Experience a wonderful trip through the southernmost Himalayas combined with the delightful hill station of Dharamsala and adjacent McLeod Gang – home to the Dalai Lama and a large community of Tibetans. Chandi Devi Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Wagah Border, Palampur, etc. are major attractions here!
DAY01: Arrival and welcome
Arrive at the International Airport in Delhi.
After the traditional welcome, transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
DAY02: Delhi – Haridwar (220 km, 6 h)
After delicious breakfast, we leave for Haridwar. On arrival in Haridwar, check into the hotel. We will leave for a sightseeing tour of Haridwar. Sightseeing tour begins with the visit of ashram and temples. Following are the temples to be visited: Mansa Devi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Daksha Mahadev Temple, Sapta Rishi Temple, and Ramanand Ashram. In the evening, we will walk down to Har ki Pauri to attend the famous Ganga Aarti. Thousand of Indian come to attend this ceremony every day.
DAY03: Haridwar – Rishikesh (20 km, 40 m)
Head to Rishikesh situated in the laps of lower Himalayas and offers scenic beauty of the hills on three sides along with Holy Ganga flowing through it. This place is also known as the capital of Yoga and Meditation. On arrival, transfer to the hotel.
Proceed for the sightseeing tour of the holy town. We will visit Lakshman Jhula, Ram Jhula- an iron suspension bridge over the holy river Gange, Gita Bhawan. In the evening visit Triveni Ghat to view the holy Ganges Aarti. These sacred ghats are used for the bath by most of the pilgrims.
DAY04: Rishikesh – Chandigarh (210 km, 6 h)
After breakfast, we drive to Chandigarh, a town designed by Le Corbusier. He was appointed Architectural Advisor to the city in 1950 after independence. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel.
Visit the famous Rock Garden which includes over 1,400 sculpted figures. Explore the Garden of Roses, garden with 1600 varieties of roses and we will visit the Museum and the Art Gallery.
DAY05: Chandigarh – Amritsar (235 km, 4 h)
After delicious breakfast, we leave for Amritsar.
On arrival, transfer to hotel. Late afternoon, visit the temple of Gold complex, the jewel of the Sikh religion and nerve center of the old city. Today it is a high place of pilgrimage.
DAY06: Full day exploration
Visit the Golden Temple where we see an immense flow of devotees and stroll around the sacred basin and discover huge common kitchens devoted to pilgrims of all religions. Head towards Jallianwala Bagh - the site where marks of bullets on the wall still reminds the struggle of independence during British Raj. Continuing with sightseeing of the palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Evening, we drive to Wagah Border to witness Flag Retreat Ceremony. This ceremony is alternatively a symbol of the two countries' rivalry, as well as brotherhood and cooperation between the two nations. Later, we drive back and transfer to the hotel.
DAY07: Amritsar - McLeod Ganj (210 km, 4 h)
Drive into the foothills of the Himalaya towards Dharamshala and the Tibetan Buddhist settlement of McLeod Ganj. Upon arrival in Dharamsala, transfer to McLeod Ganj and check into our hotel. The evening is free to explore the local bazaar of this beautiful town.
DAY08: Full day exploration
Complete day to understand Tibetan Buddhism and the situation of exiled Tibetans: the residence and monastery of the Dalai Lama (now Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama),
Visit the Norbulingka Institute and its a museum. This museum of Tibetan art is quite exciting and seeks to promote the study and representation of the Tibetan performing arts in order to preserve it. We will have the opportunity to meet the monks.
DAY09: Mcleod Ganj – Andretta (50 km, 1 h, 40 m)
Drive to Andretta. Visit a studio to see the potters working and selling their wares. Stay overnight at a restored private house.
DAY10: Andretta – Pragpur (80km 2h 30m)
Drive down to the town of Palampur, which is surrounded by tea gardens - making it the tea capital of northwest India.
Upon arrival, we visit the tea gardens and see the processes involved in its production followed by lunch in Palampur. This hill station is not only known for its numerous tea gardens and paddy fields but also for its colonial architecture and temples.
In the afternoon, we continue by road to Pragpur, a World Heritage Village, where we check into our accommodation in the ‘Judges Court’. This lovingly restored 300-year-old manor house and the associated cottage is set in its own gardens and has an ambiance reminiscent of the days of the Raj.
DAY11: Pragpur – Shimla (200 km, 6 h)
Leave for Shimla. Pass through beautiful landscapes on orchards and snow-capped peaks. Late afternoon, we arrive in Shimla and check-in hotel. In the evening, we explore the local market.
DAY12: Full day exploration
In the morning, stroll on the mall road where we can admire the Christ Church on the Ridge in a very British style. We also observe the old buildings that border the Ridge. See the Temple of Jakhu dedicated to the monkey god: Hanuman.
The evening is free to explore the local market.
DAY13: Shimla – Kalka by train
Kalka – Delhi
Transfer to the railway station to board the 'Toy Train'. This train passes by beautiful landscape and offers you sceneries to capture in Camera.On arrival at Kalka Railway station, we board the next train departing to Delhi. On arrival, we would be received by the representative and transfer to the hotel.
Check-out from the hotel and transfer to the international airport or any point of convenience for onward journey to respective countries.
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Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.