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Journey through the Himalayan Foothills

Group Tour | General Interest 13 Days & 11 Nights Lead-in price: £2295

Travel to the holy city of Amritsar and McLeod Ganj, home to the Tibetan government-inexile. Continue through the foothills of the Himalaya to Shimla. Along the way, appreciate the cultural diversity of the region through its temples, monasteries and museums.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Heritage walk through Amritsar
  • Ride on the Kangra Mountain Railway and the toy train to Solan
  • Visit a local family in Dharamsala
  • Explore Chandigarh's local market & Rock Garden
  • Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation
  • Small group size - 12 people (maximum 19)
  • No single supplement on selected departure dates (limited availability)
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Standard Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Amritsar via Delhi

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Amritsar, via Delhi, with British Airways. (N)

Day 2: Amritsar

On arrival, transfer to the Hyatt Amritsar for a 2-night stay. 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. (N)

Day 3: Amritsar - Wagah

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 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)

Day 4: 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

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: Kangra Fort - Palampur

Drive to Kangra to visit its impressive fort and the Bajreshwari Temple. Continue to Palampur for an overnight stay at Taragarh Palace. Afternoon visit to Tashijong monastery. (B, D)

Day 7: Pragpur via Kangra Mountain Railway

Today drive to Baijnath to board the Kangra Mountain Railway for the 1.5-hour scenic ride to Nagrota. Afterwards visit the rock-cut temples at Masroor. These monolithic temples date back to the eighth century and have the moniker ‘The Himalayan Pyramid’. Travel to Pragpur for a 2-night stay at The Judge’s Court, a delightful old manor house, converted into a hotel. (B, D)

Day 8: Pragpur

At leisure, with opportunities for leisurely walks in the surrounding villages, or visit the temples at Jwalamukhi and Chintpurni. (B, L, D)

Day 9: 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 or upgrade to the Oberoi Wildflower Hall (Deluxe Garden View room) from £235pp. (B)

Day 10: 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)

Day 11: Shimla

Travel on a first-class carriage 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. (B)

Day 12: Delhi

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

Day 13: Fly to London

Transfer to the airport for your flight home with British Airways. (B)

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

TOUR EXTENSIONS

Haridwar & Corbett extension: 5 days & 4 nights from £795 Extend your tour with visits to the sacred towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh, then continue to the picturesque Corbett National Park, a renowned tiger reserve.

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, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements.

Standard private tour accommodation

  • Hyatt Regency Amritsar
    Hyatt Regency Amritsar

    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 centre.

  • Fortune Park Moksha, McLeod Ganj
    Fortune Park Moksha, McLeod Ganj

    Located just 6km from McLeod Ganj, in a quiet and scenic corner of the Strawberry Hills, the Fortune Park Moksha is an elegant hillside property with beautiful views of the snow-capped Dhauladhar mountain range and the pristine Dharamshala valley. Each of the 59 rooms has its own charm and character and are spread across three blocks of the property. The multi-cuisine restaurant serves an a la carte menu with spectacular views of the surrounding area.

  • WelcomHeritage Taragarh Palace
    WelcomHeritage Taragarh Palace

    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 accommodation.

  • The Judge's Court
    The Judge's Court

    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 mid-October.

  • The Oberoi Cecil
    The Oberoi Cecil

    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 baths.

  • Maidens Hotel
    Maidens Hotel

    Built in 1903, The Maidens hotel is a jewel of colonial architecture set amid three hectares of emerald-green lawns which has retained its old world charm down the years. Conveniently located, the hotel is 24km from the airport and 10km from Connaught Place, the main shopping and commercial centre. Rooms are well-appointed and spacious featuring all the amenities of a modern international hotel. Features: 54 rooms, Wi-Fi, 3 restaurants, bar, outdoor terrace and swimming pool. Room amenities: Flat-screen TV, safe, radio-alarm, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities and en-suite bathroom.

Standard private tour extensions

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Dates & prices

HTF2022

Guideline Prices

Low season from £2355 per person

High season from £2500 per person

 

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All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, 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.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • * International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
  • * UK departure and overseas airport taxes
  • * Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
  • * Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
  • * The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
  • * Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

  • Amritsar

    Amritsar, in northwest India, is a vibrant yet relaxed and friendly city, full of...

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  • Dharamsala

    Dharamsala (or more accurately the tiny village of McLeod Ganj) which is perched on a...

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  • Shimla

    A century ago the British selected Shimla as their summer capital, using it as a...

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  • Delhi

    The Indian capital, is steeped in a glorious, but turbulent, history. In the pulsating old city...

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