Flavours Of The North
Ever opened a box that offers a variety of candies and each one more tempting than the other? This is what this trip planned by Footloose Holidays offers you when it begins from the national capital and takes you through twists and turns of the spiral roads of hills, a spiritual and peaceful experience in the lap of nature till you head to a city of plains which gives you a chance to be the part of a spectacular, emotion gripping ceremony displayed at the border. Amritsar also leaves you mesmerised with its rich and amazing Punjabi culture and cuisine. Before you reluctantly head homewards, fall in love with City Beautiful that so aptly got its name.
Day 1 Delhi to Shimla (385 Kms/10 Hrs):
On arrival at Delhi Airport or Railway station, you will be greeted and warmly welcomed by the Footloose Holidays representative & from here you will depart for Shimla. On the way, you have the opportunity to freshen yourself up with this visual treat called Pinjore Gardens, located at Ambala-Shimla highway. These gardens are a perfect getaway and picnic spot for people of all age groups and from all walks of life. Another tourist attraction on the way to Shimla is Timber-Trail, which offers you a cable car ride amidst the mountains, giving you a thrilling experience and mesmerising view of the lush greenery and the magnanimity of the Shivalik range. On arrival at Shimla, check-in at your pre-booked hotel, where you can enjoy your sumptuous dinner and a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 2 Shimla:
After enjoying your breakfast, it is time to explore Kufri, around 20km ahead of Shimla, quenching your thirst of that breathtaking view of the mighty snow-laden Himalayas. You can visit Himalayan National Park here and enjoy climbing up the mountains on Pony and Yak’s back. After lunch, proceed to complete your sightseeing of various places in and around Shimla which can include some old monuments, churches and mosques of British era. Your visit is not complete without taking a stroll at the Scandal Point which is between the Mall Road and Ridge Road where you also find Shopping Plaza of the North giving you opportunity to buy some keepsakes to cherish the beautiful memories of this trip. Relish the delicious dinner at hotel with a cosy overnight stay.
Day 3 Shimla to Manali (265 Kms/08 Hrs):
Next morning after breakfast, check-out from the hotel and depart for Manali, a hill station in Himachal Pradesh which steals the hearts of its visitors at the first sight. On the way visit Pandho Dam, a manmade marvel in the form of embankment dam built on river Beas and Hanogi Mata Temple which attracts the attention of both the believers and non-believers because of its unbelievable location. On arrival at Manali, you will be escorted to your hotel.
Day 4 Manali (local sightseeing):
After breakfast, it is time to explore more of Manali. You can visit Hadimba Temple built in the memory of a mythological character from Mahabharata and Manu Temple as it is the only Sage Manu’s temple. Also visit Vashisht Bath, Van Vihar, Tibetan Monastery and Club House. Evening time can be utilised shopping at the local market, Mall Road along with getting an insight into the blended culture that prevails here.
Day 5 Rohtang Pass (100 Km round tour):
Tour is dedicated to Rohtang Pass, situated at an altitude of 3979 mtrs above sea level and 51 kms away from Manali. The pass which acts as a gateway for Lahaul and Spiti Valleys offers a panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges in their snow-laden form where the sunlight, when it glitters on the snow creates the golden sunshine which truly displays the beauty of nature. Dinner at hotel awaits you with a comfortable overnight stay to relax your tired body.
Day 6 Manali to Dharamshala (280 Kms/10 Hrs):
The morning brings a promise of discovering another amazing destination called Dharamshala. After breakfast, check-out from the hotel & depart for Dharamshala. On the way, visit Kullu Vaishno Devi Temple and the famous Kullu shawl weaving industry. Enjoy this beautiful journey before you reach this equally beautiful destination. On arrival at the hotel, freshen up and rejuvenate your spirits with a look at this serene beauty called Dal Lake. Nothing can be more relaxing to a tired body and mind to sit at the bank of the water body, leaving your mind empty of thoughts and enriching yourself only with your pristine surroundings. Enjoy your dinner with overnight stay in Dharamshala.
Day 7 Dharamshala to Dalhousie (145 Kms/05 Hrs) :
Post your breakfast, visit Dalai Lama temple, a spiritual experience, soothing your heart and soul and also visit Bhagshunath temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva which boasts of lush green surroundings. After lunch, check-out from the hotel & depart for Dalhousie, a small hill town located near Dhauladar ranges, where the buildings remind you of the British era. On arrival, you will be guided to your hotel. After a short refreshing break, visit Mall Road which has a ‘feel good’ spirit about it, leaving you fresh and rejuvenated with the peaceful surroundings of a typical hill station. Relish your dinner with overnight stay at the hotel in Dalhousie.
Day 8 Dalhousie - Chamba – Khajjiar:
After breakfast, visit Kalatop and Khajjiar known as India`s Mini Switzerland, a beautiful glade with the forest at its fringes boasting of lush green meadows, leaving you spellbound with the innocence that nature displays in the form of divine beauty here. Also visit Chamba town, situated close by famous for its temples. Dinner will be served at the hotel.
Day 9 Dalhousie to Amritsar (210 Kms/07 Hrs):
Early morning, it is time to check-out from the hotel & depart for Amritsar, a city in Punjab. On arrival here, directly go to Wagha Border (Indo-Pak Border) and enjoy the flag-lowering ceremony of both the countries which is quite a spectacle, attracting a lot of tourists. It is time to check-in at the pre-booked hotel. Relax for a while to rejuvenate yourself for a visit to Golden Temple, the most revered and beautiful Sikh temple. Come back to the hotel. Amritsar is said to be the place for the foodies, so, before you say goodbye to the place, you must try Amritsari kulchas and butter chicken here. Enjoy the sumptuous dinner with overnight stay in Amritsar.
Day 10 Amritsar to Chandigarh (235 Kms/08 Hrs):
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel & visit Jalianwala Bagh, a place where so many innocent people were made the victims of the British Government’s atrocities and were brutally massacred. It is time to depart for Chandigarh, also known as City Beautiful, the first planned city of the country. On arrival at Chandigarh, dinner awaits with a stay at the hotel in Chandigarh.
Day 11 Chandigarh to Delhi (250 Kms/05 Hrs):
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and visit a few very special and unique places in Chandigarh. Begin with Rose Garden, a beautiful garden with hundreds of variety of roses. This garden enlivens the spirits and leaves you mesmerised. Your next destination can be Rock Garden, a garden which has been constructed bit by bit and piece by piece, single handed by a city artist who made this art museum with the discarded objects ranging from broken tiles, bangles, cups, saucers, bottles and what not. This garden has brought accolades to the city at global level. Situated nearby is Sukhna Lake, again a man made wonder, a famous picnic spot or a quiet place for reflections, as you want to see it. Finally it is time to depart for Delhi. On arrival at Delhi, you will be dropped at Delhi Railway station/Airport by the Footloose Holidays representative for your onwards journey.