DAY 1- Arrive Chandigarh
Arrive Chandigarh and transfer to the hotel. Later visit: Rock Garden: Chandigarh rock garden is an epitome of creativity and innovation. It is a unique garden that consists of various art objects. But the best part about the rock garden is that each of its artwork has been made by using industrial & urban waste. It is located in Sector 1 between the Capitol Complex and Sukhna Lake. The credit for laying its foundation goes to Nek Chand, who was the then Road Inspector in the Engineering Department of Chandigarh Capital Project. Rose garden of Chandigarh, India is the largest of its kind in Asia. Named after India's former President, Zakir Hussain, this beautiful garden was set up in 1967 with the support of Chandigarh's first Chief Commissioner, late Dr. M S Randhawa. Chandigarh rose garden contains more than 17,000 plants. There are nearly 1,600 varieties of roses over there. It is a spacious garden covering an area of 27 acres. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 2- Chandigarh – Manali (309 km - 8 hours 0 mins)
After breakfast, check-out from hotel and drive to Manali. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at hotel
DAY 3- Manali
After breakfast, later visit:-Hadimba Temple - Built in 1553, this four-story wooden Hadimba or Dhungiri temple is famous for its exquisitely caved doorway. It is located in the middle of a forest called the Dhungiri Van Vihar.. Jagatsuhk - About 6 kms. from Manali is the famous Shiva Temple in "shikara" style. It houses temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Sandhya Gayatri. Vashist Hot Water Springs and Temple (3 kms) - Across the Beas river is Vashist, a small village with natural sulphur springs. Modern bathhouses, with Turkish-style showers, have the hot water piped into them for the convenience of the visitors who come here to benefit from the medicinal properties. There is a pyramidal stone temple dedicated to Vashist Muni and another Temple of Lord Ram. Evening shop at the Mall Road. Return back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 4- Manali
After breakfast, visit Solang Valley & Rohtang Pass (Snow Point- On Direct Payment) - Situated about 51 km from Manali town at an altitude of 4,111 meters (13,400 ft.) on the highway to Keylong, is Rohtang Pass. There is a beautiful Doshohar Lake left to the pass, where pilgrims go every year on the auspicious day of 20th Bhadon. The pass is open from June to September each year although trekkers can across the pass a little earlier. Rohtang pass is the gateway to Lahaul valley just as Zojila pass in between Kashmir valley and Ladakh. Return back to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 5- Manali – Dharamshala (235 km - 6 hours 52 mins)
After breakfast, check-out from hotel and drive to Dharamshala. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at hotel
DAY 6- Dharamshala – Dalhousie (130 km - 3 hours 30 mins)
After breakfast, check-out from hotel and drive to visit Dharamshala- which stands on a spur of the Dhauladhar range amidst magnificent deodar and pine forests, tea gardens and beautiful hills. It is also known as 'The Lhasa in India'. Later drive to visit MCLEOD GANJ :- The arrival of the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, along with thousands of refugees to Dharamshala in 1959 made the life here more active. As Dharamshala became the headquarter of the Tibetan Government in exile, headed by Dalai Lama, it gained prominence all over the world and prominent personalities started arriving here. Mcleadganj emerged as a major Buddhist centre. ST.JOHN'S CHURCH : ( 8 km. from Dharamshala town ) The church lies in the forest between Mcleod Ganj and Forsyth Ganj. It. The Church has lovely spotted glass windows and there is a Christian cemetery around it. It is ideally situated in the majestic 'Deodar' forest. Later drive to Dalhousie. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 7- Dalhousie
After breakfast, and later drive to visit following:-PANCHPULA : Panchpula, a beautiful spot, is barely 3 kms. from G.P.O. On the way to Panchpula is Satdhara springs gurgling with refreshing water, believed to contain some medicinal properties. Panchpula stream is the main source of water supply to Dalhousie and Bahloon. The stream springs from the north side of DayanKund and runs down a picturesque ravine to the waterworks of Panchpula. There is an elegant monument erected at Panchpula where several streams meet at one point. This monument, a samadhi was built in memory of great revolutionary Sardar Ajit Singh who breathed his last in Panchpula. There is a Tourism restaurant and several chai shops in Panchpula, that offer hot and cold beverages and snacks. SUBHASH BAOLI : Just approximately 1 km from G.P.O. is a charming natural spot called Subhash Baoli. Neta ji Subhash Chander Bose during his 7 months sojourn in Dalhousie in 1937 is believed to have spent most of his days by the side of this water body, meditating amidst dense woods of Cedar and meeting his party workers. This place lies on the G.P.O. - Jandri Gaht Road. A canopy with seating facilities has been created by the local administration at this place. Afternoon take an excursion to Khajjar & Chamba :-KHAJJAR 20 kms from Dalhousie popularly known as the mini Swiss for its snowcapped mountains and pine trees.A little golden-spired temple of Khajjinag belonging to the 12th century and a picturesque golf course adds to the exquisite beauty of this pretty spot ) . Enjoy the greenery, take a horse ride. CHAMBA is dotted with magnificently carved temples, palaces and buildings that you should visit. The Laxmi Narayan Temple, the main temple of Chamba is a great work of art, built in a shikhara style. Within the same complex, visit the Temple of Radhakrishna, Champavati Temple,Shiva Temple and Gauri Shanker Temple.Vajreshwari Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of Lightning, Vajreshwari Sui Mata Temple ,located atop the hill of Shah Madar, is a beautiful place to visit. The Akhand Chandi Palace, belonging to the Chamba Family, is a beautiful work of art, with its glass work, fine woodwork and painted walls. Also visit the Rang Mahal, said to be one of the largest monuments, built after the Mughal and British style of architecture. Return back to the Hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
DAY 8- Dalhousie – Amritsar (210 km - 4 hours 30 mins)
After breakfast, check-out from hotel and drive to Amritsar. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Evening visit Wagah Border - Located at a distance of 28 kilometers from Amritsar. It is the only border crossing between India and Pakistan. It is an army outpost to protect check intrusion from Pakistan and prevents any Indian from going to Pakistan. Special buses and taxes from Amritsar take the tourists to Wagah Border. At the border outpost there is a complex of buildings, roads and barriers on both sides. At the entrance of this outpost, there is a sightseeing gate with an inscription "Swarna Jayanti". From this a panoramic view of the landscape is seen. There are electrified fences with 66,000 volts of electric current. Later drive back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 9- Amritsar
After breakfast, check-out from hotel and drive to visit:-Golden Temple - Also called Sri Harmandir Sahib, the most visited tourist attraction of Amritsar.The Golden Temple was laid by Guru Ram Das in the 14th century.The Golden Temple, situated in Amritsar, Punjab, is the most sacred temple for Sikhs. It is acclaimed as one of the holiest sites of the Sikhs. It has four doorways and gorgeously decorated arches. Reflecting influences of both Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture, the temple standing in the middle of a tank, exudes tremendous architectural brilliance which draws the attention of numerous tourists around the globe. Although principally a pilgrimage spot for the Sikhs, it is visited by people of all religions and proves to be one of the greatest tourist attractions in Amritsar on your tour to India. Later proceed to visit Jallianwala Bagh - Is a peaceful park with picnicking families and college kids, but move to a section of the wall which still has visible bullet marks, and you will be reminded of one of the most horrific events in colonial Indian history. When the Rowlatt Act (1919), which gave the British the power to arrest and imprison Indians without a trial if suspected of sedition, was imposed on Indians it was severely criticised and regular hartals (strikes) were organised to protest the law. Then Lieutenant Governor of Punjab, Sir Michael O' Dwyer, arrested an Indian leader causing great unrest among the people. On April 13,1919 (also the festival of Baisakhi) around 10,000 people gathered at the Jallianwala Bagh to peacefully protest the new law. General Dyer had been called to Amritsar to return the city to order. He arrived at the Bagh with 150-armed soldiers, ordered the crowd to disperse and two minutes later inhumanly commanded his troops to open fire. The square was surrounded by high walls and the soldiers had blocked the only entrance (and exit) to the compound. The firing (1650 rounds) continued for about 15 minutes and people were shot as they tried to jump the wall while others drowned after they jumped into the well to escape the relentless onslaught of bullets, most of which found their mark. About 400 people (including children) died while 1500 were left wounded. Though there was an international outcry over this horrific uncalled-for massacre neither Dyer nor O'Dwyer was ever charged with any crime. In response to this massacre, Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore returned his knighthood and Gandhi began his program of civil disobedience announcing that 'co-operation in any shape or form with this satanic government is sinful'. In 1997 Queen Elizabeth II visited Jallianwala Bagh and though she laid a wreath on the memorial to the victims no official apology was made. Jallianwala Bagh is a five-minute walk from the Golden Temple. The stone well has been preserved as a monument to the victims (120 bodies were recovered from the well) and the "flame of liberty," a 45 foot flame-shaped red sandstone pillar set in a pool, was built in 1961 as a memorial. The park is open from 6 am to 7 pm in summer and 7 am to 6 pm in winter. The Martyr's Gallery which features portraits of heroes involved in the incident, is open from 9 am to 5 pm in summer and 10 am to 4 pm in winter. Later drive to Amritsar Airport to board the flight for onward the journey with fond memories of the trip.
Tour Ends...(All distances and timings are approx. )