DELHI –SHIMLA –MANALI – CHANDIGARH - DELHI
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Day 01. Arrive Delhi.
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.
Delhi is India’s main point of arrival for overseas visitor’s and the major transport hub for destination states of Rajasthan,the Punjab,Himacal Pradesh and Ladakh as well as central north India.Delhi city,the showcase of India has been the centre of political activity from time immemorial.The ancient fortness,majestic buldings and historic ruins find their modern counterparts in the tall sky scrapers,diplomatic enclaces and well planned townships of New Delhi.The people here,their lifestyles traditions and even the climate are a rich and varied mixture of all that in India.
Afternoon proceed for sightseeing visiting - Raj Ghat and shanti vana - the cremation sited of Mahatma Ghandi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Also drive past Red Fort, built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, Jama Masjid, one of the longest mosque in India and Chandini Chowk, shopping center of Delhi. New Delhi visiting Qutaub Minar built by Qutub – ud –Din Aibek in 1199. India Gate (War Memorial Arch). Lakshminarayan Temple – a modern Hindu Temple. Also drive past President House, Parliament House, and Government Secretariat Buildings.Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02. Delhi – Shimla by surface (370 kms)
After breakfast drive to Shimla and check-in at the hotel.
Shimla – The capital of Himachal Pradesh and former summer capital of British India, Shimla is the state’s most important center. Bulging at its seams with unprecedented expansion, Shimla retains a colonial aura, with its grand old buildings, among them the stately Viceregal Lodge, ccherming iron lampposts and Anglo-Saxon names. The Mall, packed with shops and eateries, is the center of attraction, and Scandal Point, associated with the former Maharaja of the Patiala’s escapades, offers a view of distant snowclad peaks. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03. Shimla
After breakfast proceed for half day city tour visiting Jakhoo Hill, Shimla’s highest point, other a panoramic view of the town, hills and mountain ranges with spectacular views at sunrise and sunset. Institute of Advanced Study which is housed in the former Viceregal Lodge, it was built in 1888, Tara Devi Temple offers panoramic views, Himachal State Museum has a rich display of the state’s cultural, artistic and archaeological heritage. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04. Shimla – Manali by surface (260 Kms)
After breakfast drive to Manali enroute visiting Kullu.
The most charming and beautiful Kulu valley spreads out its charm on either side of river Beas. The valley runs north to south of this river and is 80kms. long and about 2kms. at its broadest. Yet with awe inspiring glens and mossy meadows encircled by the rushing streams and meandering brooks, flung east & west, a fairly wide area is open to the tourists, the trekkers, the mountaineers, the artists and to anyone who wishes to escape the heat & dust of the plains to breathe the exhilarating air of the Himalaya and enjoy the spectacle of the variegated mountain scenery. The valley is also famous for its exquisitely woven colourful hand made shawls and kullu caps.
On arrival in Manali and check-in at the hotel.
Manali according to legend was born when the waters of the Great Deluge receded and the seventh Manu’s ark came to the rest on a hillside in this valley. As the earth dried up there came up a place of breathtaking beauty which was named after the great sags. Over the last decade Manali has grown from a back of the beyond Himanchali town to a busy tourist destination. Surrounded by towering peaks at arms length, Manali’s major asset is its proximity to the snowline, never more than a few hours drive from the town nestling at a comfortable 2,050 meters.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05. Manali
After breakfast proceed for half day city tour visiting Hadimba Devi Temple, Doongri temple houses Goddess Hadimba (Hirma Devi) has 4 tired pagoda – shaped roof with a doorway carved with figures and symbols. Tibetan Monastry,- A new and colorful Buddhist temple.
Overnight at the hotel
Day 06. Manali
After breakfast proceed for excursion to Rohtangpass.
Rohtang Pass is the highest point, 4,112m, on the Manali-Keylong road, 51-km from Manali town. It provides a wide panoramic view of mountains rising far above clouds, which is a sight truly breath-taking. It offers only limited skiing opportunities, but trekking possibilities are immense.The pass is open from June to September although trekkers can cross the pass from May. Beyond Rohtang pass lies the remote and, perhaps, the stark and haunting landscape of predominantly Buddhist areas. The comparative inaccessibility of the place has helped preserve the pristine culture of the people of the region. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07. Manali – Chandigarh by surface (370 kms)
After breakfast drive to Chandigarh and check-in at the hotel.
Union territory and capital of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh is a unique city. The tranquil and pollution-free environs, shorter distances and the sharp contrast between dull exteriors and plush interiors are the delight of Chandigarh’s inhabitants. A great amount of greenery, the Rock Garden, lake and general sense of organization – all make contribute towards making Chandigarh a charming place to visit.
Afternoon proceed for sightseeing visiting Pinjore Yadavindra Gardens 20 kms from Chandigarh on the Pinjore Kalka road. This is a traditional Mughal garden, created in the 17th century by Nawab Fidal Khan, architect to the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. According to Hindu mythology, the Pandava brothers rested at this place during their exile. The gardens are laid out over more than 100 acres on a sloping site with fountains and pavilions. It is open on all days and accommodation is available in at Rang Mahal and Sheesh Mahal. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08. Chandigarh – Delhi by surface (238 kms)
After breakfast drive to Delhi airport / railway station to connect flight / train for onward destination.
End of the programme. Check-in and Check-out time is 12 noon at all hotels.