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The Great Central Himalayas

The Great Central Himalayas

The Great Central Himalayas


Delhi - Shimla - Sarahan - Sangla - Chitkul - Kalpa - Thanedhar - Chandigarh - Delhi

A wonderful journey of the Central Himalayas for mountain and nature lovers. A Place where you will discover a different India, different culture sounds & tradition and the captive beauty of Himalayas. The breath taking landscapes as well as the snow capped hills offers a spectacular view. Himachal Pradesh deploys in its beautiful forest surroundings, unknown treasures. The state is called "Devbhoomi" {"Land of Gods"}. Himachal Pradesh is also known as the 'Apple' state because the first apples of the country (and potatoes) have been grown here. He is also Asia's largest fruit processing unit at Parwanoo. This place is known for its fascinating landscapes, lakes, wildlife, rivers & stunning snowy mountains whose peaks well above 6000 meters. The state is bordered by Jammu Kashmir to the north-pradesh, uttar in the southeast, Haryana in southern Punjab on the West and Tibet in the east. The state of the plain bounded by the Shivalink five major rivers running through it-Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej, Beas, and Yamuna. The circuit from Shimla, a beautiful city, it is the capital of the Himachal Pradesh, earlier the summer capital of the former British Raj in Himachal Pradesh where they liked to take his summer quarters. It follows the Sutlej river valley that explore the province of Kinnaur region where Hinduism and Buddhism co-exist naturally, this place is a few km away from the Indo Tibetan border. Kinnaur is one of the most picturesque districts of Himachal Pradesh. Kinnaur is also known as the 'Land of fairy tales' has a beautiful backdrop. Kinnaur has a striking resemblance to the Tibetan culture and the living style of the people reflects the same. It has many different species of flora and fauna. Here, the people are very different and the culture of the region is also very different from the culture followed by the rest of Himachal Pradesh. There are two main valleys that is Sangla valley and the Hangrang valley the beauties of this region. Kalpa & Chitkul are some of the beautiful villages that are considered worth visiting. During this tour you will explore the infinite variety and each step of the tour gives you a new experience. It would be difficult to describe the richness of India in so few lines, to understand it, you have to come and explore this place and make his own opinion and experiences. This tour can be recommended to any age of individual as it contains very normal trekking which is very rejuvenating.
1. Visit architectural sites, built during the British Raj , Shimla
2. High Himalayan ranges and most scenic view of Kinnaur kailash mountain.
3. Tour to Chitkul , Kamru fort , Sangla.
4. Experience the tribal life and explore the exotic Fauna and Flaura.
5. Visit the well known orchard place with impressive production of Apples , cherries , strawberry, almond and many other fruits.


Traditional welcome on arrival at Delhi international airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 DELHI / KALKA/ SHIMLA (By train) {Altitude - 2,205 m}

Breakfast at the hotel Transfer to railway station to board the train for Kalka. Board the train and enjoy the beautiful journey. Arrive at Kalka station and after some time board the next train - ''toy train'' from Kalka to Shimla. It is a narrow gauge railway track having a length of 90 kilometers. It is more than 100 years old world heritage sites and if the tourists coming to Shimla, they don't want to miss this ride. These trains are small in size that why, the name of these trains are ''toy trains''. Arrive at Shimla and traditional welcome on arrival at Station and then transfer to hotel. Shimla is a tranquil beauty as well as the scenic view in this magnificent city. Shimla is also known as the "Queen of Hills" It is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 2,205 m (7234 feet) above sea level. It is surrounded by lofty mountains of the Himalayas with its dense pine forests and beautiful apple orchards. This city has created a special place in the heart of number of tourists. Shimla derives the name from the Goddess kali "Shyamla Devi" The state capital is also famous for its buildings styled and has some of the world's finest examples of British architecture. Overnight at the hotel.


Breakfast at the hotel. Depart to visit the most attractive destinations. Visit The ridge is the pride of the Queen Hills. It is located in the heart of the town and always filled with the tourists. You can see the beautiful view of the mountain peaks. Being the most famous popular shopping Centre in the city, Shimla ridge links the most commercial spots such as Lakkar Bazar, The mall, Christ church, Scandal point and many others. Then visit Christ Church, this church is the second oldest church in Northern India. The construction of this church was started in 1844 and completed in 1857. Built in Neo-Gothic style of architecture, it took nearly thirteen years to construct it. The stained glass windows over the altar and the clock were placed in 1860. The fresco on the walls was painted from a design made by Mr. Lockwood Kipling (father of the Jungle book writer Rudyard Kipling). It is located at the most important road of Shimla in the Ridge. It has become an important landmark in the city. The church can be seen in some of the scenes of popular bollywood movies like '3 Idiots' and 'Black'. Also Visit Jhaku temple, the temple is situated on the Jhaku Hill, 2.5 kms from ridge at a height of 2455 (m) above sea level. This temple is a sacred place for the Hindu community of India and is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. From the top of the Jhaku Hill you can see the entire Shimla and also can enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the Shivalink ranges and the sister town of Sanjauli. The statue of Lord Hanuman is made which stands 108 feet high. After visit State museum, it is located 2.5 km west of the Scandal point on the Inveram Hill. The museum represents the collection of Himachal Pradesh's rich heritage of ancient historical sculptures, coins, paintings etc. It also has a library which has approx. 10,000 books, journals and magazines. The history of the building dates back to the colonial times when it was the private residence of Lord William Beresford. He was the Military Secretary to the then Viceroy of India, Lord William Bentinck. After independence, it served as the residence of Indian Government officials. It was transformed into a museum on January 26, 1974 with the sole aim of collecting and preserving the historical, artistic and archaeological items of the Himachal Pradesh State. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 SHIMLA / KUFRI / RAMPUR / SARAHAN (175 KMS / 6 HRS) {Altitude - 1920 m}

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart by surface to Sarahan. En route visit Kufri, it is tiny charming hill station at the foothills of the great Himalayas, is situated at the southern part of the state of Himachal Pradesh. Kufri, located at an altitude of 2510 m above the sea level and 13 kms away from Shimla. It is a very popular for trekking and hiking trails. This place got its name from the word kufr, which means 'lake' in the local language. Here you can enjoy the grand panoramic sights of the green valley and the snow clad foothills of Himalayas.Visit the famous tourist Park Indira tourist Park, it is situated near the Himalayan National park. And it is famous for amazing views of the Himalayas. Good climate and peaceful ambiance. In this park there is an appealing coffee shop, called cafe Lalit of Himachal Tourism board are the major attractions of the park as well as major Kufri attractions.

Day 5 SARAHAN / SANGLA (105 KMS / 5 HRS) {Altitude - 2680 m}

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning visit Bhimkali Temple, it is a huge campus and there are different temples inside the campus. Here are two main temples, one is open for everyone during the normal days. The second temple is open only on some special occasions and a door is open by Raja Virbhadra Singh. The temple is located in Sarahan town which is dedicated to the mother goddess Bhimkali. In the temple complex, there are another three temples dedicated to Raghunathji, Narsinghji and Lankra vir. Architecture of Bhimkali Temple is very beautiful with its six silver coated doors and is a mixture of both Hindu and Buddhist style of architecture. Most of the carved forms are different and linked through some old stories. There are some rules which we have to follow to get enter in the temple. Male visitors must wear a cap (which can be borrowed inside the temple), cameras and leather goods are not allowed. Everyone get locker to keep everything safe. Then do a walk around 01 km from here to "visit Hawa Ghar" . It's a very beautiful place. It is said that the King were used to walk from their palace upto this place. One gets very beautiful view of sarahan from this place. The walk to Hawa Ghar from temple complex is in midst of apple orchards.One can hear the music of golden birds while walking. This place is quite windy and also it is very isolated from hustle bustle of the town. Whole place was surrounded by pine or deodar forests and smell was awesome. Then depart towards Sangla via karchham. At a height of 1900 m, karchham marks the confluence of Sutlej and Baspa rivers and the Old Hindustan roads. It is enjoyable and adventures throughout the valley. The natural scenery all around and the snow view are picturesque and charming. Arrive at Sangla hotel. Sangla is famous for hill station and innate beauty. It is situated an altitude of 2680 m above sea level is also known as the Tehsil headquarter with a small population. Sangla valley is also known as Baspa valley since Baspa River flows through this area. Nestled beautifully in the lap of Himalayas. Sangla is a scenic and a very alluring part of Kinnaur district in the "nature rich" state of Himachal Pradesh. The place is resplendent with amazing natural beauty and picturesque locations. The climate of the region remains pleasant all year round and is apt for sightseeing. The word 'Sangla' in Tibetan language denotes 'Pass of Light'. Sangla is full of references to the mesmerizing sceneries and picturesque spots. The region and its vicinity are famous for its cherry and apple trees and pine nut orchards. The major source of livelihood for the locals is agriculture and related activities. There are interesting sightseeing places that attract tourists are "Kamru fort" & Sangla Meadow. In afternoon visit Kamru fort, The Fort is located at a distance of just 2 Kms from the Sangla Valley at an elevation of 2800 m. It is set in a picturesque location and is entered through a series of gates. There is a wooden balcony at the top of the fort alongside with an image of Kamakhya Devi (kamakshi Devi) placed in its third floor. A very huge image of Lord Buddha is positioned at the main gate of the fort. There is a Badrinath temple in the Kamru Fort which serves as the venue of the fair, held once in three years. After, visit Sangla Meadow, also known as Sangla Kanda, it is one of the primary attractions in the region. This place is completely covered in greenery and surrounded by snowcapped mountains ranges of the Himalayas. It also the perfect place to see the Kinner Kailash in an 1800 view. Also visit the Nag Temple. The temple is another popular and religious destination of Sangla. This temple is dedicated to God Jagas. Here the most popular fair held every year in the month of August and September. "The Fulaich Fair". After that you can discover or enjoy the view of local huts of himachal along with the customs and lifestyle of its local people. Overnight at hotel

Day 6 SANGLA / CHHITKUL / SANGLA (45 KMS) {Altitude - 3450 m}

Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion towards Chitkul, situated at an altitude of 3450 m. It is the last Indian village on the Indo - Tibet border. It is the part of the Sangla Valley. This village is situated on the right of the river Baspa. It is the last point in India where one can Travel without a Permit. Chitkul is an out of the world experience. The populations are hardly 600 people. Most of the houses are built with wooden walls and wooden roofs, though some used tin roofs to encounter the snow falls. Walk around the village just to experience their living condition. The locals are very happy and always greet the tourists full of joy and happiness. Visit one famous & old temple Goddess Mathi at the center of village, which is often visited by locals for wish fulfillment. Also visit the primary school and so-called "Hindustan ka Akhiri Dhaba". You can see the wheat fields are there around the plane areas surrounding in the Village. These locations are blocked for almost 06 months from October to February due to heavy snowing. Return to Sangla & overnight at the Hotel.

Day 7 SANGLA Via RECONG PEO {Altitude - 2670 m} / KALPA (51 KMS / 3 HRS)

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart by surface towards Kalpa via Recong Peo, which offers a panoramic view of the Kinnaur Kailash Mountain, situated at an altitude of 2670 m above from the sea level. It is a district headquarters of Kinner Kailash. It has all the characteristics of a heritage village. Kinner Kailash Mountain is regarded as one of the mythical home of Lord Shiva, here is a 79 feet high rock formation that resembles Sivalinga. Here you can visit a beautiful Buddhist monastery. Then continue journey towards Kalpa. Arrive at Kalpa & Overnight at the hotel or tented accommodation at Kalpa.

Day 8 KALPA {Altitude - 2758 m}

Breakfast at the hotel. Moring depart to visit Kalpa, is a small village situated in the Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh and an altitude is 2758 m above the sea level. As per the records, the region of Kalpa was under the rule of Magadha Dynasty followed by the Mauryan Empire in the 06th centuries. Kalpa is a beautiful and main village of Kinnaur. This location had the most awesome views of kinnar Kailash. One feels as if he is in the midst of the mountains. Across the river faces the majestic mountains of the Kinner Kailash Range. This is a spectacular sight early in the morning as the rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and gold light. Here you can find and experience the beautiful and fertile river Sutlej that ascends from the Himalayas. The amazing architectural beauty and rich heritage. Kalpa is surrounded by the vineyards, which are protected from the Ravanges of bears by large sheep dogs especially trained for the purposes. Visit one of the prime attractions of Kalpa is Kinnaur Kailash Mountain also known as the Kinner Kailash. A Shiva Lingam measuring 70 m in height sits on top of the Peak which attracts number of devotees. After that visit kothi, it is an ancient and large village in tehsil Kalpa and just 02 kms away from Kalpa. The village is environed by the fields and fruit trees punctuated by vineyards. It is over shadowed by Kinner Kailash peak which forms a magnificent backdrop. The village with its attractive temple, tanks and gracious willows makes an altogether lovely landscape. Here visit the goddess Shuwang Chandika temple is in the village. The local people hold the goddess in great reverence and consider her to be one of the most powerful goddess. There is an image of gold seated in an ark. It is danced up and down by four persons at the time of worship. There is yet another temple dedicated to Bhairon. Return to Kalpa Overnight at the hotel or tented accommodation at Kalpa.

Day 9 KALPA / THANEDAR (162 KMS / 3 1/2 HRS) {Altitude - 2350 m}

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart by surface towards Thanedar, considered to be the horticultural heartland of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated at an altitude of 2350 m (about 7700 ft.). Thanedar & its surrounds enjoy a special place in Himachal history. Samuel stokes visited India during his summer trip to Shimla and he was fascinated with lovely atmosphere of Shimla and decided to settle down in Kotgarh, a place near Thanedar. In 1916 Samuel Stokes, a social worker from Philadelphia brought the first apple saplings to this place he had adopted as his home. One can still see the 'Starking Delicious' apple orchard that he planted there. Nestled amongst the acres of apple & cherry orchards that drape the mountain slopes in this region. At present Thanedar is well known for its Red Delicious, Golden delicious and royal Delicious apples. Arrive at Thanedhar & transfer to the hotel. In afternoon visit St. Mary's church. This wooden church was sanctified in 1843. The St. Mary's Church is an Anglican church that represents the neo-classical form of architecture. The popular Gorton Mission School is situated near the church. Then visit Arya Samaj Mandir, also known as the Paramjyoti Stone temple, is the prime attraction of Thanedhar. This stone temple was constructed by Samuel Stokes in the Pahari architectural style. The temple has been embellished with inscriptions from the Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita. From here you can see the apple orchards. After visit Tani-Jubber lake is situated amidst apple orchards and snow-clad mountains. The temple of Nag Devta is situated in proximity to the lake. Local craftsmen and artisans showcase their handicrafts, handlooms and jewellery here. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 THANEDAR / CHANDIGARH (185 KMS 4 1/2 HRS) DELHI (By train)

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart by surface towards Chandigarh Arrive at Chandigarh and transfer to the railway station to board the train for Delhi and or any other destinations where you would like to continue this tour and want to discover some more regions and want to take different experience apart from this.
Things to remember :
1. Best time to Visit :- Himachal Pradesh is known for its salubrious climate. The ideal time to visit the above tour is between the months of April to June & then September and october when weather is mild and sunny and is perfect for mountaineering or enjoying an idyllic nature walk.
2. Luggage bags :- Take bags that are rugged and easy to move around as all travel is by road. And try to travel as light as possible.
3. What kind of Cloths and Shoes to carry :-Take waterproof warm jackets, clothes , woolen / tennis socks, stockings, sunglasses and headgear and comfortable walking shoes with a good grip on the ankles.

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