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Journey through the Himalayan Foothills

Private Travel | General Interest 13 Days & 11 Nights Lead-in price: £2475 Current prices from: £2475

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 - average 12 people (maximum 18)
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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 (or similar) 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). Extravagantly lit at night, the glistening temple leaves a mesmerising reflection in the large water tanks which surround the sanctum. Every evening, drums and hymns fill the air for the Palki Sahib ceremony, adding to the allure and grandeur of the temple. (N)

Day 3: Amritsar - Wagah

Revisit the Golden Temple this morning and delve deeper inside the complex to discover the community kitchen called Langar. This humbling assembly provides more than 50,000 free meals each day to visitors of the temple who come from all walks of life. 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)

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. The evening is free to explore McLeod Ganj 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: Masroor - 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

Pragpur is an idyllic base from which to explore the Kangra Valley and the day is yours to explore at your own pace. Why not take a leisurely walk in the beautiful countryside or explore one of the charming markets. There are also ample opportunities for fishing, bicycle rides or bird watching. Alternatively, visit one of the surrounding villages, like Garli 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

This morning visit the surreal Rock Garden before boarding the train to Delhi (4 hours). 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.

Important information

Itinerary: The order of the visits may change due to national holidays and museum opening times.

Standard tour: This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.

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. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Standard private tour accommodation

  • Wildflower Hall
    Wildflower Hall

    The Oberoi Group's elegant resort is situated approximately 8,250 feet above sea level. The hotel is constructed upon the former residence of Lord Kitchener of Khartoum and overlooks magnificent mountain ranges, beautiful valleys and dense pine forests. Wildflower Hall has 86 rooms and suites and is a perfect base from which to explore the Himalaya, Buddhist temples and historic Shimla. The world class Oberoi Spa at Wildflower Hall, has brought the resort into the top league of luxury destinations. The Oberoi Spa offers holistic treatments based on Ayurvedic, Asian and Western therapies to relax, rejuvenate and inspire. With tranquil views through lush green cedar and pine forests, the Spa Pavilions offer guests a peaceful haven in which to revitalise themselves both inside and out. Guests preferring an energizing workout instead may opt for The Fitness Centre where state-of-the-art cardiovascular and muscle training equipment ensures a full body, intense workout.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Maidens Hotel
    Maidens Hotel

    Built in 1903, the Maidens Hotel is a jewel of colonial architecture set within three hectares of emerald-green lawns and has retained its old-world charm through the years. The hotel is conveniently located 24km from the airport and 10km from Connaught Place, Delhi's main shopping and commercial centre. Rooms are spacious and well-appointed, featuring all the amenities of a modern international hotel.

  • 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.

Standard private tour extensions

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Dates & prices

HTF2021

Guideline Prices

Low season from £2695 per person

High season from £2795 per person

 

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

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.

 
  • • 3- & 4-star accommodation
    • Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
    • Average group size - 12 people (max 18)
    • International flights with British Airways
    • Internal flights in India
    • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
    • Travel outside Delhi by Toyota Crysta and Tempo Traveller
    • Express train travel in airconditioned executive class
    • Experienced local tour manager
    • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
    • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
    • Porterage at airports & stations

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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