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Golden Temples & Himalayan Heights: Amritsar to Dharamsala Tour

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Duration

3 Nights / 4 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on the Golden Temples & Himalayan Heights Tour from Amritsar to Dharamsala, a journey blending spiritual sanctuaries with breathtaking mountain landscapes. Explore Amritsar’s iconic Golden Temple and poignant Jallianwala Bagh, followed by the spirited Wagah Border ceremony. In Dharamsala, delve into Tibetan Buddhism at Namgyal Monastery and the Dalai Lama Temple Complex. Discover tranquility at Bhagsunag Waterfall and immerse yourself in McLeod Ganj’s vibrant Tibetan markets and cozy cafes. Conclude with a scenic drive back to Delhi, reflecting on the cultural richness and natural splendor experienced along the way.

Highlights

  • This is a private tour/activity only for your group.
  • Enhanced cleaning/ traveler safety.
  • In-depth cultural experience.
  • Flexible sightseeing & stopover.
  • Most travelers can participate.

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 %
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 %
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 %
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 %
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %

Itinerary

Day 1: Delhi - Amritsar (Train No.12 29 SWARNA SHTBDI, 720/ 1345hr)

Transfer from your hotel in Delhi to New Delhi Railway Station to board the Swarna Shatabdi Express to Amritsar. Enjoy a comfortable train journey through the plains of Punjab, arriving in Amritsar by early afternoon. On arrival, transfer to your hotel and check-in. Take some time to freshen up and relax. Later in the afternoon, visit the Wagah Border, located about 30 kilometers from Amritsar, to witness the iconic lowering of the flags ceremony between India and Pakistan. Return to your hotel in Amritsar for an overnight stay.

Day 2: Amritsar - Dharamsala (210kms)

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at your hotel. Visit the Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib), the holiest shrine in Sikhism, renowned for its stunning architecture, including its golden dome and marble inlay work. Experience the spiritual ambiance and observe devotees participating in the langar (community kitchen). Explore Jallianwala Bagh, a poignant memorial garden that commemorates the 1919 massacre, with remnants of bullet holes still visible on the walls. Visit the Durgiana Temple, dedicated to Goddess Durga, known for its striking resemblance to the Golden Temple in terms of architecture and religious significance. In the evening, stroll through the bustling markets around the Golden Temple complex, known for their vibrant atmosphere, local handicrafts, and delicious Punjabi cuisine options. After sightseeing, embark on a scenic drive to Dharamsala, nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, approximately 5 hours away. Check-in to your hotel in McLeod Ganj, the upper part of Dharamsala known for its Tibetan culture and vibrant atmosphere. Explore the local markets and cafes in McLeod Ganj, offering Tibetan handicrafts, thangka paintings, and savory momos (Tibetan dumplings).

Day 3: Dharamsala

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before beginning your exploration of Dharamsala. Visit the Namgyal Monastery, the personal monastery of the 14th Dalai Lama, where monks engage in prayers and rituals throughout the day. Explore the Dalai Lama Temple Complex within the Tsuglagkhang Complex, which houses the residence of the 14th Dalai Lama and important Tibetan Buddhist temples. Discover the Tibetan Museum, showcasing artifacts, photographs, and documents highlighting Tibet's history, culture, and the plight of Tibetan refugees. Visit the Bhagsunag Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, and nearby Bhagsu Waterfall, a serene spot surrounded by lush greenery and revered for its natural beauty and spiritual significance. Optionally, embark on a short trek to Triund, a popular hiking trail offering panoramic views of the Dhauladhar range and the Kangra Valley (subject to weather conditions and fitness level). Visit the Norbulingka Institute, dedicated to preserving Tibetan art and culture through workshops in thangka painting, wood carving, and traditional Tibetan architecture. Explore St. John in the Wilderness Church, an Anglican church nestled amidst deodar forests, known for its Belgian stained-glass windows depicting biblical scenes.

Day 4: Dharamsala - Delhi

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and take some time to relax before checking out. Depart for Delhi, a journey of approximately 10 hours by road, passing through scenic landscapes and small towns of northern India. Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel or directly to the airport/railway station for your onward journey, concluding the enriching Amritsar Golden Temple & Dharamsala Buddhist Monastery Tour.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 3 Nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • AC Train ticket Delhi - Amritsar.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Dharamsala - Delhi flight fare approx. INR 7,500 per person in economy class.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

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