The 9 days of Himachal and Dharmashala tour is an experience of ultimate fun in itself. With its meticulously planned tour itinerary, the package takes you on an enjoyable ride of Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala, Amritsar and Delhi. This tour itinerary is meant to cater every need. It takes you to top tourist destinations of Himachal Pradesh like Shimla, Dharamshala, Manali and Rahtong Pass. Take scenic road trips through Kullu Valley and Kangra Valley to enjoy the beauty of hill stations in Himachal.
Spectacular landscapes with a bevy of mountains, lakes and rivers, a blissful tour of this amazing hill station awaits you. This refreshing vacation imparts you a gala time vacationing with your family and friends. With this 9 days itinerary, you are presented with comfortable accommodation, delish meals, smooth transfers, exciting sightseeing, and more.
Assemble at Singapore Changi Airport for your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi, our local representative will welcome you and transfer you to New Delhi Railway Station to board on express Shatabdi Train to Chandigarh. On arrival, check in at hotel.
Early morning, visit the Rock Gardens constructed out of waste building material by a local engineer. After that, drive to Shimla (130km/4hrs), en-route visit the Mughal Gardens at Pinjore. The British called Shimla the “Queen of Hill Stations”. Situated in the north-West Himalayas, Shimla, the summer capital of India before independence is now the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla derives its name from “Shiyamala”;- the goddess Kali, whose temple existed in the dense forest that covered Jakhu Hill in the early 19th century. The English named it Shimla, covering an area of 18-sq-km and at a height of 2130m. Shimla is surrounded by pine, deodar, oak and rhododendron forests. It is well developed with facilities, easy accessibility and numerous attractions make it one of India’s most popular and biggest hill-stations. On arrival, check in hotel. Drive to the Mall Road to enjoy your dinner and experience the market view in the evening lights. There are lots of interesting shops here selling all type of Himalayan handicrafts, books, etc.
After breakfast, drive to Manali (260 km, 7-8 hrs). Manali is the heart of Kullu Valley popularly known as the valley of Gods because of its breath taking scenery. There is an old temple of Goddess Durga. Kufri at an altitude of 2630m is known for winter sports. After a good snowfall, visitors can enjoy basic skiing here between January and February. Apart from skiing, Kufri is a lovely picnic spot with a beautiful view of the hills around and the snow capped peaks. Continue to visit, Naldehra, surrounded by beautiful deodar trees. It is a lovely, popular picnic spot with a well kept 9-hole golf course. En-route, visit the Himachal Photo Darshan gallery, which has more than 300 displays of enlarged photographs of the lifestyle and culture of the people of the state. There are photographs of the exquisite lakes of Himachal Pradesh, snow-covered passes, beautiful valleys, green forests, palaces, frescoes in Buddhist temples, etc. We will pass by Basheshar Mahadev Temple at Bajaura, located on the banks of the River Beas, roughly about 200m off the road. It is believed to have been built in the mid 8th century.
After breakfast, visit Rohtang Pass (3980m). This is around 50km from main town of Manali and is famous because this is covered with snow throughout the year. This is the place where you can see the origin of River Beas. Enjoy the cool wind and the panoramic views of the Himalayas. Later return to Manali. Also visit Hadimba Devi Temple, Vashist Hot Springs (Sulphur Springs). The local markets are also worth visiting for famous Kullu shawls and colorful caps. Near Manali we stop at Naggar to visit Rorich Art Gallery and Nagger castle. Rorich Art gallery displays the art work of both Professor Nicholas Rorich and his son. Naggar was Old capital of Kullu state before it was shifted to Kullu town in 1660. Dinner and Overnight stay in Hotel.
Morning, drive to Solang to enjoy paragliding or skiing (optional). Continue to Snow Point which is the maximum approachable road towards Rohtang Pass depending on the snow condition (3978m). Between July and October, you can arrive on top of Rohtang Pass and view the peaks, mountains and glaciers of Chandra-Bhaga range. Most of the peaks in Chandra-Bhaga range are above 5000m and covered with snow all year round. Drive back to Manali, and afternoon is free and easy time.
After breakfast, drive to Dharamshala. En-route stop at the Town of Shiva, Baijnath, and visit the 13th century Shiva Temple. According to legend, the Demon king of Lanka Ravana (who had got 10 heads) as per epic Ramayana offered his nine head to Lord Shiva for the boon of immortality. But the Shiva was not impressed. Finally he decides to offer his tenth head and Lord Shiva was pleased with his willingness to sacrifice his heads and blessed him with a Shivlinga. The moment when Ravana rested the Shivlinga on the ground at this place it became so heavy that he couldn’t manage to carry it and take it to his kingdom Lanka, so he constructed a temple dedicated to Shiva at the present site. After visiting Baijnath, drive to Chamuda Devi Temple dedicated to Goddess Kali (Goddess of War) on the bank of Baner River. Religious lore has that the Devtas (Gods) were harassed by two demons Chanda and Munda. A Shakti (Power) emerged as the result of prayer of Lord Brahma (Generator) by the Devatas in the form of Goddess Kali, who killed the demon in fierce battle. Overnight in hotel at Dharmashala.
Walk around in Dharamshala and Mcleod Gang today. Mcleod Gang is also known as Little Lahsa (capital of Tibet), full of Tibetan people, Tibetan monasteries, colorful Tibetan handicraft shops and small restaurants. Dharmashala is the official administrative town of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama and also it houses the Tibetan Government in exile on the hillock. Once the place used by the British as a garrison, now it is a well known tourist destination among the foreigners as well as the domestic tourists. There are some Tibetan Research Institutes and small factories producing Tibetan herbal medicines here. Afternoon drive to visit Dalai Lama’s Norbulinga Institute known for its various schools of Tibetan paintings and handicraft training. The saint Jones in wilderness is situated among the pine, oak & rhododendron trees at a walking distance. Overnight in Dharmashala.
After breakfast, drive to Amritsar, the holy town of Sikhs, has grown from a sacred village pond into a spiritual temporal center of Sikh culture. The city gets its name from the pool – Amritsar (Pool of Nectar), which was constructed by the fourth religious preceptor of the Sikh faith. Golden Temple or Darbar Sahib is the most sacred temple for Sikhs. It is a symbol of the magnificence and strength of the Sikh people all over the world. Its architecture includes symbols associated with other places of worship. This is an example of the spirit of tolerance and acceptance that the Sikh philosophy propounds. Afternoon proceed to railway station to board the fast Shatabdi train to New Delhi leaving 1715 hour and arriving Delhi 2235 hour. Box dinner will be served on board. Check in to hotel at Delhi.
Today is free for own activities. Hotel check out time: 1200 noon. You may do your last-minute shopping at the Connaught Place. You can leave your baggage with the concierge. In the evening, transfer to airport for your scheduled return flight.
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