Day 1 Arrive in Delhi - Drive from Delhi to Shimla (330 km/approx. 9 hours)
Upon your arrival at Delhi Airport/Railway Station, board the car and drive
to Shimla, a mesmerising destination. Snow-covered peaks, coniferous
forests, streams, orchids and well-defined landscape in Shimla will make you
admire the pristine beauty of nature. Blessed with natural glory, Shimla is
also known for its colonial charm. The architecture, buildings and streets
in this hill station remind of the era of British rule in India. During the
British regime, Shimla was called as the Summer Capital of India.
Check-in at the hotel and relax. Spend the evening at leisure and enjoy a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 2 Trip to Kufri
In the morning, check-out from the hotel and go on a trip to Kufri. Famous
for adventurous sports like skiing, trekking, hiking and mule-riding, Kufri
is a beautiful hill station. You will be delighted to participate in the
sports held at Kufri. You can also visit Mahasu Peak, the highest point at
Kufri and take a spectacular view of natural surroundings. You can go there
by hiking or mule-riding.
At Kufri, you may also visit The Himalayan National Park where you can see numerous species of endangered birds and animals like musk deer, goral, snow leopards etc.
After enjoying your time at Kufri, return to the hotel and take a nap. In the evening, go for a walk on the famous Mall Road and enjoy the pleasant weather. Enjoy a cosy overnight stay at the hotel.
Day3 Drive from Shimla to Manali (270 km/approx. 9 hours)
Check-out from the hotel in the morning and head towards another lovely hill
station, Manali. Also known as 'Queen of Valleys', it is famous for its vast
expanse of lush greenery, pleasant climate and scenic environs, this place
is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. The hill
station of Manali is located in the valley of the Beas River. It lies about
40 km away from another picturesque hill station – Kullu. It is believed
that this place has been named after Manu, considered to the lawgiver of the
Hindus. There is an ancient temple, devoted to Lord Manu in Manali.
After your arrival at Manali, check-in at the hotel and relax. In the evening, you can go out for shopping or discover eateries. Return to the hotel and stay overnight.
Day4 Trip to Rohtang Pass
This morning, wake up early and check-out from the hotel. Go for an
adventurous drive to Rohtang Pass. Located on the Leh/Keylong Highway,
Rohtang Pass offers a gateway to the twin valleys of Spiti and Lahaul. You
will be privileged to see beautiful and panoramic scenery of mountains and
valleys from Rohtang Pass.
Return to the hotel in the afternoon. You may take a shower to refresh yourself. In the evening, go for a walk along the Mall Road. Return to the hotel and enjoy a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 5 Sightseeing in Manali
Check-out from the hotel in the morning and embark on a sightseeing tour of
Manali. Famous for its natural beauty, Manali also holds a religious
significance. Manali is termed to be the abode of many gods and goddesses
and it was named after Manu, the Hindu Lawgiver. Hence, you can explore some
local attractions of Manali, most of which are culturally important sites.
Vashisht is a tiny village that lies towards the Rohtang Pass on the left bank of the Beas River. This place is famous for its ancient temples and hot springs. Here lies a stone temple of Vashisht Muni (sage) that has a shape of a pyramid. There is another temple nearby that is devoted to Lord Rama. The popular hot sulphur natural springs at this place receive a lot of visitors year round as it is believed these waters can cure skin diseases.
Manu Temple is an ancient shrine that lies a few kilometres away from the main market of Old Manali. This temple is dedicated to Lord Manu, who is considered to the creator of human race on the earth as per the Hindu mythology. Devoted to Goddess Hadimba, the Hadimba Temple is said to be built in AD 1533. This shrine has a pagoda-shaped four-tiered roof and a doorway, on which carved are legendary symbols and figures.
Arjun Gufa lies about 4 km from Manali near the village of Prini. It is believed that Arjun, a character from the epic Mahabharata, had meditated. Another place worth-visiting in the city is the Club House, which boasts of indoor games facilities, where you can enjoy a range of games. This place is quite popular among locals as there are many picnic spots nearby.
Towards Leh on the national highway lies Nehru Kund, which has been named after India's first Prime Minister. It is believed to have originated from the famous Bhrigu Lake. In addition to all these places, you can visit the famous Tibetan monasteries of this destination - Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa and Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa, which are thronged by devotees all throughout the year. The architecture and traditional art forms of these sacred shrines are truly mesmerising.
Return to the hotel and enjoy your evening at leisure. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 6 Drive from Manali to Dharamshala (235 km/approx. 6 hours)
In the morning, check-out from the hotel and proceed towards Dharamshala, an
amazing hill station. Situated in the Dhauladhar ranges of Himalayas,
Dharamshala is snow-laden all round the year.
Upon your arrival at Dharamshala, check-in at the hotel and relax. Enjoy your evening at leisure and stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 7 Sightseeing in Dharamshala
Wake up in the morning and check-out from the hotel. Go on a sightseeing
tour to explore the important sites in Dharamshala. There are many places of
religious and spiritual importance in this beautiful hill station.
Visit Tibetan Medical Centre where you would find the practising of Sowa Rigpa to make medicinal pills. Sowa Rigpa is a Tibetan system of medicine, astrology and astronomy. You can also visit some local Tibetan monasteries and try out some meditation courses.
Go to see St. John's Church which is an Anglican church constructed in the neo-Gothic style. This church is dedicated to St. John.
At Kangra Art Museum, you will witness Dharamshala's past which is displayed through art and craft. You can shop for some colourful items at the Kotwali Bazar in Kangra.
After a full day sightseeing tour, return back to the hotel and enjoy your evening at leisure. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 8 Drive from Dharamshala to Chandigarh (252 km/approx. 7 hours)
Check-out from the hotel in the morning and drive to Chandigarh, the best
planned city in India. Also referred to as the first planned city of the
country, Chandigarh lies at the foothills of the Shivalik range of the
Himalayas. The name of this place has been derived from the name of the
temple of Hindu goddess, Chandi that is located near this vibrant city. This
place is famous for being home to few wonderful architectural structures,
which have been created by some renowned architects, such as Maxwell Fry, Le
Corbusier, Jane Drew and Pierre Jeanneret. Chandigarh is also known for its
tranquil environs, lush greenery and shopping arcades.
Due to its proper infrastructure, beautiful architecture, greenery, cleanliness and prosperity, Chandigarh is also known as 'The City Beautiful'. Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake, Leisure Valley and Capitol Complex are some of the famous tourist attractions in this city. You will be glad to drive on the elegant roads of this city.
After your arrival at Chandigarh, check-in at the hotel and take a nap to refresh yourself. In the evening, you may go out to witness the beauty of the city or explore the places nearby. You can also go for shopping or cinema. Return to the hotel and enjoy a cosy overnight stay.
Day 9 Drive from Chandigarh to Delhi (250 km/approx. 5 hours)
This morning, check-out from the hotel and drive to Delhi Airport/Railway
Station. Proceed towards your next destination.
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