Day 1: Arrive Chandigarh/ Ambala – Solan – Rajgarh 1400M (143kms/5hours)
» Pickup from Chandigarh/ Ambala and drive towards Rajgarh in Solan district. Evening
at leisure and overnight stay in a Himalayan lodge.
Day 2: Rajgarh hike & Camp activities – Drive to Kharapathar 2673M (101kms/4hrs)
» After breakfast go for two hours hike in the surrounding area and see the village life.
» Post early Lunch at the lodge, drive to Kharapathar north east of Shimla. A place that gives expression to the phrase of ‘time standing still’, Kharapathar is a perfect leisure destination in the heart of nature’s generous blessings to the area. Lush forests, wide views, excellent walk and hike trails and the charm of apple orchards make this a perfect leisure destination that is easily accessible by a short drive.
» Check into Giriganga Lodge, Kharapathar.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
* (Kharapathar is worth extending a night stay. One can visit Giriganga (7 kms trek) is an enjoyable walk through thick deodar woods. This is the source of the river Giri Ganga (also called the Giri) that just below the Kupar peak. The river pours its waters into the mighty Yamuna and there is a small graceful shrine at the spot.)
Day 3: Drive Kharapathar– Rohru – Rampur Bushahar – Sarahan 1920M (160kms/6hrs)
» After breakfast, drive to Rohru visiting Hateshwari temple & Jubbal.
» HATESHWARI TEMPLE COMPLEX (1400m): 29 Km from Kharapathar on the right bank of the river Pabbar, the classical temples of Hatkoti, executed in the nagara style are a major attraction. The primary temple is that of Devi Durga in her form of Mahishasuramardini, the slayer of the demon Mahisha who stalked the world in the form of a buffalo – and the Devi is locally known as ‘Hateshwari’. JUBBAL (1892m): 90 km from Shimla and 20 km from Hatkoti. Once held the ruling seat of the princely state, Jubbal has superbly maintained the
Palace which was designed by a French architect in the 1930 and is a remarkable mix of
European and indigenous styles.
» Rohru - Past Rohru is scenically attractive Chhaupari. This is secluded spot and has a long ridge that holds a small temple. The view from this point is magnificent and there is a grand display of the peaks of neighboring Uttaranchal, as well as those of Kinnaur. CHIRGAON: 15 km from Rohru. Scenically enchanting, Chirgaon has a trout hatchery. Good fishing spots in the area are Seema, Mandi, Sandhsu, Tikri and Dhamari. Larot is another attractive spot near Chirgaon. This is the base for treks to Dodra - Kwar, the Sangla Valley and to Sarahan via Tacklech and to Nichar.
» Post lunch drive on to Sarahan via Rampur Bushahar - Once the capital of the princely State of Bushahar, Rampur is located on the left bank of river Sutlej. The town was once a major center on the old trade route to Kinnaur, Tibet, Ladakh and China. Even today the tradition is as vibrant as ever. Famous International Lavi Fair is held in November and Faag Mela in March every year. Reach Sarahan in the evening and transfer to the hotel.
» Check into hotel The Shrikhand, Sarahan.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Sarahan – Baashal walk (Full day hike)
The Gods were generous when they have gave Sarahan (2165m) its settings. Located halfway up a high mountain side, the road to Sarahan winds past flowering Pine trees that give way to stately Oaks. Dozens of small streams rush past. The fields and orchards that surround the small villages with their slate roofed houses, compose pictures of pastoral perfection. Above Sarahan, a many deodar trees rides the slopes and higher still, encircling the Bashal peak, are trees of smooth birch and variety of wild flowers and rare medicinal herbs. This sparsely populated tract is steeped in ancient legends and here is the famous Bhimakali temple regarded as one of the Fifty One sacred Shaktipeethhs. The temple's unusual architecture and wealth of carvings have made it a resplendent example of what is loosely called the Indo-Tibetan style. Deep down the alley flows the river Sutlej and across lies the snow-clad Shrikhand peak.
Early morning after having early breakfast start hiking towards Baashal peak and get nice views of the great Himalayas, have lunch on the top and by the evening get back to Sarahan.
Overnight stay in hotel The Shrikhand, Sarahan.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
BHIMAKALI TEMPLE COMPLEX:
This historical temple is a multistoried structured building, a fusion of Hindu and Buddhist architecture. The tall tower like structure and unusual roof of the temple dominate the complex. The centuries old temple is now locked and in the newly built temple, the goddess Bhimakali is portrayed as a maiden and as a woman. This temple complex
includes other temples such as Narsingh shrine of Bhairon and Lord Raghunath. BIRD PARK: Near the temple complex is a pheasant breeding centre. It also houses the State bird Monal which is of a great attraction.
Day 5: Drive Sarahan – Narkanda 2708M (113kms/ 4hrs)
» Post breakfast, drive to Narkanda.
» Situated at an attitude of 2708 meters on the Hindustan Tibet road (NH - 22), Narkanda offers a spectacular view of snow ranges. This is an ideal retreat for the tourists who seek seclusion in mountains. It commands a unique view of the eternal snow line, the inviting apple orchards and dense forests. Narkanda is famous for Skiing & Winter sports. During these days the slopes come alive with skiers. The skiing at Narkanda was started in 1980. Narkanda is a gateway to apple country of Himachal Pradesh.
PLACES OF INTEREST
» HATU PEAK (3300m): 8 km from Narkanda, the road is surrounded by pine and spruce trees. On top of the hill, ancient Hatu Mata temple is located. The peak offers spectacular view of the entire Himalayan ranges, snow clad mountains and in depths are the dense forests, green fields and apple orchards. Hiking is recommended to reach the peak.
» KACHERI (1810m): This place is located 0.5 km from Oddi, and 7 km from Narkanda on NH - 22 and famous for ancient Mahamaya Temple.
» KOTGARH AND THANEDHAR (1830m): 17 km link road bifurcating from Narkanda takes you to the Himachal's Horticultural heartland, Kotgarh and Thanedhar, renown for apple orchards. The famous Stokes Farm is located at Thanedhar. Stokes came to India on a trip and while on a summer visit to Shimla, fell in love with its environments, which included the charming hill folk and settled down in Kotgarh. He started the apple farm which soon became renown with its Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Royal Delicious, apples.
» Check into a deluxe Himalayan Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Drive Narkanda – Shimla 2206M (64kms/ 2hrs)
» After a lazy breakfast, start driving towards the capital of Himachal and reach Shimla in 2 hours. Post lunch go for exploration of Shimla.
» Packaged with history and heritage and several natural and build attractions, Shimla has long been a favored holiday and leisure destination. Its easy accessibility, well developed facilities and numerous attractions have ensured its popularity over the decades. The town does not thrive on nostalgia alone and has a youthful vigour in its step. Shimla offers a variety of sightseeing, walks and day hikes by the dozen, several long and short drives around the town, shopping and its inimitable climate.
Visit Jakhoo Temple, Viceregal Lodge and State Museum
Jakhoo Temple At 2455 m, Jakhoo hill towers over Shimla. Full of history and architectural charm, there are several houses along its steep 1.5 kms clim that starts from the Ridge. The forested hill is crowned by a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Viceregal Lodge the former Viceregal Lodge is today’s Indian Institute of Advanced Study. Completed in 1888, this is one of the finest British colonial buildings anywhere in the world and combines a variety of architectural styles like Scottish Boronial and English renaissance. State Museum - Himachal State Museum has a rich display of the state’s cultural, artistic and archaeological heritage.
HERITAGE BUILDINGS PROMINENCE OLDER PRESENT SITES OF INTEREST
Christ Church, The Ridge, M.C. Library, Band Stand, Gaiety Theatre, Town Hall, Scandal Point, G.P.O. Building, YWCA, Telegraph Office, Railway Board Building, Grand Hotel, Command House.
Flora & Fauna
» Rare tree Chinar at the Ridge.
» Rhododendron flower tree (State Flower) can be seen around Shimla.
» Overnight stay in Hotel Willow banks/ similar on the historic mall.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day7: Drive Shimla – Chandigarh/ Ambala (140kms/ 5hrs)
» After Breakfast drive to onward destination.
1. Accommodation on twin sharing.
2. Meal Plan as per itinerary
3. All activities as per itinerary
4. Transportation by non A/C Qualis/Tavera/Scorpio.
5. Trek Guide Services at Sarahan.
1. Govt. Service Tax Extra @ 2.575 %.
2. Air fare / train fare
3. Anything not mentioned in cost includes
4. Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered.
5. Any abnormal expenditure, arising due to road blocks or any type of natural calamity
6. Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls
7. Liquor, soft drinks, bottled water, beverages, etc.
8. Guide & Entrance fees during sightseeing.
All schedules and other information are subject to change without notice and to Government approval.