See the Sites – Visit the Golden Temple and Dharamsala

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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.

The Himalaya Trail

  • Price: From £1,995 Per Person (Based on Two Persons Minimum, Twin/Double Room)

Day 1: UK to Delhi

Depart London Heathrow or your regional airport.

Day 2: Delhi

Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel. You can then relax and overcome jetlag during the rest of the day.

Day 3: Delhi to Kalka

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)

Day 4: Simla

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)

Day 5: Simla

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)

Day 6: Simla to Pragpur

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)

Day 7: Pragpur to Dharamasala

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)

Day 8: Dharamasala

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 9: Dharamasala

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: Dharamasala to Amritsar

Day 10 involves a five-six hour drive to Amritsar. In the early evening, visit Wagah Border to watch the Border Retreat Ceremony. (B)

Day 11: Amritsar

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)

DAY 12: Amritsar to Delhi

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)

Day 13: Delhi to UK

Transfer to an airport for a flight back to UK, arriving later the same day. (B)

Please Note: B = Breakfast at Hotel

What’s Included

  • International Flights in Economy Class
  • Domestic Flight in Economy Class
  • Airport Taxes
  • Accommodation In 3 and 4-Star Character Hotels
  • Train Tickets
  • Meals as Shown
  • All Transfers and Sightseeing Programmes as Shown
  • Entrance Fees
  • Services of English-Speaking Local Guides

What's Not Included

  • Indian Entry Visas
  • Drinks
  • Early or Late Hotel Check-In/Check-Out
  • Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips
  • Items Not Mentioned

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