Himachal with Golden Temple
HIMACHAL WITH GOLDEN TEMPLE
7 Days 6 Nights
DHARAMSHALA (2N) - MCLEODGANJ (1N) - DALHOUSIE (2N) - AMRITSAR (1N)
DAY 1: ARRIVE DELHI & DRIVE TO DHARAMSHALA (10 HRS)
Arrival at Delhi Railway Station and proceed for Dharamsala, The High snow clad Dhauladhar ranges form a magnificent backdrop to the hill resort of Dharamsala. This is the principal township of Kangra district and overlooks widespread of the plains. With dense pine and deodar forests, numerous streams, cool healthy air, attractive surroundings and the nearby snowline, Dharamsala has everything for a perfect holiday. It is full of life and yet peaceful. The headquarters of His Holiness the Dalai Lama are at upper Dharamsala. Covering a wide area in the form of twin settlement, lower Dharamsala (1380m) is a busy commercial centre. While upper Dharamsala (1830m) with the suburbs of Mcleodganj and Forsytheganj, retains a British flavour and colonial lifestyle. The charming church of St. John in the wilderness is situated here and this is the final resting place of Lord Elgin, a British Viceroy of India during the 19th century. There is also a large Tibetan community who have made this place their home. Numerous ancient temples like Jwalamukhi, Brijeshwari and Chamunda lie on the plains below Dharamsala. Overnight at Dharamsala
DAY 2: DHARAMSHALA – FULL DAY LOCAL SIGHTSEEING
After breakfast is free for a tour of Dharamshala where you are going to cover the major attractions that are going to include Dal Lake, Church, Bhagsu Nag Temple and Tibetan Monastery. All these places are filled with a lot of natural beauty. After lunch we embark on a sightseeing visit to the famous Tibetan Medical Centre, where treatment is done using rare Tibetan medicines. St. John Church, which is one of the oldest churches of this region. It is widely acknowledged for its Belgian stained-glass windows, which were donated by Lady Elgin. Other than these attractions, some other places to visit include Kangra Art Museum, Tea Gardens and Kunal Pathri Temple.
DAY 3: DHARAMSHALA – MCLEODGANJ
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day excursion tour Palampur Tea Garden. Dinner & Overnight at McLeodganj.
DAY 4: MCLEODGANJ- DALHOUSIE
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning drive from McLeodganj to Dalhousie en-route visiting Dharamsala & Surrounding. Continue drive to Dalhousie. Upon arrival check-in at hotel. Afternoon local city tour of Dalhousie. Overnight at Dalhousie.
DAY 5: DALHOUSIE – KHAJJAIR – CHAMBA – DALHOUSIE
After breakfast, head off to Khajjiar often called India’s Switzerland. The exquisite glade of Khajjiar (1960m) has a circumference of about 5 km. Along with its fringes thick forests of deodar climb the slopes snow-line rests above these woods. At Khajjiar there is a 12th century temple dedicated to KhajjI Nag. Within the temple are life size wooden images of the five Pandav brothers. Later proceed to Chamba and after exploring the sights, get back to Dalhousie. Night stay at hotel
DAY 6: DALHOUSIE – AMRITSAR (WITH WAGAH BORDER) (6 HRS)
“After breakfast, check out from Hotel & proceed for Amritsar by road. On arrival check-in at hotel and later visit Indo-Pak Wagah Border to watch Flag Retreat Ceremony- Wagah, an army outpost on Indo-Pak border 30 Kms from Amritsar where the daily highlight is the evening “Beating the Retreat” ceremony. Soldiers from both countries march in perfect drill, going through the steps of bringing down their respective national flags. As the sun goes down, nationalistic fervour rises and lights are switched on marking the end of the day amidst thunderous applause. Overnight stay at Hotel.” Note: Golden open 24hrs. so you can visit golden temple late at night but at own cost.
DAY 7: AMRITSAR – CHANDIGARH (9 HRS)
After breakfast, complete the check-out formalities at the hotel and then proceed for Chandigarh. Chandigarh – is the first planned modern city of India designed by the French architect Le Corbusier. Chandigarh is a city in India that serves as the capital of two states – Punjab and Haryana. However, the city does not belong to either state. Rather, the city is administered by the federal government and hence classified as a union territory.