AMRITSAR – PRAGPUR – DHARAMSALA – TARAGARH – SHIMLA – HARIDWAR – CORBETT – NAINITAL – DELHI
Price includes : Private car & English speaking local guides, 5* hotels and Heritage hotels with daily breakfast, best available hotel in forest location, admission fees, main meals during stay in Corbett national park, game drives & elephant safaris, train Kathgodam-Delhi, visa for India.
Price excludes : International flights ( please ring us for best fares ), other main meals, tipping and any service not specified.
Single supplement : £695
Day 1 DEPARTURE
Departure from the UK, fly to Amritsar via Delhi.
Day 02 DELHI/AMRITSAR (-/-/-)
On arrival in Delhi international airport, change gate for flight to Amritsar. On arrival Amritsar airport meeting with our local representative and transfer to your hotel. Amritsar, home to the Golden Temple, is one of the most ancient and fascinating cities of India. It is an important seat of Sikh history and culture. Being the gateway for travellers coming to India on the overland route from central Asia it soon became the centre of various commercial activities. Afternoon visit to the Wagah Border to witness the flag Ceremony closing the border between India and Pakistan; a patriotic but fun filled ceremony. Overnight in Amritsar at centrally located 5* Ista Hotel.
Day 03 AMRITSAR (B/-/-)
Morning guided tour of Amritsar to see the famous Golden Temple, founded by the fourth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Ramdas and completed by his successor Guru Arjan Dev. Then visit Jallian Wallah Bagh, a memorial garden and Durgiana Temple. The afternoon is free to explore Amritsar Market. In the evening, visit the Golden Temple again to view the Palaki Sahib Ceremony. Overnight in Amritsar at Ista Hotel.
Day 04 AMRITSAR / PRAGPUR (B/-/-)
This morning drive up into the Kangra Valley amidst the foothills to Pragpur (6 Hrs). Home to the famous Kangra School of painting and India's oldest ruling lineage, Pragpur is nestled in the Kangra valley surrounded by the imposing Dhauladhar range. The core area of Pragpur is notified as a "Heritage Village", and, along with the nearby village of Garli, the surrounding area is a Hertitage Zone. Afternoon stroll through the village and visit the 300 year old ancestral home of the Kuthiala Soods. Overnight in Pragpur at The Judge’s Court.
Day 05 PRAGPUR (B/-/-)
Morning sightseeing of Siba Temple with its treasure of Kangra Paintings and murals on the Inner walls. Afternoon at leisure to relax at the hotel or visit the famous Shaktipeeths Jawalamukhi Temple where a holy Eternal Flame is perpetually kept alight andworshipped. This is a famous temple of Goddess Jwalamukhi, the deity of flaming mouth, believed to be the manifestation of the Goddess Sati. Overnight in Pragpur at The Judge’s Court.
Day 06 PRAGPUR / DHARAMSALA (B/-/-)
Drive to Dharamsala (2 Hrs), home to his holiness, the Dalai Lama. En route visit Kangra Fort, Brajeshwari temple and the colourful Kangra Market. Evening 30min guided walk around the temple seeing monks and nuns praying and chanting mantras. Overnight in Dharamsala at WelcomHeritage Grace Hotel.
Day 07 DHARAMSALA (B/-/-)
Guided tour of Dharamsala includes Gompas, the Tibet Museum and the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives. In the afternoon visit the Norbulungka institute where wood & metal craft, silk weaving and thangka paintings are kept alive. Overnight in Dharamsala at WelcomHeritage Grace Hotel.
Day 08 DHARAMSALA / TARAGARH (B/-/-)
Drive to Taragarh (2 Hrs), visiting the artist village at Andreta en route. On arrival, visit the Vaidyanath temple at Baijnath, the jewellery shops at Paprola and the Tashgarh Monastery. Overnight at Taragarh Palace.
Day 09 TARAGARH / SHIMLA (B/-/-)
Early morning drive to Shimla (8 Hrs). Sit back and admire the spectacular scenery stopping en route at Mandi, renowned for its 81 old stone temples, enormous range of fine carvings, old palaces and notable examples of ‘colonial’ architecture; before continuing on to Shimla. Overnight in Shimla at 5* Radisson Jass Shimla hotel.
Day 10 SHIMLA (B/-/-)
Enjoy a guided tour of Shimla visiting the Viceregal Lodge, where the British Raj ruled India in the summer months and where the partition of India was planned. Later take a leisurely stroll back along the Mall to Scandal Point. Overnight in Shimla at Radisson Jass hotel.
Day 11 SHIMLA- HARIDWAR (B/-/-)
After breakfast drive to Haridwar. Visit to Har-Ki-Pairi Ghat on the west bank of the Ganges Canal. Sunset river workship ceremony known as Aarti. Overnight at Hotel Ganga Lahari.
Day 12 HARIDWAR – CORBETT National park (B/-/D)
Morning drive to Corbett, India oldest national park, named after Jim Corbett who has largely contributed to the conservation of the ecosystem & wildlife. Early afternoon enter the park by Dhangari Gate. An afternoon jeep ride inside the park in search of tigers . Dinner and overnight at Dhikala Forest Lodge ( en suite rooms )
Day13+14 CORBETT National Park (B/L/D)
2 days of game drives in the morning & afternoon including one elephant safari each day. Corbett is best known for its tiger population, it also shelters elephants, various types of deer, panthers, crocodiles, and a wealth of birdlife. Lunch, dinner & overnight at Dhikala Forest Lodge.
Day 15 CORBETT – NAINITAL (B/-/-)
Morning short drive to Nainital, one of the most attractive hill stations in India. Nainital is also called Land of Greens and Blues because of lush green forests, valleys, a beautiful lake under a clear blue sky. Guided visits in Nainital starting with Naina Devi Hindu Temple then Dorothy’s seat, also known as Tiffin Top, 4 kms to the west of the lake. Here a seat was built by an Englishman named Kellet in the memory of his wife, who was killed in an air crash. Rest of the afternoon is for some bird watching in Pangkot, a birdwatchers' paradise. Pangot is 15 kms from Nainital and the drive is through the bird habitats of Cheena Peak range forests via Snow View Point and Kilbury. Life in Pangot is so quiet and unhurried that the most exciting activity is a trip to the small, quaint village market. The tea-stalls where villagers meet up is a good place to catch up with local life. Overnight at Naini Retreat.
Day 16 NAINITAL (B/-/-)
Another day to admire the beauty of Nainital. Snow view, a popular vantage point at 2,270 metres above sea level, offers an excellent view of the northern Himalayan ranges. The point is accessible by a chair lift (ropeway) or horses and mountain ponies . From the top, with the help of powerful binoculars, a close up view of Nanda Devi, one of the highest peaks in the country is visible. Five kms from the lake lies the Naina Peak. At 2,611 metres, it is the highest peak bordering the lake. The peak offers a panoramic view of the resort and a stunning view of the Himalayas including Nanda Devi and the mountains on the Tibetan border. Late afternoon enjoy a leisure walk on the Mall Road. Overnight in Nainital at Naini Retreat.
Day 17 NAINITAL – KATHGODAM for train to Delhi (B/-/-)
Morning short drive to Kathgodam to board a day train to Delhi. A/c chair car class. On arrival at Delhi station transfer to the impressive Grand Hotel. Overnight in Delhi at 5* Grand Hotel.
Day 18 DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
Transfer to airport for flight home