Tour Duration : 8 Nights / 9 Days
Places Covered : Shimla | Chail | Manali | Dharamsala | Chandigarh
Day 1: Delhi –Shimla
(Driving Time: 11 hrs)
Commence your tour by first visiting the erstwhile summer capital of British, Shimla. You are escorted to Shimla first on this tour to Himachal Pradesh. Draped in forests of pine, oak and rhododendron this erstwhile summer capital of British Coloniser blossoms at an altitude of 2,205 m. Experience pleasant summers and snowy winters at the soothing environs of Shimla which is often referred as "Queen of Hills". The neo-gothic architecture mushrooming amidst emerald settings of Shimla adds a vintage appeal which charms all. Spend the day at leisure at your hotel. O/N in Shimla.
Day 2: Shimla – Chail
On the second day you will be driven towards numerous famous tourist spots of the region. First set on an excursion to Kufri, a tiny hamlet located 13 km from Shimla. The highest point of the surrounding region, Kufri is known for spectacular scenery and a Himalayan Wildlife Zoo. The zoo hosts rare Antelopes, Felines and Birds. It is also famous for its trekking and hiking. Later on we will take you to Chail which is perfect -surrounded by a thick cover of majestic, soaring deodars, has also the highest cricket ground in the world. On the other side of the town are situated the massive Himalayan ranges spectacularly gleaming in the sun and snow-covered everything under it. O/N in Chail
Day 3: Chail – Manali
After breakfast drive to Manali, the renowned hill station of Himachal Pradesh. While domestic tourists visit Manali for honeymooning and the enchanting views of mountains the foreigners loves to indulge in adventure sports and for a laid back exploration of the surrounding villages and temples. Also it is from here that a significant number of trekkers set on their mountaineering escapades towards Ladakh, Karakoram Pass, Spiti, Leh and Keylong. Day for leisure. O/N in Manali.
Day 4: Manali
After Breakfast visit the 450 years old temple dedicated to Hadimba Devi, which has some excellent woodcarvings which includes its intricately carved wooden doors and a 24 meters tall wooden tower. Goddess Durga dominates most of the themes of the carvings inside the temple which is very captivating. You will also visit the Vashisht Bath, Manu Temple, Jagat Sukh Tibetan Monastery and the handicraft centre. The rest of the day at leisure or walk to the nearby picturesque village of Vashisht known for its quaint environs, small temples, simple living and of course hot sulphur springs. Visit Vashisth to witness tranquilizing façade of Mother Nature. Evening will be free for leisure activities.
Day 5: Manali
Moving ahead on your delightful holiday you will move towards the not to be missed destinations of the region, the Rohtang Pass where you may get a chance to frolic in the snow. Situated 51 km from Manali at an altitude of 3978 meters Rohtang Pass is a high mountain which connects Lahaul and Spiti Valleys (subjected to weather conditions). Also spend some quality time at Kothi and beautiful Rahala Waterfalls situated at an altitude of 2501m on the way. Rest of the evening is free to explore Manali. Also visit the Solang Valley which is situated at the top of Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh. The valley is not only a favourite of nature lovers, but is equally loved by adventure freaks for it offers summer and winter sport conditions. You can try your hands at various exhilarating sport activities such as parachuting, paragliding, skating, skiing and zorbing. O/N in Manali.
Day 6: Manali- Dharamshala
(Driving Time: 6 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Dharamshala. En-route imbibe the magic of the 'White Ranges' and of history and nature as much as you can while visiting Dhauladhar ranges. After settling into the resort, explore the town, replete with Tibetan culture and the residence of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama. Set on a sightseeing tour of Dharamshala and first visit a quaint little town, Mcleodganj. Also known as "Little Tibet" Mcleodganj is the place of residence of Dalai Lama. At the start of Mcleodganj is a small bazaar filled with variety of Tibetan handicrafts and artefacts. At the end of the spur lies the Namgyal Monastery thus the entire day at Dharamshala will be full of tranquillity and solace perfect for a rejuvenating sojourn to the hills. Apart from gorgeous vistas and serenity, Mcleodganj is frequently visited by those interested in learning Tibetan Buddhism, culture and crafts; it is also an ideal destination to full your bags with exquisite Tibetan handicrafts, Tibetan carpets, garments and other trinkets. O/N in Dharamshala.
Day 7: Dharamshala
Morning proceed to visit the Baijnath temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. Later explore the town, replete with Tibetan culture and the residence of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama. Set on a sightseeing tour of Dharamshala and first visit a quaint little town, Mcleodganj. Also known as "Little Tibet" Mcleodganj is the place of residence of Dalai Lama. At the start of Mcleodganj is a small bazaar filled with variety of Tibetan handicrafts and artefacts. At the end of the spur lies the Namgyal Monastery thus the entire day at Dharamshala will be full of tranquillity and solace perfect for a rejuvenating sojourn to the hills. Apart from gorgeous vistas and serenity, Mcleodganj is frequently visited by those interested in learning Tibetan Buddhism, culture and crafts; it is also an ideal destination to full your bags with exquisite Tibetan handicrafts, Tibetan carpets, garments and other trinkets.
The charming church of St. John in the wilderness is situated here and this is the final resting place of Lord Elgin, a British Viceroy of India during the 19th century. O/N in Dharamshala.
Day 8: Dharamshala – Chandigarh
(Driving Time: 5 hrs)
You drive next to Chandigarh. While some visitors are impressed with the urbanised settlement of Chandigarh, others find the green and clean ambiance of the city perfect for a vacation amidst interesting tourist sites and buzzing nightlife. Most fascinating is the architectural excellence of the neat geometrical design of residential quarters and area layouts gives the city a unique westernised appearance rarely found in the country. Enjoy local sightseeing such as visit to beauteous Chandi Temple and Rock Garden. Rock Garden is a brilliant creation of a humble transport official, the park was put together by Nek Chand who wanted a small garden for himself and ended up creating grand sculptures inside a beauteous park. O/N in Chandigarh
Day 9: Chandigarh – Delhi
(Driving Time: 5 hrs)
After breakfast check-out from the hotel and you are then escorted to airport in Delhi from where you will board the flight back home.