DELHI - MANALI (573 KMS.)
Pick up from Airport/Railway Station and straight drive to Manali. Overnight Journey
LOCAL SIGHT SEEING OF MANALI TOWN
Arrival at Manali. After Breakfast half day city tour visiting Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Vashisht Temple and Tibetan Monastery. Evening free for independent activities.
Hidimba Devi Temple - Locally known as Dhungiri Temple, also known variously as the Hadimba Temple, is located in Manali, a hill station in the State of Himachal Pradesh in north India. It is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimba Devi, wife of Bhīma, a figure in the Indian epic Mahabharata. The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest called Dhungiri Van Vihar at the foot of the Himalayas. The sanctuary is built over a huge rock jutting out of the ground which was worshiped as an image of the deity. The structure was built in 1553.
Manu Temple -This magnificent temple is dedicated to the sage Manu, who is said to be the creator of the world and the writer of Manusmriti. The Manu Temple is located in old Manali, at a distance of three kilometers from the main market. Though this area is quite congested, the presence of the River Beas adds to its attraction. The temple is one of the prime attractions in Manali and is believed to be the same place where sage Manu meditated after stepping on earth.
Vashisht Temple Manali -Vashisht is a small village located around 3 km from Manali across the River Beas. This beautiful village is famous for its sulfurous hot water springs and Vashisht temple, built just next to the springs. The water from this spring is believed to have great healing powers, which can cure many skin diseases and other infections. There are Turkish-style bath houses available here that contain the hot water from the springs, which are used to take bath and enjoy the warmth of the place in privacy. There are separate baths for both men and women, fitted with showers.
Tibetan Monasteries, Manali - Manali has several colorful monasteries that represent the rich culture and history of the Tibetan people settled in Kullu and Manali. There are two main monasteries in Manali that draw a large number of tourists-the Gadhan The choking Gompa and the Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa. These monasteries are surrounded by several small shops selling beautiful handicrafts and carpets, made by Tibetan people living nearby these monasteries. The Tibetan Monasteries also run a Thanks School of Arts and a Carpet-weaving Center to preserve ancient Tibetan art.
Overnight Stay at Manali Hotel.
MANALI - ROHTANG PASS – MANALI (51 KMS.)
Today full day excursion visiting Kothi, Gulaba Fall, Marhi, Rohtang Pass (Up to Snow Line in case Rohtang is closed due to snowfall) and Solang Valley.
Gulaba - It is 27 km away from Manali and 25 km from Rohtang pass. The village is designed and manned as per the guidelines of National Green Tribunal Act. Gulaba is a small village near Manali which is located on the road to Rohtang pass. Named after Raja Gulab Singh of Kashmir, the village of Gulaba is flanked by the picturesque beauty of snow covered mountains, grasslands and the Beas River that washes away its landscapes. Being reputed as a heavy snowfall region, the landscapes of Gulaba have turned out to be a hub for adventure sports.
Marhi - Marhi is a "shanty town of roadside restaurants" in Himachal Pradesh, India, located midway between Manali and Rohtang La on the Manali-Leh Highway. Buses traveling the highway often stop in Marhi so passengers can eat. The settlement is seasonal, with most businesses closing for the winter.
Solang Valley - Derives its name from a combination of words Solang (Nearby village) and Nullah (water stream). It is a side valley at the top of the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, India 14 km northwest of the resort town Manali on the way to Rohtang Pass, and is known for its summer and winter sport conditions. The sports most commonly offered are parachuting, paragliding, skating and zorbing. Giant slopes of lawn comprise Solang Valley and provide its reputation as a popular ski resort. A few ski agencies offering courses and equipment reside here and operate only during winters.
Overnight stay at Manali hotel.
MANALI – KULLU – MANIKARAN (85 KMS.)
After Early Breakfast full day excursion visiting Manikaran (Famous for hot water spring and Shikh Temple) and Kullu – Shamshi (A Famous industry for Kullu Shawl).
Manikaran - Manikaran is located in the Parvati Valley on river Parvati, northeast of Bhuntar in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. It is at an altitude of 1760 m and is located 4 km ahead of Kasol and about 35 km from Kullu. This small town attracts tourists visiting Manali and Kullu to its hot springs and pilgrim centres. Manikaran is a pilgrimage centre for Hindus and Sikhs. The Hindus believe that Manu recreated human life in Manikaran after the flood, making it a sacred area. It has many temples and a Gurudwara. There are temples of the Hindu deities Rama, Krishna, and Vishnu. The area is well known for its hot springs and its beautiful landscape.
Kullu - Kullu or Kulu is the capital town of the Kullu district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is located on the banks of the Beas River in the Kullu Valley about 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) north of the airport at Bhuntar. Kullu Valley is a broad open valley formed by the Beas River between Manali and Largi. This valley is known for its temples and its hills covered with pine and deodar forest and sprawling apple orchards. The course of the Beas River presents a succession of magnificent, clad with forests of deodar, towering above trees of pine on the lower rocky ridges. Kullu valley is sandwiched between the Pir Panjal, Lower Himalayan and Great Himalayan Ranges.
Raghunath Temple - Kullu is often termed as the 'Valley of Gods' as it embraces a lot of temples that reflect the rich culture of Himachal Pradesh. The Raghunath Temple is located at a height of 2056 Meters above sea level. It is one of the prime attractions of Kullu and is dedicated to Lord Rama. This majestic temple was constructed by Raja Jagat Singh in the year 1660 as a piece of apology for all his sins. He got an idol of Lord Rama from Ayodhaya and placed it in this temple. The best time to visit this temple is during the autumn season.
Overnight stay at Manali Hotel.
MANALI – SHIMLA (265 KMS.)
Check out from hotel and drive to Shimla enroute visiting local sightseeing in Shimla and explore Institute of Advance Study, Sankat Mochan Temple and Summer Hills (Tara Devi). Evening free for independent activities.
Sankat Mochan Temple -An initiative by Baba Neeb Karori Ji Maharaj, the Sankat Mochan temple is one of the most popular religious attractions in Shimla that not only brings pilgrims in abundance, but also tourists of all age groups. Near about 5 km from Shimla, the Sankat Mochan temple has made its placement amidst the lush green forests of a tranquil topography. Named after one of the synonyms of Lord Hanuman, the charming temple complex houses various small temples of Lord Rama, Hanuman, Shiva and the creator Baba Neeb Karori Ji himself.
Summer Hill - Summer Hill is a distant suburb of Shimla, the state capital of Himachal Pradesh at a height of 2,123 meters. It is on a hill, 5 km west to the Shimla Ridge, and is part of the seven-hill cluster. In the past, Summer Hill has offered residence to Mahatma Gandhi, who stayed here at the Georgian mansion of Rajkumari Amrit Kaur during his Shimla visits. Also known as the Potter's Hill, these pine and deodar laden slopes have many quaint residences, like one belonging to the family of noted painter Amrita Shergil (1913-1941).
Overnight Stay at Shimla Hotel.
SHIMLA – NALDEHRA – KUFRI – MASHOBRA – SHIMLA
After breakfast full day tour to Shimla, Naldehra, Kufri and Mashobra. Evening free to stroll in the famous shopping place of Shimla Town – The Mall.
Naldehra - A high altitude Golf course near shimla, need a membership for entry. But you can roam the surroundings of Golf course. You can ride by pony or go up by walk. If you are traveling with your kids they can enjoy the pony ride. Naldehra is a very quaint and serene town in Himachal Pradesh. It is of course, known for its 9 hole golf course. It is the best place for you to visit if you think you can splurge a little. However, if you do not want to visit the place for Golf, then you can easily take a walk or hire a pony around the course. It is a lush green expanse and if you have kids going along with you, they are going to love it.
Kufri - Kufri is a small hill station in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh state in India. It is located 20 km from the state capital Shimla on the National Highway No.22. Kufri with NH-22, Shimla district. The name Kufri is derived from the word kufr meaning "lake" in the local language.
Mashobra - Mashobra is a town in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. It is connected to the state capital Shimla (earlier Shimla) through the historic Hindustan–Tibet Road built in 1850 by Lord Dalhousie. Mashobra is notable for housing one of the two Presidential retreats in India. The other retreat is Rashtrapati Nilayam in Secunderabad. The president visits Mashobra at least once every year, and during this time his or her core office shifts to the retreat at Chharabra, in the vicinity of Mashobra. The building housing the retreat is a completely wooden structure originally constructed in 1850.
Overnight stay at Shimla Hotel.
SHIMLA – DELHI (385 KMS.)
Check out from hotel and evening/morning travel back to Delhi.
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