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Make a spiritual voyage of discovery through some of India’s most magical terrain. Explore the Himalayas, walk through the world of the Dalai Lama, hear the rush of the river Ganges.
Step off the plane and into our care with assistance on arrival at Delhi International after an overnight flight. An easy transfer brings you to Amritsar when your adventure begins. Experience sacred Sikh sanctuaries and golden Hindu temples.
Seek serenity in the walkways, courtyards, sparkling fountains and reflection pools of the Trident hotel. Join thousands of visitors at the Golden Temple. Look up at the beauty of the gold leaf ceiling and give thanks for being there. On a half-day sightseeing tour, hear the tragic tale of the massacre of Jallianwala Bagh. Before sunset head to the Wagah Border to watch the pomp and tradition of the Retreat Ceremony. Light a candle for peace between the two countries.
Step into the world of the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala at the village of McLeod Ganj, where the exiled Tibetan government are established. Uncover a rich tradition of art and culture surrounded by waterfalls and misty mountains.
Find sanctuary – the rough translation of Dharamsala – as you walk the streets of this city wreathed by beautiful forest. Sleep soundly at the Chonor House, surrounded by Tibetan cultural works from artists you met at the Norbulingka Institute earlier. Breathe in the incense-scented air. Know you are in a special place. Marvel at the Dalai Lama’s temple. Browse intricate handcrafts at the market. Choose a silk painted Thangka to hang at home.
Journey through the mountains to India’s first certified heritage village of Pragpur. Walk the cobbled streets in the shade of the white ranges of the Dhauladhar mountains. It’s said that the village was founded in this site to benefit from the prayers offered at the nearby temples of Bajreswari, Jwalamukhi and Chintpurni.
Visit the 300-year old heritage home of the Sood, a community referenced in ancient Hindu texts, who claim to have been born of a sacred fire. Smell the perfume of the blossoms laid as offerings at the Radha Krishna temple. Explore the vivid market, see silversmiths at work, take home a unique treasure. Feast on mangos fresh from the tree in the gardens of the ornate Anglo-Indian heritage hotel of the Judge’s Court.
Relax and enjoy the view as we drive you south to Shimla, the summer capital of British India, called the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’. Explore its fascinating architecture, a blend of Mock Tudor and Neo-Gothic from its Colonial days and towering temples and Mughal palaces.
Luxuriate in century-old splendour at the Oberoi Cecil hotel while enjoying superb mountain views. Uncover the photographs and newspapers of the archives of the Colonial past at Vice Regal Lodge, former residence of the British viceroy. Hike Jakhoo hill to get a picture-perfect view of the city. Stroll the Victorian Mall, sipping a cooling fresh plum and lychee juice, browsing artisan crafts.
A day of travel takes you from Shimla into the Doon Valley at the foothills of the Himalayas, between India’s mighty rivers, the Ganges and Yamuna. Capital city of the state of Uttarakhand, Dehradun is famous for its temperate climate and beautiful scenery.
When the landscape is so special, it’s a relief to not have to drive, settle back, let us take care of everything while you enjoy the view. Take time to discover the stunning statue of the Buddhist goddess, Tara and the great Stupa Dehra Dun. Luxuriate in a night’s stay at the Shaheen Bagh hotel, an elegant colonial-style country bungalow with superb views of Mussoorie.
Continue on your odyssey of spiritual and cultural discovery as you head south again to Haridwar, or the Gateway to the Gods’ as it’s known. It’s believed in Hindu mythology to be one of the seven holiest sites on earth as the Gods are meant to have left their footprints in the city.
Soak up the atmosphere in this holy city; meeting place of four pilgrimage destinations. Take a sightseeing tour of Haridwar of the glittering temples and gleaming Dharamshalas along the banks of the river Ganges. Get caught up in the fire, light and magic of the Aarti on the Ghats ceremony on the river.
Leave the holy city behind after a breakfast overlooking the Ganges at Hotel Haveli Hari Ganga. Make a brief trip to Rishikesh to explore the “Plaits of the Sage”. Later settle into the last word in luxury at the Ananda Destination Spa.
Stroll the Lakshman Jhoola suspension bridge spanning the Ganges. Spa like a Maharaja with the Pizhichil treatment. Savour seasonal organic produce as you dine under the stars. Meditate in the shadow of the Himalayas.
Relaxed after spa-ing in the mountains and experiencing a more gentle pace of life in the pure mountain air, take one last trip with us, back to Delhi. Maintain that re-discovered inner calm as you plunge into the vivid kaleidoscope of colour that is the Delhi shopping scene.
Wake before dawn to watch the mountain blaze into life with the sunrise Sip fresh mango juice after a refreshing swim. Hunt for exotic treasures to take home.
Take time over a leisurely breakfast and we’ll assist you with your departure to the International Airport.