The Walking Trails of Himachal
01 Arrive Delhi
Arrive at Delhi’s international airport a SITA representative will be waiting for you outside the EXIT gate of arrival terminal, holding a SITA placard. Met upon arrival and transfer to your hotel for overnight stay, where accommodation will be protected for you from previous night. Overnight at Hotel.
02 Delhi – Kalka (Himalayan Queen Express 0730 –1155)
Kalka – Shimla (Toy Train 1230 – 1630 Hrs)
Departure transfer to the Delhi railway station to board the Himalayan Queen Express for Kalka in time to board Toy Train for Shimla, Arrive Shimla ex Kalka by Toy Train. The Toy Train zig zags its route through hills and 102 tunnels providing views of picturesque landscape.
On arrival meeting assistance & transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast at Hotel, we would proceed for a heritage walk of Shimla. Transfer from the hotel to Chotta Shimla.
Start your walk from here to the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. On this walk past many other structures etc of British Era like the Shimla Club, Hotel The Oberoi Clarkes, Gaiety Theater, The Mall, The Ridge, Gorton Castle now office of The Accountant General, State Museum of Himachal and finally ending the walk at the magnificent Indian Institute of Advanced Studies or the Viceregal Lodge.
Afternoon at Leisure for relaxation. Overnight at hotel.
04 Shimla (Hike from Mashobra 2600 Meters)
After breakfast drive to Mashobra 14 kms & approx 30 Minutes.
On reaching start walking to Seepur. This is a pine forest walk with descend to the village of Seepur an old village with a population of about 500 people. The trail further leads to another village "Kanda" which is an uphill walk for about 45 minutes and from Kanda walk to the Dak Bungalow, which was built by the British in the Raj era. Here you have a choice of getting picked up by your vehicle or you can continue the walk upto Kufri visiting the Indira Tourist Park where one gets to see the natural flora and fauna of the place.
Later transfer back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
05 Shimla – Narkanda (2708 Meters) (64 Kms 2-3 Hours)
Hiking to Hatu Peak (3136 Meters) (8 Kms One Way 4-5 Hours)
After breakfast drive to Narkanda, afternoon proceed for a walk to Hatu Peak, pick up from vantage point and drive back to Narkanda.
Later transfer back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
06 Narkanda – Jalori Pass (3223 Meters) – Shoja (2683 Meters)
Drive 180 Kms 6-7 Hours
Hike to Serolsar Lake (4 Kms One way)
After breakfast drive to Shoja, From Narkanda we follow the National Highway & then cross over to the left side secondary road and go uphill along the riverbed. It is time to ascend the hairpin bends of the serpentine road that will lead us to Jalori Pass (3223 M), situated on a ridge across the Rampur Valley. 4 Km left of the pass; in a bowl on the ridge lies the beautiful Serolsar Lake. From here we can get a scenic view of the Banjar Valley, to which we will now descend. For the next few Kilometers you will be compelled to stop to take photographs. The area retains a surreal charm as it remains off the beaten tracks followed by hoards of tourists.
On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at Camps
07 Shoja – Kullu (1219 Meters) (Drive 80 Kms 3-4 Hours)
After a leisurely breakfast at Shoja proceed for a beautiful drive to Kullu, Step into the Valley of Gods with the grandeur of Himalayas and Beas River, take short stops at various vantage points for pictures, enter Kullu valley, the valley of gods, as the Kullu valley has come to be known, is perhaps the most delightful region in the western Himalayas, Like a slender delicate-hued fern glistening in the morning dew, the valley spreads out its charm on either side of the upper reaches of the river Beas. Running north to south, the main river valley is only 80 km long and 2 km at its broadest, yet a fairly wide area is open to the visitors to enjoy the spectacle of variegated mountain scenery.
In the spring Kullu is at its most colorful with pink blossoms and white flowers while the higher slopes are aglow with gorgeous rhododendrons. With autumn, clear blue skies return and fields and forests alike show wonderful tints of crimson and ochre. By December, there is no greenery except the majestic pines and cedars in the forests. In winter the hillsides are flanked in white.
Overnight at Hotel.
08 Kullu – Naggar (760 Meters) Hiking 4-5 Hours
Manali (2050 Meters) (Drive 20 Kms 1 Hour)
After breakfast proceed for a Hike to Naggar, along the Beas river, meet with the vehicles at Naggar and proceed to Manali. Surrounded by towering peaks at an arm length, Manali's major asset is its proximity to the snowline. It is a flourishing orchard industry, a popular honeymoon destination and trailhead for numerous treks as well as a great countryside ideal for adventure sport lovers.
Manali literally means the 'Home of Manu'. Manu is the mythological character who is supposed to have survived when the world was drowned in Flood. He then came to Manali and recreated human life. Thus, the area of Manali is sacred and Hindus treat the temples over here as pilgrimage.
Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast we take you on a small walk of Manali. Morning transfer to old Manali village. Visit Manu temple and also view some very old traditionally built houses in the village. Later we walk from the village to Hadimba Devi Temple, an old pagoda shaped wooden temple through a small forest. From Hadimba Devi temple we walk through another village - Nasogi down to the Tibetan Monastery located towards the end of Manali market. Afternoon & evening free to explore Manali market and shop. Overnight at hotel.
10 Manali (Hiking Solang Nallah) 11 Kms
After breakfast transfer to Sollang Nallah. Trek starts along the right bank of Beas river through villages, green fields and orchards with beautiful valleys, forests & mountain view to old Manali village covering 11 kms.
Overnight at hotel.
11 Manali - Palampur (1249 Meters) (204 Kms 6-7 Hours)
After breakfast drive to Palampur, The Kangra valley of which Palampur (1249m) is a major station was the Trigarta of old. It was one of the leading hill states and was once a part of the Kingdom of Jalandhra. In local parlance, the word for lot of water is "pulum". This is what has given Palampur its name and its water that has given the valley so much of its character. Countless streams and brooks criss-cross the landscape and to this place and in their intricate mesh, hold tea gardens and rice fields. The town came into being when the tea bush was introduced in the 19th century and Palampur became a focus for the planters. Kangra tea, with its center at Palampur, has been internationally acclaimed since then.
To further bless the area with remarkable natural beauty, the Dhauladhar ranges rise dramatically from the earth. Just beyond Palampur. The town itself has come interesting colonial architecture and the area around is richly garnished with historical temples and forts and scores of picturesque hamlets. Overnight at hotel.
12 Palampur - Dharamsala
After a early Breakfast proceed for hike in the Tea Gardens of Palampur, Also visit the monastery of Tashi Jong, later on drive to Macleodganj. The High snow clad Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas form a magnificent backdrop to the hill resort of Dharamsala. this is the principal township of Kangra district and overlooks the wide spread of the plains. with dense pine and deodar forests. Numerous streams, cool healthy air, attractive surroundings and the nearby snowline, Dharamsala has everything for a perfect holiday. It is full of life and yet peaceful. And therefore the headquarters of His Holiness the Dalai Lama are here. Covering a wide area in the form of twin settlement, Lower Dharamsala (1380m) is a busy commercial centre. While upper Dharamsala (1830m) with the suburbs of Mcleodganj and Forsytheganj, retains a British flavour and colonial lifestyle. The charming church of St. John in the wilderness is situated here and this is the final resting place of Lord Elgin, a British Viceroy of India during the 19th century. Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast at Hotel. Proceed for a day hike to Triund. The hike starts from Mcleodganj and goes through mixed forest of oak, rhododendron and deodar. Triund is a view point situated on a flat meadow. From Triund we can see the Dhauladhar range very close on one side and the whole Kangra valley on the other. It takes around six - seven walking hours both ways.
Overnight at hotel.
Morning visit to Norbulingka monastery and walk to Tshuciling monastery, Evening visit to Tibetan Medicinal centre and Parliament in exile. Overnight at hotel.
15 Dharamsala - Nalagarh (Drive 322 Kms 10 hours)
After an early breakfast proceed for a full day drive to Nalagarh, Nalagarh was the capital of the kingdom of Hindur founded by Raja Ajai Chand in 1100 A.D. It was ruled by the Chandela Rajputs. The Chandela kings were great patrons of art and architecture. Raja Ram Chander, another illustrious ruler of the same dynasty, was also a great builder who constructed the Ramgarh Fort and the town of Ramshere. Raja Surendra Singh was the last ruler of Nalagarh and his son, Raja Vijayendra is the present ceremonial ruler of Nalagarh.
16 Nalagarh – Chandigarh (Drive 96 Kms 2-3 Hours)
Chandigarh – Delhi (Shatabdi Express) 0915 - 1335
Morning departure transfer to the Railway station at Kalka to board the super fast train to Delhi, Met upon arrival at Delhi and check into your hotel (Rooms will be from 1400-2200)
Rest of the day will be free for independent activities, later in the evening departure transfer to the International airport to board the flight for onward destination.