This unique tour involves a safari through the three former Kingdoms: Kinnaur, Spiti and Lahaul and we will go as far as Ladakh. . Kinnaur (land of the Gods) with Tibet to the east, in the northeast corner of Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful district having the three high mountains ranges i.e. Zanskar, Greater Himalayas and Dhauladhar. The Spiti Valley is a desert mountain valley located high in the Himalaya mountains in the north-eastern part of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The name “Spiti” means “The Middle Land”, i.e. the land between Tibet and India. It possesses a distinctive Buddhist culture similar to that found in the nearby Tibet Autonomous Region and the Ladakh region of India. Lahaul is marked by a central mass of uniformly high mountains and massive glaciers. The two rivers, Chandra and Bhaga which rise on either side of the Baralacha La, flow through the narrow Chandra and Bhaga valleys. Lahaul is a land of fascinating Buddhist art and culture. Ladakh is the “land of high passes” and is a region of Jammu and Kashmir, the northernmost state of the Republic of India.These areas are one of the most scenic but very less frequented by tourists and worth a visit that never will be forgotten
Transfer to hotel. Free stay.
In the morning we start of with a sightseeing tour in Old Delhi. We visit of course the legendary “Rajghat” where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated and Jama Masjid, the great mosque of Old Delhi. We go also to the famous “Humayun’s Tomb” which is a impressive sight for Mughal architecture in India and the “Qutub Minar” 71 meter in height and constructed in 1199. Before we proceed back to the hotel we will drive through the modern New Delhi where we will visit the typical but important sites of India Gate, Government Buildings and embassies.
After having breakfast we will drive to Chandigarh. Chandigarh (Punjabi) is a union territory of India, that serves as the capital of two states, Punjab and Haryana. The name Chandigarh translates as “The Fort of Chandi”. The name was coined from an ancient temple called Chandi Mandir, devoted to the Hindu Goddess Chandi, present in the city’s vicinity. It is occasionally referred to as The City Beautiful.In the evening we arrive in Chandigarh and transfer to the hotel.
In the morning we go around Chandigarh for sightseeing. Chandigarh is located near the foothills of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas in Northwest India. Le Corbusier produced a plan for Chandigarh that conformed to the modern city planning principles and you will see here how that was done. We visit the Rock Garden, whichwas built with multicoloured fragments of China and waste ceramics and covers an area of 6 acres. Along the way we see also the Secretariat and the Art Museum. In the evening we make time to see the Gulab Bagh and the Sukhna Lake. This lake covers an area of 3 square kms. It is famous by the local people, walking along the banks of this artificial lake..
In the morning after having breakfast we drive to Nalagarh. Nalagarh (also known as Hindur or Nawalgarh) is a city and a municipal committee in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It was the seat of the eponymous princely state during the British Raj, and known in medieval period as the state of Hindur. It was founded by the Chandella Rajputs in 1100 AD . It is surrounded by endless acres of greenery and provides a panoramic view of the Shivalik hills beyond the Sirsa river. Nalagarh rises above a 10 acre estate of forest and orchard built on five levels, three of which have well manicured green areas. In the evening we visit the Ramgarh Fort. The Fort which was built in 1421 during the reign of Raja Bikram Chand is located on a hillock at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas affording a panoramic view of the Shivalik hills beyond the Sirsa river. Also we see the famous Mughal Gardens at Pinjore.
In the morning after having breakfast drive to Palampur. Palampur is a fascinating green hill station and a municipal council in the Kangra Valley in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, surrounded on all sides by tea gardens and pine forests before they merge with the Dhauladhar ranges. Palampur is the tea capital of northwest India but tea is just one aspect that makes Palampur a special interest place. Abundance of water and proximity to the mountains has endowed it with mild climate. The town has derived its name from the local word “pulum’, meaning lots of water. There are numerous streams flowing from the mountains to the plains from Palampur.
Palampur has beautiful snow views and is surrounded by tea plantations of the Kangra Valley. It is a popular place for walking, located at a height of 1000 meters. The main attraction is the Taragarh Fort. This fort is located at the foot of the Dhauladhar Mountains with splendid views of surrounding snow capped peaks. Palampur is in the northwestern region of Himachal Pradesh, in north India and is only 30 km from the popular hill station of Dharamshal.
Today we will visit the Sobha Singh’s art gallery, a monastery, pottery institute and some of the many tea estates.
Manali at almost 2000meters, in the Beas River valley, is an important hill station in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, India, near the northern end of the Kullu Valley. It is located about 250 kilometres north of state capital, Shimla. Manali is administratively a part of the Kullu district, with population of approx. 30,000. The small town was the beginning of an ancient trade route to Ladakh and, from there, over the Karakoram Pass on to Yarkand and Khotan in the Tarim Basin. Manali and the surrounding area is of great significance to Indian culture and heritage as it is said to be the home of the Saptarshi, or Seven Sages. The whole day is to be spend freely in Manali.
After breakfast drive to Bharwain. Bharwain is located at a height of about 4000 feet. Bharwain is a small picturesque hill station located about 29 km from Hoshiarpur in Una District of Himachal Pradesh. It lies at an elevation of about 3,896 ft on the Kangra – Hoshiarpur road. Main attraction here is the Chintpurni Devi Temple lying only three km away from Bharwain. From the roadside a narrow path descends past terraced fields and ends on the bed of a seasonal stream with scree stones. After a short walk we will reach Chanota on top of a small hill, were we see old but abandoned houses of Brahmins. After crossing Nalsuha the road carries on to the Hamlet of Karoli, From Karoli the road goes to Har and joins the Pragpur road and the Judge’s Court. Pragpur is the first certified Heritage Village of India. The Kuthiala Soods had set up the village of Pragpur in the memory of Princess Prag Dei of the Jaswan Royal Family. There are several splendid buildings in the village worth visiting. The 300-year-old ancestral home of the Kuthiala Soods must be checked out.
In the morning after having breakfast we drive back to Chandigarh. In the evening we transfer to the railway station for the train from Chandigarh to Delhi.
In the morning arrive in Delhi. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day to bent spend freely (opportunity for the last shopping). After having dinner we leave the hotel for the airport.