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In the Foothills of the Himalaya

Resort:In the Foothills of the Himalaya
Operator: Titan Travel
Destination: Asia, India
Price From: £2825.00


Taking you to the iconic temples and hill stations of Northern India, this tour is perfect if youre looking for something a little off the beaten path. Discover the sacred spiritual centres of Amritsar (home of the Golden Temple, Sikhisms holiest shrine) and Dharamshala. Listen for echoes of empire in Shimla and Delhi, the summer and winter capitals of the British Raj. And marvel at the spectacular scenery of the forest-cloaked Himalayan foothills.

Whats Included

  • 11 nights in hotels and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • 23 meals: 11 breakfasts (days 3-13) 1 lunch (day 11) 11 dinners (days 2-12)

10 excursions and visits

  • – Visits to the Golden Temple, Dharamshala Mountains, and tea plantation and factory
  • – Sightseeing tours of Amritsar (including Durgiana Hindu Temple), Dharamshala, and Old & New Delhi
  • – Excursion to Wagah for ‘Change of Guard’ ceremony
  • – Walking tours of Pragpur and Shimla (including the Jakhu Temple)
  • – Himalayan Toy Train from Shimla to Kandaghat and onward Shatabdi Express from Kalka to Delhi


  • Titans VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Titan tour manager
  • Travel in destination by coach (4-passenger vehicles are used on days 4-8)
  • Porterage

India tour map


Day 1 UK – In flight

Titans VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your overnight flight to Delhi.

Day 2 Delhi

Arrive in Delhi, with some time at leisure.

Day 3 Amritsar

We fly to Amritsar, and transfer to our hotel for some time to relax. This evening, we experience one of the great traditions of the city, the putting to bed (Palki) ceremony. Twice a day, the holy book of the Sikh faith, the Granth Sahib, is moved in a grand procession from a dedicated chamber in the Sikh Parliament to the Golden Temple, and back again. This daily ritual is really something to behold, hinting at the tremendous spirituality of Amritsar.

  • Attend the putting to bed ceremony at the Golden Temple (evening)

Day 4 Amritsar

We return to the Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of Sikhism. At its heart, set within a sacred pool, is the Hari Mandir (Divine Temple). This gold-plated architectural jewel is topped with intricate spires and cupolas, and decorated inside and out with verses from the Granth Sahib. Well explore the vast temple complex, including community kitchens which provide free meals to 10,000 pilgrims and the poor every day. Afterwards, we head out to walk the busy bazaars of the city and visit the historic Jallianwala Bagh. We also take some time to admire the Durgiana Hindu temple, which takes its inspiration from the Golden Temple.

An afternoon excursion to the India/Pakistan border town of Wagah showcases the pomp and pageantry of the Lowering of the Flag ceremony. Since 1959, armies flaunt their might from each side of the border with a stern display of battle call, foot stomping, marching and national anthems, before the national flags are lowered and the gates are slammed shut for the night.

  • Sightseeing tour of Amritsar (morning)
  • Excursion to Wagah for ‘Change of Guard’ ceremony (afternoon)

Day 5 Dharamshala

From Amritsar, we drive the 130-odd miles to Dharamshala, a small hill station surrounded on three sides by snow-capped peaks. This delightful town owes its fame (and its nickname, the little Lhasa of India) to one particular resident, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who chose it as a place of spiritual exile in 1960.

Day 6 Dharamshala

A morning sightseeing tour of Dharamshala includes the residence of the Dalai Lama and the Norbulingka Institute, a registered trust dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan culture in art and literature. We also visit the nearby Tibetan Childrens Village, a boarding school at which orphans are provided with a Tibetan education, clothes, food and healthcare.

  • Sightseeing tour of Dharamshala (morning)

Day 7 Pragpur

A mornings drive takes us to the ornamental heritage village of Pragpur by way of a tea plantation and tea factory, where we learn about the plucking and processing of Kangra tea.

In the afternoon, a walking tour of Pragpurs cobbled streets, lined with richly decorated buildings, offers a glimpse of the villages regal past. Our hotel, a splendid country mansion surrounded by orchards, is also a delight to explore.

  • Visit a tea plantation and factory (morning)
  • Walking tour of Pragpur (afternoon)

Day 8 Shimla

The next destination on our Himalayan holidays is Shimla, Queen of the Hills and the summer capital during British rule in India. In this idyllic retreat, 2,200m above sea level, temperatures averaged 15 to 20 degrees cooler than Delhi and the baking hot plains. Its an idyllic retreat, surrounded by pine, deodar, oak and rhododendron forests and criss-crossed by mountain streams – and all set against a backdrop of the snow-capped Himalayas.

Day 9 Shimla

Echoes of empire still abound in Shimla, in its churches, libraries and grand colonial edifices. Our first full day here begins with a walking tour, including a visit to the Jakhu Temple dedicated to Hanuman, the heroic Hindu monkey god.

  • Walking tour of Shimla (morning)

Day 10 Shimla

A further day at leisure to relax in the beautiful surroundings of Shimla.

Day 11 Kalka – Delhi

A scenic rail journey aboard the Himalayan Toy Train transports us from Shimla through the Shivalik ranges to the delightful hill town of Kandaghat, where we take a break before heading to Kalka railway station to board the Shatabdi Express, bound for Delhi.

  • Himalayan Toy Train from Shimla to Kandaghat and onward Shatabdi Express from Kalka to Delhi (all day)

Day 12 Delhi

Well take in the best of Delhi, Old and New, from the hand-carved 12th-century Qutab Minar minaret and the garden-tomb of Emperor Humayun, to the Hindu Birla Temple and the grand avenues and government buildings of Lutyens New Delhi. We also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, and the 17th-century Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India.

  • Sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi (all day)

Day 13 Delhi – UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.