Full Himachal (10 Night 11 Days)
Shimla(2) - Manali(3) - Dharamsala(2) - Dalhousie(2) - Amritsar(1)
Full Himachal with Golden Temple is a very popular summer itinerary for Himachal Pradesh where guests combine four popular destinations of Himachal Pradesh i.e. Shimla (6000+ ft asl), Manali (6500+ ft asl), Dharamsala (3500+ ft asl) and Dalhousie (7000+ ft asl) alongwith Golden Temple in Amritsar
Start Point: Chandigarh
End Point: Chandigarh
Best Season To Travel
- Day-1 Chandigarh - Shimla. Visit Mall area
- Day-2 Excursion around Shimla.
- Day-3 Shimla - Manali.
- Day-4 Rohtang Excursion. Solang Valley Adventure.
- Day-5 Manikaran or Jana Waterfalls Excursion.
- Day-6 Manali - Dharamshala. Visit Norbulingka Institute.
- Day-7 Mcleodgunj Visit and options visits around Dharamsala.
- Day-8 Arrive Dalhousie.
- Day-9 Khajjiar, Chamba, Chamera Lake excursion.
- Day-10 Dalhousie - Amritsar.
- Day-11 Departure.
Amritsar - Golden Temple (2.00 kms)
Dalhousie - Churches in Dalhousie (3.00 kms), Satdhara (3.00 kms), Khajjiar Meadows (25.00 kms), Chamera Lake (30.00 kms), Chamba Pilgrimage (50.00 kms)
Dharamsala - War Memorial (1.00 kms), Walk to Kunal Pathri - Rock Temple (3.00 kms), Norbulingka Institute (4.00 kms), Mcleodgunj Tibetan Market (9.00 kms), Chinmaya Tapovan (10.00 kms), Dalai Lama Monastery (10.00 kms), Bhagshunath Temple (11.00 kms)
Manali - Hadimba Temple (0.50 kms), Vashisht Hot Springs (2.00 kms), Manu Temple (3.00 kms), Arjun Gufa (5.00 kms), Solang Valley Ropeway ride (15.00 kms), Skiing in Solang Valley (15.00 kms), Jana Waterfall (30.00 kms), Rohtang Pass (40.00 kms), Manikaran Sahib (80.00 kms)
Shimla - Christ Church Shimla (0.50 kms), Mall Road Shimla (0.50 kms), Viceregal Lodge Shimla (3.00 kms), Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (6.00 kms), Himalayan Nature Park Kufri (18.00 kms), Naldehra Golf Course (22.00 kms)
- Chandigarh to Shimla -120 kms (3 hrs)
- Shimla to Manali -260 kms (7.5 hrs)
- Manali to Dharamsala -240 kms (6.5 hrs)
- Dharamsala to Dalhousie -120 kms (4 hrs)
- Dalhousie to Amritsar -180 kms (4.5 hrs)
- Amritsar to Chandigarh -230 kms (4 hrs)
Butter Chicken: This creamy, gravy dish is lightly spiced and paired up with either naan or roomali roti
Chhole Bhature: Bhautra is made up with flour and milk rather than wheat flour, it’s different from a poori, and server with Chhole(Chick peas sabji).
Parantha: A palin or stuffed wheat bread, fried in desi. Have with some cold curd and pickle.
Amritsari fish : It is a succulent, fried fish, this can be had either with a naan or just like that since it is a dry dish. Batter fried, it is juicy and succulent on the inside while also being spicy.
Dal makhni: This dish of lentils is a rich concoction of black lentils and red kidney beans made in a thick gravy made even richer with dollops of cream.
Panner tikka: It is a chargrilled and spiced soft cottage cheese dish.
Murgh Malaiwala: A delicious chicken recipe made with no oil or ghee. Chicken drumsticks marinated with ginger-garlic and cooked in milk, cream, chillies, saffron and a rose petal garam masala
- Do pack a basic medical kit with your luggage. Also carry adequate quinine, the anti-malarial drug.
- Tipping: In restaurants and Hotels a 10% service charge is often added to bills,in which case there is no need to tip. In smaller places where tipping is optional you need only tip a few rupees and not a percentage of your bill. It is customary to tip waiters,porters,guides and drivers.
- If you are traveling in summers (April-June),carry only cotton garments,shorts,light coloured clothing. A trip in winter season(October-February) necessitates woollen clothing as the temperature often touches sub-zero levels.
- Instead of carrying too much cash you can manage with traveller’s cheques and get them converted at money changers like Thomas Cook.
- Make it a point to buy the maps of the place you are exploring to facilitate easy navigation.
- Budget travellers can minimize their expenses by eating as often as possible at the langer (the Common Kitchen) in a gurdwara.
- When you visit a gurdwara particularly, make sure you leave your footwear out and cover your head with a scarf, available outside gurdwara.
- Before shooting pictures of a Gurdwara, a historical monuments, museum or a palace, ensure that photography is not prohibited. Otherwise it may lead to heavy penalties and even confiscation of the camera.
- Specifically for foreigners, there is usually a foreigner’s helpdesk at most big gurdwara. One can always go there to find out more information.
- If you are not conversant in the local dialect and you are using public transport like cabs or auto rickshaws for commuting, make sure you ask a few people around before you get into one. Do find out the fare before you agree on a price with the driver to avoid being cheated.