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Highlights of Himachal Tour

Overview

This ’10 Nights/ 11 Days’ Highlights of Himachal tour package is an ideal combination of scenic drives, picturesque settings, cultural perspectives and sightseeing of historical landmarks.

Beginning from Delhi, the tour takes one first to Amritsar for a visit to the Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh. A night’s stay and we are refreshed enough to take on the uphill drive to Dharamshala / McLeodganj, the place of residence of His Holiness Dalai Lama and thousands of Tibetans in exile.

Explore the Tibetan refugee community; visit the monasteries and the local market; continue on to Manali, where temples, more Tibetan monasteries and the secluded charm of the Old Manali Village await you. An excursion to Rohtang Pass is in order to view the glaciers and the snow-capped peaks of the Higher Himalayas; en-route, visit the small, picturesque towns of Kothi Gorge, Gulaba and Marhi and enjoy adventurous sports at Solang Valley.

In the final leg of the Highlights of Himachal tour, we explore the renowned triangular circuit of Shimla, Chail and Kufri before bidding adieu to the hills and descending to Chandigarh for a last night stay and sightseeing tour. Overall, this 11-days Highlights of Himachal tour offers a wonderful getaway amid the scenic vistas of the Himalayas.

Day 01: Delhi - Amritsar (By Train/Air)

Begin your journey to the Himachal with a little spiritual touch - a visit to the famous Golden Temple of Amritsar. Depending upon the package chosen, proceed to the airport / railway station in Delhi to board the early morning train / flight to Amritsar. Once you arrive at Amritsar, proceed directly to the hotel to check in to your pre-booked rooms. After refreshing yourself, enjoy a visit to the Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh and if there is time, then the Wagah Border for the Beating the Retreat Border Ceremony.

The sightseeing of Amritsar ends with a drop back to the hotel.

Overnight in Amritsar

Day 02: Amritsar - Dharamshala (McLeodganj)

After an early breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed on the journey to Dharamshala / McLeodganj by road. On arrival at McLeodganj, drive in to the hotel, where rooms have been pre-booked for you. Check in to your rooms and relax while enjoying the scenic surroundings.

As no particular activities are scheduled for today, you can easily plan the day's itinerary to your convenience. You can relax in your rooms; explore the neighbourhood and revel in the scenic surroundings; visit the local market for a taste of all things Tibetan and even get a head start in your sightseeing. As part of an impromptu sightseeing tour, you can visit the Museum of Kangra Art at Dharamshala, Tibet Museum and Tibetan Handicrafts Centre.

Overnight in McLeodganj, Dharamshala

Day 03: McLeodganj, Dharamshala Sightseeing

After breakfast, enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Dharamshala. Attractions that you visit as part of the Dharamshala sightseeing tour include the Tibetan Medical Centre, Church of St. John Kalachakra Temple, Tsuglagkhang Complex (The residence of His Holiness Dalai Lama) and local Tibetan monasteries like Namgyal Gompa, where one can observe accomplished monks debate with one another. The Monks debate is an attraction in itself due to their theatrical elements.

As no other activities are scheduled for today, you can easily enhance the day's itinerary to your convenience. You can return to your rooms and relax; explore the neighbourhood and enjoy treks; revel in the art of people watching in a town that attracts, monks, Tibetan refugees, volunteers, backpackers and tourists of every ilk.

Overnight in McLeodganj, Dharamshala

Day 04: Dharamshala - Manali

After breakfast, check out from your hotel and proceed on the scenic road journey to Manali. On arrival at Manali, proceed directly to the hotel and check in to your pre-booked rooms.

As no other activities are scheduled for today, you can easily plan the day's itinerary to your convenience. You can relax in your rooms; set out to explore the neighbourhood and revel in the scenic surroundings; enjoy a trek, a walk or an exploration tour by bike. Alternatively, you can visit some of the attractions in Manali.

You can also plan your day to include sightseeing trips of attractions near Manali, visits to scenic waterfalls in the neighbourhood and even visits to the local market and Mall Road to get a feel of Manali.

Overnight in Manali

Day 05: Manali Local sightseeing

After breakfast, enjoy a half-day Manali sightseeing tour. Attractions that we visit as part of our sightseeing tour of Manali include attractions such as Hadimba Temple, Old Manali Village and local Tibetan monasteries.

Overnight in Manali

Day 06: Manali - Rohtang Pass - Manali

After breakfast, enjoy a full-day excursion to Rohtang Pass, with en-route stops at small, picturesque villages and towns like Kothi Gorge, Gulaba and Marhi. Once at Rohtang Pass, enjoy magnificent views of the snow-capped peaks of Upper Himalayas and the glaciers, before continuing on to Solang Valley, a destination in itself renowned for its skiing facilities. In the absence of snow, Solang Valley offers amazing opportunities to enjoy adventurous sports such as Zorbing and Paragliding.

If Rohtang Pass is closed due to inclement weather conditions, snowfall, weekly closure (on Tuesday) or any other reason, then the excursion will be to Snow Line only and thereon to Solang Valley.

The excursion ends with a drop, back at your hotel in Manali.

Overnight in Manali

Day 07: Manali - Kullu - Shimla

After breakfast, check out from your hotel and embark on the scenic road journey to Shimla. En-route, we will make a small stop at Kullu to enjoy the scenery and get a glimpse into the famous Kullu Shawl Industry. On arrival at Shimla, proceed directly to the pre-booked hotel for check-in.

No other activities are scheduled for today.

Overnight in Shimla

Day 08: Shimla sightseeing

After breakfast, you are at leisure until afternoon, when we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Shimla City. The Half-day City Sightseeing tour of Shimla will include visits to key attractions of Shimla such as Sankat Mochan Temple, Jakhu Temple and the Viceregal Lodge, which now houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies.

The sightseeing tour ends with a choice of drops - either at the hotel or at the entrance to the pedestrian-only promenade Mall Road, where you can shop for holiday souvenirs, enjoy delicious treats, hop onto a horse for a short ride and enjoy scenic views. You can also visit attractions on the Mall Road such as Scandal Point, Gaiety Theatre and Christ Church.

In the morning, you can visit attractions such as Tara Devi Temple, Annandale and the Army Heritage Museum at Annandale and the Himachal State Museum. Alternatively, you can enjoy a tour of Shimla from a different perspective with a nice, long Shimla Heritage Walk.

Overnight in Shimla

Day 09: Shimla - Chail - Kufri - Naldehra - Shimla

After breakfast, enjoy a Full-day excursion to the nearby popular towns of Chail and Kufri. We will also visit the famous Naldehra Golf Course.

The excursion ends with a drop, back to the hotel in Shimla.

Overnight in Shimla

Day 10: Shimla - Chandigarh

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and enjoy the last drive through the mountainous roads in this Highlights of Himachal tour package. This is the day we descend the hills and make our way to the plains. Driving on, we proceed towards Chandigarh and check in at a hotel there. Relax for a while and then enjoy a Half-day Sightseeing Tour of Chandigarh. Attractions that we visit as part of the tour include Rock Garden, Rose Garden and Sukhna Lake.

The sightseeing tour ends with a drop, back to the hotel.

Overnight in Chandigarh

Day 11: Chandigarh - Delhi

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed to the airport or railway station in time to board the flight / train back to Delhi or onward destination.Itinerary