Plenty of memory cards and spare camera batteries are required here- the mainly mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh north of Delhi is blessed with some of India’s most photogenic scenery, as well as friendly, smiling locals, historic towns and villages and more besides. The distances covered in Himachal are never huge, but the landscape is always changing, and there are plenty of subtle differences in the culture and religion as you move around the state. Plenty of time is set aside in this itinerary for walking, be it in small villages or across hill and mountainsides.
Delhi: Chandani Chowk, president House, Rajpath, India Gate, Jama Majid, Red Fort
Amritsar: Wagha Border, Golden temple, Jaliawala Bagh
Dalhausi: Visit Khajjiar
Chamba: Bharmaur (84 ancient temples)
Dharamshala: Dalailama Monastery, Museum
Palampur: Baijnath Temple, tea plantation
Shimla: Naldhera, Kufri, Lakkar Bazaar ,Gaiety Theatre
Welcome to India- a country where hospitality is a way of life ; to a culture steeped in tradition, a land where history lives in music and dance. You will be received at the airport in a traditional manner with garlands and proceed to your hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast check-out from hotel transfer to New Delhi railway station to board train to Amritsar Shatabdi. Arrive Amritsar and transfer to the hotel.In the afternoon proceed to 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.
Drive back to the hotel for overnight stay.
Morning after breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Golden Temple and Jaliyanwala Bagh.The Golden Temple is the most exalted of all Sikh shrines, drawing pilgrims from near and far for centuries. Later on visit Jaliyanwala Bagh, next to the golden Temple. A historical monument that tells the sad story of mass killing during the independence movement in India, Jaliyanwala Bagh is another must visit in Amritsar. Here lies the memorial of the martyrs of the 1919 massacre by British General Dyer. Presently the place also has a park.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Morning after breakfast drive down to Dalhausie.On arrival check-into hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay in hotel.
Morning transfer to Chamba. En route stop at Khajjiar. It’s a very beautiful meadow which is often referred as ‘Mini Switzerland of India’. Later drive to Chamba. On arrival check-in at hotel. Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Laxmi Narayan Temple complex and Bhuri Singh Museum. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast proceed for excursion to Bharmaur . Bharmaour is famous for its group of 84 ancient temples. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Morning after breakfast transfer to Dharamsala via Nurpur.Visit Krishna Temple at Nurpur.Continue drive to Dharamshala. Upon arrival at check-into hotel for overnight stay.
DHARAMSALA: Set against the backdrop of the majestic Dhauladhar mountains, is popular known as the seat of the Tibetan Government in exile. Nestled among the thick Conifer forests is the home of the 14th Dalai Lama, what is known as the upper-Dharamsala (McLeodgang) is know a thriving little Tibet.
Morning after breakfast proceed to The private Residence of the Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhist monastery and the museum which throws light on the rich heritage of the Tibetans.
After sightseeing return to hotel.
Afternoon free at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Morning after breakfast drive to Mandi via Palampur. Enroute visit tea plantation at Palampur and Baijnath Temple. Upon arrival check-into hotel for overnight stay.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Morning after breakfast drive to Shimala. On arrival check-in at the hotel for overnight stay.
Morning proceed to visit Naldhera and Kufri. In the afternoon explore the main market of Shimla while walking over the RIDGE which is the large open space in the heart of town presents excellent view of the mountain ranges.
THE MALL: Main shopping centre of Shimla with restaurants. The Gaiety Theatre, which is a reproduction of an old British theatre, is a center of cultural activities Lakkar Bazaar adjacent to the Ridge is popular for its wood crafts and souvenirs.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Morning after breakfast transfer to Chandigarh railway station to board Shatabdi Exp to Delhi.
Met upon arrival at Delhi railway station and transfer to hotel for overnight
After relaxed breakfast we will take you for a Heritage Walk through the narrow lanes of Old Delhi. Your walk leader would be your guide who would unfold the colorful history of Old Delhi which goes back thousands of years. Walk from Chandani Chowk—Silver Square (Once the centre of Delhi), to the various places of interest- just as the Royal Mughals would have done centuries ago. To name a few are Maulana Azad Tomb, Jama Masjid- India ’s largest mosque, Dariba Kalan (The Silver Bazaar), Kinari Bazaar, Paranthawalla Gali…
Evening departure transfer to airport to board flight to onward destination.