Northern Heritage 11 Days

Northern Heritage  11 Days

Explore Delhi and Himachal Prudesh, the land of five rivers and eternal snow peaks. Visit Dharamsala, the home of the Dalai Lama in exile. Experience toy trains, delightful hill stations and the famed Golden Temple of Amritsar in this journey to the far north of India.

Delhi • Shimla • Palampur • Pragpur • Dharamsala • Amritsar
  • Itinerary and Tour Map
    Northern Heritage  11 Days

    Day 1 – Arrive Delhi
    Arrive Delhi airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
    Stay two nights at The Claridges.
    Day 2 – Delhi    
    On a full day tour visit Old & New Delhi. See Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Drive past the Red Fort continuing by bicycle rickshaw to the very large Jama Masjid mosque. Then visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor. It is an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, a precursor of the Taj Mahal. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President’s residence. (B,D)
    Day 3 – Delhi – Shimla
    Travel by train to Shimla, with the afternoon part of the journey on a “toy train” meandering through breathtaking landscapes to reach Shimla, the favoured summer retreat of colonial India.
    Stay two nights at the Oberoi Cecil Hotel. (B,D)
    Day 4 – Shimla
    Tour Shimla today with visits to Christ Church, Scandal Corner, Jakhu Temple with its resident monkeys, and the Vice Regal Lodge with views to the Himalayas. (B,D)
    Day 5 – Shimla – Pragpur
    You will be driven to Pragpur to check in to your hotel. Enjoy time at leisure in this hillside country manor surrounded by orchards of exotic fruit and spices.
    Stay one night at Judge’s Court.  (B,D)
    Day 6 – Pragpur – Palampur
    Take the short drive to Palampur, a town set on a plateau amongst pine forests and tea plantations. Visit charming pottery village of Andretta, once the home of famous painter Sardar Shobdar Singh and playwright Norah Richards. Next stop is the Baijnath Temple, dedicated to Shiva Vaidyanatha, with an inner sanctuary featuring one of India’s 12 most important shrines to Shiva.
    Stay one night at Taragarh Palace Hotel.  (B,D)
    Day 7 – Palampur – Dharamsala
    After a leisurely breakfast drive on to Dharamsala. Magnificently set against a backdrop of forests and mountain streams, Dharamsala is the principal township of the Kangra Valley region and, since 1959, the seat of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetans.
    Stay two nights at the Pride Surya Resort. (B,D)
    Day 8 – Dharamsala
    Take a tour of this distinctly Tibetan area, visiting Buddhist centres and other places of interest. Visit the Tsuglagkhang Complex in McLeod Ganj containing the official residence of the Dalai Lama. See Namgyalma Stupa, the church of St John’s in the Wilderness, Dal Lake, the scenic villages of Bhagsunag, Dharamkot and Triund, and Norbulingka where traditional Tibetan arts and crafts are taught. (B,D)
    Day 9 – Dharamsala – Amritsar
    Travel by road to Amritsar, an important seat of Sikh history and culture. After dinner witness the Palki Sahib Ceremony at the Golden Temple.
    Stay one night at the Ranjit Svassa Hotel. (B,D)
    Day 10 – Amritsar – Delhi
    Tour the most famous of Amritsar’s attractions, the Golden Temple which was founded by the fourth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Ramdas, and completed by his successor Guru Arjan Dev. The two storey temple stands in a sacred pool and is said to be gilded with 750kgs of gold. Nearby visit Jallianwala Bagh, the memorial garden site where hundreds of unarmed protestors were killed by British troops on April 13, 1919. Late this afternoon transfer to the rail station for the evening train to Delhi.
    Stay one night at The Claridges. (B,L)
    Day 11 – Depart Delhi 
    Time at leisure for shopping and further exploration before an evening transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

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    • Tour prices

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      Prices are per person, in Australian dollars. Please confirm prices when booking.

    • Price Includes:

      Price Includes:

          • 10 nights 3 to 5 star hotels as listed or similar
          • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 8 dinners
          • All transfers, internal transportation and train journeys
          • Sightseeing as listed, with entrance fees included

      Price Excludes:

          • Visa fees
          • Gratuities

      Tour prices and inclusions are based on a minimum of 2 passengers. Accommodation surcharges may apply for 20Dec-10Jan and local festivals.


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    Northern Heritage  11 Days


        • Delhi’s imposing public buildings and the moving memorial to Mahatma Gandhi
        • Train ride to the cool, green hills, with views to the Himalayas
        • Visiting the Buddhist centres in Dharamsala, a distinctly Tibetan influenced area, home to the Dalai Lama in exile
        • Exploring Sikh history and culture in Amritsar
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