Divine Tour to Himachal
DIVINE TOUR TO HIMACHAL
8 Days 7 Nights
DHARAMSHALA (2N) - DALHOUSIE (2N) - KATRA (2N) - AMRITSAR (1N)
DAY 01: ARRIVE CHANDIGARH – DRIVE TO DHARAMSHALA (8 HRS)
Arrival at Chandigarh Railway Station and proceed for Dharamsala, The High snow clad Dhauladhar ranges from a magnificent backdrop to the hill resort of Dharamsala. This is the principal township of Kangra district and overlooks widespread 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. The headquarters of His Holiness the Dalai Lama are at upper Dharamsala. Covering a wide area in the form of twin settlement, lower Dharamsala (1380m) is a busy commercial center. 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. There is also a large Tibetan community who have made this place their home. Numerous ancient temples like Jwalamukhi, Brijeshwari and Chamunda lie on the plains below Dharamsala. Overnight at Dharamsala.
DAY 02: DHARAMSHALA – FULL DAY LOCAL SIGHTSEEING
After breakfast is free for a tour of Dharamshala where you are going to cover the major attractions that are going to include Dal Lake, Church, Bhagsu Nag Temple and Tibetan Monastery. All these places are filled with a lot of natural beauty. After lunch we embark on a sightseeing visit to the famous Tibetan Medical Centre, where treatment is done using rare Tibetan medicines. St. John Church, which is one of the oldest churches of this region. It is widely acknowledged for its Belgian stained-glass windows, which were donated by Lady Elgin. Other than these attractions, some other places to visit include Kangra Art Museum, Tea Gardens and Kunal Pathri Temple.
DAY 03: DHARAMSHALA – DALHOUSIE (05 HRS)
After breakfast followed by check-out formalities. Later, begin driving towards Dalhousie, Dalhousie – a famous hill station in Himachal famous for snow capped mountains. Quite a few Tibetan refugees have made a home in Dalhousie and there are painted rock carvings of Buddhist deities along the south side of the ridge. You can also visit the British-era churches of St John (1863) and St Francis (1894) set among the pines at opposite ends of the ridge. The market areas at Subhash Chowk and Gandhi Chowk are linked by lanes – Thandi Sarak (Cold Rd) and Garam Sarak (Hot Rd). The latter lane receives more sunshine. Arrive at the hotel check in and relax. Evening free for leisure activities. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 04: DALHOUSIE – LOCAL FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING
Today morning after a filling delicious breakfast set out for a local sightseeing tour of Dalhousie .There are four beautiful churches in Dalhousie. These are St. Andrew’s Church and St. Patrick’s Church at Balun St. Francis church at Subhash Chowk and St.John’s Church at Gandhi Chowk. Subhash Baoli was at this enchanting spot surrounded by majestic trees that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose spent time in 1937 contemplating and meditating. Panchpula is a picturesque spot where a stream feeds a series of pools. A monument has been built here in memory of the freedom fighter Sardar Ajit Singh. Kalatop wildlife sanctuary is a home to the ‘ghoral’ and Himalayan black bear. Overnight at the hotel in Dalhousie.
DAY 05: DALHOUSIE – KATRA (6.5 HRS)
Proceed to Katra (230 kms – 6.5 hrs). Enroute visit Raghunath Temple at Jammu, time permitting. Overnight at Katra.
DAY 06: KATRA (VAISHNODEVI DARSHAN)
Early morning start for Vaishnodevi climb (Total 13 kms walk to the temple that takes about 4-5 hours). Enroute stops at Adhkwari Temple and Darshan at Baba Bhaironath Temple is recommended). During Summer and peak travel season it may be advisable to start the climb previous evening. Once queue tickets are purchased the wait period could be half an hour to 3 hours depending on the rush. During season Yatra Parchi (entry tickets required to begin the uphill walk), it is recommended to purchase in advance to avoid delays. Guests looking for Helidarshan (Helicopter ride, Darshan and back), morning flights are recommended for best weather and least uncertainty. Return by late evening.
DAY 07: KATRA – AMRITSAR WITH INDO PAK WAGAH BORDER (6 HRS)
Today after early breakfast we checkout from Hotel and proceed for Amritsar by Road. On arrival check in at hotel and later visit Indo-Pak Wagah Border to watch Flag Retreat Ceremony- Wagah, an army outpost on Indo-Pak border 30 Kms from Amritsar where the daily highlight is the evening “Beating the Retreat” ceremony. Soldiers from both countries march in perfect drill, going through the steps of bringing down their respective national flags. As the sun goes down, nationalistic fervour rises and lights are switched on marking the end of the day amidst thunderous applause. After visit Jallianwala Bagh- where, on April 13, 1919, British and Gurkha soldiers opened fire on an unarmed forbidden gathering, killing hundreds of civilians. Night (if time permit) we can visit Golden temple -the most important Sikh shrine which is also called Mecca for the Sikhs is a living symbol of the spiritual and historical traditions of the Sikhs. (its open 24hrs.) Overnight stay at Hotel.
DAY 08: AMRITSAR – CHANDIGARH (9 HRS)
After breakfast, complete the check-out formalities at the hotel and then proceed for Chandigarh. Chandigarh – is the first planned modern city of India designed by the French architect Le Corbusier. Chandigarh is a city in India that serves as the capital of two states – Punjab and Haryana. However, the city does not belong to either state. Rather, the city is administered by the federal government and hence classified as a union territory.