WAFA & The Golden Triangle Extension

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Price
£795pp
Leaving on
06/03/20
Arriving back on
11/03/20
Location
India
Flights from Delhi with Jet Airways

The Golden Triangle Extension -  5 additional nights with visits to Shimla, Chandigarh and Amritsar*

Following on from WAFA in Jaipur and visiting Rathambore, Agra and Delhi, why not extend your experience of  India and visit the wonders of  the North? 

North India

This programme follows the same route as our Floral and Cultural Adventure with Michael Bowyer and Tom Hodge, taking you high up to Shimla hill station at the foothills of the Himalayas. Arrive in Shimla from Solan Rail Station on board the famous Toy Train, and spend two nights at an iconic hotel with spectacular views.  You will also travel to Chandigarh, the capital of both Punjab and Haryana, to  enjoy city sites, including parks and gardens. Your final destination is Amritsar, arriving by Intercity Express in time to see the evening border closing at an army outpost on the Indo-Pakistani border. You will also enjoy two visits to the spectacular Golden Temple, spiritual home of the Sikh faith; once in the morning  to observe the feeding of the 5,000, and again in the evening to see the temple magically lit up and witness the sacred Palki Sahib ceremony. 

 *Please note, this extension package is only available to those travelling on our WAFA & The Golden Triangle tour

Toy train

 

From Delhi we fly to Chandigarh and take the Himalayan Toy Train to Shimla, the summer capital of the British. After a night at the Oberoi Cecil Heritage hotel, famous during the British Raj for its fabulous ballroom dances and fashionable clientele, you will take a tour of the city. Sites include the Vice Regal Lodge and its begonia-filled botanical garden, a Hindu temple containing shrines to many Hindu gods and Scandal Point. According to legend, this is where, in 1892, Bhupinder Singh, the then Maharaja of Patalia, eloped with the viceroy’s daughter.

We then drive on to the city of Chandigarh, stopping en route at the magnificent Rock Gardens and Zakir Rose Garden.  Designed by the Swiss modernist architect Le Corbusier after it was chosen as the new capital of the Punjab following Partition, Chandigarh is a fascinating example of urban planning. You will see key sites such as the Secretariat and Legislative Assembly, the High Court, State Library and University Drive. You will spend one night at the 5* Taj Chandigarh

rock gardens

 

Our programme ends with two nights in Amritsar, home to the Golden Temple, the spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikh religion. Travelling from Chandigarh by Intercity Express, you will visit this white marble temple with its golden dome twice; once in the morning to see the community kitchen (langar) where volunteers feed 30,000 people each day, and again in the evening to witness the Palki Sahib Ceremony in a palanquin (a covered litter) garlanded with flowers.

Other sites in Amritsar include the beautiful Ram Bagh Garden and the historic Jallianwala Bagh commemorating the hundreds of Indians killed or wounded by the British in this notorious massacre.

Jallianwlal Bagh

 

Shimla - you will spend two nights at the Heritage hotel Oberoi Cecil, famous for its fabulous dances and fashionable clientele during the days of the Raj. The comfortable guest rooms are decorated in an authentic colonial style, while the restaurant is housed in what was once the chicest ballroom in Shimla. There is also a spa, swimming pool and fitness centre.

 

Oberoi Cecil

 

Chandigarh - you will spend one night at the 5* Taj Chandigrah. This contemporary hotel has spacious guest rooms with views over the city or the rose garden, a choice of four restaurants, and leisure facilities including a spa and swimming pool. 


Taj Chandigarh

 

Amritsar - you will spend two nights at the 4* Deluxe Holiday Inn, a modern hotel close to the Golden Temple with stylish contemporary guest rooms, a gym, sauna and steam room. The hotel has two restaurants, one serving local Punjabi favourites, the other specialising in Italian cuisine.

 

 

Holiday Inn Amritsar

 

 

 

Friday  6  March

Breakfast at the hotel and check out

Transfer to Delhi Airport. Depart Delhi 0920 on 9W951, arrive Chandigarh 1020

1130-1330h – transfer to Solan Railway station to board Toy Train from Solan to Shimla. Packed lunch.

1800-1830h – transfer from Shimla Railway station to hotel

1930 – dinner at the hotel

Saturday 7 March

Breakfast at the hotel

0930-1230h – sightseeing tour of Shimla

1230-1330h – lunch at a local restaurant

1330-1530h – stroll from Mall to Scandal Point

1930h – dinner at the hotel

Sunday 8 March

Breakfast at the hotel and check out

0730-1230h – transfer to Chandigarh, via visit to the Rock Gardens

1230-1330h – arrive at the hotel, check in and lunch at the hotel

1430-1630h – visit to Rose Garden

1630-1800h – tour of Chandigarh

1930h – dinner at the hotel

Monday 9  March

0600-0630 – check out and transfer to Chandigarh Railway station for train journey to Amritsar. Packed breakfast

1130-1200h – transfer to hotel and check in

Lunch at the hotel

1430-1930h – visit to Wagah Border

1930h – dinner at the hotel

Tuesday 10  March

Breakfast at the hotel

0930-1230h – visit to Golden Temple

1230-1330h – lunch at a local restaurant

1330-1530h – visit to Ram Bagh Garden

1900-2000h – dinner at the hotel

2030-2300h – visit to the Palki Sahib Ceremony at the Golden Temple

Wednesday 11  March

Check-out from hotel, early departure with packed breakfast

Transfer to Amritsar airport for return flight to the UK via Delhi flight 9W795  depart 1000 - arrive 1125

 

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Price for extension is £795pp*

*prices based on two people sharing a twin room

Total single room supplement £245

Tour Includes

  • 5 nights half board (breakfast & dinner)
  • 5 lunches (including 1 packed lunch on 6th March)
  • Local transfers and travel throughout
  • Internal flight Delhi to Chandigarh on 6th March
  • Internal flight Amritsar to Delhi on 11th March
  • Toy train journey from Solan to Shimla
  • Train travel from Chandigarh to Amritsar
  • Entrances and visits to all sites
  • Services of an English-speaking guide
  • Assistance on arrival and departure at the airports and rail stations
  • All government taxes