Glimpses of Himachal
GLIMPSES OF HIMACHAL
5 Days 4 Nights
DHARAMSHALA (2N) - DALHOUSIE (2N)
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 – CHANDIGARH (08 HRS)
After breakfast we checkout from hotel and proceed for Chandigarh by road. On arrival you will be transferred to the airport/railway station to board the flight/Train back to home.