Day 1: Arrival in Chandigarh – A Gateway to Adventure
Your journey to the Himalayan paradise of Himachal Pradesh commences with a smooth drive from Delhi to Chandigarh. As you traverse the picturesque landscapes, you’ll find yourself enchanted by the lush greenery that surrounds you. Upon your arrival in Chandigarh, a city known for its urban planning and serene ambience, you’ll be welcomed with open arms. After checking in at your hotel, you’ll embark on a city tour that introduces you to some of the local gems.
You’ll visit the tranquil Sukhna Lake, where the serene waters and peaceful surroundings make for a perfect backdrop for relaxation. The Rock Garden, a testament to human creativity and innovation, will leave you in awe with its unique sculptures made from recycled materials. Elante Mall is your window to the vibrant culture and shopping scene of Chandigarh.
The day continues with a culinary adventure as you delve into the world of Punjabi cuisine. The local markets in Sector 17 offer delectable Punjabi food, allowing you to savour the flavors of the region. You’ll spend the night at your comfortable hotel, reminiscing about the delightful start to your journey.
Day 2: Chandigarh to Manali – A Himalayan Paradise Beckons
With the first light of the day, you set out for the majestic destination of Manali. As you traverse the winding roads through the Himalayas, you’ll find yourself amidst awe-inspiring landscapes. Manali, nestled in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, is renowned as a haven for backpackers and honeymooners alike. The Beas River, Solang Valley and Pir Panjal mountains create the perfect setting for adventure and serenity.
You’ll arrive in Manali and check in at your hotel, where you can unwind and soak in the enchanting surroundings. The evening is yours to enjoy the tranquillity or explore the local areas, taking in the cool mountain air. The promise of an exhilarating adventure awaits you in the coming days.
Day 3: Manali Exploration – A Day of Beauty and Thrills
With the sun rising over Manali, you embark on a memorable journey. The world’s longest tunnel, the Atal Tunnel, awaits you. This engineering marvel, located at an altitude of 10,040 feet, transports you to a world of wonder.
You’ll also visit the magnificent Sissu Waterfall, where the water’s cascading beauty will take your breath away. Solang Valley is your next destination—a splendid valley offering panoramic views of glaciers and snow-capped mountains. A ropeway ride gives you the opportunity to witness the Himalayas from above, while adventure enthusiasts can indulge in thrilling activities such as paragliding, biking, trekking, and hiking.
Your journey continues with visits to Hidimba Temple, an architectural marvel set amidst the snow-covered hills of Manali. The Himalayan Nyinmapa Tibetan Buddhist Monastery showcases architectural beauty and cultural significance.
The evening is perfect for a stroll through the charming Mall Road, where you can explore local markets and savour the vibrant atmosphere. As the day comes to a close, you return to your hotel, nestled amidst the mountains.
Day 4: Manali – Kullu and Manikaran – A Day of Culture and Spirituality
Your day begins with a scenic drive to Kullu, a picturesque valley surrounded by pine and oak forests. It’s believed that Manu, an ancient Hindu sage, recreated mankind here after a great flood. While exploring the area, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in white water rafting in the gushing waters of the Beas River.
Next, you’ll visit Manikaran, a place of great spiritual significance for both Hindus and Sikhs. Manikaran is famous for its hot water springs, and you can take a pleasant walk by the riverside. Your adventures lead you back to your hotel in Manali, where you can relax and unwind after a day filled with culture and spirituality.
Day 5: Manali to Shimla – A Journey to the Queen of Hills
Bid farewell to Manali as you set off for Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. Known as the Queen of Hills, Shimla offers an escape to pristine nature and the charm of colonial-style buildings. The Mall, Ridge, and toy train are among the highlights that make Shimla a unique destination.
Upon arrival in Shimla, you check in at your hotel and prepare for a night of relaxation and rejuvenation. Shimla is ready to unveil its treasures to you in the days to come.
Day 6: Shimla Exploration – A Date with Nature and History
The day begins with a visit to Kufri, a delightful village that derives its name from “Kufri”, meaning “Lake”. The town is a favourite among trekkers and those seeking the perfect summer getaway. Surrounded by the majestic Himalayas, it offers breathtaking vistas and trekking opportunities.
Afterwards, you’ll explore Shimla itself, with stops at Indira Bungalow, the Himalayan Zoo, Christ Church, Scandal Point, and The Ridge. These landmarks showcase the town’s rich history, colonial architecture, and natural beauty. The day ends with a leisurely evening at your hotel, allowing you to savour the memories of your journey through Shimla’s wonders.
Day 7: Departure from Chandigarh – A Journey Back to Reality
As your adventure in the Himalayan paradise of Himachal Pradesh comes to an end, you’ll bid farewell to the serene beauty and embrace the memories that you’ll carry with you. Your journey home begins with an early breakfast and a smooth ride to Chandigarh Airport. Depart with a heart full of cherished memories and the promise of another adventure to come.