SCENIC HIMACHAL WITH THE TAJ MAHAL
TOUR DURATION – 10 DAYS
02 NIGHTS SHIMLA / 03 NIGHTS MANALI / 02 NIGHTS DELHI / 02 NIGHTS AGRA
DAY 01: CHANDIGARH / BHUNTAR – MANALI
Upon arrival at Chandigarh or Bhuntar Airport (near Kullu), you will receive assistance. Afterward, you will proceed to Manali, where you will be transferred to hotel/resort. After settling in, you’ll have free time to enjoy leisure activities at the Manali Resort.
To reach Manali, Chandigarh Airport and Railway Station, approximately 280 kilometers or a 6 to 7-hour drive time, serve as the nearest major transportation hub. However, Bhuntar Domestic Airport near Kullu, located just around 55 kilometers or a 1 to 2-hour drive time, serves as the nearest airport.
Manali, a Himalayan gem, cradled in the picturesque Beas River valley, gifts the world its natural wonders. This enchanting enclave, with its cool climate and snow-capped peaks, boasts hilly slopes and a misty, fairytale ambiance draped in lush green hues. Renowned as India’s honeymoon capital, it’s a paradise for nature enthusiasts, offering captivating vistas, babbling streams, and the fragrant embrace of pine forests. Manali caters to diverse travel interests—families seeking to bond, couples seeking serenity, solo travelers in search of solitude, and adventurous groups of friends. Discover a lifetime of cherished experiences in this beautiful resort town.
DAY 02: MANALI
After breakfast, embark on a day of sightseeing in and around Manali. Explore the local attractions and take in the beauty of the region. In the evening, enjoy your leisure time at The Mall.
DAY 03: MANALI
After breakfast, embark on a day of exploration in and around the stunning hill town, nestled amidst picturesque valleys and peaks.
Solang Valley, a mere 14 km from town, is known as the ‘Adventure Playground of Manali.’ It offers year-round excitement, with skiing and snowboarding in the winter and thrilling activities like paragliding, zorbing, and horse riding in the summer. Don’t miss the Solang Ropeway, providing panoramic Himalayan views. Not far away, Rohtang Pass, approximately 50 km from town, entices adventurers with towering peaks and glaciers, creating a snowy playground for sledding and snowball fights during winter. The journey to Rohtang is an adventure, with winding roads unveiling breathtaking vistas along the way.
DAY 04: MANALI – KULLU / SHIMLA
After breakfast, depart for Shimla, passing through the enchanting Kullu Valley. Upon your arrival in Shimla, transfer to hotel/resort to freshen up and enjoy leisure time.
Kullu Valley, cradled by the Beas River, is renowned for its breathtaking beauty, majestic hills adorned with pine and deodar forests, and extensive apple orchards. Nestled between the Pir Panjal and the Great Himalayan Ranges, it has become a popular destination for ski touring enthusiasts. With lush green mountains, perennial waterfalls, and babbling streams, the valley’s charm captivates all who visit this splendid place.
DAY 05: SHIMLA
After breakfast, embark on an exploration in and around the picturesque hill city of Shimla.
Shimla, a natural wonderland with misty forests and snow-capped peaks, seamlessly combines cool hills with colonial architecture. Take a journey through its heritage along Viceregal Lodge Road, which boasts historic treasures like the Viceregal Lodge and Gaiety Theatre. Stroll down Ridge Road to enjoy panoramic beauty, colonial architecture, and a serene atmosphere. Marvel at the neo-Gothic splendor of Christ Church, wander through Mall Road’s colonial buildings adorned with shops and cafes and partake in heritage walks to unearth Shimla’s rich history. Delve into the charms of this hill city, nestled among picturesque hill resorts. Explore the breathtaking Green Valley and the enchanting Kufri, which sits at an elevation of around 2500 meters above sea level, just 16 km from Shimla. Kufri is a winter wonderland, ideal for skiing and tobogganing on its snow-capped slopes.
DAY 06: SHIMLA – CHANDIGARH / DELHI
After breakfast, continue your journey to Delhi. If time allows, make an en-route stop to explore the beautiful city of Chandigarh. Upon arrival in Delhi, you’ll later be transferred to hotel/resort.
Chandigarh, a masterpiece of 20th-century urban planning by the renowned French architect-planner Le Corbusier, boasts some of his most exceptional architectural creations. It has set modern architectural and city planning standards across India and is known for its captivating landscaping, characterized by clean, cubical forms and meticulous attention to proportion, scale, and detail.
DAY 07: DELHI
After breakfast, immerse yourself in Delhi’s rich heritage and culture with a unique blend of Walking and Car Tours. Explore the authentic Delhi, designed by those who know it best.
Nestled along the Yamuna River, Delhi, India’s capital, is a city of immense historical significance and cultural richness. It boasts UNESCO World Heritage Sites, preserves the British colonial charm, and is home to a myriad of ancient relics and historic wonders. The city seamlessly blends ancient and medieval architecture and boasts captivating museums, inspiring art galleries, lively performing arts, delectable dining options, and bustling markets that infuse life into every corner. Prepare to be enthralled by Delhi’s timeless tapestry of history and culture.
Explore Delhi’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Qutub Complex and Humayun’s Magnificent Tomb, and Discover the fusion of tradition, spirituality, and architectural magnificence at Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple. A stunning symbol of millennia-old ancient Hindu culture, this masterpiece was built by over 8,000 global volunteers, a testament to human unity and faith. Step into a world where timeless traditions thrive in the modern age. Experience the enchanting heritage of Shahjahanabad, Delhi’s walled city, where history comes to life amid vibrant markets, colorful shops, charming architecture, exquisite cuisine, and rich traditions. Don’t miss iconic landmarks like the majestic Red Fort the UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, venture into New Delhi, the modern counterpart to the former British capital of India. A journey through the contrasts of this city will reveal the rich tapestry of India’s past and its dynamic present.
DAY 08:DELHI – AGRA
After breakfast, we will drive to the “Indian heritage city Agra.” Upon arriving in Agra, we will embark on a journey of sightseeing and visits.
Nestled on the serene banks of the Yamuna River, Agra is a global treasure, alluring millions each year to witness the iconic Taj Mahal and explore its historical riches. Known for Mughal architectural mastery, Agra boasts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal. Immerse yourself in a tapestry of history, architectural marvels, and artistic heritage, leaving an indelible mark on your soul. Agra is a must-visit destination.
Embark on a heritage journey in Agra, commencing with the iconic Taj Mahal, a world wonder and an emblem of India’s rich history. Celebrated as the “Jewel of Architecture” and honored as one of the “7 Wonders of the World”. Then, delve into the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort, witness significant Mughal events, and marvel at the red sandstone beauty known as the “Qila-i-Akbari.” Conclude your day tour with a visit to the exquisite Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb, a Mughal masterpiece often referred to as the ‘Baby Taj Mahal’ for inspiring the grandeur of the Taj itself.
DAY 09: AGRA IN AND AROUND
Begin your day with a captivating sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, a moment of awe and inspiration. Following this breathtaking experience, return to your hotel or resort to rejuvenate and prepare for a day filled with exploration in and around the enchanting city of Agra. Enjoy a leisurely evening on your own.
Indulge in the timeless beauty of Sikandra Tomb, where Mughal Emperor Akbar, one of India’s revered rulers, rests eternally. This magnificent mausoleum stands as a testament to his visionary aesthetics, adorned with an enchanting garden lovingly crafted by his son, Emperor Jahangir.
Embark on a captivating journey to Fatehpur Sikri, just a 40-minute drive from the heart of Agra city, known as the “City of Victory.” This UNESCO World Heritage site, conceived by Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century, serves as an embodiment of architectural brilliance. This historic city briefly served as the capital of the Mughal Empire, leaving an indelible mark on Indian urban design with its majestic Mughal architectural style and grand gateways.
DAY 10: AGRA / DELHI
After breakfast, transfer to Agra Airport or continue your drive to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer to Delhi International Airport.
Delhi International Airport, situated approximately 210 kilometers away, can be reached comfortably in just 3-4 hours by road travel.