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Amritsar's Golden Temple, Shimla & The Dalai Lama India

From £1,199 per person for 6 nights
Adventure through the other-worldly villages and landscapes of the Himalayan foothills, taking in mountain-hugging colonial towns, empty pine forests, and ‘Little Lhasa’, the home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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Summary

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Gain an exclusive insight into the life and landscapes of northern India on this exploration of the remote Himalaya region. Discover the glittering splendour of Amritsar’s Golden Temple, hobnob with the descendants of local royalty near the old hill station of Shimla. 

What makes this experience awesome:

  • Private holiday with personal guides and private transport included
  • Explore Amritsar’s Golden Temple 
  • Visit the home of the Dalai Lama
  • Dine with descendants of the local royal family, near the old colonial capital of Shimla
  • Watch north Indian life through the windows of Shimla’s eccentrically charming toy train

You’ll get an exclusive insight into the life and landscapes of north India, on this exploration of the remote Himalaya region. It’s a place of sacred sites and perfectly-preserved colonial strongholds, as well as dramatic, snow-topped vistas. 

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If you would like to extend your experience and spend 4 days relaxing on the beach, check out our Explore India's Himalayas here!

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For UK Government travel advice on this destination see: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice


Prices for departures to 30th October include a 20% Pioneers Club discount and are subject to Pioneers Club terms & conditions. Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club.

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Full Itinerary

Itinerary

India

Day One: Welcome to India

A traditional greeting of marigold garlands welcomes you at the airport, followed by a private transfer to your hotel in Amritsar, one of the oldest cities in India. After checking in, you’ll be collected at 3.30pm for the journey to the village of Wagah, 17 miles away. At the only border crossing between India and Pakistan, you’ll witness the loud, lively Beating Retreat ceremony, a ritualistic display between soldiers from both countries. After this unique experience, you’ll return to Amritsar to take an evening stroll with your private guide to the Golden Temple, which glitters in its own man-made pool.

Overnight in Amritsar

Classic - Holiday Inn Amritsar

Premium - Hyatt Regency Amritsar

Deluxe - Taj Swarna

Meals included: None

Golden Temple


Day Two: Head for the Himalayas

After breakfast, a private car will take you the 145 miles to Dharamshala, a hill station on the spur of the Dhauladhar mountain range. On the journey, you’ll see the terrain slowly change from the fertile river beds of Punjab to the rocky foothills of the Himalayan mountains. After check in at your hotel, it’s time to explore beautiful Dharamshala, a town surrounded by oak and conifer trees, with snow-capped mountains hugging three of its sides and the Kangra valley stretching in front. Once a quiet, remote outpost, Upper Dharamshala became famous as ‘Little Lhasa in India’ when His Holiness the Dalai Lama, along with thousands of Tibetan refugees, fled to nearby McLeod Ganj during the Tibetan uprising of 1959.

Overnight in Dharamshala

Classic - Grace Hotel 

Premium - Fortune Moksha 

Deluxe - Chonor House 

Meals included: Breakfast

Mcleod Ganj


Day Three: Visit the Home of the Dalai Lama

A little outside Dharamsala, clinging to a hillside, the suburb of McLeod Ganj is home to the Dalai Lama and many Buddhist monks and nuns. You will have plenty of time to soak up the spiritual atmosphere of this laid-back village, where Tibetan craft stalls line narrow streets, and red-robed monks wander between burnished temples. If you would like an audience with the Dalai Lama, Awesome Experiences can assist you in applying for your own pre-arranged, private visit. *  Afterwards, walk through pine forest to Dharamsala’s evocative War Memorial. An early evening excursion will take you a little out of town to the Chamunda Devi Temple. Built more than 700 years ago, this temple sits 1,000m above sea level by the banks of the Ban Ganga river, with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. 

*Please note we will require visitor’s private audience request details well in advance. Meeting the Dalai Lama is solely controlled and managed by the Office of his Holiness the Dalai Lama. Please be advised, we will propose the visit and, should it be confirmed by the authority, we will let you know the additional cost. Please note that the last right of cancellation remains with them.

Overnight in Dharamshala

Classic - Grace Hotel 

Premium - Fortune Moksha 

Deluxe - Chonor House 

Meals included: Breakfast

Monks


Day Four: Pragpur

After breakfast, you'll take the two hour drive to the carefully preserved heritage village of Paragpur, with its cobbled streets and mud houses. The village is ideal for exploring the Kangra Valley, with many places of historic, religious and cultural importance.  

Later in the afternoon, visit Dada Siba, which was a small state whose ruling dynasty was an offshoot of the house of Kangra. Raja Ram Singh who ruled over the state about two hundred years ago was a man of refined taste. The location of his palace on the top of a hill and the Radha-Krsna temple built by him, seemed to indicate that he had a sense of beauty. 


Overnight in Pragpur

Classic, Premium and Deluxe - Judges Court 

Meals included: Breakfast



Day Five: Scenic Shimla

Travel from Pragpur to Shimla, on a 120-mile journey through the vibrant fields and remote villages of the lush Kangra Valley. Its cool climate and fantastic position across seven wooded hills led the British to name Shimla the summer capital of India. You’ll spend two nights exploring it. Today, there’s free time to wander its undulating roads and alleys (the colonial days are still in evidence, from the English street names and iron lamp posts). You’ll find a huge selection of shops and restaurants on the winding thoroughfare of The Mall, or walk to Scandal Point (supposedly named for the former Maharaja of Patiala's escapades), to view the distant snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas.

Overnight in Shimla

Classic - Sunnymead 

Premium - The Oberoi Cecil 

Deluxe - The Oberoi Wildflower Premier Valley View Rooms

Meals included: Breakfast

Shimla Valley


Day Six: Work Up an Appetite

With its climbing, pedestrianised streets, Shimla is best explored on foot. Our local partner will take you on a stroll through the heritage zone of the old town, to visit some of its grand colonial buildings, including Christ Church, the second oldest church in North India. The walk finishes at just before lunch, with the afternoon free – but don’t devote it to a long, lazy meal because, at 6.30pm, you’re invited to a slap-up dinner with descendants of the royal family of the state of Balsan, in their mansion in the hills north of Shimla.  Your host provides drinks from his personal bar, while his wife cooks a feast of local dishes for you to discover. Dinner is included in the price but drinks must be paid for locally by guests.

Overnight in Shimla

Classic - Sunnymead 

Premium - The Oberoi Cecil 

Deluxe - The Oberoi Wildflower Premier Valley View Rooms

Meals included: Breakfast; dinner

Shimla at Night


Day Seven: Toy Train to Delhi

After a last breakfast at the hotel, you’ll be taken to Shimla railway station to board the 10:30am ‘toy train’ (so called because of its small engine and tracks). This train chugs for 60 scenic miles to Kalka, past sweetly-scented pine forests and apricot orchards, stopping at stations busy with samosa sellers. Arrive at Kalka Station at 4:30pm, to transfer to the  superfast train to Delhi, which leaves at 5:45pm. Dinner will be served on board at no extra cost. You’ll arrive in New Delhi at 10:45pm, where you will be met for the one hour transfer to the airport, or hotel, where the experience ends. Please note: departure flight shouldn't be booked to depart Delhi until after 2am on Day Eight. We offer an option to stay at a Delhi airport hotel for a supplement.

Meals included: Breakfast; dinner

Toy Train


Overall meals included: 6 Breakfasts; 2 dinners


What's included:

  • Private English-speaking guides unless stated otherwise
  • Private transfers and train tickets unless stated otherwise
  • Meals as listed
  • Mandatory taxes and service fees

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from experience: call 0208 432 0885 for AX specially negotiated flight rates
  • Optional extras listed
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel and restaurant staff
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the holiday
  • We cannot guarantee the included hotel breakfast for early departures
  • Drinks during meals unless stated otherwise
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £600 per person and take approximately 11 hours outbound, 8.5 hours inbound depending on exact flight configurations and layover times. 

For this particular experience the best option is normally to book a multi-stop flight from London - Amritsar - New Delhi - London.

Experience start point: Amritsar (ATQ). Suggested arrival by 2pm.

End point: Delhi (DEL). The trip finishes late on day seven, and we suggest staying an extra night in Delhi (we can arrange this for a supplement). Please note: departure flight shouldn't be booked to depart Delhi until after 2am on Day Eight. 


Prices for departures to 30th October include a 20% Pioneers Club discount and are subject to Pioneers Club terms & conditions Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club.


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Optional Extras

To customise your experience, you can select any of these extras at an additional cost during the basket stage.

Extra night in Delhi Airport Hotel - Holiday Inn Aerocity

Spend an extra night at an airport hotel in Delhi so you can travel feeling rested and refreshed the next day.

Extra night in Delhi Airport Hotel - Pullman Aerocity

Spend an extra night at an airport hotel in Delhi so you can travel feeling rested and refreshed the next day.

Extra night in Delhi Airport Hotel - JW Marriott Aerocity

Spend an extra night at an airport hotel in Delhi so you can travel feeling rested and refreshed the next day.

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