The Jewels Of North Indian Himalayas!!

Embark on an enchanting odyssey through the mesmerizing landscapes of the North Indian Himalayas.
This itinerary guarantees a harmonious blend of Himalayan beauty, historical charm, and soul-stirring
experiences across the northern realms of India.

The Jewels Of North Indian Himalayas!!

Embark on an enchanting odyssey through the mesmerizing landscapes of the North Indian Himalayas. This itinerary guarantees a harmonious blend of Himalayan beauty, historical charm, and soul-stirring experiences across the northern realms of India.

Day 01: Arrival / Delhi

Welcome to India, or as we say ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ (The guest is an incarnation of God). Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you!!

Late night arrival, meeting and assistance upon arrival as our representatives welcome you and escort you to your car.

Whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would introduce the tour to you and hand over the documents to you.

Overnight at Claridges, Delhi (Claridges Cabana Room)(No Meals)

Day 02: Delhi

After breakfast, we will proceed for the guided tour of Old Delhi. We cross the city and into the walled gates of the Old city with visits to the Jamma Mosque (1650) and drive through the fabled area of Chandni Chowk (aptly translates to Moonlight Square) where the throngs of shoppers and vendors meet in the oldest area of Delhi. (Please expect some shops to be closed on Sundays) The highlight of this tour would be a ride on cycle rickshaws. Now these are 3-wheel cycles with a sofa seat at the back. The Rickshawala (Rickshaw driver) sits on a small cushion in the front and two passengers on the sofa seat behind. This is a remarkable way to explore and picture the hustle and bustle as well as the color of the narrow winding streets bursting with people and pavement shops selling wares of all description – including a laughing set of dentures. The ride would be accompanied by peals of laughter both from the passengers as well as the onlookers.

We also visit the Raj Ghat and nearby ghats where the founder of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi and thereafter Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were cremated.

Afternoon, we will embark on a city tour of New Delhi. Our tour includes a visit to the Qutab Minar – 72 meters high and one of the most perfect towers in the Persian world. The Iron Pillar which has survived the vagaries of weather for over 1500 years. Then, we will continue our expedition with a drive to the Lutyens Delhi which is considered to be the corridors of power and serenity. Our tour includes a drive pass through the Rashtrapati Bhawan, this vast, intricate work of mixed Mughal and Western architecture is one of the largest presidential residences in the world we will also visit the Parliament House as well as witness the majestic India Gate – a powerful tribute to our brave soldiers. Following our drive pass to the Lutyens Delhi area, we will now visit the Humayun’s Tomb (1586), built by the Emperor’s widow Hamida Banu Begam, also known as Haji Begam, and commenced the construction of his tomb in 1569, fourteen years after his death. It is the first distinct example of proper Mughal style, which was inspired by Persian architecture. 

Evening, we will visit and Indian family for Dinner. The evening is designed to give a “feel” and insight into Indian family life, as well as experience typical Indian hospitality and homemade Indian food. 

Overnight at Claridges, Delhi (Claridges Cabana Room) (B & D)

Day 03: Delhi / Kalka (Klk Shatabadi - 0740 / 1140 Hrs) (Executive Class) Kalka / Shimla (Himalyan Queen - 1210 / 1720 hrs) (First Class)

Early morning, we will transfer you to Delhi train station to board your train to Kalka.

Upon arrival at Kalka train station, cross over to the next platform to board your toy train to Shimla.

Meeting and assistance upon arrival and our representative will welcome you and transfer you to hotel, The Oberoi Cecil. 

Overnight at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla (Deluxe Room) (B)

Day 04: Shimla

Today, following a leisurely breakfast we depart in pursuit of a true natural and cultural experience. We travel to the Royal principality of Dhami through hairpin bends, and undulating terrain that exposes incredible vistas of natural beauty at every twist and turn. Upon arrival at Dhami we would undertake a walk along the Viceroy’s Hunting trail. This is almost a flat walk through a lovely forest offering astounding views of Himalayan peaks. After a walk of three kilometers, we could either continue onwards, or, the car would bring you back to Shimla. 

Following the trail, we will visit Arki Palace. Visiting Arki Haveli is like stepping into a bygone era of regal charm and architectural splendor. Nestled amidst the serene hills, this historic haveli exudes a timeless grace, showcasing intricate woodwork, ornate balconies, and majestic arches that transport visitors to the grandeur of the past. As you wander through its corridors, the rich history of the haveli unfolds, revealing tales of erstwhile royalty and the cultural tapestry of the region. The scenic surroundings and the meticulously preserved heritage make Arki Haveli a captivating destination, offering a glimpse into the opulence and cultural heritage of Shimla’s yesteryears. It’s a delightful experience that seamlessly blends history, architecture, and natural beauty.

When there, we also indulge in a cooking class with the host family. Participating in a cooking class at Arki Haveli is a delightful immersion into the rich culinary traditions of the region. The haveli, steeped in history and cultural heritage, provides the perfect backdrop for this hands-on experience. Led by skilled local chefs, the class introduces participants to the art of preparing authentic Himachali dishes, from aromatic sidu to flavorful dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. The cooking class not only imparts valuable culinary skills but also offers insights into the cultural significance of Himachali cuisine. You get to engage with the vibrant spices, traditional cooking techniques, and indigenous recipes that have been passed down through generations. The intimate setting of Arki Haveli ensures a personalized and immersive learning experience, making the cooking class a memorable and enriching activity for those looking to explore the flavors of Himachal Pradesh.

Overnight at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla (Deluxe Room)(B & L)

Day 05: Shimla

Shimla is surrounded by the thickest forest cover in Asia. 

There are several trails to entice nature lovers who wish to explore nature at its best. You will be driven to Tara Hall School. From here, descend to the trail. Our full day nature walk will bring you up close to a unique natural experience. This walk will directly introduce you to the hill villages, brooks, rivulets, meadows, grasslands and forests. You also come across natural experiences where you encounter pheasants, a variety of wild flowers and some local plants that grow widely on the slopes. There is no better way to explore the natural beauty, than walking around its unique neighborhoods on foot. This is an excellent walk for people interested in birds, nature and photography. Enjoy the magnificent views of Shimla. We finish the tour at the art gallery, where the driver waits to fetch you. 

Afternoon is at leisure for your independent activities.

Overnight at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla (Deluxe Room) (B)

Day 06: Shimla

This morning walk will definitely enhance your day by bringing to you a deeper insight into this intriguing living legacy of the British Raj. The entire walk would explore the Shimla Heritage Zone. The most imposing and attractive structure include castles, temple, heritage hotels, banks and government offices are the highlights of this walk. They are some of the best examples of British Architecture of the era and reveal the nostalgic history of this once summer capital of the British. Your guide would narrate various interesting stories of the glorious past of Shimla. The walk is sure to leave an indelible imprint upon your heart. Light refreshment during a walk. Christ Church is the most prominent landmark of Shimla and from here the walk extends West towards the Vice regal Lodge. During the walk we could have a remarkable view of the varied European and English architectural styles. Victorian, post Victorian, gothic, Georgian, Tudor, Moc-Tudor, Bavarian, neo, Lyutens, and modern all examples are all there at one place. 

Afternoon is at leisure for your independent activities.

Overnight at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla (Deluxe Room) (B)

Day 07: Shimla / Paragpur (191 Kms) (05 Hr Drive)

After breakfast, we will drive to Paragpur.

Upon arrival in Paragpur, we will check in to hotel, Judges Court. 

The Judge’s Court, considered as one of best and magnificent country hotels in India. A large splendid Country Manor (specifically designed in the Indo-European tradition) offers elegant accommodation and hospitality. The hotel, situated at the heart of the medieval hamlet of Pragpur, is a three hundred and fifty year old ancestral haveli. It is situated at an altitude of about 2000 ft. from the main Kangra Valley. The Judge’s Court is located in some eight acres of land and has a fairly eclectic character about it. The structure supports rammed-earth walls standing strong with the Lakhori bricks adding more to its local flavor. Its floor plan follows the layout of a colonial bungalow with some unique Saracen and local embellishments. 

Afternoon, we will do a walking exploration of the Himalayan heritage. You will fall in love with the village of Paragpur. Notified as the country’s first heritage village, Pragpur retains its unique character of heritage buildings thereby offering an uninhibited view of Himalayan rural heritage. The village was established in the late 16th century by the Kuthialasoods in memory of Princess Prag Dei of the Jaswan Royal family.  Due to its unique architecture and heritage significance, the state government of Himachal Pradesh declared Pragpur as the country’s first Heritage Village in December 1997. Garli a nearby village is also a part of the Heritage Zone. Houses are built in different architectural styles comprising Kangra, Rajput, British, Portuguese and even Italian styles of architecture. 

Overnight at Hotel Judges Court, Paragpur (Deluxe Room) (B)

Day 08: Paragpur

After breakfast, we will go on a guided excursion to the temple of Dada Siba, 25 km from Pragpur and return by lunch time. Dada Siba temple is known for its age old paintings made of the walls of the temple. Dada and Siba were two villages of the areas ruled by Sibia dynasty Afternoon is at leisure. We recommend that you walk and take in the heritage of this living museum. Most of the buildings of the twin villages Pragpur-Garli boast of mud- plastered walls, wooden carved attics, elegant tile work, stained glass windows, slate-roofed houses and antique collections. All these buildings remain well preserved due to the efforts of the local people and panchayts of Pragpur and Garli. Besides, The Judge’s Court, another major charm of the place is “The Chateau Garli” a heritage property, built in 1921 that has been restored to its age old glory by carefully recreating the colonial, Portuguese, Mughal, Rajasthani and Kangri architectural influences. Also, at Pragpur – Garli villages are a perfect example of the cultural heritage of the Himlayan villages. The famous Kangra school of Painting has its base here in Pragpur. It is here that one can explore local crafts and immerse in the amiable heritage sensation of the area.

Overnight at Hotel Judges Court, Pragpur (Deluxe Room) (B)

Day 09: Paragpur / Palampur (76 Kms) (02 ½ Hrs Drive)

After breakfast, we will drive to Palampur. 

Upon arrival, check into the hotel Seclude Palampur 

(Though check in time is 2pm, every effort would be made to ensure an as early as possible check in – subject to availability) 

Afternoon is at leisure for independent walks and visits with your guide

Overnight at Seclude, Palampur (Bhanwra – Upgraded) (B)

Day 10: Palampur / Dharamshala (33 Kms) (01 ½ Hrs Drive)

After breakfast, we will drive to Dharamshala. Upon arrival in Dharamshala, we will check in to Norbu House. 

(Though check in time is 2pm, every effort would be made to ensure an as early as possible check in – subject to availability) 

After rest and relaxation, we would visit the Kangra Fort. The Kangra Fort was built by the royal Rajput family of Kangra State (the Katoch dynasty) traces its origins to the Mahabharata epic. It is the largest fort in the Himalayas and probably the oldest dated fort in India. 

Evening is at leisure. We suggest you enjoy a walk along the mall road where Tibetan refugees display and sell their crafts. 

Overnight at Norbu House, Dharamshala (Premium Plus Room) (B)

Day 11: Dharamshala

After breakfast, we will proceed on a tour of Dharamshala. We will visit the Norblinga Institute for Tibetan Buddhism which is perhaps one of its best in the world. The Institute has its own temple, museum, hospital and meditation hall. We would meet with monks here to learn more about Buddhism. Of special mention here are the magnificent miniature paintings done by students here. It is great to see the students sketch a design and then paint it on canvas. We would visit the Dalai Lama’s Palace and temple in the afternoon and meet with the spiritual leaders to know more about the plight of Tibetans, their future, the problems they face in India etc. If the Dalai Lama is there in Dharamshala at the same time as we are, every effort would be made to have a personal audience with him, the Tibetan Buddhism’s deity of Universal Compassion. It is special meeting him, not because of his title or the high degree of reverence that the people of Tibet hold him in; but more because how it feels in his company. Several strong impressions remain about the meeting, including the way in which he gives his whole attention to questions. There is wisdom in his thinking which comes through clearly in his words, filled asthey are with common sense and realism. His firm handshake, his sense of compassion, his sense of humour, his highly infectious and kind laughter are some of the everlasting images of the Dalai Lama.

Overnight at Norbu House, Dharamshala (Premium Plus Room) (B)

Day 12: Dharamshala / Amritsar (202 Kms) (04 ½ Hrs Drive)

After breakfast, we will drive to Amritsar. 

Upon arrival in Amritsar, we will check in to hotel Taj Swarna.

We would be visiting the Golden Temple at night. There happens a spectacular ceremony, where the Sikhs put their holy book (Guru Granth Sahib Ji) to sleep. The priests carry the books over their head to place them in a golden palanquin. The book is then carried to an inner chamber in the Palanquin to the accompaniment of bugles and drums and the chanting of the name of the Lord. The palanquin itself is carried by devotees in turns. It is quite a special sight. The book is again placed in the main sanctum similarly in the morning.

Overnight at Taj Swarna, Amritsar (Deluxe Room) (B)

Day 13: Amritsar (Partition Museum is closed on Mondays)

After breakfast, we will visit the Golden Temple which is the Mecca of Sikh religion .The temple with a shiny pure gold dome, is beautifully situated in the center of a lake (The Holy Tank) and is approached bya causeway. All around the lake are marble walkways and various other temple buildings. The community kitchen, which feeds over a thousand people continuously, is spectacular. The huge utensils to prepare the food and the chapattis (breads) – 20 to 25 at a time – are a mind- boggling sight. However, besides the physical beauty of the place, the strong and tranquil spiritual atmosphere of the place is soul stirring without being overwhelming. The constant recitation of the holy book brings a certain sense of peace to the individual. We walk through the temple complex and try soak in the atmosphere. We would also have an opportunity to meet some Sikh religious leaders who would talk to us about the basic tenets of Sikhism. Just outside the Golden Temple are various shops that sell Sikh religious artifacts like swords (decorative), bracelets, combs, small daggers etc. During the day, we would also visit the Jallianwala Bagh, the martyr’s memorial where thousands of innocent Indians were cordoned off by the British and fired. The well where several Indians jumped to escape the bullets as well as bullet marks and a museum of pictures can be still seen here.

Later, we will visit Partition Museum.

Evening, we will journey 40 Kms to Wagha border, the border between India & Pakistan. Each evening a very impressive lowering of guards ceremony is performed along with a march past by soldiers of both countries in synchronization to the accompaniment of bugles. The soldiers of both countries wear ceremonial dresses. It is quite a spectacular sight to see the same thing happening on both sides of the border.

Overnight at Taj Swarna, Amritsar (Deluxe Room) (B)

Day 14: Amritsar / Delhi (UK 997 - 1525 / 1640 Hrs) Delhi / Departure

Following breakfast, we will ride out to a traditional village on the outskirts of Amritsar for an up close true Indian outback experience. The journey will take you into the heart of the Sikh land where you experience the richest hospitality as extended by the lion hearted Punjabis. As you arrive at the village, prepare yourself for a traditional welcome with ’Tikka’(Blessing) and offer of flowers along with Punjab’s real drink – sweet Lassi!! You are now hopefully ready to immerse yourself in the traditional richness of this remote village. Tread the narrow by-lanes of the village, or, ride in a tractor to arrive at a flour mill to witness the process of grain being converted into wheat flour. Among our several other visits, we would also be at the carpet weaving home enterprise, where you learn the art of weaving a carpet. That’s not all, you can experience a bullock cart ride through the lush green fields and alongside witness how fresh vegetables and fruits grow. During our stay at the village, we will also visit the village Gurudwara (Sikh Temple), the atmosphere here made by the pilgrims, chanting of hymns etc. is a very moving experience. Lastly, we will also have an opportunity to visit the home of locals where you enjoy the delicious Punjabi food as well as join the ladies of the house in their cooking activities. The Punjabis are well known for their friendliness and jovial nature. Enjoy your stay here; spending time with village families helps you to know more about their culture, norms, and, way of living. Following lunch, and, with added interactions with the natives, we bid farewell to the Village 

Following the tour, drive to the Amritsar airport to board your flight to Delhi. 

Upon arrival, remain in transit at the Delhi airport to connect further with your flight back home.



We do hope the flavor of India will remain on your taste buds for all times to come and

hopefully would kindle an indelible fondness for the country and her people; Thank you for being our guest, and as we say in India ‘Please come back soon”

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you!!

– Accommodation based on Twin Sharing Basis
– Meals as per the itinerary only (B – Breakfast & L – Lunch)

– Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
– Visit and dinner with an Indian Family
– Toy train to Shimla
– Viceroy’s trail in Shimla
– Cooking class in Arki Haveli
– Pen’s and brushes
– Heritage walk in Shimla
– Village tour in Amritsar
– Train journey as per itinerary
– All journeys as per itinerary in a fine air-conditioned Toyota Crysta
– Inner India airfares as per the itinerary based on current schedule (subject to change
and 100% cancellation charge)
– Local English-speaking guides
– Entrance fees as per the itinerary
– GST Levy, Toll, and Parking
– All driver expenses
– Bottled drinking water for road journeys
– Camera & video fee to monuments
– Meals other than mention above
– Expenses of personal nature such as laundry, drinks, tips, telephone calls etc
– Credit Card Transaction

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