Golden Temple - not to be missed and great tour
Private 6 Days Amritsar and Shimla Toy Train Tour with Flights from Delhi | dec 2019
This was an excellent tour from start to finish both for the sites to see and the professional way the tour was operated. We had two drivers for different segments of the tour but a local guide for each city. All the hotels were fine and the guides made good recommendations for the meals that were not included. I was also in daily contact with the tour company representative back in Delhi.
As for what we saw, the Golden Temple in Amristar was amazing and with surprisingly few western tourists; we got to see the Palki ceremony in the evening then came back the next morning for a more extensive tour. Later we were taken to the border crossing ceremony with Pakistan, more like a half time show at a sporting event but worth seeing for the enthusiasm of the large Indian crowd rooting for the home team. Next we flew to Chandigargh, a modern city planned by Le Corbousier but with the Rock Garden similar to Gaudi's Park Guell in Barcelona. Next the Himalayan Queen narrow gauge railroad up to Shimla, a vertical city founded by the British but now a resort area for Indians seeking cooler temperatures. The side trip to Kufri at 9,000 feet was an amazing experience as it was crowded with Indians enjoying the snow -- they could even rent boots and snowsuits. Our guide even obliged my request for a photo op sitting on a yak -- the yak doesn't go anywhere but it was still fun.
This was my third trip to India after Rajasthan and a Ganges cruise but in some ways has been the best.... läs mer