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The Foothills Of The Himalaya - 10 Nights / 11 Days

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Duration :6 Nights / 7 days
Places : Delhi->Nalagarh->Dharmsala->Taragarh->Simla->Mussourie->Delhi

Best season: April to October

Himachal Pradesh is one of the most beautiful areas in India, comparatively undiscovered and unspoiled, with beautiful and fragile ecosystems of the mountains and valleys, lush green tea gardens, thick pine forests and gushing, snow-fed crystal-clear streams It offers magnificent scenery with snow-covered mountain ranges stretching majestically for hundreds of kilometers.
The Kangra Valley is flanked in the north by the perpetually snow-capped Dhauladhar mountain range and abounds in ancient temples and monasteries as well as old forts guarding many kingdoms that flourished here till the last century. The famous Kangra School of miniature painting was produced in the courts of these princes.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Drive DELHI to NALAGARH

After an early breakfast, depart on the 7-hour drive to Nalagarh. Overnight at THE FORT, NALAGARH.


Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day exploring Nalagarh. Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, the fort was built during the reign of Raja Bikram Chand in 1421. Surrounded by 10 acres of a lush green estate, the fort affords a panoramic view of the Shivalik Hills beyond the Sirsa river. The Ramgarh Fort, the Mughal Gardens and the Naina Devi temple are worth visiting. Overnight at THE FORT, NALAGARH


After breakfast depart on the 6-hour drive to Dharamsala, the principal township of the region, magnificently set amongst pine forests with the backdrop of the Dhauladhar range. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at GLENMORE COTTAGES.


After breakfast, spend the day exploring Dharamsala. Lower Dharamsala, with its bazaars and civic centres, is the commercial heart. Some 1,500 feet higher up is Upper Dharamsala, where McLeod Ganj and Forsyth Ganj are located, each with their individual flavour and lifestyle.

McLeod Ganj is the settlement of Tibetan Buddhists who sought refuge here in 1960 following their exile from Tibet. The Buddha Temple is situated opposite the residence of the Dalai Lama and around it are located a monastery and a nursery.

A few kilometers' walk away is the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts which organizes a ten-day folk opera commencing the second Saturday of April. Overnight at GLENMORE COTTAGES.


After breakfast proceed on the one-hour drive to Taragarh Palace Hotel, a quiet and serene retreat in the heart of the Kangra Valley, an hour’s drive from Dharamsala. Built in the 1930s as a summer resort it was home to Tara Devi, the mother of the present Maharaja of Kashmir. Overnight at TARAGARH PALACE


After breakfast spend the day exploring the environs. The hills surrounding Taragarh offer some lovely day walks with spectacular views of the Dhauladhar range. The nearby town of Baijnath has an ancient Shiva temple dedicated to Shiva Vaidyanatha (Lord of the Physicians). Legend has it that this was the temple where Ravana worshipped Shiva to gain immortality.

The Baijnath temple is supposed to be one of the twelve jyotirlingas and is thronged with pilgrims at the festivals of Navratri (nine nights) in April and October.

The Tashijong Gompa (monastery) is situated some 3 km from Taragarh. While a jeepable road leads right up to the monastery, we suggest a day walk up the hill, through a beautiful pine forest, dotted with a few small villages. A small Tibetan settlement where carpet-weaving is undertaken, is also worth visiting. Overnight at TARAGARH PALACE

Day 7: Drive TARAGARH to SIMLA

After an early breakfast depart on the 7-hour drive to Simla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh. On arrival check in at the the hotel. Overnight at CHAPSLEE HALL.

Day 8: In SIMLA

After breakfast, spend the day exploring Simla. Spread across 12 km along a ridge that overlooks terraced hillsides and cultivation, Simla is magnificently robed in dense forests of oak, pine, fir and rhododendron. In the summer the private gardens abound in flowers in full bloom. Originally a small village with a temple to Shamla Devi as its main attraction, the British developed the settlement for its bracing climate and scenic location to make it the summer capital of India for many years.

Places of interest include The Mall, Simla's principal promenade which terminates at Scandal Point, from where the views of the Himalayas are unmatched; the Viceregal Lodge, the erstwhile viceroy's residence is today the Institute of Advanced Studies. The Simla State Museum houses numerous art objects from around India including a priceless collection of paintings. The hills surrounding the town offer superb views - a brisk walk up Jakhoo Hill leads to a temple dedicated to Hanuman. Glen Forest, by a stream's edge, is a delightful picnic spot in a dense forest clearing. Summer Hill has several forest trails for easy walking. Overnight at CHAPSLEE HALL.


After breakfast depart on the long but interesting 8-hour drive to Mussourie the “Queen of the Hills”, a very popular hill station in Uttar Pradesh. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at NABHA PALACE RESORT.


After breakfast spend the day exploring Mussourie. Situated on a horse shaped hill, discovered by the British, Mussourie retains its casual elegance even today. Houses and walks bear English names, though Mussourie is a mixture of several cultures. Mussourie commands a panoramic view of the Doon Valley and is an ideal base for leisurely day hikes or treks in the Gangotri and Yamunotri valleys. Overnight at NABHA PALACE RESORT

Day 11: Drive MUSSOURIE to DELHI

After breakfast depart on the 6-hour drive back to Delhi.


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