Complete Himachal Tour

Complete Himachal Tour

OVERVIEW- Embraced in the lap of the mighty Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh is a paradise embellished with various natural riches. This wonderful Northern State of India has cosseted various popular holiday destinations within its periphery like – Shimla, Manali, Dalhousie, Dharamshala, Kullu, and Chamba. Referred as the “Magical Showcase of Nature’s Splendors, this is the most captivating regions of the Indian Himalayas. Abundant green grassland, wide valleys set against snow-clad mountains, crystal clear lakes, fruit laden groves, soft terraces of corn and tea makes Himachal the ultimate destination of India. Himachal Pradesh is one of the most important destinations for summer holidays in India. The high hills attract the travelers from all over the world. This place has plenty of hill resorts, pilgrimage centers, adventure sports destinations and wildlife that attract a wide range of tourists.

DELHI- New Delhi, capital of India is a mix of the ancient and modern architecture. This 3rd largest city of India unwinds a picture rich with culture, architecture, and human diversity. Divided in two parts, Old Delhi & New Delhi, the city is a travel hub of Northern India and exerts a beguiling charm on visitors.

SHIMLA- Popularly called the “Queen of Hill Stations”. Once the summer capital of the British in 1864 AD. Presently also it is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla is a perfect heaven for those in search of tranquility. Nature has blessed this capital city with innumerable gifts and man has used them to make Shimla one of India's best destinations.

MANALI- Popularly called the “Switzerland of India” is a small hill town in the valley of Kullu. Manali is extremely popular with tourists for its lavish display of un spoilt natural beauty. Manali is mainly popular for the adventure sports like trekking, mountaineering, hiking, skiing, paragliding, kayaking and mountain biking. It is an excellent place for a holiday.

DHARAMSHALA- Situated in the picturesque Kangra valley and set against the Dhauladhar mountain range in Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala is an ideal retreat for nature lovers. The pristine environment with dense green cover consisting of Deodar and Pine trees provides a visual treat. Dharamshala is also the winter capital of Himachal Pradesh.

DALHOUSIE- Just 80 kms from Pathankot, this place is still unexplored. Spread over five hills, Dalhousie has a serenity of its own. Pleasant climate, beautiful scenery, thick growth of deodars, pine, red and pink rhododendrons, tall trees in different shades of green can be seen all around the hill station. 

KHAJJIAR- Khajjiar is one of the 160 places in the world that bear tropical resemblance to Switzerland, Khajjiar is situated at a height of 6500 feet and bestowed with natural beauty and pleasant climate. Vast expanse of green meadows and dense forests besides vistas of majestic snow-clad Himalayan peaks make it popular. Khajjiar is also called the Gulmarg of Himachal Pradesh and serves as the starting point for treks.

CHAMBA- This small town is located in a picturesque valley, amidst the Shivalik ranges and is famous for its medieval temples. The architecture of the temples of Chamba reflects the glory of its erstwhile rulers. It is also known for its local festivals. Chamba shawls, the captivating Chamba chappals, cane baskets, woolens, and the dolls are all unique to Chamba region of Himachal Pradesh.

CHANDIGARH- The city was designed by the French architect Le Corbusier and is known for its modern infrastructure. Chandigarh is the first planned city of India. The city is the perfect base for exploring the surrounding region that is rich with art, history and scenic landscapes.

Please Note: This is just a suggested itinerary indicative of what could be possible. We tailor summer holidays vacation for your specific needs. Contact us if you want modifications so that we could tailor a holiday to suit your need for an unforgettable summer tours in India.

Tour Destination: Delhi – Shimla – Kufri - Manali – Rohtang Pass - Dharamshala – Dalhousie - Chandigarh - Delhi

Travel Duration:  10 Nights/11 Days

DAY 1: DELHI – SHIMLA- Welcome at Delhi. Drive to the Queen of Hill Stations-Shimla. Transfer to the hotel.

Later you can visit the MALL ROAD, which is the main shopping center of Shimla. It is considered as the heart of the town. A vast variety of goods, handicrafts, wools and shawls, pullovers, Tibetan carpets, pickles, and squashes are here to offer. Shimla is considered the best market for handicrafts.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 2: SHIMLA- After breakfast at the hotel, visit the beautiful locations of Shimla.

KUFRI- 16 kms from Shimla and the winter sports capital. During winter, visitors have the facility for skiing. Kufri is a lovely picnic spot with a beautiful view of the hills around and the snowy peaks. There is also a zoo that delights children.

FAGU HILL- For enchanting Himalayan glimpses, Fagu is situated on Hindustan-Tibet Road and is gifted with some beautiful views.

CHRIST CHURCH- Located on the Ridge, the Christ Church is known to be the second oldest church in North India. This pale yellow structure dominates the skyline of the Mall. The stained glasses installed on its large windows enhance its beauty.

JAKHOO HILL- Lies 2 km from Shimla, Jakhoo hill positions itself at an elevation of 8000 ft. This is the highest peak of Shimla from where you can enjoy the charm of its landscape. It houses an old Hanuman temple, which is frequented by devotees from different parts of the world.

SHIMLA STATE MUSEUM- This museum was started in 1974 and serves as a repository of different relics related to art, cultural anthropology and archaeology. The museum secures a collection of 9000 objects that highlight the cultural richness of Himachal Pradesh. It has various galleries, showcasing artwork of various patterns and periods.

THE RIDGE- Situated in the heart of Shimla, The Ridge is a spacious area that runs east to west alongside the Mall road. It connects the place at the Scandal point on the west side. The road leading to wooden crafts market is known as the Lakkar Bazaar. 

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 3: SHIMLA - MANALI- After breakfast, drive to Manali

In the evening you can visit the MALL ROAD, which is the main shopping center of Manali. A vast variety of goods, handicrafts, wools and shawls, pullovers, and Tibetan carpet.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 4: MANALI- After breakfast, visit the Switzerland of India-Manali.

ROHTANG PASS- The highest point, 4,112m, on the Manali-Keylong road, 51-km from Manali town. Surrounded by soaring snow-capped mountains, it provides a wide panoramic view of mountains rising far above clouds, which is a sight truly breath-taking. Owing to its picturesque surroundings, this pass serves as an ideal picnic spot for tourists and people from nearby areas. 

SOLANG VALLEY- It offers the view of glaciers and snow capped mountains and peaks. It has fine ski slopes.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 5: MANALI- Explore more places today, like

HADIMBA TEMPLE- Hadimba or Dhungiri temple in Manali is one of the most important temples in the region. It 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.

VASHIST HOT & SULPHUR SPRINGS- Renowned for its hot springs and temples. 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. 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.   

KOTHI- a picturesque spot and an ideal resting resorts of poets, writers and the lovers of peaceful environs

Spend your time together; enjoy the snow and other adventurous games. 

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 6: MANALI - DHARAMSHALA- After breakfast, drive to hill station of Dharamshala, en-route visiting 

KULLU- This sister town to Manali too, is a hill station of dreamy landscapes and sceneries, a hub of adventure activities as well as home to a number of sacred temples and shrines.

BAIJNATH- Baijnath for the famous Lord Shiva’s Temple and is the most sacred temple of Himachal. 

PALAMPUR TEA GARDEN- The smallest tea region of India, Palampur has beautifully lined and organized tea gardens across the Kangra Valley.

In the evening rest after the long day drive enjoying the overlooking high mountains covered with silent snows and deep boulder strewn gorges. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 7: DHARAMSHALA- Today visit The Little Lhasa of India- Dharamshala

DHARAMSHALA CRICKET STADIUM- Lying right in the lap of the beautiful natural backdrop of Dhauladhar Mountains, the Dharamshala Cricket Stadium is an unlikely but worthy tourist destination. This stadium is located at the height of 1457 meters above sea level and makes up for a mesmerizing view. 

ST. JOHNS CHURCH- The charming dressed- stone church of St. John in the wildness. It is the oldest built structure of Dharamshala. This neo-gothic church was built in 1852 and is one of the most important churches in Himachal Pradesh. 

DAL LAKE & NADI- Dal Lake is 11 km from lower Dharamshala and lies in between hills and deodar trees. This is a starting point for trekking and excursion, which is covered around the lake to make the walk memorable.

TRIUND- Triund is a 9-km trek away from Mcleodganj. It is situated at a great height and provides a mesmerizing view of the Moon Peak-Indera Pass. This is an ideal spot for picnics and the clean and pristine environment will surely rejuvenate your senses.

MCLEODGANJ- Often called the' Little Lhasa' at 1770 m; this is the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The large Tibetan community and the presence of traditional architectural designs drawn from Tibet have enhanced the area. 

BHAGSUNATH- Close to fresh water springs; this ancient temple is 11 km from Dharamshala. It is a popular picnic spot and the famous slate quarries are close by. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 8: DHARAMSHALA - DALHOUSIE- After breakfast, drive to Dalhousie. Transfer to hotel. After freshen up, visit the city

ST JOHN’S CHURCH- Constructed in 1863, St.John's Church is one of the oldest holy places in the city. The church has a library where one can have a glance at the different collection of books portraying the rich tradition and history of this hill station. Moreover one can relish the emerald beauty as it is positioned in the setting of charming surroundings.

CHAMERA LAKE- The lake is situated at a distance of 12 miles from Dalhousie at an elevation of 1700m above sea level. It is an idyllic place for activities such as fishing and boating. There is a boat house close to the lake offering water sports activities like canoeing, river rafting, kayaking and motor boating.

DAINKUND PEAK- The mountain’s highest point towers at a monolithic height of 2,745 meters above sea level. The Dainkund Peak is often termed as the singing hill. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 9: DALHOUSIE- Today continue sightseeing of Dalhousie viewing

KALATOPE WILDLIFE RESERVE- The high altitude forests of the Kalatop Wildlife Reserve are located at an average elevation of 2,500 meters above sea level. The forests are also known as Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary and are situated between the thick pine, deodar and oak forests. 

KHAJJIAR- Often referred to as 'mini-Switzerland of India', Khajjiar is a small town near Dalhousie which provides tourists a unique combination of forests, lakes and pastures.

CHAMBA- The beautiful hill station of Chamba in s about 55 km from Dalhousie.  Established by Raja Sahil Verma in 920 AD, the hamlet has retained its medieval charm. Along with pleasant climate, the picturesque hill station offers breathtaking sights of the snow-clad mountains and lush green forests. Chamba serves as a perfect summer getaway. The snow-clad mountains in and around Chamba are extremely popular for snow skiing. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 10: DALHOUSIE - CHANDIGARH- Today drive to Chandigarh, enroute visit the very famous Pinjore Garden

PINJORE GARDEN- Spread over a massive area of 100 acres and also known as Yadvinder Garden, Pinjore Garden is a spectacle to behold.

Later transfer to the hotel. Evening go out for shopping.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 11: CHANDIGARH – DELHI- After breakfast, visit

SUKHNA LAKE- Nestled at the foothills of Shivaliks, Sukhna Lake is a beautiful lake set amid the picturesque surroundings. Quite popular amid the locals and visitors, the place is a perfect destination for solitude seekers.

ROSE GARDEN- Rose garden, located at 16 sector of Chandigarh is a place to relax amid the nature at its best. The garden is packed with some exquisite variety of flowers making it quite popular among tourists and nature enthusiasts.

ROCK GARDEN- A symbol of imagination and novelty, this one is of its kind of garden spread across an area of 64 acres. The Rock Garden has been designed as an open air exhibition hall using urban and industrial wastes by Nek Chand, a former Road Inspector in Chandigarh.

Later in the evening drive back to Delhi.

Distance & Time (Approx)

  1. Delhi –Shimla: 375 kms/08 hrs
  2. Shimla - Manali: 250 kms/08 hrs
  3. Manali – Dharamshala: 250 kms/08 hrs
  4. Dharamshala – Dalhousie: 125 kms/04 hrs
  5. Dalhousie - Chandigarh: 350 kms/07 hrs
  6. Chandigarh – Delhi: 300 kms/06 hrs

Himachal Pradesh at a Glance

  • Population: 6,856,509
  • Area: 55,673 sq km
  • Geo Location: North India
  • Average Climate: 5°C to 35°C
  • Best Time to Visit: March - December

Shimla at a Glance

  1. Population: 169,578
  2. Area: 35.34 sq km
  3. Geo Location: Himachal Pradesh (North India)
  4. Average Climate: 5°C - 18°C
  5. Best Time to Visit: March - November
  6. STD Code: 0177

Manali at a Glance

  1. Population: 8,096
  2. Area: 5.12 sq kms
  3. Geo Location: Himachal Pradesh (North India) 
  4. Average Climate: 0°C to 25°C
  5. Best time to visit: Throughout the year
  6. STD Code: 01902
  7. Airport: Kullu Airport

Dharamshala at a Glance

  • Population: 56,543
  • Area: 27.6 sq kms
  • Geo Location: Himachal Pradesh (North India) 
  • Average Climate: 5°C - 26°C
  • Best time to visit: Throughout the year
  • STD Code: 01892
  • Airport: Dharamshala Airport

Dalhousie at a Glance

  1. Population: 7,601
  2. Area: 14 sq kms
  3. Geo Location: Himachal Pradesh (North India) 
  4. Average Climate: 2°C - 35C
  5. Best time to visit: Throughout the year
  6. STD Code: 01899

Chandigarh at a Glance

  • Population: 1,184,496
  • Area: 114 sq kms
  • Geo Location: Haryana (North India)
  • Average Climate: 15°C - 46°C
  • Best time to visit: Throughout the year
  • STD Code: 0172
  • Airport: Chandigarh Airport

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