Himachal Pradesh has always been one of the most preferred destinations for both travelers and tourists. Here in this article, we set aside the day of the week for you so that you can get the best from your trip.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in India, Himachal Pradesh is an attractive place made up of small hill towns, each with its own charm. Even though Himachal Pradesh has much to offer for scenic beauty, culture and tourism attractions, the three princely states- Dalhousie, Chamba and Dharamshala should be included in any visit to the state.
Day 1: Delhi to Dalhousie (575 km / approx 11 hours) drive
Dalhousie is a quaint hill town situated between the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal mountain ranges. A naturally serene beauty with adrenaline-pumping activities, traditional handicrafts and ideal weather throughout the year, Dalhousie should visit Himachal Pradesh.
Day 2: Local Tourism and Souvenir Shopping in Dalhousie
Things to see on your visit to Dalhousie:
Dankund Peak- Dankund Peak is the highest peak of Dandkundi and one of the most popular destinations in the city. The trek starts close to Gandhi Chowk and takes about 1-2 hours to complete.
St. John's Church- St. John's Church is a beautiful Protestant church that reflects the architecture of the Victorian era. The church is home to a rich collection of books, rare photographs, historical artifacts, which serve as a haven for keen travelers. Religious and historically significant, this place will mesmerize you with its magic and beauty.
Tibetan Market- Any visit to Dalhousie is incomplete without a visit to the beautiful shopping spots that the city hosts. One of Dalhousie's most popular shopping spots, the Tibetan market offers a stunning collection of hand-crafted artisan pieces - including everything from carpets and jackets to quirky Tibetan jewelery. The elaborate craftsmanship of every product will not only be a great shopping experience, but also a great cultural experience.
Day 3: Leave Dalhousie for Chamba (53 km / approx. 1 hour 45 minutes)
Located around the Ravi river bank, Chamba is a beautiful city in Himachal Pradesh enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Reminiscent of the British Empire, the city has reinforced itself in a way that best combines the Old World and the contemporary.
Visit the Church of Scotland and relax on the first day
It is one of the oldest churches in Himachal Pradesh. It took more than 6 years to build this 120 year old church! The Indo-Scottish style of architecture of that place really stands out and the Scottish monk who led the construction, Drs. M. Its grandeur is attributed to Clymont. People come here from far away and offer their prayers and witness the magical beauty of the place.
Day 4: Visit the famous places around Chamba
Khajiyar Lake - Khajiyar Lake is the most popular tourist destination known as Mini Switzerland of India. Nestled in lush green deodar forests, this stunning lake offers breath-taking views of Mount Kailash. The surrounding area has lush green grounds that host adventure activities such as zorbing, paragliding and horse riding and make for a fantastic picnic spot.
Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary- Home to the exotic flora and fauna of Himachal Pradesh, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is a must visit. Enjoy an exciting jungle safari and spot in the abundance of great bird species such as leopards, bears, baboons, and jackals, and Black-headed Jay, Black Bird and Eurasian Jay. A truly serene place, this sanctuary is a haven for travelers who love nature and wildlife.
Manimahesh Lake - Situated close to the Manimahesh Kailash peak in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas, Mahimahesh Lake is a religiously sacred lake. The lake is a major pilgrimage center and is visited by tourists for the famous 'Manimahesh Yatra' in the months of August and September.
Day 5: Travel from Chamba to Dharamshala (130 km / approx 4.5 hours)
Known as the Little Lhasa of India, the beautiful city of Dharamshala is situated on the beautiful land of the Kangra Valley. With thick cedar cedar trees, culturally and historically significant monasteries and snow-capped peaks, Dharamshala has grown in popularity over the years. The city is the essence of peace as it was the holy abode of the exiled Tibetan monk Dalai Lama.
Go to Bhagsu Falls
In front of the religiously significant Bhagasunath Temple, Bhagsu Falls is a stunning waterfall where you can see the water falling from a height of about 30 feet. A great place for rejuvenation, the falls are a breath-taking sight and provide the perfect natural environment to spend quality time with your loved ones.
Day 6: Local Places to Visit in Dharamshala
Start your day at Namgyal Math - go on a spiritual journey to this sacred monastery where the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama is believed to be his abode. The monastery is said to be the largest Tibetan temple outside of Tibet. Prayer meetings, chanting sessions, and scriptures are sure to leave you alive again.
Other beautiful places to see in Dharamshala
Dal Lake- One of the most popular destinations in Dharamshala, Dal Lake is a beautiful lake with boat rides, trekking and fishing facilities. Located on McLeod Ganj Naddi Road, the lake makes for a tranquil destination, providing panoramic views of the hills. Travelers can offer their prayers at the Shiva temple located on the banks of the lake.
Trind Hill - If you are fond of adventure, then Trind Hill is the right place for you. Located in the vicinity of Dharamshala, Triund Hill is a beautiful hill station in the majestic Himalayas, which offers a retreat. This place is perfect for enjoying the natural scenery or trek that takes the excitement up a notch.
Day 7: Holiday for your journey from Dharamshala to Delhi (470 km / approx 10 hours)
In the morning, check out of the hotel and drive to Delhi, saying goodbye to the beautiful state of Himachal and seeing you soon for your next adventure.
With these three enchanted places of Himachal Pradesh, you will be able to experience natural beauty, culture management articles and the true essence of the place. This 7-day itinerary will take you to the best parts of the place and make for a rejuvenating holiday. Pack your bags today and visit this beautiful place!