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Holiday in India's Best Heritage Himalayan Resorts -Judge's

Court & Taragarh Palace

 

India's Best Luxury Heritage Holidays: Overview

Holiday Travel India providing a splendid tour of Himalaya in a lavishly accommodation of India’s top most royal and luxury heritage resort named The Judge's Court & Taragarh Palace Resort with Aveda Resort. This package is specially designed for the VIP’s comfort in all luxurious facilities and amenities.

 

About Judge's Court Resort

Judge's Court is a 300 year old ancestral and a very royal cottage commonly referred to as Judge Sahib Ki Kothi. It is located in the medieval hamlet of Pragpur, at 2000 ft. in the Kangra Valley. On the other hand The Taragarh Palace stands majestically at a height of 1,000 meters, amidst 15 acres of lush forests and tea gardens with splendid views of the snow-clad ranges of the Dhauladhar Mountains. The Third is Aveda resort Situated at a height of 1,457 m above sea level, the spectacular snow capped Dhauladhar mountains form The HPCA Cricket Ground at Dharamshala. This classy accommodation offers modern amenities, best hospitality with a great range of services in a very luxurious way.

Enjoy this India’s most royal tour package and take along with you some real sensational memories from heavenly Dharamshala, Mcleodganj & Palampur.

 

What is unique in “India's best Luxury Heritage Holidays” tour package?

In this 6N / 7D luxury holiday tour Holiday Travel India Pvt. Ltd offers India’s top most special Luxury Heritage accommodation “WelcomeHeritage Judge's Court”  (Pragpur), “Taragarh Palace Resort” (Palampur) & Aveda Resort ( Dharamshala). The luxurious facilities and very unique amenities of this Luxury Heritage hotel make this package is so unique, amenities such as:

  • The India’s top finest accommodation, prime locations & comfortable services in a royal way

  • Hotel “The Judge's Court Heritage” is unique in style which is very Elegant and luxurious.

  • This Heritage hotel offers guests a unique blend of traditional hospitality and services in a very luxurious way including most contemporary environment.

  • Elegant accommodation comprises of 10 Double Rooms, 3 of which are suites inclusive of the cottage in the ancestral courty

  •  Taragarh Palace Hotel has 26 air conditioned Rooms & Suites and the resort rooms, suites are a pleasing delight for the visitors.

  • The Internationally styled furniture and furnishings reflect quaint elegance and supreme quality.

  • The Imperial dining hall has a seating for fifty-five people and serves Indian, Continental & Chinese cuisines. Meals and snacks are also served in the patio overlooking the Dhaulandhar Mountains.

 

India's best Luxury Heritage Holidays: Highlights

  • Visit all pleasure-loving local Site Seeing of Dharamshala, Mcleodganj & Palampur

  •  Visit Dadasiba Temple and admire its wall paintings

  • Take pleasure of Devi Shaktipeeth Darshans

  • Awesome trip of Baijnath Temple, Tashijong Monastery

  • Himachal Village Tour - Bir - Billing Top Tour and Andretta Village Tour

  • Sardar Sobha singh Art Gallery and Pottery school


Holiday in India's best Heritage Himalayan Resorts -Judge's Court & Taragarh Palace - Rates & Dates


Package Inclusions

  • All Meals Included breakfast, packed Lunch & Dinner

  • 2 Nights accommodation in Judge's Court Pragpur - Kangra Valley

  • 2 Nights accommodation in Aveda Resort - Dharamshala

  • 2 Nights accommodation in Taragarh Resort near Palampur

  • All Transfers & Sightseeing by Dedicated Merc / BMW car or similar

  • Pick Up & Drop from Gaggal Airport / Chandigarh Airport as per the Option Chosen

 

Package Exclusion

  • Any personal expenses

  • Entrance Fees and Camera fees at monuments and other places of interest

  • Travel insurance


Holiday in India's best Heritage Himalayan Resorts -Judge's Court & Taragarh Palace - Itinerary

Our representative will meet you at Gaggal Airport/ Chandigarh airport and after meet and Greet we will proceed to Judge's Court in Pragpur. After 4.0 hours drive be relaxed and have delicious lunch and get refreshment visit the sightseeing’s of Pragpur Village includes  Pragpur's cobbled streets, ornamental village tank, Taal , Nakki, Butail Niwas, and Lala Reru Mal Haveli.

Overnight Stay in Judge's Court & enjoy the dinner with all luxurious facilities.

Shopping Area in Pragpur: There are many silversmiths in the market selling trinkets and curios. The village is known for the Weaving Cottage industry. You can purchase hand woven blankets, shawls and hand block printed clothes.

Taal : Taal or the Pond constructed in 1864 AD, forms the core of Pragpur village and serves as a recreational space for young and aged alike. It was constructed by the village brotherhood known as the Nehar Committee. The Taal is surrounded by many heritage structures - the Nehar Bhawan (Approx 250 years old), Naun (established in 1864), a drinking water facility by Nehar Committee, Dhuni Chand Bhardial Serai (village inn) and Radha Krishna Temple.

Nakki : This is one of the entrance to heritage village Pragpur. Since ancient times, the Reru Mal family provided a water point for common use, the overflow of which falls into small tanks where the village people bathed and washed.

Butail Niwas : This is a unique building. Over a hundred years old, it was built by Lala Buta Mal, a scion of the Chaujjar Sood clan. It includes six identical apartments built for his six sons. These lie around a sunken courtyard. In warmer weather, this courtyard is flooded with water to provide cooling. The water for this has been brought by the Butails from the nearby Nalsuyah Khad.

Visit Lala Reru Mal Haveli: (built in 1931 by Rais of Pragpur which has a Mughal style garden), pleasure terrace, Butail Mandir, Chaujjar Mansion, Courtyards of the Sood clans, an ancient Shakti Mandir (bearing inscriptions in the largely obsolete Tankry script and Atiyalas or public platforms), 250-year-old Nehar Bhawan, Dhunichand Bhardial Sarai or the Village Inn and Radha Krishna Temple.

Kuthiala Soods: Also Visit the Havelis of Kuthiala Soods, There are several splendid buildings in the village worth visiting. The 300-year-old ancestral home of the Kuthiala Soods must be visited. 

Today we drive to full day Trip to see the famous Shaktipeeth temples of Chintpurni Devi & Jwalamukhi Devi. After visit Shaktipeeth temples, drive to see Wall Paintings of Dada Siba Temple, at 21 kms from Dehra. In the evening return to the Judge's court, enjoy dinner & Overnight stay in hotel with luxurious treatments.

 Chintpurni Shaktipeeth temple: Chintapurni Mata Mandir is also known as Chhinmastika Dham. It is a very famous Hindu pilgrimage sight and religious place, Situated 27 km from Pragpur in Una district Himachal Pradesh state. Basically it is surrounded by the western Himalaya in the north and east in the smaller Shivalik range bordering the state of Punjab.

 

 Jwalamukhi Shaktipeeth temple: The temple is situated 35 km south of Kangra valley in the town of Jwalamukhi in Himachal Pradesh. The temple is dedicated to Jwalamukhi- the Goddess of Light, also known as the Flaming Goddess or ‘She of the Flaming Mouth’. Basically the temple is situated overlooking the Dhauladhar range and set amidst undulating hills. The temple consists of a copper pipe which emanates natural gas which is lit by the temple’s priest to form a flawless blue flame. The flame is worshiped as the manifestation of the goddess Jwalamukhia.

 

Dada Siba: Dadasiba is a beautiful small Village in Pragpur Tehsil in Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh State. It is located 43 KM towards South from District head quarters Dharamshala, 15 KM from Pragpur. The location is on top of a hill and walls of this temple are covered with murals. The drawing is flat with an accent on squat figures and the coloring lacks in luster; it consists mostly of dull shades of bottle green, red, orange and brown which are covered with a lusterless varnish. The theme of the subjugation of the Kaliya snake also finds a place here, so does that of Krishna’s marriage with Rukmini, which is seen in the pindori darbar murals too. There is besides, one panel given to the theme of Kunjara -Kamini which is but a group of women (Kamlni) “arranged in the shape and form of an elephant (Kunjara), a theme which is quite popular with contemnor miniaturists.

 

After Breakfast, proceed to Dharamshala, Enroute visit Kangra Devi temple which is a historic temple and destroyed by Mahmood Gajnavi but now restored to full glory. We will encourage half an hour walk in kangra town and city centre. Also visit the Kangra Fort and spend 2 hours in Kangra Valley Sightseeing.

Continue to Dharamshala and Check in to the Luxury Resort.

Note :- We have arranged your stay in Luxury Aveda Resort next to world's Highest Cricket status - The Cricket Stadium Dharamshala, famous for IPL matches

HPCA Cricket Stadium: This famous Cricket Stadium is located in the Kangra valley and surrounded by the Dhauladhar mountain range of Himachal Pradesh. The HPCA Stadium stands for Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium. This Cricket Stadium is an internationally renowned stadium and is the home ground of Himachal Pradesh State cricket team. Few international and Ranji cricket matches are held here on annual basis. it is situated at an altitude of 1,457 m above the sea level with the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains in the background

 

After Breakfast the day start with the famous sightseeing’s of Dharamshala such as Dalali Lama Temple, Bhagsu nag temple, Bhagsu waterfall, Dal Lake and McleodGanj. If you wish then can visit to Naddi village to have a look at sun set views, which is very beautiful from Naddi village. After that come back to hotel for overnight stay and take pleasure of fantastic dinner with great conveniences of luxury accommodation in Aveda Resort.

 

Dalai Lama Temple: The Dalai Lama temple is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in Himachal Pradesh. It is just a short walk from the McLeod Ganj bus stand and is quite accessible from the major parts of the district. The whole vicinity is decorated with colorful prayer flags and this makes it perfect for long serene walks. You will find a lot of good statues and the atmosphere is something which lures people to come back again and again. The sight of monks meditating peacefully and chanting verses is something that everyone must experience.

 

Bhagsu nag temple: The temple of Bhagsunag is dedicated to Lord Shiva of Hindu religious. This ancient temple is located 2 kms away from Mcleodganj. This is a beautiful and famous ancient temple of Lord Shiva with full of natural scenes having a cold running water tank and springs.

 

Bhagsu waterfall: Bhagsunag Waterfall - Situated at walking distance of 1.5 Kms from Hotel Triund, Bhagsunag Waterfall is at its pristine glory during monsoon. The view of unsullied water gushing out of the waterfall and the mist emanating from the fall about 20 feet is indeed a delightful experience. It is a marvelous location to live with nature enjoying the Himalayan serene nature and rejuvenating soft but cool breeze.

 

Dal Lake: The name 'Dal Lake' is taken from Kashmir's Dal Lake, Situated at is a small mid-altitude lake near the village of Tota Rani in Kangra district (Himachal Pradesh) in northern India. Situated at a height of 1775m above sea-level, Dal Lake comes under the region of Kangra district, which is 11 km away from Dharamshala. Nestling amidst lush green forests of deodar trees, the Dal Lake is famous for its scenic beauty and pilgrimage center.

McleodGanj: The place is one of the most frequented spots in Dharamshala and is famous for its Tibetan culture, handicrafts and temples. The Hanuman Tibba is the highest peak at the height of 5,639 meters above sea level and can be viewed from McLeod Ganj. Several thousand Tibetan exiles have now settled in the area, and most live in and around Mcleodganj in Upper Dharamshala, where they have built monasteries, temples and schools. Mcleodganj is sometimes known as 'Little Lhasa", after the Tibetan capital city, or 'Dhasa' (a compound of 'Dharamshala' and 'Lhasa'). It has become an important tourist destination with many hotels and restaurants, leading to growth in tourism and commerce.

 

Naddi village: Naddi view point Situated at 2,000 meters above the sea level and about 1.5 kilometers from Dal Lake a modern picnic spot is developing fast at Naddi village. It is the only place in Dharamshala from where an open view of mountains and wide valleys on Dhauladhars southern side can be seen. It is also a starting point for a trek to Kareri Lake, Guna Temple and Triund.

 

Tsuglagkhang: Don't worry if you find it difficult to pronounce the name properly, you will learn it once you reach there. Tsuglagkhang is the abode of His Holiness Dalai Lama. This complex houses Namgyal Monastery where thousends of pilgrims offer prayers. The most unique feature of this monastery is it's diversity of practice. It also houses 3 metre high bronze statues of Sakyamun Buddha, Valokitesvara and Padmasambhava. Situated next to the Tsuglagkhang Temple, Kalachakr Temple is open to the public. The Dalai Lama uses this temple as his base for public teaching.

St. John's Church: St. John's Church is one of the major attractions, which is a testimony of the bygone British Era. Constructed in 1852, this historic church built in Gothic style is famous for its tapering high windows and a bell in the compound.

 

On this fresh morning after breakfast get ready to drive Palampur in which you will visit most heavenly places of Himalaya like Tea gardens, Chamunda Devi temple, Saurabh Van Vihar, Nevgal Khad and Dhauladhar National Park.  

In late evening check in hotel and enjoy dinner with a royal Overnight stay at Taragrh Palace hotel

 

Tea gardens:  Palampur is said to be the tea capital of Northern India because of the tea gardens are a major attraction here. As you go for a drive in this hill station you would see tea gardens all around. The lush of greenery and the subtle smell of tea are just what are needed to have a refreshing day. Tea production is done on such a large scale that these tea plantations have found a place in the international maps as well. Regions around Palampur also produce tea in large quantities. Darbari, Bageshwari, Bahar and Malhar are some of the brand names of the tea produced in Palampur.

Chamunda Devi Temple: This temple is located at a distance of 10 km from Palampur and is regarded as a very important religious center. It is said to be one of the 51 Shakti Peethas as the main shrines are those of Goddess Durga and Goddess Chamunda. It is a peaceful place where one can go and meditate with no disturbances. It is believed that this temple was built more than 700 years ago. A kund (pond) placed in the premises of Chamunda Devi Temple is said to have sacred water. Numerous paintings of different Gods and Goddesses are seen on the walls of the temple. This temple also features an Ayurvedic dispensary and a library. The setting of the temple is beautiful in its own way which is surrounded with mountains, rivers and forests.

 

Saurabh Van Vihar: Named after a brave army officer, Captain Saurabh Kalia, Saurabh Van Vihar is a beautiful garden. This garden is managed by the Himachal Pradesh Forest Department. Over 151 species of herbs can be found in these gardens. It covers an area of 35 acres. Picnic sheds, Children’s Park, Water streams, Health trails, and Open Air Theatre, Bamboosetum and Tiger Hill Bridge help cover the large area the garden stretches across.

 

Nevgal Khad: Nevgal Khad is located at a distance of just 2 km from the main town. It is a popular attraction of Palampur, popularly known as “Bundla Chasm”. It is a perfect picnic spot with a 300 m wide stream flowing in the region. This spot offers a nice view of the snow-capped Dhauladhar ranges. The surrounding stream becomes serene during the monsoons.

 

Dhauladhar National Park: This famous National Park is also known as Gopalpur Zoo, Located at a distance of 13 km from Palampur. It is one of the chief attractions that draw attention of wildlife enthusiasts and also the major attractions of the destination. . It was set up by the wildlife department of Himachal Pradesh Government over an area of 30 acres. Tourists visiting the mini zoo situated in the complex can spot animals like leopards, black bears, angora rabbits, Asiatic lion, sambhar, red fox and varieties of deers etc.

 

After breakfast, drive to famous Temple of Baijnath, followed by trip to famous Bir Monastery. Visit the Landing zone of the Paragliders and enjoy a beer or two here.

Start journey to Billing top (We must start before 11 AM) as in the afternoon strong winds and snow is expected. Reach Billing Top and admire the lush green meadows and breathtaking views. Watch Paragliders taking off and practicing. If you come in October, it is a bonus as you can see lots of paragliders from worldwide who come here to participate in the world championship.

After Billing Top, Lunch at the Colonels's or similar and Proceed to Famous Village of Andretta, home to the famous painter Sardar Sobha Singh and Playwright Ms. Norah Richards, is now a center for varied artistic activities. Well known for pottery. Andretta must be visited by all those with an interest in the art form. Here you see Sardar Sobha Singh Art Gallary (well preserved by Family) and Pottery school.

Drop back to the Hotel and relax in the evening with Dinner.

 

After breakfast check out from hotel & proceed to Gaggal Airport/ Chandigarh Airport. Our luxury car will drop you to the Airport. Tour ends with sweet memories.



Judge's Court Services & Facilities

General Facilities

  • Drinking water from exclusive mountain spring Milk supply from own dairy Fruit, vegetables and grains from own cultivation.

  • Facials massage and henna Village weavers for hand woven shawls and blankets, silversmiths and tailors.

  • Bird watching Car Parking Transport to and from railway stations with advance notice Doctor on call

 

Dining Facilities

  • All Indian, Continental, Local & Chinese cuisine is served.

  • Milk is supplied from the hotel's dairy and Drinking water is sourced from an exclusive mountain spring.

  • Fresh fruits and preserves come from the hotel orchards and quite a few vegetables and grain from the hotel's own cultivations.

 

Comfort, warmth and luxury: 

  • Majestic & Palatial

  • Hill & Mountain Retreats

  • Bespoke Experiences

  • Unique SPA Stays

  • Pilgrimage Centric

  • Close to the Sea

  • Quiet Getaways

  • Nature Resortt

 

 Taragarh Palace Hotel  Services & Facilities

Formerly known as Al-hilal (land of the crescent moon), Taragarh Palace, was built in the early 1930s as a resort well suited for summers. It was bought by the royal family of Jammu & Kashmir in 1951 for the dowager Maharani who lived there for several years. It is now run as a hotel by the present royal family.

Built by the Nawab of Bhawalpur in 1937, Developed as a Heritage Hotel in 1971, It is now run as a Heritage hotel by the present royal family. The then Nawab of Bahawalpur built large European-style summer residence for himself up in the cool Himalayan region of Kangra district. He laid out lush green gardens, built a glass pleasure pavilion and a mosque and christened his country palace Al-hilal.

 

Taragarh Palace Hotel: Comfort, warmth and luxury

  • Gift/souvenir shop ‘Chandni’ at Taragarh consisting of Tibetan brocades/ tankas & other items

  • For convenience equipped with a power back-up in the event of power failures

  • Tibetan & Kangra folk dances (arranged on request on additional cost)

  • Conference Facilities are available.

  • Swimming Pool (Operational from the months of April to October)

  • Tennis, Badminton

  • Imperial dining hall & Mini Bar

  • Fitness Center & Steam

  • Horse Riding (Subject to availability)

  • Wedding and Events facilities and amenities

  • 26 air conditioned Rooms & Suites

 

Dharamshala India points of interest

St. John's Church: St. John's Church is one of the major attractions, which is a testimony of the bygone British Era. Constructed in 1852, this historic church built in Gothic style is famous for its tapering high windows and a bell in the compound.

 

Bhagsunag Waterfall:  Situated at walking distance of 1.5 Kms from Hotel Triund, Bhagsunag Waterfall is at its pristine glory during monsoon. The view of unsullied water gushing out of the waterfall and the mist emanating from the fall about 20 feet is indeed a delightful experience. It is a marvelous location to live with nature enjoying the Himalayan serene nature and rejuvenating soft but cool breeze.

 

Mcleodganj : Several thousand Tibetan exiles have now settled in the area, and most live in and around Mcleodganj in Upper Dharamshala, where they have built monasteries, temples and schools. Mcleodganj is sometimes known as 'Little Lhasa", after the Tibetan capital city, or 'Dhasa' (a compound of 'Dharamshala' and 'Lhasa'). It has become an important tourist destination with many hotels and restaurants, leading to growth in tourism and commerce.

 

Dalai Lama Temple: The Dalai Lama temple is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in Himachal Pradesh. It is just a short walk from the McLeod Ganj bus stand and is quite accessible from the major parts of the district. The whole vicinity is decorated with colorful prayer flags and this makes it perfect for long serene walks. You will find a lot of good statues and the atmosphere is something which lures people to come back again and again. The sight of monks meditating peacefully and chanting verses is something that everyone must experience.

 

Bhagsu nag temple: The temple of Bhagsunag is dedicated to Lord Shiva of Hindu religious. This ancient temple is located 2 kms away from Mcleodganj. This is a beautiful and famous ancient temple of Lord Shiva with full of natural scenes having a cold running water tank and springs.

 

Dal Lake: The name 'Dal Lake' is taken from Kashmir's Dal Lake, Situated at is a small mid-altitude lake near the village of Tota Rani in Kangra district (Himachal Pradesh) in northern India.Situated at a height of 1775m above sea-level, Dal Lake comes under the region of Kangra district, which is 11 km away from Dharamshala. Nestling amidst lush green forests of deodar trees, the Dal Lake is famous for its scenic beauty and pilgrimage center.

 

Naddi village: Naddi view point Situated at 2,000 meters above the sea level and about 1.5 kilometers from Dal Lake a modern picnic spot is developing fast at Naddi village. It is the only place in Dharamshala from where an open view of mountains and wide valleys on Dhauladhars southern side can be seen. It is also a starting point for a trek to Kareri Lake, Guna Temple and Triund.

 

Places to visit in Palampur

Tea gardens:  Palampur is said to be "The tea capital of Northern India" because of the tea gardens are a major attraction here. As you go for a drive in this hill station you would see tea gardens all around. The lush of greenery and the subtle smell of tea are just what are needed to have a refreshing day. Tea production is done on such a large scale that these tea plantations have found a place in the international maps as well. Regions around Palampur also produce tea in large quantities. Darbari, Bageshwari, Bahar and Malhar are some of the brand names of the tea produced in Palampur.

 

Chamunda Devi Temple: This temple is located at a distance of 10 km from Palampur and is regarded as a very important religious center. It is said to be one of the 51 Shakti Peethas as the main shrines are those of Goddess Durga and Goddess Chamunda. It is a peaceful place where one can go and meditate with no disturbances. It is believed that this temple was built more than 700 years ago. A kund (pond) placed in the premises of Chamunda Devi Temple is said to have sacred water. Numerous paintings of different Gods and Goddesses are seen on the walls of the temple. This temple also features an Ayurvedic dispensary and a library. The setting of the temple is beautiful in its own way which is surrounded with mountains, rivers and forests.

 

Saurabh Van Vihar: Named after a brave army officer, Captain Saurabh Kalia, Saurabh Van Vihar is a beautiful garden. This garden is managed by the Himachal Pradesh Forest Department. Over 151 species of herbs can be found in these gardens. It covers an area of 35 acres. Picnic sheds, Children’s Park, Water streams, Health trails, and Open Air Theatre, Bamboosetum and Tiger Hill Bridge help cover the large area the garden stretches across.

 

Nevgal Khad: Nevgal Khad is located at a distance of just 2 km from the main town. It is a popular attraction of Palampur, popularly known as “Bundla Chasm”. It is a perfect picnic spot with a 300 m wide stream flowing in the region. This spot offers a nice view of the snow-capped Dhauladhar ranges. The surrounding stream becomes serene during the monsoons.

 

Dhauladhar National Park: This famous National Park is also known as Gopalpur Zoo, Located at a distance of 13 km from Palampur. It is one of the chief attractions that draw attention of wildlife enthusiasts and also the major attractions of the destination. . It was set up by the wildlife department of Himachal Pradesh Government over an area of 30 acres. Tourists visiting the mini zoo situated in the complex can spot animals like leopards, black bears, angora rabbits, Asiatic lion, sambhar, red fox and varieties of deers etc.

 

Tsuglagkhang: Tsuglagkhang is the abode of His Holiness Dalai Lama. This complex houses Namgyal Monastery where thousands of pilgrims offer prayers. The most unique feature of this   monastery is its diversity of practice. It also houses 3 metre high bronze statues of Sakyamun Buddha, Valokitesvara and Padmasambhava. Situated next to the Tsuglagkhang Temple, Kalachakr Temple is open to the public. The Dalai Lama uses this temple as his base for public teaching.

 

Dharamshala tourism best time visit

For enjoying snow-white (December to February): During this time the temperature tends to dip below -1 °C. In winters and Dharamshala are so freezing, but if you enjoy the cold and snow-white mountains, then this is a beautiful time to visit. Remember to carry lots of woolens and protection against chilly winds.

 

For Couple (July to September): July to September is the best time for enjoy the romantic rainfall in the hills when the mountains are at their greenest. But do remember that the terrain can get pretty tricky in the monsoon so you have to be prepared for road blocks due to continuous rainfall.

 

For trekking tours (March to May): Summer months are perfect for a trip to the hills when the temperatures range somewhere between 22°C and 35°C. It’s ideal time for trekking tours on scenic trails dotted with flowers in full bloom. Most tourists prefer going to Dharamshala at this time so it’s also the most crowded. It’s also a good idea to plan your trip around the Buddhist Losar Festival that takes place in February or March.

 

For adventure activities (September to November): Rains stop around September and the weather is pleasant for sightseeing as well as other adventure activities such as trekking and camping. But keep in mind that the nights start getting chilly at this time so you must carry adequate layers to keep yourself warm.

 

Andretta pottery

Andretta pottery is situated between the old Shuahk hills and the towering range of the Dholadhar Himalaya. It is a production studio of pottery making that is attractively designed earthen slipware in which provides 3 month courses for aspiring potters. Andretta Pottery and Craft Society were started in 1983.

Andretta Pottery is run by Mansimran "Mini" Singh, son of famous potter Gurcharan Singh. These courses include accommodation, food and tuition. The cost is 90,000 Rupees (All Inclusive) (£1160/$1600US at current rate of exchange). And for 2017 it will be 1,20,000 Rupees (All Inclusive and in pound as per current exchange rates). Prices are subject to change - please contact the pottery to confirm final cost.

 

Paragliding in Dharamshala

Dharamshala paragliding excursions usually take place in Bir, a small town surrounded by vast mountains on all sides. Due to its rugged topography, this site makes for an ideal location for launching and landing gliders.

Best Time to Go for Paragliding in Dharamashala : The months of July and August, any time is ideal for paragliding in Dharamshala.

Best Locations for Paragliding in Dharamashala:

  • Tandem Paragliding at Bir Billing (70.5 km / 2.50 hours from Dharamshala)

  • McLeod Ganj (8.0 km / 25 minutes from Dharamshala)

  • Triund Hill (9.0 km/ 30 minutes from Dharamshala)

Package Inclusions

  • All Meals Included breakfast, packed Lunch & Dinner

  • 2 Nights accommodation in Judge's Court Pragpur - Kangra Valley

  • 2 Nights accommodation in Aveda Resort - Dharamshala

  • 2 Nights accommodation in Taragarh Resort near Palampur

  • All Transfers & Sightseeing by Dedicated Merc / BMW car or similar

  • Pick Up & Drop from Gaggal Airport / Chandigarh Airport as per the Option Chosen

 

Package Exclusion

  • Any personal expenses

  • Entrance Fees and Camera fees at monuments and other places of interest

  • Travel insurance

Holiday in India's best Heritage Himalayan Resorts -Judge's Court & Taragarh Palace - Itinerary

Our representative will meet you at Gaggal Airport/ Chandigarh airport and after meet and Greet we will proceed to Judge's Court in Pragpur. After 4.0 hours drive be relaxed and have delicious lunch and get refreshment visit the sightseeing’s of Pragpur Village includes  Pragpur's cobbled streets, ornamental village tank, Taal , Nakki, Butail Niwas, and Lala Reru Mal Haveli.

Overnight Stay in Judge's Court & enjoy the dinner with all luxurious facilities.

Shopping Area in Pragpur: There are many silversmiths in the market selling trinkets and curios. The village is known for the Weaving Cottage industry. You can purchase hand woven blankets, shawls and hand block printed clothes.

Taal : Taal or the Pond constructed in 1864 AD, forms the core of Pragpur village and serves as a recreational space for young and aged alike. It was constructed by the village brotherhood known as the Nehar Committee. The Taal is surrounded by many heritage structures - the Nehar Bhawan (Approx 250 years old), Naun (established in 1864), a drinking water facility by Nehar Committee, Dhuni Chand Bhardial Serai (village inn) and Radha Krishna Temple.

Nakki : This is one of the entrance to heritage village Pragpur. Since ancient times, the Reru Mal family provided a water point for common use, the overflow of which falls into small tanks where the village people bathed and washed.

Butail Niwas : This is a unique building. Over a hundred years old, it was built by Lala Buta Mal, a scion of the Chaujjar Sood clan. It includes six identical apartments built for his six sons. These lie around a sunken courtyard. In warmer weather, this courtyard is flooded with water to provide cooling. The water for this has been brought by the Butails from the nearby Nalsuyah Khad.

Visit Lala Reru Mal Haveli: (built in 1931 by Rais of Pragpur which has a Mughal style garden), pleasure terrace, Butail Mandir, Chaujjar Mansion, Courtyards of the Sood clans, an ancient Shakti Mandir (bearing inscriptions in the largely obsolete Tankry script and Atiyalas or public platforms), 250-year-old Nehar Bhawan, Dhunichand Bhardial Sarai or the Village Inn and Radha Krishna Temple.

Kuthiala Soods: Also Visit the Havelis of Kuthiala Soods, There are several splendid buildings in the village worth visiting. The 300-year-old ancestral home of the Kuthiala Soods must be visited. 

Today we drive to full day Trip to see the famous Shaktipeeth temples of Chintpurni Devi & Jwalamukhi Devi. After visit Shaktipeeth temples, drive to see Wall Paintings of Dada Siba Temple, at 21 kms from Dehra. In the evening return to the Judge's court, enjoy dinner & Overnight stay in hotel with luxurious treatments.

 Chintpurni Shaktipeeth temple: Chintapurni Mata Mandir is also known as Chhinmastika Dham. It is a very famous Hindu pilgrimage sight and religious place, Situated 27 km from Pragpur in Una district Himachal Pradesh state. Basically it is surrounded by the western Himalaya in the north and east in the smaller Shivalik range bordering the state of Punjab.

 

 Jwalamukhi Shaktipeeth temple: The temple is situated 35 km south of Kangra valley in the town of Jwalamukhi in Himachal Pradesh. The temple is dedicated to Jwalamukhi- the Goddess of Light, also known as the Flaming Goddess or ‘She of the Flaming Mouth’. Basically the temple is situated overlooking the Dhauladhar range and set amidst undulating hills. The temple consists of a copper pipe which emanates natural gas which is lit by the temple’s priest to form a flawless blue flame. The flame is worshiped as the manifestation of the goddess Jwalamukhia.

 

Dada Siba: Dadasiba is a beautiful small Village in Pragpur Tehsil in Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh State. It is located 43 KM towards South from District head quarters Dharamshala, 15 KM from Pragpur. The location is on top of a hill and walls of this temple are covered with murals. The drawing is flat with an accent on squat figures and the coloring lacks in luster; it consists mostly of dull shades of bottle green, red, orange and brown which are covered with a lusterless varnish. The theme of the subjugation of the Kaliya snake also finds a place here, so does that of Krishna’s marriage with Rukmini, which is seen in the pindori darbar murals too. There is besides, one panel given to the theme of Kunjara -Kamini which is but a group of women (Kamlni) “arranged in the shape and form of an elephant (Kunjara), a theme which is quite popular with contemnor miniaturists.

 

After Breakfast, proceed to Dharamshala, Enroute visit Kangra Devi temple which is a historic temple and destroyed by Mahmood Gajnavi but now restored to full glory. We will encourage half an hour walk in kangra town and city centre. Also visit the Kangra Fort and spend 2 hours in Kangra Valley Sightseeing.

Continue to Dharamshala and Check in to the Luxury Resort.

Note :- We have arranged your stay in Luxury Aveda Resort next to world's Highest Cricket status - The Cricket Stadium Dharamshala, famous for IPL matches

HPCA Cricket Stadium: This famous Cricket Stadium is located in the Kangra valley and surrounded by the Dhauladhar mountain range of Himachal Pradesh. The HPCA Stadium stands for Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium. This Cricket Stadium is an internationally renowned stadium and is the home ground of Himachal Pradesh State cricket team. Few international and Ranji cricket matches are held here on annual basis. it is situated at an altitude of 1,457 m above the sea level with the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains in the background

 

After Breakfast the day start with the famous sightseeing’s of Dharamshala such as Dalali Lama Temple, Bhagsu nag temple, Bhagsu waterfall, Dal Lake and McleodGanj. If you wish then can visit to Naddi village to have a look at sun set views, which is very beautiful from Naddi village. After that come back to hotel for overnight stay and take pleasure of fantastic dinner with great conveniences of luxury accommodation in Aveda Resort.

 

Dalai Lama Temple: The Dalai Lama temple is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in Himachal Pradesh. It is just a short walk from the McLeod Ganj bus stand and is quite accessible from the major parts of the district. The whole vicinity is decorated with colorful prayer flags and this makes it perfect for long serene walks. You will find a lot of good statues and the atmosphere is something which lures people to come back again and again. The sight of monks meditating peacefully and chanting verses is something that everyone must experience.

 

Bhagsu nag temple: The temple of Bhagsunag is dedicated to Lord Shiva of Hindu religious. This ancient temple is located 2 kms away from Mcleodganj. This is a beautiful and famous ancient temple of Lord Shiva with full of natural scenes having a cold running water tank and springs.

 

Bhagsu waterfall: Bhagsunag Waterfall - Situated at walking distance of 1.5 Kms from Hotel Triund, Bhagsunag Waterfall is at its pristine glory during monsoon. The view of unsullied water gushing out of the waterfall and the mist emanating from the fall about 20 feet is indeed a delightful experience. It is a marvelous location to live with nature enjoying the Himalayan serene nature and rejuvenating soft but cool breeze.

 

Dal Lake: The name 'Dal Lake' is taken from Kashmir's Dal Lake, Situated at is a small mid-altitude lake near the village of Tota Rani in Kangra district (Himachal Pradesh) in northern India. Situated at a height of 1775m above sea-level, Dal Lake comes under the region of Kangra district, which is 11 km away from Dharamshala. Nestling amidst lush green forests of deodar trees, the Dal Lake is famous for its scenic beauty and pilgrimage center.

McleodGanj: The place is one of the most frequented spots in Dharamshala and is famous for its Tibetan culture, handicrafts and temples. The Hanuman Tibba is the highest peak at the height of 5,639 meters above sea level and can be viewed from McLeod Ganj. Several thousand Tibetan exiles have now settled in the area, and most live in and around Mcleodganj in Upper Dharamshala, where they have built monasteries, temples and schools. Mcleodganj is sometimes known as 'Little Lhasa", after the Tibetan capital city, or 'Dhasa' (a compound of 'Dharamshala' and 'Lhasa'). It has become an important tourist destination with many hotels and restaurants, leading to growth in tourism and commerce.

 

Naddi village: Naddi view point Situated at 2,000 meters above the sea level and about 1.5 kilometers from Dal Lake a modern picnic spot is developing fast at Naddi village. It is the only place in Dharamshala from where an open view of mountains and wide valleys on Dhauladhars southern side can be seen. It is also a starting point for a trek to Kareri Lake, Guna Temple and Triund.

 

Tsuglagkhang: Don't worry if you find it difficult to pronounce the name properly, you will learn it once you reach there. Tsuglagkhang is the abode of His Holiness Dalai Lama. This complex houses Namgyal Monastery where thousends of pilgrims offer prayers. The most unique feature of this monastery is it's diversity of practice. It also houses 3 metre high bronze statues of Sakyamun Buddha, Valokitesvara and Padmasambhava. Situated next to the Tsuglagkhang Temple, Kalachakr Temple is open to the public. The Dalai Lama uses this temple as his base for public teaching.

St. John's Church: St. John's Church is one of the major attractions, which is a testimony of the bygone British Era. Constructed in 1852, this historic church built in Gothic style is famous for its tapering high windows and a bell in the compound.

 

On this fresh morning after breakfast get ready to drive Palampur in which you will visit most heavenly places of Himalaya like Tea gardens, Chamunda Devi temple, Saurabh Van Vihar, Nevgal Khad and Dhauladhar National Park.  

In late evening check in hotel and enjoy dinner with a royal Overnight stay at Taragrh Palace hotel

 

Tea gardens:  Palampur is said to be the tea capital of Northern India because of the tea gardens are a major attraction here. As you go for a drive in this hill station you would see tea gardens all around. The lush of greenery and the subtle smell of tea are just what are needed to have a refreshing day. Tea production is done on such a large scale that these tea plantations have found a place in the international maps as well. Regions around Palampur also produce tea in large quantities. Darbari, Bageshwari, Bahar and Malhar are some of the brand names of the tea produced in Palampur.

Chamunda Devi Temple: This temple is located at a distance of 10 km from Palampur and is regarded as a very important religious center. It is said to be one of the 51 Shakti Peethas as the main shrines are those of Goddess Durga and Goddess Chamunda. It is a peaceful place where one can go and meditate with no disturbances. It is believed that this temple was built more than 700 years ago. A kund (pond) placed in the premises of Chamunda Devi Temple is said to have sacred water. Numerous paintings of different Gods and Goddesses are seen on the walls of the temple. This temple also features an Ayurvedic dispensary and a library. The setting of the temple is beautiful in its own way which is surrounded with mountains, rivers and forests.

 

Saurabh Van Vihar: Named after a brave army officer, Captain Saurabh Kalia, Saurabh Van Vihar is a beautiful garden. This garden is managed by the Himachal Pradesh Forest Department. Over 151 species of herbs can be found in these gardens. It covers an area of 35 acres. Picnic sheds, Children’s Park, Water streams, Health trails, and Open Air Theatre, Bamboosetum and Tiger Hill Bridge help cover the large area the garden stretches across.

 

Nevgal Khad: Nevgal Khad is located at a distance of just 2 km from the main town. It is a popular attraction of Palampur, popularly known as “Bundla Chasm”. It is a perfect picnic spot with a 300 m wide stream flowing in the region. This spot offers a nice view of the snow-capped Dhauladhar ranges. The surrounding stream becomes serene during the monsoons.

 

Dhauladhar National Park: This famous National Park is also known as Gopalpur Zoo, Located at a distance of 13 km from Palampur. It is one of the chief attractions that draw attention of wildlife enthusiasts and also the major attractions of the destination. . It was set up by the wildlife department of Himachal Pradesh Government over an area of 30 acres. Tourists visiting the mini zoo situated in the complex can spot animals like leopards, black bears, angora rabbits, Asiatic lion, sambhar, red fox and varieties of deers etc.

 

After breakfast, drive to famous Temple of Baijnath, followed by trip to famous Bir Monastery. Visit the Landing zone of the Paragliders and enjoy a beer or two here.

Start journey to Billing top (We must start before 11 AM) as in the afternoon strong winds and snow is expected. Reach Billing Top and admire the lush green meadows and breathtaking views. Watch Paragliders taking off and practicing. If you come in October, it is a bonus as you can see lots of paragliders from worldwide who come here to participate in the world championship.

After Billing Top, Lunch at the Colonels's or similar and Proceed to Famous Village of Andretta, home to the famous painter Sardar Sobha Singh and Playwright Ms. Norah Richards, is now a center for varied artistic activities. Well known for pottery. Andretta must be visited by all those with an interest in the art form. Here you see Sardar Sobha Singh Art Gallary (well preserved by Family) and Pottery school.

Drop back to the Hotel and relax in the evening with Dinner.

 

After breakfast check out from hotel & proceed to Gaggal Airport/ Chandigarh Airport. Our luxury car will drop you to the Airport. Tour ends with sweet memories.

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