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Best of Himachal with Golden Temple

9Nights / 10 Days
2N Shimla – 3N Manali – 1N Dharamshala – 2N Dalhousie – 1N Amritsar

PACKAGE HIGHLIGHTS

Excursion to Kufri, Mall road and scandal point in Shimla
Solang Valley, Hadimba Temple, Mall road and much more in Manali
In Dharamshala, visit Tsuglagkhang Complex (Museum and Home of Dalai Lama), Tour of Norbulingka Institute, Monasteries and Yoga/Meditation programs (optional)
In Dalhousie, visit St. John’s Church, Bara pathar & Bakrota Hills
Excursion to Khajjiar
In Amritsar, visit Harminder Sahib –The Golden Temple and Wagah (India-Pakistan border)
Sightseeing tours by private Air-conditioned vehicle.
Start and End in Chandigarh

ITINERARY

Day 01 – Arrival to Chandigarh – Drive to Shimla (115 kms / approx. 3.5 hours)

Meet our representative upon arrival in Chandigarh and proceed to Shimla – abounds in natural bounty and looks picture perfect. The small hill station amidst the lofty snow-clad Himalayan ranges, surrounded by lakes and lush green pastures look as though an artist has painted them. The unique thing about Shimla is that it still retains its colonial charm. Check-in at the hotel and spend evening at leisure.
Overnight stay in Shimla.

Day 02 – Trip to Kufri

Drive to Kufri after breakfast. This is a popular picnic spot located 16km from Shimla. You may hike on foot to the Mahasu Peak or pay for a mule ride up the hill. Mahasu is the tallest peak in Kufri that gives tourists an amazing view of distant snow-capped peaks. In the afternoon return to Shimla and visit Viceregal Lodge, Christ Church, St. Michael’s Cathedral (Subject to availability due to Current restriction – COVID 19) and Jakhu temple. In the evening, take a walk on Shimla’s famous boulevard, Mall Road. See fine specimens of colonial architecture, snack at the various eateries in the market or shop for souvenirs.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03 – Shimla – Kullu – Manali (280 kms / 6.5 hours)

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Manali. On the way enjoy Kullu sightseeing. It is the  valley of gods, or the ‘habitable end of the world’, as the Kullu valley has come to be known, spreads out its charm on either side of the upper reaches of the river Beas. This valley is famous for the beauty and its majestic hills covered with Pine and Deodar forest sand sprawling apple orchards. Kullu valley is sandwiched between the Pir Panjal, Lower Himalayan and Great Himalayan range. The valley is only 80 km long and 2 km at its broadest, yet a fairly wide area is open to the visitors to enjoy the spectacle of variegated mountain scenery. Later proceed to Manali & it offers super views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges, and with mountain adventures beckoning from all directions, Manali is a year-round magnet for tourists. Apart from temples, Manali is popular among adventure tourists coming for trekking, paragliding, rafting and skiing. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and spend evening at leisure.
Overnight stay in Manali.

Day 04 – Sightseeing in Manali

In morning after breakfast, go on an adventurous drive to Solang valley – a major attraction, without which the trip remains incomplete. All above mentioned adventure activities can be availed here at Solang Valley. Apart from activities, there are splendid views to enjoy in and around the Solang Valley. Later, today visit popular Hadimba Temple, Naggar Castle and Art gallery. In the evening, go for a walk along Mall Road.
Overnight stay at the Manali.

Day 05 – Rohtang Pass & Atal Tunnel

After breakfast, enjoy full day at leisure in Manali. Alternatively, you may explore the destination offering numerous adventure sports and other places of interest.
Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 06 – Drive from Manali – Dharamshala (215 kms / approx. 6 hours)

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Dharamshala. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel. Spend the evening at leisure you may rejuvenate yourself with yoga and meditation retreats available in Dharamshala (optional) (Subject to availability due to current restriction COVID 19).
Overnight stay in Dharamshala.

Day 07 – Sightseeing in Dharamshala – Drive to Dalhousie (115 kms / approx. 3.5 hours)

After breakfast, visit Tsuglagkhang Complex – Centre of Tibetan culture, which includes a museum and the residence of His Holiness Dalai Lama – the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism. Later, visit popular monasteries, Tibetan medical center and the Church of St. John. Also, you may rejuvenate yourself with yoga and meditation retreats available in Dharamshala (optional). Later drive to Dalhousie. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel.

Day 08 – Sightseeing in Dalhousie with Khajjiar Excursion

After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Khajjiar which is 23 kms from Dalhousie by road and 13 kms from Kalatop is the mini Switzerland of India – Khajjiar. The lush green meadows are surrounded by thick pine and cedar forests. There is a small lake in the center of the saucer shaped meadow which has in it a floating island. A little away from the lake is the temple of Khajji Nag belonging to 12th C. AD. The sanctum of the temple has been beautifully carved from wood. Later return back to Dalhousie & visit Bhulwani Mata Mandir at Bara Pathar and hike up the Bakrota Hills to see an impressive view of snow-clad peaks. Also, see St. John’s Church. It was the first to be built after the town of Dalhousie was founded.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 09 – Drive from Dalhousie – Amritsar (200 kms / 4.5 hours)

After early breakfast, drive to Amritsar – colloquially known as Ambarsar, is a spiritually significant city for the followers of Sikhism. The city derives its name from the sacred pool, which was founded in 1574 by Guru Ram Das – the 4th Sikh guru. This holy pond circumscribes Harmandir Sahib, which is popularly known as the Golden Temple amongst devotees. After check-in at the hotel, proceed to India-Pakistan border at Wagah. Watch the ‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony where soldiers of both countries bring down their respective national flags in their unique styles. After returning, visit the iconic Golden Temple. If time permits you may visit Jalianwala Bagh and Ranjit museum.
Overnight stay in Amritsar.

Day 10 – Amritsar – Departure from Chandigarh (232 kms / approx. 5 hours)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Chandigarh airport for return journey back home.

End of Services

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

9 night accommodation in well-appointed hotels or equivalent
Meal plan as on either Bed & Breakfast / or with Lunch or Dinner basis or Full Board basis
Sightseeing as per itinerary by private tourist vehicle (Air conditioner in vehicles will not work in hilly areas)
Drivers allowances & toll taxes.

PACKAGE EXCLUSIONS

Air tickets and airport taxes
Entrance fee & Monuments Charges as per the Itinerary
Special activities as per the itinerary
Items of personal nature like laundry, phone calls, tips to guides / drivers etc.
Camera / Video camera fees applicable at monument

NOTES

Check-in & Check out time as per Hotel Policy
All tourist places are open and state body reserves right to close any places if found necessary.

MONUMENTS CLOSED ON

Shimla & Kangra State Museums /vice regal lodge & Roerich Art Gallery/ Naggar remain closed on Mondays & all Govt. Holidays
Dharamshala – Tibetan Institutes remain closed on Sunday & Second Saturday of Month, 15 Aug, All Tibetan Holidays
Tibetan School Office is closed on all Saturdays
Zoo in Kufri also remains closed on Mondays
Heater charges in room on direct payment basis
Medium vehicle will be provided for 1-3 travelers and Innova will be provided for 4-5 travelers
Hotels located at Mall Road – Please note if the Vehicle are not allowed at Mall Road, then guest will be dropped off at the nearest parking and they’ll have to managed by walking.
Rohtang pass is 51 kms away from Manali. This Pass is not accessible for almost 8 months in a year, as it is covered by snow
Snow clothes, jackets and gum boots are available on rent in the shops located on Rohtang Road, you can rent it at an additional cost if needed
Dalai Lama Temple, Cricket Stadium , Norbalinga Institute are temporarily restricted due to COVID 19
Ranjit Singh & partition Museum is temporarily restricted .

*The above package is subject to change and availability.

For any clarifications or request for detailed package with pricing please do not hesitate to contact us at:
Email: info@namastetourism.com
Mobile: +91 9833128208.

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