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ID: 1269
SHIMLA & MANALI WITH CHAIL
Offered by Company : ID 2525
Country : India
Destinations : manali (Himachal Pradesh), shimla (Himachal Pradesh)
Duration : 6 – 7 day(s)
Minimum Price : $301 USD ( Per Person)
Maximum Price : $482 USD ( Per Person)
Type : Private,Customized
Season : All Year Round
Trip Categories : Family Friendly Tour, City Tour
 
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Shimla, Manali, Chail. Manali has many attractions but the chief centre of interest, historically and archeologically, is undoubtedly the DHOONGRI TEMPLE dedicated to goddess Hidimba, the Bhim of Mahabharat fame. It has four-tiered Pagoda shaped roof and the doorway is carved with legendary figures and symbols. This temple located amidst wooden forest of deodar is about 2.5 kms. from the tourist office. It is a pleasant experience to stroll in the temple complex which was built in 1533 A.D. A large festival is held here in May. Chail was the summer capital of the former princely state of Patiala. It came into being in the late nineteenth century when its handsome and dashing Maharaja Bhupender Singh was banished from Shimla, the summer capital of British India for a dalliance with the British Commander in-Chiefs daughter. Shimla town is distinctive for its variety of architecture. It has one of the rare surviving urban forests, made all the more unique, for its species are temperate to alpine ones in what is otherwise a tropical zone. And then Shimlas famous Mall offers one of the longest stretches of pedestrian shopping in the world.
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Day 1/ Delhi – Chail

Early morning depart to Chail (380 Kms), Arrive & check into the hotel. Enjoy welcome drink & cookies on arrival. Relax in the afternoon. Later have evening tea with cookies, Have dinner at hotel, Night stay in Chail.

About Chail: Chail was the summer capital of the former princely state of Patiala. It came into being in the late nineteenth century when its handsome and dashing Maharaja Bhupender Singh was banished from Shimla, the summer capital of British India for a dalliance with the British Commander in-Chiefs daughter. Smarting at this insult, Bhupender Singh began exploring the neighbouring hills with a single guiding force to find a hill that was within sight of Shimla but higher. The little village of Chail seemed perfect. Shimla lay within direct vision, and most important, Chail was higher than the British controlled Shimla town. Large tracts of the land here already belonged to him. This had been given to his ancestors for services rendered during the Gurkha wars which had come to an end in 1815-16. A site was selected and the Maharaja began building his summer palace. But an ill omen seemed to hang over the construction area. Local legend has it that the moment anything was built, it would collapse over night. Dozens of snakes would appear from nowhere and attack the labourers. Then Bhupinder Singh had a dream. A sage appeared before him and declared that the site the Maharaja had chosen was where he had meditated till he was taken by the earth, and his peace should not be disturbed. The Maharaja had the sages blessing to build on any other spot. Bhupinder Singh moved to another site and at the original spot which is about a kilometre from the Palace Hotel he had a temple built to the sage. Here the stone embodiment of the sage may still be seen along with the iron tongs and trident. The shrine is known as the Sidh Baba Ka Mandir and is revered by many who claim that the sage has the power to grant boons. Meanwhile Bhupinder Singh had another site levelled out and a splended mansion was built and sumptuously furnished. And at 2226 m, a good hundered meters above Shimlas average height, Bhupinder Singhs summer capital was prepared to taken on the British one at equal terms.

In 1972 the property set in about 75 acres of land including peripheral cottages, woods, sport and recreation facilities and even an orchard passed into the hands of Himachal Tourism. This is now the Palace Hotel a full- fledged destination resort. This retains the grandeur of its princely past and a large elegant lawn, complete with pavilion and fountain, adjoins the Hotel. Chails famous cricket ground was built in 1893 after leveling out the top of a hill. This stands at 2444.4 m and is perhaps the highest cricket pitch and the polo ground in the world. Maharaja Bhupinder Singh was an avid cricketer and the teams that have played here include the MCC. Bhupinder Singh was not averse to a spot of fun in cricket too. This once included a match with all the players dressed as women; the Maharaja took the crease in a nuns black habit sporting and equally black beard. Several easy walks can be done in and around Chail. The small wild life sanctuary has a variety of wild life that includes the ghoral, kakkar, sambhar, red jungle fowl, and the khalij and cheer pheasents. There are Machan-like sighting posts near Blossom at Khariun and on the blade pate of the prosaically named Roda Tibba. Fishing is possible on the Gaura river 29 km from Chail and there are several trek routes that lead out of the resort, including the one to the Choor Chandni mountain which is visible from Chail and poetically translates as The Mountain Of The Silver Bangles. Chail is 86 km from Kalka via Kandaghat and 45 km from Shimla via Kufri.

Day 2/ Chail- Shimla via Kufri

After Breakfast, proceed to Shimla (45 km). Enroute visit Kufri. After arrival in Shimla, transfer to hotel. Evening free for shopping at Mall road. Dinner at hotel & Night stay in Shimla.

About Kufri: 16 km away from Shimla, this place has long been famous for its ski-slopes and five views of deep valleys and thick forests that are framed by a backdrop of un-melting snows. Ski-runs are there at Kufri itself, while the Mahasu Peak that is approached through a two km long forest trail, has fresh runs. There is a small zoo at Kufri. The drive between Kufri and Chail is along the Ridge shaded by trees and has fine views. Kufri also has the Himalayan Nature Park. In this park rare varieties of Hangal, Barking Deer, Musk Deer, Brown Bear, rare species of Monal and other pheasants are kept in social groupings. Extensive development and improvement of the Kufri areas has recently been done by the combined efforts of the government, entrepreneurs and Kufris residents.

About Shimla: With all its intricacies, history seems to have been the mortar for every brick and stone that has built Shimla. As the summer capital of British India for well over a century it was the seat of one of the most powerful governments in the world. From its cedar-shaded heights, one fifth of the human race was ruled and the decisions made those decades ago affect our lives to the present day.

The town of Shimla rose in the nineteenth century when the Gurkha Wars came to an end in 1815-16 and the victorious British decided to retain certain pockets as military outposts and sanitaria. In 1822 the most rigorous of dandies and the greatest of sticklers for form Captain Charles Pratt Kennedy, Political Agent to the Hill States directed that a house be built for him at the village whose name is variously reported as Sheyamalaya Shumlah, Shimlu and Shemlah. Kennedy House led the vanguard of the hundred-odd houses that were to scatter themselves by 1841 over every level or gently inclining space. Lured by the climate and terrain scores of European invalids began moving to the station and the only stipulation of the local chief who owned the land was that no tree be cut or cattle slaughtered.

In 1864 the Viceroy, John Lawrence anointed Shimla then spelt Simla, as the summer capital of British India. With Lawrence came the Viceroy Council, the Imperial Secretariat, representatives of the Indian princes and foreign envoys. As the town grew to become the workshop of the Empire, an awed visitor observed, every pigeonhole cradled an embryo of a war or death. Despite the fact that up to the time of Indian independence in 1947, Shimla officially remained only the summer capital, yet the Government spent more time in these hills than at the actual capital Calcutta and later New Delhi. As the bearer of the Viceregal sceptre this tiny pocket became the cynosure of British Empire. Imperial grandeur, and all the panoply and trappings of power came along for the ride. And there was a popular local saying that went, You cannot sleep the nights in Simla for the sound of grinding axes. A social whirl of parties, gymkhanas, balls, fancy fairs and affaires du Coeur ensured that a heady mixture of scandal and intrigue constantly wafted through the town.

Quite inevitably the freedom movement had a close connection with Shimla. Ornithologist and former Civil Servant, Allan Octavian Hume created the Indian National Congress which spearheaded the struggle while living in the town. Stalwarts like Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Nehru, C. Rajagopalachari, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya and Maulana Azad regularly visited Shimla. Major events that took place in the town were the Simla Conference in 1942, the deliberations of the Cabinet on and finally the decision to partition India.

And while the British Empire may have ceased to exist, its echoes linger on in the architecture and ambience of this hill resort. The elements of nostalgia may be strong but Shimla also has a youthful vigour in its pace. Its easy accessibility and several other attractions have made it one of Indias most popular hill resorts. There are many unforgettable walks, day-excursions by the dozen, a variety of convenient shopping and entertainment museums, and ice-skating in winter. Shimla is the base or the unwinding point for numerous exhilarating routes to the state interior.

Today the town is distinctive for its variety of architecture. It has one of the rare surviving urban forests, made all the more unique, for its species are temperate to alpine ones in what is otherwise a tropical zone. And then Shimlas famous Mall offers one of the longest stretches of pedestrian shopping in the world.

Day 3/ Shimla - Naldhera –Shimla

After Breakfast, proceed for the sightseeing of Naldehra. Evening free for shopping, dinner at hotel & Night stay in Shimla.

About Naldhera: 23 km away from Shimla, at 2044 m this has a thick cedar forest, picnic grounds and a nine-hole par 68 Golf course that is regarded as one of the most challenging in the country. In the repeat nine there are four additional greens and different tees, which increase the yardage in the second round. This was designed by the British Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon and he was so enchanted by the spot that he often camped here for days on end communicating with Viceregal Lodge by means of a heliograph. He even named his daughter after the place.

The Naldehra of today is a full fledged golf and leisure destination that offers comprehensive facilities like quality accommodation and food through Himachal Tourism Hotel Golf Glade. Equipment and instructors are available at the Golf Club and it is possible to play by paying a daily green fee.

Day 4/ Shimla – Manali

After Breakfast in the early morning, proceed to Manali (260 km), checkin into the hotel in the evening. Enjoy welcome drink on arrival. Rest of the day free at Leisure. Night stay in Manali.

About Manali: Just 40 kms away from Kullu to the north, Manali is situated near the end of the valley on the National Highway leading to Leh. The landscape here is breath taking. One sees well-defined snow capped peaks, the Beas river with its clear water meanders through the town. On the other side are deodar and pine trees, tiny fields and fruit orchards. It is an excellent place for a holiday, a favorite resort for trekkers to Lahaul, Spiti, Bara Bhangal (Kangra), and Zanskar ranges. From temples to antiquity, to picturesque sight-seeing spots and adventure activities, Manali is a popular resort for all seasons and for all travellers.

Day 5/ Manali

After breakfast excursion to Rohtang Pass (Subject to open)
Return to Manali for dinner and overnight stay.

About Rohtang: Rohtang pass (3979 m) is 51kms. from Manali on highway to Keylong/Leh. It offers a panorama and spectacular Mountain View. The pass is open from June to October each year although trekkers can cross it earlier. It is a gateway to Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and Leh valley just as Zojila pass is a gatway to Ladakh. There is a beautiful sight of glaciers, peaks and Chandra River flows down in the Lahaul valley. Slightly to the left are the twin peaks of the Geypan. During summer (mid June to October) regular buses ply between Manali-Keylong/Darcha, Udaipur, Spiti and Leh.

Day 6/ Manali

After Breakfast, proceed to Solang Valley & Local sightseeing. Visit Vashisht hot water springs and temples, Hidimba Devi temple, Mountaineering Institute, Manu temple, Club house, Arjun Gufa. Arrive hotel & have evening tea &dinner Night stay in Manali.

About Solang Valley: 13 kms. is a splendid valley between Solang village and Beas Kund. Solang valley offers the view of glaciers and snow capped mountains and peaks. It has fine ski slopes. The Mountaineering Institute has installed a ski lift for training purpose. Located here is a hut and guest house of the Mountaineering and Allied sports Institute, Manali. Now a few hotels have also come up. The winter skiing festival is organised here. Training in skiing is imparted at this place.

About Vashist: Vashist, a small village located on the left bank of river Beas towards Rohtang pass is worth a visit. It is renowned for its hot springs and temples. Nearby is the pyramidal stone temple dedicated to Vashist Muni. There is another Temple of Lord Ram here. Natural hot sulphur springs with two separate bathing tanks for gents and ladies are always full of tourists. Turkish style showers fitted baths have also been built nearby. Hot water from the nearby spring is provided for bathing.

About Hidimba Devi Temple: Manali has many attractions but the chief centre of interest, historically and archeologically, is undoubtedly the DHOONGRI TEMPLE dedicated to goddess Hidimba, the Bhim of Mahabharat fame. It has four-tiered Pagoda shaped roof and the doorway is carved with legendary figures and symbols. This temple located amidst wooden forest of deodar is about 2.5 kms. from the tourist office. It is a pleasant experience to stroll in the temple complex which was built in 1533 A.D. A large festival is held here in May.

About Arjun Gufa; 4kms. from Manali towards Naggar, the cave is situated near Prini village 1km. above the road where Arjun had meditated. This is good 1/2 a day excursion with charming view of the brilliant mountains.

About Mountaineering Institute: Located 3 km on the left bank of river Beas towards Kullu, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports Manali, organises basic & advance training courses, in trekking, mountaineering, skiing and water sports. Skiing and trekking equipments can be hired from here by booking in advance. Tourists can visit an interesting showroom here.

About club House: 2 kms. from the town, club house has indoor games facilities which has been located on the left bank of Manalsu Nallah. There are some picnic spots near it.

About Manu Temple: 3 kms. from the main bazar in old Manali lies the temple of MANU RISHI. It is believed that this is the only temple of Manu in India, who was the creator of human race on the earth.

Day 7/ Delhi Departure

After Breakfast check out from the Hotel & proceed to Delhi for your onward destination
Notes
Price Includes:

• 6 Nights accommodation.
• Surface Travel as per the itinerary .
• Dinner at all places.
• Transportation from Delhi to Delhi by A/c Indica..
• All Sightseeing and excursions as per itinerary by non a/c car
• All applicable taxes.

Child Policy:

• Child Cost ( between 5 to 12 yrs)
-with Extra bed 45 % of Adult cost
- without Extra bed 30 % of Adult cost

Price Excludes:

• Air fare / train fare.
• Service tax 4.03%
• Expenses of personal nature such as tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc.
• Any other item not specified in Includes.
• Guide & Entrance fees during sightseeing
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