Visit traditional wooden temples, trek through lush green valleys, enjoy the charm of secluded quaint hamlets, visit buddhist monastries, tour tea gardens, walk through meadows of wild flowers, and ramble through the colonial charm of Dalhousie.
Duration : 14 Days
Route : Manali → Kullu → Palampur → Dharamshala → Chamba → Khajiar → Dalhousie
Days 1-3 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.
Days 4-5 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 6-7 Palampur
Palampur came into being when tea plantations 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.
Dhauladhar ranges rise dramatically just beyond Palampur and the town itself has interesting colonial architecture and the area around is richly garnished with historical temples and forts and scores of picturesque hamlets.
Popular destinations include the Tea Gardens, the pottery village of Andretta, Playul Choekhorling & Tashi Jong Monasteries and Sherbaling Monastic Seat.
Days 8-10 Dharamshala
The High snow clad Dhauladhar ranges form a magnificent backdrop to the hill resort of Dharamshala, the headquarters of His Holiness the Dalai Lama are at upper Dharamshala. Upper Dharamshala retains a British flavor and colonial lifestyle. Numerous ancient temples like Jwalamukhi, Brijeshwari and Chamunda lie on the plains below Dharamsala.
Top attractions include War memorial, St. John’s church, Mcleod Ganj and Kunal Pathri. It is also a popular spot for adventure sports, trekking, para gliding, and fishing.
Days 11-12 Chamba
Chamba town stands on the right bank of the river Ravi. A former princely state, it is known for its splendid architecture and is a base for numerous excursions.
Popular attractions include Laxmi Narayan temple complex, Hari Rai temple, Rangmahal and St. Andrews church.
Days 13-14 Dalhousie (via Khajjiar)
The hill station of Dalhousie is full of old world charm and holds lingering echos of the Raj era. Built on five hills, it is named after the British governor General of the 19th century, Lord Dalhousie.
It is surrounded by varied vegetation – pines, deodars, oaks and flowering rhododendrons. Dalhousie has charming colonial architecture, including some beautiful churches.
Often dubbed as India’s Switzerland, the exquisite glade of Khajjiar has a circumference of about 5 km with thick forests of deodars along the fringes.