Hillstations and Snow Peaks

Itinerary

Day 1: Sightseeing Delhi

Day 2: Drive to Shimla (360 km, 7 hours)

Day 3: Drive to Kufri (15 km, 1 hour)

Day 4: Drive to Manali (260 km, 6 hours)

Day 5: Sight-seeing Manali

Day 6: Early morning drive to Rohtang Pass (50 km, 3 hours)

Day 7: Drive to Mc Leod Ganj, Dharamshala (250 km, 6 hours)

Day 8: Visit the Dalai Lama Temple

Day 9: Drive to Amritsar (210 km, 3 hours)

Day 10: Sightseeing Amritsar

Day 11: Drive to Delhi (450 km, 9 hours)


We provide private car and driver. Pick-up and drop at the airport is free.

Delhi- Shimla- Manali- Dharamshala- Amritsar- Delhi (10 Nights, 11 Days)

Delhi- Shimla- Manali- Dharamshala- Amritsar- Delhi (10 Nights, 11 Days)

Details

Day 1: Sightseeing Delhi


After breakfast in your hotel your driver will pick you up and you will drive to Old Delhi. You can start your day visiting the Red Fort. After, you walk in Chandni Chowk and visit the vegetable and spice market. In the center of a local market you find on a small hill the beautiful Jama Mosque. There are some famous restaurants in Chandni Chowk where you can enjoy typical indian lunch.

In the afternoon your driver will bring you to Humayun tomb, which was a model for the Taj Mahal. On the way by car you will see India Gate and the President House. If you still don’t feel tired, there might be some time to visit the islamic Qutub Minar, the famous modern Lotus Temple, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara (a Sikh temple) or Birla Temple (a Hindu temple). Your driver will drop you in your hotel in the evening.


Day 2: Drive to Shimla (360 km, 7 hours)


Your driver will pick you up at your hotel after breakfast and you will drive to Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, picturesquely situated at 2205m in the foothills of the Himalayas. The city was built on a steep ridge and the old town is car-free and you can enjoy a fantastic view of the snow-capped peaks of the mountains. After refreshing in the hotel go for a walk on «the Ridge» and the Mall. Consider visiting the Visceral Lodge that has been the summer residence of the colonial government of former British India.


Day 3: Drive to Kufri (15 km, 1 hour)


Today you have the choice – you can explore Shimla, visit the Visceral Lodge if you didn’t the day before and go for a walk in the beauiful pine-tree forests around Shimla. Or you drive to Kufri, a tiny hillstation, famous for its beautiful and cool refreshing atmosphere, where you can enjoy your day in one of the amusement parcs. In the evening you will come back to Shimla.


Day 4: Drive to Manali (260 km, 6 hours)


From Shimla, you will follow the main road winding northwest to the small market town of Mandi, from where you will drive through the majestic Kullu Valley to Manali. You will explore Himachal Pradesh from its most idyllic side here: roaring rivers, charming mountain villages, orchards and terraced fields, dense pine forests and snow-capped mountain ridges. 


Day 5: Sight-seeing Manali


Manali is located at the top of the Kulu Valley and is the main resort town of the valley. The city is beautiful and offers many beautiful walks. In the morning you can walk to Hadimba Devi Temple, a wooden temple that stands in a clearing of an otherwise dense forest. On your way back, take a coffee or tea in one of the Cafes at the Manalsu Nala river before proceeding to Old Manali. Follow the small side-streets to discover the old traditional houses that were built in the Pahari-style with heavy stone roofs and wooden balconies. Alternatively, walk or drive the 4.5 km to Vashisht, famous for hot springs. Visit the two ancient stone temples dedicated to the local patron saint vashishta, the guru of Raghunathji.


Day 6: Early morning drive to Rohtang Pass (50 km, 3 hours)


After Manali, the road takes the long climb to Rohtang pass (3978m), one of the most spectacular destinations in the entire Kullu region. The snow-covered pass is located on the highway to Leh. Once you reach, there are facilities for skiing and sledging, or just walking near the pass, and plenty of photo opportunities. On the way, you will also pass Solang Valley, which is worth another stop. Come back to Manali in the evening.


Day 7: Drive to Mc Leod Ganj, Dharamshala (250 km, 6 hours)


Through stunning landscapes you will drive to Mcleod Ganj, an uphill suburb of Dharamshala, which stretches over the wooded ridges of the Dhauladhar Mountains. McLeod Ganj is one of Himachal Pradesh's most charming destinations. The city is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile. After arrival check in Hotel and refresh. In the evening you can do a first walk through the town and market.


Day 8: Visit the Dalai Lama Temple


After breakfast you will visit the Dalai Lama Temple complex. The traditional circumnavigation of the monastery in a clockwise direction is one of the most important Tibetan rituals. A narrow path meanders through the densely forested slopes around the building complex on the outskirts of the city. Prayer flag cords stretch across the trees, criss-cross like cobwebs. The slopes are littered with many stones, painted with colorful mantras. After this morning walk you enter the temple complex. Start with a visit of the Tibet Museum where you will learn about Tibetian Culture and the Struggle Tibetian People are facing since the Chinese have invaded and taken over their homeland. Finally, visit the temple itself. Maybe you will be happy to see the Dalai Lama himself. 

After enjoying a Tibetian meal in one of the numerous Tibetian Restaurants, in the afternoon you can stroll through the town and the Buddhist bazaars, walk to St John’s church in wilderness or visit Bhagsu waterfalls in the surrounding mountain area.


Day 9: Drive to Amritsar (210 km, 3 hours)


Today you will drive to Amritsar in the prosperous land of Punjab, the cradle of Sikhism. Check in Hotel and refresh. In the afternoon visit the most sacred Gurudwara of Sikhs - the Golden Temple. The Sikh religion is a relatively new religion, founded by Guru Nanak Dev in the 15th century. He rejected the cast system and the traditional religous rituals. One the fundamental beliefs is equality of the humankind, selfless service and social justice. The golden temple is on of the most important sanctuaries of Sikhism. Everyone whatever culture, race or religion, is welcome to the temple. Stay here until sunset to get the best pictures of the Golden Temple shining in the sun.


Day 10: Sightseeing Amritsar


It is worth coming back to the Golden Temple in the morning. After surrounding the Golden Temple, explore the huge kitchen, where volunteers cook the meal which is offered for free for everyone who wants to join. Sit down and enjoy the common lunch and feel the spirit together with 100.000 people. Located near the temple is Jallianwala Bagh. This place is noted for its most notorious massacre under British rule. General Dyer personally led the troops to the sight and ordered his men to open fire without any warning. Today this ground has been changed to a park and it has a pleasant garden. At the entrance there is a memorial plaque which recounts the history. At the east end of the garden there is a large memorial built in memory of those who died here.

In the afternoon your driver will bring you to Wagah Border (35 km, 1 hour) to attend the India-Pakistan border military ceremony of lowering the flags. The ceremony today is more like a spectacle as both sides perform exaggerated parades, watched by thousands of spectators and cheered by a moderator. Come back to Amritsar in the evening.


Day 11: Drive to Delhi (450 km, 9 hours).


Your driver will drop you at your hotel or the airport.