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Himachal Heritage Tours begins with an arrival in Delhi, the capital city of India. After completing formalities with customs and immigration, you will be received by our representative with Traditional Indian Welcome (with garlands).
Delhi is the capital of India since old times. Delhi’s history dates back to the first millenium BC, when it was known as Indraprastha. The Tomar Rajputs built Lal Kot, the core of the first of Delhi’s seven cities. It is the epicenter of the nation’s politics, economy and culture. History is alive and throbbing in Delhi, the capital of India.
Afterwards transfer to your hotel for the overnight stay.
After breakfast you embark on your sightseeing trip of Delhi City which would include the visit to Old Delhi and New Delhi.
Old Delhi: An ancient walled city. Here you would see the Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire, Rajghat the Samadhi of our Father of Nation, Jama Masjid the largest mosque in India and Chandni Chowk the bustling and colourful market of the old city.
New Delhi: The city designed and built by the British in the 1920’s- a city of wide boulevards impressive Government Buildings, green parks and gardens. First you will visit the two monuments from the Delhi’s past Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar. Then your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the Imposing India Gate and Parliament House
After completing the sightseeing return back to the Hotel for Overnight.
The next destination of this Himachal Heritage Tours is Chandigarh. Chandigarh is the capital of Haryana and Punjab. It is one of the most beautiful and planned cities in the world. It is an ultra modern city. Chandigarh is designed by Le-Corbusier. It was built in 1953. The name of the city is derived from Goddess of power known as Shri Chandika whose temple is on Chandigarh- Kalka Road. The temple is known by the name of Chandi Mandir.
Upon arrival check in to the hotel.Afternoon embark on the city sightseeing trip where you would visit the Rock Garden which is the main attraction of the city. The waste materials like tin cans bottles, broken plugs, saucers plates are used to create some wonderful sculpture in Rock Garden. The Rock Garden in Chandigarh also has an open-air theatre. Reputed artists performed several world-class performances in this creative and naturalistic open-air theatre of Rock Gardens. This popular sculpture garden covers an area of about 64 acres. This popular garden was built by Nekchand using varieties of mutli colored stones. Afterwards visit Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh is another popular sightseeing place in Chandigarh. This venue is popular for its excellent scenic beauty and some adventurous water sports like boating, yachting, water skiing and some other popular sports, which are played here.
Return to the hotel after the sightseeing. Overnight will be in Chandigarh.
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning drive to Nalagarh.
Erstwhile capital of the Kingdom of Hindur, Nalagarh is an ideal gateway to Himachal Pradesh. Raja Ajai Chand was a founder of Nalagarh. Founded in 1121 AD, Nalagarh is known for Nalagarh Fort that was built in 1421. Ramgarh Fort is another must visit place on your tour to Nalagarh. Raja Ramchander built this Ramgarh Fort in the year 1540. If you want to spend your holidays in the lap of tranquility, Nalagarh in Himachal Pradesh is just the right place for you. On arrival check in to the hotel.
Afternoon embark on the trip of Anandpur Sahib.
Return back to the hotel Ovrnight will be in Nalagarh
This morning after the breakfast in the hotel drive to drive to Chail The former ‘summer capital’ of Patiala, Chail is 43-km from Shimla and dwelling in the midst of a lush green setting. At 2,250m, it has the world’s highest cricket pitch and a polo ground, Chail is hiker’s paradise. The area is very peaceful away from the hustle and bustle of Shimla. 3-kms from the hotel is the worlds highest Cricket ground. Close by is a National Park, which has limited number of birds and deers On arrival check in to the hotel.
Afternoon embark on the city tour where you would visit
The world’s highest cricket pitch and polo ground at 2,444 m – Chail’s best known attraction. Wander off into the woods for a peaceful walk or do a more strenuous hike up the hillside, try some angling in the river nearby or go horse riding on the narrow trail around the hill. Enjoy the tiny wildlife sanctuary with ghoral, sambhar, cheer pheasants and red jungle fowl for company. Also visit Sadhupul village on the way to Kandagahat.
Return back to the hotel after the sightseeing.
Overnight will be in Chail.
Breakfast in the hotel. This morning after the breakfast drive to Shimla.
The British called Shimla the “Queen of Hill Stations.” Situated in the north-West Himalayas, Shimla the summer capital of India before independence is now the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla derives its name from “Shyamala“;- the goddess Kali, whose temple existed in the dense forest that covered Jakhu Hill in the early 19th century. The English named it Simla. Shimla is well connected by air, road and rail with all parts of Himachal Pradesh, and the neighboring states of Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashimir and the Union territory of Chandigarh. Covering the area of 18 sq. km. at a height of 7,238 ft. Shimla is surrounded by pine, deodar, oak and rhododendron forests. Its well developed facilities, easy accessibility and numerous attractions make it one of Indian’s most popular and biggest hill Upon arrival check in to the hotel.
Embark on the full day visit of the city where you would visit
The Mall: The Mall is the main shopping centre of Shimla. It also has many restaurants, clubs, banks, bars, Post Offices and tourist offices. The Gaiety Theatre is also situated there. People walk up and down the Mall slowly, stopping to gossip, as it is the main meeting place for everyone. The Ridge and Scandal point are the two main meeting points at the Mall.
Christ Church: Situated on the Ridge is Christ Church, which is the second oldest church in Northern India. It has a very majestic appearance and inside there are stained glass windows which represent faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility. Christ Church is a place all visitors should spend some time in.
Jakhu Hill: 2 kms. from Shimla, at a height of 8000 ft, Jakhu Hill is the highest peak and offers a beautiful view of the town and of the snow-covered Himalayas. At the top of the Hill, is an old temple of Hanuman, which is also the home of countless playful monkeys waiting to be fed by all visitors.
Shimla State Museum: The Museum, which was opened in 1974, has tried to project hill-out and the cultural wealth of the state. There is a collection of miniature Pahari paintings, sculptures, bronzes wood-carvings and also costumes, textiles and jewellery of the region.
Indian Institute of Advanced Studies: This institute is housed in the Viceregal Lodge, which was built in 1884-88 during the British times. It has spacious gardens and is ringed by beautiful pine trees. All is calm and serene just the right atmosphere for a student of literature or politics.
Return to the hotel after the sightseeing.
Overnight will be in Shimla.
Breakfast in the Hotel. This morning drive to Manali and enroute visit Sundernagar Lake, Kull Valley and Padhoh Dam. Manali stands high at an altitude of 2050 meters above sea level at the head of the Kullu valley. The beauty of the resort is enhanced by the Beas that flows through it. The river with the wild flowers, hamlets and fruit-laden orchards present the gifts of the sight, sound and smell.
Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight will be in Manali.
Breakfast in the Hotel. This morning embark on your full day sightseeing trip where you would visit.
The Mall, or main road of Manali is the hub of activity in this tourist town, lined with hotels, restaurants, shops, the bus station and many travel agencies. Though it carries the same British epithet as its counterpart in Shimla, the Mall of Manali has an entirely different character from the colonial flavour of the former. It is more of a busy commercial street with modern concrete blocks of hotels that spill over with tourists in the peak season. Most of the hotels overlooking the foaming Beas River, however, do offer pleasant views of the valley, green terraced fields and the surrounding orchards.
Manaligarh, the village has a ruined fort and a cluster of houses built in the Pahari style – with heavy stone roofs and wooden balconies projecting out of the first floor. According to popular belief it is here that Manu, the lawmaker lived around the 2nd century BC. His treatise, the ‘Manusmriti’ is the foundations of Hindu law and of the rigid caste system based on varna or profession.
Manu Maharishi temple, a relatively new shrine dedicated to Manu. The village itself is an idyllic break from the rush of main Manali, surrounded by terraced maize fields and apple orchards. There are several guesthouses and cafes lining the path to the village.
Hadimba Devi Temple. Maharaja Bahadur Singh built the present wooden pagoda-like temple in 1553 after earlier structures were burnt down by forest fires. Standing on a stone platform surrounded by old deodar trees, the three-tiered temple is crowned with pennants, brass bells and a trident. Carvings of animals, plants and folk deities adorn the temple, while hunting trophies hang over its entrance. Return to the hotel after the sightseeing. Overnight will be in Manali.
Breakfast in the Hotel. Full Day Free at leisure. Overnight will be in Manali.
Breakfast in the Hotel. This morning drive to Palampur and enroute visit Jogindernagar Valley and Baijnath temple.
Palampur also known as the ‘Tea Capital of North India,’ is a popular hill station because it is not only known for its scenic beauty but also for the beautiful temples and buildings built in the Colonial period. Here a nature lover can enjoy a quiet stroll while feasting his eyes on the natural beauty and an outdoor lover with a taste for adventure can enjoy hand gliding and trekking during the holiday. It has something for all tastes, which makes it an ideal holiday resort for many. Hill Resort in India offers online booking for accommodation and tour/travel packages to this beautiful hill resort.
In the evening arrive Palampur. Check-in-to the hotel. Overnight stay will be in Palampur.
Breakfast in the hotel. This morning embark on the city your where you would visit the tea gardens in and around town are great for taking those long walks. The Temple of Bundlamata nearly five centuries old is located near the awe-inspiring Bundla Chasm (also known as Neugal Khad) just outside the town. This 300m wide chasm boasts of a waterfall, which is particularly striking during the monsoons. Visit the Church of St. John in the Wilderness, surrounded by pretty flowers and a reminder of this place colonial past.
15 km from Palampur is Baijnath, renowned for its temple dedicated to Lord Shiva (revered here as Vaidyanath -Lord of Physicians). Intricate carvings cover this jewel of a temple, which is believed to be the spot where Ravana asked Shiva for the boon of immortality. Afterwards drive to Dharmshala.
The hill town of Dharamshala sits on a narrow ridgeline along the Dhauladhar range. The town is roughly divided into two sections – lower town of Dharamshala with its traditional settlement and market areas and the upper town of McLeodganj, famous for its celebrity resident, His Holiness The Dalai Lama. The heights of the two sections tha make up the Himalayan town of Dharamshala vary considerably – from 1,250 metres to about 1,770 metres with a steep winding 10 km road linking both sections.
Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight will be in Dharmshala.
Breakfast at Hotel. This morning embark on the sightseeing trip of the city where you would visit
The Museum of Kangra Art on the main road in Dharamshala. Exhibits include a collection of miniature paintings from the Kangra school, some local jewellery, excellent traditional wood carvings and copies of some paintings by 20th century Russian artist Nicholas Roerich. The artist who lived for quite a while in Himachal Pradesh was renowned for his vivid Himalayan mountain scapes.
McLeodganj, the upper town. This winding road takes nearly 40 minutes. The residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in McLeodganj is surrounded by high walls and sits on the edge of a cliff overlooking the valley. Besides the Dalai Lama’s living quarters, the complex also includes offices of the government in exile. It is extremely difficult to get a private audience with His Holiness and requires sending your request at least 4 months in advance to his secretary. But the Dalai Lama also appears in public audiences for a gathering of about 300 people, which are organised according to demand. On special festive occasions, the Dalai Lama leads the Kalchakra Ceremony that is performed by Buddhist monks for universal peace and harmony. Afterwards drive to Pathankot.Afterwards drive to Paragpur.
The Kangra Valley, where Heritage Village Pragpur is located is panoramic and replete with history. It is the home of the famous Kangra School of painting and probably the world’s – most certainly India’s – oldest ruling lineage comes from here. The area of Pragpur was part of the Principality of Jaswan whose chief, in the late 16th or early 17th Century charged a band of learned men, led by a Kuthiala Sood, to find a suitable place to commemorate Princess ‘Prag’ of his royal lineage. Heritage Village Pragpur is ideal for Village land nature Tourism and is being promoted as an example of community involvement in tourism. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage jointly with the government of Himachal Pradesh is developing and preserving Heritage Village Pragpur. Pragpur is about 2,000 feet above sea level.
Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight will be in Paragpur
Breakfast at Hotel. This morning embark on the sightseeing trip of the city where you would visit.
Butail Niwas: This is a unique building. Over a hundred years old, it was built by Lala Buta Mal, a scion of the Chaujjar Sood clan. It includes six identical apartments built for his six sons. These lie around a sunken courtyard. In warmer weather, this courtyard is flooded with water to provide cooling. The water for this has been brought by the Butails from the nearby Nalsuyah Khad and provides drinking water to several villages along the way.
Nakki: This is the one of the entrances to Heritage Village Pragpur. Since ancient times, the Rerumal family provided a water point for common use, the overflow of which falls into small tanks where the village people bathed and washed.
The Taal: Dating before 1868, the Taal or pond forms the core of Pragpur village and serves as a recreational space for young and aged alike. It was constructed by the village brotherhood known as the Nehar Committee, which has records of its meetings since 1864. This body continues to be responsible for the maintenance of this ancient water system.
The Taal is surrounded by many heritage structures -the NEHAR BHAWAN (nearly 250 years old); NAUN (dated around 1864), a drinking water facility by the Nehar Committee; DHUNICHAND BHARDIAL SERAI (village inn) and RADHA KRISHNA MANDIR.
Afterwards drive to Chandigarh.
Upon arrival check in to the Hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure.
Overnight will be in Chandigarh.
Breakfast in the hotel. Free till departure. Afternoon drive to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi assisted in the transfer to the International airport to board the flight back home.