Delightful Himachal

Description

Shimla  - Shimla is Situated at an altitude of approx. 6500 ft above sea level, is the capital of the North Indian State of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla was the former official summer capital of the Government of India right up until 1947, when India gained Independence. Shimla was originally a small hill village named after the goddess Shamla Devi, a manifestation of Kali. Discovered by the British in 1819, it became a popular refuge from the heat of the plains of North India. By 1830, it has become established as a favourite hill-station. In 1903, a railway line was laid, connecting it to the plains, and thus making it easily accessible. Shimla's salubrious climate helps make it a year-round destination.

Manali  - Manali, situated at an elevation of around 1950 m above sea level, is counted among the most famous tourist attractions in Himachal Pradesh. A part of the Kullu district, it is approximately 250 km away from the state capital, Shimla. According to the Hindu mythology, Manali got its name from Manu, the lawgiver of India appointed by Brahma, the God of Creation. It is believed that Manu arrived in the region after 7 cycles of creation and destruction. Manali is also considered to be the holy abode of 7 revered sages belonging to the Hindu religion.

Chandigarh  - Chandigarh is India's first planned city, quite distinct from the rest of the country and considerably better organized. It is the capital of both Haryana and Punjab, but the city itself is not part of either state, being a union territory, i.e. administered directly by the central government. It was one of the early planned cities in post-independence India and is internationally known for its architecture and urban design. Chandigarh has various visitor attractions including theme gardens within the city. Some notable sites are Sukhna Lake, the Garden of Fragrance, Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Parrot Bird Sanctuary Chandigarh, and Leisure Valley.

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Package Itinerary (Delightful Himachal)

Day 1 – Delhi  to Shimla (341 Kms/8hrs)

On the day of arrival at New Delhi airport, Our representative will meet you and transfer you directly to Shimla by road.  One of the most popular hill station in North India. Shimla is a town situated at an altitude of 6810 ft and is capital of an India State, Himachal Pradesh. Initially Shimla was chosen as a sanatorium for invalid European officers, but soon developed into a big hill town and became the summer capital of the India. Upon arrival check in to the hotel for overnight stay.

 

Day 2 – Shimla

Early in the morning, proceed to Kufri.

Kufri is a destination in its own right, it has long been famous for its ski slopes and fine views. Enjoy it's backdrop of peaks covered with snow. In the afternoon drive back to Shimla for sightseeing. Visit Tara Devi Temple and Jakhoo Temple. Later, proceed to the Viceregal Lodge. In the evening, explore Scandal Point, Ridge, Lakkar Bazaar, Christ Church and The Mall. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

 

Day 3 -  Shimla - Kullu - Manali (250 Km/7 Hours)

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and Proceed to Manali by road. On your way to Manali, visit the beautiful Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh. Later continue your drive to Manali. Upon arrival at Manali, check-in to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure, spend the rest of the day at Mall Road, a famous shopping destination in Manali. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 4 – Manali

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a full day excursion of Manali. Visit Rohtang Pass (Upto Snow Line in case Rohtang is closed due to snow fall. Come back to Manali). Also visit Gulaba, Marhi, Buddhist Monastery, Hadimba Devi temple (A small temple situated in the dense forest is very interesting), and Vashisht - an extremely picturesque little place clinging to the steep hill side, famous for its hot baths where a natural sulphar spring is piped into a modern bath-house. Evening is free at leisure.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 5 - Manali - Chandigarh (290 Km/8.30 Hours approx)

After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Chandigarh. On arrival check into the hotel at Chandigarh. Evening is free at leisure, you can explore sector 17 market - the most popular market in Chandigarh, later drive back to the hotel for overnight stay.

 

Day 6 – Departure - Chandigarh Airport

After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing of Chandigarh. Visit Rock Garden, Rose Garden and Sukhna Lake.

Rose Garden - Located in sector 16 of Chandigarh, Rose Garden is a blooming exhibit that showcases around 825 varieties of flowers and 32,500 varieties of trees and medicinal shrubs. Also known as Zakir Hussain Rose Garden after the former president of India, this garden is spread over 30 acres and is decked up with an exquisite variety of flowers making it quite popular among tourists and nature enthusiasts.

Rock Garden - Located in sector 1 of Chandigarh, The Rock Garden is a massive open-air exhibition hall that displays sculptures made from urban and industrial wastes that have been designed and executed by Nek Chand, a former Road Inspector in Chandigarh. Also known as Nek Chand's Rock Garden, this massive 40-acre garden is a colourful mosaic of art pieces and sculptures.

After Chandigarh sightseeing, Our representative will transfer you to Chandigarh Airport, to board the flight to your home or onward destination.

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