9D8N Golden Temple & The Himalayas

by Giamso International Tours Pte Ltd

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  • Travelling to Delhi, Amritsar, Dharamsala, Manali, Solang and Chandigarh
    Minimum of 2 persons
    Activities include Arts & Museums, City Tour, Cultural, Nature & Scenery, Rest & Relax, Shopping and Sports and Adventure
    Includes Hotel Transfer and Meals
    Travelling period Every day from March 21st, 2014
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  • Hotels in Package

    • Fly to Delhi. - Jet Airways (9W-19) SIN(09:15) - DEL(12:35)
    • Air India AI 381 - SIN(09:15) - DEL(12:15)
    • Jet Airways: 9W20 Leaving 2220 hour
    • If Air India: AI 380 – DEL (0005) – SIN (0755)

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Delhi (L/D)

On arrival, meet and greet by your Odyssey Manager and transfer for lunch. After lunch drive around Delhi to feel and understand Indian ancient and
contemporary history by viewing some of the most important building and roads in New as well as in Old Delhi. First we drive around the India’s major
administration and legislature assembly house known as Sansal Bhawan (Parliament House), Presidential House and North and South Block where all the
important Ministries of India including Defense, Foreign, Finance, Home Affairs Ministries are located finally around India Gate. We spend some time for shopping around Connaught Place before dinner. After dinner transfer to your hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2: Delhi – Amritsar (B/L/D)

In the morning after breakfast transfer train station to board on Shatabedi Train leaving 0720 and arriving 1330 hour at Amritsar. On arrival, transfer for lunch followed by visit to Golden Temple. Amritsar - the holy town of Sikhs, has grown from a sacred village pond into a spiritual temporal center of Sikh culture. The city gets its name from the pool - Amritsar (Pool of Nectar), which was constructed by the fourth religious preceptor of the Sikh faith. Golden Temple or Darbar Sahib is the most sacred temple for Sikhs. It is a symbol of the magnificence and strength of the Sikh people all over the world. Its architecture includes, symbols associated with other places of worship. This is an example of the spirit of tolerance and acceptance that the Sikh philosophy propounds. In the late afternoon drive 30 kms out of the town to see the fascinating march past at the border, popularly known as “retreat ceremony”. Wagah border is the only border between India and Pakistan which still allows the passage of passengers and goods to and fro. Back to the hotel for overnight stay

Day 3: Amritsar – Dharamsala (B/L/D)

After breakfast drive 5 hours (210 km) to Mcloedganj, upper Dharamsala located on the slopes of Dauladhar Ranges of the High Himalayas overlooking Kangra Valley. Here we experience the Tibetan philosophy and life of Tibetans in India. After lunch, visit Dalai Lama Monastery and Tibet Museum. The Tibet museum was established with the aim of presenting Tibet’s history and visions for its future through texts, photographs, videos and installations. The main exhibition features, "A long look homeward". Afternoon, walk around Mcleod Ganj, known as Little Lahsa (capital of Tibet), full of Tibetan people, Tibetan monasteries, colorful Tibetan handicraft shops and small restaurants. Once the place used by the British as a garrison, now it is a well known tourist destination among the foreigners as well as the domestic tourists. The Anglican Church St Jones, built in 1852 is located among the pine, oak & rhododendron trees at a walking distance

Day 4: Dharamsala – Manali (B/L/D)

After breakfast, drive to visit Norbulinga Institute known for its various schools of Tibetan paintings and handicraft training established by Tibetan Government in Exile. On completion drive 260 km 7 hours to Manali (including visiting places) stopping at the Town of Shiva – Baijnath and visit the 13th century Shiva temple. According to legend the Demon King of Lanka Ravana (Who have got 10 head) as per epic Ramayana offered his nine head to Lord Shiva for the boon of immortality. But the Shiva was not impressed, finally he decides to offer his tenth head and Lord Shiva was pleased with his willingness to sacrifice his heads and blessed him with a Shivlinga. The moment when Ravana rested the Shivling on the ground at this place it became so heavy that he couldn’t manage to carry it and take it to his kingdom Lanka, so he constructed a temple dedicated to Shiva at the present site. The same Shivling is in this temple till date. On completion, drive to Manali and transfer to Hotel.

Day 5: Visit And Enjoy Spectacular Around Manali (B/L/D)

After breakfast drive to visit and photograph 1553 AD constructed wooden carved “Hidimba Devi Temple” also spelled as “Hadimba”. It is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, sister of Hidimba, who was a character in the Indian epic, Mahabarata. The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest. Walk to Old Manali Village, names after great Hindu sage Manu. As per the legend and mythology, human and nature pass through a cycle of development and finally destroyed by deluge and few habitants survive in this cycle. During the last deluge, Manu was leader of the habitants on earth who survived on celestial boat and landed here at Manali. He set the rules now known as “Manu Sahinta” and leaded the habitants who survived with him. On completion we walk through Van Vihar to Manali and visit Tibetan Monasteries. Tibetan monastery also runs a Thanka school of arts and a carpet-weaving centre. Afternoon walk around traffic free Manali Mall Road for shopping and own activities.

Day 6: Manali – Solang – Snow Point/Rohtang Pass – Manali (B/L/D)

Morning drive towards Rohtang Pass (3978m), stopping for photo stops of the Himalayas at different locations along the route. This route offers spectacular views of peaks between 5000m to 6600m and glaciers of Dauladhar, Pir Panjal and Chandra-Bhaga range of the High Himalayas along with lush green Kullu-Manali Valley with Beas River flowing in the middle. Our excursion ends at Snow Point, the maximum approachable road towards Rohtang Pass (3978m), depending on road, snow and ice formation conditions. Rohtang Pass is the first and lowest pass on the route to Ladakh. Between June to November, we have higher chances to reach on top of Rohtang Pass, when there might be no snow on the top of the pass and you can only enjoy snow capped mountains of CB range. We divert 3 km to visit Solang Valley to enjoy paragliding or skiing depending on season (Optional). On our way back we visit Vashist, known for its hot water sulfur springs, ancient Vashistha and Rama Temples

Day 7: Manali – Chandigarh (B/L/D)

After breakfast drive 320 km 7-8 hours to Manali visiting Himachal Photo Darshan photo gallery displaying the photographs taken by local photographer Mr Birbal Sharma. Photo Gallery exhibited 300 enlarged photographs dealing with the lifestyle and culture of the people of the state. There are photographs of the exquisite lakes of Himachal Pradesh, snow-covered passes, gurgling rivers, cascades, beautiful valleys, green forests, meadows, ancient temples with rare carvings, glaciers, forests, palaces, frescoes in Buddhist temples, Himachali belles wearing ornaments. The photographs have been clicked artistically. On arrival transfer to Hotel

Day 8: Chandigarh – Delhi – Fly Home (B/L/D)

After breakfast transfer to train station to board on Shatabedi express leaving 0650 hour and arriving 1000 hour at Delhi. On arrival visit and shop around Delhi. Evening transfer to airport and board on your scheduled flight to Singapore.

Day 9: Arrive Singapore

Arrive Singapore 0640 hour. End of tour

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Giamso International Tours Pte Ltd

101 Upper Cross Street #01-36 Peoples' Park Centre Singapore 058357

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