The earliest known inhabitants of the region were tribals called Dasas. Later, Aryans came and they assimilated in the tribes. In the later centuries, the hill chieftains accepted suzerainty of the Mauryan empire, the Kaushans, the Guptas and Kanuaj rulers. During the Mughal period, the Rajas of the hill states made some mutually agreed arrangements which governed their relations. In the 19th century, Ranjit Singh annexed/subjugated many of the states. When the British came, they defeated Gorkhas and entered into treaties with some Rajas and annexed the kingdoms of others. The situation more or less remained unchanged till 1947. After Independence, 30 princely states of the area were united and Himachal Pradesh was formed on 15th April, 1948. With the recognition of Punjab on 1st November, 1966, certain areas belonging to it were also included in Himachal Pradesh. On 25th January, 1971, Himachal Pradesh was made a full-fledged State.
Blessed with some of the most spectacular and beautiful landscapes anywhere, it is a travellers paradise -lofty snow peaks, deep gorges, lush green valleys, fast flowing rivers, enchanting mountain lakes, flower bedecked meadows, beautiful temples and monasteries steeped in time. May it be for relaxing, sightseeing, trekking, mountaineering, fishing, para-gliding, skiing, ice skating and golf, Himachal has it
all. Come Explore Himachal.
Tour : 13 Nights / 14 Days
Day 01 Delhi -
Leave Delhi for Chandigarh, Reach Chandigarh in the afternoon, sight
seeing of Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Sukhna Lake and Mughal Gardens at Pinjore nearby.
Overnight at Chandigarh hotel.
Day 02 Chandigarh - Manali
Depart for Valley of Gods with the grandeur of Himalayas and Beas River. Reach Manali
in the afternoon, visit the four-tiered Hadimba Temple amidst deodhar trees. Imbibe the local ambience on the Mall, shop for souvenirs at the Tibetan / Hong Kong Market. Enjoy the evening at Van
Vihar. Overnight at Manali.
Day 03 Manali.
Drive to the mighty snowbound Rohtang Pass - at 3979 mtrs - the gateway to Lahaul-Spiti valley.
Revel in the breathtaking beauty of Kothi, Rahalla Falls and Marrhi en-route to
Rohtang. Overnight at Manali.
Manali - Manikaran - Manali
Drive for a full day tour of Manikarn, a religious place for both Hindus
and Sikhs. Manikarn got hot water springs. Overnight at Manali.
Day 05 Manali - Dharamshala / Mcleodganj
After breakfast, drive closer to the panoramic Dhauladhar ranges and upto the enchanting town of
Dharamshala. Explore the town, replete with Tibetan culture and the residence of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama.
Overnight at Dharamshala.
Day 06 Dharamshala /
Imbibe the magic of the ‘White Ranges’ and of history and nature as much as you can while visiting the Tibetan Monastery, St. John’s church in the wilderness, Triund Peak, Dal lake, Naddi. Shop in the bazaar for Tibetan handicrafts in the evening.
Overnight at Dharamshala.
Day 07 Dharamshala –
Drive into the charming and sylvan environs of Dalhousie. Reach late
evening and try to catch the sunset across the mountain ranges. Overnight at
Flow thru a mesmerizing experience. The vast emerald green meadow of Khajjiar with its thick forested slopes of deodhars, the stupendous mountain views from Lakkar Mandi, the unparalleled beauty of Kalatope and Bakrota
Round. Overnight at Dalhousie.
Dalhousie - Taragarh
Drive for Taragarh after breakfast. Reach Taragarh in the afternoon and
after lunch, stroll thru the villages or tea gardens. Overnight at Taragarh.
Day 10 Taragarh
A day for experiencing a mix of culture, art and religion, interspersed all along by the idyllic vistas. Visit the ancient Baijnath Shiva temple, the Tashijong monastery, the Tibetan carpet weaving factory, Tanka paintings, the Andretta pottery village and Shoba Singh Art gallery.
Overnight at Taragarh.
Day 11 Taragarh -
Drive from Taragarh for Shimla with its lingering echoes of a bygone era. Enjoy the evening at The Ridge / Scandal Point - the hub of the town with its ice-cream vendors, pony rides and spectacular Himalayan views, souvenirs and curios at Lakkar Bazaar. Later on, pamper yourself at the facilities of the resort.
Overnight at Shimla.
After breakfast, explore Naldehra's rolling meadows and the 9 hole golf course and Mashobra with its pine forests offering lovely walks, specially the pathways from Bekalty Road. Further, drive to Kufri. Visit the famed ski slopes and the small zoo and Chail with its romantic palace, deodhar forests, not to forget its highest cricket pitch. The area has beautiful views and charming walks through conifer forests. Drive to Fagu and its apple orchards and onto Narkanda (upto Hatu Peak) famed for its ski slopes and breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks foreshadowed by the terraced fields and verdant forests. In the evening, pamper yourself at the facilities of the resort. Overnight at Shimla.
Shimla - Kasauli
Drive for Kasauli after breakfast. Reach in the afternoon and after lunch,
visit the quaint town of Kasauli, stroll through the mall and relax at "Monkey Point".
Overnight at Kasauli.
14 Kasauli - Delhi
After breakfast, Enjoy the charming quaint little town, 12 kms off the highway. Its colonial ambience is reinforced by cobbled paths, quaint shops, gabled houses with charming facades and scores of neat little gardens and orchards. The upper and lower malls run through Kasauli's length. Mixed forests of chir-pine, Himalayan oak and huge horse chestnuts surround Kasauli.
After lunch, depart for Delhi.