Best of Himachal (8N)

Code: LADAKH6N
7 DAYS - 6 NIGHTS
Category:
  • christ-church
  • india-gate
  • qutub-minar
  • humayun’s-tomb
  • manu-temple
  • mcLeodganj
  • naggar-castle
  • red-firt
  • rohtang-pass
  • the-ridge
  • gyuto-monastery

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Delhi: Akshardham, Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, India Gate
Manali: Hadimba Temple, Manu temple, Vashisth, Naggar castle, Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery, Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley
Dharamshala: Gyuto Monastery, War Memorial, Kangra Art Museum and Kotwali Bazaar, McLeodganj, Namgyal Monastery and Tsuglagkhang
Shimla: Mall road, Christ Church, Kurfi, Viceregal Lodge, Shimla State Museum, and Prospect Hill

PRICE: Starts from USD 768 per person

INCLUSIONS
Accommodation on double occupancy in above well rated 3* properties
Breakfast plan on all days
Usage of hotel/ resort facilities
To and fro Volvo coach tickets (Delhi – Manali & Shimla – Delhi)
Transportation by private chauffer driven sedan as per the itinerary
Sightseeing as per the itinerary – (final Itinerary will be shared one week prior to the travel date)
All govt. taxes as on date

EXCLUSIONS
Airfare / Railway fare
Expense of personal nature
Meals not specified in the inclusions
Additional guest requests, orders and services
Additional Activities taken up at the resort
Transport for personal use
Exigency cost – in case of emergency
Travel Insurance
Entrance fees at points of interest
Gratitude & Portage

NOTE
– Above itinerary can be customised based on the no. of guests travelling
– Guests will be booked in a sleeper Ac coach during their journey from Delhi – Manali and Shimla – Delhi
– Above cost is calculated based on minimum 2 adults travelling together. Any change in the total no. of guests travelling will result in change of rates.
– In case of non-availability of the above properties, similar properties will be considered.
– Most of our programs are customised and we work in line with the requirements of our clients and hence the final detailed itinerary is prepared 5 days prior to the travel date based on the weather conditions and feasibility of visiting places during sightseeing.

Good to Know
– Best season to travel to Himachal is between April – September. However if you want to experience snow rains October to January is suitable
– Rohtang pass (in Manali) remains closed from November to April due to high snowfall in tis region and opens up by the second week of May
– If one wishes to enjoy snow based activities it s recommended to travel between May to September

Day 1: Delhi
Delhi
Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi, is the Capital territory of India. Through most of its history, Delhi has served as a capital of various kingdoms and empires. The city was captured, ransacked and rebuilt several times, particularly during the medieval period, and modern Delhi is a cluster of a number of cities spread across the metropolitan region. The city is divided into two parts – Old Delhi and New Delhi – which are two different worlds on their own. Old Delhi, once the capital of Islamic India, is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with crumbling havelis and formidable mosques. In contrast, the imperial city of New Delhi created by the British Raj is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings. Like an eastern Rome, India’s capital is littered with the relics of lost empires. The Pandavas of the Mahabharata had their capital at Indraprastha, which is believed to have been geographically located in today’s Delhi.
Day Notes
 Arrive in Delhi International Airport
 You will be greeted by our chauffeur and drive to your hotel
 Check-in to the Hotel & rest of the day at leisure.
 Overnight at Delhi
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Day 2: DELHI – MANALI (540 Km / 11 Hrs)
Day Notes
 After breakfast, check out from the property and proceed for sightseeing of Delhi
 Delhi Sightseeing: Akshardham, Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, India Gate
 After sightseeing in the night @ 20:00 Hours take your coach from Delhi Bus station to Manali (sharing basis)
 Overnight in the coach

RO: Room only I SC: Self Catering I HB: Half Board I B&B: Bed and breakfast I
D, B&B: Dinner, bed and breakfast I FB: Dinner, bed, breakfast and lunch I
FB+: Dinner, bed, breakfast, lunch and activities daily I FI: Fully inclusive
HB – breakfast & dinner

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Akshardham
Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple in Delhi is the largest Hindu temple complex in the world and is on the banks of Yamuna River. The temple opened in 2005 was built by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha spiritual organization; the complex displays millennia of traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture. The main monument, at the centre of the complex designed in accordance with ancient Vedic text known as the Sthapatya Shastra, features a blend of architectural styles from across India. The monument is constructed entirely from Rajasthani pink sandstone and Italian Carrara marble, and has no support from steel or concrete. The complex also features a beautiful garden known as Garden of India or Bharat Upavan. The garden spread over acres of well manicured lawns and large trees also has several bronze sculptures of famous Indian personalities and freedom fighters who have contributed to India’s history and culture. Akshardham is open between 9:30 am and 6:30 pm on all days except Mondays.

Red Fort
Delhi’s most famous monument, the Red Fort or the Lal Quila, stands as a powerful reminder of the Mughal emperors who ruled India. The Fort, built in 1638 by Shah Jahan, is a magnificent monument that captivates your attention and exhibits the show of architectural splendour of Mughals. Its walls, which stretch for over two kilometres (1.2 miles), and are 33 meters high were built to keep out invaders. On Indian Independence Day (15 August), the Prime Minister of India hoists the national flag at the main gate of the fort and delivers a nationally-broadcast speech from its ramparts. Except on Mondays the World Heritage site is open on other days between 9 am and 6 pm.

Humayun’s Tomb
Humayun’s tomb built in 1570 was comissioned by Queen Haji Begum, widow of second Mughal emperor Humayun. Located on the banks of River Yamuna the tomb houses the Mughal emperor’s body. This was the first of this type of Mughal architecture built in India which was followed by an extensive period of construction all over the country. This structure is also considered as the inspiration for Taj Mahal’s creation. Open on all days the best time to view the tomb is in the golden light of the late afternoon.

Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar is the tallest brick minaret in the world and the second tallest Minar in India. Made of red sandstone and marble, the 73 meters (240 feet) tall structure was built in 1206. The tower has five distinct stories, and is covered with intricate carvings and verses from the holy Quran. Qutub Minar is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture.

India Gate
Earlier known as ‘All India War Memorial’, India Gate was constructed in 1931 as a war memorial for over 70,000 soldiers who were killed during First World War and Afghan War. The names of the martyrs are etched on the body of this 42 m high India Gate. It’s located in Rajpath, the royal way which leads to the President’s residence. Amar Jawan Jyoti is a burning shrine underneath the arch of the famous India Gate. The flame honors the immortal warriors of India. The shrine is a monument made out of black marble. A rifle is positioned on the barrel, tufted by a helmet of a soldier. The words “Amar Jawan is inscribed in gold in each of the faces of the monument. The place is illuminated with thousands of lights and that creates a gracious impact.

Day 3: MANALI
Manali
Manali, a mystical hill town of Himachal Pradesh is located near the highway leading to Leh. The city is a haven for skiing and paragliding and also offers various natural trails for trekking. The mythological legends, the snow capped mountains and scenic
beauty lures tourists to Manali. Snow can be enjoyed year round at Rohtang Pass providing the perfect setting for families and couples to enjoy the natural vista. The small town is the beginning of an ancient trade route to Ladakh and from there over the Karakoram Pass on to Yarkand and Khotan in the Tarim Basin. It is a popular tourist destination and serves as the roadway to other northern hill stations.

Day Notes
 Reach Manali by 08:00 Hours in the morning
 You will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Check-in and relax
 After lunch at 1:00pm proceed for sightseeing of Manali
 Sightseeing of Manali: Hadimba Temple, Manu temple, Vashisth, Naggar, Naggar castle, Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery
 Return to the hotel by late evening and relax
 Overnight at Manali
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Hadimba Temple
Hidimbi Devi Temple, also known variously as the Hadimba Temple, is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, sister of Hidimba, a figure in the Indian epic Mahabarat. The temple is surrounded by cedar forest at the foot of the Himalayas. The sanctuary is built over a huge rock jutting out of the ground which was worshipped as an image of the deity. The structure was built in 1553. The Hidimba Devi temple is built around a cave where Hidimba performed meditation. Hidimba was supposed to have lived there with her brother Hidimb, and not much is known about their parents. Born into a Rakshas family, Hidimba vowed to marry one who would defeat her brother Hidimb, who was supposed to be very brave and fearless. During the Pandava’s exile, when they visited Manali; Bhima, one of the five Pandavas, killed Hidimb. Thereafter, Hidimba married Bhima and gave birth to their son Ghatotkacha. There is a shrine which is dedicated to Ghatotkacha (son of Bhima-Hadimba) and is located just about 70 metres from the temple.

Manu Temple
This magnificent temple is dedicated to the sage Manu, who is said to be the creator of the world and the writer of Manusmriti. The Manu Temple is located in old Manali, at a distance of three kilometres from the main market. Though this area is quite congested, the presence of the River Beas adds to its attraction. The temple is one of the prime attractions in Manali and is believed to be the same place where sage Manu meditated after stepping on earth. This place has a distinct historical background that appeals to most of the people who visit Manali. The popularity of this majestic temple lies in the fact that it is the only temple dedicated to Manu. The travellers are advised to wear dresses covering the knees and shoulders, while inside the temple.

Vashisth
Vashisht, a small town on the outskirts of Manali, is famous for healing hot spring baths along with Vashisth and Rama temples.
Vashisht was named after Rishi Vashisht one of the seven sages of Hindu. Legend has it that the saddened Rishi Vashisht after learning that his children were killed by Vishwamitra tried to commit suicide. But the river refused to kill him. The river was therefore named as Vipasha which literally means ‘freedom from bondage’. It was later shortened to Beas River. He began mediating and vowed to start his life anew. The Vashisht temple which exists even today is believed to be more than 4000 years.
It’s difficult to imagine how a place so old could remain so small. Perhaps the village is protected by its difficult landscapes.
Vashisht temple is built in a traditional style with lots of intricate wood carvings. It is also most popular for hot springs which is believed to have medicinal value. Besides these gurgling streams, Vashisht also houses pretty old shrines dedicated to lord Ram and his kula guru, Sage Vashisht.

Naggar
Located in the Kullu district, around 20 km from Manali, Naggar is a very popular heritage village in India. Besides having various historical monuments and holy temples, the town also boasts of verdant fruit orchards and host of adventure activities like trekking, fishing and camping.

Naggar Castle
Located in Naggar Town, amidst breathtaking forested hills, the Naggar Castle is a magnificent historical edifice. Made of stone and wood, this palace served as the residence of Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu. It was built in AD 1460 in an impressive amalgamation of European and Himalayan architecture. Fireplaces, fitting staircases, and magnificent stone and wood works grace the castle’s interiors. There are three small shrines within the premises, each holding immense religious importance. For art lovers, Naggar Castle has incredible art pieces on display. Worth-mentioning are the paintings of Nicholas Roerich- the famous Russian painter. In the year 1978, the castle was converted into a rest house, and more recently into a heritage hotel that is run by Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC). The holy Beas River flows close to the castle, adding beauty and sanctity to it.

Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery
Nicholas Reorich Art Gallery is a very popular attraction in Naggar and is located within the Naggar Castle. The museum displays a private collection of paintings of the Russian painter Nikolai Reorich, who lived here and died in the year 1947. The ground floor of the gallery is dedicated to the paintings of Kullu, Spiti and Lahaul by the painter. The upper floor preserves the artist’s private rooms.

DAY 4: MANALI
Day Notes
 After early breakfast, proceed for sightseeing of Manali
 Manali Sightseeing: Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley
 Return to the hotel by late evening and relax
 Overnight at Manali
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Rohtang Pass
Rohtang Pass- a gateway to Lahaul and Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh, remains one of the most spectacular destinations in the entire Kullu region. This picturesque pass is located around 51 kms away from Manali, at a height of 3980 meters, on Manali Keylong highway. This mountain slope is so beautiful that attracts people from every corner of the country to take part in adventure sports such as skiing, ice-skating, paragliding, etc. The Rohtang Pass is open for tourist from April to October and the permission to travel on this highway is given by the Indian Army, once they clear the snow. The name Rohtang means ‘ground of corpses’ due to the number of people who lost their lives while crossing this difficult mountain range. It is located on the Pir Panjal Mountain Range of the Himalayas and serves as the gateway to Pangi and the valley of Leh. The Rohtang Pass is a natural divide between the humid Kullu Valley, which has a predominant Hindu culture and high altitude Lahaul and Spiti Calleys, which are predominantly Buddhist.

Solang Valley
Solang valley is famous for hosting various winter adventure sports like skiing, parachuting, paragliding, trekking, and mountaineering. This dazzling valley is one of the most picturesque sights in Manali and is located at an average altitude of 2,560 meters above sea level. Solang Valley is located between Solang village and Beas Kund and offers majestic views of glaciers and snow capped mountain. The Mountaineering Institute of Manali has installed a ski lift for training. The winter skiing festival is also organized in Solang every year and the activities like Zorbing, Horse riding & Snow Motor Bikes riding are offered for the entertainment of tourists.

DAY 5: MANALI – DHARAMSHALA (234Km / 06 Hrs 30 Mins)

Dharamshala
Dharamshala, is located in the scenic valleys of Kangra. Situated at an average altitude of 1,475 meters above sea level and is surrounded by thick deodar cedar trees, snow-laden mountains, exotic culture, and quaint old monasteries. The presence of the great Tibetan leader Dalai Lama along with other Buddhist nuns & monks and several Tibetan Monasteries has made Dharamshala one of the most sought after destination.
Day Notes
 After breakfast check out from the hotel at 08:30 and drive to Dharamshala
 Arrive in Dharamshala by 15:00 Hours, check-in to the hotel and relax
 In the evening visit Gyuto Monastery, War Memorial, Kangra Art Museum and Kotwali Bazaar
 Overnight at Dharamshala
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Gyuto Monastery 
One of the most famous monasteries in Tibet, the Gyuto Monastery is known for its study of Tantric meditation, Tantric ritual arts and Buddhist philosophy. It was founded in Tibet in 1474 by the main disciple of the first Dalai Lama, Jetsun Kunga Dhondup. After the communist Chinese invasion in 1959, the monastery was re-established in India. Located 6km from Dharamsala, the monastery is a famous pilgrim spot of the region. It was built to commemorate the Tibetan soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of Tibet and houses the bronze statue of Sakyamuni Buddha.

War Memorial
War Memorial is located at the entry point of the Dharamshala town and it was built to commemorate the memory of those who fought valiantly for the honor of their motherland. Surrounded by sprawling gardens, the elegant looking War Memorial is a tribute to those brave souls who sacrificed their life for the country. During the operations of 1947-48, 1962, 1965, and 1971 and various peacekeeping missions, many soldiers lost their lives, and it was in their memory that the War Memorial was built with the names of those many heroes inscribed on the stone.

Kangra Art Museum
Kangra Art Museum is located close to the Bus stand and is famous for displaying some of the finest paintings from the Kangra School along with fabrics, weapons and artifacts belonging to the local kings. Some of the displayed items in the museum date back to 5th century. The museum is very close to the famous shopping hub, Kotwali Bazaar.

Kotwali Bazaar
Kotwali bazaar is the main shopping centre of the city. The whole city revolves around the Kotwali Bazaar and is replete with small shops selling various kinds of souvenirs including the famous Tibetan carpets. Here tourists can enjoy some finger licking street food like momos and Thupkas as well.

DAY 6: DHARAMSHALA
Day Notes
 After breakfast proceed for day trip to Mcleodganj
 McLeodganj Sightseeing: Tsuglagkhang, Namgyal Monastery, Tibet Museum
 Return to the hotel by late evening and relax.
 Overnight at Dharamshala
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McLeodganj
Mcleodganj, also known as Little Lhasa is the most important part of Himachal Pradesh. The place is located at a height of approximately 1770 meters and is the residence of His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama. Mcleodganj is also a historic place as the Tibetan Government in exile has been headquartered here for over three decades and thousands of Tibetan refugees have been living here since 1959. Mcleodganj is named after Sir Donald Friell McLeod, who was the lieutenant Governor of Punjab and under whom the area of Mcleodganj was developed. The place has emerged as a major Buddhist center as it embraces great and impressive monasteries with larger than life images of Buddha, Padmasambhava, and Avaloktwshwara. It represents the Tibetan community, who makes its presence felt in the city through traditional architectural designs, Tibetan handicrafts, culture, temples, and garments. There are many Tibetan markets, restaurants, and shops in Mcleodganj that offer the amazing handicrafts of Tibet and serve people with delicious food, prepared in the rich flavors of Tibet.

Tsuglagkhang
The prime attraction of McLeodganj, Tsuglagkhang is a beautiful complex that houses the Namgyal Monastery (abode of Dalai Lama). Except the monk’s residences, tourists are allowed to explore the stupas, temples, bookshops, café and a museum located inside the complex. You must pass through a quick security screening and bag check to enter parts of the complex; cameras and phones are permitted only when teachings are not in progress.

Namgyal Monastery
Namgyal Monastery was founded in the 16th century by the second Dalai Lama and it was established so that Namgyal monks could assist the Dalai Lama in public religious affairs. The monks living here perform rituals for the welfare of Tibet and work as a centre of learning and meditation on the profound Buddhist treatises. In 1959, the Red Chinese invaded Tibet, after which, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama along with thousands of Tibetans, including hundreds of Namgyal monks, fled into the neighbouring countries of Nepal, Bhutan, and India and re-established the Namgyal monastery in India. The Namgyal Monastery was first established by the 3rd Dalai Lama in 1575 in Tibet and was relocated to Dharamshala following the Tibetan uprising in 1959. The monastery currently houses around 200 Tibetan monks, who help preserve the monastery’s ancient rituals, artistic skills and traditions.

DAY 7: DHARAMSHALA – SHIMLA (240 Km / 06 Hrs 30 Mins)
Shimla
The ever-charming Queen of Hills ‘Shimla’ was once the summer capital of the British in India. This beautiful hill station is surrounded by picturesque green valleys, snow-capped Himalayan mountain range, scenic hills, and spectacular structures, made during the colonial era. The city creates an aura of regal India and embraces numerous attractions in its vicinity that looks absolutely stunning in winter. Shimla is the present capital of Himachal Pradesh, which is situated in the northwestern part of the Himalayan Mountain Range and is surrounded by pine, deodar, oak, and rhododendron forests. It has grand old buildings, stately Viceregal Lodges, charming iron lamp posts, regal bakeries and coffee houses that make Shimla one of the top tourist destinations in India. The city also plays host to the historic toy train that links Kalka with Shimla through 105 tunnels and many beautiful rail & road stations.
Day Notes
 After breakfast check out from the hotel at 08:30 and drive to Shimla
 Arrive at Shimla by 15:00 Hours, check-in to the hotel and relax
 In the evening you may wish to take a walk along Mall Road and The Ridge and indulge yourselves in shopping
 Overnight at Shimla

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Mall Road
The Mall Road is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Shimla that enfolds many hotels, restaurants, clubs, bars, banks, shops, offices, post offices, and tourist offices. One can walk up and down the Mall road slowly and enjoy the scenic views of the nature while sipping your favourite coffee. This is a vehicle-free zone and is best explored only on foot. Horse riding can also be enjoyed here.

Christ Church
Christ Church is one the oldest churches in North India and was built by the British in 1857 to serve the large Anglican British community in the area. The majestic appearance of the church and its stunning location makes it a prime attraction in Shimla. The church has stained glass windows, which represents faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience, and humanity. It is one of the long lasting legacies of British rule in India and also Shimla‘s most popular landmark. The church building is constructed in the Neo-Gothic style of architecture and anyone visiting Shimla should spend some time in this glorious structure.

The Ridge
The Ridge is a large open space in the heart of Mall road that provides an excellent view of the mountain ranges engulfed in the beauty of nature. It is one of the most famous attractions in Shimla that is worth seeing with family and friends. The Ridge connects the Mall road at the Scandal point on the west side and offers a panoramic view of the snowy mountains of Shimla.

DAY 8: SHIMLA – DELHI (350 Km / 07 Hrs)
Day Notes
 After breakfast, check-out from your Hotel and proceed for sightseeing of Shimla
 Shimla sight Seeing: Kurfi, Viceregal Lodge, Shimla State Museum, and Prospect Hill
 Later in the evening you will dropped to the bus station to board your coach to Delhi (sharing basis)
 Overnight in the coach
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Kufri
Kufri is a small hill station in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh state in India. It is located 13 km from the state capital Shimla.
The name Kufri is derived from the word kufri meaning “lake” in the local language. The highest point in the surrounding region
Kufri has a Himalayan wild life zoo which hosts rare antelopes, felines and birds including the Himalayan monal, the state bird of Himachal Pradesh. During winter a meandering path through the potato plantations turns into a popular ski track.

Viceregal Lodge
This magnificent building was built in 1888 as the residence of the British Viceroy Lord Dufferin. It is located at the observatory Hills and is surrounded by well-maintained gardens and lawns, ringed by beautiful pine trees & rose plants. The Viceregal Lodge, also known as “Rashtrapati Niwas” is now converted into Indian Institute of Advanced Study and students come here for higher studies. The building has an English Renaissance style of architecture. Since it is located at a good height, the views from this place are enthralling and cannot be described in words.

Shimla State Museum
The Shimla State Museum has a good collection of ancient historical sculptures, paintings, coins, handicrafts, photos, and other items from all over the state as well as from outside. The state museum is built in colonial style with sprawling gardens all
around and is one of the best places to visit in Shimla. It was opened in 1974 with just four galleries; later more galleries have been added here and currently there are more than 9000 objects in the collection. Some of the popular galleries present here
are Indian archaeology, Himachal archaeology, Pre historic objects, Wood Carvings, Monuments, Photographs, Bronzes, Arms Gallery, Gandhi Gallery, Philatelic, Anthropological, Pahari Miniature Paintings, Rajasthan Paintings, Contemporary Art, and Wall Paintings Gallery. The museum is open on all days except on Mondays and public holidays.

Prospect Hill
Prospect hill is popular for having a temple dedicated to Goddess Kamna Devi. At Prospect Hill, one can enjoy a spectacular view of the entire region that is so beautiful and so very rare. One can visit this place for a happy walk and travel through the uneven path of the hill witnessing the cool breeze and highly pleasant environment. Shimla Prospect Hill is an ideal place for trekking
and for picnic parties.

Day 9: DELHI
Day Notes
 Reach Delhi by morning and freshen up at restaurant
 After breakfast you will be dropped to Delhi International Airport for your return journey
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