Queen of Hills – Shimla Captivating Tour (8D7N)

 

 

Suitable Months:

Jan – Jun, Nov, Dec

 

Trip Type:

This is a sightseeing trip Sightseeing

This is a trekking trip Trekking

 

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Shimla, the summer capital of British India of yesteryears, is now the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. It is a very popular holiday retreat during summer and is well-known for its Victorian architecture. It is also a famous skiing and honeymoon spot and attracts thrones of tourists throughout the year.

There are several modes of transportation to get to Shimla and the highly recommended mode is via the Kalka Toy Train. The railway route was declared as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 and the journey from Kalka to Shimla is refreshingly idyllic. You will not regret hopping onto the train. Moving from Shimla, you will also get to visit the beautiful towns of Manali, Naggar, Dharamsala and Amritsar. Besides the historical temples, hot sulphur springs and mighty Rohtang Pass, you get to be part of the audience at the daily Wagha Border Ceremony too!

Make sure you load up your battery and memory cards before you embark on this trip as you are definitely in for a trigger-happy trip.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival New Delhi – Drive to Chandigarh (5 hours)

On arrival, pick up from New Delhi Airport and drive straight to Chandigarh. The journey will take about 5 hours and you can marvel at the captivating scenery along the way. Upon arrival at the hotel, check in and rest for the night before beginning your exciting trip on the following day.

Meals provided: Dinner

 

Day 2: Chandigarh – Kalka Toy Train – Shimla

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to Kalka Railway Station via Pinjore Garden to board the infamous toy train to Shimla. Taking a trip on the historic UNESCO World Heritage Kalka-Shimla toy train is like traveling back in time. Opened in 1903, the view along the way is stunning and it will bring you through 102 tunnels and 87 bridges. It is undoubtedly one of the best train journeys of India.

Upon arrival at Shimla Railway Station, we will transfer to the hotel for check in. After a quick freshen up, we will begin our local sightseeing of Shimla which includes Kalibari Temple and Sankat Mochan Temple, Jakhu Hills which is the highest peak in Shimla and offers beautiful view of the town and of the snow-covered Himalayas, the Shimla mosques built in 1830, the Vice Regal Lodge, Christ Church, The Gaiety Theatre, The Grind Lays Bank, The Scandal Point and the famous Shopping Plaza of the North – The Mall, which are all of exquisite Victorian architecture.

After the sightseeing tour, we will go back to the hotel to rest for the night.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 3: Shimla – Manali (8 hours)

After breakfast, check out of hotel and depart for Manali. On the way visit Pandoh Dam, which is a power generator hydro-electric dam, built on River Beas. It provides spectacular view and is worth snapping your camera away. Next we will visit Hanogi Mata Temple which is a popular temple attraction among devotees. Located atop a small peak, green mountains serve as a backdrop for the temple and a gleaming stream flowing below makes this temple a stunning attraction. Upon arrival at Manali, check in hotel and have dinner at the hotel.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 4: Manali – Naggar – Manali

After breakfast, sightseeing of places in and around Manali which include Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Vashisht Bath, Van Vihar, Tibetan Monastery and Club House and then proceed towards Naggar to visit Jagat Sukh, Naggar Castle, Roerich Art Gallery and Kullu Valley. Hadimba Temple was built in 1553 and is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimdi Devi. The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest at the foot of the Himalayas. The sanctuary is built over a huge rock cutting out of the ground, which was worshiped as an image of the deity. Equally historic is the Manu Temple which is dedicated to the sage Manu. Manali derives its name from sage Manu. Vashisht Bath is renowned for its hot sulphur springs and the village of Vashisht is also the site of some old temples, dedicated to the great sage Vashisht, and to Lord Rama. Van Vihar is a national park with amazing wildlife and fauna. Jagat Sukh was a one-time capital of Kullu and is famous for its very old temples of Lord Shiva and Sandhya Gayatri in Shikhara style which are worth visiting. Naggar Castle, a stone and wood structure built by Raja Sidh Singh over 500 years ago, is set in the lovely village of Naggar. Kullu Valley is the largest valley in the district and is also known as the Valley of the Gods. Be awed by its breathtaking view which can take your breath away easily.

After an eventful sightseeing day in Manali, we wrap up the evening with shopping at the local market, Mall Road, and a sumptuous dinner at the hotel.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 5: Rohtang Pass

Today will be an excursion day to the magnificent Rohtang Pass. Situated at an altitude of 3979m above sea level and 51 km outside of Manali, Rohtang Pass was once served as a crucial trade route, and still remains the gateway to the districts of Lahaul and Spiti. It affords a wide panoramic view of the mountains. Here one sees the majesty of the mountains at its height and splendor. 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. After the excursion, we will have dinner at the hotel and continue to reminisce the beauty of Rohtang Pass throughout the night.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 6: Manali – Dharamsala (10 hours)

Early morning after breakfast, we will check out of the hotel and depart for Dharamsala. On the way we will visit Kullu’s Vaishno Devi Temple where the surroundings radiate a serene and peaceful atmosphere. The River Beas flowing by the side of the Vaishno Devi temple adds to the temple`s commanding glory. Next we will proceed to Kullu shawl weaving industry to see how the popular Kullu shawls are being made. Upon arrival, we will check in to the hotel.

After freshen up, we will next move on to visit Dal Lake, Dalai Lama Temple and Bhagsunath Temple. Dal Lake is a Himalayan urban lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains on its three sides. It is one of the most beautiful lakes of India and is also the second largest lake in the State of Jammu and Kashmir with numerous gardens and orchards all along its shores. Dalai Lama Temple is the residence of Dalai Lama and you can roam around and watch the monks chanting with great photography opportunities abound. After the sightseeing, we will adjourn back to the hotel for dinner and rest.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 7: Dharmshala – Amritsar (5 hours)

After breakfast, drive to Amritsar and check in to hotel.  In the evening, visit Golden Temple and Wagha Border Ceremony at the Wagha Border. Wagha Border Ceremony refers to the lowering of flags ceremony at the Wagha Border and takes places every evening before sunset. It is a daily military practice that India and Pakistan have jointly followed since 1959. This is an interesting ceremony that will have you coming back for more. Golden Temple is a very magnificent Sikh temple which is covered in real gold.The grandeur of it can easily outshine any sunset of Dharamsala. After which, rest for the night at Amritsar.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 8: Amritsar – New Delhi – Departure (8 hours)

After breakfast, check out of hotel and depart for New Delhi. On arrival, we will be dropped off at New Delhi Airport and embark on our journey home, bringing back fond memories of Shimla.

Meals provided: Breakfast

Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.

 

Tour Price

Please contact us for pricing.

** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details.

Highlights

  • Scenic train ride on UNESCO World Heritage Kalka-Shimla Toy Train
  • Visit historical temples and hot sulphur springs of Manali
  • Soak in the magnificence of mighty Rohtang Pass
  • Roam around the residence of Dalai Lama, the Dalai Lama Temple
  • Be part of the audience at the daily Wagha Border Ceremony held between India and Pakistan
  • Be dazzled by the glow of the Golden Temple of Amritsar

Package Inclusions

  • 7 nights accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room with daily breakfast and dinner at 3-star hotels
  • Meals as mentioned in above itinerary
  • English speaking local tour guide
  • Transportation by private, air-conditioned car/van/coach
  • Train ticket for Kalka Toy Train from Kalka to Shimla
  • All sightseeing and excursions as per above itinerary
  • Monument charges to indicated sights

Package Exclusions

  • International airfare (Singapore – New Delhi – Singapore) and airport tax
  • India Tourist Visa fees (if applicable) (apply in Singapore)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (e.g. Drinks, laundry, shopping and etc.)
  • Additional meals not mentioned in above itinerary
  • Tipping or gratitudes for driver/guide
  • Optional tours

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.

 

Singapore to New Delhi:

Air India (Air India 380) 0915hrs – 1230hrs

 

New Delhi to Singapore:

Air India (Air India 381) 0005hrs – 0805hrs*

 

*Denotes next day

 

 

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