HEAVENLY HIMACHAL PRADESH
- 5 Nights / 6 Days
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Arrive at Chandigarh railway station/airport and transfer to Shimla 4 hours’ drive. 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 2,200 metres, 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. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, excursion to Kufri. Kufri is famous for its Himalayan National Park, Poney 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. 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 few 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 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 centre, 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 are 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 centre was designed by the renowned English architect Henry Irwin. The building's 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.Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, check out from the hotel at a distance of 265 km 8 hours, on the way visit Sunder Nagar, Pandoh Dam, Hanogi Mata Temple and Kullu Valley. 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.Overnight at hotel.
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. 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 kilometres 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.Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, excursion to Solang Valley and further to Atal tunnel till north pole. Evening at Leisure. Solang Valley: Located at about 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 Rohtang Tunnel. Atal Tunnel: 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 Rohtang Pass on additional cost) Rohtang Pass: Situated at an altitude of 3979 metres 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 splendour. 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. Overnight in Hotel (Closed on Tuesday). Note: Rohtang Pass Closed from November to May month due to snow Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, check out from the hotel & drive to Chandigarh. Chandigarh is the 1st planned modern city of India designed by the French architect Le Corbusier. The city was named after the mother goddess of power, Chandi, whose temple Chandimandu is a feature of the new city. Evening drop at railway station to catch the respective train/flight.
- 2 Nights Accommodation in Shimla in 3* or similar
- 3 Nights’ Accommodation in Manali in 3* or similar
- Transportation by Sedan Vehicle (2 persons), Toyota Innova (4 to 6 persons) & Tempo Traveller (8 to 10 persons) or similar.
- All sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary.
- Mentioned or similar hotels as per the meal plan (MAP – Breakfast & Dinner)
- Child of the age of below 5 Years of complimentary without extra bed
- Airfare/Train/Bus Tickets
- Personal expenses of any nature.
- Guide & Entry / Monument Tickets Charges
- Heater Charges
- Unforeseen Expenses because of the weather conditions.
- Excursion to Rohtang Pass (Guest Own on direct payment & Subject to Permit)
- Travel Insurance.
- Any extra expense such as route change, date change, accommodation facilities, etc incurred due to the unforeseen, unavoidable forced majeure circumstances during the tour.
- Any services or activity charges other than those included in the tour itinerary/ Holiday package offer.