India

Himachal Pradesh Tour

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Overview

Duration: 11D/10N

 

Destinations Covered: Amritsar, Dalhousie, Palampur, Dharamshala, Paragpur

 

This is a standard itinerary which can be easily customised based on your interests, no. of pax, time and types of accommodation.

 

These places of interests are also popular with domestic tourists starting from 15th May till end of summer holidays. July and August are monsoon months. To avoid crowds, mid to end September onwards would be suitable.

 

For trip customisation, pricing query and bookings, email us at hello@crimsonasia.my.

Program

Program

Day 01: Arrive in Amritsar.

 

Welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel close to the airport for overnight stay. 

 

Amritsar is the spiritual and cultural center of Sikhism - home to Harmandir Sahib commonly known as Golden Temple. 

 

Day 02: Amristar (B)

In the morning, pay your respects to the shining and magnificent Golden Temple, a sacred Sikh temple and the spiritual and cultural centre for the Sikh religion. Next, visit the Community Kitchen where 10,000 pilgrims are fed for free every day, and Jallianwala Bagh, a memorial that commemorates the innocent people who were killed during the independence movement of India. Later, we visit the beautiful Ram Bagh Gardens.

 

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In the afternoon, visit Wagah border to watch a daily "lowering of the flags" ceremony practiced since 1959, by both the security forces of India (Border Security Force) and Pakistan (Pakistan Rangers). After that, explore the nearby area in your way or relax at the hotel.

 

 

The Golden Temple Amritsar India (Sri Harimandir Sahib Amritsar) is not only a central religious place of the Sikhs, but also a symbol of human brotherhood and equality. Everybody, irrespective of cast, creed or race can seek spiritual solace and religious fulfilment without any hindrance. It also represents the distinct identity, glory and heritage of the Sikhs. When you walk into the temple you will be awestruck by the beauty of it all. It will be a spiritually-uplifting experience.  

 

Community Kitchen (Guru Ram Das Langar) at the Golden Temple is the term used in the Sikh religion or in Punjab in general for common kitchen/canteen where food is served in a Gurdwara to all visitors for free. At the langar, only vegetarian food is served, to ensure that all people, regardless of their dietary restrictions, can eat as equals.

 

Jallianwala Bagh is a sprawling memory of the great tragedy, which evokes the patriotic spirit in every Indian. It was here, that the worst massacre in the entire history of Indian freedom struggle took place in the year 1919. To commemorate the murder of innocent people, a memorial was constructed at the site of the gruesome killings. The memorial also preserves the portion of the wall with pellet marks along with the well. 

 

Ram Bagh Garden attracts a lot of tourists every year, owing to the enormous natural beauty it encompasses. It used to be the summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780-1839) in the past. The garden is built in the model of Shalimar gardens in Lahore. It has a huge collection of plants and trees, some of them very rarely found anywhere else. It is rich in natural beauty, with the splendors untarnished by any outside factor. It stands out for its collection of rare coniferous trees, herbal plants and water channels set with fountains and golden fish. At one end of the garden, one can see a lively statue of the king seated on a horse. 

 

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 03: -    Amritsar – Dalhousie (Drive 200 Kms – 5 Hours) (B)

After breakfast, drive on an enthralling journey to Dalhousie. Once we leave Pathankot, the serpentine road will start to wind up and down the Himalayas and open up breath-taking view of river valleys and lush green mountains.

 

By noon, we will reach Dalhousie a pine-clad hill station welcoming us with majestic view of the snowcapped Pir Panjal mountain range at its backdrop. Dalhousie has been named after the British Governor – General of the 19th century, Lord Dalhousie who founded the town in 1854 because of its fresh and peaceful atmosphere and healthy surroundings that enchanted him. The picturesque town is situated among the five hills, facing the Pir Panjal range of snow-capped and pristine mountains, surrounded by thick forests of pines, dodders, oaks and flowering rhododendron. 

 

Upon reaching Dalhousie check in to the hotel.

 

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 04: Dalhousie (Excursion of Khajjar and Chamera) (B)

As the sweet morning glory and clear blue sky wish you good morning, we shall proceed to mystic Chamera Lake surrounded by the Himalayan mountain range. We shall go for boating in the pristine blue water against the backdrop of evergreen valleys and picturesque mountains. 

 

Visit Kalatop and Khajjar - known as 'mini Switzerland' for its mesmerizing landscape of green valley amid snow-capped Himalayas. You may try horse riding, parasailing or do nothing and just gaze at the idyllic pastoral scenery of lake, dense pine-cedar forests and snow-capped mountains. In the evening, return back to Dalhousie and spend your time at leisure at bustling Mall Road or take a lazy stroll from Gandhi Chowk to hilltop Moti Tibba covered with pine, fir, and oak trees.

 

 

Return back to hotel, enjoy dinner before retiring for a good night's sleep.

 

Overnight stay at hotel.  

 

Day 05: Dalhousie - Palampur (Drive 150 Kms – 5 Hours) (B)

After breakfast, the drive towards Palampur will completely engage you in the beauty of nature as you will get to see dense pine, oak and rhododendron foliage. On arriving, check in to the hotel and spend the rest of your day at leisure to later visit the town that is famous for its scenic beauty. Discover the lush green small town bounded with tea gardens and gushing water bodies.

 

Return back to your hotel room for a delectable dinner followed by an overnight stay. 

 

Palampur is renowned for its tea gardens like the Palampur Cooperative Tea Factory which also processes the leaves. 

 

Day 06: Palampur (B)

After breakfast, visit Tea Gardens and Tea Factory, to learn more about the processing and the method used to make the favourite drink of many. St. John's Church is another important landmark of Palampur. If you are willing to take a little walk, then you can head to the Bundla Chasm, where there is a beautiful waterfall. If you want to visit a great vantage point, then you can go to Neogal Park which is at a distance of 1 km from Palampur, which offers a breath-taking view of the Dhauladhar Range.

 

 

There are other various places you can visit while on your tour to Palampur, besides taking a stroll of the beautiful surrounding and the wooded areas close to Palampur. On the way visit Chamunda Devi Temple.  

 

Overnight Stay at Hotel.  

 

Day 07: -    Palampur – Dharamshala (Drive 40 Kms – 2 Hours) (B)

As morning sun rays greet you with a smile, prepare yourself to experience the beauty of Dharamshala, hill station that captures your imagination with a unique mix of Tibetan, British and Himachali cultures. Dharamshala, lying on the spur of the Dhauladhar Mountains, is known for its scenic beauty set amidst high pine and oak trees. Since 1960, when it became the temporary headquarters of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Dharamshala has risen to international repute as 'The Little Lhasa'. 

 

 

Upon reaching Dharamshala, visit the War Memorial built as a remembrance of martyrs from Himachal Pradesh, and enjoy a pleasant walk through the woods. We shall proceed to His Holiness Dalai Lama's residence at McLeodgunj and witness the Tibetan culture, heritage and religion which are preserved with time. Admire the serene ambience at Namgyal Monastery that was originally founded in 16th century by the second Dalai Lama and is the largest Tibetan temple outside Tibet. The monastery is home to 200 Tibetan resident monks, who help preserve the monastery's ancient rituals, artistic skills and traditions.

 

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 08: Dharmshala (B)

After breakfast, enjoy your wonderful morning at the beautiful slopes of the Dhauladhar. Spend your time leisurely admiring the exceptional natural beauty of deep valleys, snow-capped mountains and pine meadows around you.  

 

We shall go to Norbulingka which is a unique institute to preserve art and culture of Tibet. It holds workshops in carpentry, wood carving, thangka paintings, textile weaving and metal sculpture. Thereafter we will take you to Dal Lake amidst lush greenery - the lake also has a Shiva temple on its banks, St. John's Church (an Anglican church built in 1852, dedicated to John the Baptist), Tibetan Monastery- for witnessing the worshipping rituals of the region and Bhagsu Nag Temple- an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Snake God, Nag and Lord Shiva. 

 

Overnight at hotel.

 

 

Day 09: Dharmshala – Paragpur (Drive 70 Kms – 2 Hours) (B)

After breakfast drive to Paragpur. Upon arrival check in at hotel. 

 

Pragpur in the stunning Kangra valley of Himachal Pradesh is the first World Heritage Village of India. Garli and Pragpur together make the Heritage Zone. The gabled houses along undulating roads display a medieval heritage which attracts tourists from all over the world.

 

 

Overnight at hotel.  

 

Day 10:   Paragpur – Amritsar (Drive 170 Kms – 4/5 Hours) (B)

After breakfast drive to Amritsar. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 11:   Amritsar Departure (B)

Transfer to airport to board the flight for onward journey.

 

***PROGRAM ENDS***

 

Hotel Accommodation

 

City

Hotel

No. of nights

Amritsar

Hotel Ramada (3-star)

2

Dalhousie

Hotel Grand View (3-star)

2

Palampur

Norwood Green (4-star)

2

Dharamshala

Pride Hotel (3-star)

2

Paragpur

Judge’s Court (Heritage Hotel)

1

Amritsar

Hotel Ramada (3-star)

1

 

Inclusions

--Airport transfers in private A/C car or van

--Activities as per tour including entrance fees

--Twin-sharing accommodation on with breakfast

--Accompanying English-speaking guide services from Day 2 to Day 11

--Meeting and assistance by local representatives on arrival/departure at airport/hotel

--Private transfers and transport between airport, hotel and sightseeing spots

--2 Mineral water bottles per person per day

 

Exclusions

--International return flight to Amritsar

--Visa Fees

--Travel Insurance

--Lunch, dinner and snacks

--Tipping

--Personal expenses

--Optional activities

--Excess baggage charges

 

For queries/bookings for this tour, pls email us at hello@crimsonasia.my .

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For queries/bookings for this tour, pls email us at hello@crimsonasia.my .

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