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Golden Temples and Himalayas

Duration11 Days

Destinations - Delhi, Amritsar, Dharamsala, Manali, Shimla.

Day 01: - Arrive Delhi, India

Arrive at Delhi International Airport.

Delhi - Before visiting Golden Temple Amritsar you would be first visiting Delhi, a bustling metropolis and a city of 14 million inhabitants, is also India’s capital. A near perfect blend of the ancient and the modern, Delhi, consisting two parts Old & New Delhi, is a city with something for everyone. From Forts and monuments that are almost 500 years old, to modern shopping malls, nightclubs and golf courses, Delhi truly is India’s crown jewel.

Upon clearing Customs and Immigration, you are met by our representative who will present you with a welcome pack including all necessary documentation and arrange for your transfer to your hotel for check-in. No activity is scheduled today, since most of the International flights arrive into India close to midnight only. Overnight in Delhi.

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Day 02: Delhi - Amritsar

This morning you are collected from your hotel (Check-out at 0900 hrs.) for full day tour of Old and New Delhi.

The tour of the 17th-century old city includes the great mosque of Jama Masjid, The main street of Old Delhi is the colorful shopping bazaar known as Chandni Chowk ("Moonlit Street"). Red Fort, most spectacular pieces of mughal architecture, built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan between 1638 and 1648. Drive past Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi.

The tour of New Delhi includes Qutab Minar, one of the most popular landmarks in Delhi built in 1199. The Humayun's Tomb, the precursor of the Taj Mahal. Drive down the spectacular Rajpath ("the Kingsway,") passing the India Gate (the memorial built to commemorate the unknown soldiers,) the President's House, and the House of Parliament. Enjoy a brief respite from the otherwise bustling city at Birla Mandir, a modern and colourful Hindu temple.

The sightseeing tour is followed by a transfer to New Delhi railway station, to aboard Shatabdi Express to Amritsar (1630/2215 hrs.) for your Golden Temple Amritsar tour.

Amritsar: Amritsar, a large town in North western Punjab, bordering Pakistan, literally meaning "holy pool of nectar", is the home to the Harmandir Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple, considered the most important Sikh pilgrimage site.

Upon arrival you will be met and escorted to your hotel for check-in etc. Overnight at hotel..

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Day 03: Amritsar

This morning you are collected from your hotel for a half-day tour of Amritsar.

The tour includes a visit to The Golden Temple - which was founded by the fourth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Ramdas and completed by his successor Guru Arjan Dev. The Golden Temple, where Sikhs from all over the world come to pay their reverence to The Guru Granth Sahib and take a dip in the Amrit Saras Kund (Pool of Immortality) for spiritual purification is the major landmark of the place.

Your tour also includes a visit to the Jallian Wala Bagh - This place noted for its most notorious massacre under British rule. On 13 April 1919, pilgrims poured into Amritsar to celebrate the Baisakhi festival, a holiday in the Sikh calendar. This ground surrounded by high walls on all sides has only a narrow alley for access. General Dyer personally led the troops to the sight and ordered his men to open fire without any warning. It resulted in the death of 379 and injured more than 1200. At the east end of the garden there is a large memorial built in memory of those who died here.

Later this afternoon, visit to the Wagha Border - the international border between India and Pakistan. The pomp and pageantry of the Beating Retreat and the Change of Guard within handshaking distance of the Indian and Pakistani forces makes for a most charming spectacle.

Overnight at hotel.

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Day 04: Amritsar - Dharamsala

This morning you drive to Dharamsala (200 kms/05 hrs.).

Dharamsala Set against the backdrop of the dramatic Dhauladhar mountains, Dharamsala is perched on the high slopes in the upper reaches of Kangra Valley. Today, Dharamsala has become the synonymous to the Tibetan government in exile and the home of Tibetan leader Dalai Lama. Even though the Tibetan community dominates the town, it has still retained the colonial lifestyle and British fervour.

Dharamsala over looks the plains and is surrounded by dense pine trees and Deodar forests. A nearby snowline with numerous streams and cool healthy atmosphere makes the surroundings very attractive. Dharamsala is a busy bazaar town and has established itself as the travelers’ base camp, who comes to explore the nearby mountains.

Upon arrival in Dharamsala, check in to your hotel and rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 05: Dharamsala

Day at leisure to explore the city on your own. The important places to visit are the Dalai Lama's Monastery, a Tibetian village and handicraft centre, Bhagsunag and water fall and war memorial. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 06: Dharamsala - Manali

This morning you drive to Manali (265 kms/06 hrs.).

Manali – Situated at the northern end of the Kullu Valley, Manali has spectacular views of snowcapped peaks and wooded slopes. The Beas river rushes along its rocky course amid grassy meadows carpeted with wild flowers and wagtails hop along from stone to stone along the stream's edge. There are marvelous walks too, through dappled orchards and fairy-tale forests of deodar. Manali's major asset is its proximity to the snowline. It is a popular honeymoon destination and trailhead for numerous treks as well as a great countryside ideal for adventure sport lovers.

Upon arrival in Manali, check in to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 07: Manali

Day at leisure to explore the city on your own. The important places to visit are Hadimba temple, Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Manu Temple, Tibetan Temple etc. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 08: Manali – Shimla

This morning you drive to Shimla (260 kms/08 hrs).

Shimla – The British called Shimla the "Queen of Hill Stations". Situated in the north-West Himalayas and the capital of the mountainous state of Himachal, or the "abode of snow", Shimla was the summer capital of India before Independence. Covering an area of 18 sq km at a height of 7,238 ft, Shimla is surrounded by pine, deodar, oak and rhododendron forests. Inspite of its modernization, Shimla still retains a colonial flavour, and is one of Indian's most popular and biggest hill stations.

Upon arrival in Shimla, check-in to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 09: Shimla

Day at leisure to explore the city on your own. The important places to visit are Jakhu Temple, Sankat Mochan Temple and famous shopping place of Shimla town – The Mall & The Ridge. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 10: Shimla – Delhi

This morning drive back to Delhi (340 kms /8 hrs.). Alternatively, choose to take the picturesque Toy Train from Shimla to Kalka , a journey of a 100 kilometers , that takes just over four hours , and passes through quaint little towns and villages and over a hundred tunnels.

Upon arrival in Delhi check-in to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 11: Depart Delhi

Met by our representative and escorted from your hotel to the Delhi airport in time for your flight home.

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Package Rates

All prices are per person and in US Dollars -


Category of Hotels Valid from 16th April’2015 till 15th April’2015  
Superior USD 1455 Book Now
Deluxe USD 1603 Book Now

Note – * Small supplements may apply for travel between 15th November'2015 and 30th November'2015, 20th December'2015 and 05th January'2016 and during the month of February2016.

Cities Superior Deluxe
Delhi The Park The Claridges
Amritsar Ritz Plaza Hyatt Amritsar
Dharamsala Chonor House Chonor House
Manali Solang Valley Resort Solang Valley Resort
Shimla Oberoi Clarke's The Oberoi Cecil

Inclusions:-

#   Accommodation on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis at the selected category of hotels.
#   All arrival-departure transfers and land transportation exactly as per the itinerary using an aircon Car.
#  Sightseeing tours along with an English Speaking Guide and including entrance fee to monuments as mentioned above in the Itinerary. 

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