Dharamsala and Amritsar Extension

The Dalai Lama's Mountain Abode & the Sikhs' Golden Temple

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $1895  
Length: 5 days
Arrive: Delhi, India
Depart: Delhi, India
Lodging: 4 nights hotels, 1 day room
Meals: all meals included
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Walking
Trip Level:

Visa Requirements

A visa is required for U.S. citizens visiting India. Your visa must be obtained prior to arrival.

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

Home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile, Dharamsala is one of Himalchal Pradesh’s most fascinating destinations. Originally a British hill station spread across wooded ridges below the peaks of the Dhauladhar Range, it was transformed into a center for Tibetan culture when the young Dalai Lama settled here after the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959. Today it is bustling with temples, nunneries, and meditation centers and is a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists from all over the world. Our extension also includes an overnight in Amritsar, holy city of Sikhs, with a visit to the resplendent Golden Temple, built by Guru Arjan Dev in the late 16th century.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Delhi / Amritsar

Transfer to the airport in the morning and fly from Delhi to Amritsar, arriving around 1:00 pm. This afternoon, meet your guide and driver and visit the serene Harmandir Sahib, or “Golden Temple.” The opulent building is the spiritual center of the Sikh faith, and many believers take at least one pilgrimage here to listen to the music and bathe in the purifying waters of the temple’s “pool of immortality.” We relax by the Harmandir Sahib’s lake during sunset, listening to the music from the temple. Overnight at Hyatt Amritsar. Meals on your own. Your guide is happy to make recommendations with options to go as fancy or as local as you wish.

Day 2

A five-hour drive meandering through the Himalayan foothills brings us to Dharamsala (6,500'), and our accommodations, the Grace Cottage Hotel. This evening, enjoy an optional visit to the Dharamsala bazaar, a lively marketplace brimming with local delights, or relax in your comfortable room overlooking the valley. Overnight at Grace Cottage Hotel...BLD

Day 3
McLeod Ganj

We make our way to the Forsyth Ganj and nearby McLeod Ganj, nestled below the peaks of the Dhauladhar Range. We visit the Namgyal Monastery, the personal monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Church of St. John in the Wilderness, a neo-Gothic stone church dating to 1860 surrounded by dense cedar trees, and the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, which holds an extensive collection of Tibetan manuscripts and sacred texts. Overnight at Grace Cottage Hotel...BLD

Day 4
McLeod Ganj

Today finds us deep in Tibetan culture as we visit the Tibetan Medical Institute and learn about environmentally safe practices of Tibetan medicine, and the Dolmaling Nunnery where more than 200 nuns dedicate themselves to higher Buddhist education and learn modern skills. We also explore the Norbulingka Cultural Institute, dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan arts and culture. Overnight at Grace Cottage Hotel...BLD

Day 5
Delhi / Depart

After a five-hour drive to Amritsar in the morning, bid farewell to your guide and driver and take an afternoon flight to Delhi. Day rooms will be held for you at the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel until your late-evening transfer to the airport for homeward-bound flights...BL

What the Trip is Like

The trip is Level 1+, Easy to Moderate, according to our trip grading system. There is optional touring and walks at altitudes up to 6,500 feet, with hotel accommodations.  You have your own private guide and driver.

Explanation of Trip Levels

Extension Cost

Prices valid through September 30, 2016
$1895 per person, double occupancy (2 members)
Solo Traveler: $2695
Single supplement: $355 (group of 3 or more)
Internal airfare: $585 (subject to change)

Note: due to strict hotel change/cancellation policies, a non-refundable deposit of $200 per person will be applied to this extension once all services have been confirmed.

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Cost Includes:

  • Private guide and driver from arrival in Amritsar on Day 1 to departure from Amritsar on Day 5
  • All accommodations
  • all meals included
  • Land transportation and airport transfers as noted

Extension Cost Does Not Include:

Internal airfare Delhi/Amritsar round trip, airport transfers for individual arrival or departure, any meals not specified after each itinerary day, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to guide, driver, or hotel staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Hyatt Amritsar

Hyatt Amritsar

Day 1 (1 night), Amritsar, India

The Hyatt Amritsar is a modern, business-style hotel in Amritsar with a good location less than a mile from the Golden Temple.
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Grace Cottage

Grace Cottage

Days 2 to 4 (3 nights), Dharamsala, India

A heritage hotel tucked away at the top of the hill in MacLeod Ganj, the Grace is a 150-year-old country manor built in traditional hill ...
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Radisson Blu Airport Hotel

Radisson Blu Airport Hotel (Day Room)

Day 5, Delhi, India

This stylish business hotel is just a few miles from Delhi’s international airport, with comfortable rooms and all the services you’d ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.