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The Golden Triangle is a great starting point for anyone visiting India for the first time. The journey is made up of three of the most visited cities in north India – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, offering a fantastic combination of history and culture.
Only after stepping foot in India will you realise that Indian cuisine, as you know it, just doesn’t exist. To paint both the delicate and punchy flavours of India with the same broad brushstroke overlooks the smorgasbord of dishes on offer from north to south. Tried and tested recipes balance coriander, cumin and cardamom with almost scientific precision, guaranteeing a culinary experience you will never forget.
Enjoy a sneak peek into daily life in India by staying at a haveli or in a homestay. If only for a few nights, you will be shoehorned into a family, enjoying traditional Indian hospitality, sampling home cooked food and exploring the path less travelled. Staying at one of these unique lodgings will give you an incredible insight into real India, and you will be welcomed with open arms by hosts whose wealth of local knowledge knows no bounds. Coming in all shapes and sizes, from plantation bungalows to historic houses, majestic forts and charming cottages, a short stay in one of these unique properties allows you to immerse yourself in India rather than simply visit it.
India is a magical country which welcomes travellers with a chaotic and colourful assault on the senses. Never is this more prominent than during one of the many festivals. Below we have listed the dates for the major festivals in India in 2017. Speak to one of our specialists about incorporating one of these into a tailor-made itinerary.
With millions of passengers on the move every day, travelling on some 71,000 miles of track, India's intricate network of railways are the arteries of the country, connecting its bustling cities with its sleepy villages and everywhere in between. The sprawling rail network reaches the nooks and crannies of India which are otherwise impossible to find. Amongst the country's miles of train tracks are some of the most picturesque rail journeys in the world, most notable of which are its famed toy trains. Whilst perhaps not the most efficient way of getting from A to B, the experience is an absolute must to add to your India itinerary.
Punjab and the Hill Stations
Delhi, Shimla, Pragpur, Dharamsala, Punjabiyat, Amritsar
Best for: Highlights, Walking Trekking
An enthralling two week adventure through some of India’s most stunning and varied landscapes, from the golden temples of Amritsar to the Himalayan foothills and their idyllic hill stations.
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This 13 night itinerary takes you to enjoy picturesque train journeys, marvel at grand temples, soak up some Tibetan culture and explore charming hill stations surrounded by striking Himalayan scenery.
Starting in the India’s bustling capital to explore some of Delhi's major attractions, the trip then takes you up into the mountains to the city of Shimla. Here, enjoy a scenic toy train ride through the mountains whilst staying at the luxurious Oberoi Cecil hotel. From Shimla, you will be driven to small heritage village of Pragpur in the Kangra Valley before heading to Dharamsala, a city blessed with stunning natural beauty and is also where the 14th Dalai Lama calls home.
Leaving the mountains behind, the next stop is the rural retreat of Punjabiyat Lodge to explore the Punjabi countryside, before ending up in the final destination of Amritsar. A world away from the lush green hill stations already visited, Amritsar is a bustling city offering an intriguing mix of cultures and architecture alongside some astoundingly beautiful temples. This trip is perfect for those looking to get a bit off the beaten track, discovering the beauty and culture of India’s lesser-visited regions of Punjab and the Western Himalayas.
Days 1 - 3 : Delhi, India
Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to the Claridges, a luxurious hotel in New Delhi. That afternoon and evening are at your leisure to settle into your hotel, or, a guided tour of Delhi’s remarkable Garden Tombs and the Lodi Gardens can be arranged if you wish. The next day will be spent exploring the highlights of Old and New Delhi, including the vibrant bazaars of Chandni Chowk, Humayun’s Tomb, and the Qutb Minar complex.
Days 3 - 5 : Delhi, India
Days 5 - 8 : Shimla, India
Stay at The Oberoi Cecil for 3 nights
On the morning of day three, you will be driven to Delhi’s train station in time to catch the Kalka Shtabdi train to Chandigarh, a modern and comfortable train that takes about three and a half hours. As you arrive in Chandigarh, you will be driven approximately four hours to the bustling hillside city of Shimla, to spend three nights at the luxurious Oberoi Cecil hotel. The next day, enjoy a scenic toy train ride on the Kalka Shimla Railway before a guided tour of Shimla’s most notable highlights, including Viceregal Lodge, the State Museum and Jakhoo Temple. The following day is free to spend as you wish, whether it be wondering through Shimla’s colourful streets or relaxing by the hotel’s large indoor swimming pool.
Days 8 - 10 : Pragpur, India
Stay at The Judge's Court for 2 nights
From Shimla, it is approximately a six hour drive through the mountains to the small rural village of Pragpur in the foothills of the Himalayas. The next two nights will be spent at The Judge’s Court, a traditional country manor surrounded by a 12-acre orchard, now converted into a heritage hotel. Spend the next day exploring Pragpur with your driver, passing traditional villages, visiting the cobbler and local schools or wandering over into the nearby village of Garli.
Days 10 - 12 : Dharamsala,India
Stay at Chonor House for 2 nights
Today, you will be driven approximately three hours north of Pragpur to Dharamsala, a charming hill station blessed with the most spectacular natural landscape and is also known for being home to the 14th Dalai Lama. Whilst exploring the delights of Dharamsala you will be staying at Chonor House, a small Tibetan boutique hotel that offers a fantastic insight into Tibetan culture. Tour the city with a private guide that afternoon before enjoying a short hike to the Naddi Village the following day to discover the culture and traditions of the Gaddi Tribe.
Days 12 - 14 : Amritsar, India
Stay at Punjabiyat Lodge for 2 nights
On the morning of day 10, you will be driven about three hours down from the mountains to the rural retreat of Punjabiyat. Located in the heart of the Punjab countryside, Punjabiyat Lodge is a fantastic off-the-beaten-track destination, where guests can discover authentic Punjabi culture, get involved in a number of activities on the farm, follow cycling and walking trails, visit the local village or simply relax and soak up the countryside air.
Day 14 - 15 : Amritsar, India
Stay at Taj Swarna for 1 night
Leaving the peaceful bliss of the rural Punjab behind, today you will be driven the short one hour journey to Amristar, home to Sikhism’s most sacred shrine – the Golden Temple. Spend the day in Amritsar exploring the highlights of this holy city with a private guide, before heading to the Wagah Border to see the daily border closing ceremony performed by soldiers. Whilst in Amritsar, you will be staying at the stylish Taj Swarna hotel, ideally located for exploring the city.
Day 15 - 16 : Delhi, India
The trip draws to a close on the morning of day 13 as you are transferred to Amritsar’s airport in time to board a short one hour flight back to Delhi. After arrival in Delhi, you will be taken to the Pullman Aerocity, a modern hotel conveniently located close to Delhi’s airport. That afternoon and evening are at your leisure before being driven back to Delhi’s airport the following morning in time to board a flight back home.
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When to go
Amritsar has the extremes of summers and winters. Summers (April to June) are hot with temperature soaring to a peak of about 49 °C. Monsoons (July to October) offer mild to heavy rains and are pleasant after the hot summers. Winters (November to March) can touch a freezing -4°C, the highest temperature going up to 18°C. Best time to visit Amritsar is from October to March.
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From $2882 per person
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.