Arrival in Delhi
Around midnight arrival in
The cosmopolitan city and capital Delhi is the main gateway for
travelers to India. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Indo
Vacations representative and transferred to the hotel.
Day 2: Delhi -
Shimla (by train)
In the morning drive to the railway station for the train to
The British called Shimla
the "Queen of Hill Stations." Shimla is situated in the northwest
Himalayas and one of the India's most popular hill station. It was the summer capital of India before independence
and is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla derives its
name from "Shyamala" the goddess Kali, whose temple existed in the
dense forest that covered Jakhu Hill in the early 19th century. In
the evening arrive at Shimla railway station and transfer to hotel.
Day 3: Shimla
Today in the morning after having breakfast we have sightseeing in
Shimla. In our sightseeing we visit the
Gothic Christ church. This
Christ church is located on the Shimla’s
prominent Ridge. Even today, the church has some interesting
memorial tablets while the pews still mark the seats of British
Viceroy of India, the Commander-in-Chief and the Punjab’s Governor.
Later we visit the
Jakhoo Hill. It is the highest point in Shimla
and offers a spectacular view of the town, hills and distant
mountain ranges. The peak has a temple dedicated to the
Hanuman. After visiting the temple we return back to hotel. In
the evening we move around in the famous Mall and Ridge. Overnight
stay at the hotel.
Day 4: Shimla - Manali (about 265 kms)
Today we drive from Shimla to Manali and enroute visit the town of
landscape here is breathtaking. One can see spectacular views of
well-defined snowcapped peaks and wooded slopes. The
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. On the other side are deodar and pine trees, tiny
fields and fruit orchards. Manali is also known as the Switzerland of India. In the evening
Manali. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 5: Manali
Today we have half day sightseeing in Manali and visit Hidimba Devi Temple, Vashisht Hot Water Spring and Monastery.
Hidimba Devi temple was built in 1553. This temple has a superbly
crafted four-tiered pagoda roof and famous for its exquisitely
carved doorway. Vashishth Hot Water Springs are the well known hot
water springs. There are old temples dedicated to the sage Vashishth
and Lord Rama. In the evening we visit a small Tibetan monastery
which houses several Buddha images.
Day 6: Manali - Kaza (about 202 kms)
Today we drive from Manali to Kaza over the
Rohtang Pass (3980 m)
and over the Kunzam Pass (4558 m). The Rohtang Pass connects Lahaul
with Manali. The word Rohtang means the pass that is littered with
dead bodies. There is a tale behind this pass. It is believed that
when the Pandavas where in exile, the Bhima, kicked the hills aside
to make the way for them. According to some other people, the
Lahaul’s deity, Gyephang, smote the peaks with his whip to create
the pass. In the evening reach Kaza. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 7: Kaza
In the morning we will visit the Ki monastery, about 12 kms from Kaza
and located high above the left banks of the river Spiti. This
monastery is a collection of rooms and corridors, that do not follow
any defined plan, but which seem to have grown over the years. It houses
rare and valuable thangkas, paintings and manuscripts of the sacred Tangyur texts. This gompa also has a large assembly chamber lied
with religious paintings and other chambers for worship and
gatherings. Today we will also visit the
small gompa at Kibber. Kibber has the distinction of being the
highest permanently inhabited village of the region.
Day 8: Kaza
Today we have a full day excursion to Langza, Hikkim and Comic
villages. In the evening return back to the hotel in
Day 9: Kaza - Pin - Dhankar - Tabo (about 88 kms)
Today we drive from Kaza to Tabo and enroute visit Kungri Monastery
in Pin Valley. Later we visit the Dhankar gompa. Dhankar means a
fort, and this monastery was once a the castle of the ruler of Spiti,
the Nono. This monastery is perched high over the valley, and a
superb example of Spiti’s traditional architectural skills. After visiting Dhankar gompa we move
towards Tabo. Tabo is the largest monastic complex in Spiti and has
nine temples, twenty three chortens, a monks and a nuns chamber. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Tabo
In the early morning, the monasteries in Tabo looks like a series of
large mud huts.
The whole day is free to explore Tabo. Today we visit the Tabo 'Chos
- hKhor’ or Doctrinal Enclave. It is located next to Tibet’s Tholing
gompa, and was founded in 996 AD by the great teacher Rinchensangpo
and is renowned for its breathtaking murals and stucco statues.
Besides this, there are several caves which are adorned with
frescoes and contemporary structures.
Day 11: Tabo
The whole day is free for leisure.
Day 12: Tabo - Kaza (about 53 kms)
Today we drive back from Tabo to Kaza and enroute visit Mane village.
There is a very small monastery at Mane. On arrival in Kaza transfer
to the hotel.
Day 13: Kaza - Manali (about 202 kms)
Today we drive back from Kaza to Manali. Overnight stay at the hotel
Day 14: Manali
The whole day is free for leisure.
Day 15: Manali - Chandigarh (about 320 kms)
Today we drive from Manali to Chandigarh.
Chandigarh, derives its
name from the Chandi Mandir temple located in the vicinity of the
city and a fort or ‘garh" beyond the temple, called Chandigarh.
Chandigarh is a union territory, administered by the Government of
India and was designed by Le Corbusier. In the
evening arrive in Chandigarh. Overnight at hotel.
Day 16: Chandigarh - Delhi
In the morning transfer to the railway station to board train to
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