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Shimla & Dharamshala

Code:   HT 02

Shimla & Dharamshala

Duration : 10 Nights / 11 Days
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Chandigarh - Shimla - Pragpur - Palampur - Dharamshala- Amritsar - Delhi

Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi by International flight from Paris.
Meeting, assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02 – Delhi/Chandigarh train : 0710-1010 hours
On arrival, drive to Simla, 90 km
Rest of the day free.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 : Simla
Sightseeing in Shimla.
The Ridge : The large open space in the heart of town presents excellent view of the mountain ranges. Shimla's landmarks -the Neo-Gothic structure of Christ Church and the new-Tudor library building are worth seeing. The Mall : Main shopping centre of Shimla with restaurants, the Gaiety Theatre, which is a reproduction of an old British theatre is a center of cultural activities.  Lakkar Bazaar adjacent to the Ridge is popular for its wood crafts and souvenirs. Kali Bari, few yards from scandal Point is an important Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Shayamla. Jakhoo Temple, a steep climb as well as mortable at a height of 2455 m is the highest point and  offers a panoramic view of the town Here an ancient "Lord Hanuman" temple is located. Way from Ridge by foot leads to a Church .  State Museum, 3 km houses ancient historical sculptors and paintings of Himachal Pradesh (remains closed on Monday).

Day 04 – Simla-Pragpur drive, 175 km
Morning drive to Paragpur.
On arrival check-in at hotel.

Day 05 - Pragpur
Paragpur – Reflecting the ambience of the Anglo Indian traditions, this country manor was built by Justice Sir Jai Lal at the turn of the century. A 300 year old ancestral home, the Judge’s Court has been restored and offers a rare kind of intimate hospitality. Spread over ten acres of orchards, the view of the snow peaks from here is breathtaking. Located near the ornamental Village tank, and approached by a cobbled street, this courtyard haven captures its original bygone era. Paragpur is also the first notified heritage village in India.  Nearby attractions in this area are :
Dada Siba – Chinor reached by a scenic road. Dada Siba has an old temple with beautiful Kangra murals on the inner walls. Chinor has water mills to grind corn.

River Beas – At Chamba, Patan near Garli flows through beautiful countryside. Famous for Mahasheer fishing “Dehra”. The Revenue office building was constructed in 1868. During working days it is a picture of a rural court of the years gone by.

Garli – Lovely old houses. The road leads to Chamba-Pattan on the banks of river Beas where boat rides are possible.

Day  06 – Pragpur/Palampur, 100 km
Morning drive to Palampur to visit ancient Shiva Temple at Baijnath. Palampur is at a height of 1245 metres. This pleasant town is awash in the neatly manicured terraces of the tea gardens with beautiful view of the Dhauladhar range.
On arrival check-in at hotel.

Day 07 –Palampur-Dharamsala, 35 km
Morning drive to Dharamsala.
Dharamsala – Is the principal town of Kangra. The upper and lower parts of the town are poised on a spur of  Dhauladhar mountains, which surround Dharamsala on three sides. The upper town, with the suburbs of McLeod Ganj and Forstyle Ganj, retains the British flavour so peculiar to the towns of Himachal. Here one finds the nostalgic Chruch of St.John of the Wilderness. Within lies buried Lord Elgin, who chose to remain in this town that he loved.  The settlement of Dalai Lama at his residence next to a monastery has added to the interest for this place for the visitors. Forced to flee from the Chinese occupation, they made Dharamsala their home. For the interested, the Library at the School of Tibetan Studies is a treasure trove of manuscripts and texts on Tibet and its culture. Closeby are the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts and the Tibetan Handicrafts Centre.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08 : Dharamsala
Another day to visit McLeodganj, Dalai Lama Temple and lower Dharamsala
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 09 – Dharamsala-Amritsar, 199 km
Drive to Amritsar and on arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Late evening visit Golden Temple to witness Palki ceremony.
The evening is a time for the devotees to come and listen in deep thoughtfulness to the evening recitations. It is time for the Rahras, the Arti and the shabad kirtan. At end of the prayers, the Sri Guru Granth Saheb is reverentially and royally carried to the palki  (a gold and silver palanquin) waiting outside. The head priest of the Harmandir appears with the Sri Guru Granth Sahib on a cushion on his head.  The palki is carried by dedicated Sikhs. The grand Darshani Deorhi is shut down for the visitors after this.

Day 10 : Amritsar
Morning sightseeing tour.
Amritsar, founded in 1577 by Ram Das, the fourt guru of the Sikhs, it is both the centre of the Sikh religion and the major city of Punjab state.  The name means Pool of Nectar, referring toe the sacred tank around which the Sikh’s Golden Temple is built. The Golden temple is famous for its full golden dome, it is one of the most sacred pilgrim spots for Sikhs. The Mandir is built on a 67-ft square of marble and is a two storied structure.

Durgiani Temple, built in the third decade of the 20th Century echoes architecture that of the Golden Temple and, in a similar manner rises from the midst of a tank and has canopies and the central dome in the style of the Sikh temple. One of the greatest reformers and political leaders of resurgent India, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, laid its foundation stone.

Jallian Wala Bagh - The memorial at this site commemorates the 2000 Indians who were killed or wounded, shot indiscriminately by the British under the command of Gen Michael O"Dyer on April13, 1919 while participating in a peaceful public meeting. This was one of the major incidents of India's freedom struggle. A section of wall with bullet marks still visible is preserved along with the memorial well, in which some people jumped to escape.

Jama Masjid Khairuddin, built by Mohd. Khairuddin in 1876, this masjid is a place of architectural beauty situated in the Hall Bazar. This is the holy place from where a call against the British rule was given by Tootie-e-Hind, Shah Attaullah Bukhari.

Day 11: Amritsar-Delhi flight
Transfer to airport for flight to Delhi.
On arrival, transfer to international airport for onward flight.



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