Duration: 08 Nights and 09 Days
Places Covered : Delhi - Chandigarh - Nalagarh - Pragpur - Taragarh - Dharamshala - Pathankot
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
On arrival in Delhi, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel.
Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Delhi
Enjoy a morning tour of Old Delhi, where you can visit the ancient monument of Red Fort and crowded bazaars of Chandni Chowk, one of the most popular places to shop at. Later you can visit Jama Masjid, the greatest mosque in India and the Raj Ghat.
A tour to New Delhi where you can visit the Qutab Minar and the colorful Birla Mandir.Besides this; a drive along Rajpath would let you see sights as the Parliament, President's Palace, and India Gate. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03: Delhi - Chandigarh - Nalagarh
Early morning transfer to the Railway Station to Chandigarh.On arrival in Chandigarh, you will be met and proceed straight to Nalagarh.Nalagarh - the gateway to Himachal Pradesh in North India. It was ruled by the Chandela Rajputs who originate from Chanderi in the Bundelkhand region of Central India. This impressive Fort with its sweeping driveway was built during the reign of Raja Bikram Chand in 1421.
Arrive and check into Nalagarh Fort Palace.
Afternoon free to explore the Nalagarh Fort, which is located on a hillock at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas affording a panoramic view of the Shivalik Hills beyond the Sirsa River, or visit the famous Naina Devi Temple (60 kms from the fort), visible from the ramparts on a clear day. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Nalagarh - Pragpur
Morning, drive to Pragpur. It is located at an elevation of about 1800 ft in the Kangra valley is one of the most panoramic areas in Himachal Pradesh.Visit Pragpur on your Himalayan tour, it is a small village with a small population, which nestles below the majestic Dhauladhars - the white Ranges. It is unbelievably picturesque having held onto the essence of an earlier era, unchanged shops, cobbled street, an ornamental village tank; mud plastered and slate roofed houses. Arrive and check into Judge's Court. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: Pragpur
Full day at leisure to walk through Pragpur, which has a gentle rustic beauty. It has been recently declared as a "Heritage village" by the government. See the local silversmiths who offer a variety of handcrafted trinklets. Also visit the Kuthiala suite - 300 year old ancestral home which has been restored using the original techniques but with modern plumbing & lighting. It has a very private suite with a kitchen, sitting room, dressing room & a study with an open terrace overlooking the Dhauladhar Mountains.
Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 06: Pragpur - Taragarh
Morning, drive to Taragarh.It is situated on a 15 acre forested estate surrounded by Tea Gardens in the Kangra valley, one of the most scenic and unexplored areas of Himachal Pradesh. Located at a height of 1000 meters, Taragarh Palace is at the foot of the Dauladhar Mountains with a magnificent view of the snow-capped peaks. Formerly known as Alhilal, the palace was built in the early 1930s as a summer resort. The royal family of Jammu & Kashmir bought it in 1951 for the dowager Maharani who lived there for several years. The present royal family now runs it as a hotel.
Afternoon, visit Andretta village to see Sobha Singh Art gallery & Andretta Pottery Society and onto the famous & picturesque tea gardens of Kangra valley at Palampur & the Tibetan village of Bir. For the nature lovers, there are interesting walks through the tea gardens on the slopes of the surrounding hills where one can see the cheerful hill people at work. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 07: Taragarh - Dharamshala - Taragarh
Morning, full day excursion to Dharamshala. The hill resort, once very popular with the British, is today the residence and headquarters of His Holiness the 'Dalai Lama' who set up his government in exile at McLeodgunj. The town rises in levels up the hill from 1250m to 2000m with the dramatic peaks of the Dauladhar rising above. In the colorful Tibetan township are the newly built Gelugpa monastery and a school for Tibetan culture with an excellent library. The little shops sell Tibetan crafts and there are several restaurants that serve Tibetan food. A little higher up the ridge is the pretty Church of St. John with beautiful stained glass windows and the grave of a former Viceroy Lord Elgin in its churchyard. Visit the Tashijong monastery - with a commanding view of the Kangra valley, this monastery is one of the several built after the Dalai Lama settled here. Tashijong also promotes arts like carpet weaving, tankha painting & block printing, and runs a school for young Tibetan children. Return to Taragarh. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 08: Taragarh - Pathankot - Delhi
After breakfast, visit the Baidnath temple (5 kms) - this ancient Shiva temple is one of the oldest in the country and is believed to date back to the epic Mahabharata. It has a tall shikhara, fine sculpture and carved pillars. Afternoon, drive to Pathankot (3 hrs) to connect train to Delhi. Overnight on board.
Day 09: Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Later transfer to the international airport to catch a flight for onward destination.