Exotic Himachal Delhi, Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala & Amritsar
The 11-day tour will begin in Delhi. Explore the historical monuments then head to Shimla the former British colonial town. Further deep in Himalaya drive to Manali and explore the Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass. Then drive to Dharamsala the Buddhist capital in exile outside Tibet in the beautiful surrounding of Dhauladhar hills. From here head to Amritsar the spiritual capital of Sikh. In the end, experience traveling in Satabdi train.
Day 1: Arrive in Delhi
On arrival at Delhi airport assistance & transfer to hotel (hotel check-in/ out time 12pm). Later city tour of Delhi. In Old, Delhi visits the majestic Red Fort (closed on Monday) the residence of the Mughal emperor for nearly 200 years until 1857. Jama Masjid one of the largest mosques in the world built by Shah Jahan. Cycle Rickshaw ride in Chandni chowk & Khari Baoli Spice Market a busy shopping area with markets full of spices, dried fruit, silver jewelry, and vivid saris, while the narrow side streets are crowded with tiny shops selling essential oils, stationery, and traditional Indian sweets. Raj Gath the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi where he was cremated after his assassination.
In New Delhi visit Humayun Tomb the first garden-tomb in the Indian subcontinent and an early example of Mughal architecture commissioned by Humayun`s first wife Empress Bega Begum in 1569-70. Qutab Minar a 73-meter tall minaret that forms part of the Qutb complex fine examples of Afghan architecture. Lotus Temple a Bahai House of Worship notable for its flower-like shape. Also, drive and pass President House, Parliament & India Gate, etc. Overnight at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Delhi – Shimla (364kms) (B)
Drive to Shimla initially normal followed by the curvy mountain road. We provide the necessary stoppage for lunch and tea on the route. Arrive Shimla check-in at the hotel and Rest time free to relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Shimla (B)
City tour of Shimla, once the summer capital of British India. Visit Jakhoo Temple, an ancient site dedicated to the monkey god Hanuman. Set amidst the lush green background of the Shivalik hill ranges on Jakhoo Hill, the highest point in Shimla, Temple has the world’s largest Hanuman statue, which is visible from most parts of Shimla. The Christ Church the second oldest church in entire northern India. The church, which took 11 long years to complete, stands as a reminder of the British colonization in India. Viceregal Lodge, built-in 1888, this six-story building constructed in Scottish Baronial style once served as the residence of Lord Dufferin, the British Viceroy of India, is a perfect place for history lovers. Today, this lodge houses several articles and pictures that will remind you of British rule.
Also, visit The Ridge a wide-open street located on the side of Shimla Mall Road. Best known for shopping it is often the most photographed part of the hill station covered with pine, firs, Himalayan Oak, and Rhododendron trees. The Scandal Point, located on Mall Road. It owes its interesting name to the fact that the King of Patiala abducted the daughter of the Viceroy, because he fell in love with her, from this very place. The Mall an ideal spot for shopping, besides a number of good eating joints. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Shimla – Manali (257kms) (B)
Drive to Manali, en-route visit Roerich Art Gallery at Naggar. Nicholas Roerich a Russian artist arrived in the Himalayas after the revolution of 1917, where he died in the year 1947. The Nicholas Roerich art gallery was founded in 1962 by Svyetoslav Roerich, son of Nicholas Roerich. The building that now houses the gallery once served as the residence of Nicholas Roerich. Paintings of Kullu, Spiti and Lahaul made by the painter have been housed on the ground floor of the gallery. A great number of his works are preserved in museums. Most of the paintings show the beauty of ice-covered valleys and peaks during the early hours of the evening. Continue to drive to Manali check-in at the hotel. Rest time free and easy to relax and visit the mall. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Manali (B)
Excursion to visit Rohtang Pass a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3,980 m on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas. The pass provides a natural divide between the Kullu Valley with a primarily Hindu culture (in the south), and the arid high-altitude Lahaul and Spiti valleys with a Buddhist culture (in the north). The pass lies on the watershed between the Chenab and Beas basins. On the southern side of this pass, the Beas River emerges from underground and flows southward and on its northern side, the Chandra River (flows from the eastern Himalayas), a source stream of the river Chenab, flows westward. After sightseeing drive back to Manali. Rest time free and easy to relax and visit the Mall Road. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Manali (B)
City tour of Manali a high-altitude Himalayan resort town. Visit Hidimba Devi Temple, an ancient temple dedicated to the wife of Bhima, a figure in the Indian epic Mahabharat. Vashisht Village the premises enclose a pyramid-shaped stone temple dedicated to Sage Vashisht, and the water spring, which believed to possess medicinal values and people take a dip in the holy water to get rid of skin diseases and infections. Tibetan monastery which includes Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa and Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa. These monasteries serve not only as a place of worship but also as guardians of the rich culture and history of the Tibetan people settled in Kullu and Manali. You can shop for beautiful handicrafts that are made by Tibetan people at these monasteries. Manu Temple a historical Hindu temple, dedicated to Sage Manu, a must-visit place, not only because of its religious significance but also because of its ancient, beautiful architecture and wooden carving.
Also visit Old Manali a charming, laid-back district known for its wooded mountain trails, apple orchards, and scenic spots by the Manaslu River. It’s dotted with quaint backpacker lodgings and bohemian cafes serving global fare, grilled trout, and pancake breakfasts, while souvenir shops sell hand-knitted woolens and dream catchers. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Manali – Dharamshala (230kms) (B)
Drive to Dharamshala, En-route visit Jwala Devi Temple, one of the most popular Hindu temples dedicated to the Goddess Of Light. There is no idol of any kind the flame is considered as a manifestation of the goddess. An eternally burning and shining blue flame emanates from the rock sanctum and is fed by the priests with the offerings of devotees. The temple is count as one of the 51 Shakti-Pitha temples in India. Besides, there are Gorakh Dibbi, Chaturbhuj temple, and many small shrines situated in the vicinity of Jwalji temple. Continue to drive to Dharamshala the hill town bestowed by the natural serene beauty and the holistic presence of Buddhist culture. Arrive and check-in at the hotel. Rest time free to relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Dharamshala (B)
Visit McLeodganj, home to most of the Tibetan exiles. At McLeodganj, the Tibetans have established many monasteries, schools, and temples. The main Buddhist temple is a five-minute walk from the main bazaar. The temple is surrounded by red and gold prayer wheels that are set in motion by devotees to scatter prayers in the air. Bhagsunag Temple one of the oldest temples surrounded by lovely pools and lush greenery. The two pools around the temple are believed to be sacred and are considered to contain miraculous powers of healing. Bhagsu Waterfalls a peaceful, serene place recommended by Lonely Planet for the nice feel of nature throughout. Dal Lake, surrounded by Deodar trees, with the temple of Durgeshwara Mahadev by the lakeside. Church of St. John in the Wilderness, a neo-gothic architecture built-in 1852. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Dharamshala – Amritsar (210kms) (B)
Drive to Amritsar check-in at the hotel. Later visit Wagah border to attend beating retreat ceremony. Every evening, just before the sunset, the soldiers from the Indian and Pakistan military meet at this border post to engage in a 30-minute display of military camaraderie and showmanship. During the build-up to the ceremony, the crowd engages in chanting the Indian national anthem, rounds of applause, and Bollywood-style dancing on Hindi songs. Every evening, just before the sunset, the soldiers from the Indian and Pakistan military meet at this border post to engage in a 30-minute display of military camaraderie and showmanship. During the build-up to the ceremony, the crowd engages in chanting the Indian national anthem, rounds of applause, and Bollywood-style dancing on Hindi songs. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Amritsar – Delhi (Train No. 12032, AMRITSAR SHTBDI, 1650/ 2315) (B)
City tour of Amritsar. Visit Golden Temple one of the most sacred pilgrim spots for Sikhs famous for its fully golden dome. The Central Sikh Museum is atop the Clock Tower. The Guru Ka Langar offers free food to around 20,000 people every day. The number shoots up to 1,00,000 on special occasions. The Durgiana Temple though a Hindu temple, its architecture is similar to the Golden Temple. Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum famous for its rare and priceless collections, particularly Paintings, Weapons, Armours, Manuscripts & Coins. Gobindgarh Fort originally built in the 18th century, it was conquered and enhanced in the early 19th century by Maharaja Ranjit Singh who renamed it after the 10th Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh. The fort had five cannons which included the famous two Zamzama cannons. Rickshaw ride and walking tour of old market in Amritsar. Later transfer to the railway station to board Shatabdi train for Delhi. On arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Delhi – Departure (B)
As per flight schedule Departure transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.
Specification: Exotic Himachal Delhi, Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala & Amritsar
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