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The Himalaya trip fulfills the desire for serenity to adventure. It includes mountains, temples, lakes, forests, museums, gardens, toy trains, and what not!
The Himalaya trip is of 18 days, taking the guests to every place worth going. It begins with a visit to the Wagah Border, Ram Bagh, Jallianwala Bagh, following the visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
The next destination is the beautiful Dalhousie hill station, where the guests can walk on slopes that the pine trees cover and visit places like Subash Baoli, Kalatop, Dain Kund, Bara Pathar, and Khajjiar. The next stop is Dharamshala, a place with deodar forests; the guests get a chance to see the War Memorial here and visit St. John’s Church, Kunal Pathri, and Kangra art museum. Likewise, all the places that follow, be it Mandi, Manali, Shimla, Chandigarh, Haridwar, or Rishikesh, are full of activities to do and spots to see.
Arrival at Delhi
The representative picks the guests from the airport and drops them to their hotel.
The location of Delhi is on the northern side of India. It is the third biggest city with a population of 10 million. The dominant language here is Hindi; the locals also speak Urdu, Punjabi, and English.
Visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar
The guests need to catch their train to Amritsar and eat breakfast on the way.
On reaching Amritsar, the guests’ check-in to their hotels.
Amritsar is the city that bears the history and cultures of the Sikhs. There are many historical and religious sites to explore in Amritsar. However, the Golden Temple set up by the fourth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Ram Das, is the key highlight of the city.
The Golden Temple or the Sri Har Mandir Sahib is one of the holiest shrines of the Sikh religion. The splendid temple sits on a rectangular stage, which the Amrit Sarovar, a pool of water surrounds. The priests lead a steady recitation of verses from the Guru Grant Sahib, the holy book in 3-hour shifts. In case the visitors miss the early morning or night processions, they can look at the palanquin that bears the Adi Granth in the treasury room on Akal Takht's first floor. The palanquin is set with significant stones and has silver posts and a gold canopy.
The marvelous architecture of the haven is a blend of Hindu and Muslim styles. The temple has four entryways symbolizing that the supporters of all religions are allowed inside. The walls inside the temple have a decoration of panels with wooden carvings and an elaborate embedding silver and gold.
Overnight will be at Amritsar.
Sightseeing Ram Bagh
The guests eat the morning super and go for sightseeing after a while.
Ram Bagh (garden) resembles the Shalimar Bagh at Lahore. It has the summer spot of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the middle of it. The architecturally beautiful ÌDarshani Deori Ì here is the only intact remaining. It also has a museum after the name of the Maharaja that displays miniatures, coins, and weapons relating to the Sikh period.
Jalian Wala Bagh, 400 meters north of the Golden Temple is famous for the Amritsar Massacre, one of the most brutal under British rule. In the present time, it is a park with a beguiling garden. The entrance of the park or the ground has a memorial plaque that gives an account of the park's history. The east side of the garden has an enormous memorial built in the memory of the people who lost their life here.
Wagha Border is the border of India and Pakistan. The service and pageantry of the Beating Retreat and the Change of Guard within handshaking distance of the Indian and Pakistani forces make a captivating view. The Wagah Border Gate closing ceremony is a special attraction for guests.
The guest will spend overnight at Amritsar.
The guests leave for Dalhousie after breakfast.
The serene town Dalhousie is at a distance of 6 hours drive from Amritsar. This hill station spreads over more than five low-level hills east of River Ravi. The buildings in the town are from the colonial eras; it has low roof stalls and several hotels. The pines cover the slope intersecting with the paths, which are flawless for short undemanding walks.
The guests spend the night in Dalhousie.
and Wagha Border
The fifth day of this Himalaya trip is full of sightseeing for which the guests proceed after breakfast.
Subhash Baoli gives an appealing view of the snowy mountains. The spring of Subhash Baili is at a distance of 1.6 km from the G.P.O square.
At a distance of 5 km from Dalhousie is the location of Kalatope. It is soul pleasing to traverse a panoramic view with enchanting palaces and forest rest houses. It has a small Kalatope Sanctuary in which one can spot, ibex, deer, bears, and leopards.
The guest will reach Dainkund ongoing at the height of 2,745 m. It gives heavenly views of the mountains, valleys, and the stream Beas, Ravi, and the Chenab threading their gleaming course down to the plains.
Bara Pathar or the Temple of Bhulwani Mata is set amidst thick forest, in the town of Ahla, on Kalatope's way. The drive from the town to Bara Pathar is about 4km.
Khajjiar is 27-km away from Dhoudar; this plain, ringed by pines, has a lake set in the middle. Adding to its charm are the 12th-century Khajjan golden-spiraled temple and golf course.
The guests will spend the night in Dalhousie again.
Excursion to Dalhousie
The guests leave for Dharamshala after the morning supper.
Dharamshala, a clamoring bazaar town, is a place with thick pine trees and Deodar forests. Its near-by snowline with multiple streams and the serene atmosphere make it attractive. The multicolor temples and Gompas reflecting the Tibetan lifestyle are intriguing. The town has a museum, the Kangra museum that displays the culture, history, arts, and traditions of the region.
The night stay is at Dharamshala.
Visit Subash Baoli
The guests proceed for sightseeing after breakfast.
Kangra Art Museum is the treasure trove of the Kangra valley's fortes, fine arts, and display ancient pieces that trace back to the fifth century.
War Memorial, set amidst the pines, is on the entry point to Dharamshala. It pays honor to the Himachal Pradesh's war heroes of post-independence.
High and green Deodar trees surround the Dal Lake, which fills a mountain bowl. This lake makes an enchanting and quiet excursion spot.
St. John's Church is one of the most solid memories of the British Raj. One can find this stone church on the way to McLeod Ganj.
Kunal Pathri is the rock temple from which the spot deduces its name. It is at a distance of a 3 Kms level walk from Kotwali Bazaar.
The overnight stay will be at Dharamshala.
The guests leave Dharamshala and reach Mandi.
The location of the paramount town of Mandi is along the banks of the stream Beas. The town's 81 charming old stone havens called the 'Varanasi of the Hills' makes it popular among guests. It has remains of old regal homes and remarkable examples of 'pioneer' architecture. The havens of Bhutnath, Trilokinath, Panchvaktra, and Shyamakali are among the more famous ones.
The guests can spend their evening resting; the night stay will be at Mandi.
Manali is the next destination of this Himalaya trip for which guests leave Mandi after breakfast.
Manali, at 1,926 meters on the northern edge of the Kullu valley, is an attractive spot for guests. Its location is along the Beas River with a beauteous view of the snow cover of the Solang Nala into heights of the Himalayas. It is a belief that the town was the home of Manu, the second-century BC lawmaker of the Hindus.
The overnight will be at Manali.
The guest can go sightseeing after eating breakfast.
At Dungri town, is the famous Hadimba Devi Temple. The 3-floor temple stands on a stone stage with deodar trees surrounding it. Carvings of animals, plants, and society divinities beautify it.
At 4,111 meters height and 51 km away from Manali, on the turnpike to Keylong, is Rohtang Pass. Here one sees the grandness of the mountains at its height and wonder. The air at the tops of the pass seems to shimmer against the snow as one looks down over herringboned edges into the Lahaul Valley.
guests will spend the night at Manali.
The guests leave for Shimla after breakfast on this Himalaya trip.
Shimla – the capital of Himachal Pradesh, has a colonial aura due to the astonishing old buildings. It was also the summer capital during British Raj in India.
The visitors will spend the night in Shimla.
Leave for Dharamshala
The guests will eat their breakfast at housing and proceed for Shimla exploration.
There are plenty of beautiful places to explore in Shimla while on this Himalaya trip like Naldhera with its moving meadows, Mashobra with its pine woods offering lovely walks, Kufri's acclaimed ski slants and the little zoo, Chail with its nostalgic palace, deodar forests, and many more. The zone has dazzling points of view on the Himalayan tops foreshadowed by the terraced fields and verdant forests.
The guests can head out during the evening and soak the atmosphere of this old town. They can shop or stroll at the well-known Malls or pick remembrances and trinkets at Lakkar Bazaar.
They can enjoy the night at The Ridge/Scandal Point-the the focal point of the town with its ice-cream vendors, horse rides, and phenomenal Himalayan views.
The overnight will be at Shimla.
Sightseeing in Dharamshala
The guest can grab breakfast and leave for Shimla station to board the toy train to Kalka.
The journey of the toy train from Shimla to Kalka is one of a kind. The view of the villages and mountains on the entire journey is picturesque; one may feel like capturing everything.
On reaching Kalka, the guest will leave for Chandigarh.
Chandigarh gets its name from the Goddess of power, Shri Chandika, whose temple Chandi Mandir, is on Chandigarh-Kalka Road. The city fills in as the capital of two states, Punjab and Haryana. The Central Government administers the state, and thus it is a Union Territory.
The night stay is in Chandigarh.
Leave for Mandi
The guests leave for visiting the places after breakfast.
The Sukhna Lake is at the southeastern boundary of the city. It has a place for eating, a park for children, and cruising and sailing facilities for adventure seekers. Anyone on a Himalaya trip visiting Sukhna Lake must not miss the experience of taking a walk here.
Next to Sukhna Lake is the unique yet world well-known Rock Garden, visualization of Sh. Nek Chand. The garden does not have any flowers or plants but figures made of raw cement that resemble humans and animals. As one gander at them, they appear to be staring as the visitors. They give off the impression of being busy with various activities.
The Zakir Hussain Rose Garden is Asia's largest Rose Garden. It spreads over an area of more than 30 acres, of land having over 1600 species of roses.
The guests will spend the night in Chandigarh only.
The guests leave for Haridwar post breakfast.
Haridwar or 'the Gateway to the Gods' is one of the seven holiest spots according to the Hindu mythology. It is the town that organizes the famous Kumbh Mela once in twelve years. The Ganga leaves the mountains and enters the plains with Haridwar being the town on the plains. Though the Ganges doesn't lose its rapids, regardless, it becomes calm here. Hindus believe that bathing here refines the soul and opens the way for the ultimate opportunity, Nirvana. The grand prayer ceremony here, at the banks of river Ganges, is one of the key highlights of the Himalaya trip.
Overnight will be at Haridwar.
The guests leave for the excursion after breakfast.
Rishikesh is an ideal place for those seeking to delve into self-reflection and Yoga on the Himalaya trip since it is the "yoga capital of the world." The adventure enthusiasts start their trekking expeditions and excursions towards the Himalayan apexes from here.
There are plenty of temples that the guests can visit in Rishikesh. Like the oldest temple here, the Bharat mandir, the thirteen floor Kailash Niketan temple with sculptures of several deities, the Satya Narayan temple with an idol of Lord Satya Narayan, the Shatrughan temple with the preceding deity Shatrughan (Lord Ram's brother), the Neelkanth Mahadev with the mythological story of Lord Shiva's throat turning blue.
The guests will be back to Haridwar by night, where they will spend the night.
Manali to Shimla
The breakfast will be at housing, after which the guests can proceed for visiting the various places on their last day of the Himalaya trip.
Har Ki Pauri or Brahmakund is a sacred ghat of India. The famous maha aarti ceremony takes place here around the evening. No visitor should miss this grand one of a kind grand prayer ceremony.
The Mansa Devi temple is on the top of Bilwa Parvat (hill), giving a splendid view. One can reach it through a ropeway or by trekking.
Daksha Mahadev Temple is at a distance of 4 km from Haridwar in a town, Kankhal. The temple is an attribute to the legendary story of King Daksha Prajapati's yagya in which his daughter Sati expended herself, and the worshippers of Lord Shiva killed the King. It is one of the five sacred temples of Haridwar.
Chandi Devi Temple is on the most noteworthy hill, the Neel Parvat. It was Suchat Singh, the King of Kashmir, who constructed the temple back in 1929 AD.
The Ganga disengages herself into seven little streams at one spot. This spot is known as the Sapt Rishi and gives a very fulfilling sight.
guests spend their last night of the trip to Haridwar.
The guests go to Delhi and back to their home or next destination from there. Thus the Himalaya trip comes to an end with lifetime memories to look back at happily.