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 from London (regional
connections available) to Amritsar via Delhi with
Jet Airways. (N)
On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Evening visit to
the Golden Temple for the auspicious Palki Sahib
night ceremony to witness the evening kirtan
(devotional prayers). The temple is profusely
lit up and the lights are beautifully reflected in
large water tanks surrounding the sanctum. Stay
2 nights at the Hyatt Amritsar (or similar). (N)
Morning visit to the Golden Temple and the community kitchen called Langar. Take a
guided heritage walk passing the Gurudwara
Saragarhi, dedicated to the heroism of the 21
soldiers of the 36 Sikhs Battalion who lost their
lives in 1897 as they defended their
posts against Afghan soldiers. Weave your way
through Qila Ahluwalia, a fort replete
with colonial architectural features, before
arriving at the Jalebiwala Chowk with its
jalebi shop selling delicious sticky sweets. Late
afternoon visit to Wagah, situated on the border
with Pakistan, for the unmissable Changing of
the Guard ceremony. (B)
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 handicrafts centre and a local family
house to see the regional Gaddi dress. The
evening is free to explore McLeod Ganj market.
Spend 2 nights at the Pride Surya Resort (or
After breakfast, visit the Norbulingka Institute,
dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan culture.
Later, take a gentle walk through traditional
Gaddi settlements to Naddi village, enjoying
spectacular views of the Dhauladhar mountain
range as the sun sets. (B)
Travel by road to Palampur for an overnight
stay at Taragarh Palace. En route, visit the rockcut
temples at Masroor and enjoy a visit to a
working tea plantation where you can wander through beautifully manicured tea gardens,
interact with the estate workers and see how tea
is processed in the small factory before sampling
some of their finest infusions. (B, D)
Today drive to Baijnath to board the Kangra
Mountain Railway for the 1.5-hour scenic ride to
Nagrota. Afterwards drive to Kangra to visit the
impressive 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.
On arrival, check in for 2 nights at the Oberoi
Cecil or upgrade to the Oberoi Wildflower Hall
(Premier Valley View room) from £325. (B)
Full-day tour of Shimla, including the Viceregal
Lodge, Himachal State Museum and the Gaiety
theatre. Later in the day, enjoy some time at
leisure to stroll along the Mall and the Ridge. (B)
Take the Himalayan Queen 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
(2 hours) for an overnight stay at the LaLiT
Morning train to Delhi (4 hours). Spend the
afternoon at leisure and overnight at the Oberoi
Maidens (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 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
can be taken privately on a date that suits
you, for which guideline prices are shown.
Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact
requirements. Please call 020 3930 5073 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk
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