11 nights from

£2195

Sikhs & Exiles

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
(limited dates/availability)

This rewarding journey takes you off the beaten track to Himalayan hill stations, heritage hotels, and the home of the Dalai Lama; revealing the history of Sikhism, Buddhism and Christianity

Touring to places of pilgrimage, ancient temples, and the enthralling enclave of Tibetan exiles; and witnessing sacred ceremonies and hypnotic religious chants; this tour takes you through the centuries and sanctuaries of northern India, amid the landscapes of the Himalayan foothills. Sikhism is relatively young, founded in the 15th century, and focused on Amritsar and the fabled Golden Temple, where the Palki ritual takes the Guru Granth Sahib book ‘to bed’ each night, and back to the temple every morning, symbolically treating the holy book as a human teacher. With the largest Tibetan temple outside Tibet, Dharamsala means “pilgrim’s rest”. Its high numbers of visiting ‘pilgrims’ may suggest that it’s no longer a ‘rest’, but in fact this beautiful home of Buddhism retains its ethereal spirituality, where the monastery and ‘Dalai Lama’s Temple’ are enveloped in peace and serenity. The ‘Queen of the Hill Stations’, Shimla has evolved from its ‘white paradise’ colonial past, when only high-ranking Indians were allowed on its Mall, to a place where Hindus visit the Christian church, and children eat chapatis in old-style tea rooms; and in Delhi, a Sikh temple/palace has an embracing sense of calm and a soundtrack of mantra chanting.

Overview

  • Flight  - 1 night
  • Amritsar  - 2 nights
  • Dharamsala  - 2 nights
  • Pragpur  - 1 night
  • Shimla  - 3 nights
  • Delhi  - 2 nights
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Tour Highlights

  • Culture & Natural Wonders
  • Jules Verne Sightseeing
  • Low Single Supplement
  • Local Expert Guide

This rewarding journey takes you off the beaten track to Himalayan hill stations, heritage hotels, and the home of the Dalai Lama; revealing the history of Sikhism, Buddhism and Christianity

Notes:

This is a full itinerary with some visits on foot over uneven surfaces and inclines.
Heritage properties are full of charm but rarely have lifts and rooms can vary in size and décor.
Travel beyond the main tourist routes in smaller vehicles (3 guests per car all with window seat).
Travel is not ‘off-road’ but these vehicles allow for greater contact with local people and easier access whilst still travelling with a small Jules Verne group through dramatic mountain scenery.

Accommodation

Ranjit Vilas - Amritsar

A boutique family-run hotel with strong Punjab influences. Restaurant, WiFi (free) and 22 air-conditioned rooms with TVs.

Cloud's End Villa - Dharamsala

Sprawled across a 9 acre property with its own step field, gardens and forests the Clouds End Villa is the residence of the Maharaja of Kangra. WiFi (free) and 16 rooms with fan, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Judge's Court - Pragpur

A heritage hotel located in the medieval hamlet of Pragpur, on the edge of the Himalayan mountains. Restaurant, bar, plunge pool and WiFi (free). 10 air-conditioned rooms with safe, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

Clarkes Hotel - Shimla

Located on the Shimla Mall Road, Clarkes Hotel is an oasis of calm on the bustling promenade and within walking distance of many attractions. This Heritage hotel is one of the oldest hotels in Shimla, known for its architecture dating from the colonial era. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 32 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Oberoi Cecil - Shimla

A celebration of the elegance and grace of the Colonial era in the Queen of Hill Stations, located amidst the majestic Himalayan ranges, The 5-star Oberoi Cecil, a Grand Heritage hotel, is a part of Shimla's rich colonial history. Restaurant, bar, indoor pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 75 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-bar, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

Maidens Hotel - Delhi

Established in 1903 as one of the first hotels of Delhi and recognized as a Heritage Hotel in 1994. Its architecture is the most glorious illustration of old-world European charm with its colonial impressions. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym and WiFi (free). 55 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-bar, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

Extension Options

Indian Wildlife Extension

Discover more of India’s wildlife within Kanha National Park and Bandhavgarh National Park, including four game drives and a chance to see tigers, Indian bison, dholes, swamp deer, leopards, bears and birdlife.

Note: The national parks are closed from July to 14th October.

Chitvan Jungle Lodge - Kanha National Park

Chitvan Jungle Lodge is located on 6 hectares of land and shares its boundry with the Kanha Tiger Reserve of Madhya Pradesh. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym and spa. 18 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-fridge and tea/coffee making facilities.

Bandhav Vilas - Bandhavgarh

Located 3km from the Bandhavgarh National Park. Restaurants, bar, pool and spa. 20 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Vivanta by Taj Dwarka - Delhi

A 5-star airport hotel with 4 restaurants, bar, swimming pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 250 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double room
Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow

March
March 12 (Tuesday)
  • Sold out
April
April 2 (Tuesday)
  • Sold out
April 16 (Tuesday)
  • 4 Places Remaining
August
August 20 (Tuesday)
  • 3 Places Remaining
September
September 17 (Tuesday)
October
October 8 (Tuesday)
October 22 (Tuesday)
November
November 5 (Tuesday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 10 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 6 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, overseas airport taxes, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • No Single Supplement (limited availability)
  • 2025: Mar, Apr, Aug, Sep, Oct

  • 2024: Oct, Nov
  • £375
  • 2025: Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov
  • £415
Flight Options
  • Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy
  • On request, please call
  • Virgin Atlantic Business Class
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  • British Airways from Heathrow
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  • Vistara from Heathrow
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Privately Guided
  • Privately guided options available based on 2+ people
  • On request, please call
Tour Only
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  • £750
  • Arrival or departure transfer
  • £49

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