A Pilgrimage to India: Christian Witness as a Minority Witness

A Pilgrimage to India: Christian witness as a minority witness
Led by Rev. Dr. Inderjit Bhogal

In partnership with the Methodist Church and led by Revd. Dr. Inderjit Bhogal, this is a pilgrimage to India to explore as Christian witness in Punjab. Participants will engage in conversation with members of the Church of North India both in Delhi and in the Diocese of Amritsar.
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We will also visit the village of Sadhu Sundar Singh, spend time in a retreat centre in the foothills of the Himalayas, and see landmarks like the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

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A Pilgrimage to India: Christian witness as a minority witness
Led by Rev. Dr. Inderjit Bhogal

London – Delhi – Agra – Ludhiana – Rampur – Amritsar – Dalhousie – Delhi – London

Itinerary:
DAY 1 – FRIDAY 17TH NOVEMBER 2017. FLY LONDON TO DELHI

Meet at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 to board British Airways flight BA0257 departing Heathrow at 18:55 and arriving at Delhi the following morning at 08:50.

DAY 2 – SATURDAY 18TH NOVEMBER 2017. DELHI

Arrive at Delhi airport at 08:50. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to Hotel Suryaa. After checking in and freshening up, enjoy an afternoon guided tour of New Delhi including Humayun’s Tomb and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.

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Overnight in Hotel Suryaa, New Delhi

DAY 3 – SUNDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 2017. DELHI

Church service at Delhi’s Cathedral Church of the Redemption and interaction with CNI, Church of North India.

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Overnight in Hotel Suryaa, New Delhi

DAY 4 – MONDAY 20TH NOVEMBER 2017. DAY TRIP TO AGRA

Day trip to Agra by private coach for a guided tour of the Taj Mahal and (optional) Agra Fort. Lunch will be included in a good local restaurant.

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Overnight in Hotel Suryaa, New Delhi

DAY 5 – TUESDAY 21ST NOVEMBER 2017. DELHI TO LUDHIANA BY TRAIN

Morning at leisure, group lunch (included) and afternoon transfer to New Delhi Railway Station to board the “Amritsar Shatabdi”, train number 12013 from New Delhi (16:30) to Ludhiana Junction (20:17) in Executive Chair Class. Train journey time: 3 hours 47 mins.

On arrival at Ludhiana transfer from railway station to check into Hyatt Regency Ludhiana.

Overnight in Hyatt Regency Ludhiana

DAY 6 – WEDNESDAY 22ND NOVEMBER 2017. STUDY DAY TRIP TO RAMPUR

Today we will drive out of Ludhiana to nearby Rampur, the village of Sadhu Sundar Singh. Travel will be in a private coach (25km, 45 minutes each way) and a packed lunch will be provided.

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Overnight in Hyatt Regency Ludhiana

DAY 7 – THURSDAY 23RD NOVEMBER 2017. DRIVE TO AMRITSAR

Drive from Ludhiana to Amritsar in private vehicle (165km, 5 hours), with a packed lunch, to check into hotel Hyatt Amritsar. Afternoon at leisure to rest, with an optional visit to the Central Sikh Museum.

Overnight in Hyatt Amritsar

DAY 8 – FRIDAY 24TH NOVEMBER 2017. THE GOLDEN TEMPLE

Full day at the Golden Temple for guided tour and interactions, and also nearby Jalianwala Bagh with an optional evening visit to the Wagah Border ceremony.

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Overnight in Hyatt Amritsar

DAY 9 – SATURDAY 25TH NOVEMBER 2017. BARING UNION CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, BATALA

Drive 40km each way for conference at Baring Union Christian College in Batala.

Overnight in Hyatt Amritsar

DAY 10 – SUNDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 2017: ST. PAUL’S CHURCH, AMRITSAR, DRIVE TO DALHOUSIE.

Morning at St Paul’s Church in Amritsar. After lunch drive 200km (5 hours) to Dalhousie in the foothills of the Himalayas to stay in Khyber House, a Christian study and retreat centre with a small chapel dedicated to the life and works of Sadhu Sundar Singh.

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Overnight in Khyber House, Dalhousie

DAY 11 – MONDAY 27TH NOVEMBER 2017. DALHOUSIE

A day of conference and retreat at Khyber House.

Overnight in Khyber House, Dalhousie

DAY 12 – TUESDAY 28TH NOVEMBER 2017. DRIVE DALHOUSIE TO AMRITSAR.

After lunch at Khyber house we will drive back to Amritsar and check into the Hyatt Amritsar.

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Overnight in Hyatt Amritsar

DAY 13 – WEDNESDAY 29TH NOVEMBER 2017. FLY TO DELHI

Transfer to Amritsar airport to board Air India flight AI-462 departing Amritsar at 14:45 and arriving at Delhi at 15:50. Transfer to Colonel’s Retreat “At the Airport” for overnight stay.

Overnight at Colonel’s Retreat “At the Airport”

DAY 14 – THURSDAY 30TH NOVEMBER 2017. RETURN INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE

Morning transfer to Delhi airport to board British Airways flight BA0256 departing Delhi at 11:05 and arriving at London Heathrow at 15:10.

The cost per person sharing a twin or double room:
£2,125
Single room supplement:
£440
The cost includes:
  • Return International flight from Heathrow to Delhi with British Airways in Economy Class.
  • Internal flight from Amritsar to Delhi with Air India on day 13.
  • 12 nights accommodation in a sharing twin or double room with en-suite facilities (Check-in is 1400 hrs and checkout 12 noon. Early check-in late checkouts are subject to availability).
  • Daily breakfast and dinner at all hotels. Group lunches on days 4 & 5, and packed lunches on days 6, 7 & 12.
  • All arrival/departure transfers, long drives and sightseeing by a chauffeur driven private air-conditioned coach.
  • Train tickets and reservations in Executive Chair Class.
  • Services of a local English-speaking representative for all arrival and departure transfers to assist you at the airports.
  • Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to all monuments during sightseeing as specified in your itinerary
  • Full ATOL bonding
The cost does not include:
  • India visa fee. You can now apply for visa on arrival in India- please click here for more information. https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html
  • Lunches not mentioned above
  • Any expenses of a personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, beverages, gratuities etc.
  • Camera fees at monuments and other places of interest.
  • Travel Insurance: It is essential to have adequate travel insurance in place before your departure. This should be appropriate for your age, health and destination you are visiting.
Please ensure:
  • It includes comprehensive medical and repatriation cover
  • It provides cover for your whole trip
  • It covers you for all activities
  • It covers all your pre-existing medical conditions
  • Keep your Policy Number and Insurer’s 24-hour Emergency Number handy with you

If you wish to book this tour, please compete the booking form, sign and e-mail it to us. A non-refundable deposit of £400.00 per person is needed at the time of booking. Balance payments will be due 8 weeks before departure. You can make the deposit payment by debit card or electronic transfers to our bank. Credit card payment will be charge at 2% extra. Our Bank details are on the booking form. Bookings are confirmed on first come first served basis. When the tour is full we will take about 5 additional names on the waiting list to replace their booking with any cancellations etc.

CONTACT US

To enquire or make a booking on this tour, please call: 020 8901 7630 Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm, Saturday 11am – 4pm

TESTIMONIALS:
“I cannot recommend this company enough. Safe to say India has got under our skin and into our hearts, and when we visit again we will definitely be booking with this company - if you are thinking of going I urge you to do the same.”- Gillian and Ashley Iredale
``The whole experience was great, the most relaxing day of the holiday was the cruise up the backwaters when the whole group experienced it together``- Margaret Fortune
``A whole variety of experiences- worship, culture, scenery, friendliness of the people & their hospitality``- Daphne Brindle
``Being in India and witnessing the faith that the people of India have, Hindus, Muslim or Christians, seeing with my own eyes the devotion the people have`` - Steve Breward
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