Manali and Shimla Escapade
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Embark on a picturesque journey through the serene landscapes of Himachal Pradesh with our "Manali and Shimla Escapade." This 7-day adventure invites you to explore the enchanting hill stations of Manali and Shimla, where you'll discover ancient temples, colonial architecture, and the breathtaking beauty of Rohtang Pass. Immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of Manikaran's hot springs and visit revered religious sites. From the historic Hidimba Devi Temple to the world's highest cricket ground in Chail, this tour weaves together nature's grandeur and cultural richness. Unwind, shop, and savor local cuisine on The Mall in Shimla, ensuring a holistic Himalayan experience.
Day 1: Arrival in Kullu and Visit to Manikaran
Your adventure commences upon landing at Kullu Airport, where you'll be cordially greeted by your driver and guide. From the airport, you'll embark on a scenic journey to the enchanting Kullu Valley, nestled in the serene landscape of Himachal Pradesh. Your ultimate destination is Manikaran, a quaint town in the Parvati Valley celebrated for its hot springs and profound religious importance.
In Manikaran, you'll embark on a spiritual odyssey, visiting a medley of revered places of worship. Your pilgrimage will include the Lord Shiva Temple, where the devout come to seek blessings and solace. Additionally, you'll explore the iconic Sri Guru Nanak Devji Gurudwara, a site imbued with historical significance. It's here that Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism, spent considerable time during his spiritual journey. Your spiritual sojourn continues with a visit to the Lord Ramachandra Temple, a sacred Hindu shrine enveloped in legend and myth.
The Kulant Pith Temple, another cherished religious spot, awaits your exploration. It's believed that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati made this their home for a brief period, creating a captivating narrative. However, the crowning jewel of Manikaran is its natural hot springs, celebrated for their potential therapeutic qualities. As you immerse yourself in these warm waters, you'll not only feel rejuvenated but also connect with a sense of tranquility.
After a day filled with spiritual enrichment, you'll proceed to check in at your hotel in the charming town of Manali, nestled in the Himalayan foothills. Your accommodation offers a cocoon of comfort, allowing you to reflect on the day's experiences. The evening is yours to relish, and the gentle whispers of the mountains will accompany your tranquil night's rest.
Day 2: Manali City Tour
As the sun paints the sky with hues of dawn, you'll savor a hearty breakfast at your hotel, fortifying yourself for a day of exploration. The day's canvas features the beautiful town of Manali, and your journey begins with a visit to the Hidimba Devi Temple. Nestled amid towering deodar trees, this ancient cave temple is dedicated to Hidimba Devi, a character from the Indian epic Mahabharata. The temple's architecture seamlessly blends with the natural surroundings, making it a site of deep spiritual reverence.
Your next stop is the charming Vashisht Village, known for its natural hot springs and ancient temples. As you meander through its quaint lanes, you'll discover the therapeutic benefits of these waters, which have been cherished for centuries.
The Tibetan Monastery will be your next point of interest. Here, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in Tibetan culture, a vibrant world of tradition and art. You can browse through a diverse array of Tibetan handicrafts, allowing you to carry a piece of this rich culture back home.
Venturing deeper into Manali's cultural fabric, you'll visit the Manu Temple, dedicated to the sage Manu, who is believed to be the creator of the world according to Hindu mythology. Your journey continues to Old Manali, a charming village characterized by traditional Himachali architecture and a tranquil ambiance. The village is sprinkled with quaint cafes, offering you the perfect spot to relax and savor a cup of local tea or simply soak in the peaceful surroundings.
After an immersive day of exploration, you'll have some leisure time to unwind and explore The Mall Road, one of Manali's most sought-after attractions. The Mall, lined with shops and eateries, provides the perfect setting for some retail therapy and a delectable culinary experience. You'll spend the night at your hotel in Manali, where the mountain air will gently cradle you into a restful sleep.
Day 3: Excursion to Rohtang Pass
With the day's first light, you'll embark on an exhilarating excursion to Rohtang Pass, an iconic high-altitude mountain pass situated at an elevation of 3,980 meters. As you ascend to this lofty vantage point, you'll be greeted by unparalleled panoramas of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The snow-capped peaks, pristine landscapes, and crisp mountain air create an awe-inspiring tableau that encapsulates the essence of the Himalayas.
Rohtang Pass isn't just a geographical marvel; it's an emblem of nature's grandeur. You'll have ample time to soak in the splendor, capturing memories in the form of photographs and vivid impressions.
Upon concluding your excursion, you'll return to Manali, where the rest of the day unfolds at your leisure. The Mall Road, with its myriad shops and local markets, beckons for exploration. You may choose to indulge in some local shopping, relish the diverse culinary offerings, or simply saunter along the bustling streets, immersing yourself in the hill station's vibrant ambiance. You'll retire for the night at your hotel in Manali, where the day's enchanting experiences will accompany your dreams.
Day 4: Drive from Manali to Shimla
After a nourishing breakfast, you'll bid adieu to your Manali abode and commence a scenic drive to Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla, adorned with colonial architecture, panoramic vistas, and bustling markets, offers a delightful change of scenery.
Upon reaching Shimla, you'll check in at your hotel, setting the stage for a serene retreat. The remainder of the day is yours to savor. Shimla's central hub, The Mall, invites exploration, and you'll find it teeming with charming shops, eateries, and a rich tapestry of hill station life. As the evening sun casts its warm glow on the town, you'll discover the true essence of Shimla. A restful night in your Shimla hotel awaits, ensuring you wake up to new adventures.
Day 5: Shimla City Tour
With the dawn of a new day, you'll savor a scrumptious breakfast and prepare for an immersive city tour of Shimla. Your journey begins with a visit to the Jakhoo Temple, a sacred sanctuary perched atop a hill, dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The temple's vantage point offers a mesmerizing panoramic view of Shimla, a sight that will forever remain etched in your memory.
Next on your itinerary is the Christ Church, a historic and cherished edifice, known as one of the oldest churches in North India. It graces The Ridge, a popular public space, and holds a revered place in Shimla's heritage.
Your exploration continues with a visit to the Viceregal Lodge, a majestic structure that once served as the residence of the British Viceroy of India. The building's splendid architecture and the surrounding gardens create a serene ambiance.
As you continue your journey, you'll find yourself amidst the lively atmosphere of The Ridge and Scandal Point, famous public spaces that encapsulate the heart of Shimla. Here, you'll have some free time to shop, dine, and absorb the vivacious spirit of the hill station.
Before returning to your hotel, you'll embark on a delightful shopping excursion along The Mall, ensuring you leave with treasured mementos of your Shimla visit. The night heralds a tranquil slumber in your Shimla hotel, where the day's memories will weave dreams of your next destination.
Day 6: Excursion to Chail
After a hearty breakfast, an enthralling day of exploration awaits, starting with an enchanting excursion to the scenic village of Chail, situated at a distance of 45 km from Shimla. Chail, surrounded by pine and deodar forests, offers an idyllic escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life.
Your first stop in Chail is the Chail Palace, a splendid building constructed in the 19th century by the Maharaja of Patiala. Today, it stands as a heritage hotel, offering a glimpse into a bygone era. The palace is ensconced within 75 acres of lush gardens, providing captivating views of the surrounding hills. You can take a leisurely stroll through the gardens, allowing the serene environment to captivate your senses.
Next on your Chail itinerary is a visit to the world's highest cricket ground. This unique attraction, set against a backdrop of verdant hills, showcases the indomitable spirit of cricket in the Himalayas. You'll have the opportunity to enjoy a game of cricket or savor a leisurely walk around the grounds, immersing yourself in the tranquility of the setting.
Your journey continues as you proceed to Kufri, another scenic location situated at a higher altitude than Shimla. In Kufri, you'll visit the Himalayan Nature Park and Adventure Resort. The nature park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, housing a diverse range of Himalayan wildlife species, including bears, snow leopards, musk deer, and barking deer. You'll also have the chance to partake in various adventure activities, such as trekking, skiing, and horse riding, at the Adventure Resort.
As the day wanes, you'll return to Shimla, where the evening is yours to cherish. You may opt to explore The Mall further or simply relish the quiet ambiance of the town. Your night will be spent in your Shimla hotel, ensuring you're well-rested for your journey ahead.
Day 7: Departure
With your spirits rejuvenated and your heart filled with cherished memories, you'll enjoy a final breakfast at your hotel in Shimla. After bidding farewell to this captivating hill station, you'll check out from your hotel. Your driver will accompany you on the journey to the airport, ensuring a safe and comfortable transfer for your onward flight. As you soar above the Himalayan peaks, you'll carry with you a treasure trove of experiences and a promise of future adventures.
- Assistance on arrival at airport.
- 6 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels.
- Daily breakfast at hotels.
- Private AC car/van for airport transfers, sightseeing, and excursions as per the program.
- English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
- Heritage toy train ticket Shimla - Kalka.
- Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
- Bottled drinking water in car.
- Government taxes.
Hotels used or similar for 6 nights accommodation
Manali x 3 nights
3* - De Vivendi Rresort/ Snowcrest Manor
4* - White Meados/ Orchard House by Aamod
5* - The Himalaya/ Apple Country Resort/ Manuallaya -The Resort Spa
Shimla x 3 nights
3* - Toshali Royal View/ British Resort
4* - Clarks Hotel/ Radisson Jass Hotel
5* - The Oberoi Cecil/ Radission Blu
- Delhi - Kullu & Chandigarh - Delhi flight fare approx INR 10,500 per person in economy class.
- Camera charges at monuments if any.
- Meals other than mentioned in the inclusions.
- Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
- Gratuities and optional activities.
- Anything not mentioned in inclusions.