Travel to the holy city of Amritsar and McLeod Ganj, home to the Tibetan government-in-exile. Explore the north-west Indian regions of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, from the Golden Temple through the foothills of the Himalaya to Shimla. Along the way, appreciate the cultural diversity of the region through its temples, monasteries and museums.
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Overnight flight to Amritsar via Delhi with Jet
On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Evening visit to
the Golden Temple for the auspicious Palki
Sahib night ceremony to witness the Guru
Granth Sahib (Holy Book) being carried from
the main shrine to the inner sanctum amid the
chanting of hymns. Stay 2 nights at the Hyatt
Amritsar (or similar). (B)
Morning visit to the Golden Temple. Continue
to Ranjit Singh panorama and Katra Jaimal
market, known for its Punjabi dresses and
fabrics. Late afternoon visit to Wagah on the
border with Pakistan for the Sunset Retreat
Travel by road to McLeod Ganj in Dharamsala.
McLeod Ganj is home to the Dalai Lama and is
the centre of Little Tibet. This afternoon visit His
Holiness the Dalai Lama’s monastery, Tsuglag
Khang, continue with a tour of McLeod Ganj,
visiting the Norbulingka Institute, dedicated to
the preservation of Tibetan culture. Proceed to
the handicrafts centre and a local family house
to see the regional gaddi dress. The evening
is free to explore McLeod Ganj market. Stay
overnight at the Pride Surya Resort. (B)
Travel by road to Palampur for an overnight stay
at Taragarh Palace. En route visit Sobha Singh
Art Gallery (the master of modern Sikh art),
Andretta Terracotta Museum and the rock-cut
temples at Masroor. (B, D)
Today drive to Baijnath to board the Kangra
Mountain Railway for the 1.5-hour scenic ride to
Nagrota. Later drive to Kangra to visit the fort
and on to Pragpur. Stay 2 nights at The Judge’s
Court, a delightful old manor house that has
been converted into a hotel. (B, D)
At leisure, with opportunities for leisurely walks
in the surrounding villages, including Garli, or
visit the temples at Jwalamukhi and
Chintpurni. (B, L, D)
Full-day drive through the Himalayan foothills
to the former British hill station of Shimla. Stop
en route at shops selling locally produced fruit
wines. On arrival, check in for 2 nights at the
Oberoi Cecil. (B)
Full-day tour of Shimla, including Jakhu temple,
Viceregal Lodge, the botanical gardens,
Himachal State Museum and the Gaiety
Theatre. Later in the day, enjoy some free time
to stroll along the Mall and the Ridge. (B)
Take the toy train from Shimla to Solan
(3 hours) to enjoy the beautiful Himalayan
scenery. This narrow gauge railway is considered
one of the finest engineering feats in India.
Continue by road to Chandigarh (3 hours). After
some time at leisure, stay 2 nights at the Taj
Tour Chandigarh, known as ‘The City Beautiful’,
visiting Le Corbusier Museum, the Architecture
Museum, the Government Museum & Art
Gallery and the Rock Garden. (B)
Morning train to Delhi (4 hours). Spend the
afternoon at leisure and overnight at the Lalit
(or similar). (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager
This tour is based in 3- and
This tour involves some long walks
and therefore requires a good level of fitness.
The order of the visits may change
due to national holidays and museum opening
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Set in the heart of the city with easy access to the Golden Temple and other important sites, Hyatt Amritsar is a modern contemporary style hotel. All 248 rooms and suites offer panoramic views of the historic city and are elegantly designed in warm wooden hues. The hotel has some of the best dining options in Amritsar with restaurants serving Japanese, Italian, Thai and Chinese food. There is also a spa that offers a holistic blend of international wellness treatments, a temperature controlled outdoor swimming pool and a fully equipped fitness...
Situated in the shadows of Dhauladhar range, Surya Resorts is the ideal base from which to experience the beauty, sights and sounds of Mcleodganj, which resonates with Tibetan and Indian culture. The neat and spacious interior of the lobby, with its pastel decor, creates an inviting and homely...
Taj Chandigarh is a modern first class hotel located in the heart of Chandigarh. The 149 guest rooms and suites are equipped with plasma television, internet ready ports, mini bar and a tea/coffee maker. Hotel facilities include three restaurants, a bar, state-of-the-art gym, Jiva Spa and a rooftop swimming...
In 1931, the Nawab of Bahawalpur built a large European style summer residence up in the cool Himalayan jungles of the Kangra district. He laid out gardens and built a glass pavilion and a mosque. The property was taken over by Maharani Tara Devi of Kashmir in 1950, and renamed Taragarh. The palace is situated on a forested estate surrounded by tea gardens in one of the most scenic and unexplored areas of Himachal Pradesh. The hotel has 2 blocks, a heritage wing, which has more basic rooms located in the original palace and a modern wing offering comfortable...
Set among 4.8 hectares of exotic trees and fruit orchards, the Judge's Court comprises a colonial-style country manor that was built at the turn of the 20th century and an ancestral cottage, which is nearly 300 years old. Each of the 21 rooms and suites spread between the manor house and the ancestral cottage is spacious, elegantly furnished with period-style furniture and retains much of the old-world charm and character. Facilities include a restaurant that serves Indian as well as continental cuisine with many vegetables and fruits from their own garden, a bar and an outdoor swimming pool.
The pool is not heated and therefore only suitable for use between mid-March and...
Located in Connaught Place, Delhi's prime business and shopping district, The LaLiT New Delhi is only minutes away from cultural attractions, shopping malls, government offices and trade fair grounds. The hotel has 460 guests rooms including 47 designer suites located in an exclusive atrium tower, all with modern amenities. Dining on offer is an array of Indian, Chinese, and Mediterranean cuisine. Other facilities at this hotel include a fitness club and outdoor swimming...
The hill stations provided a cool retreat for the Raj during the heat of the Indian summer. This heritage is captured by the Oberoi Cecil, which provides a luxurious base from which to explore the surrounding town and countryside. A view of the hills and forests is offered from many of the hotel’s 71 rooms. The restaurant serves both Continental and Asian cuisine other facilities include a health club, which offers massage, herbal treatments, sauna and steam...
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Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
Extend your tour with a visit to the sacred towns
of Haridwar and Rishikesh and picturesque
Corbett National Park, a renowned tiger reserve.
Drive to Chandigarh and take the train to
Haridwar. Overnight at the Haveli Hari Ganga.
Evening Aarti ceremony at Rishikesh. (B)
Drive to Corbett National Park. Afternoon wildlife
drive. Two nights at Jim's Jungle Retreat. (B, L, D)
Full-day wildlife viewing. Look out for tigers,
large elephant herds, marsh crocodiles, wild
boar, deer and prolific birdlife. (B, L, D)
Early morning wildlife drive. Drive to Delhi for an
overnight stay at the Holiday Inn Aerocity. (B)
Fly to London with Virgin Atlantic. (B)
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