Upon arrival met & assisted by our representative and transfer to hotel for immidiate check in ( Room booked from Overnight ). Amritsar literally translates as ‘amrit ka sar-ovar’, the lake of the holy nectar. It was founded by Guru Ram Das in 1574. Situated on the north-west edge of Punjab (the land of five rivers), it was declared a holy city by the British during their rule in 1915. Famed for the Golden Temple, it is just like any other small city but with the zest of Punjabi’s - Punjabi music, Punjabi food & Punjabi culture. It is a patchwork of malls, branded stores, coffee joints, restaurants adjunct to which are the narrow streets and lanes of the walled city where till today one finds the old world charm thriving. Street hawkers, rickshaws, shopkeepers, traders, local eateries, dhabas and more vibrate immensely in their characteristic style which is a must-experience when visiting Amritsar. Special Punjabi welcome dinner at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast is at hotel. Visit The Golden Temple exhibits a harmonious blend of Mughal and Rajput traditions of architecture. Religious and philosophy experience and see the community kitchen where thousands of worshippers are fed round the clock. Heritage walk with culinary experience: It will give you a chance to explore the way the city wakes up and how locals indulge in tasting the local recipes from centuries old shops. We also take you to a one of the oldest old tea shop where tea is still made on a coal chimney with a table fan and the trip also see you guzzling a glass of the famous lassi coupled with a huge gallop of butter. No trip is complete without snacks and we also take you to tasteof local food with your guide telling you about all the dishes, there will be plenty of opportunities to explore the history of the recipes and seeing the dishes being prepared. In between the gluttony, you will also get a chance to visit some traditional shops apart from a special random surprise visit. Wagah Border visit: This afternoon we proceed for Wagha Boarder is a joint Indo - Pak check post located about 29 km from Amritsar at Atari. It stands like a mute witness to the convoy of history but also shares the laughter of peace and good times. The Lowering of Flags Ceremony, better known as the Retreat, is like a high energy theatrical production which runs non-stop 365 days a year. The half-an-hour ceremony is a matter of pride and prestige for the armed forces for both the countries. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast is at hotel. This morning drive towards the hill station of Dharamshala, in the upper reaches of the Kangra Valley, is surrounded by dense coniferous forest, mainly deodars. A scenic drive begins its climb after Pathankot and it takes odd four hours from Amritsar. Dharamshala is the closest one can get to Tibet while still being in India. Known as the winter capital of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala regained social standing with the arrival of the Dalai Lama. It was here that the Dalai Lama and his followers fled after the Chinese invasion of Tibet. Influence of Buddhism and the Tibetans reflects itself across the entire hill station from food, clothes, way of life and more. With immense natural beauty and fresh air, Dharamshala is very popular for trekking. Further up Dharamshala at an altitude of above 1750 meters lies McLeod Ganj, named after David McLeod, once the British Lieutenant-Governor of Punjab. Upon arrival check in to hotel. Explore Guided walk to explore the local market. Special Tibetan Dinner at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast is at hotel. Morning proceed for sightseeing tour of Mcleod Ganj, Tibet has lent importance to Mcleod Ganj. The Buddha temple is situated opposite the present abode of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. This place is well worth a visit and around it is situated Tibetan monasteries and nunnery. A number of residential buildings, restaurants, antique and curio shops are present. The Tibet Museum is located near the Main Temple (Tsuglagkhang) of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala. The museum is closed on Mondays and Saturdays (except for the 1st Saturday of the month). Moreover, the museum will be closed during Tibetan festivals and other gazetted holidays. Tsuglagkhang Complex: located in the southwest corner of Mcleod Ganj. Walk south all the way to the end of Temple Road. The complex is located at the bottom of the hill with a large iron gate and signs that read "Entrance to Temple." Tsuglagkhang Complex is the official home of the 14th Dalai Lama. The complex houses the Photang (Dalai Lama's residence), Tibet Museum, Tsuglagkhang Temple, and Namgyal Gompa. The shrine of Bhagasunath is famous for its ancient temple. It is 11km from lower town. Slate quarries are found here. There is a tank and spring which are considered sacred by the Hindus. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast is at hotel. Day is at leisure for independent activities. Optional experiences: - Select any one Norbulingka Institute, is self-sustaining community located in Dharamsala, India, dedicated to ensuring that the integrity of Tibetan artistic traditions is maintained for generations to come. Art is a large part of culture, and by maintaining artistic lineages, we help to conserve the unique identity of Tibetans and the sacred traditions which took root in Tibet. Our studios produce museum-quality artwork using methods that have been practiced and passed down for many centuries. We invite visitors to come and explore our beautiful campus and witness firsthand the splendor of Tibetan art. Exploring the Ancient Empire: It’s an excursion in which the guests will get a glimpse of one of the oldest civilization in India. The history of the Kangra Valley is a long and complex one, dating back more than 3,500 years. As the centuries have gone by, and kingdoms have come and gone, layer upon layer of tradition and culture have been added to a land now steeped in legend. The many ancient and holy sites that have weathered the test of time, as well as the adaptations of each successive culture, tell the remarkable history of the Kangra Valley. Let us take you on a tour of the town of Kangra where we’ll uncover these rich layers of history and culture that lie waiting to be discovered beneath the surface. Cooking class in a Tibetan Kitchen with a local family: Learn the art of Tibetan cooking with a local family and enjoy the Dinner/lunch along with the stories of the secret recipes. Overnight at hotel.
reakfast is at hotel. In the morning you will proceed for Chandigarh approx. ( 241 kms / 06 hours drive). Chandigarh, the capital of the northern Indian states of Punjab and Haryana, was designed by the Swiss-French modernist architect, Le Corbusier. His buildings include the Capitol Complex with its High Court, Secretariat and Legislative Assembly, as well as the giant Open Hand Monument. The nearby Rock Garden is a park featuring sculptures made of stones, recycled ceramics and industrial relics. Visit to Rock Garden Chandigarh rock garden is an epitome of creativity and innovation. It is a unique garden that consists of various art objects. But the best part about the rock garden is that each of its artwork has been made by using industrial & urban waste. Visit Rose Garden Leisure Valley is a garland of gardens that ornaments the city from one end to another. Rest of time is at leisure for independent activities. Dinner at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Drive to Rishikesh en-route Continue drive towards Rishikesh. Rishikesh, a most tranquil place in northern Uttarakhand, surrounded by hills and bisected by the wide and sluggish Ganges, is often claimed as the `Yoga Capital of the World'. Back in the 1960s Rishikesh gained instant fame as the site where The Beatles came to stay with their guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It is an excellent place to meditate and study yoga. Evening aarti at the ghats with the benediction ceremony with Preist on the ghats of Holy Ganges. Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Overnight Stay at hotel.
This morning practice Meditation & Pranayam techniques, known to calm the mind, and balance the energy in the body by achieving a state of control, are actively propagated Proceed for sightseeing tour of Rishikesh visit, Lakshman Jhula : Lakshman Jhula a suspension bridge 450 feet long and built in 1939. Named after Lord Ram's younger brother Lakshman, it has temples dotting its either side, including the famed Lakshman Temple at Tapovan. One more noteworthy ashram is the 13 storeyed Kailashananda Ashram, with each story being dedicated to a different deity. Ashram : There is a cluster of ashrams on the eastern bank of the Ganges, and the place is popularly known as 'Swarga Ashram'. Most of these ashrams provide courses on yoga and spiritual studies, and are well-known among the tourists. Some ancient temples with beautifully carved statues are also located in the place. Explore the anciant lanes of Ghat bazaar and experience pure vegetarian hindu meal. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast is at leisure. Day is at leisure for independent activities. Optional experiences: Select any one AM Yoga experience at the hotel. Rafting in Ganges (subject to season & water condition of river) Excursion to explore the Garhwali village. Witness the local life a garhwali village. Overnight stay at hotel
Breakfast is at hotel. Later drive towards Mussoorie approx. 76 Kms / 02 hours drive. Upon arrival check into the hotel. Perched on a ridge 2km high, the 'Queen of Hill Stations' as favourite holiday destination. When the mist clears, views of the green Doon Valley and the distant white-capped Himalayan peaks are superb, and in the hot months the cooler temperatures and fresh mountain air make a welcome break from the plains below. Afternoon is at leisure. Speical dinner at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast is at hotel. Day is at leisure to rest and relax at hotel enjoying the beautiful view of hill station. Optional activities- AM Sunrise / Sunset Points – The best places to see the sunrise are Fairy Glen or Flag Hill, and sunsets are best viewed from Rokeby Manor. Soft trek to hills – A nice and easy short day hike of around 2 hours (2 km). You will get a nice view of the Doon Valley and the Mussoorie area and is a great spot for picnics. It is not advisable to visit Witch’s Hill during storms as it seems supernaturally prone to lightning strikes. Pepper-pot and Pepper-pot Cave – The mountain gets its name from the square shaped formation of its peak (resembling a pepper-pot). Located to the east of Mussoorie, this is a leisurely day hike of about four hours (8 km) and is a nice place to see breathtaking views of the surrounding hills, valleys, and the Eternal Snows. This is also a good area to view the local fauna and birds. PM Everest House – Park Estate, or Everest House, is where one can find the remnants of the residence and laboratory of Sir George Everest, who was the Surveyor-General of India from 1830 to 1843, and after who the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest is named. From Gandhi Chowk/Library Bazaar it’s an 8 km drive. Although the road is quite rough beyond Hathipaon, Everest House provides a fantastic view of the Doon Valley on one side and a panoramic view of the Aglar River Valley and the Eternal Snows of the Himalayas on the other. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast is at hotel In time you will be transferred to Dehradun airport to board flight for Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi transfer to hotel. Enjoy a drive through Lutyen’s Delhi with photo stops at India Gate and the muted red sandstone Parliament and government buildings. At the end visit Qutub Minar the landmark of Delhi, a huge tower of victory started in 1199 and completed in 1368. The minar is 72.5m high with a diameter at the base 14.4m and 2.7 m at the top. The tower has 379 steps to the top. Riligious and philosophy experience as you visit the Bangla Saheb Gurudwara and see the community kitchen where thousands of worshippers are fed round the clock. Farewell Dinner at Olive Bar and Kitchen Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 13 : END OF ITINERARY
Breakfast is at hotel. In time you will be transferred to International airport to board flight for your onward destination.