THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE & HIMALAYA


12 Days / 11 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.

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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.

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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.

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Day 1: Fly to Delhi (N)


Day 2: Delhi
Transfer to the Oberoi Maidens for 2 nights. (N)

Day 3: Delhi
Sightseeing of Old and New Delhi. (B)

Day 4: Amritsar
Take the train to Amritsar for 2 nights at RanjitVilas. Visit the Golden Temple for the evening Palki Sahib ceremony. (B, D)

Day 5: Amritsar
Explore local markets and temples on a heritage walk visiting the Jallianwala Bagh memorial. Head to the Indo-Pakistan border for the pomp of the Wagah border-closing ceremony. (B, D)

Day 6: Pragpur
Travel to Pragpur for 2 nights at the delightful Judges Court. (B, D)

Day 7: Pragpur
At leisure. Alternatively visit Kangra fort or hop on the scenic Kangra Valley Railway. (B, D)

Day 8: Dharamsala
Head to the home of the Tibetan Government in exile for 2 nights at the quirky Chonor House. Learn how to cook the local speciality, stuffed momos (dumplings). (B, D)

Days 9: Dharamsala
Morning walk through traditional Gaddi villages to Naddi with views of the Dhauladhar range. Later, visit McLeod Ganj with its Buddhist temples and markets. (B, D)

Days 10: Manali
Morning tour of the Norbulingka Institute before driving to Manali with views of Kullu valley en route. Stay 3 nights at ShivAdya Resort & Spa. (B, D)
Days 11-12: Manali
Discover the beauty of the area visiting Naggar, the Hadimba temple and Vashisht springs. (B)

Days 13: Shimla
Depart for the former summer capital of the British Raj, Shimla, and 2 nights at the Oberoi Cecil. (B)

Days 14: Shimla
Morning tour of the Mall and Viceregal Lodge. (B)

Days 15: Haridwar
Toy train to Solan before driving to Haridwar for an overnight stay at Haveli Hari Ganga. Witness the evening aarti ceremony. (B)

Days 16: Haridwar
See the ashrams of Rishikesh before taking the evening train to Delhi. Overnight at the Pride. (B)
Day 17: Fly home (B)

GUIDE PRICE $2,980 PER PERSON

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