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Spiritual Heritage Tour

After visiting the majestic Golden Temple in Amritsar, Himachal Pradesh in its beautiful forest setting offers you unknown treasures with quaint colonial India in Shimla, where the viceroy enjoyed taking his summer refuge. Discover Dharamsala that invites you to meet the Tibetan community in exile and visit Chandigarh, the bold architecture of Le Corbusier.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 : Delhi
Welcome by a representative of Maharajah Driver and transfer to your hotel . Your driver will be at your disposal to accompany you to visit Humayun Tomb , Qutb Minar and the Lotus Temple.

 

 Day 2 : Amritsar
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Amritsar, welcome by a representative of Maharajah Driver and transfer to your hotel . In the evening, visit the shrine of Guru Granth Sahib , the holy book of the Sikhs at Darbar Sahib , known as the Golden Temple. It also features the Amrit Sarovar , the " Lake of Nectar " which in fact gives its name to the city.

 

Day 3: Amritsar 
Visit the Jalianwala Bagh memorial which is witness to the massacre of 1919 under British colonial occupation. At late afternoon, visit the ceremony of the changing of the guard at the India-Pakistan border.

 

Day 4: Dharamsala

Departure to Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj, the refuge of the Tibetan government in exile and the residence of His Holiness, the XIVth Dalai Lama, perched at 1,830 m since 1959. Originally it was an ancient city which acted as British garrison under Lieutenant David McLeod, Governor of Punjab. You can also see , just before arriving , a Catholic church and a small cemetery.

 

 Day 5 : Dharamsala
Visit the small town of Macleod Ganj and Tsuglagkhang sanctuary where there's  the residence of the Dalai Lama, a gompa (monastery) and a small museum . You will see the lamas teaching the young and throughout the day many Tibetan tirelessly rotating the prayer wheels in the clockwise direction, chanting many mantras. Departure for the Karmapa's monastery , 15 km from the city and visit of the Tibetan center where you can admire local crafts.

 

 Day 6 : Shimla
Road to Shimla. Formerly called Shyamala ( one of the names of the goddess Kali ) , when this area was part of Nepal. The city perched on a ridge surrounded by hills and pine forests.

 

 Day 7 : Shimla
Depart for a walk that will take you to the Botanical Gardens. When back in town, visit the Church of Christ, the second oldest Catholic church in northern India, built in 1846 , famous for its stained glass windows. Visit the temple of Hanuman , the highest city point from where you have a beautiful view of the region and its snowy mountains. You can also opt to board the " Toy Train " and admire breathtaking landscapes .

 

Day 8 : Chandigarh
Drive to Chandigarh, built in foothills of the Himalayas in 1950 by French architect Le Corbusier , this city is unlike any other in India. Visit the beautiful Rock Garden , containing a lot of rock sculptures as the name suggests . Later, enjoy a stroll at the lakeside Sukna .

 

Day 9 : Delhi                                                                                                                             
Morning at your disposal for visiting the city and transfer to the airport for your flight back to the capital and transfer to your hotel .

 

Day 10: Delhi

This morning, stroll through the bustling streets of Old Delhi , formerly known as Shahjahanabad . Visit the imposing Red Fort and the busy streets of Chandni Chowk market , the Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India ) , ending with the colorful spice market - a sensory experience . In the afternoon , through the majestic boulevards of New Delhi , you will see " India Gate " .Transfer to the airport and end of our services.

 

Price: on request

 

Included in the price:

Welcome and assistance in airport.

Transfers/Surface transports in the private AC car (Toyota Innova ).

Accommodation based on double occupancy & breakfast

Hotel taxes and services.

Insurances .

 

Not included in the price:

Other meals and drinks.

Entrance fees for temples, monuments and museums mentioned in the program.

Usual tips for guides and drivers.

Personal expenses. 

Domestic flights