Get up, close and personal with nature in the lap of the Himalayas! See snow-capped peaks, visit ancient temples and indulge in some adrenaline pumping adventure sports in Manali, Shimla, Kufri and Rohtang. See the best that Himachal Pradesh has to offer on our Enchanting Himachal tour.
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On arrival at Chandigarh Airport/Railway Station, get ready to hit the road to the beautiful hill station of Manali. Located in the Beas River Valley, Manali is a popular hill station flocked by tourists from across the country. Manali can be reached from the national highway that leads to the Ladakh region. The snow-clad mountain peaks, rich flora and fauna, and several other prominent attractions make a trip to Manali most worthwhile. According to legend, Manu was a sage who is believed to have recreated human life after the world was devastated after a great flood. There is an ancient temple in the old Manali village that is devoted to this sage. Some of the other popular attractions of this quaint destination include Hadimba Temple, Manali Sanctuary, Arjun Gufa and Jagatsukh. Upon reaching your\ hotel, check-in and settle into your luxurious room. Have a delicious dinner and stay overnight in Manali.
After an early breakfast, you will leave for an excursion to the iconic tourist attraction, Rohtang Pass. Enjoy a breathtaking drive through Snow Point on the road to Rohtang Pass (closed on Tuesdays). After a certain point, only vehicles with permit are allowed to pass on the Manali - Rohtang highway. You have to take a vehicle with permit (at your own cost) to travel further to Rohtang Pass. An iconic tourist attraction in Manali, Rohtang Pass (13,054 ft.) is located on the watershed between the water basins of the Chenab River and the Beas River. Besides Lahaul and Spiti, Rohtang Pass also serves as the gateway to Pangi and the valley of Leh. The Pass offers visitors beautiful sights of glaciers and mountain peaks such as Geypan and the Lahaul Valley. Later, visit the famous Solang Valley. At 8500 ft. above mean sea level, it is the preferred location for adventure activities in Himachal Pradesh and a must visit for adrenaline junkies. You can choose to go parachuting, paragliding, skating or zorbing (at own expense). Its lush forests, apple orchards, snowcapped peaks and rivers attract thousands of visitors as well. Also halt at Marhi, Rahala Falls and Nehru Kund. In the evening, return to your hotel in Manali and enjoy a lovely dinner.
After breakfast, walk through Manali visiting the newly constructed Buddhist Monastery and the handicraft centre. Later, visit the 450 year old temple dedicated to Hadimba Devi, Jagatsukh and Vashist kund. The Hadimba Devi Temple - is an\ ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, wife of Bhima, a figure in the Indian epic Mah?bh?rata. The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest at the foot of the Him?layas. Vashisht is an extremely picturesque little hamlet clinging to the steep hill side. On the way up to the village you come upon the Vashist hot baths where natural sulphur spring is piped into a modern bath-house. You will return to hotel by late afternoon and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
After breakfast today, check out from your hotel in Manali and proceed to Shimla by road. The capital city of Himachal Pradesh and most popular hill station in the north of India was once the Himalayan summer capital of the British Raj. Today, happy vacationers from all around flock here to get away from the daily hustle and bustle of city life.
After a delicious breakfast, you will travel to Kufri; a haven for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. With panoramic views of the Himalayas, steep hikes, adventure sports and quite a few fun and interesting sightseeing attractions, Kufri is a great place to unwind. Popular especially with trekkers, the splendid weather and stunning natural beauty make Kufri an ideal summer getaway. Interestingly, Kufri is also the venue for an annual winter sports festival held in February. With the oldest skiing slopes in Himachal Pradesh, Kufri is also famously referred to as a ski destination. The Himalayan Nature Park in the outskirts of the town is home to over 180 varieties of fauna. You will then visit the famous Mall Road in Shimla. Also check out the Scandal Point with its Tudor style post office and Jhakoo Temple. Private vehicles do not have access to the Jhakoo Temple because of its location. Visitors can take a shared taxi available on Mall Road and visit the temple. It’s advisable to visit the temple before it turns dark.
After breakfast, board the iconic toy train from Shimla Railway Station to Kandaghat. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the century old train takes you through green hills and pretty villages right out of a bpostcard. Arrive at Kandaghat and transfer to your Shimla Hotel.
After breakfast, check out from your hotel and proceed to Chandigarh popularly referred to as the &City Beautiful&. Chandigarh, the capital of Punjab and Haryana, is regarded as one of the best planned cities of the country. Later, you may opt for a sightseeing trip of this beautiful city and visit its popular attractions, such as Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake, Capitol Complex and Open Hand. Rock Garden is a masterpiece that was formed from urban and industrial waste. Established as an open-air exhibition hall, it houses many items made from porcelain, metal wires, auto parts, mudguards, frames, etc. The man-made Sukhna Lake, situated at the foothills of the Shivalik range, has a 3 km shoreline. It was built in the year 1958 after a dam was built across a seasonal stream, Sukhna Choe, which flowed from the Shivalik hills. Sport activities, like water skiing, yachting and boating are on offer at this lake. Capitol Complex is a government building that was designed by the great architect Le Corbusier. Earlier, it was the seat of the Punjab Government; however today, it is the headquarters of both the governments of Haryana and Punjab. You will also have the opportunity to visit Open Hand, a 50 tonne and 14-metre high and structure that was created by Le Corbusier. Made out of metal sheets, this giant hand is a symbol of unity and peace. Alternatively, you can pay a visit to its famous markets, such as the shopping arcade of Sector 17, also called the City Centre.
Check out from your hotel after breakfast and be transferred to the airport/railway station to board your flight/train back home marking the end of your tour.
Kingston Park/Florence Inn
City Heart 16
Regal Inn / Hotel Regent Continental
Snow Valley Resort/Manla Homes/Deventures
Whistling Pines /Rioso Resort/ Whispering inn/Life style Manali
Justa Residence GK/The Allure
Velvett Clarks /Red Fox/Medallion Chandigarh