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Himalayan Odyssey

Private Travel | General interest 17 Days & 15 Nights Lead-in price: £3075

Cross the foothills of the Himalaya, discovering spellbinding scenery and enthralling cultures.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Marvel at the glory of the magnificent Golden Temple in Amritsar
  • Traverse the Kanga Valley like a local on its rural train
  • Try your hand at cooking Tibetan momos in Dharamsala
  • Explore the villages of the Kullu valley from Manali
  • Witness an evening aarti ceremony, where prayers are led by priests while musicians play
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Delhi


Day 2: Delhi

Transfer to the Oberoi Maidens for 2 nights. The Maidens has retained its old world charm and is surrounded by emerald green lawns. (N)

Day 3: Delhi

Morning tour of Old Delhi, including a drive past the Red Fort, a visit to the Jama Masjid, and a walking tour of Old Delhi. Afternoon tour of New Delhi including a drive past India Gate and the viceregal residence before visiting Qutb Minar and the tomb of the Mughal Emperor, Humayun. (B)

Day 4: Amritsar

Take the train to Amritsar for 2 nights at RanjitVilas. Visit the spectacular Golden Temple for the evening Palki Sahib ceremony. The ceremony involves a procession of the Guru Granth Sahib (the Holy Book) from the main shrine to the inner sanctum, against the backdrop of the beautiful lit temple and to the accompaniment of drums and hymns. (B, D)

Day 5: Amritsar

Explore local markets and temples on a heritage walk visiting the Jallianwala Bagh memorial. In the early evening, head to the Indo-Pakistan border for the pomp of the Wagah border-closing ceremony. The quirky experience is a carefully choreographed and immaculately turned out display of synchronised marching and bellowed military commands. (B, D)

Day 6: Pragpur

Travel to the wonderfully quaint village of Pragpur defined by its cobbled streets and slate-roofed houses. Spend 2 nights at the delightful Judges Court, a colonial-style country manor that was built at the turn of the 20th century (B, D)

Day 7: Pragpur

At leisure. Alternatively visit Kangra fort or hop on the scenic Kangra Valley Railway. The Kangra Mountain Railway, also known as the Kangra Toy Train, travels across beautiful sub-Himalayan terrain, known for its natural beauty and ancient Hindu shrines. (B, D)

Day 8: Dharamsala

Head to the home of the Tibetan Government in exile for 2 nights at the quirky Chonor House. Learn how to cook the local speciality, stuffed momos (dumplings). (B, D)

Day 9: Dharamsala

Take a gentle hike through traditional Gaddi villages to Naddi which offers spectacular views of the Dhauladhar mountain range. You are likely to pass many rhododendron and pine forests and see people going about their daily routines. Later, visit McLeod Ganj with its Buddhist temples and markets. (B, D)

Day 10: Manali

Morning tour of the Norbulingka Institute before driving to Manali with views of Kullu valley en route. Stay 3 nights at ShivAdya Resort & Spa. (B, D)

Days 11-12: Manali

Discover the beauty of the area visiting Naggar, which was once the capital of the Kullu kingdom and is considered to be the most charming village in the valley. You will also visit the 450 year old temple dedicated to Hidimba Devi, which has some excellent woodcarvings, before having the opportunity to bathe at the Vashisht hot springs. (B)

Day 13: Shimla

Depart for the former summer capital of the British Raj, which was selected by the British as a retreat from the blistering heat of the plains. Spend 2 nights at the Oberoi Cecil, which offers beautiful vistas of the snow-capped Himalaya and the evergreen valleys. (B)

Day 14: Shimla

Experience Shimla’s Toy Train with a 45 minute journey to Taradvei. Afternoon tour of Shimla, including the Viceregal Lodge and a stroll along the Mall and the Ridge. (B)

Day 15: Haridwar

Drive to Haridwar for an overnight stay at Haveli Hari Ganga. Witness the evening aarti ceremony, where prayers are led by priests while musicians play and flaming torches light up the sky. (B)

Day 16: Haridwar

See the ashrams of Rishikesh before taking the evening train to Delhi. Overnight at the Pride. (B)

Day 17: Fly home


Meal basis

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

Important information Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • RanjitVilas

    RanjitVilas is an authentic family run Punjabi farmhouse on the outskirts of Amritsar. Its hospitality and design are deeply rooted in Punjabi heritage with beautiful handcrafted furnishings and architecture. Each of the 20 rooms and 2 suites are individually designed to reflect the heritage of the region, replete with period furniture and colourful artwork. The unique 'mobile kitchen', a four-wheeled rickshaw, moves around the dining area serving authentic and delicious Amritsari specialities. The hotel can also offer an array of authentic activities including village walks, marble playing, kite flying, cookery classes, turban tying and occasional Bhangra and Gidda performances. Features: 22 rooms, restaurant, swimming pool, daily activities, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities.

  • Pride Plaza Hotel Aerocity
    Pride Plaza Hotel Aerocity

    Pride Plaza Hotel offers a comfortable stay just 2.5 miles from Delhi International airport. Guests can enjoy an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and spa as well as modern amenities.Features: 385 rooms, swimming pool, restaurant and bar, spa, fitness centre, Wi-Fi.<br>Room amenities: Air-conditioning, minibar, television, hairdryer.

  • 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.

  • Haveli Hari Ganga
    Haveli Hari Ganga

    Located in the heart of the bazaars, Haveli Hari Ganga in Haridwar is a characterful heritage hotel with private access to the Ganges. Getting here is an experience in itself as the haveli's own rickshaws transport you the last few hundred metres through the colourful, bustling streets. The 20 rooms are simply furnished and some have direct access to the communal terraces and seating areas. The pillared, central courtyard houses a small shrine and the haveli's atmosphere is enhanced by the traditional Indian music that is played here in the evenings. As Haridwar is a holy town, the multi cuisine buffet restaurant is strictly vegetarian with no meat or eggs, and no alcohol is served. The Haveli Hari Ganga does not serve alcohol.

  • Chonor House
    Chonor House

    Centrally located with easy access to various places of interest, Chonor House was designed and built by British architect David Porter. The eleven guest rooms are based on different themes created by Norbulingka artists. Facilities include a dining room, which serves traditional Tibetan cuisine and a souvenir shop selling products created by Norbulingka artists. This hotel must be regarded as simple and may not provide much by way of luxury, however we believe that this is more than compensated for by opportunity to stay in the unique atmosphere of Mcleod Ganj.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £3075 per person

High season from £3235 per person


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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

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Additional Information

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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

  • Delhi

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  • Amritsar

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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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  • Haridwar

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