Delhi - Shimla - Chail - Kullu - Great Himalayan National Park - Kasol - Manikaran - Manali - Palampur - Dharamshala - Mc Leodganj - Dalhousie - Chamba - Delhi.
14 Nights / 15 Days
Round the Year
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Your arrival at Delhi airport marks the beginning of a wonderful trip to the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh. Our company representative will receive and escort you to the hotel. A traditional Indian welcome awaits you at the hotel. Check into your room and refresh yourself. Our representative will brief you about the tour and the things you should remember during the trip. Later, you catch another flight for Shimla. On reaching Shimla, check into your hotel and relax for the rest of the day. After all, you need to prepare yourself for an exciting journey ahead.
Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, is the first destination where you will feel the magic of natural beauty and culture intermingling with remarkable ease. The erstwhile summer capital of the British empire in India, is today an year round destination for tourists.
After breakfast, you will leave for the Mall, the most famous place in Shimla, by a lift which starts from the Cart Road. Once you reach there, take a walk around the promenade. Stop by to have a look at the Gaiety Theatre, the centre of cultural activities during the raj era. Spend some time exploring the production photographs of the plays that were performed in the late 1920s.
Move over to Scandal Point at the end of the promenade. Later explore the Lakkar Bazaar which is famous for its woodwork items. Pick up some of these items if you like. Bargaining for goods is a practice over here. So, if you have some bargaining skills, make complete utilisation of it here. While at the Mall, you can enjoy a bit of more shopping if you so wish. The Himachal Emporium will offer you a number of handicrafts and souvenirs to buy.
Jakhoo Hills, the highest point in Shimla, is your next destination. Leaving the usual route, which is from the ridge, you will take up the path from Sanjauli. This will allow you to enjoy the beauty of thick wood of oak, rhododendron and cedar. From atop the Jakhoo hills, watch the sun set with all its splendour. Return to your hotel and stay overnight in Shimla.
Today, you have an opportunity to explore the attractive destinations around Shimla. So, have your breakfast quickly and head for Chail which is around 60 km away from Shimla and was founded by the Maharaja of Patiala. Here, you will pay a visit to the highest cricket pitch in the world. Take the pleasure of hitting a four or a six on this pitch and that also in a cool weather. If cricket is not your kind of sport, you also have an option of enjoying a game of polo. Pick your choice.
Move over to your next destination in Chail which is the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary. A bit of adventure awaits you here. Trek through the tall cedar and oak forests. A number of animals and birds are expected to show up during your trip. In between, when you feel a bit exhausted, just sit down and breathe in the fresh air that blows through.Book Your Tour Later, in the evening enjoy a pleasant drive back to Shimla. Overnight stay in Shimla.
Today, proceed further in your journey to explore the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh. The town of Kullu and its surrounding attractions are on your agenda for the next two days. After covering a distance of around 270 km, reach Kullu and check into your hotel. You can relax for sometime if you so wish. Thereafter, come out of your hotel and explore the town. Pay a visit to the famous Raghunath temple and the Vaishno Devi temple which are situated closeby. Alternatively, pick and make your way to any one of the areas renowned for fishing - Raison (16 km), Largi (34 km) or Banjar (55 km). Later, return to your hotel and stay overnight in Kullu.
Today, you will spend your time in the lap of nature. Have your breakfast quickly and head towards the Great Himalayan National Park, which is around 50 km away from the Kullu town. On your way, our representative will give you some basic details about the park. He will tell you about its formation, geography and attractions in form of animals and birds. You can also put up questions before him which he will try answer to the best of his capability.
Inside the park, trekking will make up for all the adventure that you have been yearning for. It is the only way to explore the park too. Following the trek route along with a guide provided by the park authorities, you can spot few animals with a bit of luck on your side. Look out more for birds and enjoy the natural beauty to the maximum. In the evening, return to Kullu as there are very few or rather no really good option to stay in the park or its surrounding areas.Book Your Tour Overnight in Kullu.
After an exhausting previous day, you have an opportunity to get up a bit late today. However, do not make it too late since you have few attractive destinations to visit today as well. Kasol is small tourist village on the banks of Parvati river, around 45 km away from Kullu. Here, you will enjoy a bit of refreshment at the hut run by HPTDC. Next you will enjoy what this place is famous for - trout fishing. If you have not had much of luck in your last trout fishing round, then ofcourse this is the time to give yourself another chance. Spend some quality time here before you move on further to your next destination - Manikaran.
Just 3 kms away from Kasol, Manikaran is basically a place for pilgrims, Hindu and Sikh. Here, you will pay a visit to the temple of Lord Ramchandra, Shiva and gurudwara dedicated to Guru Nanak Devji. Also, see the hot sulphur springs which are sacred for both Hindus and the Sikhs. The langakhana serves food for the devotees. If you feel like having food in god's home, then do go to langakhana. The rest of the day is free for you to roam around and soak in the pleasant feeling of being at a religious destination. Interact with the devotees and try to know about the interesting legend that has made Manikaran a religious destination. Later, in the evening, return to your hotel in Kullu and have your dinner. Overnight in Kullu.
Have your breakfast and move further in your journey. The beautiful Manali is next on your itinerary. Reach Manali which is 40 km away, and check into your hotel. Thereafter, move out and lend yourself to the charms of Manali. Visit the very famous Hadimba Devi temple and the Manu temple to start of your trip for the day. Next, enjoy a visit to the famous Vashistha hot water springs and temples. The temples are dedicated to Lord Rama and renowned sage Vashistha. Take a dip in the water of the springs brought into a tank and offer your prayers at the temples.
Later, its time for a round of shopping and eating. The Mall has some really good place to shop for handicrafts, Chinese goods, ethnic Himachal jewelleries and shawls from Kullu and Kinnaur. Again, bargain the prices of items you like. You are likely to end up with some good deals. As for eating, select what appeases your taste buds most - south Indian dishes, north Indian vegetables, Tibetan and Chinese cuisine.Book Your Tour Return to your hotel at the end of the day and stay overnight in Manali.
Its a day for adventure around Manali. Quickly get into a car after your breakfast and head towards the Rohtang Pass, the only gateway to Lahaul Spiti from Manali. The pass is around 51 km away. Enroute stop at the Snow Point which is where there is sufficient snow for the tourists to enjoy. Here, you can play with snow as much as you want before proceeding ahead on your journey. As you move further in your journey, the drive becomes difficult. However, you need not worry about anything as the driver is quiet well acquainted with the area.
Kothi is where you halt next. It is a small village where the sight of river Beas roaring down through a deep gorge is spellbinding. Another magnificent sight greets you around 12 kms further. The Rahalla waterfalls crashes down from a great height presenting a mesmerising view. Refresh yourself at the Marhi village which has quiet a lot of eating places. Relax a bit here before you move on. As you get closer to the zenith of the pass, the views of the surrounding areas will get more and more beautiful. However, once you are there at the top, all that you have seen till now will take a backseat, for it is from here that views are best. There is the Lahaul valley below and Sonapani glacier in the north, presenting a stunning reward for all the effort taken to drive up to this point.Book Your Tour Later, return to your hotel and stay overnight in Manali.
Today, early in the morning, have your breakfast and pack your bags. Leave for your next destination which is Palampur, around 200 km away. Reach Palampur and check into your hotel. Relax till noon in your room. Have your lunch and relax for a while. Move to the paragliding capital of India, Bir and enjoy a bit of adventure in air. If you do not wish to indulge in adventure, then there are four monasteries which you can explore in Bir. And, then you cannot leave out the charms of green tea gardens as well.
Later, pay a visit to the immensely revered Baijnath temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Enroute stop by at Andretta and explore the village that became home to two famous artists - painter Shobha Sigh and playwright Norah Richards. Return to your hotel in Palampur and stay overnight.
Have your breakfast and leave for Dharamshala which is around 40 km away from Palampur. On reaching, check into your hotel and come out immediately afterwards to explore this hill station which spreads over different levels on the mighty Dhauladhar range. The upper Dharamshala, Mc Leodganj is where you will come across the Tibetan culture. As you move up from the lower portion of the Dharamshala to the upper areas, you will pass through a library. Sit and go through the Tibetan books for a while if they interest you. Otherwise, continue your journey and reach the two storeyed Buddhist temple, Tsuglagkhang. The temple stands quiet closeby the private residence of the Dalai Lama.
The Namgyaima Stupa is your next destination in Mc Leodganj. It commemorates the sacrifice made by the valourous Tibetan soldiers who lost their lives fighting for a free Tibet. Turn the prayer wheel along with other devotees and instantly feel the peace that fillsBook Your Tour in your heart.
Afterwards take an eight km trek from the town to reach a popular picnic spot, Triund. From there, enjoy fantastic views of the Dhauladhar range. Move another five kms to reach Llaqa from where the snowline starts. Needless to say, views of snowcapped Dhauladhar peaks are even more mesmerising from here. Later, return to your hotel and relax. Stay overnight in Dharamshala.
Today, you will explore and enjoy Dharamshala even more. So have your breakfast and set out for another exciting day. Explore the Norbulingka Institute which was established by the Dalai Lama to develop the Tibetan art and craft. Roam through the park, cross the bridge, visit the thangka showroom, crafts department and doll museum in this institute.
Also, pay a visit to the the St John's Church in the wilderness which is not only one of the earliest monuments of the area but also houses a cemetery of the former British viceroy, Lord Elgin. After, a round of sightseeing, its now time to enjoy some shopping in Mc Leodganj. Roam around the main bazaar of Mc Leodganj and pick up Tibetan items - carpets, thangkas, ponchos, jackets, masks and cheese. Try out Tibetan cuisine while you are roaming around in Mc Leodganj. Later, return to your hotel and stay overnight in in Dharamshala.
Have your breakfast and leave Dharamshala to reach Dalhousie. After covering a distance of around 143 km, arrive in Dalhousie and check into your hotel. Refresh yourself and lie down for a while if you so wish. Afterwards, start on a trip to explore the beautiful hill station of Dalhousie which unfortunately has not been able to attract as many visitors as Shimla. Your first destinationBook Your Tour today is the St Francis Church which, though not an architectural delight, is worthvisiting once.
Without spending much time over here, move to your next destination, Gandhi Chowk from where you will head towards Satdhara and Panchpullah on foot. The former of the two waterfalls is believed to possess medicinal properties while the latter is also home to a monument dedicated to Ajit Singh, uncle of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh. From here, undertake a 2.5 km trek to the Alah water reservoir and enjoy some pretty views of the surroundings. On reaching there, sit for a while in the Himachal Tourism cafe and enjoy some refreshment. On your way back, take a 2 km walk along the pucca road and reach back to the town.
In the evening, pay a visit to the oldest church of Dalhousie which is dedicated to St John. Afterwards, return to your hotel and stay overnight in Dalhousie.
Have your breakfast quickly and and pack your bags. Today you leave for your last destination, Chamba. However, enroute stop by Khajjar, whose beauty has earned appreciation from many. Once you reach Khajjar, visit the Khajinag temple which has a golden dome. Thereafter, you have enough time to enjoy yourself the way you want to. Walk around the lake, play with its water, play a game of golf, ride a horse or do absolutely nothing at all - the choice is all yours. In the evening, travel 20 km to reach Chamba. Check into your hotel and stay there overnight.
Today, you have another opportunity to get up late. Have your breakfast and set out to explore the town of Chamba where attraction lies in the numerous temples. Your first halt today is the large Laxmi Narayan Temple complex, considered the oldest one in the town. The temples here are mostly dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu. Next, pay a visit to the Brajeshwari Devi temple and the Hariraya temple. A 1 km trek to Chamunda Devi temple figures next on your list.
Finish off your visits to temple in the town in the first half of the day. In the second half, proceed towards Bharmour which is around 65 km away and cannot be missed out while on a trip to Chamba. Here apart from temples, beautiful views of Mount Kailash will hold your attention. Roam around the wonderful Chaurasi Temple complex. Thereafter, leave for Holi where you will visit an ancient temple dedicated to sun god. Also meet up with the Gaddi tribals who are more traditional as compared to those found in other parts of Himachal. Book Your Tour Return to your hotel and stay overnight in Chamba.
Today, you embark on your return journey. Travel to the Gaggal airport and catch a flight to Delhi. From there, move on further in your journey or take a flight back home, as per your plans.
This tour package intends to introduce you to the varying charms of Himachal Pradesh - its beauty, culture and adventure. As such you have plenty of sightseeing options along with opportunities to get adventurous. Himachal is also a pilgrims' destination, hence the package also gives you a chance to explore the holy places and monuments of the state and learn more about their past and present.
The destinations of the package are chosen with extreme care so that you get a glimpse of the best of Himachal Pradesh during your two week long trip. Enough time has been also kept so that you can relax and go out on your own if you so desire.
In brief, the package is perfect for those who want to enjoy Himachal's different attractions to the maximum. So, go through the package and decide whether this is exactly what you are looking for in your package.