Explore the roots of some of the world’s major religions on this 13-day trip that concentrates on the western foothills of the Himalaya. Starting with the 'toy train' journey to the summer capital of ‘British India’, you’ll then visit the holy city of Amritsar and the Golden Temple. This trip also includes a visit to Dharamsala, home to the Dalai Lama.
Depart London Heathrow or your regional airport.
Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel. You can then relax and overcome jetlag during the rest of the day.
Enjoy the cultural and shopping delights of Delhi on this free day. In the evening, you’ll experience dinner in the local restaurant. You then transfer to New Delhi Railway station to board the evening train for your overnight journey to Kalka. (B)
On arrival at Kalka railway station, you connect to the famous steam locomotive ‘Toy Train’ to Simla. The magic of steam train travel hasn’t diminished with time, so climb aboard and see your world in a new way all over again! On arrival in Simla, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day. (B)
Enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Simla city, beginning with the impressive Viceregal Lodge. You’ll then visit the charming Gaiety theatre. After this, you’ll take a leisurely stroll back along the Mall, Shimla’s historic shopping and dining street, to Scandal Point. (B)
Head to the heritage village of Pragpur. You then have the evening to wander through the streets, meet the people, and enjoy the peace. (B)
Visit Dada Sibba temple, dedicated to Radha Krishna, which has a rich collection of Kangra Paintings. In the afternoon, take a drive to Dharamasala, home to the Dalai Lama and the exiled Tibetan community. (B)
Spend a half-day tour visiting the Norbulingka Institute, where you can see traditional arts and crafts of the region. You’ll also visit the Kangra State Museum. In the afternoon, visit the Dalai Lama Temple, Bhagsunag Temple, and the Church of St John in the Wilderness, built in 1852. You then have the evening free to explore the colourful McLeodganj market, a bustling bazaar since the 19th century. (B)
Day at leisure. Take an optional short trek to Naddi, stopping at Dal Lake, which is known for its religious water. Alternatively, a steep Triund trek is stunningly beautiful. (B)
Day 10 involves a five-six hour drive to Amritsar. In the early evening, visit Wagah Border to watch the Border Retreat Ceremony. (B)
Enjoy a guided visit to the Golden Temple, the most sacred temple for Sikhs. Visit the poignant Martyrs’ Memorial in Jallianwala Bagh, built in the shape of eternal flame of liberty, located on the outskirts of Golden Temple. In the evening, visit the Golden Temple to perform the evening Palki ceremony (Timing 22:00), when the Holy Book of the Sikhs is carried in a silver palanquin to the Akal Takht. (B)
After a leisurely morning, take a short flight to Delhi and arrive late in the evening. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to a hotel near an airport. (B)
Transfer to an airport for a flight back to UK, arriving later the same day. (B)
Please Note: B = Breakfast at Hotel
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