14 Days Itinerary Covering : Delhi - Shimla - Kullu - Manali - Dharamshala - Dalhousie - Chamba - Delhi
If the hills of Himachal Pradesh were beckoning you, get set on an expedition across some of the most popular destinations in the state. Shimla, Manali, Dharamsala, Dalhousie... the list is endless. This fourteen-day tour itinerary has been customized for guests who want to explore the beauty of the Himalayan kingdomand at the same time get an insight into the ancient heritage of the place that plays an integral part of the very existence of the natives here. The Himachal Sojourn tour begins and ends in Delhi after taking the guests on a roller coaster ride through the most significant hill stations in India. Are you ready yet?
Delhi offers a perrfect base for an array of North India tours.Since it is very well accessible from all areas in this region, most tours here begin from Delhi. On arrival in the city, check into the hotel that has been pre-arranged for you. Retire for the night and prepare yourself for the next 14 days of sheer excitement.
Arrive in the New Delhi railway station and take the early morning train to Kalka, the nearest railhead from Shimla. On your arrival in Kalka, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to Shimla.
In the evening you can visit the Mall and explore the main market housed in the city. The chilly evenings will more than recharge your weary souls.
Overnight stay in Shimla.
Shimla is one of the popular summer retreats especially for tourists from all over north India. Recognized as the summer capital during the British rule, Shimla is one of the most exploited hill stations in India. The toy train ride from Kalka is one of the most popular means of arriving in the city and tourists generally opt for this means owing to the fantastic natural visuals that one can treat their eyes to. Popular attractions in the city are The Mall, Christ church, Jakhu temple, and Kufri. One can also embark on a quick tour to the green environs of Kausani, located just a few km away...
The next destination in the Himachal Sojourn tour is Manali. Located at a distance of about 265 km, the travel from Shimla to Manali will almost take up the day. Therefore on the 4th day of the tour, you will primarily travel. So, on arriving in the city, check into the hotel and retire for the day.
On the 5th day of the trip, visit the attractions of Manali city. Start off with the Old Manali area and pay a visit to the Hadimba temple, the Manu temple, the Vashisth Village, and the Tibetan monastery.
Guests visiting the Rohtang Pass can embark on early morning excursions to the place from Manali. The entire route from Manali to Rohtang is simply mesmerizing. Snow capped peaks, dense forests and an occasional waterfall; all contribute towards making the picture perfect setting all the more heavenly. Rohtang is best visited for adventure activities like skiing, rock climbing and even horse safaris. Therefore when you are there, do make it a point to at least take part in one of the activities; to create memories of a lifetime.
Enroute you can stop over at Kothi Gorge and Gulaba etc.
Overnight stay in Manali.
Manali is a great base for excursions to Manikaran, a very sacred place for the both the Hindus and Sikhs, located at a distance of about 85 km. Noted for housing world’s hottest sulphur springs, Manikaran is also home to a number of ancient Hindu temples and a Gurudwara. Visit the attractions housed here and then head towards Kullu that is located at a distance of 45 km from Manikaran.
Kullu is known as the valley of Gods and is most fondly frequented at the time of Dusshera, a festival for the Hindus. Home to Kullu Shawls, a trip to this place will be incomplete if you have not visited the Kullu Shawl factory and picked up a number of them as souvenirs.
Overnight stay in the hotel in Kullu.
The distance between Kullu and Dharamsala, the next destination in the circuit, is almost 200 km. Therefore leave Kullu early in the morning and arrive at Mcleodganj, also known as Upper Dharamsala in the afternoon. Mcleodganj is popular as the home for the Tibetan Diaspora in India and houses a number of Buddhist monasteries and shrines. The list of shrines includes the Tsuglag Khang or the Dalai Lama’s temple, the Namgyal Monastery, and the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts.
Located in the Kangra valley, Dharamsala is most known for its spiritual connection. Other than Mcleodganj, the city also attracts tourists to the other attractions housed here including the Masrur, the Bhagsunag temple, the Dal Lake, and the Chamunda temple.
On the tenth day of the Himachal Sojourn tour, you will proceed from Dharamsala to Dalhousie located at a distance of about 145 km away. The traveling will take most parts of the day and tire you completely. Therefore, on arrival in the city, check into the pre-booked hotel and retire for the day. The beauty and freshness of Dalhousie waits to play your perfect host. Therefore rejuvenate yourself completely and gear yourself up for the sightseeing tours on the next day.
The beauty of Dalhousie is to be seen to be believed. Once a summer retreat to the British officers stationed in the region, Dalhousie today attracts thousands of visitors to its midst every year. Spend the day in sightseeing across the city. The architecture of the buildings still hint towards its British connection and the temples and churches that are housed here are still very revered for the locals and tourists alike. The topmost attractions housed here include – Panchpula, Kynance, Subash Baoli, St. Andrew’s Church, St. Patrick’s Church, and St. John’s Church.
Dalhousie is an excellent base for travelers wanting to embark on excursions to the nearby areas- Khajjiar and Chamba being the 2 most prominent names in this variety. Therefore, after having traveled across Dalhousie on the eleventh day of the tour, the twelfth day can be enjoyed as an excursion day. Early morning, leave for Khajjiar located at a distance of about 24 km from Dalhousie. Known as ‘Mini Switzerland’, Khajjiar boasts of unparallel beauty. The pine trees, the deodar trees, the green hills, and the dense forests; all contribute towards making this place almost heavenly. The Khajjiar Lake located in the heart of this place enhances the beauty and charisma of the place, all the more.
Chamba is located a few km away from Khajjiar and is an ancient town in Himachal Pradesh that still houses a number of temples dating back to the 9th and 10th century AD. The Lakshmi Narayana temple complex is one of the most popular destinations that one heads to, while here.
Post your excursion to Chamba and Khajjiar, you will return back to Dalhousie for an overnight stay.
MThis is the last day of the Himachal Sojourn tour and therefore post-breakfast you will leave for the Pathankot railway station that is located 90 km from Dalhousie. From Pathankot, you will board the direct train to Delhi, your final landing destination, before you leave for home.
On the fourteenth day of the tour, you will arrive in Delhi and spend the day in leisure. Depending on the schedule of your departure, you will be transferred to the airport for your journey back home.
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