12 days
Duration
Year round – private tours
Dates
India
Destination

Enchanting Himachal & Punjab

This tour will take you through diverse and wonderful landscapes of India from Himachal to Punjab. This is also a pilgrimage through many sacred places, with a highlight on the magnificent Golden Temple and Tibetan monasteries of Dharamshala – a home to Dalai Lama. Delhi – the capital of India opens this pilgrimage.  No city in India has such a long and rich history as Delhi This wonderful city has a lot to offer to its visitors – famous forts, towers, mosques, temples, churches, museums, marketplaces. You’ll visit Birla Temple, one of the major temples and landmarks, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib – an important historical and religious site. We also offer you a shopping in Khan Market. It’s one of the most exclusive marketplaces of Delhi and has a wide variety of stores. You’ll learn the cooking methods of North Indian delicacies at Indian Family Home. Your next stop is Amritsar, the second largest city of the Punjab state. The main attraction of Amritsar is the Golden Temple, spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikh religion. Within this temple is the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs.

Another sacred place is Dharamshala, known as a home of Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile. You’ll also visit the Kangra State Museum. It displays the artifacts that date back to the 5th century. We have prepared one of most impressive visits – Taragarh Palace, situated by forests, surrounded by tea gardens of the Kangra valley, it’s one of most scenic and unexplored areas of Himachal. Afterwards, you’ll go to Shimla, the capital of Himachal for a sightseeing tour around this picturesque city, also known as the ‘Queen of the hills’.

Our Himachal and Punjab tour is a great opportunity to enjoy the luxurious natural beauties, hill stations and sacred temples of Northern India.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONFlights available on request – please contact us for a quote including flights
DEPARTURE TIME TBA
INCLUDED11 Nights accommodation at the hotels mentioned based on Twin/Double Sharing as per hotels mentioned.
Meal Plan as stated above; [BB: Bed & Breakfast],
Evening visit to Golden Temple in Amritsar to witness Palki Sahib ceremony
Half day sightseeing tour of Amritsar and excursion to Wagah Border
Half day sightseeing tour of Dharamsala
Half day sightseeing tour of Shimla including toy train ride from Shimla to Taradevi
Train fare in non-air-conditioned chair car class for Shimla– Taradevi sector
Train fare in air-conditioned Executive chair car class for Chandigarh-Delhi sector
All transfers, sightseeing and excursions as per itinerary will be by an air-conditioned Innova car or [similar]
All taxes, parking fee, entrances, fuel charges, interstate taxes, and porterage at all airports;
Services of English speaking local guide for sightseeing tours as per the itinerary
Spirit Journeys representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers with meet and assist
All currently applicable taxes;
NOT INCLUDEDExpenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone / fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera / video camera fee at all monuments, medical expenses, airport departure taxes, etc.;
Meals other than those specified above;
Any insurance;
India Visa
International air-fare;
Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions;

Additional information

LocationIndia
Single supplementFor single prices please contact us for a quote – tour based on 2 people travelling
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Day 01: ARRIVE DELHI

Company representatives cannot come into the baggage collection area. After you collect your luggage and pass through customs, please make your way towards the exit of the terminal building where a Spirit Journeys representative will be waiting to greet you with a paging board with your name on. Please note that the crowds can be enormous and it is possible that you may not spot our representative, despite their making every effort to be as visible as possible, so please keep an eye out for them. A representative will transfer you to the airport hotel and give you the documents. In the afternoon, you will be at leisure.Optional tours that can be booked and paid locally.

Optional tour we offer: Birla Temple, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Shopping in Khan Market, Visit to an Indian Family Home to learn the nuances of North Indian cooking

Overnight: Claridges, Delhi [Claridges Room with Breakfast]

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Day 02: DELHI – AMRITSAR

After breakfast transfer to airport for flight to Amritsar.

Flight AI 114:
Departs Delhi 12:05
Arrives Amritsar 13:15

Note: Baggage allowance in AI 114 is 25 Kg per person.

On arrival a representative will meet you and transfer to the hotel. In the evening, enjoy Palki ceremony in the Golden Temple.

Overnight: Hyatt, Amritsar [Hyatt Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

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Day 03: AMRITSAR

After breakfast, enjoy full day guided tour of Amritsar. Visit the Golden Temple, the spiritual nerve-centre of the Sikh faith. Later, go to the historic Jallianwala Bagh,then admire the beautiful Ram Bagh Gardens. In the afternoon, witness the charming spectacle – change of guard ceremony between Indian and Pakistan armies at Wagah border.

Overnight: Hyatt, Amritsar [Hyatt Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

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Day 4: AMRITSAR – PRAGPUR

Breakfast is at the Hotel. After breakfast, you will drive to Pragpur (Approx. 184 Kms: 4.5 Hrs). On arrival, you will check in at your Hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight is at Hotel Judges Court, Pragpur [Deluxe Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

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Day 05: PRAGPUR – DHARAMSHALA

After breakfast, drive to Dharamshala (approx. 75 Kms: 1.5 Hrs). On arrival, check in at your Hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Chonor House, Dharamshala [Superior Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

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Day 06: DHARAMSHALA

After breakfast, enjoy  a full day guided tour of the town. Prepare to be dazzled – visit Dalai Lama Temple – the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in McLeodganj. Besides the Dalai Lama’s living quarters, the complex also includes offices of the government in exile. Later, go to Kangra State Museum, a treasure trove of the Kangra valley’s arts, crafts, and rich past, displays artifacts that date back to the 5th century. The museum also includes a gallery of Kangra’s famous miniature paintings and a representative collection of sculptures, pottery, anthropological items and copies of some paintings by 20th century Russian artist Nicholas Roerich. Evening free to explore Mc Leodganj on own – originally home of the semi-nomadic Gaddi tribe.

Overnight: Chonor House, Dharamshala [Superior Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

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Day 07: DHARAMSHALA – PALAMPUR

After breakfast, drive to Taragarh (approx. 55 Kms – 2 Hrs). On arrival, check in at Taragarh Palace, surrounded by tea gardens of the Kangra valley, one of the most scenic and unexplored areas of Himachal Pradesh.  In the evening, you will be at leisure. You can explore the Tea Plantation closer to your hotel (without guide).

Overnight: Hotel Taragarh Palace, Palampur [Superior Deluxe Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

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Day 8: PALAMPUR – SHIMLA

After breakfast, drive to Shimla (approx.195 Kms – 7.5 Hrs). On arrival, check in at your hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Oberoi Cecil, Shimla [Luxury Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

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Day 9: SHIMLA

Today, enjoy Toy Train ride from Shimla to Taradevi.

Train Himalayan Queen:
Departs Shimla 10:35
Arrives Taradevi 11:20

Later, drive back to Shimla for a half day sightseeing tour. Begin with a visit to the Viceregal Lodge. This  building is now used by Indian scholars and is called Institute for Advanced Studies. After the tour of this impressive building, wander through  Hindu Temple. After lunch, enjoy a leisurely stroll, back along the Mall to Scandal Point. En route, have a quick look inside the Gaiety Theatre, or alternatively find a spot for refreshments whilst viewing snow-capped Himalayan peaks if weather is clear. In the evening, you are at leisure to explore on own.

Overnight: Hotel Oberoi Cecil, Shimla [Luxury Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

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Day 10: SHIMLA

After breakfast, spend time at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Oberoi Cecil, Shimla [Luxury Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

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Day 11: SHIMLA – CHANDIGARH – DELHI

Tea/Coffee will be at the hotel (We would arrange packed breakfast)Next,  drive to Chandigarh railway station (approx. 120 Kms –04.5 Hrs) to connect with your train to Delhi.

Train Chandigarh Shatabdi:
Departs Chandigarh 12:00
Arrives Delhi 15:20

Note: Above train does not operate on Sundays.

On arrival at Chandigarh railway station,  a representative will meet you and drive you  to Delhi (approx. 120 kms – 4 Hrs)On arrival at New Delhi railway station, our representative will transfer you  to the  Hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure (No Transportation).

Overnight: Holiday Inn Aerocity, Delhi [Deluxe Room with Breakfast & Dinner]

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Day 12: DEPART DELHI

After breakfast,take an organized transport  to Delhi international airport to board your flight to London.

Special Notes:

UK and EC citizens require a visa to visit India. You are responsible for obtaining these yourselves but we will of course provide any guidance or assistance you may require.
Hotel check-in & check-out time is usually 1200 Hrs except for Taj and Oberoi properties where check-in time is 1400 Hrs and check-out is at 1200 Hrs; Check in time at Marai beach Resort : 1500 Hrs and Check out : 1200 Hrs.
In case of any currency fluctuations or amendments to local Government taxes, or any fuel price rises, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly;
Any change in hotel or room category may attract a supplement or reduction in the tour cost.
Rate quoted above includes only those items as specified in the above inclusion column;
Effective 2nd October 2008, the Government has introduced “No-Smoking” legislation for hotels, restaurants and all public places. As a consequence, smoking is prohibited in all parts of the hotel except in designated bedrooms where smoking is permitted. The hotel has dedicated smoking guest bedrooms. Should you desire a smoking bedroom, please let us know. We shall try to reserve a smoking bedroom for you, subject to availability, should you need one.

For Security Reasons, it is mandatory to supply the following

  • Guest Residential
  • Address
  • Contact Numbers
  • Email
  • ID Nationality
  • Place of Work / Organization
  • Name
  • Designation
  • Photo Identity
  • Copy of passport
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