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INDIA & THE SUBCONTINENT Toy Train, Shimla


Golden Temple, Amritsar


Indian Himalayas


INDIAN HIMALAYAS


The mighty peaks and verdant forests of the Himalayas combine with sparkling ice-blue glacial rivers to provide some of the most beautiful scenery in India. Spiritual diversity is ever present, from the revered Sikh Golden Temple to Tibetan Buddhism in Dharamsala.


AMRITSAR The largest city in the Punjab, Amritsar has been dominated by the history of the Sikhs for centuries. The spiritual centre of their religion, the city is scattered with shrines and monuments, the most revered and famous is its magnificent Golden Temple. The nightly border ceremony is not to be missed.


SHIMLA Set amongst the western Himalayas, Shimla is surrounded by forested slopes and filled with colonial charm, it is an ideal place to relax and we recommend staying at the Oberoi Cecil, just 10 minutes from the train station or the luxurious Oberoi Wildflower Hall, located 45 minutes from Shimla in the Himalayan foothills.


DHARAMSALA Home to the Tibetan government in exile since the 1960s, Dharamsala lies above the plains of the Kangra Valley. Known as ‘Little Tibet’, today it is home to some 8,000 Tibetan refugees and its dense forests are riddled with unexplored archaeological sites. This is one of the world’s most important centres for Tibetan culture.


ANÂNDA IN THE HIMALAYAS Nestling amongst the Himalayan foothills, close to the holy town of Rishikesh, Anânda features 75 rooms and suites with private balconies and views out over the Ganges, the Rishikesh Valley or the palace gardens. Daily rituals include spa treatments, yoga and meditation.


HILLTOPS & TEMPLES Bales Suggested


14 DAYS from £2250 (per person twin share with flights)


itinerary


Culture and magnificent scenery on this Indian Himalayan adventure


DAYS 1 to 3 – Fly to Amritsar Jet Airways flight via Delhi to Amritsar for 2 nights at Ranjit Svaasa Hotel. Visit the Golden Temple with an evening Palki Ceremony and see the border ceremony.


DAYS 4 to 7 – Dharamsala and Palampur Delightful mountain and valley scenery on the drive to Dharamsala. 2 nights at Grace Hotel. Evening temple visit to observe monks chanting mantras at the residence of the Dalai Lama. Continue to Palampur for 2 nights at Taragarh Palace. Visit Tibetan temples and monasteries.


DAYS 8/9 – Pragpur Drive to Pragpur for 2 nights at Judges Court via Kangra town and Brajeshwari Devi Temple.


DAYS 10/11 – Shimla Drive to Shimla for 2 nights at Oberoi Cecil or Wildflower Hall. Visit to the Mall and free time.


DAYS 12 to 14 – Delhi and fly to the UK Take a 3 hour ‘toy train’ ride and the express train to Delhi. 2 nights at Maidens Hotel. City tour to include the sights of Old Delhi. Jet Airways flight to Heathrow.


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