Hola Mohalla Festival: Himachal & Punjab - March 2020

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India and not only known for its tasty cuisine, its landscapes of rare beauty, its historic sites and monuments, its warm atmosphere, its smiling population ... but also and especially for its many festivities like Hola Mohalla. During a budget tour in India, why not go on a tour of this Indian holiday. As a reminder, this is a Sikh festival held in the month of Chet in the Sikh calendar. Generally, in the Gregorian calendar, this event takes place in March. It should be noted that these days of assembly were instituted by Guru Gobind Singh (one of the founding gurus of Sikhism) During this cultural event during a trip to India, many interesting activities to discover such as the poetry contest and During this festival, there is also the famous parade that goes from one temple to another.

Day 01: Delhi - Chandigarh

Arriving in Delhi in the morning, you will be greeted by your guide at the airport during your budget tour in India. Our staff will guide you throughout your adventure. Prepare already for the flight to Chandigarh around noon. Chandigarh is part of one of the most beautiful cities in the country. It is known in the world for its unique architecture. Visit the famous Rock Garden. The latter extends over 12 ha comprising some 1,400 carved figures. It is one of the most visited sites in the country. At sunset, a beautiful boat trip is required on Lake Sukhna. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: Chandigarh - Shimla

After breakfast, your visit begins in Chandigarh. Do not miss the discovery of its museum then overview of the buildings: the Secretariat, seat of the Government of Punjab, the Assembly and the High Court of Justice during your North India Tour. In the afternoon, drive to Shimla. It will take you about 5 hours to reach the city. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 03: Shimla

In the morning after having breakfast, a visit to the viceroy's residence is required during your India tour, traveling to India. It is a building steeped in history located in a large garden. The visit of the temple that Jakhu, dedicated to the Lord Hanuman, perched on the heights of the city, is also a must step. Also discover the museum and its sculpture collection (closed on Mondays). Late afternoon free in Shimla. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 04: Shimla - Kangar

After a healthy breakfast, departure to Kangar (3h). Sit back and relax in your eco-friendly lodge in the heart of the forest. This is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature during this tour in India with your travel agency in India. Discover the incredible fauna and flora richness of the region. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 05: Kangar - Anandpur Sahib

After breakfast, departure to Anandpur Sahib (1h) This beautiful Indian city was created by Guru Tegh Bahadur in the 17th century. He is one of the founding gurus of Sikhism, and a great place of pilgrimage. The city is one of five important places in Sikhism. Takht Keshgarh Sahib is one of the must-see sites during your trip to north India. It is also the main temple of the city. In the afternoon, this is the first discovery of the city and Hola Mohalla. Return to the hotel for dinner and spend the night there.

Note : Hola Mohalla Festival is on 10 - 12 March 2020.

Day 06: Anandpur Sahib

Breakfast at the hotel. Day 6, that is, March 11, 2020, is the day entirely dedicated to Hola Mohalla. This big Sikh festival deserves to be discovered at least once in his life. Your personalized travel specialist invites you to discover the Hola Mohalla festival differently. It is celebrated from the 17th century to the present day. A lot of activities await you this day like horse racing, juggling, music, poetry competitions and gigantic picnics. Throughout the day, processions and parades will be linked to the delight of visitors. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 07: Anandpur Sahib / Pragpur

Breakfast at the hotel, then departure to Pragpur (2h). The city lies in the Kangra Valley. One of the curiosities of the valley is undoubtedly its magnificent fort. To discover without moderation during your tours in North India It is dominated by the chain of Dhaula Dhar. The village of Pragpur is primarily known for its school of miniature paintings. It is classified "heritage" to ensure the protection of its rich architectural heritage. You will walk in the heart of the picturesque market where goldsmiths make trinkets but also other custom pieces. Overnight at the Pragpur hotel.

Day 08: Pragpur - Dharamsala

After enjoying your breakfast, drive to Dharamsala (2h) Note that it is a hill station in the Kangra Valley. The mountain landscapes crossed on the road are breathtaking. Do not miss the visit of the famous Dalai Lama's current residence where 10,000 Tibetan refugees live. Overnight at Dharamsala hotel.

Day 09: Dharamsala

Breakfast at the hotel. Also visit the Tsuglakhang Temple where the Dalai Lama lives. It is a beautiful example of Tibetan architecture to discover absolutely during your trip in Himachal Pradesh. This temple houses magnificent frescoes of Sakyamuni and bodhisattvas, as well as precious manuscripts. Also discover the Norbulingka Institute! For lovers of walking, beautiful walks await them on well-marked trails accessible from the city. In the evening, treat yourself to a "shopping" break in the Mcleodganj Bazaar. Night at the hotel.

Day 10: Dharamsala - Amritsar

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Amritsar (4h30 approx). You will discover the Jaliyan Wala Bagh Park. The park commemorates the terrible day of 1919 when more than 1,900 Indians were killed or wounded by the British. In the late afternoon, you will attend with a large number of believers at the ceremony of solemn deposit of the sacred book for the night during your Himachal Pradesh tour. Music and songs accompany this momentous moment of temple life. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Amritsar

Breakfast at the hotel. On day 11, do not miss the sunrise at the Golden Temple during your stay. In the afternoon, transfer to the Pakistan border. This time, you will attend the closing ceremony of the border during your Punjab tour. Indian and Pakistani soldiers meet every evening in front of their respective supporters for this event. With their bulging torso, frowning fists and clenched fists, the soldiers perform an intimidating parade punctuated by the orders of the officers. For nearly 40 minutes, the soldiers will parade before your eyes. This is a rare sight not to be missed under any circumstances during your trip to Punjab. Dinner and overnight at the Amritsar Hotel.

Day 12: Amritsar - Delhi

In the morning, get ready to take the flight to Delhi. After lunch, take the time to discover the wonders of the city before closing your tailor-made trip to India. Discover the Museum of Arts and Crafts which presents interesting collections of textiles and sculptures from the south and north of the country.

Day 13: Delhi (Departure)

Prepare for your return to France with bunch of sweet memories.

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