Himachal Pradesh – Summer Special
(08 day(s) / 07 night(s)) | Tour Company : Tour.Red Sales | 11 tours listed.
Tour Price Starting : INR - 24244Places Covered: Chandigarh | Dalhousie | Dharamshala | Shimla Tour Type: All-inclusive | Ecotourism | Family | Honeymoon / Romance | Mountain / Hill Station
Tour Summary :Enjoy your vacation amidst the beautiful hill stations of Himachal Pradesh. Pristine beauty of nature and outstanding architecture found in this state are admired by tourists all over the world. Visit Shimla and witness the natural serenity accompanied by architecture of colonial times. Go for an adventurous trip to Kufri. At Dharamshala, explore the renowned tourist attractions and proceed towards a sightseeing tour of Dalhousie. Drive from Dalhousie to Chandigarh, ‘The City Beautiful’.
Tour itinerary :
Day 1 - Arrive in Delhi - Drive from Delhi to Shimla (330 km/approx. 9 hours)Upon your arrival at Delhi airport/railway station, board the car and drive to Shimla, an admirable hill station. The panoramic view of dense forests, snow-clad mountains and meandering streams will draw your attention. Another attraction in Shimla is its colonial architecture which traces back to the period of British rule in the region. The grand old buildings with beautiful gardens will make you admire their designing and construction. After your arrival at Shimla, check-in at the hotel and relax. Go out for a walk in the evening and enjoy the pleasant weather of the place. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2 - Trip to KufriIn the morning, check-out from the hotel and take an adventurous trip to Kufri. You will admire the stunning natural beauty of Kufri, a hill station famous for sports like trekking, hiking. skiing, tobogganing and mule ride. You can enjoy your time by participating in these sports. From Mahasu Peak, the tallest peak in Kufri, you can take a spectacular view of the region and also see the Badrinath and Kedarnath ranges of Himalayas. Go to Mahasu Peak either by hiking or paying for a mule ride. The Himalayan Nature Park and Indira Tourist Park are other attractions in Kufri. At the Himalayan Nature Park, you will find numerous species of rare birds and animals. Return to the hotel in the afternoon and take a nap to refresh yourself. In the evening, go for a walk on the famous boulevard, Mall road. You will get to see the amazing specimens of Victorian architecture in the city. Visit the nearby market to discover eateries and shop for souvenirs or items of your choice. Enjoy a cozy overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 3 - Drive from Shimla to Dharamshala (240 km/approx. 7 hours)Check-out from the hotel in the morning and head towards your next destination, Dharamshala. Situated in the Dhauladhar ranges of Himalayas, Dharamshala is known for its snow-laden peaks, dense pine and deodar forests and attractive surroundings. A visit to this hill station will familiarise you with the colloid of Indian and Tibetan culture. There are many monasteries and temples in this region. Upon your arrival to Dharamshala, check-in at the hotel and enjoy your evening at leisure. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 4 - Sightseeing in DharamshalaThis morning, check-out from the hotel and embark on a sightseeing tour of Dharamshala. You will get to see many attractive sites in this beautiful place including colourful temples and gompas, Kangra Museum, Dal Lake, St. John's Church etc. Visit St. John's Church that is built in the neo-Gothic style and is surrounded by pine, fir and deodar trees. A monument inside the church is dedicated to Lord Elgin who was the Viceroy of India during 19th century. Visiting Tibetan Medical Centre located in Kangra, will allow you to know about the traditional system of Tibet for preparing medicinal pills. The Centre practices Sowa Ragpa, an ancient Tibetan system of medicine, astronomy and astrology. At Kangra, you can also visit the Art Museum where artefacts that belong to the 5th century are showcased. Pottery, miniature paintings and sculptures are also displayed here. After exploring Dharamshala, return to the hotel and relax. Enjoy your evening at leisure and stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 5 - Drive from Dharamshala to Dalhousie (130 km/approx. 4 hours)In the morning, check-out from the hotel and drive to Dalhousie, another mesmerising destination. This beautiful hill station is named after Lord Dalhousie, the British Viceroy of India during 19th century. Located on five hills (Potreys, Skathlog, Tehra, Balun and Bakrota) in the Dhauladhar range of Himalayas, Dalhousie is blessed with a beautiful scenery of snow-covered peaks all around. After your arrival at Dalhousie, check-in at the hotel and relax and refresh yourself. Enjoy a cosy overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 6 - Sightseeing in DalhousieCheck-out from the hotel in the morning and proceed towards a sightseeing tour of Dalhousie, the land of natural beauty and colonial charm. You will get opportunities to explore many unique sites in Dalhousie. Visit St. John's Church, the oldest shrine in Dalhousie. This Protestant church displays an architecture of Victorian era and resembles the Roman Catholic Church of England. There is a library in the church where you will find rare books and photographs that narrate the history and culture of Dalhousie. Go to Ahla Village en route Kalatope and visit Bhulwani Mata Mandir. Afterwards, visit Kalatope which is a wildlife sanctuary and picnic spot. Panchpula, a stream formed by mountain springs, is another attraction in Dalhousie. It is known to be the main water supplier to Dalhousie. On the way to Panchpula, you will see Satdhara Springs, the water of whose is known to contain medicinal properties. At Panchpula, a monument in the remembrance of Sardar Ajit Singh is constructed. Sardar Ajit Singh, uncle of famous freedom fighter Shahid Bhagat Singh, was a revolutionary. This monument is the meeting point of several streams. You can visit Subhash Baoli, a seasonal spring in Dalhousie. This spring was named after the Subhash Chandra Bose, well known freedom fighter. It is said that he lived here for seven months and regained his health with the medicinal water of the spring. Bakrota Hills located in Chamba is a beautiful place which offers a superb view of snow-capped peaks of Himalayas. Here, you can visit the popular Bakrota Mall that offers a 5 km walk around the hill to allow you to take a panoramic view of mountains. After exploring the major attractions in Dalhousie, return to your hotel and take rest. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 7 - Drive from Dalhousie to Chandigarh (364 km/approx. 10 hours)The following morning, drive from Manali to Chandigarh, which is a union territory and capital of two states - Haryana and Punjab. Also referred to as the first planned city of the country, Chandigarh lies at the foothills of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas. The name of this place has been derived from the name of the temple of Hindu goddess, Chandi that is located near this vibrant city. This place is famous for being home to few wonderful architectural structures, which have been created by some renowned architects, such as Maxwell Fry, Le Corbusier, Jane Drew and Pierre Jeanneret. Chandigarh is also known for its tranquil environs, lush greenery and shopping arcades. Upon arrival in Chandigarh, complete the check-in formalities at the hotel and relax in your room for some time. Thereafter, you may go on a sightseeing trip of the city to visit its popular attractions, such as Capitol Complex, Sukhna Lake, Rock Garden and Open Hand. Capitol Complex is a government building that was designed by the great Le Corbusier. It is situated in Sector 1 of Chandigarh and houses buildings of the High Court, the Secretariat and the Legislative Assembly. Earlier, it was the seat of the Punjab Government; however today, it is the headquarters of both the governments of Haryana and Punjab. Some time back, there were speculations to build a fourth building as part of the Capitol Complex and was to be named Raj Bhavan; however, no concrete steps have been taken in this regard. The three buildings in this complex have a splendid architecture and are symbolism of the city's fast growth in recent years. The man-made Sukhna Lake, situated at the foothills of the Shivalik range, has a 3-km shoreline. It was built in the year 1958, after a dam was built across a seasonal stream - Sukhna Choe that flowed from the Shivalik hills. The highlight of this place is its beautiful surroundings and cool breeze, making it a popular picnic spot. Sport activities, like water skiing, yachting and boating are on offer at this lake. Built by Nek Chand, an artist and former road inspector of the Chandigarh Engineering Department, Rock Garden is a masterpiece that was formed from urban and industrial waste. Established as an open-air exhibition hall, it houses many items made porcelain, metal wires, auto parts, mudguards, frames, etc. Open Hand is a 14-metre high and 50 tonne structure that was designed by Le Corbusier. Made of metal sheets, this giant hand symbolises unity and peace and serves as the emblem of the city of Chandigarh. Return back to the hotel and stay overnight.
Day 8 - Drive from Chandigarh to Delhi (250 km/approx. 5 hours)In the morning, check-out from the hotel and drive to Delhi airport/railway station and for your next destination. Tour Ends.
Tour Inclusions :
- 07 Nights accommodation on a twin sharing basis
- Meals as per hotel plan
- All transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary in an air-conditioned vehicle (except in the hills when the air-conditioner will be switched off)
- All toll taxes, parking fees and driver’s allowances
- All applicable hotel taxes
- Smartphone based personal audio tour guide via free subscription to Audio Compass from time of confirmed booking until end of travel. AudioCompass is an app that makes your sightseeing hassle free during your holiday.
Tour exclusions :
- 3.625% government service tax
- Anything not mentioned under ‘Package Inclusions’
- All personal expenses, optional tours and extra meals
- Camera fees, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages and starters
- Vehicle service on leisure days for sightseeing not included in the itinerary
- Medical and travel insurance
- Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any force majeure beyond our control.