13 Nights / 14 Days
New Delhi-Dharamshala-New Delhi-Agra-New Delhi-Chandigarh-Shimla-New Delhi
Highlights of the tour
1. Traditional welcome on arrival with fresh Marigold flower garland at Delhi airport.
2. Enjoy Ist ODI match at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharmashala.
3. Enjoy IInd ODI match at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi.
4. Cycle Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi.
5. Sunset view of Taj Mahal.
6. Enjoy IIIrd ODI match at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali.
7. Enjoy toy train ride from Shimla to Kalka with Shatabdi express ride till Delhi.
Day 01: Friday, 14th Oct, 2016 Arrive at New Delhi
Traditional welcome on arrival at New Delhi airport by Travel Pals India executive with fresh marigold flower garlands and then transferred by air conditioned exclusive car to your reserved hotel.
New Delhi On December 12, 1911, George V, the then Emperor of India along with Queen Mary made the announcement to shift the Capital of the British Raj from Calcutta to Delhi at the Delhi Durbar and laying the foundation stone for Viceroy's residence in the Coronation Park. The capital city can be easily divided into two parts Old & New Delhi. While Shahjahan built a new walled city which served as the capital of Mughal Empire from 1649 to 1857 AD and is now regarded as Old Delhi has many ancient & medieval monuments, archaeological sites & remains. The New Delhi was planned & built by leading 20th century British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker and contracted to Sir Sobha Singh. The present President House, Indian Parliament & other Government Secretariat buildings were built by them.
Day 02: Saturday, 15th Oct, 2016 New Delhi / Dharamshala (by air)
Breakfast at hotel followed by transfer to Delhi airport to board flight for Dharamshala (SG 2193 at 1330/1445 hrs). On arrival at Dharamshala airport, met and transfer to hotel for check in.
Dharamsala (also Dharamshala) is a city in Kangra district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is the district headquarters. It was formerly known as Bhagsu. The Dalai Lama's residence and the headquarters of Central Tibetan Administration (the Tibetan government in exile) are in Dharamshala. Dharamshala is 18 kilometres from Kangra. Dharamshala is a city in the upper reaches of the Kangra Valley and is surrounded by dense coniferous forest consisting mainly of stately Deodar cedar trees. The village of McLeodGanj, lying in the upper reaches, is known worldwide for the presence of the Dalai Lama. On 29 April 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso) established the Tibetan exile administration in the north Indian hill station of Mussoorie. In May 1960, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) was moved to Dharamshala. Dharamshala is the centre of the Tibetan exile world in India. Following the 1959 Tibetan uprising there was an influx of Tibetan refugees who followed the 14th Dalai Lama. His presence and the Tibetan population have made Dharamshala a popular destination for Indian and foreign tourists, including students studying Tibet.
Day 03: Sunday, 16th Oct, 2016 Dharamshala
Breakfast at hotel followed by transfer to Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium to enjoy ODI 1 match.
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium (HPCA)
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium or HPCA Stadium is a cricket stadium located in the city of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, India. The stadium is home to Himachal Pradesh cricket team for Ranji Trophy matches and other limited overs matches. The stadium also hosted IPL matches as a home stadium for Kings XI Punjab. The venue is unique in India in that it is situated at an altitude of 1,457 m (4,780 ft 2 in) above sea level and has the snow capped Himalayan mountains in the background. Getting to Dharamsala from the nearest airport in Gaggal, around 8 kilometres away through hilly terrain, the harsh winters, during which it rains and snows, are deterrents to organizing regular matches.
The first ODI was played between India and England in January 2013, which England won by 7 wickets. The second ODI was played between India and West Indies on 17 October 2014 in which India beat the West Indies by 59 runs.
Day 04: Monday, 17th Oct, 2016 Dharamshala
Today you will enjoy full day visit of Dharamshala city with your driver including following:
Buddhist Monastery Dharamshala
There are several Tibetan monasteries in and around Dharamsala, particularly around McLeodganj such as Dip Tse Chokling monastery, Nechung monastery and Gadong monastery, which not only clears the picture of Tibetan culture, but also presents close insight of the Tibetan Buddhism.
Dalai Lama Temple
The Dalai Lama Temple Complex is a beautiful and peaceful place located in Upper Dharamshala, just a short walk away from the Mcleod Ganj Bus Stand. Decorated with the colourful prayer flags, it's perfect for long serene walks, or early morning meditation with chanting monks.
The Kangra Fort was built by the royal Rajput family of Kangra State (the Katoch dynasty), which traces its origins to the ancient Trigarta Kingdom, mentioned in the Mahabharata epic. It is the largest fort in the Himalayas and probably the oldest dated fort in India. The fort of Kangra resisted Akbar's siege in 1615. However, Akbar's son Jehangir successfully subdued the fort in 1620, forcing the submission of the Raja of Chamba, "the greatest of all the rajas in the region". Mughal Emperor Jahangir with the help of Suraj Mal garrisoned with his troops.
McLeod Ganj (also spelt McLeodGanj or Mcleodganj) is a suburb of Dharamsala in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is known as "Little Lhasa" or "Dhasa" (a short form of Dharamshala used mainly by Tibetans) because of its large population of Tibetans. The Tibetan government in exile is headquartered in McLeod Ganj. It has an average elevation of 2,082 metres (6,831 feet). It is situated on the Dhauladhar Range, whose highest peak, "Hanuman Ka Tibba", at about 5,639 metres (18,500 feet), lies just behind it. In March 1959, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, fled to India after the failed uprising in 1959 in Tibet against the Communist Party of China. The Indian Government offered him refuge in Dharamshala, where he set up the Government of Tibet in exile in 1960, while McLeod Ganj became his official residence and also home to several Buddhist monasteries and thousands of Tibetan refugees. Over the years, McLeod Ganj evolved into an important tourist and pilgrimage destination, and has since grown substantially in population.
St. John's Church
St. John in the Wilderness is an Anglican church dedicated to John the Baptist built in 1852, located near Dharamshala, India, on the way to McLeodGanj, at Forsyth Gunj. Set amidst deodar forest, and built in neo Gothic architecture, the church is known for its Belgian stained glass windows donated by Lady Elgin (Mary Louisa Lambton), wife of Lord Elgin. Though the church structure survived the 1905 Kangra earthquake, which killed close to 19,800 people, injured thousands in the Kangra area, and destroyed most buildings in Kangra, Mcleodganj and Dharamshala; its spire, Bell tower, was however destroyed. Later, a new bell, cast in 1915 by Mears and Stainbank, was brought from England and installed outside in the compound of the church.
Day 05: Tuesday, 18th Oct, 2016 Dharamshala / New Delhi (by air)
Breakfast at hotel followed by transfer to Dharamshala airport to board flight for Delhi (AI 9814 at 1235/1420 hrs). On arrival at Delhi airport, met and transfer to hotel for check in.
Day 06: Wednesday, 19th Oct, 2016 New Delhi
Breakfast at hotel followed by transfer to Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium to enjoy ODI 2 match.
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium
The Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium is a cricket ground located at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi. It was established in 1883 and is the second oldest international cricket stadium still functional in India, after the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. As of 2016, the India national cricket team has been undefeated for over 28 years in Test matches and for over 10 years in ODI matches at this ground. The ground is known for Anil Kumble's 10 wickets in an innings against Pakistan, Sachin Tendulkar's 35th test ton to overcome Sunil Gavaskar to become the batsman with the most international Test centuries and formerly Gavaskar's 29th test ton to equal Don Bradman's tally of 29 centuries.
The first Test match at this venue was played on 10 November 1948 when India took on the West Indies. It is owned and operated by the DDCA (Delhi District Cricket Association). In 1952, playing against Pakistan, Hemu Adhikari and Ghulam Ahmed were involved in a record tenth wicket stand of 109 runs - a record that still stands. In 1965, S Venkataraghavan, in his debut series, demolished the New Zealand line up with figures of 8 for 72 and 4 for 80. In 1969-70, Bishen Singh Bedi and Erapalli Prasanna combined to spin India to a famous seven wicket win over Australia, the duo picking 18 wickets between themselves. In 1981, Geoff Boycott surpassed Gary Sobers' world record test aggregate. In 1983-84, Sunil Gavaskar scored his 29th century to equal Don Bradman's long standing record for the highest number of hundreds in Test cricket. In 1999-2000, in a match against Pakistan, Anil Kumble took 10 for 74 in fourth inning of a Test Match and became the second person to take 10 wickets in an innings after Jim Laker. In 2005-06, at the same ground, Sachin Tendulkar broke Gavaskar's record of most centuries with his 35th Test century.
On 27 December 2009, an ODI match between India and Sri Lanka was called off because pitch conditions were classed as unfit to host a match. Based on match referee's report of the match, the ground was banned by ICC for 12 months and returned as one of the venues for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Since 2008 the stadium has been the home venue of the Delhi Daredevils of the Indian Premier League
Day 07: Thursday, 20th Oct, 2016 New Delhi / Agra / New Delhi (220 Kms / 4 hrs one way journey)
Breakfast at hotel followed by driven to Agra via Yamuna express way (one of the best express way in India). On arrival met with your guide and visit the following:
Itmad Ud Daula / Baby Taj
Visit the halls of private and public; Itmad-Ud-Daula (Baby Taj) described as a 'Jewel Box' and often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal. It was built between 1622 and 1628 and also visit to a local marble factory to witness the inlay work of precious stones also known as Pietra dura. It's the same art of stone work which is illustrated on the Taj Mahal & Baby Taj.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, built in red sandstone originally mentioned in 1080 AD and came into limelight when great Mughal emperor Akbar (grandfather of Shah Jahan) made Agra his capital in 1558 and made major changes to the fort's structure to red sandstone. Later Shah Jahan added white marble palace inside the fort, built in red sandstone by Mughal emperor Shah Jehan.
Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant then guided sunset view visit of Taj Mahal.
Guided visit to the famous wonder of the world Taj Mahal built by Mughal emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The porous nature of Taj's white marble helps it absorbs light and thus reflecting different shades of white making it look even more stunning for pictures. Have relaxing hour or so to enjoy the views through different angles. Taj, as a symbol of love has many stories to tell. The perfectly symmetrical monument standing tall since 1653 AD took 22 years & 20,000 labourers to complete. The unquestionable beauty of this piece of extravagance can only be treasured by visiting it.
Further driven back to Delhi and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 08: Friday, 21st Oct, 2016 New Delhi
Breakfast at hotel and then your will meet you at hotel's lobby for a tour of the historic city of Delhi. The city where one can experience the influence of the many rulers who ruled this region, a city built and destroyed and re built over seven times. The guided tour takes you to the monuments that depict the different eras.
The tour including following monuments:
Laxmi Narayan Temple
Laxmi Narayan Temple, also known as Birla Mandir, is one of Delhi's major temples and a major tourist attraction. Built by the industrialist G.D. Birla in 1938, this beautiful temple is located in the west of Connaught Place. The temple is dedicated to Laxmi (the goddess of prosperity) and Narayana (The preserver). The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi and people of all religion and faiths can worship in the temple. The design is in the Orissan style with tall curved towers (sikhara) capped by large amalakas.
A rickshaw rides through the narrow lanes of Old Delhi passing through Chandni Chowk, Chawri Bazaar etc and ending up at the Jama Masjid.
Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built the Jama Masjid between 1644 and 1656. It was constructed by more than 5000 workers. It was originally called Masjid i Jahan Numa, meaning 'mosque commanding view of the world'. The Jama Masjid was completed in 1656 AD. The mosque was inaugurated by a Imam Bukhari, a mullah from Bukhara, Uzebekistan, on 23 July 1656, on the invitation from Shah Jahan. About 25,000 people can pray in the courtyard at a time and it is sometimes regarded as India's largest mosque.The mosque is commonly called "Jama" which means Friday.
Red Fort (Exterior)
The Red Fort was the residence of the Mughal emperor of India for nearly 200 years, until 1857. It is located in the centre of Delhi and houses a number of museums. In addition to accommodating the emperors and their households, it was the ceremonial and political centre of Mughal government and the setting for events critically impacting the region.Constructed in 1648 by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the palace of his fortified capital Shahjahanabad, the Red Fort is named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone and is adjacent to the older Salimgarh Fort, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546.
Raj Ghat is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Originally it was the name of a historic ghat of Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad) on the banks of Yamuna river. It is a black marble platform that marks the spot of Mahatma Gandhi's cremation, Antyesti (Antim Sanskar) on 31 January 1948, a day after his assassination. It is left open to the sky while an eternal flame burns perpetually at one end.
Humayun's Tomb is probably one of the most innovative and experimental monuments of its time, incorporating within it Indo Islamic architectural styles. This magnificent garden tomb is the first substantial example of Mughal architecture in India. It was built in 1565 A.D. nine years after the death of Humayun, by his senior widow Bega Begam. Inside the walled enclosure the most notable features are the garden squares (Charbagh) with pathways water channels, centrally located well proportional mausoleum topped by double dome.
At the centre of New Delhi stands the 42 m high India Gate, an "Arc de Triumph" like archway in the middle of a crossroad. Almost similar to its French counterpart, it commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War I. The memorial bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919. Under the arch, the Amar Jawan Jyoti commemorating Indian armed forces' losses in the Indo Pakistan war of 1971.
The Rashtrapati Bhavan or The Official Residence of the Head of the State is the official residence of the President of India, located at Raisina Hill in New Delhi. Until 1950 it was known as "Viceroy's House" and served as the residence of the Viceroy and Governor General of India. The construction of the building was planned for 4 years, but World War I intervened and construction took 19 years to complete. All important Indian State and Official ceremonies are held here.
Qutub Minar at 72.5 meters, is the tallest brick minaret in the world, and the second tallest minar in India after Fateh Burj at Mohali. Qutub Minar, along with the ancient and medieval monuments surrounding it, form the Qutb Complex, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in the Mehrauli area of South Delhi. In 1200 CE, Qutub ud Din Aibak, the founder of the Delhi Sultanate (of Mamluk dynasty) started construction of the Qutub Minar. In 1220, Aibak's successor and son in law Iltutmish added three storeys to the tower. In 1369, lightning struck the top storey, destroying it completely and Firoz Shah Tughlaq carried out restoration work. Made of dark red sandstone and marble, with a diameter measuring 14.32 meters at the base and 2.75 meters at the peak. Inside the tower, a circular staircase with 389 steps leads to the top but not accessible since 1974 for visitors.
The Lotus Temple, located in New Delhi, India, is a Bahai House of Worship completed in 1986. Notable for its flowerlike shape, it serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent and has become a prominent attraction in the city. Inspired by the lotus flower, the design for the House of Worship in New Delhi is composed of 27 free standing marble clad "petals" arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides.The nine doors of the Lotus Temple open onto a central hall slightly more than 40 metres tall. The surface of the House of Worship is made of white marble from Penteli mountain in Greece, the very same from which many ancient monuments and other Bahai Houses of Worship are built. Along with its nine surrounding ponds and the gardens, the Lotus Temple property comprises 26 acres.
Day 09: Saturday, 22nd Oct, 2016 New Delhi / Chandigarh (by train)
Early breakfast at hotel followed by transfer to New Delhi railway station to board train for Chandigarh (12011 Kalka Shatabdi 12011 at 0740/1105 hrs). Met on arrival and transfer to hotel. Day free at leisure.
CHANDIGARH It has derived its name from a temple on the slope of the Sivalik hill, Chandi Mandir (deity Chandi, goddess of power), and a fort or "garh" beyond the temple, and is therefore called Chandigarh. It is also referred to as The City Beautiful due to its beautiful surroundings, central grid of gardens, each dedicated to different species of flora. The city was reported in 2010 to be the "cleanest" in India, based on a national government study. The Capital of Haryana as well as Punjab, it is a planned city designed by the famous French architect Le Corbusier. The city has projects designed by various architects such as Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Jane Drew, and Maxwell Fry. The city tops the list of Indian States and Union Territories with the highest per capita income in the country. The city is highly developed and modern, divided into various sectors and has well laid roads lined with rows of trees and beautifully planned buildings.
Day 10: Sunday, 23rd Oct, 2016 Chandigarh
Breakfast at hotel followed by transfer to Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium to enjoy ODI 3 match.
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium.
The Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium is a cricket ground located in Mohali, near Chandigarh. It is popularly referred to as the Mohali Stadium. The stadium is home to the Punjab team. Punjab's second international cricket stadium has been approved by BCCI in Bathinda, Punjab. The construction of the stadium took around ? 25 crore and 3 years to complete. The stadium has an official capacity of 26,950 spectators. The stadium was designed by Arun Loomba and Associates, Panchkula.
The stadium is the 19th and a relatively new Test cricket venue in India. The pitch has a reputation for being lively and supporting pace bowlers, however in recent days[when?] it has slowed down and assists spin bowling as well. It was inaugurated with a One Day International match between India and South Africa during the Hero Cup on 22 November 1993.
The first Test match here was held the following season, between India and West Indies on 10 December 1994. One of the most famous one day matches on this ground was a thrilling Cricket World Cup semi final encounter between Australia and West Indies in 1996. PCA stadium hosted 3 matches of 2011 world cup including the nail biting second Semi final match between India and Pakistan on 30 March 2011 which was eventually won by India. The match was attended by the Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh of India and Yousaf Raza Gillani of Pakistan, owing to its crucial nature, and as a measure of cricket diplomacy for normalizing relations. The match was won by India.
Day 11: Monday, 24th Oct, 2016 Chandigarh / Shimla (125 kms 3.5 hours)
Today you will drive to Shimla.
SHIMLA Way back in 1817, a small village tucked away in the Himalayas was discovered by British surveyors and pronounced an ideal retreat for the homesick colonizers. Named after Shyamla Devi, an incarnation of the fierce goddess Kali, stories of Shimla's salubrious climate and invigorating surroundings made it grow in popularity. Sprawled over 12 kms on a crescent shaped ridge, Shimla is the largest hill station and erstwhile summer capital of the British in India. Descending in layers from the top of the ridge, at 2,213 meters, Shimla straddles several hills, including the Jakhoo, Prospect Hill, Observatory Hill, Elysium Hill, and Summer Hill. Though Shimla, which is now the capital of Himachal Pradesh, has come a long way from the days of the Raj, the old British buildings, quaint cottages and churches still remind visitors of an era long gone by. Shimla is also famous for Kalka to Shimla train journey which is the one of the most sought after journey in the country. This track is now on the UNESCO's world heritage rail site. This is one of the oldest hill railway track built by the British in India.
Day 12: Tuesday, 25th Oct, 2016 Shimla
After breakfast, enjoy day free for own activities and to stroll on the Shimla Mall 'the Heart of Shimla', the Mall is the main shopping centre and visit Christ Church and St Michael's Cathedral the second oldest church in northern India was steered by Colonel JT Boileau in 1844, Colonel Dumbleton donated the clock in 1860 to the church and also visit Sankat Mochan Temple dedicated to lord Hanuman.
Day 13: Wednesday, 26th Oct, 2016 Shimla / Kalka (by toy train) / New Delhi (by train)
Today morning departure transfer to Shimla railway station to board 52456 Himalayan Queen at 1035 hrs to arrive Kalka railway station at 1610 hrs. Enjoy the fascinating, full of scenic beauty ride on this historical Kalka Shimla line with 105 tunnels and single and double arch bridges.
Toy train ride Kalka to Shimla
Enjoy the fascinating, full of scenic beauty ride on this historical Kalka Shimla line with 105 tunnels and single and double arch bridges.
Upon arrival in Kalka, shift from narrow guage line platform to the broad guage line platform to board in 12012 Kalka Shatabdi train (connecting train to Himalayan Queen) at 1745 hrs to Arrive New Delhi railway station at 2155 hrs. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 14: Thursday, 27th Oct, 2016 New Delhi / Depart
Enjoy breakfast at hotel. At appropriate time Travel Pals executive will transfer you to Delhi airport to board flight for onward destination with sweet memories of the trip.
Check in for international flights commences 3 hours prior to flight departure time for economy class and 2 hrs prior for business/first class.
Bon Voyage !