One of the most popular states of India, Himachal Pradesh has been blessed with mesmerizing scenery and is dotted with a number of hill stations, which are popular tourist destinations. Exotic Land of Hills by Indian Holiday offers you a chance to explore some of such picturesque hill towns. During this meticulously-planned itinerary of 5 nights and 6 days, you visit destinations like Dharamshala, Khajjiar, Dalhousie and Chamba. Have a memorable holiday by visiting the popular attractions of the region, indulging in fun activities, tasting the local renditions and enjoying the amazing weather.
Note: The above rates are valid till March 31st, 2018.
PS: Above Special Rates are not applicable for Long Weekends/ Holidays/ Festivals and Air Condition will not operate in Hills Area.
Day 1 - Pathankot - DharamshalaArrival in Pathankot, by train. An IHPL representative offers you an assisted transfer to Dharamshala. After reaching, check-in at your hotel. Also spelled as Dharamsala, it is a beautiful and serene hill town that shot to fame after His Holiness Dalai Lama took shelter here. Spend the rest of the day by indulging in the activities of your interest. Stay overnight.
Day 2 - Dharamashala (McLeod Ganj)The 2nd day is scheduled for half-day sightseeing in Dharamshala including Dal Lake-placed amidst lush greenery the lake also has a Shiva temple on its banks, St. John's Church- an Anglican church built in 1852, it is dedicated to John The Baptist, Tibetan Monastery- for witnessing the worshipping rituals of the region and Bhagsu Nag Temple- an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Snake God, Nag and Lord Shiva. The rest of the day is at your own discretion. Partake in activities like shopping, trying out local delicacies and so on. Overnight stay.
Day 3 - Dharamshala - DalhousieOn the 3rd day, get transferred to Dalhousie, by road. En-route, admire the mesmerizing scenery, the cool breeze and the verdant greenery sprinkled all around. Upon arrival in Dalhousie, complete the check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Explore the near-by locations on your own, taste the local renditions and more. Stay overnight.
Day 4 - DalhousieThe day, post breakfast is for half-day tour sightseeing. Dalhousie was founded by Lord Dalhousie in the second half of the 1800's and so the place has been named after him. It is dotted with a number of attractions such as Satdhara Falls, Chamunda Devi Temple, Kalatop Sanctuary etc. The evening is at leisure. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 5 - Dalhousie - Khajjiar - Chamba - DalhousieDay 5 is scheduled for an excursion to Chamba and Khajjiar. Both these towns near Dalhousie are known for their lush landscape, floral meadows and tranquility. The list of attractions of the day includes Central Park- it offers a magnificent view of the entire hill town, Rang Mahal-one of the largest monuments of the region that is built in Mughal-British architecture, Khajjiar Lake and BhuriSingh Museum-named after Chamba's former king, it houses collection of miniature paintings, wooden carvings etc. If you are an adventure enthusiast, you can also try your hand at zorbing. Back to Dalhousie for overnight stay.
Day 6 - Departure from DalhousieOn the last day of the tour, check-out from the hotel and get an assisted transfer to Pathankot railway station to board the train for your onward destination.
- Accommodation using starting Room category of Each Hotel on Twin Sharing Basis.
- Daily Meals - As per mentioned above in package at the Hotels.
- Airport / hotel transfers + city tour + Drives as per the itinerary by Air – Conditioned Tata Indigo Car for 02 Adults & Toyota Innova for 04 and 06 Guests / Similar with an ALL INDIA TOURIST PERMIT.
- All currently applicable taxes, however, any other tax as and when levied by the Government shall be extra.
- Any meal unless specified above.
- Any Air Fare/ Train Tickets.
- Any Guide Services.
- All entrances fees to monuments.
- Personal nature expenses like telephone / laundry bills etc.
- Airports tax and travel insurance etc.
- Services not specified above.
Best Time to Visit Himachal
Himachal has a varied climate and depending on what you plan to do during the vacation, the ideal time varies. For those who want to roam around the hill stations and enjoy scenic mountain views, summer is the most suitable. For trekking and other mountain related activities too summer is the best season since the snow has melted and roads are accessible. Some trek routes, however, open only in monsoon and require specialized training and skills. Winter is perfect for those who want to stay in the southern cities and enjoy the snowfall.
Summer (April - June)
Summer lasts from April to June in Himachal Pradesh, and the temperatures can go as high as 32 degrees Celsius. However, the climate is cooler than then mainland because of the high altitude, plenty of forests and fresh mountain breeze. This season is perfect for sightseeing, shopping and visiting the picturesque villages of Himachal that are easily accessible during the summers. Most treks also take place during this time and start from the main cities like Shimla, Manali and Dharamshala. Alpine zones of the north remain cool even during the peak of the summer, and some high mountains even receive snowfall during May.
Monsoon (July - September)
Monsoon begins in July and continues through September with a wide variation in average rainfall. Regions located in the plains like Dharamshala receive torrential rains while some northern regions at higher altitudes like Lahaul and Spiti are classified as cold deserts and hardly receive any rainfall. It is best to avoid visiting during this time as the mountain roads become very unstable and there are frequent landslides that lead to the shutting down of roads. Floods are rare but have been known in the past. However, it is safe to visit major cities as they have all-weather roads connecting to the rest of the country. Most adventure sports are not operational during the monsoon.
Winter (November - March)
Winter is Himachal Pradesh is severe especially in the northern parts located high in the mountains. Almost all of the state receives snowfall though it is not very heavy in the main cities. Activities like skiing and other winter sports are operational only during the winter, and that is a truly unique experience. The onset of winter is in November, and it continues until March. The temperatures may drop to well below zero at high altitudes and are near zero in the lower regions.