Hills & Valleys of Himachal
Highlights: Shimla (2N) – Manali (3N) – Dharamshala (2N) – Dalhousie(1N) – Chandigarh (1N)
Location: Himachal
Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights
Starting Point(s): Delhi / Chandigarh
Ending Point(s): Chandigarh Railway Station / Airport

Shimla is a paradise on the earth, Known as the Queen of Hill Stations. This is the place of intense natural beauty located in the northern part of India and is also the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla became the summer capital of the British Raj during the latter half of the 19th century. One of the most popular tourist destinations of India, Shimla is also the state capital of Himachal Pradesh. The name Shimla derives its name from "Goddess Shyamla", an avatar of Goddess Kali, goddess of the region. Shimla still retains its colonial charm and ambience that is not found anywhere else in India. Shimla is very popular with couples on honeymoon and families, who come here to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the place. Blessed with some of the most amazing and beautiful landscapes anywhere, it is a travellers paradise -lofty snow peaks, deep gorges, lush green valleys, fast flowing rivers, enchanting mountain lakes, flower bedecked meadows, beautiful temples and monasteries steeped in time. May it be for sightseeing, relaxing, trekking, mountaineering, fishing, para-gliding, skiing, ice skating and golf, Himachal has it all. Shimla is one tourist destination that can be visited any time during the year. Summers are warm with cool and pleasant evenings while the winter temperatures can fall below zero and provide the perfect ambience for snuggling in front of a roaring fireplace.
This hill station is famous for having the highest cricket ground on the face of the earth.

Manali is an beautiful destination from the tourist point of view and from here; one can view the pristine beauty of Beas valley. Just 40 kms away from Kullu to the north, Manali is situated near the end of the valley on the National Highway leading to Leh. The landscape here is breath taking. Manali derives from the word Manu, among the ancient law givers. One can see well-defined snow capped peaks, the Beas river with its clear water meanders through the town. On the other side there are deodar and pine trees, fruit orchards & tiny fields. It is an excellent place for a holiday, a favorite resort for trekkers to Lahaul, Spiti, Bara Bhangal (Kangra), and Zanskar ranges. From temples to antiquity, to picturesque sight-seeing spots and adventure activities, Manali is a popular resort for all seasons and for all travellers. Manali offers opportunities for mountaineering, trekking, skiing, paragliding, white water rafting, river crossing and mountain biking. Yak skiing is a sport exclusive to this area.

Chandigarh is the best-planned city in India, with architecture which is world-renowned, and a quality of life, which is unparalleled. As the capital of the states of Punjab and Haryana, and the Union Territory of Chandigarh it is a prestigious city. The face of modern India, Chandigarh, is the manifestation of a dream that Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru envisaged and Le Corbusier executed. Serenity and a city are two diametrically opposite concepts, which however, get belied in the 'City Beautiful'. Chandigarh is a rare epitome of modernization co-existing with nature's preservation. Chandigarh is a pleasant place to stop en route to Shimla and obviously an attraction for anyone interested in town planning. Chandigarh is a very beautiful city with a large variety of flowering trees It is here that the trees and plants are as much a part of the construction plans as the buildings and the roads. India’s first planned city, is a rich, prosperous, spic and span, green city rightly called " THE CITY BEAUTIFUL ".

• Queen of the Hills Set against the backdrop of the dramatic Dhauladhar Mountains, Dharamsala is perched on the high slopes in the upper reaches of Kangra Valley. This hill station is wooded with oak and conifer trees and snow capped mountains enfold three sides of the town while the valley stretches in front. The town is divided into two distinct and widely separated sections, Upper and Lower Dharamsala, which differ almost a thousand meters in height. Overlooking the plains and surrounded by dense pine trees, deodar forests,numerous ... and a cool healthy atmosphere makes Dharamshala, truly a piece of heaven on earth.Today, Dharamsala has become the synonymous to the Tibetan government in exile and the home of Tibetan leader Dalai Lama. Even if the Tibetan community dominates the town, still it has retained the colonial lifestyle and British fervor. Visiting Dharamshala in life is an exciting experience. These are wonderful moments of Himachal.

Dalhousie is a beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh. This scenic Hill Station was Established in 1854 by the British Empire in India as a summer retreat for its troops and bureaucrats, the town was named after Lord Dalhousie who was the British Viceroy in India at that time. Dalhousie is built on and around five hills, thisz hill station provides the complete glimpse of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas, it is surrounded by the beautiful scenery of snow-capped peaks. Dalhousie is situated at 6000-9000 feet above sea level. The best time to visit is in the summer, and the peak tourist season is from May to September. This is the region of monumental beauty as well and is obvious from the fascinating churches and various buildings of Victorian architecture.

Amritsar city is one of the cities of the Punjab state in India. Amritsar, the most sacred city of the Sikhs, is an important tourist attraction of Punjab. The name Amritsar is the combination of two words 'Amrit' the Holy Nectar and 'Sarovar' which means lake, Literally means The Pool of Nector. Sri Guru Ram Das Ji,the fourth Sikh Guru , had initially constructed a pool of nector naming it as Amrit-Sarovar here, and founded Amritsar, which houses the Golden Temple or Harmandir Sahib. The best season to visit Amritsar is from October to March.

Day 1 :
Arrive Delhi / Chandigarh & meet our representative / driver at the airport / railway station. Later proceed to Shimla (378 kms – 7 to 8 hrs). Arrive Shimla & transfer to hotel. Overnight in Shimla.

Day 2 :
Morning after breakfast proceed to visit Jakhu Temple, dedicated to Hanuman, from where you enjoy an excellent view of Shimla. Next visit the Viceregal Lodge, which once served as the seat of power. Later proceed to Kufri & Fagu valley - located 16 kms from Shimla, it commands a panoramic view of the majestic Himalayas. Later in the afternoon visit Naldehra - 23kms - under a skyline etched with conifers, Naldehra offers a well-groomed nine hole golf course. Also visit Chail Palace at Chail. Rest of the day is free to explore Shimla’s famous mall road. Overnight in Shimla.

Day 3 :
After breakfast, proceed to Manali (260 kms via Arki-Bilaspur-Mandi-Kullu – 8 hrs). En-route visit Kullu valley covering Mata Vaishnodevi Temple & Kullu Shawl Factory. Arrive Manali & transfer to hotel. Overnight in Manali.

Day 4 :
After breakfast, proceed for an excursion to Rohtang Pass, located 51 km from Manali, 3978 meters high, which for centuries was the gateway to the trading routes that led to Lahaul, Ladakh and Central Asia. From the crest of the pass, one can take in a sweeping panorama of mountain ranges, pinnacles, precipitous cliffs, ridges, huge glaciers, moraine and deep ravines. Return to your hotel in the evening. Overnight in Manali.

Day 5 :
After breakfast, visit the Jagatsukh Naggar Art Gallery, Hadimba Devi Temple and the Tibetan Monastery before proceeding to Vashisht village, just outside Manali, across the river Beas, known for its hot sulphur springs whose water is said to have curative properties. Return back to the hotel in the afternoon. Rest of the day free. Overnight in Manali.

Day 6 :
After breakfast, drive closer to the panoramic Dhauladhar ranges and upto the enchanting town of Dharamshala (235 kms / 6 hrs). Arrive Dharamshala & transfer to hotel. Explore the town, replete with Tibetan culture and the residence of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama. Overnight in Dharamshala.

Day 7 :
After breakfast, imbibe the magic of the ‘White Ranges’ and of history and nature as much as you can while visiting the Tibetan Monastery, St. John’s church in the wilderness, Triund Peak, Dal lake, Naddi. Shop at the bazaar for Tibetan handicrafts in the evening. Overnight in Dharamshala.

Day 8 :
After breakfast, proceed to Dalhousie (150 kms / 4 hrs). Drive into the charming and sylvan environs of Khajjiar / Dalhousie. Arrive Dalhousie & transfer to hotel. After settling into the resort, try to catch the sunset across the mountain ranges. Overnight in Dalhousie.

Day 9 :
After breakfast, flow thru a mesmerizing experience. The vast emerald green meadow of Khajjiar with its thick forested slopes of deodhars, the stupendous mountain views from Lakkar Mandi, the unparalleled beauty of Kalatope and Bakrota Round… Evening free for leisure. Overnight in Dalhousie.

Day 10 :
After breakfast, proceed to Chandigarh (364 kms – 7 to 8 hrs drive). Arrive Chandigarh & transfer to hotel. Overnight in Chandigarh.

Day 11 :
After breakfast, local sight-seeing of Chandigarh covering Rose Garden, Rock Garden & Satna Lake. Later drop at Chandigarh railway station / airport for onward journey. Tour concludes with pleasant memories.


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Distance Charts

  Delhi Shimla Manali Dharamshala Dalhousie Chandigarh
Delhi - 378 570 565 585 247
Shimla 360 - 266 270 420 130
Manali 570 266 - 235 365 272
Dharmashala 565 270 235 - 127 252
Dalhousie 585 420 365 127 - 300
Chandigarh 247 130 272 252 300 -
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