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 Exciting Himachal tour.
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Upon arrival and meet and greet with our representative at Chandigarh Airport/Railway Station, get ready to hit the road to the beautiful hill station of Manali (2000 meters above sea level). Located in the Beas River Valley, Manali is a very 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 a legend, Manu was a sage who is believed to have recreated human life after the world was devastated by 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 get comfortable. Have a delicious dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel in Manali.
After an early breakfast, get ready to go on an excursion to the iconic tourist attraction in Himachal - 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 permits are allowed to proceed on Manali - Rohtang highway. You have to take the vehicle with the 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. Manali-Leh Highway, a part of NH 21, transverses Rohtang Pass. The Pass offers visitors beautiful sights of glaciers and mountain peaks such as Geypan and Lahaul Valley.
Later, visit the famous Solang Valley. At 8500 ft above mean sea level, the preferred location for adventure activities in Himachal Pradesh, Solang Valley is a must-see 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 visitors as well. Also, halt at Marhi, Rahala falls and Nehru Kund. By evening, return to your hotel in Manali and enjoy a lovely dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel in Manali.
After breakfast, walk through Manali town visiting newly constructed Buddhist Monastery and the handicraft center. Later, visit the 450 years old temple dedicated to Hadimba Devi, Jagatsukh, and Vashist kund.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 Himlayas.Vashisht, an extremely picturesque little place clinging to the steep hillside. On the way up to the village, you come upon the Vashist hot baths where a natural sulfur spring is piped into a modern bath-house.
Return to hotel by late afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Hotel.
After breakfast, today, check out from your hotel in Manali and get ready to 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 in 1864 (2000 m above sea level). Today, happy vacationers from all around flock here to get away from the daily hustle of city life.
After a delicious breakfast this morning, get ready to venture into 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 specially 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. Himalayan Nature Park in the outskirts is home to over 180 varieties of fauna.
After, visit the famous Mall Road in Shimla. Also, check out the pleasant small square Scandal Point and Jhakoo Temple. Return to your hotel and have a tasty dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel in Shimla.
Private vehicles do not have access to Jhakoo temple because of the location. The guests can take a shared taxi available on Mall Road and visit the temple. It’s advisable to visit the temple before it turns dark; hence the guests can first visit the temple and then spend time on the mall road.
After breakfast, check out from hotel & 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 to 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 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 that flowed from the Shivalik hills. Sports 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 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.
Open Hand is a 50 tonne and 14-meter high and structure that was created by Le Corbusier. Made out of metal sheets, this giant hand is a symbolism of unity and peace.
Alternatively, you can pay a visit to its famous markets, such as the shopping arcade of Sector 17, also called as-as the City Centre. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Have your breakfast and check out from your hotel in Chandigarh, you will be transferred to the airport/railway station to board your flight/train back home. Your tour has come to an end. Let the memories begin!
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