Arrival in Delhi
Around midnight arrival in
Delhi. The cosmopolitan city and capital Delhi is the main gateway for travelers to
India. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to the hotel.
Day 02: Delhi - Chandigarh (about 256 km / 5 hours)
In the morning after having breakfast we will drive to Chandigarh.
Chandigarh, derives its name from the Chandi Mandir temple located
in the vicinity of the city and a fort or ‘garh" beyond the temple,
called Chandigarh. Chandigarh is a union territory, administered by
the Government of India and was designed by Le Corbusier. In the
evening arrive in Chandigarh and transfer to the hotel.
Day 03: Chandigarh - Shimla (about 130 km / 3 hours)
In the morning we drive towards
Shimla. The British called Shimla
the "Queen of Hill Stations." Shimla is situated in the northwest Himalayas. It was the summer capital of India before independence
and it is now the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla derives its
name from "Shyamala" the goddess Kali, whose temple existed in the
dense forest that covered Jakhu Hill in the early 19th century. Its
well developed facilities, easy accessibility and numerous
attractions make it one of India's most popular and biggest hill
Day 04: Shimla
Today we have sightseeing in Shimla. In our sightseeing we visit the
Gothic Christ church. This Christ church is located on the Shimla’s
prominent Ridge. Even today, the church has some interesting
memorial tablets while the pews still mark the seats of British
Viceroy of India, the Commander-in-Chief and the Punjab’s Governor.
Later we visit the
Jakhoo Hill. It is the highest point in Shimla
and offers a spectacular view of the town, hills and distant
mountain ranges. The peak has a temple dedicated to the
Hanuman. After visiting the temple we return back to hotel. In the
evening we visit the Mall and Scandal Point for shopping.
Point is the hub of Shimla’s social life and is said to be so named
after a British Commander-in-Chief’s daughter eloped from the spot
with the Maharaja of Patiala.
Day 05: Shimla
The whole day is at leisure in Shimla to enjoy the natural
Day 06: Shimla - Manali (about 250 km / 5 hours)
In the morning after having breakfast we drive to
landscape here is breathtaking. One can see spectacular views of
well-defined snowcapped peaks and wooded slopes. The
rushes along its rocky course amid grassy meadows carpeted with wild
flowers and wagtails hop along from stone to stone along the
stream's edge. On the other side are deodar and pine trees, tiny
fields and fruit orchards. It is an excellent place for a holiday,
and a favorite resort for trekkers to various regions in
valley. It is known as the Switzerland of India. In the evening
arrive in Manali.
Day 07: Manali
In the morning we will have sightseeing in Manali. Today we will
visit Hidimba Devi Temple, Vashisht Hot Water Spring and Monastery.
Hidimba Devi temple was built in 1553. This temple has a superbly
crafted four-tiered pagoda roof and famous for its exquisitely
carved doorway. Vashishth Hot Water Springs are the well known hot
water springs. There are old temples dedicated to the sage Vashishth
and Lord Rama. In the evening we visit a small Tibetan monastery
which houses several Buddha images and Rahella Falls. It is a
beautiful picturesque site from where the Beas river falls down from
the height of 50 meters above sea level.
Day 08: Manali
The whole day at leisure in Manali.
Day 09: Manali - Dharamshala (about 254 km / 5 hours)
Today we drive to
Dharamshala. Dharamshala has one of the most
spectacular settings for a hill station and split into two parts.
The lower part is only known as Dharamshala and is about 9 kms away
from the upper part, and known as Mc Leodganj. In Dharamshala there
is a strong Tibetan influence. The Dalai Lama settled here after the
Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959.
Day 10: Dharamshala
Today we visit the Namgyal monastery at Mc Leodganj. This monastery
is the major attraction in McLeodganj and is located on the opposite
side of the Dalai Lama's residence. This monastery contains large
gilded bronzes of Buddha, Avalokitesvara and
Afterwards we have a walk through McLeodganj and visit the
church. This church has attractive stained glass windows. Lord
Elgin, one of the viceroy of the British occupied India was buried
in this church. Evening at leisure to visit the markets at
Day 11: Dharamshala - Dalhousie (about 120 km / 2 hours 30 mins)
Today we drive to Dalhousie.
Dalhousie is a beautiful hill station
in Himachal Pradesh. Dalhousie was established in 1854 by the
British as a summer retreat for its troops and bureaucrats, and was
named after Lord Dalhousie who was the British Viceroy at that time.
Dalhousie is built on and around five hills. Dalhousie is located on
the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas,
and surrounded by the beautiful snow capped peaks. In the evening
arrive in Dalhousie.
Day 12: Dalhousie
Today we have sightseeing in Dalhousie. The old charm of Dalhousie
is known by the four attractive churches. Some of these churches are
the St. John's Church and
St. Francis Church. The St. John's Church
is comfortably located at Gandhi Chowk. This is one of the oldest
church in Dalhousie and stone walls took the place of wooden planks
in 1863, when a visitor complained about it. St Francis Church is
also located near it, on a wooded rise above Subhash Chowk. This was
built in 1894, and services are still held on Sundays. Scottish and
Victorian architecture can be seen in the bungalows and churches in
Day 13: Dalhousie
The whole day is at leisure in Dalhousie.
Day 14: Dalhousie - Pathankot (about 82 km) - Delhi (by train)
Today we will drive to
Pathankot. From Pathankot we take a night
train to Delhi.
Day 15: Delhi (Departure)
In the afternoon arrive in Delhi. In the night transfer to the
airport for the flight to home destination.
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