Paradise in Himalayas

 PACKAGE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Visit in Delhi – Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, Humayun Tomb
  • Drive past in Delhi – Red Fort, Rajghat, President House & India Gate
  • Excursion to Kufri, Mall road and scandal point in Shimla
  • Solang Valley, Hadimba Temple, Mall road and much more… in Manali
  • In Dharamshala, visit Tsuglagkhang Complex (Museum and Home of Dalai Lama), Tour of Norbulingka Institute, Monasteries and Yoga/Meditation programs (optional)
  • In Amritsar, visit Harminder Sahib –The Golden Temple and Wagah (India-Pakistan border)
  • Services of English-speaking guide during sightseeing tours
  • Assistance at airport and sightseeing tours by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Start and End in Delhi
Paradise in Himalayas - Himachal
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12 Nights / 13 Days
2N Delhi – 2N Shimla – 3N Manali
– 2N Dharamshala – 2N Amritsar – 1N Delhi
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ITINERARY:
Day 01: Delhi
Meet our representative upon arrival in Delhi and check-in at the hotel. India’s capital & a major gateway to the country, Delhi is contemporary and a bustling metropolis which successfully combines in its fold the ancient & the modern. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. New Delhi also reflects the legacy the British left behind. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Delhi
After breakfast, proceed for a full-day tour of Old and New Delhi. This fascinating city has been in existence since the 6th century BC and has seen ups and downs from the rule of the Pandavas right up to the British Raj. Visit Jama Masjid, which is the largest mosque in India, commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan. The courtyard of the mosque can hold about 25,000 worshippers. Enjoy a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, the busiest market in Old Delhi…noisy, chaotic and uniquely Indian. You will then drive past to the Red Fort, which was constructed during the rule of Emperor Shah Jahan and served as the residence for the Mughal royal family. It continues to be significant till date, as every Independence Day, the Prime Minister makes a speech from its ramparts as the Indian flag is hoisted. Later, drive past President House and several other government buildings in Edwin Lutyen’s Delhi before you head toward Rajghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. This simple memorial marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Thereafter, visit Humayun’s Tomb, commissioned by Humayun’s wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562. It was the first garden tomb built in the Indian sub-continent where the Persian architect used red sandstone on a large scale. Later in the evening visit the Qutab Minar, which is the tallest brick minaret in the world; it was commissioned by Qutbuddin Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi. (Optional) – Attend a Sufi ceremony at Nizamuddin Dargah). Return back to Hotel. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 04: Delhi to Kalka (By Train ) / (Kalka – Shimla by road)
Early morning, get your pack breakfast from hotel and proceed for railway station to board your train for Kalka. Upon arrival, you will be assisted by our representative at kalka railway station & proceed to Shimla. Overnight stay in Shimla.
Day 05 Trip to Kufri
Drive to Kufri after breakfast. This is a popular picnic spot located 16km from Shimla. You may hike on foot to the Mahasu Peak or pay for a mule ride up the hill. Mahasu is the tallest peak in Kufri that gives tourists an amazing view of distant snow-capped peaks. Return to the hotel in the afternoon. In the evening, take a walk on Shimla’s famous boulevard, Mall Road. See fine specimens of colonial architecture, snack at the various eateries in the market or shop for souvenirs. Overnight stay in Shimla.

Day 06: Drive from Shimla to Manali (250 kms / approx. 7 hours)
After breakfast, drive towards Manali – Offers super views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges, and with mountain adventures beckoning from all directions, Manali is a year-round magnet for tourists. Apart from temples, Manali is popular among adventure tourists coming for trekking, paragliding, rafting and skiing. Check-in at the hotel and spend evening at leisure. Overnight stay in Manali.

Day 07: Sightseeing in Manali
In morning after breakfast, go on an adventurous drive to Solang valley – a major attraction, without which the trip remains incomplete. All above mentioned adventure activities can be availed here at Solang Valley. Apart from activities, there are splendid views to enjoy in and around the Solang Valley. Later, today visit popular Hadimba Temple, Naggar Castle and Art gallery. In the evening, go for a walk along Mall Road. Overnight stay in Manali.

Day 08: Day at leisure in Manali
After breakfast, enjoy full day at leisure in Manali. Overnight stay in Manali.

Day 09: Drive from Manali to Dharamshala (215 kms / approx. 6 hours)
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Dharamshala. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel. Spend the evening at leisure. Overnight stay in Dharamshala.

Day 10: Sightseeing in Dharamshala
After breakfast, visit Tsuglagkhang Complex – Centre of Tibetan culture, which includes a museum and the residence of His Holiness Dalai Lama – the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism. Later, visit popular monasteries, Tibetan medical center and the Church of St. John. Also, you may rejuvenate yourself with yoga and meditation retreats available in Dharamshala (optional). Overnight stay in Dharamshala.

Day 11: Drive from Dharamshala to Amritsar (210 kms / approx. 4.5 hours)
After early breakfast, drive to Amritsar – colloquially known as Ambarsar, is a spiritually significant city for the followers of Sikhism. The city derives its name from the sacred pool, which was founded in 1574 by Guru Ram Das – the 4th Sikh guru. This holy pond circumscribes Harmandir Sahib, which is popularly known as the Golden Temple amongst devotees. After check-in at the hotel, proceed to India-Pakistan border at Wagah. Watch the ‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony where soldiers of both countries bring down their respective national flags in their unique styles. Evening return back to hotel. Overnight stay in Amritsar.

Day 12: Sightseeing of Amritsar
After breakfast, proceed for half day sightseeing tour of Amritsar. Visit the Golden Temple… the most exalted of all Sikh shrines, drawing pilgrims from near and far for centuries. For the Sikh community the Harmandir Sahib Gurdwara Golden Temple is the final spiritual “vision,” journey’s end or beginning. The Amrit Sarovar (pool of nectar), or the holy tank that encircles the Darbar Sahib, has given Amritsar its name. Later visit Jalianwala Bagh… a solemn reminder of the 2000 Indians killed and wounded here in the firing by the British in 1919. Jalianwala Bagh commemorates the martyrs, keeping the tragic episode in its historical context. Today, one finds a small gallery, the well into which the crowds jumped to escape the hail of bullets, and a simple memorial. Overnight stay in Amritsar.

Day 13: Amritsar to Delhi (By Train )
Early morning, get your pack breakfast from hotel and proceed for railway station to board your train for Delhi. Upon arrival, you will be assisted by our representative in Delhi. Overnight stay in Delhi.

Day 14: Departure from Delhi
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Delhi and meet assistance at airport for return flight back home.

HOTELS OFFERED:

City

Nights

Category A

Category B

Meal Plan

Delhi

3

Imperial

Claridges

Breakfast

Shimla

2

Wildflower Hall In The Himalayas

Oberoi Cecil

Breakfast & Dinner

Manali

3

Manu Allaya

Citrus Resort

   Breakfast & Dinner

Dharamshala

2

Indraprastha Spa Resort

WH Grace Hotel

    Breakfast & Dinner

Amritsar

2

Taj Swarna

Hyatt

Breakfast

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:
  • 12 night accommodation in well-appointed rooms as mentioned above hotels or equivalent
  • Air tickets and airport taxes
  • Assistance at the airport & Hotel check-in / check-out
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary by private tourist vehicle
  • Entry Fee at the monuments
  • Train ticket for travel between Delhi to Kalka & Amritsar to Delhi in A/C chair car
  • Services of English-speaking guide during sightseeing tours
  • Drivers allowances, toll taxes and Govt. Service Tax
PACKAGE EXCLUSIONS:
  • Excursion to Rohtang pass
  • Optional activities are subject to availability. Charges additional.
  • Items of personal nature like laundry, phone calls, tips to guides / drivers etc.
  • Camera / Video camera fees applicable at monuments
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NOTE:

  • MONUMENT CLOSED ON
    • Shimla & Kangra State Museums /vice regal lodge & Roerich Art Gallery/Naggar remain closed on Mondays
    • All Govt. Holidays, Zoo in Kufri also remains closed on Mondays
  • Rohtang Pass road would remain closed every Tuesday for maintenance purpose.
  • Hotel Check in 1400hrs and check out 1200hrs
  • Package cost will not be valid on public holidays, festivals, exhibitions

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