Shimla to Manali and Dharamsala

Shimla, Manali and Dharamsala gives you an opportunity to explore culture, lakes and mountain vistas and uniqueness of this Himalayan Region. Explore to know more.

  • Jhaku temple at Shimla

  • Kali Bari temple, Shimla

  • Himachal state museum, Shimla

  • Mall at Shimla..most popular spot in Shimla

  • Naldhera Golf Course, Shimla

  • Craignano, Shimla

  • Kunal Pathri temple, Dharamsala

  • Misty dharamkot, Dharamsala

  • Mcleodganj - where His Holiness Dalai Lama resides

  • Triund, Dharamsala

Overview

 Shimla

Shimla, was the Summer capital  of  India under British rule. Shimla has seen many important historical events such as  the famous Shimla Pact between India & Pakistan which was signed here.  The place is also famous  for  its natural beauty, architectural buildings, wooden crafts and apples. 

Kalka Shimla Express provides access to some of the awesome views, tunnels, viaduct and nature beauty. Today the town is distinctive for its variety of architecture. It has one of the rare surviving urban forests, made all the more unique, for its species are temperate to alpine ones in what is otherwise a tropical zone. And then Shimla’s famous Mall offers one of the longest stretches of pedestrian shopping in the world.

Dharamsala:

The High snow clad Dhauladhar ranges form a magnificent backdrop to the hill resort of Dharamsala. This is the principal township of Kangra district and overlooks wide spread of the plains. With dense pine and deodar forests, numerous streams, cool healthy air, attractive surroundings and the nearby snowline, Dharamsala has everything for a perfect holiday. It is full of life and yet peaceful. The headquarters of His Holiness the Dalai Lama are at upper Dharamsala. Covering a wide area in the form of twin settlement, lower Dharamsala (1380m) is a busy commercial centre. While upper Dharamsala (1830m) with the suburbs of Mcleodganj and Forsytheganj, retains a British flavor and colonial lifestyle. The charming church of St. John in the wilderness is situated here and this is the final resting place of Lord Elgin, a British Viceroy of India during the 19th century. There is also a large Tibetan community who have made this place their home. Numerous ancient temples like Jwalamukhi, Brijeshwari and Chamunda lie on the plains below Dharamsala.

This also is the place of His Holiness Dalai Lama who has made Dharamsala and McLeodganj as his home. You would be introduced to Tibet here. Welcome on board to this picturesque Kangra valley.

Manali to Dharamsala

Itinerary

DURATION         :  7 NIGHTS 8 DAYS
BEST TIME TO VISIT    : MAY – OCT

Day 1: Reach Shimla from Delhi by Train or Bus and check-in to the hotel. After refreshing, we start sightseeing of Shimla and overnight stay at hotel. Following places would be covered.

Jhakoo Temple: We start the day by visit to Jhakoo hill where the temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman  at 8025 feet above sea level, the highest peak in Shimla and provides a breathtaking view of Shimla and its surroundings.

Kali Bari Temple: After that, we visit this temple which is situated near the Scandal Point towards GPO and dedicated to Goddess Shamala.

The Mall, Shimla: Main shopping area of town and cultural hub. The Gaiety Theatre is a replica of old British Theatre

Himachal State Museum: Located on the Mall road, the State Museum is a colonial building set in spacious lawns. Having a good collection of coins, photographs, local handicrafts and other items the museum is a humongous building. The doll gallery consists of a collection of Himachali bride and tribal dolls while the collection of Pahari miniature painting is also worth a look.  The museum has a vast collection of damaged sculptures from all over the state preserved here, like the 8th century stone images from Masrur and Bajaura. Apart from these there are many rare specimens worth seeing.  Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 2:
Today, we shall be visiting following destinations.

Green Valley: We start our journey with visit to Green Valley which is one of the most beautiful places in Shimla. Noted for its elite beauty, this is a stopover on the way to Kufri from Shimla. Photography enthusiast would simply love this place as it offers some of the most mesmerizing sights that nature has to offer. The criss-crossed mountains seem to have been blanketed under carpets of greens and it is one of the most photographed sights in Shimla. You just cannot resist temptation of walking around and enjoying the rich bliss of nature.

Chini Bunglow: Then we proceed to Chini Bunglow. An enjoyable drive through forests and small villages from Shimla leads to this small but popular station and we reach Nature Park here at Chini Bunglow which is a great attraction.

Mashobra, Craignano: After that, we visit which is of unique beauty is the oak and pine retreat of Mashobra, 9.6km from town at an altitude of 2,149 metres (7,700 ft.), it is unbeatable for an ideal interlude beneath oak and pine and a real treat to the eyes.

Naldhera Golf Course: We then visit Naldehra Golf Course which is one of the oldest golf clubs in the world maintained by Himachal Tourism Department. It was founded in the year 1920. The well-groomed 9-hole Golf Course is perhaps one of the finest and most famous Golf Courses on the hills of India. This Golf Course is crowned with a springing turf.

After such a breathtaking experience, time to relax, unwind and spend night in hotel.

Day 3:
This day, we start early ot Manali and check-in to Manali Continental.After refreshing, we shall be visiting Manu temple,Siali Mahadev temple,Tibetan monastery,Van vihar,Vashishat hot springs. Overnight stay at Manali.

Day 4:
This early morning, we start to Nehrukund, Kothi gorge,Rahlafalls,Gulaba slops,Marhi,Rohtang Pass,on way back visit to Solang valley adventure sports;paragliding,horse riding etc., Overnight stay at Manali

Day 5:
Today, we visit Kullu and start to Vaishno mata temple,Shawls factory,fishing spots at Kasol,Manikaran hot springs in Parvati valley and back to Manali. Overnight stay in Manali

Day 6 : We start to Dharamsala early morning and checkin to the hotel. After refreshment,  following places would be covered:

Mecleod Ganj-seat of His Highness Dalai Lama: Situated 9 kms from Dharamsala, we visit the headquarters of HH Dalai Lama and we would see various areas dedicated to Tibet and Tibetan people.

Bhagsunag Falls: Two kms from McLeodGanj, we reach an old temple and water sprint. From there we visit spectacular Bangsunag waterfalls.

War Memorial :3 kms from Dharamsala we visit this place which is dedicated in memory of those who fought post-independence war heroes of Himachal.

Naddi: At 2,000 metres above the sea level and about four kilometres from Mcleod Ganj, is a fast developing area. It is connected with a metalled motorable road.It is the only place in Dharamshala from where an open view of mountains and wide valleys on Dhaula Dhar’s southern side can be seen.

Dharamkot :We visit a village called Dharamkot inhabited by the Gaddis (hill Tribals) nestles amidst scenic beauty at 7216 feet above sea level offers a panoramic view of the Dhauladhar range, Kangra valley and the Pong Dam, the village A Panoramic View Of The Dhaula Dhar Range Of Mountains, Kangra Valley And The Pong Dam and is most favorite picnic spot.

Day 7:  Today, we visit following places:

Kunal Pathri-Rock temple: 3 kms from Dharamsala, this rock temple of a local goddess is an awesome place to go and see the surroundings.

Triund: 20 kms from Dharamsala we reach this popular picnic spot at the base of snow clad Dhauladhar ranges. This night, we spend at Dharamsala.

Day 8: Checkout from hotel and day free to explore Dharamsala on your own and catch bus back to Delhi.

Look forward to welcome you on the Shimla-Manali-Rohtang-Kullu-Dharamsala circuit. You would certainly be left with spell bound and thrilling memories of nature and desiring you to take on more destinations with us.

Price

COST    : *Call us for Group Discount applicable for Group size of 6 – MAP Basis

What is included and excluded?

Cost Includes: Transport, Boarding and Lodging, sight seeing at all locations indicated in itinerary and transfers to hotel in Jeeps/SUV/Car depending upon terrain and location. Breakfast and Dinner all locations.

Cost Excludes: Personal expenses,  insurance, incidental expenses, porter tips or tips to staff, medical and evacuation due to personal health.

What if the locations on itinerary changes while on tour? Will there be refund for not showing them?
Due to changes in weather conditions, strike or communal disturbances the itineraries need to be changed instantly. Our representative would take care of ensuring that they provide different options at that time. However, we would not be able to refund the amount where the locations were not covered due to aforesaid reasons as these are beyond our control.

T&C


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

We strives for cost effectiveness by having a maximum 6 guests and hence initial amount collected is based upon that. It might so happen that the number of people might become smaller than expected. Himalayan Fantasy representative will get in touch with guests within 15 days of the departure date on the final group size.Thus, the differential amount need be paid by guests due to this change.

Booking must be confirmed 20 days prior to date of departure by paying the full amount – It takes lot of effort, time and money in planning the tours in remote locations due to terrain and logistics involved. You would appreciate that it causes lot of inconvenience to people staying there due to cancellation as they would have reserved the hotel/lodges for us.

All expenses accruing from change in schedule due to weather conditions or health issues are to be borne by the guests. We shall take adequate precaution and always check the weather condition in advance, but acts of nature is beyond our control.

Cancellation policy – While we strive to plan everything for you well in advance, enabling your trip to be hassle-free and fun filled. Implication is that fees, permits, accommodation expenses need to be paid in advance at those locations and in most cases they would not refund to us. Any cancellation would be inconvenient and loss to all those who were involved in making your journey memorable. Considering the cascading effect you would appreciate that it is fair that the cost has to be borne by you. As a goodwill, our policy on cancellation would be as under:

  •     Cancellation prior to 20 days from date of departure : Full Refund
  •     Cancellation between 19 days to 15 days prior to date of  departure: 50% Refund
  •     Cancellation between 14 days prior to date of departure and departure date: No Refund
  •     No Show : No Refund

FAQ

What kind of clothing is required?
In all the locations normally, the average temperature would be 10-25 C during morning and 0 to 10 C in night. It is preferrable to bring warm clothing like shawls, sweaters, pullover etc., Also since the weather is very cold, it would be hard to wash the clothes and dry them. Spare inner wears would be recommended.

What kind of hotels are we going to be put up? Would they be neat for the price being charged?
The hotels would be standard category. Standard here refers to a well furnished, clean and hygenic and food is of good quality. We don’t compromise on boarding and lodging and ensure that the hotels meet the set criteria.

Can we use mobile phones at these locations?
Since we would be at an altitude greater than 10,000 feet, in most of the places, the mobile network might not be available. Our guide would be providing information as we travel.

Can we charge mobile phones?
While staying in hotels at all locations, we could charge the mobile phones.

How would be the quality of the roads at these locations?
Many a times, due to landslides which is a common feature in these locations, the roads might not be in good conditions. The local administration does everything to restore, but then might not be adequate. Thus you might experience bumpy rides at certain places. The guide would keep you informed about road condition.

What if the road is cut off or blocked? What should we do?
There is nothing to panic. We shall provide you with information on how the condition of road is on the day of travel to these high altitude places. If the road is blocked, we shall work out a different itinerary to ensure that you enjoy the holidays stress free and without hassles.

Can we get children on board?
Children above 6-8 years are certainly welcome and they would certainly enjoy the nature.

What kind of food is available in these high altitude places for eating?
Most of these places, the religion is Buddhist and follow Tibetan culture. There is high possibility of getting Indian food and also a good idea to have Tibetan food like momo and noodles.

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