Himachal Tour

A Trip down Himachali Lane – 8 Days

Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful state in India. Its literal meaning is “The lap of Himalayas”, and it is exactly that. The state is quite well known for the cultural and natural diversity. This trip is designed to give you the experience of the landscapes and cultures.

With this trip, you will be visiting Shimla, which is the lovely capital of this state. It used to be a summer capital of India during the British reign. You will be amazed with the picturesque views, promenade and the old British architecture. The lush pine forests, and the greenery surrounding it, give Shimla, its natural beauty.
There will be a stopover in Dharamshala, which is another city in Himachal Pradesh. It is also the place, where the Tibetan leader and the Noble Peace prize winner, Dalai Lama, has the abode.

Dharamshala is a beautiful place, which is dotted with some colourful monasteries and monks, wearing red cloaks. The town is really beautiful and is known for its scenic views, hiking trails and lovely eateries. Come, give us the opportunity to take you on such a beautiful trip.

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Day 1: Delhi to Chandigarh (Approximately 5 hours, covering 240 km)
Enjoy the drive from Delhi to Chandigarh. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 2: Chandigarh to Shimla (Approximately 4 hours, covering 120 km)
Drive up to Shimla, which is named after Shyamala, a name of Goddess Kali. It used to be a part of Nepal earlier, and was also the summer residence of the British rule. It is a lovely city, perched on the ridge, and surrounded by pine forests and hills, offering stunning views of Himalayas. On the way, you can make a visit to the royal palace of Maharaja of Rampur. Stay overnight in the hotel in Shimla.

Day 3: Explore Shimla
Visit all the famous places in Shimla, the main promenade, Mall, Jakhoo hill, which is the highest point, and the markets. The Jakhoo hill offers great views of the town. Stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 4: Shimla to Mandi (Approximately 4 and half hours, covering 143 km)
Drive from Shimla to Mandi, which was a commercial hub for Tibet and the Central Asia earlier. You can go on an exploration trip to the Sainj valley. Stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 5: Mandi to Dharamsala (Approximately 2 and half hours, covering 120 km)
Drive till Dharamsala, which is the place where the revered Dalai Lama stays. There are around 10,000 Tibetan refugees, staying around there. Check into the hotel and stay overnight there.

Day 6: Dharamsala
Visit Dharamsala and stay in McLeod Ganj. It is a Tibetan market town. Stay overnight in the hotel. The communist Government of China signed a treaty in 1949, which extended its sovereignty to Tibet. And, in the same year, the army of Chinese walked into Lhasa, and fought a brutal war, killing more than 1.2 million people. A lot of Tibetan people had to run to labour camps. And, since then, about 90% of monasteries there have got destroyed. Due to this reason, in 1959, The Holiness, Dalai Lama, who is the political and spiritual leader in Tibet, sought exile in India. And, after that, almost thousands of Tibetan have followed him and have got settled down in Dharamsala, Kathmandu, Darjeeling. And, they have made McLeod Ganj, their capital in exile, and it has also been made the home of Dalai Lama. In spite of receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, the current Dalai Lama has not been able to make dialogues with the Chinese Government on the Tibetan issues.

Day 7: Dharamsala to Amritsar (Approximately 6 hours, covering 200 km)
Drive till Amritsar, which is the religious centre for the Sikhs. Make a holy visit to the Golden Temple, which is exceptionally beautiful and serene, and also check out the old town. Stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 8: Amritsar to Delhi (Approximately 6 hours by train)
Check out other places in Amritsar. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the railway station, where you can catch your train back to Delhi. After arriving in Delhi late at night, check into the hotel, and spend overnight there.

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