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Delhi > Shimla > Manali > Kullu > Dharamshala > Dalhousie > Delhi
(13 Nights/ 14 Days)
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Today arrival at Delhi airport. Excel's representative will meet you as you exit the arrival terminal building after which you would be transferred to your hotel

Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds the ancient with modern. Its strategic location was the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. In fact, more mythological cities are believed to be here, like the city of Indraprastha from the Hindu epic Mahabharata, founded around 5000 BC. Numerous monuments were built over several centuries by different rulers. Later in first half of 20th century much of New Delhi was planned by Sir Edwin Lutyens, who laid out a grandiose central administrative area as a testament to British rule in India
Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Delhi - City Tour
Today city tour of Old Delhi, the 17th century walled city of royal Shah Jahanabad, visiting the great Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Later we walk down or take a rickshaw ride through Chandi Chowk, the old marketplace of Shah Jahanabad now a picturesque bazaar. Drive past Red Fort, built in the year 1648 by Shah Jehan.

Afternoon attention focuses on New Delhi, visit Humayun's Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, Qutub Minar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. Drive past India Gate, memorial built in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I & the Afghan Wars. President's House, the official residence of the President of India.
Overnight at Hotel

Day 03: Delhi > Chandigarh > Shimla (117 Kms/ 2.5 hrs)
Today in time transfer to railway station to connect Shatabdi Exp at 0740 hrs. Arrive Chandigarh railway station at 1100 hrs and drive to Shimla, a beautiful hill town in the lap of nature, surrounded by pine and deodar forests.

It is situated in the north-west Himalayas and is the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh in North India. It is a 18 sq km mountainous region lying at an altitude of 2,213 meters. British coined the term "Queen of the hills" for Shimla. It has been blessed with all the natural bounties, one can think of.

Upon arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure for individual activities.
Overnight at Hotel

Day 04: Shimla
Today full day at leisure for individual activities
Overnight at Hotel

Day 05: Shimla > Manali (280 Kms/6 hrs)
Today drive to Manali, situated at the northern end of the Kullu valley, Manali has spectacular views of snowcapped peaks and wooded slopes. Manali literally means the 'Home of Manu'. Manu is the mythological character who is supposed to have survived when the world was drowned in Flood. He then came to Manali and recreated human life. Thus, the area of Manali is sacred and Hindus treat the temples over here as pilgrimage.

Upon arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure for individual activities.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 06: Manali
Morning half day city tour visiting Hadimba Devi Temple, Manu Temple, Tibetan Monastery and Vashisht Village. Afternoon free.
Overnight at Hotel

Day 07: Manali > Excursion to Rohtang Pass (50 kms/ 2.5 hrs)
Today excursion to Rohtang Pass, at an altitude of 4,111 meters (13,400 ft.) on the highway to Keylong, is Rohtang Pass. Here one sees the majesty of the mountains at its height and splendor. At the top of the Pass the air seems to glitter against the snow as you look down over herringboned ridges into the Lahaul Valley.

Afternoon drive back to Manali. Rest of the day at leisure for individual activities.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Manali > Excursion to Manikaran 85 kms / Kullu (45 kms)
Today drive to Manikaran, World's hottest Sulphur Spring Waters and is a holy place for Hindus & Sikhs alike. Return back to Manali.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 09: Manali > Dharamshala (235 kms/06 - 07 hrs)
Today drive to Dharamsala, popularly known as the 'Queen of the Hills', is divided into lower and upper towns with a difference of 457m (1500ft.) between them. The mountains enfold 3 sides of the town and the valley stretches to the south. Dharamsala is known for its scenic beauty, calmness and serenity. It has high pine trees, tea gardens and timber yielding trees
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10: Dharamshala
Morning half day city tour visiting Dal Lake, Church, Bhagsu Nag Temple and Tibetan Monastery. Afternoon free
Overnight at Hotel

Day 11: Dharamshala > Dalhousie (145 Kms/6 hrs)
Today drive to Dalhousie, a gorgeous hill station located on the western border of the Dhaula Dhar Range of the great Himalayas. It was founded in 1854 by the British Viceroy Lord Dalhousie, It was a delightful summer retreat for the British troops and bureaucrats. Dalhousie is the most famous hill station of Himanchal Pradesh. Beside its breath taking landscapes the other highlights are the ancient temples, untouched beauty of Chamba & Pangi valley, the valley of milk, honey and streams. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure for individual activities.
Overnight at Hotel

Day 12: Dalhousie > Excursion to Khajjiar
Full day excursion visiting Khajjiar, a small grassy meadow located in the picturesque Chamba valley. It is an important picnic spot whose quiet environs beacon the tourists traveling between Dalhousie and Chamba

Late afternoon drive back to Dalhousie. Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight at Hotel

Day 13: Dalhousie > Pathankot > Delhi
Morning drive to Pathankot railway station (Chakki Bank - 90 kms / 3 hrs) to board train at 1045 hrs to Delhi. Arrive Delhi at 1900 hrs & transfer to Hotel
Overnight at Hotel

Day 14: Delhi-Departure
Today in time transfer to airport to connect onward flight.