Amritsar's Golden Temple
Departing by Air
Duration 14 Days
Available Until November 2020

Search for tigers and see the Taj Mahal on this enthralling holiday in Northern India. Discover Amritsar’s sacred Golden Temple as you tour the Punjab, and the beautiful Himalayan hill state of Himachal Pradesh. See the border-closing ceremony at Wagah on the Indo-Pakistani border, and take a first-class train ride from Delhi to Jalandhar on the Shatabdi Express.

Amritsar’s Golden Temple Available Departures:

Tour Highlights:

  • A stay in Ranthambhore National Park, with two safaris
  • A sunrise visit to the immortal Taj Mahal
  • The Palki ceremony at Amritsar’s Golden Temple
  • A guided tour of the sights of New Delhi
  • Enjoy a traditional rickshaw ride through Old Delhi
  • Visit Jaipur’s ‘Palace of the Winds’
  • Enjoy a village visit and a cookery demonstration in Dholpur
  • A guided tour of Agra, ‘City of Love’
  • Explore ‘Heritage Village’ Pragpur
  • A drive through the foothills of the Himalayas
  • Visits to the Golden Temple by day and night
  • A visit to the Jallianwala Bagh memorial park
  • See the Indo-Pakistani border closing ceremony

Price Includes

  • 12 nights’ half-board accommodation in a series of good-quality hotels in Delhi (2 nights), Jaipur (2), Ranthambhore (2), Dholpur (1), Agra (1), Pragpur (2) and Amritsar (2)
  • Seven lunches
  • Return flights to Delhi
  • An internal flight between Amritsar and Delhi
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single supplements apply. Subject to availability.

Itinerary

Day One: Overnight flight to India

Fly overnight from the UK to Delhi.

Day Two: Included Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque excursion

Meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel for lunch and the chance to freshen up. This afternoon, explore the ruins of the ancient Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque and the ornate Qutb Minar tower.

Day Three: Included Delhi city tour and travel to Agra

Today’s explorations begin with a guided tour of the Old City, and an exciting rickshaw ride through the lanes of Chandni Chowk. Afterwards, you’ll explore New Delhi, with its echoes of the British Raj, and visit the impressive Agrasen ki Baoli stepwell and the ruins of the ancient Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque. This afternoon, you’ll travel to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, where you will enjoy a two-night stay.

Day Four: Included Amber Fort and Jaipur excursion

Visit Amber’s extraordinary hill-top fort, travelling by jeep to explore the Royal Halls and enjoy magnificent views. This afternoon, see the sights of Jaipur, including the stunning City Palace museum complex, the famous astronomical observatory and the 18th-century ‘Palace of the Winds’. Dinner tonight is with a local Rajasthani family in the city.

Day Five: From Jaipur to Ranthambhore

Beautiful Ranthambhore National Park is one of the best examples of India’s conservation programme Project Tiger, and the destination for your next two-night stay. Rest and relax in the park’s surroundings, or join this afternoon’s optional excursion to take in the views from Ranthambhore Fort.

Day Six: Guided wildlife safaris in Ranthambhore National Park

Today’s highlights will be two canter (open-air vehicle) safaris in the company of a knowledgeable naturalist guide. Search for signs of the legendary Tigers of Ranthambhore, as well as some of the park’s other inhabitants: striped hyenas, sambar deer, sloth bears and perhaps even leopards. Lunch is included today.

Day Seven: From Ranthambhore to Dholpur

Travel to Dholpur today, and enjoy a visit to the local village during the afternoon. Spend the night here, enjoying an evening cookery demonstration before dinner.

Day Eight: Included excursions to Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal

An early morning cruise on the Chambal River offers the opportunity to spot crocodiles, turtles and an assortment of birds. Then, travel to Agra, the ‘City of Love’, whose crowning glory is the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal. Visit majestic Agra Fort before your first sight of the ‘Taj’ – a monument to undying love – viewed in all its glory at sunset.

Day Nine: Included Taj Mahal sunrise visit

Start your day with an early morning and a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal from across the Yamuna River. Afterwards, bid farewell to Agra, and make your way back to Delhi for an overnight stay.

Day 10: Included Shatabdi Express train travel

This morning, we’ll board the air-conditioned Shatabdi Express train heading north from Delhi to Jalandhar. You’ll travel in first class, and breakfast will be provided en route. On arrival, enjoy lunch, and then transfer to Pragpur hill station, where you’ll stay for the next two nights.

This former Royal settlement was declared India’s first Heritage Village and has become a living museum radiating relaxed charm, history and culture. Highlights include the 19th-century artificial Taal pond – the centre of village life – the colourful temples and the traditional artisans’ shops.

There will also be a cookery demonstration at the hotel during your stay.

Day 11: The Himalayan foothills

Spend a full day out in the foothills of the Himalayas, calling at Dharamsala, where lunch is included. This former British hill station still draws international visitors – as does its upper town, McLeod Ganj, not least because it’s the Dalai Lama’s home-in-exile. On our return, we’ll stop to enjoy exceptional views and a late lunch at hilltop Kangra Fort.

This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Day 12: From the Himalayas to Amritsar

Today you’ll take a scenic journey across the Punjabi plain to Amritsar. Freshen up at your hotel before the perfect introduction to this city.

At the breathtaking Golden Temple, Sikhism’s holiest shrine, join the throng for the extraordinary Palki ceremony. Visitors are welcome to join the devotees who line the bridge over the sacred lake each evening for the procession of the Granth Sahib, Sikhism’s Holy Book.

Day 13: Included Golden Temple tour

Today brings another opportunity to visit the Golden Temple. The jewel-encrusted, golden-domed main temple, the vast dining hall – where food is distributed free to some 35,000 people each day – and the Central Sikh Museum are all highlights of a fascinating day.

You’ll also visit the poignant Jallianwala Bagh memorial park, which commemorates one of the bloodiest days in Indian history. You will also have the chance to visit the bustling bazaar in the heart of the Old Town. This evening, you’ll make the short journey out to the Indo-Pakistani border crossing at Wagah, where the gates are closed and the flags lowered at sunset in a colourful, unforgettable ceremony.

Day 14: Fly back to the UK

This morning we’ll head to the airport to board your flight home to the UK via Delhi, arriving back in the UK late this afternoon.


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