Once called the "end of the habitable world”, based on the Beas River and settled in between the snow-capped slopes of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges, Manali is one of the most popular hill stations in the country. With scenic views, lush green forests, sprawling meadows carpeted with flowers, gushing blue streams, a perpetual fairy-tale like mist lingering in the air and a persistent fragrance of pines and freshness. Manali has been blessed with extraordinary scenic beauty. From museums to temples, from quaint little hippie villages to bustling upscale streets, river adventures to trekking trails.
4 Nights / 5 Days
Hidimba Devi temple, Manu Temple, Vashisht Village, The Mall Road, Tibetan Monastery, Rohtang Pass, Valley of Kullu, Tibetan market
City Short Breaks
Arrival at Manali on your own and check into the hotel. Relax for a while, later proceed for the city tour of Manali. While we head for the tour, we first stop at the Hadima Devi Temple locally known as the Dhungiri temple or Hidimba Devi temple, it is one of the most popular temples in Manali. This four storeyed structure lies amid a forest, called Dhungiri Van Vihar. Dedicated to Goddess Hadimbi (wife of Bheem, one of the five Pandava brothers of epic Mahabharata), it was constructed way back in 1553. The top conical roof is in metal while the other three square-shaped floors are roofed with timbre tiles. There is also a 24 meters high tower. The temple has a wooden doorway and the mud walls adorn stonework. The door has miniature paintings of the Goddess, animals etc. The beam of the doorway has the Navgrahas (the) and female dancers from one of the stories of Lord Krishna. The temple does not have an idol of the Goddess but a huge stone carrying her footprint is kept here. Proceed to Manu Temple: This magnificent temple is dedicated to the sage Manu, who is said to be the creator of the world and the writer of Manusmriti. It is believed to be the same place where sage Manu meditated after stepping on earth. Enjoy lunch on your own. Later we visit the Vashisht Village situated on the banks of River Ravi. Natural springs and sandstone temples accentuate the beauty of the tiny locale. The springs of Vashisht are believed to possess medicinal properties. The Mall Road, the heart of the town. Here you can try the different delicacies and shop souvenirs. Before we drive back to the hotel we will make our last stop at the Tibetan Monastery – the Himalayan Nyingamapa Temple close to the Mall Road. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay at your hotel in Manali.
Proceed for the full day excursion of Rohtang Pass (Approximate 52 km 2 hours drive) While we drive through the climb higher you will see a dramatic change in the scenery around you and the stunning landscape will leave you breathless. It is one of the highest passes in the Himalayas. Located at a staggering height of 3978 meters above sea level, the pass offers some of the most pristine views of the Himalayas you will ever get to sea. Right from Trekking, a heaven for trekkers to Sledge rides, there is no way your trip to Rohtang Pass will be complete if you do not indulge in sledge riding on the snow in a wooden toboggan. You could also indulge yourself in mountain biking – if you love biking through magnificent vistas. The adventurous activity will give you an intense adrenaline rush. It is impossible that here would miss your skills of Photography, the clear blue skies, pristine snow, and magnificent Himalayas – who wouldn’t want to capture all this in their camera? Last but not the least for those who love Skiing this is the place along with tyre drop. Head back to Manali late afternoon. Evening is at leisure. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay at your hotel in Manali.
This morning we drive for a day excursion to the Valley of Kullu. (Approximate 41 kms 01hour 20 minutes Drive) In Kullu visit Vaishno Mata Temple, dates back from the year 1966 an example of an idyllic sacred place in Himachal Pradesh. The surrounding of the temple is outstanding, covered with mountains and scenic locations. Later we stop by the Parvati River, the soothing river flows through the Parvati Valley and is an idispensable part of this gorgeous region. The thundering river originates from the Man Talai Glacier, flowing north through Parvati Valley and eventually flowing into the Beas River near Kullu. Before we drive back to Manali stop at the Kullu Market is a must. One of the most popular markets to shop from, in the hill-station of Kullu. It is quite a craze with a very lively and colorful ambience, the very sight of which will make you jump with joy. The market offers a variety of woolen items including shawls and the everyday caps that locals in the city wear. Also stop by the famous attraction, the Tibetan market which is known for its silver and turquoise jewelry and draws a huge female crowd. What is even more known is the widely popular Thangkas, which are cloth paintings with Buddhist themes. You can carry a few of them back home as souvenirs of this beautiful place. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay at your hotel in Manali.
After breakfast check out of the hotel and proceed to Chandigarh on your own. En-route to the hotel in Chandigarh stop by to visit the Rock Garden. The garden is a massive open-air exhibition hall that displays sculptures made from urban and industrial wastes that have been designed and executed by Nek Chand, a former Road Inspector in Chandigarh. The Rock garden was built in the year 1957 by officer Nek Chand single-handedly in his spare time and has become a long-standing symbol of imagination and novelty in the city. Having a total of about 5,000 statues within its bounds, the Rock Garden in Chandigarh is a true example of 'Best from Waste'. If time permits do visit the Elante Mall for last minute shopping. Dinner at the Hotel Overnight stay at your hotel in Chandigarh
This morning check-out of the hotel. Depart to hometown on your own with lots of memories to cherish for a life time.
Manali - Rohtang Pass - Manali
Manali – Kullu - Manali
Manali – Chandigarh
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