The startling beauty of Himachal Pradesh has repeatedly attracted people from all parts of the country. From pine-covered hills, lush meadows and gushing waterfalls to adventure trails, the state is blessed with a plethora of natural marvels. Starting from Shimla, the capital city, this 11-day Splendid Panorama of Himachal – Ex Mumbai package will take you to the ever-charming destinations like Kufri, Manali and Kullu. An excursion to the high-altitude Rohtang Pass gives you an opportunity to witness the majesty of nature. The revered pilgrimage Manikaran will further leave you spellbound with its natural hot springs. From transportation to accommodation booking and on-time meals, Yatra’s earnest tour managers do the utmost to make your sojourn to this state a memorable and hassle-free experience.
1. Manali: Manali is Located at an elevation of nearly 2050 m, at the northern end of the Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh' s Beas River valley, the ancient town of Manali is a three hour drive from the state capital of Shimla. An all-year-round hill station, it was first discovered as a tourist destination by backpackers and hippies in the 1970s and 80' s who loved the rustic life in the villages around the small town. Manali' s rising popularity among the regular tourists, since the 1990s, has coincided with the problems in the neighbouring state of Kashmir which saw a steep decline in tourist traffic there over the last three decades. The region is a place of breath-taking natural beauty with thick forests, fruit-laden orchards, beautiful hamlets and sprawling meadows carpeted with wild flowers, all surrounded by the tall snow-clad mountains of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges. Manali' s original claim to fame was the fact that it was the last major town before the climb to Rohtang Pass to get to Leh in Ladakh and the valleys of Lahaul and Spiti valleys. Even today it is the main resting point, before the drive up to these places. But unlike in the past there is much more for the tourists to do these days including skiing, rafting, paragliding and trekking.
2. Shimla: Shimla is the Capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is among the oldest of Indian hill stations. Named after Shyamala Devi, a manifestation of goddess Kali, it is located in the south-western ranges of the Himalayas at an average elevation of 2397 m. It was a small village surrounded by thick deodhar, pine and oak forests when Bhimsen Thapa of Nepal captured it in 1806. The opening of the 96 km Kalka-Shimla railway line in 1903 only made it even more accessible for the rich and the mighty of the British Raj. Shimla was the capital of the undivided Punjab from the 19th century till the time that Chandigarh was built. And when Himachal Pradesh was carved out, it became the capital of the new state. Spread over seven hills - Inverarm Hill, Observatory Hill, Prospect Hill, Summer Hill, Bantony Hill, Elysium Hill and Jakhoo Hill, it is still among the most popular hill stations in the country. Jakhoo hill is its highest point at 2,454 m.
3. Chandigarh: One of the most well-planned cities of Modern India, Chandigarh is located in the foothills of Shivalik and borders three states, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. The exceptional designing and building of this city can be credited to Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, who planned ahead and designed a city for the future. Even with an urban setup, the city still has a significant forest cover and is deemed as one of the cleanest cities in the country. While the innovative Nek Chand' s Rock Garden is the most easily recognized tourist spots of Chandigarh, there are other attractions like lakes, gardens, museums and building with modern architecture. A self-contained and people friendly city, one can easily explore most of it in 3-4 days.
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