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himachal pradesh tour packages
Grand Himalayan Tour
The state of Himachal Pradesh is located in the northwestern part of the Himalayas. It is typical of exotic valleys, majestic mountain slopes and highlands with snow-capped peaks, where flowing streams flow. Life in this mountainous area flows calmly and steadily.
Arrival in Delhi, a traditional Indian greeting at the airport by representative of Sushant Travels. Transfer to the hotel, accommodation. Excursion around Delhi for the whole day. Visit Kutab Minar, the iron column of Delhi, the Gandhi Memorial, the Gateway of India, the Presidential Palace, the Chattarpur Temple Complex. In the evening transfer to the railway station, boarding a train to Amritsar (16.30). Arrival in Amritsar (22.35), transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay.
Delhi is the second largest megalopolis of India after Mumbai, which has the status of a union territory.
New Delhi - the modern official capital of India - is a district of the city of Delhi. Occupying an area of only 42.7 km², New Delhi is located in the metropolis of Delhi and is the seat of the Government of India and the Government of Delhi. Designed by Edwin Lutien, the leading British architect of the 20th century, New Delhi is famous for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and is the location of numerous national institutions and attractions.
Old Delhi - preserves the monuments of the Mughal era of the XVI-XVII centuries, there are narrow streets, many shops and bazaars filled with people.
Qutab Minar - the tallest tower in India, the "seventh miracle of Hindustan", once towered in the center of the city, worn in the XII-XIII centuries. The name of Rai Pitchor. (The height of the tower is 72.55 m, the diameter at the base is 14.4 m, the diameter at the top is 2.44 m.) Its walls along the entire height are decorated with carved sayings from the Koran - the sacred book of Muslims. The minaret is one of the most perfect towers of the Persian world.
The Iron Column in Delhi is an iron column seven meters high and weighing six and a half tons, is a part of the architectural ensemble Kutab-Minar. The column became widely known for the fact that for 1600 years of its existence practically avoided corrosion. The column was erected in 415 in honor of King Chandragupta II, who died in 413. Originally she was in the east of the country, was crowned with the image of the sacred bird of Garuda and stood in front of the temple. In 1050 King Anang Paula moved her to Delhi. The Gandhi Memorial is located on the banks of the Yamuna River, the site of the cremation of an outstanding fighter for India's independence. Nearby - the memorial museum of Mahatma Gandhi. Gate of India - Military memorial, built in the form of a triumphal arch of 42 m high and installed in honor of 90 thousand Indian soldiers who were killed in the First World War. Names of 13516 of them are engraved on the monument. Here is a monument to the Unknown Soldier and Amar Jyoti (eternal fire) is burning. Presidential Palace Rashtrapati Bhavan - is located in the center of the city. Previously, it served as the residence of the British Viceroys of India, as seen in the marble column, a symbol of British rule. The Presidential Palace is beautifully landscaped. The decoration of the gardens is sustained in the spirit of the best traditions of the Mughals: between the pools and fountains are green lawns. The temple complex of Chattarpur is one of the most popular Hindu temples in the vicinity of Delhi. The temple complex is located 4 km from Kutab Minara, stretches over vast undisturbed spaces and is a classic example of modern temple architecture with extensive use of marble. It represents both the South Indian and North Indian styles of architecture. The main temple is dedicated to the goddess Durga.
Breakfast. Excursion to Amritsar for the whole day. Overnight stay.
Amritsar is the historical and religious center of the Sikhs, where the Golden Temple is located (Harmandir Saheb) - the main Sikh sanctuary.
The temple stands in the center of the lake, around which a string of pilgrims is moving. The water in the reservoir is considered sacred - the ablution in it heals and gives enlightenment. Hymns are heard over the colossal territory, the majestic temple glittering in the center: here is the sacred book "Guru Grant Sahib", it contains the teachings of the ten gurus who took part in the creation of Sikhism. "Granth Sahib" is read around the clock - this is a ritual, not interrupting for a minute. Every evening the book is solemnly decorated around the temple, the procession is impressive and gathers many believers and tourists.
The Golden Temple is one of Amritsar's most visited attractions. The temple is known for its entrance gates, which are on four sides. The Golden Temple is happy to welcome absolutely everyone, regardless of religion and religion. This is the main Sikh sanctuary. The temple stands in the center of the lake, around which a string of pilgrims is moving. The water in the reservoir is considered sacred - the ablution in it heals and gives enlightenment.
Jalianwala Bagh is a historical monument that tells the sad story of the massacre during the movement for India's independence. This is one of the most important places in Amritsar.
In the evening visit Wagah Border, the only land border crossing point with Pakistan, where every evening there is a dynamic procedure for the descent of the national flag.
Breakfast. Transfer to Darmshala. Arrival at the hotel, accommodation. Overnight stay.
Darmshala (1,700 m above sea level) - was founded by the British in 1855 as a mountain resort. After the flight from Tibet, he was chosen to live by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Breakfast. Half day excursion to McLeodganj (4 hours), including the Residence of the Dalai Lama, Namgyal, Dip Tse Chokling Monastery,
Namgyal Stupa, Kalachakra Temple, and the Tibetan Institute of Medicine, My Tse Khang. Overnight at the hotel.
MacLeod Ganj (Upper Dharmshala) is the spiritual center of the Tibetan people, here is the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama XIV and the government of Tibet in exile, the Institute of Tibetan medicine and astrology, the school of Buddhist painting and dialectics, the Tibetan culture museum, the Tsuglakan temple complex, the Kalachakra temple. A large number of Buddhist temples, picturesque surroundings have made MacLeod Ganja a place attracting tourists and pilgrims from all over the world. Here is the Kalachakra temple, known for its magnificent mandalas. A large number of Buddhist temples, picturesque surroundings have made MacLeod Ganja a place attracting tourists and pilgrims from all over the world.
The Dalai Lama is the highest lama in the tradition of the Gelug of Tibetan Buddhism. Historically, the Dalai Lama are the heads of the Tibetan government, whose residence was in Lhasa, in the Potala Palace. After the Chinese invasion, in 1959, the Dalai Lama left Lhasa and through the Himalayas fled to India, where he, along with tens of thousands of Tibetans, found political asylum.
Many great rulers and lamas of Tibet dedicated themselves to studying the knowledge of Tibetan Medicine, institutes and clinics were built. In the 20th century, the Institute of Medicine and Astrology, Myung Tse Khang, was founded. He is under the strict guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama 14. He transferred the Institute from Tibet to India after the invasion of the Chinese and now controls its activities from its winter residence in Dharmshala.
Breakfast. Visit the Norbulingka Institute, the library of the Tibetan sciences, the astrological center and the Kangra museum, where you can see the work of Roerich. Overnight at the hotel.
Norbulingka - the institute of traditional arts and crafts of Tibet, is named by analogy with the summer residence of the Dalai Lama in Lhasa.
The Tibetans revived this most beautiful complex in India. Here is the Tibetan Academy of Culture and Arts, the Research Center, the publishing house, the museum and other institutions, ancient archives and manuscripts were brought here from Tibet. The institute retains Tibetan traditions, there is a special school, where students and scholars come from many countries. You can look into the educational classes of applied arts: it is especially interesting to observe how the tanks - Tibetan icons do.
The Karmapa is the supreme lama of the Kagyu school. It embodies the energy of Buddha Avalokitesvara and after death is consciously reborn in a new body. The Karmapa is also called the "Black Lama's Lama" for the headpiece, which helps the transfer of the Karmapa's realization to followers. According to the Kagyu teachings, the Karmap energy is concentrated above the head. Since not everyone has the opportunity to see subtle energies, a head-piece in the shape of a crown was created several hundred years ago, which is visible to the eye and helps to concentrate better on subtle energy. Now the Crown is kept in the Rumtek Monastery in the Indian state of Sikkim, where the last residence of the 16th Karmapa was located. After the well-known events, he secretly emigrated to Sikkim (India), where he placed his residence in Rumtek. With him, he managed to pick up all the main relics of the Kagyu school, thanks to which, they have survived to this day. Together with the Karmapa, many of his disciples moved to India.
(crossing 125 km - on the way visit to the temple of Bajnat and settlements of Bir)
Breakfast. Transfer to Mandi, on the way visit the temple of Baijnath, as well as the Tibetan settlement of Bir. Arrival in Mandi, accommodation at the hotel. Overnight stay.
Mandi - the city is 158 km. from Shimla on the banks of the Vyasa river (locally called Beas). Once Mandi was the main trading hub for the residents of Ladakh, heading south. Hence the name of the city - "Mandi" means the bazaar. The 16th-century Mandi temples in the Nagari style are located above the city on the hill of Tarna Hill. The very top of the hill is decorated with the temple of the goddess Kali.
The temple of Bajnat has been famous since its construction by two local traders Ahuka and Manyuka 1204 AD. The inscriptions on the porch indicate that even before the construction of this temple, on this site there was a temple of the god Shiva. The Baydjat temple is a fine example of early medieval Indian architecture, known as the Nagarsky temple style. Bir is a settlement of Tibetan refugees, and also one of the best places for paragliding in the world with very stable weather and stable upward flows. In the village and the surrounding area there are several large modern monasteries.
Breakfast. Moving to Rewalsar Excursion on Rewalsar: a sacred lake and temples of gurudvara.
Evening transfer to Naggar, visiting Naggar Castle and the Roerich Museum. Transfer to Manali. Check-in to the hotel. Overnight stay.
Rewalsar is a sacred place for Hindus and Sikhs, as well as one of the most important places of Buddhist pilgrimage, associated with the Mahasiddha Padmasambhava, who once lived in caves near Rawalsar. Two of these caves can be visited. According to the legend, Padmasambhava and one of his two tantric partners, the Indian princess Mandarava, were burned here for witchcraft, but arose again from the smoke of fires above the lake of Rewalsar. The Mandarava Cave is also preserved.
Naggar is the former capital of the Rajas Kullu and the residence of the Roerichs. This is a large village, stretching to a hill on the banks of the Beas River, 30 km from Manali. Naggar is in the Himalayan foothills. In the 16th century. Naggar becomes the capital of the principality of Kullu, here is built the prince's castle and several temples that have survived to this day and are reminiscent of the glorious past of these places. Here, the Rajas palace, the monument of Himalayan architecture, the Hindu temples of the 11th century, dedicated to Shiva, Parvati, Vishnu, the extraordinary wooden temple of Tripura Sundri and the temple of Krishna, from which the magnificent view of the Kullu valley of Naggar is opened, . Roerich - the greatest Russian artist, philosopher, public figure. Here was established the Institute of Himalayan Studies
Urusvati. Nikolai Konstantinovich spent the last 18 years of his life in Naggar. Today in his estate there is a museum and an art gallery, where there are 35 paintings of the Himalayan cycle. A little lower - the place of his cremation. Past the Roerich manor, the steep road - the way to the Chandrekhani pass - goes up. According to legend, it was on this road that Roerich opened a secret entrance to Shambhala.
Naggar Castle (or Rajey Kullu Castle) is located in the middle of the village above a steep cliff at an altitude of 1900 m. The castle is built in traditional Pahari style - the huge stones are laid out in rows on the beams of larch or cedar, as a result, the wall of the house is as if puffed, there are such houses for centuries. The interiors of the castle are preserved - the inner chambers are a 2-storeyed courtyard with low doors of rooms, carved walls and balconies.
Breakfast in the hotel. Half day excursion to Manali (4 hours), including the temple of Hadimba Devi, the temple of Manu, the temple of Himalaya Nyingamapa, Gadhan Tekkochling, the Tibetan gompa of Nyingamapa, the village of Vashisht and the sulfur springs.
After lunch, walk to Manali. Visit to the shopping street, Tibet bazaar. Overnight at the hotel.
Manali is a picturesque town known for its fantastic mountain panorama, located at an altitude of more than 2000 m. It has a huge tourist potential: lots of attractions, stunning nature and opportunities for adventure sports. The national crafts are developed, numerous markets and shops offer famous shawls and products from the Angora, crafts, goods from all parts of the Himalayas. To top it off - crystal cool air, lush greens, mountain rivers, hikes, picnics, fishing, rafting. Here there are many Hindu and Buddhist temples, each of which has its own, special
history. Attention deserves the temple of Manu, which is located in the old Manali, in the pine forest stands the temple of the goddess Hadimba, built in the 16th century. Nearby - Vashisht village, known for its sulfur springs, legends, temples and waterfalls.
The temple of Hadimba Devi is the place to visit in Manali. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Haditb (or Harimba), the wife of Bhima. It is said that Bhima fell in love with Hadimba, the sister of the demon Tandi, whom he had to kill to marry her. Built in 1553, this temple is also called the temple of Dungri Mata.
Temple Manu - a stone temple in the style of "shikkhara". The temple is modern, built ten years ago on the site of the old one. But the antiquity of this place is reminiscent of the stone steles-sculptures that have grown into the earth. Time has smoothed their features, and now it is difficult to guess who depicted the sculptor of the distant past.
The Gadhan Thekkochling monastery was founded by refugees from Tibet in 1969. A memorial plaque in memory of 110 Tibetans who gave their lives in the "struggle for human rights" in Tibet in 1988, 1989 and 1990 is installed on the wall in front of the entrance. Half of their names are unknown. Among the famous victims about one-fifth are lamas, the rest are secular youth. In the center of the courtyard of the monastery, built with two-three-story buildings with loggias, stands a pagoda temple. In the main altar there is a statue of a golden Buddha in toga, sitting on a rectangular lotus. The walls are decorated with paintings on Buddhist subjects, four pillars of columns - abundant ornamentation.
Tibetan Gompa Nyingamapa - the monastery is located in the middle of a beautiful garden of sunflowers, near Manali bazaar. And although, in size, it is smaller than the Gandhana Thekchokling gompa, the facade is more modern. In the monastery is a huge statue of Buddha, lined with gold. The flickering light, the fragrance of incense and the absence of any irritants only complement the blissful peaceful atmosphere of this place.
Vashisht village is a village among the mountains, clean air near Manali. Women dress very brightly, colorfully, but clothes from simple materials, saris are not worn here, men wear bright skullcaps. Today the village is known for its hot sulfur springs. On the sources there is a temple of Vashishty, a holy hermit, who taught the young Prince God Ramu to various wisdoms and committed various self-tortures. During one of them he bound himself with ropes and rushed from the cliff into the river. The magic river by the power of the holy spirit tore all the ropes and since then it has become known as Vipasha, which means "liberator from the bonds".
Breakfast. Trip to the temple Bijli Mahadev. Arrival. A two-hour walk to the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Transfer to Kullu. Arrival, accommodation at the hotel. Overnight stay.
Kullu is called the Valley of the Gods - the beauty of these places is truly divine. But the main reason is a special spirituality: nowhere in India there are as many gods as here. In every village they worship their own god. In the valley of many Buddhist temples, Tibetan monks traveled freely here until recent times.
The temple of Bijali Mahadev, or the temple of lightning, is at an altitude of 2438 m. It is a unique temple. Above it is installed a 20-meter metal spire, in a thunderstorm gathering all the lightning in the district. When lightning strikes the temple, she carries the lingas of Shiva at the base of the spire to pieces. The purohit priest gathers these pieces and covers them with oil. Then the lingam is restored and waits for the next lightning strike.
Transfer to Shimla. On the way visit the temple of Bhutnath. Arrival in Shimla, accommodation at the hotel.
The temple of Bhutnath (7th century AD) is a very ancient and sacred temple of admirers of the god Shiva. Located by the river, and immediately striking due to the bright color.
Shimla - one of the most beautiful cities of the Indian Himalayas, the capital of the state Himachal Pradesh, is located at an altitude of 2,213 m above the sea level. Shimla was opened by the British in 1819, and in 1864 became the summer capital of British India due to its proximity to Delhi and the summer coolness. Nowadays Shimla is a mountain resort, where thousands of Indians and visitors come to the country to escape the heat in the summer. Here they ride horses, go fishing, admire the mountain views. In Shimla, many events occur, described in the books of Kipling. Here he created his famous "Utopia." "These places are so majestic and so clean that only the gods can live here ...", R. Kipling noted after his travels.
Breakfast in the hotel. Visit local attractions, walk along Ridge to Jakhu Hill. Excursion to Shimla for half a day (by car) with a visit to the former residence of the Vice King of Britain, Prospect Hill, the temples of Sankat Mocan and Summer Hill. Then visit the temple of Tara Devi. Overnight stay.
Jakhu Hill is located 2 km from Shimla and is the highest point with a beautiful view of the city and the snow-capped Himalayas. At the very top of Jakhu Hill is the Hanuman Temple, which is also a refuge of a huge number of playful monkeys waiting to be fed from visitors.
The temple of Sankat Mocan is famous for the fact that there live a lot of monkeys - more than anywhere else in Varanasi, but they are not at all aggressive, unlike other of their congeners.
Summer Hill has many nice shady trails in the vicinity.
The temple of Tara Devi is dedicated to the Goddess Tara Devi, a Hindu version of the Tibetan Goddess Drolma. It is located at an altitude of 1851 m.
Prospect Hill - is crowned with a temple dedicated to the Kamna Devi, from where a stunning view of the surrounding countryside opens.
Breakfast. Moving to Chandigarh. Arrival, accommodation at the hotel. Visit the gardens of Pindjore and the city of Chandigarh. Overnight stay.
Chandigarh is a city in the north of India, the capital of two states - Punjab and Haryana. Chandigarh is one of the cities of India that arose after India gained independence, entirely in a new place (1953). The author of the project is the famous French architect Le Corbusier.
Chandigarh is translated as "Fort Chandi". The name is borrowed from the temple of Chandi Mandir, which is located 12 km from the city and is dedicated to the Indian goddess Chandi. In some cases, Chandigarh is called the "City of Beauty". This city is recognized as the cleanest city in India.
Pindiore Gardens - located at the beginning of the Himalayan Mountains - Shivalinka. This place is unique, here archaeologists have found tools of the man of the Stone Age. According to the legend, the brothers Pandava (Mahabharata) stayed here, when they were sent into exile.
The gardens were defeated in the 17th century by the cousin of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, Nawab. But Nawab himself did not live long with his harem in this place. Soon the palace and gardens were bought by Maharaja Amar Sinkh. His family owned a palace and gardens until 1966. Until now, the style of planting has been preserved - here mango trees grow, litchi fruit trees and other exotic plants grow.