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From Delhi to the Himalayas: Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala & Amritsar

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Duration

10 Nights / 11 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey from Delhi to the enchanting Himalayan cities of Shimla, Manali, and Dharamshala, culminating in the sacred city of Amritsar. Start with a half-day tour of Delhi’s iconic sites before heading to Shimla, where colonial charm meets breathtaking mountain vistas. In Manali, explore scenic landscapes and adventure spots, while Dharamshala offers a spiritual retreat with its Tibetan culture and the residence of the Dalai Lama. Conclude in Amritsar, home to the Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh, witnessing rich history and spiritual depth. This tour blends cultural heritage, natural beauty, and spiritual experiences for an enriching journey through Northern India.

Highlights

  • This is a private tour/activity only for your group.
  • Enhanced cleaning/ traveler safety.
  • In-depth cultural experience.
  • Flexible sightseeing & stopover.
  • Most travelers can participate.

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 %
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 %
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 %
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 %
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, embark on a half-day city tour of New Delhi. Visit Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the tallest brick minaret in the world, known for its intricate carvings and historical significance. Explore Humayun's Tomb, another UNESCO World Heritage site and a masterpiece of Mughal architecture with its symmetrical garden layout, reflecting pools, and red sandstone mausoleum. Drive past Lutyens' Delhi, named after the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, showcasing grand colonial-era architecture and wide, tree-lined boulevards. Return to your hotel for relaxation after your journey, soaking in the cultural and historical richness of Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi - Shimla (364kms)

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Shimla, enjoying a scenic drive through the picturesque Himalayan foothills, passing through quaint towns and lush green landscapes. En route, visit Pinjore Gardens (Yadavindra Gardens), an ancient Mughal garden dating back to the 17th century. Marvel at its cascading fountains, trimmed lawns, and terraced gardens, providing a serene start to your journey. Continue your drive to Shimla, the former summer capital of British India, nestled amidst the towering hills of Himachal Pradesh. Check-in at your hotel upon arrival.

Day 3: Shimla

After breakfast, embark on a full day of exploring Shimla's rich heritage and natural beauty. Begin with a visit to the Mall Road, Shimla's iconic promenade lined with colonial-era buildings, shops, and restaurants, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Explore Christ Church, located on the Ridge, known for its stunning stained glass windows and neo-Gothic architecture that transports visitors back to the British Raj era. Visit the Viceregal Lodge (Rashtrapati Niwas), a majestic structure built in Scottish baronial style, once the summer residence of the British viceroys. Explore its grand interiors and well-maintained gardens that overlook the Shimla valley. Continue to the State Museum, which houses a fascinating collection of artifacts, sculptures, paintings, and coins depicting the rich cultural heritage of Himachal Pradesh. The museum provides insights into the history, art, and traditions of the region. Take a leisurely stroll to Scandal Point, a historic square where locals and tourists gather to enjoy stunning views of the Himalayas and discuss local gossip and legends. Optionally, visit Jakhoo Temple, dedicated to Lord Hanuman and situated atop Jakhoo Hill. The temple offers not only spiritual solace but also panoramic views of Shimla town and the surrounding pine forests.

Day 4: Shimla - Manali (257kms)

Enjoy breakfast before departing for Manali, a scenic journey that winds through the lush valleys and towering peaks of the Himalayas. En route, visit Kullu Valley, famous for its picturesque landscapes, sprawling apple orchards, and vibrant local markets offering handcrafted woolens and handicrafts. Check-in at your hotel in Manali and relax amidst the serene surroundings.

Day 5: Manali

After breakfast, visit Hadimba Devi Temple, an ancient wooden temple nestled amidst serene cedar forests, dedicated to Goddess Hadimba Devi, offering a tranquil retreat and beautiful architectural details. Explore Manu Temple, located in Old Manali, dedicated to Sage Manu, the progenitor of human civilization according to Hindu mythology, offering panoramic views of the valley and the Beas River. Visit the Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art, showcasing a rich collection of artifacts, costumes, utensils, and musical instruments depicting the cultural heritage of Himachal Pradesh, providing insights into the region's traditions and lifestyles. Proceed to Vashisht Village to visit Vashisht Temple and Vashisht Hot Water Springs, known for their therapeutic properties and serene surroundings. Take a dip in the natural hot springs and relax amidst the picturesque village setting. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Mall Road, Manali's bustling hub lined with shops, cafes, and local markets offering souvenirs, handicrafts, and woolen garments. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere and soak in the local culture.

Day 6: Manali

After breakfast, embark on an excursion to Solang Valley, renowned for its adventure activities such as paragliding, zorbing, and skiing (seasonal). The valley's picturesque landscapes and snow-capped peaks offer an adrenaline-filled experience amidst natural beauty. Visit Rohtang Pass (subject to availability and weather conditions), a high-altitude mountain pass that offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan glaciers and snowfields. It is a popular destination for snow activities and photography enthusiasts.

Day 7: Manali - Dharamshala (230kms)

Have breakfast at the hotel and proceed to Dharamshala, the spiritual home of the Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama. Visit the Norbulingka Institute, dedicated to preserving Tibetan art and culture. Explore its workshops, gardens, and temple complex that reflect traditional Tibetan architecture and craftsmanship. Check-in at your hotel in Dharamshala and unwind amidst the serene surroundings.

Day 8: Dharamshala

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Explore McLeod Ganj, a vibrant Tibetan settlement and the residence of the 14th Dalai Lama. Begin your visit at the Tsuglagkhang Complex, which houses the Namgyal Monastery, the personal monastery of the Dalai Lama. Witness Buddhist monks chanting prayers and soak in the serene atmosphere of devotion. Visit the Tibetan Museum within the Tsuglagkhang Complex, displaying artifacts related to Tibetan history, culture, and the Tibetan diaspora. Gain insights into the Tibetan struggle and the preservation of Tibetan heritage. Explore the Kalachakra Temple within the complex, dedicated to the Kalachakra teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. Admire the intricate artwork and symbolism that adorn the temple walls. Proceed to Bhagsu Nag Temple, an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, known for its historical significance and spiritual ambiance. Participate in the morning prayers and witness the rituals performed by devotees. Visit Bhagsu Waterfall, a scenic cascade located a short hike away from Bhagsu Nag Temple. Enjoy the tranquil surroundings and the natural beauty of the waterfall, which offers a refreshing escape amidst lush greenery. Optionally, embark on a short hike to Triund, a popular trekking destination known for its panoramic views of the Dhauladhar mountain range and the Kangra Valley. Trek through pine forests and alpine meadows to reach Triund, where you can savor breathtaking vistas and enjoy a picnic lunch amidst nature's splendor. Return to Dharamshala in the evening, reflecting on the spiritual and natural wonders experienced throughout the day.

Day 9: Dharamshala - Amritsar (210kms)

Enjoy breakfast and depart for Amritsar, a city known for its rich Sikh heritage and the iconic Golden Temple. Visit the Wagah Border to witness the ceremonial Beating Retreat and the flag-lowering ceremony conducted by the Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers at sunset. Check-in at your hotel in Amritsar and relax amidst the cultural vibrancy of Punjab.

Day 10: Amritsar - Delhi (Train No. 12032, AMRITSAR SHTBDI, 1650/ 2315)

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of Sikhism, renowned for its stunning golden architecture, serene sarovar (sacred pool), and the tranquil spiritual ambiance. Participate in the community kitchen (langar), where volunteers serve free meals to thousands of visitors daily. Explore Jallianwala Bagh, a historic public garden that commemorates the tragic massacre of innocent civilians by British troops in 1919. Walk through the garden and visit the memorial, reflecting on the impactful history. Visit the Partition Museum, dedicated to the memory of the partition of India in 1947. The museum showcases personal stories, artifacts, and exhibitions that provide a deep insight into the human impact of partition. Head to the Durgiana Temple, often compared to the Golden Temple for its similar architectural style. This Hindu temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and is an important religious site in Amritsar. Visit the Gobindgarh Fort, a historic military fort turned cultural hub. Explore the museum, enjoy cultural performances, and witness the history of Punjab brought to life through light and sound shows. Transfer to the railway station for your train journey back to Delhi, reflecting on the rich cultural and historical experiences of Amritsar.

Day 11: Delhi - Departure

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Depending on your departure time, explore more of Delhi's iconic landmarks such as Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb, or Akshardham Temple, reflecting the city's rich history and architectural marvels. Transfer to the airport for your onward journey, concluding your memorable tour of the exotic Himalayan cities.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 10 Nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • AC Train ticket from Amritsar - Delhi
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Any flight tickets.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

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