JOURNEY TO THE GOLDEN TEMPLE
10 days

This is an unusual journey across North India. Away from the typical routes and the sensory crush of India (well, almost), you begin your tour at Chandigarh. A picturesque train ride takes you to Shimla, summer capital of the British Raj, where nature walks are the best way to explore its delightful scenery in depth.

As you drive along the lower reaches of the Himalayas to Taragarh in the beautiful Kangra valley, prepare for spectacular scenery, tea plantations, orchards and villages dotted with ancient and medieval temples. This route is not without its surprises – a mere day trip takes you to McLeod Ganj, the headquarters of the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan government-in-exile. A train journey and a drive through the wheat bowl of Punjab takes you to Amritsar, home of Sikh community and their beauteous, most holy shrine: the Golden Temple. The tour introduces you to unanticipated facets of India.

DAY 1 | CHANDIGARH

Arrive in Chandigarh today, where accommodation is held from 12 noon. An orientation drive is arranged this afternoon through the city, its central skyline dominated by the architectural legacy of Le Corbusier.

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DAY 2 | CHANDIGARH/ KALKA / SHIMLA

At leisure till the short transfer to Kalka for the midday train to Shimla (alt 2,130m), a five hour journey. The Kalka/Shimla mountain railway that rises from the dusty plains to the cooler heights, through a series on tunnels and loops, is an absolute marvel of engineering. Stay three nights at Shimla or nearby Mashobra.

DAY 3 & 4 | SHIMLA

Two days to experience the “Queen of the Hills” of the Raj era. Walk The Mall to view its attractions, take excursions to nearby scenic and holy spots, or take optional guided walks in the environs of Shimla.

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DAY 5 | SHIMLA/ TARAGARH

A day’s drive along the lower reaches of the Himalaya to Taragarh (alt 1,000m, 255 km/6 hours).

DAY 6 & 7 | TARAGARH

The beautiful Kangra Valley resonates with spectacular scenery, tea plantations, orchards, villages, ancient and medieval temples, and monasteries. Guided nature walks are aplenty and an excursion can easily be made to McLeod Ganj (90 km round trip/1 hour drive each way) at Dharamsala, headquarters of His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

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DAY 8 | TARAGARH/ PATHANKOT/ AMRITSAR

Travel by the Kangra Valley Railway, a breathtaking journey through the superb natural vistas of lower Himachal Pradesh. Disembark at Pathankot and drive south through the wheat bowl of Punjab to Amritsar (110 kms/2 hours), arriving there early evening.

DAY 9 | AMRITSAR

Visit the sacred shrine during the morning and in the evening as the markets around it come alive. Also visit the Jallianwala Bagh and Wagah border for the ceremonial lowering of the flag.

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DAY 10 | DEPART AMRITSAR

Depart today for your onward destination.

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