Dharamsala is located in the district of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh. What many people don’t know is that there are two parts of the city. One is known as Lower Dharamshala, which is its commercial center and dotted with markets, courts and the famous Kotwali Bazaar, where you come across items of everyday use. Upper Dharamshala is home to Mcleodganj as well as other structures which remind you of its colonial past. The two different parts of the city have something different to offer. As a tourist, it offers you the opportunity to unwind and take in the beauty of the surroundings.
Dalhousie is one of the most famous hill stations of Himachal Pradesh. It stretches itself leisurely through the five mountains, Kathlog, Potreyn, Terah, Bakrota and Bhangora. It was established by Lord Dalhousie in 1850, and there are many things that remind you of its colonial past. Sightseeing though, is one of the many ways of keeping yourself busy here.Those visiting Dalhousie do so to be in the company of nature, and it keeps them company always. It doesn’t matter which part of the town you may be in, the sight of snowcapped peaks of Dhauladhar Range greet you constantly. The clouds embrace the mountains in the distance, while the greenery of the landscape is brought out by the sun’s rays in another. This contrast lightens the mood and cheers you up.
When sound of exhilaration seems to be coming far above from sky and only colorful para-gliders could be spotted above head, the site is most probably Solang Valley of Manali Hill Station, which has a uniqueness that stands out from any other paragliding site in India. What more this is one facet of this hill city, like honeymooner trying to pose wearing ski gears rather than actually willing to try the fun of skiing. Add to that elders on some sort of minor pilgrimage to various temples in Manali, individual getting holy dip in hot water springs, families bonding in picnic spots and many other images, and this hill city comes alive in front of eyes. A part of Beas River Valley, Manali is situated at an altitude of more than 2000 m from where the eyes fall on the views of forests, orchards, river, mountains ranges and more, for nothing but sheer visual delight.
Shimla hill station is still the colonial summer capital (resort) to which British used to retreat in when heat of Indio-Gangetic plains used to become unbearable. Spirits of that past attracts enthusiasts from India as well as abroad when this hill city has been made capital of state of Himachal Pradesh after India got its Independence. However, this is not the sole reason for why to come to Shimla. Smooth slopes of Snow-draped mountain peaks are absolute invitation to the skiers by spirit or profession. While camping and trekking trips, doing yoga facing the mild rays of waking sun might become the other reason. And this list is sure to go long, once tourists get to know what all they could do to make best time in Shimla. The way it is nestled at a maximum altitude of 2200 m in the foothill of Himalayas, traveling Shimla is a perfect course to get to view this heaven in summer; and also in winter that brings a different glory altogether
Amritsar Railway Station/Airport
Chandigarh Railway Station/Airport
Mode Of transport
All Airport transfers by Private Car.
All taxes and charges related to vehicles for pickup and drops.
Parking and toll fees.
All above mentioned sightseeing trips.
Complimentary breakfast in all hotels where previous night is spent.
Dinner on all days.
Meals which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
Mineral water/Beverages or Alcoholic drinks.
Snacks, Lunch or evening refreshments if any.
Any additional costs incurred in case of a medical emergency / natural disaster.
Optional excursions mentioned in the itinerary.
Snow-Sports or any other water-sports.
Anything which is not mentioned in the inclusions.
Day 1 - Welcome to Amritsar
On arrival at Amritsar Railway Station/Airport, transfer to Hotel.
Stay overnight at Amritsar.
Day 2 - Amritsar Sightseeing
Post breakfast, full day sighseeing tour of Amritsar covering :
The Golden Temple - The Golden temple is famous for its full golden dome, it is one of the most sacred pilgrim spots for Sikhs.
Jallianwala Bagh - The Massacre of Amritsar, is a historic garden and 'memorial of national importance' close to the Golden Temple.
Durgiana Temple - a Hindu Temple, its architecture is similar to the Sikh Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple).
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum - a treasure house of the history, art and architecture of the Sikhs of the 18th and the 19th century AD.
Wagah Border - The only road border crossing between India and Pakistan. It has become famous for the ceremonial closing of gates and lowering of flags of India and Pakistan.
Day 3 - Amritsar to Dalhousie
Post breakfast, get transferred to Dalhousie, by road.
En-route, admire the mesmerizing scenery, the cool breeze and the verdant greenery sprinkled all around.
Upon arrival in Dalhousie, complete the check-in procedure at the hotel.
In the evening, visit
Satdhara Falls - It is surrounded by fantastic views of the Chamba valley, snow-covered ranges and fresh, green pine and deodar trees. The waterfall is also known for its therapeutic value as it is said the water contains mica, which has medicinal properties to cure skin diseases.
Chamunda Devi Temple - is situated on the banks of stunning Baner River in Dalhousie. Its exquisite location makes it a must visit destination in Dalhousie.
Indulge in some street shopping.
Overnight stay at Dalhousie.
Day 4 - Dalhousie - Khajjiar - Chamba
Full day excursion to Chamba and Khajjiar.
Both these towns are near Dalhousie are known for their lush landscape, floral meadows and tranquility. The attractions of the day includes :
Central Park - it offers a magnificent view of the entire hill town.
Rang Mahal - one of the largest monuments of the region that is built in Mughal-British architecture.
Khajjiar Lake - Most iconic location in Khajjiar.
Bhuri Singh Museum - Named after Chamba's former king, it houses collection of miniature paintings, wooden carvings etc.
Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary - Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary is an amazing combination of snow-capped mountain ranges, rich wildlife, verdant grasslands, white water streams, thick deodar vegetation.
Dainkund Peak - The Dainkund Peak is Dalhousie’s highest peak that watches over the amazing landscapes of the place.
If you are an adventure enthusiast, you can also try your hand at zorbing.
Back to Dalhousie for overnight stay.
Day 5 - Dalhousie to Dharamshala
After breakfast, drive from Dalhousie to Dharamshala and enjoy the below sightseeing :
Dal Lake - Placed amidst lush greenery the lake also has a Shiva temple on its banks.
St. John's Church - an Anglican church built in 1852, it is dedicated to John The Baptist.
Tibetan Monastery - for witnessing the worshipping rituals of the region.
Bhagsu Nag Temple - an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Snake God, Nag and Lord Shiva.
Dalai Lama Temple Complex - An official residence of Dalai Lama in India.
Gyuto Monastery - The Gyuto monastery is a tantric college based on the Tibetan Tantric Wisdom.
In evening, visit Dharamshala International Cricket Stadium.
Overnight stay at Dharamshala.
Day 6 - Dharamshala to Manali
After breakfast, enjoy the most amazing and refreshing drive to Manali.
On arrival at Manali, check into the hotel, freshen up and relax for a while.
You can also take a walk inside or near the hotel and enjoy the romantic Shimla weather.
Relish the delicious dinner in hotel’s premises and enjoy the overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 7 - Rohtang Pass & Solang Valley
After breakfast, proceed to visit Solang Valley with its emerald meadows, ski slopes, and paragliding activities, offering spectacular views.
For adventure lovers, Solang valley gives the experience of lifetime paragliding.
Drive on to the mighty snowbound Rohtang Pass - at 3979 meters - the gateway to Lahaul-Spiti valley.
Revel in the breathtaking beauty of Kothi, Rahalla Falls, and Marrhi en-route to Rohtang.
Overnight stay at hotel at Manali.
Day 8 - Manali to Shimla
Post breakfast, proceed for city tour visiting
Hidimba Temple - It was built in 1553, surrounded by gorgeous cedar forests, this beautiful shrine is built on a rock which is believed to be in the image of goddess Hidimba herself.
Van Vihar, and Vashist - well known for its hot springs.
There are old temples dedicated to the sage Vashisth and to Lord Rama.
At noon, drive from Manali to Shimla -- The Queen of Hills.
Overnight stay at hotel at Shimla.
Day 9 - Shimla Sighseeing
Start your day with a perfectly tasty breakfast and then get ready for a day city tour.
Visit the major tourist attractions of Shimla, including -
Kufri -It is known for nature parks and picnic spots.
Jakhoo Temple - It is dedicated to Lord Hanuman, it houses a 108-foot-tall idol of the deity. Due to its location on the highest point of Shimla, it offers sweeping views of the Shivalik ranges.
Sankat Mochan Viewpoint. - The natural beauty and the lush green forest with enchanting environment attracts a lot of tourists.
In the evening, head to Mall Road, where you can enjoy the cool breeze while walking down the road. Also, make sure you go shopping for souvenirs and little trinkets
Overnight stay at Shimla.
Day 10 - Departure
Post breakfast, drive from Shimla to Chandigarh Airport.