India’s Spiritual North

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $2,395
  • Length: 9 days
  • Operator: Travcoa
  • 866-591-0260
    Destinations: South and Southeast Asia, India
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Tour Description

India is a mystical land of faith and heritage - and in the Spiritual North, history, religion and culture converge beautifully. Travelling through the “pool of nectar” that is Amritsar, and the fairy-tale regions of the snow-clad Himalayas, you will learn the history, experience the culture and appreciate the influences of nature on the soul. Witness traditional Hindi ceremonies and experience ritualistic Buddhist rites at temples, villages and even at the residence of the Dalai Lama. View the expansive collections of rare and ornate art, artifacts and murals at museums and churches. Breathe in the exhilarating air and incense of all that is around you - and depart India’s magical north with an enlightened spirit or wonderment.

  • Witnessing the night ceremony at the Golden Temple in Amritsar
  • The awe-inspiring visits of the temple residence of the Dali Lama in Dharamsala
  • Seeing the expansive collections at the Tibet Museum
  • The elevated St. John’s in the Wilderness church
  • Experiencing the sheer grandeur of the mighty Himalayas
  • The well-preserved Heritage Village in central Pragpur
  • Examining the murals at the Lord Krishna Temple in Dada Siba
  • Taking the exhilarating ride on the Toy Train in Shimla

Itinerary

DAY 1

Delhi to Amritsar, India

This morning you are transferred to the Delhi airport for your early afternoon flight to Amritsar. This 16th century city, founded by Ram Das, the fourth guru of the Sikhs, is today both the center of Sikh religion and the major city of the Punjab state. You are met upon arrival in Amritsar and taken to your luxurious hotel.

Ista Hotel, Amritsar

DAY 2

Amritsar

Enjoy a full day of touring - starting with a morning visit of the magnificent Golden Temple. Your city tour continues, including a visit of the garden and national memorial at Jalianwala Bagh, the site where hundreds of Indians were massacred by the British in 1919. This afternoon, drive outside the city to Wagah Border to see the dramatic daily flag ceremony at the Indo-Pakistan border. Tonight return to the Golden Temple to witness the ritualistic and colorful Palki Sahib, or night ceremony.(B)

Ista Hotel, Amritsar

DAY 3

Amritsar to Dharamsala

Today, drive up towards the magnificent snow-clad Himalayas to Dharamsala, a city surrounded by dense forests and streams. It is also the seat of the Tibet’s government in exile and the temporary residence of His Holiness, Dalai Lama. Your afternoon sightseeing tour visits the residence and temple of the Dalai Lama, where you are welcome to participate as the monks chant and meditate. Learn about Tibetan history, politics and culture at the Tibet Museum, which has more than over 80,000 manuscripts. Go for a short Kora Walk around the temple and residence of H.H. Dalai Lama to see the many prayer flags, “mani” stones and Buddhist monks and nuns chanting holy hymns.(B,L,D)

Chonor House, Dharamsala

DAY 4

Dharamsala

Today’s full day sightseeing tour includes visits to the Tibetan Library of Work and Archives, Tibetan Medical and Astrological Center, and Norbulingka - established to teach and preserve traditional Tibetan Art, such as wood carving, thangka painting, goldsmithing and embroidery. Tour St. John’s in the Wilderness, an Anglican church built in 1852. It is decorated in grey stone with fine Belgian stained glass windows donated by Lady Elgin. And you’ll visit Bhagsu Nag Temple, where pilgrims go to bathe in the pure spring waters, and quiet Naddi Village with its magnificent views of the Dhauladhar Mountain Range and the Kangra Valley.(B,L,D)

Chonor House, Dharamsala

DAY 5

Dharamsala to Pragpur

This morning drive to Pragpur, located in Himachal’s most panoramic areas, in the shade of the Dhauladhar Mountains or the White Ranges. Founded in the 17th century, Pragpur is a small, neat settlement known for its abundance of springtime flowers. This afternoon visit 300-year-old Heritage Village, with its cobbled streets, ornamental village tank, and well-preserved architecture of mud plastered and slate roofed houses. Your accommodations for the next two nights are at Judge’s Court, a classified “Heritage” country manor.(B,L,D)

Judge’s Court, Pragpur

DAY 6

Pragpur

This morning, visit the famous Jwalamukhi Temple, dedicated to the “Goddess of Light.” Uniquely without an idol, an eternally burning blue flame emanating from a rock sanctum is worshipped as a manifestation of the goddess. This afternoon, it is a short drive to Dada Siba to see the ruins of ancient Lord Krishna Temple, with beautiful centuries-old Kangra mural paintings that cover the inner walls.(B,L,D)

Judge’s Court, Pragpur

DAY 7

Pragpur to Mashobra

Today enjoy a scenic drive into the magnificent Himalayas. Mid-afternoon arrive at the Wildflower Resort. This former residence of Lord Kitchener is a colonial period masterpiece, set amid 23 acres of virgin woods. Enjoy your the rest of the day at leisure to explore this fairytale sanctuary and its deluxe amenities.(B,L,D)

Wildflower Hall, Mashobra

DAY 8

Excursion to Shimla

Today is a full day excursion to Shimla, the exclusive British summer capital in the 1800s.At 7,500 feet high, Shimla sprawls along crescent-shaped ridge, with buildings clinging to the slopes. See the stately English houses, including Gorton Castle and the Vice Regal Lodge. Enjoy a ride on the famous Toy Train, a narrow-gauge railway built in 1924, with one of the world’s steepest rises. The ride past little hamlets and terraced fields, and through breathtaking bridges and tunnels reveals memorable and seemingly endless panoramic vistas. Return to your resort by late afternoon.(B,L,D)

Wildflower Hall, Mashobra

DAY 9

Depart Mashobra

This morning it is a short drive to the Shimla airport for your flight to Delhi. Here you can connect to your departing flight home or on to your next destination. (B)

Departures

Pricing Information

September 30, 2011

From $2,395.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,850.00 single room supplement.

December 31, 2011

From $2,505.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,933.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All transfers and fully guided daily sightseeing provided by private deluxe A/C vehicles
  • Local English speaking guide for sightseeing in each city
  • Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
  • Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
  • Local taxes
  • TravcoAssist (Medical Travel Assistance Plan)

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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