibetan art and craft), as time allows. We should also have free time to explore further or relax as preferred. 

Day 8

Manali

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We travel deeper into the Himalayan foothills today to Manali, located at the head of the Kullu Valley. The drive takes us through breathtaking scenery of snow-capped peaks, pine forests and fruit orchards. We’ll make refreshment stops en route and stop for a restaurant lunch. En route we plan to visit Palampur to see Baijnath temple. The Hindu temple was built around 1200 and dedicated to Shiva. Manali is a  beautifully situated mountain resort attracting skiers, mountain adventure enthusiasts, white water rafters, walkers and those who are happy to just enjoy the view. We stay in Manali for 3 nights giving us plenty of time to enjoy the area.

Day 9

Manali

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200/100m

Driving out a short distance from Manali we start today's walk from the nearby village of Vashisht, famous for its hot springs. We walk to the sacred Jogini waterfall and continue on foot to Nehru Kund where our vehicles will take us to the snowline towards Rohtang Pass, which offers sweeping valley and snow-capped mountain views. We expect to reach an altitude of around 3,000m, the highest point we plan to reach on this holiday. We will likely find snow at this altitude and it can be very cold. We will stop briefly to enjoy outstanding views but do not walk at this altitude.

Day 10

Manali

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    125/150m

After breakfast we drive out to Prini, surrounded by magical mountain scenery. We will walk down to the river where clear white water from the waterfalls makes it look like there is a shower of milk pouring downwards. You can hear the sound of waterfall from some distance away. We continue to Jagatsukh temple surrounded by picturesque valleys and lofty snow-clad mountains. After our walk we drive to Naggar Castle. We have lunch here, then walk around Naggar and visit the home and gallery of Russian artist, Nicolas Roerich. Finally, we return to Manali for dinner and overnight in the hotel.


Day 11

Shimla

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Our journey today takes us 160 miles to the hill station of Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh. From 1864 Shimla was the summer capital of the British Raj. It maintains a strong colonial feel. Refreshment stops will be made en route, including lunch at a local restaurant. The whole journey will take about 7hrs. We stay in Shimla for 3 nights.

Day 12

Shimla

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today, we’ll take the Heritage Walk of Shimla starting at Christ Church, the most prominent landmark in town. From here the walk extends west towards the Viceregal Lodge, once the residence of Lord Mountbatten and now the Institute of Advanced Studies. We’ll see the Cecil Hotel, Kennedy House and Lakar Bazar. Our expert guide will explain everything on the way. Lunch is included at a local restaurant today and there will be some free time to enjoy this atmospheric town.

Day 13

Shimla

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250m

We drive to Mashobara where we’ll start our walk through a forest of pine to Seepur village, sometimes steeply on tracks and reasonable paths. We follow the contours going through several hamlets to Kanda village. Towards the end the path goes a little off-piste on a steep track but then the path is nicely graded down to the village. Here we will meet our transport and return to the Woodville Palace Hotel for a chance to enjoy tea on the lawn. A classic Raj institution. A packed lunch is included today.

Day 14

Delhi

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

A highlight for some, as we take the ‘Toy Train’ journey. The narrow gauge railway was built by the British around 1900 to connect Shimla, the summer capital of the British Raj, to the rest of India. Today it offers some spectacular views of the valleys as it twists its way down gradually from Shimla to Khandaghat (approx. 2 hours). Trains are occasionally steam hauled but you will most likely have a diesel locomotive pulling you down to Khandaghat. From Khandaghat we take a short drive to Barog, where we’ll have lunch before boarding our train to Delhi at Kalka (journey to Delhi approx. 3.5 hours). On arrival we transfer to our hotel for dinner (probably quite late in the evening) and overnight.

Day 15

Delhi

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we continue our exploration of Delhi. We start with a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi followed by a walking tour. We will visit one of the largest spice markets in Asia. We may have the opportunity to walk in Lodi Gardens. We spend the evening in Delhi with dinner. Depending on flight times we will return to the airport for a flight departing in the small hours of the next morning. We have access to two hotel rooms this evening so clients who prefer can shower and change before flying.

Day 16

Travel

We take our flight to London, arriving the same day.

Departure dates for your selected tour

29th Mar 2025 - 13th Apr 2025 (15 Nights)

11th Oct 2025 - 26th Oct 2025 (15 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Delhi
  • Arrival transfer by road c.45mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights; Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Visa is required

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

The Pride Plaza Hotel or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

The Pride Plaza Hotel , a comfortable modern 5 star hotel is ideally located close by the airport so we can get to bed as soon as possible after our late arrival on the first day of the holiday. The hotel has all the facilities you might expect from an upmarket hotel. You will be very comfortable here.

Ranjit Villas or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

Located just outside Amritsar the Ranjit Villas has a traditional feel. It is a well appointed 4 star hotel. Facilities include free Wi-Fi, flat screen TV, fridge and air conditioning. The hotel offers an outdoor seasonal swimming pool and lawn. It is about 6 miles form Amritsar centre.



Asia Health Resort or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

In the foothills of the Dhauladar mountains, the Asia Health Resort in Dharamshala is a short distance from Dal Lake, Bhagsunag Falls and the home of the Dalai Lama. Comfortable rooms offer Wi-Fi, TV, minibars, and tea & coffee making facilities. Amenities include a restaurant, a bar, and a rooftop terrace with mountain views. There’s also a library, fitness centre, spa and an outdoor pool.

Urvashi Retreat or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

Urvashi's Retreat in Manali is beautifully situated under the Himalayas. All rooms offer views of the mountains. The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. It has a spring water brook running through the grounds which forms an ecological pool open to guests at all times. The in-house spa and wellness centre comprises of massage therapy rooms, sauna, steam, spa baths and a state of the art gymnasium.

Shimla Havens Resort or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

Offering peace and tranquillity, Shimla Havens Resort is situated at an altitude of 6,400 feet above sea level. The resort is spread across 6 acres of land and surrounded by pine and cedar forests. Rooms feature teak flooring and modern furnishings with flat screen TV, minibar and tea & coffee making facilities. A spacious marble bathroom with a separate shower cubicle are a standard across all rooms. Rooms offer views of the cedar forests, mountain ranges or the gardens.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This Grade 4 moderate holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over varied terrain and includes an element of sightseeing as well. Our walks are on generally good tracks through villages and pasture with outstanding views one might expect walking through the world's highest mountain range. Please see the day to day itinerary for a more detailed description of the walks.

Walks & Excursions

The walking programme of this holiday will be made from Dharamshala, Manali and Shimla, mostly following undulating forest trails or dirt tracks. The walking times range from 3-6 hours, spread over the day, mostly with easy, gradual ascents and only the odd steep descent. Some walks may be at the bottom of the grade and will not be too strenuous, while others may be on stony, uneven ground, muddy or dusty according to the weather, with occasional steepish sections, rough paths, over uneven steps and be closer to the top of the grade. 

Our walks will take us from an altitude of 2,000-2,500 meters, but walking will be at a relaxed pace so that everyone can enjoy the stunning scenery and countryside. There will be days where the sightseeing element will fill most of the day and our excursions can vary from half a day to a full day.

Please note: This itinerary has been planned to be busy and full-packed so that you make the most of your time in India and experience as much as possible. There will be some free time during the tour, for you to explore on your own or relax, and details outlined in this information will be confirmed locally by your leader.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Currency in India

The currency in India is the Rupee (Rs). It is not usually possible to buy or sell Indian currency outside India.  All prices in India will be listed in Rupees. It is possible  to exchange small amounts of cash (take some cash with you - US Dollars and Sterling being the easiest ) and the larger towns have banks with ATMs where you can withdraw Rupees (ensure your debit card is linked with Visa or Mastercard). If in doubt, check with your bank prior to travel that you will able to withdraw cash in India.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

We travel from London to Delhi and return.  On arrival into Delhi the transfer from the airport to our hotel will take approximately 45 minutes by road, dependent on traffic conditions. 

Travel between Delhi-Amritsar, Shimla-Khandaghat and Kalka-Delhi is by train. 

These journeys are included in the holiday cost and are arranged by us. Once rail ticket sales open, approximately 60-90 days before the holiday start date, we are required to give passenger names and passport details in order to secure the seats. If you book on this holiday after we have provided the name list, we cannot guarantee that you will be allocated a seat in the same carriage as the rest of the group, although we will do our best.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

A passport is required to visit India and it must be valid for a minimum of six months from your intended return to the UK. It is necessary to have at least two blank pages in your passport to allow for a visa to be inserted. A visa is required for entry into India. The visa is not included in the holiday charge and must be obtained by you before departure. 


India has now reintroduced the e-visa scheme for UK passport holders. Please check with the Indian High Commission for full details: High Commission of India, London, United Kingdom (hcilondon.gov.in) 

You can apply for an e-visa for India between 30 days and 3 days prior to the date of arrival in India. The visa is double entry and will be valid for 30 days from date of arrival. The visa cost as of Mar 2023 was US$25. Please note this price changes regularly with no prior notice from the Indians.


You will need to complete the online form and it is necessary to upload a copy of the photo page from your passport, with all information showing clearly, plus a recent front facing photograph. Specific requirements for the photograph can be found on the application website. You should print off a copy of the confirmed e-visa to take with you. Biometric data will be taken on arrival and this is mandatory.


Information on the e-visa, cost, photograph specifications and your application form can be found at: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html

Please note it is very important to use the correct site as there are many websites that charge huge sums and offer the same service.


Notes to assist you with completing your visa application:

You are required to supply details of a referee in the UK in India. You may wish to use the referees as listed below.


In the UK:

RWH Travel Ltd.

Lemsford Mill

Welwyn Garden City

Hertfordshire

AL8 7TR

Tel: 01707 331133


In India:

Holiday Moods

Kanchan House

Milan Cinema Rd

New Delhi

India

Tel: +91 84484 45051


Please note the visa application procedure can be challenging. Regent Visa Services offer a visa application service. For a fee they can greatly simplify the process:


Regent Visa Services, U.K. - Find Visas and Apply Online: Fast Service, Easy Requirements.  

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

India Modest Dress

As in most Asian countries, modesty of dress is sensible.  Very short shorts are considered improper in some areas and women should exercise caution when exposing the upper arms or shoulders as this can cause offence. A lightweight shawl can be a useful item for women.  Men should also dress modestly, long trousers and a loose shirt are often more acceptable than shorts and a T-shirt.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in India

In India: Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts at 50Hz. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a two or three pin style adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at  https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWW15 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Suggested Reading:

  • India (Lonely Planet Country Guides) – Sarina Singh - Lonely Planet Publications
  • The Rough Guide to India – David Abram – Rough Guides
  • Freedom in Exile: Autobiography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet – Abacus
  • Raj – Lawrence James – Abacus
  • Where Men and Mountains Meet: Explorers of the Western Himalayas 1820-1895 – John Keay

You may also wish to visit the following website:

http://www.incredibleindia.org/


The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
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If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for India

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to India, although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Diphtheria and Typhoid immunisations are recommended, and you might also like to consider immunisations against Rabies, Cholera, Japanese Encephalitis and Hepatitis B. 

Malaria is present throughout the year in India; please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic. 

Dengue fever, Zika virus and Chikungunya virus exist in India; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites. 

Seek pre-travel Zika virus advice from your health care provider 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.

Air Pollution

Cities may at times experience periods of poor air quality. If you suffer from a respiratory condition you may wish to seek advice from your doctor prior to travel.

Diarrhoea & Boiled Water

Don’t forget to exercise caution with what you eat to avoid upset stomachs and stay away from unpeeled fruit and vegetables, salad and do not have ice in your drinks. Hot, fresh cooked food, where possible, is best. 

Hand washing facilities may be poor or unavailable when travelling, we therefore strongly advise you to carry antibacterial sanitizing gel and / or hand wipes at all times and use to them regularly.

Drinking or cleaning teeth in un-boiled water is not recommended.  Bottled pure water is inexpensive and widely available in shops, at hotels, and on the coach. Make sure you only buy sealed bottles.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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India

  • Capital

    New Delhi

  • Currency

    Indian Rupee

  • Language

    Hindi; English

  • Time Difference

    UTC +05:30

  • Flight duration

    9.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 14mm

  • February

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 17mm

  • March

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 22mm

  • April

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 40mm

  • May

    30°C

    Avg. Rain: 76mm

  • June

    29°C

    Avg. Rain: 197mm

  • July

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 308mm

  • August

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 274mm

  • September

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 182mm

  • October

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 83mm

  • November

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 34mm

  • December

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 15mm

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