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A Walk Through The Foothills of Himalayas

A Walk Through The Foothills of Himalayas

Highlights

The Himalayas form the backdrop to the scenic north of India. This is a wonderful journey into the foothills, where you can trek to remote monasteries and temples and explore Shimla, the former summer capital of the British Raj. Follow the footsteps of Dalai Lama, Visit Khajjiar – Mini Switzerland of India and GoldenTemple – the most significant place of worship of the Sikhs. This journey is fairly active and takes you to off beaten track into some incredible scenic areas.

ROUTE :

13 NIGHTS / 14 DAYS

Delhi – Shimla – Mandi – Dharamshala – Dalhousie – Amritsar – Delhi

Days 1-2 Delhi

Arrival at Delhi airport and included transfer to your hotel. You can arrive at any time on Day 1 as there are no activities planned until the important welcome meeting with your tour guide to discuss the itinerary. Dive head first into the colour and chaos of India. Soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the crowded bazaar and scented spice markets of Delhi. On day 2 we visit the Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple, India Gate and Raj Ghat - a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

Days 3-4 Shimla

Make an early start by private car to Shimla - once the Summer Capital of British India Company. Arrive and transfer to hotel. The city is draped in forests of pine, rhododendron and oak. It experiences pleasant summers and cold snowy winters. Visit Te Ridge, Mall Road, St. Michael Catherdral and Lakar Bazzar.

Day 5 Mandi

Post breakfast depart in a private car for Mandi - also called "Chotta Kashi" as there are many ancient temples in the city and on the banks of river Beas.
Later depart for excursion trip to Rewalsar, visit Rewalsar Lake and Monastry. Overnight stay in Mandi.

Days 6-7-8 Dharamshala

Proceed for Dharmshala by Private Car. The town of Mcleodganj in Upper Dharamsala is known worldwide for the teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama that take place here every year. Visit Norbulinka Institute – A picture of old rural Tibet, Tsuglagkhang – is a sacred building complex enclosing the residence of Dalai Lama, Visit to Bhagsu Nath Temple - a quiet temple and the numerous pools in the vicinity are considered sacred by devout Hindus and Bhagsu Nath Falls. Spend 3 nights in our selected Dharamshala hotel.

Days 9 - 10 Dalhousie

Depart for Dalhousie by private car. Dalhousie is a beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Depart for an excursion trip to Khajjiar - often called the Mini Switzerland of Himachal Pradesh and was officially baptized thus by the Swiss Ambassador in 1992.

Days 11-12 Amritsar

Post breakfast at hotel, depart for Amritsar by Car. Later visit Golden Temple, Jallian Wala Bagh and Wagah Border.

Day 13 Delhi

Board Train for Delhi, arrive and later day free to unwind and relax.

Day 14 Delhi – Depart

Visit Akshardham Temple – arguably one of the most beautiful temple of India. Later in time transfer to Airport to board flight for your journey back home.

COST OF PACKAGES

COST OF PACKAGE: SILVER
Individual Tour Prices starting from £962 per person
Group Tour Prices (Min 8 to Max 35 persons) starting from £818 per person

HOTEL ENVISAGED

PLACE HOTEL
Delhi Regent Continental / Hotel White House / Similar
Shimla Quality Inn Himdev / Leela Regency / Similar
Mandi Valley View / Similar
Dharamshala Himqueen / Similar
Dalhousie Shangrila / Similar
Amritsar Royal Castle / Similar
COST OF PACKAGE: GOLD
Individual Tour Prices starting from £1,374 per person
Group Tour Prices (Min 8 to Max 35 persons) starting from £1,225 per person

HOTEL ENVISAGED

PLACE HOTEL
Delhi Mapple Emerald / Ferns / Country Inn and Suites (Gurgaon) / Similar
Shimla East Bourne / WoodVille Palace / Similar
Mandi Sood Resort / Similar
Dharamshala Anand Palace / Hotel Dhauladhar / Similar
Dalhousie Alps Resort / Dalhousie Heights / Similar
Amritsar Ritz Plaza / MK Hotel / Similar
COST OF PACKAGE: PLATINUM
Individual Tour Prices starting from £2,029 per person
Group Tour Prices (Min 8 to Max 35 persons) starting from £2,047 per person

HOTEL ENVISAGED

PLACE HOTEL
Delhi Crowne Plaza Surya / The Metropolitan / The Grand / Similar
Shimla Oberoi Cecil / Radisson / Similar
Mandi Visco Resort / Similar
Dharamshala Club Mahindra / Surya Mecleod / Asia Health / Similar
Dalhousie Mount View / Grand View / Similar
Amritsar Country Inn and Suites / Ista / Similar


*Optional:Return International flight tickets from UK to Delhi/Mumbai can be included at an additional price



ABOVE QUOTATION INCLUDES:

- Accommodationbased on double occupancy for total of 13 nights.
- 13 Buffet Breakfast (All meals can be included at extra cost).
- Services of Local English Speaking Guide at all the locations (Incase of a group there shall be accompanying English speaking guide provided).
- Train ride inAir conditioned coaches from Amritsar to Delhi.
- All arrival/ departure transfers & road transport services are in Air conditioned chauffer driven private car/ coach.
- Assistance on arrival and departure in India by Epic India representative.
- 01 bottle of mineral water per person each day.
- Traditional welcome atDelhi Airport upon arrival.
- Monument Entrance Charges as per the itinerary (for single visit only).

ENTRANCE INCLUDED :

Delhi:
Qutub Minar Humayun’s Tomb Akshardham
Dharmshala:
Tibetean History Museum

ABOVE COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

- International Flights, Airport Tax, Travel insurance charges and Visa fees.
- Tips for Driver, Hotel Staff, Escorts & Guide etc.
- Personal expenses like drinks, laundry, telephone calls and porterage etc.
- Liabilities due to loss of baggage, accident, injury or medical needs.
- Liabilities due to flight cancellation, and any extra cost involved due to transhipment occurring due to road blocks etc.
- Other personal expenses.
- Any other services not mentioned above.
- Costs of camera tickets are not included in any of our tours.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

- The cost has been calculated on the basis of existing tariffs/conditions and any charge in cost or modification in tax structure will oblige us to revise the same.
- Lotus Temple is closed on Monday.
- The cost has been calculated on the basis of base category of rooms andincase of non availability of same, supplement as applicable for higher category of room would be extra.
- Additional Lunch and Dinner (excluding drinks) if opted shall be provided in City Restaurants.
- Check-In, Check-out time in Hotels is 12 noon
- Best Time to travel – All Year Round
- All reservations will be subject to availability of accommodation.
- This document is a proposal of itinerary / quotation and not a confirmation of booking.
- Anyone is welcome to worship in a Gurdwara regardless of caste, color, or creed. A specific protocol exists for the Gurdwara and cleanliness is essential. Before visiting a Gurdwara, some guidelines are to be followed:

1) Be modestly attired.
2) Cover your head.
3) Remove your shoes.
4) Wash hands and feet if needed.
5) Bow before the Guru Granth.
6) Offer any donation such as flowers, food items or money.
7) Sit quietly on the floor with your legs crossed facing Guru Granth.
8) Accept prasad, a sanctified delicacy made from flour, butter, and sugar.
9) Enjoy a meal from the free kitchen (Optional).

EPIC INDIA DIFFERNCE :

  • Comprehensive pre-departure kit for each destination visited containing detailed and up-to-date information on the local climate, suggested dress, tipping, cultural differences, visa requirements, shopping and a brief history of your destination.
  • Full documentation including copies of your final itinerary
  • Complimentary pass to selected Airport VIP lounges and complimentary to- fro car transfers to UK international airport (when you book international flights with our Platinum package)
  • 24 hour emergency assistance and access to emergency numbers.
  • The best guides, drivers and vehicles throughout touring.
  • Quality control across every aspect of the trip – nothing is left to chance.

TAILOR-MADE ALTERATIONS :

  • You are welcome to suggest changes or alterations such as a more relaxed tour with fewer activities or additional nights at places that may interest you.
  • Tell us about any special interests and we will incorporate them in to your tour schedule.
  • To design you own tour visit our tailor made section

Before booking please refer to our Terms and conditions, FAQ's and Before You Travel section for useful tips and advice

A reminder that you're travelling to India and that although we try to stick to the above itinerary it is subject to change at short notice. Remember to pack your patience and sense of humour!