Shimla – Manali Tour
Shimla is the largest city of Himachal Pradesh, India, and also serves as the State capital. Surrounded by snow-capped Himalayan Mountains and dense green forests, the city is one of the most loved hill stations in India. During the British period, Shimla served as the summer capital of the British. Apart from some beautiful tourist attractions, the city now has the UNESCO world heritage Mountain Railways of India – The Kalka – Shimla Railway.
The best time to visit Shimla is from November to June. Shimla can be reached by road, train, or by air. The nearest railway station from Shimla is Kalka which is around 85Km away from them here. From Kalka, you reach Shimla either by bus, car, or can avail the famous Kalka-Shimla narrow gauge Toy-train. The Kalka-Shimla Toy train route passes mostly through the mountains and is well-known for the scenic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. This route passes through a total of 103 tunnels and it takes almost 5 hours to reach Shimla from Kalka. The nearest major airport from Shimla is Chandigarh. The distance of Shimla from Chandigarh is around 114 km and it takes almost 4 hours to reach Shimla from Chandigarh by road.
Day 1 – Shimla Sightseeing
You can visit Tara Devi Temple. This is a 250 years old temple. The temple is located on the Tara Parvatand you will get a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys from the courtyard of this temple. Next, you can go to visit the Sankat Mochan Temple. It is approximately 5 km away from Shimla city-center. This tranquil temple is surrounded by a forest of beautiful pine and oak trees. This temple houses three deities Lord Rama, Lord Shiva, and Lord Hanuman. Nowadays, one of the most famous tourist attractions near Shimla. From Sankat Mochan temple you can go to visit Shimla Kali Bari temple. This beautiful temple was constructed in the year 1845 and the main deity here is Goddess Kali.
From Kali Bari temple go to visit famous Shimla Mall Road. It is the main street in Shimla and is the most happening place in the town. You will find all the government offices, post office, banks everything here. Other than the offices, there are numerous big and small stores located here. You will find mainly woolen garments, books, and handicraft items here. Your Shimla tour will be incomplete unless you taste the delicious cookies, cakes, or hot chocolates from here.
The upper area of the Mall road is known as the Ridge, which is a huge open area. At the Ridge, you can also visit the famous Shimla Christ Church. It is the second oldest church in North India and was built in the neo-Gothic style in the year 1857. In the evening, the church is lightened up and looks like a magnificent castle. You can also witness spectacular sunset from here in the evening.
Next to Ridge is the famous Shimla Lakkar Bazar. This market sells mainly wooden handicraft products and is located adjacent to the famous Shimla Ridge. This is the heart of this beautiful hilly town and the place offers breath-taking views of surrounding mountains. This place also houses some notable shops and buildings.
Day 2 – Shimla Sightseeing
After breakfast, start your journey towards Jakhoo Temple. The temple is located on top of Jakhoo hill. It is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. According to the Ramayana, Lord Hanuman rested here for sometimes while he was searching for Sanjivani Booti to revive Lakshman. Every year a festival held here during Dussehra. A giant 108 feet tall statue of Lord Hanuman was established here in the year 2010. You can reach the hilltop by taxi or by ropeway. From Jakhoo hill, you can move towards Kufri.
On your way first, you can stop at the Green valley. Green valley is a stunning mountain valley famous for its breath-taking views of the surrounding pine and deodar forest over vast hilly lands. After spending some time at Green Valley you can proceed towards Kufri. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the pine-clad valleys on your way.
The car parking space of Kufri is a little ahead of the viewpoints and fun world. At the car parking space, you can enjoy a photo-shoot sitting on the back of a Yak. From the car parking space to the sightseeing point horse ride is available. Charges are Rs 500 per person. At the entrance of Kufri’s viewpoints, there is a small market having stalls of local hand-made products and local fast food. From here you can get a closer look at the Himalayan mountain ranges using the telescope. There is a guide who will explain every detail to you. Other than viewing telescope you can take photos sitting on a Yak’s back.
If you are an adventure sports lover you can enjoy archery at this point. Beyond this, there is a local village. Enjoy a walk around this village and have a glimpse of the local life here. Next, go to visit Kufri Fun World. Kufri fun world is an amusement park where you will have numerous fun and adventure activities for both kids and adults. Other than these activities, there are some good eateries inside Fun world where you can enjoy snacks and a cup of hot tea. The package cost for all the adventure activities in Kufri is between Rs 200 and Rs 300 after completing your activities in the Kufri Fun-world go to visit Himalayan Nature Park or Kufri Zoo and enjoy the quality time here. From the zoo,, you visit the local market at Kufri – Chini Bazar. Here you will find many small wooden handcrafted products which you may collect as a souvenir
Day 3 – Shimla to Manali
This morning start your journey to Manali from Shimla. The distance of Kullu from Shimla is around 250 km and it will take almost 5-6 hours to reach Kullu from Shimla without any break. On the way to Kullu, you can visit some of the tourist attractions of the place. First, you can visit Sundernagar Lake. It is a beautiful man-made lake on the way to Kullu built using the waters of Beas and Sutlej River. Next, you can visit the Pandoh dam. The dam was built in the year 1977 to generate hydroelectric power for the area. Next, you can visit Jhinjri Nature Park. The entry fee to this park is Rs 20 per person. It is the place where you can enjoy paragliding and river rafting. Paragliding will cost around Rs 3500 per head and River Rafting will cost Rs 600 per head. If you are an adventure sports lover then this is a must-visit place for you.
Next, you to see the Kullu Vaishno Devi temple. Located on the banks of River Beas, Vaishno Devi Temple of Kullu is a Hindu shrine dedicated to Goddess Parvati. The temple is famous for its calm and quiet environment. Next visit the Kullu Shawl industry. Kullu is famous for its colorful woolen shawl. It is worthy to visit one of the shawl industries while you are in Kullu. You will reach Manali by the evening time and you can relax thereafter.
Day 4 – Manali Sightseeing
On this morning you can go on a sightseeing tour around M on the way to Rohtang pass. The village is now a popular tourist attraction of Manali which is famous for natural beauty. Horse riding facility is also available at this point. Enjoy a walk around this beautiful snow-covered valley here. Next, go to Solang valley. Solang Valley is a side valley on the way to Rohtang Pass from Manali. The place is popular for different adventure sports activities. You can enjoy Paragliding, Skating, and zorbing here. This is now a popular tourist spot and a must-visit for people who love photography. In summers you can go up till Rohtang Pass which is absolutely an amazing place.
Day 5 – Manali Sightseeing
This morning, you can first go to Vashisht Temple where you can enjoy a hot water bath. It is a natural hot spring. The water of this hot spring is believed to have medicinal values. There is a temple beside this hot spring. The surrounding of the place needs a special mention. Next, Visit Manu temple. This famous temple is dedicated to Sage Manu. The temple is located on the Beas river valley near Manali. The place is well known for scenic beauty. You can spend some quality time observing the beautiful surroundings of this place. From Manu temple go to the most popular tourist destination of Manali, Hidimba Devi Temple. At the entrance of this temple, you will find some local hand-made woolen garments shop. If you wish you can purchase some woolens from here. This temple is located inside the beautiful cedar forest locally known as Dhungiri VanVihar. This unique temple is dedicated to Hidimba Devi, wife of second Pandav Bhima, who was a famous figure of epic Mahabharata. Besides this temple, there is another temple dedicated to Goddess Hidimba’s son Ghatotkacha. At the end of this temple complex, you can enjoy Yak ride or can even take a picture sitting on a Yak’s back. Next, go to visit Manali Van Vihar. Van-Vihar a nature park located in Manali. The park is surrounded by long deodar trees. Enjoy a walk around the calm and quiet paths of this park. If you wish you can do boating here. The entry fee to this park is Rs 50 per person. Next, go to Manali Monastery. This Monastery is located near Manali Mall and is famous for its serene environment. In the evening walk around the famous Manali Mall and enjoy some shopping.