Day 1: Arrive Amritsar in morning. (Diwali Festival)
Day 2: Amritsar to Dharamshala, 190 kms, 6hrs. drive, Brijeshwari Temple.
Day 3: Visit Dharamshala (1830m).
Day 4: Dharamshala to Mandi, via Baijnath-Rewalsar, 137 km. (+day for Shivaratri festival)
Day 5: Mandi to Kullu-Manali (2000m), 90 kms.
Day 6: Explore Manali. (+day for Dussehra and Dhungri festival)
Day 7: Manali to Chandigarh, 150 kms.
Day 8: Chandigarh to Rishikesh (230km), 5 hrs.
Day 9: Rishikesh to Haridwar, 23km.Ganga Dussehra festival)
Day 10: Haridwar to Delhi by train, 240 kms. Evening departure.
Day 11: Required to attendShivaratri Festival in Mandi, Tschue in Rewalsar( TsoPemma ) Dushera festival in Kullu, Dhungari mela ( Festival ) in Manali. Where asno extra day is required to attend the festival of Diwali at Amristar, Ganga Dussehra festival at Haridwar.
Day 1: Delhi to Amritsar. (Diwali festival)
Early morning arrival at Amritsar. Check-in to the hotel. Visit the city; overnight in the hotel.
Amritsar translates as ‘pool of nectar’, the name of the sacred pool surrounding the Sikh Golden Temple. A causeway connects to the temple in the middle of the pool. A Sikh high priest reads the holy book, sitting on the east side of the temple. The temple attracts pilgrims from all over the world.
Wagah Border is the Indo-Pakistan border 30 kms drive away, where the retreat ceremony on the road to Lahore is an interesting experience at Sunset.
Day 2: Amritsar to Dharamshala, 190 kms, 6 hrs. drive
Leave to Dharamshala, enroute stop for lunch, later visit the thousand-year old Brijeshwari Temple, built in Shikhara style and dedicated to the goddess Vrajreshwari. After 10-minute walk leading to the temple premise following the alley of colorful shops selling articles that devotees need for religious rituals to pay homage to the goddess. If time allows visit Museum containing the precious painting of Kangra (closed on Sunday and gazeted holidays), evening check- in to hotel. Stroll among the Indo–Tibetan crowd on the street of Mecleodganj, night in a hotel.
Day 3: Visit Dharamshala (1830 m).
A former colonial retreat, Mcleodganj rose to its prominence after the large-scale exodus of Tibetans from their homeland in 1959. It is the residence (Ocean of Tranquility) of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. In the backdrop are the majestic Dhauladhar Mountains. The Tibetan Government in exile has been based here for over three and a half decades. With traditional architectural designs drawn from Tibet, the impressive Namgyal monastery is surrounded by a row of prayer wheels, and houses large images of the Buddha: Padmasambhava and Avalokteshwara. If time permits, the Tibetan handicraft centre can also be visited; night in a hotel.
Day 4: Dharamshala to Mandi, via Baijnath-Rewalsar, 137 km.(+day for Shivaratri festival)
Leave to Mandi, enroute visit Shiva temple at Baijnath which bears an inscription dated 804A.D and dedicated to Vaidhyanath. The temples are built in the Shikhera style and are remarkable for their proportion and architectural beauty.
Drive further to Rewalsar (Pool of Ancient Wisdom), which is like a Dark jewel on a wooded hillside. This sacred lake is identified as the “Sahar of Yore”. Legend identifies this place the one from where Padma Sambhava left for Tibet to spread the words of the Buddha in the 8th century.
Mandi is an important town of Himachal Pradesh and gateway to Kullu Valley. It is known for its aesthetically carved Shikhara style temples of Bhootnath, Triloknath and Panchvakra night in a hotel.
Day 5: Mandi to Kullu-Manali (2000 m), 90 kms.
Today, we leave for Manali. Enroute, we will visit Shiva temple at Bajaura; check into the hotel by afternoon.
Kullu–Manali is situated in the inner range of the Himalayas and is famous for apple orchards, pine trees and cheerful people. The valley has hundreds of temples and deities. The Aryans named this valley as Kulantpitha, meaning “the end of the habitable world”. Visit the temple of Manu at old Manali, the hot spring at Vashisht and keep the evening free; night in a hotel.
Day 6: Explore Manali.(+day for Dushera and Dhungari festival)
The Hadimba Devi temple is famous for its association with the Mahabharata. Jagatsukh was the capital of Kullu in olden times and has the temple of Gayatri Devi. Nagar is 20 kms away and has a castle, the temple of Goddess Tripurasundry, a Shiva temple and the well-known Roerich Art Gallery; back to Manali by evening for a night in the hotel.
Day 7: Manali to Chandigarh, 300 kms. 7h.
Leave the mountain and drive to Chandigarh. enroute passing by several villages and tinny hamlets. Major part of drive across the Himalayan foot hills is scenic adorned by terraced field and remaining is the plain of Punjab, grows varieties of crops round the years. A city designed by the famous Swiss architect Le Corbusier. Visit the Rock Garden which is an epitome of creativity and innovation. It is a unique garden that consists of various art objects. But the best part about the rock garden is that each of its artwork has been made by using industrial & urban waste night in the hotel.
Day 8: Chandigarh to Rishikesh (230 m), 5 hours.
Depart to Rishikesh, the sanctuary of saints and Sadhus.
Situated on the banks of the river Ganges, known from medieval times as a great pilgrimage Centre, attracting large numbers of pilgrims, saints and sages (sadhus). It is known for its Centre for yoga and meditation. We will visit ashrams and temples and witness the evening ritual ceremony at Triveni Ghat, when hundreds of people float little flower bowls with oil lamps on the river; back to hotel for night stay.
Day 9: Rishikesh to Haridwar, 23 kms. (Ganga Dussehra festival)
Start your journey for Haridwar. Check-in to the hotel. Visit Mansa Devi temple dedicated to Shakti, the goddess of power. Also visit Daksha Mahadevi temple and bathing ghats. In the evening, join the grand Arti; night in a hotel.
Haridwar literally means gateway to God. It has been a sacred place from time immemorial and is one of the most important pilgrimage places on the Ganges. Based on Hindu mythology, millions of Hindus take a holy dip in the sacred river Ganges to seek emancipation. There is meditation and worship at Har ki Pauri (Bathing Ghat ) which is one of the most fascinating religious ritual in the world; night in a hotel.
Day 10: Haridwar to Delhi by train, 240 kms. Evening departure
Train to Delhi, visit Jama Masjid, over view on Red Fort. Enjoy a rickshaw ride between Jama Masjid and over view Red Fort. In evening, after dinner, transfer to the airport for yours onward destination. No hotels in Delhi.
Day 11: Attend Shivaratri Festival in Mandi
One extra day is required to attend Shivaratri Festival in Mandi, Tschue in Rewalsar( TsoPemma ) Dushera festival in Kullu, Dhungari mela ( Festival ) in Manali. Where asno extra day is required to attend the festival of Diwali at Amristar and Ganga Dussehra festival at Haridwar. Therefore duration of tour will be 10 days instead of 11 days with other mentioned festivals.