Himalayas & Golden Temple
13 Nights / 14 Days
Delhi - Shimla - Manali - Palampur - Dharamshala - Amritsar
Day 1 : Arrive in Delhi - The capital city!
Traditional welcome on arrival at Delhi airport by Travel Pals India executive with fresh marigold flower garlands and then transferred by an exclusive car to your pre-reserved hotel for overnight stay.
Delhi is the capital of the modern India, though it is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning over a period from 11th to 20th centuries.
Day 2 : Delhi
Relaxed breakfast and then introduced with your guide for a tour of the historic city of Delhi. The city where one can experience the influence of the many rulers who ruled this region, a city built and destroyed and re-built over seven times. The guided tour takes you to the monuments that depict the different eras. The tour includes visit to the magnificent Red Fort (exteriors), The Jama Masjid - one of the Asia's largest mosque, cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Old Delhi passing through Chandni Chowk, Chawri Bazaar etc, Humanyun's Tomb, Qutab Minar - 73 mt. tall minaret, India Gate war memorial, President's House and drive through Connaught Place.
Optional: Sound and Light show at Red Fort with dinner at an Indian specialty restaurant. Or experience one of the famous bazaars of Delhi, have a stroll in the lush green Lodhi Gardens that has a historic value.
Day 3 : Delhi - Kalka - Shimla (By train)
Early morning departure from New Delhi railway station to board Shatabadi Express train at 0740 hrs to arrive in Kalka at 1145 hrs where it terminates. Switch from broad-gauge line platform to the narrow-gauge line platform to board the lovely small train for Shimla. Enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage mountain railway offering a fascinating and full of scenic ride on this historical Kalka-Shimla line passing through 106 tunnels, numerous single & double arch bridges and Shivalik mountains.
Arrive Shimla by early evening and transferred to your beautiful colonial hotel on The Mall.
Day 4 : Shimla - the summer capital of the British
A relaxed start of the day to visit the majestic Viceregal Lodge which is now known as the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (IIAS) building. Stroll on the Shimla Mall road - 'the Heart of Shimla', the Mall is the main shopping centre and is the bustling part of the town. Visit Christ Church and St Michael's Cathedral - the second oldest church in northern India was steered by Colonel JT Boileau in 1844. Enjoy time on the Ridge, the viewing point across the mighty Himalayan snow-clad mountains.
Day 5 : Shimla - Manali (240 kms / 7 hrs)
Today a fairly breakfast at hotel and then driven to Manali.
The landscape here is breath taking. One sees well-defined snow capped peaks, the Beas River with its clear water meanders through the town. On the other side are deodar and pine trees, tiny fields and fruit orchards. It is an excellent place for a holiday. Enroute visit Kullu valley indulge yourself adventure sports like river rafting & shopping (Optional). Evening arrival at Manali check into hotel for overnight stay.
Day 6 : Rohtang Pass excursion
Morning excursion to Rohtang Pass (3979 mts) 51kms one way on Manali - Keylong - Leh highway. It offers a panoramic spectacular mountain view with a beautiful sight of glaciers, peaks and Chandra river flowing down in the Lahaul valley. Slightly to the left are the twin peaks of the Geypan.
Enjoy the day on the snow peak, visit Beas Kund the originated point of river Beas.
On your way back to Manali enroute halt at Kothi, a cold, windy but picturesque spot amidst alpine meadows from where you can capture phenomenal views of river Beas which comes roaring down the deep gorge. Please be aware that this excursion is seasonal and the road to the pass is open only during summer season (mid June to October).
Day 7 : Manali
Guided sightseeing tour of Manali covering the 450 years old temple dedicated to Hadimba Devi, which has some excellent woodcarving, Tibetan Monastery and a handicraft center. Further driven to Solang Valley Situated 13 km northwest of Manali, between Beas Kund and Solang village is the gorgeous Solang valley, particularly a pictorial spot presenting awesome scenery of snow clad mountains and glaciers. Solang valley, also known as Snow Point is famous for its 300 m ski lift. The valley offering numbers of adventure activity where one can enjoy, Gondola ride, Paragliding and hot air balloons etc.
Later visit Vashist Kund known for hot sulphur springs.
Day 8 : Manali
A free day to enojy the mountain valley at your own pace. Stroll at Manali mall road.
Day 9 : Manali - Palampur (180 / 6 hrs)
Driven to Palampur town (1219 m) through beautiful views of Dhauladhar ranges & Kangra Valley. Situated in an idyllic valley priding itself with tea gardens and hills covered with pine trees. The place enjoys a year-round pleasant climate and the pine scented air is said to have curative properties. The scenery presents a sublime and beautiful contrast- the valleys presents a picture of rural innocence and repose, while the hills are majestic. Overlooking this town are the majestic Dhauladhar, whose tops remain covered with snow for most of the year.
Day 10 : Palampur
Day free for relaxation. Or take a nature walk to the lush tea gardens sprawling over vast acres of land that are enough to captivate the senses of onlooker. Not to be missed an ancient Lord Shiva temple in the adjacent Baijnath town. It's a famous Hindu pilgrimage with perfect setting for a postcard picture.
You may also like the narrow gauge train ride for an hour or two.
Day 11 : Dharamshala excursion
Today you will be driven to Dharamshala, the high snow clad Dhauladhar ranges. This is the principal township of Kangra district and overlooks wide spread of the plains. With dense pine and deodar forests, numerous streams, cool healthy air, attractive surroundings and the nearby snowline, Dharamshala has everything for a perfect holiday. It is full of life and yet peaceful. The headquarters of His Holiness the Dalai Lama are at upper Dharamshala. Visit McLeod Ganj often called the Little Lhasa, at 1770m is the residence of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama. The Tibetan Government in exile has been head quartered here for over three decades. The impressive monastery has larger than life images of the Buddha, Padmasambhava and Avaloktwshwara. Kangra Art Museum, Kotwali Market This treasure trove of the Kangra Valley displays arts, crafts and rich past, artifacts that date back to the 5th century. It includes a gallery of Kangra's famous miniature painting and a representative collection of sculptures, pottery and anthropological items.
Return to Palampur by early evening.
Day 12 : Palampur - Amritsar (230 kms / 5 hrs)
After breakfast driven to Amritsar hotel.
After dinner, we visit the magnificent Golden Temple for the evening ceremony known as the ‘Palki’ service, where the holy book of the Sikh religion is put to rest for the day. It’s an awe-inspiring moment of peace, tranquillity and spirituality.
Day 13 : Amritsar
Morning guided sightseeing in this historic city of Amritsar visiting The Golden Temple - the main tomb is made of over 450 kgs of real gold, also known as Harmandir Sahib (Temple of God or Divine Temple), it is the holiest shrine in Sikhism. The building itself is of tremendous historical and architectural interest;
Jallianwala Bagh (Gardens) where, on April 13th, 1919 British Indian Army soldiers under the command of Brigadier General Reginald Dyer opened fire on an unarmed gathering of men, women and children. The firing lasted about 10 minutes and 1650 rounds were fired or 33 rounds per soldier. Official British Raj sources placed the fatalities at 379. According to private sources there were over 1000 deaths, with more than 2000 wounded and Civil Surgeon Dr. Smith indicated that there were 1,526.
Early evening, we transfer you to the western most part of the city to watch the India - Pakistan border ceremony at the Attari-Wagah border, the only border crossing between India and Pakistan. The daily highlight is the evening "Beating the Retreat" ceremony. Soldiers from both countries march in perfect drill, going through the steps of bringing down their respective national flags. As the sun goes down, nationalistic fervor rises and lights are switched on marking the end of the day amidst thunderous applause.
Day 14 : Amitsar - Delhi (by air)
Breakfast at hotel followed by transfer to Amritsar airport to board direct flight for Delhi. On arrival in Delhi internally change domestic terminal to international terminal to board your designated connecting flight for onward destination with sweet memories of India tour.
You may like to extend your visit by a night in Delhi before your flight. Ask us for our various extension programmes to choose from.