Himachal Triangle Tour

Himachal Triangle Tour

OVERVIEW- Dense alpine forests, frosty snow clad peaks, walking trails fit for a romantic stroll – the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh with its spell binding beauty and vast array of quaint hill stations is a happening place during summers.  Situated in the western Himalaya, Himachal Pradesh has several hill stations like Shimla, Manali & Dharamshala which are the most appropriate destination to find respite from the scorching summer heat. 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.

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.

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.

PATHANKOT- A gateway to Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal, Pathankot situated in the foothills of Kangra is best known for its serene green beauty and a rich historical past. Apart from being the largest military base not only of India but whole of Asia, the city is also known for its picturesque surroundings and pleasant atmosphere.

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 India summer tour.

Tour Destination: Chandigarh – Shimla – Manali – Dharamshala - Pathankot

Travel Duration:  07 Nights/08 Days

DAY 1: CHANDIGARH - SHIMLA- Welcome at Chandigarh. Straight 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- Today visit the beautiful locations of Shimla.

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.

CHADWICK FALLS- Cascading from a height of 67 m, this Chadwick Falls stream down from the summer hill. Settled amidst a thicket of deodar trees, it looks spectacular. Travellers can take delight in the bracing environs of the place or simply can go on trekking in the adjoining forested areas.

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 hill station of 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. Rohtang pass is the stretch which connects Manali to Himachal's dreamier and dessert like landscapes, Spiti and Lahaul. 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- A valley between the Beas Kund and the Solang village tends to be a favorite for all its visitors as well as the locals. Also known as the Snow point, the Solang valley is famous for the glaciers and snow-clad landscapes. Activities such as parachuting, paragliding, horse riding, driving mini open jeeps and sking in winters are available for tourists.

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.

MANU TEMPLE- Manu temple is said to be the only temple of Manu in India, who is believed to be the creator of human race. This Pagoda style of structure offers quite a glimpse into history, spirituality as well as a fascinating style of architecture.

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 - PATHANKOT- Day free for leisure and later, drive back to Pathankot to catch your flight/train towards onward destination.

Distance & Time (Approx)

  1. Chandigarh–Shimla: 220 kms/06 hrs
  2. Shimla - Manali: 250 kms/08 hrs
  3. Manali – Dharamshala: 250 kms/08 hrs
  4. Dharamshala - Pathankot: 100 kms/03 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

  • Population: 8,096
  • Area: 5.12 sq kms
  • Geo Location: Himachal Pradesh (North India) 
  • Average Climate: 0°C to 25°C
  • Best time to visit: Throughout the year
  • STD Code: 01902
  • Airport: Kullu Airport

Dharamshala at a Glance

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

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