Trek through forests of pine, oak and rhododendron forests, take in breathtaking views of the snow capped mountains, enjoy the charm of secluded quaint hamlets, walk through fields of wild flowers, and ramble through the colonial charm of Shimla.
Duration : 10 Days
Route : Shimla → Mashobra → Naldhera → Narkanda → Thanedar → Kotgarh → Kullu → Manali
Days 1-2 Shimla
Shimla, the summer capital of the British Raj in India, is draped in forests of pine, rhododendron, and oak. Often referred to as the ‘Queen of Hills’, Shimla is a very popular holiday-retreat during the summer months and is known for its Victorian architecture.
Popular attractions include The Mall, Christ Church, Annadale, Jakhu Temple, and the Viceregal Lodge.
Days 3-4 Mashobra & Naldhera
Mashobra is a popular outdoor destination perfect for short hikes through pine, oak, cedar, deodar and rhododendron groves. The hike to Craignano is highly recommended.
Naldhera boasts of the oldest 9 hole golf course in the country. The well groomed Golf Course is a lovely verdant, perhaps one of the finest and sporty in India. A visit to near by Kogi village is a good insight into the rural Himachali lifestyle.
Day 5-6 Narkanda, Kotgarh & Thanedar
Situated at an attitude of 2708 meters, Narkanda offers a spectacular view of snow ranges. This is an ideal retreat for the tourists who seek seclusion in mountains. There are treks through apple orchards and forest groves with views of the eternal snow line.
The hike to Hatu Peak through pine and spruce trees is quite popular. The Hatu Mata temple at the peak offers spectacular views of the snow clad mountains of the Himalayan range.
Located in Himachal’s Horticultural heartland, Kotgarh and Thanedhar, are known for its apple orchards. The famous Stokes Farm is located at Thanedhar.
Days 7-8 Kullu
The long periods of seclusion have allowed the area to retain a considerable amount of its traditional charm. The region is an intricate web of numerous valleys, each of which is a visual delight and seems more beautiful than the other. It is also home to charming traditional Himachali temples.
Days 9-10 Manali
The region is surrounded by high snow capped mountains with deep boulder strewn gorges, thick forests and fields of wild flowers, small picturesque hamlets and fruit laden orchards.
Popular destinations include Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Vashisth, Old Manali and Rohtang Pass.