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Luxury Amritsar’s Golden Temple, Dalai Lama & RishikeshIndia

From £3,399 per person for 10 nights
Combine the awe-inspiring Himalayan foothills with the Dalai Lama’s village home and the meditation capital of India, Rishikesh.

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Summary

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You’ll gain an exclusive insight into the life and landscapes of northern India on this luxury unique exploration of the remote Himalaya region. 

What makes this experience awesome:

  • Private holiday with personal guides & private transport included
  • Explore Amritsar’s Golden Temple, Sikhism’s holiest shrine
  • Witness the famous Beating Retreat ceremony at the India-Pakistan border
  • Visit the home of the Dalai Lama
  • Dine with descendants of the royal family at Shimla
  • Observe life in northern India through the windows of Shimla’s charmingly eccentric ‘toy train’
  • Relax in Rishikesh with the stunning Himalayas as a backdrop


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Touch down in Amritsar to a traditional welcome of marigold garlands and head out on a private trip to the stunning Golden Temple, the holiest shrine in the Sikh faith. From Amritsar you’ll head up to Dharamshala, perched in the foothills of the Himalayas. Soak up the atmosphere as you wander amongst red-robed monks, craft stalls and temples housing relics rescued from the Cultural Revolution. While you're here, we can even assist with an application for a private audience with the Dalai Lama (appointments cannot be guaranteed).


ToyTrain


Your next destination is the charming heritage village of Pragpur which is well situated for exploring the Kangra Valley before you make for Shimla, to explore the charming, traffic-free old town and sit down to a very special dinner with the descendants of the royal family of Balsan. There’s time for a ride on the famous ‘toy train’ to Kalka, one of the most scenic and evocative railway journeys in the world, before rounding off your trip in relaxed Rishikesh, set in the foothills of the sacred Himalayas. 


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The Beatles came here in the 60's to learn meditative practice – writing many songs at the Maharishi Mahesh ashram – and it has been a hub for spiritual seekers ever since. Our hotel has been chosen for its proximity to nature – and is an excellent places to find calm after a busy week of sightseeing. It offers yoga and meditation, but we’ve left this part of the trip free of organised activities, meaning you can be as relaxed or as active as you want to be. 


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



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Full Itinerary

Itinerary

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To get our mini brochure for this holiday please click here, and we will email you a PDF copy.


Day One: Welcome to India

A traditional greeting of marigold garlands welcomes you at the airport, followed by a private transfer to your luxury 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

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

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

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. ago. The ornate Radha-Krsna temple he built here is brightly painted with beautiful murals and surrounded by woodland. Finally, continue to your home for the night, the carefully preserved heritage village of Pragpur, with its cobbled streets and mud houses. 

Overnight in Pragpur

Deluxe - Judges Court

Meals included: Breakfast

Billing Valley


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

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

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 and transferred to an airport hotel for the night, ready for your flight to Dehradun in the morning. 

Overnight in Delhi

Deluxe - Holiday Inn AeroCity

Meals included: Breakfast; dinner

Toy Train


Day Eight: To the Himalayas

After breakfast, you will be transferred by private taxi to the airport, to board your onward flight to Dehradun, the gateway to the Indian Himalayas. On arrival you'll be transferred to your hotel in Rishikesh, and have the rest of the day at leisure to settle in to the wondrous natural setting.

Overnight in Rishikesh

Deluxe - Ananda in the Himalayas

Meals included: Breakfast


Day Nine & Ten: Time to Relax

The next two days are at your leisure, and can be as active or as relaxed as you want them to be. Your hotels provides a variety of activities and facilities; from adrenalin-fuelled white water rafting and wildlife safaris to calming yoga classes and spa treatments (see below for more specific details). 

Overnight in Rishikesh

Deluxe - Ananda in the Himalayas

Meals included: Breakfast


Day Eleven

After a final breakfast, you'll transfer back to Dehradun Airport for your flight to Delhi, where your experience ends. 

Meals included: Breakfast


Overall meals included: 11 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


SUITABILITY FOR FAMILIES : Suitable for families with adult kids.


If you intend to travel solo, contact us on 0208 432 0885


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). 


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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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