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Land of Dalai Lama Collection
Land of Dalai Lama Collection
Tourist Spots : Golden Temple, Norbulingka Institute, Buddhhist Monasteries.
Destinations Covered : Amritsar, Dharamsala, McLeodganj Taragarh, Pragpur, New Delhi
Tour Days/ Nights : 07 Nights/ 08 days
Day 1 : Delhi – Amritsar
Early morning transfer to New Delhi Railway Station for Express train to Amritsar, the state capital of Punjab. Afternoon visit to the infamous Jallianwala Bagh.
Day 2 : Amritsar – Dharamsala
Lose yourself for a morning amidst the serene magnificence of the Golden Temple complex. After breakfast, drive to Dharamsala (approx 5 hours). Climb through the Himalayan foothills to McLeod Ganj, home to a thriving Tibetan community, who settled here with the Dalai Lama in 1959. Check in at your hotel and the afternoon is free to explore or relax at the hotel.
The Norbulingka Institute is situated near Dharamsala, the residence of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and seat of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile. It is built according to traditional Tibetan style, following a ground plan based on the proportions of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and patron deity of Tibet. Set amidst beautiful gardens, surrounded by the green fields of the Kangra Valley, the Norbulingka Institute stands against a backdrop of the towering Dhauladhar mountains of the outer Himalayan range.
Day 3 : Dharamsala
Explore this busy bazaar town, the colourful temples and Buddhist monasteries, which reflect the culture of Tibet. The high snow clad Dhaula Dhar ranges of the Himalaya form a magnificent backdrop to the hill resort. This is the principal town of Kangra district and overlooks the wide plains. Covering a wide area in the form of a twin settlement, Lower Dharamsala (1380 m) is a busy commercial centre, while Upper Dharamsala (1830 m) with the suburbs of McLeod Ganj and Forsyth Ganj, retains a British flavour and colonial lifestyle.
The charming church of St. John in the wilderness is situated here and this is the final resting place of Lord Elgin, a British Viceroy of India during the l9th century. There is also a large Tibetan community who have made this their home. Numerous ancient temples like Jawalamukhi, Brijeshwari and Chamunda lie on the plains below Dharamshala.
Day 4 : Dharamsala - Palampur – Taragarh
Palampur is 34 kilometers from Dharamsala, in the far east of Kangra Valley, amid tea gardens. The gentle slopes of Palampur do indeed produce a superior variety of tea that is famous world over as “Kangra Valley Tea”. It is quite an un spoilt town, situated on a little plateau with the dramatic Neugal chasm of the Bundla stream cutting across at one edge, surrounded by green tea states with forests of pine and Deodhar on the higher slopes.
Past tea gardens and mustard fields is Andretta. This artists’ village, now vying for heritage status, is Kangra’s best-kept secret. Check out Andretta Pottery and Crafts Society and terracotta museum.
Overnight at the Taragarh Palace, built in 1931 by the Nawab of Bhawalpur. It is situated on a 15 acre forested estate surrounded by tea gardens in the Kangra valley, one of the most scenic and unexplored areas of Himachal Pradesh.
Day 5 : Taragarh
Day at leisure to explore the paddy fields, monasteries and the breathtaking surroundings.
Day 6 : Taragarh - Pragpur
Morning departure to Pragpur (approx 45 kms). The village of Pragpur with its cobbled streets has the distinction of being declared India’s first heritage village and is one of the best examples of the architecture of this region.
Day 7 : Pragpur
At leisure to enjoy the Kangra Valley. This area is ideal for walks, especially along the River Beas.
Explore Pragpur and Garli, with their old houses or take a trip on the Kangra narrow gauge railway.
Day 8 : Pragpur – Amritsar – Delhi
Morning departure by private vehicle to Amritsar to board your flight to New Delhi.