Himalayan Serenity with Taj
Discover the mystical dimensions of Himalayas with collecting views of grandest mountain peaks. Touring at the proximity of enthralling mountain peaks you will help yourself to unearth the facts about why Himalaya still lures the world travelers towards it. Making a tour in the Himalaya region means you go beyond rudimentary travel experience that only comes in a life time.
|Chonor House||Dharamshala||2 nights||B&B|
|WH Taragarh Palace||Himachal Pradesh||2 nights||B&B|
|The Judge’s Court||Pragpur||1 night||B&B|
|Clarkes Hotel||Shimla||2 nights||B&B|
|Samode Haveli||Jaipur||2 nights||B&B|
|Hotel Trident Agra||Agra||2 nights||B&B|
B&B:Bed and Breakfast
DAY 1 : AMRITSAR
Upon arrival at Amritsar airport, you will be met by our welcome ambassador and escorted to your hotel where you will be assisted with Check-in.
In Hindi the word Amritsar means a Holy pool of nectar; and it was back in the year 1573 that work for digging the Holy pool began.
Located in the North-West region of India, Amritsar lies about 15 miles (25 km) east of the border with Pakistan. The most striking feature about Amritsar is its antiquity. Its central walled city has narrow streets mostly developed in the 17th and 18th century. The city is a peculiar example of an introverted planning system with unique areas called Katras. The Katras are self-styled residential units that provided unique defence system during attacks on the city.
Amritsar is the main seat of Sikh history and culture. The city itself was founded by the Sikh Guru, Guru Ram Das, and till present times it is the spiritual and temporal center of Sikh culture with the Golden Temple in Amritsar as its nucleus.
Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 2 : AMRITSAR
After breakfast, enjoy city tour of Amritsar.
Visit the beautiful Golden Temple, is made of white marble, bronze and gold leaf. To enter the temple, you must don a traditional headscarf, wade through a shallow pool (a purification ritual) and merge with the mass of bodies that circle the embankment around the holy structure.
The lower half of the Golden Temple is covered with marble and the upper with copper, overlaid with pure gold leaf, thus the name “The Golden Temple”. The Golden Temple has four entrances and the walls are inlaid with semi-precious stones in floral patterns, frescoes and glasswork. Visit temple's kitchen and witness the unique mass meal management of the place, where food is prepared 24 x 7 for thousands at a time on daily basis.
Next visit the Jallianwala Bagh is a particularly sacred place for all Indians today, as it is associated with a poignant episode in India’s freedom struggle.
Afternoon pay a visit to Wagah border witnessing the change of Guards ceremony at Indo - Pak border.
Evening return back to hotel and overnight stay at Hotel.
DAY 3 : DHARAMSHALA
After breakfast drive to Dharamshala. The hill station sits on a narrow ridgeline along the Dhauladhar range. Surrounded by pine forests, the grand Dhauladhar ranges tower like sheets of rock over Dharamshala, making this a great place for the adventure lover. Dharamshala town is roughly divided into two sections – the lower town with its traditional settlement and market areas and the upper town of McLeodganj, famous for its celebrity resident, His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Founded by the British between 1815 and 1847, Dharamshala remained a low-profile hill town till the influx of Tibetan refugees along with the Dalai Lama. The influx of Tibetan refugees after Chinese occupation in 1959 changed all that. The Dalai Lama set up his temporary residence at McLeodganj, the upper town and has continued to stay here.
Upon arrival Check In at Hotel.
Evening is free to explore local market.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
DAY 4 : DHARAMSHALA
After breakfast, enjoy the sightseeing of Maclodganj.
Tsuglagkhang (Dalai Lama's Temple), is the most important Buddhist monument in Mcleod Ganj. Although a relatively modest structure, it enshrines three magnificent images, including an enormous gilt statue of Shakyamuni, statues of Avalokitesvara and Padamasambhava, or Guru Rinpoche, the Indian scholar who introduced Buddhism and Tantric teachings to Tibet in the 8th century.
Situated next to the Tsuglagkhang Temple, the Kalachakra Temple is open to the public. The Dalai Lama uses this temple as his base for public teaching. The centre of the main Northern mural is a large painting of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni surrounded by all 722 deities of the Mandala.
Tibetan Medical & Astrological Institute is at Gangchen Kyishong, about five minutes’ walk below the main entrance to the library area. There is a museum, library, research unit and a college at which Tibetan medicine and astrology is taught. The museum has a well displayed exhibition of materials used in Tibetan medicines.
Afternoon is free.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
DAY 5 : HIMACHAL PRADESH
Today post breakfast, drive towards Palampur. Arrive and check-in at Taragarh Palace
Built by the Nawab of Bhawalpur in 1937, Taragarh Palace stands majestically at a height of 1,000 meters, amidst 15 acres of lush forests and tea gardens in the Kangra Valley in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. The Palace was built as a summer resort and it was acquired by the Royal Family of Jammu & Kashmir in 1951.
Developed as a Heritage Hotel in 1971, Taragarh Palace offers splendid views of the snow-clad ranges of the Dhauladhar Mountains, which forms an enchanting backdrop.
Rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities.
DAY 6 : HIMACHAL PRADESH
Whole day is free to explore the surrounding markets, temples and valleys.
DAY 7 : PRAGPUR
After breakfast, drive towards Pragpur. The scenic Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh is no stranger to heritage and history. In fact, it even lends its name to a mid-18th century school of miniature painting. It is also home to Pragpur, a quaint little village that drew attention when the state government, in 1997, certified it as a Heritage Village, making it the first such village in India.
On arrival check-in at hotel and afternoon is free for leisure.
Evening walk around the local village.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
DAY 8 : SHIMLA
This morning drive to Shimla - The "Queen of the Hill Stations", once the summer playground of the Raj and now the capital of Himachal Pradesh, sits at 2,213 metres above sea level, right on the edge of the Himalayas. Surrounded by forests of oak, deodar, pine and rhododendron, the town has an interesting core of Victorian buildings around the Mall and the Promenade, though with many visitors and a lot of building in recent years, it is no longer the cozy little town it used to be.
Arrive & check-in at hotel
Rest of the day is free at leisure.
DAY 9 : SHIMLA
After breakfast today enjoy the local sightseeing of Shimla. Today visit “Vice Regal Lodge” of Shimla is a heritage building this is situated on the Observatory Hill of Shimla. The building now serves as the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS). “Christ Church” Shimla built in 1857 in the neo – Gothic style. And also visit Gaiety Theatre, Scandal Point and famous Sankat Mochan Temple. The evening time is free to explore the famous “The Mall”.
Rest of the day is at leisure or you can choose the below optional tour :
Shimla Heritage Walk : The best ways to explore this lovely hill town is to explore it on foot. Walk through the Lanes & Trails of this British Himalayan Town and know about the stories of the bygone era. The British built this town and left legacies. If you can manage to have an Ariel view of Shimla you will notice that the town is a museum of architecture. Victorian, post Victorian, gothic, Georgian, Tudor, Moc-Tudor. The most imposing and attractive structures which 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 history and various interesting stories of the glorious past. They will compel you to glance at them from every angle. A brief description of some of them is given here.
DAY 10 : JAIPUR
After breakfast drive to Chandigarh airport to connect with your flight for Jaipur (Via Delhi)
Upon arrival Jaipur, you will be assisted by our representative and transfer to the hotel.
DAY 11 : JAIPUR
After breakfast, you will be driven to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort, surrounded by fortified battlements, situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur city. You will also have a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five-storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Em-peror Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area. At the foot of the hill you will be taken on the jeep up to the main gate. Tour the chambers and hallways of the palace, famous for the excellence of its design and decoration.
Continue sightseeing tour of pink city with visit to the City Palace Museum, which has a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury of Mughals and Rajputs; the awe-inspiring Jantar Mantar Observatory, a stone astrological and astronomical Observatory and the colourful bazaars. You may want to walk around the colourful bazaars and enjoy a traditional sweet at a renowned sweetshop.
DAY 12 : AGRA
Post breakfast, drive to Agra. En-route visiting Abhaneri Stepwell & Fatehpur Sikri.
Abhaneri: Chand Baori which is a huge step well, a unique idea conceived by the natives to work as a water reservoir. Another attraction is the Harshat Mata temple, an architectural jewel on the tourism map of Rajasthan. While Harshat Mata temple symbolises the 10th century architecture, Chand Baori, which is fortified on all sides, is one of the largest step wells in India. Abhaneri is also famous for local dances namely Ghoomar, Kalbelia and Bhawai.
Fatehpur Sikri: A highlight in the province of Uttar Pradesh, Fatehpur Sikri served briefly as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585. This world heritage site is rated as one of the best preserved collections of Mughal architecture in India. Surrounded by a six kilometre wall, with the fourth being a lake at the time, a day can be spent exploring the elaborate structures within. Marvel at the impressive Jama Masjid mosque, the detailed palaces built for Emperor Akbar’s wives, the public and private discussion halls and vast ornamental pool; all of which took over 15 years to conceptualise and build.
Arrive at Agra and check-in at hotel.
Optional : Mohabbat-the-Taj at Agra
Timing : 6.30 to 8 PM
Witness ‘Mohabbat-e-Taj’ -Saga of Love a spectacular theatrical show in Agra. Enjoy the show Mohabbat-e-Taj Show (Theatre) - an absorbing tale of the golden era of Indian medieval history, resplendent with colour and life in all its dimensions. The latest electronic gadgetry and powerful audio-visual presentation blending harmoniously with theatrical performances laced with dialogues in chaste Urdu are sure to sweep you off your feet with melodious scores. The 80- minute treat is going to be a lifetime experience with international multilingual facility.
DAY 13 : AGRA
Today visit the Taj Mahal by sunrise,as the monument is like a blooming flower when the twilight gilds it with pink color. Moreover, visiting in the early morning you can not only avoid the heat but also the crowds. For those people in pursuit of some perfect shots and don’t want to wait too long, getting up earlier can be very rewarding.
Later visit to Agra Fort, sometimes called (Red Fort) it was built over three generations and was the main military base for the Mughal emperors when Agra was their capital.
Later visit Itmad Ud Daulah, India’s first tomb to be made completely out of marble, Itmad-Ud-Daulah signals the beginning of new era in Mughal architecture. Until then, it was buildings of red sandstone. It was constructed during Jahangir’s period. The 21-meter high tomb was constructed in memory of Mirza Ghiyas, who was the father-in-law of Jahangir. He was bestowed with the title Itmad-Ud-Daula, which means pillar of the state. Influenced by Islamic architectural style, the monument’s towers display Persian touch. The wall paintings inside are sheer beauty to view.
In the evening explore the local markets to enjoy shopping experience.
DAY 14 : END OF ITINERARY
After breakfast, check out from hotel and drop at Delhi international airport to connect flight for onwards journey.
Your adventure begins in Old Delhi, the Mughal capital established by Shah Jahan in 1638. At the famous Red Fort, where Jawaharlal Nehru unfurled the flag of newly-independent India on August 15, 1947, trade the vehicle for bicycle rickshaws. Weave through the warren of crooked, congested alleys off Chandni Chowk, one of India’s oldest and busiest bazaars, where you will see the traditional workmanship for which India is well known and still thrives.
Visit Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s serene and evocative cremation site and the Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. The majestic Jama Masjid – meaning world-reflecting’ mosque – is Old Delhi’s principal place of worship, and the largest and most renowned of its kind in India. Built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan – who also built the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort – it’s an elaborate structure featuring an expansive geometric base topped with globe-shaped minarets crafted from strips of red sandstone and white marble, and a massive courtyard that can hold up to 25 000 people. Later proceed to visit the colonila delhi.
Later visit the mausoleum complex of Humayun, India’s second Mughal Emperor, was commissioned by his widow in 1565 and was the first garden tomb to be built in India, taking seven years to complete. Humayun had travelled widely in Persia and Central Asia during his lifetime, and many of the architectural principles he brought back from these journeys were incorporated into the building at his wife’s instructions. With its double domes, decorative inlaid marble and vast garden with pools connected by channels, this 16th Century building set the stage for the style that culminated in the Taj Mahal almost 100 years later.
After the sight seeing transfer to the airport to connect with your flight for your onward journey.