KI - 11 Best Of Northern Hills
Northern India’s hill stations like Mussorie, Dharamshala and Shimla are very different from other hill stations in the sense that these offer the luxury of being in the cool environs of hills, yet every facility associated with a well developed township is easily available at every nook and corner. What one needs to do to enjoy the serene green and hilly environs is just to go a few kilometres from the hubbub of main center and it’s all there-greenery, farmers busy in step cultivation, people treading miles on foot and leisurely sitting enjoying the sun.
Dharamshala is a hill station 17 kms north- east of Kangra town and is famous for its oak and conifer trees, snow capped mountains enfold on its three sides of the town, the valley stretching in front and above all Dalai lama residing in the town.
Mussorie on the other hand is in the newly formed state Uttaranchal and is on long winding road boasting of the alma matar of India’s bureaucracy and many other interesting sightseeing places. As compared to the above two Shimla seems more crowded yet still retains the colonial heritage. Any takers?
Day 01 :
Arrive at Delhi international airport a representative will be waiting for you inside the arrival terminal visitor place, holding a placard. Meet upon arrival and transfer to your Hotel for check-in. Spend overnight at you’re the hotel.
Day 02 :
After breakfast, transfer to railway station to board your train to Amritsar. Upon arrival, meet and assist and transfer to hotel. Located in the North West region of India, the most striking feature about Amritsar is its antiquity. In Hindi the word Amritsar means 'a Holy pool of nectar' and it was back in the year 1573 that work for digging the Holy pool had begun. One of the ancient cities of India, the most important fact about Amritsar is that it is the main seat of Sikh history and culture. The city itself was founded by the Sikh Guru, Guru Ram Das, and till present times it is the spiritual and temporal center of Sikh culture with the Golden Temple in Amritsar as its nucleus. P.M. Visit Wagha border. O/N in hotel.
Day 03 :
Morning visit Golden temple and then drive to Dharamsala (200 kms/06 hrs). Dharamsala is known for its scenic beauty, calmness and serenity. It has high pine trees, tea gardens and timber yielding trees. Dharamsala is now the seat of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. After the Chinese conquest of his country, Dharamsala is evocative of the imperial days in places like Mcleod Ganj and Forsythe Ganj. Dharamsala is the headquarters of the Kangra district. It became the capital in 1852 and is 125 years old. An earthquake once wrecked Dharamsala in 1905. Since 1960, it became temporary headquarters of the Dalai Lama and has risen to international repute as " The little Lhasa in India". O/N in hotel.
Day 04 :
In the morning, you will leave for a sightseeing tour of the hill station. First, you will visit the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) and attend the various culture programs taking place there. Then, you will visit Norbu Lingka. O/N in hotel.
Day 05 :
Drive to Shimla (185 kms/05 hrs). Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, is a culminating point of travel & tourism - on the Shivalik Hills, 2130 meters above sea level, it is largest hill station in India and formerly it was the largest in world. Shimla takes one to the heights of pleasures for its rich tradition and natural beauty. It has maintained a distinct reputation for making mass tourist moves in summers. O/N in hotel.
Day 06 :
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour of the town. O/N in hotel.
Day 07 :
Drive to Mussoorie (275 kms/07 hrs). Mussoorie is situated at a distance of of about 250 miles from Delhi. This is a very well known hill station. It has been accorded the title of the 'queen of hills' for its stupendous beauty. The scenic beauty of the place drag tourists from different parts of India. Mussoorie is situated at an elevation of 7000 feet above the sea level. This hill station was discovered by an army officer in 1827 whose name was Young. O/N in hotel.
Day 08 :
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour the town. O/N in hotel.
Day 09 :
Drive to Rishikesh (77 kms/02 hrs). Rishikesh 24 Kms. from Hardwar. Located in the laps of lower Himalayas, and is surrounded by scenic beauty of the hills on three sides with Holy Ganga flowing through it. The whole place is considered to be sacred as it is believed that meditation at this place leads to attainment of salvation. There are many temples-some ancient, some new along the river Ganges. Rishikesh is important not only as pilgrimage centre closely associated with the Ramayana, but also as home for many important centres of Hindu religious thought and spirituality, and as a very great Yoga Centre. There are a great many ashrams and Yoga institutes here. Rishikesh is also the gateway and the start-off point for journeys to important religious places like Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. O/N in hotel.
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Day 11 :
Drive to Haridwar to board train to Delhi.