With its revered Golden Temple and nickname as the ‘Holy Pool of Nectar’, Amritsar is the spiritual capital of Sikhs. On the edge of the Himalayas, Dharamsala is the home of the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader, and is a sacred centre for Buddhists and Hindus alike. This twelve-day tailor-made luxury holiday in India will take you off the beaten path to thrill and enlighten you in the various religions of India. You’ll get a Shimla tour: a colonial town with echoes of the Raj.
No North India holiday is complete without a visit to Delhi and we include three nights to allow time to explore this magnificent city. A rickshaw tour will give you a local’s glimpse of its historic havelis, temples, palaces, shrines and atmospheric bazaars, before concluding at Raj Ghat. A memorial to the great Mahatma Gandhi, it’ll be a precursor for a tour the following day that takes in where Gandhi once lived, a museum dedicated to him and meetings with locals who will tell you more about his life.
Then, a short flight to the north of the country will first have you in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar for two nights, where you’ll learn the ancient Sikh martial art of gatka with a local, followed by Dharamsala for three nights. It’s in these two cities you’ll learn the many facets of the various religions which affect life in India, as well as hiking through pristine Himalaya countryside. From learning the plight of Tibet refugees to viewing elaborate border ceremonies at the crossroads of India and Pakistan, your journey here will educate and thrill in equal measures.
We continue to the charming cobbled village of Pragpur in the picturesque Kangra Valley, where you’ll enjoy its sleepy ambience and the ancient Kangra Fort. We’ve left the best to last: three nights at the renowned Oberoi Cecil hotel in the hilltop town of Shimla. The legacy of British colonial rule can be felt everywhere here, and we have carefully crafted a city tour with the emphasis on Rudyard Kipling, who lived here for several years. With stunning mountain vistas and a peaceful atmosphere, you will see why it became the summer capital of the British.
Immersing you into the era of the Raj with the Victorian-era décor, marble floors and gilded chandeliers, roam the corridors of this renowned hotel with thousands of prints of days gone by or just relax in the landscape gardens with a refreshing glass of Pimms or a G&T.
This stylish modern hotel embodies the best of Punjab's iconic history, art, and culture. in the heart of Amritsar, Taj Swarna is an ideal stay for exploring the Golden Temple and the cities other sights.
Surrounded by 6.5 acres of forest, the Hyatt Dharamshala is a luxurious mountain retreat. This family-friendly hotel has been skilfully designed to incorporate modern amenities but keep in character with its surroundings.
Full of character and charm, The Judge's Court is a converted country manor and has been classified as a one of India’s first heritage properties. The eco-friendly hotel sources its food and milk from its own gardens and dairy and water is exclusively piped from an ancestral mountain spring.
A contemporary take on a Mughal palace with its huge sandstone dome, all of the features in the Trident Gurgaon appear to be slightly larger and more elaborate than normal. There are towering doors, cathedral-like colonnades and brass snakes for handles – just the way a king or queen would like it. The yawning marble hallways, shimmering silks, incense-scented courtyards and luxurious floral displays accentuate the palatial grandeur further in one of Delhi’s earliest resort hotels and where attention to detail is everything.
A legend amongst Indian Hotel’s, this Grand Dame has an enviable position in the foothills of the Himalayas Mountain range. Each guest room has been opulently appointed with soft pastel colours and locally sourced furniture.
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