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  1. Delightful Himalayan Walks of Himachal Pradesh

    16 Days/ 15 Nights

    Under Rs 2,000

    Per person per night

    Himachal Tour Package Overview

    The hill state of Himachal Pradesh, sandwiched between Punjab and Tibet, encompasses the verdant Himalayan foothills, with orchards, forests, deep gorges, and roaring rivers. A sojourn that epitomizes and showcases the spiritual side of three distinguished cultures and religions, this journey takes you through the holy city of Amritsar, the headquarters of Tibetans in Dharamshala and the beautiful landscapes of the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.

     

    Delightful Himalayan Walks of Himachal Pradesh

    Amritsar, Dharamshala, Manali & Shimla 

    BEST SEASON - September to June

    NO OF DAYS/ NIGHTS: 16 Days/ 15 Nights



    HIGHLIGHTS OF DELHI

    * Visit  Sikh Temple- Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
    * Walking tour of Janpath & Connaught place
    * Old Delhi Rickshaw Ride Tour- Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid, Spice Market
    * Visit  Dilli Haat

     

    HIGHLIGHTS OF AMRITSAR

    * Visit Golden Temple
    * Village walk tour of Amritsar
    * Enjoy Wagah Border Ceremony

     

    HIGHLIGHTS OF DHARAMSHALA

    * H.H. Dalai Lama Temple, Tibetan Museum. 
    * Kora Walk, Astrology & Medical Center  
    * Kalachakra Temple,  Shopping in the local Tibetan market
    * Norbulingka institute & Visit the Doll museum
    * Kangra Fort

     

    HIGHLIGHTS OF MANALI

    * Breathtaking scenery of snow-capped peaks, pine forests and fruit orchards
    * Vashisht hot springs
    * Sacred Jogini waterfall.
    * High altitude drive– offering views of the sweeping valley and snow-capped mountain views.
    * Naggar Castle and Roerich Gallery housing paintings by Russian artist Nicholas Roerich.

     

    HIGHLIGHTS OF SHIMLA

    * Heritage walk of Shimla covering Viceregal Lodge & Botanical Gardens, Himalayan Aviary; the Himalayan Bird Park, Institute Of Advanced Studies
    * The Mall, the main shopping center of Shimla, the Christ Church & St. Michael's Cathedral was built in 1846-1857 the second oldest church of Northern India, Himachal * State Museum & Library located 2.5-km west of the scandal point 

     

    DAY

    SKETCH ITINERARY

    MEALS

    01

    Arrival at Delhi airport/rooms blocked for immediate occupancy

    -

    02

    New Delhi city tour: Sikh temple/ Walking tour of Connaught Place

    Breakfast, Langer(Lunch) at Gurudwara & Dinner

    03

    Delhi – Amritsar by train (6 Hrs, 450 km)

    Breakfast in the train, Lunch & Dinner

    04

    Early morning visit of Golden Temple/ In the evening Indo Pak border ceremony/ light & sound show

    Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner

    05

    Amritsar-Dharamshala (275Kms / 7hrs driving time)

    Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner

    06

    Treks in Dharamshala

    Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner

    07

    Walks & drive-in & around Dharamshala

     Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    08

    Drive to Manali via Baijnath (250kms/ 7 hrs)

    Breakfast, Lunch in restaurant, Dinner

    09

    Treks in Manali 

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner

    10

    Treks in Manali

     Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant &  Dinner

    11

     Drive to Shimla (250kms/ 7hrs)

    Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner

    12

    Heritage Walk in Shimla (6 Hrs)

    Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner

    13

    Mountain landscape walk around Shimla

     Breakfast,  Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner

    14

    Toy Train to Kandaghat (2 Hrs)/ Train to Delhi (3.5 Hrs)

    Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner in the train

    15

    Old Delhi walking tour (2-3 Hrs) & rickshaw ride / historical gardens walking tour

    Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner

    16

    Departure/ Transfer to Airport

    Breakfast



    DETAILED ITINERARY (15 NIGHTS/ 16 DAYS)



    DAY1: ARRIVAL AT DELHI AIRPORT/ROOMS BLOCKED FOR IMMEDIATE OCCUPANCY

    Welcome to Amritsar -! The city of the Golden temple by morning train from Delhi

    Dinner in the hotel

    Overnight stay at Amritsar

     

    No Meals




    Day 02 NEW DELHI CITY TOUR / SIKH TEMPLE/WALKING TOUR OF CONNAUGHT PLACE

    Today we visit New Delhi including seeing Bangla Sahib, Humayun’s tomb, Parliament House, India Gate.

    Walk to visit a Sikh temple – Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.

    Visit Humayun’s Tomb

    Drive through the Lutyens City

    Walking tour in Connaught place's inner circle 

    Welcome dinner

    Transfer to hotel

    Overnight at Hotel 

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Langer(Lunch) at Gurudwara & Dinner

     



    DAY 03: DELHI – AMRITSAR BY TRAIN

    Welcome to Amritsar -! The city of the Golden temple by morning train from Delhi

    Dinner in the hotel

    Overnight stay at Amritsar

     

     
                                                                                                                                                                                            Meals: Breakfast in train, Lunch & Dinner



     

    DAY 4: VISIT OF GOLDEN TEMPLE/INDO PAK BORDER CEREMONY

    Visit Hari Mandir Sahib. Pay respects at Akal Takht Sahib, the oldest of the five Takhts. 
    Visit the very interesting Sikh Museum hosting old and ancient weapons of the Gurus.

    The golden temple which is also known as Harmandir Sahib located in Amritsar, Punjab, is considered the holiest shrine in the Sikh religion. Sikhs from all over the world visit the golden temple. Golden temple construction began in the year 1574 on land donated by the Mughal emperor Akbar. The temple is surrounded by a lake called Sarovar that is assumed to have water (holy water) inside it to take away the sins of people. Sikhism is a monotheistic religion founded in the fifteenth century in Punjab on the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and ten successive Sikh Gurus. It is one of the fastest-growing religions in the world. The principal beliefs of Sikhism are faith and justice, in “Waheguru”, the almighty.  Sikhism advocates the pursuit of salvation through disciplined, personal meditation on the name and message of God. Adherents of Sikhism are known as Sikhs and number over 26 million across the world.

    In the evening, visit the Wagah border. Indo-Pak Wagah border ceremony. The lowering of the flags ceremony at the Wagah border near Hussainiwala National Martyrs Memorial is a daily military practice that the security forces of India and Pakistan have jointly followed since 1959.

    Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay at Amritsar

     

     



    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner




    DAY 05: DRIVE FROM AMRITSAR- DHARAMSHALA (275Kms / 7hrs driving time) 

    Enroute visit the Masrur 8th Century old monolithic temples cut out of one single sandstone rock decorated with sculptural ornamentation 

    The drive to visit the Kangra Fort 

    Overnight at Hotel in Dharamshala


    MASRUR ROCK TEMPLE: 40 km south of Dharamsala in Kangra valley are one of the only such type of Temple in the Himalayas. This 7th of 8th Century old monolithic temples have been cut out of one single sandstone rock and are decorated with sculptural ornamentation and seem to have been built in the same manner as the great temples of Kailash at Ellora in Maharashtra.


    KANGRA FORT: The Kangra Fort was built by the royal Rajput family of Kangra State (the Katoch dynasty), which traces its origins to the ancient Trigarta Kingdom, mentioned in the Mahabharata epic. It is the largest fort in the Himalayas and probably the oldest dated fort in India. The fort of Kangra resisted Akbar's siege in 1615. However, Akbar's son Jahangir successfully subdued the fort in 1620.  Kangra was at the time ruled by Raja Hari Chand Katoch of Kangra (also known as Raja Hari Chand Mughal Emperor Jahangir with the help of Suraj Mal garrisoned with his troops.

     

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner

     



    DAY 06 FULL DAY TREK IN DHARAMSHALA (DHAULADHAR HIMALAYAS)

    Dharamshala (McLeod Ganj) is the home of Exiled Tibetan Spiritual leader and head His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  After the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959, His Holiness Dalai Lama escaped from Tibet to India and since then He decided to make Dharamsala his home in Exile. His Holiness lives here with thousands of Tibetan refugees who escaped into India. Experience Tibetan monasteries, health alternative Tibetan medicine practitioners, enjoy the Tibetan flavors of McLeod Ganj in Dharamsala, refugees welfare associations selling Tibetan duvet covers, singing bowls, Buddhist Incense Sticks, Tibetan Prayer Beads & Wheel, etc amidst the throbbing flea market selling local Tibetan food, wine, and steamed momos!

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


    DAY 07: WALKS & DRIVE-IN & AROUND DHARAMSHALA

    True Tibetan experience today as we explore the Upper Town of Dharamshala, McLeod Ganj, where the residence of the Dalai Lama is located. We'll see the Dalai Lama residence

    Experience the Kora holy walk (1 Hr) just outside the temple set in pristine wilderness, where you will see Buddhist monks and nuns chanting holy hymns. The entire route has small chortens and rocks painted with Tibetan scripts. 

    We'll see Tse Chokling Monastery, St John in the Wilderness Church, a village school, Tibetan Medical Centre, and Norbulingka Institute (a learning center for traditional Tibetan art and craft). 

    Lunch at Norbulingka 

    Drive back to Mcleodganj and enjoy a relaxed evening shopping and walking

    Drive back to the hotel for Dinner 

    Overnight at hotel

     

      

     

    DAY 08: DHARAMSHALA TO MANALI VIA BAIJNATH (250KMS/ 7 HRS)

    We travel deeper into the Himalayan foothills today to Manali, located at the head of the Kullu Valley. The drive takes us through the breathtaking scenery of snow-capped peaks, pine forests, and fruit orchards. We’ll make refreshment stops en route and also stop for a restaurant lunch. We stay in Manali for 4 nights. Enroute visit Baijnath temple in Palampur

     

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant &  Dinner

    BAIJNATH is a town in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. It is about 50 kilometers from Dharamshala which is the district headquarters. The very famous ancient temple of Lord Shiva (Baijnath) is situated here giving the town its name Baijnath is famous for its 13th-century temple dedicated to Shiva as Vaidyanath, ‘the Lord of physicians’. Originally known as Kiragrama, the village lies on the Pathankot-Mandi highway (National Highway No. 20) almost midway between Kangra and Mandi. The present name Baijnath became popular after the name of the temple. The village is located on the left bank of the river Binwa, a corrupt form of ancient Binduka, a tributary of river Beas.

     

    Manali - With mountain adventures beckoning from all directions, Manali is a year-round magnet. Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state. It has a reputation as a backpacking center and honeymoon destination. Set on the Beas River, it’s a gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley. Manali, at the northern end of the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, is a hill station situated at a height of 2050m (6398 ft) in the Himalayas. Situated on the Beas river (Vyaas in Hindi) and near its source, it is a popular tourist spot for Indians in summer and a magical, snow-covered place in winter. A staging point for a number of treks and sports such as white-water rafting, Manali is also on the road to Ladakh via the valley of Lahaul and Spiti and the Rohtang Pass which is the main attraction near Manali

     




     

    DAY 9: TREKS IN & AROUND MANALI

    Drive back to the hotel

    Dinner at hotel

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner



     

    DAY 10 TREKS IN & AROUND MANALI

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner in the train


     

     DAY 11: DRIVE MANALI TO SHIMLA (250KMS/ 7HRS)

    Our journey today takes us to the hill station of Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Refreshment stops will be made en route, including lunch at a local restaurant. We stay in Shimla for 3 nights.

     

    Shimla (also spelled as 'Simla') derives its name from goddess 'Shayamla Devi', which is another manifestation of Goddess Kali. The capital of Himachal Pradesh came into light when the British discovered it in 1819. Till then, it was a part of the Nepalese kingdom. In 1864 Shimla was declared as the summer capital of India. After Independence, Shimla became the capital of Punjab and was later named the capital of Himachal Pradesh. In 1903 a rail line was constructed between Kalka and Shimla.

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner

    DAY 12: HERITAGE WALK IN SHIMLA (6 HRS)

    The best way to explore this lovely hill town is on foot. Walkthrough the Lanes & Trails of this British Himalayan Town and know about the stories of the bygone era. The British built this town and left legacies. If you can manage to have an Ariel view of Shimla you will notice that the town is a museum of architecture. Victorian, post-Victorian, gothic, Georgian, Tudor, Moc-Tudor, Bavarian, neo, Lyutens, and modern all examples are there in one place. The entire length of this walk comes under Shimla’s Heritage Zone. Christ Church is the most prominent landmark of Shimla and from here the walk extends West towards the Viceregal Lodge. 

     

    Highlights of the Walk: The most imposing and attractive structures which include castles, temples, heritage hotels, banks, and government offices are the highlights of this walk. They are some of the best examples of British Architecture of the era and reveal the history and various interesting stories of the glorious past. They will compel you to glance at them from every angle. A brief description of some of them is given here. In general: we assemble at the Christ Church at the Ridge at 10 a.m. and begin our walking tour. 

    Starting Time: 10a.m

    Finish: 4p.m.

    Drive back to the hotel

    Dinner at hotel

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner



    DAY 13: HIKE IN & AROUND SHIMLA

    Meals: Breakfast,  Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner




    DAY 14: TOY TRAIN EXPERIENCE IN SHIMLA/ TRAIN TO DELHI

    Our Toy Train journey today offers some spectacular views of the valleys as it twists its way down gradually from Shimla to Khandaghat (approx. 2 hours). 

    The Kalka–Shimla Railway is a 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow-gauge railway in North India which traverses a mostly-mountainous route from Kalka to Shimla. It is known for dramatic views of the hills and surrounding villages. The railway was built under the direction of Herbert Septimus Harington between 1898 and 1903 to connect Shimla, the summer capital of India during the British Raj, with the rest of the Indian rail system.

    We'll then take a short drive to Barog, where we'll have lunch before boarding our train to Delhi at Kalka (journey to Delhi approx 3.5 hours). 

    Dinner in train

    Arrive at Delhi. Check into the hotel

    Overnight at hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch in Restaurant, Dinner in the train



    DAY 15:OLD DELHI WALKING & RICKSHAW RIDE / HISTORICAL GARDENS WALKING TOUR 

    Drive to old Delhi for Rickshaw Tour and a walking tour

    “Rickshaw Ride” On our sightseeing Rickshaw tour of Old Delhi your senses will come alive as you will encounter the many captivating sights and sounds this amazing city has to offer. Rickshaw tour will make you familiar with the real roots of the place and give you a true taste of the city and make you sink in the frenzy of its colors, vivacity, and irresistible charm.

    During your rickshaw ride you will get to ride around:

     

    JAMA MASJID: Jama Masjid is the last work of Emperor Shah Jahan. Its construction began in 1650 and was completed within six years. You can relive the Mughal or Mogul history of Delhi passing through the splendid corridors of this ancient mosque. The Jama Masjid stands across the road in front of the Red Fort.

     

    CHANDNI CHOWK: Chandni Chowk or "Silver Square" is the most famous and historic street of Delhi, built around 300 years ago when the walled city of Shahjahanabad was established in the 17th century. Don't let the word "old" mislead you. The energy of the vibrant streets of Chandni Chowk is simply irresistible. This part of Delhi includes street food, vibrant bazaars where you can shop for some ancient artifacts and Jewellery.

     

    SPICE MARKET/KHARI BAOLI: Khari Baoli is a street in Delhi, India known for its wholesale grocery and Asia's largest wholesale spice market selling all kinds of spices, nuts, herbs and food products like rice and tea. Operating since the 17th century, the market is situated near the historic Delhi Red Fort, on the Khari Baoli Road adjacent to Fatehpuri Masjid at the western end of the Chandni Chowk, and over the years has remained a tourist attraction, especially those in the heritage circuit of Old Delhi

     

    Walking tour of Old Delhi - We'll take you to the houses and alleys of old Delhi, it's one of the kind walks with locals of old Delhi so you'll get an opportunity to explore old Delhi like never before. Entering the narrow street of Old Delhi it seems we have gone back in time. It is an overwhelming experience. One negotiates people constantly brushing past, three-wheeler cycle rickshaws appearing from nowhere, hawkers, etc. Each time-worn house, structure, exquisitely carved Persian doors and windows of the Mughal era that waylays, has a story to tell. TIME: 8:30 am DURATION: 2-3 hours

    Lunch at the restaurant

    Lodhi Gardens is a city park situated in New Delhi, India. Spread over 90 acres (360,000 m2) it contains historical tombs of Mohammed Shah's, Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, Shisha Gumbad and Bara Gumbad, architectural works of the 15th century by Lodis - who ruled parts of northern India and Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of modern-day Pakistan, from 1451 to 1526. The site is now protected by the Archaeological Survey of India. Lodi Gardens is popular for exercise and walking enthusiasts. The gardens are situated near Khan Market and Safdarjung’s Tomb on Lodhi Road and are a hot spot for morning walks for the Delhites.

    Drive to explore Dilli Haat - an open-air food plaza and craft bazaar located in Delhi. Extensive foundation work, small thatched-roof cottages, and kiosks give the plaza a village atmosphere. Products offered may include rosewood and sandalwood carvings, embellished camel hide footwear, sophisticated fabric and drapery, gems, beads, brassware, metal crafts, and silk and wool fabrics. A number of shows promoting handicrafts and handlooms are held at the exhibition hall in the complex. The crafts market is a cavalcade of color, selling regional handicrafts. There are some gorgeous bits and pieces on offer; bargain hard. It’s also a good place to sample cheap, delicious regional specialties, with lots of food stands. Try out the famous henna tattoo in the haat.

    Drive back to hotel, wash & change

    Dinner at the hotel.

     


    Day 16 Departure

    Depart 
    Transfer to the airport for connecting flight back home

     

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