Day 1: Chandigarh to Amritsar
Drive past the green fields of Punjab (yellow, if the mustard plants are flowering) and reach Amritsar, about 240 kms away. Check-in to hotel and evening is free to walk around the colourful local bazaars.
Day 2: Amritsar sightseeing
Start you day with blessing from the Golden Temple again, if you wish, and move on to Jallianwala Bagh. This is one of the most important sites of the Indian Freedom Movement – where, on April 13, 1919, British and Gurkha soldiers opened fire on an unarmed civilians. In the evening visit the Indo-Pak Wagah Border to watch the Flag Retreat Ceremony.
Day 3: Amritsar to Dalhousie
Morning drive to Dalhousie, located on the outer slopes of the Dhauladhar range. This is the gateway to Chamba and an important hill resort in the district. The area is chock-full of picturesque walks through oak, pine and deodar forests and lovely picnic spots. Check in to your hotel, stroll around the beautiful surroundings and if you’re lucky, catch a spectacular sunset.
Day 4: Dalhousie sightseeing
Visit Khajjiar, also known as “A Mini Switzerland”, a lush, green meadow located in the picturesque Chamba valley. Here you will find the 12th-century Khajjinag temple dedicated to the local Goddess. Kalatop, close by, is a dense deodar and fir forest sanctuary with numerous well laid out trekking trails. Dainkund mountain, locally known as the singing hill, at 2745m provides breathtaking views of the surrounding regions. Visit the ancient town of Chamba on the banks of the Ravi river and get in a few of its numerous temples and palaces.
Day 5: Dalhousie – Dharamshala
Early morning drive to Dharamshala. Dharamshala, enfolded on three sides by the mountains, is divided into lower and upper towns. McLeodganj is part of the upper town. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.
Day 6: Dharamshala sightseeing
Take in the calmness and serenity of Dharamsala with its towering pine trees and tea gardens. Visit the Dalai Lama Temple complex, the seat of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Continue on to Bhagsunag, known for its old temple, a fresh water spring and waterfalls, one of the main attractions of McLeodganj.
Day 7: Dharamshala – Naggar/Manali
The drive to Manali (2050m) at the Northern end of the Kullu Valley will take you past the tea gardens of Palampur. Take a small detour to the charming village of Andretta, where you can see Norah Richards, the Irish writer’s, quaint mudhouse. Andretta is also famous for its glazed pottery. Stop over at Bir for a bout of adventure – paragliding. Reach our home base at Naggar (20kms) from Manali, surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks with the snowline never more than a few hours’ drive away. Stay at our homestay, eat and learn to cook traditional Himachali food.
Day 8: Manali sightseeing
Visit the Hadimba temple, Vasisht Baths, Manu Temple and Tibetan monastery. Chill in Old Manali, imbibe the local ambience and shop for souvenirs at the Tibetan Market on the Mall.
Day 9: 10: 11: Chanderkhani Trek
The trail from Naggar through the heritage village of Rumsu and all the way up to beautiful Chanderkhani Pass offers glorious views of snow-clad peaks and thick carpets of birch and spruce. Spend two nights up among the pristine peaks, camp on top and descend back to Naggar.
Day 12: Naggar to Chandigarh/Delhi