Himachal Pradesh is a treasure trove of snowy mountains, buzzing towns, serene ski resorts, high passes and rich culture. With this ‘Hills of Himachal Pradesh in 7 Days’ package, you can come face-to-face with all these aspects of the state. A tour of hill stations like Shimla and Manali will allow you to admire colonial and traditional Himachali architecture, and also get a peek into the locals’ traditions. On tour, you also enjoy two surreal road journeys through the mountains: one to Kufri and the other to the famed Rohtang Pass. This package also includes a day in Chandigarh, the first planned city of contemporary India, where you can visit some interesting places. To satisfy your shopping desire, we will take you to the Mall Road of both Manali and Shimla. Yatra works towards 'Creating Happy Travellers,' and this package is going to be the first step for you to be one! Book today!
Begin the trip, which will be just awesome, by leaving Chandigarh and driving on mountain roads towards Shimla.
Once at the hotel in Himachal Pradesh’s capital, get some rest.
You have the option of going on a sightseeing tour of the city.
Shimla is one of the most visited destinations in India, owing to its colonial charm, cool climes, scenic cedar forests and vibrant culture.
Himachal, Here We Come (Chandigarh to Shimla)
Begin the trip, which will be just awesome, by leaving Chandigarh and driving on mountain roads towards Shimla. Once at the hotel in Himachal Pradesh’s capital, get some rest. You have the option of going on a sightseeing tour of the city.
Shimla is one of the most visited destinations in India, owing to its colonial charm, cool climes, scenic cedar forests and vibrant culture. Temples, British-era buildings, and bustling bazaars make it a perfect holiday retreat. On the excursion, you could visit places like the famous Jakhu Temple on Jakhu Hill, Kali Bari Temple, Viceregal Lodge, Mall Road, The Ridge and Christ Church.
Thereafter, get a good night’s sleep at the hotel.
A Glimpse of Paradise (Excursion to Kufri)
You can choose to spend the day as you wish; either go on a sightseeing tour of the city or opt for an excursion to Kufri.
About 17 km from Shimla, Kufri is a famous ski resort at an elevation of about 7500 feet. During the summer season, the destination is characterized by green meadows, surrounded by pindrow firs. You can sit on the grass and have a picnic, or go on a small trek.
After returning from Kufri, spend some time on Mall Road, the cultural heart of the city and a shopaholic’s delight. Later, sleep away at the hotel.
Hello, Manali (Shimla to Manali)
This day brings yet another scenic journey through the mountains; this time to Manali.
Manali is another popular holiday destination in the state as it too is replete with scenic beauty. The gurgling Beas River, lush forests of deodar, pleasant summer weather, and snowy mountains would refresh you from within.
After checking-in at the hotel here, you may go for a stroll through the town; later, doze off in your room.
Off to Rohtang (Optional Excursion to Rohtang Pass)
Today, you will have the best experience of this entire tour because we will now take you to Rohtang Pass, a famed attraction. Owing to its elevation of over 13000 feet, it gives clear views of mountains in summers and snowy fields in winters.
After spending the day in this magical realm, return to Manali and explore Mall Road, where you can shop for souvenirs or gorge on local dishes. Following this, get some sleep in your hotel room.
Charming Manali (Sightseeing in Manali)
After freshening up, head out to explore Manali; there are numerous sites you can visit during the day.
One of the most famous places here is the pagoda-style Hadimba Devi Temple. It is not only known for the elaborate carvings on it but also for the tranquil deodar forest it is situated in.
Another shrine in the town is Manu Temple, dedicated to sage Manu, the first human as per myths. This rather simple structure with a pyramidal tower above its sanctum is made of bricks and wood.
If feeling tired by now, then head straight to Vashisht village to take a dip in its hot sulfur springs. After getting refreshed, you may pay homage at Vashisht Temple, said to be around 4000 years old, or shop in the village.
Thereafter, make your way back to the hotel, and sleep the night away.
Le Corbusier’s Masterpiece (Manali to Chandigarh | Optional Sightseeing)
It’s time to say goodbye to the mountains, and head to the plains; your destination for today is the city of Chandigarh.
Designed by the French architect, Le Corbusier, Chandigarh is the first planned city of modern India. Besides housing offices of numerous global firms, the city is also home to popular tourist attractions and hip shopping districts.
On reaching the hotel in Chandigarh, check-in and get some rest. Later, you could opt for a sightseeing excursion to some of the most visited attractions here.
You can visit Sukhna Lake, where activities like kayaking and boating are organized. You may also fish or just watch ducks in the pond.
Another renowned site here is Rock Garden, built by Nek Chand. It contains intriguing pieces of art made of waste material.
Capitol Complex, where the major government buildings of Punjab and Haryana are situated, is also popular among tourists. An example of contemporary architecture, this complex is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Capitol Complex also houses the Open Hand Monument, an around 85-feet high structure in the shape of an open palm.
Following the excursion, seek rest in your hotel room.
Back Home (Departure from Chandigarh)
Wake up and be ready to move on your onward journey.
Communication and Etiquettes:
To greet people in India fold your palms in front the chest and say “Namaste”. While saying it bow your head slightly – in this way you will signify your respect to another person. The word Namaste comes from the Sanskrit words “Namah te” and means “I bow to you”.Indians say that the real meeting between people is the meeting of their minds. They believe greeting each other with Namaste welcomes their minds to meet.
In India handshake is common among men mostly. Western woman may offer her hand to a westernized Indian man, but usually not to others. Traditional Indian women can shake hands with other women, but normally not with men.
Mysterious Indian head wobble is a non-verbal equivalent of a multipurpose Hindu word “Accha”, which can mean anything from “Good” to “I understand”. Usually head wobble is used by Indian people to respond in the affirmation. For example, if you ask if you can order taxi and a person will wobble his or her head in reply, that will mean “Yes”. Sometimes head wobble could mean “Thank you” or simply be a sign of friendliness. The head wobble is more prevalent in south regions of India like Kerala; moving on the north you’ll notice that this gesture is less common there.
In traditional Indian culture pointing footwear at people is seen insulting, or touching people or objects with your feet or shoes. If you occasionally do so, you should apologize straight away. On the other side, touching with a hand elder person feet is a sign of respect in India.
Head is considered as the most sensitive part of body in Indian culture, and it is recommended to avoid touching another person head to prevent offending him or her.
Indian people are not used to express their romantic feelings in public. Kissing and hugging outside could be misunderstood in traditional Indian society.
If you visit Hindu temples in India, dress in loose, covering your hands and legs, clothes. Women in this case are required to cover their hair. Remember to take off your shoes before entering temple or mosque. It is polite to take off shoes while visiting somebody’s house or even somebody’s shop in India too.
Try to dress modestly while travelling in India. It is recommended both for men and women to choose loose clothes covering shoulders and knees. It is generally known that India has very conservative dress standards, especially in rural areas. Here you can hardly find a man wearing shorts or a woman wearing skirt above the ankles. In urban places like Mumbai and Delhi western dress style, including jeans on woman, is prevailing. Liberal views on dress are typical for Goa too: it is all right here to wear anything you want for night party, but still, in day time it will be better to dress more suitable for Asian mentality. Anyway, if you’d like to show respect to Indian culture and to feel yourself comfortable, you might find appropriate to dress yourself “locally”. Kurtas (loose men shirts) and cotton pants would be good option for men, and salwar kameez (tunic and loose trousers) for women.
Food and Drinks:
Indian food is amazing. It is literally exploding with millions of flavors. Hot, sweet, bitter, spicy, fresh, fragrant – it may lead you to one of the biggest culinary adventures in your life. Here are some of our “directions” on your way to it. First of all, we would recommend you to choose western customers oriented restaurants and cafes, because meals here would be less spicy than in the “real” Indian one. Here you may also expect high service and secure hygienic conditions. We would advise you to order well roasted or boiled dishes and to avoid dishes made from raw ingredients. Don’t eat food or pass objects with your left hand. The left hand is considered to be unclean in Indian culture as it is using for some bathroom purposes.
Drinks. Drink only bottled water, such as Kinsley, Bisleri and Aquafin, and avoid adding ice into your drinks. Be careful with freshly squeezed juices: if prepared in a good restaurant or juice center, it can really bring you much satisfaction, but if you decide to buy it from street juice maker, it may probably cause some stomach upsets.
Money and Shopping:
The unit of Indian currency is the rupee; it is divided into 100 paise.24 hour banking facilities are available at international airports. Travellers cheques are exchangeable at most hotels; they are acceptable in sterling or American dollars.ATMs are common in most towns and cities in India. However, we recommend you to carry some cash or travellers cheques with you in a case the power goes down, you lose your plastic or ATM is out of order. To exchange currency you must present your passport. It is good to remember, that in India exchanging money except through authorized channels is illegal. It is also not allowed to take rupees out of India.
Bartering is part of shopping experience in India. The more touristy a place, the higher it’s asking prices will be, and the greater it’s price flexibility. Our advice would be “Bargain, bargain and, again, bargain while shopping in India”.
Tipping is very common in India. If a person is offering a small service to you, he or she expects a tip for it. A service in a hotel might justify a tip of Rs20. In a restaurant a 5% tip is quite enough. Rickshaw and taxi drivers should be also tipped.
If you need transportation in India, contact your tour operator or your hotel stuff to hire a taxi or a car with private driver. Driving on your own could be uncomfortable due to intense traffic and typical Indian street chaos. Travelling in public transport could be also challenging in India: you will be really fortunate if you could get a seat there. Optionally, if you need to get on the market or on the beach you may use notorious Indian rickshaw.
India is not a violent country when it comes to robberies. However, in touristic places mostly could be a lot of thieves waiting for the right opportunity to make their profit on somebody’s carelessness. To avoid this we recommend you not to flash your valuables around and make sure you carry them safety in your bag. It is better to leave your documents and jewelry in the safe of your hotel room. Wise decision will be not to put large denomination of money in the purse, but to keep them “close to skin” in a special little bag for money. Be careful with Indian monkeys too. Some of them may annoy you wishing to get your food or some attractive objects you hold in hands.
Despite rapid economic growth, India still faces poverty and begging. In every touristic place you will see beggars asking for your money and behaving very often in confronting and persistent way. The best thing probably would be ignoring them, as most of beggars simply do their business and prefer to beg instead of working. If you would like, you may give Rs10-RS20 to a child or elder person on when leaving the place, nor arriving, to prevent being mobbed.
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