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Heritage/ apple country/ nature/culture

Day 1 Delhi to Shimla (360 kms 7-8 hrs.)

Take an early train from Delhi to Kalka. From Kalka you’ll catch the famous ‘toy’ train, marvel of engineering a narrow gauge railway built at the turn of the 20th Century and recognized by UNESCO as one of India’s great mountain railways. Marvel at the spectacular views over the foothills of the Himalayas as you ascend to majestic Shimla. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 2 Glimpses of charming Shimla

This morning after breakfast we will explores the “Jewel of Orient” by heritage walk. A Walk over the Shimla’s main spur will display some of Shimla’s finest colonial structure (Christ Church, Gaiety Theatre, Town Hall, Railway Building, Gorton Castle and Vice regal Lodge). Those who has entered at all deeply in the engrossing history of the British, their development and settlement in Shimla, this is the most interesting and attractive walk for them. The entire length of this Heritage walk comes under Shimla’s Heritage Zone which still holds the memory of British imperial dream. The rest of the day is free for you to explore further or to relax at your leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 3Shimla to Narkanda (65 kms 3-4 hrs.)

This morning we proceed to Narkanda. Enroute visit Kufri (Nature Park, Indira Point, Fagu (Fagu is a tiny village aside a saddle-like mountain along Hindustan Tibet Road. A rare range of views is visible from here, which include vivid dales and snow clad peaks. The picturesque countryside is dotted with clusters of villages, fruit gardens and nearby terraced fields). Most of the areas from Shimla to Narkanda are covered with conifers of Himalayan, cedar and spruce and apple Gardens which are a part of the timeless tranquility of the Himalayas.  Overnight stay at Hatu Peak (Camp)

DAY 4 Narkanda- Jalori Pass- Shoja

This morning after breakfast we have Nature Hiking around the Hatu Peak (Temple) and glimpses of Narkanda (Situated at an attitude of 2708 meters) which offers a spectacular view of snow ranges of the outer Himalayas. This is an ideal retreat for the tourists who seek seclusion in mountains. It commands a unique view of the eternal snow line, the inviting apple orchards, and dense forests and is a gateway to apple country of Himachal Pradesh. Later we visit to beautiful Tani Jubbar Lake surrounded by whispering cedar trees and apple country Thenedar where you will be welcomed with a host of apple trees. This trend was started by Samuel Evans Stokes. He was an American who made Barobag Hill his residence and named it Harmony Hall. Post lunch we proceed to the Shoja. Enroute we have glimpses of Apple Garden (Kumarsain, Kotgarh) and enchanting view of Himalaya’s (Jalori Pass). Evening spend leisure time at Shoja and overnight at hotel/camp.

Day 5 Hiking around Shoja and Jalori Pass

“Shoja (8500 ft.) lies just short of Jalori Pass and are blessed with exceptional Himalayan beauty and is excellent for wooded walks, treks, bird watching and a nature centric experience and is a recommended standalone getaway for offbeat travelers. The area around Shoja is part of Great Himalayan National Park. There are numerous habitats for explorations from bush forest of Oak, Conifer and Bamboo, to gentle alpine meadows; from swift flowing rivers to high alpine glaciers. It is one of best bird watching Destinations in Himachal Pradesh. The area is full of pheasants including Monal and other birds comprise White-throated tit, Indian blue robin, nutcracker, ultramarine flycatcher etc.”

Jalori Pass (3223 mts/10575 ft.) is positioned away from the hustle and bustle of the tedious city life. The serene ambiance rendered by mighty Himalayas presents unmatched opportunities to unwind the body and savour the nature’s exquisite. The seasonal flowers bloomed in the region along with the exotic flora and fauna in the midst of immaculate solitude of highlands relaxes the senses of every trekker. Trekking on this beautiful trail takes the tourists to the mesmerizing places, (Sereolsar Lake 1500 feet). It is a very beautiful trek thorugh very thick jungle and the Great Himalayan National Park. Enjoy the stunning view of Pir Panjal Ranges. Overnight at hotel/camp.

Day 6 Shoja- Manali

This morning after breakfast we drive to Kullu -Manali (the Valley of God and Goddess).

Day 7 Manali

Morning half day tour visiting Naggar Castle, Roerich Art Gallery (closed on Mondays) and few old temples in Naggar village. Afternoon half day city tour visiting Hadimba Devi Temple, Manu Temple, Tibetan Monastery and Vashisht Village. Evening free to explore Manali market. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 8 Excursion to Solang and Rohtang

Today morning after breakfast excursion to picturesque valley of Solang, Kothi a picturesque village and has a thrilling view of the deep gorge through which the Beas swiftly races. The beautiful Rahalla falls and a crucial link on the old trade route and still the gateway to Trans Himalayan Lahaul, the Rohtang Pass is at height of 3978 m. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 9 Manali to Dharmshala

Today we drive to Dharamshala. Dharamshala has one of the most spectacular settings for a hill station as it varies in height from 1200 m. to 1800 m. Dharamshala is a hill station which is split into two parts. The lower part is only known as Dharamshala and is about 9 kms away from the upper part only known as Mc Leodganj. In Dharamshala there is a strong Tibetan influence. The Dalai Lama settled here after the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959.

Day10. Dharamshala

Today we visit the Namgyal monastery at Mcleodganj. This monastery is the major attraction in Mcleodganj and is located on the opposite side of the Dalai Lama’s residence. This monastery contains large gilded bronzes of Buddha, Avalokitesvara and Padmasambhava. Afterwards we have a walk through Mcleodganj and visit the St. John church. This church has attractive stained glass windows. Lord Elgin, one of the viceroys of the British occupied India was buried in this church. Evening at leisure to visit the markets at Dharamshala.

Day 11. Dharamshala – Pragpur

Today we drive to Pragpur. Pragpur is the first world heritage site in India. The landscape is beautiful with a rich variety of flora, fauna, innumerable small monuments and an idyllic ambience for walks and picnics. Enroute visiting Kangra Fort, Brajeshwari Devi temple and colorful Kangra market.  Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel in Pragpur.

Day12. Pragpur

After breakfast drive to Bharwain. Bharwain is located at a height of about 4000 feet. From the roadside a narrow inclined path descends past terraced fields for about 1 km and ends on the bed of a seasonal stream with scree stones. After about 2 kms it will reach Chanota via Bhadyaru. At Chanota on top of a small hill, there are old and bandoned houses of Brahmins. Beyond Chanota across the stream there is a mud or stone road leading to Nalsuha. After crossing Nalsuha the road carries on to the Hamlet of Karoli, about 2 kms away. From Karoli the road goes to Har and joins the Pragpur road and the Judge’s Court.

Day 13 Pragpur to Amritsar

Morning after breakfast drive to Amritsar. On arrival check in at hotel. Later visit to Wagah Border, Golden Temple and Jalianwala. Evening explore Amritsar market. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14 Amritsar to Delhi

Morning after breakfast departure to Delhi.

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