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Foothills Of The Himalayas
As the name says, this program is based on visiting the towns and hill station located on the foothills of the Himalayas. Starting and ending in Delhi, you will visit Shimla – the summer capital
built by the British, followed by visit to Dharamshala – residence of the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama and the tour ends with the excitement of the flag closing ceremony at the India/Pakistan
Foothills of The Himalayers- 14 Nights
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Price includes: Accommodation for 10 nights on twin share basis on bed and breakfast basis, all transfers and sightseeing excursions using
air-conditioned transport except on the hills (where non-air-conditioned vehicle will be provided), local English speaking guide at each destinations for all sightseeing as mentioned in the program
(there is no local guide on free days), entrances to the monuments as specified in the program, all currently applicable government taxes.
Not included: Indian visa charges, travel insurance, meals – other than specified, any airfares, any expenses of personal nature such as
telephone calls, laundry, table drinks and other beverages, etc., all tips and gratuities for porters, bellboys, guides and local representatives, drivers, charges for movie and still camera at the
monuments, any unprecedented hike in government taxes, hotel rates, fuel prices that may be applicable in the future, airport tax, if applicable and any other expenses not specifically mentioned to
have been included above.
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Arrive Delhi. The capital of India, is a fascinating city with complexities and contradictions, where the past co-exists with the present. Many dynasties ruled from here and the city is rich in
the architecture of its monuments. Delhi is not only the present metropolis of India but also a Necropolis. Because of its location, being on the banks of the river Yamuna, many cities have risen and
fallen over the last five millenniums. Overnight in Delhi.
Morning tour of Old Delhi – also known as Mughal Delhi. This includes the visit of the Red Fort – Shah Jehan’s elegent citadel in red sandstone and the Jumma Masjid – India’s largest mosque, also
built by Shah Jahan. A walk through the narrow lanes where time seems to have stood still will give you a first-hand view of the merchants, the little food and artifact stalls and the teeming
population, busy in their daily activities. Thereafter, proceed to Raj Ghat – Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial. Afternoon city tour of New Delhi, also known as Lutyen’s Delhi –visiting the Qutab Minar, a
Tower of Victory, built in the 12th century by Qutbuddin Aibak. Within its spacious courtyard stands the Iron Pillar, which dates back to the 4th century AD and bears a Sanskrit inscription in the
Gupta style. The pillar has puzzled scientists, as its iron has not rusted in all these centuries. Also visit the Tomb of Humayun - a magnificent structure in red sandstone and white marble and one
of the finest examples of the garden tomb, and a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Its proportionate spaces, double dome and refined elegance are characteristic of Mughal architecture. Also visit India
Gate, a memorial of the First World War and drive along the road that leads from there to the Rashtrapathi Bhawan - the residence of the President of India which is flanked by the houses of
Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings. Overnight in Delhi.
After breakfast at the hotel there will be an early morning departure for Shimla (347 kms – 8 hrs) Shimla, the capital of Himalachal Pradesh spills over the steep slopes of a 12kms long crescent
shaped ridge in the lower Himalayas. It was once the glamorous summer capital of British India. Shimla has a number of scenic trails and the highest point on the ridge with the Jakhu temple is a 45
minute walk from the Mall. From here you can have an excellent view of snow peaks and dark forested slopes. Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities. Overnight in Shimla.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and spend the day at leisure. Overnight in Shimla.
After breakfast drive to Nalagarh (165 Kms/05 Hrs). Situated on a 15 acre forested estate surrounded by tea gardens of the Kangra valley, this is one of the most scenic and unexplored areas of
Himachal Pradesh. It is at the foot of the Dhauladhar Mountains with splendid views of surrounding snow-capped peaks. There are also many historical monuments redolent of Mughal architecture in India
as well as the principal landmark of the Nalagarh Fort which offers a spectacular view of the Shivalik hill ranges and the Sirsa River. The other remarkable tourist spot in Nalagarh is the famous
Naini Devi temple visible from the fort. Enjoy rest of the day exploring fort and surrounding area. There is plenty to explore by way of nature walks in the lush green surroundings of Nalagarh An
excellent excursion from Nalagarh is to the impressive Ramgarh Fort. The Fort ramparts command a breathtaking view of the plains and towns of Punjab, and the snowclad peaks of the Himalayas.
Overnight in Nalagarh.
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning drive to Taragarh (135 Kms /4 Hrs). In 1931, the 27 year old Nawab of Bahawalpur built a large European-style summer residence for himself up in the cool Himalayan
jungles of Kangra district. He laid out lush gardens, built a glass pleasure pavilion and a mosque and christened his country palace Al Hilal (The Crescent Moon). Upon arrival in Taragarh check in at
the Taragarh Palace. Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities.
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning drive to Dharmshala (65 Kms /1 ½ Hrs). Dharamsala is beautifully located on a ridge of the Dhauladhar range. The town rises in levels up the hill from a height of
1250m to 2000m. It is the adopted home of the Dalai Lama and it consists of Upper and Lower Dharamsala. The Dalai Lama resides at Macleodgang, Upper Dharamsala. In the colourful Tibetan township are
the newly built Gelugpa Monastery and a school of Tibetan culture with an excellent library. Lord Elgin was buried in the gardens adjoining St. John’s Church. The Institute of Buddhist Learning and
the Dal Lake are other nearby interesting spots. Arrive Dharmashala and check in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities. Overnight in Dharmashala.
Breakfast at the hotel before a morning city tour visiting Mcleodganj, originally home of the semi-nomadic Gaddi tribe, McLeodganj is today the residence of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. This mid
19th century place was developed as a British Garrison. Today the palace has developed as headquarters of the exiled Tibetan Government. The impressive monastery has larger than life size images of
Buddha, Padmasambhava and Avaloketeshwara. Visit Dalai Lama’s residence, the market place and the monasteries. If you are fortunate, and the Dalai Lama is not in prayer, you will perhaps have an
opportunity for an audience. Visit Kangra Art Museum,War Memorial, Dall Lake, St John’s Church and other interesting places in and around town. Rest of the day at leisure for independent activites.
Overnight in Dharmashala.
Breakfast at the hotel. Take a morning drive to Pragpur (65 kms / 1.5 hrs), which is a medieval heritage village with cobbled streets and slate-roofed houses and a 300 years old country home by an
ornamental pond. Located at an elevation of approximately 1800 feet in the Kangra valleys, the village is nestled below the majestic ranges of the Dhauladharas. The landscape is beautiful. Arrive and
check in at the hotel.Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities. Overnight in Pragpur.
Breakfast at the hotel before the morning drive to Amritsar (170 Kms / 4 Hrs). The city of Amritsar founded in 1579 means a “Pool of Nectar”. It is constructed at a sacred site gifted by the
Mughal Emperor Akbar to Guru Ram Das, in the 16th century. It is the most holy place of worship for the Sikhs all over the world. This afternoon drive to “Wagah” border to witness the closing
ceremony The city shares the Wagah border with Pakistan which is still open as the land trading route between the two countries. Every evening there is a formal closing ceremony of the border gates
by Army personnel on both sides which is a must see. Evening return to Amritsar and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel before a tour of the city visiting the Golden Temple, also known as Hari Mandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib. It is one of the most interesting temples of the world. The holy book
of the Sikhs, the Granth Sahib is venerated in the Sanctum Sanctorum. The temple has four entrances, one in each direction, symbolising that it is open to all people regardless of sex, caste,
religion or creed. The walls of the temple are inlaid with semi-precious stones in floral patterns, frescoes and glasswork. Inside the Temple one can see and hear musicians continuously singing the
holy songs from the Granth Sahib. The Temple is in constant use, and one can observe people in quiet devotion at any time of the day. It is the desire of every Sikh to visit the Temple at least once
in their life. This afternoon transfer to the airport in time for the flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi the rest of the day at leisure for independent activities. Overnight in Dehli.
Morning at leisure before departing Delhi.
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Windows on the wild