Highlights of Himachal Pradesh & Uttrakhand (21 Days & 20 Nights)

The tour across the changing landscapes and the country’s most scenic forests and hills will be a remarkable part of your visit to North Indian tourist destinations. The Himachal Pradesh is beautified by the two million years old Himalayan ranges make you feel to be at the highest point on earth. The most sacred shrines flocked by the devotees round the year constitute the state Uttrakhand besides the tranquil forests and peaks. The promising destinations across the two states include the towns and villages speaking volumes of the history and heritage and places exhibiting the colonial relics. People visiting Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand never afford to miss Kullu Manali, Haridwar , Rishikesh, Shimal and Roatang Pass besides the other wonderful destinations. The secrets of nature can be revealed to you at any moment of your tour surpassing you with the exquisite memories to take back.

Delhi > Amritsar > Dharmashala > Pragpur > Mandi > Manali > Kullu > Banjar > Shimla > Mussoorie > Rishikesh > Haridwar > Kausani > Binsar > Nainital > Delhi

Delhi

Day 1 : Delhi - Meeting and assistance on arrival at airport / railway station and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 : Delhi - visit the vibrant places of the capital city exhibiting the glorious past. It includes Raj Ghat, Jamma Masjid and few of the spectacular buildings and shopping zones. You can explore the city with the help of a local travel guide. Overnight stay at Delhi.

Day 3 : Delhi – Amritsar - Morning transfer to Nizamuddin station for first class air-conditioned train to Amritsar. On arrival in Amritsar, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, take the short excursion to the border at Wagah, where Indian and Pakistani troops take part in a daily boarding closing ceremony. The theatre of this event, which approaches melodrama in its intensity, is taken hugely seriously but can also appear rather amusing to the objective bystander. Return to Amritsar for overnight stay.

Amritsar – Dharmashala

Day 4 : Amritsar – Dharmashala - This morning you will visit the spectacular Golden Temple- the most sacred site in the Sikh religion, before an afternoon drive to Dharamshala and nearby McLeod Ganj, famous as the seat of the Tibetan Government in Exile, and home to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Overnight in McLeod Ganj.

Day 5 : Dharmashala - Two full days are required to understand Dharmashala.Dharamsala is divided into two parts: upper and lower Dharamsala. The upper part is known as Mcleodganj while the lower part is the main Dharamsala. Tall and dense pine trees with small streams flowing down from the nearby snowline make this place a favorite among people. Life goes on smoothly in this place even though it does not boast of the modern facilities of metro cities. McLeod Ganj: is at a distance of 9kms from Dharamshala. A number of residential buildings, restaurants, antique shops, together with famous Tibetan institutions have given importance to McleodGanj. Main attraction is Dalai Lama’s Temple.

Dharmashala

Day 6 : Dharmashala - Two full days are required to understand Dharmashala.Dharamsala is divided into two parts: upper and lower Dharamsala. The upper part is known as Mcleodganj while the lower part is the main Dharamsala. Tall and dense pine trees with small streams flowing down from the nearby snowline make this place a favorite among people. Life goes on smoothly in this place even though it does not boast of the modern facilities of metro cities. McLeod Ganj: is at a distance of 9kms from Dharamshala. A number of residential buildings, restaurants, antique shops, together with famous Tibetan institutions have given importance to McleodGanj. Main attraction is Dalai Lama’s Temple.

Day 7 : Dharmashala – Pragpur - Drive down the hills to the Kangra Valley, visiting the majestic fort and Bajdeshwari Devi temple en route. Arrive in Pragpur mid-afternoon and check into the Judge’s Court- a sumptuous heritage hotel overlooking the village. In the late afternoon, walk through the gardens of Judge’s Court into the unique heritage village of Pragpur- this is a rare example in India of an entire community having survived the relentless advance of modernity with its old buildings and neighbourhood atmosphere intact. The village is centred on a large ornamental pond and its cobbled lanes and serene ambience are a delight. Enjoy dinner on the lawn back at your hotel, Overnight in Pragpur.

Day 8 : Pragpur – Mandi - After breakfast, depart for Mandi with a stop en route at a Tibetan Buddhist community near Taragarh. On arrival in Mandi, check in your hotel and in the afternoon explore the town of Mandi with its many temples and interesting ‘sunken garden’ central square. Overnight in Mandi.

Day 9 : Mandi – Manali - After breakfast, drive 3 hours to Manali arriving late morning. Check into your hotel- our main recommendations here are all historic places with great views to the mountains or onto the neighbouring pine forests. Explore Manali on foot in the afternoon- it is a lovely town which benefits greatly from its main street being closed to vehicle traffic, making it perfect for leisurely walking. One of the main attractions of Manali is the parkland and forest on the edge of town- another great place to walk. Sightseeing in Manali: Manu Temple, Vashisht Hot spring and Temple, Hadimba Temple, Monasteries, Nehru Kund, Solang Valley. Overnight in Manali.

Manali – Kullu – Banjar

Day 10 : Manali – Kullu – Banjar - Drive 2 hours back down to Kullu. The Valley of gods, as the Kullu valley has come to be known, is perhaps the most delightful region in the western Himalayas. The valley is also famous for its exquisitely woven colorful handmade shawls and Kullu caps. Drive into the picturesque Banjar Valley, where you can enjoy a spectacular mountain trek, or a more leisurely drive to nearby scenic points. Overnight in the Banjar Valley.

Day 11 : Banjar – Shimla - The theme of stunning scenery and beautiful drives continues with a short, steep ascent to the Jalori Pass, through thick oak and cedar forests, and a more gentle descent on the far side of the pass, eventually joining up with the main road to Shimla. This is a full day drive, reaching Shimla by mid-late afternoon. On arrival at Shimla, check into your hotel and relax. Overnight in Shimla

Day 12 : Shimla - The day is free for you to explore the beauty of Shimla as it is one tourist destination that can be visited any time during the year. Summers are warm with cool and pleasant evenings while winters are bone chilling and the temperatures can fall below zero. Shimla’s pleasant climate, easy accessibility and numerous attractions have made it one of the most popular hill stations in northern India. The Splendid views of the snow clad ranges of the Himalayas, fine walk through the oak and flowering rhododendron, enchanting resorts within easy reach and its nearby places with scenic beauty make Shimla an attractive destination throughout the year.

Day 13 : Shimla - Mussoorie - The day scheduled for a long drive (8 hours) from Shimla to Mussoorie, which is the queen of Hills in North India. the fairy land mesmerises the visitors with its mountain peaks and serene atmosphere. Enjoying the flora and fauna is an exquisite experience. Overnight stay at Mussoorie

Mussoorie

Day 14 : Mussoorie - The day assigned for enjoying the diversified beauty of Mussoorie. The Camel Back Road, the ancient cemetery, the cable car travel to the “Gun Hill”, visit to the St.Mary’s church, wandering in the Company Garden and Kempty Falls and a leisurely walk in the Mall Road make your day.Overnight stay at Mussoorie.

Day 15 : Mussoorie - Rishikesh - Early morning drive to Rishikesh, the most sacred place in Hinduism. Rishikesh has become a center for learning and research in yoga and meditation- the renowned Indian methods for mental and physical health. The week-long International Yoga festival which attracts participation from all across the world is held here annually in the month of March on the banks of serene Ganga. This is the originating point of the Char Dham tour most sought after by the devotees. Overnight stay at Rishikesh.

Day 16 : Rishikesh – Haridwar - Start driving at dawn to Haridwar, the twin city of Rishikesh, the holiest place for Hindus. Visit to the Har-Ki-Pauri and Har-Ki-Pairi Ghats and taking a dip in the water is considered to be most sacred. Before Dawn, say at 5.30 am and at dusk say at 06.00pm you can see thousands of pilgrims witnessing the Ganga Arti ceremony, worshipping the river with lights. Being a part of this is considered to be very important among the worshippers and it will be a extremely different experience for the onlookers. Overnight stay at Haridwar.

Day 17 : Haridwar – Kausani - A tedious 10 hours drive take you to Kausani with an optional halt at Carbett. The destination Kausani is the most picturesque spot in the Himalayan ranges. If time is not a pressing factor for you, then sunset at Kausani and a visit to the tea gardens can be the extra mile in your tour. Overnight stay at Kausani.

Kausani – Binsar - Nainital

Day 18 : Kausani – Binsar - Nainital - After breakfast, drive to Binsar, a beautiful, quiet and wild Himalayan destination with rich natural surroundings among dense forest. Binsar is perched on top of the Jhandi Dhar Hills. Binsar was the summer capital of Chand Kings who rules over Kumaon from the 11th to 18th centuries A.D. It offers an excellent view of the greater Himalayan valley. The surroundings abound in alpine flora, ferns, hanging moss and species of wild flowers.

Day 19 : Nainital - Nainital is one of the most charismatic hill stations in India. It is also called Land of Greens and Blues because of lush green forests and valleys and clear blue sky. Naini Tal Lake forms the nub of the beauty of Nainital. Naini lake is within a perimeter of nearly 2 miles. Girdled by lofty hills studded with attractive villas and cottages, it is the most frequented tourist visitation of the hill station. The exquisiteness of this lake is doubly magnified during the night when its sparkling waters flirt with the numerous lights hanging on its edges, and lend it an unbelievably beautiful magical aura. After breakfast proceed to visit the lake view point, visit cave Garden Barapathar, lover’s point, water fall and in the evening you have the option to go for the boat ride on the Naini Lake. You may also wish to go for shopping at Bada Bazaar, which is famous for aromatic candles. Overnight stay at Nainital.

Day 20 : Nainital – Delhi - This day return back to Delhi. On arrival check in your hotel and relax. Overnight stay at Delhi

Day 21 : Delhi - You will be transferred back to the airport to board your flight for your onward journey Tour Ends !