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Destination Covered:

Shimla-Manali-Dalhousie-Dhramshala
Duration: 8 nights -9 days

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1| Arrive New Delhi – Shimla (385 km)

Arrive at the New Delhi international airport. Our representative will assist you in getting transferred to your pre booked hotel of Shimla. Check in. and rest of the day is free for leisure activity.

Day 2| Shimla

Get up early in the morning have your breakfast over there and then ready for full day sightseeing of the city. In the evening return back to hotel for overnight stay.

Shimla originally called Shimla, is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. In 1864, Shimla was declared the summer capital of the erstwhile British Raj in India. A popular tourist destination, Shimla is often referred to as the “Queen of Hills” (a term coined by the British). Located in north-west Himalayas at an altitude of 2,130 metres (6,988 ft), the city of Shimla, draped in forests of pine, rhododendron, and oak, experiences pleasant summers and cold, snowy winters.

The city is famous for its buildings styled in tudorbethan and neo-gothic architecture reminiscent of the colonial era. Shimla is connected to the city of Kalka by one of the longest narrow gauge railway routes still operating in India. Shimla is approximately 115 km (71.4 miles) from Chandigarh, the nearest major city, and 365 km (226.8 miles) from New Delhi, the national capital.

The Ridge: This place is an open space in the heart of town and offers outstanding views of the distant mountain ranges. The two prominent landmarks of Shimla, the Neo-Gothic structure of Christ Church and the new Tudor Library building are the other attractions located here.

The Mall: It is the key shopping centre of Shimla with restaurants, clubs, banks, bars, Post Offices, tourist offices and most of town’s highlights. The place becomes breathtakingly romantic in the evening offering wonderful views of the lit up city below. You can laze around around the Mall and spend some intimate moments with close ones. It is the most significant among the tourist attractions in Shimla.

Kufri is a tiny hill station located near Shimla. It is famous for its trekking and hiking trails. Adventure-seeking travelers throng Kufri in winters to enjoy skiing and tobogganing along its snow-covered slopes. Kufri is also famous for its nature parks and picnic spots. Kufri’s proximity to the hill station of Shimla makes it an important place to visit.

The region around Shimla including Kufri was once a part of the Kingdom of Nepal. This region remained obscure from the rest of the world until the British ‘discovered’ it in 1819. The British made Shimla their summer capital in 1864 and it remained so until 1939. As Shimla gained importance, Kufri also began to be recognized as an important place to visit near Shimla.

Day 3| Shimla –Manali (258 km)

Get up early in the morning have your breakfast in the pre booked hotel and then we will transfer you to Manali. Reach to Manali and rest of the day is free for leisure activity. Overnight stay in the pre booked hotel.

Manali: Manali, (alt. 1,950 m or 6,398 ft) in the Beas River valley, is an important hill station in the Himalayan mountains of Himachal Pradesh, India, near the northern end of the Kullu Valley. Manali is administratively a part of the Kullu district. The population is approx. 30,000. The small town was the beginning of an ancient trade route to Ladakh and, from there, over the Karakoram Pass on to Yarkand and Khotan in the Tarim Basin. Manali and its surrounding areas are of great significance to the Indian culture and heritage as it was the home and abode of the Saptarshi or seven sages. The ancient cave temple, Hidimba Devi Temple, is not far from town.In ancient times, the valley was sparsely populated by nomadic hunters known as “rakshas”. The next arrivals were the shepherds who arrived from the Kangra valley and settled to take up agriculture. Some of the earliest inhabitants of the region are the ‘naur’ or ‘nar’, which is a caste unique to the Kullu valley. Only a few naur families are known to exist now. A naur family in the village Soyal near Haripur on the west bank of Manali was famous for the vast land they owned and their practice of having ‘rakshas’ as their laborers. The British were responsible for introducing apples and trout which were not native to Manali.

Day 4|Manali

This day will be for the sightseeing of Manali and around places. Enjoy the beauty of nature overnight stay in the pre booked Hotel.

Tourist Attractions

Manali is a popular Himalayan tourist destination and accounts for nearly a quarter of all tourist arrivals in Himachal Pradesh. Manali’s cool atmosphere provides a perfect haven for the ones afflicted by the hot Indian summers. It is famous for adventure sports like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, para gliding, rafting, trekking, kayaking, and mountain biking. It also offers hot springs, spectacular religious shrines and temples, Tibetan Buddhist temples, and trekking in the surrounding mountains.

Naggar Fort south of Manali is a reminder of the 1500 year old Pal Dynasty. Made from rocks, stones, and elaborate wood carvings, it is an ensemble of the rich and elegant artworks of Himachal. The castle was later converted to a rest house and luxury hotel. Tourists often stop at the castle to see the small shrine located in the building’s courtyard, a fine example of architecture and design from the Pal Dynasty.The often visited site in Manali is the Dhungri or Hadimba Temple. Erected in 1553, this temple is dedicated to the local deity Hadimba, wife of the Pandava prince, Bhim. A major festival is held here in the month of May. The temple is noted for its four-storeyed pagoda and exquisite wooden carvings.Manali is known for its shiny gompas or Buddhist monasteries. With the highest concentration of Tibetan refugees in the entire Kullu valley, it is famous for its Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa, built in 1969. The monastery is maintained by donations from the local community and through the sale of hand-woven carpets in the temple workshop.The smaller and more modern Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa stands nearer the bazaar, in a garden blooming with sunflowers. Its main shrine, lit by dozens of electric bulbs and fragrant with Tibetan incense, houses a colossal gold-faced Buddha, best viewed from the small room on the first floor. The Museum of Traditional Himachal Culture, near the Hadimba temple, is worth a visit, which houses artifacts of folk art of the entire Kullu valley.

Day 5| Manali-Dalhousie (326 km)

Get up early in the morning have your breakfast over there and then ready to move towards Dalhousie. Reach and rest of the day is free for leisure activity. Overnight stay in the pre booked hotel.

One of the most sought after hill stations in Himachal Pradesh is Dalhousie. Built on five hills, Dalhousie is located on the west of the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas. Imagine getting up in the morning and viewing the snow capped mountain peaks right outside your window while the mist softly brushes across your face! That is the magic of Dalhousie, something that is experienced by going on sightseeing tours.

A tour to Dalhousie is thoroughly entertaining as there is something for everyone. Nature lovers can explore the scenic locales, photography enthusiasts can treat themselves on picture perfect surroundings and those who have a penchant for the past can explore temples, churches and other such intriguing tourist attractions. Come here to discover the real meaning of natural beauty and embark on a tour to Dalhousie.

Day 6| Dalhousie

Get up early in the morning have your breakfast there and then ready for the full day sightseeing. Return back to the hotel and overnight stay.

Subhash Baoli

The spring of Subhash Baoli is situated at a height of 6,678 ft in Dalhousie and provides excellent views of snow-capped mountains. It is named after Subhash Chandra Bose, who is believed to have visited the place every time he traveled to Dalhousie.

Satdhara

‘Satdhara’ or seven springs situated on the way to Panjpulla are reputed to have medicinal properties as its water contains ‘mica’, known as ‘Gandhak’ in the local language. It is a popular tourist attraction of Dalhousie and a must visit if you are traveling to this place.

Jandhri Ghat

Situated at an altitude of 2036 meters, the palace of erstwhile royalty of Chamba at Jandhri Ghat was the governing point for the rulers before Dalhousie went into the hands of British. There are a number of trophies that can be seen here. The streamlets and tall pine trees provide some beautiful picnic spots here.

Panjpulla

Located at a distance of 2 kilometers from Dalhousie, Panjpulla or a memorial with five bridges is a popular tourist attraction. It has a natural tank and calming surroundings. There are several small natural pools here that are fed by perennial streams. It was built in the memory of Sardar Ajit Singh, the famous freedom fighter of India.

Bakrota Hills

Quite close to Dalhousie, the Bakrota Hills provides breathtaking views of snow-clad peaks and the walling circuit around the hill known as the ‘Round’ is a popular destination among locals.

St. Patrick’s Church

St. Patrick’s Church is situated in Baloon, falling under the area known as the Dalhousie Cantonment. It lies approximately two km from the bus stand and holds the distinction of being the largest church of the hill station. St. Patrick’s Church dates back to the year 1909 and its main hall has a seating capacity of 300 persons. The funds for the construction of the Church were contributed by the officers and ranks of the British Army.

St. Francis Church

Situated on the Subhash Chowk, St. Francis Church is one of the prominent monuments of Dalhousie. Army officers as well as civilians contributed money for the construction of the church. Built in the year 1894, the church is being maintained by the Catholic Diocese of Jalandhar. Beautiful glass work and intricate stone work serve as some of the major attractions of the St. Francis Church.

Day 7| Dalhousie-Dharamshala (120 km)

Early Morning after breakfast travel by surface from Manali to Dharamshala. Reach Dharamshala by the afternoon. Check in at hotel and get ready for guided site seeing of Dharamshala. Stay overnight.

The town is divided between Upper Dharamsala or McLeod Ganj (which retains a British colonial atmosphere), and Lower Dharamsala (the commercial centre). Upper Dharamsala (elevation about 1,700 m or 5,580 ft) is about 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) from Lower Dharmsala by road and is some 460 m (1,510 ft) higher.

McLeod Ganj, or Upper Dharamsala, is the residence of Tenzin Gyatso the current Dalai Lama. A substantial community of Tibetan exiles resides in the town. There is also a beautiful small Anglican church, St.John Church of the Wilderness, featuring some exceptional stained-glass windows, just a few hundred metres from McLeod Ganj. There are some excellent treks from here to Triund, (3,350 m or 10,991 ft), Inderhara Pass (4,300 m or 14,108 ft) and to other beauty spots in the Dhauladhar range. The area covered by Dharamsala is almost 29 km². During the months of December and January, snowfall is common and the temperature ranges from 0 °C to 14.5 °C. During summers, the temperature ranges from 22 °C to 38 °C. The best times to visit are from March to June or September to November.

Day 8| Dharamshala

After breakfast go for the sightseeing of Mcleodganj H. H. The Dalai Lama resides here. At the start of Mcleodganj is a small bazaar filled with variety of Tibetan handicrafts and artifacts. At the end of the spur lies the Namgyal Monastery. The external wall is surrounded by rows of prayer wheels. With in the monastery are large idols of Buddha The charming church of St. John in the wilderness is situated here and this is the final resting place of Lord Elgin, a British Viceroy of India during the 19th century. Numerous ancient temples like Jwalamukhi, Brijeshwari and Chamunda lie on the plains below Dharamshala, dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 9| Dharamshala -Delhi (470 km)

Get up early in the morning have your breakfast over there and then moves towards Delhi by flight. Reach there and services from Services from HNK Travel Solutions ends here. Return back to your country with the sweet memories of India.

 

Beautiful North East

Destination Covered:

Dewli-Kohima-Kolkata-Darjelling-Pelling-Lachung-Gangtok-Delhi
Duration: 13 Nights/ 14 Days

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1| New Delhi – Kohima

Take flight from New Delhi to Dimapur. Reach Dimapur nearest airport to Kohima. Our company representative will assist you on the airport and transfer you to the pre booked hotel. Rest of the day is free for leisure activity.

Day 2|  Kohima

Get up early in the morning have your breakfast in the pre booked hotel and ready to enjoy and participate in the HORNBILL festival.

Tourist Attractions in Kohima

The World War II Cemetery, the Cathedral of Reconciliation, Bara Basti, Nagaland State Museum, Nagaland Zoo are some of the tourist attractions in Kohima. The sites near Kohima include the tribal village of Khonoma, Dzulekie, Jopfu Peak, Dzukou Valley and Dimapur.

World War II Cemetry

The World War II Cemetry is in a beautiful setting, with well maintained lawns where rose bushes bloom in the season. Two tall crosses stand out at the lowest and highest points. The stone markers each have a polished bronze plaque commemorating the men who fell here. The flowering cherry tree which was used by Japanese soldiers as a snipers post was destroyed and what you see is what grew from the old stump, marking the limit of the enemy advance. The upper cross carries the following inscription: “Here, around the tennis court of the Deputy Commissioner lie men who fought in the battle of Kohima in which they and their comrades finally halted the invasion of India by the forces of Japan in April 1944.” At the base of the lower cross, there are four lines:”When you go home, tell them of us and say for your tomorrow, we gave our today”.

Nagaland State Museum

The Nagaland State Museum has a collection of anthropological exhibits of the Naga tribes like Gateposts, statue, pillars, jewellery, a ceremonial drum which looks like a dugout war canoe in a separate shed. There is a strong belief that the Nagas ancestors came from the seafaring nation of Sumatra and retain their link with their island past in their legends, village drums and ceremonial jewwellery which uses shells. In the basement, there are birds and animals of the northeastern hill states.

Zoological Park

Zoological Park offers you a glimpse of the fauna of Nagaland. The rare Blythe’s Tragopan believed to be on the verge of extinction is being reared here in captivity. Rare species of Orchids can also be seen here.

Bara Basti

The Bara Basti or the Kohima Village is the old village which was the origin of Kohima. This village is Considered to be one of the largest in Asia. It has a traditional Naga ceremonial gateway carved with motifs of guns, warriors and symbols of prosperity at the entrance to the village that rise steeply up the hill. There are stones of varying shapes and sizes implanted within the compound or skulls of buffaloes and mithuns adorning the portico, reminding you of the past glory and status of the great ancestors. There are also the traditional Naga houses with the crossed horns on the gables, carved heads to signify the status of the family, a huge basket to hold the grain in front of the house and a trough where rice beer is made for the whole village community.

Dzukou Valley

Dzukou Valley is tucked away at 2438 metres above sea level. From June to September, the entire valley is covered with a carpet of wild flowers. Here, you are completely at peace with nature. The valley is surrounded by hills, natural caves and rocks and is thus, ideal for camping.

Japfu Peak

Japfu peak is situated at an altitude of 3048 metres above sea level and scaling it can be very trying, but exhilarating. Once up, there the expansive vista of natural beauty compensates all the effort put in. The range gets covered by mist at the break of dawn, adding to its mystic beauty.

Day 3| Kohima -Kolkata

Get up early in the morning have your breakfast in the pre booked hotel and then transfer to airport for Kolkata. Reach there and our company representative will assist you there. After some time ready for the sightseeing and in the evening return back to pre booked hotel for overnight stay.

Kolkata or Calcutta, as it was earlier called, is a city that brings different ideas, memories and experiences for different people. It is mostly a place to be felt rather than just seen. Till you visit the city and live here for some time to soak in the flavor, you might harbor a prejudice that it is all about dinginess, poverty, communism and a lot of din. Having undergone a sea change as far as the metropolitan scenario is concerned, Kolkata, the city on the banks of River Hooghly, is becoming one of the important IT hubs.One of the four chief metropolises of India along with Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai, the city of Kolkata was a mere village in the 17th century. It developed thus largely due to the influence of the European powers, particularly the British Raj. With this in view, it is natural that Kolkata has some of the finest edifices with British architectural styles.

On your tour to Kolkata you must visit some of the places of interest like the Victoria Memorial, Botanical Gardens, and Raj Bhavan. Victoria Memorial is a huge white-marble structure built as a paean to the Grand Empress and reflects the influence of the British Raj to a large extent. However, more specifically, it is a cross between classical western and Mughal style. Opened on 1921, it contains massive oil paintings in the Royal Gallery, depicting episodes from Queen Victoria’s long, eventful life and reign, a remarkable collection of the British colonial era.

272 acres of lush greenery on the outskirts of Kolkata – that is what Botanical Gardens is all about. Home to several species of flora, ranging from 250 year old Banyan tree to a large variety of aquatic plants, particularly the Victoria Amazonica, Sicilian double coconut tree, bamboo trees, the multi-branched Palmyra tree and a huge variety of cactus, orchids and other flowering plants, the place is hugely visited by tourists and residents alike.

Constructed in 1874, the Indian Museum is the oldest museum in India, housing one of the exclusive collections of archeological artifacts. Apart from this Academy of Fine Arts, Birla Planetarium, and Dalhousie Square are other tourist attractions in Kolkata. The tram ride in this city on your Kolkata tour is a special interest and walks in the Maidan area can be really romantic.

Day 4| Kolkata

Get up early in the morning have your breakfast over there and then ready for full day city tour. Return back to the hotel and overnight stay in the pre booked Hotel.

Victoria Memorial: It is Lord Curzon’s white marbled memorabilia for Queen Victoria, resonates the colonial era with its house of artifacts and impressive Western style architecture. It is one of the most sought after tourist spot in Kolkata. Its 25 galleries, house about 3,500 articles relating to the Raj, plus the black marble throne of Siraj-ud-Daulah and the mammoth painting of a Jaipur royal procession (perhaps the largest in Asia). Don’t miss the Light and Sound Show held every day, except Mondays, when the Museum remains closed.

Howrah Bridge (Rabindra Setu): The third largest cantilever bridge in the world and an engineering marvel completed in 6 years, the gracious Howrah Bridge of Kolkata has a world record of being the third largest cantilever bridge. Its 71ft wide road has 8 lanes of traffic and 2 footpaths on both sides. As you travel, along with the 2 million that reportedly crosses the bridge daily, its 500 meters with no pillars in the middle, gives the spine a strange chill. Quite an attraction of the Kolkata tourist guide.

Birla Planetarium: Just near the crossing of the Theater Road and Chowringhee Road is one of world’s most famous planetarium with an astronomical library and art gallery, an otherwise landmark (its dome shape) for tourists who feel lost and confused in this bustling city. Daily shows are held in English, Hindi and Bengali as the planetarium’s gigantic projector recreates the night sky.

Eden Gardens: Now the name here is a confusion of sorts. Incase your mind is racing already, this place has got nothing to do with the Biblical Eden. And its fame as a garden is passe, considering its roaring popularity as a site for the international cricket matches. However, it still offers a quiet stroll along the banks of the Hoogly River, add to it a short cruise down the river with the Vidyasagar Setu Bridge silhouetted in the background.

BBD Bagh: The popular Dalhousie Square is just another one to come under the renaming spree. Benoy-Badal-Dinesh Bagh, after the three martyrs of Bengal, is the city’s administrative hub with famed historical buildings like the Writers’ Building, Raj Bhavan, State Legislative Assembly, Kolkata High Court, St John’s Cathedral, GPO and Reserve Bank of India. Another tourist spot in Kolkata that you can visit.

Botanical Gardens: Banking Hoogly, south of Howrah and sprawling a vast 270 acres, is this world famous herbarium with some 50,000 species of plants, the Botanical Survey of India, a 250 year old and 98 ft tall banyan tree, is the oldest botanics in India founded in 1786.

Dakshineswar Kali Temple: Flanking the mighty Ganges River, on the Kalighat Road, north of Kolkata India is this sprawling temple with a Goddess Kali shrine in the center, surrounded by 12 of Lord Shiva. The great religious thinker Ramakrishna Paramahamsa is believed to have achieved spiritual nirvana, here and today pilgrims from around the world visit the temple to bask in its ethereal serenity. The goat sacrifice ritual everyday (that allegedly replaced the ancient practice of human sacrifice), however might leave one with a bad taste if sighted.

Paresnath Temple: This Jain temple at the Badridas Temple street, dedicated to Sitalnathji (the 10th of the 24 Jain tirthankaras or perfect souls), is more of an architectural orchestra with mirror-inlay pillars, marble floors with floral motifs, chandeliers from Paris and Brussels, blocks of glass mosaics and European statues painted in silver, gold-gilded dome and what not.

Marble Palace (former ‘Palace of Arts’): If you have already had a dekko of Hyderabad’s Salar Jung Museum, you will be amazed at the exactitude of this similar structure. Located in north Kolkata at Muktaram Babu Street, the conglomeration of some hundreds of marble varieties from across the world, pristine fountains from Rome, original painting masterpieces by Rubens and Joshua Reynolds, glass chandeliers and much more await your vision. A large pool near the small granite bungalow has ducks, peacocks and ostriches. It remains closed on Mondays and Thursdays.

Day 5| Kolkata -Darjelling

Get up early in the morning have your breakfast in the hotel. Then transfer to airport for Darjelling reach and overnight stay in the pre booked hotel.

Day 6| Darjelling

Get up early in the morning have your breakfast in the hotel and ready for the full day sightseeing. Return back to the hotel in the evening and overnight stay in the pre booked hotel.

Entering Darjeeling is like travelling back in time to the days of the British Raj, a vertical Victorian London – like town populated with oriental faces. Church spires and brick chimneys dominate the skyline.

Dhoom Gompa, Darjeeling

About 8 kms from Darjeeling is the Dhoom Gompa. Here a very beautiful statue of the Maitrayie Buddha is established. The Monastery has also preserved some of the rare handwritten Buddhist manuscripts.

The Mall:

The Mall is Darjeeling’s popular commercial street. It is lined with Tibetans selling hand-knitted sweaters and souvenir shops chock-full of Himalayan artifacts and both real and imitation antiques. Photo shops carry turn-of-the-century photos as well as specialising in hand-painted black and white prints with glowing oil colours. The Mall leads to Chaurasta, a square, which doubles as a bandstand, a pony riding arena for children and a haven for lovers.

Chowrasta:

The Chowrasta, meaning crossroad, is a hive of commercial activity. The Mall Road originates and culminates at the Chowrasta. This is the heart of Victorian Darjeeling. Here hotels, restaurants and shops brush against each other. The shops and stalls are a veritable paradise for souvenir collectors. The Bhutanese sellers display their wares. Woollen garments, tribal ornaments, Thankas, rosaries, brass statuettes and Gorkha daggers are kept on display for sale. Foreign goods are also available in some shops. Local handicrafts are much in demand.

Obeservatory Hill:

The oldest site in Darjeeling is Observatory Hill, known locally as “Makal-Babu-Ko-Thaan”. According to legend, a Red Hat Buddhist Monastery called Dorje Ling, or ‘place of the Thunderbolt’, stood at this very spot. The Nepalis destroyed it in the 19th century. The Shivas and Buddhists share the temple that stands there today.

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute:

A spot not to be missed is the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute created by the late Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who conquered Mt Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary on 29 May 1953. A display of equipment used on the climb is one of the highlights. A zoological garden nearby has an assortment of wildlife such as yaks, Siberian tigers and red pandas who call the region their home.

Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway:

At North Point about 3-km from the town, this is the first passenger ropeway in India. For reservation of ropeway seats please contact – officer in-charge, Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Ropeway Station, North Point, Darjeeling. Regular share taxi service is available from Market Motor and Taxi Stand is to the Ropeway Station.

Tiger Hill:

Situated at an altitude of 2,590m (8,482 ft.) and 13-km from the town, this spot has earned international fame for the magnificent view of the sunrise over “Kanchenjunga” and the great Eastern Himalayan Mountains. Even Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, is visible from here.

Phalut & Sandakphu:

A week’s smallest-trip of Phalut and Sandakphu will get one within reach of the high peaks; for the onlooker it affords a more spectacular panorama than at Tiger Hill. Giant flowering Rhododendron trees, a pointillism of reds pinks and whites Dwarfs comprise of the en route trail. On attaining heights of over 3,048m, one is surrounded by skeletal trees devoid of leaves and branches, which are especially eerie when the clouds roll in and envelop the area.

Pashupati:

Further afield, in Pashupati on the Nepal border, one can purchase foreign goods at reasonable prices, view wildlife such as the endangered one-horned Rhino, Deer, Gaur, and wild boar while seated atop an Elephant’s back at Jaldapara Game Park; learn of the Lepcha legend at the confluence of the Teesta and Ranjeet Rivers; relive Kalimpong’s past glory as a trading post by visiting the market filled with traditional Tibetan medicine, spices, musk, wool and silk; or for the truly adventurous-hire some ponies and a crew and take to the hills.

Kanchenjunga View, Darjeeling

From Darjeeling one can have the best, uninterrupted view of the worlds third highest peak. Bhan Bhakta Sarani provides one of the enthralling views of these snow capped peaks. The Chowrasta also gives you a good sight to the Kanchenjunga peak.

Monasteries in around Darjeeling generate tremendous interest among visitors, be it in the form of architectural extravagance or the spiritual message embodied in them.

Bhutia Busty Monasteries, Darjeeling

Founded in 1879, this monastery follows the Vajrayana school of both Kargyud and Nijingmapa order, known as red hat.

Samten Choling Monasteries, Darjeeling

This Monastery belongs to the Gelukpa sect of Vajrayana Buddhism, also known as the yellow hat. This is the seat of ven. Dromo Geshe rinpoche, the second. A 26 ft. tall stupa has been built recently in memory of Lama Anagarika Govinda, a great scholar from Germany well known for his book on Buddhism.

Day 7| Darjelling-Pelling

Get up early in the morning have your breakfast and then transfer to Pelling. Reach there and ready for the full day sightseeing. Return back to the hotel and overnight stay in the pre booked hotel.

Pelling is a town in the district of West Skimm, India. Pelling is nestled at an altitude of 2,150 m (7,200 feet). The town is located at a distance of 10 km from the district headquarters of Geyzing. A regular bus service connects the two towns. However with the influx of tourists, the region is undergoing a metamorphosis, with the roads being repaired and hotels being set up.

The mighty Himalays and the Kanchenjanga may be viewed at close quarters from Pelling. Pelling also forms the base from where trekkers and other peripatetic adventurers undertake the strenuous and arduous treks in West Sikkim. The land around Pelling is still a virgin territory and is bathed with alpine vegetation, with numerous waterfalls lining the hillside. In the months of winter, Pelling is sometimes covered with a blanket of snow.

Pelling is 115 km from the state capital Gantak and about 135 km from Siliguri, the nearest railhead and airport. Regular jeeps connect Pelling to the towns of Jorethang, Kamlimong and Namchi. The nearest airport is Bagdogra airport.

Most of the people of Pelling are Buddhists and speak the Sikkimese language. The other languages spoken are Nepali, Hindi & English.

Pelling is famous for the majestic view of the magnificent Mount Kanchenjanga. It also affords a panoramic view of other snow-capped Himalayan peaks.

 Day 8| Pelling-Yuksom- Peling(Day Excursion)

Get up early in the morning have your breakfast in the hotel and then ready for the day excursion of Yuksom. Return back to the hotel in the evening and stay in the pre booked hotel.

Yuksom literally means the meeting of three great lamas. These lamas came from Tibet and established the Nyingmapa order of Tibetan Buddhism. They also crowned the first choygal of Sikkim in Yuksom in 1641. Yuksom is also the entry point of the Khangchendzonga National Park. Yuksom is the base camp for various trekkers and the mountain climbing course organized by the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. Loveable Yuksom is historic and charming it’s the main trailhead for the Khangchendzonga Trek, but lack direct views of the high mountains. The Community Information Centre offers internet connection in an unlikely hut near Kathok Lake.

Tourist Attractions in Yuksom

The tourist attractions in Yuksom are Tashi Tenka, Norbugang Park, Dubdi Gompa and Kathok Wodsallin Gompa.

Tashi Tenka

When Yuksom was Sikkim’s capital, a royal palace complex known as Tashi Tenka sat on a slight ridge to the south with superb almost 360 degree views. Today barely a stone remains but the views are still superb, to find the site take the small path marked by two crumbling little whitewashed stupas near the village school. The site is less than five minutes walk away through tiny Gupha Dara, a sub-hamlet of around a dozen semi-traditional houses.

Norbugang Park

Norbugang Park contains a prayer house, chorten and the supposedly original Coronation Throne (Norbugang). Standing beneath a vast cryptomeria pine it looks something like an ancient Olympic medal podium made of whitewashed stone. Just in front is a spooky footprint fused into the stone. This was supposedly left by one of the crowning lamas: lift the little wooden guard-plank to see it. From murky Kathok Lake, anointing waters were taken for the original coronation.

Kathok Wodsallin Gompa

Kathok Wodsallin Gompa near Hotel Tashi Gang exudes a wonderful Chinatown kitsch and enshrines a big gilded Padmasambhava statue. Similarly colourful is Ngadhak Changchub Choling, accessed through an ornate gateway opposite Hotel Yangri Gang.

Day 9| Pelling-Lachung

Get up early in the morning have your breakfast in the pre booked hotel and then we will transfer you to the Lachung. Reach and ready for the full day sightseeing. In the evening return back to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 10| Lachung

Get up early in the morning have your breakfast in the pre booked hotel and then ready for the full day sightseeing. In the evening return back to hotel for overnight stay.

Lachung is a town located in the state of Sikkim. It falls under the North Sikkim District and is not very far from the China border. It is at an altitude of about 3,000 m above sea level and is located at the confluence of River Lachen and River Lachung, which are the tributaries of the Teesta River. A forward base has been set up in this town by the Indian Army to guard and protect the borders.

The term Lachung means ‘Small Mountain’. It is at a distance of about 125 km from Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim. In the book ‘The Himalayan Journal’, British explorer and writer, Joseph Dalton Hooker, has defined this place as the ‘most picturesque village of Sikkim’.

Before 1950, when Tibet was not taken over, Lachung was a major trading post between Tibet and Sikkim. After it was closed down, the town continued to remain intact in itself. The Indian Government again opened it and since then it has emerged as a major tourist hub in Sikkim.

People living in Lachung are commonly known as the Lachungpas. This place is inhabited mainly by the Lepcha and Tibetan people. The most common languages spoken in this place include Lepcha, Bhutia and Nepali.

The main attractions in this place include the Lachung Monastery, which is also known as the Lachung Gompa, and the Yumthang Valley, which is about 25 km from the town.

The Lachung Monastery is a very old monastery, built in the year 1880. This place houses several murals, along with two wheels. Mount Katao, which is at a distance of about 30 km from this place, is also a popular tourist destination near Lachung.

Lachung is reachable by road from within the state. The nearest railhead is at New Jalpaiguri (140 km) in West Bengal and the nearest airport is Bagdogra, again in West Bengal. From the train station and the airport, buses and cars are available.

Regular train services are available from Howrah, Sealdah, Jhajha, New Delhi, Chennai and others. However, tickets need to be reserved in advance.

During the winter season, the town remains covered with snow most of the time. The summer months from March to June are the best time to visit Lachung with a mild and pleasant climate. The temperature in the summer months ranges from 10⁰ Celsius to 28⁰ Celsius while in the winter season it can go as low as -5⁰ Celsius. Since winters are very cold, adequate protection in terms of clothing should be taken if visiting during this time.

Day 12| Lachung-Gangtok

Get up early in the morning have your breakfast in the pre booked hotel and then transfer to Gangtok. Reach there and then ready for the full day sightseeing. Return back to the pre booked hotel and overnight stay.

Gangtok is the largest town and the capital of the Indian state of Sikkim. The city lies at an altitude of about 1780 m above sea level. Because of its topography, the city enjoys a mild temperate climate throughout the year. The city integrates different cultures and religion making it a wonderful destination on Earth. The city is a centre of Buddhist learning and culture, the most famous Buddhist site in the city being the Enchey Monastery. The city has a very good transportation network making the place a perfect holiday destination for the tourists. We at Touristplacesinindia.com provide you with complete information on all that you want to know about tourist attractions in Gangtok.

Day 13| Gangtok

Get up early in the morning have your breakfast in the pre booked hotel and then ready for the full day sightseeing. Return back to the pre booked hotel and overnight stay

Gangtok is a wonderful tourist destination with monasteries and adventures all around. Some of the most important sites in and around Gangtok include the:

Himalayan Zoological Park: This Park exhibits a wide species of Himalayan fauna like the black beer, barking deer, snow leopard, civet cat, red pandas and the spotted deer.

Nathula: It is a mountain pass situated about 56 km from Gangtok at an altitude of about 14,200 ft and is covered with rich varieties of alpine flora and fauna. It is a calm place to visit and is open only for Indian Nationals.

Pemayangtse Monastery: It is one of the oldest monasteries in the state which was established by Lhatsun Chempo, the Lama who is said to have performed the consecration ceremony of the first Chogyal of Sikkim. This Monastery is located at the hill top and gives a wonderful view of the Himalayan ranges and the surrounding hills of the region.

Khecheopalri Lake: This Lake located at East Sikkim is considered to be one of the most sacred lakes in the city both for Hindus and Buddhists. This lake lies in the rich forest cover and is believed that the birds in the region never allow a single leaf to keep afloat on the water of the lake.

Menam Hill: This hill situated at an altitude of about 10300 ft gives a wonderful view of the scenic beauty of the Kanchenjunga Hills and its surrounding ranges. On a sunny day, one can even see the plains of Bengal spanning across Kalimpong and Darjeeling Hills in the South.

Ganesh Tok: This temple of Hindu god Ganesha is situated near the Sikkim Government nursery in East Sikkim and is situated on a small hillock on the Gangtok-Nathula Road.

Day 14| Gangtok-Delhi

Get up early in the morning have your have your breakfast over there and according to flight time transfer to airport. Return back to your country with the sweet memories of India.

 

Exotic Goa

Destination Covered:

Goa
Duration: 4 Nights/ 5 Days

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1| Arrive Goa

Arrive to Goa airport and our company representative will assist you on the airport and then transfer to pre booked hotel and rest of the day is free for leisure activity. Overnight stay in the pre booked hotel.

Day 2| Goa

Get up early in the morning have your breakfast over there and ready for the sightseeing of Old and New Goa. In the evening return back to the hotel and overnight stay.

Goa: Variously known as “Pearl of the Orient” and a “Tourist Paradise”, the state of Goa is located on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan. The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendors of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm favorite with travelers around the world. But then, Goa is much more than just beaches and sea. It has a soul which goes deep into unique history, rich culture and some of the prettiest natural scenery that India has to offer.

Much of the real Goa is in its interiors, both inside its buildings and in the hinterland away from the coastal area. Legends from Hindu mythology credit Lord Parshuram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu with the creation of Goa. Over the centuries various dynasties have ruled Goa. Rashtrakutas, Kadambas, Silaharas, Chalukyas, Bahamani Muslims and most famously the Portuguese have been rulers of Goa.

Day 3| Goa

Get up early in the morning have your breakfast in the pre booked hotel and then ready for the sightseeing of South part of Goa and famous beaches. Return back to hotel in the evening and overnight stay in the pre booked hotel.

Here are some of the beaches and churches names where you can visit—

Goa is an endearing destination of holiday makers in India. It is an important stop for foreign tourists visiting India. The real charm of Goa lies in its beaches that is a mix bag of serene beauty, excellent Goan cuisines and swaying palm trees. Goa beaches are an abode of sensuality and adventure. Of 125 km of marvelous coastline, the Goa sand beaches cover about 83 km. The exclusive tour packages to Goa facilitate the exploration of the popular beaches along with comfortable stay at the Goa beach resorts. The beaches in Goa therefore are thronged by honeymooners and adventure tourists every year. Salvage the popular gourmets and enjoy the warm waters, make your stay in Goa beaches memorable.

PalolemBeach:

Among the beaches of Goa- Palolem Beach has the distinction of being the most stunning of the Goa beaches. The beach is adorned with extensive hut accommodation system and is rightly called the “Paradise Beach”. The beach has been contributing to the tourism infrastructure in Goa in terms of the accommodation facilities and restaurants on the beach. Enjoy water sports like the bike tours, boat cruises and diving; great wine and local fenny in its restaurants that also specializes in sea food and Goan cuisines. Also drop into the dolphin spots. A vibrant night life adds to the charm of the place.

Palolem Beach resorts like the Alessandra resort, Brendon and the various beach huts are excellent places to put up while in Palolem.

Palolem Beach- Access: The Palolem Beach is located about 70 km from Panajim in Canacona of South Goa. The Goa International airport is a one hour drive and the nearest railway station is Canacona.

Mabor Beach:

Goa India Mabor Beach is located south of Colva Beach and the Cavelossim beach. The place particularly boasts of luxury resorts and vibrant night life. Specialties of the Mabor Beach in Goa include the fishing village and the lagoon. Adventure tourists find the place a hot spot of activities like biking, parasailing and bump rides. The beach remained isolated until the 1980s. The Leela Beach Resort and other luxury hotel chains made the Mabor Beach popular among tourists.

Mabor Beach- Access: Dabolim is the nearest airport to the place that is 68 km from Mabor. The closest railway station is Karmali. You can also travel to Colva and then to Mabor by hiring a taxi.

Varca-Cavelossium Baech:

The Varca Beach Goa has made its name in among the popular beach destinations for tourists in Goa. The Varca Beach also called the Cavelossium Beach gives a glimpse of the traditional fishing villages in Goa. Thatched roof houses and wooden shacks adorn the place. Historically it is inhabited by the Christian fishing folks of Goa. Prominent resorts in the Varca Beach are the Club Mahindra Varca Beach Resort, colonio Jose Menino and the Ramada Caravela Beach Resort. You can opt for lodging at the family houses as well.

Varca Beach- Access: The beach is 2 km of the Benaulim Beach down South Goa. The place is easily accessible from Margoa which is just 18 km from Varca. Dabolim airport is taxi drive of 47 km.

Colva Beach:

Colva – also called the Colva- Benaulim Beach is one of the finest Goa beaches. The place is ideal for honeymooners who can enjoy the serene beauty and quietness of Goa by spending memorable moments in the Colva Beach in Goa. There are a variety of restaurants to choose from. They offer quality Goan and international food and drinks. The white sand beach of colva runs 20 km southwards of Goa. The other attraction of this place includes the Our Lady of Mercy Church famous for the annual fest Fama, celebrated since the 17th century. Christmas brings a new look to this beach every year.

Colva Beach- Access: The Colva- Benaulim beach in Goa is located around 40 km from Panaji and 2 km from the mouth of the Benaulim beach.

Dona Paula Beach:

Dona Paula Beach Goa vacation could be an exotic experience with water sports bringing an additional thrill to the beauty of the place. The place is also a popular destination for shopping Goa handicrafts and dresses. Tourists indulge in sunbath, cruises and biking. Several traditional stories and myths attached to this place also lure tourists. You can find cheap and affordable accommodation in the Goa Dona Paula Beach and wooden eateries and liquor shops all around the place.

Dona Paula Beach- Access: The beach is 29 km from the Dabolim Airport. There is a ferry service from Marmagoa. You can also avail buses plying from Panjim’s Kadamba bus stop.

Aguada Beach:

The Aguada Beach in Goa is also known as the Fort Aguada Beach that is dominated by a large hill in the south of the beach. If you are looking out for solitude and peace, this is the best among all Goa beaches that you can opt. So what is special in the lonely Aguada Beach that makes it so interesting? There are no restaurants lined up, no shopping hassles and no night life extravaganza. Quietness and loom rules this place. Relish few sweet moments with your loved one.

Aguada Beach- Access: Located in north Goa, the Aguada Beach is 4 km from the Sinquerim Beach. The place is an easy access from Fort Aguada.

Calangute Beach:

Calangute Beach attractions are specially meant for the hippies, who discovered the place. European tourists throng the place especially during Christmas eve in Goa. Well known as the queen of the Goa beaches, the exquisite beauty of the place has been the major draw. The lined palm trees and the golden sand touching your feet; the Goa Calangute Beach is complete experience. Prominent attractions of this place includes the St Alex church and the Kerkar Art Complex. Water and sand sports activities and night cruises make this place interesting.

Calangute Beach- Access: Located on the shores of the Arabian Sea in north Goa, Calangute is 15 km from Panajim and easily accessible from Saligao and Candolim.

Baga Beach:

The Baga Beach is an extension of the Calangute Beach in Goa. The beach merges along the Vagator Beach and Chapora beach coastline. A retreat house on the adjoining hill top adds to the grandeur of the Baga Beach. This beach has earned a name among the tourists for being a place of great food, wine and entertainment. British tourists have made the place particularly livelier. Night club of Tito’s is famous for housing the only dance floor in Goa pubs.

Baga Beach- Access: Situated in the west coast of Goa and 10 km west of Mapusa, it is about 18 km from Panajim, the capital of Goa. Miramir Beach Goa is also termed as Gasper Dias, and in Portuguese means “viewing the sea”. This reference has made the serene Miramar Beach an important tourist place. Have a clear view of the Aguada Fort, and enjoy the chirping of about 500 species of migratory bird. Birdwatchers and researchers find the beach rejuvenating. Winter is the best season to visit the Miramar Beach to enjoy the migratory birds. A 15-minute walk through the sands would take you to riverfront venue of Dayanand Bandodker Marg.

Miramir Beach- Access: The beach is located in close proximity with the Panjim town. It is 29 km from the Dabolim. There are regular bus services from the Daula Paula beach which is just a km away.

Agonda Beach:

The Agonda Beach huts are the noted feature that makes stay at the Agonda Beach both special and exciting. There are only two Goa beaches that provide this opportunity to travelers. Goa Agonda Beach is a 3 km lush of green cottages, cover 120 acres of forest land. Climb up the near by hill to the Cabo De Rama Fort that stands in ruins and have a spectacular sea view. The Agonda village beach boasts of hospitality and affordable accommodation to spend a long vacation amidst history and nature.

Agonda Beach- Access: You can hire a taxi from the Margao railway Station and the airport. It is an easy drop from the nearby Palalem Beach Goa.

Goa beaches earn new appreciation with every visit to the Majorda Beach. It is an interesting place for the historical blend and the delicious breads. Majorda village is significant for the Goan toddy that was discovered in its limit. The art of baking European breads were first adopted by the Majorda locals. They hold the distinction of being the best bakers till date. As you drop into the Majorda Beach a traditional fervor is sure to wrap you. You would certainly take home the best breads in the country. If you are looking out for cheap stay and package search for homes in Majorda that is given on rent to tourists.

Day 4| Goa

Get up early in the morning have your breakfast in the pre booked hotel and then transfer for the sightseeing of wild fife of Goa and River cruises. In the evening return back to the pre booked hotel and overnight stay.

The rugged Western Ghats make it an ideal haven for many species of birds and animals and also provide a corridor for migration. The Western Ghats called the Sahyadris in Goa extend for a total of 600kms in Goa of their total length of 3702 km. The widest belt of forests along the Western Ghats is in Goa and neighboring Karnataka state. The high rainfall accounts for this because the elevation of the mountain range here is lower.

The coastal areas on the other hand, provide the tropical backdrop. There are several plants and trees unique to Goa and some introduced by the Portuguese, most famous of which is the green Chilies, which today has become an essential ingredient in the Indian Curry. The tropical location of Goa is responsible for its warm humid climate and laterite and lateritic Clayey-loamy soil. The mean temperature even in the coldest month is over 20 degrees centigrade.

Wildlife in Goa

Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

Along the north from Panaji on the road to Belgaum, is a sanctuary that covers 240-sq-kms. Thick forest clad the slopes of the Western Ghats that is rich in wildlife and a paradise for bird watchers.

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

Up in the lush foothills of the Western Ghats, Bondla is good place to see Sambhar and Wild Boar. It is smallest of the Goan Wildlife Sanctuaries. Its area is 8-sq-kms but easiest one to reach.

Salim Ali Bird Sanctaury

On the western tip to the island of Chorao along River Mandovi, mangrove swamps cover this bird-watchers’ paradise aptly named after India’s best-known ornithologist.

Open throughout the year, the sanctuary can be visited with the permission of the Chief Wild Life Warden, Forest Department, Junta House, Panaji. Apart from a rich variety of coastal birds, one may spot flying foxes, jackals and crocodiles.

Catigao Wildlife Sanctuary

The Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, 10-km southeast of Chaudi, was established in 1969 to protect a remote and vulnerable area of forest lining the Goa- Karnataka border.

Enjoy memorable cruise in Goa along the wide beautiful rivers and scenic lakes. Long stretches of coastline are ideal for languid Goa river cruises. River cruise Goa has become major tourist attractions, giving a boost to the tourism industry. Today the thriving river cruise industry in Goa is increasingly becoming bigger. Cruise in Goa is truly an enchanting experience.

Select from the number of Goa river cruise options available such as daytime, sunset or moonlit river cruises, to make your tour to Goa a memorable one. Have dinner, while you sail out into the sea passing through the beautiful Goa coastline or relax, while listening to music on the evening river cruise Goa and have a chance of spotting dolphins or crocodiles.

Goa Tourism Development Corporation Limited (GTDC Ltd.) has introduced various Goa river cruises, namely, Dolphin Fantasy, Pearl of the Orient and Backwater Thrills to Savoi Verem on board Poseidon, a newly acquired 24-seater fibreglas luxury launch. Schedule of the Goa river cruises is given as below:

Sunset Cruise

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Sundown Cruise

Time: 7:15 PM to 8:15 PM

Full Moon Cruise

Time: 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM

Pleasure Cruise

This cruise in Goa includes visits to St. Thomas Church of Aldona and Old Fort of Khorjuvem.

Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Dolphin Fantasy Cruise:-

This cruise in Goa takes you on a trip to watch the dark graceful water beauties in playful mood. Besides to sight closely the headlands jutting out into the sea crowned on either side by Raj Bhavan, Aguada Fort and Reis Magos.

Days of operation: On every Monday only.

Timings: From 9.30 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.

Backwater Thrills:-

Sail along the riverside tip of Dr. Salim Ali’s Bird Sanctuary, Divar island and cover the river coast line along Pilgao, Khandola, Amona, Betki and dock at Savoi-Verem village to sniff through the spicy world, juicy fruits, exotic trees and medicinal herbs at Savoi Verem plantation and experience the typical Goan Hindu lunch in this Goa river cruise.
Days of operation: On every Tuesday and Friday.

Timings: From 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Day 5| Tour end…….

Get up early in the morning have your breakfast over there and then according to your flight time we will transfer you to the airport. Return back to your country with the sweet memories of India.

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