Golden Temple

From the Golden Temple to Himalayas – 11 Days

There is so much to see in Northern India, and it has a rich varied culture. The trip starts from New Delhi, which is the capital of India, and will take you to Golden Temple in Amritsar. There, you would get to feel the local culture and can stay in Farm resort, to get a hands down experience. From there, you would be taken to McLeod Ganj in Dharamsala, which is the base for Tibetan Buddhism. You would also get to enjoy some time in Paragpur, which is the heritage village. You can engross yourself in the true essence of Himachal Pradesh, by visiting the capital city, Shimla. You can experience a ride on the toy train and walk on the Mall Promenade, along with misty clouds, snow capped peaks, pine trees, and the friendly locals. We will end the journey in Chandigarh, which is the capital city of Punjab, and is a completely well planned city.

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Day 1: Arrival at Delhi. Take connecting flight to Amritsar

Arrive at Delhi airport and take connecting flight to the holy city of Amritsar. You will be received in Amritsar airport, and will be transferred to the hotel. In the evening, you can visit the Wagah border and visit the India – Pakistan border closing ceremony, which is quite spectacular. Later, after sunset, you can visit the Golden temple. It is the highest religious seat for the Sikh religion people, and the place is brightly illuminated, and the reflection can be seen in the water.

Day 2: Amritsar to Itminan Estate (Approximately 1 and half hours, covering 75 km)

You can visit the Golden temple again to get a different kind of experience, during the sunrise. After that, you can visit the Jallianwala Bagh, which is located adjacent to the temple. This was the place, where several Indians were brutally killed by the British. In the evening, you can drive down to the Punjabiyat Farm Resort. This farm provides various kinds of activities, including farming, dairy farm, Punjabi food, cycling around the countryside, tractor rides, bullock cart rides, local temples and an excursion to the Maharana Pratap Sagar, which is a 1 hour drive.

Day 3: Itminan Estate to McLeod Ganj (Approximately 2 to 3 hours, covering 115 km)

At the break of day, drive till McLeod Ganj, near Dharamshala. This is where the Tibetan Government has their headquarters in exile, and is also the home of Dalai Lama, who is the leader for Tibetan people. This place will give a true feel of Tibetan ambience. In the evening, you can just relax and stroll in the town.

Day 4: Explore McLeodGanj

You can spend the full day visiting the small town and the surroundings. There are various places and monuments, which can be explored in this town. You can check out the Dalai Lama Temple, Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, Library of Tibetan Works, Church of St. John. Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute, where you can get medical consultations quickly. You can also go boating on the Dal Lake, and get to enjoy the spectacular Dhauladhar mountain views from the Talnoo-Nadi. Kangra Devi temple, Kangra Fort, tea plantations, Naam Art Gallery, Kangra Art Museum, and various other monasteries and restaurants. There is also the war memorial. Chinmaya Tapovan trust, and the Norbulingka Institute, which you could check.

Day 5: McLoedGanj to Paragpur (Approximately 2 hours, covering 80 km)

At dawn, drive till Paragpur, which is a small heritage village. On the way, visit Kangra Fort. In the evening, go on an exploration trip around the village and enjoy the various activities around, like biking, trekking, walking, fishing, bird watching, etc.

Day 6: Paragpur

You can enjoy the walk, ambience and the excursions during the day time, to check out this beautiful hamlet town.

Day 7: Paragpur to Shimla (Approximately 4 to 5 hours, covering 230 km)

When the day breaks, drive till Shimla. In the evening, relax and take a round around the town. Shimla used to be a summer capital of India during the British reign. You will be amazed with the picturesque views, promenade and the old British architecture here. The lush pine forests, and the greenery surrounding it, gives Shimla, its natural beauty.

Day 8: Shimla

Enjoy the full day, taking a tour around this lovely hill station.

Day 9: Shimla to Kalka to Chandigarh (Approximately 3 hours, covering 150 km)

Take a morning toy-train from Shimla till Kalka. It will give you a fantastic awesome experience. From there, drive down till Chandigarh, which is also famous for its planned city architecture. The city is designed by the architects, such as Le Corbusier.

Day 10: Chandigarh to Delhi (Approximately 5 to 6 hours, covering 260 km)

Start your journey back to Delhi when the day breaks. In the evening, check out some of the historical sites in Delhi.

Day 11: Departure from Delhi

You will be transferred to the airport, from where you could board the international flights.

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