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15 day tour from £2695
group (no more than 12 people) or private tour
Situated in the middle of a man-made lake the shimmering Golden Temple is the most important pilgrimage centre for Sikhs. Guarded by towering lance-bearing men with flowing beards, the temple is open to people of all faiths. The daily "retreat" at the border with Pakistan, with competing parade by uniformed men from both sides, is worth witnessing. After the robust lifestyle of the Panjab the scene shifts to the mountains.
McLeodgunj, the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, has beautiful monasteries and a government in exile; the Kangra Valley houses some delightful heritage properties; Shimla, the summer capital of the “Raj”, has pleasant days and nippy evening; finally to Haridwar, on the banks of the Holy Ganges, staying in the charming “haveli” of the royal family of Pilibhit.
The chance of a predawn visit to see the installation of the Holy Granth in Amritsar; or the early morning Kora Walk in Dharamsala to the sonorous chanting of lamas; or the melodious singing at the evening Aarti in Rishikesh, culminating in oil lit “diyas” floating down the river – offers you the very essence of India.
You travel by yourself on a departure date of your choice.
Internal travel is a combination of road and train travel.
The international flights are on direct non-stop services of Jet Airways or similar to Delhi with a connection to Amritsar.
Group size: No more than 12
Meal Plan: Bed & breakfast
Season: Mid-September to mid-June (mid-winter is very cold).
Clothes: Light to heavy woollens.
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