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Lead Price
From £2695pp
Duration
13 days & 12 nights
Itinerary Type
Group Tour
Holiday Type
General Interest
Tour Highlights

Journey through the Himalayan Foothills

In the shadow of the world's tallest peaks, you'll find charming hill stations, Buddhist enclaves and narrow-gauge railways. This tour visits northern India's Himalayan highlights. Travel to the holy city of Amritsar and McLeod Ganj, home to the Tibetan government-in-exile. Continue through the foothills of the Himalaya to Shimla, once the 'British Jewel of the Orient'. Along the way, appreciate the cultural diversity of the region through its temples, monasteries and museums.
Dates and prices

Itinerary

YEAR:
DAY 1: Fly from London to Delhi
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Fly from London to Delhi

(N) Meal basis: As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

DAY 2: Delhi - Amritsar
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Delhi - Amritsar

On arrival, transfer to the Hyatt Amritsar for a 2-night stay. Evening visit to the Golden Temple for the auspicious Palki Sahib ceremony to witness the evening kirtan (devotional prayers). The temple is profusely lit and the lights are beautifully reflected in large water tanks surrounding the sanctum. A welcome dinner will be held this evening. (D)

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Amritsar
DAY 3: Amritsar - Wagah
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Amritsar - Wagah

Morning visit to the Golden Temple and its vast community kitchen (langar). Take a guided heritage walk passing the Gurudwara Saragarhi, dedicated to the heroism of the 21 soldiers of the 36th 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)

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Amritsar
DAY 4: McLeod Ganj
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McLeod Ganj

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 local markets. Stay 2 nights at the Fortune Park Moksha. (B)

DAY 5: Dharamsala
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Dharamsala

After breakfast, visit the Norbulingka Institute, dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan culture, and the Thosamling Nunnery. Visit a local family to see the regional Gaddi dress. 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)

DAY 6: Palampur
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Palampur

Today begins with a visit to Kangra to visit the ruins of the impressive fort and the Bajeshwari Temple. Drive to Palampur for an overnight stay at Taragarh Palace, and visit Tashijong Monastery. (B,D)

DAY 7: Pragpur via Kangra Mountain Railway
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Pragpur via Kangra Mountain Railway

Drive to Baijnath to board the Kangra Mountain Railway for the 1.5-hour scenic ride to Nagrota. Travel to Pragpur for a 2-night stay at The Judge’s Court, a delightful old manor house, converted into a hotel. (B,D)

Accommodation: The Judge's Court
DAY 8: Pragpur
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Pragpur

Join a walk to Garli Heritage Village and see an interesting fusion of architectural styles. Later, you may wish to join an optional visit to Jwalamukhi and Chintpurni temples, or spend the rest of the day at leisure. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: The Judge's Court
DAY 9: Shimla
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Shimla

Full-day drive through the Himalayan foothills to the former British hill station of Shimla. On arrival, check in for 3 nights at the Oberoi Cecil. (B,D)

Accommodation: Wildflower Hall , The Oberoi Cecil
DAY 10: Shimla
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Shimla

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,D)

Accommodation: Wildflower Hall , The Oberoi Cecil
DAY 11: Shimla
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Shimla

Travel on the Himalayan Queen ‘toy train’ from Shimla to Kandaghat (2 hours 15 minutes) to enjoy the beautiful Himalayan scenery. This narrow-gauge railway is considered one of the finest engineering feats in India. Afternoon at leisure. Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight. (B,D)

Accommodation: Wildflower Hall , The Oberoi Cecil
DAY 12: Delhi
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Delhi

Travel by road to Chandigarh (3 hours) to take the midday train to Delhi. Overnight at the Oberoi Maidens. (B)

Accommodation: Oberoi Maidens Hotel
DAY 13: Fly from Delhi to London
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Fly from Delhi to London

(B)

DAY 1: Fly from London to Delhi
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Fly from London to Delhi

(N) Meal basis: As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

DAY 2: Delhi - Amritsar
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Delhi - Amritsar

On arrival, transfer to the Hyatt Amritsar for a 2-night stay. Evening visit to the Golden Temple for the auspicious Palki Sahib ceremony to witness the evening kirtan (devotional prayers). The temple is profusely lit and the lights are beautifully reflected in large water tanks surrounding the sanctum. A welcome dinner will be held this evening. (D)

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Amritsar
DAY 3: Amritsar - Wagah
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Amritsar - Wagah

Morning visit to the Golden Temple and its vast community kitchen (langar). Take a guided heritage walk passing the Gurudwara Saragarhi, dedicated to the heroism of the 21 soldiers of the 36th 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)

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Amritsar
DAY 4: McLeod Ganj
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McLeod Ganj

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 local markets. Stay 2 nights at the Fortune Park Moksha. (B)

DAY 5: Dharamsala
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Dharamsala

After breakfast, visit the Norbulingka Institute, dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan culture, and the Thosamling Nunnery. Visit a local family to see the regional Gaddi dress. 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)

DAY 6: Palampur
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Palampur

Today begins with a visit to Kangra to visit the ruins of the impressive fort and the Bajeshwari Temple. Drive to Palampur for an overnight stay at Taragarh Palace, and visit Tashijong Monastery. (B,D)

DAY 7: Pragpur via Kangra Mountain Railway
- +

Pragpur via Kangra Mountain Railway

Drive to Baijnath to board the Kangra Mountain Railway for the 1.5-hour scenic ride to Nagrota. Travel to Pragpur for a 2-night stay at The Judge’s Court, a delightful old manor house, converted into a hotel. (B,D)

Accommodation: The Judge's Court
DAY 8: Pragpur
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Pragpur

Join a walk to Garli Heritage Village and see an interesting fusion of architectural styles. Later, you may wish to join an optional visit to Jwalamukhi and Chintpurni temples, or spend the rest of the day at leisure. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: The Judge's Court
DAY 9: Shimla
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Shimla

Full-day drive through the Himalayan foothills to the former British hill station of Shimla. On arrival, check in for 3 nights at the Oberoi Cecil. (B,D)

Accommodation: Wildflower Hall , The Oberoi Cecil
DAY 10: Shimla
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Shimla

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,D)

Accommodation: Wildflower Hall , The Oberoi Cecil
DAY 11: Shimla
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Shimla

Travel on the Himalayan Queen ‘toy train’ from Shimla to Kandaghat (2 hours 15 minutes) to enjoy the beautiful Himalayan scenery. This narrow-gauge railway is considered one of the finest engineering feats in India. Afternoon at leisure. Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight. (B,D)

Accommodation: Wildflower Hall , The Oberoi Cecil
DAY 12: Delhi
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Delhi

Travel by road to Chandigarh (3 hours) to take the midday train to Delhi. Overnight at the Oberoi Maidens. (B)

Accommodation: Oberoi Maidens Hotel
DAY 13: Fly from Delhi to London
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Fly from Delhi to London

(B)

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Heritage walk through Amritsar
  • Ride on the Kangra Mountain Railway and the toy train to Nagrota
  • Visit a local family in Dharamsala
  • Take a gentle sunset walk through Gaddi villages
  • Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation

Important information

Itinerary
The order of the visits may change due to national holidays and museum opening times.
Private & tailor-made travel
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. So, should you want to spend longer in a particular location, or add another experience or destination, we can make all the arrangements for you. Please contact our travel specialists for guideline prices.
Guaranteed departures
Where a tour date shows ‘Guaranteed departure’, this tour is guaranteed to run. For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.
Dates and prices
Unless otherwise stated, the tour prices and upgrade supplements are all per person in pound sterling, based on two people sharing a twin/double room. The online price is a guideline price; your final quote may differ due to flight availability, and you may be asked to pay a flight supplement.

What's included

  • Small group size - average 12 people (max 14)
  • 3- & 4-star accommodation
  • Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
  • International flights with Virgin Atlantic
  • Internal flights in India
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Travel outside Delhi by Toyota Crysta & Tempo Traveller
  • Express train travel in air-conditioned executive class
  • Experienced local tour manager
  • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 7 dinners
  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Porterage at airports & stations
  • Day at leisure in Pragpur

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Private journey option: guideline prices

Low season from £2,845 | Guide price month: February

High season from £2845 | Guide price month: November

Single supplement from £695

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