Foothills Of The Himalaya – Suggested Itinerary
This Himalayan holiday is part-spiritual adventure and part-celebration of the world’s highest mountain range. Start in the holy city of Amritsar, before heading for the hills where you can learn about Tibetan culture in Dharamshala and see the British influence in charming Shimla.
Suggested route & duration
9 nights Amritsar to Delhi
Amritsar: 2 nights
Dharamshala: 2 nights
Pragpur: 1 night
Shimla: 3 nights
Delhi: 1 night
About this independent tour
This is a private itinerary including a car and driver and local English-speaking tour guides for sightseeing. The itinerary is completely flexible, so you can choose your own number of nights, change accommodation, add excursions and extend your holiday.
AMRITSAR Famously known as the home of the Golden Temple, this is one of the world's most important Sikh cities and an important pilgrimage site. You'll visit this shining temple as well as the sobering, commemorative Jallianwala Bagh as well as witness the famous 'lowering of the flags ceremony' at the border with Pakistan.
DHARAMSHALA This hill station, home of the 14th Dalai Lama, is a spiritual site for Tibetan Buddhists and the seat of the exiled Tibetan government . You'll visit the suburb of McLeod Ganj, also known as 'Little Lhasa', which is beautifully set on the Dhaula Dhar Range overlooking the Kangra Valley and as well as enjoying the spectacular scenery, you'll visit temples and immerse yourself in this fascinating culture.
PRAGPUR Travel by road to Pragpur, a village in the hills which is like a snapshot in time. Wander around the narrow streets and the well-preserved heritage buildings and dip into arts and crafts shops.
SHIMLA Once the capital of the British Raj in India, this lush hill station is set on a ridge that stretches for approximately 8 miles and is renowned for its wonderful climate and breathtaking scenery. For those interested in the history of the area, you'll visit the impressive Viceregal Lodge, former summer home of the British Viceroy. A real highlight will be taking a ride on the slow-paced Shimla toy train and soaking up the scenery as you wind around the mountains.
DELHI Travel to India's bustling capital by a combination of road and rail. You'll divide your time between the contrasting Old and New Delhi quarters. In Old Delhi, you'll visit fantastic landmarks including the historic Red Fort, the Chandni Chowk bazaar and the resplendent Jama Masjid, the biggest mosque in India. In New Delhi, take a driving tour around the city taking in sights such as the impressive colonial-era Presidential Palace and visit Humayun's Tomb which is considered a precursor to the Taj Mahal.
Tailor your tour
We’ve crafted this itinerary to give you an idea about how you could explore the Himalayan foothills taking in some iconic experiences such as the flag ceremony at the Wagah Border and a ride on a toy train. And as with all our independent tours, it's completely flexible.
We’ve recommended some of the Himalaya’s best hotels like the The Oberoi Cecil, a heritage building in the heart of Shimla. You could choose to stay the Cecil’s sister hotel, Wildflower Hall; the level of Oberoi luxury is the same, but you’ll be staying in the former home of Lord Kitchener.
We suggest spending just over a week seeing the highlights of this corner of India. Days travelling along the winding mountain roads can be long so you might want to extend your trip to slow the pace a little. Stay a couple more days in Shimla or spend another night in pretty Pragpur. After this full-on itinerary, it’s understandable if you’re after a little rest and relaxation. If so, we recommend heading to a beachfront resort in Goa which is easily reached by air from Delhi. If it’s culture that you’re after, you could add on a trip around the iconic Golden Triangle.