14 days -13 nights
Duration

 

Tour Dates:

11-20 Jan 2019

Tour Route:

Delhi-Shimla-Amritsar-McLeod Ganj-Andretta-Delhi, India

Tour Cost:

A$ 2320 per person on twin share
A$ 950 single supplement

Tour Highlights:

• Enjoy the ride of Toy Train
• Queen of Hills – Shimla
• Walk through Mall Road of Shimla
• Visit the Churches of Shimla built in the time of British ruler
• Day hike in Shimla – Hatu Peak
• Golden Temple, Amritsar
• Artisan’s Village of Andretta
• McLeod Ganj-Home of Dalai Lama
• Foothills of the Himalayas
Route Map Itinerary-HillStationAmritsarTour

 

Your Tour Leaders:

AngieAngie (Angela McColl) developed ’See Change Retreats and Cultural Journeys’ because she is passionate about travel.  She has been travelling to different countries in the world for 30 years, including India, Africa, Asia, South America, Central America, Cuba and Europe.  She loves discovering new places, exploring the world and making the most of life.  Her vision is to share her love of travel and experiences of other cultures with like minded travellers.  Whether you are a solo traveller or travelling with friends or are a couple, being in a group provides safety and fun, with all the organizing taken care of.  All you need to do is arrive and you will be transported from the airport to your hotel to begin an amazing cultural journey in incredible India’.


VIKAS KUMAR
is our local Tour Manager who comes from Naddi – a small, picturesque village above Dharamsala in the Indian State of Himachal Pradesh. He is passionate about the area and the Himalaya. Since leaving school he worked as a porter then as a trekking guide from Dharamsala to Ladakh, in the remote Himalayas. Vikas completed his tertiary education part-time whilst working as a guide; since then he has taken groups throughout India and Nepal. Vikas’ gentle nature, passion for history and the culture of India, combined with his local networks, makes him
the perfect guide to ensure the safety and well-being of his tour groups.

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Dates28 Dec 2018 – 10 Jan 2019
Day 1

11 January 2018 - Delhi to Shimla

Your driver will collect you from your hotel in Delhi (approx 4am) and taken to the train station in North Delhi. Here you will catch the train Kalka, leaving Delhi at 05:35 and arrive in Kalka at 11:10. Catch another train from Kalka to Shimla at 12:10 and arrives in Shimla at 17:30.
The Kalka–Shimla Railway is a 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge railway in North India travelling along a mostly mountainous route from Kalka to Shimla, known as the Toy Train . It is known for dramatic views of the hills and surrounding villages. The Kalka–Shimla Railway was built in 1898 to connect Shimla, the summer capital of India during the British Raj, with the rest of the Indian rail system. At the time of construction 107 tunnels and 864 bridges, were built throughout the course of the track. Overnight Shimla.
Day 2

12 January 2018 - Shimla

After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Shimla. Visit Kufri, Ridge Maidan, Mall Road and Christ Church.
Shimla is one of the most popular hill station of India. The town is situated at an altitude of 6810 ft, initially chosen as a sanatorium for invalid European officers, but soon developed into a big hill town and became the summer capital of the country.
Overnight Shimla
Day 3

13 January 2018 - Day Hike in Shimla. Narkanda – Hatu Peak

Leave after breakfast. The driver will drop you at Narkanda and start the hike for 3 hours with your guide. You will then be picked them up on the top. The hike will be uphill through the forest to the top where you will have expansive views of Shimla Valley. Overnight Shimla
Day 4

14 January 2018 - McLeodGanj

Leave Shimla by car for your journey to McLeod Ganj (approximately 5 hours), arrive mid afternoon and check into your hotel. Overnight McLeod Ganj
Day 5

15 January 2018 - McLeodGanj

Spend the day relaxing around McLeod Ganj and visit the Temple of His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Namgyal Monastery, Tibet Museum and the Tibetan Houses of Parliament. Overnight McLeod Ganj
Day 6

16 January 2019 - McLeodGanj

After breakfast visit Naddi Village (a beautiful village with magnificent views of the Himalayas), then the Tibetan Children’s Village which is a thriving, educational community for Tibetan children in exile. Lunch at Norblingka Institute and afternoon visit of the centre which preserves work of the Tibetan artisans. Overnight McLeod Ganj
Day 7

17 January 2019 - Andretta

Travel after breakfast to Bir (a Tibetan Settlement) stopping off at the ancient temple at Bajnath. Spend the day around Bir and at the various monasteries. Spend the afternoon watching the paragliders landing in the local fields and take a leisurely stroll into the town through the tea plantations. Overnight Homestay Andretta
Day 8

18 January 2019 - Amritsar

Leave your homestay early for the drive through the plains of the Punjab to Amritsar. Arrive in time to visit to the Wagah border to witness the closing ceremony of the border between India and Pakistan (leave approximately 3pm). Return to visit the Golden Temple at evening (Option).
Overnight Amritsar
Day 9

19 January 2019 - Delhi

Early morning visit to the Golden Temple to enjoy the quiet of the temple at that time. Board your early afternoon flight for Delhi. Rest of the afternoon at leisure. Overnight Delhi.
Day 10

20 January 2019 - Tour Ends

Prepare for your international flight home or your onward journey.

INCLUDES

9 nights’ accommodation with breakfast
Train from Delhi to Shimla
Flight Amritsar to Delhi
All transfers by private vehicle (Totota Innova/Etios or similar) as per itinerary:

  • Pickup from Delhi Airport
  • Drop off a Delhi Train Station
  • Pickup from train station in Shimla and drop off by driver
  • Private car and driver for transfer from Shimla to McLeod Ganj
  • Sightseeing around Shimla/McLeod Ganj including car and driver
  • Private car and driver for transfer from McLeod Ganj to Amritsar

Local English speaking guide in Shimla for 2 days

English speaking guide throughout tour

EXCLUDES

Airfares to India
Visas to India
Lunch and Dinner
Entrance Fees
Extra activities and transport not stipulated in the itinerary
Personal expenditure such as drinks, laundry service and souvenirs
Tipping
Compulsory insurance of any kind

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