Day 1: Chandigarh to Shimla:
Arrive at Chandigarh railway station/airport and transfer to Shimla 4 hours drive. O/N Hotel
Shimla: Known as the Summer Capital of The Britishers, and currently the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is one of India’s most popular hill resorts, buzzing with a happy flow of heat-escaping Indian vacationers. Situated at the height of 2200m, Shimla still retains its old-world charm with beautiful colonial architecture, pedestrian-friendly Mall Road and the ridge lined up with multiple shops, cafes and restaurants.
Day 2: Shimla:
After Breakfast Excursion to Kufri. Kufri is famous for its Himalayan National Park, Pony and Yak Ride and One can see the endless Himalayan Panorama from Kufri, after lunch sightseeing of various places in and around. Jakhoo
Temple, Vice regal Lodge built in (1885), Christ Church built in (1844), The Gaiety Theatre- the first beauty contest of world was supposed to start (1887), The Scandal Point and The famous Shopping Plaza of the North The Mall. O/N Hotel
Jakhoo Temple: Dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Hanuman. It is situated on Jakhu Hill, Shimla's highest peak, 2.5 km east of the Ridge at a height of 2,455 m above sea level. According to the Ramayana, Hanuman stopped at the location to rest while searching for the Sanjivni Booti to revive Lakshmana. A giant 108-feet-high idol of Hanuman was unveiled at Jakhu Hanuman temple on 4 November 2010. At 108 feet, it surpasses the statue of Christ the Redeemer, which measures at 98 feet, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Kufri: Known for its beautiful Himalayan Panorama, Kufri is increasingly popular with the visitors, especially Himalayan National park which is famous for having rare species of Antelopes, Felines, Bears and birds including Himalayan Monal, which is the state bird of Himachal. Mahasu peak is the highest point here and one can reach by trekking upto that point. A number of adventure activities are there including the pony ride, rock climbing, along with the Adventure Park is there which offer n number of indoor and outdoor activities.
Viceroy Lodge and Botanical garden: The Rashtrapati Niwas, formerly known as Viceregal Lodge, is located on the Observatory Hills of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India. It was formerly the residence of the British Viceroy of India. It houses some of the most ancient articles and photographs going back to the times of the British rule in India. The Viceregal Lodge was designed by British architect Henry Irwin and built in the Jacobethan style during Lord Dufferin’s tenure as Viceroy. Its construction started in 1880 and was completed in 1888. Lord Dufferin occupied the lodge on 23 July 1888.
The structure draws inspiration from the architectural style of the English Renaissance, and also reflects elements of the castles of the Scottish Highlands.It has now been converted into an educational institution which offers post-doctoral courses. This building was formerly used by the British Government to hold important political meetings.
Christ Church: The Christ Church in Shimla is the second oldest church in entire northern India and is a site of pure devotion as well as architectural beauty. The Shimla Christ Church is inspired by the neo-gothic style of architecture and is complete with a front porch, church bells and five stained glass windows that represent different virtues of Christianity. This is now the only place of religion that the Christians have and is open for service every day.
The Ridge: The Ridge is an indispensable part of Shimla. Apart from being the cultural center, it houses the city's lifeline - the water reservoir with the capacity of storing 1000000 gallons of water. These water tanks placed under the Ridge supply water to the entire town. This water tank was built in the 1880s with only lime mortar. Prominent landmarks on the Ridge area is Christ Church, a neo-Gothic structure built in 1844 and a Tudorbethan styled library building built in 1910. There are four statues on the ridge; that of Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Dr. Y.S. Parmar the first chief minister of Himachal
Pradesh and the recently established statue of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
The Mall Road: Also known as the Shopping Plaza of the North and major hangout point,. constructed during British colonial rule, the Mall road is located a level below The Ridge. The offices of municipal corporation, fire service and police headquarters are located here. Automobiles, except emergency vehicles are not allowed on this road. The Mall Road allows you to submerge yourself in the beauty of these majestic hills.
Scandal Point: The Mall Road meets Ridge Road on the west side at this point. A statue of the great freedom fighter, Lala Lajpat Rai is erected here. Next to the scandal point is the General Post office of Shimla. It would be interesting to know how the place got its name. The Maharaja of Patiala eloped with the daughter of a British Viceroy from here, which caused much commotion and thus, the area began to be called Scandal Point & Gaiety Theatre: Gaiety Theatre was opened on 30th May 1887, this historic cultural center was designed by the renowned English architect Henry Irwin. The building exquisite Gothic style of architecture is a true manifestation of Victorian artistry.
It was once part of the large Town Hall Complex. It had a capacity of more than 300 people. Multiple famous film personalities have performed here. Even though this theatre has now been renovated, the original structure has been left untouched to preserve the heritage and natural beauty of this place.
Kali Bari Temple: A wooden image of goddess Kali, to whom this temple is dedicated, is worshipped here. Just walking distance from The Main Mall road do visit this temple for a dose of spirituality and religion.
Town Hall: This architectural marvel, which dates back to the colonial period; adds to the beauty of the surrounding architectural remains of the pre-independence era and is a must- visit place for all admirers of skill and structural design. The Town Hall Shimla was constructed in 1910 during the British Rule in India. Shimla Municipal Board was formed in 1851 and during the summer months (when Shimla used to be the summer capital of British-Ruled India), different functions of the municipality i.e. roads, sanitation, water supply, drainage, tax collection were handled by Shimla Municipal Board. The
foundation stone of the Town Hall was laid by the Shimla Municipal Board
Day 3: Shimla to Manali.
After breakfast check out from the hotel a distance of 265 km 8 hrs. on the way visit Sunder Nagar, Pandoh Dam, Hanogi Mata Temple , Kullu Valley, O/N Hotel
Manali: Also known as the Queen of Hill stations and a mecca for adventure sports enthusiasts, Manali is situated at 6,398 ft in the Himalayas. What you dream of having at a hill station this place has everything to offer, Snow clad mountains, Beautiful valleys, River, small streams, High altitude roads and gateways to the most off beat destination like Ladakh, Lahaul and Spiti.
Manali is ideal destination for Honeymooners, , the popular destination for families and loved by adventure enthusiasts for trekking, white water rafting, High altitude expeditions, Camping, Motorbike tours and jeep safaris in Himalayas.
Day 4: Manali:
After breakfast sightseeing of places in and around Manali, Like Hadimba temple, Manu temple, Vashisht Bath, ( trek/Walk to Jogini Fall optional) , Van Vihar and evening shopping at the local market. O/N Hotel
Hadimba Temple: Also known by the names Dhungari Temple, as the name suggests, the temple is dedicated to Hidimba Devi, wife of Bheema. The wooden architecture of the shrine is very distinct from most Hindu temples you will come across in the country.
Manu temple: The Manu Temple is dedicated to an old sage after whom it has been named. The pagoda-style architecture of the shrine stands out amidst the deep valleys and mountain peaks. You have to hike a little to reach the temple, but the views at the summit and the spiritual vibes it exudes make all your efforts completely worth it Vashisht: A place of great spiritual importance, Vashisht village is home to a beautiful temple set amidst the dramatic
Himalayan topography. It is believed that the temple has a history of more than 4000 years and the interiors of the shrine feature wooden carvings, antique figures, and paintings. What makes this destination even more unique is the presence of hot springs that are believed to hold healing properties
Jogini Fall: Jogini Waterfall is located around 2 kilometers away from the famous Vashisht Temple. What makes it a popular tourist spot is the trek from Vashisht Temple, through pine trees and orchards, to the mesmerizing Jogini Waterfalls cascading from a height of 160 feet.The trail starts from the Vashisht temple is scenic and gives you a glimpse of the River Beas and the snow-capped peaks of Rohtang. A must visit place for those people who love to walk in mountain, a refreshing walk of 45 minutes from Vashisht is worth experiencing.
Day 5: Manali:
After breakfast excursion to Solang Valley and further to Atal tunnel till North pole. Evening at Leisure. O/N Hotel
Solang Valley: Located at bout 8400 feet above sea level, Solang Nala is a short drive away from Manali. It is a haven for adventure and sports lovers. In winters the place is full of adventure lovers looking for amazing experience in skiing with world class ski slopes and ski lift. When the weather warms up, people flock here for zorbing and paragliding. Road further to Solang takes you to world famous tunnel also known as Rohatang Tunnel.
Atal Tunnel till north pole : Atal Tunnel also known as Rohtang Tunnel is a highway tunnel built under the Rohtang Pass on the Leh – Manali Highway in Himachal Pradesh at a length of 9.02 km, it is the longest highway single-tube tunnel above 10,000 feet (3,048 m) in the world when completed. The tunnel reduces the travel time and overall distance between Manali and Keylong on the way to Leh. The tunnel is at an elevation of 3,100 metres whereas the Rohtang Pass is at an elevation of 3,978 metres.
OR (Excursion to Rohatang Pass)
Rohatang Pass : Situated at an altitude of 3979 mtrs above sea level and 51 kms outside Manali is the mighty Rohtang Pass - the gateway to Lahaul-Spiti valley. It affords a wide panoramic view of the mountains. Here one sees the majesty of the mountains at its height and splendor. At the top of the pass the air seems to glitter against the snow as you look down over herringboned ridges into the Lahaul valley. Evening at Leisure. O/N Hotel (Closed on Tuesday)
Note: Rohtang Pass Closed from Nov to May Month due to snowDay
Day 6: Manali to Dharamshala:
A distance of 260 kilometers on the way stopping at Baijnath known for its Shiva Temple and further at Palampur famous For Tea Garden. O/N Hotel
Dharamshala: Also known as the Little Lahsa, Dharamshala is a city in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by cedar forests on the edge of the Himalayas, this hillside city is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile.
Baijnath: The Baijnath temple located in the hilly state of Himachal Pradesh holds high religious importance amongst
followers of Hinduism. It is a highly popular temple as it houses one of the 12 holy jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva in the country and
devotees from across the country throng the temple to offer prayers to the lord. The temple, constructed in 1207 AD. The Baijnath temple redefines the Nagara style of architecture, which is highly popular in Himachal Pradesh. While the inner and outer walls of the temple boast of exotic carving and sculptures depicting incidents of Hindu mythology, the inner sanctum houses the holy Shiv Ling. Surrounded by lush green gardens, the temple is destined to take your breath away as it overlooks the mighty snow-clad mountains while filling the air with spirituality.
Palampur: Palampur is a beautiful hill station located in Kangra Valley about 35 km from Dharamshala. It gets its its name from pulum meaning ‘abundant water’. Unsurprisingly, the region has innumerable streams and brooks and the water bodies are a huge boon for the tea plantations.
Day 7: Dharamshala to Dalhousie:
After Breakfast drive from Dharamshala towards Dalhousie after doing the local sightseeing of Places which includes, His holiness Dalai lama residence at Mc Leodgunj, War memorial, Bhagsunath temple and Dal Lake. Reach Dalhousie in the evening. O/N Hotel
St. John in the Wilderness Church: St. John in the Wilderness, located near Dharamshala and on the way to McLeod Ganj, this neo-gothic church was built in dedication to John the Baptist. Set amidst lush deodar forests, this peaceful edifice is known for its Belgian stained-glass windows. This church was built in 1852, is one of the most important churches in Himachal Pradesh.
Dalai Lama Temple: Dalai Lama Temple is just a walking distance away from McLeod Ganj bus stand, the Dalai Lama Temple is situated at the main temple road. Right next to the temple is the residence of the holy Dalai Lama. Dalai Lama Temple offers spiritual teachings of Buddhism, and several times his holiness Dalai Lama blessed the pilgrims. Quite fascinating are the morning prayers, of which one can be actively part of. Other than that, larger than life statues of Lord Buddha, Avaloktwshwara and Padmasambhava, looks really captivating.
Bhagsunath Temple: Surrounded by lovely pools and lush greenery, the Bhagsunag Temple is one of the oldest ancient temples located about 3 kilometres from Mcleodganj. Also popularly known as Bhagsunath Temple, it is highly revered by the local Gorkha and Hindu community. The two pools around the temple are believed to be sacred and are considered to contain miraculous powers of healing.
Dal Lake: Located at the height of 1,775 metres above the sea level near the village of Tota Rani at Mcleod Gunj, the Dal Lake is a small yet picturesque lake. The lake is surrounded by rugged mountains and towering deodar trees. Quaint and calm, the lake invites nature-lovers to watch different kinds of fishes in their natural habitat.
Day 8: Dalhousie:
After breakfast local sightseeing of Dalhousie and Excursion to Khajjiar, 26 km from Dalhouise also known as the Switzerland of India. O/N Hotel
Dalhousie: Dalhousie, a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh is situated at a height of 1,970 metres above sea level, famous for its meadows, dense jungles and waterfalls. Established in 1854, it was named after Lord Dalhousie and this hill station was one of the favourite summer destinations of the Britishers during the colonial era.
Panchpula: Panchpula is a popular picnic spot located at a distance of 3.5 km from Gandhi Chowk in Dalhousie, surrounded by a cover of green pine and deodar trees. It is best known for Saptdhara Waterfall and adventure activities (Both Rope and Rock activities).
St Patricks Church: St Patricks Church is one of the oldest churches in Dalhousie. Located near, Dalhousie
Cantonment just 2 km away from the main bus stand. The dome-shaped shrine attracts not just the devotees but also many history buffs and architecture lovers is known to have been established by a group of British army officers in 1909.
Khajjiar: Widely known as mini-Switzerland of India, Khajjiar is a small town located around 26 km from Dalhousie, known for its picture-perfect grassy meadows. There is a small lake in the middle of the meadows. There are plenty of day activities like paragliding, zorbing, and horse-riding at Khajjiar to make your day pleasant.
Day 9: Dalhousie to Chandigarh:
Check out from the hotel and transfer to Chandigarh a drive of around 6 hours and drop at railway station/airport.