Amritsar and Shimla


13 Days / 12 Nights

AMRITSAR

Amritsar, in north-west India, is a vibrant and friendly city. It is most famous for the spectacular Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion. Sacked by the Afghans in 1761, the shrine was rebuilt by the Sikhs’ greatest secular leader, Maharajah Ranjit Singh. He donated the gold top, believed to be gilded with 100kg of pure gold, which gave it the name Swarn Mandir, or Golden Temple. On average 75,000 people a day eat for free from the temple’s kitchen, which is open 24 hours and serves simple but wholesome vegetarian food including traditional dal.

A short walk from the temple is the Jallianwala Bagh memorial, which commemorates the events of the 1919 massacre by the British. The carefully choreographed Sunset Retreat ceremony at the Wagah border, which separates India and Pakistan, is a quirky experience worth including.


SHIMLA

Situated in the north-western Himalaya and set amid evergreen forests and snow-capped peaks, the Indian hill station of Shimla was the summer capital of the British Raj. The Mall is Shimla’s main promenade. Here, stately colonial buildings rub shoulders with half-timbered houses, churches and other historic landmarks, as well as the city’s colourful market, Lakkar bazaar and the restored Gaiety theatre, once frequented by Rudyard Kipling. Shimla’s ornate Viceregal Lodge, built in 1888 by the British viceroy Lord Dufferin, houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies as well as a museum and beautifully laid out gardens.

At an altitude of 2,500 metres, our recommended hotel is Oberoi Wildflower Hall, located a picturesque 45-minute drive from Shimla and overlooking a magnificent vista of rugged mountains, snow-clad peaks, verdant meadows and cedar forests.

AMRITSAR

Amritsar, in north-west India, is a vibrant and friendly city. It is most famous for the spectacular Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion. Sacked by the Afghans in 1761, the shrine was rebuilt by the Sikhs’ greatest secular leader, Maharajah Ranjit Singh. He donated the gold top, believed to be gilded with 100kg of pure gold, which gave it the name Swarn Mandir, or Golden Temple. On average 75,000 people a day eat for free from the temple’s kitchen, which is open 24 hours and serves simple but wholesome vegetarian food including traditional dal.

A short walk from the temple is the Jallianwala Bagh memorial, which commemorates the events of the 1919 massacre by the British. The carefully choreographed Sunset Retreat ceremony at the Wagah border, which separates India and Pakistan, is a quirky experience worth including.

SHIMLA

Situated in the north-western Himalaya and set amid evergreen forests and snow-capped peaks, the Indian hill station of Shimla was the summer capital of the British Raj. The Mall is Shimla’s main promenade. Here, stately colonial buildings rub shoulders with half-timbered houses, churches and other historic landmarks, as well as the city’s colourful market, Lakkar bazaar and the restored Gaiety theatre, once frequented by Rudyard Kipling. Shimla’s ornate Viceregal Lodge, built in 1888 by the British viceroy Lord Dufferin, houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies as well as a museum and beautifully laid out gardens.

At an altitude of 2,500 metres, our recommended hotel is Oberoi Wildflower Hall, located a picturesque 45-minute drive from Shimla and overlooking a magnificent vista of rugged mountains, snow-clad peaks, verdant meadows and cedar forests.

ITINERARIES

Day 1: Fly to Amritsar via Delhi (N)
Day 2 Amritsar : Transfer to the RanjitVilas for 2 nights. Evening Palki ceremony. (N)
Day 3 Amritsar : Morning visit to the Golden Temple. Late afternoon witness the Wagah border-closing ceremony. (B)
Day 4 Shimla : Travel by train to Chandigarh before taking the renowned toy train for the picturesque ride to the summer capital of the British Raj. Spend 2 nights at the Oberoi Cecil. (B)
Day 5 Shimla : Visit the Gaiety theatre where Rudyard Kipling trod the boards, the historic Mall and the Viceregal Lodge. (B)
Day 6 Train to Delhi : Drive to Chandigarh and visit the Rock Garden before boarding the train to Delhi. Spend 2 nights at the Oberoi Maidens. (B)
Day 7 Delhi : Sightseeing in Old and New Delhi. (B)
Day 8 Agra : Train to Agra for an overnight stay in the Trident. Visit Agra fort and see the sunset at the Taj Mahal. (B)
Day 9 Jaipur : Travel to Jaipur visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route. Spend 2 nights at Shahpura House. (B)
Day 10 Jaipur : Explore Amber fort, the City Palace and Jantar Mantar observatory. (B)
Day 11 Patan : Travel to the heritage hotel Patan Mahal for an overnight stay. Explore the local village, nearby stepwell or Badal Mahal palace, and relax by the pool. (B)
Day 12 Delhi : Morning at leisure. In the afternoon, drive to Delhi for an overnight stay at the Holiday Inn Aerocity. (B)
Day 13 : Fly home (B)
 

Day 1: Fly to Amritsar via Delhi (N)

Day 2 : Amritsar
Transfer to the RanjitVilas for 2 nights. Evening Palki ceremony. (N)

Day 3 : Amritsar
Morning visit to the Golden Temple. Late afternoon witness the Wagah border-closing ceremony. (B)

Day 4 : Shimla
Travel by train to Chandigarh before taking the renowned toy train for the picturesque ride to the summer capital of the British Raj. Spend 2 nights at the Oberoi Cecil. (B)

Day 5 : Shimla
Visit the Gaiety theatre where Rudyard Kipling trod the boards, the historic Mall and the Viceregal Lodge. (B)

Day 6 : Train to Delhi
Drive to Chandigarh and visit the Rock Garden before boarding the train to Delhi. Spend 2 nights at the Oberoi Maidens. (B)

Day 7 : Delhi
Sightseeing in Old and New Delhi. (B)

Day 8 : Agra
Train to Agra for an overnight stay in the Trident. Visit Agra fort and see the sunset at the Taj Mahal.(B)

Day 9 : Jaipur
Travel to Jaipur visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route. Spend 2 nights at Shahpura House. (B)

Day 10 : Jaipur
Explore Amber fort, the City Palace and Jantar Mantar observatory. (B)

Day 11 : Patan
Travel to the heritage hotel Patan Mahal for an overnight stay. Explore the local village, nearby stepwell or Badal Mahal palace, and relax by the pool. (B)

Day 12 : Delhi
Morning at leisure. In the afternoon, drive to Delhi for an overnight stay at the Holiday Inn Aerocity. (B)

Day 13 : Fly home (B)