India is a country of enormous cultural diversity, particularly in the north where the vast Gangetic Plain meets the Himalaya. Here India's history is perhaps at its most complex, manifested in the profusion of religions and landscapes.
We visit the Golden Temple of the Sikhs at Amritsar as well as Pragpur, a Heritage Village, and Mcleod Ganj, home to the Dalai Lama.
We end with Shimla, the former 'summer capital' of the British Raj and, of course, the exquisite Taj Mahal.
What makes this trip responsible?
This trip employs local staff through all aspects of the trip. Our leaders, already committed to Responsible Tourism, have received training and get additional refresher training on a regular basis. We use predominantly locally owned and run accommodation on this trip. Many local restaurants and shops are also used to purchase items throughout this trip which benefits the local community.
Countries visited: India
Arrive Amritsar; evening visit to the Golden Temple.
Early morning visit to the Golden Temple and bazaar; drive to the Heritage Village of Pragpur in the Kangra Valley.
A full day to explore the remarkable village of Pragpur with its elegant havelis, mansions, Italianate buildings and traditional mud and slate houses along cobbled streets.
By road to Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj; afternoon orientation tour.
Sightseeing in and around McLeod Ganj.
Explore the Norbulingka Institute of Tibetan Culture.
Drive to Andretta village; spend the night at Palampur surrounded by thriving tea gardens.
To Mandi; explore the old trading town and stay at Raja's palace.
To Shimla; afternoon visit to The Ridge, Christ Church and Scandal Point.
Explore Shimla, walk along the Mall and visit the former Viceregal Lodge.
Take the Viceroy's 'Toy Train' to Kalka; short drive to Pinjore Mughal Gardens where we stay.
Early morning train to Delhi; drive to Agra visiting Sikandra on arrival.
Explore Itmad-Ud-Daulah, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort.
Visit Taj Mahal at dawn before returning to Delhi; afternoon free.
Fly to London.