Surrounded by pine-clad mountains and spectacular views,Dalhousie is a gem of a hill stations. Located in western Himachal Pradesh, it has a quaint and laid-back atmosphere. The scenery is very vivid with flowering rhododendrons and dense forests filled with pines, oaks, and deodars. The town was established by the British as a summer retreat for their officials. Referred to as the Queen of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is an ancient town that is located at an altitude of nearly 2050 meters in Kullu district. Manali is blessed with breathtaking natural beauty that comprises lofty snow-capped peaks of Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal, thick forests, fruit orchards, beautiful hamlets and meadow.
DAY 1 - Dalhousie! (Drive from Pathankot to Dalhousie- 85 km/approx. 3 hours)
Your trip begins with a road journey to Dalhousie. A beautiful hill station lying in the lap of five hills, Dalhousie is the long-standing testimony of pre-independence British India with its many colonial structures and churches since 1854. In fact, it even gets its name from a British Viceroy, Lord Dalhousie. Lined with beautiful Pine and Deodar trees, Dalhousie also serves as the escape point to the hills of Chamba.
Complete the check-in formalities as you reach Dalhousie and spend the rest of day at leisure. Come back to the hotel in the evening for an overnight stay.
DAY 2 - Traversing Through Dalhousie (Sightseeing in Dalhousie)
In the morning, gear up for a day long sightseeing tour of this quaint hill station. Your first stop if the picturesque Panchpula that hosts several natural water springs and also the Satdhara that is known for its various medicinal and healing properties. Dalhousie also has many monuments in memory of freedom fighters who laid down their lives for the motherland. At Panchpula, you see an awe-inspiring monument erected in the memory of great freedom fighter, Sardar Ajit Singh.
Another spot of a freedom fighter's choice, the beautiful Subhash Baoli is named after Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, who spent some time of his life in 1937 at this place. Lying at a distance of only a kilometer from Dalhousie, this place is a popular picnic spot providing a stunning view of snow-capped hills and towering trees. Facilitated with proper seating arrangements, you can easily spend time relaxing and soaking in the beauty.
Later, stop by to pay obeisance at the Bhulwani Mata Temple at Bara Pathar. It is a small but popular temple nestled in the thick forests of the Ahla village. Your trip is incomplete if you don't visit the Bakrota Hills to witness the stunning view of the snow-capped peaks of Himachal. The interesting day ends with a return to the hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 3 - The Majestic Land of Manali (Drive from Dalhousie to Manali- 350 km/approx. 10 hours)
This is going to be an exciting day as we move to our next destination, Manali. Anyone in need of a break from the rigmarole and monotony of daily life would love to find solace in the lap of nature snuggled in lush green mountains, deep gorges, and effusive rivers.
Manali, situated at the height of 2000 meters in Himachal Pradesh, becomes home to throngs of nature lovers, especially during the hot summer months.
After arriving at Manali, check-in at the hotel and take rest for some time. Walk around the hotel in the evening soaking in the natural beauty of the place and return to the hotel at night for an overnight stay.
DAY 4 - Manali - Full-day Trip to Solang Valley
Enjoy the morning breakfast at the hotel. Later get ready for an excursion to visit Solang Valley. Solang Valley is outstandingly beautiful and is an ideal spot to view the majestic snow covered Himalayas, serene natural Surroundings, pristine lake and fairy white snow round the year .After covering the sightseeing back to hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 5 - Explore the magical Manali! (Sightseeing in Manali)
In the morning embark on a sightseeing tour to Manali. The place has stunning greenery with lovely deodar and pine trees and green fields. The gushing River Beas adds to the beauty of this hill station. If you are an adventure enthusiast, then, you can try activities like trekking, skiing, and mountaineering.
You will find a number of brilliant attractions in Manali like the Vashisht Hot Water Springs and Temple, Manu Temple, Hadimba Temple, Nehru Kund, and Tibetan monasteries among others.
After exploring the local attractions of Manali, enjoy your evening at leisure. Stay overnight at the hotel.
DAY 6 - Drive from Manali to Chandigarh (310 km/approx. 8 hours)
m. The nest morning, drive from Manali to Chandigarh, which is a union territory and capital of two states - Haryana and Punjab. Better known as the first planned city in the country and Chandigarh lies at the foothills of the Shivalik Range in the Himalayas. It gets its name from the temple of Hindu Goddess – Chandi, situated at a short distance from the city. The beauty of the city can be attributed to exceptional architects such as Maxwell Fry, Le Corbusier, and Pierre Jeanneret among others.
Complete the check-in formalities as you reach Chandigarh and rest for some time in your room. You can later visit popular attractions like the Sukhna Lake, Rock Garden, and the Capitol Complex.
Rock Garden is built by Nek Chand, a former road inspector of the engineering department of Chandigarh, and also an artist. This attraction is breathtaking with its wide variety of colorful and fragrant roses. The Sukhna Lake, man-made wonder, has a 3 km shoreline and lies at the foothills of the Shivalik range. It’s a well-known picnic spot owing to its beautiful surroundings and cool breeze. You can indulge in water skiing, yachting and boating at this lake.
Capitol Complex designed by the great Le Corbusier is a govt building. Earlier, it was the seat of the Punjab Government; however today, it is the headquarters of both the governments of Haryana and Punjab. Open Hand, weighing 50 tons and 14-metres high was also created by Le Corbusier and is made out of metal sheets and symbolizes unity and peace. Alternatively, you can visit famous markets, such as the shopping arcade of Sector 17, also called as the City Centre. After this return to the hotel and get a comfortable overnight sleep.
DAY 7 - Goodbye Hills! (Drive from Chandigarh to Pathankot- 235 km/approx. 6 hours)
After breakfast at the hotel, drive from Chandigarh to Pathankot to make your return journey.
• Welcome drink on arrival.
• Parking and Toll tax.
• Meet & greet on arrival.
• 06 Breakfasts & 06 Dinners.
• Pick and Drop at time of arrival/departure.
• Driver's allowance, Road tax and Fuel charges.
• Sightseeing by private car.
• All hotel and transport taxes & Driver Allowances.
• All transfers and sightseeing by personal car.
• 06 Nights Accommodation on double sharing basis.
• Camera fee.
• Alcoholic / Non- Alcoholic beverages.
• Travel insurance.
• 5% GST.
• Any Airfare / Train fare.
• Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and flight delays, roadblocks, and vehicle mal-functions, political disturbances etc.
• Tips, laundry & phone call.
• Entrance fees to monuments and museum.
• All personal expenses.