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Shimla Manali Tour

DAY01: DELHI/SHIMLA (VIA CHANDIGARH): (DISTANCE 370Kms.TIME TAKEN APPROX 09:30Hrs.):

Early morning drive to Shimla, Once the summer-capital of British India, it is now the capital of the state. Although, a little overcrowded now-a-days, the city still retains its charm and still favorite with the tourists. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day is free for personal activities. Over night at hotel –

DAY 02: IN SHIMLA:  Morning city tour of Shimla will start with:  Jakhoo Hill: About 2.5 km from the city lies the Jahkoo hill at a height of about 2455 metres. The peak, highest in Shimla, offers a panoramic view of the town. The Jakhoo temple, dedicated to Lord Hanuman, is also located here. Glen: The Glen forests lie at a distance of about 4 km from the Ridge at an altitude of 1830 metres. An ice-cold stream flows through the forest making it one of the fascinating picnic spots in the city.      Summer Hill: About 7 km from the city, at a height of 1983 metres, is the Summer Hill. This picturesque spot lies on the Shimla-Kalka railway line and has pleasant shady walks in quiet surroundings. The place is also associated with Mahatma Gandhi as he had stayed in the Georgian House of Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur during his visit to Shimla. The Himachal Pradesh University is situated here. Chadwick Falls: You can reach these 67-metre-high falls from Summer Hill from where it is about 45 minutes walk. The falls, surrounded by thick forests, are situated at about 7 km from the city at a height of 1586 metres. Prospect Hill: A popular picnic spot, the Prospect Hill offers excellent views of the surrounding country. The Hill is a 15-minute climb from Boileauganj and is located at about 5 km west of Shimla.   Institute of Advance Studies:  About 4 kilometres from the city lies the Indian Institute of Advance Studies. The institute was formerly the Vice-regal Lodge. Besides the magnificent English renaissance structure, the lawns and woodland of the institute are the other sources of attractions. You will have to buy a ticket to enter the place. Sankat Mochan: is located on the road to Chandigarh at about 7 km from Shimla. Here a temple dedicated Lord Hanuman can be found. You can also get a fine view of Shimla from here. Taradevi Temple: Dedicated to Tara Devi, a Hindu version of the Tibetan Goddess Drolma, the temple lies at about 11 km from Shimla on the Shimla-Kalka road. This holy place is also accessible by rail. Himachal State Museum: The state museum lies at about 3 km from the city centre. It has some good collection of statues, miniatures, coins, photos and other items from around Himachal Pradesh. Rest of the day is free for personal activities. Over night at hotel –

DAY 03: SHIMLA/CHAIL/KUFRI/SHIMLA: Morning drive to Chail, Forty-three kilometres from Shimla lies the lush green town of Chail, a former summer capital of the Maharaja of Patiala. The town is built on three hills, one of which is topped with the Chail Palace, the other with the Chail village, and the third one by the Snowview mansion. Three kilometres from the village lies the world's highest cricket ground at a height of 2,250 metres. Chail is also a hiker's paradise. There is a wildlife sanctuary at a distance of 3 km from here. After drive to Kufri, lies 16 kilometres to the east of Shimla at an altitude of 2,510 metres above sea level. The surrounding countryside here offers you a good opportunity for hiking especially to the nearby Mahasu peak. The town also hosts a winter sports festival. After, back to Shimla. Over night at Hotel -

DAY 04: SHIMLA/NALDHERA/TATTAPANI/MASOBRA/SHIMLA: Morning drive to Naldhera, A pleasant little town, Naldhera is famous for having the oldest and the highest golf course in India. The town, perched at an altitude of 2,050 metres, is around 23 km from Shimla. An ancient Nag temple is also situated here. It is said that Lord Curzon was so enchanted by this place that he named his daughter aer it. After drived to Tattapani, is located at about 65 km from Shimla on the Shimla-Mandi highway. The place is famous for its hot water springs that have sulphur content. You can also visit the nearby Hindu temples and Shiv Goofa at Saraur (4 km) After drive to, The small village of Mashobra lies at about 13 km from Shimla on Shimla-Naldhera road. The village is surrounded by thick forests and offers some pleasant walks including one to Sipi where a fair is held every year. A temple dedicated to Goddess Durga is worth visiting. And come back to Shimla.  Over night at hotel

DAY 05: SHIMLA/ MANALI (DISTANCE: 260Kms.TIME TAKEN APPROX: 06:30Hrs.):                  Morning drive to Manali, is Situated at the northen end of the Kullu Valley, Manali has spectacular views of snowcapped peaks and wooded slopes. The Beas rushes along its rocky course amid grassy meadows carpeted with wild flowers and wagtails hop along from stone to stone along the stream's edge. There are marvellous walks too, through dappled orchards and fairy-tale forests of deodar. It is known as the SWITZERLAND OF INDIA. Upon arrival checkin at hotel. Afternoon city tour will start with:      Van Vihar: This is just off the Mall with pathways between towering deodhars and also leads to a boating pond. Tibetan Market and Mall: The Tibetan Market is an interesting cluster of shops. Nice to browse around for knick knacks, handicrafts and imported goods. Located on the Mall. The Mall also has other shops selling local handicrafts and clothes. It also has some good restaurants. Buses, taxis and autos are easily available from the Mall for local sightseeing or excursions. Jagatsukh Temple - About 6 km from Manali is the famous Shiva Temple in "shikara" style and nearby is the old and interesting Devi Sharvali Temple.  Hadimba Temple - Also known as the Doongri Temple, this four-tiered pagoda-like wooden temple stands in a clearing amid tall and stately deodar trees and has beautiful carvings on its ornamental door. Dedicated to Hadimba, the wife of Bhim, this temple is the venue for an annual fair held during May. Vashist Spring - Across the Beas river, about 3 km away from Manali, at an altitude of 1,982 meters (6,200 feet), are the natural sulphur springs. The village itself is perched on a steep hillside across the river Beas. Tibetan Monastery - This is new and colorful. A pleasant place to visit. Beas Kund - The famous Beas Kund, the source of the Beas river, at the Rohtang Pass is easily accessible. The great rishi, Vyas performed "Tapa" here during the Mahabharat times. Over night at hotel –

DAY 06: IN MANALI:
Morning
drive to same day excursion to  Rahalla Falls - 16 km from Manali town at the start of the climb to the Rohtang Pass, at an altitude of 2501m. After drive to Solang Valley - 13 kms outside Manali is the Solang Valley, offering spectacular views of the snow-clad mountains and the glaciers all around. Solang is the venue for paragliding and the annual skiing courses.   Over night at hotel -

DAY 07: IN MANALI:
 
Morning drive to same day excursion to Rohtang Pass - Situated at an altitude of 3979 mtrs above sea level and 51 kms outside Manali is the mighty Rohtang Pass - the gateway to Lahaul-Spiti  valley. Open for just about four months a year, it affords a wide panoramic view of the mountains. Here one sees the majesty of the mountains at its height and splendour. At the top of the pass the air seems to glitter against the snow as you look down over herringboned ridges into the Lahaul valley. There is the beautiful Dashohar Lake left of the pass. A few km away from the pass is the Sonapani glacier and slightly to the left are the twin peaks of the Gaypan-jagged pyramid of rock, snow streaked and snow crowned.

Day 08: MANALI/DELHI (DISTANCE: 380Kms.TIME TAKEN APPROX 09:0Hrs.) :   
Morning drive to Delhi. Upon arrival checkin at hotel. Rest of the day is free for personal activities. Over night at hotel -

DAY 09: DELHI/OUT : 
Morning transfer to Airport to flight for onward destination. 

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