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Cox and Kings India: Journey through the Himalayan Foothills
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Travel to the holy city of Amritsar and McLeod Ganj, home to the Tibetan government-in-exile. Explore the north-west Indian regions of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, from the Golden Temple through the foothills of the Himalaya to Shimla. Along the way, appreciate the cultural diversity of the region through its temples, monasteries and museums.

What’s Included
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  • 3- & 4-star accommodation
  • Flexible extensions, room & flight upgrades available
  • Small group size - 12 people (max 19) 
  • International flights with Jet Airways
  • Internal flights in India
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Express train in air-conditioned executive class
  • Experienced local tour manager
  • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners 
  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees 
  • Porterage at airports and stations
Signature Experiences
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  • Heritage walk through Amritsar
  • Ride on the Kangra Mountain Railway and the toy train to Solan
  • Visit a local family in Dharamsala
  • Explore a working tea plantation
  • Small group size - average 12 people (max 19)
  • Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation
Tour Itinerary
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Day 1: Fly to Amritsar via Delhi

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Amritsar via Delhi with Jet Airways. 

Day 2: Amritsar

On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Evening visit to the Golden Temple for the auspicious Palki Sahib night ceremony to witness the evening kirtan (devotional prayers). The temple is profusely lit up and the lights are beautifully reflected in large water tanks surrounding the sanctum. Stay 2 nights at the Hyatt Amritsar (or similar). 

Day 3: Amritsar • Wagah

Morning visit to the Golden Temple and the community kitchen called Langar. Take a guided heritage walk passing the Gurudwara Saragarhi, dedicated to the heroism of the 21 soldiers of the 36 Sikhs Battalion who lost their lives in 1897 as they defended their posts against Afghan soldiers. Weave your way through Qila Ahluwalia, a fort replete with colonial architectural features, before arriving at the Jalebiwala Chowk with its jalebi shop selling delicious sticky sweets. Late afternoon visit to Wagah, situated on the border with Pakistan, for the unmissable Changing of the Guard ceremony. 

Day 4: McLeod Ganj

Travel by road to McLeod Ganj in Dharamsala. McLeod Ganj is home to the Dalai Lama and is the centre of Little Tibet. This afternoon visit His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s monastery, Tsuglag Khang. Continue with a tour of McLeod Ganj, visiting the handicrafts centre and a local family house to see the regional Gaddi dress. The evening is free to explore McLeod Ganj market. Spend 2 nights at the Pride Surya Resort (or similar). 

Day 5: Dharamsala

After breakfast, visit the Norbulingka Institute, dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan culture. Later, take a gentle walk through traditional Gaddi settlements to Naddi village, enjoying spectacular views of the Dhauladhar mountain range as the sun sets.

Day 6: Masroor • Palampur

Travel by road to Palampur for an overnight stay at Taragarh Palace. En route, visit the rockcut temples at Masroor and enjoy a visit to a working tea plantation where you can wander through beautifully manicured tea gardens, interact with the estate workers and see how tea is processed in the small factory before sampling some of their finest infusions. 

Day 7: Pragpur via Kangra Mountain Railway

Today drive to Baijnath to board the Kangra Mountain Railway for the 1.5-hour scenic ride to Nagrota. Afterwards drive to Kangra to visit the impressive fort and on to Pragpur. Stay 2 nights at The Judge’s Court, a delightful old manor house that has been converted into a hotel. 

Day 8: Pragpur

At leisure, with opportunities for leisurely walks in the surrounding villages, including Garli, or visit the temples at Jwalamukhi and Chintpurni. 

Day 9: Shimla

Full-day drive through the Himalayan foothills to the former British hill station of Shimla. On arrival, check in for 2 nights at the Oberoi Cecil or upgrade to the Oberoi Wildflower Hall (Premier Valley View room) from £325. 

Day 10: Shimla

Full-day tour of Shimla, including the Viceregal Lodge, Himachal State Museum and the Gaiety theatre. Later in the day, enjoy some time at leisure to stroll along the Mall and the Ridge. 

Day 11: Chandigarh via toy train

Take the Himalayan Queen toy train from Shimla to Solan (3 hours) to enjoy the beautiful Himalayan scenery. This narrow gauge railway is considered one of the finest engineering feats in India. Continue by road to Chandigarh (2 hours) for an overnight stay at the LaLiT Chandigarh. 

Day 12: Delhi

Morning train to Delhi (4 hours). Spend the afternoon at leisure and overnight at the Oberoi Maidens (or similar). 

Day 13: Fly to London

Transfer to the airport for your flight home. 

Accommodation
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Hyatt Amritsar, Amritsar
Set in the heart of the city with easy access to the Golden Temple and other important sites, Hyatt Amritsar is a modern contemporary style hotel. All 248 rooms and suites offer panoramic views of the historic city and are elegantly designed in warm wooden hues. The hotel has some of the best dining options in Amritsar with restaurants serving Japanese, Italian, Thai and Chinese food. There is also a spa that offers a holistic blend of international wellness treatments and a temperature controlled outdoor swimming pool.

The Maidens Hotel, Delhi
Built in 1903, The Maidens hotel is a jewel of colonial architecture set amid three hectares of emerald-green lawns which has retained its old world charm down the years. Conveniently located, the hotel is 24km from the airport and 10km from Connaught Place, the main shopping and commercial centre. Rooms are well-appointed and spacious featuring all the amenities of a modern international hotel. Features: 54 rooms, Wi-Fi, 3 restaurants, bar, outdoor terrace and swimming pool. Room amenities: Flat-screen TV, safe, radio-alarm, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities. 

Surya Resorts
Pride Surya Resort, Mcleodganj
Situated in the shadows of Dhauladhar range, Pride Surya Resort is the ideal base from which to experience the beauty, sights and sounds of McLeod Ganj, which resonates with Tibetan and Indian culture.

Taragarh Palace, Taragarh
In 1931, the Nawab of Bahawalpur built a large European style summer residence up in the cool Himalayan jungles of the Kangra district. He laid out gardens and built a glass pavilion and a mosque. The property was taken over by Maharani Tara Devi of Kashmir in 1950, and renamed Taragarh. The palace is situated on a forested estate surrounded by tea gardens in one of the most scenic and unexplored areas of Himachal Pradesh.

The Judge's Court, Pragpur
Set among 4.8 hectares of exotic trees and fruit orchards, the Judge's Court comprises a colonial-style country manor that was built at the turn of the 20th century and an ancestral cottage, which is nearly 300 years old. Each of the 21 rooms and suites spread between the manor house and the ancestral cottage is spacious, elegantly furnished with period-style furniture and retains much of the old-world charm and character. Facilities include a restaurant that serves Indian as well as continental cuisine with many vegetables and fruits from their own garden, a bar and an outdoor swimming pool.

The LaLit Chandigarh, Chandigarh
Located on the outskirts of Chandigarh in the foothills of the Himalaya, the Lalit Chandigarh is an elegant hotel with modern architecture and an urban design. Guestrooms are spacious and have a contemporary decor. There are three main restaurants serving an array of Indian and international dishes, as well as a boulangerie and cafe. Features: 179 rooms, 3 restaurants, bar, cafe, swimming pool, fitness centre, spa, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, hairdryer,...

The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla
The hill stations provided a cool retreat for the Raj during the heat of the Indian summer. This heritage is captured by the Oberoi Cecil, which provides a luxurious base from which to explore the surrounding town and countryside. A view of the hills and forests is offered from many of the hotel’s 71 rooms.

Wildflower Hall, Shimla
Once the estate of Lord Kitchener of Khartoum, Wildflower Hall is set among 23 acres of virgin pine and cedar forests and enjoys a fairytale setting in the Greater Himalaya. This luxury resort, restored in magnificent colonial style, is renowned for its dramatic views, superb facilities, outstanding service and attention to detail. The wonderful scenery around the resort can be admired from all 85 rooms and suites, restaurants and public areas.

Tour Extensions
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Haridwar + Corbett National Park
4 Nights 
Extend your stay with a visit to spiritual Haridwar to see the aarti ceremony on the banks of the River Ganges, then continue to Corbett National Park for thrilling wildlife safaris in search of tigers.

Day 12: Train to Haridwar
Take the train to Haridwar. Overnight at the Haveli Hari Ganga. Witness the evening aarti ceremony at Rishikesh. (B)
Day 13: Corbett National Park
Drive to Corbett National Park for a 2-night stay at Jim’s Jungle Retreat. (B, L, D)
Day 14: Corbett National Park
Full-day wildlife viewing. Corbett is famous for tigers, but it is also home to large elephant herds, which congregate around the picturesque Dhikala Camp. Marsh crocodiles, wild boar, deer and prolific birdlife can also be found. (B, L, D)
Day 15: Delhi
Early morning wildlife drive. Drive to Delhi and stay overnight at the Holiday Inn Aerocity. (B)
Day 16: Fly to London
Fly to London. (B)

Important Tour Information
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Standard tour

This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.

Accessibility

This tour involves some long walks and therefore requires a good level of fitness.

Itinerary

The order of the visits may change due to national holidays and museum opening times.

Single Supplement Available
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There is a single supplement from £645.

Price Information
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Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote. 

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