Himachal and Uttarakhand Himalaya Tours

Himachal and Uttarakhand Himalaya Tours - 20 Nights / 21 Days
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  • Arrival at Delhi

    Arrival at Delhi - Meeting and support on arrival at airport/ railway station and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

  • Delhi Morning, sightseeing trip Delhi

    Check out the lively locations of the capital city showing the glorious past. It includes Raj Ghat, Jamma Masjid and few of the magnificent structures and shopping zones. You can check out the city with the aid of a local travel guide. Overnight stay at Delhi.

  • Delhi- Amritsar

    Morning transfer to Nizamuddin station for first class air-conditioned train to Amritsar. On arrival in Amritsar, you'll be met and moved to your hotel. In the afternoon, take the brief expedition to the border at Wagah, where Indian and Pakistani soldiers take part in a day-to-day boarding closing event. The theatre of this occasion, which approaches melodrama in its intensity, is taken hugely seriously but can also appear rather entertaining to the objective bystander. Go back to Amritsar for over night stay.

  • Amritsar-Dharmashala

    This early morning you will check out the incredible Golden Temple- the most sacred site in the Sikh religion, prior to an afternoon drive to Dharamshala and neighboring McLeod Ganj, popular as the seat of the Tibetan Government in Exile, and home to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Overnight in McLeod Ganj.

  • Dharmashala

    Two complete days are required to understand Dharmashala.Dharamsala is divided into 2 parts: upper and lower Dharamsala. The upper part is called Mcleodganj while the lower part is the main Dharamsala. Tall and thick evergreen with little streams streaming below the nearby snowline make this location a preferred among individuals. Life goes on efficiently in this place despite the fact that it does not boast of the modern centers of metro cities.
    McLeod Ganj: is at a distance of 9kms from Dharamshala. A variety of residential structures, dining establishments, antique shops, together with popular Tibetan organizations have provided significance to McleodGanj. Main destination is Dalai Lama's Temple.

  • Dharmashala

    Day Free for Local Sightseeing.

  • Dharmashala - Pragpur

    Drive down the hills to the Kangra Valley, going to the marvelous fort and Bajdeshwari Devi temple en path. Show up in Pragpur mid-afternoon and examine into the Judge's Court- a delicious heritage hotel overlooking the village. In the late afternoon, walk through the gardens of Judge's Court into the unique heritage town of Pragpur- this is an unusual example in India of an entire community having actually made it through the relentless advance of modernity with its old structures and neighbourhood atmosphere intact. The village is centred on a large decorative pond and its cobbled lanes and serene atmosphere are a delight. Delight in supper on the yard back at your hotel, Overnight in Pragpur.

  • Pragpur - Mandi

    After breakfast, depart for Mandi with a stop en route at a Tibetan Buddhist neighborhood near Taragarh. On arrival in Mandi, check in your hotel and in the afternoon explore the town of Mandi with its lots of temples and intriguing 'sunken garden' central square. Overnight in Mandi.

  • Mandi - Manali

    After breakfast, drive 3 hours to Manali arriving late morning. Look into your hotel- our primary suggestions here are all historical places with great views to the mountains or onto the neighbouring pine forests. Explore Manali on foot in the afternoon- it is a beautiful town which benefits considerably from its main street being closed to lorry traffic, making it best for leisurely walking. Among the piece de resistances 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

    Drive 2 hours back down to Kullu. The Valley of gods, as the Kullu valley has happened understood, is perhaps the most wonderful area in the western Himalayas. The valley is also famous for its remarkably woven colorful handmade shawls and Kullu caps. Drive into the stunning Banjar Valley, where you can enjoy a spectacular mountain trek, or a more leisurely drive to nearby picturesque points. Overnight in the Banjar Valley.

  • Banjar-- Shimla

    The theme of stunning scenery and beautiful drives continues with a brief, steep climb to the Jalori Pass, through thick oak and cedar forests, and a more mild descent on the far side of the pass, ultimately associating the primary road to Shimla This is a full day drive, reaching Shimla by mid-late afternoon. On arrival at Shimla, checkin at the  hotel and relax. Overnight in Shimla.

  • Shimla

    The day is totally free for you to check out the charm of Shimla as it is one tourist destination that can be gone to whenever during the year. Summer seasons are warm with cool and enjoyable evenings while winter seasons are bone chilling and the temperature levels can fall below zero. Shimla's pleasant climate, easy accessibility and various attractions have made it one of the most popular hill stations in northern India. The Splendid views of the snow clad series of the Himalayas, fine walk through the oak and blooming rhododendron, captivating resorts within easy reach and its nearby places with picturesque charm make Shimla an appealing destination throughout the year.

  • 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. Taking pleasure in the plants and fauna is a charming experience. Over night stay at Mussoorie.

  • Mussoorie

    This  day is kept free  for enjoying the varied beauty of Mussoorie. The Camel Back Road, the ancient cemetery, the cable car travel to the "Gun Hill", check out to the St.Mary's church, roaming in the Company Garden and Kempty Falls and a leisurely walk in the Mall Road make your day.Overnight remain at Mussoorie.

  • Mussoorie - Rishikesh

    Early morning drive to Rishikesh, the most sacred location in Hinduism. Rishikesh has ended up being a center for learning and research in yoga and meditation- the prominent Indian approaches for psychological 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 coming from point of the Char Dham trip most demanded by the devotees. Over night remain at Rishikesh.

  • Rishikesh - Haridwar

    Start driving at dawn to Haridwar, the twin city of Rishikesh, the holiest location for Hindus. See to the Har-Ki-Pauri and Har-Ki-Pairi Ghats and swimming in the water is thought about to be most sacred. Before Dawn, say at 5.30 am and at sunset state at 06.00 pm you can see thousands of pilgrims experiencing the Ganga Arti event, worshipping the river with lights. Belonging of this is thought about to be essential among the worshippers and it will be an exceptionally various experience for the onlookers. Overnight remain at Haridwar.

  • Haridwar - Kausani

    A  10 hours drive takes  you to Kausani with an optional stop at Corbett. The location Kausani is the most picturesque spot in the Himalayan varieties. If time is not a pushing element for you, then sunset at Kausani and a see to the tea gardens can be the additional highlight of your tour. Overnight remain at Kausani.

  • Kausani - Binsar - Nainital

    After breakfast, drive to Binsar, a beautiful, peaceful and wild Himalayan location with rich natural environments among dense forest. Binsar is perched on top of the Jhandi Dhar Hills. Binsar was the summer time capital of Chand Kings who rules over Kumaon from the 11th to 18th centuries A.D. It offers an excellent view of the higher Himalayan valley. The environments are plentiful in alpine flora, ferns, hanging moss and types of wild flowers. Continue your drive to Nainital. On arrival check in your hotel and relax. Over night stay at Nainital

  • Nainital

    Nainital is among the most charming hill stations in India. It is also called Land of Greens and Blues since of rich green forests and valleys and clear blue sky. Naini Tal Lake forms the nub of the charm 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 traveler visitation of the hill station. The exquisiteness of this lake is twice as amplified throughout the night when its carbonated water flirt with the numerous lights hanging on its edges, and provide it an incredibly lovely magical aura.
    After breakfast proceed to go to the lake view point, visit cave Garden Barapathar, fan's point, water fall and at night you have the choice to choose the boat trip on the Naini Lake. You might also want to go for shopping at Bada Bazaar, which is well-known for aromatic candles. Over night stay at Nainital.

  • Nainital - Delhi

    This day return back to Delhi On arrival check in your hotel and relax. Overnight remain at Delhi.

  • Delhi Departure

    You will be transferred back to the airport to board your flight for your onward journey Tour Ends!


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Himachal and Uttarakhand Himalaya Tours

Himachal Pradesh

Spread five Himalayan mountain ranges across the northwestern state of Himachal Pradesh like fingers on an open hand (the Siwalik, Dhauladhar, Pir Panjal, Great Himalayas, and Zanskar), thread them with rivers, and dot them with lakes: This is Himachal Pradesh. Except for the capital, Shimla, and the overpopulated destinations of Dharamsala in the district of Kangra and Manali in the district of Kullu, Himachal is a state of villages. It's also the so-called Land of the Gods, with thousands of mainly Hindu and Buddhist temples and monasteries.

Various cultures inhabit this alpine region, including two distinct semi-nomadic tribes, the Gaddi and Gujjar, who still follow many of their most ancient traditions. The Gaddi, who travel with sheep, goats, and cattle, are Hindu and believe in evil spirits that are appeased by animal sacrifices and animist rituals. Gaddi men wear a chola (a white thigh-length woolen coat) over sutthan (tight woolen trousers), held in place by a dora (a black rope of sheep's wool) coiled around the waist. Women wear a luanchari (a long, colorful dress) with a woven dora tied around the waist and lots of jewelry, both for good luck and to indicate wealth.

The Muslim Gujjar travel with buffalo and make their living by selling fresh milk and ghee. Normally bearded, the men wear turbans and long robes. Women wear the traditional Indian Muslim salwar-kameez, a long tunic over loose pants tapered at the ankle. Often somber in color, this outfit is accentuated by paisley scarves and chunky silver necklaces, bracelets, and dangling earrings.

The peak tourist season in Himachal Pradesh runs from May though September. In April and November, while the nights may hover around 40°F in Shimla, the days can be sunny and suitable for short sleeves—and "shoulder-season" hotel prices approximate winter rates, half of what they escalate to in summer. June and September are the most comfortable months: dry and warm. July and August have the monsoon rains. Winter is chilly, with temperatures not much above freezing. Although some hotels do close from December through February, many stay open, and some even charge a premium for Christmas and New Year's Eve stays. Note that only a few hotels have central heating—if you come in winter, expect to sleep in your long johns.

If you hire a driver to tour Himachal Pradesh, consider combining the potentially hair-raising road trip with an Indian rail journey: Send the driver ahead to Chandigarh and arrange for him to meet you as you arrive on the Shatabdi Express from Delhi, which departs at 7:30 AM and arrives at 10:30 AM. You'll arrive safe and rested. The capital of two states, Haryana and Punjab, Chandigarh was built in the 1950s from a plan designed by the French architect Le Corbusier. If you linger here, visit the innovative Rock Garden built by Nek Chand, a visionary Outsider artist—it's a 6-acre maze of waterfalls and walk-ways through sculptures and figures made from discarded materials and oddly shaped stones. In Pinjore, 20 km (12 mi) northeast of Chandigarh, the 17th-century Mogul-style Yadvindra Gardens are laid out on a gentle slope, with seven terraces of pools and fountains.

Shimla

360 km (225 miles) north of Delhi

Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and is perhaps best perceived as a gateway to the newly opened district of Kinnaur. The charms of Rudyard Kipling's city have faded: paint peels on Victorian structures, and mortar is left to crumble. Shimla is generally packed with Indian families on holiday, and attracts a number of British travelers who have family history in India.It is surely one of the most popular hill stations with tourists exploring Himalayas.

Manali

280 km (174 miles) north of Shimla.

Until about 20 years ago, Manali was a small, relaxed place toward the top of the Kullu Valley. On one side of town was a settlement of Tibetan refugees, while on the other side, near the bus stop, backpackers smoked dope and swapped trekking stories in hippie restaurants serving apple pie and peanut butter. Then, in 1989, Kashmir descended into chaos following the kidnapping of the Indian Home Minister's daughter by militants. Most of the Indian and foreign travelers who would have otherwise headed to Kashmir detoured to the fast-growing village of Manali. The subsequent explosion of development has ruined the former pristine tranquility of this place; concrete hotels have come up cheek-by-jowl along narrow alleys now choked with garbage and motor vehicles, their horns blaring away.

All that said, Manali is still recommended for its location, deep in the stunningly beautiful and culturally rich Kullu Valley. The friendly people of this Himalayan strand are famous for their unique style of dress, including men's pillbox caps with a colorful style of geometric embroidery that's repeated on woolen shawls. In fall, when the valley's many apple trees bear fruit, the famous Perahera Festival (a local variation on the Hindu festival Dussehra, celebrated all over North India in October) is held: Ten days after the new moon, villagers bring their local temple deities—over 200 in all—down to Kullu town, at the head of the valley. Dragged by hand on palanquins or wheeled carts known as raths, the idols are brought to pay respect to Raghunathji, Kullu's patron god. For three nights people from all over the valley, including the descendants of local royalty, mill around a temporary market on the dusty fairgrounds next to the Beas River. Singing and dancing complete the festive atmosphere.

The Kullu Valley is also a place of great natural beauty. At the high end of the valley, near Manali, and farther up toward the Rohtang Pass, 20,000-ft peaks loom on three sides. Day hikers will find endless exhilarating paths to hike, often alongside Gujjar shepherds with their flocks of goats. Manali is also the origin and endpoint for many more-serious adventures into the Himalayan wilderness. From here you can launch trekking, driving, and rafting trips into the Lahaul, Spiti, and Kinnaur valleys. Heading west, more treks can take you toward the Kangra and Chamba valleys. Finally, the road through Manali and up over the Rohtang Pass is currently the only one on which travelers can drive to Ladakh. Manali now also has a short skiing season and adventure tourists flock the area in winters .

Uttarakhand

The Himalayan stretch of Uttar Pradesh, also called Uttarakhand, is locked in by Himachal Pradesh, Tibet, and Nepal. Figuring prominently in the Hindu epics, Uttarakhand is the mythological abode of the Hindu pantheon. Every year thousands of pilgrims make yatras (Hindu pilgrimages) to the Garhwal mountains and the sacred Char Dhams (Four Temples)—Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath—the homes of the Hindu gods Vishnu and Shiva and source of the holy Yamuna and Ganges rivers.

With more than 100 peaks towering above 20,000 ft, Uttarakhand's Garhwal mountains (especially Mt. Nanda Devi, at 26,056 ft) inspire climbers from all over the world. Trekkers are drawn to its natural sanctuaries, such as Nanda Devi (surrounding the peak of the same name) and the Valley of Flowers, strewn with blossoms and surrounded by glaciers and white-capped mountains. Few foreigners, however, are aware of other good treks through equally sublime Himalayan vistas to mountain villages and the revered Char Dhams and other hallowed shrines. Rafters searching for serious white water will find that Uttarakhand's runs, ranked with Asia's best, are indeed swift, long, and away from the mainstream.

In the Garhwal foothills, next to the Nepali border, is Uttarakhand's second major region, the Kumaon. Like the Garhwal, this is a place of temples and mountain walks, but on a smaller scale—the topography is much gentler, the forests thicker. Far from the frenzy of Garhwal's Hindu pilgrims and Mussoorie's honeymoon travellers , the Kumaon has a more relaxed atmosphere, and the animal-rich Corbett National Park makes world-class wildlife tourism destination.

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