Holy Himalayas (12 days)

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flag Delhi - Haridwar - Shimla - Palampur - Dharamsala - Amritsar
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  • International Flight
  • Accommodation
  • Water
  • Meals
  • Escorted Tour
  • Domestic Flights
  • Airport Taxes Charges
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Tipping

From thick forest to lush valleys, from tropical jungles to mighty hills, from different species of flora and fauna to romantic weather, Himalayan ranges have it all. For thousands of years the Himalayas have held a profound significance for the peoples of South Asia, as their literature, mythologies, and religions reflect. Join us on an adventure of breathtaking beauty and discovery.

 

4* Value Option – save up to £70 per person on advertised price!

 

Day 1 UK departure

Depart the UK with international economy flight to Delhi. We can also arrange departures from your local airport at no extra cost.

Day 2 Delhi arrival

Today arrive New Delhi, the capital city of India. Upon your arrival, you will be met by our representative at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. After a warm welcome, transfer to your hotel for 2 nights stay.

Day 3 Delhi

Today, enjoy the day discovering Delhi, pacing through the city which is as historic as modern, like 2 sides of the same coin! Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, which includes a visit to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; a rickshaw ride through narrow alleys and lanes in Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest and largest trading markets of the country; and drive past Red Fort, the place that marked the announcement of India’s freedom from the British Raj. While returning back to New Delhi make a brief stop at Rajghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi.

Later in the afternoon, discover the modern city of New Delhi, visiting Humayun’s Tomb the first tomb in India with beautiful gardens, continue visit to Qutab Minar, a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture and the world’s tallest brick minaret and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the largest Sikh temple of Delhi, with a gold dome, still in active worship. Drive past President’s House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings, the most imposing features of Lutyen’s Delhi and take a photo stop at the iconic war memorial arch, the India Gate. Also visit Humayun’s Tomb and Rajghat (Cremation site of Mahatama Gandhi).

 

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 4 Delhi to Haridwar

After breakfast, drive to Haridwar. Upon arrival in Haridwar, check in at your hotel for overnight stay. The holy city of Haridwar is situated on the banks of River Ganges. According to Hindu mythology Haridwar is among the seven sacred cities of India. Also known as ‘Hari Ka Dwar’ or ‘The Gateway to Gods’, Haridwar stands as the gateway to the four Hindu pilgrim sites of Uttrakhand, Rishikesh, Badrinath and Kedarnath.

Later this afternoon visit the enchanting temples of Haridwar and conclude the evening with the beautiful Aarti ceremony (rituals and prayers) along the ghats of River Ganges in Haridwar.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 5 Haridwar to Shimla

After an early breakfast, embark on a full day mountain drive to Shimla. En-route, we stop to visit the famous Parmarth Niketan Ashram at Rishikesh, host to the annual International Yoga Festival held in March. After driving another 100 km, we take a stop to visit the famous Sikh Gurudwara of Paonta Sahib, home to ‘Dassam Granth’ the Holy book of the Sikhs written by the 10th Guru, Gobind Singh Ji himself.

Continue drive to Shimla, the former summer capital of British India, set amidst snow capped mountains, which offers stunning views of the Himalayas. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel for overnight stay.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 6 Shimla

After breakfast, enjoy a tour of Shimla, visiting the famous Christ Church, the second oldest church in Northern India. Also visit the Shimla State Museum, which houses a collection of miniature ‘Pahari’ paintings, sculptures, coins, woodcarvings and also costumes, textiles and jewellery of the region. Conclude the day with a visit to the Viceregal Lodge, also known as Rashtrapati Niwas, which is located on the Observatory Hill of Shimla. Built in 1888, this was formerly the residence of the British Viceroy of India. This historic building with its beautiful surrounds houses a collection of ancient articles and photographs dating back to the times of the British rule in India. Spend the evening at leisure.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 7 Shimla to Palampur

After breakfast, drive to Palampur, a small hill town in the Himalayas. En-route there are opportunities to take brief stops at local villages or other places of interest. Upon arrival in Palampur, check in to your hotel for overnight stay.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 8 Palampur to Dharamsala

Enjoy the morning at leisure in Palampur. Later this morning, check out of your hotel. Visit a local tea garden and factory and learn the secrets to a perfect brew! Later embark on your drive to Dharamshala.

Upon arrival in Dharamsala, enjoy the evening at leisure.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 9 Dharamsala

Today, visit Mcleod Ganj, the current home of spiritual Buddhist leader Dalai Lama. Owing to the development of several monasteries and Tibetan schools at McLeod Ganj, the hill station is also referred to as the ‘Little Lhasa of India’.

We will visit the Dalai Lama Temple Complex (Tsuglagkhang Complex) – inside the temple complex are residential facilities for the monks (not open to tourists), stupas, monastery, and temples.

Later visit the Church of St. John in the wilderness, which is the final resting place of Lord Elgin, a British Viceroy of India during the 19th century.

Later in the afternoon, visit Norbulingka Institute, an institute dedicated to the preservation of the Tibetan culture in its literary and artistic forms. The institute is named after Norbulingka, the traditional summer residence of the Dalai Lamas, in Lhasa, Tibet. The main building is a replica of the Norbulingka palace in Lhasa. Guided tours here offer the opportunity to observe the creation of colourful thangkas (painted or embroidered wall hangings), wood carvings, statues, metal ware, furniture, and traditional garments.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 10 Dharamsala to Amritsar

After breakfast, drive to Amritsar. Upon arrival in Amrtisar this afternoon, drive on to visit the Wagah Border (less than 30 km from the city) between India and Pakistan where one can view the guard changing retreat ceremony with lowering of the flags.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 11 Amritsar to Delhi for departure

This morning, visit the Golden Temple (also called Harmandar Sahib or Swarna Mandir), which is one of the holiest and most popular Sikh Gurudwara in India. Also visit Jalianwallah Bagh, a memorial of the martyrs of the 1919 massacre.

Later, transfer to Amritsar Railway Station to board your afternoon train to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight back home.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 12 UK Arrival

Arrive back in UK.

Delhi - 5* Le Meridien

5* Le Meridien

Located in the heart of the city , the iconic glass building of Le Meridien New Delhi has been recognised as one of the 100 Icons of Delhi. The hotel is located close to the institutions of both power and pleasure.

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Delhi 4* Value Option - The Royal Plaza

4* The Royal Plaza

Centrally Located, a complete paradise on earth. An exquisite blend of business and pleasure, this hotel is famous for its world class hospitality services. This Classical Boutique Business Hotel offers 419 luxury guestrooms and suites.

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Haridwar - 5* Radisson Blu Haridwar

5* Radisson Blu Haridwar

Ideally situated for both business and leisure travel to the “City of the Ganges,” the Radisson Blu Hotel Haridwar welcomes guests with all the comforts of home in a sleek, stylish and convenient package.

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Haridwar 4* Value Option - Radisson Blu

Radisson Blu Haridwar

Ideally situated for both business and leisure travel to the “City of the Ganges,” the Radisson Blu Hotel Haridwar welcomes guests with all the comforts of home in a sleek, stylish and convenient package.

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Shimla - 5* Radisson Hotel Shimla

5* Radisson Hotel Shimla

Situated in the Himalaya Mountains, the Radisson Jass Shimla offers scenic vistas that are sure to inspire. Step into the hotel to enjoy a soothing treatment in our on-site spa or swim in the multi-tiered outdoor pool overlooking the Himalayas.

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Shimla 4* Value Option - Clarkes Hotel

4* Clarkes Hotel

Located on Shimla’s Mall Road, Clarkes Hotel is an oasis of calm on the bustling promenade. Built in 1898, Clarkes is classed as a Grand Heritage Hotel and is one of the oldest hotels in Shimla. Clarkes Hotel embodies the elegance and charm of yesteryear, with all modern conveniences and world class service.

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Palampur - 5* Taragarh Palace Hotel

5* Taragarh Palace Hotel

Taragarh Palace Hotel, Palampur is located at an altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level, the palace is at the foot of the Dhauladhar Mountains, offering a splendid view of the surrounding snow-capped peaks. It offers modern amenities with a range of services that match the best in the hospitality industry.

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Palampur 4* Value Option - Taragarh Palace Hotel

Taragarh Palace Hotel

Taragarh Palace Hotel, Palampur is located at an altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level, the palace is at the foot of the Dhauladhar Mountains, offering a splendid view of the surrounding snow-capped peaks. It offers modern amenities with a range of services that match the best in the hospitality industry.

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Dharamsala - 5* Aveda Club

5* Aveda Club

The charming town of Dharamshala, located in the beautiful snowcapped mountains of Dhauladhar is the jewel of the mesmeric Kangra Valley. Set amidst indescribable beauty of nature, this topographical location makes Dharamshala famous for its spectacular splendor and also for its vibrancy of unique life.

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Dharamsala 4* Value Option - Blossoms Village Resort

4* Blossoms Village Resort

Blossoms Village Resort is located in a peaceful location in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh in India. Nestled at the foothills of the magnificent Dhauladhar mountain range, Blossoms Resort is a premium resort and hotel in Dharamshala, with eco-friendly construction and natural and pristine surroundings.

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Amritsar - 5* Hyatt Amritsar

5* Hyatt Amritsar

Hyatt Amritsar, a luxury hotel in Amritsar is located at a convenient distance of 4 kms from The Golden Temple and provides complimentary scheduled shuttle service to it, as per the prayer timings. Hyatt Amritsar welcomes business & leisure travelers to enjoy world class hospitality along with historical wonders the city has to offer.

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Amritsar 4* Value Option - Holiday Inn

4* Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn Amritsar is ideally located in Amritsar’s commercial district on Ranjit Avenue with the famous Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh located only a short distance away. Your stylish guest room comes complete with a media hub and a 32-inch flat-screen LCD. Unwind with a swim in the stunning outdoor pool or relax with a delicious coffee in the Lounge.

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Tour Prices include:

  • International economy flights;
  • Hotel accommodation as shown (based on twin occupancy);
  • Meals as described (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner);
  • Meeting and assistance on arrivals and departures;
  • Sightseeing excursions with English speaking guides;
  • All transfers and road transportation in air-conditioned vehicles;
  • Monument entrance fees for visits mentioned in program;
  • Train/Boat journeys where mentioned in program;
  • Domestic flights where mentioned in program;
  • All currently applicable taxes.

Tour Prices exclude:

  • Indian visa fee;
  • Transfer for meals if not included in itinerary;
  • Drinks during meals;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs etc;
  • Travel insurance (can be arranged, please ask for details);
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Optional tours;
  • Early check-in or late check-out;
  • Flight and accommodation upgrades.

 

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We used Emperor for a group trip to India. they were fantastic with their choice of hotels (some truly incredible) their tour guide, the whole programme and their choice of airlines for the trip. We made things quite tough for them with different members of the group travelling for different periods and arriving in and out of different airports. We specifically had some issues with one of the airlines on the return leg of our trip, through no fault of Emperor, but they did their utmost to put things right and made the journey home as pleasant as possible by meeting the cost of a lounge at the airport for us do to the shortcomings of one of the airlines checking in procedures. The pre holiday package of information was very comprehensive and we were presented with very durable luggage tags. We would have no hesitation in recommending Richard and his team in tailoring a package for a trip to India. We had an amazing culturally stimulating trip and will certainly go back to India in the future.

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