Morning visit the Partition Museum in Amritsar
Afternoon half day excursion to Wagah border, 32 Kms from Amritsar to witness the ‘Change of Guard’ on both sides of the Indo-Pakistan border. It is a spectacle comparable to ‘Changing of the Guards’ in London but with a slightly bazar Bollywood twist! The atmosphere is charged on both sides of the fence during the ceremony.
Morning sightseeing takes you to the Golden Temple – the sacred Sikh sanctuary spread out in a vast complex around a huge water tank in the midst of which stands a marble sanctum where the holy book of the Sikhs, the Guru Granth is reverently placed. The roof of the sanctum is gold-leafed. The community kitchen provides free meals to up to 100,000 pilgrims or visitors in a day and is a fascinating place to visit. Walk by the busy bazaars of the city, visit the historic Jallianwalah Bagh Gardens.
Later visit the Golden Temple to see the palki ceremony in which the holy book of Sikh “Shri Guru Granth Sahib” is taken to bed for the night in a procession.
Home to the Dalai Lama Dharamshala is a city in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by cedar forests on the edge of the Himalayas, this hillside city is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile. The colossal snow dressed peaks of Dhauladhar Range overlook Dharamsala at all times.
A full day to explore Dharamshalla. There are two parts of the city. One is known as Lower Dharamshala, which is its commercial center and dotted with markets, courts and the famous Kotwali Bazaar, where you come across items of everyday use.
Upper Dharamshala is home to Mcloedganj where the much talked about Tibetan Buddhist culture can be seen. It is dominated largely by the Tibetan community and situated at an impressive height of 2,082 meters. Here, the main street is dotted with shops selling Tibetan arts & crafts, along with eateries that serve a variety of Tibetan dishes, from Thenthu to momos. Most of the market centres around the Tsuglagkhang Complex, which is the official home of the 14th Dalai Lama and the nerve center of the town. The temple is said to be a replica of the original Tsuglakhang, the main temple in Lhasa. Naturally, it is a pilgrimage site for Tibetan exiles as well, you see fluttering prayer flags, monasteries at regular intervals and monks attired in bright saffron robes.
Enjoy the lakes, waterfalls and temples surrounding Dharamshalla. Visit the cricket stadium or take a wlak on one of the many trails.
Enjoy a scenic drive to he village of Pragpur with its age-old and well preserved architecture and cobbled streets. It has been declared India’s very first ‘Heritage village’
Experience the local toy train.
Today we will have a heritage tour of Pragpur, the only heritage village of India.
Swathed by cedar, rhododendron, fir and Himalayan oak trees, the state capital of Himachal Pradesh is one of the most popular hill stations of India. Basking in the grandeur of the British era with apparent influences in its architecture, Shimla did charm the British colonisers of the 19th century so much that they elevated the small township into the summer capital of an empire sprawling the subcontinent.
In its heyday Shimla attracted princes, merchants, diplomats and political leaders from Afghanistan, Tibet, China, Myanmar and other countries. Several heritage buildings in the city are witness to historical moments that have shaped the history of south Asia.Leaders of the freedom movement led by Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Nehru, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad, C. Rajagopalachari and others frequently visited Shimla in their struggle to gain independence from British rule.
Today we enjoy a heritage walk in Shimla.
Experience the famous Shimla toy train before traveling to Delhi.
Bhutan 6 nights
Varanasi and the Holy Ganges
Beach stay in Goa or Kerala
Agra and the Taj Mahal
Cricket World Cup
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