Welcome to India. On arrival, you are received and transferred to your hotel. Hotel check-in time is 12 noon. Delhi, the capital of India, has seen many dynasties and rulers flourish on its regal soil over the last 3000 years. The rest of the day is free you to relax. Overnight in Delhi.
This morning you are transferred from the hotel to the Railway Station in time for the Shatabdi Express to Kalka (dep: 0740 hours - arr: 1200 hours). Connect to the Kalka Shimla Express train for Shimla (dep: 1210 hours - arr: 1720 hours). Upon arrival, you are met and are transferred to your hotel. Shimla, the queen of India's hill stations, is set at an elevation of 2213 m in the pine-forested Shivalik Hills. Shimla was the summer capital of the British administration in India from 1864 to 1939. Overnight in Shimla.
The day is earmarked for a full day tour of Shimla. Places of interest include: the Ridge - a large open space in the heart of town that offers views of the mountain ranges; the neo- Gothic structure of Christ Church; the neo-Tudor library building; Lakkar Bazar - popular for its wood crafts and souvenirs; Jakhoo Hills - the town's highest peak and a vantage point for Shimla's famous views; St. Michael's Cathedral - a dressed-stone church with fine stained glass has a cruciform design; State Museum - home to a large collection of Himachal Pradesh's archaeological artifacts, carvings, paintings and sculptures (closed on Monday). Overnight in Shimla.
Drive from Shimla to Manali (255 kms-6 hours). Manali is located the incomparable Kulu Valley, in the midst of pinewood forests with high mountains towering above it. Also known as the 'Queen of Hill Stations', Manali is a veritable showpiece of nature with unspoiled scenic beauty and is located at an altitude of 1829 metres and at a distance of around 40 kms from Kullu town. On arrival, check-in at you hotel. Overnight in Manali.
Proceed for full day sightseeing tour of Manali. This quaint town has many places of interest like the Hadimba Temple, built in 1553, also known as the Dhungri Temple where only Hindu are allowed to enter. Also visit the Vashisht Hot Sulphur Springs, the Mountaineering Institute, Nehru Kund and the Solang Valley where Himachal's best ski slopes can be found. Overnight in Manali.
This morning you proceed for a sightseeing tour of Dharamsala, a hill-station that lies on the spur of the Dhauladhar Mountains about 18 kms north-east of Kangra and overlooks a wide spread of plains. It is known for its scenic beauty set amidst high pine and oak trees. Dharamsala's altitude varies between 1340 m and 2000 m. Since 1960, when it became the temporary headquarters of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Dharamshala has risen to international repute as 'The Little Lhasa in India'. Covering a wide area in the form of a twin settlement, Lower Dharamsala (1380 m) is a busy commercial centre, while Upper Dharamsala (1830 m) with the suburbs of Mcleod Ganj and Forsythganj retain a British flavour and colonial lifestyle. There is also a large Tibetan community in exile, who has made this their home, living mostly in Mcleod Ganj. Overnight in Dharamsala.
The morning is free to relax. In the afternoon, drive from Dharamsala to Pathankot (90 kms-3 hours) Railway Station in time to board the Sampark Kranti Express train for Delhi (dep: 2220 hours - arr: 0605 hours). Overnight on board the train.
Upon arrival at the New Delhi Railway Station, you are met and are transferred to your hotel which you can use during the day. In the afternoon, set off on a combined sightseeing tour of the famous historical sights in Old and New Delhi, visiting the Raj Ghat - memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. Drive past the Red Fort, Jama Mosque - the largest mosque in India. Continue tour into New Delhi to visit the Qutab Minar - a 72 m high tower built in the Persian style. The tour ends with a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House and The Presidential Estate. Late in the evening transfer to the International Airport for your onward flight.