|Tour Duration||8 Days / 7 Nights||Destinations||Himachal Pradesh|
|Tour Category||Cultural Journey||Tour Location||Himachal Pradesh|
The Himalayan province is known across India for its pleasant early summer climate, mountain peaks, stunningly beautiful landscapes and deliciously cool mountain streams. Visit Shimla, famous as a British Hill Station and Kullu and Manali which have been perennial favourite destinations for over a decade. The chunky afforests with cool gentle winds, vast expansion of meadows, small quaint settlements and lovely orchards, give a majestic look to the serene ambiance of Manali.TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
• Visit the charms of nature in Kufri.
• Visit the Tibetan Monastery in Manali which houses several images of Lord Buddha and Tankha paintings.
• Visit the Patron Gods of Rajas of Kullu, at the Hadimba Temple.
• Visit Manikaran charms of natural hot spring.
ITIENARY: Day 1:Arrive Chandigarh - Onto Shimla (120kms/ 5hrs drive)
Welcome to your 'Himachal Splendour .On arrival at the airport / railway station in Chandigarh, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Shimla. The rest of the evening is at leisure for independent activities. Overnight in Shimla
Day 2:Shimla- Excursion to Kufri and Chail (20 kms)
Today, proceed on a full day excursion to Kufri and Chail. Enjoy a walk through the thick cedar woods to Mahasu Peak for an amazing view of the mighty Himalayas. One can opt for a pony or a yak ride around the park. Popularly known as Switzerland of the East, Kufri has breathtaking views, stunning locales and tranquil surroundings. The snow-clad hills of Kufri are famous for its trekking and hiking trails. The former capital state of Patiala, Chail is a beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore the local markets as you stroll on Mall Road.
Day 3:Onto Manali (272kms/8hrs drive)
This morning, you will proceed on a breathtaking drive to Manali, nestled on the banks of the River Beas amidst the Kullu Valley. On arrival, check-into your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the beautiful hill station of Manali. Overnight in Manali (B, D)
Today, after breakfast, visit the four and a half century old Hadimba Devi Temple dedicated to the demon goddess Hadimba (an incarnation of Kali) and the Tibetan Monastery, which houses several images of Lord Buddha and Tankha paintings. The rest of the day is at leisure to stroll and shop on the Mall Road, the life centre of every hill station. Why not spend few blissful moments walking through the undulating stretches and enjoying the cool mountain breeze, shop for local handicrafts or just relax at the hotel. You may also enjoy walks after dinner on the Mall Road under a starlit sky and hearing the silence of nature. Overnight in Manali (B, D)
The day is at leisure to explore this picturesque town. Or you can opt for Rohtang Pass (Closed on Tuesdays). Rohtang Pass offers magnificent views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. It was the medieval trading route to Lahaul and Spiti. If roads to Rohtang Pass are closed, then visit Snow Point where ponies / horses can be hired (On direct payment). Note: (Only local vehicles are allowed for Rohtang Pass / Snow point visit). Overnight in Manali (B, D)
Day 6:Onto Kullu - Excursion to Manikaran (38 kms/1.5 hrs drive)
This morning, proceed to Kullu. Amidst the loftiness of the majestic Himalayas, and the serene ambience of the unpolluted River Beas, Kullu also known as the 'Valley of Gods is in the state of Himachal Pradesh '. The awe-inspiring landscapes, friendly people and varied culture and traditions make Kullu a favorite picnic spot. Challenging trekking and mountaineering are few activities one can enjoy. On arrival, check-in to your hotel. Later, proceed on an excursion to Manikaran, famous for its sulphur springs. The water in the springs is radioactive and so it also has got some medicinal value. It is believed that goddess Parvathi had dropped her earrings at Manikaran and that gave birth to the hot springs The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this town. Overnight in Kullu. (B, D)
Day 7:Onto Zirakpur / Chandigarh (320kms/Approx 8 hrs drive)
Today, you will proceed to Zirakpur /Chandigarh. One of the best-planned cities in India, with its architecture which is world-renowned, and a quality of life, which is unparalleled. On arrival, check-in to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this well planned city. Overnight in Zirakpur / Chandigarh (B, D)
Day 8:Depart Chandigarh Today, bid farewell to your Himachal Splendour tour, as you are transferred to the airport / railway station in Chandigarh for your onward journey.