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Sizzling Himachal

9N / 10D
2N 
Shimla
 → 3N 
Manali
 → 1N 
Dharamshala
 → 2N 
Dalhousie
 → 1N 
Amritsar
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Manali

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Manali

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Tour Description

If you looking for a hassle-free holiday to the scintillating land of Himachal Pradesh, book our 9 Nights 10 Days Sizzling Himachal - Shimla Manali Dharamshala Dalhousie Amritsar holiday package today and we promise you ten days of sheer fun and adventure in Himachal Pradesh!

Shimla is one of the hotspot tourist destinations in India abundantly blessed by Mother Nature. The sky towering Himalayan ranges drapes with snow and dense pine and deodar forests and the lush green valleys are a perfect respite from the hustles and bustles of the cities. The Himalayan Wildlife Zoo in Kufri near Shimla is the home to a number of rare and native Himalayan flora and fauna like Himalayan Monal and Himalayan bears. touch your soul with their unparalleled and untamed charm and are a perfect blend of comfort, luxury and unspoiled nature. Adventure activities at Manali like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, paragliding, rafting, trekking, kayaking, and mountain biking are an absolute sensory delight. Another scenic destination included as a part of this package is Solang Valley  is a heaven for adventure lovers and sports enthusiasts. Ropeway, Skiing, Horse Riding, Yak Riding, Paragliding and Zorbing are the most sought-after sports here. The Golden Temple in Amritsar is a major attraction in Himachal Pradesh that is also included in our Sizzling Himachal - Shimla Manali Dharamshala Dalhousie Amritsar packages Itinerary, also known as Harmandir Sahib, this gurdwara is the holiest pilgrimage site of Sikhs. If Tibetan Buddhism interests you, Dharamshala is the place to be! Visit Bir Monestry in Dalai Lama’s home city for a surreal experience. Khajjiar near Dalhousie, which is fondly referred to as the Mini Switzerland of India is a spectacular resort town with breathtaking views of the snow-clad Himalayan ranges.

So book our Sizzling Himachal - Shimla Manali Dharamshala Dalhousie Amritsar holiday package for an enthralling holiday to the mesmerizing land of Himachal Pradesh.

Tour Highlights

Shimla

  • Jakhu temple
  • Naldehra
  • Kufri

Manali
  • Hadimba temple
  • Nagar castle
  • Roerich Art Gallery
  • Vashist Kund
  • Solang valley/ Rohtang Pass

Dharamshala
  • Bir Monastery
  • St John in the Wilderness Church
  • The War Memorial
  • Bhagsu Waterfall
  • Bhagsunath Temple
  • Dal Lake

Dalhousie
  • Mall road
  • Panjpulla
  • Subash Bowli
  • Stature Falls
  • Khajjiar

Amritsar
  • Gobindgarh Fort
  • Sadda Pind
  • Golden Temple
  • Iskcon Temple

Tour Plan

Day 1 

Arrival in Delhi/Chandigarh

Upon Arrival, Our Representative will pick you up and transfer you to Hotel in Shimla. Check-in and Relax. Enjoy In-house Amenities. Spend time at Leisure. Overnight stay in Shimla.

Meal Included

Dinner

Day 2 

Shimla - local sightseeing

After breakfast, visit Jakhu temple. Located at the town’s highest point, the temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Visit Naldehra - 18km from Shimla. It has a nine-hole golf course designed by the British Viceroy Lord Curzon. After visiting Naldehra, we take you to Kufri, which is famous for the panoramic view. It offers scenic green valley’s view and its ski slopes. You can visit Kufri Fun campus where you can enjoy rides and adventure activities. We return to Shimla’s hotel for rest. Overnight stay in Shimla.

Meal Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3 

Shimla to Manali (290 kms. / 7-8 hrs.)

After breakfast drive to Manali. Upon arrival check in at a hotel for rest. Evening is free to visit Manali Market. Overnight stay in Manali.

Meal Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4 

Manali Local Sightseeing

After breakfast, visit the famous Hadimba temple – a famous woodwork in Pagoda style architecture.  Amidst the Cedar Forest, the temple has a distinctive four-tiered pagoda roof through a large doorway and a stone with an imprint of the feet of the Goddess carved on it. Explore the Naggar castle-magnificent historical edifice made of Stone & wood.; and Roerich Art Gallery – dedicated to the celebrated Russian painter Nicholas Roerich who married the Indian cine idol - Devika Rani, and lived there. Visit Vashist Kund famous for its hot water springs which are believed to have medicinal properties. Overnight stay in Manali.

Meal Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5 

Manali / Solang Valley Excursion

Today After Breakfast, Full day excursion tour for Solang Valley, is renowned as the preferred location for adventure activities in Himachal Pradesh. For those who love the rush of adrenaline; there is no place better than Solang in Kullu Valley to indulge in parachuting, paragliding, skating and zorbing. It is 8500 feet above mean sea level Solang is not just about adventure activities. Its lush greenery, apple orchards, snowcapped peaks and lakes attracts lacs of visitor. Return to hotel by the evening. Overnight stay in Manali.

Meal Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6 

Manali to Dharamshala (230 kms. / approx 7 hrs.)

After breakfast drive to Dharamshala. Enroute You will visit Bir Monastery where we can visit the St John in the Wilderness Church, the church reflects Victorian-style architecture. Inside the church, there's also a library which makes it a sheer delight for avid readers. Built during the British period and founded by Protestant missionaries, the walls of the church are decorated with photographs of the time when the country was ruled by the British. The monument carries immense significance in the history of the town. Visit The War Memorial, is built in the memory of post independence war heroes who sacrificed their lives while fighting valiantly for the honor of their motherland. In the middle of a well-manicured garden, there's a huge black panel, inscribed with the name of the martyrs who laid down their lives guarding the motherland in the operations of 1947-48, 1962, 1965 & 1971. The memorial has a beautiful lawn, adorned with pine trees and flowers. Then visit Bhagsu Waterfall & Bhagsunath Temple. Around the waterfall, there are many cafes that let people enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while watching the pristine beauty of Bhagsunath waterfalls. Then visit Dal Lake, surrounded by Deodar trees and is considered to be a sacred spot as there is small Shiva mandir (shrine) on its bank. Overnight stay in Dharamshala.

Meal Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7 

Dharamshala to Dalhousie (121 kms / approx 5 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Dalhousie. Upon arrival check in at a hotel. Rest for the day free for visit Mall road. Overnight stay in Dalhousie.

Meal Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8 

Dalhousie to Khajjiar (20 kms. one way / approx 40 mins.)

After breakfast, we visit Panjpulla, Panchpula is a mother stream flowing through various parts of Dalhousie, which feeds water to several other water bodies. Surrounded by beauty, Panchpula is visited by nature lovers to witness the refreshing streams, enjoy picnics by the waterfalls or take a leisure walk. It also has a Samadhi dedicated to a great revolutionary, Sardar Ajit Singh. Panchpula is also a favourite trekking spot due to its winding paths, roaring waterfalls, and dense woods. On the way to Panchpula, there is a natural spring called Satdhara Spring which is believed to have healing properties which can cure skin ailments. Satdhara Falls or Stature Falls, filled with scenic beauty and serene ambience, is one of the most popular sightseeing attractions in Dalhousie region.
Subash Bowli, is named after the famous freedom fighter, Subhash Chandra Bose. Amidst towering pine trees, this was the place where Subhash Chandra Bose used to spend his time meditating. The picturesque beauty and serenity of this place make it a popular tourist attraction, especially for nature lovers. The breathtaking view of the snow-capped mountains overlooking the beautiful meadows from here is a major draw. For a rejuvenating experience, one can take a leisurely walk across this lush green landscape dotted with lovely water springs and enjoy pleasant views all around.
Then we will take you to Khajjiar also known as mini Switzerland of Himachal Pradesh. Located approximately 22 kilometers away from Dalhousie, The place derives its name from its famous golden dome temple of Khajji Nag dedicated to the serpent God. Built in the 12th century, the structure of the temple is a fusion of both Hindu and Mughal style architecture and interior patterns. A nine-hole golf course is an added attraction in Khajjiar. The hill station is also a famous spot to enjoy adventure sports activities like paragliding, horse riding, and zorbing (as per the weather conditions). Overnight stay in Dalhousie. 

Meal Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9 

Dalhousie to Amritsar (141 kms / approx 4 hrs)

After early breakfast, depart for Amritsar. On arrival at Amritsar, check into your hotel. Later proceed for Amritsar Local sightseeing. Visit Gobindgarh Fort, is a historic military fort; Sadda Pind: Sadda Pind is a Punjabi Culture Living Village Museum spread across 12 acres of land; Golden Temple: Golden Temple or Harmandir Sahib Gurudwara is one of the major religious centers of the Sikh community symbolizing unity, peace, and equality. Located in the middle of a serene sarovar, the four entrances of the Gurdwara signify that people of all casts, creeds, cultures, and nationalities are welcome into the gurdwara. The gold clad dome and intricately carved interiors of the gurdwara reflect the grandeur of the Indian architecture. The temple complex is nominated as the UNESCO World Heritage Site and runs one of the biggest kitchens in the world. It is suggested to dress modestly while visiting the gurdwara. ISKCON temple, dedicated to lord krishna offers very peaceful and divine feeling to the visitors. Overnight stay in Amritsar.

Meal Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 10 

Departure from Amritsar

After breakfast leave for Amritsar railway station / Amritsar airport for onward journey.

Meal Included

Breakfast

Tour Accommodation

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Hotel Andaz

Shimla

NO OF NIGHTS

2 Nights

ROOM TYPE

Deluxe
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Comfort Inn Snowpark

Manali

NO OF NIGHTS

3 Nights

ROOM TYPE

Deluxe
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Shiva Sanctuary

Dharamshala

NO OF NIGHTS

1 Night

ROOM TYPE

Deluxe
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Mohan Palace

Dalhousie

NO OF NIGHTS

2 Nights

ROOM TYPE

Standard
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Regenta Inn Amritsar

Amritsar

NO OF NIGHTS

1 Night

ROOM TYPE

Deluxe

Inclusions

  • 2 Nights stay in Shimla
  • 3 Nights stay in Manali
  • 1 Night stay in Dharamshala
  • 2 Night stay in Dalhousie
  • 1 Night stay in Amritsar
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Daily Breakfast and Dinner at the Hotel
  • Transportation as per the itinerary inclusive of Driver Bata, Night Halt, and Parking & Toll Charges
  • All Tours & Transfers by Dedicated Exclusive Vehicle

Exclusions

  • Any Airfare, Entrance fees, Charges for Activities
  • Early Check in/ Late Checkout & Any Extra Meals
  • Camera Charges, Activity Fees & all other expenses which are in personal nature
  • Vehicle will be as per itinerary not on disposable basis
  • Guide, Tour Escort (Can be provided up on request with extra Charges)
  • Any Surcharge, if applicable by the Hotel at the time of booking
  • Sadda Pind Entry fee per adult @ INR 700/-
  • GST as applicable
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities like landslides, road blockage, political disturbances (strikes), etc (to be borne by the client, which is directly payable on the spot)
  • Vehicle such as mini coaches are not allowed to enter Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala, Dalhousie. The transfers to the hotel along with the sightseeing needs to be done on direct payment basis by the guests or Supplements applicable as per the Cost.

Tour Activity

Pricing Calender

Booking Policies

  • 50% of the Holiday Package Cost at the time of Booking.
  • Balance 50% of Holiday Package Cost, 30 days prior to Departure.
  • Non-Refundable items (if any) will be told in advance for full payment.
  • Airfare to be paid full at one time in advance.

Cancellation Policies

  • 25% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled 51 Days or More
  • 50% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled between 50 – 36 Days
  • 75% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled between 35 – 21 Days
  • 100% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled 20 Days or less.

Important Notes

  • Per person cost is calculated on the basis of Minimum 04 adults travelling together on Twin sharing basis.
  • Extra adult is the 3rd person who shares the same double room and is provided with an extra bed or rollaway mattress.
  • Mostly the hotels allow 03 adults in one double room with an extra bed or 02 adults and 02 children below 12 years of age with one extra bed.
  • All the guests (husband, wife & adult children) are requested to carry their photo identity proof in original & a photocopy to be produced & handed over at the time of Check In at the resort. This is mandatory.
  • Complimentary Arrival / departure transfers & sightseeing tours shall be provided as per schedule fixed by the hotel. However this may require you to wait at the airport for short duration until all the guests arriving at that time exit the airport.
  • Selection of seats in Airline is subject to availability and is at sole discretion of the airlines.
  • Transfers and Sightseeing tours are on SIC (seat in coach) / shared basis.
  • As of now we are not holding any service, it is subject to availability upon your request. Booking process will start only after receiving booking amount.
  • Above tour prices are subject to change in the event of increase in hotel room rates, Govt. Taxes levy by the hotel especially during Peak Season/Holiday surcharge and major events/fairs and convention.
  • All Tours & Transfers are outsourced facility and the hotel has no control on the profile and behavior of fellow passengers on board, moreover the hotel is not responsible for the safety and security of the in-house guests availing the same.
  • To avail the arrival transfers please check the hotel representative holding the placard of your name / hotel name.
  • In hotels for an extra Adult / Child either Rollaway bed or mattress shall be provided.
  • The request for an adjacent or an adjoining room will be on subject to availability.
  • It is mandatory to carry the age proof of children (02 to 11 yrs) and infant (below 02yrs) along with other travel documents. Child above than 11 yrs shall be considered for an adult cost.
  • Room allocation (Twin bed / Double bed) is at the discretion of the hotel. The check in and check out time of the hotel is 12 to 12 noon. Numbers of meals are always corresponding to the number of nights booked. Breakfast is not provided on the day of arrival.
  • For early check in and late check out the payment is to be settled directly by the guest.
  • Hotel has the right to claim the damages incurred by any of the guest.
  • The guests are requested to take care of their personal belongings carefully and avoid leaving them unattended.
  • Cost of additional services availed by the guest which are not part of our package inclusions are to be settled directly at the hotel.
  • Mini bar facility available in the hotels is on chargeable basis.
  • Buffet meal will be provided at fixed venue decided by the hotel.
  •         Timings: Breakfast: 0800 - 1000 hrs
  •         Lunch: 1300 - 1500 hrs
  •         Dinner: 1930 - 2200 hrs
  • These are the standard buffet timings observed by the hotels. Still you are kindly requested to check the perfect buffet timings at the time of check in at the hotel. Once the buffet time is over the hotel might ask you to pay for your meals.
  • This hotel is suggested on the basis of the feedback taken from our customers. Still we request you that before finalizing the tour with us kindly go through the website of the hotels and read the reviews.

Tour Destination

About City

Shimla, the summer capital of the British, is the very often the first destination that comes to mind when one thinks of a summer getaway. Such is the charm of Shimla tourism, that many people especially from North India even make regular annual trips to this destination with their families. Be it young couples on their honeymoon, families on a summer holiday, a backpacker on a solo trip, or a group of friends on a self-drive holiday, this Himachal town has a universal allure.

For the ideal holiday in Shimla, start your experience from the journey itself. Board the toy train that chugs up to this quaint hill station from Kalka. Admire the lush hillsides on the way and then step on to the platform at the tiny railway station that still retains its old world charm.

Shimla holidays are all about exploring the colonial structures and heritage of the city, starting with the majestic Viceregal Lodge that houses a museum and lush gardens for leisurely walks. Visit Christ Church, the second oldest church in Northern India and the famous Gaiety Theatre, strategically located on the action packed Mall, where honeymooning couples rub shoulders with elderly couples reminiscing over their yesteryears. If it is ideal viewpoints that you are looking for on your Shimla trip, head to Summer Hill and Annandale, both situated within 5 km of the Ridge. The Jakhu Hill 2 km away offers a splendid view of the surroundings and also boasts of a much revered Hanuman Temple. Shimla holiday packages are incomplete without excursions to nearby destinations like Mashobra, Kufri and Naldehra, which are within 20 km radius of Shimla. Another place worth a visit is Chail, 45 km away, where you must visit the Chail Palace, now a government run hotel. You can also expand your journey to cover more places to visit around Shimla such as Kullu Manali, Dharamshala, Dalhousie, and many more. 

Best time to visit Shimla

Traditionally, the peak season for Shimla tourism has been the summer months of April to June. This is the best time to visit Shimla if you wish to enjoy clear sunny days and pleasant Shimla weather with your family. A large number of tourists visit Shimla during this season.

July and August is the monsoon season when rain tends to keep visitor counts low in Shimla. If you wish to have a quiet getaway in a comfortable resort, and are not too concerned about missing some sightseeing, you could take advantage of some really great off-season discounts for Shimla hotels during these months. Enjoy the Shimla weather from your hotel balcony with a warm cuppa!

The Shimla weather grows pleasant again from October onwards, attracting visitors in large numbers, especially couples. If you wish to enjoy the cold weather, winter months from November to February would be the best season to visit Shimla. For those who are keen to see the snowfall and enjoy the coldest Shimla weather, December and January would be the best time to visit Shimla.

How to reach Shimla
Travellers can plan to reach Shimla by air, by train or by road – or a mix of these.

By Air:  A direct flight from Delhi to Shimla airport is operated by Air India during the tourist season. In addition, travellers can also fly into Chandigarh airport from cities like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru etc. From Chandigarh airport, cabs are available for the journey till Shimla.

By Train: The closest railway station to Shimla is Kalka. Kalka is connected with many cities such as Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Jammu, Jaipur, Jodhpur etc. by train. From Kalka, travellers can either travel by Toy Train to Shimla (prior booking is a must during tourist season), or take a taxi from Kalka railway station.

By Road: Shimla is connected by road to major cities in North India like Chandigarh, Delhi, Manali, Dharamshala, etc. There are good quality direct buses including Volvo bus to Shimla from Chandigarh, Delhi, Kullu, Manali etc. Many tourists also prefer to travel to Shimla by cab or self-drive as the roads are in a decent condition and it is a scenic hill drive after Parwanoo. 

Places to visit in Shimla

1. Mall Road: Bustling with eating joints, colonial-era monuments and numerous shopping outlets, Mall road is Shimla's main (pedestrian-only) promenade. At one end of the road you will find the Lakkar Bazaar, known for shops selling handlooms and wooden handicrafts. There are many colonial buildings on Mall Road like Gaiety Theatre, Gorton Castle, etc. Since the Mall Road is a pedestrian area, cars can only go till the parking, from where visitors would need to either take the Lift (paid) or walk to Mall road. This is the main Shimla tourist spot to see and be seen at.

2. Viceregal Lodge: For the history buffs and lovers of architecture, the Viceregal Lodge, also known as Rashtrapati Niwas, is a must-visit place in Shimla. Built in the Jacobethan style, this former summer residence of the British Viceroys located on the Observatory Hill presently houses the prestigious Indian Institute of Advanced Study. This is the historic building where various discussions related to India’s Partition and the future of India and Pakistan took place. Inside, visitors can see photographs and memorabilia from the British colonial era including the wooden table on which the revised maps of India and Pakistan were first drawn. The building features Belgian chandeliers, and walls and sweeping staircases made of Burmese teak.

3. Kufri: Located 16 kilometers ahead of Shimla, the slopes of Kufri are a hub for adventure lovers. A great place to unwind, Kufri offers panoramic views of the Himalayas. This tiny town offers a number of places of interest like the Himalayan Nature Park, Chini Bungalow, Kufri Fun World, etc. Mahasu Peak, the highest peak in Kufri, is yet another famous Shimla tourist spot. Tourists can reach Mahasu Peak either by trekking to it, or by hiring ponies.  

4. Jakhu Temple: Settled at an altitude of 7,500 feet, Jakhu Temple is located on the tallest hill of Shimla, known as Jakhu Hill. The temple is known for its approximately 108 feet tall statue of Lord Hanuman which watches over the town. This temple is one of the most important places to visit in Shimla for many tourists. According to the legends, Lord Hanuman took a break at this location while travelling in search of the Sanjeevani Booti. From this temple, visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the Shivalik range.

5. Christ Church: Built in 1857, Christ Church in Shimla is the second oldest church in North India. The impressive church is located on the Ridge and is a popular Shimla tourist spot. The neo-Gothic architecture of this historic church with its stained-glass windows is worth seeing. The Pipe Organ in the church, built in the year 1899, is the biggest in the Indian Subcontinent. A visit to this church is an essential inclusion in your Shimla sightseeing plan.

6. Annandale Ground: Annandale, high up on the list of Shimla tourist places, was once used by the British for their leisure activities. It is famous for its serene atmosphere and pretty views. Here you will also find a Golf Club, a Cactus museum, a playground, and an Indian Army Museum. This is a popular picnic spot for tourists as well as locals. Explore the picturesque surroundings or play cricket, golf or polo to enjoy a break during your Shimla trip.

7. Gaiety Theatre: An architectural landmark on the Shimla Mall Road, Gaiety Theatre is one of the most historic of all the Shimla tourist places. Also known as the Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, this 122-year-old Victorian theatre complex contains the oldest Gothic theatre in Asia. An awe-inspiring example of Victorian-era architecture, the theatre complex currently includes an art gallery, museum, multi-purpose hall and amphitheater in addition to the old theatre. The theatre hosts a number of cultural and performing arts programmes in Shimla. People often compare the facade of this theatre with that of London’s Albert Hall.

8. Scandal Point: Another Raj-era Shimla tourist spot, Scandal Point is said to mark the place from where the Maharaja of Patiala eloped with the daughter of British Viceroy, thereby creating a scandal. Located at the meeting point of the Ridge and the Mall, today this spot is marked by the statue of noted Indian freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai. Visitors today will remember the spot more for its beautiful view of the mountains.

9. Indira Tourist Park: Amidst snow-capped peaks near the famous Himalayan National Park, Indira Tourist Park (also known as Indira Bungalow) is named after the former Prime Minister of India who visited this place in 1972. The park features a video game parlour where kids can enjoy some fun games. Tourists can also enjoy a wide range of activities like a yak ride, pony ride, etc. in the park. This is a good place to come to if you are in Shimla with children.

10. Chadwick Falls: Chadwick Falls, located at an altitude of 1550m above sea level, is one of the most famous places to visit in Shimla. Located amidst steep misty hills covered with pine and deodar trees, Chadwick Falls are a mesmerizing sight to behold, especially during the monsoons when the cascading waterfall is nothing less than spectacular. Apart from this beautiful waterfall, tourists can also visit numerous shrines located nearby.

Cool things to do in Shimla

Apart from covering the main places to visit in Shimla, you can also add some interesting local experience in your Shimla tour package in addition to your Shimla sightseeing. This will add an extra touch of excitement to your holiday. Here are our suggestions of some fun things to do during your Shimla trip.

1. Take a joyride on the Toy Train
The historic Kalka Shimla Toy Train, a UNESCO World Heritage entity, is one of the most iconic sights of Shimla. A joyride on this famous mountain railway should be on the to-do list of every traveller who picks a Shimla package, especially if travelling with children. You can either do the entire journey from Kalka to Shimla (or vice versa) over a period of roughly 6 hours, or choose to do a shorter joyride between Shimla and Taradevi for 35 minutes during your Shimla sightseeing.

2. Watch the sunset from a viewpoint
Shimla being a hill station has a wealth of vantage viewpoints from where visitors enjoying the pleasant Shimla weather can watch an enchanting sunset. One of these is Scandal Point, where couples on their Shimla honeymoon can be found strolling down to watch the sunset every day. Another popular similar viewpoint in Shimla to enjoy the sunset from, is the Jakhu Hill. This is also popular with photographers.

3. Watch a play at the Gaiety Theatre
Lovers of art and heritage will enjoy visiting the ancient Gaiety Theatre, now restored and part of a larger Theatre Complex. Spend some time reliving history as you watch a performance at the old theatre, or attend an art exhibition at within the theatre complex. You can also see the beautifully restored papier mache panels and Gothic lights of the Old Theatre.

4. Go shopping
Your Shimla holiday package will be incomplete if, apart from visiting the various Shimla tourist places, you don’t spend a few hours shopping for souvenirs in the local markets. Lakkar Bazar is the one of the best places to visit in Shimla for this purpose. Here you will find an array of wooden handicrafts, souvenirs, walking sticks, dry fruits, carpets, wool shawls, etc.

5. Plan a picnic
If you are planning to book a Shimla honeymoon package, a great way to spend some quality time together is by having a picnic lunch together in the Glen. Located on the outskirts of Shimla, the Glen is a popular picnic spot. It is a deep narrow valley surrounded by lush green pine and deodar trees. Further adding to its beauty are rolling hills and glistening streams, making it an ideal destination for photography lovers. Enjoy a leisurely time amidst nature with your partner and enjoy your picnic lunch.

6. Get yourself clicked
A photograph makes a great way to preserve beautiful memories. Preserve your memories of your Shimla honeymoon by getting yourself clicked with your loved one in a personal photoshoot, in a scenic location in one of the top Shimla tourist places. While you walk around enjoying the view and each other’s company, get candid shots taken that you can preserve for a lifetime. This amazing value add experience is a must add for a Shimla honeymoon package.

7. Go for a trek
If you are an adventure lover, then Shimla offers you many opportunities to enjoy nature through local day treks and hikes. You can trek from Shimla to Chadwick waterfall, or to Shailey peak, or even to the top of Jakhu Hill. Trekking in and around Shimla is a fun thing to do with your gang of friends. If you are a couple that enjoys adventure and offbeat experiences, you can even consider adding such an experience to your Shimla honeymoon package.

8. Try ice-skating
Shimla offers visitors the opportunity to venture onto the only natural ice skating rink in India. In fact this is also the only open-air ice skating rink in all of Asia. If you are booking a Shimla package during the months of December to February, this is definitely something you can try. This is a fun thing to do in Shimla for couples as well as families. If you enjoy ice skating or even wish to try this activity for the first time, then the peak of winter is the best season to visit Shimla!

About City

Manali is a popular backpacking and honeymoon destination in India’s northern state of Himachal Pradesh. Set on the banks of the Beas River, it is a gateway to adventure activities in Solang, Gulaba, and Kothi. But there is much more to the town and its popular tourist spots than adventure. Some of these places are always buzzing with tourists, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should give them a miss. In fact, if you are visiting for the first time, such places to visit in Manali must be on your itinerary.

Located 6589 feet above sea level and 3 km uphill from Manali, Himachal Pradesh, lies the town of Old Manali, a quiet settlement that lays beneath a valley with a vast coverage of apple orchards. Manali is divided into Old Manali and New Manali by the Manalsu River. Old Manali is led by a bridge over the river. In comparison to New Manali, it is cleaner and less crowded, thereby inducing a lot of travellers to visit this place more often than New Manali.
The serenity of Old Manali is perhaps unique. The swaying eucalyptus, gently winding roads, gushing waters of the Kullu river and beautiful hills of this destination make it the perfect natural retreat. Indulge in some delicious continental food at low prices here, and shop for knick-knacks from the local markets here. The sunrise and sunsets here are intoxicating, and you will surely love the energy of this place. Old Manali is most famous for its Hidimba temple. Tucked away in the lap of quiet nature, this destination is the perfect place to experience the pure beauty of Himachal Pradesh.

Places To Visit In Manali

1. Solang Valley
Solang Valley is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh. It is popular for adventure sports. During winters, Solang valley is covered with snow making skiing is a popular sport here. There are training institutes and trainers located to supervise skiers and train beginners. As the snow melts, skiing is taken over by zorbing. Another popular attraction of Solang valley, taking advantage of the slopes of the valley, you are likely to spot a huge transparent ball with mostly two people inside it rolling down the slope during summers. Yes, Zorbing is as much fun as it looks like. One of the most vibrant and enjoyable places in Manali, there is no way one can possibly miss this amazing valley, while here. A favourite for adventure enthusiasts, parachuting to paragliding, horse riding to driving mini-open jeeps specially available for tourists of all age groups, Solang Valley has it all. 

The crystal snow in Solang starts making an appearance towards the beginning of October. With the onset of core winter months, the temperature can drop down to -1 °C with nights being especially chilly, so carrying plenty of woollens is advisable. December to January is the peak time for snowfall and is the ideal time to enjoy adventure sports.The best part about Solang Valley is that it is an all-season place. 

2. Jogini Waterfall
Jogini Waterfall is located in the beautiful Valley of Manali. Trek from Vashisht Temple through pine trees and orchards, to the mesmerising Jogini Waterfalls cascading from a height of 160 feet makes it a popular tourist spot. The trekkers are enchanted as they cross several smaller streams with a dazzling view of River Beas and the snow-dusted peaks of Rohtang. A complete treat for nature lovers and adventure seekers, the Jogini Waterfall must be visited when exploring the breathtaking valley of Manali.

3. Hadimba Temple
Hadimba temple, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, is a peaceful place surrounded by towering deodar trees. The temple is dedicated to Hidimba, the wife of Bhima, one of the five Pandava prince from the great Indian epic Mahabharata. The main attraction of the temple is the three day Hidimba Devi Festival, which attracts devotees from all over the world and features colourful folk dance performances.

4. Rohtang Pass
Rohtang pass is the stretch which connects Manali to Himachal's more dreamy and dessert-like landscapes, Spiti and Lahaul. This vast snow desert is a landscape like only a few other and a view one should not miss. Popular adventure sports here are sledge ride, mountain biking, and skiing. Many blockbusters ranging from 'Jab We Met' to 'Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani' have been shot here. 

5.  Parvati Valley
Parvati Valley is famous for the backpacker hangouts, and adventure activities. It is also a popular amongst hippie travellers for its famous charas (hashish), rave parties, and spiritual experience. Kasol, Malana, Tosh, Kalga, Pulga, Rasol, Kheerganga and Chalal are some of the vilages located in Parvati Valley.

6. Sethan Valley
Sethan is a quaint village in Himachal Pradesh, approximately 12 km from Manali. This Buddhist village is a tiny hamlet that oversees the Dhauladhar range. Covered in snow during winters, Sethan Valley is a great place to try out skiing and snowboarding.

7. Jana Waterfall
Jana Waterfall is a 30 feet high watefall located near Manali in a quaint village called Jana. One has to trek to the waterfall through dense deodar and pine trees amidst snow-capped mountains. The climb is easier compared to many others in the region and can be completed by beginner level hikers too. There's a wooden bridge laid perpendicular to the direction of Jana Falls which trekkers use to walk across. There is seating arrangement near the waterfall.

8. Arjun Gufa
Arjun Gufa is considered to be a legendary natural formation in Manali. The cave is a favourite picnic spot and is also famous for the adventure of exploring the creation from inside. The climb up to the cave is exciting in itself with the surrounding natural landscape so beautiful it cannot be explained in words.

9. Manu Temple
Manu temple is said to be the only temple of Manu in India, who is believed to be the creator of human race. This Pagoda style of structure offers quite a glimpse into history, spirituality as well as a fascinating style of architecture.

10. Manikaran Sahib
Manikaran is a small town situated between rivers Parvati and Beas, famous for its hot water springs and beautiful landscapes. The town has a famous Gurudwara called Manikaran Sahib and it is frequented by Sikhs from all over the country. There are three hot springs where one can take a bath, one being inside the Gurudwara itself and the other two being privatised by the guesthouses. Different sections for men and women are made at the bathing place. The water in these springs contains sulphur which is capable of curing diseases. The water is hot enough to prepare food by directly placing the vessels and is served as langar.

11. Atal Tunnel
Also referred to as the Rohtang Tunnel, Atal Tunnel is a horseshoe-shaped highway tunnel that connects Manali and the Lahaul-Spiti valley, reducing the time taken by around 4-5 hours. Named after the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the tunnel is the world’s longest one above 10,000 feet and is constructed in the Pir Panjal ranges, under the Rohtang Pass. It is an all-weather tunnel that has made possible the entry into the valley, which is usually landlocked during the winter months. The tunnel’s North End brings visitors into Sissu, which is surrounded by high peaks.

12. Sissu
Also known as Khwaling, Sissu in Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh, is situated on the right bank of Chandra River. A drive out of the North End of the Rohtang/Atal Tunnel will bring tourists into Sissu, set amidst high peaks like the Gyephang Goh. It draws many visitors owing to the breathtaking view of the waterfall, locally called Palden Lhamo dhar. Given that Sissu acts as the main town for several adjacent villages, including Labrang, the latter’s Buddhist Gompa, known as Labrang Gompa, is open to visitors. Tea stalls provide refreshments while Hotel Triveni, Hotel Plm Dhara and several homestays offer accommodation. There is also a helipad on site.

13. Vashisht Baths
Located inside the very famous Vashisht Temple in Manali, Vashisht Baths is a hot water spring, believed to possess medicinal values. Also known as Vashisht Springs, it is visited by a lot of tourists, many of whom take a dip in the holy water to rid themselves of skin diseases and infections.

14. Bhrigu Lake
Bhrigu Lake is a high altitude lake located in the district of Kullu about 40 kilometres away from Manali. The route to the lake passes through mesmerising meadows. Not many tourists know about the beautiful Bhrigu Lake Meadows that can be compared with the alpine meadows found at high altitude locations like Switzerland.

15. Kullu
This sister town to Manali too, is a hill station of dreamy landscapes and sceneries, a hub of adventure activities as well as home to a number of sacred temples and shrines.

16. Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple
Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa is a Buddhist Monastery located in Manali and is one of the most famous monasteries situated in north India. Its religious significance is highly essential for devotees, but tourists are also drawn for its architectural beauty and tranquillity in the environment.

17. Kothi Village
Kothi Village is a perfect camping destination and draws tourists for adventure and recreational activities from all across the world. Most trekkers on their way to Rohtang Pass often camp at the village.

18. The Great Himalayan National Park
Great Himalayan National Park located Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh, is home to more than 375 species of fauna, 31 species of mammals and 181 species of birds. The Great Himalayan National Park received the status of a national park in 1999. This beautiful location of the national park becomes all the more attractive due to the Deodar and Oak trees.

19. Beas Kund
The Beas Kund trek is a perfect weekend getaway trek with outstanding views of Pir Pinjal mountain ranges over the Beas river. let your soul get wooed by the spectacular meadows of Dhundi and Bakarthach and finally, the glacial lake at Beas Kund which is worth all the hiking.

20. Hampta Valley
Hampta Valley is known for its magnificent views of the mountains and adventure sports and has the 4,250 m-high Hampta Pass that serves as a corridor between Lahaul’s Chandra Valley and Kullu Valley. The valley is perfect for trekking during the summer and winter months. It takes trekkers through alpine and rhododendron forests, green meadows, waterfalls and vertical rock fall while providing excellent views of the snow-covered Pir Panjal peaks. While the option to camp here is open throughout the year (near a riverside), the winter months offer the chance to set up a bonfire while having a hot meal.

21. Club House
Club House located in Old Manali is a retreat that offers several facilities and recreational activities for tourists and is, therefore, preferred by tourists. The Club House is said to be one such place in Manali that has something for everyone whether it is indoor games/ sports, entertainment or recreational activities.

22. Jagatsukh Temple
Jagatsukh is a picturesque village, and the capital of Kullu locates about 7 kilometres away from the town of Manali. It is famous for its scenic natural landscape and the ancient Jagatsukh Temples which are religiously important shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Sandhya Devi.

23. Nehru Kund
Nehru Kund gets its name from the first Prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru who is said to have had water from the natural spring, when he used to stay in Manali. One still finds here some cold and pristine water running here and a breath-taking scenery of mountains and valleys all around.

24.  Chandrakhani Pass
Located at an altitude of 3660 m in the Kullu Valley, Chandrakhani Pass offers the tourists a fabulous view of Deo Tibba Peak, Pir Panjal and Parbati range of mountains. The expedition to this region introduces you to various hilly cultures of Himachal Pradesh that are extremely popular. In order to reach the serene pass, you have to pass through Malana.

25. Museum Of Himachal Culture And Folk Art
Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art houses a unique collection of unknown antiques including religious relics, household objects, weapons, instruments, and scale models, among many other things. This small heritage museum also features various building models that are of great value when it comes to sightseeing in Manali.

26. Rahala Waterfalls
A famous picnic spot, Rahala waterfalls is nestled Amidst Birch & Deodar Forests and located almost 16 km away from Manali. The source of these magnificent falls is the water melting from the glaciers and precipitous rocks. Thick forest with birch and deodar trees looks truly magnificent. Behind this impressive waterfall, amazing views of snow-clad Himalayan ranges can be seen.

27. Gulaba
Gulaba is an alternate destination to visit during November – May when Rohtang Pass is inaccessible due to heavy snow. During these months, snow activities can be enjoyed at Gulaba. It is less crowded than the valleys of Rohtang & Solang and provides better experiences of the snow activities, making Gulaba one of the best places to visit in Manali.

28. Naggar Village
It boasts of amazing views of the Beas Valley, that makes it one of the best tourist places in Manali. The highlight of this attraction is the famous Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery where paintings of some of the magnificent Himalayan Views have been showcased. Temples like Tripura Sundari and Gauri Shankar are also famous.

29. Mall Road
Mall Road is an unavoidable place to visit at any hill station. Manali too has its Mall road which is a busy part of the city. One can find all the tourists strolling here during the evenings. Enjoy ice cream in the winters or a plate of sizzling momos when here. One can also buy some wooden handicrafts and woolens here. Mall Road has some family restaurants and sweet shops for that craving tasty food. One can also book a stay at one of the hotels here if visiting with family.

30. Van Vihar
 Van Vihar is one such place that is lush and green. It is a nature lover’s paradise. Looked after by the municipal corporation of the city, this is a popular garden, which is another tourist attraction in Manali. In the middle of the Van Vihar, there is a man-made lake too. One can enjoy boating here, at this lake. Evenings are also a great time to spend here, as one can enjoy the beautiful sunset from the lake.

31. Manali Sanctuary
This is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary of Himachal Pradesh. At a walking distance from the center of the town, this sanctuary can be reached easily on foot. One can have a gala time exploring the rich flora and fauna of the mountains. One can also camp here at the sanctuary. For the adventure seekers there are also hiking and trekking trails in the sanctuary.

32. Malana
Hidden away from the eyes of the world, Malana is a solitary village in Malana Nala near Manali that is popular for its strong culture and well established religious beliefs that come from various sentiments embedded in the village’s past. It’s known to be one of the best places to see in the Manali district for those seeking spiritual guidance. But that’s not all. Malana is also a famous stop for adventure seekers owing to a number of trekking trails that pass through it. The two temples in Malana called Jamadagni Temple and the Shrine of Renuka Devi serve as the prime attractions of the village and preserving these spiritual sanctums is of utmost importance to the villagers. 

33. Jana Waterfall
Nestled within a verdant forest, this cascading marvel blooming under clear blue skies is a great place to rejuvenate far away from the chaos of city life, this natural waterfall is one of the most popular attractions for Manali sightseeing.

34. Siyali Mahadev Temple
Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is a popular holy sanctum amongst locals and pilgrims in the north. Just like many temples in Solan, this shrine is very famous for its architectural beauty and is flocked by Shiva devotees in large numbers, especially during the festivals in Manali. It’s a quaint place of worship since not many know about this holy shrine, but it is now starting to catch the attention of travelers owing to its splendid architecture. In fact, the very sight of this temple from afar beguiles passers-by and compels them to pay this shrine a visit.

35. Tirthan Valley
Named after the Tirthan River that flows from Tirth, this destination is perfect for a memorable trekking adventure in the heart of Himachal Pradesh. Located in the Kullu district, the trip to this place offers a splendid view of the mountains, traditional culinary flavors, and a delightful cultural retreat. 

36. Tosh
Located near the Parvati Valley, the village of Tosh is an unparalleled reflection of Himachal Pradesh and its culture. Popularly known for its cannabis plantations, the nearby Tosh-Kasol trek is one of the most popular activities to participate in if you are visiting this place.

37. Jibhi
Jibhi is the perfect place to unwind and avoid the usual touristy crowd. From pine forest gardens to Victorian-style cottages, this is the place to be for the perfect getaway.

38. Kheerganga
Popularly known as a highly-rated trekking destination, there is more to Kheerganga if you have the time to explore. Located at a height of about 2950 meters, there are enchanted meadows, secluded hot springs, and a landscape that spans across the horizon.

39. Pandoh Dam
Besides being one of the best picnic spots in Himachal Pradesh, the Pandoh Dam is surrounded by lush green forest areas that make a beautiful panoramic scenery that one must observe. The dam itself is a fascinating piece of architecture that you can marvel at.

40. Parashar Lake
Home to a 13th-century pagoda-style temple, the Parashar lake is popularly known as a landmark destination that many trekkers aim to reach during their adventures in Himachal. It is distant but worth the journey, an Instagram-worthy location that looks extra-delightful when covered with fresh snowfall in winters.

41. Patlasu Peak
f you are a first-time trekker who wants to explore the popular terrains of Himachal without venturing too far out in the state, Patlasu peak is the perfect destination for a modest yet adventurous getaway. If you began your journey from Manali and end the trek at the peak of the summit, there is a viewpoint from where you can cherish the sight of the entire Kullu valley and Hanuman Tibba.

What is the best time to visit Manali?

The best time to visit Manali is from April-June if you wish to enjoy the salubrious weather and lush greenery and September-December if you like to enjoy the cold weather and snowfall. So, your best time to visit Manali depends upon what kind of experience you would like to enjoy.

What is famous in Manali?

Manali is famous for a lot of things like adventure activities, picturesque landscapes, handicrafts, food, and shopping. Manali is all famous as the most visited destination in Himachal Pradesh for honeymoon. The most famous street food in Manali is called Mittha, a delicacy commonly available at almost all Manali restaurants and consisting of rice and raisins. The following are the local delicacies that you must surely taste while staying in Manali: 1. Sidu 2. Patande 3. Aktori 4. Chana Madra 5. Babru 6. Kullu Trout 7. Tudkiya Bhat 8. Bhey

What is special to buy in Manali?

Tibetan and Himalayan Handicrafts, Woolen Apparels, Kinnauri & Kullu Shawls, Kullu caps, hangkas and dorjes, Prayer wheels & Kesar
 

About City

One of the prettiest hill stations, Dharamshala, boasts panoramic views of lush green forests, stunning lakes, vibrant monasteries, sparkling waterfalls, colourful temples, and museums. Dharamshala tour packages attract travellers looking for holiday tour packages as it's known for its picturesque scenery. The Dhauladhar ranges and thick deodar forests in the background make this scenic hill station an important highlight of most Dharamshala tour packages.

Situated in the picturesque Kangra valley and set against the Dhauladhar mountain range in Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala tour packages are an ideal retreat for nature lovers. Dharamsala is famed as the holy residence of the Dalai Lama and houses the Tibetan monk in exile. The city is distinctively separated as upper and lower divisions with different altitudes. The lower division is the Dharamsala town itself whereas the upper division is popularly known as Mcleodganj. It attracts a lot of tourists all year due to its scenic beauty and culture. The facilities and infrastructure in Dharamshala are other factors that make it a favourable tourist destination.

Dharamshala is a prominent hill station in Himachal Pradesh that draws in countless every year. It is the central township of the Kangra region and was some time ago known as Bhagsu. This hill station gloats of a thick front of oak and conifer trees alongside snow-topped mountains on three sides. Amid the British administer, Lord Elgin (Viceroy from 1862-63) was enthralled by the excellence of the goal as it helped him to remember his home in Scotland. It is said that Lord Elgin asked for the British Monarch to make Dharamshala the summer capital of India. Dharamshala is a scenic and panoramic hill station tucked away in the Himalayas. 

Being a Tibetan hub, Dharamsala is considered to be one of the best places to learn and explore Buddhism and Tibetan Culture. While visiting this north Indian city, travellers can be assured of complete comfort, entertainment and rejuvenation. The serene surroundings, pleasant climate and picturesque landscape make this hill station a complete summer holiday spot. Dharamshala packages gloat of stunning background, mesmerising lakes, energetic religious communities, beautiful sanctuaries, shining waterfalls, and vintage fortifications and exhibition halls.

The first few items to add to your Dharamshala itinerary must be its gorgeous monasteries like the Namgyal Monastery, Gyuto Monastery and Tsuglagkhang, along with temples like the Masroor Rock Cut Temple, now in ruins and the Bhagsunag Temple. If you wish to learn about Buddhist, make sure to visit the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives that houses manuscripts and artefacts dating back to the 12th century.

Given its hilly terrain, Dharamsala is famous for trekking like the Lake Glacier Trek and the Triund Trek. Nearby destinations like Bir Billing, Dalhousie and Manali are often part of Dharamshala tour packages to give you a real taste of Himachal Pradesh. Situated in Joginder Nagar Valley, Bir Billing is a town with a considerable Tibetan settlement, known for the Baijnath Temple, Chokling Monastery, Nyingyang Monastery etc. It’s home to the Deer Park Institute and Dharmalaya Institute and is famous for paragliding, trekking, hand gliding, biking etc.

Best Places to Visit

1. Gyuto Monastery: A must-see during your Dharamshala trip if you are an architecture admirer. There is a reason why this place tops amongst Dharamshala tour packages. Dedicated to soldiers who died fighting for freedom, Gyuto monastery is famous amongst Dharamshala holiday packages. The monastery against the mesmerising Dhauladhar in the background makes it one of the finest Dharamshala tourist places. An important part of Dharamshala holiday packages is a trip to this monastery's tantric meditation centre. Located amid the majestic Himalayas, Gyuto Monastery exudes an ethereal ambience.

2. Bhagsu Falls: Bhagsunag falls is one of the most beautiful Dharamshala tourist places. Although the hike is short, the waterfalls are refreshing and chilling! A great inclusion to the best Dharamshala tour packages. Make sure you include this peaceful, serene location in your Dharamshala tour package.

3. Triund Hill: Triund is one of the most popular Dharamshala tourist places. There is a 9 km trek from McLeodganj to this Himalayan peak. You can also hire a cab from McLeodganj to Galu, from where the trek begins. Majestic Dhauladhars make it one of the best Dharamshala tourist places. While the trek is straightforward, it offers some of the best views. This fantastic forest segment is the best thing about Dharamshala tourism.

4. Dharamshala Cricket Stadium: Located at a height of 1,457m amidst the Dhauladhar mountain range in Kangra valley, it is one of the highest sports grounds in the world. With a view comparable to the Adelaide Oval or Newlands, the stadium is open for tourists even when no matches are scheduled. The main stand is built with Tibetan architectural style. The snowclad mountain ranges surrounding Dharamshala make it the highest altitude cricket stadium in the world. This stadium is open all year round. 

5. St John's Church: Located near Dharamshala and on the way to Mcleodganj, this neo-gothic church was built in dedication to John the Baptist. Set amidst lush deodar forests, this peaceful edifice is known for its Belgian stained-glass windows. 

6. War Memorial: The War Memorial in the forests of Dharamshala was created to commemorate the memory of those who fought to save our motherland. Three huge panels of black stone, each 24 feet in height, preserve their memory in stone. The War Memorial is surrounded by the poetic pine forests of Dharamshala, leading to lush gardens through a quaint walkway. You can have some refreshments from the nearby cafe serving snacks, and visit the GPC college which is situated closeby.

7. Bhagsunag Temple: Surrounded by lovely pools and lush greenery, the Bhagsunag Temple is one of the oldest ancient temples. Also popularly known as Bhagsunath Temple, it is highly revered by the local Gorkha and Hindu community. The two pools around the temple are believed to be sacred and are considered to contain miraculous powers of healing.

8. Dal Lake: The Dal Lake is a small yet picturesque lake. With its name taken from the famous and breathtaking Dal Lake of Srinagar, the lake is surrounded by rugged mountains and towering deodar trees. For adventure seekers, trekking expeditions around the lake are an option. Dal Lake is also a perfect place to stop over and relax if you are trekking up to Naddi, which is also known as the Sunset Point.

9. Dalai Lama Temple: Replete with Tibetan culture, the Dalai Lama Temple, also known as Tsuglakhang Temple, is a politico-religious centre in Dharamsala. Ideal for peaceful meditation and religious rumination, it is in close vicinity to the abode of Dalai Lama and is frequently visited by him to preach and conduct prayer meets. The main here is the enormous idol of Buddha sitting on an elevated pedestal.

10. Sunset Point: Naddi View Point or Sunset Point is the perfect location for catching a glimpse of the spectacular Dhauladhar ranges, especially during the winters when the peaks are covered in snow. Trek or drive to Naddi View Point in the evening to catch the sunset against the mountains, take photographs, and see the distant mountains through a telescope. 

11. Mcleodganj: Mcleodganj is a hill station near Dharamshala, popular among trekkers. Also known as Little Lhasa, it is famous around the world for being home to the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama. Few of the most eminent and religiously significant monasteries in India are located here, including the Namgyal Monastery and Tsuglagkhang, where the spiritual leader Dalai Lama resides.

12. Dalhousie: Dalhousie is a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh, located around 120 km from Dharamshala. Boasting views of the snow-capped peaks of Dhauladhar ranges, Dalhousie is famous for its meadows, dense jungles and waterfalls. It offers an old-world charm, mesmerizing natural landscapes, pine-clad valleys and magnificent misty mountains.

13. Khajjiar: Often referred to as 'mini-Switzerland of India', Khajjiar is a small town located close (20km) to Dalhousie and is great for a day or overnight trip. Khajjiar is known for its picture perfect grassy meadows.There is a small lake in the middle of the meadow and you could enjoy the scenery by yourself or take part in some of the adventure sports including paragliding, zorbing, and horse-riding.

14. Masroor Rock Cut Temple: Situated 32 kms from Kangra in Dharamsala on the Nagrota- Surian Link Road, Masroor Rock Cut Temple is an archaeological site which is currently in ruins. The complex is a combination of 15 rock cut temples designed in the Indo- Aryan style of architecture, believed to have been built in the 8th century.

Local Dishes to Try in Dharamshala

Thukpa
Thukpa is one of the most popular Tibetan staple foods in many Tibetan households and Dharamshala. It is a noodle soup served using mushroom, cabbage, onion, and sometimes, meat. This dish includes green chillies, garlic, and ginger, which give it a wonderful aroma and flavour.

Momos
You should plan a Dharamshala tour if you enjoy different cuisines! Dharamshala tourism presents the tastiest momos. Whether you’re a vegetarian or non-vegetarian, Dharamshala packages cover umpteen choices. The filling is delicious, and the spicy chutney complements it perfectly. Veg steam, veg fried, steam chicken, mutton steam, mutton fried momo-you name it, they have it! In addition, Dharamshala offers peanut butter and chocolate filled in addition to the common momos.

Maggi and Chai
As you sit at an altitude of breathtaking beauty, a warm bowl of Maggi with a cup of tea can be your go-to food. The best part about Dharamshala tour packages is enjoying the incredible views at the Triund trek while eating Maggi from a local tea stall. Dharamshala tourism boasts some hilltop stalls where you can enjoy this delectable experience.

Bhagsu Cake
Bhagsu cake has to be the ultimate sweet treat while on a Dharamshala tour! It is basically like a millionaire shortbread, but with a buttery, crumbly base. Three-tiered cake with cookies in the bottom layer, caramel in the middle layer, and chocolate on top is native to McLeodganj's Bhagsunag region. If you’re at Dharamshala, do try this delicious cake, you’ll want to have another slice! There are plenty of excellent cafes to include in Dharamshala packages that serve Bhagsu cakes. But, Singh's Corner is the best place as it's where the recipe originated. Add this place to your future Dharamshala tour packages.

Top Things to Do in Dharamshala

1. Norbulingka Institute: Norbulingka studios create Tibetan sculptures, Thangka painting, screen-printing, clothing, applique, woodcarving, wood painting, papermaking, and wood and metal crafts. These handicrafts represent Tibetan arts and crafts.

2. Naam Art Gallery: Situated 32 kilometres from the city, the gallery displays acrylic and oil paintings painted by different artists.

3. Enrol in Yoga or Meditation Classes: If you’re looking to experience peace amid nature, head to the best ashrams that offer an enriching and fun experience. Dharamshala packages also offer great accommodation facilities along with Ayurvedic healing practices and organic farming.

4. Trek to Triund: Triund is a 9-km trek, 7 kms away from Dharamsala. It is situated at a great height and provides a mesmerizing view of the Moon Peak-Indera Pass. This is an ideal spot for picnics and the clean and pristine environment will surely rejuvenate your senses.

5. Trek to Bhagsu Falls: Set amidst lush greenery and nature in its most pristine form, these falls are majestic and grand and should not be missed by all tourists travelling here. This place is spread over a vast expanse of land and can be reached through a short trek which is ideal even for amateurs. You can also find cafes on the way to tend to your hunger pangs with delicious food. 

6. Paragliding: With no shortage of hilly terrain in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, paragliding has become a significant adventure sport in the area. It is a beautiful opportunity for adventure lovers to fly like birds, surrounded by the gorgeous mountain ranges and the tea gardens under the clear blue skies. Indrunag and Bir Billing are two of the most popular spots for paragliding in Dharamshala.

7. Souvenirs to Look out For: Tibetan carpets, mats, and jewellery available in different shapes and colours are one-of-a-kind items you can only find in Dharamshala. Not to be forgotten are Mandala paintings and Thangkas paintings that are worth shopping for in your Dharamshala tour packages. Be sure to explore these beautiful places as part of your Dharamshala tour packages.

Shopping in Dharamshala

You can find small statues of Buddha made of crystal, brass, wood, stone etc., Tibetan rugs and carpets, prayer wheels, Thangkas, drapes and many other handicrafts.
It would be great to buy a book about Tibetan culture, Buddhism, the holy Dalai Lama, the history of Dharamshala and Tibet, meditation, spirituality and various other subjects.
There are shops that sell singing bowls which make a melodious sound when struck with a wooden stick and are used for spiritual and meditational reasons.
You would find beautiful wall hangings, jewellery with beads, gems and Buddhist healing stones, masks, lamp covers, cushion covers, candles, essential oils, handmade diaries etc.
Some of the best shopping spots in Dharamshala are Jogiwara Road Bazaar, Namgyal Book Shop, Semshook Tibetan Handicraft shop, Kotwali Bazaar etc.

Customised Dharamshala tour packages cater to travellers preferences and cover Dharamshala tour top locations. Consider Dharamshala tour packages that include a boat ride on Dal Lake or a visit to McLedoganj. Scenic beauty, adventure activities like paragliding and trekking are also a part of Dharamshala tour packages. Maybe yoga, meditation, or other recreational activities are your interest; pick Dharamshala tour packages with these included.

About City

Dalhousie in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh is a hill station and popular tourist destination. Established as a summer retreat, it boasts majestic snow-clad peaks, cascading waterfalls, impressive European architecture, lush green valleys and meadows and more. 

With immense natural beauty, Dalhousie is home to the picturesque Chamera Lake, known for being popular boating and picnic spot, along with the gushing Satdhara Falls, said to have medicinal properties. Head over to the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary to lose yourself amidst its deodar trees, discover its flora and fauna, and enjoy tranquil walks with a view of the Pir Panjal range. Dalhousie holiday packages include adventure activities like trekking, rock climbing, river rafting etc.

The residence of the Dalai Lama, Dharamshala is known for its Tibetan culture and features monasteries like the Namgyal Monastery and Gyuto Monastery. It’s also home to the Dharamshala Cricket Stadium, Triund and Tibet Museum. No matter who you are travelling with, We bring you a diverse range of Dalhousie tour packages that are not only reasonably priced but also fully customisable to ensure that you have a memorable trip!

Places to Visit in Dalhousie

1. Panchpula: Surrounded by a cover of green pine and deodar trees, Panchpula is a popular picnic spot in Dalhousie. It is best known for Saptdhara Waterfall, the starting point of the Ganji Pahari trek and activities like Zip Lining, and Burma Bridge. 

2. Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary: Thick deodar foliage, a plethora of wildlife, snow capped mountains, carpets of verdant grasslands and easy on the eye streams of fresh water make up the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary. The well laid out trekking and hiking trails in the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary make for a great nature walk with views of the towering and immaculate Pir Panjal range.

3. St John’s Church: St John's Church is the oldest church in Dalhousie and assumes great historical significance apart from being a sentinel of Protestant belief in the region. Embodying the Victorian era, the church in Dalhousie is a reminder of the British regime in the region. The interior of the church is adorned with stunning glass paintings of St John the Baptist along with St Peter.

4. Subhash Baoli: Named after the famous freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose, Subhash Baoli is a perennial spring which has medicinal properties and is believed to have cured the freedom fighter of his ill health. It is an ideal spot for picnics and evening strolls. 

5. Mall Road: Gandhi Chowk, or GPO, is the bustling and vibrant street of Dalhousie. Unlike other hill stations, Dalhousie doesn't have a mall road, so Gandhi Chowk is the Mall Road of Dalhousie. Shop for simple local souvenirs, woollen clothes and every-day treasures here.

6. St Francis Church: This is one of the prominent monuments in Dalhousie. Surrounded by Deodar trees outside, the interiors are adorned with Belgian glass and exquisite stone works. The age-old carvings and dioramas tell a story of 100 years of history. 

7. Satdhara Falls: Perched at an altitude of 2036 masl, the place has derived its name from the seven beautiful springs believed to have therapeutic value. The water in these springs contains mica, having several medicinal properties that cure diseases and ailments.

8. Chamera Lake: The Chamba Lake is the man-made reservoir for the Chamba Dam. It is a popular picnic spot and boating location. One can explore the lake on a speed boat or a rowboat and indulge in activities like kayaking & canoeing.

9. Ganji Pahari: Ganji Pahari is a scenic hill located near Dalhousie. The 1-2 hour trek to Ganji Pahari starts from Panchpula (about 3.5 km). The name Ganji Pahari was derived from its salient feature which is the complete absence of flora on the hill -'Ganji' meaning Bald in the local language, and 'Pahari' meaning Hill. During winters, the same terrain is covered in a thick coat of snow.

10. Dainkund Peak: Being the highest point in Dalhousie at an elevation of 2755 masl, the peak offers a bird’s eye view of the astonishing verdant valleys and mountains. For nature fanatics seeking a serene and calm place, Dainkund Peak is worth exploring.

11. Rock Garden: Rock Garden is a beautiful garden and a popular picnic spot in Dalhousie. Other than relaxing and revitalizing in the park, you can also try the several adventure sports available in the area including zip lining etc.

12. Laxmi Narayan Temple: Built between 920 and 940 AD, the Laxmi Narayan Temple in Dalhousie is an ancient temple in the Chamba region. The temple has six shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Shiva, constructed in the Shikhara style; the temple house beautiful idols, Shrines, Garb Griha and Mandapa. The idol of the main deity Lord Vishnu is made of rarefied marble. The temple's roof is designed to hold heavy snowfall that's common from December to February.

13. Khajjiar: Often referred to as 'mini-Switzerland of India', Khajjiar is a small town located close (20km) to Dalhousie and is great for a day or overnight trip. Khajjiar is known for its picture perfect grassy meadows. Khajjiar is popular for adventure sports including paragliding, zorbing, and horse riding. It is also known for its nine-hole golf course which is nestled in the midst of lush greenery and a breathtaking landscape.

14. Chamba: Chamba is a Himalayan town located in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. Located almost 55km from Dalhousie, it makes for a great day trip. Chamba is popular for its traditional handicrafts and art along with the miniature Pahari paintings. It is also the base camp for several treks in the great Himalayan ranges.

15. Dharamshala: Dharamshala, the home of the Dalai Lama, is often included in Dalhousie tour packages. Located 120km away, it is often visited as a 1 night stay. The state's winter capital, Dharamshala, is separated as upper and lower divisions with different altitudes. The lower division is the Dharamsala town itself, whereas the upper division is located 3 km away and is popularly known as Mcleodganj. 

16. Shimla: Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and a popular hill-station among Indian families and honeymooners. An Amazing Himachal with Dalhousie tour package, can include Shimla in the itinerary. The hill station still retains its old-world charm with beautiful colonial architecture, pedestrian-friendly Mall Road and the ridge lined up with multiple shops, cafes and restaurants.

17. Manali: Manali can be included in Dalhousie holiday packages to explore the Amazing Himachal state in 6-7 days. One of the most popular hill stations in Himachal, Manali offers the most magnificent views of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges covered with snow for most parts of the year. It has many trekking options around it, making it a great base for exploring this side of Himalayas. Tourists flock to Rohtang Pass & Solang valley for various adventure activities including skiing, paragliding, horse-riding & zorbing.

Things to Do in Dalhousie

Ganji Pahari Trek: Ganji Pahari is a scenic hill located near Dalhousie. The 1-2 hour trek to Ganji Pahari starts from Panchpula (about 3.5 km). A tour to Ganji Pahari can also be accompanied by a guide whom tourists can hire from Dalhousie but it is not mandatory.  People trek to Ganji Pahari for the sunset and sunrise. There are a handful of places to stay on top and camping is also an option, but the bookings have to be made in advance.

Khajjiar: Paragliding is one of the exciting activities and things to do in Dalhousie. The favourable months for paragliding are September to November and January and June when the weather conditions are most ideal. Most of these activities are held at Khajjiar and you should definitely experience it when in the hill town.

River Crossing & River Rafting: River crossing is done across the river Ravi or Saal under the supervision of trained instructors while River Rafting is a growing favourite in Chamba, usually done on the Rivers Ravi and Saal, too. Both private as well government tourism organizations organize these activities.

Rock Climbing: This adventure activity is popular and carried out at various places in Dalhousie, especially in Khajjiar. Since the activity is done under professional supervision, it is best to go in groups, since individual training and activity might cost a bit more.

Food in Dalhousie

Dalhousie, one of Himachal Pradesh’s most popular hill stations, is a treat for the eyes and for the taste buds! Here you get to have delicious Himachali food as well as Tibetan, Chinese, continental and more.
Madra is a delicacy of the state, made by cooking boiled chickpeas or kidney beans in yoghurt along with spices, cardamoms, cloves, cumin, coriander powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida etc.
You can have siddu which is prepared by kneading dough of flour with yeast, stuffing it with dal daste made using soaked dal, spices, chillies etc., steamed and then served with meat or vegetables.
Many restaurants serve dham, a platter, that consists of rice, dal, rajma, boor ki kadi, curd, jaggery etc.
You can also try some bhey which is basically lotus stem that is thinly diced and cooked with onions, gram flour, ginger-garlic paste.
Tudkiya bhat is a pahari pulao made using a variety of spices, lentils, yoghurt, potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, cardamoms, cinnamon etc. and is topped off with some lime juice.
Do have some mittha which is sweetened rice garnished with dry fruits like cashews, raisins, almonds etc. 
Given that Dalhousie is close to the China/Tibet border, you can also find eateries serving delicious thukpa, a noodle soup with vegetables or meat. Momos are also quite popular here; steamed or fried, they contain meat or vegetables and are served with a spicy dip. You can also have chowmein here.
Apart from this, you would find many restaurants and cafes serving a number of continental dishes like pizzas, burgers, pastas, sandwiches, sizzlers, pancakes and more.
A few of the well-known eateries include Shiva Cafe, Mogas Cafe, Tandon Food Corner, Moti Mahal etc.
 
Shopping in Dalhousie

Dalhousie is an excellent destination to buy a bunch of Himachali as well as Tibetan souvenirs. You can find beautiful Kullu shawls in many markets here, made of different materials like angora, lambswool and pashmina and often featuring intricate embroidery.
Kashmiri shawls are also sold here owing to the region’s prominent handloom industry.
The hill station is also a great place to find some cosy yet simple woollen clothing items like sweaters, jackets, haps, scarves, gloves etc.
Since the state is quite close to the Tibetan borders, Dalhousie is also known for its wide array of Tibetan souvenirs; singing bowls, wall hangings, Thangka paintings, dresses, rugs and carpets, prayer wheels, bags, dolls etc. are some of the options.
Dalhousie is also known for its yummy jam and marmalade made by locals that you can have with cream and scones.
Some of the places where you would find these items include Bhuttico, Tibetan Handicraft Centre, Gandhi Chowk, Himachal Handloom Industry Emporium and DC Khanna Store, amongst others.

Best time to visit Dalhousie

Dalhousie, with its ideal climatic conditions, makes for one of the very few places which may be visited all year round. However, the best time to visit Dalhousie is from the month of March-June. The snow begins to melt in the months of March and April and its brilliance can be seen when the rays of sun hit the snow-capped mountains and pastures. The weather remains rather pleasant during this period and you can continue to experience the chills too.
 
The temperature begins to rise in the month of June. The summer months experience nice weather throughout, thus making it a perfect destination for nature buffs. Monsoons are also quite pleasant here as the moderate rainfall does not cause any inconvenience to your plans. Winters in Dalhousie are perfect for outdoor activities.

How to Reach Dalhousie

By flight: Kangra Airport: 108km, Jammu Airport: 170 km, Amritsar Airport: 208 km

By Bus: Dalhousie is well-connected with major cities of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and other states in this region. A number of buses-private and state-owned-run from Delhi's ISBT to Dalhousie (590 km) on a daily basis as well. You can board Deluxe, A/c, Non- A/c buses to Dalhousie. Overnight Volvo from Delhi can be booked.

By Train: The nearest railway station to Dalhousie is Pathankot railway station, located 86 km away from Dalhousie.

Local transport in Dalhousie: While you can cover most of Dalhousie by walking, taxis are readily available in Dalhousie. Dalhousie also offers horse or pony rides to take you around the city, with a trained guide & handler.

Clubbed together with Dalhousie are nearby destinations like Manali, Dharamshala and Shimla. A paradise for honeymooners, Shimla is synonymous with colonial structures like Christ Church and Visceral Lodge. Green Valley is a beautiful attraction along with the Himalayan Bird Park, Scandal Point and Chadwick Falls. The Ridge and Mall Road are famous shopping destinations. Visit Manali to explore the Vashisht Baths, Bhrigu Lake, Van Vihar National Park and the 9km-long Atal Tunnel. It is also famous for adventure sports like river rafting, paragliding, zorbing, trekking and skiing.

About City

The “Gateway to Punjab,” Amritsar is a spiritual city renowned for the magnificent Golden Temple. Amritsar is an ideal holiday destination for you if you are a history and culture buff since it is quite famous for its beautiful gurudwaras, museums, historical sites, and food. We have a bunch of fantastic Amritsar tour packages that are customisable and suitable for all kinds of travellers.

The Golden Temple, a stunning edifice made of gold and marble, is the holiest pilgrimage site for Sikhs that draws countless pilgrims and tourists. Perhaps of more spiritual significance is the Amrit Sarovar, a massive tank where visitors bathe to rid themselves of their sins. Furthermore, you mustn’t forget to visit the Langar, where visitors are served free nutritious food throughout the day.

You must pay a visit to the Akal Takht, the centre of Sikh political and administrative power, and Guru ke Mahal, established to provide shelter to Sikh gurus. Amritsar travel packages include other religious sites like the Gurdwara Mata Kaulan, Durgiana Temple, Goindwal Baoli and Tarn Taran Sahib. The 18th century Gobindgarh Fort is also a must-visit; the museum has exhibitions on various aspects of the Punjab culture.

One of the most prominent places to see when travelling to Amritsar is Jallianwala Bagh, where General Dyer open-fired at hundreds of peaceful protestants in April 1919. It carries traces of the bullet marks on the walls and still comprises the well that people jumped into to save themselves. Another attraction to visit is the Partition Museum that showcases the traumatising effects of the Partition 1947.

Places To Visit In Amritsar:

1. Golden Temple: The Golden Temple, also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib, is the holiest shrine in all of Sikhism. Located right in the heart of Amritsar, the stunning golden architecture of the temple and the daily Langar (community kitchen) attract a large number of visitors and devotees each day. The spiritual focus is the tank, the Amrit Sarovar, which surrounds the glistening central shrine. Around the edges of the compound, there are more shrines and monuments including the Sikh Museum.

2. Wagah Border: Located at a distance of 28 km from Amritsar, the Wagah Border marks the boundaries between Indian and Pakistani borders, running along the Grand Trunk Road. The Wagah Border Ceremony or the Beating Retreat Ceremony, held every day before sunset, is the prime attraction. This ceremony includes the closing of the international gates and lowering the flags of both countries.

3. Jallianwala Bagh: Jallianwala Bagh is a public garden that houses a memorial of national importance that was established by the government of India in 1951 to commemorate the massacre of peaceful celebrators by British forces on April 13, 1919. Thousands of innocent people were killed on the orders of General Dyer as they gathered for a peaceful celebration of Baisakhi.

4. Partition Museum: The Partition Museum, the first-ever museum in the entire world to focus on the stories and trauma of the millions who had to suffer from the bloody consequences of a ruthless partition; was recently opened up at Town Hall in Amritsar.

5. Harike Wetland and Bird Sanctuary: Harike Wetland & Bird Sanctuary is the largest wetland in North India. This man-made wetland spreads into Tarn Taran Sahib, Ferozepur and Kapurthala in Punjab, making it a famous destination for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts. Tourists can spot up to 7 species of turtles including the endangered Testudines turtle. The previously extinct Indus dolphin was recently seen at Harike Wetland.

6. Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum: Summer palace turned into museum, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum is a lovely building which archives the Royal Heritage of Maharaja Ranjit Singh such as arms and armour, outstanding paintings and century old coins and manuscripts.

7. Punjab State War Heroes Memorial and Museum: Punjab State War Heroes Memorial and Museum showcases the fabulous brave-hearts of Punjab. The Museum immortalizes the bravery of the soldiers of Punjab, displayed throughout the museum with a spirit of patriotism. 

8. Guru Ke Mahal: Housing the Granth Sahib and their gurus, Guru Ke Mahal was founded by Guru Ram Das in 1573 as a little cottage that went on to shelter the great gurus of the Sikhs. Gurudwara Guru Ke Mahal is a humble hut situated at the main street of Guru Bazaar near the Golden Temple in the holy city of Ramdaspur (now known as Amritsar).

9. Gurudwara Chheharta Sahib: Gurudwara Chheharta Sahib, named after a well which was dug by Guru Arjan Dev for the birth of his son. Although the well is now covered up, the water is usually pumped into the main tank of the Gurudwara. The water was so abundant that six Cheheharta (Persian wheels) were installed around the well to draw water faster. The gurudwara’s lotus dome encloses the square sanctum in the middle of the diwan hall.

11. Mata Lal Devi Temple: Mata Lal Devi Temple popularly known as Sheesh Mahal of Amritsar is famous among the Hindu pilgrims for its miraculous powers. The temple is dedicated to the female saint Lal Devi and is considered a miniature dimension of the popular Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu.

12. Akal Takht: Akal Takht (Throne of the Immortal) is the highest political institution of the Sikhs, founded by Guru Hargobind in 1606. Akal Takht is located in the front of the causeway leading to the Golden Temple, Amritsar.

13. Gobindgarh Fort: Gobindgarh Fort echoes the grand stories of Punjab’s past. Widely known as a symbol of the era when Punjab was forged, it represents a glorious past of 257 years starting with the Bhangi Misl era and ending with the Indian Army.

14. Gurudwara Mata Kaulan: Gurudwara Mata Kaulan is located on the edge of Kaulan reservoir, is named after Kaulan, a believer who was severely punished by the patriarchs, yet it failed to dissuade her.

15. Durgiana Temple: Durgiana Temple, also known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Durga Tirath, Silver Temple and Sitla Mandir, is a Hindu temple bearing a stark resemblance to the Golden Temple.

16. Gurudwara Shri Tarn Taran Sahib: Gurudwara Shri Tarn Taran Sahib was built by the fifth Guru of Sikhs - Guru Arjan Dev. It is located 22 kms from Amritsar. Gurudwara Shri Tarn Taran Sahib is a three-storeyed building lotus dome, damaged during the 1905 earthquake. The Gurudwara displays elegant craftwork of glass pieces and intricate designs on the ceiling and the inner walls.

17. Khalsa College: Khalsa College is a 124-year-old college, making it a historic educational institution in India. The 300-acre campus has acquired the status of the highest Sikh institute for education with an enriching environment and a progressive outlook towards society.

18. Shri Ram Tirth Temple: Shri Ram Tirth Temple is the birthplace of Luva - Kusha, twins of Rama and Sita in the Ashram of Saint Balmiki. Built in yellow stone the temple dates back to the Ramayana as Sita was given shelter here after being abandoned by Rama. The battle of the Ram’s force and Luv-Kush.

19. Pul Kanjari: Pul Kanjari, popularly known as Amritsar’s Taj Mahal, is a village based on the vibrant expression of love by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Constructed for Moran, a Muslim dancer, the town was one the most important trading centres during the 18th century.

20. ISKCON Temple: Situated in the heart of the city in Moni Chowk, ISKCON Temple (also known as Sri Gaur Radha Krishna Mandir) is a revered Hindu temple dedicated to the Hindu gods Krishna and Radha. The temple houses idols of several deities, Radha- Krishna being the most prominent. A tiny shop also sells statues of deities, religious books and related merchandise.

Food of Amritsar

Amritsar houses some of the finest, richest and most finger-licious food in the country. The food here is as popular and essential as any of the other tourist spots in the area. Amritsari Kulcha, Lassi, Amritsari Fish, Chicken Tikka, Tandoori Chicken and a hot Gulab Jamun are some of Amritsar's delectable choices. You might also find spicier versions of food from other areas garnished with a generous helping of Ghee . At the same time, the city which is known for its food, provides countless options and variety for authentic cuisines.
The city is home to the finest restaurants as well as the most colorful Dhabas that will keep you coming back. Other local Punjabi cuisine includes Channa Batura, Chhole Batura, Parathe, Dal Makhani, Rajama Chawal, various varieties of Paneer, Rajma, Sarson Da Saag with Makai ki Roti (Bread made from corn with mustard gravy) and much more. For non-vegetarians, Punjabi cuisine is a delight with various varieties of chicken.

Best time to visit Amritsar

September to December and February to March since the weather is suitable for sightseeing. The temperatures drop down in January and hover around 5°C while the peak summer months of May and June take the temperature to as high as 40°C.  July and August are peak monsoon months when most of the cityscape is covered by lush greenery. The temperature remains moderate/ warm but is quite humid. One can choose to avoid the monsoons as it could get a little inconvenient for sightseeing. 

How to Reach Amritsar

Amritsar is well connected by air from major destinations. Also, there are daily trains from most of the important cities in India. All major North Indian cities have buses plying to Amritsar. Alternately, you can also drive the lovely roadways.

By flight:
Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport is very well connected to most cities in India and many major cities abroad.

By road:
Amritsar is very well connected via different highways to many cities in the country.

By train:
There are direct trains from most cities in India to the Amritsar railway station.

Local transport in Amritsar:
There are bus services, auto rickshaw services and cycle rickshaw services available in the city of Amritsar for tourists. Cabs are also available, especially when travelling in a group.

There are 5-star hotels & resorts that provide accommodation. To see the most of what Amritsar offers, you need to spend about 2 to 3 days. Dalhousie and Dharamshala are often part of Amritsar tour packages.

Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh is famous for its Buddhist culture and being home to the holy Dalai Lama. You can visit beautiful monasteries like the Namgyal Monastery, Gyuto Monastery and Kalachakra Temple. Visit the Tibet Museum to learn about Tibetan art or the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives to see manuscripts and artefacts. The serene Dal Lake and cascading Bhagsu Falls make for excellent picnic spots.

Dalhousie, a former British summer destination, offer marvellous views of the mighty Dhauladhar ranges. It is known for the lush green Panchpula, scenic Chamera Lake, gushing Satdhara Falls, Dainkund Peak, which overlooks the valleys and Sach Pass. River rafting, boating, hiking, trekking, rock climbing etc., are also quite popular here. Our Customised Amritsar holiday packages are budget-friendly and are packed with unique experiences.

Sizzling Himachal

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Manali
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Dharamshala
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Dalhousie
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Amritsar
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If you looking for a hassle-free holiday to the scintillating land of Himachal Pradesh, book our 9 Nights 10 Days Sizzling Himachal - Shimla Manali Dharamshala Dalhousie Amritsar holiday package today and we promise you ten days of sheer fun and adventure in Himachal Pradesh!

Shimla is one of the hotspot tourist destinations in India abundantly blessed by Mother Nature. The sky towering Himalayan ranges drapes with snow and dense pine and deodar forests and the lush green valleys are a perfect respite from the hustles and bustles of the cities. The Himalayan Wildlife Zoo in Kufri near Shimla is the home to a number of rare and native Himalayan flora and fauna like Himalayan Monal and Himalayan bears. touch your soul with their unparalleled and untamed charm and are a perfect blend of comfort, luxury and unspoiled nature. Adventure activities at Manali like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, paragliding, rafting, trekking, kayaking, and mountain biking are an absolute sensory delight. Another scenic destination included as a part of this package is Solang Valley  is a heaven for adventure lovers and sports enthusiasts. Ropeway, Skiing, Horse Riding, Yak Riding, Paragliding and Zorbing are the most sought-after sports here. The Golden Temple in Amritsar is a major attraction in Himachal Pradesh that is also included in our Sizzling Himachal - Shimla Manali Dharamshala Dalhousie Amritsar packages Itinerary, also known as Harmandir Sahib, this gurdwara is the holiest pilgrimage site of Sikhs. If Tibetan Buddhism interests you, Dharamshala is the place to be! Visit Bir Monestry in Dalai Lama’s home city for a surreal experience. Khajjiar near Dalhousie, which is fondly referred to as the Mini Switzerland of India is a spectacular resort town with breathtaking views of the snow-clad Himalayan ranges.

So book our Sizzling Himachal - Shimla Manali Dharamshala Dalhousie Amritsar holiday package for an enthralling holiday to the mesmerizing land of Himachal Pradesh.

Tour Highlights

Shimla

  • Jakhu temple
  • Naldehra
  • Kufri

Manali
  • Hadimba temple
  • Nagar castle
  • Roerich Art Gallery
  • Vashist Kund
  • Solang valley/ Rohtang Pass

Dharamshala
  • Bir Monastery
  • St John in the Wilderness Church
  • The War Memorial
  • Bhagsu Waterfall
  • Bhagsunath Temple
  • Dal Lake

Dalhousie
  • Mall road
  • Panjpulla
  • Subash Bowli
  • Stature Falls
  • Khajjiar

Amritsar
  • Gobindgarh Fort
  • Sadda Pind
  • Golden Temple
  • Iskcon Temple

Tour Plan

Day 1 

Arrival in Delhi/Chandigarh

Upon Arrival, Our Representative will pick you up and transfer you to Hotel in Shimla. Check-in and Relax. Enjoy In-house Amenities. Spend time at Leisure. Overnight stay in Shimla.

Meal Included

Dinner

Day 2 

Shimla - local sightseeing

After breakfast, visit Jakhu temple. Located at the town’s highest point, the temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Visit Naldehra - 18km from Shimla. It has a nine-hole golf course designed by the British Viceroy Lord Curzon. After visiting Naldehra, we take you to Kufri, which is famous for the panoramic view. It offers scenic green valley’s view and its ski slopes. You can visit Kufri Fun campus where you can enjoy rides and adventure activities. We return to Shimla’s hotel for rest. Overnight stay in Shimla.

Meal Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3 

Shimla to Manali (290 kms. / 7-8 hrs.)

After breakfast drive to Manali. Upon arrival check in at a hotel for rest. Evening is free to visit Manali Market. Overnight stay in Manali.

Meal Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4 

Manali Local Sightseeing

After breakfast, visit the famous Hadimba temple – a famous woodwork in Pagoda style architecture.  Amidst the Cedar Forest, the temple has a distinctive four-tiered pagoda roof through a large doorway and a stone with an imprint of the feet of the Goddess carved on it. Explore the Naggar castle-magnificent historical edifice made of Stone & wood.; and Roerich Art Gallery – dedicated to the celebrated Russian painter Nicholas Roerich who married the Indian cine idol - Devika Rani, and lived there. Visit Vashist Kund famous for its hot water springs which are believed to have medicinal properties. Overnight stay in Manali.

Meal Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5 

Manali / Solang Valley Excursion

Today After Breakfast, Full day excursion tour for Solang Valley, is renowned as the preferred location for adventure activities in Himachal Pradesh. For those who love the rush of adrenaline; there is no place better than Solang in Kullu Valley to indulge in parachuting, paragliding, skating and zorbing. It is 8500 feet above mean sea level Solang is not just about adventure activities. Its lush greenery, apple orchards, snowcapped peaks and lakes attracts lacs of visitor. Return to hotel by the evening. Overnight stay in Manali.

Meal Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6 

Manali to Dharamshala (230 kms. / approx 7 hrs.)

After breakfast drive to Dharamshala. Enroute You will visit Bir Monastery where we can visit the St John in the Wilderness Church, the church reflects Victorian-style architecture. Inside the church, there's also a library which makes it a sheer delight for avid readers. Built during the British period and founded by Protestant missionaries, the walls of the church are decorated with photographs of the time when the country was ruled by the British. The monument carries immense significance in the history of the town. Visit The War Memorial, is built in the memory of post independence war heroes who sacrificed their lives while fighting valiantly for the honor of their motherland. In the middle of a well-manicured garden, there's a huge black panel, inscribed with the name of the martyrs who laid down their lives guarding the motherland in the operations of 1947-48, 1962, 1965 & 1971. The memorial has a beautiful lawn, adorned with pine trees and flowers. Then visit Bhagsu Waterfall & Bhagsunath Temple. Around the waterfall, there are many cafes that let people enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while watching the pristine beauty of Bhagsunath waterfalls. Then visit Dal Lake, surrounded by Deodar trees and is considered to be a sacred spot as there is small Shiva mandir (shrine) on its bank. Overnight stay in Dharamshala.

Meal Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7 

Dharamshala to Dalhousie (121 kms / approx 5 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Dalhousie. Upon arrival check in at a hotel. Rest for the day free for visit Mall road. Overnight stay in Dalhousie.

Meal Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8 

Dalhousie to Khajjiar (20 kms. one way / approx 40 mins.)

After breakfast, we visit Panjpulla, Panchpula is a mother stream flowing through various parts of Dalhousie, which feeds water to several other water bodies. Surrounded by beauty, Panchpula is visited by nature lovers to witness the refreshing streams, enjoy picnics by the waterfalls or take a leisure walk. It also has a Samadhi dedicated to a great revolutionary, Sardar Ajit Singh. Panchpula is also a favourite trekking spot due to its winding paths, roaring waterfalls, and dense woods. On the way to Panchpula, there is a natural spring called Satdhara Spring which is believed to have healing properties which can cure skin ailments. Satdhara Falls or Stature Falls, filled with scenic beauty and serene ambience, is one of the most popular sightseeing attractions in Dalhousie region.
Subash Bowli, is named after the famous freedom fighter, Subhash Chandra Bose. Amidst towering pine trees, this was the place where Subhash Chandra Bose used to spend his time meditating. The picturesque beauty and serenity of this place make it a popular tourist attraction, especially for nature lovers. The breathtaking view of the snow-capped mountains overlooking the beautiful meadows from here is a major draw. For a rejuvenating experience, one can take a leisurely walk across this lush green landscape dotted with lovely water springs and enjoy pleasant views all around.
Then we will take you to Khajjiar also known as mini Switzerland of Himachal Pradesh. Located approximately 22 kilometers away from Dalhousie, The place derives its name from its famous golden dome temple of Khajji Nag dedicated to the serpent God. Built in the 12th century, the structure of the temple is a fusion of both Hindu and Mughal style architecture and interior patterns. A nine-hole golf course is an added attraction in Khajjiar. The hill station is also a famous spot to enjoy adventure sports activities like paragliding, horse riding, and zorbing (as per the weather conditions). Overnight stay in Dalhousie. 

Meal Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9 

Dalhousie to Amritsar (141 kms / approx 4 hrs)

After early breakfast, depart for Amritsar. On arrival at Amritsar, check into your hotel. Later proceed for Amritsar Local sightseeing. Visit Gobindgarh Fort, is a historic military fort; Sadda Pind: Sadda Pind is a Punjabi Culture Living Village Museum spread across 12 acres of land; Golden Temple: Golden Temple or Harmandir Sahib Gurudwara is one of the major religious centers of the Sikh community symbolizing unity, peace, and equality. Located in the middle of a serene sarovar, the four entrances of the Gurdwara signify that people of all casts, creeds, cultures, and nationalities are welcome into the gurdwara. The gold clad dome and intricately carved interiors of the gurdwara reflect the grandeur of the Indian architecture. The temple complex is nominated as the UNESCO World Heritage Site and runs one of the biggest kitchens in the world. It is suggested to dress modestly while visiting the gurdwara. ISKCON temple, dedicated to lord krishna offers very peaceful and divine feeling to the visitors. Overnight stay in Amritsar.

Meal Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 10 

Departure from Amritsar

After breakfast leave for Amritsar railway station / Amritsar airport for onward journey.

Meal Included

Breakfast

Tour Accommodation

Shimla

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Hotel Andaz

NO OF NIGHTS

2 Nights

ROOM TYPE

Deluxe

Manali

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Comfort Inn Snowpark

NO OF NIGHTS

3 Nights

ROOM TYPE

Deluxe

Dharamshala

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Shiva Sanctuary

NO OF NIGHTS

1 Night

ROOM TYPE

Deluxe

Dalhousie

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Mohan Palace

NO OF NIGHTS

2 Nights

ROOM TYPE

Standard

Amritsar

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Regenta Inn Amritsar

NO OF NIGHTS

1 Night

ROOM TYPE

Deluxe

Inclusions

  • 2 Nights stay in Shimla
  • 3 Nights stay in Manali
  • 1 Night stay in Dharamshala
  • 2 Night stay in Dalhousie
  • 1 Night stay in Amritsar
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Daily Breakfast and Dinner at the Hotel
  • Transportation as per the itinerary inclusive of Driver Bata, Night Halt, and Parking & Toll Charges
  • All Tours & Transfers by Dedicated Exclusive Vehicle

Exclusions

  • Any Airfare, Entrance fees, Charges for Activities
  • Early Check in/ Late Checkout & Any Extra Meals
  • Camera Charges, Activity Fees & all other expenses which are in personal nature
  • Vehicle will be as per itinerary not on disposable basis
  • Guide, Tour Escort (Can be provided up on request with extra Charges)
  • Any Surcharge, if applicable by the Hotel at the time of booking
  • Sadda Pind Entry fee per adult @ INR 700/-
  • GST as applicable
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities like landslides, road blockage, political disturbances (strikes), etc (to be borne by the client, which is directly payable on the spot)
  • Vehicle such as mini coaches are not allowed to enter Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala, Dalhousie. The transfers to the hotel along with the sightseeing needs to be done on direct payment basis by the guests or Supplements applicable as per the Cost.

Tour Activity

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Booking Policies

  • 50% of the Holiday Package Cost at the time of Booking.
  • Balance 50% of Holiday Package Cost, 30 days prior to Departure.
  • Non-Refundable items (if any) will be told in advance for full payment.
  • Airfare to be paid full at one time in advance.

Cancellation Policies

  • 25% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled 51 Days or More
  • 50% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled between 50 – 36 Days
  • 75% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled between 35 – 21 Days
  • 100% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled 20 Days or less.

Important Notes

  • Per person cost is calculated on the basis of Minimum 04 adults travelling together on Twin sharing basis.
  • Extra adult is the 3rd person who shares the same double room and is provided with an extra bed or rollaway mattress.
  • Mostly the hotels allow 03 adults in one double room with an extra bed or 02 adults and 02 children below 12 years of age with one extra bed.
  • All the guests (husband, wife & adult children) are requested to carry their photo identity proof in original & a photocopy to be produced & handed over at the time of Check In at the resort. This is mandatory.
  • Complimentary Arrival / departure transfers & sightseeing tours shall be provided as per schedule fixed by the hotel. However this may require you to wait at the airport for short duration until all the guests arriving at that time exit the airport.
  • Selection of seats in Airline is subject to availability and is at sole discretion of the airlines.
  • Transfers and Sightseeing tours are on SIC (seat in coach) / shared basis.
  • As of now we are not holding any service, it is subject to availability upon your request. Booking process will start only after receiving booking amount.
  • Above tour prices are subject to change in the event of increase in hotel room rates, Govt. Taxes levy by the hotel especially during Peak Season/Holiday surcharge and major events/fairs and convention.
  • All Tours & Transfers are outsourced facility and the hotel has no control on the profile and behavior of fellow passengers on board, moreover the hotel is not responsible for the safety and security of the in-house guests availing the same.
  • To avail the arrival transfers please check the hotel representative holding the placard of your name / hotel name.
  • In hotels for an extra Adult / Child either Rollaway bed or mattress shall be provided.
  • The request for an adjacent or an adjoining room will be on subject to availability.
  • It is mandatory to carry the age proof of children (02 to 11 yrs) and infant (below 02yrs) along with other travel documents. Child above than 11 yrs shall be considered for an adult cost.
  • Room allocation (Twin bed / Double bed) is at the discretion of the hotel. The check in and check out time of the hotel is 12 to 12 noon. Numbers of meals are always corresponding to the number of nights booked. Breakfast is not provided on the day of arrival.
  • For early check in and late check out the payment is to be settled directly by the guest.
  • Hotel has the right to claim the damages incurred by any of the guest.
  • The guests are requested to take care of their personal belongings carefully and avoid leaving them unattended.
  • Cost of additional services availed by the guest which are not part of our package inclusions are to be settled directly at the hotel.
  • Mini bar facility available in the hotels is on chargeable basis.
  • Buffet meal will be provided at fixed venue decided by the hotel.
  •         Timings: Breakfast: 0800 - 1000 hrs
  •         Lunch: 1300 - 1500 hrs
  •         Dinner: 1930 - 2200 hrs
  • These are the standard buffet timings observed by the hotels. Still you are kindly requested to check the perfect buffet timings at the time of check in at the hotel. Once the buffet time is over the hotel might ask you to pay for your meals.
  • This hotel is suggested on the basis of the feedback taken from our customers. Still we request you that before finalizing the tour with us kindly go through the website of the hotels and read the reviews.

Tour Destination

About City

Shimla, the summer capital of the British, is the very often the first destination that comes to mind when one thinks of a summer getaway. Such is the charm of Shimla tourism, that many people especially from North India even make regular annual trips to this destination with their families. Be it young couples on their honeymoon, families on a summer holiday, a backpacker on a solo trip, or a group of friends on a self-drive holiday, this Himachal town has a universal allure.

For the ideal holiday in Shimla, start your experience from the journey itself. Board the toy train that chugs up to this quaint hill station from Kalka. Admire the lush hillsides on the way and then step on to the platform at the tiny railway station that still retains its old world charm.

Shimla holidays are all about exploring the colonial structures and heritage of the city, starting with the majestic Viceregal Lodge that houses a museum and lush gardens for leisurely walks. Visit Christ Church, the second oldest church in Northern India and the famous Gaiety Theatre, strategically located on the action packed Mall, where honeymooning couples rub shoulders with elderly couples reminiscing over their yesteryears. If it is ideal viewpoints that you are looking for on your Shimla trip, head to Summer Hill and Annandale, both situated within 5 km of the Ridge. The Jakhu Hill 2 km away offers a splendid view of the surroundings and also boasts of a much revered Hanuman Temple. Shimla holiday packages are incomplete without excursions to nearby destinations like Mashobra, Kufri and Naldehra, which are within 20 km radius of Shimla. Another place worth a visit is Chail, 45 km away, where you must visit the Chail Palace, now a government run hotel. You can also expand your journey to cover more places to visit around Shimla such as Kullu Manali, Dharamshala, Dalhousie, and many more. 

Best time to visit Shimla

Traditionally, the peak season for Shimla tourism has been the summer months of April to June. This is the best time to visit Shimla if you wish to enjoy clear sunny days and pleasant Shimla weather with your family. A large number of tourists visit Shimla during this season.

July and August is the monsoon season when rain tends to keep visitor counts low in Shimla. If you wish to have a quiet getaway in a comfortable resort, and are not too concerned about missing some sightseeing, you could take advantage of some really great off-season discounts for Shimla hotels during these months. Enjoy the Shimla weather from your hotel balcony with a warm cuppa!

The Shimla weather grows pleasant again from October onwards, attracting visitors in large numbers, especially couples. If you wish to enjoy the cold weather, winter months from November to February would be the best season to visit Shimla. For those who are keen to see the snowfall and enjoy the coldest Shimla weather, December and January would be the best time to visit Shimla.

How to reach Shimla
Travellers can plan to reach Shimla by air, by train or by road – or a mix of these.

By Air:  A direct flight from Delhi to Shimla airport is operated by Air India during the tourist season. In addition, travellers can also fly into Chandigarh airport from cities like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru etc. From Chandigarh airport, cabs are available for the journey till Shimla.

By Train: The closest railway station to Shimla is Kalka. Kalka is connected with many cities such as Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Jammu, Jaipur, Jodhpur etc. by train. From Kalka, travellers can either travel by Toy Train to Shimla (prior booking is a must during tourist season), or take a taxi from Kalka railway station.

By Road: Shimla is connected by road to major cities in North India like Chandigarh, Delhi, Manali, Dharamshala, etc. There are good quality direct buses including Volvo bus to Shimla from Chandigarh, Delhi, Kullu, Manali etc. Many tourists also prefer to travel to Shimla by cab or self-drive as the roads are in a decent condition and it is a scenic hill drive after Parwanoo. 

Places to visit in Shimla

1. Mall Road: Bustling with eating joints, colonial-era monuments and numerous shopping outlets, Mall road is Shimla's main (pedestrian-only) promenade. At one end of the road you will find the Lakkar Bazaar, known for shops selling handlooms and wooden handicrafts. There are many colonial buildings on Mall Road like Gaiety Theatre, Gorton Castle, etc. Since the Mall Road is a pedestrian area, cars can only go till the parking, from where visitors would need to either take the Lift (paid) or walk to Mall road. This is the main Shimla tourist spot to see and be seen at.

2. Viceregal Lodge: For the history buffs and lovers of architecture, the Viceregal Lodge, also known as Rashtrapati Niwas, is a must-visit place in Shimla. Built in the Jacobethan style, this former summer residence of the British Viceroys located on the Observatory Hill presently houses the prestigious Indian Institute of Advanced Study. This is the historic building where various discussions related to India’s Partition and the future of India and Pakistan took place. Inside, visitors can see photographs and memorabilia from the British colonial era including the wooden table on which the revised maps of India and Pakistan were first drawn. The building features Belgian chandeliers, and walls and sweeping staircases made of Burmese teak.

3. Kufri: Located 16 kilometers ahead of Shimla, the slopes of Kufri are a hub for adventure lovers. A great place to unwind, Kufri offers panoramic views of the Himalayas. This tiny town offers a number of places of interest like the Himalayan Nature Park, Chini Bungalow, Kufri Fun World, etc. Mahasu Peak, the highest peak in Kufri, is yet another famous Shimla tourist spot. Tourists can reach Mahasu Peak either by trekking to it, or by hiring ponies.  

4. Jakhu Temple: Settled at an altitude of 7,500 feet, Jakhu Temple is located on the tallest hill of Shimla, known as Jakhu Hill. The temple is known for its approximately 108 feet tall statue of Lord Hanuman which watches over the town. This temple is one of the most important places to visit in Shimla for many tourists. According to the legends, Lord Hanuman took a break at this location while travelling in search of the Sanjeevani Booti. From this temple, visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the Shivalik range.

5. Christ Church: Built in 1857, Christ Church in Shimla is the second oldest church in North India. The impressive church is located on the Ridge and is a popular Shimla tourist spot. The neo-Gothic architecture of this historic church with its stained-glass windows is worth seeing. The Pipe Organ in the church, built in the year 1899, is the biggest in the Indian Subcontinent. A visit to this church is an essential inclusion in your Shimla sightseeing plan.

6. Annandale Ground: Annandale, high up on the list of Shimla tourist places, was once used by the British for their leisure activities. It is famous for its serene atmosphere and pretty views. Here you will also find a Golf Club, a Cactus museum, a playground, and an Indian Army Museum. This is a popular picnic spot for tourists as well as locals. Explore the picturesque surroundings or play cricket, golf or polo to enjoy a break during your Shimla trip.

7. Gaiety Theatre: An architectural landmark on the Shimla Mall Road, Gaiety Theatre is one of the most historic of all the Shimla tourist places. Also known as the Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, this 122-year-old Victorian theatre complex contains the oldest Gothic theatre in Asia. An awe-inspiring example of Victorian-era architecture, the theatre complex currently includes an art gallery, museum, multi-purpose hall and amphitheater in addition to the old theatre. The theatre hosts a number of cultural and performing arts programmes in Shimla. People often compare the facade of this theatre with that of London’s Albert Hall.

8. Scandal Point: Another Raj-era Shimla tourist spot, Scandal Point is said to mark the place from where the Maharaja of Patiala eloped with the daughter of British Viceroy, thereby creating a scandal. Located at the meeting point of the Ridge and the Mall, today this spot is marked by the statue of noted Indian freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai. Visitors today will remember the spot more for its beautiful view of the mountains.

9. Indira Tourist Park: Amidst snow-capped peaks near the famous Himalayan National Park, Indira Tourist Park (also known as Indira Bungalow) is named after the former Prime Minister of India who visited this place in 1972. The park features a video game parlour where kids can enjoy some fun games. Tourists can also enjoy a wide range of activities like a yak ride, pony ride, etc. in the park. This is a good place to come to if you are in Shimla with children.

10. Chadwick Falls: Chadwick Falls, located at an altitude of 1550m above sea level, is one of the most famous places to visit in Shimla. Located amidst steep misty hills covered with pine and deodar trees, Chadwick Falls are a mesmerizing sight to behold, especially during the monsoons when the cascading waterfall is nothing less than spectacular. Apart from this beautiful waterfall, tourists can also visit numerous shrines located nearby.

Cool things to do in Shimla

Apart from covering the main places to visit in Shimla, you can also add some interesting local experience in your Shimla tour package in addition to your Shimla sightseeing. This will add an extra touch of excitement to your holiday. Here are our suggestions of some fun things to do during your Shimla trip.

1. Take a joyride on the Toy Train
The historic Kalka Shimla Toy Train, a UNESCO World Heritage entity, is one of the most iconic sights of Shimla. A joyride on this famous mountain railway should be on the to-do list of every traveller who picks a Shimla package, especially if travelling with children. You can either do the entire journey from Kalka to Shimla (or vice versa) over a period of roughly 6 hours, or choose to do a shorter joyride between Shimla and Taradevi for 35 minutes during your Shimla sightseeing.

2. Watch the sunset from a viewpoint
Shimla being a hill station has a wealth of vantage viewpoints from where visitors enjoying the pleasant Shimla weather can watch an enchanting sunset. One of these is Scandal Point, where couples on their Shimla honeymoon can be found strolling down to watch the sunset every day. Another popular similar viewpoint in Shimla to enjoy the sunset from, is the Jakhu Hill. This is also popular with photographers.

3. Watch a play at the Gaiety Theatre
Lovers of art and heritage will enjoy visiting the ancient Gaiety Theatre, now restored and part of a larger Theatre Complex. Spend some time reliving history as you watch a performance at the old theatre, or attend an art exhibition at within the theatre complex. You can also see the beautifully restored papier mache panels and Gothic lights of the Old Theatre.

4. Go shopping
Your Shimla holiday package will be incomplete if, apart from visiting the various Shimla tourist places, you don’t spend a few hours shopping for souvenirs in the local markets. Lakkar Bazar is the one of the best places to visit in Shimla for this purpose. Here you will find an array of wooden handicrafts, souvenirs, walking sticks, dry fruits, carpets, wool shawls, etc.

5. Plan a picnic
If you are planning to book a Shimla honeymoon package, a great way to spend some quality time together is by having a picnic lunch together in the Glen. Located on the outskirts of Shimla, the Glen is a popular picnic spot. It is a deep narrow valley surrounded by lush green pine and deodar trees. Further adding to its beauty are rolling hills and glistening streams, making it an ideal destination for photography lovers. Enjoy a leisurely time amidst nature with your partner and enjoy your picnic lunch.

6. Get yourself clicked
A photograph makes a great way to preserve beautiful memories. Preserve your memories of your Shimla honeymoon by getting yourself clicked with your loved one in a personal photoshoot, in a scenic location in one of the top Shimla tourist places. While you walk around enjoying the view and each other’s company, get candid shots taken that you can preserve for a lifetime. This amazing value add experience is a must add for a Shimla honeymoon package.

7. Go for a trek
If you are an adventure lover, then Shimla offers you many opportunities to enjoy nature through local day treks and hikes. You can trek from Shimla to Chadwick waterfall, or to Shailey peak, or even to the top of Jakhu Hill. Trekking in and around Shimla is a fun thing to do with your gang of friends. If you are a couple that enjoys adventure and offbeat experiences, you can even consider adding such an experience to your Shimla honeymoon package.

8. Try ice-skating
Shimla offers visitors the opportunity to venture onto the only natural ice skating rink in India. In fact this is also the only open-air ice skating rink in all of Asia. If you are booking a Shimla package during the months of December to February, this is definitely something you can try. This is a fun thing to do in Shimla for couples as well as families. If you enjoy ice skating or even wish to try this activity for the first time, then the peak of winter is the best season to visit Shimla!

About City

Manali is a popular backpacking and honeymoon destination in India’s northern state of Himachal Pradesh. Set on the banks of the Beas River, it is a gateway to adventure activities in Solang, Gulaba, and Kothi. But there is much more to the town and its popular tourist spots than adventure. Some of these places are always buzzing with tourists, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should give them a miss. In fact, if you are visiting for the first time, such places to visit in Manali must be on your itinerary.

Located 6589 feet above sea level and 3 km uphill from Manali, Himachal Pradesh, lies the town of Old Manali, a quiet settlement that lays beneath a valley with a vast coverage of apple orchards. Manali is divided into Old Manali and New Manali by the Manalsu River. Old Manali is led by a bridge over the river. In comparison to New Manali, it is cleaner and less crowded, thereby inducing a lot of travellers to visit this place more often than New Manali.
The serenity of Old Manali is perhaps unique. The swaying eucalyptus, gently winding roads, gushing waters of the Kullu river and beautiful hills of this destination make it the perfect natural retreat. Indulge in some delicious continental food at low prices here, and shop for knick-knacks from the local markets here. The sunrise and sunsets here are intoxicating, and you will surely love the energy of this place. Old Manali is most famous for its Hidimba temple. Tucked away in the lap of quiet nature, this destination is the perfect place to experience the pure beauty of Himachal Pradesh.

Places To Visit In Manali

1. Solang Valley
Solang Valley is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh. It is popular for adventure sports. During winters, Solang valley is covered with snow making skiing is a popular sport here. There are training institutes and trainers located to supervise skiers and train beginners. As the snow melts, skiing is taken over by zorbing. Another popular attraction of Solang valley, taking advantage of the slopes of the valley, you are likely to spot a huge transparent ball with mostly two people inside it rolling down the slope during summers. Yes, Zorbing is as much fun as it looks like. One of the most vibrant and enjoyable places in Manali, there is no way one can possibly miss this amazing valley, while here. A favourite for adventure enthusiasts, parachuting to paragliding, horse riding to driving mini-open jeeps specially available for tourists of all age groups, Solang Valley has it all. 

The crystal snow in Solang starts making an appearance towards the beginning of October. With the onset of core winter months, the temperature can drop down to -1 °C with nights being especially chilly, so carrying plenty of woollens is advisable. December to January is the peak time for snowfall and is the ideal time to enjoy adventure sports.The best part about Solang Valley is that it is an all-season place. 

2. Jogini Waterfall
Jogini Waterfall is located in the beautiful Valley of Manali. Trek from Vashisht Temple through pine trees and orchards, to the mesmerising Jogini Waterfalls cascading from a height of 160 feet makes it a popular tourist spot. The trekkers are enchanted as they cross several smaller streams with a dazzling view of River Beas and the snow-dusted peaks of Rohtang. A complete treat for nature lovers and adventure seekers, the Jogini Waterfall must be visited when exploring the breathtaking valley of Manali.

3. Hadimba Temple
Hadimba temple, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, is a peaceful place surrounded by towering deodar trees. The temple is dedicated to Hidimba, the wife of Bhima, one of the five Pandava prince from the great Indian epic Mahabharata. The main attraction of the temple is the three day Hidimba Devi Festival, which attracts devotees from all over the world and features colourful folk dance performances.

4. Rohtang Pass
Rohtang pass is the stretch which connects Manali to Himachal's more dreamy and dessert-like landscapes, Spiti and Lahaul. This vast snow desert is a landscape like only a few other and a view one should not miss. Popular adventure sports here are sledge ride, mountain biking, and skiing. Many blockbusters ranging from 'Jab We Met' to 'Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani' have been shot here. 

5.  Parvati Valley
Parvati Valley is famous for the backpacker hangouts, and adventure activities. It is also a popular amongst hippie travellers for its famous charas (hashish), rave parties, and spiritual experience. Kasol, Malana, Tosh, Kalga, Pulga, Rasol, Kheerganga and Chalal are some of the vilages located in Parvati Valley.

6. Sethan Valley
Sethan is a quaint village in Himachal Pradesh, approximately 12 km from Manali. This Buddhist village is a tiny hamlet that oversees the Dhauladhar range. Covered in snow during winters, Sethan Valley is a great place to try out skiing and snowboarding.

7. Jana Waterfall
Jana Waterfall is a 30 feet high watefall located near Manali in a quaint village called Jana. One has to trek to the waterfall through dense deodar and pine trees amidst snow-capped mountains. The climb is easier compared to many others in the region and can be completed by beginner level hikers too. There's a wooden bridge laid perpendicular to the direction of Jana Falls which trekkers use to walk across. There is seating arrangement near the waterfall.

8. Arjun Gufa
Arjun Gufa is considered to be a legendary natural formation in Manali. The cave is a favourite picnic spot and is also famous for the adventure of exploring the creation from inside. The climb up to the cave is exciting in itself with the surrounding natural landscape so beautiful it cannot be explained in words.

9. Manu Temple
Manu temple is said to be the only temple of Manu in India, who is believed to be the creator of human race. This Pagoda style of structure offers quite a glimpse into history, spirituality as well as a fascinating style of architecture.

10. Manikaran Sahib
Manikaran is a small town situated between rivers Parvati and Beas, famous for its hot water springs and beautiful landscapes. The town has a famous Gurudwara called Manikaran Sahib and it is frequented by Sikhs from all over the country. There are three hot springs where one can take a bath, one being inside the Gurudwara itself and the other two being privatised by the guesthouses. Different sections for men and women are made at the bathing place. The water in these springs contains sulphur which is capable of curing diseases. The water is hot enough to prepare food by directly placing the vessels and is served as langar.

11. Atal Tunnel
Also referred to as the Rohtang Tunnel, Atal Tunnel is a horseshoe-shaped highway tunnel that connects Manali and the Lahaul-Spiti valley, reducing the time taken by around 4-5 hours. Named after the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the tunnel is the world’s longest one above 10,000 feet and is constructed in the Pir Panjal ranges, under the Rohtang Pass. It is an all-weather tunnel that has made possible the entry into the valley, which is usually landlocked during the winter months. The tunnel’s North End brings visitors into Sissu, which is surrounded by high peaks.

12. Sissu
Also known as Khwaling, Sissu in Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh, is situated on the right bank of Chandra River. A drive out of the North End of the Rohtang/Atal Tunnel will bring tourists into Sissu, set amidst high peaks like the Gyephang Goh. It draws many visitors owing to the breathtaking view of the waterfall, locally called Palden Lhamo dhar. Given that Sissu acts as the main town for several adjacent villages, including Labrang, the latter’s Buddhist Gompa, known as Labrang Gompa, is open to visitors. Tea stalls provide refreshments while Hotel Triveni, Hotel Plm Dhara and several homestays offer accommodation. There is also a helipad on site.

13. Vashisht Baths
Located inside the very famous Vashisht Temple in Manali, Vashisht Baths is a hot water spring, believed to possess medicinal values. Also known as Vashisht Springs, it is visited by a lot of tourists, many of whom take a dip in the holy water to rid themselves of skin diseases and infections.

14. Bhrigu Lake
Bhrigu Lake is a high altitude lake located in the district of Kullu about 40 kilometres away from Manali. The route to the lake passes through mesmerising meadows. Not many tourists know about the beautiful Bhrigu Lake Meadows that can be compared with the alpine meadows found at high altitude locations like Switzerland.

15. Kullu
This sister town to Manali too, is a hill station of dreamy landscapes and sceneries, a hub of adventure activities as well as home to a number of sacred temples and shrines.

16. Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple
Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa is a Buddhist Monastery located in Manali and is one of the most famous monasteries situated in north India. Its religious significance is highly essential for devotees, but tourists are also drawn for its architectural beauty and tranquillity in the environment.

17. Kothi Village
Kothi Village is a perfect camping destination and draws tourists for adventure and recreational activities from all across the world. Most trekkers on their way to Rohtang Pass often camp at the village.

18. The Great Himalayan National Park
Great Himalayan National Park located Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh, is home to more than 375 species of fauna, 31 species of mammals and 181 species of birds. The Great Himalayan National Park received the status of a national park in 1999. This beautiful location of the national park becomes all the more attractive due to the Deodar and Oak trees.

19. Beas Kund
The Beas Kund trek is a perfect weekend getaway trek with outstanding views of Pir Pinjal mountain ranges over the Beas river. let your soul get wooed by the spectacular meadows of Dhundi and Bakarthach and finally, the glacial lake at Beas Kund which is worth all the hiking.

20. Hampta Valley
Hampta Valley is known for its magnificent views of the mountains and adventure sports and has the 4,250 m-high Hampta Pass that serves as a corridor between Lahaul’s Chandra Valley and Kullu Valley. The valley is perfect for trekking during the summer and winter months. It takes trekkers through alpine and rhododendron forests, green meadows, waterfalls and vertical rock fall while providing excellent views of the snow-covered Pir Panjal peaks. While the option to camp here is open throughout the year (near a riverside), the winter months offer the chance to set up a bonfire while having a hot meal.

21. Club House
Club House located in Old Manali is a retreat that offers several facilities and recreational activities for tourists and is, therefore, preferred by tourists. The Club House is said to be one such place in Manali that has something for everyone whether it is indoor games/ sports, entertainment or recreational activities.

22. Jagatsukh Temple
Jagatsukh is a picturesque village, and the capital of Kullu locates about 7 kilometres away from the town of Manali. It is famous for its scenic natural landscape and the ancient Jagatsukh Temples which are religiously important shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Sandhya Devi.

23. Nehru Kund
Nehru Kund gets its name from the first Prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru who is said to have had water from the natural spring, when he used to stay in Manali. One still finds here some cold and pristine water running here and a breath-taking scenery of mountains and valleys all around.

24.  Chandrakhani Pass
Located at an altitude of 3660 m in the Kullu Valley, Chandrakhani Pass offers the tourists a fabulous view of Deo Tibba Peak, Pir Panjal and Parbati range of mountains. The expedition to this region introduces you to various hilly cultures of Himachal Pradesh that are extremely popular. In order to reach the serene pass, you have to pass through Malana.

25. Museum Of Himachal Culture And Folk Art
Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art houses a unique collection of unknown antiques including religious relics, household objects, weapons, instruments, and scale models, among many other things. This small heritage museum also features various building models that are of great value when it comes to sightseeing in Manali.

26. Rahala Waterfalls
A famous picnic spot, Rahala waterfalls is nestled Amidst Birch & Deodar Forests and located almost 16 km away from Manali. The source of these magnificent falls is the water melting from the glaciers and precipitous rocks. Thick forest with birch and deodar trees looks truly magnificent. Behind this impressive waterfall, amazing views of snow-clad Himalayan ranges can be seen.

27. Gulaba
Gulaba is an alternate destination to visit during November – May when Rohtang Pass is inaccessible due to heavy snow. During these months, snow activities can be enjoyed at Gulaba. It is less crowded than the valleys of Rohtang & Solang and provides better experiences of the snow activities, making Gulaba one of the best places to visit in Manali.

28. Naggar Village
It boasts of amazing views of the Beas Valley, that makes it one of the best tourist places in Manali. The highlight of this attraction is the famous Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery where paintings of some of the magnificent Himalayan Views have been showcased. Temples like Tripura Sundari and Gauri Shankar are also famous.

29. Mall Road
Mall Road is an unavoidable place to visit at any hill station. Manali too has its Mall road which is a busy part of the city. One can find all the tourists strolling here during the evenings. Enjoy ice cream in the winters or a plate of sizzling momos when here. One can also buy some wooden handicrafts and woolens here. Mall Road has some family restaurants and sweet shops for that craving tasty food. One can also book a stay at one of the hotels here if visiting with family.

30. Van Vihar
 Van Vihar is one such place that is lush and green. It is a nature lover’s paradise. Looked after by the municipal corporation of the city, this is a popular garden, which is another tourist attraction in Manali. In the middle of the Van Vihar, there is a man-made lake too. One can enjoy boating here, at this lake. Evenings are also a great time to spend here, as one can enjoy the beautiful sunset from the lake.

31. Manali Sanctuary
This is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary of Himachal Pradesh. At a walking distance from the center of the town, this sanctuary can be reached easily on foot. One can have a gala time exploring the rich flora and fauna of the mountains. One can also camp here at the sanctuary. For the adventure seekers there are also hiking and trekking trails in the sanctuary.

32. Malana
Hidden away from the eyes of the world, Malana is a solitary village in Malana Nala near Manali that is popular for its strong culture and well established religious beliefs that come from various sentiments embedded in the village’s past. It’s known to be one of the best places to see in the Manali district for those seeking spiritual guidance. But that’s not all. Malana is also a famous stop for adventure seekers owing to a number of trekking trails that pass through it. The two temples in Malana called Jamadagni Temple and the Shrine of Renuka Devi serve as the prime attractions of the village and preserving these spiritual sanctums is of utmost importance to the villagers. 

33. Jana Waterfall
Nestled within a verdant forest, this cascading marvel blooming under clear blue skies is a great place to rejuvenate far away from the chaos of city life, this natural waterfall is one of the most popular attractions for Manali sightseeing.

34. Siyali Mahadev Temple
Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is a popular holy sanctum amongst locals and pilgrims in the north. Just like many temples in Solan, this shrine is very famous for its architectural beauty and is flocked by Shiva devotees in large numbers, especially during the festivals in Manali. It’s a quaint place of worship since not many know about this holy shrine, but it is now starting to catch the attention of travelers owing to its splendid architecture. In fact, the very sight of this temple from afar beguiles passers-by and compels them to pay this shrine a visit.

35. Tirthan Valley
Named after the Tirthan River that flows from Tirth, this destination is perfect for a memorable trekking adventure in the heart of Himachal Pradesh. Located in the Kullu district, the trip to this place offers a splendid view of the mountains, traditional culinary flavors, and a delightful cultural retreat. 

36. Tosh
Located near the Parvati Valley, the village of Tosh is an unparalleled reflection of Himachal Pradesh and its culture. Popularly known for its cannabis plantations, the nearby Tosh-Kasol trek is one of the most popular activities to participate in if you are visiting this place.

37. Jibhi
Jibhi is the perfect place to unwind and avoid the usual touristy crowd. From pine forest gardens to Victorian-style cottages, this is the place to be for the perfect getaway.

38. Kheerganga
Popularly known as a highly-rated trekking destination, there is more to Kheerganga if you have the time to explore. Located at a height of about 2950 meters, there are enchanted meadows, secluded hot springs, and a landscape that spans across the horizon.

39. Pandoh Dam
Besides being one of the best picnic spots in Himachal Pradesh, the Pandoh Dam is surrounded by lush green forest areas that make a beautiful panoramic scenery that one must observe. The dam itself is a fascinating piece of architecture that you can marvel at.

40. Parashar Lake
Home to a 13th-century pagoda-style temple, the Parashar lake is popularly known as a landmark destination that many trekkers aim to reach during their adventures in Himachal. It is distant but worth the journey, an Instagram-worthy location that looks extra-delightful when covered with fresh snowfall in winters.

41. Patlasu Peak
f you are a first-time trekker who wants to explore the popular terrains of Himachal without venturing too far out in the state, Patlasu peak is the perfect destination for a modest yet adventurous getaway. If you began your journey from Manali and end the trek at the peak of the summit, there is a viewpoint from where you can cherish the sight of the entire Kullu valley and Hanuman Tibba.

What is the best time to visit Manali?

The best time to visit Manali is from April-June if you wish to enjoy the salubrious weather and lush greenery and September-December if you like to enjoy the cold weather and snowfall. So, your best time to visit Manali depends upon what kind of experience you would like to enjoy.

What is famous in Manali?

Manali is famous for a lot of things like adventure activities, picturesque landscapes, handicrafts, food, and shopping. Manali is all famous as the most visited destination in Himachal Pradesh for honeymoon. The most famous street food in Manali is called Mittha, a delicacy commonly available at almost all Manali restaurants and consisting of rice and raisins. The following are the local delicacies that you must surely taste while staying in Manali: 1. Sidu 2. Patande 3. Aktori 4. Chana Madra 5. Babru 6. Kullu Trout 7. Tudkiya Bhat 8. Bhey

What is special to buy in Manali?

Tibetan and Himalayan Handicrafts, Woolen Apparels, Kinnauri & Kullu Shawls, Kullu caps, hangkas and dorjes, Prayer wheels & Kesar
 

About City

One of the prettiest hill stations, Dharamshala, boasts panoramic views of lush green forests, stunning lakes, vibrant monasteries, sparkling waterfalls, colourful temples, and museums. Dharamshala tour packages attract travellers looking for holiday tour packages as it's known for its picturesque scenery. The Dhauladhar ranges and thick deodar forests in the background make this scenic hill station an important highlight of most Dharamshala tour packages.

Situated in the picturesque Kangra valley and set against the Dhauladhar mountain range in Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala tour packages are an ideal retreat for nature lovers. Dharamsala is famed as the holy residence of the Dalai Lama and houses the Tibetan monk in exile. The city is distinctively separated as upper and lower divisions with different altitudes. The lower division is the Dharamsala town itself whereas the upper division is popularly known as Mcleodganj. It attracts a lot of tourists all year due to its scenic beauty and culture. The facilities and infrastructure in Dharamshala are other factors that make it a favourable tourist destination.

Dharamshala is a prominent hill station in Himachal Pradesh that draws in countless every year. It is the central township of the Kangra region and was some time ago known as Bhagsu. This hill station gloats of a thick front of oak and conifer trees alongside snow-topped mountains on three sides. Amid the British administer, Lord Elgin (Viceroy from 1862-63) was enthralled by the excellence of the goal as it helped him to remember his home in Scotland. It is said that Lord Elgin asked for the British Monarch to make Dharamshala the summer capital of India. Dharamshala is a scenic and panoramic hill station tucked away in the Himalayas. 

Being a Tibetan hub, Dharamsala is considered to be one of the best places to learn and explore Buddhism and Tibetan Culture. While visiting this north Indian city, travellers can be assured of complete comfort, entertainment and rejuvenation. The serene surroundings, pleasant climate and picturesque landscape make this hill station a complete summer holiday spot. Dharamshala packages gloat of stunning background, mesmerising lakes, energetic religious communities, beautiful sanctuaries, shining waterfalls, and vintage fortifications and exhibition halls.

The first few items to add to your Dharamshala itinerary must be its gorgeous monasteries like the Namgyal Monastery, Gyuto Monastery and Tsuglagkhang, along with temples like the Masroor Rock Cut Temple, now in ruins and the Bhagsunag Temple. If you wish to learn about Buddhist, make sure to visit the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives that houses manuscripts and artefacts dating back to the 12th century.

Given its hilly terrain, Dharamsala is famous for trekking like the Lake Glacier Trek and the Triund Trek. Nearby destinations like Bir Billing, Dalhousie and Manali are often part of Dharamshala tour packages to give you a real taste of Himachal Pradesh. Situated in Joginder Nagar Valley, Bir Billing is a town with a considerable Tibetan settlement, known for the Baijnath Temple, Chokling Monastery, Nyingyang Monastery etc. It’s home to the Deer Park Institute and Dharmalaya Institute and is famous for paragliding, trekking, hand gliding, biking etc.

Best Places to Visit

1. Gyuto Monastery: A must-see during your Dharamshala trip if you are an architecture admirer. There is a reason why this place tops amongst Dharamshala tour packages. Dedicated to soldiers who died fighting for freedom, Gyuto monastery is famous amongst Dharamshala holiday packages. The monastery against the mesmerising Dhauladhar in the background makes it one of the finest Dharamshala tourist places. An important part of Dharamshala holiday packages is a trip to this monastery's tantric meditation centre. Located amid the majestic Himalayas, Gyuto Monastery exudes an ethereal ambience.

2. Bhagsu Falls: Bhagsunag falls is one of the most beautiful Dharamshala tourist places. Although the hike is short, the waterfalls are refreshing and chilling! A great inclusion to the best Dharamshala tour packages. Make sure you include this peaceful, serene location in your Dharamshala tour package.

3. Triund Hill: Triund is one of the most popular Dharamshala tourist places. There is a 9 km trek from McLeodganj to this Himalayan peak. You can also hire a cab from McLeodganj to Galu, from where the trek begins. Majestic Dhauladhars make it one of the best Dharamshala tourist places. While the trek is straightforward, it offers some of the best views. This fantastic forest segment is the best thing about Dharamshala tourism.

4. Dharamshala Cricket Stadium: Located at a height of 1,457m amidst the Dhauladhar mountain range in Kangra valley, it is one of the highest sports grounds in the world. With a view comparable to the Adelaide Oval or Newlands, the stadium is open for tourists even when no matches are scheduled. The main stand is built with Tibetan architectural style. The snowclad mountain ranges surrounding Dharamshala make it the highest altitude cricket stadium in the world. This stadium is open all year round. 

5. St John's Church: Located near Dharamshala and on the way to Mcleodganj, this neo-gothic church was built in dedication to John the Baptist. Set amidst lush deodar forests, this peaceful edifice is known for its Belgian stained-glass windows. 

6. War Memorial: The War Memorial in the forests of Dharamshala was created to commemorate the memory of those who fought to save our motherland. Three huge panels of black stone, each 24 feet in height, preserve their memory in stone. The War Memorial is surrounded by the poetic pine forests of Dharamshala, leading to lush gardens through a quaint walkway. You can have some refreshments from the nearby cafe serving snacks, and visit the GPC college which is situated closeby.

7. Bhagsunag Temple: Surrounded by lovely pools and lush greenery, the Bhagsunag Temple is one of the oldest ancient temples. Also popularly known as Bhagsunath Temple, it is highly revered by the local Gorkha and Hindu community. The two pools around the temple are believed to be sacred and are considered to contain miraculous powers of healing.

8. Dal Lake: The Dal Lake is a small yet picturesque lake. With its name taken from the famous and breathtaking Dal Lake of Srinagar, the lake is surrounded by rugged mountains and towering deodar trees. For adventure seekers, trekking expeditions around the lake are an option. Dal Lake is also a perfect place to stop over and relax if you are trekking up to Naddi, which is also known as the Sunset Point.

9. Dalai Lama Temple: Replete with Tibetan culture, the Dalai Lama Temple, also known as Tsuglakhang Temple, is a politico-religious centre in Dharamsala. Ideal for peaceful meditation and religious rumination, it is in close vicinity to the abode of Dalai Lama and is frequently visited by him to preach and conduct prayer meets. The main here is the enormous idol of Buddha sitting on an elevated pedestal.

10. Sunset Point: Naddi View Point or Sunset Point is the perfect location for catching a glimpse of the spectacular Dhauladhar ranges, especially during the winters when the peaks are covered in snow. Trek or drive to Naddi View Point in the evening to catch the sunset against the mountains, take photographs, and see the distant mountains through a telescope. 

11. Mcleodganj: Mcleodganj is a hill station near Dharamshala, popular among trekkers. Also known as Little Lhasa, it is famous around the world for being home to the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama. Few of the most eminent and religiously significant monasteries in India are located here, including the Namgyal Monastery and Tsuglagkhang, where the spiritual leader Dalai Lama resides.

12. Dalhousie: Dalhousie is a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh, located around 120 km from Dharamshala. Boasting views of the snow-capped peaks of Dhauladhar ranges, Dalhousie is famous for its meadows, dense jungles and waterfalls. It offers an old-world charm, mesmerizing natural landscapes, pine-clad valleys and magnificent misty mountains.

13. Khajjiar: Often referred to as 'mini-Switzerland of India', Khajjiar is a small town located close (20km) to Dalhousie and is great for a day or overnight trip. Khajjiar is known for its picture perfect grassy meadows.There is a small lake in the middle of the meadow and you could enjoy the scenery by yourself or take part in some of the adventure sports including paragliding, zorbing, and horse-riding.

14. Masroor Rock Cut Temple: Situated 32 kms from Kangra in Dharamsala on the Nagrota- Surian Link Road, Masroor Rock Cut Temple is an archaeological site which is currently in ruins. The complex is a combination of 15 rock cut temples designed in the Indo- Aryan style of architecture, believed to have been built in the 8th century.

Local Dishes to Try in Dharamshala

Thukpa
Thukpa is one of the most popular Tibetan staple foods in many Tibetan households and Dharamshala. It is a noodle soup served using mushroom, cabbage, onion, and sometimes, meat. This dish includes green chillies, garlic, and ginger, which give it a wonderful aroma and flavour.

Momos
You should plan a Dharamshala tour if you enjoy different cuisines! Dharamshala tourism presents the tastiest momos. Whether you’re a vegetarian or non-vegetarian, Dharamshala packages cover umpteen choices. The filling is delicious, and the spicy chutney complements it perfectly. Veg steam, veg fried, steam chicken, mutton steam, mutton fried momo-you name it, they have it! In addition, Dharamshala offers peanut butter and chocolate filled in addition to the common momos.

Maggi and Chai
As you sit at an altitude of breathtaking beauty, a warm bowl of Maggi with a cup of tea can be your go-to food. The best part about Dharamshala tour packages is enjoying the incredible views at the Triund trek while eating Maggi from a local tea stall. Dharamshala tourism boasts some hilltop stalls where you can enjoy this delectable experience.

Bhagsu Cake
Bhagsu cake has to be the ultimate sweet treat while on a Dharamshala tour! It is basically like a millionaire shortbread, but with a buttery, crumbly base. Three-tiered cake with cookies in the bottom layer, caramel in the middle layer, and chocolate on top is native to McLeodganj's Bhagsunag region. If you’re at Dharamshala, do try this delicious cake, you’ll want to have another slice! There are plenty of excellent cafes to include in Dharamshala packages that serve Bhagsu cakes. But, Singh's Corner is the best place as it's where the recipe originated. Add this place to your future Dharamshala tour packages.

Top Things to Do in Dharamshala

1. Norbulingka Institute: Norbulingka studios create Tibetan sculptures, Thangka painting, screen-printing, clothing, applique, woodcarving, wood painting, papermaking, and wood and metal crafts. These handicrafts represent Tibetan arts and crafts.

2. Naam Art Gallery: Situated 32 kilometres from the city, the gallery displays acrylic and oil paintings painted by different artists.

3. Enrol in Yoga or Meditation Classes: If you’re looking to experience peace amid nature, head to the best ashrams that offer an enriching and fun experience. Dharamshala packages also offer great accommodation facilities along with Ayurvedic healing practices and organic farming.

4. Trek to Triund: Triund is a 9-km trek, 7 kms away from Dharamsala. It is situated at a great height and provides a mesmerizing view of the Moon Peak-Indera Pass. This is an ideal spot for picnics and the clean and pristine environment will surely rejuvenate your senses.

5. Trek to Bhagsu Falls: Set amidst lush greenery and nature in its most pristine form, these falls are majestic and grand and should not be missed by all tourists travelling here. This place is spread over a vast expanse of land and can be reached through a short trek which is ideal even for amateurs. You can also find cafes on the way to tend to your hunger pangs with delicious food. 

6. Paragliding: With no shortage of hilly terrain in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, paragliding has become a significant adventure sport in the area. It is a beautiful opportunity for adventure lovers to fly like birds, surrounded by the gorgeous mountain ranges and the tea gardens under the clear blue skies. Indrunag and Bir Billing are two of the most popular spots for paragliding in Dharamshala.

7. Souvenirs to Look out For: Tibetan carpets, mats, and jewellery available in different shapes and colours are one-of-a-kind items you can only find in Dharamshala. Not to be forgotten are Mandala paintings and Thangkas paintings that are worth shopping for in your Dharamshala tour packages. Be sure to explore these beautiful places as part of your Dharamshala tour packages.

Shopping in Dharamshala

You can find small statues of Buddha made of crystal, brass, wood, stone etc., Tibetan rugs and carpets, prayer wheels, Thangkas, drapes and many other handicrafts.
It would be great to buy a book about Tibetan culture, Buddhism, the holy Dalai Lama, the history of Dharamshala and Tibet, meditation, spirituality and various other subjects.
There are shops that sell singing bowls which make a melodious sound when struck with a wooden stick and are used for spiritual and meditational reasons.
You would find beautiful wall hangings, jewellery with beads, gems and Buddhist healing stones, masks, lamp covers, cushion covers, candles, essential oils, handmade diaries etc.
Some of the best shopping spots in Dharamshala are Jogiwara Road Bazaar, Namgyal Book Shop, Semshook Tibetan Handicraft shop, Kotwali Bazaar etc.

Customised Dharamshala tour packages cater to travellers preferences and cover Dharamshala tour top locations. Consider Dharamshala tour packages that include a boat ride on Dal Lake or a visit to McLedoganj. Scenic beauty, adventure activities like paragliding and trekking are also a part of Dharamshala tour packages. Maybe yoga, meditation, or other recreational activities are your interest; pick Dharamshala tour packages with these included.

About City

Dalhousie in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh is a hill station and popular tourist destination. Established as a summer retreat, it boasts majestic snow-clad peaks, cascading waterfalls, impressive European architecture, lush green valleys and meadows and more. 

With immense natural beauty, Dalhousie is home to the picturesque Chamera Lake, known for being popular boating and picnic spot, along with the gushing Satdhara Falls, said to have medicinal properties. Head over to the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary to lose yourself amidst its deodar trees, discover its flora and fauna, and enjoy tranquil walks with a view of the Pir Panjal range. Dalhousie holiday packages include adventure activities like trekking, rock climbing, river rafting etc.

The residence of the Dalai Lama, Dharamshala is known for its Tibetan culture and features monasteries like the Namgyal Monastery and Gyuto Monastery. It’s also home to the Dharamshala Cricket Stadium, Triund and Tibet Museum. No matter who you are travelling with, We bring you a diverse range of Dalhousie tour packages that are not only reasonably priced but also fully customisable to ensure that you have a memorable trip!

Places to Visit in Dalhousie

1. Panchpula: Surrounded by a cover of green pine and deodar trees, Panchpula is a popular picnic spot in Dalhousie. It is best known for Saptdhara Waterfall, the starting point of the Ganji Pahari trek and activities like Zip Lining, and Burma Bridge. 

2. Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary: Thick deodar foliage, a plethora of wildlife, snow capped mountains, carpets of verdant grasslands and easy on the eye streams of fresh water make up the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary. The well laid out trekking and hiking trails in the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary make for a great nature walk with views of the towering and immaculate Pir Panjal range.

3. St John’s Church: St John's Church is the oldest church in Dalhousie and assumes great historical significance apart from being a sentinel of Protestant belief in the region. Embodying the Victorian era, the church in Dalhousie is a reminder of the British regime in the region. The interior of the church is adorned with stunning glass paintings of St John the Baptist along with St Peter.

4. Subhash Baoli: Named after the famous freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose, Subhash Baoli is a perennial spring which has medicinal properties and is believed to have cured the freedom fighter of his ill health. It is an ideal spot for picnics and evening strolls. 

5. Mall Road: Gandhi Chowk, or GPO, is the bustling and vibrant street of Dalhousie. Unlike other hill stations, Dalhousie doesn't have a mall road, so Gandhi Chowk is the Mall Road of Dalhousie. Shop for simple local souvenirs, woollen clothes and every-day treasures here.

6. St Francis Church: This is one of the prominent monuments in Dalhousie. Surrounded by Deodar trees outside, the interiors are adorned with Belgian glass and exquisite stone works. The age-old carvings and dioramas tell a story of 100 years of history. 

7. Satdhara Falls: Perched at an altitude of 2036 masl, the place has derived its name from the seven beautiful springs believed to have therapeutic value. The water in these springs contains mica, having several medicinal properties that cure diseases and ailments.

8. Chamera Lake: The Chamba Lake is the man-made reservoir for the Chamba Dam. It is a popular picnic spot and boating location. One can explore the lake on a speed boat or a rowboat and indulge in activities like kayaking & canoeing.

9. Ganji Pahari: Ganji Pahari is a scenic hill located near Dalhousie. The 1-2 hour trek to Ganji Pahari starts from Panchpula (about 3.5 km). The name Ganji Pahari was derived from its salient feature which is the complete absence of flora on the hill -'Ganji' meaning Bald in the local language, and 'Pahari' meaning Hill. During winters, the same terrain is covered in a thick coat of snow.

10. Dainkund Peak: Being the highest point in Dalhousie at an elevation of 2755 masl, the peak offers a bird’s eye view of the astonishing verdant valleys and mountains. For nature fanatics seeking a serene and calm place, Dainkund Peak is worth exploring.

11. Rock Garden: Rock Garden is a beautiful garden and a popular picnic spot in Dalhousie. Other than relaxing and revitalizing in the park, you can also try the several adventure sports available in the area including zip lining etc.

12. Laxmi Narayan Temple: Built between 920 and 940 AD, the Laxmi Narayan Temple in Dalhousie is an ancient temple in the Chamba region. The temple has six shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Shiva, constructed in the Shikhara style; the temple house beautiful idols, Shrines, Garb Griha and Mandapa. The idol of the main deity Lord Vishnu is made of rarefied marble. The temple's roof is designed to hold heavy snowfall that's common from December to February.

13. Khajjiar: Often referred to as 'mini-Switzerland of India', Khajjiar is a small town located close (20km) to Dalhousie and is great for a day or overnight trip. Khajjiar is known for its picture perfect grassy meadows. Khajjiar is popular for adventure sports including paragliding, zorbing, and horse riding. It is also known for its nine-hole golf course which is nestled in the midst of lush greenery and a breathtaking landscape.

14. Chamba: Chamba is a Himalayan town located in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. Located almost 55km from Dalhousie, it makes for a great day trip. Chamba is popular for its traditional handicrafts and art along with the miniature Pahari paintings. It is also the base camp for several treks in the great Himalayan ranges.

15. Dharamshala: Dharamshala, the home of the Dalai Lama, is often included in Dalhousie tour packages. Located 120km away, it is often visited as a 1 night stay. The state's winter capital, Dharamshala, is separated as upper and lower divisions with different altitudes. The lower division is the Dharamsala town itself, whereas the upper division is located 3 km away and is popularly known as Mcleodganj. 

16. Shimla: Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and a popular hill-station among Indian families and honeymooners. An Amazing Himachal with Dalhousie tour package, can include Shimla in the itinerary. The hill station still retains its old-world charm with beautiful colonial architecture, pedestrian-friendly Mall Road and the ridge lined up with multiple shops, cafes and restaurants.

17. Manali: Manali can be included in Dalhousie holiday packages to explore the Amazing Himachal state in 6-7 days. One of the most popular hill stations in Himachal, Manali offers the most magnificent views of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges covered with snow for most parts of the year. It has many trekking options around it, making it a great base for exploring this side of Himalayas. Tourists flock to Rohtang Pass & Solang valley for various adventure activities including skiing, paragliding, horse-riding & zorbing.

Things to Do in Dalhousie

Ganji Pahari Trek: Ganji Pahari is a scenic hill located near Dalhousie. The 1-2 hour trek to Ganji Pahari starts from Panchpula (about 3.5 km). A tour to Ganji Pahari can also be accompanied by a guide whom tourists can hire from Dalhousie but it is not mandatory.  People trek to Ganji Pahari for the sunset and sunrise. There are a handful of places to stay on top and camping is also an option, but the bookings have to be made in advance.

Khajjiar: Paragliding is one of the exciting activities and things to do in Dalhousie. The favourable months for paragliding are September to November and January and June when the weather conditions are most ideal. Most of these activities are held at Khajjiar and you should definitely experience it when in the hill town.

River Crossing & River Rafting: River crossing is done across the river Ravi or Saal under the supervision of trained instructors while River Rafting is a growing favourite in Chamba, usually done on the Rivers Ravi and Saal, too. Both private as well government tourism organizations organize these activities.

Rock Climbing: This adventure activity is popular and carried out at various places in Dalhousie, especially in Khajjiar. Since the activity is done under professional supervision, it is best to go in groups, since individual training and activity might cost a bit more.

Food in Dalhousie

Dalhousie, one of Himachal Pradesh’s most popular hill stations, is a treat for the eyes and for the taste buds! Here you get to have delicious Himachali food as well as Tibetan, Chinese, continental and more.
Madra is a delicacy of the state, made by cooking boiled chickpeas or kidney beans in yoghurt along with spices, cardamoms, cloves, cumin, coriander powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida etc.
You can have siddu which is prepared by kneading dough of flour with yeast, stuffing it with dal daste made using soaked dal, spices, chillies etc., steamed and then served with meat or vegetables.
Many restaurants serve dham, a platter, that consists of rice, dal, rajma, boor ki kadi, curd, jaggery etc.
You can also try some bhey which is basically lotus stem that is thinly diced and cooked with onions, gram flour, ginger-garlic paste.
Tudkiya bhat is a pahari pulao made using a variety of spices, lentils, yoghurt, potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, cardamoms, cinnamon etc. and is topped off with some lime juice.
Do have some mittha which is sweetened rice garnished with dry fruits like cashews, raisins, almonds etc. 
Given that Dalhousie is close to the China/Tibet border, you can also find eateries serving delicious thukpa, a noodle soup with vegetables or meat. Momos are also quite popular here; steamed or fried, they contain meat or vegetables and are served with a spicy dip. You can also have chowmein here.
Apart from this, you would find many restaurants and cafes serving a number of continental dishes like pizzas, burgers, pastas, sandwiches, sizzlers, pancakes and more.
A few of the well-known eateries include Shiva Cafe, Mogas Cafe, Tandon Food Corner, Moti Mahal etc.
 
Shopping in Dalhousie

Dalhousie is an excellent destination to buy a bunch of Himachali as well as Tibetan souvenirs. You can find beautiful Kullu shawls in many markets here, made of different materials like angora, lambswool and pashmina and often featuring intricate embroidery.
Kashmiri shawls are also sold here owing to the region’s prominent handloom industry.
The hill station is also a great place to find some cosy yet simple woollen clothing items like sweaters, jackets, haps, scarves, gloves etc.
Since the state is quite close to the Tibetan borders, Dalhousie is also known for its wide array of Tibetan souvenirs; singing bowls, wall hangings, Thangka paintings, dresses, rugs and carpets, prayer wheels, bags, dolls etc. are some of the options.
Dalhousie is also known for its yummy jam and marmalade made by locals that you can have with cream and scones.
Some of the places where you would find these items include Bhuttico, Tibetan Handicraft Centre, Gandhi Chowk, Himachal Handloom Industry Emporium and DC Khanna Store, amongst others.

Best time to visit Dalhousie

Dalhousie, with its ideal climatic conditions, makes for one of the very few places which may be visited all year round. However, the best time to visit Dalhousie is from the month of March-June. The snow begins to melt in the months of March and April and its brilliance can be seen when the rays of sun hit the snow-capped mountains and pastures. The weather remains rather pleasant during this period and you can continue to experience the chills too.
 
The temperature begins to rise in the month of June. The summer months experience nice weather throughout, thus making it a perfect destination for nature buffs. Monsoons are also quite pleasant here as the moderate rainfall does not cause any inconvenience to your plans. Winters in Dalhousie are perfect for outdoor activities.

How to Reach Dalhousie

By flight: Kangra Airport: 108km, Jammu Airport: 170 km, Amritsar Airport: 208 km

By Bus: Dalhousie is well-connected with major cities of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and other states in this region. A number of buses-private and state-owned-run from Delhi's ISBT to Dalhousie (590 km) on a daily basis as well. You can board Deluxe, A/c, Non- A/c buses to Dalhousie. Overnight Volvo from Delhi can be booked.

By Train: The nearest railway station to Dalhousie is Pathankot railway station, located 86 km away from Dalhousie.

Local transport in Dalhousie: While you can cover most of Dalhousie by walking, taxis are readily available in Dalhousie. Dalhousie also offers horse or pony rides to take you around the city, with a trained guide & handler.

Clubbed together with Dalhousie are nearby destinations like Manali, Dharamshala and Shimla. A paradise for honeymooners, Shimla is synonymous with colonial structures like Christ Church and Visceral Lodge. Green Valley is a beautiful attraction along with the Himalayan Bird Park, Scandal Point and Chadwick Falls. The Ridge and Mall Road are famous shopping destinations. Visit Manali to explore the Vashisht Baths, Bhrigu Lake, Van Vihar National Park and the 9km-long Atal Tunnel. It is also famous for adventure sports like river rafting, paragliding, zorbing, trekking and skiing.

About City

The “Gateway to Punjab,” Amritsar is a spiritual city renowned for the magnificent Golden Temple. Amritsar is an ideal holiday destination for you if you are a history and culture buff since it is quite famous for its beautiful gurudwaras, museums, historical sites, and food. We have a bunch of fantastic Amritsar tour packages that are customisable and suitable for all kinds of travellers.

The Golden Temple, a stunning edifice made of gold and marble, is the holiest pilgrimage site for Sikhs that draws countless pilgrims and tourists. Perhaps of more spiritual significance is the Amrit Sarovar, a massive tank where visitors bathe to rid themselves of their sins. Furthermore, you mustn’t forget to visit the Langar, where visitors are served free nutritious food throughout the day.

You must pay a visit to the Akal Takht, the centre of Sikh political and administrative power, and Guru ke Mahal, established to provide shelter to Sikh gurus. Amritsar travel packages include other religious sites like the Gurdwara Mata Kaulan, Durgiana Temple, Goindwal Baoli and Tarn Taran Sahib. The 18th century Gobindgarh Fort is also a must-visit; the museum has exhibitions on various aspects of the Punjab culture.

One of the most prominent places to see when travelling to Amritsar is Jallianwala Bagh, where General Dyer open-fired at hundreds of peaceful protestants in April 1919. It carries traces of the bullet marks on the walls and still comprises the well that people jumped into to save themselves. Another attraction to visit is the Partition Museum that showcases the traumatising effects of the Partition 1947.

Places To Visit In Amritsar:

1. Golden Temple: The Golden Temple, also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib, is the holiest shrine in all of Sikhism. Located right in the heart of Amritsar, the stunning golden architecture of the temple and the daily Langar (community kitchen) attract a large number of visitors and devotees each day. The spiritual focus is the tank, the Amrit Sarovar, which surrounds the glistening central shrine. Around the edges of the compound, there are more shrines and monuments including the Sikh Museum.

2. Wagah Border: Located at a distance of 28 km from Amritsar, the Wagah Border marks the boundaries between Indian and Pakistani borders, running along the Grand Trunk Road. The Wagah Border Ceremony or the Beating Retreat Ceremony, held every day before sunset, is the prime attraction. This ceremony includes the closing of the international gates and lowering the flags of both countries.

3. Jallianwala Bagh: Jallianwala Bagh is a public garden that houses a memorial of national importance that was established by the government of India in 1951 to commemorate the massacre of peaceful celebrators by British forces on April 13, 1919. Thousands of innocent people were killed on the orders of General Dyer as they gathered for a peaceful celebration of Baisakhi.

4. Partition Museum: The Partition Museum, the first-ever museum in the entire world to focus on the stories and trauma of the millions who had to suffer from the bloody consequences of a ruthless partition; was recently opened up at Town Hall in Amritsar.

5. Harike Wetland and Bird Sanctuary: Harike Wetland & Bird Sanctuary is the largest wetland in North India. This man-made wetland spreads into Tarn Taran Sahib, Ferozepur and Kapurthala in Punjab, making it a famous destination for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts. Tourists can spot up to 7 species of turtles including the endangered Testudines turtle. The previously extinct Indus dolphin was recently seen at Harike Wetland.

6. Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum: Summer palace turned into museum, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum is a lovely building which archives the Royal Heritage of Maharaja Ranjit Singh such as arms and armour, outstanding paintings and century old coins and manuscripts.

7. Punjab State War Heroes Memorial and Museum: Punjab State War Heroes Memorial and Museum showcases the fabulous brave-hearts of Punjab. The Museum immortalizes the bravery of the soldiers of Punjab, displayed throughout the museum with a spirit of patriotism. 

8. Guru Ke Mahal: Housing the Granth Sahib and their gurus, Guru Ke Mahal was founded by Guru Ram Das in 1573 as a little cottage that went on to shelter the great gurus of the Sikhs. Gurudwara Guru Ke Mahal is a humble hut situated at the main street of Guru Bazaar near the Golden Temple in the holy city of Ramdaspur (now known as Amritsar).

9. Gurudwara Chheharta Sahib: Gurudwara Chheharta Sahib, named after a well which was dug by Guru Arjan Dev for the birth of his son. Although the well is now covered up, the water is usually pumped into the main tank of the Gurudwara. The water was so abundant that six Cheheharta (Persian wheels) were installed around the well to draw water faster. The gurudwara’s lotus dome encloses the square sanctum in the middle of the diwan hall.

11. Mata Lal Devi Temple: Mata Lal Devi Temple popularly known as Sheesh Mahal of Amritsar is famous among the Hindu pilgrims for its miraculous powers. The temple is dedicated to the female saint Lal Devi and is considered a miniature dimension of the popular Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu.

12. Akal Takht: Akal Takht (Throne of the Immortal) is the highest political institution of the Sikhs, founded by Guru Hargobind in 1606. Akal Takht is located in the front of the causeway leading to the Golden Temple, Amritsar.

13. Gobindgarh Fort: Gobindgarh Fort echoes the grand stories of Punjab’s past. Widely known as a symbol of the era when Punjab was forged, it represents a glorious past of 257 years starting with the Bhangi Misl era and ending with the Indian Army.

14. Gurudwara Mata Kaulan: Gurudwara Mata Kaulan is located on the edge of Kaulan reservoir, is named after Kaulan, a believer who was severely punished by the patriarchs, yet it failed to dissuade her.

15. Durgiana Temple: Durgiana Temple, also known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Durga Tirath, Silver Temple and Sitla Mandir, is a Hindu temple bearing a stark resemblance to the Golden Temple.

16. Gurudwara Shri Tarn Taran Sahib: Gurudwara Shri Tarn Taran Sahib was built by the fifth Guru of Sikhs - Guru Arjan Dev. It is located 22 kms from Amritsar. Gurudwara Shri Tarn Taran Sahib is a three-storeyed building lotus dome, damaged during the 1905 earthquake. The Gurudwara displays elegant craftwork of glass pieces and intricate designs on the ceiling and the inner walls.

17. Khalsa College: Khalsa College is a 124-year-old college, making it a historic educational institution in India. The 300-acre campus has acquired the status of the highest Sikh institute for education with an enriching environment and a progressive outlook towards society.

18. Shri Ram Tirth Temple: Shri Ram Tirth Temple is the birthplace of Luva - Kusha, twins of Rama and Sita in the Ashram of Saint Balmiki. Built in yellow stone the temple dates back to the Ramayana as Sita was given shelter here after being abandoned by Rama. The battle of the Ram’s force and Luv-Kush.

19. Pul Kanjari: Pul Kanjari, popularly known as Amritsar’s Taj Mahal, is a village based on the vibrant expression of love by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Constructed for Moran, a Muslim dancer, the town was one the most important trading centres during the 18th century.

20. ISKCON Temple: Situated in the heart of the city in Moni Chowk, ISKCON Temple (also known as Sri Gaur Radha Krishna Mandir) is a revered Hindu temple dedicated to the Hindu gods Krishna and Radha. The temple houses idols of several deities, Radha- Krishna being the most prominent. A tiny shop also sells statues of deities, religious books and related merchandise.

Food of Amritsar

Amritsar houses some of the finest, richest and most finger-licious food in the country. The food here is as popular and essential as any of the other tourist spots in the area. Amritsari Kulcha, Lassi, Amritsari Fish, Chicken Tikka, Tandoori Chicken and a hot Gulab Jamun are some of Amritsar's delectable choices. You might also find spicier versions of food from other areas garnished with a generous helping of Ghee . At the same time, the city which is known for its food, provides countless options and variety for authentic cuisines.
The city is home to the finest restaurants as well as the most colorful Dhabas that will keep you coming back. Other local Punjabi cuisine includes Channa Batura, Chhole Batura, Parathe, Dal Makhani, Rajama Chawal, various varieties of Paneer, Rajma, Sarson Da Saag with Makai ki Roti (Bread made from corn with mustard gravy) and much more. For non-vegetarians, Punjabi cuisine is a delight with various varieties of chicken.

Best time to visit Amritsar

September to December and February to March since the weather is suitable for sightseeing. The temperatures drop down in January and hover around 5°C while the peak summer months of May and June take the temperature to as high as 40°C.  July and August are peak monsoon months when most of the cityscape is covered by lush greenery. The temperature remains moderate/ warm but is quite humid. One can choose to avoid the monsoons as it could get a little inconvenient for sightseeing. 

How to Reach Amritsar

Amritsar is well connected by air from major destinations. Also, there are daily trains from most of the important cities in India. All major North Indian cities have buses plying to Amritsar. Alternately, you can also drive the lovely roadways.

By flight:
Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport is very well connected to most cities in India and many major cities abroad.

By road:
Amritsar is very well connected via different highways to many cities in the country.

By train:
There are direct trains from most cities in India to the Amritsar railway station.

Local transport in Amritsar:
There are bus services, auto rickshaw services and cycle rickshaw services available in the city of Amritsar for tourists. Cabs are also available, especially when travelling in a group.

There are 5-star hotels & resorts that provide accommodation. To see the most of what Amritsar offers, you need to spend about 2 to 3 days. Dalhousie and Dharamshala are often part of Amritsar tour packages.

Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh is famous for its Buddhist culture and being home to the holy Dalai Lama. You can visit beautiful monasteries like the Namgyal Monastery, Gyuto Monastery and Kalachakra Temple. Visit the Tibet Museum to learn about Tibetan art or the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives to see manuscripts and artefacts. The serene Dal Lake and cascading Bhagsu Falls make for excellent picnic spots.

Dalhousie, a former British summer destination, offer marvellous views of the mighty Dhauladhar ranges. It is known for the lush green Panchpula, scenic Chamera Lake, gushing Satdhara Falls, Dainkund Peak, which overlooks the valleys and Sach Pass. River rafting, boating, hiking, trekking, rock climbing etc., are also quite popular here. Our Customised Amritsar holiday packages are budget-friendly and are packed with unique experiences.

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