DAY 01 :
Delhi in the evening. Upon arrival, you shall met & assisted
with your baggages at the airport by our executive and transferred
to prebooked hotel.
: India's capital & a major gateway to the country, contemporary
Delhi is a bustling metropolis which successfully combines in its
fold the ancient & the modern. Its strategic location was one
of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their
seat of power. New Delhi also reflects the legacy the British left
behind . The division between New & Old Delhi is the distinction
between the capitals of the British & the Moghuls respectively.
So, wherever the visitor goes, he will invariably confront the city's
02 : DELHI
breakfast, half day city tour of Old Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid, the
largest mosque in India. Built by Shah Jahan, the construction was
started in 1844 and was not completed until 1658; drive past Red
Fort, which was also built by Shah Jehan. This massive fort was
built from 1638 to 1648; Chandni Chowk and Rajghat - the cremation
site of Mahatma Gandhi.
Afternoon, city tour of New Delhi. Visit Humayuns Tomb : built in
mid 16th century this is an early example of Mughal architecture;
Qutab Minar, drive past India Gate, President House, Connaught Place.
The tour ends with a visit to Laxmi Narayan Temple.
03 : DELHI - AMRITSAR (TRAIN)
Morning, transfer to the railway station to board train for
Amritsar. Breakfast on board
Arrive Amritsar & transfer to prebooked hotel.
Afternoon visit Indo-Pak Border to watch retreat ceremony-30
KM on the road to Lahore is India-Pakistan Border. A visit to the
border is an interesting experience especially at Sunset, when the
retreat ceremony takes place with the Border Security Force on the
Indian Side and the Sutlej Rangers on the Pakistan side putting
up a well coordinated and spectacular display. The sound from the
Bugles blown together from both sides paints past on the canvas
when India and Pakistan were one, simultaneously Flags of the two
nations are ceremoniously retrieved and lights are switched on marking
the end of the day. Amidst thunderous applause today this point
is the only land route open to approach Pakistan and central Asia.
DAY 04 : AMRITSAR
After breakfast, city tour of Amritsar - Golden Temple-the
holy scripture is brought in a vivid procession from the Akal Takhat
(the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs) in the morning to the temple
to be returned at night. Singing is central to Sikh worship &
is a feast to the souls when hymns from the holy scripture are recited
Kirtan and the waves of the classical ragas, a sublim blend of voice
& music. Jallianwala Bagh-the historic site where hundreds
of innocent Indian men, women an children were massacred by British
General Michael Dyer on April 13, 1919. A memoral and Garden have
been created here as a national monument.
Afternoon, free for individual activities.
DAY 05 : AMRITSAR - DHARAMSHALA
Drive to Dharamshala - came into being in 1849, when it was
selected as a site to accommodate a native regiment that was being
raised in the town. Dharamshala originally formed a subsidiary cantonment
for the troops stationed at Kangra was fully occupied by its garrison
and there was insufficient space for the civil station , a search
for an alternate location was made. The ideal location for the cantonment
was found at the slopes of the Dhauladhar, upon which stood an old
Hindu sanctuary or 'Dharamshala' the name adopted for the town.
Dharamshala stands at the foot of Dhauladhar and has a magnificent
view of snowy peaks, deodar and pine forests, tea gardens and beautiful
hills. The snow line is perhaps more easily accessible at Dharamshala
than any other hill station in India. Dharamshala now really has
become international, with a number of Tibetan settlements and the
residence of Noble Laureate the 'Dalai Lama'. Upon arrival, check-in
at Grace Hotel
DAY 06 : DHARAMSHALA
Explore Dharamshala & Mcleod Ganj
: DHARAMSHALA - SHIMLA
After breakfast, drive to Shimla - The British called Shimla
the "Queen of Hill Stations." Situated in the north-West
Himalayas, Shimla the summer capital of India before independence
is now the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla derives its name
from "Shyamala";- the goddess Kali, whose temple existed
in the dense forest that covered Jakhu Hill in the early 19th century.
The English named it Shimla.
DAY 08 :
Excursion to Kufri - 16 kms. from Shimla at a height of 8,600 ft.
Kufri is the winter sports capital. Kufri is a lovely picnic spot
with a beautiful view of the hills around and the snowy peaks
Afternoon, free to explore Shimla The Mall, Christ Church, Jakhu
Hill, Shimla State Museum
DAY 09 :
Day at leisure. Free for individal activities.
DAY 10 :
SHIMLA DELHI (TRAIN)
Depart from Shimla on the Himalayan Queen Toy Train
before continuing to Kalka to join the Shatabdi Express train to
Delhi. Dinner will be served on board the train. Arrive Delhi, transfer
to prebooked Hotel
: DEPART DELHI
Morning, Transfer to the airport to board flight back