Dharamsala and Amritsar Extension

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

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $1795  
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 Golden Temple, spiritual center of the Sikh faith. Every Sikh tries to take at least one pilgrimage here to listen to the music and bathe in the purifying waters of the temple’s “pool of immortality.” Sunset is an excellent time to hear and listen to the music from the Harmandir temple in the lake. Overnight at Hyatt Amritsar. Meals on your own.

Day 2

A five-hour drive into the Himalayan foothills brings you to Dharamsala (6,500') and your hotel, the Grace Cottage This evening, enjoy an optional visit to the Dharamsala bazaar. Overnight at Grace Cottage...BLD

Day 3
McLeod Ganj

Via Forsyth Ganj as well as nearby McLeod Ganj, nestled below the peaks of the Dhauladhar Range. Your explorations today include the Church of St. John-in-the-Wilderness, dating to 1860, the Namgyal Monastery, and the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, which holds an extensive collection of Tibetan manuscripts and sacred texts. Overnight at Grace Cottage...BLD

Day 4
McLeod Ganj

Visit the Tibetan Medical Institute, the Dolmaling Nunnery, and the Norbulingka Cultural Institute, which is dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan culture, with an overnight at Grace Cottage...BLD

Day 5
Delhi / Depart

Today is an early morning wakeup for the return 5-hour drive to Amritsar, where you will 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 departure...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 are for 2015
$1795 per person, double occupancy (2 members)
Solo Traveler: $2595
Single supplement: $325 (group of 3 or more)
Internal airfare: $385 (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.