Himachal 09 Days / 08 Nights

Day 1

Arrive Chandigarh

Welcome to the well planned city of Chandigarh! On arrival at the airport in Chandigarh, you will be met and transferred to the hotel in Chandigarh and check-in to your hotel.
Visit the famous Rock Garden, a classic example of innovation and recycling at its best. Onwards, visit the beautiful Sukhna Lake
The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Overnight in Chandigarh. (D)

Day 2

On to Manali (312 Kms / Approx. 10 hours drive)

Your day will begin with a scenic drive to Manali. The changing landscapes ensure a great start to your adventure. On arrival at Manali, check in to your resort and take in the splendors of this mountainous abode. Manali will conjure some beautiful dreams tonight.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Manali. (B, D)

Day 3

In Manali

True to an authentic adventure, set out for Gulaba this morning post breakfast. A picturesque drive of 20.6 Kms will take you to the quaint village, which is located on the road to Rohtang pass. En route indulge in a photo stop at Gulaba viewpoint (6.2 Kms). Flanked by snow covered mountains, grasslands and the Beas river, every picture will be nothing short of ethereal. Gulaba offers you other highs as well. Take up skiing or paragliding and witness the benevolence of this pristine village. Later, continue your drive passing by gorgeous valleys and the snow caped mountain peaks to Marhi (15 Kms), another adventure destination. Lounge in the company of lush green meadows as the night turns into a brilliant day.
Spend the rest of the evening at leisure.
Overnight in Manali. (B, D)

Day 4

In Manali

Experience the inherent beauty of life as you proceed for a visit to Manali Nature Park (1.1 Kms). Surrounded by large groves of Deodar trees, this wildlife reserve is set on the banks of river Beas, emitting an aura of pure wonderland. Take a leisurely stroll around the reserve and you might just spot Himachal’s state bird, the Manual Pheasant. The Snow Rabbits could be your playful companions. If you are lucky, you may also get a glimpse of the Musk deer, Monal and the Brown bear. The authorities of the park will be there to guide and inform you about the national park and its various inhabitants. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or you may opt to explore the town on your own. Spend the night content with your day’s events.
Overnight in Manali. (B, D)

Day 5

In Manali

Another day, a drive to Somvan village (16 Kms) post breakfast. Known for its dense forests, it is an oasis of greenery and an ideal place for varied fauna and flora. Leaping forward to the next leg of the journey, Raison (19 Kms away) is a small cluster of villages on the banks of Beas which is a perfect place to opt for river rafting. Refreshed by the rapids you can then continue your tour to visit Naggar Castle (14 Kms). A medieval Castle built by Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu around 1460 A.D. it is now a hotel that overlooks the Kullu Valley. Primed for its authentic western Himalayan architecture and splendid views, it also houses the paintings of the Russian artist Nicholas Roerich.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Manali. (B, D)

Day 6

On to Dharamshala (235 Kms / Approx. 8 hours drive)

Today, your picturesque journey continues to Dharamshala, the principal township of Kangra district which overlooks the wide spread plains with pine and deodar forests. On arrival, check-in to your hotel.
Later, visit St. John’s Church and Tibetan Market.
St. John’s Church, a grey stone structure built in 1852. Brass plaques and superb Belgian stained-glass windows can be seen inside the church.
The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Overnight in Dharamshala (B, D)

Day 7

On to Dalhousie (145 Kms / Approx. 4 hours drive)

Morning after breakfast, visit McLeod Ganj – the residence of His Holiness Dalai Lama.
Mcleodganj is the headquarters of the Tibetan Government in exile and abode of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. Perched almost 1,500 metres above sea level, this hilltop retreat is named after David Mcleod, the lieutenant governor of Punjab in 1848. It is a very popular learning center of Tibetan culture and the teachings of Buddhism. It is home to several monasteries, including the Namgyal monastery. Later, we proceed to Dalhousie. On arrival, check-in to the hotel.
In the afternoon, visit the Martyr’s memorial at Panchpulla which commemorates Ajit Singh, a supporter of Subhash Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army during World War II.
En route visit Satdhara, acquiring its name from the seven gorgeous springs and said to contain mica and medicinal properties which are able to alleviate several ailments.
The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Overnight in Dalhousie (B, D)

Day 8

Dalhousie – Excursion to Khajjiar (23 Kms / Approx. 1 hour drive)

Today, proceed for an excursion to Khajjar Lake. The picturesque Khajjiar Lake is located 23 km from Dalhousie in Khajjiar, which is often labelled as the mini Switzerland of India. Fed by small streams, this lake rests in the centre of the large glade of Khajjiar, surrounded by evergreen cedars. It takes its name from Khajjinag, the deity in the temple nearby.
The rest of the day is at leisure
Overnight in Dalhousie (B, D)

Day 9

Depart Dalhousie – On to Pathankot 80 Kms / Approx. 3 hours drive) or Amritsar (206 Kms / Approx. 4 hours 15 minutes drive)