Manali at an altitude of 2,050 m in the Beas River Valley is a hill station nestled in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu Valley. It is located about 270 km north of the state capital, Shimla.
Upon arrival at Chandigarh Airport, we drive to Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh. This beautiful hill resort was the erstwhile summer capital of the British. It is one of the top tourist destinations in India owing to its mild climate, meandering streets and snow-clad mountains. Often referred to as the 'Queen of Hill Stations’, Shimla is perched at a height of around 2000 meters above sea level. Besides its natural beauty, what attracts hordes of tourists to this place is the opportunity to indulge in various adventure activities, such as trekking, mountaineering, and skiing. Once you reach Shimla, complete the check-in formalities at the hotel and take some rest. stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Kufri Excursion - Shimla Local Sightseeing
After a delicious breakast this morning, get ready to venture into Kufri - a haven for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. With panoramic views of the Himalayas, steep hikes, adventure sports and quite a few fun and interesting sightseeing attractions, Kufri is a great place to unwind.
Popular specially with trekkers, the splendid weather and stunning natural beauty make Kufri an ideal summer getaway. Interestingly, Kufri is also the venue for an annual winter sports festival held in February. With the oldest skiing slopes in Himachal Pradesh, Kufri is also famously referred to as a ski destination. Himalayan Nature Park in the outskirts is home to over 180 varieties of fauna.
After, visit the famous Mall Road in Shimla. Also check out the pleasant small square Scandal Point and Jhakoo Temple. Return to your hotel and have a tasty dinner. Overnight stay at hotel in Shimla.
Private vehicles do not have access to Jhakoo temple because of the location. The guests can take a shared taxi available on Mall Road and visit the temple. It’s advisable to visit the temple before it turns dark; hence the guests can first visit the temple and then spend time on the mall road.
Day 3: Transfer To Manali
After breakfast, get ready to drive to Manali - one of the most popular hill stations in India situated at a height of 6260 ft above sea level. The exquisite River Beas flows through the town of Manali, creating a spellbinding landscape against the massive peaks of the valley. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and get comfortable with your splendid surroundings. Your evening is free for leisure.
Both an ancient site and a modern town, Manali is a fairyland dotted with a number of tourist attractions such as the Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley nearby. Whats more, it is flocked by honeymooners and family vacationers all through the year. It is also fast emerging as an adventure destination with activities such as zorbing, paragliding and white water rafting. Overnight stay at your hotel in Manali.
Day Excursion To Rohtang Pass (At Own Cost) And Solang Valley
After an early breakfast, get ready to go on an excursion to the iconic tourist attraction in Himachal - Rohtang Pass. Enjoy a breathtaking drive through Snow Point on the road to Rohtang Pass (closed on Tuesdays). After a certain point, only vehicles with permit are allowed to proceed on Manali - Rohtang highway. You have to take the vehicle with permit (at your own cost) to travel further to Rohtang Pass.
An iconic tourist attraction in Manali, Rohtang Pass (13,054 ft) is located on the watershed between the water basins of the Chenab River and the Beas River. Besides Lahaul and Spiti, Rohtang Pass also serves as the gateway to Pangi and the valley of Leh. Manali-Leh Highway, a part of NH 21, transverses Rohtang Pass. The Pass offers visitors beautiful sights of glaciers and mountain peaks such as Geypan and Lahaul Valley.
Later, visit the famous Solang Valley. At 8500 ft above mean sea level, the preferred location for adventure activities in Himachal Pradesh, Solang Valley is a must-see for adrenaline junkies. You can choose to go parachuting paragliding, skating or zorbing (at own expense). Its lush forests, apple orchards, snowcapped peaks and rivers attract visitors as well. Also halt at Marhi, Rahala falls and Nehru Kund. By evening, return to your hotel in Manali and enjoy a lovely dinner. Overnight stay at hotel in Manali.
Day 5: Manali Local Sightseeing
After breakfast, walk through Manali town visiting newly constructed Buddhist Monastery and the handicraft centre. Later, visit the 450 years old temple dedicated to Hadimba Devi, Jagatsukh and Vashist kund.
Hadimba Devi Temple - is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, wife of Bhima, a figure in the Indian epic Mahābhārata. The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest at the foot of the Himālayas.
Vashisht, an extremely picturesque little place clinging to the steep hill side. On the way up to the village you come upon the Vashist hot baths where a natural sulphur spring is piped into a modern bath-house.
Return to hotel by late afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 6: Transfer To Dharamshala
After breakfast, check out and hit the road to Dharamshala. Dalai Lama’s home and winter capital of Himachal Pradesh in the Kangra district, Dharamshala is exactly what it means - ‘rest house for pilgrims’. The high snowclad Dhauladhar ranges are an exquisite backdrop to the hill resort of Dharamsala. Look forward to views of numerous streams of clear water and dense pine & deodar forests trailing you all the way, cool clean air, beautiful surroundings and fantastic views of the mountain ranges.
On the way, feel the cool breeze in your hair and take in the stunning, scenic sights around you. Upon arrival in Dharamshala, check in and get comfortable. Spend the evening in leisure. The peaceful hill town of Dharamshala is an ideal holiday destination that boasts fantastic views of the Dhauladhar mountain ranges, lush pine & deodar forests, fresh clean air and all kinds of fun for a winter holiday. Overnight stay at hotel in Dharamshala.
Day 7: Full Day Local Sightseeing In Dharamshala
After breakfast today, get ready for a local sightseeing tour of all the major attractions of Dharamshala. Visit and explore Dal Lake, Church, Bhagsu Nag Temple and Tibetan Monastery - all filled with natural beauty. After lunch, we embark on a visit to the famous Tibetan Medical Centre (where various ailments are treated using rare Tibetan medicines, and St. John Church, one of the oldest churches of the region. Some of the other places to visit include Kangra Art Museum, Tea Gardens and Kunal Pathri Temple. Overnight stay at hotel in Dharamshala.
Day 8: Transfer To Dalhousie
Check out from your hotel after breakfast. Later, hit the road to Dalhousie - a famous hill station and unique summer retreat in Himachal. Watch for curious painted rock carvings of Buddhist deities along the south side of the ridge. The ravishing rhododendrons, gorgeous greens and pristine air add to the beauty of Dalhousie. Quite a few Tibetan refugees have found and made their homes in Dalhousie as well. You can also choose to visit the British-era churches of St John (1863) and St Francis (1894) or wander around the market areas of Subhash Chowk and Gandhi Chowk. Your evening is free for leisure activities. Overnight stay at hotel in Dalhousie.
Day Excursion To Khajjiar
After breakfast today, visit Khajjiar - Often called India's Switzerland the exquisite glade of Khajjiar (1960m) has a circumference of about 5 km. Along with its fringes thick forests of deodar climb the slopes snow-line rests above these woods. At Khajjiar there is a 12th century temple dedicated to KhajjI Nag. Within the temple are life size wooden images of the five Pandav brothers. Overnight at the hotel in Dalhousie.
Day 10: Dalhousie To Amritsar (With Wagah Border)
After breakfast, check out from hotel in Dalhousie and we drive to Amritsar by road. After arrival and check in, visit the Indo-Pak Border (Wagah Border) to watch the Flag Retreat Ceremony. Wagah is an army outpost on the Indo-Pak border 30 kms from Amritsar where the daily highlight is the evening 'Beating the Retreat' ceremony. In the ceremony, soldiers from both countries march in perfect drill and go through the steps of bringing down their respective national flags. As the sun starts to go down and the day draws to a close, the lights are turned on - marking the end of the day amidst a thunderous applause and nationalistic fervor. Overnight stay at hotel in Amritsar. Please note: Golden Gate is open 24 hrs.
Day 11: Transfer To Chandigarh - Sightseeing In Chandigarh
After breakfast today, check out from your hotel and get ready to proceed to Chandigarh (by road) - the first planned modern city of independent India designed by the French architect Le Corbusier. Chandigarh serves as the capital of two states - Punjab and Haryana, but belongs to neither of the two. Rather, the city has been classified as a union territory. On arrival, check-in to the hotel.
Later, go for a sightseeing trip of this beautiful city and visit its popular attractions, such as Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake, Capitol Complex and Open Hand. Rock Garden is a masterpiece that was formed from urban and industrial waste. Established as an open-air exhibition hall, it houses many items made porcelain, metal wires, auto parts, mudguards, frames, etc.
The man-made Sukhna Lake, situated at the foothills of the Shivalik range, has a 3-km shoreline. It was built in the year 1958, after a dam was built across a seasonal stream - Sukhna Choe that flowed from the Shivalik hills. Sport activities, like water skiing, yachting and boating are on offer at this lake.
Capitol Complex is a government building that was designed by the great Le Corbusier. Earlier, it was the seat of the Punjab Government; however today, it is the headquarters of both the governments of Haryana and Punjab.
Open Hand is a 50 tonne and 14-metre high and structure that was created by Le Corbusier. Made out of metal sheets, this giant hand is a symbolism of unity and peace.
Alternatively, you can pay a visit to its famous markets, such as the shopping arcade of Sector 17, also called as as the City Centre. Overnight stay at hotel in Chandigarh.
Day 12: Departure From Chandigarh
After breakfast, check out from hotel & transfer to Chandigarh Airport/railway station for departure, back to home with beautiful memories of a life time trip.