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Golden Temple and the Himalayas

Off-beat small group tour to Amritsar and Dharamshala

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Group Tour 11 days from £1139 per person

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  Places Visited: Amritsar, Dharamsala, Pragpur, Shimla, Delhi

This interesting, off-the-beaten track group tour of North West India invites you to the impressive Golden Temple, situated in a shimmering manmade lake in the frontier town of Amritsar.

Driving into neighbouring Himachal Pradesh towards Buddhist country, take in the picturesque scenery of Dharamsala as you visit McLeod Ganj, the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Travel onward to the Kangra Valley that houses delightful villages, more Hindu and Buddhist temples and a quaint mountain railway. Spend the last few nights in Shimla, the summer capital of the British Raj.

Holiday Types

Cultural Holidays

 

Travel Arrangements

  • Group Size 4-16 people
  • Internal Travel Air-conditioned vehicles
  • Accompanying Guide English-speaking accompanying guide throughout
  • Accommodation 13 nights
  • Meal Plan Breakfast daily, lunch on days 2, 4, 5, 8, 9 & 11, dinner on days 1 & 11

 

Itinerary for Golden Temple and the Himalayas

Day 1
Amritsar

You'll be met on arrival in Amritsar and transferred to The Holiday Inn or similar for two nights. The rest of the day is free for relaxation with a welcome dinner this evening.

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Day 2
Amritsar

A full day of sightseeing starts with a morning walk through the bustling lanes of the old city followed by a visit to the poignant site of Jallianwala Bagh. Visit the majestic Golden Temple complex, one of the holiest shrines of the Sikh faith. Take part in the communal lunch (langar) where thousands are fed for free every day. In the afternoon drive to the Wagah border to see the indulgent joint ‘retreat’ ceremony of the Indian and Pakistani guard.

Day 3
Amritsar, Dharamsala

Heading north, leave the plains of the Punjab and reach the town of Dharamsala (4-5 hours), the current residence of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, in the foothills of the Himalaya. Stay for two nights at Clouds End Villa or similar with spectacular views of the Dhauladhar mountain range. In the afternoon visit the nearby Norbulingka Institute, built in the style of the Dalai Lama’s former summer residence in Lhasa (Tibet).

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Day 4
Dharamsala

A morning sightseeing tour through the Tibetan Buddhist enclave of Mcleodganj with visits to the Namgyal Monastery, the Kalachakra Temple and the Bhagsunath temple. In the afternoon, relax in one of the many inviting cafes or explore some of the smaller local monasteries.

Day 5
Dharamsala, Pragpur

Drive down to the heritage village of Pragpur (2.5 hours) with the option of a ride on the Kangra heritage railway line. Two nights are spent at the Judges Court Residence.

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Day 6
Pragpur

Enjoy a walk through Pragpur’s intriguing medieval narrow stone-cobbled streets. A picnic lunch is followed by a visit to a Tea Plantation in the afternoon.

Day 7
Pragpur, Shimla

Leaving Pragpur, drive through picturesque countryside ending with a steep and spectacular climb through the Shivalik Hills to the hill station of Shimla (4-5 hours). Two nights are spent at the Clarkes Hotel.

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Day 8
Shimla

The morning’s sightseeing tour of Shimla includes a visit to the Vice Regal Lodge, Mock Tudor Library and, Jakhu Temple as well as a walk down the busy Mall Road to see the Gaiety Theatre and Christ Church. In the afternoon take a ride on the affectionately named ‘toy train’ to Kandaghat.

Day 9
Shimla

Day at leisure, with a option to play golf at the picturesque 18 hole, par 68, Naldehra Golf Course.

Day 10
Shimla, Delhi

Drive down to Kalka (2 ½ hours) for the express train back to Delhi, staying overnight at The Park hotel or similar.

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Day 11
Delhi

Transfer to the airport for your onwards flight.

Group Tour 11 days from £1139 per person


What's included


✓   13 nights accommodation
✓   All internal transportation and transfers
✓   English-speaking accompanying guide throughout
✓   Breakfast daily, lunch on days 2, 4, 5, 8, 9 & 11, dinner on days 1 & 11
✓   Entrance fees to sites and monuments listed in tour itinerary

Holiday Extensions for this tour

Golden Temple and the Himalayas - Ananda in the Himalayas

5 days, 4 nights from £1469 per person

Single supplement £ 769 per person
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Day 10
Shimla, Rishikesh

Drive to the holy town of Rishikesh (6-7 hrs). Stay three nights at the Ananda in the Himalayas, a deluxe resort and spa, especially known for its yoga and Ayurveda.

Day 11 & 12
Rishikesh

At leisure.

Day 13
Rishikesh, Delhi

Journey back by train to Delhi for an overnight stay at The Park Hotel.

Day 14
Delhi

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

2019 tour prices for Golden Temple and the Himalayas

DEPARTURE DATE PRICE PER PERSON SINGLE ROOM supplement AVAILABILITY
Fri 08 Feb 2019 £1349 £599 Good
Wed 13 Mar 2019 £1409 £599 Good
Fri 05 Apr 2019 £1198 £559 Good
Fri 19 Apr 2019 £1198 £559 Good

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