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Himachal Pradesh discovery 18D/17N

The Highlights

  • Delhi
  • Chandigarh
  • Shimla
  • Hatu Peak
  • Thanedar
  • Sarahan 
  • Jalori Pass 
  • Shoja
  • Mandi 
  • Rewalsar
  • Prashar Lake
  • Dharamshala 
  • Mcleodganj
  • Amritsar 

Description

The Himachal Pradesh Discovery tour to the Northern part of India takes you through this beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh. The tour starts with Chandigarh which is the first planned city of India and designed by Le Corbusier. Then you climb to the mountainous region with a short toy train ride which is now a UNESCO site. We will visit Shimla which is used to be the summer capital of British India.  A further drive takes you through this region famous for apple orchards where this delicious apple was introduced as a fruit around a century back by an American Samuel Evans Stokes. You will continue your journey to the historical city of Mandi built on the banks of river Beas and called “Varanasi of Hills or Choti Kashi.” You will also visit Dharamshala, The Dalai Lama’s residence and the headquarters of The Tibetan Government in exile. Throughout your journey through this hilly state, you will witness unique temple architecture “ Kath-Khuni architecture.” During the Himachal Pradesh Discovery tour you will also visit villages which are still untouched by western influence and villagers are still living in traditional houses. This journey ends in Golden temple of Amritsar which is the religious site for Sikh religion and where everybody from any religion is welcome to participate in langar (free lunch).

Himachal Pradesh (Abode of Gods), a state of India, having an area of just 55,673 sq. Kilometers occupies a region of scenic splendor in the western Himalayas. The area offers a multi-textured display of lofty snow-clad mountains, deep gorges, thickly forested valleys, large to the north, by the Tibet Autonomous Region of China to the east, and by the states of Uttarakhand to the southeast, Haryana to the south, and Punjab to the west. It is located in the altitudes of Himalaya which ranges from 350 meters to 7000 meters. It is the place of diverse cultures, land of fairs and festivals, land of peace and joy, a place where you can see the nature at its best. Himachal is blessed with the beauty of nature and thus is one of the most favorite tourist destination in India. To Himachalis any opportunity for celebration is welcome. Innumerable fairs and festivals are held throughout the state. These serve the needs of social integration not only for economic sustenance but also for cultural survival. Festivals give them an opportunity to purchase and sell needed articles. Traders from far and near join these festivals to display items like clothes, wool, pashmina, furs, leather, hides and skins, pottery, metalware, jewelry, ornaments, fruits, vegetables and many other local products coming from the homes and fields of the ruralities. Fairs in Himachal Pradesh have a very active role to play in social life. Himachal is a land of Devi and Devtas – the land of gods and most of the fairs are of mythological nature. But to keep on rhythm in various walks of life, fairs have occupied predominant role and acquired various dimensions, such as trade, agricultural, seasonal and fairs connected with festivals, etc. The seven day long Shivratri fair at Mandi is unique in style and known for its colorful atmosphere. Hundreds of gods and goddesses are carried in palanquins by their devotees. Singing and dancing, they enter the tastefully decorated city of Mandi on Shivratri. After presenting themselves at the Raj Madhav temple (shrine of the chief god of the area), they pay their homage to Lord Shiva at the Bhootnath temple. This marks the start of week-long festivities which provide a rich feast of fun, fair, music, and dance. Kully Dussehra is another big festival of Himachal Pradesh. It is held in October in the large Dhalpur Maidan of Kullu. The Beginning is marked by Rath Yatra, in which the chief deity of the celebrations, Raghunathji, is carried in a fully decorated wooden chariot. The yatra signifies the march of Lord Rama to conquer demon king Ravana. Hundred of hill gods brought from all over the district participate in the festivities which go on for seven days.

The Himachal Pradesh Discovery tour is an excellent opportunity to visit this amazing state of India.

Day 1: Arrival in New Delhi

  • Arrive at New Delhi.Transfer to hotel.Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: NEW DELHI / CHANDIGARH

  • Breakfast at hotel.Morning visit to Delhi.
  • Transfer to railway station to connect train to Chandigarh.
  • Chandigarh is a Union Territory and the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana states. It is also the first planned city of independent India. The face of modern India, Chandigarh, is the manifestation of a dream that Pt. Jawa har Lal Nehru envisaged and Le Corbusier executed. Picturesquely located at the foothills of Shivaliks, it is known as one of the best experiments in urban planning and modern architecture in the twentieth century in India.
  • Overnight stay in Chandigarh.

Day 3: CHANDIGARH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.Morning city tour of Chandigarh visiting Capitol Complex (UNESCO World Heritage site), Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake & Government Museum and Art Gallery (Museum closed on Mondays & Gazetted holidays).
  • Evening free to visit local markets of Sector 17 and Sector 22.
  • Overnight stay in Chandigarh.

Day 4: CHANDIGARH – KALKA  – BAROG – SHIMLA

  • Breakfast at the hotel.Later drive to Kalka, approx. 30 km’s / 01 hr drive. Upon arrival connect Toy train till Barog (1210 / 1417 hrs – 43 km’s).
  • At Barog Station, you will get down on the train and drive to Shimla, approx. 55 km’s / 02 hrs drive. Evening free at leisure or visit famous The Mall Road, main shopping market of Shimla.
  • Shimla is the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. Well known as the Queen of Hills, is an all time destination for tourists, for lovers of nature and solitude. Situated on the lower spurs on North-West Himalayas at the height of 2205 meters it has always enticed and cast a spell on anyone who set one’s foot on these slopes once. The hill station is enveloped by seven hills that include Jakhoo Hill, Bantony Hill, Prospect Hill, Summer Hill, Observatory Hill, Invererarm Hill and Elysium Hill. In 1864, Shimla was declared as the summer capital of the British Empire in India.
  • Evening free at leisure or visit famous The Mall Road, main shopping market of Shimla.
  • Overnight stay in Shimla.

Day 5: SHIMLA

  • Breakfast at the hotel.Morning visit famous Jakhu temple. Later drive to visit Indian Institute of Advance Studies (earlier known as Vice Regal Lodge – Closed on Mondays) and State Museum (Closed on Mondays and Gazetted Holidays).
  • Afternoon visit Christ Church, 2nd oldest Church of North India. Later visit some colonial time buildings from outside like Gorton Castle (now is an Accountant General office), Railway Board Building, General Post Office, Town Hall (now a Shimla Municipal Corporation Office) and Gaiety Theatre building. Also, visit vegetable market during the tour.
  • Evening free at leisure to visit local market of Shimla i.e. Lower Bazaar.Overnight in Shimla

Day 6: SHIMLA/THANEDAR

  • Breakfast at the hotel.Later drive to Thanedar (famous for apple orchards), approx. 80 km’s / 2.5 hrs drive. Visit Hatu Peak en route (approx. 3136 meters high) which offers a panoramic view of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges of Himalayas. Later check in at the hotel.
  • Later in the afternoon visit Tani Jubbar Lake and a small St. Mary’s Church.
  • Overnight stay in Thanedar.

Day 7: THANEDAR

  • Breakfast at the hotel.Later go for a walk in nearby Saroga forest which is full of Himalayan trees like Blue pine, Silver Spur, Christmas tree, Spruce, Oaks, Rhododendron and Taxus Himalayana.
  • Afternoon free at leisure. In the evening we go for a walk in the apple orchards and learn about apple harvest.
  • Overnight stay in Thanedar.

Day 8: THANEDAR/SARAHAN

  • Breakfast at the hotel.Later drive to Sarahan, approx. 80 km’s / 2.5 hrs drive. Upon arrival check in at the hotel.
  • Later visit the famous Bhimakali temple and the village of Sarahan.
  • Overnight in Sarahan

Day 9: SARAHAN/SHOJA  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.Then drive to Shoja, approx. 85 km’s / 4 hrs drive. Enroute visit beautiful wooden temple at Behna village. Upon arrival check in at the hotel.
  • Later in the afternoon visit Shoja village.
  • Overnight stay in Shoja.

Day 10: SHOJA

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Later drive to Jalori Pass (3120 meters), approx. 20 minutes drive and then go for a 06 km’s hike to beautiful Serolsar Lake. After our visit, we return to the hotel.
  • Rest of the day is free at leisure.
  • Overnight stay in Shoja.

Day 11: SHOJA – MANDI – REWALSAR – MANDI

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Later drive to Mandi, approx. 90 km’s / 3.5 hrs drive. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. After check in , we go for an excursion to Rewalsar, approx. 1.5 hrs drive each way. Upon arrival visit Rewalsar Lake, Buddhist monasteries and Guru Padmasambhava cave
  • Return to Mandi.
  • Overnight stay in Mandi.

Day 12: MANDI/PRASHAR/MANDI

  • Breakfast at the hotel.Later go for an excursion to Prashar, approx. 50 km’s / 3 hrs drive each way. Upon arrival visit beautiful Lake and wooden temple belongs to Parashar Rishi/sage.
  • Return to Mandi and visit famous temples like Trilokinath, Panchvaktra temples and old market of Mandi town.
  • Overnight stay in Mandi.

Day 13: MANDI/BAIJNATH/DHARAMSHALA

  • Breakfast at the hotel.Later drive to Dharamshala. approx. 150 km’s / 05 hrs drive. Enroute visit famous Shiva temple at Baijnath. Later upon arrival in Dharamshala, check in at the hotel.Dharamshala is a city in the upper reaches of the Kangra Valley and is surrounded by dense coniferous forest consisting mainly of stately Deodar cedar trees. It is divided into two separate areas: Lower Dharamsala, where government offices and services are located, and Upper Dharamsala also known as McLeod Ganj which sits atop a ridge 10 km above the main shopping area, Kotwali bazaar. Upper Dharamsala or McLeod Ganj is the center of the Tibetan community in exile and the residence of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader and head of the Tibetan government in exile. At 1768 meters above sea level nestled in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas, McLeod Ganj is a favorite of backpackers, trekkers, nature lovers and those seeking the solitude and beauty of mountains and villages. Thus McLeod Ganj is a well-known tourist center.
  • Rest of the day is free at leisure for rest or visit Mcleodganj market.
  • Overnight stay in Dharamshala. 

Day 14: DHARAMSHALA

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Full day sightseeing of Dharamshala visiting Namgyal monastery & Tsuglagkhang Complex, St. John’s Church, Norbulingka Institute (closed on Sunday & 2nd Saturday of each month) & Gyuto monastery.
  • Overnight stay in Dharamshala.

Day 15: DHARAMSHALA

  • Breakfast at the hotel. Morning visit St. John’s Church. Later visit Tibetan Children Village (closed on 02nd Saturday, Sunday and from the start of January till February end during winter holidays).
  • Later go for a nice walk from Naddi village to Bhagsu village. Rest of the day is free at leisure.
  • Overnight stay in Dharamshala.

Day 16: DHARAMSHALA/AMRITSAR

  • Breakfast at the hotel. Later drive to Amritsar, approx. 220 km’s / 05 hrs drive. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Afternoon free at leisure. After dinner visit famous Golden Temple to witness the palki sahib (palanquin) ceremony. In this ceremony, the holy book of Sikh religion i.e. Guru Granth Sahib is carried in a palanquin from the main temple Harmandir Sahib to Akal Takht Sahib.
  • Overnight stay in Amritsar.

Day 17: AMRITSAR

  • Breakfast at the hotel.Later visit Jalianwala Bagh memorial. Later 2nd visit of Golden Temple. Also, visit the kitchen of the temple where food is prepared to thousands of pilgrims every day and served it free of cost.
  • Afternoon visit Wagah border, approx. 32 km’s / 01 hr drive each way, to witness “beating the retreat ceremony.” Overnight stay in Amritsar.
  • Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 18: AMRITSAR/DELHI 

  • On time you will be transferred from hotel to Amritsar airport for a flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be transferred to the city for some free time and last shopping.
  • Later in the evening, transfer to International airport for onward flight.                  

Included:

  • Accommodation on a twin/triple Sharing Basis.
  • Meal Plan CP (Bed and Breakfast only) or MAP (Bed, Breakfast, and dinner only) Basis as described at the costing sheet.
  • No charges for children below the age of 5. Children between 5 and 10 years old get 50% discount.
  • Transport: Vehicles are only used for transport as described in the itinerary (point to point basis).
  • All sightseeing and excursions, as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Parking fees at the attractions.
  • Our Luxury Vehicles (Innova/Xylo/Scorpio or similar) will only transport a maximum of 6 passengers.
  • One professional English speaking guide. Provided from the pickup at the airport till the end of the tour at Bagdogra airport.
  • All taxes and services taxes.

Excluded:

  • Insurance. We firmly advise taking a travel insurance. Nature can be unpredictive in this mountainous area. 
  • International airfare.
  • The expense of personal nature like laundry, table drinks, telephone calls, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, etc.
  • Any insurance cover or airport taxes
  • Tips to guide and driver and his assistant.
  • Visa to India
  • Anything not specified in the inclusive list.

What to bring:

  •  Passport
  • Indian Tourist Visa (Visa on arrival facility is also available at major Indian airports for Belgium nationals)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Valid Cash/Credit or Debit Cards to take money if required.
  • A day pack to move around with ease
  • A back pack rain cover
  • Camera with bag, charger, battery and its cable
  • Extra memory cards
  • Long and Short Trousers. Cargos are favorable due to multiple pockets and their quick dry quality.
  • Long and Short Sleeve T-shirts
  • At least one light jacket. Heavy jacket if traveling in winters
  • A thick sweat-shirt
  • Cap
  • Couple of sets of socks
  • Undergarments
  • Medium size towel
  • A pair of shoes that are comfortable and have a good grip.
  • Slippers or flip flops
  • Rain sheet
  • Windcheater
  • Tooth brush, tooth paste, soap bars, shampoo sachets, or small bottles of shampoo
  • Paper soap, Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet roll
  • UV protected sun glares
  • Sun screen, lip balm, and Cold cream
  • Body spray
  • A LED Torch and a box of candles along with a lighter
  • Pen and a small Diary (if client loves to make notes)
  • Bag locks
  • Small Scissor
  • Watch
  • Swiss Knife
  • Tablets for headaches, diarrhea, motion sickness
  • Bandages
  • Aspirin
  • *Any personal medication that has been advised by the doctor

Notes

Minimum participants for the Himachal Pradesh Discovery tour is 2 persons.

If you have any question about this tour, please contact us at info@mundooz.com.

Altitudes visited during the Himachal Pradesh Discovery tour

In the Himachal Pradesh discovery tour, we travel at higher altitudes. Take your precautions.

  • Delhi – 216 meters
  • Chandigarh – 341 meters
  • Shimla – 2205 meters
  • Hatu Peak – 3400 meters
  • Thanedar – 2200 meters
  • Sarahan – 2000 meters
  • Jalori Pass – 3120 meters
  • Shoja – 2500 meters
  • Mandi – 850 meters
  • Rewalsar – 1360 meters
  • Prashar Lake – 2,730 meters
  • Dharamshala – 1457 meters
  • Mcleodganj – 1768 meters
  • Amritsar – 232 meters

Best time to visit

The Himachal Pradesh Discovery tour will only be available from the beginning of March until the end of June and in September and October due to the specific weather conditions of the region.

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