• a large yellow boat in the water with Harmandir Sahib in the background

India's Himalayan Heritage Tour

This extraordinary private tour takes in the best of Northern India, a cultural and religious region that can be visited year round. Visit the lower ranges of the Himalayan Mountains and discover sacred temples, charming towns and hill resorts, surrounded by spectacular snow-covered mountains and lush valleys.

Duration
12 days
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
Humayun's Tomb

Trip highlights

  • Delhi's temples and mosques
  • Colonial hill station of Shimla
  • Pragpur heritage village
  • Dharmshala's temples & market
  • Dalai Lama's residence
  • Amritsar's Golden Temple

Arrive in Delhi where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Standard Tour - The Suryaa or similar / Superior Tour - The Hyatt or similar

Today begins with a full day tour or Delhi. Explore the contrasting architecture of New and Old Delhi. As the capital city of India it is probably the countries best known destination. However there is so much more to this city than meets the eyes, from the intricate hand crafted good on display at the local markets to the aromas of the street food vendours that draw you closer. The tour will incorporate these hidden gems as well as the major sights around the city.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Standard Tour - The Suryaa or similar / Superior Tour - The Hyatt or similar

Take the early morning Shatabdi Express train to Kalka then onwards aboard the Himalayan Toy train through the Shivalik ranges to Shimla. Experience the sound, smell and romance of a bygone era as the 2-foot gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway travels at about 10 mph criss-crossing the road allowing you to experience spectacular landscapes. Some of the small 4-wheel locomotives are over 100 years old and showcase that the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a work of genius and technological achievement.Shimla, the Queen of Hills was the British Summer capital and features a host of splendid colonial edifices, quaint cottages and charming walks.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Standard Tour - Woodville Palace or similar / Superior Tour - The Oberoi Cecil or similar

Take a morning sightseeing tour of Shimla including Sankat Mochan Temple and Jakhu Temple. This afternoon is at leisure to stroll in the famous Mall & The Ridge.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Standard Tour - Woodville Palace or similar / Superior Tour - The Oberoi Cecil or similar

A day at leisure in Shimla to enjoy the town at your own pace.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Standard Tour - Woodville Palace or similar / Superior Tour - The Oberoi Cecil or similar

Journey to Pragpur and on arrival check in at your hotel, a splendid country manor built in 1918 in the Indo-European tradition and surrounded by orchards.This afternoon, take a walking tour of the heritage village, its cobbled streets and mud-plastered, slate-roofed houses a reminder of days gone by.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Judges Court Hotel

This morning you depart for Dharamsala, a small hill station where snow-capped mountains enfold three sides of the town and the valley stretches in front. Since 1960, when it became a temporary headquarter of the Dalai Lama, Dharamshala has risen to fame as The Little Lhasa in India.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Pride Suryaa or similar

This morning brings with it a sightseeing tour of Dharamshala. The tour includes a visit to the Dalai Lama's residence and if lucky, an opportunity of an audience with him at Mcleod Ganj where a large Tibetan population now lives. The waterfall of Bhagsunath is also within walking distance. Spend some time in the Tibetan colony and visit their local market & temples.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Pride Suryaa or similar

After checking out of the hotel, depart for Amirtsar and once you arrive, enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Standard Tour - Ranjit Svaasa or similar / Superior Tour - Hyatt or similar

Visit the Golden Temple - a sacred Sikh sanctuary spread over a vast complex which houses the holy book of the Sikhs, the Guru Granth. The community kitchen provides free meals to up to 10,000 pilgrims or visitors each day - the noise and smells are quite unique! Later walk by the busy city bazaars then late afternoon visit Wagah, on the border with Pakistan - see the charming spectacle of the Beating Retreat and Changing of the Guard ceremony.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Standard Tour - Ranjit Svaasa or similar / Superior Tour - Hyatt or similar

Afternoon transfer to railway station to board train for Delhi. Transfer to your hotel for your last night on the tour.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Standard Tour - The Suryaa or similar / Superior Tour - The Hyatt or similar

Spend the day at leisure before your transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

Included

  • Accommodation as detailed in twin or double bed with private facilities (alternative but similar hotels may be used at certain times of year).
  • Meals included as detailed.
  • Private air-conditioned transport.
  • Train journeys as shown (chair car).
  • Services of a qualified English-speaking local guide.
  • Airport/train station assistance and transfers.
  • All site entrance fees while touring as appropriate.

Not included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Visa fees
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Beverages during meals
  • Tips for the driver/guide
  • Optional excursions