Overview

Flight - 1 night

Amritsar - 2 nights

Dharamsala - 2 nights

Pragpur - 1 night

Shimla - 3 nights

Delhi - 2 nights

Spendology - Widgets

Sikhs & Exiles

Off-the-beaten-track to the Golden Temple, residence of the Dalai Lama, hill stations and heritage hotels

India’s complex religious history is revealed in this arrangement for the returning traveller, examining the position of Sikhism, Buddhism and Christianity in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Sikhism, in Indian terms, is a relatively new religion. Founded by Guru Nanak in the 15th century as a reaction against the Hindu caste system, its holy shrine is the spectacular Golden Temple. Their holy book still moves daily in and out of the illuminated Temple in the devout Palki ceremony, whilst many thousands of pilgrims are fed daily in astounding volunteer kitchens.

McLeod Ganj (Upper Dharamsala), named after the Lieutenant Governor of Punjab, is the residence of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, who claimed asylum in 1960 after the Chinese invaded Tibet, and a Tibetan community has developed not far from their Himalayan homeland.

Shimla enjoys stunning scenery and was the summer resort of choice for the government of the British Raj. Once a totally ‘white’ paradise, with only Indians of rank allowed on its Mall, part of its charm today is that children munch chapatis in Tudor tea rooms and Hindus visit the Christian Church. All may now enjoy the unforgettable narrow gauge ‘Toy Train’ built by the British traversing countless bridges, tunnels and bends.

Key Features

Culture & Natural Wonders

Jules Verne Sightseeing

No Single Supplement

Solo Group Departures

1 Lunch and 5 Dinners

Local Expert Guide 

Guaranteed Departure

Group Size: 2 - 12

Special Event

Kangra Fort

Visit Kangra Fort on a rock dominating the valley, thought to be the largest and oldest fort in the Himalayas, and its museum with displays of the Maharaja’s possessions.

The tour was really well organised.

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Sikhs and Exiles

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Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Amritsar via Delhi.

Day 2 Afternoon arrival. Transfer to the boutique hotel Ranjit Vilas for two nights. (D)

Day 3 Visit the Golden Temple, volunteer kitchens and Jallianwala Bagh, scene of the 1919 massacre. Optional early evening Wagah Border ‘Changing of the Guard’ ceremony at the India/Pakistan border (£14, bookable locally). Later, attend the Palki ceremony at the Golden Temple. (B)

Day 4 Drive to Dharamsala (5 hrs/1,700m) for lunch. Afternoon village walk with fine views. Two nights at the unpretentious, but scenically located, Cloud’s End Villa. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Visit the Tibetan monastery, museum, library and Norbulingka, which preserves Tibetan arts and crafts. (B, D)

Day 6 Visit Kangra Fort and Museum. Travel to Pragpur village. Evening village walk. Overnight at the heritage hotel Judge’s Court, a country manor built for Justice Sir Jai Lal. (B, D)

Day 7 Drive to Shimla (7 hrs/2,000m). En route stop at Garli heritage village. Stay three nights at the heritage Clarkes Hotel, located on the Mall. (B)

Day 8 Morning tour of Shimla including the Vice Regal Lodge, museum and the Mall. Afternoon free. (B)

Day 9 Day at leisure or optional tour to the surrounding area including high tea at Wildflower Hall and a gentle walk along Mahasu Ridge (£42, bookable locally). (B)

Day 10 Take the Himalayan Queen ‘Toy Train’ to Kalka (5 hrs). Join the Shatabdi Express train to Delhi (4 hrs), with dinner on board. Two nights at the Maidens Hotel, a heritage property. (B, D)

Day 11 ‘Return to Delhi’ tour including Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, the Red Fort, Agrasen ki Baoli stepwell and the Railway Museum. (B)

Day 12 Fly to London Heathrow, arriving later the same day. (B) 

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

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.

 

We offer a wide variety of pre- and post-tour extensions, click here for more information.
Pre/post tour extra nights and transfers are available.

2019

Tuesdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
September 10 £1795
October 1 £2095
October 29 £2145
November 12 £2195
November 19 £2195

2020

Tuesdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
January 21 £1995
February 11 £2045
February 25 £2095
March 10 £2095
March 24 £2045
March 31 £2045
April 14 £1945
April 21 £1945
April 28 £1845
May 5 £1895
September 8 £1995
September 15 £1995
October 6 £2045
October 20 £2095
November 3 £2095
November 17 £2045

2021

Tuesdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
January 19 £2095
February 16 £2195
February 23 £2195
March 9 £2195
March 23 £2145
March 30 £2145
April 13 £2045
April 20 £1995
April 27 £1995
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Solo Group Departure

10 September 2019, 5 May & 8 September 2020 and 27 April 2021

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Limited availability, on these dates:
2020: Sep 15, Oct 6 & 20
2021: Jan 19, Mar 9, 23 & 30, Apr 13 & 20

Solo Groups Departures
2019: Sep 10  
2020: Apr 28 & Sep 8
2021: Apr 27

Double for sole use:
£345 (Apr-Sep £295)

Flight Options

London-Amritsar-Delhi-London
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £395
British Airways Club World from £1795

Optional Excursions

Wagah Border £14  
High Tea Wildflower £42

Extension Options

We offer a wide variety of pre- and post-tour extensions, click here for more information.
Pre/post tour extra nights and transfers are available.

Privately Guided

2 guests - £250 per person
3-4 guests - £125 per person
5-9 - £55 per person
10+ - No extra charge

Independent Arrival

Save £600 
Arrival transfer add £22
Departure transfer add £22

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 10 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 5 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.

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