Silver Triangle Tour

Chandigarh-Rock-Garden Silver Triangle Tour

Tourism in India

Destination Covered:

Delhi - Chandigarh - Shimla - Manali - Dharamshala - Pathankot - Delhi

10 Nights / 11 Days
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Day 01 - Arrive Delhi
Arrive in Delhi, the capital city of India. After completing formalities with customs and immigration, you will be received by our representative with Traditional Indian Welcome (with garlands).

Delhi is the capital of India since old times. Delhi's history dates back to the first millenium BC, when it was known as Indraprastha. The Tomar Rajputs built Lal Kot, the core of the first of Delhi's seven cities. It is the epicenter of the nation's politics, economy and culture. History is alive and throbbing in Delhi, the capital of India. Afterwards transfer to your hotel for the overnight stay.
Day 02 - Delhi
After breakfast embark on sightseeing trip of Delhi City which would include the visit to Old Delhi to New Delhi.

Old Delhi: An ancient walled city. Here you would see the Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire, Rajghat the Samadhi of our Father of Nation, Jama Masjid the largest mosque in India and Chandni Chowk the bustling and colourful market of the old city.

New Delhi: The city designed and built by the British in the 1920’s- a city of wide boulevards impressive Government Buildings, green parks and gardens. First you will visit the two monuments from the Delhi’s past Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar. Then your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the Imposing India Gate and Parliament House.
After completing the sightseeing return back to the Hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 - Delhi - Chandigarh By Road (Approx 250 Kms – 05 Hours)
Breakfast in the Hotel.. This morning drive to Chandigarh.
Chandigarh is the capital of Haryana and Punjab. It is one of the most beautiful and planned cities in the world. It is an ultra modern city. Chandigarh is designed by Le Corbusier. It was built in 1953. The name of the city is derived from Goddess of power known as Shri Chandika whose temple is on Chandigarh- Kalka Road. The temple is known by the name of Chandi Mandir.
Upon arrival check in to the hotel.

Afternoon embark on the city sightseeing trip where you would visit the Rock Garden which is the main attraction of the city. The waste materials like tin cans bottles, broken plugs, saucers plates are used to create some wonderful sculpture in Rock Garden. The Rock Garden in Chandigarh also has an open-air theatre. Reputed artists performed several world-class performances in this creative and naturalistic open-air theatre of Rock Gardens. This popular sculpture garden covers an area of about 64 acres. This popular garden was built by Nekchand using varieties of mutli colored stones. Afterwards visit Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh is another popular sightseeing place in Chandigarh. This venue is popular for its excellent scenic beauty and some adventurous water sports like boating, yachting, water skiing and some other popular sports, which are played here.

Return to the hotel after the sightseeing. Overnight will be in Chandigarh.
Day 04 - Chandigarh - Shimla By Road (Approx 125 Kms – 03 Hours)
Breakfast in the Hotel.. This morning drive to Shimla.

The British called Shimla the "Queen of Hill Stations." Situated in the north-West Himalayas, Shimla the summer capital of India before independence is now the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla derives its name from "Shyamala";- the goddess Kali, whose temple existed in the dense forest that covered Jakhu Hill in the early 19th century. The English named it Simla. Shimla is well connected by air, road and rail with all parts of Himachal Pradesh, and the neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashimir and the Union territory of Chandigarh. Covering the area of 18 sq. km. at a height of 7,238 ft. Shimla is surrounded by pine, deodar, oak and rhododendron forests. Its well developed facilities, easy accessibility and numerous attractions make it one of Indian's most popular and biggest hill.

Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight will be in Shimla.
Day 05 - In Shimla
Breakfast in the Hotel.. This morning embark on the sightseeing trip of the city where you would visit-

The Mall: The Mall is the main shopping centre of Shimla. It also has many restaurants, clubs, banks, bars, Post Offices and tourist offices. The Gaiety Theatre is also situated there. People walk up and down the Mall slowly, stopping to gossip, as it is the main meeting place for everyone. The Ridge and Scandal point are the two main meeting points at the Mall.

Christ Church: Situated on the Ridge is Christ Church, which is the second oldest church in Northern India. It has a very majestic appearance and inside there are stained glass windows which represent faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility. Christ Church is a place all visitors should spend some time in.

Jakhu Hill: 2 kms. from Shimla, at a height of 8000 ft, Jakhu Hill is the highest peak and offers a beautiful view of the town and of the snow-covered Himalayas. At the top of the Hill, is an old temple of Hanuman, which is also the home of countless playful monkeys waiting to be fed by all visitors.

Shimla State Museum: The Museum, which was opened in 1974, has tried to project hill-out and the cultural wealth of the state. There is a collection of miniature Pahari paintings, sculptures, bronzes wood-carvings and also costumes, textiles and jewellery of the region.

Indian Institute of Advanced Studies: This institute is housed in the Viceregal Lodge, which was built in 1884-88 during the British times. It has spacious gardens and is ringed by beautiful pine trees. All is calm and serene just the right atmosphere for a student of literature or politics.

Return to the hotel after the sightseeing. Overnight will be in Shimla.
Day 06 - Shimla - Manali By Road (Approx 270 Kms – 06 Hours)
Breakfast in the Hotel. This morning drive to Manali and enroute visit Sundernagar Lake, Kull Valley and Padhoh Dam. Manali stands high at an altitude of 2050 meters above sea level at the head of the Kullu valley. The beauty of the resort is enhanced by the Beas that flows through it. The river with the wild flowers, hamlets and fruit-laden orchards present the gifts of the sight, sound and smell.

Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight will be in Manali.
Day 07 - Manali
Breakfast in the Hotel. This morning embark on your full day sightseeing trip where you would visit-

The Mall, or main road of Manali is the hub of activity in this tourist town, lined with hotels, restaurants, shops, the bus station and many travel agencies. Though it carries the same British epithet as its counterpart in Shimla, the Mall of Manali has an entirely different character from the colonial flavour of the former. It is more of a busy commercial street with modern concrete blocks of hotels that spill over with tourists in the peak season. Most of the hotels overlooking the foaming Beas River, however, do offer pleasant views of the valley, green terraced fields and the surrounding orchards.

Manaligarh, the village has a ruined fort and a cluster of houses built in the Pahari style - with heavy stone roofs and wooden balconies projecting out of the first floor. According to popular belief it is here that Manu, the lawmaker lived around the 2nd century BC. His treatise, the 'Manusmriti' is the foundations of Hindu law and of the rigid caste system based on varna or profession.

Manu Maharishi temple, a relatively new shrine dedicated to Manu. The village itself is an idyllic break from the rush of main Manali, surrounded by terraced maize fields and apple orchards. There are several guesthouses and cafes lining the path to the village.

Hadimba Devi Temple. Maharaja Bahadur Singh built the present wooden pagoda-like temple in 1553 after earlier structures were burnt down by forest fires. Standing on a stone platform surrounded by old deodar trees, the three-tiered temple is crowned with pennants, brass bells and a trident. Carvings of animals, plants and folk deities adorn the temple, while hunting trophies hang over its entrance.

Return to the hotel after the sightseeing. Overnight will be in Manali.
Day 08 - In Manali
Breakfast in the Hotel. Full Day Free at leisure. Overnight will be in Manali.
Day 09 - Manali - Dharamshala By Road (Approx 235 Kms – 05 Hours)
Breakfast in the Hotel. This morning drive to Dharamshala and enroute visit Palampur.

The hill town of Dharamshala sits on a narrow ridgeline along the Dhauladhar range. The town is roughly divided into two sections – lower town of Dharamshala with its traditional settlement and market areas and the upper town of McLeodganj, famous for its celebrity resident, His Holiness The Dalai Lama. The heights of the two sections tha make up the Himalayan town of Dharamshala vary considerably - from 1,250 metres to about 1,770 metres with a steep winding 10 km road linking both sections.

Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 10 - Dharamshala
Breakfast at Hotel. This morning embark on the sightseeing trip of the city where you would visit-

The Museum of Kangra Art on the main road in Dharamshala. Exhibits include a collection of miniature paintings from the Kangra school, some local jewellery, excellent traditional wood carvings and copies of some paintings by 20th century Russian artist Nicholas Roerich. The artist who lived for quite a while in Himachal Pradesh was renowned for his vivid Himalayan mountain scapes.

McLeodganj, the upper town. This winding road takes nearly 40 minutes. The residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in McLeodganj is surrounded by high walls and sits on the edge of a cliff overlooking the valley. Besides the Dalai Lama’s living quarters, the complex also includes offices of the government in exile. It is extremely difficult to get a private audience with His Holiness and requires sending your request at least 4 months in advance to his secretary. But the Dalai Lama also appears in public audiences for a gathering of about 300 people, which are organised according to demand. On special festive occasions, the Dalai Lama leads the Kalchakra Ceremony that is performed by Buddhist monks for universal peace and harmony. Afterwards drive to Pathankot.

Upon arrival transfer to the Railway Station to Board the train for New Delhi. Overnight will be in Ac Sleeper Class.
Day 11 - Dharamshala – Pathankot By Road (Approx 235 Kms – 05 Hours)
Arrive Delhi in this morning. On arrival received at the station and assisted in your transfer to the Hotel where the room is reserved for you for the day use. On arrival check in to the Hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. This evening assisted in the transfer to the International airport to board the flight back home.
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