DAY 01: Arrive Delhi.
Welcome to Delhi – Capital city of India: India where hospitality is a way of life , to a culture steeped in tradition, a land where history lives in music and dance. You will be received at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Delhi.
DAY 02: Delhi.
Morning after breakfast full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi.
A visit to Old Delhi, once the Mughal city of Shahjahanabad, with its vibrant market lanes, old havelis (mansions) and colourful neighbourhoods that still have historic, religious and cultural significance is, in a sense, to take a journey back in time. Explore the Chandni Chowk in a cyle rickshaw through lanes or gallis, where everything from spices, wedding trousseau items, brassware, antiques, jewellery and perfumes are sold. Visit the highly decorative Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; its courtyard can accommodate 25000 devotees to offer prayer at one time and later drive past the Red Fort and visit the Raj Ghat, a memorial built for Mahatma Gandhi.
New Delhi showcases the story of modern India with its open spaces, government buildings, museums and wide tree-lined avenues. Your half day sightseeing tour starts with a drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the President of India, Raj Path and the India Gate whose Amar Jawan Jyoti (eternal flame) has been burning since 1971 and symbolizes the sacrifice of brave Indian soldiers. A visit to the Qutb Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This lofty tower inspired by the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan has numerous inscriptions in Arabic and Nagari revealing its history over centuries. Lastly visit the first garden tomb built by the Mughals in India: the Humayun’s tomb. This mausoleum is a synthesis of Persian architecture and Indian traditions which set up a new vogue, a style which came to be known as the Mughal style of architecture. Post sightseeing drive back to the hotel Overnight stay at the hotel
DAY 03: Delhi – Amritsar
Morning in time transfer to airport to take flight to Amritsar. On arrival our representative will transfer you to hotel. Afternoon proceed to Wagha Border – the international border between India and Pakistan. The pomp and pageantry of the Beating Retreat and the Change of Guard within handshaking distance of the Indian and Pakistani forces makes for a most charming spectacle. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 04: Amritsar
Morning after breakfast proceeds for sightseeing of Golden Temple and Jaliyanwala Bagh.
The Golden Temple is the most exalted of all Sikh shrines, drawing pilgrims from near and far for centuries. Later on visit Jaliyanwala Bagh, next to the golden Temple. A historical monument that tells the sad story of mass killing during the independence movement in India, Jaliyanwala Bagh is another must visit in Amritsar. Here lies the memorial of the martyrs of the 1919 massacre by British General Dyer. Presently the place also has a park. Drive back to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 05: Amritsar – Dharamshala (Mcleodganj)
Morning after breakfast visit Durgyana Temple and drive to Dharamshala. On arrival check in at hotel. Evening free to explore Mcleodganj market. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Dharamshala (Mcleodganj 2004 M)
Morning after breakfast sightseeing of Mcleodganj and Dharamshala visiting Norbulingka Institute and Kangra State Museum. Afternoon half day tour visiting Dalai Lama Temple, Bhagsunag Temple and St John’s church. Evening free to explore local market. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Dharamshala to Manali
Morning after breakfast drive to Manali. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day free. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Manali
After relax breakfast at Hotel you will go for Manali sightseeing tour. Later in the day you will go for Solang valley and in the evening back to Manali for shopping at the local market Mall Road. Drive back to Hotel for overnight stay.
Mandi is a small scenic beautiful town at the centre of Himachal Pradesh. A few hours before the Himalayan resorts Kullu and Manali in Himachal Pradesh, once considered ‘the end of the habitable world’. The town has both mythological and historical significance and boasts of unique temple architecture. It is also referred to as Chhota Kashi as there are many ancient temples in the city and on the banks of river Beas. The river Beas flows through the town and hills, which makes this town more scenic.
Major attractions of Manali: Solang Valley, Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Kasol Valley, Nehru Kund, Tibetan Monastery, Rohtang pass etc.
Day 09: Manali – Shimla
After breakfast drive to Manali (Approx 265 Kms Drive 9 hrs). On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
DAY 10: Shimla
Today morning after breakfast in hotel. You will go for a sightseeing tour of KUFARI. Later in the day back to Shimla city and post lunch visit Jakhoo temple Christ Church, The Ridge.The Jakhoo temple, Christ Church, The Ridge, Kufri, Advanced studies etc. Later return to your hotel for overnight stay.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 11: Shimla – Kalka – Chandigarh
Morning after breakfast transfer to railway station to take a ride to Shimla – Kalka toy train, a UNESCO world Heritage property.
On arrival transfer to Hotel for overnight stay in Chandigarh.
Day 12: Chandigarh
Morning after breakfast visit Neck Chand Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake, cactus Garden and pinjor Garden
THE ROCK GARDEN:
This unique sculpture garden, the work of the city’s internationally acclaimed artist Nek Chand, spreads over 64acres. The visitor is led through a maze of paths, chambers and canyons, each presenting a glimpse of a fantasy world. Nek Chand was a road inspector of the city Public Works Department when he began to transform a dump of discarded building materials. He kept the garden a closely guarded secret…..Never suspecting that one day critics would praise his unique works and he would exhibit them in Paris’s Museum of Modern Art and in other cities around the world. The first phase of the rock Garden is a small canyon.
Is an artifical lake at the foothills of the Himalayas, the Shivalik Hills. This 3km² rainfed lake was created in 1958 by damming the Sukhna Choe, a seasonal stream coming down from the Shivalik Hills. Originally the seasonal flow entered the lake directly causing heavy siltation. To check the inflow of silt, 25.42km² of land was acquired in the catchment area and put under vegetation. In 1974, the Choe was diverted and made to bypass the lake completely, the lake being fed by three siltation pots, minimizing the entry of silt into the lake itself. Post lunch visit
A cactus garden is a garden for the cultivation and display with many types cacti. The Arizona Cactus Garden is one such garden. Other such gardens include the National Catus nad Succulent Botanical and Research Centre in India, and sections of the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, the Moir Gardens in Hawaii, the Company’s Garden in Cape Town, the Zilker Botanical Garden in Texas, and the Sherman Library and Gardens in California.
Also known as Pinjor Gardens or Yadavindra Gardens is located in Pinjore, Panchkula district in the Indian state of Haryana. It is an example of the Mughal Gardens style, and was built by Patiala Dynasty Rulers. The garden is in the village of Pinjore lie 22km from Chandigarh on the Ambala-Shimla road. It was created in the 17th century by architect Nawab Fidai Khan during the early reign of his foster brother Aurangzeb (1658-1707).. In recent times, it has been renamed as ‘Yadavindra Garden’ in the memory of Maharaja Yadavindra Singh of the former princely state of Patiala.
Day 13: Chandigarh Out
Today in time transfer to airport to back to Delhi. Upon arrival transfer to IGI Airport Delhi to onward destination.
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