INDIVIDUAL TOUR GROUP TOUR

Carving Himalayan Corners

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  • 13 days / 12 nights
Chandigarh - Shimla - Barot - Dharamshala - Manali - Chandigarh
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Terrain :
  • Urban
  • Mountain
  • Forest

Himachal Pradesh is colloquially called Dev Bhumi, which translates to Land of the Gods; the sheer number of temples in this region stands testimony to that. Unsurprisingly, this route will be a treasure-trove for the religiously-inclined. The mountainous terrain also makes the state a hot-spot for hiking, trekking and adventure-sports activities, which should make this journey perfect for thrill-seekers as well.

Trip Type
Self Drive 365
Forget early wake-up calls, scheduled departures and the regular battery of sight- seeing destinations. That’s because when you’re out on a self-drive holiday, you decide where to go, what to see, and what to drive. And with Self-Drive 365, the road, the destination and that palpable connect between man and machine is all yours to explore!
Skill Level
Moderate
Although not out and out challenging, this road trip requires experienced hands on the wheel or the handlebar

Is this road trip for me?

  • This trip is for an explorer who loves nature and is comfortable driving for long hours, especially in the hilly regions. The distances are not long, though the time taken can be prolonged due to the hilly conditions.

Highlights

  • View the Hanumanji's massive statue at Jakhu Temple
  • Visit the Dalai Lama's home
  • Discover the city of Dharamshala
  • Excursion to Solang Valley
Start of Tour Chandigarh
Day 1
Total Driving Distance 0 km
End of Tour Chandigarh
Day 13
  • Driving Days :

    Total 13 Days

  • Day 1 Chandigarh
    • Breakfast
    • Arrival transfer from airport to hotel in Chandigarh.
    • Visit the Sukhna Lake.
    • Overnight in Chandigarh.

  • Transfers

    Arrival transfer from airport to hotel in Chandigarh.

    Welcome to your tour! On arrival at the airport in Chandigarh, walk to the motorcycle rental company to pick up the bike. Ride to the hotel and check in.

  • Activities

    Visit the Sukhna Lake.

    In the evening, ride to Sukhna Lake, an inseparable part of Chandigarh. It is an artificial lake at the foothills of the Shivalik Range. Stretching across 3 km, this man-made lake was created in the year 1958, by constructing a dam around the Sukhna Choe stream flowing from the Shivalik Hills. It has been declared as protected national wetlands by the Government of India. For the water sport enthusiasts, boating, rowing, sculling, sailing, kayaking, water surfing and skiing can be enjoyed throughout the year.

  • Day 2 Chandigarh
    • Breakfast
    • Visit the Rock Garden, Zakir Hussain Rose Garden and the Open Hand Monument.
    • Overnight in Chandigarh.

  • Activities

    Visit the Rock Garden, Zakir Hussain Rose Garden and the Open Hand Monument.

    Post breakfast, start the ride by visiting the Rock Garden, also known as Nek Chand's Rock Garden and the city's prime attraction.

    Chandigarh is also home to Asia's largest rose garden, the Zakir Hussain Rose Garden. It hosts Chandigarh's annual Rose Festival, held from February-March. Next, head to Open Hand Monument, designed by the architect Le Corbusier.This spot you should visit after sunset, the hoisted hand symbol looks attractive when all its lights and decorations are switched on.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Chandigarh's open roads and well-planned streets.

  • Day 3 Chandigarh
    • Breakfast
    • Ride from hotel in Chandigarh to hotel in Shimla.
    • En route, sightseeing on your own.
    • Overnight in Shimla.

  • Transfers

    Ride from hotel in Chandigarh to hotel in Shimla.

    This morning, head out on NH 5, the sole highway that gets you directly to Shimla.

  • Activities

    En route, sightseeing on your own.

    On the way to Shimla, pass Yadavindra Gardens, also known as Pinjore Gardens. The sprawling garden complex was built as a retreat for Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and is a perfect place for a quick chai break. However, Giani Dhaba at Dharampur (50 km further) is a better pit-stop and quite a popular one too.

    A left turn at Dharampur will take you to the little hilly town of Kasauli. If you take this 10 km detour, make sure to swing by the Kasauli Brewery and visit the beautiful New England Church.

    Another highlight on the NH 5 is the Timber Trail Resort. The resort allows visitors to take a trolley ride to the gorgeous mountain range that runs alongside all the way to Shimla. Located a little before Shimla is the Tara Devi Mandir, a 5 km detour from NH 5. The temple is at 1851 metres above the sea level, and offers a stunning view of the surrounding valley.

    NH 5 is mostly a convenient highway to ride on, though trucks can be a bit of a nuisance on hilly sections. We advise extreme caution especially in the face of tourism board buses - their sure-footed riding is often borderline dangerous.

  • Day 4 Shimla
    • Breakfast
    • Visit Chadwick Falls and the Jakhu Temple.
    • Overnight in Shimla.

  • Activities

    Visit Chadwick Falls and the Jakhu Temple.

    Next, head to the famous Jakhu Temple, popular for its massive statue of Lord Hanuman, the largest of its kind in the world. The temple also offers a scenic view of all of Shimla.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or take the evening to scout the Mall Road, Shimla's iconic shopping walkway.

  • Day 5 Shimla
    • Breakfast
    • Ride from hotel in Shimla to hotel in Barot.
    • Overnight in Barot.

  • Transfers

    Ride from hotel in Shimla to hotel in Barot.

    Post breakfast, make an early exit from Shimla to Barot to escape the city traffic. Take NH 205 until Ghaghas and then switch to NH 154. Pit-stops on this route are few and far, so you must carry snacks along. Notable pit-stops en route include Hotel Raja, located about 110 km from Shimla and Visco Resort, Mandi, about 140 km from Shimla. Stay on the NH 154, which will go left from Mandi, across River Beas, past the Bhimakali Temple.

    The diversion for Barot on NH 154 is 40 km from the river crossing, and is easy to miss. Kamal Bhojanalay is the landmark you need to look out to spot the turn for Barot. It is another 25 km section of winding roads after the turn. On arrival in Barot, check in to the hotel.

  • Day 6 Barot
    • Breakfast
    • Overnight in Barot.

  • Other Recommendation

    The day is at leisure to explore Barot on foot. You could trek around the banks of the Uhl River and explore the surrounding hills. Trout-fishing is quite popular here; you can even get the locals to teach you how to fish in the river.

  • Day 7 Barot
    • Breakfast
    • Ride from hotel in Barot to hotel in Dharamshala.
    • Overnight in Dharamshala.

  • Transfers

    Ride from hotel in Barot to hotel in Dharamshala.

    Today, depart from Barot and head back on NH 154 towards Dharamshala. Just 30 km down is Bir Billing, popular for paragliding and adventure sports. The next stop is Baijnath, just 12 km away. About 15 km further, look out for a river crossing to the left which will lead you to Dharamshala. However, if you follow the road straight ahead, you will reach Tashi Jong Monastery. Work your way back to the river crossing to reach Dharamshala, about two hours from the monastery.

  • Day 8 Dharamshala
    • Breakfast
    • Explore various attractions of Dharamshala.
    • Overnight in Dharamshala.

  • Activities

    Explore various attractions of Dharamshala.

    Next, ride to the St. John's in the Wilderness Church. Dedicated to John the Baptist, it is popular for its architecture and intricate Belgian style, stained-glass windows. On the way back, visit the Tsuglagkhang Complex, the Buddhist hub of Dharamshala and home to the Dalai Lama.

  • Day 9 Dharamshala
    • Breakfast
    • Ride from hotel in Dharamshala to hotel in Manali.
    • Overnight in Manali.

  • Transfers

    Ride from hotel in Dharamshala to hotel in Manali.

    This ride is long and thus, we recommend that you leave early.
    Trace your way back to Mandi on NH 154, cross the Beas River and take a left on to NH 3. Hereon, the turquoise-blue Beas will be a constant partner all the way till Manali.
    A small town called Bhuntar comes on the way to Manali, a right from here takes you to Manikaran, a small hill station famous for the Shri Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara, amongst the most regarded Sikh shrines. The other attraction is the Khir Ganga a small village, known for its hot sulphur springs and trekking trails.

    Head straight from Bhuntar towards Manali, you will pass Dhakpo Shedrupling, a Buddhist monastery nestled in the hills alongside NH 3. It is both a school and place of refuge for Tibetans. Importantly, it is easily the best place to step back and admire the scenic route you are on. Manali is another 33 km from here. On arrival, check in to the hotel

  • Day 10 Manali
    • Breakfast
    • Discover Old Manali.
    • Overnight in Manali.

  • Activities

    Discover Old Manali.

    Post breakfast, explore local Manali during your first riding day at the hill station, mostly Old Manali.

    Manali is believed to be where Sage Manu stepped on to land from his arc to restore life and humanity after a great deluge submerged the world. The Manu Temple located in Old Manali is the sole temple in the world dedicated to the sage.

    The more prominent shrine in Old Manali is the 500-plus-year-old Hadimba Temple. This temple is named after Hadimba, the demon wife of Bhima, the Pandava from Mahabharata. The temple's compound also houses a smaller shrine dedicated to Ghatotkach, the son of Bhima and Hadimba.

  • Other Recommendation

    You have the rest of the evening at leisure. You could explore the hip spots of Old Manali, like the Manali Club House. The club has a restaurant, gaming zones and even organises zip-lining across the Manalsu river. Most of Manali's popular restaurants are also located in Old Manali, including Johnson's Cafe, the Lazy Dog Lounge and Il Forno. The latter is particularly well-known for its authentic Italian food.

  • Day 11 Manali
    • Breakfast
    • Excursion to Solang Valley.
    • Overnight in Manali.

  • Activities

    Excursion to Solang Valley.

    This morning, ride to Solang Valley, located to the north of Manali. In winter, it is famous spot for skiing. Enjoy all the snow related activities. Later, ride back to Manali.

    Note: All the adventure activities at Solang Valley are at your own expense.

  • Day 12 Manali
    • Breakfast
    • Ride from hotel in Manali to hotel in Chandigarh.
    • Overnight in Chandigarh.

  • Transfers

    Ride from hotel in Manali to hotel in Chandigarh.

    Today, depart from Manali via NH 3 and NH 154. You will be familiar with the way back until Ghaghas.

    From Ghaghas, take a right towards Bilaspur. Ride towards Rupnagar via NH 205 and stay on the highway till Kurali. A left at Kurali will lead you towards Chandigarh. This highway is standard, smooth and relatively traffic-free.

    Once you reach Chandigarh, check in to the hotel and settle in for the evening.

  • Day 13 Chandigarh
    • Breakfast
    • Ride from hotel to the motorcycle rental agency in Chandigarh.

  • Transfers

    Ride from hotel to the motorcycle rental agency in Chandigarh.

    Post breakfast, ride to the motorcycle rental agency in Chandigarh. Handover the vehicle and take home experiences of a lifetime!

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Inclusions

  • Accommodation as per hotels mentioned or similar.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Motorcycle as per the package selected.


Exclusions

  • International air ticket.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Visa fees.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Any transport to / from Chandigarh. Your tour price starts ex Chandigarh.
  • Loss Damage Waiver for the vehicle.
  • Airline / hotel surcharges (if applicable) during high / festive season to be paid extra per person.
  • Meals, tips, laundry, telephone, optional excursions and other items of a personal nature.
  • Cost of petrol / diesel / parking charges / tolls for the vehicle provided.
  • Client has to pay in case of damage to the vehicle by accident.
  • Spare parts / engine oil of any kind.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions.
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%.
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  • Chandigarh 3 Nights

    Hotel View
    The Lalit
    Deluxe Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Shimla 2 Nights

    East Bourne Resorts & Spa
    Deluxe Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Barot 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    Hotel Barot Valley
    Deluxe Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • DharamShala 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    Fortune Park Moksha
    Deluxe Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Manali 3 Nights

    Hotel View
    Shivadya
    Deluxe Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip